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  • Projects first, planning later... if at all

    As public anger mounts over the uncontrolled and haphazard building development taking place at frenetic speed practically all over the island, disfiguring urban cores and blotting out iconic skylines, the developers’ chief, Sandro Chetcuti, has...

  • Bad planning or rather no planning? - Anthony Ellul

    The Malta Chamber of Planners once again cannot accept that planning is blamed for the current woes and frustration of the people as reported in the Times of Malta on February 28 under the title ‘People’s frustration at the construction industry...

  • Saving our streets - Rebecca Dalli Gonzi

    Think green, think local. This is the approach I believe we need to take if we want a return on social benefits from the current shift towards highly-developed areas. And to do this, we need to start at street level. Indeed, facing the problem of...

  • Philosophy of legal certainty - Mark Sammut

    Philosophy of legal certainty - Mark Sammut

    Life has been good to me. I have had the good fortune of spending quite some time, 11 or 12 years, with Giuseppe Mifsud Bonnici, who passed away recently. We worked on a book together. I have already written an appreciation of this great man...

  • Forgotten citizens

    In various radio and TV programmes, we women are urged to examine ourselves and report to our family doctor anything strange that might appear such as a lump etc. We are also informed about the thousands of women who, every year, are asked to call...

  • Confirmed prediction

    Confirmed prediction

    In the late 1990s, a local newspaper published a letter of mine regarding the crisis of the Catholic Church in Austria after the exposure of the sexual abuse scandal involving Mgr Hans Hermann Groer, the former Cardinal Archbishop of Vienna. In my...

  • Enforcing financial security

    I refer to the recent interview with Andrew Beane, chief executive officer of HSBC Bank Malta plc, who remarked that the legal process to realise security to repay non-performing loans is too complex and time consuming. This phenomenon has a...

  • Burlò - March 11, 2019

    Burlò - March 11, 2019

    Shooting for the stars

  • The judge

    I fail to understand why canine societies – the ruling bodies – object to calling the judge officiating at a show, l-imħallef. Wherever you go in the four corners of the world, a judge is called a judge in their own language. In Italy it is...

  • Constitution is the people’s

    The process of constitutional reform seems to have kicked off without so much as a statement – even out of mere courtesy towards the public – on how it is being conducted and what is under discussion. All we know is that the Steering Committee on...

  • What the Turks did not ravage, the developers will - Kristina Chetcuti

    What the Turks did not ravage, the developers will - Kristina Chetcuti

    When the Ottomans landed in Marsaxlokk on that fateful day of May 19, 1565, they all gathered on the beach to be briefed by their Commander-in-Chief, the invincible Dragut. “Right,” roared Dragut, pointing at a rough map he’d drawn in the sand.

  • Empowering women globally - Mark A. Schapiro

    International Women’s Day emerged from the activities of labour movements at the turn of the 20th century in North America and across Europe. In its early years, the day honoured the women’s rights movement, including advocating for the right to...

  • Half a century later - Petra Caruana Dingli

    Half a century later - Petra Caruana Dingli

    Professor Alex Torpiano is the new executive president of Din l-Art Ħelwa. Considering the environmental pressures in Malta today, this is a challenging role to step into. He has plenty of experience, and was the well-respected president of the...

  • Save Moynihan House

    Save Moynihan House

    A nation’s greatness is judged by its ability to respect and celebrate its history and heritage. We are duty-bound to pass on the heritage we inherit to our sons and daughters and the generations to come. The building frenzy that has seized our...

  • Our presidential Nanna - Sandro Spiteri

    During last week’s interview on TimesTalk, President Marie Louise Coleiro Preca made two jarring comments.  One was that the President considered that the success of her work should be judged by the people. That is painfully incorrect; the...

  • No to war

    Latin American countries, like other nations, have their positive and negative points. I am not a politician, I am a simple priest, but since Paul VI taught us that “politics is the best form of charity”, and as a result of the fact that I have...

  • Konrad Mizzi eyeing leadership

    At last, some good news! The Sunday Times of Malta last week (March 3) reported that Konrad Mizzi is eyeing the Labour leadership. I am sure that they are rubbing their hands in glee and preparing for a huge party in Brussels to welcome the owner...

  • Cack-handed Brexit leadership - Martin Scicluna

    As an analysis of what has gone wrong with Britain’s withdrawal from the European Union, John Vassallo’s simplistic, biased, ill-informed and insulting diatribe of March 3 (‘Oldest Democracy’ in Action) adds nothing positive to this important...

  • Thank you from Pakistan

    I wish to thank the Mission Fund for their kind donation towards our mission in Pakistan. The donation will be used to finance programmes for the Christian formation of youth and adults in poor parishes so that the faithful can have an opportunity...

  • Voting for Europe’s soul - Martin Cauchi Inglott

    Europe is at a crossroads, risking the peace, prosperity and progress it has striven to achieve after centuries of conflict and bloodshed. We find ourselves in this predicament because the European project is failing to adjust to modern day...