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  • Maltese spelling of English words

    As an ex-teacher and author of 40 years standing, I don’t agree at all with what Andrew Saliba wrote in his article ‘A tale of two different languages’, but I do agree with Joe Friggieri that we should retain the English spelling for nouns which...

  • Governing at local level

    It is indeed a pity that the forthcoming local council elections, scheduled for April 11, have been, to a certain extent, overshadowed by the spring hunting referendum. This is certainly important but local council elections are also a crucial...

  • Of principled politicians

    Over the past few years, the local political scene has seen a number of people switching political alliances from one political party to another. While this shows a healthy democracy, allowing people to shift without fearing any repercussions, a...

  • Amnesties galore!

    Amnesties galore!

    About nine years ago, those who tampered with electricity meters and maybe for years had been using the service for free, were pardoned by just calling Enemalta, getting a digital meter installed and paying a meagre Lm100. This story repeated...

  • Obstacles to investment

    I am writing to express my disappointment in the visa services of this country. We have never experienced such unhelpfulpeople and this sort of difficulty in obtaining a visa. My partner holds a South African passport and currently also has...

  • Is clay pigeon shooting next?

    I am a keen target (clay pigeon) shooter, and though I must state at the onset that I am not a member of the hunting fraternity, I must admit that the forthcoming referendum poses a definite uncertainty for the future of my activity. Some Maltese...

  • How convenient

    The current jumping up and down and running about concerning the oodles of cash appertaining to ex-PN Ministers Michael Falzon (who must be kicking himself for spilling his own beans) and Ninu Zammit must be pleasing the PM no end. Many of his own...

  • Provoking the Pope’s punch

    Alfred Gauci (February 17) objected to the Pope’s comment on a violent Muslim reaction to the weekly Paris paper Charlie Hebdo’s repeatedly provocative caricatures of the prophet Muhammad. Something similar happened in Copenhagen a few days ago,...

  • Partnerships with the private sector

    Despite all the efforts made so far, the development of public private partnerships in Malta remains slow but the government is now embarking upon a fresh drive in the hope of striking new deals. Up to now, only two partnerships come readily to...

  • A bit of butter is good for you

    A bit of butter is good for you

    When are the experts going to make up their minds? They used to tell us that margarine is better than butter and now they are saying butter is not that bad after all. How many times have we read we should be careful about the amount of eggs we eat...

  • War does not need religion

    During the Nazi era the thought that if a lie is repeated a thousand times it becomes the truth was successfully implemented. A lie incessantly uttered today is that religion has been and is now the main cause of conflicts inflicted upon...

  • Unannounced power outages

    Areas of Victoria had a very brief power outage last Thursday at 9.05am. Power came back after some 10 seconds. I may be mistaken but I suspect it was an intentional (or predictable) break that was caused for some technical reason. Short though...

  • Busuttil’s blunder

    ​Simon Busuttil, in my opinion, came out with his hunting referendum declaration for no other reason than to win the sympathy of the hunters and, therefore, secure more votes. If this is the case, then his idea really backfired because...

  • Action on ‘vandalised’ postboxes

    I was very happy to notice that the very next day after I alerted this newspaper to a vandalised Maltapost postbox in Msida, this postbox was removed. It is a shame that it took a newspaper report in order to achieve this whereas the...

  • Why they leave school early

    Early school leaving in Malta refers to students between the ages of 18 and 24 leaving compulsory schooling without having at least five SEC passes (at grade 1 to grade 7) or being in education or training. At 20.9 per cent in 2013, Malta’s rate...

  • Nearly two years of Labour

    In the 2013 general election, Labour swept to victory for various reasons. In my reading, this had little to do with Malta’s economic situation.I believe that Labour’s immense victory had more to do with its successful articulation of the ‘common...

  • Scanning for a pastor

    In his pastoral message for Lent, Apostolic Administrator Charles Scicluna rightly described the current situation of the Church in Malta as a time of prayer, waiting and “fasting” because “we are awaiting the nomination of a new archbishop who...

  • Help at community level

    While most people have heard of Rotary, not so many have an understanding of what this international organisation does and how it contributes very significantly to local communities even as it celebrates its 110th anniversary today. Rotary is a...

  • Cartoon of the day

    Cartoon of the day

    Troika Troubles

  • My memories of Rainer Mader

    I just returned from Germany where I attended Rainer Mader’s funeral. It was overwhelming to see how many people bade him their last farewell, and it gave me great comfort knowing he was liked by so many people. Rainer’s family also would like to...

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