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  • Some suggested jobs for the boys...

    Shock horror! The news hit me at lunch. I almost swallowed my tongue... well, not mine exactly, but some deceased bovine’s. What news? Well obviously the sad tidings that – bless him – Johnny Dalli had lost another job. Apparently, somebody...

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  • Simshar – the tragedy, the mystery… the film

    A fishing vessel with five men on board left Marsaxlokk on July 7, 2008. Some days later, an explosion destroyed the boat Simshar, killing some of the boat’s occupants and leaving others, including an 11-year-old boy, hanging on to a makeshift raft.

  • The revival of Valletta

    Recently the Valletta local council and various other entities celebrated the 448th anniversary of the founding of Valletta by Grandmaster Jean Parisot de Valette. The highlights of the events to mark this historic day were a Mass at St John’s...

  • How many tourists can island take?

    There has been such an abundance of ministerial performance reviews over the past weeks that few may have had an appetite to go into what the Central Bank of Malta had to say in its annual report. Only a few of the economic indicators usually make...

  • Pistorius the blade ‘liar’

    If William Shakespeare were alive today he would surely be inspired to write another new drama with Oscar Pistorius as the main character. Besides being a paralympic sprinter, the disabled South African star, who is on trial for murdering his...

  • Great are the humble

    I thought that the question of the existence of God was dead and buried (Karl Consiglio, April 12) after the plethora of exchanges during 2012. But one extract from my letter of July 12 that year is worth recalling: For me miracles (which were...

  • Courage of convictions

    John Guillaumier (April 12), ever keen to find fault with the Catholic Church, criticises two of Malta’s recent presidents for allowing their personal ethics and morals to influence their decision to refuse to sign the Civil Union Bill into...

  • Liberal or not so liberal?

    If I were a cynic, I’d be congratulating my gay friends on joining the world of marital strife, parents-in-law, custody battles and all the other great things in life that come packaged with marriage. To say nothing of the worry and expense that...

  • No quiet on eastern front

    The events preceding the start of World War II are well known. British Prime Minister, Neville Chamberlain, returned to Downing Street from Munich on the night of September 30, 1938 claiming that he had brought “peace for our time” after signing...

  • Poverty and unborn children

    The Green Paper themed ‘A framework for poverty reduction and for social inclusion’ deals also with children but not with unborn children. It should, for many reasons. International public health experts, writing in the Journal of the Royal...

  • The Face of Christ, the Face of Man

    The Face of Christ, the Face of Man This evening Pope Francis will lead the Way of the Cross at the Coliseum. The following are a few snippets from the text  of some of the stations. The text was written by  Archbishop Giancarlo Maria Bregantini...

  • Gozo’s altar of reposition

    Lately TVM showed a short feature about the Altar of Reposition that is put on show every year during Holy Week at the Mdina cathedral. The feature was accompanied by a very interesting historical description provided by Fr Edgar Vella. Malta and...

  • Duties when recycling waste

    Waste recycling has been common practice for most of human history as a means not only of saving precious resources but also of maximising their re-use. Beverage bottles in Britain, Ireland and Sweden, for example, have been recycled since at...

  • PN’s DNA

    Mark Anthony Vassallo insinuated in his letter (April 10) that I misinterpreted the facts when I wrote some weeks ago that it was in the PN’s DNA to block progress. I concluded this not only from recent blatant examples like the Individual...

  • Picnic on the Mdina lawns

    A photo of myself and three generations of my family, peacefully enjoying a picnic on the lawns of the Mdina ditch, was published in On the Dot (March 31) in the context of various reports on reprehensible acts of illegal rubbish dumping and...

  • Forgotten anniversary

    In reference to a reminder by Denis Darmanin (April 11) to commemorate the bicentenary of the Treaty of Paris signed on May 30, 1814 between France and the Coalition after the Napoleonic Wars, when Britain “took sovereignty over Malta”, for the...

  • News update

    Since February, when the news was published that Bart’s, the prestigious London teaching hospital, would be setting up a medical school in Gozo, we have heard nothing more. Obviously, this good news was welcomed with a great deal of interest at...

  • Champion of environment

    Din l-Art Ħelwa and citizens who value the environment and Malta’s natural heritage are indeed grateful to The Sunday Times of Malta for enticing Environment Minister Leo Brincat to declare that he will champion the environment when Mepa is split...

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