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  • Bad state of open-air facilities

    Every other day we hear how important it is that one exercises on a regular basis. We, Maltese people, have managed to feature on top as a country having the laziest people and, if I am not mistaken, we also have the most (or nearly the most)...

  • Meet my mum and dad

    This country seems to be moving closer to passing a law on civil unions, allowing homosexual couples to adopt, despite opposing public opinion to include adoption in the law and inconclusive evidence on what is actually in the child’s best interest.

  • Encouraging reading

    I refer to the excellent article ‘The reading on the Wall’ by Ġorġ Mallia (March 28). Gozo Live is an organisation of writers in Gozo. Writers need readers if their works are to see the light of day. To this end, we hold an annual book fair in...

  • Expanded role for Ombudsman?

    The Ombudsman, Joseph Said Pullicino, was invited by the Deputy Prime Minister to review the tasks of his office and to make proposals for strengthening it. As a result, he recently submitted a comprehensive report making 11 recommendations for...

  • Of promises and deceit

    Some days ago, the employees who work in the generation section of Enemalta were called to a meeting at which a former-Labour minister, today chairman of the company, Charles Mangion, was also present. In this meeting the workers were given four...

  • The way my father smiled

    Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta used to say: “Every time you smile at someone, it is an action of love, a gift to that person, a beautiful thing.” The smile my beloved father Ġanni had was indeed a beautiful thing! It disclosed what a...

  • Cartoon of the day

    If Birdlife can do it...

  • Proper institutional behaviour

    I refer to the article entitled ‘Malta reluctant to hire people with disabilities’ (The Sunday Times of Malta, March 30). The National Commission Persons with Disability (KNPD) is a firm believer in supported employment; in fact, its own...

  • Editorial: Sanctioning illegal development

    The recent publication of two public consultation documents on land use and environment protection have rightly raised eyebrows. The first document, ‘Strategic Plan for Environment and Development’, (Sped) is set to replace the 137-page, detailed...

  • Thoughts for Holy Week

    During his last general audience Pope Benedict XVI said: “I will not abandon the Cross, but will stay in a new way near Christ crucified. I will not hold any more the office to govern the Church, but in the service of prayer”. When Benedict XVI...

  • Democracy: who guards it?

    A lot has been said about George Abela’s refusal to sign the Civil Unions Bill. I am not comfortable with the discussion about the President not being able to ‘veto’ a Bill because he or she is not democratically elected. While I understand that...

  • Malta’s Michelangelo

    Recent correspondence regarding sculptor Antonio Sciortino refers to a monument by him in Kiev, Ukraine. Kiev’s current presence in the headlines led me to follow up this clue. I have found on the web information that Sciortino won a competition...

  • Omission from list

    I refer to the article ‘Major Cabinet overhaul comes three days early’ and the subsequent list of ministers and parliamentary secretaries (The Sunday Times of Malta, March 30). For some reason, Michael Farrugia, who was promoted to Minister for...

  • Remembering World War I

    On January 26 an article in The Sunday Times of Malta stated that there were no plans to celebrate the 100th anniversary of World War I in Malta. Since March 7, the Maltese Ambassador in Belgium laid a poppy wreath at the Ploegsteert Memorial...

  • Our beautiful countryside

    Our magnificent countryside offers a stupendous picture of variegated colours throughout the different phases of the year, interspersed with the ubiquitous rubble walls infusing local character to the scene. At the moment, it looks a stunning riot...

  • Will Hollande turn to the right?

    France’s governing Socialists suffered big losses in last week’s second round of voting in local elections, with the Opposition centre-right UMP claiming victory and the far-right National Front (worryingly) making gains. The UMP captured a number...

  • Pastizzi and the EU superstate

    On Tuesday morning I received a text message from a fine wit with a bipolar love-hatred of this island. That makes her a kindred spirit, on the second count. It read, “ara veru pastizzi n-nies” (‘people are such pastizzi’). Lest she be accused of...

  • Shuffles within a Cabinet reshuffle

    Those who follow the Prime Minister’s ven­­tures know he is not one for improvising. He plans and acts, even speaks, according to a pre-determined script. At times, however, life – especially within the political arena – has a habit of forcing a...

  • Political climate warming up

    I wouldn’t call it exactly a sea change and I do not know how long it will last. But there is discernible warming up in the spring political climate between the two major political parties. After a year, during which fangs were drawn and they were...

  • A tale of two ministries

    When the Labour Party rose to power in March 2013, after beating the Nationalist party by some 37,000 votes, Prime Minister Joseph Muscat stood before the country and promised a brighter future for all – both the enthralled and the disenchanted.

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