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  • New way of evangelisation

    Education is the power by which to eradicate poverty, hunger and disease in Africa. Inspired by this idea, we missionaries working in Malindi-Kenya are doing our best to build schools and pay school fees for poor and orphans. This is a new system...

  • Motorcycles parked illegally

    The corner of Tigné Street with Tower Road, Sliema, is always littered with parked motorcycles, notwithstanding the ‘No parking’ sign displayed there. Besides being an eyesore, the parked motorcycles present an obstacle to pedestrians and...

  • A horse for her kingdom

    Soon Scotland will be holding a super-important referendum which could belittle Britain. Their votes in general elections hardly mean a thing, as London decrees and Scotland obeys but, this once, the Scots will decide their future...

  • Day 1 - A somewhat bewildering route

    Day 1 - A somewhat bewildering route

    Wednesday - day 1 of the challenge. Our Japanese mentor Rei Shiratori and the councillor of Fukuoka turned up with a few reporters this morning, waving Maltese and Japanese flags, ready to send off the team. For hours, the car park by the Fukuoka...

  • Listen to the Bishops

    This week I found myself in agreement with something that the Bishops of Malta and Gozo suggested. The Bishop of Gozo  proposed that every parish in Gozo adopts a Christian family from countries where Christians are being persecuted. Auxiliary...

  • The queen of hearts

    Sadly, Josette Amato passed away on August 31, the same day that Princess Diana, the queen of hearts, was tragically killed in a car accident in 1997. Coincidence? No. Josette was, without a shadow of doubt, the queen of hearts to all who were...

  • Suicide can be stopped

    Today is World Suicide Prevention Day. Few are aware of this, despite one person committing suicide every 42 seconds worldwide, according to the World Health Organisation. A total of 804,000 individuals take their own life across the world...

  • Social use of public property

    In an overbuilt island most families will always find it difficult to find open spaces that offer adequate recreational facilities where to pass some time relaxing without spending a fortune. Children need open spaces where they can play in a safe...

  • Charisma and vision

    Comments made by both Fr Alfred Micallef and Ranier Fsadni (September 4) brought out forcefully the distinction between the roles of administration and charisma in leadership. They were referring to the criticism of Archbishop Paul Cremona’s...

  • Libya, threats and neutrality

    Libya, threats and neutrality

    Libya is ablaze and out of control. The polarisation of forces fighting each other has deepened. For several weeks, Tripoli has been battered by militias. The international airport has been destroyed. There has been an exodus of Libyans and almost...

  • Reliable power supply

    In view of the recent power cuts, we had another one the Sunday before last, which took over two hours. Why is the government not considering a cable link to the European grid system through Sicily? There is, I believe, considerable doubt about...

  • A historic tourist plan

    A historic tourist plan

    Over the years, Malta has stumbled and bumbled along, creating a tourism market without really knowing what ideas and attractions we want to promote as a prime attraction. Problems in neighbouring competing countries have helped us, as well as the...

  • Compare and contrast

    I refer to the item ‘Retailers’ confidence hits all-time low, finds survey’ (August 29). I was not surprised since, from experience, the huge difference of prices between local and continental are surprising. Just to mention one example: six...

  • A bus to nowhere

    A bus to nowhere

    I refer to the preferred bidder to run Malta’s new bus service, Autobuses de Leon. Having searched for information on this company it would appear that they are a suburban small outfit running 14 bus routes, with limited buses and personnel. Malta...

  • Cyclists anxious at endurance test ahead

    Wednesday - day 1 of challenge. It will be dark for a few more hours but we've been up for an hour already. We are waiting to be picked up by the truck as we girls were in separate accommodation. The four cyclists have to assemble their bikes...

  • Christianity in action

    Both Archbishop Cremona and Bishop Mario Grech spoke, among other things, of solidarity during their respective homilies on the occasion of the feast of the birth of Our Lady which in Malta coincides with the celebration of two historically...

  • Ready, steady, go!

    It is hard to believe that 17 weeks have passed since training started. This has been one of the most challenging LifeCycle editions to put together. Our main sponsor Actavis was keen for us to go to Japan but finding free accommodation and...

  • Who is assisting who?

    When it comes to Europeans and Africa, the power of popular myths has always been important. Historically, we had the ‘civilising mission’ of Europe in Africa myth; we have also had the ‘African overpopulation threatens us all’ myth and now we...

  • Priorities in 2015 pre-Budget overview

    With the cost of social security expected to spiral to a staggering €828 million this year, the government is justified in attempting to do all it can to reduce welfare dependency. It mainly plans to do this through a programme aimed at...

  • Stoned on Labour

    Stoned on Labour

    The General Workers’ Union has really lost the plot. Last week, its newspaper, l-orizzont, was applauding itself with a front-page splash because three Bulgarian beggars were arraigned after it had photographed them begging in Valletta. Beggars...

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