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  • How Maltese is Pete Boot-edge-edge? - Kristina Chetcuti

    How Maltese is Pete Boot-edge-edge? - Kristina Chetcuti

    You know how sometimes, when you’re abroad, daydreaming in front of a shop window, you suddenly hear a voice which stands out in the background noise? The first thing you pick up is the decibel level (loud-ish); the second thing would be the...

  • Gudja is not Gatwick - Alan Deidun

    Gudja is not Gatwick - Alan Deidun

    Recent plans unveiled by Tourism Minister Konrad Mizzi to bolster Gudja airport’s capacity, so as to match that of Gatwick, might have titillated those enamoured of economic expansion. But it has definitely raised the apprehension levels of...

  • Much ado about the tunnel, but what about other promises to keep in Gozo?

    Much ado about the tunnel, but what about other promises to keep in Gozo?

    If we pretended - even for a mad moment - that politicians (generally, collectively, or individually) kept their promises, then, yes, one day we will get a channel tunnel, whether Gozo wants one or not. They have promised one, so it will happen.

  • Our ‘Connected Commonwealth’ - Stuart Gill

    Today marks 70 years since eight countries signed the 1949 London Declaration establishing the modern Commonwealth, a voluntary partnership of equal member countries based on common values and shared aspirations. In April 2018, the UK hosted the...

  • Question time: Cultural heritage

    Question time: Cultural heritage

    Francis Zammit Dimech, Nationalist Party MEP candidate Malta can boast of a wide-ranging cultural heritage that has been passed on from one generation to another. Our position in the Mediterranean has given rise to a history and cultural heritage...

  • Weeping for Notre-Dame - André DeBattista

    Weeping for Notre-Dame - André DeBattista

    Many will remember where they were when they heard that Notre-Dame Cathedral was on fire. A friend broke the news to me as we were making plans for dinner; suddenly, something as mundane as dinner made no more sense in the context of the unfolding...

  • Construction developers’ duties - Robert Musumeci

    Construction developers’ duties - Robert Musumeci

    In a week, we have witnessed yet another two unfortunate construction site accidents, both involving structural collapse. There could be a multitude of reasons why a building structure gives way, particularly when excavation works are...

  • If Europe didn’t care… - Michael Roth, Helena Dalli, Ana Paula Zacarias, Frantisek Ruzicka and Marco Aguiriano

    Later this year member states will negotiate the EU’s budget for 2021-27. It will be a complex, technical and (most likely) tortuous task. But, if we are going to get an agreement that allows Europe to thrive, member states need to appreciate the...

  • High-quality wines - Clint Camilleri

    The agricultural sector has extensive opportunities that are yet to be realised and through the implementation of the national agricultural policy vision, tangible advancements can be achieved by current and future generations. Our agricultural...

  • We are to blame - David Demajo

    Why is it that our roads are all full of potholes, depressions and water logged? The answer is very simple. We just do not know how to build roads. The present condition of our roads is a very clear testament of that. Why is it that our bitumen,...

  • Libya – the last battle - Richard Galustian

    Libya – the last battle - Richard Galustian

    The final prize is Tripoli, for anyone that can secure it. That will, it’s felt by many, stabilise Libya and end its civil war or, conversely, make it descend into a greater quagmire resulting in a new phase of very intense fighting across the...

  • Bonds, binds of exclusivity - Rodolfo Ragonesi

    Bonds, binds of exclusivity - Rodolfo Ragonesi

    While physics recognises opposing centrifugal and centripetal forces, we humans also feel opposing energies that pull us towards one another and drive us apart. Social engineering is a social science that studies the planning and engineering of...

  • Keep one eye on Italy - Ranier Fsadni

    Keep one eye on Italy - Ranier Fsadni

    All European eyes are on the UK as inter-party talks resume to find a way out of the current Brexit mess. But perhaps one eye should be on Italy. The three fissures splitting Europe – economic sluggishness, migration and populism – all meet there...

  • Give us back our freedom - Francis Zammit Dimech

    Only recently, we celebrated the 40th anniversary of our country’s Freedom Day. Later on this year, we shall celebrate our 55th anniversary since acquiring Independence.  The significance of acquiring Independence and subsequently being able to...

  • Time to call it a day - Eddie Aquilina

    Time to call it a day - Eddie Aquilina

    Being an avid reader of this newspaper, considering the hours I spend going through every page to be a must and also time well-spent, I cannot avoid being subjected to the regular outbursts on paper that Martin Scicluna uses to vent whatever it is...

  • IS and the Libyan vacuum - Martin Scicluna

    IS and the Libyan vacuum - Martin Scicluna

    The so-called Islamic State has lost its last scrap of land in Syria, but the group remains active across the Middle East and North Africa and still poses a threat to the West. The West cannot afford to declare victory yet. The origins of the...

  • Our upcoming challenges - Carm Mifsud Bonnici

    The grave deficiencies of the present government in the provision of adequate housing for young people planning to marry, for those who have passed through the travails of a marital breakup, as for those displaced by a market increasingly...

  • Autism: a ‘spectrum’ condition - Deo Debattista

      April is Autism Awareness month, a complex condition needing more awareness. Autism diagnosis has increased steeply, especially in developed countries. It is a ‘spectrum’ condition as it is renders it multi-faceted with varied symptomology and...

  • From taboos to vision - Charles Pace

    From taboos to vision - Charles Pace

    Stories are being told to us on social and other media about people, usually women, who needed help because of an unwanted pregnancy and found that getting help brought them face to face with many taboos that stopped them seeking or getting...

  • Your house, your fault - Carlos Bugeja

    Your house, your fault - Carlos Bugeja

    The judgment of the Civil Court, First Hall of March 28 in the names of Nigel Mallett v Dolmen Complex Limited (1270/2010GM) is a significant one for the way it touches the different facets of what can be described as ‘premises liability’. It is a...