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  • Autopsy findings

    This newspaper reported last week that the Valenzia report (2012) claimed that the police commissioner and the AFM commander at the time had not been informed of the magisterial inquiry conclusions regarding Ifeanye Nwokoye’s death...

  • When birdsong gets really annoying

    When birdsong gets really annoying

    I was born and brought up in the English countryside where birdsong was plentiful. I learned the individual songs of blackbirds, thrushes, finches and many others. So the other day when walking near San Raflu pond I was surprised to hear a...

  • FESTIVE PQs*

    In the House before it rose on Wednesday, newly anointed Minister Carmelo Abela happened to be the only Minister around at lunchtime, so he had to answer all the supplementary questions that are traditionally made to the Prime Minister during the...

  • Charitable my foot

    Yes, I know that begging is illegal and that having beggars on the street is not the ideal situation to aspire to. I also realise that not all those who wind up begging are actually in the dire straits they claim to be in. However, having put the...

  • She taught us how to smile

    She never taught a class, she never raised her voice, (except perhaps to hit the perfect note in a song), and she never wrote anything on a blackboard, and yet, she taught so many people invaluable lessons – lessons we could never find in a book,...

  • Gender Identity Bill red flags

    A Church position paper on the Gender Identity Bill awaiting to be debated in Parliament has raised serious concerns on the potential impact of the proposed law. The seven moral experts who drew up the paper have concluded that the Bill ran the...

  • Personal accountability

    Now that the dust has somewhat settled, allow me to have my say about the real victim of the Manuel Mallia case: none other than Mallia himself. Why did the Prime Minister speak of conduct unbecoming? Why did it appear to be such a rushed job?...

  • Oil crash of no consequence

    Joseph Vella Bonnici’s article on “the geo-economics of oil” (December 16) said what many already knew – that the price of oil crashed by 40 per cent in a few months and what consequences that might have on oil-producing countries. What it does...

  • Anniversary of Tarxien church

    Anniversary of Tarxien church

    It was on December 13, 1964, that the first stone of a new church in the Tarxien parish cemetery was laid. It was quite a memorable ceremony, with Archbishop Michael Gonzi laying the stone and Jimmy Farrugia and Carmelo Caruana MP acting as...

  • Solid foundations

    I refer to Saturday’s Talking Point by the Prime Minister in which he looks forward to “a new form of trust”. We cannot be like the harvester filling his barns with good fruit without giving credit to the farmer who sowed the seed. This country...

  • Hotels and restaurants

    From a survey conducted by the Malta Hotels and Restaurants Association, the hotel industry improved overall by 13 per cent over the last year, i.e. occupancy and room rates up by 5.2 per cent and 7.4 per cent respectively. Concurrently,...

  • And the rape goes on

    The last two weeks have seen three very important calls for a quantum leap in planning. Mepa’s new policy document, DC 2014, proposes a virtual revolution in the assessment of new applications in order to ensure that new buildings harmonise with...

  • What’s new this Christmas

    What’s new this Christmas

    The list of what’s familiar during Christmas seems to get not just longer but worse each year. There are not just the carols, the tree, the turkey, the pudding and the gifts. There are also the laments and the taunts. In private, Christmas is that...

  • Save the trees

    Now, even foreign observers are noticing our haphazard pruning and the way in which we ‘care’ for our trees. Arborist Ian Lansley finds it “upsetting” that, year after year, he sees “a steady and dramatic reduction in the number of trees lining...

  • Thank God it’s Christmas

    There can hardly be anyone who does not welcome the Christmas break from politics. The political discourse has been so intense these past few days, so acerbic and downright challenging that most are looking forward to the few days of political...

  • The immortal soul

    Could the Roman Pontiff, now that he has given his approval and blessing to the big bang theory, enlighten us, ex-cathedrae, when was it that God introduced the immortal soul? Was it when the chimpanzee was created or was it when the Neanderthal...

  • Greatly appreciated

    Once again, on behalf of the former Ugandan Asians, I most sincerely would like to thank everybody for having assisted us, in the form of shelter, food, medicine, confidence and so on, when we needed such help most. Thanks to such help and...

  • Energy and water

    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...

  • The birth of Christ

    The birth of Christ

    It is quite commonplace nowadays to refer to Christmas by some other name that excludes its religious associations. President Barack Obama gave an example of this recently when lighting his country’s national Christmas tree: “A symbol,” he said,...

  • Trolls, snobs and prats

    A few months ago, in an article entitled ‘Commonwealth Blues’ I wrote that “one commentator – an embittered and insufferable snob – even took the Prime Minister to task on account of his heavily accented English, as it sounded to her ears”. A...

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