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  • Save our old trees at It-Tokk

    Save our old trees at It-Tokk

    The work of refurbishment in the very heart of Victoria is progressing speedily. After Sabina Square it will soon be the turn of Independence Square (It-Tokk). I asked and asked about the fate of the old trees that adorn this square but no one...

  • Synod Watch 3

    Last weekend Cardinal Peter Erdo and his staff could not enjoy the good Italian food and wine that Roman restaurants are renowned for. They burned their candles throughout the night to prepare for yesterday’s meeting of the Synod the document...

  • Storm hazard at Marsaxlokk

    The bad weather of October 6 caused one of the ships berthed at the Freeport to cut its moorings and drift away from the jetty. This confirms what many experts have been saying: the gas storage tanker permanently moored within Marsaxlokk Bay poses...

  • Lessons from Car Free Day

    September’s ‘Car Free Day’ was viewed by several commentators as a dismal failure, but was it? One of the problems with the day is that it’s a concept we as a nation have not yet grasped, as has the rest of Europe. Firstly there isn’t a choice of...

  • Crossed wires

    Crossed wires

    It’s such a great pity that so many balconies in the modern town of Pembroke have wires and cables hanging just above people’s heads. They look dangerous and are so ghastly and unsightly. Is it possible that our town planner never thought of...

  • Cars in the city

    The appearance of parked cars in St George’s Square, Valletta was noted in On The Dot (October 6). Anyone walking the pedestrian area of Merchants Street in the evenings will have noticed that both parked and moving cars are on the increase. This...

  • New approach to remarriage

    In the light of the contributions which have been made during the Synod of Bishops, and as specifically indicated in my contribution which I delivered last Wednesday, I believe that in the coming months the Catholic Church will be seeking a “new...

  • Respect for Valletta’s fortifications

    A short time ago I researched the Piano project in Valletta for a major story I have written for Asia’s premier travel and lifestyle magazine, which will be published at the beginning of next year. I note with great dismay that the garden that...

  • Time to show greater earnestness

    When the speeches given at the EY conference on foreign investment are stripped of all the rhetoric, bare facts expose some worrying signs. Prime Minister Joseph Muscat went overboard in his drive to project Malta as a successful country and as an...

  • A beacon of failure

    A beacon of failure

    Our Prime Minister can be a real spoilsport sometimes; I’m beginning not to like him. There he was in London last week selling EU passports for Henley & Partners (or is it the other way around?) and he won’t tell us what he said. The Department of...

  • A visitor’s views on the bus service

    After a visit to Malta, both my friend and I agree with the article written by Frank Salt. What he said about the buses was very good, however, why is overcrowding allowed? We were often subjected to overcrowding, pushing, shoving and bad manners...

  • Officer and a gentleman

    The passing away of Antoine Pace Bonello at the venerable age of 93 has been received with sadness by the many members of the George Cross Island Association both in the United Kingdom as well as in Malta. He was, from the very early days of...

  • Medicine prices

    I refer to a recent article urging people to ask for generic medication rather than brand names because generics are cheaper. That is all well and good but even generics are much more expensive in Malta than in other countries. A case in point...

  • Force feeding hunger striker

    In a move that champions justice through transparency, a judge in the US, presiding over the case of force feeding of a hunger striking Syrian national imprisoned without trial for 12 years and actually ordered for release a full five...

  • Drive to expand maritime trade

    Plans by the government to give out a former shipbuilding site in Marsa to be used in maritime trade appear to be moving forward. According to the Economy Ministry, no fewer than six bids are being evaluated and the tentative date for the...

  • Smart meters for the boathouses at Armier

    Smart meters for the boathouses at Armier

    With reference to the report of October 8, under the title ‘Rewarding theft of public land is madness – Busuttil’, Armier Developments Limited (ADL), in its own name and on behalf of the committees of Armier Boathouses Owners, declares that, at...

  • What is the way forward?

    A few weeks ago, Times of Malta revealed some shocking news both for the Opposition party as well as the public. It exposed the deception of the Labour government by reporting there is high probability of an increase in public transport subsidies...

  • No accidental tourists

    The tourism industry in Malta will soon exit another successful year in terms of arrivals. Almost 30 per cent of those who come here do not use any of the licensed accommodation facilities. Still, the hotels have had a good year and most service...

  • Cartoon of the day

    Cartoon of the day

    ... ask Mark Twain

  • The horror picture show

    The horror picture show

    Darrin Zammit Lupi’s haunting photograph showing a blonde child staring through a police bus window upon his arrival in Malta a year ago was picked up by all the major news providers around the world. Let’s be honest. News houses demanded that...

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