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Opinion

  • The Magna Carta of 26 individuals

    Last Sunday MaltaToday published an open letter to the Prime Minister by a group of people the newspaper des-cribed as “26 left-leaning individuals including academics, former dockyard workers, pensioners and Labour activists”. I will refer to...

  • Out of the box

    Out of the box

    Today is the last day of the National Book Festival. What’s that got to do with pop culture, I hear you ask. Plenty, given my eternally hopeless drive to put the ‘popular’ back in books. If this drive never exactly worked back in my schooldays,...

  • Rosetta and Kim

    Rosetta and Kim

    What did we talk about last week? Rosetta and Kim. One landed on a comet, the other balanced a champagne glass on her, erm, comet. There have been raging debates on both issues. Rosetta and the European Space Agency mission was lauded by many but...

  • In the eye of the beholder...

    An article in a recent issue of Times of Malta rather grabbed my attention. At first I thought it must be a spoof piece – I even checked the calendar to make sure it was not April 1st. While keeping a completely straight face it informed me that:...

  • Government must deliver

    The GRTU has been very clear about what it expects of the Budget for 2015. It has submitted very focused, sensible and responsible recommendations, which we want to see implemented without further delay. The feedback we received from different...

  • Throwback to the past

    Picture the scene. Prime Minister Joseph Muscat and his ministers are gathered around the Cabinet table. Cabinet is meeting to decide whether Muscat should go along with his plans to cancel the 2015 local elections. He is adamant on calling them off.

  • The dementia time bomb

    The dementia time bomb

    The International Day of the Elderly was marked on October 1. A series of activities, spanning a whole week, were held by the National Council of the Elderly. President Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca also paid a courtesy visit on three residents of...

  • Get out of here, please

    Get out of here, please

    I was minded, this week, to have another tilt at the magnificent windmill that is our esteemed and glorious The Honourable Dr Manwel Mallia, Minister for Home Cooking and Public Amusement or Home Affairs and Security including Public Broadcasting...

  • Tale of two concessions

    Tale of two concessions

    Fresh from an electoral victory in March 2013, Prime Minister Joseph Muscat and his government wasted no time in issuing a request for proposals for concessions to open and operate a casino in Malta and another one in Gozo. For the casino licence...

  • Study to demystify diabetes

    A nation’s health is intrinsically linked to its economic prosperity. With the rise in economic activity comes the challenge of balancing a healthy lifestyle with financial well-being. This challenge brings us both promise and peril. The promise...

  • Global challenge we must face

    World Diabetes Day is marked on November 14, on the birthday of Frederick Banting who, along with Charles Best, first conceived the idea that led to the discovery of insulin in 1922. World Diabetes Day unites the global diabetes community to...

  • Think again about COLA

    The next cost-of-living-adjustment, amount­ing to 58c, has caused an uproar. Some have almost gasped in horror. Many have (wrongly) questioned how the government dares give such a low increase. Such a question, of course, ignores two cardinal...

  • Sex and public interest

    Sex and public interest

    They’re at it again, the French, God bless them. President Francois Hollande gives a make-or-break interview hoping it will reverse his political fortunes, which see him with a 12 per cent approval rating. The high-minded section of the press...

  • A defiant quarry owner

    A defiant quarry owner

    The Ta’ Muxi hearing is scheduled to take place today (NOV 13) and, strangely enough, the quarry trucks have recently decided to use the route prescribed by Mepa 16 years ago. Normally, they pass through the centre of Qala spewing out dust and...

  • Muscat’s sunshine business

    Round about this time some two years ago, the Labour Party was gearing itself for a massive victory in the March 2013 election. The Party was determined to leave no stone unturned in its quest to return to power after so many years in...

  • Diabetes a health priority

    According to the World Health Organisation, about 350 million people worldwide live with diabetes, while the prevalence of the disease continues to rise faster than ever predicted. In Malta, a pilot health examination survey conducted in 2010...

  • Twenty-five years after

    Twenty-five years after

    The Berlin Wall collapsed on November 9, 1989. I was in Berlin with my wife the following day with the Royal College of Defence Studies. Berlin was in carnival mood. East Germans streamed through the Wall in their thousands, buying oranges,...

  • The book’s bright future

    The book’s bright future

    The annual National Book Festival is an opportune moment to reflect upon the enduring significance and symbolism of the book. The book has a long and distinguished history, featuring prominently in human affairs and culture since antiquity and in...

  • Sack Refalo, bring on reshuffle

    In Parliament last week, Gozo Minister Anton Refalo messed up, yet again. He refused to answer questions by Opposition MPs on travel by his ministry since the election, and then requested that they be put to him in writing. The Opposition MPs said...

  • Ghost of Lorry Sant

    Ghost of Lorry Sant

    That storm last week was quite a relief for those out for a bit of sanity in this country. There’s nothing like a good cyclone to remind us that Mother Nature is there to stay, no matter how much we try to destroy it down here. An optimist would...

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