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  • National Bank of Malta

    I have read with interest the article ‘Final stages for National Bank saga’ that appeared in The Business Observer (April 21). I refer to the second paragraph of the article: “Consultants Ugolino, Nun and Chilton drew up the government’s version...

  • Monument

    With reference to the ‘Abercromby monument’ at The National Library, as far as I know that is a bust of Dun Karm Psaila made in the 1960s by the late George Borg.

  • National parks

    I refer to the article ‘National parks for Malta’ written by Martin Galea (April 13). He makes his point about a greener Malta very clearly. Hopefully, the contribution will ignite a little spark in all concerned and make us more aware of the...

  • Pension theft

    I refer to the letter by Claudia Cuschieri from the Ministry for the Family and Social Solidarity (April 22). May I remind this lady and readers that we service pensioners are still being robbed of the service pensions that we are entitled to, up...

  • Choice of words

    Oh dear! On the back page of the Times of Malta on April 20 there was a photograph of a man in a horse-drawn sulky. He is quite clearly driving the horse and sulky and not – as the text would have it - riding the horse. To make matters worse, the...

  • Consumer affairs

    I would like to thank the staff at the consumer affairs office, namely Lorna Vella and Dorothy Farrugia, for their continuous support and professionalism. Their hard work, numerous phone calls and several letters helped me resolve my case and...

  • Leaders’ donations

    As our beloved Prime Minister and the leader of the Opposition are probably more ‘loaded’ than a bus filled to the brim with passengers risking falling out any minute, I wonder what their contribution in terms of money was to Puttinu Cares. Or is...

  • New titular statue for Paola

    The approval by Archbishop Charles Scicluna for the present titular statue of Christ the King to be replaced by another one, as reported in a section of the press recently, came as a totally unexpected shock to me personally as well as to many ...

  • EU protection of trade secrets

    On April 14, the day on which the European Parliament adopted the new Data Protection Regulation, the European Parliament also voted in favour of the introduction of a new EU directive on the protection of trade secrets, establishing for the first...

  • Bad timing to fill the money box

    The timing could hardly have been any worse. As the country tries to get to grips with secret companies in Panama and trusts in New Zealand, the Nationalist Party comes up with a fund-raising scheme that, whatever the packaging it chooses to give...

  • Tax evasion

    This what a friend in Germany has just written to me: “Panamagate - hilarious viewing if it wasn’t so serious! It’s like turning over a stone and watching a lot of beetles scurrying away out of the sunlight. Didn’t know that your Maltese...

  • Power of language

    Power of language

    I have always believed in the importance of foreign languages. In a Europe where linguistic diversity is a fact of life, learning to speak other languages can open many doors. For individuals, it can pave the path to a better career and help them...

  • Bank accounts

    I listened to the speech by Labour deputy leader andHealth and Energy Minister Konrad Mizzi to a packed hall the other day. The event reminded me of a Xarabank night. Mizzi tried miserably to explain his position with regard to the Panama Papers...

  • Cultural opportunities

    Cultural opportunities

    Culture is a paramount aspect of our lives, as it defines who we are, where are we coming from and sets the base for our future. By our actions, we can define what culture means for our future generations, although everything seems to be faster...

  • Leak scandal fallout

    Leak scandal fallout

    The resignation of the prime minister of Iceland was the first prominent political fallout from the document leaks known as the Panama Papers, which have shed a harsh light on the private financial activities of many rich and powerful people.

  • Public value, social outcomes

    Public value is defined as “using government assets to produce a good and just society”. The term was first mooted in 1995 by Mark H. Moore – Hauser Professor of Non-Profit Organisations at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government – in his book...

  • Privacy and security trade-off

    The European Parliament has just approved by a large majority a measure – the Passenger Name Record Directive – that will require airlines to hand over to national authorities extensive passenger data for all flights into and out of the European...

  • Meltdown continues in Libya

    The fallout of the continuing meltdown of Libya will be felt hard, particularly in the countries of southern Europe. The Tripoli and western town’s militias are continuing to make hundreds of millions of dollars sending even more tens of thousands...

  • The erosion of the social

    I wonder what Jeremy Boissevain would have made out of the latest examples of deficit in governance in Malta. What would he have said of politicians populating their assets in tax havens, of defending what cannot be defended, of the way political...

  • Message not the means

    Message not the means

    Brother Gary, a member of the Fraternity of Charles de Foucauld was on a stay in Malta awaiting the renewal of his visa so that he would be able to carry on with his missionary work in Saudi Arabia. Not an easy job at all. Officially, he is an...

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