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  • Trees blind drivers at roundabouts

    Trees blind drivers at roundabouts

    First of all I should say that the private company looking after the roundabouts on Gozo and Malta is doing an excellent job and some of them are a joy to circumvent. However, a few of them are downright dangerous because of the trees that are...

  • Killing fields

    Again we see the weak Maltese government ‘giving in’ to the pro-hunting lobby. How strange that Malta, now a member of the EU, takes everything it can from the ‘coffers of Brussels’, yet will not abide by directives from the EUin regard to this...

  • Suicide aid

    I cannot understand why suddenly it has become fashionable to refer to assisted suicide as assisted dying. The very word ‘assist’ means to help. So in fact one is helping someone take his own life at his request. That is suicide. Let us call a...

  • Blasphemy

    I am disgusted by the published photo of revelry in front of the Mosta parish church to celebrate the feast of Santa Marija. The picture smacks of clowning in honour of the Blessed Virgin, tantamount to blasphemy!

  • Blackout... of information

    After reading many news reports and comments about the latest nationwide power cut, I have a feeling there is still a lot that is not being said. Almost as soon as the information started coming out, anyone who knows anything about power networks...

  • The ugly face of local bureaucracy

    Excessive bureaucracy still plagues the public service despite the promises and commitments made by politicians, including Joseph Muscat, before the last general election that a Labour government would make the cutting of red tape one of its...

  • Selective customer care

    Selective customer care

    For years, when I visited Malta with my family, there was a game we always played on the airplane. It went: let’s see who spots that godforsaken island first. Sometimes, nobody won and we’d say the pilot must have missed it, only to suddenly find...

  • Mepa leaves no stone unturned

    Mepa leaves no stone unturned

    Times of Malta lately reported the construction of a dirt and concrete road on Comino, an island with barely half a dozen residents and an EU Natura 2000 site. The Malta Environment and Planning Authority, which is the competent authority for the...

  • Pool’s out for burkini

    The story in last Saturday’s Times of Malta of a Maltese Muslim woman who was ordered out of the Marsa Sports Club pool for attempting to swim in her Islamic bathing constume predictably triggered off a passionate debate. Reactions ranged from...

  • Not an NGO

    I refer to a report carried in Times of Malta (August 5) under the heading ‘Dressing down pays off for NGO’. Both heading and contents are in fact inaccurate since Dar Kenn għal Saħħtek, which was the subject of the report, is not an NGO and...

  • The right man for the job

    Simon Busuttil’s app­roach is seen as too soft: an accusation which is a bit overdone. However, perceptions of strength matter – especially in politics. After a full year at the helm of the Nationalist Party, people still aren’t persuaded. The new...

  • Beyond ‘brownie’ points

    I have repeatedly claimed that young people, even at the tender age of 16 are more than accomplished to contribute to governance. In fact, the way I see it, one very important electoral proposal by the party in government was the one that...

  • Parking headache

    Parking at the Day Care Unit, which lies at the back of Mater Dei Hospital, is indeed an incredibly complicated affair. One first arrives at the front office, where one is directed to a little room near the general parking area. There, one is...

  • Marathon hunting

    Marathon hunting

    I noted that the autumn hunting season starts on September 1 this year. I did a little checking and note that sunrise on September 1 is at 6.34am and sunset is at 7.30pm, leaving our hunters with almost 13 hours of daylight to enjoy their age-old...

  • The drive to cycle safely

    Peter Murray, in ‘Licence and Insurance for Cyclists’ (August 9), asked if a cyclist needs such provisions to ride on the road. The simple answer is no. As explained to Murray on numerous previous occasions, both a motor vehicle driving licence...

  • Helipad: health, safety, security

    A number of crucial issues have been raised by the recent incident in which an AFM emergency helicopter, which had been called out urgently to evacuate a patient from Gozo to Mater Dei, was unable to use the helipad at St Luke’s Hospital as it had...

  • Expensive impatience

    A tender for office furniture closed on June 10. Nothing simpler. Yet, it took the Employment and Training Corporation two months to evaluate it. Delivery was stipulated for four weeks from award. ‘X’ was cheaper than ‘Y’ by €1,300 (about 20 per...

  • Stamp duty

    Europeans often claim that Britain is ‘closer’ to America than to the EU but Maltapost plc has definitely decided that Malta is nearer to the USA than to Europe. Letter postal rate from Malta to the USA (up to 20gm – most letters) is 51c and to...

  • Cartoon of the day

    Cartoon of the day

    So... vote Birdlife!

  • Leave Qala square alone

    I’ve been coming to Gozo every year for a long time now, and in my opinion it’s like heaven on earth. I lost the rose-coloured glasses a long time ago and realise that like everywhere else on earth it has its faults and its problems but when you...

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