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  • Joseph the Muppet? - Albert Buttigieg

    Joseph the Muppet? - Albert Buttigieg

    “It’s time to play the music. It’s time to light the lights. It’s time to meet the Muppets.” These are the opening lines of a once popular children’s TV programme called The Muppet Show. The show was made up of puppets. Kermit the Frog and Miss...

  • Political foreknowledge

    On April 13, this year the Times of Malta published a full-page article by Richard Galustian, “a political and security adviser based in MENA countries for nearly 40 years”. Headed ‘The Skripal event’, the article started thus: “So many things...

  • Malta’s independence

    Malta’s independence

    Being a supporter and member of the Nationalist Party for well over three decades, I thought it was my duty to attend the meeting held on the Granaries in Floriana marking Independence Day. The main speaker was party leader Adrian Delia. However,...

  • Poor banking service

    On Friday, September 28, I went to the Bank of Valletta’s branch at Balluta Bay at 11.30am to cash a cheque. The security guard told me to wait in the line outside the bank because there was a long (slow-moving) queue inside. He informed me the...

  • Burlò - October 8, 2018

    Burlò - October 8, 2018

    Maltese Developing Artificial-Intelligence

  • AG’s discretion is now the PM’s

    The Attorney General’s explanation in the Constitutional Court that he had decided against supplying the Opposition Leader with a full version of the Egrant report, because that would have been tantamount to letting it loose in the political arena...

  • #JesuisBella - Kristina Chetcuti

    #JesuisBella - Kristina Chetcuti

    I started writing this at 7.30am, while waiting for the school van to pick up my daughter. Tick tock, tick tock, 8am. Tick tock, tick tock, 8.30am. School starts. Tick tock, tick tock. Van came by at 8.45am with a very flustered driver who had...

  • Raising construction standards - Ian Borg

    The economic importance of the buildings and construction industry is widely acknowledged. In addition, the need to separate planning policies from building regulations has long been experienced.  Over the years, the Planning Authority has...

  • Discarding the evidence - Petra Caruana Dingli

    In the footsteps of Economy Minister Chris Cardona, his aide Joe Gerada has now also dropped his libel case against Daphne Caruana Galizia. They have both opted not to try to clear their names after all. They now prefer to live with the...

  • ‘Nobody is listening to you’ - Fr Joe Borg

    “When we adults refuse to acknowledge some evident reality, you tell us frankly: ‘Can’t you see this?’ Some of you who are a bit more forthright might even say to us: ‘Don’t you see that nobody is listening to you any more, or believes what you...

  • Her Excellency the Head of Sales - Mark Anthony Falzon

    Her Excellency the Head of Sales - Mark Anthony Falzon

    The other day I clicked on the wrong part of the screen and found myself reading the vacancies page of a big real estate company in Malta. They were looking for people who were hardworking, pleasant of manner, and “willing to get involved”. They...

  • The Education (Catar)Acts - Sandro Spiteri

    The sudden cascade of not one but three Education bills to replace the current Education (Amendments) Act of 2006 vintage has taken many people by surprise. However, that the minister, Evarist Bartolo, wishes to leave his legislative legacy as so...

  • How pesticides are monitored - Edward Xuereb

    Pesticides are used to kill or control harmful or unwanted organisms, such as pests and weeds, and to improve and safeguard agricultural yields and the quality of agricultural products. There are no benefits without risks. Pesticides can have...

  • Suffocated by tourists (2): ‘When will they ever learn?’ - John Vassallo

    Suffocated by tourists (2): ‘When will they ever learn?’ - John Vassallo

    In my article last week I provided a few examples of what is being done in several of Malta’s neighbouring cities to reduce the numbers of incoming tourists and to respect the interests of the local inhabitants. Is Malta doing anything of the...

  • Steve Carter never represented Smart City Malta

    Reference is made to an article appearing on page 8 of The Sunday Times of Malta published on September 30, headed “Ex-Smart City promoter on money-laundering charges”. The title and content of the said article give the erroneous impression that...

  • Church’s contribution to Maltese society

    A number of religious orders’ convents are almost vacant. Why not turn them into old people’s homes? Such homes are in great demand and will continue to be in demand the more the Maltese population ages. A much needed social service to the elderly...

  • Unequal pay for equal work

    A few days ago the Directorate for Research, Lifelong Learning and Employability held its induction session for the year 2018/2019. During this session we adult educators were informed that this year a lump sum equivalent to 10 hours’ duty will be...

  • A divine right to rule

    I imagine that nothing must be more insulting or demeaning to those who voted for the Democratic Party than to be told that it “stole” two seats from the Nationalist Party. It is as if their votes belong to the Nationalist Party, and their...

  • I want peace and quiet

    I want peace and quiet

    In these loud times we live in – with political foes yelling on television, with cars, construction trucks and cranes jamming and rumbling through our streets, with smartphones chirping all around – I think we all deserve a little peace and...

  • Islanders - October 7, 2018

    Islanders - October 7, 2018

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