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Opinion

Benefits of a green future

Every now and then, with little fanfare, an economic trend is identified that might just have the potential to fundamentally shift perceptions. The European Environment State and Outlook 2015 (SOER) has identified such a trend. What the report has...

  • Je suis Dolce & Gabbana

    Up till a few weeks ago we were all ‘Charlie’. Every day, on my way to and back home from University, I pass near a large slogan nicely painted on a concrete wall: #jiena Charlie. The outpouring of solidarity was a spontaneous reaction against the...

  • Why are all appliances going extinct but not the clothes iron?

    Why are all appliances going extinct but not the clothes iron?

    When is the last time that your phone at home rang? I don’t mean your mobile phone – but your landline, the bulky square box with real, 3-D, non-touch buttons and with a number which starts with 21. At home, it just rang a couple of minutes ago,...

  • Fly me... you must... it’s patriotic...

    Just lately both the letters pages and sundry features in Times of Malta have spewed out gallons of printers’ ink on the subject of a certain national airline. And more specifically, that airline’s recent efforts to make itself more profitable...

  • Future of the health sector

    The public has been inundated with news about the health sector in recent weeks.It started with the grant of a permit to build a new private hospital in Bulebel and this was soon followed by an announcement that the owner will be selling St James...

  • One has to wonder

    One has to wonder

    As a flyer of the flag of liberalism and tolerance, I can’t but open with a few words to mark the sense of loss and deprivation that engulfs all of the unrepentant following the news that the BBC have succumbed to the screeches of the harridans of...

  • No talks with terrorists

    Winston Churchill famously said: “Give us the tools and we’ll finish the job,” and, last week, Libya’s army commander, Khalifa Hiftar, made the same call to the West, promising to crush Isis if the world would just let him buy the weapons he...

  • A special fund for the locality

    St Julian’s has evolved over the past 50 years. From a small fishing village, it is now Malta’s truly main cosmopolitan centre. St Julian’s is made up of various areas and all have their own particularities and needs. Our community has reached way...

  • New vision for the South

    New vision for the South

    The Privatisation Unit’s proposal to build three hotels on virgin land stretching from Smart City to Onfroi Point presented to the Consultative Council for the South last November took many by surprise. Over the past 50 years, the leisure industry...

  • It is no charitable act

    It is no charitable act

    Inclusive education in Malta is restricted to being a philanthropic gesture. This is the verdict expressed in a recent audit prepared for the Ministry for Education and Employment by the European Agency for Special Needs and Inclusive...

  • One sided militancy?

    As part of my job, I ask students why they and their organisations never discuss topics which, to my mind, should interest and bother them. Such issues include the price of property, the cost of living, inadequate wages for people in the lowest...

  • The ideal representative

    When I started visiting households in my locality soon after I was approved as a Nationalist Party candidate, it became evident that I had to reach out to the constituents in various ways. Although home visiting is still a very popular and...

  • Climate plans across Europe

    If climate change is global, solutions are, first and foremost, local. Because large cities are at the crossroads of these two levels, they are at the forefront of the fight against climate change. This is why, we, the European capitals and...

  • Roots of Libya’s present

    Roots of Libya’s present

    In the run-up to the 2012 US presidential election, Barack Obama gave privileged access to a Vanity Fair writer, who obliged with a lengthy puff piece. In between a game of basketball and a tour of the Obama family rooms, the President ruminated...

  • Malta deserves better

    Let us for a second go back to the 2013 general election. The writing on the wall was very clear: the Labour Party was going to win by a landslide. Led by a new, young and charismatic leader and boosted by a sleek and effective electoral campaign,...

  • Major projects for Gozo

    Gozitans usually benefit from government decisions that are meant to affect the whole country and the people in general. However, projects aimed specifically at Gozo are very rare. Indeed, I can only recall two such instances... with a third...

  • Water challenges we face

    Water has become a major resource challenge for our societies. A total of 780 million people in the world have no access to drinking water inside their homes, 2,600 million people have no access to sanitation and one-third of water transported is...

  • Memories of Malta

    Memories of Malta

    Last Friday, I had the pleasure of attending the launch of my friend Peter Apap Bologna’s first volume of his autobiography, Memories 1941-1973. Not since Herbert Ganado’s Rajt Malta Tinbidel (which covered life in Malta during the first three...

  • Spelling not top priority

    The recent contributions on the Maltese language have obviously been interesting, and, considering the calibre of the contributors, most illuminating too. I would like to add two points to the ongoing debate. One. We cannot deny that English words...

  • The masters of prediction

    Politicians hailing from the Nationalist Party never fail to remind me of those ancient seers who conjured up apocalyptic scenarios or prophesised terrible outcomes. Two years ago, the PN’s prowess in prediction seemed to be at its peak. We were...

  • Is it only about birds?

    Throughout the spring hunting referendum campaign we have been bombarded with all sorts of data and images. We have seen disturbing images of dead or injured birds with gunshot wounds, soliciting indignation and disgust, and in the case of our...

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