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  • Origins of Ta’ Xbiex

    I refer to the article entitled ‘Musing on Ta’ Xbiex’s origin and past’, by Salvator Mousù, (The Sunday Times of Malta, March 17). I was very surprised with some of his comments regarding the origins of Ta’ Xbiex, which I do not agree with. As...

  • Keeping the ball rolling - Angelo Chetcuti

    Keeping the ball rolling - Angelo Chetcuti

    The contrast is striking. The intimacy and concentration of the dressing room where everyone is finding his way to focus, to keep the tension in check.  You walk out along an ordinary corridor, a few metres in the tunnel, and then a few steps to...

  • A note of appreciation - Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca

    It has been my honour and privilege to have had this opportunity to be able to share with you, as one of you, these past five years as President of the Republic of Malta. Throughout that time, I have worked hard to uphold my constitutional duties,...

  • The vanishing act of the Maltese gene - Kristina Chetcuti

    The vanishing act of the Maltese gene - Kristina Chetcuti

    We are the country having least babies in the whole of the European Union. Maltese parents now have an average of one child, and this in a span of three generations. My grandparents had six children, my parents two, and I have one (blended family...

  • We are losing our country - Adrian Delia

    According to sources quoted by The Sunday Times of Malta, Malta failed the Moneyval preliminary test. The same sources reported that Finance Minister Edward Scicluna is not losing sleep over the matter because, the article states, the report can...

  • Sisters are doing it by themselves - Claire Bonello

    Sisters are doing it by themselves - Claire Bonello

    The first lawyer I ever met was a woman. I can remember practically every detail of Ena Cremona’s austere offices in Valletta which I visited as a child. There were the maroon volumes of law books which she would select and review before imparting...

  • Sustainable stability - Mark Anthony Falzon

    Few people would argue with the idea of sustainable growth. Among them is David Attenborough, who has called it an oxymoron. Now Attenborough is usually to be seen speaking in hushed tones near a pair of displaying birds of paradise. Of late,...

  • Far from Dante’s Inferno - Frans Camilleri

    John Vassallo (‘The trickle-down economy’, March 24) writes that “perhaps hell does not exist”. I think it does. Apart from cheaters in politics and the private sector, it is also reserved for opinionists who make poor attempts to imitate Dante’s...

  • Piloting the way to clean oceans - Violeta Bulc and Karmenu Vella

    Whether you work in shipping or fishing, or whether you work in tourism or with new offshore technologies, we all depend on oceans. Our oceans are home to an astounding array of species – which make our planet so special. They supply half of the...

  • Misplaced nostalgia - Manuel Delia

    Maltese MEPs last week voted against a European Parliament resolution de-nouncing Malta and six other EU countries as tax havens. The hard-hitting report is the result of a year’s work by the parliament’s committee on financial crime and tax...

  • The politics of cannabis - Fr Joe Borg

    The battle lines for and against the legalisation of the so-called recreational use of cannabis are being drawn up very clearly. The medical experts and those who for decades helped drug victims are adamant that cannabis for recreational use...

  • Migration: the missed opportunities - Peter Agius

    I am doing the rounds in our towns and villages and discussing how to make the best out of EU membership. Notwithstanding that the numbers of irregular migrants are negligible compared to the numbers legally imported from third countries,...

  • The safe zone - David Marinelli

    The safe zone - David Marinelli

    The 2018 WWF Living Planet Report on the State of the Earth explains how in recent decades we have developed a clearer scientific picture of the complex links between climate and animal and plant life, between land and water habitats and...

  • Scourge of air pollution

    Air pollution is a silent killer. The noxious gases and sooty particles emitted by car, truck and motorcycle exhausts have been linked to a range of diseases. According to a new study, in Malta these pollutants are estimated to cut short the lives...

  • Holding the country hostage - Roberta Metsola

    Imagine this scene from a movie or a TV series. Police surround a building taken over by criminals and try to re-establish a lawful situation. The criminals have taken hostages and are holding guns to their heads. The police are armed, but the...

  • Question time: All the brigadier’s men

    Alex Saliba, Labour Party MEP candidate Members of the Armed Forces of Malta are not considered public officers under Maltese law, not regulated by the Public Administration Act or the Public Service Commission. Their engagement and promotions...

  • Life after Bouteflika - André DeBattista

    Life after Bouteflika - André DeBattista

    In the wake of peaceful protests, a frail-looking Abdelaziz Bouteflika, President of Algeria since 1999, announced that he would not stand as a candidate in the forthcoming elections. The ruling party – the Front de Libération Nationale (FLN) –...

  • Clouded vision

    Prime Minister Joseph Muscat was quoted as telling a herd of sheep at Siġġiewi on March 24 that today, more than ever before, Malta is a symbol of peace, equality and a nation that welcomes everyone, except, of course, the boatload of refugees he...

  • Meagre pension

    I retired at the age of 61 with a Treasury pension and a social security pension. When my wife retired, my social security pension was drastically reduced. Now I am just under 70 – almost nine years later – with my social security pension having...

  • Hidden jewel

    Hidden jewel

    Anyone who would like to visit the magical Villa Frere Gardens (pictured) has to go through the gates of St Luke’s Hospital and arrive near the helipad and the Pietà primary school, behind Karin Grech Hospital. Here one finds a small path that...