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  • THE HAS BEENS ARE NOW

    The Labour Party, currently governing the country, if that's what you can call not sticking to promises, not starting anything new, barely keeping the economy afloat and making sure your boys and girls get their plums, recently brought in Alastair...

  • Music of the village feast

    As the festa season for 2014 is now coming to an end, with the last one being celebrated in Gudja in honour of Our Lady of Consolation on Sunday, I would like to give a pat on the back to all those people who voluntarily spare their free time in...

  • Early warning signals

    October is the rain season in Malta which brings with it the odd huge storm causing havoc and floods in areas like Birkirkara valley, Qormi and Marsa. A smart way to alert the inhabitants of the areas was the introduction of an early warning...

  • Controlling diabetes is healthcare priority

    Healthcare authorities have a formidable challenge to subordinate various pressing priorities in the health sector. A shortage of hospital beds, a long waiting list for surgical interventions and a pressing need for new medical equipment are some...

  • Tasks for new archbishop

    We have to draw a line between what is spiritual and profane and then what is pastoral and administrative. All parish priests should be scrutinised and checked for how they are carrying out their pastoral work. They must do home visits to help ...

  • Taken by the bus, Joe?

    I recall a snippet from my childhood when, driving past a sweaty squaddie running up the hill from Baħar iċ-Ċagħaq, back in the days before Dom Mintoff’s intrepid battle to rid us of the colonisers, my old man jibed: “take a bus, Joe”, fondly, let...

  • Alternatives to hunting

    It is with some dismay that I hear that the shooting of migrating birds is still happening in the lovely island of Malta. I understand that during World War II this became a necessity as the population was starving. Now the whole world is doing...

  • Animal cruelty

    Recreational bird hunting is undeniably a needless form of cruelty to animals. Now, cruelty to animals is a punishable offence. Hunting is cruelty to animals. Therefore hunting is, logically, a punishable offence. But it is not. However, the...

  • Dirty money

    I cannot understand how the law courts are being allowed by both the Malta Financial Services Authority and by the Financial Intelligence Analysis Unit to accept bail deposit in cash that often amounts to tens of thousands of...

  • Held together by the grace of God

    Believe it or not, this derelict building in Spinola Bay, St Julian’s, is still partially being used as a residence. As the photograph shows, this corner building is being held together by means of a series of steel beams, struts, ties and...