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  • Mental health well-being

    In a Talking Point on World Mental Health Day last Wednesday, the Commissioner for the Promotion of Rights for People with Mental Disorders, John Cachia, highlighted the urgent need for a national mental health reform programme. There is consensus...

  • Time for national bereavement - Peter Agius

    The Romans had a saying, “De mortuis nil nisi bonum”, that is, you only speak good of the dead. In Malta, we all invariably tend to mention departed ones with sympathy. When Daphne Caruana Galizia was murdered I thought this Maltese characteristic...

  • Daphne, a year later - Michael Briguglio

    On October 16, 2017, I was giving a lecture in environmental sociology at the University of Malta. As is the case with my two-hour lectures, I gave my students a 15-minute break halfway through it. I duly scrolled though my smartphone during the...

  • Need for public gardens - Astrid Vella

    If Malta had not been colonised for the last few centuries, we would probably not have any public gardens and few trees. Think about it. How many public gardens of note have been set up since the British left? It is thanks to the Knights that we...

  • May’s time is running out - Ivan Grixti

    This summer, the Times of Malta carried an article entitled ‘Could Chequers talks mean checkmate for Theresa May’s Brexit?’, which featured a number of major players of the UK economy highlighting the cost of a bad Brexit. In particular, Jaguar...

  • The welfare state

    Whingeing about the building industry, property developers and the accelerating chasm that exists between the affluent and the poor achieves little, if anything. According to The Economist, France is the only developed country where the gap...

  • Inconvenience

    The HSBC ATM situated beside the Sliema police station was removed recently. Several old timers and not so elderly people rightly complain about this closure because the nearest HSBC ATM is way too far away and seriously not for the convenience of...

  • Pensions’ farce

    Pensions’ farce

    If you have reached retirement age and decide to keep on working because you cannot cope with your pension only, the government ‘rewards’ you by robbing you €3,000 plus from your pension. It works out as follows: they add your annual pension to...

  • Licence to sin

    Roman Catholics have an advantage over devotees of other religions. When they commit a crime, all they have to do is go to ‘confession’ and their crime is ‘forgiven’. In a BBC programme entitled ‘Breaking the seal’, it was reported that an...

  • Burlò - October 15, 2018

    Burlò - October 15, 2018

    Cardona’s Mannara

  • Back to sender

    With reference to the article titled ‘Objectors show concern about Żebbuġ-Bidnija land “barter’’’ (October 9), I am surprised the Planning Authority is even prepared to examine this application. The 4,000-square-metre area in Bidnija is ODZ and,...

  • Gospel

    Has anyone read the Gospel according to the present head of the Planning Authority? Get hold of a copy of the Times of Malta of October 3, 2018 and you have it on the front page.

  • ‘We will remember them’

    When the outbreak of hostilities signalling the start of the First World War was announced in Malta, the Daily Malta Chronicle reported that “it evoked a spontaneous outburst of enthusiasm amongst all classes of the population”. When the war ended...

  • A letter to my daughter - Kristina Chetcuti

    A letter to my daughter - Kristina Chetcuti

    On October 16 last year at 3pm, we were at home together, in the living room laughing about something we had just seen on television. I don’t even remember what about, but I remember the sound of laughter. And then I remember a few seconds later,...

  • The degrading of Malta’s name - John Vassallo

    Today all newspapers and TV stations worldwide name Malta in the same breath as Slovakia, Bulgaria and now Saudi Arabia because of the terrible fate suffered by journalists. We are now placed in the same boat as two former Soviet Bloc countries...

  • Fat cat insults the nation - Claire Bonello

    So it turns out that the concession for the national aquarium was another case of public land given away at a low price to private interests. A report issued by the National Audit Office concluded that the concession did not take into account the...

  • The other side of what, exactly? - Michela Spiteri

    I have written several articles on the subject of underage/under the influence/reckless driving, and my views on the subject must now be well-known. Every columnist has a hobby horse – a sore point or two – and this is definitely one of mine. But...

  • Taking Daniel Holmes seriously - Mark Anthony Falzon

    Daniel Holmes was released from prison two weeks ago. The Welshman was 28 when he was arrested in Gozo in 2006 for growing cannabis plants. In 2011, he was fined €23,000 and served a 10-and-a-half-year prison sentence. Over the years, his case has...

  • Shocking revelations - Arnold Cassola

    The two articles in La Repubblica and the ensuing fracas in Parliament last week have taught me and the Maltese something more about the hidden dirty works ofour country. First, we learned that the price of blasphemy depends a lot on who it is and...

  • The state of journalism - Manuel Delia

    The state of journalism - Manuel Delia

    The killing of Daphne Caruana Galizia brought about change in many people’s lives. Hers was ended. And dramatic, brutal killings are normally expected to bring about change beyond the shattering pain they cause to those closest to the...