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  • A reliable balance sheet

    A growing number of governments are moving away from cash to accrual accounting. Private companies adopted accrual accounting more than a century ago because it was considered to be a better way of reporting their financial activities and...

  • An important step forward

    The news that accrual accounting is, at long last, now on its way towards being implemented as the methodology for recording the government’s revenue and expenditure joins the several recent historical developments in the history of our country’s...

  • The PN, roots and leaves

    The PN, roots and leaves

    Since the election, there have been many commentators and protestors who have called on the Nationalist Party to go back to its roots. Funnily enough, though, the past leaders of the party would be aghast at how the PN’s roots are now being...

  • A digital truth serum

    A digital truth serum

    Have you ever googled something that you’d never say out loud? Have you ever searched online for embarrassing information or deeply personal questions that you’d never ask another person? Have you ever explored a topic online that you’d never...

  • Breach of ethics

    Allow me to refer to the letter titled ‘A monument for Edwin’ by Michael Borg Cardona (July 12) wherein the following was stated: “Well, I strongly urge the Nationalist Party, and indeed all members of Parliament, to find Edwin Vassallo guilty as...

  • Blame the PN

    Despite what the columnists and pundits will tell you, the Nationalist Party’s successive drubbing at the polls was rightfully deserved. It really says a lot about the Opposition when people are still willing to give it a wide berth despite the...

  • So silly

    I always manage to smile when I happen to listen to the advert by Chrisander Agius and Daniel Chircop about a certain company voucher on Radio Malta. On the contrary, their advert during their programme DanuSan is, to say the least, silly and...

  • Better future

    Now, more than ever, those of us who believe there is a creator God, that the Bible spells out how we should live and that the Church is his people, stewards of this earth need to unite. We need to share, to support each other, to pray and to...

  • More buses needed

    More buses needed

    Every day, a bus leaves Valletta at 5.30pm and heads towards St Julian’s. It leaves full up and picks up more passengers along the way. Maltese people and tourists alike are pushed back like sardines. The air conditioner is not working, windows...

  • Watch: ‘Marijuana use is a personal choice’ – Chris Fearne

    Watch: ‘Marijuana use is a personal choice’ – Chris Fearne

    Deputy Prime Minister Chris Fearne believes marijuana use is a personal choice like smoking a cigarette and should not be criminalised. The newly elected Labour Party deputy leader for parliamentary affairs says that as a doctor he will argue that...

  • Dangerous traditions

    Keeping our traditions and ensuring they continue to go strong is an argument I am wholly in favour of. However, some of them are really becoming a pain in the neck, serve to cause havoc and, worst of all, are extremely dangerous from the public...

  • Merger good for customers

    The announcement of a possible merger between Melita and Vodafone has raised considerable interest in Malta. In fact, the Office for Competition recently announced it will conduct a thorough analysis of the transaction – a move that was widely...

  • Unreliable public transport

    Unreliable public transport

    On June 15 at 10.30pm I was on the Bus X1 stage at the airport. The printed timetable and the electronic signage were showing that the last bus was due at 10.50pm. An X1 bus did arrive a few minutes before the scheduled time and stopped for five...

  • 20% of Malta’s GDP

    20% of Malta’s GDP

    In the immediate wake of the Panama Papers leak in April last year, I wrote an article (‘Keeping a Sense of Proportion’) in which I warned: “There is a danger, as always in Malta, of losing our sense of proportion and leaping to conclusions before...

  • A pleasant stay

    I have been coming to Malta for over 50 years and now I am looking to move here. Sadly, on this trip I suffered a mild heart attack and was taken to Malta’s wonderful hospital. From going in to leaving one week later, the medical staff, down to...

  • Upside of business failure

    While conventional wisdom is to learn from entrepreneurial successes in starting new businesses, it is also important to learn from business failure. Why would you want to study failure? It is about lessons learnt, not the failure in itself.

  • Gonorrhoea vaccine

    I refer to the news item ‘First vaccine to protect against gonorrhoea developed’ (July 12). I’m afraid the heading is rather misleading and we certainly should not be throwing our condoms away just yet. Gonorrhoea is a very serious global...

  • Entrepreneurship and education

    Entrepreneurship education is about developing a competence that helps students throughout their life, enabling them to bring to the workplace skills to innovate practices and make a positive difference. As entrepreneurship is the individual’s...

  • The right noises

    I have it from a perceptive friend that certain levels of corruption are acceptable within Maltese society. They are even envied and encouraged, as happens in some of our neighbouring countries. Most people would not bat an eyelid at evidence of...

  • More ladies in the House

    Flushed by the inroads it has made in pushing ahead with the granting of further equality rights, the Labour government is now thinking of encouraging more women to play a role in the country’s decision-making process. This is all to the good and...

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