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  • Enforcement agency’s 100 days

    Today marks the first 100 days since the Local Enforcement Systems Agency (LESA) started operating officially. This agency is the new regulator of the field and has taken over the responsibilities that were delegated to regional committees for the...

  • Reaching for the stars

    Reaching for the stars

    One of the reasons I voted in favour of Malta joining the European Union was because I believed that by being in the EU, this country would aspire to reaching higher standards across the board. After almost 12 years of EU membership, this remains...

  • Maths behind choc fountains

    The Washington Post last month quoted a paper published in the European Journal of Physics which concluded that chocolate fountains can be great tools for studying basic maths. The paper referred to researchers from the University College London...

  • Who should be chair?

    Who should be chair?

    Just when you think there’s very little left in this country that can take you aback, the Prime Minister and the leader of the Opposition each name one person who they think should preside over the talks on constitutional reform. And not one of...

  • Environment is a public good

    Idea Ambjent – the theme of the forthcoming PN general convention – is timely and necessary. But the environment is not merely an idea, not just a vision. It is the place and time of habitation and an expression of the transformation of human...

  • Civil and human rights

    Civil and human rights

    Two months ago, this newspaper carried a most interesting two-page interview with Chief Justice Emeritus Vincent de Gaetano, who is now a judge at the European Court of Human Rights. He deplored the fact that general public awareness of what...

  • Shakespeare lives on

    Shakespeare lives on

    This year’s 400th anni-versary of the death of William Shakespeare is not just an opportunity to commemorate one of the greatest playwrights of all time. It is a moment to celebrate the extraordinary ongoing influence of a man who, to borrow from...

  • Beyond history in Paris

    Beyond history in Paris

    For a number of days it seemed that France was brought to its knees in the wake of the November 13 terror attacks. The reality, however, was that, even in the hour of darkness, the possibility that COP21 would not deliver was simply not on the cards.

  • Time to restore lost trust

    Am I correct to note that the Establishment is in a deep crisis? Would I be labelled as too negative if I were to point out that the courts, the Catholic Church, the political parties and other established points of reference are facing an...

  • Tunnel cocktail party

    Politicians are frequently favourite targets for criticism of all things and trust in political parties is quite low. Indeed, the most recent Eurobarometer survey for Malta shows that 60 per cent of the Maltese people do not trust political...

  • Ring out the old, ring in the new

    Ring out the old, ring in the new

    My sister has a little bell which she uses to summon us all to table whenever we are lunching at hers. I am forever borrowing it because I simply love the tintinnabulation (don’t you just love this word?) of bells. I am writing this on New Year’s...

  • L’Invenzione di Muscat

    The Prime Minister is full of surprises. Just when we thought he was a no-nonsense doer guy, it turns out he’s something of a thespian.His new year’s message is a case in point. Not for him the standard foreground shot with a Christmas tree, and...

  • We will keep delivering progress

    If you want to know how people are feeling, do not ask politicians and do not look for it in the media. Go to the people. People in Malta are confident about their future and feel they are making real progress. This will be the year that...

  • The ghosts of Strait Street

    The language of Valletta streets in the 1950s, particularly in the ‘Duwi Balli’ area, had its own peculiarities. People spoke of the ‘xo pirto’ (shore patrol), and the ‘loggin aws’ (lodging house). Restaurants in Strait Street served fish and...

  • Yes, we can do even better

    Our country has come a long way under different administrations. But in 2016, can we do even better? And more importantly, will everyone benefit from what we achieve? Take the economy, which is supposed to be doing well. Is everyone reaping the...

  • New year, new fads

    “The birth of my son”, the caption read, followed by the name of the camera used to take that all-important shot. The subject of the photograph is a newborn baby being lifted out of his mother’s womb by C-section. There he is, still coated in waxy...

  • Translating disability into ability, capability

    “The lingerie department is the only one that she can reach in her wheelchair. Nevertheless, she is fired the next day because of complaints that a woman who is so obviously not sexually attractive selling alluring nightgowns makes customers...

  • United in defence of life

    Human life is sacred and inviolable. It is to be welcomed, treasured and protected at all costs. This is the clarion call of all those who cherish life from conception to natural death. The pro-life movement is all about respecting human life from...

  • A Labour of Love… Blogpost 34…

    And so we say farewell to Jo-zeff’s most triumphant year to date, 2015… and hello to the year that will surely surpass even that… 2016. I often ask myself the question: Can life get any better under Jozeff’s benign dictatorship? Of course, the...

  • Jobs for disabled people

    Employers may find it an added burden to employ disabled people. That, to some extent, I understand but do not condone. Add to that, if there is a law it has to be applied, without any arguments about being inconvenient. When I first heard about...

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