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  • Land of vertical coffins

    Let it not be said that building fads don’t catch on here. At one point it was the craze for converted farmhouses that reigned supreme and everybody was setting up house in Żebbuġ or thereabouts. Then it was the maisonette’s turn for its place in...

  • Accordion Festival

    At a young age I started studying the accordion under maestro Carmelo Abela. During my studies, I also had the opportunity to meet maestro Charles Camilleri. At that time I was also a member of the Malta Accordion Association and passed the first...

  • Burlò

    Burlò

    A quick study

  • A scandal called poverty

    The following were the opening paragraphs of my commentary of February 23, 2014. They were taken from a story in the January 2014 edition of the Jesuit magazine Lil Ħbiebna: “Agnes (not her real name) is the mother of four children. Her husband is...

  • Solution for Sliema parking nightmare

    Sliema is a parking nightmare that could only get worse once more mega projects are ap­proved. The problem could easily be solved should any of our entrepreneurs take up this solution as a commercial enterprise or if the government takes the bull...

  • ZTV - Campus F. A.

    ZTV - Campus F. A.

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  • Some more musings from my Inbox…

    “So nurse, what exactly are the next patient’s symptoms?” “Well professor, she is complaining of severe pains in her left knee.” “Hmm, OK, you’d better ask her to come in.” “Would you come this way Mrs er… Apap Delia, please.” “Good morning...

  • System waiting to collapse

    This Labour government’s very poor record in accountability, good governance and transparency is now well established, with the Panama scandal being only the latest example (and by far the most serious) of this shocking trend which has...

  • Watch: The real world of cyberbullying

    Watch: The real world of cyberbullying

    As social media channels permeate the home and school environment, youngsters and grown-ups are being relentlessly bullied with no respite. Cracking down on online harassment is becoming a major problem in an age when the attacker does not need to...

  • Humanitarian values

    Humanitarian values

    The Assoċjazzjoni Publju ta’ Malta is pleased to learn that the Episcopal Conference, after considering the importance of the biblical text in the Acts of the Apostles referring to Malta, has issued a directive (dated May 10) to all Church...

  • Restricted view

    The Cittadella in Gozo has been given a real facelift. The cathedral square has seen a total change with new lighting, new facades and a multitude of other things with beautiful results, may I add. Now that all is practically completed, the...

  • The minimum wage revisited

    The latest publication by Caritas Malta, A Minimum Essential Budget for a Decent Living, has resuscitated the issue of the minimum wage. The legal minimum wage is the government’s most direct policy for influencing wage levels, especially for...

  • Signs of the times

    It is no coincidence that in the same issue of the Times of Malta (May 12) we were presented with three leading articles concerning the decline of moral and ethical values in our society. In the editorial it was stressed that we are living “in...

  • Our three musketeers

    The Three Musketeers is a novel penned by Alexander Dumas. It recounts the intrigues, mishaps and comradeship of Athos, Porthos and Aramis. These were three inseparable musketeers of the king. Their inspirational motto was ‘all for one, one for...

  • Corruption allegations

    As previously stated, two officials engaged with FTS were accusing a private contractor, Giovann Vella, of slander and threats, while he was making serious allegations against one of the individuals. Two reports were filed by the FTS officials -...

  • Open marketplace of ideas

    Free speech is under attack. Where we once had the freedom to object, to think for ourselves and have open and honest debate, we now have censors soliciting our conformity and forbidding any deviation from the norm. The window of public discourse...

  • Another blunder

    Works in the upper part of Republic Street, Victoria, protruding into Independence Square, are close to completion. However, it is disgusting to note that a narrow pavement measuring less than one foot and a half is not being  widened,...

  • Democracy down a slippery slope

    When governance is corrupted, a civilised country would be playing with fire. An attack on institutions – notably those meant to ensure that a sound system of checks and balances is always in place – and an attempt to stifle freedom of expression...

  • Destruction of trees

    You would think that with so much emphasis being put on the protection of the environment we would have our minds at rest with regard to trees, those that remain, anyway. But no. We are still seeing orders being carried out to butcher beautiful...

  • Fraudulent practices

    In my banking days, if a ‘successful’ businessman presented annual financial statements showing abnormally hefty losses, I would ask him: where have the profits gone? There are various ‘devious’ ways of creating such a situation, such as ‘phantom’...

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