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Letters

  • New Zealand lamb

    I refer to the letter ‘Mutton for lamb’ (January 14). I feel some kind of consumer information on New Zealand lamb export regulations laid down by the New Zealand Meat Board and the New Zealand government would be in order. Lamb is defined as...

  • ‘Mother Goose’ cutter

    I wonder whether, through these pages, I can find any information about what might have happened to a beautiful Dutch cutter named Moeder de Ganz (Mother Goose), which had been brought to Malta in the 1950s by the author Ernle Bradford who wrote...

  • Arrogant talk

    I am sure the leader of the Opposition, an avowed Eurocrat since his younger days and former secretary of the European Movement – the propaganda arm of the EU, had never expected that European Commission president Jean Claude Juncker and his vice...

  • The power of faith

    The power of faith

    Some jaw-dropping, horrendous news attracted my attention this week. In Chile, up to August 2016, 17 churches were torched. In Nigeria, 53 villages were burned down, 808 people slain, 1,422 houses and 16 churches destroyed. In the Middle East,...

  • Blood donation pioneer

    Frank Vassallo of Rabat was a conscientious civil servant, a dedicated scouter, and a regular blood donor. But, above all else, he was a real gentleman loved by many. Frank was a founder member and first president of the Malta Blood Donors...

  • Winter prayers

    Throughout these winter months, when the weather is particularly inclement and weare safe and warm in our homes, let us spare a thought and aprayer for those migrants, men, women and children, in unsafe rubber dinghies in the open sea, whose only...

  • Democratic tools

    Sure, let’s ban referendums as some leader of a banana republic (is it Slovenia?) and ‘remoaner’ Frank Owen advocate. Indeed, let’s ban general elections and all sorts of democratic processes. Fortunately, we live in a country where democracy...

  • Handling of holdings

    The editorial of the January 11 – ‘Managing financial risks’ – speaks volumes. I am in dispute with my brokers as they are refusing to tell me who is the person in the company entrusted with the monitoring and purchasing and sales of my holdings,...

  • The planetarium

    It will shortly be my 70th birthday and so I was very pleased to discover that the opening gala of Malta’s planetarium at the Esplora Interactive Science Centre in Kalkara is scheduled to take place during the evening of January 28 – the same...

  • The Mountbattens

    The Mountbattens

    I am a British biographer writing a joint life of Lord and Lady Mountbatten. They regarded Malta as their second home and I would love to be put in touch with anyone who met them or has stories about them. I will be visiting Malta shortly as part...

  • Sustainable development: an obligation, not an option

    Sustainable development is one of those phrases which are regularly used, and abused, in local political jargon. Everyone promises sustainability, as did Joseph Muscat and the Labour Party prior to the 2013 general election. Sustainable...

  • Payment for school works

    Reference is made to the article entitled ‘Evarist Bartolo ordered payment for ‘irregular’ school works’ (The Sunday Times of Malta, January 15). Avantgarde Projects Ltd was awarded the works after the issue of a public tender at the end of 2011.

  • The three paths

    I was greatly relieved to learn that the forward thinking government of Malta has banned gay conversion therapies. I was less happy about the things going on in Canada where ‘well meaning’ parents are turning to drugs and then invasive surgical...

  • FTS payments

    I refer to the article ‘Canvasser made delivery of €9 million in cheques’ (The Sunday Times of Malta, December 11, 2016). The article included my client, Kevin Grech, in a list of people who received payments from the Foundation of Tomorrow...

  • Treated unfairly

    We recently purchased a timeshare in Qawra. We were approached by a British man near the bus station who asked us to attend a presentation in exchange for free unlimited bus tickets. We attended the presentation and were then shown a room which...

  • Taxes on property transfer

    I sold an apartment I had in Safi, Malta back in 2015. At the time of property transfer the tax office issued me with several amounts to pay before the property disposal could take place – apparently outstanding from a short period of employment...

  • Thank you from Karachi

    I wish to thank the Mission Fund for its kind donation towards our mission in Pakistan. The donation will be used to finance programmes for the Christian formation of youth and adults in poor parishes so that the faithful can have an opportunity...

  • Power station approval

    On the day Malta officially assumed the presidency of the European Union, the European Commission conveniently approved the whole set-up of what we now know as the power station. We were told that the Commission examined all the aspects of this...

  • Unpleasant experience

    Reading the letter by Patrick Biczok (The Sunday Times of Malta, January 15) reminded me of a very unpleasant experience that happened to me as I attempted to exit from Triq il-Qasam, Swieqi to St Andrew’s Road, St Julian’s. Traffic from both...

  • Grand organ at Mosta Rotunda

    Grand organ at Mosta Rotunda

    I would like to thank Fr Joe Carabott who took the initiative to restore the grand organ at the Mosta Rotunda, which was in need of extensive repairs. The Archpriest was also responsible to motivate parishioners to collect funds for the...

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