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  • Efficiency still eludes local councils

    Just as the government is contemplating carrying out a reform of local government, yet another report by the Auditor General highlights shortcomings that have been repeatedly raised year after year. It remains to be seen if the planned local...

  • We are all pedestrians - Suzanne Maas, Carlos Cañas Sanz and Maria Attard

    Following the publication of a news article calling for jaywalking to be made illegal (November 7) we would like to offer our perspective on improving road safety in Malta. The Institute for Climate Change and Sustainable Development at the...

  • The property market - Frank Salt

    The property market - Frank Salt

    The other day I was asked to speak at a conference organised by the local Guardian of Future Generations, a very important organisation that, at least, is trying to make our islands a better and more acceptable place in which to live and visit. I...

  • Tarnishing Malta’s reputation - Dennis Tanti

    Tarnishing Malta’s reputation - Dennis Tanti

    Ever since Labour swept to power in March 2013 it has shown all the characteristics of an arrogant, abusive, self-serving and discriminatory government. The Labour Party has captured the Maltese State, taking the government and the whole country...

  • Sliema lunar surface

    It is of paramount importance that Sliema councillors get up from behind their desks and check for themselves the unacceptable condition of the road surfaces, which now look like the lunar surface. What makes it frustrating is the fact that there...

  • Ruin of Malta

    Ruin of Malta

    In my youth, during this island’s halcyon days in the 1950s and 1960s, I never imagined I would live long enough to witness the ruin of Malta. From the roof of my apartment building, I can see 11 cranes looming like juggernauts over Malta’s...

  • Greener grass

    I refer to the  ‘Back where you came from’ Revel Barker column (November 27). He obviously feels rather strongly that “things ain’t what they used to be” on Gozo/Malta right now. It was a really interesting piece but, with respect, I feel that he...

  • ‘Jaqaw liswed li qeda mijew...

    ‘Jaqaw liswed li qeda mijew...

    I only forged ahead with writing this blog post after consulting the ‘target’ in question – a colleague at Times of Malta who happens to be guilty of association simply because her partner is black. The journalist was guilty of reporting a study...

  • An epidemic behind closed doors

    Domestic violence permeates most societies. However, its extent is not well measured as victims are often invisible, fearfully denying their situation and hiding behind the façade of happy families. If anecdotal evidence of domestic violence were...

  • Housing remedies - Michael Briguglio

    Housing remedies - Michael Briguglio

    In my previous two articles I discussed various realities, quandaries, inequalities and challenges in Malta’s housing situation. It is clearly the case that the policy-driven increase in Malta’s population resulted in an increase in both the...

  • People at the heart of Brexit - Stuart Gill

    People at the heart of Brexit - Stuart Gill

    As a diplomat, my professional obsession is with the relationships between countries, whether between Malta and the UK, or the UK and the EU, or the US, and so on. I have done this from London and from several countries around the world but I have...

  • Crystal clear conclusions - Alex Cutajar

    Last week’s publication of the investigation report on the awarded contracts to the Electrogas Consortium by Enemalta by the National Audit Office has removed any form of doubt raised by the Opposition on the project during the recent years. Since...

  • European social inclusion through culture - Karsten Xuereb

    The matter of applying cultural expression to the development of social dialogue has concerned Europe for many years. The Ancient Greeks and Romans, who lay the foundations of that significant part of our civilisation inspired by the Classics,...

  • Brexit paradox

    After four decades of EU membership, the UK voted in a referendum to end its relationship with the EU. After months of tough negotiations with Brussels to bring about a good Brexit deal, very few Conservative MPs are optimistic that Prime Minister...

  • Talks on draft law

    With reference to the article ‘Unions fuming over powers to change working conditions’ (November 30), claiming that the Forum Unions Maltin expressed their reservations with regard to a draft Bill on public administration, the Principal Permanent...

  • Luggage weight distribution

    My husband and I are booked to fly to Vienna next month. We like to fly Air Malta and have chosen to do so again for this trip. We will be flying business class as this is more convenient. The allocation of hold luggage for this flight in business...

  • Burlò - December 3, 2018

    Burlò - December 3, 2018

    Under lock and key...

  • Marsalforn shakes

    Marsalforn shakes

    As I write this, the table on which my computer rests is wobbling seriously. The waves pounding the Marsalforn promenade are transmitting their energy to our apartment and our neighbours’. It is just like being in the centre of an earthquake. I’m...

  • Black day for accountability

    The National Audit Office investigative report on the way the new power station contract was awarded to Electrogas lists findings that raise serious doubts on the competence, management practices and good intentions of those who conducted the...

  • 350th anniversary

    The Confraternity of the Immacu­late Conception of Tarxien is 350 years old. When the parish church of Tarxien was being built in 1614, a certain Dijonisju Calleja offered to pay for all the expenses to build a chapel inside the church to be...