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  • Less business friendly than Greece

    It is hard to believe, but even Greece, riven by financial difficulties and wallowing in debt, is better than Malta when it comes to “the ease of doing business”. With the government boasting about the work it is doing to make Malta more...

  • How to shut critics up

    How to shut critics up

    The Finance Minister, Edward Scicluna, is reported to have said some testy things about critics of some of projects the government is very fond of. He was also dismissive of critics of the eurozone’s deal with Greece. He’s said, essentially, that...

  • Unleash global polio fight

    Unleash global polio fight

    In November, Malta will play host for the second time in 10 years to the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting. For many Maltese, the descent of thousands of delegates and media representatives from around the world will create an energetic...

  • Language consultation exercise

    The Department of Maltese at the University of Malta refers to the consultation exercise on the Maltese language launched by the Ministry for Education and Work and to the recent piece by Henry Frendo (July 12). The department is required by law...

  • Beach needs better facilities

    Mellieħa Bay is one of our leading beaches and, over the last few years, it has been awarded Blue Flag status. However, it does lack facilities, especially for persons with special needs. There are only three Blue Sticker parking bays among...

  • Meddling with the Maltese language

    Malta has survived as one of the world’s smallest minorities with its own distinct language and culture. The survival of our language is probably our biggest claim to a distinctly Maltese identity. Our history shows that, with the passage of time...

  • Apocalypse postponed

    Apocalypse postponed

    Monday, July 13, was the morning after the night before in Brussels. After an acrimonious marathon session Eurozone leaders had postponed the economic fate of Greece for a few more months. The can had satisfactorily been kicked down the road...

  • Bus passes do work

    I’ve left it till all the rhetoric has been said regarding the new Tallinja cards. I would like to congratulate both Malta Public Transport and the government on this initiative, it’s been long awaited. This new system allows people to board a...

  • Religion needs protection

    Religion needs protection

    The Criminal Code (Amendment) Bill, published in The Malta Government Gazette on July 10, 2015 essentially proposes the decriminalisation of the crime of vilification of religion, presumably in the interests of freedom of expression. The reason...

  • Bid to speed up boarding

    I refer to the letters ‘Payment for bus journeys’ (July 16). With regard to “speed” and “rapidity”, which were mentioned by Philip Bonello, of Paola, Malta Public Transport noted that, prior to the introduction of the bus card, drivers had to...

  • Make those who are idle join the AFM

    I share Minister Evarist Bartolo’s great concern that, in such a small population as ours, we should have as many as 1,085 people aged 17 who are not working, studying or in some formal training structure. These are human resources going to...

  • Secluded bays are as nature intended

    Secluded bays are as nature intended

    The article about Fomm ir-Riħ (July 15) has fired up another controversy between the environmentalists, the Ramblers Association and others that wish to have access to this beautiful bay as Maltese citizens. I am sure that there are more secluded...

  • Respect for the police

    Jailed for punching officer in the face; Police sergeant kicked in the head; Accused of false report after blaming policeman; Traffic policeman’s helmet smashed in ‘vicious attack these are some of the headlines found in recent editions of the...

  • We’re not Tibet, or Ċukaj

    We’re not Tibet, or Ċukaj

    In the months following the demise of the Labour regime in 1987, members of the protest group Tan-Numri got together with many others to draft a satirical programme on national television, which came to be called Aħn’aħna jew M’aħniex. Some of...

  • Stronger pension system

    The Pensions Strategy Group notes the article titled ‘A stronger pension system?’ by Micheal Brigulio (July 13). The report by the group is open for consultation. The group will embrace recommendations that contribute to the strengthening of...

  • Opera screening snuffed out

    Months ago Eden Cinemas had announced that they wouldbe transmitting the opera La Boheme from the Royal Opera Covent Garden during the month of June, 2015, the main artistes being Joseph Calleja and Anna Netrebko. Anticipation turned into...

  • When an envoy plays hard to get

    For a number of reasons, not least her lucrative package, Sai Mizzi Liang, Malta Enterprise’s woman in the East and now also consul general in Shanghai, is a controversial character. The fact that she happens to be the Energy Minister’s wife and...

  • Competence now irrelevant

    A piece of inherited Maltese wisdom goes, Mill-kliem għall-fatti hemm baħar jikkumbatti. It is loosely translated as ‘Words come cheap, while actions are dear’. Nothing has ever proven this statement true as much as the comparison between the...

  • BOV fund

    Especially in the wake of amerited glowing report by Standard & Poor’s on Malta’s economic growth prospects, describedas ‘positive’ and ‘solid’, it is indeed opportune to remind the government of its electoral promiserelating to the many...

  • ‘Sorry, we’ve killed off the birds’

    ‘Sorry, we’ve killed off the birds’

    Reports in newspapers said that the EU has closed the infringement case relating to the spring hunting of turtle dove and quail. Are not turtle dove now a declared threatened species? Why, with the world more aware than ever of the threat to more...

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