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  • Language of television

    Reuben Zammit, PBS programmes manager, was not entirely convincing in his lengthy defence of the use of the Maltese language on the PBS output. Words like avveniment, serata, and tikkreja are frequently broadcast and consigning to oblivion...

  • Ruining festivities

    At the feast celebrated in Żebbuġ, Gozo, Bishop Mario Grech delivered a very good homily in which he said we are destined to be happy but, sometimes, the festivity of life, the family and so on is ruined either by our actions or those of others.

  • Tax visitors to Comino

    Tax visitors to Comino

    Some small Italian islands (and at least one in England that I can think of) charge tourists for landing and charge boats for mooring in their bays. This newspaper reported that 4,000 people visit Comino on an average day in summer. They pollute...

  • A ritual not a procession

    Last Saturday’s incident at the Ferries in Sliema has rightly hit a chord with Times of Malta readers. It seems that the unfortunate victim was arraigned because she disturbed a religious procession. I was at the Ferries when two band clubs had...

  • Getting stuck in tradition

    In The Mystic Heart, Wayne Teasdale clearly distinguishes between being rooted in tradition and being stuck in it. To be rooted in a strong faith tradition where inspiring values of compassion, mercy, charity and family unity are transmitted from...

  • Circular road maps

    Three months before the election, the Labour Party had unleashed a mantra that the Nationalist government had been sacrificing peoples’ lives as a result of lack of vision on energy. It torpedoed the BWSC plant, the interconnector infrastructure...

  • Women in evolving society

    The International Union of Socialist Youth World Festival just held in Malta focused, among other topics, on education. As a member of PES Women and president of Nisa Laburisti I was invited to join a panel of experts in connection with the debate...

  • Politicians and accountability

    My article ‘No to more polarisation’ (August 8) has contributed to stir some more debate on the subject of local councils and the unfortunate abduction of Martin Galea in Libya. The Opposition’s representative on the Vote 16 monitoring committee,...

  • Now that the penny has dropped

    August 22 has come and gone, Judge Lino Farrugia Sacco has retired from the Bench on turning 65 and an impeachment motion against him, first moved by former prime minister Lawrence Gonzi in 2012 and filed again by the government in January, has...

  • Cartoon of the day

  • “Do not use EXTAVIA after the expiration date” - Novartis

    Sarah Carabott penned a humane story in today’s The Sunday Times of Malta (August 31, page 9) about the unnecessary tension and pain that sufferers from Multiple Sclerosis are having to go through as government is insisting that for the coming...

  • Combating IS in Iraq and Syria

    Combating IS in Iraq and Syria

    As Islamic State fighters continue to gain ground and terrorise and murder whole populations in Iraq and Syria, many defence and security experts believe it will take a complex military action, a long-term commitment and new regional alliances to...

  • Libya on the precipice

    If anyone had the slightest doubt about the gravity of the violence in Libya, it was dispelled by the UN Security Council resolution unanimously approved on Wednesday. It called for an immediate ceasefire amid allegations of secret airstrikes by...

  • Do not pass Go, do not donate £200

    Just when I thought I had seen and heard it all, last week a friend and colleague challenged me to throw a bucket of ice-cold water over my head, film the whole thing, and post it on Facebook. As if that weren’t bizarre enough, he also asked me to...

  • Urgent need to check the Isis curse

    Martyrdom is again in the news as shocking foot­age of the savagery and bestiality of the jihadists against religious mi­norities in north Iraq hits the internet. The term martyr has been corrupted by the phenomenon of Muslim suicide...

  • When is enough enough?

    Malta is a particular place. In my experience, you either love it or hate it. Very few are indifferent to it. My wife is Maltese, and what I love most about the Maltese character is that the people are warm, generous, gregarious and red blooded.

  • Will Scotland the brave make it?

    I have followed with intriguing interest the televised debates between Scotland’s First Minister Alex Salmond and former chancellor of the exchequer Alistair Darling in the run-up to the historic referendum on Scottish independence to be held on...

  • Common sense challenge

    Emperor Nero fiddled while Rome burned. Labour ministers douse themselves with cold water while the sack of Malta continues. While the law is breached with impunity and hundreds of people help themselves to public land, the ministers who should be...

  • Santa Marija Convoy: Take 2

    The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge drenched Malta the week after the feast of Santa Marija. The Prime Minister, the Leader of the Opposition, the Minister for Energy, Water Conservation (sic!) and Health, the Auxiliary Bishop and the editor of this...

  • Out of the box

    Out of the box

    You gotta love Weird Al Yankovic. Shamefully, I had discovered him rather late in the day, when he had released his spoof of Coolio’s Gangsta’s Paradise back in 1996, to be exact. Since then I’ve kept a more or less close eye on his material. Some...

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