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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...

  • Malta’s illegal boathouses: Is it a free for all?

    Malta’s illegal boathouses: Is it a free for all?

    Tuesday’s edition of Times Talk will discuss illegal boathouses in Malta, with particular reference to Armier and its environs. Is the government justified in providing electricity to squatters on public land? Why is it abetting such illegality?...

  • 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?

    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

    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...

  • Defunct sports institutions

    It is with deep nostalgia that I recall the many sports activities of yesteryear which were organised by various amateur institutions that today have sadly faded into insignificance or have completely disappeared from the local sports scene. One...

  • Malta a maritime centre

    Malta a maritime centre

    On October 10, I attended the first TransLog Awards and was indeed impressed by the organisation of the event. The event was very well attended by representatives of both the transport and the logistics industries. I congratulate the organisers –...

  • Trust more important than titles

    A proposal for former MPs to retain the title of ‘honourable’ to their names has been turned down by Parliament’s House Business Committee, a move that makes sense in view of the declining trust that is being demonstrated in politicians...

  • The revival of Pope Paul VI

    When the Blessed Pope Paul VI died in 1978, the famous former columnist of The Times (UK), Peter Nichols (an expert Vaticanologist who was denied entrance into Malta to address a local big political meeting at the then Empire Stadium in ...

  • Archaic rule for bishopric

    In granting Malta and Gozo to the Order of St John, Emperor Charles V of Spain established that whenever the islands’ bishopric became vacant, the Grand Master would nominate three ecclesiastics so that the sovereign would select one for...

  • So much for local talent

    What a good quote: “I could no longer work serenely.” That is how Joe Bugeja, the former Land Commissioner, explained his decision to step down from his post. So much talent is being discarded by this government as Prime Minister Joseph...

  • That missing something

    We Maltese are quite renowned for never being satisfied with anything and for always wanting that bit more. After a walled capital city without a gate, we then grumble about a bronze horse missing one leg pointing to a so-called Parliament ...

  • Contractors who just do not care

    Contractors who just do not care

    Many building sites and related construction activities uglify surroundings, cause air pollution and put workers’ lives at risk and this in spite of the building regulations aimed at reducing the harm of activities at construction sites. One often...

  • The truth, the whole truth…

    The government lost a golden opportunity on Monday to bring this nation up to speed on what is happening with the new power station project. Valid questions raised by the Opposition, independent media and even some Labour backbenchers were left...

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