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  • Nothing to tell the professor

    In his letter entitled ‘Cassola and the Spanish professor’ (June 13), Mark Sammut made the following comment: “I wonder what Cassola has to say to the Spanish professor (Federico Corriente)”. Unfortunately, I have never had the honour of meeting...

  • Saga of the building in Valletta

    I have been reading about the saga of the premises at Old Mint Street, Valletta. I have worked there and restored the building in the 1990s. The book restoration laboratory of the National Library was there until 1999, when I then went to work at...

  • An experience students relish

    As member of the chaplaincy team at St Aloysius College, every year, together with other teachers, I accompany some 500 students for a day of recollection at Mount St Joseph, Mosta. The ages range between 11 and 16. The primary and sixth form...

  • Why is talk of south not on?

    The single focus of this article is to try and probe the recent gratuitous assertion that any talk of the south, as if Malta formed part of one big continent, is risible and even reprehensible. Regardless of the sharply contrasting views on the...

  • Proselytising presidency

    The Presidency has become a philanthropic agency with a ‘bleeding heart’ at its head. We had a recent President who went to Peru as a lay missionary during his tenure of office and who refused to sign the Civil Unions Bill into law, as he was...

  • Battle that changed history

    Battle that changed history

    Tomorrow is the bicentenary of the battle in which the Duke of Wellington’s allied British, Dutch and Prussian forces vanquished the army led by Napoleon Bonaparte. It was one of the defining events of modern European history. Waterloo not only...

  • Tax: time to play fair

    Tax: time to play fair

    Some companies in Europe are playing a game – one that runs counter to the principle of fair play. Let us call it ‘Tax me if you can’. The goal is simple: to avoid paying their fair share of tax. Some companies are more adept at the game than...

  • Libya: Leon’s last shot

    The draft peace plan that the United Nations’ Special Representative to Libya, Ambassador Bernardino Leon, wants signed by next week is a desperate last throw of the dice in a peace process that is going nowhere. Months of shuttle diplomacy from...

  • The likely third Greek bailout

    I last wrote to this newspaper about the Greek bailout saga over two years ago when I advised Lawrence Gonzi to resist a second bailout request. At that time Malta’s contribution of €1,000 for every man woman and child seemed a high enough charge...

  • When governance is corrupted

    When Eddie Fenech Adami, then leader of the Opposition, used to accuse Dom Mintoff and his successor, Karmenu Mifsud Bonnici, of institutionalised corruption he was making a statementof fact only the politically blinkered dared...

  • Old Labour Gestapo

    Old Labour Gestapo

    Parliamentary Secretary Stefan Buontempo appears to be responsible for many things because he has a long title. Not that he does much, which is a good thing, given the performance of many of his Labour peers. Unfortunately, he intends to change that.

  • Mater Dei debacle

    It must be asked if defective concrete is generally found on Skanska projects or whether it is confined to Malta. A similar Skanska project, in which the 12-storey concrete construction is presumablyup to standard as it hasn’tyet collapsed, is the...

  • Charlie Charlie game is harmful

    Charlie Charlie game is harmful

    Many are downplaying the seriousness of the Charlie Charlie game. Yet they are mistaken. Charlie Charlie is a simplified version of the Ouija board. The game entails a pair of pencils or pens, a sheet of paper and the calling of a spirit named...

  • Wishing ‘good health’

    I refer to Michael Ellul’s letter ‘Greetings and Farewells’ (June 11) in which he mentions different ways of how we Maltese greet and salute each other when we happen to meet. I would like to add my tiny bit regarding “saħħa” and “good health”.

  • Vincent Degaetano’s dignified dissent

    Vincent Degaetano’s dignified dissent

    A study just published in the Journal of Medical Ethics showed that nearly 2% of all the people who die each year in Belgium are euthanized without their request or consent. Yes, this is not a mistake. You read well. They are killed without them...

  • Water leak and missing letters

    On March 24, the chief officer of Water Services Corporation advised me that I had an abnormal usage of water and asked me to check the possibility of a water leakage. I had not suspected a leakage as it had been raining incessantly and,...

  • Influential educator

    Many years ago, Antoine Cachia Caruana was my mathematics teacher and sports master at St Edward’s College. I can proudly admit that he helped me no end in my character formation. Over many years, I would often visit Cachia Caruana at his...

  • Cartoon of the day

    Cartoon of the day

    #savezonqor - 20.06.15 - Save Malta

  • An ideal place to grow old

    Since its formation in March 2013, the Parliamentary Secretariat for Rights of Persons with Disability and Active Ageing has been widely successful in enabling higher levels of active and positive ageing. The ratification and implementation of the...

  • Frustration with Abacus

    Frustration with Abacus

    I was somewhat surprised to read (June 8) that the authors of the Abacus textbooks reacted to my interview reported earlier in this paper. A few years ago, I had written an article on The Sunday Times of Malta practically pointing out all the...

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