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  • Tax rate on dividends

    I refer to the last Budget adjustments for tax computation. People using the married tax rates who had an income of less than €28,700 in 2013, excluding any dividends they received, can only declare that amount of dividend, which, when it is added...

  • Principles before popularity

    Today’s papers were graced with the photos of His Grace Bishop Charles Scicluna bird watching. Just for clarity’s sake I hastily add that he was watching the kind of birds the adherents of Birdlife watch. The accompanying words uttered by His...

  • Serpent between rocks

    Serpent between rocks

    After much deliberation, President Barack Obama has decided to bomb the east Syrian city of Raqqa. It is said to be the headquarters of the operations of the terrorist group Islamic State (Isis) in both Syria and Iraq. In the US, neocon hawks have...

  • Empowering local councils to serve

    Most would argue that local councils have generally had a positive effect on the communities that they serve. A few people dedicate a good part of their free time to identify how they can make their locality a better place where to live by...

  • Perils of inexperience

    Perils of inexperience

    When the Nationalist Party in government delivered on its decision to upgrade the Sant’Antnin waste treatment plant in Marsascala, it did so to improve the well-being of the people there. When the organic fraction processed by the plant was...

  • A taste of Shakespeare on the radio

    My acquaintance with Shakespeare was brief and superficial. Apart from a glance or two in Palgrave at his Sonnets and watching Laurence Olivier in Hamlet, any deeper analysis of the Bard’s work was impossible. I was too busy studying other...

  • The child migrants’ saga

    I read with interest the article ‘Migrant children in Australia ‘treated as baby convicts’ (September 2). The article is of interest to Malta because it is known that more than 300 children emigrated to Australia between 1950 and 1965 under the...

  • Another 50th anniversary

    Another 50th anniversary

    This month, Malta is also celebrating the 50th anniversary of the laying of the foundation stone at the main campus of the University of Malta in Msida (known as Tal-Qroqq). It was laid on September 22, 1964 by Duncan Sandys, the then Commonwealth...

  • Bylaws action

    I refer to the article ‘Wait for political direction stalling cabby bylaw’ (September 20) We would like to clarify that since all members present for a waste stakeholders’ consultative meeting held recently felt it was time to consider a...

  • Quality centre for creativity

    I refer to the letter by Joseph Muscat, published on September 19, entitled ‘A disappointing night at the opera’. Allow me to tackle his remarks separately. With regard to air conditioning, unfortunately, the system at St James Cavalier Centre for...

  • Federation cannot control the hunters (1)

    The very wise decision of Prime Minister Joseph Muscat to bring to a premature end the present hunting season has brought into the open the political power of the hunting fraternity. They statement that they will no longer continue to support the...

  • Federation cannot control the hunters (2)

    I have been living in Malta for nine years. Without fail, every spring and autumn hunting season results in the death of many species of protected birds. May I emphasis the word ‘protected’. Most of the hunters who are responsible for the death of...

  • Tas-Silg: when will it open?

    Tas-Silg: when will it open?

    It was reported in 2013 that the important archaeological temple site at Tas-Silġ would soon be opened to the public, once complete excavations had been carried out, which is about now. The site has been meticulously studied since the 1930s, then...

  • Checks on new citizens

    I can honestly say to Revel Barker (‘New Citizens’, September 15), that the fact that Maltese citizenship could be given – as he put it – to despots, war criminals and those accused of crimes against humanity did originally cross my mind. But, on...

  • Rebel arms

    While I was reading Times of Malta the other morning, CNN reported that the US is to arm the Syrian rebels. I can’t understand these political decisions. Don’t they realise what happened in Iraq and Libya once they removed their dictators? So why...

  • Angels are not in the mind

    The heading of the item that appeared in the September 10 issue of Junior News, ‘Imaginary Angels’, merits an objection. Although the word “imaginary” can also make reference to imaginative characterisation, the normal meaning is “lacking factual...

  • People’s lawyer-politician

    During the unveiling ceremony of President Emeritus Guido de Marco’s statue in front of the law courts, my thoughts went to when I was a young court reporter for Times of Malta. De Marco was busy defending a client of his even though his presence...

  • Statistics: striking a balance

    What is particularly sad in the controversy that has arisen over employment in the public sector and, also, over employment in general, are the aspersions cast on the credibility of the National Statistics Office by people who are always only too...

  • Gozo ward: a word of thanks

    I would like to wholeheartedly thank all the staff members at the female general ward at Gozo General Hospital for their dedicated and professional care when they attended to my mother during her recent hospitalisation for knee surgery. Healing is...

  • Singapore and Malta

    Singapore and Malta

    Malta and Singapore have been sovereign, independent States within the Commonwealth for 50 years. In Singapore’s case, this occurred after a slightly rocky start when it briefly formed part of newly independent Malaysia in 1963 before...

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