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Opinion

  • Much to say, little space

    Much to say, little space

    I was wondering where to start this week’s column, given that the veritable cornucopia of riches that was made available to us over the past week, but I came across this gem, which I lifted directly from the portal of this esteemed rag. It was...

  • A methane leak in LA

    A methane leak in LA

    Porter Ranch is an affluent residential area outside Los Angeles with a population of around 30,000. Close by is the Aliso Canyon, a geological feature that the Californian oil and gas industry has converted for the underground storage of natural...

  • The eclipse of the Bard

    The tribute by British Prime Minister David Cameron to William Shakespeare (1564-1616) on the 400th anniversary of his death compels me to remark upon the paucity of our island’s activity to celebrate this auspicious event, in a state of total...

  • Who should be chair?

    Who should be chair?

    Ranier Fsadni (‘Who should be chair’, January 7) disagrees that the President of Malta should chair the bi-party discussions on constitutional reform due to conflict of interest. While I agree with Fsadni, I would go one step further and statethat...

  • Breaking the barriers

    In the first days of the New Year we rolled out the pilot project for live-in carers with older persons in their own homes. In less than a week over 300 persons have asked for application forms, inquired for more information about the project or...

  • All for my name’s sake

    “You will be hated by all for my name’s sake.” This famous verse is taken from Matthew chapter 10 which clearly reveals that being a disciple of Jesus also means being persecuted for his name. The full context of verse 22 is this: “Beware of men;...

  • Tackling eating disorders

    Eating is an integral part of our survival: we cannot live without it. It is not only a physical act, as when a car tank is filled with fuel to provide physical energy. It also has significant psychological and social roles and meanings. Thus,...

  • Saudi Arabia in crisis

    Saudi Arabia in crisis

    Ever since the cold war between Saudi Arabia and Iran began to escalate, almost two weeks ago, a spate of commentary by seasoned observers has followed to show just why Saudi Arabia may be overreaching. Others have simultaneously suggested that...

  • A ‘mirage’ on the rocks

    Malta witnessed the umpteenth instance of bad governance by the Joseph Muscat administration when Parliament was asked to approve the transfer of a huge chunk of prime shoreside real estate, of which quite a chunk is outside the development zone...

  • Updated orthographic rules

    In his letter ‘Aquilina and the Maltese language’ (December 28), Joseph Brincat wrote “I am averse to writing televixin and baġit not because they look ugly but because they violate the patterns of Maltese spelling as they would be pronounced as...

  • Myths about mental health

    Mental health includes our emotional, psychological and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel and act as we respond to life’s daily challenges. It is important in every step of our life, from childhood to adulthood. It is in view of...

  • City standards, excellence

    City standards, excellence

    In less than two years’ time Malta, together with Leeuwarden in the Netherlands, will enjoy the privilege of providing the European Capital of Culture. It will be joining Paris, Athens, Florence, Prague and many other major cities that have been...

  • Drama vs technology

    Research indicates that too much screen time is affecting the psychological development of young children, with current recommendations suggesting that parents should limit screen time to no more than two hours per day. And that’s the absolute...

  • That university debacle

    In order to understand the American University of Malta debacle, it is only right to take a look at the trajectory of the story, by considering its educational qualities. It all began as a lie, intended to deceptively inflate the prestige of the...

  • Restoring trust in politics

    New beginnings always promise change and a fresh start. The start of this new year must have heralded a stream of resolutions from many of us intent on putting our lives in order, eating healthier and generally living better. On the political...

  • Penalties for employers

    Penalties for employers

    As had been reported, the Malta Employers’ Association (MEA) is not against employing disabled workers but grappling with genuine barriers to doing so. I am of the understanding that the Church of Malta was in agreement with this position. Fr Joe...

  • At mercy of weather

    In Frank Herbert’s science fiction novel Dune, we are introduced to the eponymous planet Dune, or Arrakis, a planet that just happens to be the only source of the most precious substance known to man. There’s just one catch - it’s a dry, desert...

  • US, UK behind the curve

    It was widely reported last month that Turkish President Erdogan, a very prominent Muslim Brotherhood (MB) supporter, believesthe Third Reich presidency ofAdolf Hitler is a good example for him to follow. This is nothing new. When the MB was...

  • Making the promised change

    A reform of the judicial system has been one of the government’s priorities from the very birth of this legislature. Time was not in this government’s favour. Our first urgent challenge was the way the general public had lost faith in our justice...

  • Auditing local governance

    According to the National Audit Office, almost half of Malta’s local councils did not provide fiscal receipts to cover expenditure of almost €400,000 during 2014. To put things into perspective, about €39,500,000 were allocated to local councils...

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