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  • Link between Gozo and Malta (1)

    I recently listened to a live discussion on RTK about the proposed physical link between Gozo and Malta. I am against any link that would impinge, or, worse, destroy the particular characteristics that give Gozo its distinctiveness in the Maltese...

  • Link between Gozo and Malta (2)

    The Gozo bridge/tunnel debate has prompted me to do a bit of research, particularly given that the government has quoted a cost of €1 billion for a bridge. At the present time, the Danish government has commissioned a two-lane subsea road tunnel...

  • The return of Nicolas Sarkozy

    The return of Nicolas Sarkozy

    The recent election of former French president Nicolas Sarkozy as head of the main centre-right Opposition UMP party, two months after announcing his political comeback, marks the first time a former French head of state has returned to frontline...

  • Help from Pakistan

    Here in Faisalabad at Government Primary School Chak 4 we are struggling with hepatitis cases as many are unable to pay for the treatment which is very expensive –it costs about €1,500 for each patient. We need to help them as best we can. TB...

  • Things are not OK, sieħbi

    An attempt to cover up a cover-up with a bigger cover-up is how I would describe what the Prime Minister did in Parliament on Wednesday. Reacting to what he termed the sanctimoniousness of the Opposition on the Manuel Mallia case, he tabled a 2012...

  • Another book

    At the beginning of the month, Gino Lombardi added another book to his collection. This is the eighth that the author has published, which is entitled Bla Ħtija. It is a continuation of the previous book – Bla Isem. However, one can follow Bla...

  • Let’s hit the news for the right reasons

    A few months ago, members of the government publicly disagreed on how to market brand Malta better. While I’m not aware that any way forward has been identified so far, there’s no doubt that so far Labour has managed to ensure Malta’s continued...

  • Making councils sustainable

    Revealing the level of debts of the local councils was not done with the intention of shocking the citizen. It was certainly not done for sensationalism. The dire financial situation of local councils is a problem that needs to be solved. And this...

  • Who’s really calling the (warning) shots?

    Where to begin? The tunnel might be a good start. Every nation has a tunnel story which is forever immortalised in the nation’s collective psyche. France has the Pont de l’Alma in Paris, where Princess Diana’s life came to a tragic end. In a...

  • Dark days for Labour

    Malliagate, the Sheehan Shoot-out, the Cover-up Conspiracy, the sieħbi saga – whatever you choose to call it – the story has got legs. People are still talking about Paul Sheehan careening through the streets like a Maltese version of Jason...

  • Shooting oneself in the foot

    We only got to know that Manuel Mallia’s dri-ver had shot another driver thanks to the media. Maltarightnow uploaded the report at about 9.45pm. Had it not been for the good sense of the videographer of Times of Malta who zoomed in on the bullet...

  • Out of the box

    Out of the box

    It only occurred to me relatively recently just how used I have become to carrying all my music with me. And by ‘all’ I mean just that. The point was brought home to me, rather forcefully I might add, thanks to someone who saw fit to put my car...

  • Islanders

  • A citizen revolution: arm yourself with a good shovel

    A citizen revolution: arm yourself with a good shovel

    The man of the week is, without a shadow of a doubt, Ivan John Grima Hammett. He is the gentleman who went to City Gate in Valletta on Tuesday morning with a shovel, cement, water and several buckets of aggregate material and went on to fill up...

  • Nalizpelra

    Nalizpelra

    Hodie mihi... cras tibi! Editor’s note: Maurice Tanti Burlò wanted this to be his last cartoon. We bid him a fond farewell. A truer gentleman there can never be. But he was not just a nice guy. His wit and talent inspired many.

  • The Sunday Times ‘sowxill’ pages

    Class of 1938 at St Bernice’s School for Young Ladies joyous reunion The girls of Form 5A at St Bernice’s School for Young Ladies, San Ġwann met up recently in the communal hall at the Last Pit-Stop Retirement Home, for a joyous reunion, after all...

  • Trust

  • Watch: Contractors love the countryside more than environmentalists – Sandro Chetcuti

    Watch: Contractors love the countryside more than environmentalists – Sandro Chetcuti

    Times Talk last Tuesday discussed the uglification of Malta brought about by tasteless construction. Sandro Chetcuti, the Malta Developers Association president, insisted that developers loved the countryside to the extent that they bought farms...

  • Elusive ministerial code of ethics

    Justice Minister Owen Bonnici should get a calendar for Christmas and maybe a dictionary too. For over a year, the government to which he belongs has been promising to publish a new ministerial code of ethics, however,it appears to be nowhere in...

  • Let us re-public the government

    We need to discuss the basis of a new form of trust built on a meaningful form of citizenship appropriate for a republic. These are the words of Michael D. Higgins, the current Irish President, a poet and writer, academic and statesman, human...

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