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  • Relocate St Patrick’s - Albert Buttigieg

    St Patrick’s Day commemorates the saint and the Irish cultural heritage. St Paddy is a version of our local Maltese festa during which people come together to celebrate.  Sadly though, the St Patrick’s Day celebration held recently in St Julian’s...

  • Question time: Foreign workers

    Marisa Galea, Communication Liaison Officer, Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion Since the establishment of diplomatic ties in 1967, Malta and Tunisia have strived tirelessly to enhance bilateral relations. The number of high-level...

  • Self-respecting - Steve Pace

    Self-respecting - Steve Pace

    When a registered NGO proposes itself as an organisation seeking the promotion of fundamental human rights, one cannot but laud its energy. When the same foundation promotes the introduction of deliberate termination of human life, then one can...

  • A culturally-sensitive system - Rachael Scicluna

    Housing a large and diverse population whose needs and realities are ever changing is never easy for policymakers. In general, households tend to change over time. It is best to liken the household to a living organism.  They adapt in creative and...

  • Examination of conscience - Colm Regan

    Examination of conscience - Colm Regan

    On a recent visit to Malta, Aboriginal leader and statesman Patrick Dodson reminded his audience that racism does not ‘grow wild in a field’. It is planted and nurtured in ‘window boxes’ close to home. Reflecting on the history of his own country...

  • The competitive streak - Frank Salt

    The competitive streak - Frank Salt

    Competition can be on a small scale, or it can be on a large, grander scale. Whichever of the two, it is all about doing as well, or even better than the person or company you are competing against.  All of us who wish to be successful must have a...

  • Forward planning - Sandro Chetcuti

    Forward planning - Sandro Chetcuti

    Malta is in dire need of a breath of fresh air, and the fact of the matter is that our sun-kissed islands are in serious need of medium- to long-term design plans that will brighten our future on a global level. Here I am referring to aesthetic...

  • Better environment proposals - Michael Briguglio

    Malta’s EU membership was beneficial to various aspects of environmental policy, yet our country remains a European laggard in so many environmental aspects. These include quality of air, waste management and usage of renewable energy. Though...

  • Don’t blame the gods - Ranier Fsadni

    Don’t blame the gods - Ranier Fsadni

    It sometimes happens that those whom the gods would destroy, they first drive mad; but it’s not the gods who are at work in the Brexit mayhem. I grant it’s a tempting thought, particularly when you see that now even the Speaker of the House has...

  • Prayer of a lonely heart 

    Nowadays loneliness is rampant. Recently I found a prayer in St Faustina’s Diary that can offer comfort and solace during these painful moments: “Jesus, Friend of a lonely heart, You are my haven, You are my peace. You are my salvation, You are my...

  • Opinion - Why Malta too should explode the myths that the Kremlin uses

    Opinion - Why Malta too should explode the myths that the Kremlin uses

    When I come across an article like ‘Crimea: five years on’ of March 7 by the Ambassador of Russia to Malta, Vladimir Malygin, I can’t help being reminded of Lord Acton’s famous definition of an ambassador as “an honest man sent abroad to lie for...

  • Signs for worth while retirement - Godfrey Farrugia

    A lifetime of hard work should be followed up with an adequate pension and a good quality of life. Much has been said about the need to build upon our pension system, while guaranteeing it for future generations. However, not enough has been said...

  • Brexit? What Brexit? - Rodolfo Ragonesi

    Brexit? What Brexit? - Rodolfo Ragonesi

    The million-pound question, right?In the last three years I have not taken a position on whether I think Brexit is the right choice for Britain or not. Why should I? Should a Juventino take sides when watching a match between Man. United and...

  • Underwater cultural heritage - Arnold Cassola

    Underwater cultural heritage - Arnold Cassola

    It was a pleasure to read in this newspaper that Malta’s underwater heritage is set to receive an extra level of attention and protection with the setting up of a dedicated unit within Heritage Malta. The primary aim of this new Underwater...

  • Are you being serious? - John Consiglio

    If Sir Andrew Cook’s article (March 18) was intended as merely an exercise in personal nostalgia, then all is forgiven and forgotten. If then, however, he is serious about “bringing back the Sterling Area”, then his article is all so outright...

  • So callous and barbaric - Toni Mifsud

    So callous and barbaric - Toni Mifsud

    On the University of Malta website Andrea Dibben is listed as a lecturer at the Social Policy and Social Work Department of the Faculty for Social Well-being.  During the launch of the pro-abortion coalition, Dibben, as the leader of the...

  • Spring: the season to enjoy - Mark Sultana

    From a very young age, children are taught about the four seasons: summer, autumn, winter and spring. No doubt, we all understand the important role each season plays in the cycle of life and the survival of living organisms. Yet, I am also sure...

  • Who is changing Malta’s identity? - Joe Portelli

    Who is changing Malta’s identity? - Joe Portelli

    A recent opinion piece said the Gozitan identity can only be salvaged with a permanent link. I beg to differ. It is we Maltese who are not cherishing what makes us Maltese. When planning is driven by what developers dictate and many decisions at...

  • Born this way? - Fr David Muscat

    Born this way? - Fr David Muscat

    On March 8, feast of St John, patron saint of those suffering from mental disorders, Fr Kevin Schembri, an “accredited canon lawyer”, argued on Xarabank that homosexuality is not a disorder because God made it “and saw that it was good’’.  This...

  • Deckchairs and unicorns in Brussels - Kristina Chetcuti

    Deckchairs and unicorns in Brussels - Kristina Chetcuti

    Every month I correspond with the accounts department of this newspaper, and thanks to this exchange of e-mails, month in, month out, for more than a decade now, I’ve kept in touch with reliable, dependable Roberta. Aside from the boring...