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  • Two weights, two measures

    The Labour Party has a habit of surprising the citizen during the Christmas period. A few days before Christmas 2012, we were stunned by the sudden news of Anġlu Farrugia’s forced resignation. No inquires were held back then. In a split second,...

  • Dominicans in Albania

    The Dominican missionaries in Albania would like to thank the O.P. Mission Support Group (Rabat) which for these last four years has organised activities, including bazaars, art exhibitions and other initiatives in aid of our mission. They...

  • Winch room at Birżebbuġa

    For some unknown reason the fishing department decided to close down the winch room at St George’s Bay, Birżebbuġa. For the benefit of readers, this room has an electrical winch provided by local authorities to be used by all boat owners when...

  • Gratitude of parishioners

    On behalf of the Balzan community, I would like to express my gratitude for all that Dun Kalċ has done for the parishoners over the past 15 years. We feel honoured to have had him among us. His humility and friendship has warmed many a...

  • Diabetes as a personal problem

    Diabetes as a personal problem

    Lately we have read and heard many opinions and research reports on diabetes. The biggest problem is that little knowledge is available to the public. It is such a big problem staring at birth; now a newborn is checked in hospital but this is not...

  • Righting the balance

    This was the week, or the weeks, that was or were. So many things happened, so many tremors were felt, that it rendered most comment superfluous or ridiculous. And every time anyone of us mere mortals spoke, we were upstaged by a bigger bombshell...

  • Wrong billboard

    Reference is made to a letter written by Joseph Muscat and entitled ‘The scourge of billboards’ (December 1). A photo of a Burger King billboard was reproduced with his letter stating that the billboard in question was mounted a week ago in the...

  • Spotlight on country’s institutions

    Malta’s institutions are passing through a difficult moment. Parliament is not enjoying the high esteem it used to have before; the judiciary has not yet recovered from the shocking bribery cases that had also involved the chief justice; the...

  • A coven of cover-ups

    A coven of cover-ups

    All hail the English language and praised be its bevy of collective nouns! Just google them: a gaggle of geese. A flock of bustards. A congregation of crocodiles. A skulk of foxes. A quiver of cobras. A shiver of sharks. A muse of capons... A...

  • Will Russia bite back?

    I read the article ‘Russia expects recession in 2015 as sanctions, oil prices bite’ (December 3). I have to applaud Russia for issuing a candid and probably accurate economic forecast. However, world conditions always fluctuate. If the northern...

  • A day to remember

    A day to remember

    I would like to thank the President, Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca, for introducing herself to me at the Paqpaqli għall-Istrina motor extravaganza at the airport on Sunday. It was a day to remember and I am so glad she attended, on her birthday, to...

  • Beauty in Swieqi

    The lower part of Swieqi has been regaled with two beautiful phenomena to appreciate. The first is the fenced lower park, with lofty trees, gym equipment and benches, which. in the early morning. resounds with the loud but beautiful chirping...

  • Memory malady

    I could not help wondering what made the editors of Malta 50 Years of Independence 1964-2014 (a Times of Malta/Allied publication) opt to feature photos of the official anniversary visit of William the Duke of Cambridge in 60 out of 160...

  • The controversy rages on

    The report that three former judges (I will refer to them as the Board) penned about Malliagate is now in the public domain; unfortunately minus several important documents that were attached to it by the same judges. The publication of these...

  • Male or female is an open question

    Patrick Pullicino suggests (December 1) that the conclusions of research on the physiological distinctions between male and female brains, as well as psychological differences between the sexes, are reflective of some absolute truth relating...

  • Malta in a time warp

    Malta in a time warp

    The photos show two clocks, one located in Victoria and the other at the Valletta entrance near the bus terminus, both showing the wrong time. There are many other clocks, in prominent places, embarrassingly for us Maltese, showing the wrong time,...

  • Only one type of marriage

    I would like to quote two excerpts. Cardinal Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster, in his pastoral letter about the Synod on the family, wrote: “There was no suggestion throughout that the teaching of the Church in any way can approve the...

  • Tax on sale of property

    I am amused, or even amazed, at the failure of Nicky Bianchi (December 2) and various political exponents to realise that a sales tax is not a tax on the goods being sold (the property) but on the act or function of selling. It most...

  • Refunds from ex-ministers

    Eddy Privitera is back on his high horse criticising past PN government ministers for not refunding the full amount of their salary increases. I think it is about time he looked into his mirror and commented about the huge salaries being...

  • More questions than answers?

    A question. Perhaps the question: would Manuel Mallia have been forced to depart as minister were it not for the avalanche of pressure from the media and Opposition – not to mention the strength of public feeling this case managed to generate?...

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