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  • Bloodstream of nation

    Bloodstream of nation

    The visit by Prime Minister Joseph Muscat and Opposition leader Simon Busuttil to Mcast provoked a debate on the education sector, which is healthy, even if a lot of what was written is nothing but misinformation. Did anyone question Muscat about...

  • Ebola virus and the politics of fear

    Health experts in Western countries insist that the odds of contracting Ebola are remote and that many other scourges, such as traffic deaths, accidental shootings and suicides, pose a much bigger danger to the public. But fear is irrational and...

  • Exemplary, hard-working parish priest (1)

    I am trying desperately to recall my meeting with David Borg (‘A new parish priest needed’, October 28) as well as the conversation we had outlining my grievances towards our parish priest, Fr Kalċidon Vassallo. Dun Kalċ, as he is well known in...

  • Malta’s meld of cultures

    Malta’s meld of cultures

    Prince William was in Malta to join the celebrations to mark 50 years of independence from Britain on September 21, 1964. In the early 1960s, Malta was pressing for full integration with the UK but on that occasion we were the ones insisting on...

  • Exemplary, hard-working parish priest (2)

    I refer to David Borg’s letter titled ‘A new parish priest needed’ (October 28). I have lived in Balzan for many years and I am sure that the parishioners of Balzan have great respect and appreciation for our present hard-working parish priest.

  • Improving fiscal morality

    The Gospel reading applicable to the 29th Sunday in Ordinary time reiterated the obligation of Roman Catholics to indulge in supporting social justice by paying their dues to the exchequer. Conceptualising the words of our Lord Jesus Christ,...

  • Time after time

    Time after time

    Many people were puzzled, while others had different ideas, last Sunday, when they looked at the clock above the gate leading to the President’s Palace and realised that there was an hour difference between their watches and this clock. Here it is...

  • Stella Maris band history

    A recent publication sponsored by the Sliema local council includes a feature on the history of the Stella Maris Band Club. The author, Herbert Naudi, a member of the club who shows interest in all that happens in the Sliema area, has taken the...

  • Of road hogs and speeding

    In these insufferable times of enforced moral sobriety, spiritual ‘wellness’, healthy living and safety and security, we ought to spare a thought for those drivers out there who keep getting gridlocked because granddad is too terrified of...

  • Buġibba going downhill fast

    I am writing this short piece to make people aware of the society we are living in. I am over 70 years of age and currently living over the wardens’ office in St Paul’s Bay. There is a daily stream of wardens and police officers but...

  • How exciting is the Pope?

    Saray Gray writing in Salon said that the Pope is amazing and she described his statements as exciting.  Salon, the US based progressive magazine was created by David Talbot in 1995. A quick Google search about the magazine informs us that it...

  • DAMN AND PUBLISH

    The editors of the main two papers in English are engaged in an exchange of views, which some would call forthright, except they haven't started swinging handbags, yet. The point at issue is whether the name of a priest who is being prosecuted for...

  • Magistrate’s lovely smile

    It was late on Sunday the 19th when we heard the shocking news that Magistrate Joe Apap Bologna had passed away to eternal life. Although we are sure that it was very bitter for his family we believe that our eternal father has made his call upon...

  • Gearing up for the next budget

    National interest in the Budget only starts building up in the two to three weeks before the presentation of the financial estimates in Parliament. What invariably sparks off discussion or, rather, controversy, is not the pre-Budget document...

  • Care and courtesy on the road

    Now that the weather is changing, this letter is aimed at all the drivers out there. Because of the delays inherant in bad weather, please consider leaving for your destination a little earlier than usual, as rushing on wet, slippery roads is...

  • There is no need for new diabetes study

    There is no need for new diabetes study

    With reference to the article ‘We don’t know number of people with diabetes’ (October 20), the National Diabetes Programme (NDP), of which I was the local project manager, was set up in collaboration with WHO in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Its...

  • Running out of...Gasol

    On October 12, 2013, Enemalta announced that it had selected Electrogas Malta as the preferred bidder to build a new gas power station and supply electricity to the corporation. Electrogas is a consortium made up of the German firm Siemens, Socar...

  • Another tourist lost over hunting

    My wife and I have just paid our last visit to these lovely islands after 30 years. Why? Because we’ve had enough of the senseless shooting of migratory birds passing through this country. These defenceless birds are not yours to kill. They...

  • Jasmine in parliament

    Jasmine in parliament

    Almost four years have passed since the outbreak of protests – the Jasmine Revolution – that brought down the thieving regime of Zine El Abidine Ben Ali in Tunisia. Enough has happened in the country to make one wary of undiluted optimism. Yet,...

  • Animal-friendly Malta

    Animal-friendly Malta

    It was 2001. The first Animal Welfare Act was enacted, providing an invaluable legal framework to non-governmental organisations which tirelessly advocated for animal welfare and animal rights. Unfortunately, more than a decade after this...

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