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  • What’s in a name?

    I sympathise with Peter Murray’s comment that fish common names can confuse (October 11). For the record, lampuki (Coryphaena hippurus) is a migratory species circumglobal in subtropical seas. Lampuki, I believe, is derived either from the...

  • Armier solution

    The way forward regarding the illegal boathouses in Armier, and anywhere else for that matter, is for the government to appoint an independent board that will establish how long each squatter has occupied the land. The squatter will then be made...

  • U-turns or obstinacy ?

    Of course I prefer to see none of both. But, were I to have to choose, I opt for U-turns rather than sheer obstinacy by a political party in harness. As for a party in opposition: silence in preference to nonsense or shibboleths.

  • Costly cancer medication

    Costly cancer medication

    The Reuters feature on lung cancer (October 11) is a good example of medical journalism of no practical value to the public. Pathologists have known for at least 50 years that cancers evolve in a multi-step fashion from innocent changes...

  • Synod Watch 4

    The Catholic right is up in arms against the report prepared by Cardinal Peter Erdo of Esztergom-Budapest, who, as the synod's relator, had the task of synthesizing what the bishops said during the first week of their meeting. At the forefront of...

  • Communion to those who are remarried

    The Extraordinary Synod of Bishops is under way until Sunday. I am following most of the interventions by bishops and cardinals and my general impression is that most of them are trying to please the media. Cardinal Francesco Coccopalmerio said...

  • Making science attractive to students

    European Commission statistics show that just eight per cent of Maltese students had undertaken some form of post-secondary scientific studies last year, less than half the EU average. This statistic may have worried some people, but it does not...

  • High expenses facing Gozitan students

    Students all around the globe face financial challenges and most do work part time to keep things afloat. The Gozo University Group, after lending an ear to a number of students, has noticed a growing concern regarding rent expenses. Over the past...

  • Blind date with Labour

    For the Nationalist Party, the power station issue is not one of timeliness but timing. Before and after the last general election, Prime Minister Joseph Muscat repeatedly tied the reduction of energy tariffs with the commissioning of the new...

  • Leave the bus terminus be

    Leave the bus terminus be

    It has been reported that architect Antonio Belvedere, from Renzo Piano’s office, and Richard England made a case for transforming Valletta’s ditch into a garden as originally planned rather than a parking area. They also insisted that the bus...

  • Bestiary of untruthers

    Bestiary of untruthers

    Back in 2007, Hillary Clinton was the front-runner for the Democrat Party’s nomination for US President as the primaries approached. But there was an early foretaste of things to come when David Geffen, an important fundraiser for the Clintons,...

  • Save a loved one’s life

    Save a loved one’s life

    Most people would feel helpless in responding to a sudden cardiac collapse, without cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) instruction or training. Simply put, with statistics strongly indicating that over 80 per cent of cardiac arrests occur at...

  • We need to create a ‘cult’

    Youths, education, employment, and opportunities – four buzzwords that ought to stop being such and become part and parcel of the European political agenda. For the last weeks Brussels was a hub of activity, not that it usually isn’t, but during...

  • Joseph Muscat, my kind of hero

    Yes you did read the title properly. He is a super one in fact. I had other heroes in my life but they all seem to have come a sad cropper. Dom Mintoff went wonky and voted against his own Socialist party so I crossed him out of my heroic league...

  • Budget for a fair market

    As Budget day looms, some reflection on what one should expect would seem timely from the point of view of a company synonymous with Maltese-led investment in the manufacturing industry. With the risk of sounding overly simplistic, one should...

  • Right to back down on councils

    Opposition to the government’s plan to postpone council elections to 2019 “to save money”, ease “election fatigue” and improve election turnout, has forced it to back down half way. In what the government is describing as a “compromise” solution,...

  • Is there a Muslim threat?

    Is there a Muslim threat?

    I have been taken aback by the views expressed by some cultured and intelligent friends about the supposed threat posed to Europe (and specifically Malta) from having Muslims living in our midst. While I can fully understand the fears engendered...

  • ‘Political blackmail’

    Referring to hunting as a “problem”, Frans Said, in his letter ‘Political blackmail’ (October 8) states: “If both major political parties were to unite to seek what is best for these islands, this type of blackmail will lose its impact.” Just to...

  • Parking on level playing field

    Parking on level playing field

    The recent increased use of parking facilities on the outskirts of heavily urbanised zones has brought to light an acute inability to responsibly manage such areas. A lack of organisation based on piecemeal policy-making has resulted in a...

  • Chemtrails

    John Ivens (October 8) is the latest in a long list of uninformed people paranoid about a perfectly normal phenomenon – water vapour contrails left by aircraft. These trails have been a regular feature in the skies ever since World War I, when...

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