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  • Deaths from air pollution

    A study by the World Health Organisation in 2015 concluded that air pollution in Malta costs the economy an annual €550 million in consequent disease and death. The latest edition of the annual Air Quality in Europe report by the European...

  • Diabetes concerns every family - Chris Delicata

    November 14 is the day dedicated to raising more diabetes awareness – World Diabetes Day. It was created in 1991 by the International Diabetes Federation and the World Health Organisation in response to growing concerns about the escalating health...

  • Watch: 'There is no vacancy for prime minister' - Fearne

    Watch: 'There is no vacancy for prime minister' - Fearne

    Deputy prime minister Chris Fearne refused steadfastly to be drawn into speculation over what he would have done about the 17 Black and Panama Papers revelations if he were prime minister. He also declined to say whether he would have Konrad Mizzi...

  • Malta’s cyber defences - Martin Scicluna

    Malta’s cyber defences - Martin Scicluna

    A month ago, I wrote a column in which I highlighted the significant increase in the scale and severity of malicious cyberattacks globally from criminals, hackers and foreign intelligence services. I said that the threats to cyber security were...

  • Whither the Church?

    With sadness and anger I heard about the installation of the new Archpriest Canon Ġwann Sultana, in Żebbuġ, Gozo, while being pulled by at least 12 children (since the video was unavailable I had to contend with viewing a photo) in a Porsche...

  • A red herring

    Janet Wojtkow (November 12) claims that most anxiety nowadays is due to global warming and not the lack of affluence (poverty). Global warming may be of some concern for people who occasionally think about the future’s unknown (might turn out to...

  • A lame duck

    A lame duck

    Besieged by members of her own government, Theresa May is like a lame duck stuck in a pond. I pity her. Pussyfooting around Brussels for the last two years, May’s Brexit breakthrough is still weeks away from being concluded. Her allies say she is...

  • Round or flat?

    I do not know the reason and perhaps somebody can explain. We very often come across the expression “...from the four corners of the world”. As far as I know, the world is round and, therefore, has no corners. Is the expression perhaps used to...

  • Watch: There'll be a vacancy in PN before PL - Fearne

    Watch: There'll be a vacancy in PN before PL - Fearne

    Deputy Prime Minister Chris Fearne stuck loyally by Prime Minister Joseph Minister and the latter’s position over the 17 Black and Panama Paper revelations, saying no one should resign unless allegations were proved to be facts. He scoffed at the...

  • Banks managing reputational risk

    Banking thrives on trust that is so hard to cultivate and so easy to lose. The sector in Malta is made up of three major banks and a few smaller ones that serve mainly the local community and some that do business exclusively in other markets.

  • Valueless politics - Desmond Zammit Marmarà

    The recent controversy about the personal life of the leader of the Opposition has highlighted what is developing into a major problem in Maltese politics, i.e. the gradual disappearance of values. It has come to a point where many politicians and...

  • Pensioners and Budget 2019 - Carmel Mallia

    With regret the Alliance of Pensioners Organisations wishes to state that our proposals together with the recommendations put forward in the Pension Adequacy Report 2018 by the Social Protection Committee and the European Commission to address the...

  • Cooperative alliance - Frans Said

    Few might be aware of the importance of the Place de la Concorde. That square was the site of many notable public executions including that of King Louis XVI.  The square was renamed as a gesture of reconciliation after the turmoil of the French...

  • Taken for a ride

    Further to my letter titled ‘Cancelled bus trips’ (October 29), criticising the routine cancelling of bus trips by Malta Public Transport, I would like to draw Transport Malta’s attention to the fact that this practice continued. Passengers were...

  • ‘Pesky’ trees

    ‘Pesky’ trees

    Having witnessed the terrible catastrophic scenes of trees blown over by high winds in Italy and nearby Sicily over the past couple of weeks one must perforce applaud the awesome foresight of the planners at the Ministry for the Infrastructure for...

  • Road discipline

    How about insisting on some discipline among motorists? They cannot just keep driving at ‘Give way’ and ‘Stop’ signs or when the lights are red. Motorists cannot just approach roundabouts without even looking right. They must stop when they get to...

  • Positive economic indicators

    The European Commission’s autumn forecast confirms that Malta is likely to continue to enjoy robust economic growth, low unemployment and further fiscal consolidation. This forecast is good news and should stimulate the government to address areas...

  • Force-fed membership - Joseph Farrugia

    Forcing a right on somebody is like saying that foie gras is necessary because the geese are hungry. The topic of compulsory union membership is now on the national agenda, with the Malta Employers’ Association, the Malta Hotels and Restaurants...

  • Budgetary voids - Michael Briguglio

    By now, all readers would have encountered government adverts on Budget 2019. Whether in newspapers, TV, radio or the internet, it seems that these adverts are watching us rather than the other way round. I wonder how much the government is...

  • Journalists’ sources

    I am amazed, and disappointed, that the Times of Malta, instead of investigating how true are the accusations levelled at Nationalist MEP David Casa, has instead turned on the fact that the whistleblower wrote the letters he sent to Olaf and the...