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  • Medical certificates

    The recent case involving medical certificates reminded me of the many instances I was faced with such a situation. Way back in the 1980s I was the managing director of a company where 25 per cent of the 80 employees were habitual skivers.  The...

  • Too much construction

    I realise that you cannot make an omelette unless you break eggs, but surely the economy of an island that relies so much on tourism is in danger of building too much, too quickly and to the detriment of the objective which should be ‘a nice place...

  • More about the Main Guard

    In my letter in The Sunday Times of Malta of February 4, 2018, on the curious Latin inscription over the Main Guard, I had written that it had been removed and broken because of weathering. That is what actually happened to the Royal Arms and I...

  • Islanders - October 28, 2018

    Islanders - October 28, 2018

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  • ZTV - Strike

    ZTV - Strike

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  • The resilient island with huge potential and big challenges - Stephen Hilton

    The resilient island with huge potential and big challenges - Stephen Hilton

    Malta is clearly a resilient place. For centuries, invading forces have sought to seize control of the islands, harnessing their strategic location to shape trade and improve defences. The fortified harbours, bastions, watch towers and city walls...

  • ‘L-aħħar bidwi’ - Alan Deidun

    ‘L-aħħar bidwi’ - Alan Deidun

    The interview on TimesTalk with Malcolm Borg, head of the Agriculture Institute at Mcast, is a sobering one, dealing as it does with the predicament facing local farmers and the implications of the haemorrhage in human capacity in the sector. Borg...

  • Mystery of vanishing vehicles

    Some mysteries relate to the belief in the supernatural. Others may be just cases of mismanagement and the attempt to shroud it with arcane arguments. The National Statistics Office indicates that in recent years cars have been “disappearing” from...

  • Sport autonomy under siege - Robert Dingli

    At the political discussion held during the Labour Party meeting in Ħamrun, Prime Minister Joseph Muscat spoke of the need for sports federations in Malta to start becoming more professional in order for athletes to be better equipped to compete...

  • Question time: Effective Opposition

    Question time: Effective Opposition

    Rebecca Buttigieg, Lead participant Malta’s Constitution provides for a strong Opposition which plays a significant role in Parliament by actively contributing towards new laws and policies. By law, the Opposition is also consulted on the...

  • Debate alternatives to abortion - Tony Mifsud

    Debate alternatives to abortion - Tony Mifsud

    On October 14, The Sunday Times of Malta reported:  “As abortion debate (in Malta) opens up, theatre reflects and responds.” This because the issue is for the first time set to hit the theatre, with a script by a Maltese author depicting the real...

  • Real and perceived corruption

    Emily Barbaro Sant, as expected, poured praise on slain “biċċa blogger”, as Adrian Delia had defined Daphne Caruana Galizia. Yes, all of us, irrespective of our political opinions, were totally shocked at the news of her killing. No one, not even...

  • Ongoing campaigns

    Call me obtuse but I fail to see the connection between dogs and human embryos, apart from the rather fatuous observation that neither can vote in general elections (October 20). Making the chaining of dogs illegal is certainly a step in the right...

  • Jab can save a life

    Jab can save a life

    I read the article ‘Vaccine confidence low in Europe, raising disease outbreak risk’ (October 24). When I was young, it was nearly mandatory that schoolchildren get vaccination shots before entering school in the US. Additionally, it was a routine...

  • Mismanagement at its worse

    Driving through the normally-subdued village of St Paul’s Bay centre confirms how amateurish and irresponsible are all those tasked with controlling traffic (mis-) management in this locality. As we are all aware, there are a number of rebuilding...

  • Spending more, achieving less

    The European Commission Education and Training Monitor 2018 report provides a depressing reading to those who earnestly believe productive investment in education is the key to long-term economic and social sustainability. It demonstrates how the...

  • One year on… - Robert Arrigo

    A year flies by, like it’s just a week. One year into being elected deputy leader of the Nationalist Party, I must say it’s been quite an experience. Having been given a chance, as it was the people who entrusted their vote in me, I must repay...

  • Gozo and the Budget - Lino DeBono

    Gozo and the Budget - Lino DeBono

    When one compares the previous budgets to the present one, it becomes clear that there was a strategy in all the previous budgets leading to the present one. It was to plan a general policy for the past and future. It was to stop the haemorrhage...

  • Teachers on productive toes - Noemi Zarb

    Teachers on productive toes - Noemi Zarb

    Josef Said’s article ‘Why teachers need grades too’ (October 22) must have got conversations going in several staffrooms; my assumption being that it was read by many teachers in the first place. Whether they did or not, I would like to comment on...

  • Youths’ visit to Cyprus

    The articles ‘Mayor silent on Ayia Napa youth “delegation”’ (September 18) and ‘St Paul’s Bay council probed over “holiday”’ (September 28) are based on several incorrect facts and put the local council in bad light. It is not true that the...