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  • Unruly behaviour by foreign students

    Quite rightly, Lino Briguglio complains of the annoying behaviour and great inconvenience which foreign students attending different language schools in Sliema are creating for the residents (‘Nuisance caused by foreign students’, Times of Malta,...

  • The value of learning

    One way to approach the financial side of the system (‘Smarter ways to upgrade education’, Editorial, Times of Malta, August 8) might be to keep university education ‘free’ while learning, but then to recover the costs from students by instalments...

  • Confusing English and Maltese

    I cannot agree more with Joseph Muscat’s letter, ‘Maltese spelling of English words’, (The Sunday Times of Malta, August 10). Much has been written and said about this subject but nothing has ever been done. As Muscat points out this is becoming...

  • Sai Mizzi Liang

    What is all the fuss about Sai Mizzi Liang’s salary? Her annual salary of €75,000 (not including allowances) boils down to roughly €200 a day for a 24-hour service, which is equivalent to €8.33 per hour. What is exorbitant about this figure? Even...

  • Islamic State’s terrifying onslaught in Iraq

    Islamic State’s terrifying onslaught in Iraq

    The brutal and savage onslaught by Islamic State jihadists in Iraq and Syria continued to dominate the news last week, especially with the many reports emerging of war crimes committed by this terrorist organisation (or rather, terrorist State)...

  • Jiena jisimni Bond, James Bond

    The other day I found myself at an ‘Evenings on Campus’ event at the University. The offering of the night was Kaurismäki’s Le Havre, a quite wonderful film with definite resonances on migration, life in harbour towns, and so on. That, and a...

  • Summer snapshot of the police

    We are at the height of the summer season, in the middle of August – a time when most people are on holidays, or on shutdown, village festas are happening practically every day, and the tourist population on our islands is at its highest. These...

  • Indifference over plight of the Iraqi Christians

    I have read some of the articles and letters in this newspaper as a plea against the massacre of Christians and other ethnic groups in Iraq. I am very struck by the Talking Point written by Miriam Sciberras entitled ‘Horrific sound of silence’,...

  • Malta’s tears of confusion

    Is there a connection between the recent call made by the Chamber of Commerce calling for the inculcation of a culture of excellence and the incident last weekend when a helicopter could not land on the helipad at St Luke’s Hospital because a...

  • The hung over society

    The last time I looked, Malta was not a Dickensian hell-hole in the Mediterranean with Scrooge-like bosses working their employees to the death. Granted, there are the occasional infringements of workers’ rights but there are legal avenues of...

  • Ecclesiastical blood transfusions

    Bishops are not renowned for making critical remarks about the Church, more so when they direct this criticism even towards themselves. Consequently when Bishop Mario Grech recently delivered a homily saying that the putrid stench of death...

  • Out of the box

    Out of the box

    The media houses were dominated by one main story earlier this week: the untimely death of film legend Robin Williams. As is the wont of the great monster that is the internet machine, the whole world and its sister came out in full force...

  • Islanders

  • When the moon blows a kiss to the earth

    When the moon blows a kiss to the earth

    I have never seen a shooting star in all my life. While friends look at the star-studded sky pointing one there, another one there and practically all over the place, I see nothing but fixed stars and too many twinkling light of airplanes – so...

  • Nalizpelra

    Nalizpelra

    The ‘working’ morning after...

  • It’s not your monument... it’s mine...

    Minutes of extraordinary meeting of Ħas-Siġra local council: Present: All local councillors, with the exception of Ms Rita Zarb Plankton – who was excused on account of her not wishing to miss this evening’s episode of East Enders. Agenda: The...

  • ZTV - Kerb

    ZTV - Kerb

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  • ALL GOOD THINGS...

    All good things come to an end, it's just a little bit harder when these things are exceptional. And our Cambodia experience has been nothing short of that. We spent part of our morning frantically blowing balloons for our farewell party at LRDE,...

  • ALL GOING SWIMMINGLY

    That bastion of free exchange of ideas and progressive thought since Colonial days, the Marsa Sports Club, which many old-timers still refer to as il-Marsa tal-Inglizi, has banned a Muslim woman from swimming in their swimming pool wearing a...

  • A land of contradictions

    A land of contradictions

    This morning the DO Cambodia team were taken to a province just 15 kmoutside of Phnom Penh, to an area that is being built up but is serene atthe same time. Within this developing area is the plot of land that SFODAhas identified for its future...

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