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  • Adrian Delia – one year on - Hermann Schiavone

    It has been almost a year since Adrian Delia became Nationalist Party leader. He won the first-ever election in which party members, 15,000 of them, participated. Their participation was not merely a voting exercise. Most of them engaged in a...

  • Demographic numbers game - Martin Scicluna

    Demographic numbers game - Martin Scicluna

    The average age of the Maltese population has been rising steadily due to a falling birth rate, a decline in those aged 50 years and under and increases in those aged 50 to 64, 65 to 79, and 80 years and above. Nineteen per cent of the population...

  • The fight against cancer - Francis Zammit Dimech

    Cancer is an ever-growing concern around the world, Malta being no exception. There are almost 2,000 new cases of cancer a year and about 900 annual deaths in Malta. This means that, on average, five people in Malta are diagnosed with a form of...

  • Less costly alternative - Fr Eugene Paul Teuma OFM Conv.

    Less costly alternative - Fr Eugene Paul Teuma OFM Conv.

    Do we really need a €55 million road project for the Rabat Road area? The authorities are pushing forward this project, while the residents, along the intended route, are asking for more moderate modifications. Is the Attard/Rabat Road project...

  • The Gozo connection - Steve Pace

    Mention accessibility and immediately a bridge and a tunnel spring to mind. As Gozo reaches its limit in taking in visitors, and possibly an all-time record of tourists, the mounting pressure of accessibility becomes all the more relevant. As I...

  • Towards a politics of conversation - Michael Briguglio

    I find it particularly sad that objectivity and politeness is becoming scarcer among some sections of the commentariat. In a post-truth context, sometimes facts only serve to entrench some commentators in their positions, in a zero-sum game where...

  • The missing legacy - Robert Mizzi

    The missing legacy - Robert Mizzi

    A recent article in the Financial Times refers to the legacy of V18 when Valletta’s stint as the European Capital of Culture will eventually be over. In my opinion, V18 presented us with the perfect occasion to create a long-lasting legacy that...

  • Snow White revisited - Kristina Chetcuti

    Snow White revisited - Kristina Chetcuti

    Once upon a time, there was a girl called Snow White who lived with her father, a widower king, in a far, far away kingdom. Snow White lived a very happy life. She was always skipping out of the castle and popping round to villagers’ houses,...

  • (Every day is) International Youth Day - Clifton Grima

    On August 12, the world celebrates International Youth Day, a special date earmarked to remind us all that our hopes rest on young people. We strongly believe that every day of the year is International Youth Day, but on this annual occasion we...

  • Bringing back the sand - Petra Caruana Dingli

    Malta is not the Caribbean or Mauritius. Our coastline is rocky and sandy beaches are scarce, comprising only three per cent of our coastline. Over the years much of the sand has steadily degraded, reduced to tiny slivers and patches near busy...

  • No peace for the good - Fr Joe Borg

    Isaiah quotes the good Lord saying that there is no peace for the wicked. Well written, but probably only partially true. Sometimes peace eludes the good as well. Take Pope Francis, for example. His summer this year will be a very long, hot one;...

  • In defence of slime - Mark Anthony Falzon

    I am of the opinion that the tuna-pen slime making bathers’ lives miserable is a very good thing. A few days ago the Prime Minister visited what is probably the best known fish market in the world, Tsukiji in Tokyo. With him, a delegation that...

  • Leadership in (bad) poetry - Sandro Spiteri

    The number 100,000 has a particular historical resonance for me. I was a student leader during the Church schools issue that convulsed Maltese politics and education 34 years ago; the day after a massive demonstration in Ħamrun, the banner...

  • No to bullying - Julia Farrugia Portelli

    Twenty-eight years ago, in the summer of 1990, I was swimming at my favourite spot in Wied iż-Żurrieq. Then, as a 13-year-old, I remember the gentle lull, the cricket chirping over the Qrendi valley, and the shimmering blue sea. It was close to...

  • The Republic of Darkness - John Vassallo

    The Republic of Darkness - John Vassallo

    I have been silent for some weeks now and some of the people who have glanced at a couple of my previous articles about Malta – about its endangered or even ruined heritage, environment, politics, traffic, integrity and way of life – have asked me...

  • Sand winning - Anne Zammit

    Sand winning - Anne Zammit

    Showers and recycling bins at Balluta Bay belie what’s in store for beaches from Mellieħa to Marsalforn. A pilot project aimed at “testing the possibility of re-nourishing the sandy beach at Balluta Bay using sand found on the seabed within the...

  • Change starts with us - Helena Dalli

    No, bullying should not be accepted as part of growing up. If we were to ignore all the harm and evil human beings are capable of to hurt others, no good fight would have been fought and won and there would be no ongoing struggles to right the...

  • Question time: Summer on hold

    Aleander Balzan, Director of Communications, Labour Party People have started going on holidays, taking leave from work and enjoying a well-deserved break after months of hard work. It’s the period during which many recharge themselves before...

  • Road to healthy living - George Debono

    Road to healthy living - George Debono

    What Jean Karl Soler wrote in a recent article titled ‘Irrational rationalisation’ is misleading and needs to be corrected. He declares himself again, unequivocally in favour of continuing with the destruction of trees to create more road space...

  • Alice in Egrant’s wonderland - Arthur Muscat

    Why all this fuss about this secret Panama-registered company called Egrant? Why cannot we just discard this curiosity to discover who owns this company? It is an accepted universal truth, and so we have been told, that there is nothing wrong, or...