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  • Pragmatic approach to homework

    Primary school children often dream of not having to do any homework. On the other hand, parents can have nightmares when their children do not seem to have enough homework. They fear that lack of traditional homework practices will jeopardise the...

  • Rethinking Maltese exams

    The government has recently proposed having two alternative versions to the current Secondary Examination Certificate (SEC) in Maltese. One would be an ‘applied’, vocation-oriented version while the other would be a foreign language...

  • Obsolete media blackout

    Speaking in Parliament a few days ago, Opposition leader Adrian Delia called for the removal of the pre-election media blackout as, he argued, it was obsolete. His call, which has gone largely unreported, was made during a discussion on amendments...

  • A true spirit of service

    In Catholic churches around the world today, the Christian community commemorates the decision of Jesus to wash the feet of the disciples at what was to be his last supper. The Gospel of John narrates a very special context of Jesus who, “having...

  • Bizarre development decisions

    Together with NGOs, the Church Environment Commission continues to turn the spotlight on the defects, deficiencies and downright destruction of the environment by an unthinking government and pusillanimous ‘regulators’. In its latest statement,...

  • Welcome guardianship deal

    Eighteen years ago, Midi consortium was granted a highly-lucrative land deal by the then Nationalist administration to build luxury apartments at Tignè Point in return for restoring Fort Manoel and developing a luxury “Mediterranean-style village”...

  • Truly no laughing matter

    It is not really what Equality Minister Helena Dalli said that was shocking but that she laughed. Maybe it was because she went off script but she was unusually open. Addressing a conference on the status of women, she said the 2013 Labour Party...

  • When banking supervision fails

    Banking is one of the most intensively regulated industries. Stringent regulations are meant to prevent rogues posing as financial entrepreneurs from exploiting customers, shareholders, taxpayers and governments by using the banking system to hide...

  • Stress on fireworks safety

    In a move presented by the Culture Minister Owen Bonnici as highlighting the important work carried out by enthusiasts “in strengthening national traditions and promoting Malta’s cultural heritage”, the Arts Council is giving fireworks factories...

  • Property fund saga continues

    The Property Fund saga started almost a decade ago when Bank of Valletta was accused of selling a high-risk investment product to inexperienced investors who eventually lost millions of euros. The Malta Financial Services Authority investigated at...

  • Of worms and cobwebs

    The arrest in the US of Pilatus Bank chairman Seyed Ali Sadr Hasheminejad over a sanctions evasion scheme has again focused attention on the operations of this Maltese-registered company based at Ta’ Xbiex. According to international news reports,...

  • Beyond economic performance

    For decades, economists and politicians have often measured the well-being of society mainly by focusing on the GDP of the country. The more businesses generate economic wealth, the more people should be living a better life. There is, of course,...

  • Strangers in our midst

    It had been brewing for some time but the appearance in a Maltatoday survey of public concern over ‘foreigners’ in the country should not be taken lightly. This is not the old racism over migrants from North Africa, which also made it into the...

  • Pensions boomerang hits MPs

    The ill-conceived plan to enact legislation giving members of Parliament more privileges backfired. It also severely hit the reputation of parliamentarians to get their priorities right when discussing their own remuneration packages. In a...

  • Questions that must be asked

    The questions that Simon Busuttil, Opposition spokesman on good governance, wanted to ask the Prime Minister proved tricky ones for the Speaker of the House of Representatives to handle. Anġlu Farrugia was effectively called upon to place the...

  • Holding government to account

    Prime Minister Joseph Muscat has his own way of dealing with major concerns in the country – he ignores them. In doing so, he may unwisely think these can be easily swept under the carpet or, at least, stopped from rising to the top of the...

  • The ethics of gambling

    The gaming industry is never too far away from controversy. Many consider gambling addiction to be as much of a problem as drug addiction or alcoholism. The rise in popularity of online gambling has brought the industry once again on top of the...

  • Sailing in troubled waters

    Malta, Greece and Cyprus use smart tax legislation to attract the registration of yachts in their jurisdiction. Put simply, wealthy yacht owners often opt to lease new yachts they eventually buy at a fraction of the price they would have cost when...

  • A decision to forget

    Either Justice Minister Owen Bonnici is wrong or the government official website is misleading the public. It has emerged, quite by coincidence, that when he became minister, in 2013, Dr Bonnici told the director general at the courts of justice...

  • Climate change extremes

    Researchers at Newcastle University analysed changes in flooding, droughts and heatwaves for 571 European cities between 2050 and 2100 using all available climate models. They found that Valletta – and, indeed, the whole of Malta and Gozo – will...