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  • A royal bar

    The main church square in Birkirkara is of a higher rank than Buckingham Palace. Why is that? At Buckingham Palace, Prince Philip has his study, Queen Elizabeth II has her banqueting hall. St Helen’s collegiate church square in Birkirkara has...

  • Life beyond politics

    Lino Spiteri was a man of many talents. He was, yes, a politician but he was also an economist, a business and financial adviser, an advocate for the rights of people with special needs and a writer and, most importantly, from his point a view, a...

  • Beyond science education

    The release of the European Commission statistics on students studying science has shed light on Malta’s situation and raised discussion on this paper. Although numbers speak volumes, we need to look beyond figures for a constructive debate to...

  • A tribute to the fallen

    As one drives through the countless villages dotting the English and the French countryside, one becomes aware of a number of war memorials raised to pay homage to locals – often young and inexperienced men – who died in combat during the Great...

  • All matters of the heart

    The Maltese Cardiac Society conference 2014 was held from October 17 to 19 at Mater Dei Hospital. The huge success of last year’s conference motivated the scientific and organising committees to work hard on turning our national cardiology...

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  • Private investments

    The role of the Privatisation Unit, properly speaking, is to identify and facilitate the areas of government, or government-owned enterprise, that can be freed from the clutches of pencil-pushers and bean-counters and left for private enterprise...

  • Good service from Enemalta

    We read a lot of letters complaining about poor customer service but recently I had a very positive experience. Last week, with very rough weather conditions hitting Malta, I sustained a power cut at my property in Marsalforn. I tried to phone...

  • Where was God?

    On August 5, 1914, the Governor of Malta, Sir Leslie Rundle, made the following statement: “We hereby announce the outbreak of hostilities in humble trust in the guidance and protection of Divine Providence.” At about the same time, a circular was...

  • Hunting, votes... logic

    Comparisons are odious. In Europe there are some seven million hunters in an area of 1.7 million square miles and a population of well over five billion. In Malta, there are an estimated 10,000 hunters with a population of 420,000 inhabitants in...

  • Control the importation of used vehicles

    Lord Strickland is said to have once defined us as “Maltese gemgem”. We moan about everything under the sun, including the sun itself. At the same time, we rarely take a look inwards to see whether we are also at fault. We moan about the traffic...

  • Locksmiths in Malta

    In Malta, locksmiths (key cutters) are not registered in any way and this means anybody can trade as a locksmith without a licence, irrespective of competence or background. With today’s wave of thefts, it is about time that action is taken by the...

  • Frustration of wheelchair users in Malta

    I am Maltese but I live and work overseas. Recently I came to Malta for a holiday, to see a friend of mine who is wheelchair bound. While I was staying with her, I thought it would be a good idea to take her out shopping, as she never leaves the...

  • The need for educational spots

    I am simply mystified. We have innumerable public media stations, yet not one of them deems it fit to broadcast ‘public service clips’ that should hopefully help to educate the Maltese. I do not mean teaching the Maltese the way to hold a fork and...

  • The French occupation (1)

    The French occupation (1)

    I am afraid that the “lie” told by Maltese aristocrats and clerics as a ruse (Charles Xuereb, The Sunday Times of Malta, October 26) regarding the plunder by French soldiers in 1798 has been written in stone. I suggest Xuereb should go to Rabat...

  • The French occupation (2)

    To deny the Holocaust in Germany is a crime punishable by a prison sentence. So how come here in Malta we have someone twisting documented historical facts and gets away with it. Our forefathers had to endure atrocities during the French...

  • The French occupation (3)

    In his letter (The Sunday Times of Malta, November 9), Charles Xuereb claims his research shows that no pillaging was ever officially sanctioned during the French occupation. Yet valuables from convents that were the proceeds and offerings by...

  • The little prince, or nothing

    I’ve never enjoyed other people’s misfortunes quite as much as I did on Friday night. The news that a power outage had hit the Junior Eurovision song contest came as music to my ears – easily the winning entry, in fact. That probably means I need...

  • Concrete coastline in the south

    The government’s privatisation unit at the behest of the government’s Consultative Council for the South has proposed that a strip of land about five kilometres long between Smart City and Żonqor Point in Marsascala should be designated for the...

  • Taxing vacant buildings

    Charles Daly, who correctly wrote (The Sunday Times of Malta, November 8) about the absolute necessity of taxing long vacant buildings in Malta, is unlikely to face the same sort of reaction I did when I ventured the same concept at one of Finance...

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