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  • Overshoot-and-collapse - Alfred Baldacchino

    Overshoot-and-collapse - Alfred Baldacchino

    Local mass media daily carry news of an alarming increase in traffic accidents, some with loss of life: injuries and deaths in the neck-breaking rush of the construction industry; the alarming increase in criminal activities, some leading to...

  • Learning the right lessons - Dunja Mijatović

    Learning the right lessons - Dunja Mijatović

    A year ago, today, Daphne Caruana Galizia was brutally killed when a powerful explosive device blew up her car. Twelve months later, her family is still waiting for justice – and her colleagues for better protection. So far, the investigations the...

  • Rotten state of our democracy - Simon Busuttil

    The brutal assassination of Daphne Caruana Galizia delivered a mortal blow to our democracy. In the immediate aftermath of the assassination, the Prime Minister was big on words but short on action. His bravado of “leaving no stone unturned” to...

  • The mantle of empire - Rodolfo Ragonesi

    The mantle of empire - Rodolfo Ragonesi

    When actor Michael Caine was asked what he thought about the health and state of the British film industry today, he replied coyly, but somehow also tellingly, “Oh it is very much alive and well, in Hollywood”. It is very easy to be duped into...

  • Mass transit issues

    Mass transit issues

    The recent public lecture by Susan Grant-Muller on ‘Enabling new insights into transport scheme impacts through next generation micro-mobility data’ continued to stir highly relevant debate we have come to expect from the Institute of Climate...

  • A complex issue

    I refer to the Question Time feature titled ‘Educated planning’ (October 13). Education is always an important aspect of governance and administration. Never simple and always complex by definition. How is funding generated in Malta to provide for...

  • Boring writing

    It is a given that even the most serious newspaper has to include some cartoonish light relief. Is finding such comic content so difficult that the Times of Malta has to give so much space to Eddy Privitera’s interminable, repetitive, maundering...

  • Mental health well-being

    In a Talking Point on World Mental Health Day last Wednesday, the Commissioner for the Promotion of Rights for People with Mental Disorders, John Cachia, highlighted the urgent need for a national mental health reform programme. There is consensus...

  • Time for national bereavement - Peter Agius

    The Romans had a saying, “De mortuis nil nisi bonum”, that is, you only speak good of the dead. In Malta, we all invariably tend to mention departed ones with sympathy. When Daphne Caruana Galizia was murdered I thought this Maltese characteristic...

  • Daphne, a year later - Michael Briguglio

    On October 16, 2017, I was giving a lecture in environmental sociology at the University of Malta. As is the case with my two-hour lectures, I gave my students a 15-minute break halfway through it. I duly scrolled though my smartphone during the...

  • Need for public gardens - Astrid Vella

    If Malta had not been colonised for the last few centuries, we would probably not have any public gardens and few trees. Think about it. How many public gardens of note have been set up since the British left? It is thanks to the Knights that we...

  • May’s time is running out - Ivan Grixti

    This summer, the Times of Malta carried an article entitled ‘Could Chequers talks mean checkmate for Theresa May’s Brexit?’, which featured a number of major players of the UK economy highlighting the cost of a bad Brexit. In particular, Jaguar...

  • The welfare state

    Whingeing about the building industry, property developers and the accelerating chasm that exists between the affluent and the poor achieves little, if anything. According to The Economist, France is the only developed country where the gap...

  • Inconvenience

    The HSBC ATM situated beside the Sliema police station was removed recently. Several old timers and not so elderly people rightly complain about this closure because the nearest HSBC ATM is way too far away and seriously not for the convenience of...

  • Pensions’ farce

    Pensions’ farce

    If you have reached retirement age and decide to keep on working because you cannot cope with your pension only, the government ‘rewards’ you by robbing you €3,000 plus from your pension. It works out as follows: they add your annual pension to...

  • Licence to sin

    Roman Catholics have an advantage over devotees of other religions. When they commit a crime, all they have to do is go to ‘confession’ and their crime is ‘forgiven’. In a BBC programme entitled ‘Breaking the seal’, it was reported that an...

  • Burlò - October 15, 2018

    Burlò - October 15, 2018

    Cardona’s Mannara

  • Back to sender

    With reference to the article titled ‘Objectors show concern about Żebbuġ-Bidnija land “barter’’’ (October 9), I am surprised the Planning Authority is even prepared to examine this application. The 4,000-square-metre area in Bidnija is ODZ and,...

  • Gospel

    Has anyone read the Gospel according to the present head of the Planning Authority? Get hold of a copy of the Times of Malta of October 3, 2018 and you have it on the front page.

  • ‘We will remember them’

    When the outbreak of hostilities signalling the start of the First World War was announced in Malta, the Daily Malta Chronicle reported that “it evoked a spontaneous outburst of enthusiasm amongst all classes of the population”. When the war ended...