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  • Political responsibilities

    It is amusing to hear political candidates debating and saying what they will do for Malta if elected to office. However, once elected, most of these promises are forgotten and all they think of are excuses for not carrying out their promi­ses.

  • The lows of legal highs - Anthony Dimech

    The lows of legal highs - Anthony Dimech

    The term “legal highs” will soon shed its connotations. The masterminded legal advantages that these novel psychoactive substances (NPS) enjoy over the other commonly abused drugs are expected to be neutralised as our politicians, a bit behind...

  • Law of the jungle

    I have lived in the same terraced house for the past 50 years. Recently the residence next to mine was bought by a third party and demo­lished and then rebuilt.  However, the new permit issued by the authorities included an extra one-and-a-half...

  • Is land reclamation feasible? - Angelo Xuereb

    Is land reclamation feasible? - Angelo Xuereb

    I have been publishing my views on construction and demolition waste since early 2000, when the matter was not in the public consciousness as much as it is now. Already then I identified the issue as a national problem requiring immediate action,...

  • Islanders - March 10, 2019

    Islanders - March 10, 2019

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  • Strong wind warning for mass tourism - Anne Zammit

    Strong wind warning  for mass tourism - Anne Zammit

    Extreme natural events, such as the severe gale experienced two weeks ago, can expose vulnerabilities with possibly serious impacts on Malta’s tourism industry. Obliquely, mass tourism is itself listed as a hazard wherever destinations have been...

  • ZTV - Explicit

    ZTV - Explicit

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  • Those empty pews, a failure?

    The signs were all around and the outcome of the Church survey on Sunday Mass attendance came as no surprise. Just under 37 per cent of the Catholic population attends Mass on Sunday. So much for Catholic Malta, its festas and the fireworks. The...

  • Ministers become untouchables - Mario de Marco

    Ministers become untouchables - Mario de Marco

    Reading what Finance Minister Edward Scicluna said earlier this week reminded me of something I read some years back: “Governments don’t lie. People lie. And if you want the real story, you need to find out more about those people.” Scicluna was...

  • Question time: Not a storm in a teacup

    Nigel Vella, government spokesman During a ‘thank you’ event organised at the Prime Minister’s office, Joseph Muscat told the crowd in front of him that the end-of-February storm “has proven that Malta has a system in place that works”. All...

  • Give peace a chance - Laiq Ahmed Atif

    Give peace a chance - Laiq Ahmed Atif

    The times we live in pose great challenges to the peace and prosperity of the entire world. Despite the fact that everyone appreciates and comprehends that the world badly needs peace, tolerance, harmony and forbearance, regrettably, it seems as...

  • April 1953 sea odyssey

    I would like to thank Mark Said for his very interesting contribution ‘The Star of Malta revisited’ (March 4). The incident he described is practically common knowledge. However, I am referring to an earlier case. I am certain of the facts I...

  • Two of a kind

    Who does not remember Simon Busuttil, just days prior to the June 2017 election, promising that a Nationalist government would give a grant of €10,000 to each couple who decides to reside in Gozo. But when pressed by journalists for details on how...

  • Unknown location

    Unknown location

    I am spending a week in Malta and have been trying to figure out where this photo was taken, without success. It shows two of my ancestors, on the left and right, with friends in Valletta about a century ago. I thought perhaps the historians among...

  • Newspeak

    The Times of Malta carried a front-page article on March 1 dealing with comments made by the International Monetary Fund about the Malta Financial Services Authority. To me, it was a very polite way of showing how an ‘independent and autonomous’...

  • Gay behaviour

    I read with interest Josianne Cutajar’s article, ‘Do you have the Ex-Factor?’ (March 4). She clearly says that being gay is being gay and that there is no chance of being healed, not even with the intervention of God. She mentions a person who...

  • The hand that rocks the cradle

    The Council of Europe’s Human Rights Commissioner, Dunja Mijatović, opted to mark Women’s Day by pointing out that “a few states still maintain highly-restrictive legal frameworks which prevent or limit women’s access to safe and legal abortion...

  • A celebration of equality... when? - Helena Dalli

    As part of the Women Political Leaders’ International Women’s Day campaign, I was asked to send a short message for publication. I wrote: “Gender balance will be achieved the day when women and men are represented at all levels of society in equal...

  • That tunnel – Go figure... - Revel Barker

    That tunnel – Go figure... - Revel Barker

    A chum of mine, challenging his failure at maths O level, asked the master: “Okay, I got only 15 per cent. But that’s 15 per cent out of how many?” My own grasp of the subject is not that bad, but sometimes I will admit to being confused and...

  • Italian restaurants - Frank Salt

    Italian restaurants - Frank Salt

    Conclusions published from a recent survey state that half those employed in restaurants in Malta and Gozo are foreigners.  I am surprised at that figure. I was under the impression that the percentage was much higher. In most of the restaurants...