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  • 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...

  • Death of a student

    On behalf of students, teachers, parents and all employees of Technikum Ekonomiczno-Hotelarskie Nr 4 in Krakow, I would like to express our gratitude towards George Schembri, Gina Borg, Karen Bugeja (general manager at Plevna Hotel), the employees...

  • Appointments to positions of trust

    When, on being elected with a landslide majority, the Labour government appointed a staunch Labour supporter as head of the civil service, it sent out the wrong message right from the start. In rushing headlong to appoint former General Workers’...

  • Sex and public interest

    Sex and public interest

    They’re at it again, the French, God bless them. President Francois Hollande gives a make-or-break interview hoping it will reverse his political fortunes, which see him with a 12 per cent approval rating. The high-minded section of the press...

  • A revealing interview

    The former Nationalist Party mayor of Lija, Ian Castaldi Paris, was interviewed on One TV on November 4. What emerged from that interview was highly interesting. Castaldi Paris admitted that, prior to the 2013, general election he was very...

  • A defiant quarry owner

    A defiant quarry owner

    The Ta’ Muxi hearing is scheduled to take place today (NOV 13) and, strangely enough, the quarry trucks have recently decided to use the route prescribed by Mepa 16 years ago. Normally, they pass through the centre of Qala spewing out dust and...

  • Institutional credibility

    The sanctioning of theft of public land at Armier joins the State’s theft of National Bank shares and the State’s theft of contributory pensions as the major scandals of post-colonial Maltese administration. In the meantime, we are supposed to get...

  • Muscat’s sunshine business

    Round about this time some two years ago, the Labour Party was gearing itself for a massive victory in the March 2013 election. The Party was determined to leave no stone unturned in its quest to return to power after so many years in...

  • Wonderful hospital staff

    We, the family of Annette Louise Nellist, would like to thank all the staff at Mater Dei Hospital, especially the most wonderful doctor and staff on Surgical Ward 5. My mother was admitted to hospital on September 30 and underwent emergency...

  • The state of public toilets

    From time to time, people complain about the lack of cleanliness and carelessly kept public toilets (‘Disgusting public toilet’, November 7). Whoever is responsible certainly is not doing the job right. The other day, I needed to use the public...

  • Restored paintings at Sarria church

    Restored paintings at Sarria church

    In February of last year, Din l-Art Ħelwa organised a string concert to mark the restoration of Mattia Preti’s altar piece dedicated to the Immaculate Conception at Sarria church, Floriana, carried out by Giuseppe Mantella and his restoration...

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