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  • A tale of two different languages

    English loanwords should be spelt in Maltese. Retaining the English spelling and italicising them or, worse, placing them in inverted commas is just wrong and I shall explain why. Maltese is, by and large, aphonetic language. It has a mostly...

  • The hunters were right

    In the case on spring hunting, which the European Commission instituted against Malta, the European Court of Justice ruled in 2009 that since the hunting period when the quail’s and the turtle dove’s appearance, if any, only lasted for a very...

  • Split sports awards in two

    Split sports awards in two

    In a glittering ceremony to honour sports’ top achievers in 2014, held recently under the auspices of the Malta Sports Council and the Sports Journalists’ Association, it was evident that the organisers deserved a pat on the back for such a...

  • Pope’s punch

    A famous old Maltese saying goes that the biggest mistakes are those committed by the wise. Our old folks deserve some praise here. “Insult my mum and I will punch you” – Pope Francis. I think Francis is not connecting with his brain before he...

  • Dull image

    Last Christmas, I went to visit the mechanical crib at Ġesu’ Nazarenu, Żejtun, as I have the habit of doing every year. However, I was very disappointed this time. The lighting had been changed and the crib looked so much duller. One could not...

  • We must stand for truth

    World politics used to be played like a chess game with players thinking 10 moves ahead. Post-September 11, 2001, international affairs have become more akin to the simplest bat and ball game, where the objective is to hit the ball and run as fast...

  • Driven by experts

    I would suggest to the wise guy who came up with the idea of extending the Sliema Ferries bus lane to Manoel Island to make use of the road early in the morning to go to work. It is probably the same guy who came up with the excellent idea of...

  • Muscat’s road to war

    Muscat’s road to war

    A funny thing happened at the planning authority last week: they refused a permit. The Grand Harbour Regeneration Corporation, headed by former Labour president Stefan Zrinzo Azzopardi, wanted to put up a so-called monument right opposite Renzo...

  • Is it right to stagger fuel price cuts?

    A meeting between Energy Minister Konrad Mizzi and the Malta Council for Economic and Social Development on fuel prices proved to be more interesting than the parliamentary debate called by the Opposition following its searing criticism over the...

  • Peace of mind is no gamble

    Peace of mind is no gamble

    As chairman of the Responsible Gaming Foundation, I have recently come across an array of different situations related to problem gambling. Is there enough awareness about it? Is there enough local research about it? Where can people suffering...

  • To Marsa, with love…

    To Marsa, with love…

    Marsa Power Station has been the unsung heroine of the Maltese islands. She has been serving our country for more than 50 years and on Sunday, February 15, 2015, at around 11am she took her last breath. It was a sad affair. The power station that...

  • Two carnival celebrations

    Some religious people would prefer carnival to be celebrated in winter. Others feel that carnival in winter provides a highly important attraction for tourists at this time of the year. There are others, however, who prefer it to be held in the...

  • So little done by so many

    The electricity power lines where Mensija Road intersects with Santa Margarita Street, at San Ġwann, were dislodged when construction work on the corner building was underway, about two years ago. Work was completed in about a year but the cables...

  • What solution to current conflicts?

    Southeast and southern Ukraine, 2015: the Ukrainian government in Kiev seeks alignment with the European Union and, possibly, with Nato. The Russian-speaking eastern and southern Ukrainians seek alignment with Russia. Separatism is in the air,...

  • Delay in move to new hospital

    The president of the Malta Union of Midwives and Nurses, Paul Pace, is proud of his achievement of delaying the transfer of operations from Boffa Hospital to the new Sir Anthony Mamo Oncology facilities because of parking issues. His achievement...

  • Can the Attorney General be silenced?

    Is the Attorney General a servant of the people or of government officials, including political appointees? The dilemma emerges every time that office is engaged in some controversy, as was the case recently when the government objected to the...

  • Unnecessary traffic diversion at Lija

    Unnecessary traffic diversion at Lija

    Transport Malta or its contractors do not appear to be performing any work on Sundays and holidays, if not on weekends, at the Balzan roundabout between Vjal it-Transfigurazzjoni, Triq in-Naxxar and Triq Dun Karm. So what is the purpose of...

  • Scramble out of Africa

    The UNHCR has warned us about a coming deluge of immigrants and such statements are bound to cause unease in the hearts of many. Whether such misgivings are ethically correct or not is hardly the point; what matters is that a large proportion of...

  • Lessons from Ulrich Beck

    This year has robbed the world of one of the most influential sociologists of our times – Ulrich Beck. Famous for his risk society thesis, Beck inspired a generation of sociologists, policymakers and politicians by means of concepts such as risk,...

  • The Libya maelstrom

    The one-day of talks in Ghademis on Wednesday, which UNSMIL presided over, represented a third round of talks, this time in Libya. Still, the fact remains that this round and the two preceding rounds of one-sided talks in Geneva in January,...

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