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  • Tribute to Guido de Marco

    I refer to the letter entitled ‘Malta’s EU presidency’ (The Sunday Times of Malta, January 1). Although I agree with the overall thrust of the letter as well as the tribute paid to a number of people, I think it was unfair not to mention Guido de...

  • ZTV - Interview

    ZTV - Interview

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  • When is a hijack not a hijack?

    “Control tower MIA… control tower MIA. This is Captain Azhar Mohammed, captain of flight number QZT 141, Mickey Mouse Airlines, Libya, with 104 passengers plus six crew members on board. We are approaching MIA at a height of 1,200 metres and we...

  • Caring society

    Why should society be blamed (as some columnists in the media reported recently) for the homeless Somali man who died under the bridge in Marsa? If the poor chap went across the road to the refugee centre, the caretaker would have found him a...

  • Consumer rights and competition

    The Malta Competition and Consumer Affairs Authority would like to clarify certain points that were raised in the editorial ‘A threat to consumers’ rights’ (January 5). The Malta Competition and Consumer Affairs Authority Act entered into force on...

  • Disturbingly inventive cruelty

    India Knight, a columnist of The Sunday Times of London, has written a very perceptive book, The Goodness of Dogs. It is not simply a guide to raising, feeding and training dogs, rather, its focus is on dog ownership and how, like any other...

  • Government plans

    I refer to Reuben Sciberras’s letter (January 3) on behalf of the Ministry of Consumer Affairs to the effect that, following a judgment of the Constitutional Court requiring that hefty administrative penalties be imposed only by a court of...

  • At the heart of Europe

    A few days ago, something special happened in Malta. For the first time in our history we assumed leadership of a top-tier international body – the Council of the European Union. One of the key promises of our presidency is that we will be...

  • Forget Alitalia

    Forget Alitalia

    I am following up my letter of a few weeks ago wherein I had advised the government to forget about forging an alliance with Alitalia, a bankrupt airline with a daily loss of €500,000. Etihad Airlines is reviewing its investment in European...

  • Office of the Speaker

    With reference to the article published yesterday regarding the Office of the Speaker, I would like to hereby clarify a number of issues. With regard to engagement of staff the Office of the Speaker still follows the procedures applicable to...

  • Revamped Times Talk migrates to online

    Revamped Times Talk migrates to online

    Popular TV programme Times Talk will return on January 11 with a new revamped format online. The programme, which was axed from TVM's schedule, will feature one-on-one interviews in a roughly 10-minute programme tailored specifically for the...

  • When politicians cut a poor figure

    Most people are not impressed when the politicians they elect to represent them in Parliament misbehave, sometimes badly, in the House. Some politicians even dare doing it to the point of earning a warning of eviction from the House. When...

  • How politics shouldn’t be

    In his piece on politics (December 30) Lino Debono, the former Labour MP from Gozo, lambasted the American nation on grounds of hate rhetoric on TV, dished out during the presidential debates. He no longer believes in the US being “the shining...

  • Prospects for 2017

    Prospects for 2017

    2017 is an important year. Last year could be termed an annus horribilis not only in terms of the electoral results that may not have gone the way many of us would have wished, but also because the world does not seem to be a better place with the...

  • Education ambitions

    I am very grateful to the Mission Fund for sending me €2,000 to help provide assistance in the form of scholarships for tertiary education to young girls in this rural area of Santal Parganas in the state of Jharkhand, north of Kolkata. We Jesuits...

  • Yes to dialogue

    Yes to dialogue

    Some weeks ago, dictionary.com announced that, in 2016, the word that was the most universally used was xenophobia. Among the various meanings this word has one finds two that stand out, namely: “fear or hatred of foreigners, people from different...

  • TV appearances

    Astrid Vella is hurt because, for some reason or other, she was no longer allowed to give her environmental views on PBS. I am sure Vella follows closely what goes on in Malta and she should have realised she was next after well-known people who...

  • The morning-after pill

    Controversy rages on the use of the morning-after pill and whether it is merely contraceptive or can also be abortifacient. The matter of whether it is contraceptive or abortifacient is beside the point when it comes to the objective morality of...

  • A threat to consumers’ rights

    One thing the European Commission is determined to do effectively is protect consumers’ rights. This was confirmed when Brussels expressed concern about the ineffectiveness of the Malta Competition and Consumer Affairs Authority to protect...

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