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  • The right to choose - Saviour Rizzo

    The differentiations in the wage packets of workers suggest that collective bargaining, which ultimately leads to a collective agreement, is very effective in the adjustment of wages that can ensure the dual objective of maintaining the relativity...

  • Humancentric localities - Michelle Attard Tonna and Matthew Farrugia

    Humancentric localities - Michelle Attard Tonna and Matthew Farrugia

    The State of the Environment report by the Environment and Resources Authority, which covers the period 2009 – 2015, claims that noise pollution is becoming an equity issue, related to socio-economic status, age and place of residence. The poor,...

  • Project with people for people - Owen Bonnici

    The launch last Saturday of Muża – the chosen name for Malta’s new museum of art and flagship project for Valletta’s European Capital City of Culture title 2018 – is a milestone for all art lovers and the whole community. It represents a...

  • Waiting for Frodo - Ranier Fsadni

    Waiting for Frodo - Ranier Fsadni

    As a result of our country’s enlightened economic strategy, many novelists are turning to Malta as a setting for their heart-racing thrillers. What follows is therefore advice to budding bestselling writers on how to make the most of our country’s...

  • Diabetes concerns every family - Chris Delicata

    November 14 is the day dedicated to raising more diabetes awareness – World Diabetes Day. It was created in 1991 by the International Diabetes Federation and the World Health Organisation in response to growing concerns about the escalating health...

  • Malta’s cyber defences - Martin Scicluna

    Malta’s cyber defences - Martin Scicluna

    A month ago, I wrote a column in which I highlighted the significant increase in the scale and severity of malicious cyberattacks globally from criminals, hackers and foreign intelligence services. I said that the threats to cyber security were...

  • Valueless politics - Desmond Zammit Marmarà

    The recent controversy about the personal life of the leader of the Opposition has highlighted what is developing into a major problem in Maltese politics, i.e. the gradual disappearance of values. It has come to a point where many politicians and...

  • Pensioners and Budget 2019 - Carmel Mallia

    With regret the Alliance of Pensioners Organisations wishes to state that our proposals together with the recommendations put forward in the Pension Adequacy Report 2018 by the Social Protection Committee and the European Commission to address the...

  • Cooperative alliance - Frans Said

    Few might be aware of the importance of the Place de la Concorde. That square was the site of many notable public executions including that of King Louis XVI.  The square was renamed as a gesture of reconciliation after the turmoil of the French...

  • Force-fed membership - Joseph Farrugia

    Forcing a right on somebody is like saying that foie gras is necessary because the geese are hungry. The topic of compulsory union membership is now on the national agenda, with the Malta Employers’ Association, the Malta Hotels and Restaurants...

  • Budgetary voids - Michael Briguglio

    By now, all readers would have encountered government adverts on Budget 2019. Whether in newspapers, TV, radio or the internet, it seems that these adverts are watching us rather than the other way round. I wonder how much the government is...

  • The beginning of the end of Trump? - Anthony Manduca

    The Democratic Party’s capture of the House of Representatives in the US mid-term elections has ended President Donald Trump’s unchecked hold on power. The US now has an important, and much needed, counterweight to Trump, and American democracy is...

  • On waste: separation and hoarding - Kristina Chetcuti

    On waste: separation and hoarding - Kristina Chetcuti

    We picked up our organic bin last week. We gingerly placed it on the kitchen worktop and then everyone proceeded to practise the art of pretending that it was not there. I don’t know about your family, but mine doesn’t take lightly to the ‘bin...

  • To win, or not to win - Petra Caruana Dingli

    Adrian Delia’s political position was never strong, but over recent weeks it has been disintegrating. Questions about the future of the Nationalist Party are glaring, and have been in the news and discussed on television. Delia’s voice on ongoing...

  • The prudence of jurors - Michela Spiteri

    The case of accused Liam Debono and victim PC Simon Schembri is almost too well known. While I have no doubt that the recent gagging order slapped on Xarabank was well intentioned, I don’t think I’m far off the mark when I say that, by and large,...

  • The New Advent - Mark Anthony Falzon

    I have often wondered how people in places like North Korea can take it. By ‘it’ I mean the propaganda music blared out on the streets, the masses of posters and statues of the Dear Leader, the laughingly heroic tone on tele­vision, and much, much...

  • Neutrality and EU defence: conflict or opportunity? - Martin Cauchi Inglott

    Neutrality and EU defence:  conflict or opportunity? - Martin Cauchi Inglott

    No nation is an island, and Maltese nationals are European citizens. Malta should, consequently, actively contribute to European efforts which seek to propagate peace and stability, especially in Africa, rather than wait for troubles to reach our...

  • Naked Sophia - Manuel Delia

    What does one make of a government minister suggesting that something which is not human, but looks vaguely like one, be granted citi­zenship? There’s a hesitant giggle in the room as at first one thinks this is a joke intended to underline...

  • Largesse is alive and kicking - Alan Deidun

    Largesse is alive and kicking - Alan Deidun

    The restricted dimensions of our archipelago do not seem to dent in any way the delusions of grandeur and largesse that the Maltese in general seem to have. In fact, size limitations are constantly brushed aside by proponents of esoteric...

  • Maltese problems, European solutions? - Peter Agius

    The European People’s Party’s election of Manfred Weber as candidate for European Commission President to replace Jean Claude Juncker is good news for the Maltese people. Should Weber take the commission seat, we will count on a long-standing...