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  • The ugly face of local bureaucracy

    Excessive bureaucracy still plagues the public service despite the promises and commitments made by politicians, including Joseph Muscat, before the last general election that a Labour government would make the cutting of red tape one of its...

  • Selective customer care

    Selective customer care

    For years, when I visited Malta with my family, there was a game we always played on the airplane. It went: let’s see who spots that godforsaken island first. Sometimes, nobody won and we’d say the pilot must have missed it, only to suddenly find...

  • Mepa leaves no stone unturned

    Mepa leaves no stone unturned

    Times of Malta lately reported the construction of a dirt and concrete road on Comino, an island with barely half a dozen residents and an EU Natura 2000 site. The Malta Environment and Planning Authority, which is the competent authority for the...

  • Pool’s out for burkini

    The story in last Saturday’s Times of Malta of a Maltese Muslim woman who was ordered out of the Marsa Sports Club pool for attempting to swim in her Islamic bathing constume predictably triggered off a passionate debate. Reactions ranged from...

  • Not an NGO

    I refer to a report carried in Times of Malta (August 5) under the heading ‘Dressing down pays off for NGO’. Both heading and contents are in fact inaccurate since Dar Kenn għal Saħħtek, which was the subject of the report, is not an NGO and...

  • The right man for the job

    Simon Busuttil’s app­roach is seen as too soft: an accusation which is a bit overdone. However, perceptions of strength matter – especially in politics. After a full year at the helm of the Nationalist Party, people still aren’t persuaded. The new...

  • Beyond ‘brownie’ points

    I have repeatedly claimed that young people, even at the tender age of 16 are more than accomplished to contribute to governance. In fact, the way I see it, one very important electoral proposal by the party in government was the one that...

  • Parking headache

    Parking at the Day Care Unit, which lies at the back of Mater Dei Hospital, is indeed an incredibly complicated affair. One first arrives at the front office, where one is directed to a little room near the general parking area. There, one is...

  • Marathon hunting

    Marathon hunting

    I noted that the autumn hunting season starts on September 1 this year. I did a little checking and note that sunrise on September 1 is at 6.34am and sunset is at 7.30pm, leaving our hunters with almost 13 hours of daylight to enjoy their age-old...

  • The drive to cycle safely

    Peter Murray, in ‘Licence and Insurance for Cyclists’ (August 9), asked if a cyclist needs such provisions to ride on the road. The simple answer is no. As explained to Murray on numerous previous occasions, both a motor vehicle driving licence...

  • Helipad: health, safety, security

    A number of crucial issues have been raised by the recent incident in which an AFM emergency helicopter, which had been called out urgently to evacuate a patient from Gozo to Mater Dei, was unable to use the helipad at St Luke’s Hospital as it had...

  • Expensive impatience

    A tender for office furniture closed on June 10. Nothing simpler. Yet, it took the Employment and Training Corporation two months to evaluate it. Delivery was stipulated for four weeks from award. ‘X’ was cheaper than ‘Y’ by €1,300 (about 20 per...

  • Stamp duty

    Europeans often claim that Britain is ‘closer’ to America than to the EU but Maltapost plc has definitely decided that Malta is nearer to the USA than to Europe. Letter postal rate from Malta to the USA (up to 20gm – most letters) is 51c and to...

  • Cartoon of the day

    Cartoon of the day

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  • Leave Qala square alone

    I’ve been coming to Gozo every year for a long time now, and in my opinion it’s like heaven on earth. I lost the rose-coloured glasses a long time ago and realise that like everywhere else on earth it has its faults and its problems but when you...

  • Plunged into darkness

    Last Tuesday’s nationwide blackout has once again highlighted the vulnerability of our energy sector and the failure of successive governments to tackle this problem over the years. Malta has suffered power cuts on a too regular basis for the past...

  • The real story behind the gate

    Albeit saddened, I read with interest Mark Anthony Falzon’s ‘Councils in search of an idea’, (The Sunday Times of Malta, August 10). The reconstruction of il-Bieb tal-Furdulis, as it was colloquially known, has been on the agenda since it was...

  • The persecution of Christians

    Islamic terror groups are executing and torturing people in Iraq and Syria by the thousands. The Islamic State terror group has expelled an entire Christian community in Iraq from a city that the community has lived in for over 1,600 years. The...

  • Distribution of e -ID cards

    Last Tuesday, Maltapost tried to deliver our new e-ID cards but we were not at home. Instead, a note was left in our letter box informing us that an attempt to deliver the cards was made and as we were not available a second attempt would be made...

  • The two long blackouts

    I thought that on Tuesday evening (August 22) we were commemorating the 100th anni­versary of the declaration of World War I with two long blackouts – then I realised this was not the case. Let’s face it, even on an is­land devoid of recent...

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