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  • Trees in the middle of the pavement

    I have given up on Transport Malta. Over the past two years I have written on various occasions to the Qormi local council which has passed my letters to Transport Malta, but to date no action has been taken. My letters pointed out that there are...

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  • The farcical side of Maltese politics

    The farcical side of Maltese politics

    What do Evarist Bartolo and Jason Azzopardi have in common? They both have had to ward off the sexual advances of dogs during home visits to their constituents during home visits. Tuesday’s special edition of Times Talk will tackle the funny side...

  • New system to monitor health service

    Judging by what the man at the helm of the island’s health service has written about the need to get the best of the system, he appears to have all his bearings right. He has no easy job, as all his predecessors had found out for themselves. Far...

  • A story of honesty and generosity

    This story must be told. My friend Joe had a lunch engagement. On reaching the restaurant, he received a telephone call. The police were on the telephone. Joe almost panicked thinking that the children had met with an accident. The police officer...

  • ’Tis the jolly season

    ’Tis the jolly season

    This week, I’m not going to lay into anyone, I’m going to be all sweetness and light, leaving aside considerations of a political nature in favour of messages of seasonal cheer and reflections that are consonant with the time of year. [Long pause,...

  • Energy and water supply

    In spite of all the partisan hot air, the agreements with China for investment in the local electricity generation and for alternative energy projects cannot be but a welcome step forward in this vital sector. What has, however, been ignored ...

  • The ideal archbishop’s CV

    Malta does not have an archbishop at present. As the process for the Church to nominate one continues, we, as mothers, would like to list the requirements the candidate should meet. He needs to be a bishop who is concerned with the general...

  • China deal

    The Maltese Chinese Chamber of Commerce would like to congratulate the Maltese government on the signing of an agreement on the energy sector with Shanghai Electric Company Ltd. The chamber augurs that other business arrangements with...

  • Just to say thank you

    Last Sunday, I needed medical attention because one of my contact lenses tore in half and got stuck to my eyelid. I would like to thank the reception and the medical staff at the Floriana health centre for their immediate attention and the...

  • PL soft spot

    Mario Dingli wrote that “Stanley Clews knows that Privitera can only give biased views, based on hatred of the Nationalist Party” (December 15). I am sure Clews will meet the aspirations of Dingli if he seeks the views of Andrew...

  • Vote for a better future

    Vote for a better future

    I have just turned 18 and am enjoying the new liberty that comes with it. Legally an adult, right to a car licence and so on. I also have the right to vote but I doubt whether I’ll be exercising it. Democracy means being given the right to voice a...

  • Is the Church discriminating?

    My commentary on The Sunday Times of Malta (21/12/14) will discuss the present controversy between the Church and the Malta Union of Teachers (and to a lesser extent the General Workers' Union) about the employment criteria that should be used...

  • Real cost of a bottle of wine

    The imposition of a 20c per litre excise duty on wine in the last Budget seems to have ruffled the feathers of local wine producers who have complained about the uncompetitive impact of the tax. With the government striving to make both ends meet...

  • The sick man of Malta

    The sick man of Malta

    Any doctor will tell you that there are three steps in any healing process: Spotting the symptoms, identifying them as forming the syndrome for a particular disease and administering the appropriate medicine. It is a foregone conclusion that the...

  • Means test stuck in 1970s

    It is about time that the government reviews the means test used by the social services. Our present test, apparently, dates back to 1970. Because of this negligence those who apply for the ‘pink card’, especially when this is necessary for...

  • The need to discriminate

    Recently, the Malta Union of Teachers (MUT), in defence of its members, and later other unions, objected to what seems to have been a confidential document prepared by the local Church authorities in relation to the management of its schools. The...

  • The tangled history of Ukraine

    As a result of World War I, the revolutions of 1917, the German military occupation and the efforts of Ukrainian nationalists, Ukraine emerged out of Czarist Russia as a separate country. Obviously, this was achieved against the wishes of...

  • New garages for bands?

    A few months ago the government appointed singer William Mangion to look for “garages for local bands to practice in”. However, several months down the line, we haven’t heard of any garages being found. Yet a shimmering light is looming on the...

  • Expert care from staff

    Recently my wife had to undergo a major operation at Mater Dei Hospital and due to unforeseen circumstances a four-day stay was extended to 14 days. But her stay at the Urology 2 Ward was a unique experience – the staff were extremely...

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