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  • Themes for an EU presidency

    In January 2017, Malta will take over the rotating presidency of the Council of the European Union. This six-month stint provides some advantages. Malta will be better placed to influence discussion within the EU; it will be in a position to...

  • Medical visas probe

    ■ Reference is made to the report ‘No need to change way medical visas are issued’ (August 25). The article is nothing but a misquoted representation of facts. First and foremost, the headline in quotation marks is a complete invention of the...

  • Loud noise that is not heard

    The ongoing debate on high-rise buildings has a number of facets and raises very valid points. The ill-effects on people’s lifestyle and quality of life feature high on the list of objectors. Sliema residents who live close to the Townsquare...

  • Failing on three fronts

    I read with interest Desmond Zammit Marmarà’s Talking Point titled ‘Problems Labour must tackle’ (August 17). Though the author has tried hard to sound objective, I believe the article was very apologetic of the huge scandals surrounding this...

  • Bus shelter is still damaged

    Bus shelter is still damaged

    Last February, someone crashed into a bus shelter in Triq Katerina Vitale, Santa Luċija and the result can be clearly seen in the photo. Now we are in August, six months after it was badly damaged and it remains an eyesore – reminding us of how...

  • Chinese influence

    In an article in The Daily Telegraph (August 16), the respected former defence secretary and recently retired chairman of the House of Commons’ Intelligence and Security Committee, Malcolm Rifkind, commented on concerns expressed over involvement...

  • Yes to high rise, no to over rise

    How refreshing to read Tom Lipiett’s article on high rise (August 19). I think his middle of the road compromise can be summarised in four main principles which should be applied to all high rise speculation. The developer must own a tract of land...

  • Accountability of public boards

    The conduct of the chairman of the Environment and Resources Authority, Victor Axiak, and his colleague on the board of the Planning Authority, marine archaeologist Timmy Gambin, in the controversial Townsquare high-rise development decision...

  • Yet another toothless dog

    The way in which the new Planning Authority handled the applications for high rise buildings is a harbinger of things to come with regard to the complete destruction of these islands socially, environmentally and economically. Without any policy...

  • Defend life in all stages

    Defend life in all stages

    Much has been written and proclaimed about when life starts and the methods and reasons to prevent or terminate it. Both sides of the political spectrum still profess to be against abortion and the termination of intra-uterine life at whatever...

  • Unbroken glass ceiling

    Hillary Clinton may well become the first woman President of the United States. Through her nomination for President of the US, Clinton broke the glass ceiling. But beyond the race for the White House, and despite the former first lady’s...

  • Adventures on route 202

    I firmly believe that increased utlilisation of public transport is an important step to improve the present chaos on the roads. I am retired but need to travel to different places every day except on weekends. The bus stop I use is the St...

  • A gap too wide

    Despite a series of corruption allegations and other unchecked abuses, Joseph Muscat’s administration is poised for yet another triumph at the polls come 2018. Serious mistakes and deteriorating environmental policies aside, it looks like the...

  • Ear-splitting experience

    Recently, we residents of Sliema, in particular those residing at the Strand, had to endure an ear-splitting experience during the feast of our Lady of Stella Maris, on August 21. Fireworks started being let off from Wednesday prior to the feast...

  • Rescue bid

    Could not the two leading Maltese entrepreneurs, the Gasan and Tumas groups, take over the ailing Air Malta and run it commercially? They should succeed and, at the same time, redeem their reputation.

  • Shipshape

    Shipshape

    Four of us crossed over to Gozo the other day. We were shocked at the dirt of the door leading to the cafeteria’s verandah and the verandah’s floor. Again we were shocked when we boarded the ferry and went out on deck. The floor was really filthy.

  • Defeatist response

    The leader ‘Boycott the cause, not the symptom’ (August 23) was symptomatic of the defeatist response which has marked Maltese reactions to the destruction of, in this newspaper’s own words, Malta’s “social landscape, its social fabric, the...

  • A towering riddle

    The government representative on the Planning Authority votes in favour of the towers project at Tignè and the Opposition representative votes against. Yet, both political parties are equally responsible for this construction permit (‘Barbarians...

  • Vigilance to avoid fiscal slippage

    Edward Scicluna’s comment that it gets harder to cut the deficit towards the latter half of the legislature is probably true for every finance minister. He was making the point to the social partners as he unveiled the pre-Budget document. It was...

  • Outrage and broken dreams

    Ten years ago, I opened my studio in Valletta. It made a change from Sliema, whose elegant buildings once enhanced its coastline. Tower Road and the surrounding streets could be anywhere today, and the anonymous buildings that replaced many of the...

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