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  • One of those days

    It's turning into one of those days. The usual spills - fortunately no serious injuries - and a broken spoke: all are enough to disrupt the plan. One cyclist is hours behind while another has lost an hour already. And it is only 3pm, with another...

  • In search of quality?

    The government has approved new building heights for hotels stating that this measure can solve the issue of their economic viability and improve the quality of Malta’s offer. At the same time, there are schemes in the offing that will develop the...

  • Something about Islam...

    Something about Islam...

    Writing a syndicated op-ed a month after 9/11, American political scientist Francis Fukuyama argued that the terrorist attacks did not disprove his theory that history had come to a kind of end. There was, he said, no realistic alternative to the...

  • Encouraging people to save more

    Up to only a generation ago it was part of the national culture for people to save. Even those earning low wages used to somehow save a bit for a rainy day. People thought more than twice before going into debt and few dared take risks, calculated...

  • Let the traffic flow again

    Please allow me to refer to Alfred Griscti’s ‘No gridlock’ (September 3) and, to his ‘Bisazza Street’ (July 20). The second piece does not deserve a reply but the photo accompanying his September 3 letter must have been shot this summer (last...

  • Muzzling democracy?

    Muzzling democracy?

    Malta has recently been hit by a spate of court cases involving abuse of minors. I am not going to write about the merits of the individual cases. Since I was not there to witness any alleged incidents, it would be presumptuous to attempt an...

  • REME old boys

    My wife and I will be coming to Malta from the UK in October and would dearly like to meet some of my old workmates of the late 1950s, including our tea boy, who also topped up our diesel generators and occasionally got diesel in the tea. I...

  • The mayor’s selective eye for detail

    The mayor’s selective eye for detail

    Our mayor, Alfred Grixti (a friend I amicably criticise), has a very selective eye for detail. In his piece entitled ‘Beyond the ‘R’’’ (September 4), he pointed out that he purposely left the ‘R’ missing on Dun Karm’s monument in Sciortino Street,...

  • What Caritas always wanted

    At a time when nearly all around us in Europe there is still a flatlined economic investment and growth, we cannot but be heartened reading the finance minister’s Pre-Budget Document 2015 aptly titled ‘Creating opportunities not dependencies’. By...

  • Labour laws

    Can a collective agreement between employer/employee be of lower standards to local and European Union legislation? If not, why is it that such agreements are allowed to be signed and to stand? Don’t the local labour watchdogs scrutinise...

  • New way of evangelisation

    Education is the power by which to eradicate poverty, hunger and disease in Africa. Inspired by this idea, we missionaries working in Malindi-Kenya are doing our best to build schools and pay school fees for poor and orphans. This is a new system...

  • Motorcycles parked illegally

    The corner of Tigné Street with Tower Road, Sliema, is always littered with parked motorcycles, notwithstanding the ‘No parking’ sign displayed there. Besides being an eyesore, the parked motorcycles present an obstacle to pedestrians and...

  • A horse for her kingdom

    Soon Scotland will be holding a super-important referendum which could belittle Britain. Their votes in general elections hardly mean a thing, as London decrees and Scotland obeys but, this once, the Scots will decide their future...

  • Day 1 - A somewhat bewildering route

    Day 1 - A somewhat bewildering route

    Wednesday - day 1 of the challenge. Our Japanese mentor Rei Shiratori and the councillor of Fukuoka turned up with a few reporters this morning, waving Maltese and Japanese flags, ready to send off the team. For hours, the car park by the Fukuoka...

  • Listen to the Bishops

    This week I found myself in agreement with something that the Bishops of Malta and Gozo suggested. The Bishop of Gozo  proposed that every parish in Gozo adopts a Christian family from countries where Christians are being persecuted. Auxiliary...

  • The queen of hearts

    Sadly, Josette Amato passed away on August 31, the same day that Princess Diana, the queen of hearts, was tragically killed in a car accident in 1997. Coincidence? No. Josette was, without a shadow of doubt, the queen of hearts to all who were...

  • Suicide can be stopped

    Today is World Suicide Prevention Day. Few are aware of this, despite one person committing suicide every 42 seconds worldwide, according to the World Health Organisation. A total of 804,000 individuals take their own life across the world...

  • Social use of public property

    In an overbuilt island most families will always find it difficult to find open spaces that offer adequate recreational facilities where to pass some time relaxing without spending a fortune. Children need open spaces where they can play in a safe...

  • Charisma and vision

    Comments made by both Fr Alfred Micallef and Ranier Fsadni (September 4) brought out forcefully the distinction between the roles of administration and charisma in leadership. They were referring to the criticism of Archbishop Paul Cremona’s...

  • Libya, threats and neutrality

    Libya, threats and neutrality

    Libya is ablaze and out of control. The polarisation of forces fighting each other has deepened. For several weeks, Tripoli has been battered by militias. The international airport has been destroyed. There has been an exodus of Libyans and almost...

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