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  • Magistrate’s lovely smile

    It was late on Sunday the 19th when we heard the shocking news that Magistrate Joe Apap Bologna had passed away to eternal life. Although we are sure that it was very bitter for his family we believe that our eternal father has made his call upon...

  • Gearing up for the next budget

    National interest in the Budget only starts building up in the two to three weeks before the presentation of the financial estimates in Parliament. What invariably sparks off discussion or, rather, controversy, is not the pre-Budget document...

  • Care and courtesy on the road

    Now that the weather is changing, this letter is aimed at all the drivers out there. Because of the delays inherant in bad weather, please consider leaving for your destination a little earlier than usual, as rushing on wet, slippery roads is...

  • There is no need for new diabetes study

    There is no need for new diabetes study

    With reference to the article ‘We don’t know number of people with diabetes’ (October 20), the National Diabetes Programme (NDP), of which I was the local project manager, was set up in collaboration with WHO in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Its...

  • Running out of...Gasol

    On October 12, 2013, Enemalta announced that it had selected Electrogas Malta as the preferred bidder to build a new gas power station and supply electricity to the corporation. Electrogas is a consortium made up of the German firm Siemens, Socar...

  • Another tourist lost over hunting

    My wife and I have just paid our last visit to these lovely islands after 30 years. Why? Because we’ve had enough of the senseless shooting of migratory birds passing through this country. These defenceless birds are not yours to kill. They...

  • Jasmine in parliament

    Jasmine in parliament

    Almost four years have passed since the outbreak of protests – the Jasmine Revolution – that brought down the thieving regime of Zine El Abidine Ben Ali in Tunisia. Enough has happened in the country to make one wary of undiluted optimism. Yet,...

  • Animal-friendly Malta

    Animal-friendly Malta

    It was 2001. The first Animal Welfare Act was enacted, providing an invaluable legal framework to non-governmental organisations which tirelessly advocated for animal welfare and animal rights. Unfortunately, more than a decade after this...

  • Stuck down a cul-de-sac

    Over the past few weeks I have often been asked for my views on the unpleasant situation faced by motorists every day. The subject of traffic has never been so topical. But I find it unacceptable that so much is being said about it when so little...

  • Not in my back yard… when politics comes before humanity

    Not in my back yard… when politics comes before humanity

    The Maltese have a reputation for being very generous. Thousands dig deep into their pockets in response to any public appeal to raise money for the needy overseas, be it in aid of starving children in Africa or earthquake-stricken Haiti. But that...

  • Editor's blog: Abuse priest: to name or not to name

    Three days ago The Sunday Times of Malta broke a story on its front page about a priest who is facing sexual abuse allegations. Today, the Malta Independent chose to run the same story as its own. However, the point of this blog is more...

  • Medicine needed for Gozo

    That Gozo’s economy has been ailing for the past decade is no secret to anybody. The raw data speaks loud and clear. While the employment rate in Malta is around 60 per cent, in Gozo it fails to reach 50 per cent. The average yearly income per...

  • Pension policy conflicts

    Recently the Minister of Finance announced that the third pillar pension will be introduced through two voluntary schemes. The measures being taken will result in participants being entitled to two pensions: the contributory State social security...

  • Is the COLA heading for a fall?

    The announcement by the Prime Minister that the government is prepared to top up the 58c cost-of-living adjustment expected in the next Budget with “other measures” is a clear sign that something is amiss with the COLA mechanism that has been a...

  • Church, State in secular society

    Church, State in secular society

    At an event to mark the World Day for Social Communications, the Archbishop’s delegate said that “a secularised society is one where society is autonomous, not necessarily linked to a particular religious belief. Within such a society one would be...

  • My tattered phone book

    I agree with the comments made by Paul Camilleri regarding the lack of a new telephone directory. I am sure there are many others who feel the same way but do not bother to write. My most precious book is an antique and tattered 2004 edition...

  • Full-time mayors needed

    Full-time mayors needed

    My experience as a local councillor has con­vinced me of the need for short-term, full-time mayors. I know, of course, that this is a controversial issue and that some long-term, part-time mayors will totally disagree with what I am stating.

  • Big hand to Radio Show

    I was visiting Malta and heard about a show at the Manoel Theatre in Valletta called The Great Big Radio Show. I am so glad I went. Not only is the Manoel a beautiful theatre, but the show was vibrant, the singing and the tap dancing just...

  • Litter wardens

    Litter wardens! Perhaps something Malta and Eco Gozo could seriously consider. Works well in the UK.    

  • We are not being served

    I would like to know why it is that every time – which is practically daily – when I go on to Melita to look at the weather forecast, all I get is “Not available”? We are living in a modern world, surely there must be a way to sort...

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