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  • Motorcyclists need more incentives

    Motorcyclists need more incentives

    I appreciate that with so many variables there will never be a single solution to the traffic problem but can’t we look 100 kilometres north and learn at least one lesson? With very similar weather, our Italian neighbours use motorcycles and...

  • Global challenge we must face

    World Diabetes Day is marked on November 14, on the birthday of Frederick Banting who, along with Charles Best, first conceived the idea that led to the discovery of insulin in 1922. World Diabetes Day unites the global diabetes community to...

  • The uglification of Malta… the sequel

    The uglification of Malta… the sequel

    Or was it ‘the cementification of Malta’? I must admit I’m stealing the title off an opinion piece written by Martin Scicluna some 10 years ago. Sadly, our obsession with building every single vacant space on the island is even more prevalent...

  • Think again about COLA

    The next cost-of-living-adjustment, amount­ing to 58c, has caused an uproar. Some have almost gasped in horror. Many have (wrongly) questioned how the government dares give such a low increase. Such a question, of course, ignores two cardinal...

  • Death of a student

    On behalf of students, teachers, parents and all employees of Technikum Ekonomiczno-Hotelarskie Nr 4 in Krakow, I would like to express our gratitude towards George Schembri, Gina Borg, Karen Bugeja (general manager at Plevna Hotel), the employees...

  • Appointments to positions of trust

    When, on being elected with a landslide majority, the Labour government appointed a staunch Labour supporter as head of the civil service, it sent out the wrong message right from the start. In rushing headlong to appoint former General Workers’...

  • Sex and public interest

    Sex and public interest

    They’re at it again, the French, God bless them. President Francois Hollande gives a make-or-break interview hoping it will reverse his political fortunes, which see him with a 12 per cent approval rating. The high-minded section of the press...

  • A revealing interview

    The former Nationalist Party mayor of Lija, Ian Castaldi Paris, was interviewed on One TV on November 4. What emerged from that interview was highly interesting. Castaldi Paris admitted that, prior to the 2013, general election he was very...

  • A defiant quarry owner

    A defiant quarry owner

    The Ta’ Muxi hearing is scheduled to take place today (NOV 13) and, strangely enough, the quarry trucks have recently decided to use the route prescribed by Mepa 16 years ago. Normally, they pass through the centre of Qala spewing out dust and...

  • Institutional credibility

    The sanctioning of theft of public land at Armier joins the State’s theft of National Bank shares and the State’s theft of contributory pensions as the major scandals of post-colonial Maltese administration. In the meantime, we are supposed to get...

  • Muscat’s sunshine business

    Round about this time some two years ago, the Labour Party was gearing itself for a massive victory in the March 2013 election. The Party was determined to leave no stone unturned in its quest to return to power after so many years in...

  • Wonderful hospital staff

    We, the family of Annette Louise Nellist, would like to thank all the staff at Mater Dei Hospital, especially the most wonderful doctor and staff on Surgical Ward 5. My mother was admitted to hospital on September 30 and underwent emergency...

  • The state of public toilets

    From time to time, people complain about the lack of cleanliness and carelessly kept public toilets (‘Disgusting public toilet’, November 7). Whoever is responsible certainly is not doing the job right. The other day, I needed to use the public...

  • Restored paintings at Sarria church

    Restored paintings at Sarria church

    In February of last year, Din l-Art Ħelwa organised a string concert to mark the restoration of Mattia Preti’s altar piece dedicated to the Immaculate Conception at Sarria church, Floriana, carried out by Giuseppe Mantella and his restoration...

  • When Ash Wednesday precedes Christmas

    Last Sunday five young men were ordained deacons. I personally know one of them, Mark Zammit. He was helping out in our parish for the last few months. A fine young man full of enthusiasm, idealism, love for the Lord and His people and full of the...

  • Do you care who Konrad sleeps with?

    I truly and honestly don’t give a hoot about which politician is sleeping with whom because, except for a few that I can count on one hand, I have such a bad impression of politicians in general, that an extra-marital affair won’t dent their...

  • Diabetes a health priority

    According to the World Health Organisation, about 350 million people worldwide live with diabetes, while the prevalence of the disease continues to rise faster than ever predicted. In Malta, a pilot health examination survey conducted in 2010...

  • Twenty-five years after

    Twenty-five years after

    The Berlin Wall collapsed on November 9, 1989. I was in Berlin with my wife the following day with the Royal College of Defence Studies. Berlin was in carnival mood. East Germans streamed through the Wall in their thousands, buying oranges,...

  • The book’s bright future

    The book’s bright future

    The annual National Book Festival is an opportune moment to reflect upon the enduring significance and symbolism of the book. The book has a long and distinguished history, featuring prominently in human affairs and culture since antiquity and in...

  • Angels in mid-air

    On November 5, I was flying on Ryanair to Madrid when I got a sudden diabetic blip and passed out needing instant medical attention and oxygen. I have nothing but praise for the Ryanair staff who, along with a Romanian doctor called Elena, who...

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