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  • Hold the line

    I have, for the past days, been trying to pay my Melita phone and internet bill. There is a login facility on Melita’s website, where one pays online. For whatever reason, this is not working and I am unable to pay through this facility. This is a...

  • Ambassadors and their reports

    Parts of Foreign Minister George Vella’s recent address to the country’s ambassadors offer food for thought. He said most of them did a good job bar “a few exceptions” and called on those not pulling their weight to put their act together without...

  • Ending human trafficking

    In the words of American Secretary of State John F. Kerry, “we find perhaps no greater threat to human dignity, no greater assault on basic freedom, than the evil of human trafficking.” With more than 20 million people estimated to be victimised...

  • What should really matter

    Sai Mizzi Liang should know that the people living on this island are not gullible idiots. It is not about being Chinese. The Chinese are a loving people who are, unfortunately, oppressed by an autocratic communist regime that continues to deny...

  • Not just local elections

    Not just local elections

    The government’s proposal to postpone the next two rounds of local elections, due in 2015 and 2016, to 2019 is based on two arguments: the expense of holding such elections and electoral fatigue. While I do not agree with the proposal as...

  • Grove of stumps

    Grove of stumps

    The road works at Kennedy Grove are, apparently, encroaching on one of the picnic sites. This is one of the few natural wooded areas in St Paul’s Bay in which people can enjoy the open space under the shade of the trees. Sometime last week, the...

  • Police force for our times

    Police force for our times

    This year, we are celebrating our police corps’ 200th anniversary. Sixteen months ago, we found a force that had suffered neglect and was demotivated and demoralised because of lack of decisions by the previous government. We immediately put into...

  • Loud music but no art

    Last weekend, the Sliema Street Art Festival 2014 took over the Sliema promenade until 1am. Though it was called an ‘arts’ festival to obtain a permit, it was actually a rock music festival, short on art, short on melody and very loud on...

  • Bus service then and now

    I have lived in Malta at three different times for several months since 2006. I am living here at the moment and feel that I need to at last speak up about the bus service. I have seen very little difference in the way passengers are treated since...

  • Regular elections matter

    Regular elections matter

    The government has floated the idea – to ‘all stakeholders’ – that all local council elections be postponed to 2019, to coincide with the next European Parliament election. In a democracy, all registered voters are stakeholders. So what should we...

  • Making the best use of EU funds

    Joseph Muscat’s government is displaying a kind of arrogance that suggests its huge backing at the polls has gone to its head. Very often, it is rejecting criticism, even when this is relatively mild, or to the point, with disdain, something that...

  • Ethics from Brussels

    Ethics from Brussels

    The leader that appeared yesterday on Times of Malta, entitled Worlds Apart On Ethical Issues, is written from a standpoint of ignorance or dishonesty. Times of Malta opts to laud José Manuel Barroso’s ethics. He is the same man who, when elected...

  • Is the Church being heard?

    Ian Grech’s outburst against the Church (‘Church’s voice is loud enough’, July 10) betrays a profound ignorance of elementary history and religion. Many of us are quite fed up of the continual baseless arguments against Christianity. The...

  • Crime city in the making

    Crime city in the making

    According to crime-related data tabled in Parliament, over the past five years 5,302 cases were reported to the police in St Paul’s Bay (Burmarrad, Buġibba, Qawra, Xemxija), making our locality second only to St Julian’s. Shocking as it may seem,...

  • Unused, lost Flypass miles

    I am resident in the UK but have lived in Malta and used Air Malta flights, a great number of times, for the last eight years. As such, I accumulated thousands of Flypass miles with a view to making use of them in due course. It so happens that I...

  • Poor results

    I was not surprised to see the results obtained by our students in the four core subjects in the Sec exam. This trend has been happening for a long time. We must also bear in mind that, besides school lessons, many students also had private...

  • The bells of Birkirkara

    Birkirkara is invaded by churches, whose bells and clocks make noise at any time of day or night. When I spoke to one senior member of the clergy about this problem, the reply I got was: “It is Church custom.” One of the parish priests suggested I...

  • Worlds apart on ethical issues

    The confrontation between European Commission president Josè Barroso and former commissioner John Dalli at the European Court of Justice could not have brought the two men into sharper contrast with one another. On his part, Mr Barroso made the...

  • Discovering oil near Malta

    Can Malta strike oil? Are we going about it the right way? For many decades, I was deeply involved, holding senior positions in Libya and having valuable contacts with top oil executives. I had persuaded the World Petroleum Congresses to hold an...

  • Street in a sorry state

    Street in a sorry state

    In a certain sense, I cannot believe that, in the year 2014, I would have been compelled to write a letter of this sort, underlining the sheer incompetence of the persons in charge and behind the digging of a 600-metre long trench in Church...

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