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  • New beginning tomorrow

    New beginning tomorrow

    New beginnings are the two words that came to my mind as I sat at my desk struggling with my thoughts in an attempt to write something coherent and interesting that would make readers of Times of Malta bother to go through. I make no claim on any...

  • Show off traditional means of transport

    Show off traditional means of transport

    With regard to the old Maltese route buses, I have a suggestion to make. The government should get one of the best buses renovated completely and, when looking really grand, it should be placed on the roundabout which is located just outside the...

  • Taking tourism forward

    In Parliament, the other day, I reiterated my call for a capacity study given our size and infrastructure. I rebutted absurd claims that I was, in any way, suggesting a cap on the number of tourists that visit the islands. When I called for a...

  • Truth is the first casualty

    On a campaign truth can be the first casualty. So let us not be fooled by the so-called facts that are being bandied about by the pro-hunting lobby. A clip posted on the social media by those calling for spring hunting to remain starts with a...

  • Spare our blushes

    Over the last few days, we've had quite a spectacle in court.  I'm referring, of course, to the testimony given by Giovanni Kessler in connection with the proceedings being taken against Silvio Zammit, who is alleged to have traded in...

  • Sustainable local councils

    The National Audit Office recently published the Auditor General’s report on the workings of local government for 2013. The following main common shortcomings were noted: Accounting records do not reflect a true and fair view of the actual...

  • Assessment of an island

    I have to say I was impressed by a number of things in Malta. Although it is a small place it does make analysing what is going on easier. It is also probably easier to control and manage than somewhere like Britain or Italy. Firstly, Malta is the...

  • Compensation for public land abuse

    Compensation for public land abuse

    I refer to the article ‘Times of Malta wins libel on Victoria Lines terrace’’ (March 13), which is self-explanatory but raises many questions. The remarks and sentiments expressed by the court are believed to be shared by all law-abiding Maltese...

  • Big bang approach to justice delays

    Few people would disagree that delays are a problem that is endemic in all legal systems. However, some countries seem to be more determined to resolving this issue than others. According to an EU justice scoreboard, delays in Malta’s law courts...

  • How hotels may survive

    It sounds good to charge more for hotel accommodation but we in the business of earning a living from the hotel trade know better. We are the survivors of every idea put to us: charge more, charge less, upgrade, downgrade, advertise, don’t...

  • Post-war property

    I wish to express my frustration about the rent situation with regard to post-war property. It is a fact that the pittance which is being paid by the tenants is an injustice to the landlords. This does not reflect the property’s commercial...

  • Throwing away our heritage

    What a pity, what a shame! Another old building is about to be demolished. It will be gone forever, the irreplaceable loss of the historic urban fabric of the important Naxxar village core. Such news makes one feel impotent in the face of the...

  • Fr Peter, three years on

    Fr Peter, three years on

    It’s been three years, this week, since Fr Peter Serracino Inglott passed away. Three years and several celebrations of his life and work: at least two sets of lectures associated with his name; a prize named after him to reward social and...

  • Do we speak Maltese?

    Do we speak Maltese?

    The problem of whether English words should be spelt the English or the Maltese way when writing in Maltese has resurfaced. Most of the contributions have dwelt on aesthetic or patriotic aspects. The age-old battle between conservation and...

  • The Lord Denning of Malta

    His chequered life, his love for acting but, above all, his brilliant legal mind, place Maurice Caruana Curran in a prominent place in Malta’s legal Parthenon. His sense of public duty, his creative legal mind and his love for our country’s...

  • Good article, wrong paper

    Laiq Ahmed Atif’s article ‘Inter-religious dialogue’ (March 6) might have some purpose here but I suggest he publishes it in newspapers in Pakistan and Saudi Arabia because, although Muslims are flourishing while being left to live in peace in the...

  • What the PN offers

    Attending the last Nationalist Party extraordinary general council meeting meant I was able to witness the genuine enthusiasm of participants and supporters determined to continue making a difference. One could feel the positive effect of a...

  • Nonsense on bird decline

    The European Court of Justice ruled that the conservation status of the two species hunted in spring is of “least concern”. This classification was derived from Birdlife International assessments that noted: “Despite the fact that the...

  • Solar energy for those in need

    Solar energy for those in need

    First let me congratulate all political parties for their initiatives to encourage people to go for green energy through the introduction of a number of schemes involving the installation of PV panels. I presume that such aid schemes were mainly...

  • Do we look like monkeys?

    Do we look like monkeys?

    No disrespect meant to monkeys, after all we all know about evolution and all that, but quite honestly do Mario Camilleri and the Prime Minister think we are brain dead or something? As a young boy I recall reading the Famous Five and...

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