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  • Metro transport

    Metro transport

    Politicians who favour a metro rail system for traffic-congested Malta are on the right track. This is a much needed infrastructural investment. A former civil engineer expat friend of mine insists that digging tunnels for a metro system is now,...

  • Benedict XVI at 90

    Benedict XVI at 90

    Today, Easter Sunday, the Pope Emeritus celebrates his 90th birthday. Throughout his short eight-year pontificate, Pope Benedict XVI was often criticised by a hostile establishment which rarely engaged with the profound meaning of his message. His...

  • ODZ figures don’t lie

    ODZ figures don’t lie

    Sandro Chetcuti, the president of the Malta Developers Association (MDA), and Robert Musumeci, consultant to government on planning policies as well as private practice architect with a knack for ODZ permits, are both in denial mode. They both...

  • Brexiteers were greatly misled

    It was a pleasant surprise to read David Hogg’s letter from Bristol (‘Brexit is the UK’s worst decision’ (The Sunday Times of Malta, April 9). The letter was graphically and appropriately displayed. It was heartening to hear from a Remainer, as so...

  • The Church’s traditional religious practices

    The Church’s traditional religious practices

    In my younger days in the churches of Valletta it was the practice to administer Benediction with the singing of the Tantum Ergo and Pange Lingua in Latin, even after Mass had been said and ended. In many modern parishes this has become...

  • Merkel deserves another term

    Driven by generosity, altruism and social responsibility, Chancellor Angela Merkel decided to let in one million refugees in 2015 without much apparent concern for what the average German citizen thought or wanted. This partly explains why she is...

  • A political marriage of convenience

    The long-awaited return of Marlene Farrugia to her first political love has finally arrived when she posted on Facebook “I’m the ‘thug enough to protect, mature enough to step up’ part, Dr Simon Busuttil is the rest”. But perhaps the most...

  • Humanitarian calamity

    There is nothing more desirable than peace, prosperity and happiness. War wreaks destruction and devastation and is the foundation of acrimony and animosity. Justice, dialogue and reconciliation is the antidote for wars and conflicts. The Holy...

  • A good reading of figures

    In whatever way one looks at the figures, it is very difficult not to arrive at the conclusion that Malta is enjoying one of its finest hours in terms of economic advancements. The various reports by international agencies have projected very...

  • A devastating month in 1942

    April 1942 was indeed a devastating month in Malta, as stated in the article ‘75 years from Easter Sunday bomb attack’ (April 5). Just for the record, apart from the towns and villages mentioned in the article, one must also add Gudja, which...

  • Benedict’s final words?

    Benedict’s final words?

    Benedict XVI turns 90 tomorrow, Easter Sunday. Having lived to this venerable age, and having written rivers of words himself, not much has been known about his personal life except for the usual biographical details. Until now. Benedict’s Last...

  • University entry requirements

    University entry requirements

    With reference to the letter ‘University entry requirements’ (April 5), attention should be drawn to the motivations underlining the learning and obtaining a pass mark in the subjects that are required for admission to the professional courses...

  • RTK embarks on ‘Mission: Success’

    I would like to put Manwel Mifsud’s (April 12) mind at rest: life at RTK is not only normal but more vibrant and creative than it ever was. We have just launched a new schedule with 45 hours of totally new or radically revamped programmes. From...

  • Bid to stop investigation

    Simon Busuttil publicly declared on more than one occasion that the PN “is ready to go and defend its case in front of the [Electoral] Commission and anybody else, since the PN had nothing to hide”. Busuttil reversed all this on April 6 by saying...

  • Guide dogs for the blind

    Unlike a number of other European countries, Malta’s anti-discrimination legislation allows the presence of guide dogs for the blind in public/private buildings or facilities. The law specifically lays down: “A person shall be discriminating...

  • On supping with devils

    On supping with devils

    If I were to be asked, but there's no reason why I should be, I'd say that people like Sandro Chetcuti, described in other areas of the media as a "captain of the construction industry" (evoking images of a behemoth ploughing ahead regardless of...

  • When life is not a pageant

    Last Sunday, as Coptic Christians in Egypt were picking up the shattered remains of family members from the floors of their bombed churches, in Malta costumes were being unfolded in preparation for the traditional Holy Week pageants. They both...

  • White crucifix at Peace Lab

    White crucifix at Peace Lab

    The white crucifix (above) at the Peace Lab is an intermixture of clay, wood and copper and the reflections coming from artist Joe Cassar’s personal contact, visual conception and spiritual upheaval as a result of the recent experience of...

  • A Pulitzer for fake news

    A Pulitzer for fake news

    Here’s a question for the Prime Minister. As a former journalist, Joseph Muscat will appreciate what an achievement it is to win the Pulitzer Prize. Is he going to congratulate Matthew Caruana Galizia, a member of the International Consortium of...

  • Death worthy of a priest

    Being one of the six hospital chaplains at Mater Dei Hospital gives me a golden opportunity to reflect about death and its meaning. The mystery of death and dying has been of great benefit to me to appreciate the unmerited gift of my ministerial...

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