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  • Recycling of bottles

    Is it just me or has the recycling of soft drink bottles taken a step in the wrong direction? Malta had one of the best systems in the world for re-using (dare I say recycling?) used bottles. Crates of glass bottles were returned and refilled many...

  • It’s Labour omnishambles

    Let’s get this straight. The Nationalist Opposition is weak and lacklustre. The shadow Cabinet still features GonziPN fixtures who still raise people’s hackles. For example, George Pullicino – now shadow minister for kindergartens – takes us back...

  • Wardens and discrimination

    Much has been said and written about wardens dishing out tickets like confetti. A few days ago, in Valletta, I noticed two wardens working together slapping tickets under windscreen wipers. However, I noticed that they had completely ignored two...

  • More than just Brother Sun, Sister Moon

    Without getting rid of the causes we will not be able to get rid of the symptoms. The causes have been created by humans for the glory of humans but turned out to be anti-human. This is the most important message of Pope Francis’s encyclical...

  • Funding the welfare State

    Karm Farrugia (‘A healthy economy’, The Sunday Times of Malta, June 14) is right about Malta’s excellent economic growth statistics. This is largely due to English being our main commercial communication medium and also the fact that we are...

  • Islanders

  • Saving Villa Frere’s Royal Gazebo

    Saving Villa Frere’s Royal Gazebo

    In January 1912 King George V, accompanied by his wife, called on Malta on their return from a royal tour of India. As the King partook in more formal functions, Queen Mary spent time visiting a few cultural attractions, among them the famous...

  • Burlò

    Burlò

    Textbook nepotism

  • The height of luxury... and then some...

    Last Thursday the media were taken on a tour of Malta’s first all-new 10-star hotel complex. Situated on the derelict site previously occupied by Paceville, The Galactica Palace hotel, spa, lifestyle complex and resort boasts 18 casinos, a...

  • Preyed upon

    It seems that drivers are being preyed upon by wardens on a daily basis. Why is it that they always manage to find victims? The answer is that they know there are far too many vehicles on the road and not enough parking spaces, especially in areas...

  • Is this the EU we created?

    Joseph Muscat and EU President Donald Tusk seemed to echo the same sentiments last Friday at the end of the EU Council in Brussels, which was one of the most acrimonious and tense summits in years. According to reports, Italian Prime Minister...

  • ZTV - Fallout

  • Labour, business as usual

    Those of us of a certain age remember how Dom Mintoff and Dr KMB's Socialist Labour Party of the Republic of Malta used to do business. Labour Battalions were set up to absorb the unemployed and unemployable, factories to process capers and...

  • Is that 36,000 growing?

    36,000. To foreigners, unless they are very interested in our political intricacies, this is just a number. In Malta the number has magical, nearly-supernatural powers. It is a number that scares some beyond compare. All still remember it, all...

  • A government that listens

    The article titled ‘A government that listens… but bans certain questions’ (June 23) is based on a fabricated story which was penned despite a clear and immediate denial by the Office of the Prime Minister. Coincidentally, this story was turned...

  • The risks of an obesity epidemic

    Statistics on child obesity are shocking. Health experts claim that children today are 40 per cent heavier compared with 25 years ago and a growing number of studies have linked rising childhood obesity rates to increased consumption of sugary...

  • Anniversary of road report

    On June 20, 2014, my letter ‘Lunar landscape in Birkirkara’ – referring to Triq B. Bontadini, the road on whose side the Infetti football grounds lie – was published. Although the road itself is familiar to many who have the misfortune to drive...

  • ‘Costing’ the environment

    The European Commission is pondering adopting a circular economy across the European Union. The concept of a circular economy hinges on the mechanics of ‘life’ itself. Materials are turned into a product at birth and then recovered at the...

  • Reduce the tax for pensioners

    Reduce the tax for pensioners

    Pension schemes are back in the headlines. For readers who have still some years to go to reach their pension age, I can assure them that, when they do so, they are in for a great shock both psychologically and financially. The former is quite...

  • Hot and sticky season

    Hot and sticky season

    I hate summer. The only good thing about it is that the pace of life slows down somewhat and you have time to smell the roses, if smelling roses is something that gives you a thrill. You never know what gives one a thrill, after all, that silly...

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