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Opinion

  • Raising the bar, always

    Raising the bar, always

    The fact that Standard & Poor’s raised Malta’s credit rating for the first time in 20 years, from ‘BBB+’ to ‘A-’ with stable outlook was welcome news for all. This came back to back with other positive news. In August, Fitch confirmed Malta’s ‘A’...

  • Overspeeding driver not fully responsible for car accident

    Overspeeding driver not fully responsible for car accident

    The First Hall of the Civil Court, presided over by Mr Justice Silvio Meli, on October 18, 2016, in the case ‘Elaine Camilleri v Ronald Mallia’ held, among other things, that the fact alone that a driver was overspeeding did not automatically...

  • Will sushi replace our ħobż biż-żejt?

    Will sushi replace our ħobż biż-żejt?

    Now that we know that 10,000 Chinese tourists will come to Malta over the next two years, and that the two years after we’ll have a mass stampede of another 40,000, we’d better prepare ourselves. By 2020, every selfie of a group of 10 Maltese...

  • Curbing Malta’s obesity epidemic

    Being overweight or obese is a growing epidemic, with Malta certainly no exception – in fact it is topping the charts in Europe. This issue has been a priority for the country for the past few years, leading to the development of Malta’s obesity...

  • Malta: the obesity island

    A Maltese man convicted of spying on the female sports team he coached has not been named by court order. I am aware that there may be very good reasons for this – among which is the prevention of further discomfiture and embarrassment to the...

  • Voting with a clothes peg

    “There is no Catholic vote. And yet, it matters.” This was the title of a quite famous commentary that E. J. Dionne,  a Washington Post columnist and a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, penned on June 18, 2000. What was true in 2000 for...

  • Campaign’s on the house

    Last Wednesday the Broadcasting Authority upheld a complaint by the Nationalist Party which argued that the government publicity spots for the new power station were politically controversial and warranted a redress. The PN was given the right to...

  • Shakespeare and Preti

    Identifying the authors of literary works or unsigned paintings is a thorny business. Authorship might be considered important for various reasons. Firstly, it can help to understand a work, shedding light on the context in which it was created...

  • The single double standard

    I remember a time, not long ago, when Cyrus Engerer, Franco Debono and even Jeffrey Pullicino Orlando were touted as Nationalist rising stars. Fast forward a few years: their political allegiances have changed. It’s no surprise that all three have...

  • Pride in senseless prejudice

    Pride in senseless prejudice

    If I were the leader of the Neo Labour Movement, I would either be very happy or extremely worried, depending on where my loyalties lay: with my personal gain or the country’s welfare. Some will claim that the same could be said of the other side,...

  • Living off the fat of the land…

    Yes I read that scurrilous article in the Times of Malta that claims that we Maltese are the fattest and consequently the most obese in Europe. Rubbish! Rubbish I say! In fact, when I read it I was actually extremely angry… no, bloody livid. Who...

  • Monument to science, industry

    The science centre in Bighi opened yesterday. It is a state-of-the-art building that serves as a science centre, where the public at large, but especially young people and students, will have the opportunity to experiment and fall in love with...

  • Healthy mode of transport

    Joe Mizzi It is common knowledge that cycling is beneficial to society and to a country in many ways. Research shows that the benefits of cycling must be considered holistically to enable a full understanding of its potential. Cycling, as a mode...

  • An EU closer to its citizens

    In two months, Malta will take over the presidency of the European Union for the first time since joining. The Maltese presidency will be crucial to bringing concrete results to European citizens. Member states committed to bringing the EU closer...

  • Redefining independence

    Redefining independence

    Wallonia is one of the three regions forming the federal kingdom of Belgium. Although geographically the French-speaking re-gion covers more than half of the Belgian territory, with a population of 3.6 million, the Walloons constitute just under a...

  • Breast cancer in Malta

    Every October, there are press campaigns highlighting breast cancer and breast disease. This is a good opportunity to focus on the healthcare professionals who deal with these patients. Throughout the year, breast surgeons are faced by women who...

  • Marlene’s baggage

    Marlene’s baggage

    So the Democratic Party (PD) now has a permanent executive council and a Wikipedia page that defines its ideology as centre-left liberalism. That’s roughly the same patch of the political spectrum that the two major parties claim to occupy. Some...

  • Heading for controlled anarchy 

    Heading for controlled anarchy 

    I never thought I would hear myself say that the Planning Authority (formerly the Malta Environment and Planning Authority – Mepa) should be disbanded altogether. I thought that, imperfect as it was, the Planning Authority prevented Malta from...

  • Aleppo, Grozny, Guernica

    Aleppo, Grozny, Guernica

    As I read the dispiriting Talking Point ‘Russia and the crisis in Syria’ (October 13) by Russia’s ambassador to Malta, Vladimir Malygin, I could not help being reminded of a 17th century English diplomat’s wry comment that: “An ambassador is an...

  • Paving the way for human reforms

    Every citizen should be empowered and rewarded for his work. Every citizen should be given the opportunity, motivation, skills and resources to believe in himself, be ambitious towards a productive future and succeed in achieving goals.  Achieving...

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