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  • Anger over senseless decision

    The people of the quaint village of Għarb are rightly outraged by the Planning Authority’s decision to give the go-ahead for the building of a new fireworks factory in a valley there. But so are all those who have at heart the protection of the...

  • Beefing up blood donation

    A blood donation mobile unit, which, in the words of the Health Ministry, has become an important source of blood collection, has been out of service for a number of weeks. When, with very good reason, those responsible for the blood transfusion...

  • Let’s hope it’s a good one

    Another year over and a new one has just begun. For those who believe in astrology, 2019 promises to be unchallenging, at least compared to the one we have just bid farewell to. The great Nostradamus, however, seems to have other. According to...

  • Human resources challenges

    Human resources are assets that do not feature on businesses’ balance sheets. It may be for this reason that people management is often the Cinderella of general management functions in many organisations. However, it is common to hear business...

  • Delia, PN facing hard decisions

    Some very serious allegations have been made against the Leader of the Opposition, Adrian Delia, by his estranged wife Nicola Vella de Fremaux, in the course of court proceedings over his request to be granted access to his five children.  In a...

  • Land reclamation plans

    The prospect of land reclamation in Malta has been rekindled in recent months, especially as the government seems bent on plans to dig a 13-kilometre-long tunnel linking Malta to Gozo. Government sources have said that land reclamation is being...

  • Economy boosts public confidence

    A well-performing economy usually fills the pockets of the majority of the people. At times of prosperity, it is natural the people attribute the economic well-being to the government, as much as they are likely to blame it when things go wrong...

  • Bureaucrats should know much better

    Logic, or even a minor sense of responsibility, was all that was needed but the National Audit Office has come out rather disappointed after reviewing the expenditure of €25 million during Malta’s six-month rotating presidency of the European...

  • Spirit of Christmas present

    It is in giving that we receive, Francis of Assisi said. It is in that spirit that we should celebrate Christmas. The main message of Christmas is peace and hope. The world over yearns for love, solidarity, mutual understanding and a genuine will...

  • Christmas: a call to intervene

    In recent years, the ‘Put Christ back into Christmas’ campaign has exhorted people to choose cribs over Christmas trees and Baby Jesus cards instead of snowmen. In some European countries it was even important to emphasise that the word...

  • The addiction experience

    Anthropologists claim that humans have been gamblers for tens of thousands of years, from a time when a basic ability to assess risk and possible consequences would have offered a vital evolutionary advantage. Sociologists worry about how much...

  • Who reports a reporting officer?

    At least four judges agreed with the family of slain journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia that a very senior police officer should not be involved in the murder investigation because of a possible conflict of interest. The conflict of interest...

  • Unjust ministerial decision

    It was reported last summer that, following years of negotiations, the government had agreed to increase substantially the financial package of judges and magistrates. Court sources were quoted saying judges would get more than €100,000 a year by...

  • Valletta: ‘capital of anarchy’

    Just as Valletta’s stint as European Capital of Culture has drawn to a close and Valletta 18 chairman Jason Micallef had his fair share of preening and boasting about the success of the activities held, well-meaning observers have already given...

  • Appetite for law enforcement

    Many understandably argue that the police have a low appetite for enforcing the law when serious crimes like corruption and money laundering are involved but are prompt to drag people to court on alleged criminal offences like a trivial quarrel...

  • PM shirks political correctness

    As Prime Minister Joseph Muscat obstinately refuses to take political responsibility and suspend, as he is widely expected to, his Tourism Minister and chief of staff until they clear their name in the claims over their Panama companies, now...

  • Non-drinker’s Yuletide loneliness

    The season of good cheer, peace, unbridled consumerism and culinary excess is once again upon us. Friendships and family closeness are merrily celebrated and the warm glow associated with the time of year in general and Christmas gatherings in...

  • Social media in the classroom

    It is now a cliché to state that social media has revolutionised the way we communicate and socialise. Some argue we have become a generation of narcissists and voyeurs ready to expose the slightest details of our private lives to anyone who cares...

  • Requiem to freedom of expression

    The Nationalist Party must decide whether it wants to run with the hare or hunt with the hounds. It says it wants to fight corruption in the country, safeguard the rule of law and uphold freedom of expression but, then, it unleashes an attack on...

  • Persons one just cannot trust

    Prime Minister Joseph Muscat must have got used trying to defend the indefensible and to give the impression things are right when he knows they are wrong, if not sinisterly bad. He did it when his closest aide and a Cabinet colleague were exposed...

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