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  • Defunct sports institutions

    It is with deep nostalgia that I recall the many sports activities of yesteryear which were organised by various amateur institutions that today have sadly faded into insignificance or have completely disappeared from the local sports scene. One...

  • The revival of Pope Paul VI

    When the Blessed Pope Paul VI died in 1978, the famous former columnist of The Times (UK), Peter Nichols (an expert Vaticanologist who was denied entrance into Malta to address a local big political meeting at the then Empire Stadium in ...

  • So much for local talent

    What a good quote: “I could no longer work serenely.” That is how Joe Bugeja, the former Land Commissioner, explained his decision to step down from his post. So much talent is being discarded by this government as Prime Minister Joseph...

  • That missing something

    We Maltese are quite renowned for never being satisfied with anything and for always wanting that bit more. After a walled capital city without a gate, we then grumble about a bronze horse missing one leg pointing to a so-called Parliament ...

  • Contractors who just do not care

    Contractors who just do not care

    Many building sites and related construction activities uglify surroundings, cause air pollution and put workers’ lives at risk and this in spite of the building regulations aimed at reducing the harm of activities at construction sites. One often...

  • Stand united behind new archbishop

    This is an open plea to those involved in the selection of a new archbishop and, eventually, to the selected person himself. There is the utmost need to seek unity among the faithful. There are two aspects that have been worrying me and I am sure...

  • Not the end if Air Malta folds

    Not the end if Air Malta folds

    Air Malta needs a strategic shareholding partner if it’s going to survive. It not only needs to balance the books but also make significant profits to eventually buy new aircraft. It’s most unlikely to manage all this if it’s going to...

  • When time stands still

    I wonder whether I might use these columns to ask Melita to sort out the problems I am having with their TV package. In August, I signed up for their TV and broadband and everything was installed and worked perfectly. I then decided to upgrade to...

  • Disillusioned customers

    I have been e-mailing and speaking to representatives of Melita plc for quite some time regarding an erroneous debit by them to my bank account. I have been assured both verbally as well as in writing that this was to be corrected in the...

  • MPs’ parking

    There is a rumour that the only centrally-located parking area in Valletta (opposite the Central Bank) is to be taken over for parliamentary vehicles. If this is true, it would be one of the most selfish acts of our parliamentarians, so...

  • IS are terrorists, not Muslims

    A recent article by Hannah Roberts in The Tablet, a Catholic weekly international magazine, quotes a close Muslim friend of Pope Francis urging the West not to play into the hands of IS militants by equating their acts of terror to a religious...

  • Unusual volume of incoming calls

    Melita customers are experiencing longer-than-usual call waiting times when contacting the company’s call centre. This unfortunate inconvenience resulted from a higher than usual incoming call traffic volume after a recent system upgrade led to...

  • PN had sent the wrong message on Armier

    PN had sent the wrong message on Armier

    Simon Busuttil was quoted in Times of Malta (October 10) as saying that he “would not have regularised the theft of public land by installing smart meters at the ‘illegal’ Armier boathouses and that he would have settled the matter without...

  • Hard measures needed on Ebola

    One temporarily unidentified case of Ebola could wipe out the entire population of a congested island like Malta. More than 200 doctors (in their immune-suits), nurses, health workers and lab technicians have already died while trying to treat...

  • Limited value of Kartanzjan

    I would like to share my thoughts about the validity of holding a Kartanzjan in Malta and especially with the benefits that should be associated with it. I do find that holding it has no major value except if one generally makes use of public...

  • Common sense is missing

    Common sense is missing

    A friend of mine was telling me that one fine morning he found a note in his letterbox saying that the meter reader called, found no one at the premises and indicated a day and time for a second call. Not to forget this second appointment, my...

  • The danger of looking up

    I read with interest the article in the Times of Malta (October 4), ‘The number one problem in tourism’ which stated that there are “glaring shortcomings” in tourism zones and in the upkeep of the island all year round. I love Malta and have...

  • Is this ‘new approach’ just a fantasy?

    In his piece ‘New approach to remarriage’ (October 14), Mgr Mario Grech said that “in the coming months the Catholic Church will be seeking a ‘new approach’ with regard to wounded married couples who sincerely wish to belong to the Church”. He...

  • Trovatore at Aurora

    It was an unforgettable performance! Both the singers and the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra, under the able baton of Maestro Colin Attard, were at their very best. What a cast! Bravi tutti. More please.

  • Olive grove

    I would like to thank the San Ġwann local council, in particular Dominic Cassar, for taking such good care of the Fr Leopoldo Tabone Olive Grove in  Stefanotis Street. Mr Cassar’s efforts and responsiveness to our requests have been...