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  • A new parish priest needed

    Throughout the last few months we have witnessed the nomination of new parish priests in different localities and the assignment of seasoned parish priests to a different parish. Unfortunately Balzan parish did not benefit from this healthy...

  • Sugar Daddy Joseph

    Sugar Daddy Joseph

    The Prime Minister has really gotten himself into a rut this time, and it is all his own doing. His meddling around with what should be a free market economy in a modern European state has landed him with a de facto wage freeze: a 58c cost of...

  • Good answer to cynics

    It is genuinely humbling to walk from the ferry terminal towards Admiralty to the epicentre of the Umbrella Movement’s occupation site in Hong Kong. Amidst the upmarket hotels, limousines, banks and giant billboards glorifying global...

  • What happened to manners?

    There was a time not so long ago when a man used to give up his seat to a woman on a route bus. Or when a man held a door for a lady. In these days of equality, such basic manners have been thrown out of the window. Not only that, but rudeness and...

  • Your word is your bond

    This statement is what my father constantly drummed into my head ever since I can remember. It is a universal sign of honour that when you promise to do something, you follow through. Sadly but, perhaps, not unsurprisingly, we have learnt, again,...

  • The benefits of car pooling

    As the number of cars on our roads continues to grow, may I suggest the transport authority offers incentives to drivers carrying two or more passengers by allowing them to use the bus lane and in this way somehow alleviate the traffic congestion,...

  • A priest and a gentleman

    And so, another very dear friend has moved on to pastures new. Fr Joseph de Gabriele, or just Fr Joe as he was known to most of us, in many ways reminded me of (St) Jean Marie Vianney. Apart from his unassumingly wise and positive outlook on life...

  • Hazardous parking in Mosta

    Hazardous parking in Mosta

    Illegal parking is a constant practice on Independence Avenue, corner with Triq Tumas Dingli in Mosta. Vehicles are parked on the yellow lines alongside the traffic island, which is causing a hazard for those cars coming out of Triq Tumas Dingli...

  • Doom and gloom on TV

    The televised fiction dramas in Maltese at prime time and other slots, by the three major TV stations, in my opinion are projecting a deep-seated sense of gloom and doom among viewers. The implications one is being confronted are the cause of ...

  • Plea to warden for humanity

    Cannot the warden in Msida be more humane in the course of his duties and stop giving parking tickets near the government primary school in the early hours of the morning before residents leave their home for work? The Msida local council...

  • Substantially lower tariffs

    Does Simon Busuttil sincerely believe that the vast majority of Maltese and Gozitans care more about the date when the power station is completed than the fact that this government has lowered substantially the extremely high tariffs...

  • Sharia law in a nutshell

    The Islamic law, also known as sharia law, is one of the most misunderstood subjects in the contemporary world, both by Muslims and non-Muslims. From time to time, we hear the echoes and slogans of implementation and imposition of sharia law from...

  • Use of tablets in schools no magic bullet

    The pre-election dizzying hype surrounding the political promise to give a tablet to every child in primary schools has evaporated. We are now in the action phase and the realities of implementing this project are beginning to challenge our...

  • Fallen trees and lost water

    Following a weekend thunderstorm, October 7 dawned with broken trees, overflowing sewers and rivulets engulfing sensitive traffic areas. This is just a harbinger of things to come every time it rains, let alone when it rains cats and dogs. I drove...

  • Political expediency

    Political expediency

    Andrew Borg Cardona referred extensively to the declaration by Maltese European commissioner designate, Karmenu Vella, that he is a convinced European “having voted for my country’s accession…” (Times of Malta, October 4). Borg Cardona commented...

  • Do we need to ‘assist’ dying?

    The term ‘assisted dying’ is being used more and more in connection with the management of sick elderly patients in hospitals or nursing homes. What does ‘assisted dying’ mean? Many people are scared of dying. They fear that they or their...

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  • National Bank of Malta settlement

    I refer to a statement made by former finance minister Tonio Fenech on October 19 where he stated that an offer of €25 million was made by the then government which was rejected by the shareholders of the National Bank of Malta. The former...

  • Still in dark over energy plans

    A parliamentary debate meant to shed more light on what is fast becoming an intractable energy project has spawned far more questions than those raised following the government’s admission that the planned building of a new gas-fired power station...

  • The good bishop

    I believe Archbishop Emeritus Paul Cremona is one of the most humane, humble, affable, approachable and charismatic personalities who has ever graced our small nation. When he became Archbishop in January 2007, he had set out to build bridges, and...

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