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  • Burlò

    Burlò

    Blowing bubbles

  • Pastoral Letter

    I think on the whole The Sunday Times of Malta gives good coverage to Church and religious issues. A recent example is the article ‘Priests not political if they speak out against high-rise projects’, (The Sunday Times of Malta, August 14). Many...

  • Keep your eyes on the umbrella…

    “Can I have your attention please, cruise liner passengers? Thank you. Now then, my name is Mary Grace and I will be your guide for this tour of the culturally important sites here in Malta’s second city… Sliema… oh and St Julian’s, including...

  • Economy: strong but fragile

    It is natural that Prime Minister Joseph Muscat should take credit for the country’s upbeat economic and financial figures. The economy grew by 6.3 per cent last year and the rating agency Fitch, in its latest assessment, expects 3.6 per cent...

  • ZTV - Perfect

    ZTV - Perfect

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  • Davids and Goliaths

    I write in support of Michael Sammut’s letter (August 8) regarding the building development in St Helen Street, Sliema. It is, of course, correct to state that the area is, in fact, a tourist zone but not designated as one to which the so-called...

  • The accepted ‘art of dying’

    I agree and disagree on some points raised by martin scicluna in his interesting article ‘last human right’ (Times of Malta, august 10). I think that, although a lot is being written about euthanasia and the heartbreaking appeal by two suffering...

  • Degree standards

    I was very impressed by Emma Grech’s letter (August 10) in which she gave due credit to Loughborough College and the Ministry of Education. Her letter also highlights two other aspects of UK higher education: standards and institutional identity.

  • Killers on our roads

    Killers on our roads

    News of injuries and fatalities caused by road accidents is regularly making the headlines. Our roads are congested beyond belief and, with every day that passes, news portals continue to share with us the tragedies taking place on a regular basis.

  • Anti-social behaviour

    Anti-social behaviour

    I made two calls to the police on Monday, the feast of Santa Marija, a public holiday. I live on one of the most polluted streets in Sliema as far as noise from construction goes. The police never sent anyone but they told me the government agency...

  • The Church’s very modest budget

    The annual report on the Church’s finances shows that, last year, income declined by €1.5 million to €6.4 million. This was mainly due to a drop in revenue from interest. The figures also showed that an increase in revenue from donations of about...

  • Syrian children and American puppies

    Syrian children and American puppies

    Another photo of another boy victim of war grabbed the world's attention. It shocked all those who saw it and drove many to tears.The video footage showed little Omran Daqneesh shell-shocked, covered in dust, his face red with blood. He had just...

  • Victim Shaming 101

    Victim Shaming 101

    The Salott on Facebook – it has a lot to answer for. Free speech is all very well and good, but it does prompt all the ugly lice to crawl out of the woodwork.  One particular post managed to combine a heavy dose of misogyny, prejudice and...

  • Malta’s burgeoning rental market

    Malta’s property market is often described as non-transparent by international financial investors. The main reason is that both the movements in prices in the sale of property and the cost of renting are based on defective indexes. A recent...

  • An undesirable mammoth

    I fear that the high-rise debate in Malta is polarising people to such an extent that the argument is losing much of its objectivity. Taking the Townsquare project in particular, it seems it is either the essential future of Malta or a pointless...

  • The art of volunteering

    The art of volunteering

    Love them or hate them, the festas held in our towns and villages are but one of the many events organised mainly thanks to the involvement of hundreds of individuals on a voluntary basis. Living in a country where we love to boast about records,...

  • Our own ‘Faulty’ towers

    Our own ‘Faulty’ towers

    Much has been debated and written about the controversial towers that are to be built, in particular the 38-storey Sliema tower. This project was approved by the Planning Authority by the narrowest of margins: one vote. I do not intend to write...

  • Looming danger

    The decision on the proposed gas tank at the Victoria citadel will be made today. Reading the case officer’s report recommending approval, one notes that the Superintendence of Cultural Heritage, which claimed pride of place for the accolades on...

  • Sewage overflows

    The Water Services Corporation refers to the article entitled ‘Divers in Gozo seemingly still swimming in sewage’ (August 16). This highlighted an ongoing problem being encountered at our sewage treatment plant in Gozo, which is causing untreated...

  • Wishful thinking

    After nearly four years of Labour government, I think it would be an injustice if I, as a Sliema resident, did not put pen to paper to express my deep gratitude to il-gvern li jisma (Labour) for the most lovely period of my life. I think I am also...

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