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  • Under the Misled-toe - Sandro Spiteri

    Look, it’s Christmastime. Harping on nothing but the negative is bad for the liver, and even warriors stop for tea. Without diminishing for one iota the gravity of the situation we find ourselves in, here are some things I liked this year: The...

  • Muscat’s constitutional legacy - Robert Musumeci

    In my contribution entitled ‘The 2nd Republic Constitution: what’s it for?’ (The Sunday Times of Malta, December 9) I questioned a number of constitutional issues (such as whether judgments of the Constitutional Court finding legal provisions...

  • Malta’s media malaise 2018 - Victor Paul Borg

    Malta’s media malaise 2018 - Victor Paul Borg

    The three international reports on Malta’s ailing media published in the last three months make grim reading. They come on the heels of other critical representations, including a report by NGOs to the UN’s human rights council. Among the latest...

  • Malta’s approach to road safety - Christopher Cutajar

    Malta’s approach to road safety - Christopher Cutajar

    Every 24 seconds, someone in the world dies on the road, and road traffic injuries are the eighth leading cause of death globally. According to the Global Status Report on Road Safety 2018 published earlier on this month by the World Health...

  • Caring for our caregivers - David Casa

    Over the past few months, I have been leading an important legislative proposal that will be of great benefit to parents, workers and carers across Europe. This is an EU Work-Life Balance directive that is aimed at improving the actual day-to-day...

  • More on chemicals …and Wied Żnuber - Anne Zammit

    More on chemicals …and Wied Żnuber - Anne Zammit

    For anyone who hasn’t yet experienced the valley of Wied Żnuber, I urge you to put it on your cultural itinerary. Approaching the trail head through Ħal Far industrial estate is not the most enjoyable of strolls. Any X4 bus will drop you near the...

  • 2018 – My own recollections - Francis Zammit Dimech

    The year 2018 has been special, full of new experiences. It has proven above anything else that hard work does in fact pay off. Being entrusted with the role of member of the European Parliament, I have come to realise that the amount of people...

  • Question time: Workplace safety

    Mark Gauci, CEO, Occupational Health and Safety Authority The term ‘accident’ can be defined as an unplanned event, condition or occurrence, arising in the course of work that results in, or has the potential to result in, an injury, illness,...

  • The prophet of our times? - Louis Cilia

    Pope Francis and Pope Benedict XVI have urged Catholics to read the 1907 book by Mgr Robert Hugh Benson entitled Lord of the World with its dire predictions on the world and the Church. It is, indeed, a reflection of our times.   Robert was the...

  • Domestic harmony - Laiq Ahmed Atif

    “The basic building block for peace in society is tranquillity and harmony within the family home. The situation within a home is not limited, but has a knock-on effect on the peace of the local area, which in turn affects the peace of the wider...

  • Gozo tunnel fallacies - Arnold Cassola

    The debate on the proposed Gozo tunnel should be based on independent and realistic studies.  Unfortunately, the important geological one is being kept, for some unknown reason, under wraps. The economic one, authored by Gordon Cordina and...

  • Santa never made it to Darwin - Tony Trevisan

    Santa never made it to Darwin - Tony Trevisan

    It was December 24, 1974, and a very young husband and father of three was eyeing his new pride and joy. His first home for his family, just settled on it a couple of weeks earlier, located at the up-and-coming suburb of Nakara on the coast just a...

  • Reform and opening-up: an ongoing process - Jiang Jiang

    On December 18, 1978, the Communist Party of China held the third plenary session of the 11th Party Central Committee, which made the decision to shift the focus of the work of the party and the State to economic development. This marked the...

  • Faithful words departed - Ranier Fsadni

    Faithful words departed - Ranier Fsadni

    At every end of year it is customary to remember the names of departed public figures and celebrities. But we should also spend a few minutes reflecting on the words and terms that have left us because, having spent years of public service...

  • God’s response to our loneliness - Fr Mario Attard

    Despite the great inventions of modern technology, loneliness is rampant among us. For many reasons people are feeling lonely and rejected. As the solemnity of Christmas is now with us and the plague of loneliness still pervades in our midst, it...

  • Community as celebration - Michael Briguglio

    A few days ago, St Clare College primary school in Sliema held its yearly Celebration of Achievements Day event. When I was a kid, this used to be referred to as the Christmas Concert and Prize Day, but the new moniker is intended to reflect...

  • At the butcher’s - Kristina Chetcuti

    At the butcher’s - Kristina Chetcuti

    One of the good things about hitting the fourth decade is the sorting out of the ‘life team’. A ‘life team’ is made up of, say, a mechanic, an electrician, a plumber, a plasterer, a painter, a greengrocer, a hairdresser, a cheese counter chap who...

  • It is time to fix our democracy - Simon Busuttil

    The report of the Venice Commission published last week confirms what many of us, including this newspaper, have long been saying. The rule of law in our country is at serious risk. Yes, they said, the independence of our judiciary is not...

  • Reform not just for Christmas - Claire Bonello

    Constitutional reform is all the rage these days. Following the findings of the Venice Commission we are told that there will be a constitutional shake-up and that we will have a brand new shiny updated Constitution. Well, a big whoop to that. I...

  • Mind your own busyness - Michela Spiteri

    People always like telling you how busy they are, and frequently ask whether you are. Busyness has replaced even the weather as the small talk of the moment. People are constantly trying to size you up, no longer enquiring after your health but...