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  • Risks of investments

    In an article in the Times of Malta (September 13), Mark Vella writes on the reinvestment risks of bond/fixed-income investments. He goes on to say that reinvestment risk is often disregarded, or rather not given its due importance by investors...

  • Just not good enough

    Bernard Vassallo’s justified lament (September 21) about the ‘guide’ at St John’s Co-Cathedral who can only speak English, should serve to bring all and sundry who have any decision-making powers (be they employers, government decision-makers,...

  • Playing a dangerous game

    The air forces of Russia and Syria did not conduct any strikes against the UN aid convoy in the southwestern outskirts of Aleppo, Russian defence ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov has said in a statement. Konashenkov said if it had been an air...

  • Gozo growth

    It is very encouraging to see the sustained growth in different market sectors in Gozo. In this respect, it is important to have the right infrastructure supporting such growth. With this in mind, I would like to flag the disastrous road outside...

  • Midi’s contractual obligations

    Midi’s contractual obligations

    Much has been made of Midi taking over Manoel Island, to the exclusion of the public. The government issued a call for expressions of interest in 1992 for the development of Tignè Point and Manoel Island. Midi was selected as the preferred bidder.

  • Poor telephone service

    To ignore that the provision of most services to people, by both the government and private business, is today close to being totally dependent on a fully effective and efficient use of the telephone is tantamount to burying one’s head into the sand.

  • How many a Salvu is there?

    The Nationalist Party has recruited popular television presenter Salvu Mallia and others like him are likely to follow. Mr Mallia said last week why he opted to stand for elections on the PN ticket: he wants Prime Minister Joseph Muscat to go. He...

  • Too little to succeed

    Too little to succeed

    A step in the right direction is always commendable. The White Paper on mediation is to this effect laudable. Having said this, the document is anything but far reaching, revolutionary or ‘a comprehensive updating of Maltese mediation law’ as the...

  • Modern-day atrocities

    Much has been written about historic atrocities, including those by the Nazis. Some of the worst included the elimination of terminally-ill people, deformed children and the handicapped. Therefore, I ask: are we now reverting to the same methods...

  • Times are a changing

    Independent and truly public broadcasting is under attack. The popular discussion programme Times Talk presented by Times of Malta’s online editor Herman Grech and former head of news  Mark Micallef has been axed as was the cultural programme...

  • Cleaning jobs

    Unemployment has always been a problem in every country. Some handle the matter wisely though many still suffer due to lack of jobs. Jobs can easily be created with regard to cleanliness. Workers are needed to clean up localities at least three...

  • Another European army?

    Europe has been going through a difficult time lately. The UK’s looming exit from the European Union has left many in Brussels feeling lost – they are used to having countries knocking on the door, not making their way to the exit. European...

  • Phone update

    If I am not mistaken, it is about at least seven or eight years now since we have had a new updated telephone directory. Can something be done about this? Is it not about time we had an updated one?

  • Dangerous pavements

    Dangerous pavements

    Many of the pavements around the St Julian’s area are very dangerous and need urgent attention. The pavement running alongside Spinola Park, near the Portomaso circle, is particularly dangerous, especially at night. Three evenings ago, my...

  • Have your moment...

    Have your moment...

    Let's start from the premise that any amount of €uro's worth of investment is a good thing. Premier Joseph's announcement of the fact that some people are going to print money here is, therefore, an equally good thing and he deserves his moment in...

  • Twists in Panama Papers story

    The evidence available so far suggests the Prime Minister is getting increasingly prone to making the wrong decisions in matters concerning his government in one of the biggest scandals to hit the international scene in recent times: the...

  • Criteria for good governance

    Philosophy has, since ancient times, tried to find a way of defining and expressing the fundamental aspirations of the human heart. The classical list of the values to which humanity aspires in its search for meaning beyond daily reality – the...

  • Leo Brincat’s wilderness

    Leo Brincat’s wilderness

    In all the commentary about the Leo Brincat affair, no one has taken a moment to observe what is truly puzzling about his crucial answer to the EU budgetary affairs committee. Just what did he mean when he said that, had he given Konrad Mizzi a...

  • The Kingdom of Denmark

    The Kingdom of Denmark

    ‘Something is rotten in the Kingdom of Denmark.’ Those familiar with Shakespeare’s play Hamlet will surely recognise the unmistakeable quote from the scene when the king and his men are drinking, laughing and dancing in the castle while Hamlet...

  • The most qualified to run for president

    I find it rather strange why political observers in the United States are advising Hillary Clinton to close the ‘Clinton Foundation’ and remain silent about Donald Trump’s myriad business interests? Recently, I came across an interesting article...

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