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  • Morality 101

    Name-dropping of the pseudo-intellectual sort makes me break out in hives and the level indulged in by Michael Axiaq – him of the Ph.D in morality and the rigid morals to match – on yesterday’s edition of Times Talk reached a rather spectacular...

  • A gentleman, a professional

    I was shocked yesterday when Anna, Manni Spiteri’s wife, phoned to say that Manni had just suddenly died. We had shared so many great experiences together that I came to know him as a close friend, a true gentleman and an avid professional. Manni...

  • IS are terrorists, not Muslims

    A recent article by Hannah Roberts in The Tablet, a Catholic weekly international magazine, quotes a close Muslim friend of Pope Francis urging the West not to play into the hands of IS militants by equating their acts of terror to a religious...

  • Unusual volume of incoming calls

    Melita customers are experiencing longer-than-usual call waiting times when contacting the company’s call centre. This unfortunate inconvenience resulted from a higher than usual incoming call traffic volume after a recent system upgrade led to...

  • PN had sent the wrong message on Armier

    PN had sent the wrong message on Armier

    Simon Busuttil was quoted in Times of Malta (October 10) as saying that he “would not have regularised the theft of public land by installing smart meters at the ‘illegal’ Armier boathouses and that he would have settled the matter without...

  • Hard measures needed on Ebola

    One temporarily unidentified case of Ebola could wipe out the entire population of a congested island like Malta. More than 200 doctors (in their immune-suits), nurses, health workers and lab technicians have already died while trying to treat...

  • Our unworldly pastor

    The Constitution gives us ample reason to see the transition period within Malta’s Catholic Church as something that is wider in importance than an issue for our Catholic community only. This would be especially so in a Malta, which has embraced...

  • Rebalancing of power

    Rebalancing of power

    Just after Malta’s Independence Day 50th anniversary celebrations, I wrote an article (‘Singapore and Malta’) in which I compared the way the two states had developed over the same period. Quite rightly, a number of people took me to task for my...

  • When ‘on track’ means the opposite

    The government may be delivering on its promise to reduce energy tariffs, its most important undertaking in the 2013 general election, but just 19 months into office it is facing a patch of rough weather. One year after the departure of Arriva, it...

  • Yawn! Here we go again

    Can you imagine if a multi million dollar global company had to declare that no matter how good its female employees are, no matter how qualified they get, no matter their experience, their skills and talents, and no matter how hard they try, they...

  • Limited value of Kartanzjan

    I would like to share my thoughts about the validity of holding a Kartanzjan in Malta and especially with the benefits that should be associated with it. I do find that holding it has no major value except if one generally makes use of public...

  • Impact of gridlock on the economy

    When an economist declares that at present a most serious challenge that the Maltese economy is facing is the cost of traffic congestion on businesses and households, one has good reason to worry. When this economist happens to be the Minister of...

  • Common sense is missing

    Common sense is missing

    A friend of mine was telling me that one fine morning he found a note in his letterbox saying that the meter reader called, found no one at the premises and indicated a day and time for a second call. Not to forget this second appointment, my...

  • The danger of looking up

    I read with interest the article in the Times of Malta (October 4), ‘The number one problem in tourism’ which stated that there are “glaring shortcomings” in tourism zones and in the upkeep of the island all year round. I love Malta and have...

  • Is this ‘new approach’ just a fantasy?

    In his piece ‘New approach to remarriage’ (October 14), Mgr Mario Grech said that “in the coming months the Catholic Church will be seeking a ‘new approach’ with regard to wounded married couples who sincerely wish to belong to the Church”. He...

  • Trovatore at Aurora

    It was an unforgettable performance! Both the singers and the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra, under the able baton of Maestro Colin Attard, were at their very best. What a cast! Bravi tutti. More please.

  • Minister Joey-come-lately

    Minister Joey-come-lately

    To be stuck in a traffic jam each morning to go to work is infuriating. The terrible driving manners, the absolute total selfishness, the sneaky use of service roads to circumvent a few metres of cars, only increases bottlenecks. Then anger turns...

  • Olive grove

    I would like to thank the San Ġwann local council, in particular Dominic Cassar, for taking such good care of the Fr Leopoldo Tabone Olive Grove in  Stefanotis Street. Mr Cassar’s efforts and responsiveness to our requests have been...

  • One powerful fiasco

    In April 2004, Konrad Mizzi, chief information officer at Enemalta Corporation, presented to the board of directors of the same corporation a report themed ‘Information systems planning assessment stage’. From chief information officer at Enemalta...

  • There is no end of history

    History continues. Francis Fuku­yama may have achieved cele­brity status when, in 1992, he published The End of History and the Last Man but his thesis is proving to be incorrect. Fukuyama, known as ‘the court philosopher of global capitalism’,...

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