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  • When Catholic norms are lost

    For the first time ,my family is spending a great holiday on Gozo and we are very excited to see that the beautiful churches are full with families and young people. Coming from Switzerland we are used to nearly empty churches. The Bishop of Gozo...

  • Precarious police protection

    Last Tuesday, I was invited to participate in Times Talk to discuss the topic of child abuse, with a particular focus on the recently reported ‘false’ reports filed with the police in this respect. While it is fair to acknowledge that, indeed,...

  • Traffic chaos

    Driving on the streets of Malta has gone from bad to worse in recent years. Long traffic jams, double parking all over the place and an absolute disregard for the rules of law and order are all factors that contribute considerably to this state...

  • Is energy plan on track?

    It will be an interesting debate today when the government addresses questions about Malta’s energy road map. Both the Prime Minister and the Energy Minister have a lot to answer for. It was a good move by the Opposition to formally request a...

  • Cartoon of the day

    Cartoon of the day

    We’re waiting!

  • Spain is better together

    Spain is better together

    Catalonia seems determined to organise an independence vote despite Spain’s constitutional court ruling that there is no legal basis for such a referendum to take place. Spain’s Constitution explicitly prohibits the holding of any vote on...

  • Religion and useless parables

    For as long as I can remember, teachers have complained about is-sillabu (the syllabus). This perennial bugbear seems to double as a straitjacket on the one hand and a set of impossible demands on the other. I suppose most teachers eventually...

  • ‘Shame on who’ exactly?

    Energy and Health Minister Konrad Mizzi need not worry too much about delays in the power station project. BWSC, operated with heavy fuel oil (HFO), is not the ‘cancer factory’ Labour wants us to believe it is. Much to the contrary, and as...

  • Traffic is no perception

    That our roads are congested is no perception but an uncomfortable reality we are living. Traffic congestion in Malta is the result of a mix of variables moulded over the years. We are densely populated like no other place in Europe with extremely...

  • How about a brand new Malta?

    I don’t remember the Acropolis, or very much else about my trip to Athens in 1997, apart from stifling heat and generally abrasive people, particularly the taxi drivers. I’d probably go as far as to say they were downright rude, were it not for...

  • Back to business basics

    The papers are all agog with reports about Ryan Schembri’s disappearance after his ratcheting up debts to the tune of €40 million. Every day we are presented with another instalment of the ‘Meat Mogul’s Downfall’ saga. There are interviews with...

  • Goodbye is the hardest word

    The story on the front page of Times of Malta last Friday about the resignation of Archbishop Paul Cremona took most people by total surprise for a number of reasons. For starters it is not common for bishops to resign before the age of 75. But...

  • Out of the box

    Out of the box

    Nowadays, social media sites and the web in general have all but replaced the entertainment that was traditionally provided purely by television channels and video rental outlets (hey, remember those?). Want to watch old re-runs of Yes, Minister?...

  • Shrink’s couch for Maltese footballers?

    Shrink’s couch for Maltese footballers?

    Iceland, when you think about it, is a very odd country. It’s a country which, by all counts, should not really be one. It clings to the very edge of Europe – but only just. It’s physically closer to the near-barren Greenland than to Norway. And...

  • Papering over the cracks...

    Sir! “I am incandescent with rage, conflagrated with fury, seething with wrath! Really sir, your latest gross and unforgiveable transgression really does take the biscuit. (Oh dear, what have I done now?... Ed). I refer, of course, to a recent...

  • From one crisis to another

    Despite being bombed by American warplanes, the maniacs who form part of Isis march on. Despite all the necessary precautions being taken plus devoting huge resources to stop the spread of the deadly disease, Ebola managed to reach Europe’s doorstep.

  • Separation of roles

    I do not have a legal background and do not claim to have understood all that Michael Falzon wrote in his article entitled ‘Please expunge this archaic law’ (The Sunday Times of Malta, October 12). However, I agree completely with the need to have...

  • Chaotic traffic situation

    Chaotic traffic situation

    The chaotic traffic situation in Malta cannot go on. We have reached a point of no return – over 300,000 cars plus public buses and private coaches cannot converge safely and efficiently on our roads. Tourism will suffer while the Maltese...

  • Unregulated settlements at Armier

    Joseph Muscat is right to allow the Armier boathouse people to obtain properly paid services from Enemalta and not to further criminalise them by denying them their basic human rights. What next? I have visited these settlements and note they are...

  • Permanent deacons

    The article on the Archbishop’s decision on deacons (Times of Malta, October 13) included the following reference to Joe Farrugia, the Archbishop’s delegate for the laity: “Mr Farrugia remarked that permanent deacons could be very useful as part...

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