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  • When the going gets tough...very tough

    Yesterday was one of those days when you go to bed swearing that this is your last Lifecycle. Never again, you promise. We were up at 4am to be able to leave at 6am. Well, that was the theory anyway. The reality was that most of the sleeping bag...

  • Fitch warns on expenditure slippages

    Credit rating agency Fitch is expecting Malta to register above potential growth in 2015-16, averaging 2.5 per cent. This is even higher than that projected by the government in its pre-Budget forecast published earlier this month. The agency has...

  • What do households spend?

    Next year the National Statistics Office will carry out a household budgetary survey among a representative sample of resident private households for the purposes of gathering information about day-to-day expenditure. Although similar projects are...

  • A brave new Joseph

    A brave new Joseph

    On September 11, of all dates, and in New York, of all places, Prime Minister Joseph Muscat was selling European passports in the US. He told his audience at a Global Citizenship seminar that the government’s aim behind its ‘Citizen by Investment’...

  • Malta’s lessons for Scotland

    In the late 1950s, Malta voted to stay tied to the British yoke until it obtained independence in 1964. Mintoff was right to seek integration at the time. Malta’s economy was geared to the British presence and integration was then a sensible...

  • A Church too liberal

    A Church too liberal

    In this materialistic and consumerist day and age, our Catholic Church too is suffering. It is suffering from a lack of depth in spirituality, and an attachment to worldly mores, values and practices. Hence its message often sounds vacuous and...

  • ‘No’ to bays in Marsalforn

    I have a summer residence in Barda Street, Marsalforn. Over here there exists a big parking problem. Everyone parks as it pleases him or her without respecting garage or drive-in entrances. I informed the Żebbug local council about the problem and...

  • Thank the postman

    Hadrian Wood (‘Safe delivery’, September 4) should congratulate the postman who delivered his letter even though there was no street name on the envelope. The postman is the one who knows most of the people living in the streets. If it were not...

  • New citizens

    If the Prime Minister was ser-ious and honest when addressing a seminar in New York, and if Malta truly wishes to attract international talent to its shores (which sounds like a good idea for an island basically lacking in the home-grown variety)...

  • Traffic flow

    The grumblers and whiners are at it again. Can’t these guys be thankful that at least we have one pedestrianised street in Sliema, like Republic and Merchant streets in our capital city? The way the traffic flows now cannot be better; it’s the way...

  • To name or not to name

    From time to time we experience a strong popular reaction to some event or other. The vehicle used to spread such popular concern is generally Facebook. The latest such reaction followed the arraignment of a member of the Society of Christian...

  • When the PN played with democracy

    The PN and its allies in the so-called independent press made a song and dance about the government’s decision to hold public consultation about its proposal to postpone local council elections so they would be held at the same time as MEP...

  • Malta has had enough

    Malta has had enough

    It was mentioned in Times of Malta (September 11) that a high percentage of the population is most concerned about the traffic jams, lack of green spaces and overdevelopment. I would have faith in this government if it would not give the green...

  • Work of the Synod

    According to the General Secretary’s Office of the Synod, 253 participants will be present for the extraordinary Synod on the family which will take place in the Vatican on October 5-19. Among those taking part there will be 14 married...

  • Tough hearing for commissioner

    European Commission President-elect Jean-Claude Juncker’s decision to give Karmenu Vella the environment portfolio as well as maritime affairs and fisheries, when he announced his new team of commissioners last week, came as a surprise to many...

  • The horse at City Gate

    Having travelled the world over and had the pleasure of visiting and seeing historical and prominent cities featuring their marvellous monuments, I am baffled to see that in Malta and in particular in our marvellous capital city we offer the...

  • Maestro Vincenzo Ciappara

    I was very pleased to see a photo of Maestro Carmelo Pace, who was my late husband’s first cousin, printed with the letter ‘So what is culture’ (September 6). I was however dismayed to see that no mention was made of his uncle Maestro Vincenzo...

  • Neutrality needs revision

    Those who play down the Islamic State (IS, formerly known as Isis or Isil) insurgents’ long-term threat to our island are living in fantasy-land, oblivious of this fanatical group’s intentions to convert pseudo Christian Europe to militant Islam.

  • Is it a war on students?

    Like many others I was upset when I read a newspaper article, which, among other things, said that politicians are in agreement that teachers need protection in classrooms. The report highlighted challenging situations teachers have come across in...

  • Cartoon of the day

    Cartoon of the day

    Muscat, Mizzi – “on the buses”!

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