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  • When dreams become nightmares

    When dreams become nightmares

    I had a dream. It started badly. A woman was being beaten. A man was hovering over her, swinging his fists left, right and centre. She cried. She screamed. Neighbours, disturbed yet again by the noise, called the police. In a matter of minutes,...

  • Dear MEPs, please note

    A five-member delegation from the European Parliament’s Civil Liberties Committee is expected to arrive today “to assess the rule of law, corruption and the safety of journalists”. They are, of course, welcome but law-abiding people in this...

  • One National Day? Of course - Tonio Borg

    The debate about establishing one national day for Malta, promoted by the head of State and others, is indeed healthy and long overdue. The proposal by my friend, Balzan Labour councillor Desmond Zammit Marmarà, that Independence Day (21...

  • Watch: 'The economy is not overheating' - Finance Minister

    Watch: 'The economy is not overheating' - Finance Minister

    The economy may be growing at a rate of nearly 6 per cent but it is not overheating, Finance Minister Edward Scicuna told Times Talk.  He said that the numerous cranes on the horizon showed that the infrastructure was reacting to the growth in...

  • EU populist surge - Martin Scicluna

    EU populist surge - Martin Scicluna

    The European Union is meeting for an “informal” but crucial summit in Salzburg tomorrow at which the luckless Theresa May is hoping EU leaders will make concessions over the security and defence relationship between Britain and the EU after Brexit.

  • Roll on… the White Paper - John Consiglio

    There is no contradiction between price control and competition. This basic economic tenet may not be one which emerges from the bishops’ recent pastoral letter dealing in unambiguous terms with the current high rentals and unaffordable...

  • Graffiti: bring out the band - Arnold Cassola

    At my time of writing, the video showing an RIU police officer savagely sticking his elbow into a Graffiti activist’s throat and pressing, has made the rounds on the internet and has had over 110,000 views in less than 24 hours. The video was not...

  • MEPs’ bias

    The Times of Malta has reported that another MEPs delegation will be returning to Malta, for the third time, to continue investigating the ‘rule of law’ in our country. It would be very interesting to see if the delegation would still include the...

  • Bus drivers’ duties

    Many years ago, I was a driver of buses, double-deckers, single-deckers and coaches. Once you got behind the wheel, you were responsible for the bus. It was your domain. If people were standing, you would have to tell them to move back to let more...

  • HIV prevention

    I refer to the call made a few days ago for the free supply of post-exposure (PEP) and pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) anti-HIV drugs for the LGBTIQ community. Were that to happen it would amount to discrimination against the heterosexual...

  • Mix and Move

    Mix and Move

    Revealing how inactive Europe is, The Lancet recently cited cycling as having a key role to play and that a national policy needs to be implemented to encourage non-motorised modes of transportation, such as walking and cycling. Importantly, such...

  • Watch: Opposition hyperbole is hurting Malta's reputation - Edward Scicluna

    Watch: Opposition hyperbole is hurting Malta's reputation - Edward Scicluna

    With the Budget just a few weeks away, Finance Minister Edward Scicluna has to balance the expectations resulting from another surplus with the need to ensure that the wealth is distributed across all levels of society. In the meantime, he also...

  • Public domain status still in limbo

    Two years after legislation was enacted to introduce the public domain concept, there is still no indication as to when the sites already proposed for protection will officially fall under the new law’s wing. Even though settling ownership issues...

  • Celebrating and honouring our birthday - Francis Zammit Dimech

    On Friday, Malta celebrates its 54th birthday. It was only on September 21, 1964, and on no other day, that Malta was born as a sovereign and independent nation, as a member in our own right of the international community of nations.  It was as of...

  • A Maltese favela? - Albert Buttigieg

    A Maltese favela? - Albert Buttigieg

    The term ‘favela’ originated in Brazil.  It is a name used to describe shanty towns. The most notorious of these areas are around Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paolo.  Is St Julian’s turning out to be our local version of a favela, an expensive one some...

  • MFSA’s new guard and sentry - Leonard Bonello and James Debono

    MFSA’s new guard and sentry - Leonard Bonello and James Debono

    The new legal and regulatory dimension of initial virtual financial asset offerings (VFAOs) which is shaping up in Malta seeks to unveil the legal uncertainty clouding the crypto market while safeguarding investors’ interests by mitigating the...

  • Ferry crossing

    Last Sunday, my wife and I left our home in Gozo to return to Malta. Sunday afternoon was probably the worst time to try to board the ferry. We arrived at Mġarr at 4.45pm and joined the end of the queue near St Joseph’s Home, managing to board at...

  • Strong majority

    Kevin Hodkin (September 11) asks pertinent questions. There is one very simple answer. Joseph Muscat and his gang hide behind the majority he has in Parliament and, at the same time, gives proof that democracy is not working in Malta. As to Eddy...

  • Urban planning suggestion

    I have just read John Ebejer’s informative article ‘Urban planning at its very worst’ (September 12) and am moved to suggest that if our developers really did have anything other than profit in mind they should do two things. They should stop...

  • Banned

    Manwel Delia, chief protagonist in the Arriva colossal fiasco,is one of the main protagonists of those Nationalist Party “political groupings” that keep holding their monthly theatrics in front of the Great Siege monument on the 16th day of each...