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  • Revitalising local government - Silvio Parnis

    Revitalising local government - Silvio Parnis

    One of the hallmarks of a country’s respect for democracy is its commitment towards strength­ening civic participation in the decision-making processes. This includes measures about consultation with the public on proposed legislation, addressing...

  • Opinion: The tunnel and the end of the Gozo ‘crib’

    Opinion: The tunnel and the end of the Gozo ‘crib’

    Whenever the future of Gozo’s ODZ area is the focus of debate, two diametrically opposed and trenchant positions always emerge – the one of the conservationists, who wish to spare the sister island the ravages of wanton ODZ destruction witnessed...

  • More questions than answers - Arthur Muscat

    More questions than answers - Arthur Muscat

    Our lamented Daphne Caruana Galizia did her best to warn us that the situation is desperate. The deterioration in the ethical standards of Maltese politics, and society in general, has reached dismal levels. The indifferent reaction of a majority...

  • Question Time: What is Malta's topmost priority in this new year?

    Question Time: What is Malta's topmost priority in this new year?

    Nigel Vella, government spokesman Malta is today in a strong enough position to be able to focus on the future. It’s an opportunity we haven’t had for an entire generation. Economic forecasts made by the European Commission show that, in 2019,...

  • Breaking free - Rodolfo Ragonesi

    Breaking free - Rodolfo Ragonesi

    Empires rose and fell around the Fertile Crescent between the Mediterranean and the Persian Gulf, around the Nile, Tigris and Euphrates. Power then moved westward into the European mainland with the exploits of Alexander, Pompeii and Caesar. But...

  • What purpose should tunnel serve? - Godfrey Baldacchino

    Imagine having a tunnel at least 100 metres underneath the seabed in the Gozo Channel, which is already at an average depth of 30 metres. It would have such a steep incline both in and out that it would be a safety hazard if done over the strict...

  • Congratulations to active farmers - Carmel Vella

    Congratulations to active farmers - Carmel Vella

    Your editorial ‘Farmers Lobby Group’ of November 9 merits appreciation and due attention. You have exposed the salient problems facing the Maltese farming community and expressed your support for the new lobby group. It is very encouraging that...

  • The fourth centenary - Frans Said

    The fourth centenary - Frans Said

    Recently, Archbishop Charles Scicluna confirmed in the most authoritative terms that in the year 1622, Pope Gregory XV had declared and announced that St Publius of Malta and Athens was a recognised saint, that is, St Publius was formally...

  • Buying electricity - Eddy Privitera

    The Auditor General’s report on the investigation carried out by the NAO on the Electrogas contract, had the reaction one expected. The Nationalist Opposition and Simon Busuttil, who had originally asked the AG to investigate the contract since he...

  • Death by neglect - Malcolm Borg

    As I sit in a tiny osteria in a charming village in Italy’s Emilia-Romagna and listen to the restaurant manager as he comes to our table with every course explaining the local roots, traditions and sources of what is on our plate, I find myself...

  • Year of hollow men - Ranier Fsadni

    Year of hollow men - Ranier Fsadni

    Strictly speaking, the future cannot be predicted. How things unfold depends on too many variables, on different choices that can go multiple ways. But forecasting can be based on tracking the most salient features of the present – the seeds of...

  • Tunnel facts - Steve Pace

    Tunnel facts - Steve Pace

    A recent Facebook poll revealed that while 41 per cent are supporting the tunnel between Malta and Gozo as proposed, 59 per cent are in favour of sustainable and environmentally friendly alternatives. The poll shows that the absolute majority of...

  • E-mail from a tourist in 2030 - John Ebejer

    Hello Jim. I will return home shortly after a three-week holiday in Malta. You ask me for advice for your planned visit to the Maltese islands. My last visit here was 20 years ago, back in 2010, and it’s sad to say that Malta has changed, and not...

  • Brazil’s presidential inauguration - Martin Scicluna

    Brazil’s presidential inauguration - Martin Scicluna

    Yesterday, Jair Bolsonaro, a controversial former paratrooper who built his electoral campaign around pledges to crush crime, corruption and the supposed threat from communism, was inaugurated as the President of Brazil.  Bolsonaro’s inauguration...

  • Write a novel, ride a bus - Nicole Klaesener-Metzner

    The top 10 New Year’s resolutions hardly ever change. Lose weight. Exercise more. Travel. Live life to the fullest. Read more. Write that novel you’ve been carrying within your heart for so long. And yet, and yet. These resolutions quickly fall by...

  • The miraculous journey - Patrick Pullicino

    Fourteen giant new sculptures by Damien Hirst, that show the development of a child in the womb from foetus to birth, have been unveiled in front of the new $8 billion Sidra Women and Children’s hospital in Qatar.   These bronze figures are...

  • Under the spotlight - Denis Tanti

    Under the spotlight - Denis Tanti

    Over the past months St Vincent de Paul, that serves as a hospital and a home for the elderly and disabled, has come under the spotlight as a result of suspicious multi-million deals that were reached for the provision of services to this...

  • Cry for help

    Cry for help

    This is an emergency. As urgent as an infant playing with a loaded gun or an infant on the edge of a tall building. In such cases, everyone would act immediately, with parental instincts kicking in, removing the child from harm.  Now, give the...

  • Politically-laced pieces dominate opinion section

    Politically-laced pieces dominate opinion section

    Pieces tackling the exploits of the political class were among the most-read opinion pieces in Times of Malta in 2018. These are the top 10: 1. Rent a home for 12 hours a day - Kristina Chetcuti The hidden homeless are on the increase and it’s...

  • Alone in a hospital ward - Ċensu Galea

    The past 12 months have resulted in a very long and winding journey. I have spent a lot of time in hospital wards. The hours I spent there over the past year are more than the aggregate of the time I had been in hospital over the previous 61...