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  • Watch: ‘Nobody can accuse me of being biased in favour of government’

    Watch: ‘Nobody can accuse me of being biased in favour of government’

    George Hyzler had barely settled into his new role, and the talk was already about what he could not do, rather than what he could. “I overemphasised the limitation of my powers, but that’s what the law is,” Malta's first parliamentary...

  • Prime legacy of Valletta 2018

    Muża – Mużew Nazzjonali ta’ l-Arti is the chosen name for the new museum of fine arts. It is Malta’s flagship project celebrating Valletta as Europe’s Capital of Culture. Its inauguration last week comes, like so many other projects scheduled to...

  • Clean energy research and innovation - Miguel Arias Cañete

    The transition towards a low-carbon economy, as we tackle climate change, is one of the biggest opportunities of our time. As Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy, my aim is to accelerate the clean energy transition by putting in place the...

  • Summer of ’56 - John Guillaumier

    In the mid-1950s, Buġibba was very different from the tourist trap that it has become. It was then a quiet summer resort with no commercial activity and no tourist industry. It was exclusively residential. At that time, there was no building boom...

  • Luckless Opposition leader - Martin Scicluna

    Luckless Opposition leader - Martin Scicluna

    The last time Malta had an effective leader of the Opposition was 10 years ago when Joseph Muscat took over a party that had lost three elections in a row. He set about ditching all the policies that had made Labour unelectable.  He adopted market...

  • A memorial garden - Ivan Grixti

    On October 31, 2018, the Department of Anatomy commemorated the first centenary from when the first body of a deceased person was donated to the department permitting ongoing medical research by young Maltese doctors in the process of becoming...

  • Education and values

    I read about the criticism a minister levelled at the Dominican friar who proposed the official teaching of the Catholic Church, the magisterium. Others, unlike the friar, but like Pope Francis, are putting the emphasis elsewhere. I tend to...

  • Shameful

    In a front-page report on the Attorney General and his power (November 17) it was said that Peter Grech (the Attorney General) defended his decision to hand a copy ofthe Egrant inquiry report to the Prime Minister “because the case involved the...

  • The tenders game

    The tenders game

    The saga of the tenders issued in connection with the Luqa old people’s home further strengthens my views about the creative ways the authorities play the game and get away with it. It shows the standards of ‘integrity’ among those running the...

  • Where’s the watchdog?

    I can report more trips being cancelled by Malta Public Transport. On Thursday, November 15, at about 8.20am, I was waiting at the Floriana ditch terminus for the route 54 bus to Attard that was due at 8. 35am but it never arrived. The next bus to...

  • A powerful advice

    In his short and insightful spiritual testament, Saint Paul VI had this to say to all those who want to serve Christ and his Church: “As regards the world: one must not think to help it by following its ways of thought, its habits and tastes, but...

  • Watch: 'I understand the scepticism,' says Malta's first parliamentary watchdog

    Watch: 'I understand the scepticism,' says Malta's first parliamentary watchdog

    Barely one week into the job, the country's first-ever parliamentary watchdog has already had to parry scepticism about his new role.  In this Times Talk interview, parliamentary commissioner for standards in public life George Hyzler touches upon...

  • State of the environment

    A report has just been presented to Parliament by the Environment and Resources Authority (ERA) on the state of the environment in Malta. It comes a full decade after the last such report and the reporting period covered only takes in the years...

  • Pieces of the puzzle - Roberta Metsola

    Truth is not a commodity. It cannot be negotiated, watered down or traded off for a different version. It is what it is. It also has a funny way of deciding when, how and where to make itself fully visible, even if only bit by bit. It is always...

  • Was Lee Harvey Oswald framed? - Rodolfo Ragonesi

    Was Lee Harvey Oswald framed? - Rodolfo Ragonesi

    Lee Harvey Oswald was never found guilty of the murder of President John Kennedy by a grand jury, pursuant to the US Constitution. Even after Oswald was killed by Jacob Leon Rubinstein, who called himself Jack Ruby, he should have been...

  • The hand of Saudi assassins - Richard Galustian

    The hand of Saudi assassins - Richard Galustian

    Stalin said that the death of one man is a tragedy, the death of a million a statistic. And the death of one man, Khashoggi, at the hand of Saudi assassins in Turkey has reinforced that axiom.  One man’s death has set the whole complex Middle...

  • Gozo ferry service

    The time is 12.30pm on Saturday, November 17. The Gozo ferry is operating from the south quay due to the windy conditions at the other quay. The road leading to the ferry is one lane so the cars to the ferry are at a standstill blocking any access...

  • Italian synod

    The Italian synod has just finished and the congregation of bishops has proposed an update of the liturgy in the Italian language. Among the changes proposed there is the controversial rendering of the penultimate clause of the Lord’s Prayer. The...

  • Deteriorated bus service

    Deteriorated bus service

    As someone who visits Malta three or four times a year, it is noticeable how much the bus service has deteriorated since the demise of Arriva. Under Arriva, services were frequent and pretty much on time, as there were regular checks by inspectors.

  • Operating licences

    Reference is being made to a letter regarding the Malta Institute of Accountants titled ‘Operating Licence’ (November 19) by Mario Dingli from Sliema. The Malta Institute of Accountants can only set up an investigating committee to commence an...