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  • ‘We don’t work in winter’

    ‘We don’t work in winter’

    This is Qbajjar seafront at summer’s peak. Works on the new electricity poles and railings were only started in June and they decided to dig up the pavement. Works moved at a snail’s pace with only a couple of workers at any time. Now works are at...

  • No champion of democracy

    The leader of the Opposition has, once again, resorted to bombastic statements to try and make people take notice. This time by accusing the government of undermining democracy simply because the government may be postponing local council...

  • Pronounced accent

    With reference to the letter ‘English as she is pronounced’ by Joe Izzo (July 17), the one word which is most flagrantly abused is the word ‘festival’. This word is almost always pronounced ‘festivil’.It makes me wince every timeit’s uttered. Even...

  • Now that’s service!

    Writing in these columns a few days ago, I expressed my disappointment that an email to the Senglea local council, a postal letter to the mayor of Senglea, two emails to Lidl Supermarket and three emails to three different importers were not even...

  • The Calleja – Attard Concert

    Everyone heard about the Joseph Calleja annual concert on the Granaries; but what about the Calleja – Attard Concert? Probably you have never heard of it. I know that the concert will not be possible without Joseph Calleja and his friends. Calleja...

  • Education an important key

    Given its importance to civil society and the economy, it is little wonder that education is always at the top of the civil and economic agenda. It is inextricably linked to the economy – a country cannot make sound economic progress unless its...

  • Murder in the skies above Ukraine

    The horrific downing of a Malaysia Airlines passenger plane over rebel-held territory in eastern Ukraine, killing all 298 people on board, has created an inter­national crisis and highlighted the seriousness of the ongoing conflict bet­ween...

  • Lobbying risks corruption

    In a democratic society, lobbying is a potentially legitimate activity. It involves the communication of views and information to legislators and administrators by those who have an interest in informing them of the impacts of the decisions under...

  • The maze of Addolorata

    I recently had occasion to visit the Addolorata cemetery in order to locate and photograph some graves for a military historical presentation which I am working on. The duty clerk could not have been more helpful, giving me the exact location of...

  • Judges from political world

    I did not know whether to laugh or cry on reading ‘Labour activist is to become judge today’. Is Wenzu Mintoff the only person to become judge from the political field? In 1983 a magistrate who had been appointed a few weeks earlier was seen at...

  • What are dominant China’s real motives?

    What are dominant China’s real motives?

    As we all learn as we progress through life, there is no such thing as a free lunch. We also soon learn that an essential purchase is a magnifying glass in order to read the infamous small print. Malta is at present enjoying an abundance of free...

  • Frescoes at the cathedral

    I refer to the letter titled ‘Frescoes on St John’s façade’ by Alfred Calleja (July 15). While thanking Mr Calleja for his observation, The St John’s Co-Cathedral Foundation states that it is aware of the traces of a decorative scheme present on...

  • Unwilling home visit

    A few days ago, not feeling well, I called a health centre to request a home visit by a doctor. The receptionist very kindly asked me what symptoms I had, and when I replied that I had a sore throat, ear ache and runny nose, she passed me on to...

  • Envoy: a bad image

    I write with sadness of how I perceive “the new Malta”. Along with my wife/best friend we visit Malta at least two to three times a year and have many friends there. We have been coming to Malta for more years than I can remember, and will...

  • Cartoon of the day

    Cartoon of the day

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  • Editorial: ‘Integrity’ is not enough

    Editorial: ‘Integrity’ is not enough

    After little more than a year in office the Prime Minister is already starting to sound like a broken record when it comes to justifying statements/appointments he makes that are seemingly unjustifiable. He merely points out that the same thing...

  • Schizophrenic economic development?

    When Malta joined the European Union in 2004, it ceased to be considered a developing country and was categorised as a developed country. In reality, Malta has the characteristics of a developed country in terms of various factors, including its...

  • No need for a Gozo bridge

    I am shocked by the government’s decision to consider, once again, a bridge between Malta and Gozo, which is to be entrusted to the Chinese. The environmental consequences of such a bridge are certainly something to worry about. Should the...

  • Protecting our nationals

    I am not surprised that the German authorities recently took the law in their own hands and abducted two children, thus flouting the care order issued by the Maltese authorities. The French authorities in another case did the same thing in the...

  • BOV St Paul’s Bay branch

    Last month I dropped by the ATM of the BOV branch in St Paul’s Bay to withdraw some cash. There was nowhere to park except for a reserved parking spot in front of the building, and I parked my car there with both front windows open. Two other...

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