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  • Throwback to the past

    Picture the scene. Prime Minister Joseph Muscat and his ministers are gathered around the Cabinet table. Cabinet is meeting to decide whether Muscat should go along with his plans to cancel the 2015 local elections. He is adamant on calling them off.

  • Destiny of the Church

    The Pope can remove any cardinal from his post. He can even decide to stop any cardinal from attending next year’s Synod of Bishops on the family. However, he cannot remove the Holy Spirit from the Church or from the synod. The Holy Spirit...

  • The dementia time bomb

    The dementia time bomb

    The International Day of the Elderly was marked on October 1. A series of activities, spanning a whole week, were held by the National Council of the Elderly. President Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca also paid a courtesy visit on three residents of...

  • Loss of art

    Whereas I greatly enjoyed Ramona Depares’s article (Institutionalism 1 – Art 0, November 4), the last line was a non sequitur which perplexed me, though it is a conclusion typical and symptomatic of the Maltese. The removal of the...

  • Get out of here, please

    Get out of here, please

    I was minded, this week, to have another tilt at the magnificent windmill that is our esteemed and glorious The Honourable Dr Manwel Mallia, Minister for Home Cooking and Public Amusement or Home Affairs and Security including Public Broadcasting...

  • Telephone service

    With reference to the letter by Alfred Zahra de Domenico (November 8) about his telephone service linked to Telecare, Melita would like to declare that there are no pending issues which require its attention on this matter. Our...

  • Maltese heroine of World War II

    Maltese heroine of World War II

    A few years back, I had written about a little known brave Maltese lady who, during World War II, helped save many lives in Nazi-occupied Rome. This woman was Henrietta Chevalier née Xerri. Her son, Paul, was instrumental in introducing his mother...

  • An exciting time for Maltese literature

    This November might as well be the most exciting month for literary lovers in Malta. This year the National Book Festival has coincided with Booker Prize winner Jim Crace arriving on the island to be the first Writer in Residence for the Creative...

  • Watch Budget 2015: Scicluna and Fenech go head to head

    Watch Budget 2015: Scicluna and Fenech go head to head

    TimesTalk last Tuesday focused on the Budget 2015, presented in Parliament the day before. The guests were Finance Minister Edward Scicluna and Opposition spokesman Tonio Fenech. See a repeat of the programme above.

  • Ebola checks

    Last Sunday, I arrived from a trip abroad and was very surprised that there were no checks at the airport for Ebola. There were no doctors to be seen or any medical staff. I was also surprised that I was not given any form or card on the plane...

  • Specific areas reserved for hunters

    The revelation that, in 1986, the then Labour Prime Minister had given the hunters’ federation exclusive use over public land in Miżieb and l-Aħrax tal-Mellieħa – an agreement which was subsequently endorsed in 1989 by the Nationalist Party then...

  • Tale of two concessions

    Tale of two concessions

    Fresh from an electoral victory in March 2013, Prime Minister Joseph Muscat and his government wasted no time in issuing a request for proposals for concessions to open and operate a casino in Malta and another one in Gozo. For the casino licence...

  • Assistance to poor children

    I would like to thank the Mission Fund for their untiring support and their big-hearted donation of €2,000 for our mission in the Philippines. We look for resources to improve the condition of the poor children here who cannot pay for their...

  • Study to demystify diabetes

    A nation’s health is intrinsically linked to its economic prosperity. With the rise in economic activity comes the challenge of balancing a healthy lifestyle with financial well-being. This challenge brings us both promise and peril. The promise...

  • What will new bus drivers be like?

    Some weeks before Arriva started to operate in Malta, I wrote in this newspaper: “So will we have perfectly prudent and pleasant bus drivers come July 2011? The anticipation is killing me.” Everybody knows the outcome. We are now making...

  • Better public transport

    It all happened on the same day within the space of an hour and a half. Going to Valletta by bus was a pleasure with a young driver who was considerate with people with pushchairs and the elderly passengers. He waited, as he should,...

  • 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...

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