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  • The online hate mob

    The online hate mob

    I'm an animal lover. I own two Persian cats which I sometimes treat like spoilt brats. I'm an advocate against any forms of animal cruelty. But when I see mass hysteria in reaction to incidents of animal cruelty (especially those spawned from fake...

  • Directly, but not an order

    When a country is run like a fiefdom, literally anything goes, even a direct order of €274 million at St Vincent de Paul Residence, though the government insists it is a public-private partnership. So, all is fine, everything is above board, even...

  • Adrian Delia – one year on - Hermann Schiavone

    It has been almost a year since Adrian Delia became Nationalist Party leader. He won the first-ever election in which party members, 15,000 of them, participated. Their participation was not merely a voting exercise. Most of them engaged in a...

  • Watch: Clean-ups are not just about collecting tonnes of rubbish

    Watch: Clean-ups are not just about collecting tonnes of rubbish

    NGO Żibel has managed to clear up 52 tonnes of rubbish since it was founded in spring of 2017 but its chairman and co-founder Andrew Schembri is very pragmatic about the number of volunteers, saying that land clean-ups were more about educating...

  • Demographic numbers game - Martin Scicluna

    Demographic numbers game - Martin Scicluna

    The average age of the Maltese population has been rising steadily due to a falling birth rate, a decline in those aged 50 years and under and increases in those aged 50 to 64, 65 to 79, and 80 years and above. Nineteen per cent of the population...

  • Public transport planning

    I have realised that the problem faced by companies running buses anywhere in the world is not knowing the shape of the total public demand for transport. It occurred to me that the information already exists but is not currently available.

  • Use of guns

    Recently, a person undergoing procedures in court for domestic violence and the possession of an unlicensed gun, which, incidentally, was used in the domestic violence case, was fined a miserable €700 (payable in €100 monthly instalments) after...

  • Stationery shops

    On a couple of occasions, I was asked by French and Italian tourists where they could buy basic stationery supplies at Spinola Bay. They complained they could not find any stationery shops at this location. Most of the stationery shops at St...

  • Traffic flow

    Traffic flow

    I ask the person from Transport Malta who was obstinate in, again, deciding to place the zebra crossing in its present location at St Julian’s to have a good look at this photograph. By having a close look at the picture, one will notice a car on...

  • Watch: How can we do our bit to cut down on plastic?

    Watch: How can we do our bit to cut down on plastic?

    Want to cut down on plastic pollution? It's simple: just start by becoming aware of your own waste, according to Żibel co-founder Andrew Schembri. The NGO is among those spearheading the fight against waste. Mr Schembri said that awareness of the...

  • 'I can take it... but stop attacking the vulnerable'

    'I can take it... but stop attacking the vulnerable'

    And it is time to blog again. Why, after months of silence? These last few months have been a tough personal journey for me. One that took me to places where I questioned my dedication to advocacy, as I often felt that nothing will change. I laid...

  • Facts about recreational cannabis

    The debate on whether the use of recreational cannabis should be legalised has reached our shores after Canada recently voted to legalise the sale and use of marijuana by adults. A similar public discussion is being conducted in other advanced...

  • The fight against cancer - Francis Zammit Dimech

    Cancer is an ever-growing concern around the world, Malta being no exception. There are almost 2,000 new cases of cancer a year and about 900 annual deaths in Malta. This means that, on average, five people in Malta are diagnosed with a form of...

  • Less costly alternative - Fr Eugene Paul Teuma OFM Conv.

    Less costly alternative - Fr Eugene Paul Teuma OFM Conv.

    Do we really need a €55 million road project for the Rabat Road area? The authorities are pushing forward this project, while the residents, along the intended route, are asking for more moderate modifications. Is the Attard/Rabat Road project...

  • Malta-UK relations

    Allow me to congratulate Joseph Cole on his recent appointment to the position of High Commissioner of Malta to the UK. I note his extensive experience in his previous diplomatic roles. I have always viewed, with regret, the general ignorance and...

  • Environment agency

    Ambjent Malta, launched last week, should start with a bang. It should save the trees along the new road development from Mrieħel to Rabat. Environmentalists and the public are urging the government and Transport Malta to find alternative ways and...

  • Organ transplants

    The British government has announced they are considering using an ‘opt out’ system for organ transplantation. This means that unless one gives specific instructions they do not want their organs to be used for transplantation, it will be assumed...

  • Museum skeletons

    Museum skeletons

    Reference is made to the letter with the title ‘Skeletal anatomy’ (August 6). First of all, we wish to point out that the correspondent is not correct in stating that the item that appeared on the Times of Malta on July 26 affirmed that the...

  • School transport hits a roadblock

    When the Minister of Finance announced in his last Budget speech that the Education Ministry would be providing free transport for students in Church and independent schools, most road users, as well as parents, breathed a sigh of relief. Malta’s...

  • The Gozo connection - Steve Pace

    Mention accessibility and immediately a bridge and a tunnel spring to mind. As Gozo reaches its limit in taking in visitors, and possibly an all-time record of tourists, the mounting pressure of accessibility becomes all the more relevant. As I...