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  • Discarding the evidence - Petra Caruana Dingli

    In the footsteps of Economy Minister Chris Cardona, his aide Joe Gerada has now also dropped his libel case against Daphne Caruana Galizia. They have both opted not to try to clear their names after all. They now prefer to live with the...

  • ‘Nobody is listening to you’ - Fr Joe Borg

    “When we adults refuse to acknowledge some evident reality, you tell us frankly: ‘Can’t you see this?’ Some of you who are a bit more forthright might even say to us: ‘Don’t you see that nobody is listening to you any more, or believes what you...

  • Her Excellency the Head of Sales - Mark Anthony Falzon

    Her Excellency the Head of Sales - Mark Anthony Falzon

    The other day I clicked on the wrong part of the screen and found myself reading the vacancies page of a big real estate company in Malta. They were looking for people who were hardworking, pleasant of manner, and “willing to get involved”. They...

  • The Education (Catar)Acts - Sandro Spiteri

    The sudden cascade of not one but three Education bills to replace the current Education (Amendments) Act of 2006 vintage has taken many people by surprise. However, that the minister, Evarist Bartolo, wishes to leave his legislative legacy as so...

  • How pesticides are monitored - Edward Xuereb

    Pesticides are used to kill or control harmful or unwanted organisms, such as pests and weeds, and to improve and safeguard agricultural yields and the quality of agricultural products. There are no benefits without risks. Pesticides can have...

  • Suffocated by tourists (2): ‘When will they ever learn?’ - John Vassallo

    Suffocated by tourists (2): ‘When will they ever learn?’ - John Vassallo

    In my article last week I provided a few examples of what is being done in several of Malta’s neighbouring cities to reduce the numbers of incoming tourists and to respect the interests of the local inhabitants. Is Malta doing anything of the...

  • When Maltese justice fails, go directly to the Strasbourg court? - Giovanni Bonello

    When Maltese justice fails, go directly to the Strasbourg court? - Giovanni Bonello

    The European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) in Strasbourg has its own solemn Ten Commandments, of which it is both jealous and assertive. Foremost looms the one which bars it from considering human-rights complaints when the victim had failed to...

  • Let's stop the hate... together - Alexander Hili

    Let's stop the hate... together - Alexander Hili

    “I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it,” Evelyn Beatrice Hall said, a concept that perhaps crystallises the idea behind freedom of speech. Yet, more often than not we also forget the other side of this,...

  • What’s in a question? - Aleander Balzan

    This week’s Question Time (When will Malta again have one national day and which should it be?) gives me the opportunity to note the manner in which this space is sometimes being managed by the editorial staff. Not because the question lacks...

  • The qualified accountant - Ivan Grixti

    September 2018 marked the 40th anniversary of the establishment of the Faculty of Economics, Management and Accountancy at the University of Malta. An important part of the faculty is the Department of Accountancy. The establishment of this...

  • Owen Bonnici’s ministry - Eddie Aquilina

    A recent post on Manuel Delia’s blog put things in shocking perspective. There’s no reason to think Justice Minister Owen Bonnici was Joseph Muscat’s attorney for a day, the day the Egrant inquiry was completed. Come to think of it, Muscat already...

  • Case closed - Paul Radmilli

    Case closed - Paul Radmilli

    A devious political strategy is at play to silence the electorate, the media and opposition parties on the basis that once an inquiry found no proof on Egrant’s ownership linking the government to Azeri transactions through Pilatus Bank, then all...

  • Relevance of St Francis - Fr Mario Attard OFM Cap

    Today, October 4, the whole Catholic world celebrates with joy the feast of St Francis of Assisi. But who is this once greatly rich, young man who left everything to lead a poor and simple life? Unfortunately, St Francis is oftentimes mistakenly...

  • Trump, Brexit and us - Ranier Fsadni

    Trump, Brexit and us - Ranier Fsadni

    Many parallels are being drawn bet­ween the populisms now resurgent in Europe and those in the US. The similarities are interesting, so is the timing, as is the foreign power – Russia – sometimes suspected of aiding them all. However, the...

  • Who is financing high-rise building? - Joe Pace Ross

    Until some years ago a building of eight or 10 storeys was considered to be a high-rise. Now we are seeing buildings of 30 or 40 storeys sprouting in different areas. The Planning Authority is more disposed to approve these large projects while...

  • Perils of drink-driving - Martin Scicluna

    Perils of drink-driving - Martin Scicluna

    I wrote three months ago about safer driving in Malta. I highlighted the five pillars of road safety: safer drivers; stricter enforcement and driver education; the construction of safer roads; the imposition of safer speeds to align with the road...

  • Waste: initiatives for 2019 - Joe Attard

    Waste management has been denoted by the government as a 2019 Budget priority. In itself this shows that in recent years during both administrations we have lacked the guts to introduce initiatives or legislation to face this growing waste...

  • From Senate to circus - Rodolfo Ragonesi

    From Senate to circus - Rodolfo Ragonesi

    When Senator John Cornyn  stated that the US Senate’s Judiciary Committee proceedings deliberating on the appointment of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court of the US, had become a circus, repeatedly quoting words used to describe Senator...

  • Becoming waste-wise - Simone Vella Lenicker

    World Habitat Day was established in 1985 by the United Nations General Assembly and is commemorated every first Monday of October. Its aim is to focus attention on the state of our towns and cities and to the basic right of all to adequate shelter.

  • Budget economic vision - Michael Briguglio

    Last week, I presented a number of proposals for the upcoming Budget.  These revolved mostly around challenges related to inflation faced by persons at risk of poverty as well as in relation to pensions and rented property respectively. Hence, I...