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  • Wrong interpretation of law? - Joe Brincat

    Wrong interpretation of law? - Joe Brincat

    Tonio Borg expressed an opinion about the decision delivered by the Criminal Court, on the request for an enquiry by Simon Busuttil. It is unfortunate that we have to discuss such a legal problem against the background of politics and...

  • Directors must share responsibility - Arnold Cassola

    In 2008 the financial world was hit by a crisis of gigantic proportions. The collapse of the Lehman Brothers bank, till then considered to be an unassailable bulwark of the financial establishment, wrought havoc not only on financial institutions...

  • Beverage container refunds - Joe Attard

    Beverage container refunds -  Joe Attard

    February 7 should be another day jotted down in environmental history for the business community, a pro-business government led by its guarantor, Prime Minister Joseph Muscat. Malta is committed to collect most of the plastic PET bottles placed on...

  • Christian democracy’s future - André DeBattista

    A century ago, in January 1919, the Partito Popolare Italiano entered the Italian political arena. The party was led by the formidable prelate, Don Luigi Sturzo, and its ideas shaped much of the political development in the latter half of the 20th...

  • Opening the door from Malta to Japan - Cecilia Malmström

    There is a story going around these days. It is that the world is closing. We see people demanding new borders, walls and divisions, loudly claiming that such a development is inevitable. After decades of connections made, relationships...

  • The corruption tumble - Ranier Fsadni

    The corruption tumble - Ranier Fsadni

    A lot of attention has been paid to Malta’s tumble down the Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) published two days ago by Transparency International. Malta has fallen by six points over the last three years. Together with Hungary, Malta has...

  • Who is Don Bosco? - Fr Laurence Essery SDB

    Who is Don Bosco? - Fr Laurence Essery SDB

    The religious congregation founded by St John Bosco is known officially as ‘The Salesians of Don Bosco’, its members adding the letters SDB to their names. Who was this Don Bosco? Giovanni Bosco was the son of a Piedmontese farmer, his mother...

  • Bridging the gap - Franco Mercieca

    Last week the Gozo Tourism Association publicly declared that it is in favour of a permanent link between Malta and Gozo but not as being implemented. It stated that it would prefer a mass transport system rather than an open road for cars.   I...

  • Powers of the president - Martin Scicluna

    Powers of the president - Martin Scicluna

    Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca’s tenure as President of Malta ends in two months’ time. She has proved to be a most dedicated and energetic President, performing her role as Head of State with dignity and great warmth.  Her focus on social issues,...

  • A new serpent head - Anthony Zammit

    A new serpent head - Anthony Zammit

    In a few days, I expect that many Gozitans will join the ‘Day 2019 City Workout Exercise, music, and cultural heritage as the crowd moves through the streets of Valletta’. What is the aim of this prodigious event? I believe it is to aid the fight...

  • Interconnectivity - Joseph Sammut

    Two fundamental principles of the European Union are the right of all EU citizens to freely travel from one member state to another and their right to transfer their assets from one European member state to the other. Not only so. Malta is one of...

  • Let’s combat fake news - Michael Briguglio

    The rise of the social media has changed the news sphere so much that many people get their news primarily from platforms such as Facebook and YouTube. This has increased the visibility of different news sites, where the reader can pick and choose...

  • A better work-life balance - David Casa

    After almost a year and a half of work, a provisional political agreement was reached last week between the European Parliament and the Council of Ministers to introduce a new Work-Life Balance Directive for parents and carers.  I led the...

  • The places we live in - Petra Caruana Dingli

    The places we live in - Petra Caruana Dingli

    Nowadays “all we seem to talk about is construction” was the opening line of a Times Talk interview last week. Hardly surprising, as this island is a permanent building site, with nowhere safe from bulldozers and cranes. The burning question is:...

  • That shocking Mass statistic - Fr Joe Borg

    That shocking Mass statistic - Fr Joe Borg

    I was shocked to discover that 85 per cent of children and adolescents between the age of seven and 14 living in a parish in the centre of Malta do not go to Sunday Mass; and this happens to be a parish where attendance is higher than the national...

  • Television vs cinema - Kristina Chetcuti

    Television vs cinema - Kristina Chetcuti

    Do people go to the cinema anymore? I wouldn’t really know. These days we mostly watch movies at home. Obviously it’s great because not only do we always have the best seat but we can sprawl all over it. However, there’s one main minus: the actual...

  • The UK’s future matters to us - Adrian Delia

    The UK’s future matters to us - Adrian Delia

    I followed much of what has been said and written about Brexit. Geoffrey Cox, the United Kingdom’s Attorney General, gave one of the most evocative speeches on this topic. He reminded parliamentarians that 45 years of integration organically...

  • Halal and the cultures of meat - Mark Anthony Falzon

    Halal and the cultures of meat - Mark Anthony Falzon

    Sooner or later it had to land here. Halal (and kosher) slaughter has been a matter of public debate elsewhere for a long time, and has involved people like Brigitte Bardot, restaurant chains like PizzaExpress and Subway, and so on. Muslims in...

  • Violence in/of schools - Sandro Spiteri

    Violence in/of schools - Sandro Spiteri

    The way the whole business of violence on teachers has been mishandled makes me despair. Let’s start with the numbers: we currently have at least 12,000 teachers and others in teacher support roles (the last time the NSO published such data was...

  • Tunnel vision - Anne Zammit

    Tunnel vision - Anne Zammit

    Two gaping wounds wait in the wings for Maltese and Gozitan landscapes. The twin entry/exit portals for a planned undersea road link between the islands stand to violate the visual environment on a scale few can yet imagine. First floated in the...