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  • Marsalforn damage

    Marsalforn damage

    The inclement weather we experienced lately again highlighted the vulnerability of Marsalforn Bay to northerly winds. The complete destruction of the breakwater has exposed this popular tourist resort to gigantic waves, which, year in year out,...

  • Top-class treatment

    I needed to go to Gozo polyclinic in Victoria for blood tests. I was given prompt and caring attention by the staff from the moment I walked in right to the last minute I was there. The doctor was so helpful too. I am a type of person who, due to...

  • Exported politics

    I wish every success to the Consul on the Move programme and to Lawrence Dimech in particular. He has been at the forefront where Maltese interests in Australia are concerned. He says he is apprehensive about partisan politics being imposed on...

  • So sad and in bad taste

    The article ‘Saved by a fistful of dollars’ (July 16) about the Maltese priest living in Nice was really in bad taste. I am sure the picture of Fr Paul Sammut, smiling on the saddest day in the history of Nice, didn’t go down well with...

  • Need of quantum leap in efficiency

    Politicians on the government’s side talk so much about the good state of the economy that they are almost making people believe there can be no hiccups so long as Labour is in power. Of course, it is foolhardy for anyone to think that the...

  • For more resilient children

    The relationship between education, families and poverty is well documented and researched. Many Maltese students are being failed by the system and bear the consequences all their lives. I write this opinion piece in my capacity as a parent and a...

  • The safe buccaneers

    The safe buccaneers

    The world woke up last Thursday to find that the UK’s new Prime Minister, Theresa May, had made Boris Johnson the new Foreign Secretary. Granted, now we have proof that office’s stature is diminished: Johnson will have to share Chevening,...

  • Vital national interest

    Malta and Ireland both have close bonds with the UK. The result of the recent referendum on the UK’s continued membership of the European Union was an unwelcome outcome and poses major challenges for the Union and the UK.  The Irish government,...

  • Controversial Lija flats

    I refer to the report on the controversial Lija flats permit (July 14). To call it “controversial” is an understatement. The Lija local council, NGOs Din l-Art Ħelwa and Flimkien Għal Ambjent Aħjar, and all the neighbours (except the owner of the...

  • Permit application

    Reference is made to the article ‘PA revokes permit after making mistake’ (July 15). The article insinuates that the revocation of the planning permit held by applicant John Bonello, for the development of a kiosk in Paceville, may ‘benefit’...

  • Who makes laws?

    The item “Importation of pill approved by the EU cannot be stopped’” (July 8) seemed to go well over the heads of the anti-pill campaigners who, nevertheless, persisted with their line about why it should be banned in Malta. It seems that many...

  • Shoreline erosion

    Shoreline erosion

    A successful restaurant had to be removed for Golden Bay to obtain the Blue Flag status. Yet, one look at the photo (above) prompts the question: what’s going on? A word of advice and environmental authorities please note. When all this mass of...

  • Queensland flag

    The story of Basil Povis of Brisbane, Australia trying to trace relatives in Malta throws up a parallel question. Since 1901, why has the State flag of Queensland depicted a Maltese cross?

  • Using hubs

    I am a frequent visitor to this pleasant island and am married to a part-Maltese wife. I wanted to make a reality check on the Air Malta pilots’ issue. My first point is about salaries on the island and I am sure the pilots’ average earnings of...

  • Let them live

    I would like to answer James Walker’s letter (July 12) where he criticised us Maltese with regard to the killing of birds in Malta. After giving us a dose of insults, he ended his letter thus: “‘You can’t get  much lower than that.” I can assure...

  • Industrial action blanket ban

    Air Malta’s court application for an injunction raises serious questions for trade unionism which go beyond this particular threat to indus-trial democracy. The question is: should it be possible for an employer to seek and obtain from a court a...

  • Concession by intercession

    It’s called the Big Fair, with over 200 exhibitors, 1,500 workers, numerous parking spaces, toys for children, lotteries for adults, music, food stands and an expected 100,000 visitors. That is truly a retail bonanza, the ideal venue for a family...

  • UK in Europe

    The article by Ranier Fsadni, relating to the post-Brexit situation facing Britain was an excellent analysis of how the UK found itself in this dilemma and the options it now faces. I write as a UK citizen temporarily residing in Malta and it...

  • Useful idiots

    Useful idiots

    A ‘useful idiot’ is a term used about those commentators in politics who support only one side of an ideological debate. It was first used by Lenin about sympathisers who blindly supported Communist leaders. Eddie Aquilina’s writings in this...

  • Doctoral devaluation

    An unexpected, though insightful and thought-provoking, comment I was privy to recently runs as follows:  there is hardly any point in proceeding from a master’s to a Ph.D level when all you need for a law doctorate in Malta is a copy of...

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