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  • Address unbecoming

    Times Talk (March 24) had Mgr Charles J. Scicluna, Malta’s new Archbishop, as the main guest. For reasons best known to himself, one of the presenters asked the new Archbishop whether he could address him as “Fr Charles”. The Archbishop ...

  • One sided militancy?

    As part of my job, I ask students why they and their organisations never discuss topics which, to my mind, should interest and bother them. Such issues include the price of property, the cost of living, inadequate wages for people in the lowest...

  • Irrelevant adverts

    The hunters’ lobby recently had a front-page advertisement on Times of Malta in connection with the hunting referendum. It showed a young man holding his pretty, smiling girlfriend (March 16). Another one of their ads showed a couple with...

  • The ideal representative

    When I started visiting households in my locality soon after I was approved as a Nationalist Party candidate, it became evident that I had to reach out to the constituents in various ways. Although home visiting is still a very popular and...

  • Road contractors need regulation

    Road contractors need regulation

    Although complaints on the subject have been endlessly voiced, I am compelled to bring up, once again, the heart-wrenching state the road infrastructure is in. Potholes, the size of large rodents and deep enough to submerge one, are spread...

  • Climate plans across Europe

    If climate change is global, solutions are, first and foremost, local. Because large cities are at the crossroads of these two levels, they are at the forefront of the fight against climate change. This is why, we, the European capitals and...

  • Roots of Libya’s present

    Roots of Libya’s present

    In the run-up to the 2012 US presidential election, Barack Obama gave privileged access to a Vanity Fair writer, who obliged with a lengthy puff piece. In between a game of basketball and a tour of the Obama family rooms, the President ruminated...

  • Malta deserves better

    Let us for a second go back to the 2013 general election. The writing on the wall was very clear: the Labour Party was going to win by a landslide. Led by a new, young and charismatic leader and boosted by a sleek and effective electoral campaign,...

  • Isolated hospital

    The Prime Minister is promising a development for these islands through medical tourism. So far, so good, provided it is true and the project materialises one day. Yet, when trying to attract people to undergo operations in Malta, has he realised...

  • Major projects for Gozo

    Gozitans usually benefit from government decisions that are meant to affect the whole country and the people in general. However, projects aimed specifically at Gozo are very rare. Indeed, I can only recall two such instances... with a third...

  • Opportunity for growth

    The Faculty of Theology of the Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium together with the Augustinian Institute – Malta will be holding jointly an international conference on Augustine of Hippo’s preaching. This third series of lectures will be held...

  • Blocked street

    I refer to the article entitled ‘Ambulance delayed by parked cars’ (March 23), referring to St Elia Street, in St Julian’s. The local council of St Julian’s is not in favour of the parking bays in this street.These had, in fact, been reinstated by...

  • Translating Ebejer’s book

    I am not sure Charles Briffa’s letter (March 21) clarified any point I made about needless translation of English into Maltese when we boast so much about our bilingual fluency. The fact that Francis Ebejer wished for translation of his work is...

  • Information and accountability

    Susan Mendus, professor emerita in political philosophy at the University of York, did her homework about Malta before coming to deliver this year’s Mabel Strickland Memorial Lecture on ‘Politics and morality’. Though the topic must have been...

  • Yells and hard sells

    Yells and hard sells

    I am an Australian of Maltese decent who has fallen in love with magnificent Malta and, in particular, Valletta. I am so in love with Malta and Valletta that I have purchased a small maisonette in this beautiful city. It is because I care so much...

  • Mistaken impressions

    Paul Radmilli, in his ‘Search for Derogation’ (March 16), intends shooting down misconceptions yet creates even more. The actual name of the Birds Directive is the Directive on the Conservation of Wild Birds, as he rightly stated.

  • Turning point in Enemalta’s operations

    Energy Minister Konrad Mizzi, under fire over the time taken to reduce the price of fuel at the pump and now over the unfavourable remarks made in the Auditor General’s report dealing with the negotiation of fuel hedging agreements with an...

  • Hunting and human emotion

    Hunting and human emotion

    A few days ago, I enjoyed an excellent morning fishing with friends. I then posted a few photos of the dead and bloody fish on a main social media network. I got over 50 likes in the space of half an hour. More than half of the friends who liked...

  • Aid for Albania

    I would like to thank the Mission Fund for the donation of €2,000 that will be used in the building of a social development centre in the village of Lagjja Mirdita on the periphery of the city of Durrës. The Dominicans have been offering their...

  • ‘To do what is necessary’

    The above is the job specification given in an answer tabled in Parliament to Mario de Marco’s question. Ten of the 184 on the ‘trust appointments’ list enjoy this dubious employment description. Such a shameful answer is not acceptable, not even...

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