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  • Barriers for people with disabilities

    Most people face hardships at one time or another. However, for people with disabilities, barriers can be more frequent and have more serious consequences. Barriers are factors in a person’s environment that limit functioning and cause...

  • PD’s political will to deliver - Godfrey Farrugia

    Since independence, Malta has been led, ruled and shared by Labour and Nationalist governments, and we are witnessing the result in the present scenario of an unhealthy and bipartisan political system. The Democratic Party’s representation in...

  • Wrong interpretation of law - Tonio Borg

    Wrong interpretation of law - Tonio Borg

    Respect from decisions and judgments of a court of law are indispensable for the proper administration of justice within a system based on the rule of law. This, however, does not mean that one cannot publicly criticise judgments delivered by our...

  • Sour experiences

    Sour experiences

    Within a week I have had two experiences in artistic venues in Valletta, which have left a very bad impression. Firstly, I booked two seats for the Manoel Theatre in what was elegantly described as a “Parterre Box”.  They were actually two of four...

  • Priestly pomp

    Not too long ago we were  ‘regaled’ by the spectacle of a Gozitan parish priest being paraded through his parish in a Porsche. Such displays of priestly pomp in the Roman Catholic Church can be traced back to its early history. In the fourth...

  • What Gozo needs

    I sometimes talk to expats living in Gozo and they tell me every small island north of Scotland has a small airstrip to take fixed-winged small aircraft. It would be hugely beneficial if we could have something like it in Gozo. It is not true it...

  • R&D, business and education

    The popular notion that research and development is something that eccentric scientists carry out in their labs has to do more with fiction than with reality. Business, education and political leaders know that a country’s future prosperity also...

  • Teachers deserve far better - Francis Zammit Dimech

    “I am indebted to my father for living, but to my teacherfor living well” – Alexander the Great. Educators provide society with the necessary skills, prepare us for our careers, and instil in us our moral and democratic values, all of which are so...

  • Picking your battles - Ranier Fsadni

    Picking your battles - Ranier Fsadni

    Last week’s online poll in this newspaper showed the stark disparity between the Labour and Nationalist parties. If a general election were held tomorrow, the poll asked, how would you vote? The vote was consistent from the beginning to eight...

  • Physical education studies

    I am a physical education teacher at the Archbishop’s Seminary, Rabat, and has just graduated with a Master of Science in Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy from the University of Birmingham. The modules covered throughout the two-year study...

  • Inner life

    The exchange between John Azzopardi and John Guillaumier on the existence of God was best explained by Fr Renè Camilleri in the Christian Spirituality page of The Sunday Times of Malta. He wrote: “There is a common ground between believers,...

  • Why waste money?

    Why waste money?

    Why is the government so adamant in building the tunnel to Gozo? If the reason is to avoid the long queues and waste of time, a very simple and cost-efficient way is to create a booking system just like airlines and ferries have all over the...

  • The abortion factor

    Since decades ago, I can still remember that whenever an election approaches, the Nationalist Party would start alleging that the Labour Party intends to introduce abortion. This canard dates back to the ‘Integration with Britain’ referendum...

  • Watch: 'Delia has to act, and act quickly'

    Watch: 'Delia has to act, and act quickly'

    Nationalist Party leader Adrian Delia can no longer just parry blows raining down on him from within the shadows of his own party, his friend and architect Robert Musumeci believes.  "He cannot afford to wait any longer," Dr Musumeci tells Times...

  • Petrol station owners’ dispute

    Why has there always to be a clash whenever petrol station owners put in a claim for a rise in their profit margin? There is usually little public sympathy for petrol station owners over their claims but if they are correct in their argument that...

  • Research is key for housing policy - Roderick Galdes

    In an article on this newspaper (January 7), Nationalist MEP hopeful Michael Briguglio posed several questions relating to Malta’s housing policies and vacant properties. I had, more or less, the same queries and concerns when I first entered...

  • US-China tensions - Martin Scicluna

    US-China tensions - Martin Scicluna

    At the dawn of 2019, it is clear that today’s geo-political landscape is dominated by the rivalry between the United States and China. For much of the past two decades the US believed that China would pursue a path from communism to liberal...

  • Life-enhancing choices

    Sadly, Sylvana Bannon (‘Where are the pro-lifers in the migrants’ plight?’, January 7) chose to exploit the plight of the desperate immigrants who were trapped on a ship near our shores to rubbish pro-life activists with overpowering emotion. She...

  • Prison chapel restoration

    Prison chapel restoration

    In the feature entitled ‘Study on future of 1842 prison’ (January 1), it was was reported that the planned upgrading of the Corradino prison complex in Paola would entail “either redesigning or actually demolishing and rebuilding part or all of...

  • Count to 10

    My mother used to give me good advice when she used to tell me to count to 10 before making any important decision. I suppose Adrian Delia, the Nationalist Party leader, had the same sound advice from his own mother, though he apparently forgot...