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  • The Maltese language

    Pity the Minister of Education when an individual “broadly representative of proven, well-established and recognised scholarship and credentials in related disciplines – sociolinguistic, literary, historical and philosophical”, such as the...

  • Enthusiasm and investment

    Recently, as I looked at the calendar, two dates immediately grabbed my attention. The titles read: ‘Passing out parade – Civil Protection Department’ and ‘Passing out parade – Armed Forces of Malta’. It is normal practice that as Minister for...

  • Fear Maltese will die out

    The Akkademja tal-Malti disagrees with Henry Frendo’s arguments published last Sunday. When the Council for the Maltese Language was set up in 2005, orthography became its responsibility. The current council is made up of 11 members, and five of...

  • Coming home to roost

    It’s not easy to attract donations for any cause these days – least of all for political parties. There are hundreds of more worthy charitable causes competing for donations and the time-honoured raffles, bake sales and sponsored walks just don’t...

  • Let us be kind to our birds

    Let us be kind to our birds

    In the next few months the barrage and carnage in our countryside will start all over again. Our hunters will never learn that it is more satisfying to interact with birds than to kill them. Birds have the intelligence of eight-year-old children...

  • Islanders

  • We should not be afraid to do God

    I had been planning to write about the eulogy President Barack Obama delivered on June 26 on the occasion of the funeral of Rev. Clementa Pinckney, but other more urgent subjects kept cropping up. Pinkney was a Demo­cratic state senator and...

  • Linguists should dictate how Maltese can be written

    I refer to Henry Frendo’s article ‘Maltese language: what future?’ (The Sunday Times of Malta, July 12). The work carried out by the National Council for the Maltese Language has been of enormous benefit to this sector. Besides the vast amount of...

  • Burlò

    Burlò

    Down and out on Olympus

  • A toenail on the property ladder...

    “Yes, this is indeed the show apartment. Exactly the same as the one you would be purchasing. Oh hang on, I’m getting ahead of myself. I should have said... exactly the same as the one you should be purchasing. “Yes, come right in... this...

  • Both languages should be used correctly

    It was with great interest that I read Henry Frendo’s article about the preservation of the Maltese language (The Sunday Times of Malta, July 12). As a bilingual writer, having lived in English-speaking countries, as well in my native land, Malta,...

  • ZTV - Park

  • Sa(i)ve us the money

      Instead of calling journalists stupid, even if he clearly believes that journalists who ask awkward questions are stupid, Premier Muscat should have told us precisely what the Huawei "investment" means for the country.  Let me explain why, in...

  • Call that changed my life

    July 18 last year was meant to be a normal day of work. Court in the morning, meetings at party HQ in the afternoon and Joseph Calleja’s concert at the Granaries in the evening. Little did I ever expect that in the afternoon, at 5pm to be exact, I...

  • Exploitation of pensioners

    The leader of July 13, in connection with the Kitchen Garden staff contracts, said: “The President also accused the journalist who penned the report in this newspaper of trying to discredit the 40 years of work she had done to help...

  • SBS Radio is lifeline for Maltese

    Special Broadcasting Services (SBS) is a hybrid-funded Australian public broadcasting service that was set up in 1975 to provide multilingual and multicultural radio and television services that “inform, educate and entertain all Australians and,...

  • And she’s back. Not.

    And she’s back. Not.

    They sought her here, they sought her there, they sought her everywhere and, hey presto and a hey nonny no, up she popped, smug as a rabbit that’s snagged a year’s supply of carrots, to tell them that they’ve found her. It is Sai Mizzi Lang or...

  • Tax on dividends

    Edwin Gauci (‘Reduce the tax for pensioners’, June 27) rightly suggested that pensioners should benefit from double the present tax-free income ceilings and from exemption of the 15 per cent tax on their interests and investments. Doing that...

  • To put the record straight

    It is unfortunate that the Alliance of Pensioners’ Associations , which should protect the interests of all pensioners, focused its assessment of the proposed pensions strategy on one issue: service pensions. In so doing, the alliance is...

  • Wrong choice of words

    Justice Minister Owen Bonnici has announced a series of reforms to the laws covering public morality and censorship, aimed at spurring freedom of artistic expression while, at the same time, providing better protection of the ...

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