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  • Save the village festa

    Save the village festa

    It’s a long story, but for some reason or other I’ve been to a record number of village feasts this year. I happen to think that feasts are the best vantage points for people-watching, and perfect copy fodder, so not for a minute did I...

  • The ultimate school sick note...

    Dear teacher, This note is to let you know that Dwayne Azzopardi-Bastido (Form 5C) will not be coming to school today, ’cos he’s sick... innit. I am well aware that this note should really be accompanied by a doctor’s ‘susstifocate’, certifying...

  • The misleading minister

    In his first public pre-Budget meeting, the Minister of Finance denied the number of employees in the public sector had increased, even though, a few weeks earlier, the Minister for Education and Employment said the opposite. Let us bear in mind...

  • Were we truly united?

    Were we truly united?

    It is pretty obvious that Joseph Muscat does not brook opposition lightly. I don’t mean that he is undemocratic and wishes that the Opposition didn’t exist, that’s why I used a lower case ‘o’ in the first ‘opposition’. That said, like every...

  • China-Malta links boom

    China-Malta links boom

    This year marks the 65th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China. After more than three decades of high-speed growth, China is now the world’s second largest economy. Huge changes have taken place in China and in the lives of...

  • Destructive hunters’ ‘passion’

    The 50th anniversary of Malta’s independence was a day for old friends and adversaries to come together to celebrate. The Prime Minister and the leader of the Opposition stood in unity to mark the country’s many achievements and the former...

  • Youths and the ‘festa’

    The village feast season is almost over. most band clubs, pyrotechnical societies and youth sections, among others, would already be thinking about the forthcoming feast, hoping it would be even more colorful and receive better accolades than the...

  • Energy union is a must

    Will Russia cut off the gas just in time for Christmas, leaving millions of Europeans potentially freezing in their homes? No other issue than the looming gas dispute between Russia and Ukraine shows so bluntly that Europe needs to act together...

  • The quest for quality

    The quest for quality

    Over the past months and ever since I took over the tourism portfolio, I am consistently noting that the provision of quality is increasingly becoming the determining success factor for tourism and that this will be highly influential on travel...

  • Serpent between rocks

    Serpent between rocks

    After much deliberation, President Barack Obama has decided to bomb the east Syrian city of Raqqa. It is said to be the headquarters of the operations of the terrorist group Islamic State (Isis) in both Syria and Iraq. In the US, neocon hawks have...

  • Perils of inexperience

    Perils of inexperience

    When the Nationalist Party in government delivered on its decision to upgrade the Sant’Antnin waste treatment plant in Marsascala, it did so to improve the well-being of the people there. When the organic fraction processed by the plant was...

  • The child migrants’ saga

    I read with interest the article ‘Migrant children in Australia ‘treated as baby convicts’ (September 2). The article is of interest to Malta because it is known that more than 300 children emigrated to Australia between 1950 and 1965 under the...

  • People’s lawyer-politician

    During the unveiling ceremony of President Emeritus Guido de Marco’s statue in front of the law courts, my thoughts went to when I was a young court reporter for Times of Malta. De Marco was busy defending a client of his even though his presence...

  • Singapore and Malta

    Singapore and Malta

    Malta and Singapore have been sovereign, independent States within the Commonwealth for 50 years. In Singapore’s case, this occurred after a slightly rocky start when it briefly formed part of newly independent Malaysia in 1963 before...

  • Turning over a new leaf

    Turning over a new leaf

    The good thing about yesterday, as the song puts it, is that all our troubles seemed so far away. They certainly seemed so at the start of this week as we moved into our 51th year of independence. Much has been made of the fact that this year...

  • Certifiable sickness absence

    Certifiable sickness absence

    Legal Notice 432 of 2007 states that an employee is entitled to two working weeks sick leave in every calendar year without loss of wages. The Malta Employers Association has recently proposed changes to this legislation whereby absenteeism from...

  • PM’s groundbreaking choice

    For decades both the government and Opposition were held to ransom by the hunting lobby. On Saturday Prime Minister Joseph Muscat took the groundbreaking decision to close the hunting season ahead of time and hopefully end this stranglehold. The...

  • Muscat’s Ebola stunt

    Muscat’s Ebola stunt

    You have to hand it to him, our Prime Minister, he really knows how to pull a good PR stunt, drama and all. Last week, a Hong Kong-registered merchant vessel, on its way from Guinea to the Ukraine, requested medical assistance from Malta. We said no.

  • Commission challenges

    Commission challenges

    The European Parliament is next month expected to approve the new college of commissioners as proposed by Jean Claude Juncker. The incoming president has opted for a new Commission structure essentially dividing it into two layers. The upper layer...

  • European contradictions

    The spectre that had haunted Europe has now morphed into real flesh and blood. Eurosceptic gains in the European Parliament election have laid bare the most fundamental internal antagonistic contradictions within Europe. These contradictions lie...

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