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  • Pensions: No to second pillar

    The second pillar, if implemented, would compel citizens to take on a private pension scheme independently of any government involvement except its acceptance. I consider this to be conceptually faulty. It would be like imposing private medical...

  • Music of the village feast

    As the festa season for 2014 is now coming to an end, with the last one being celebrated in Gudja in honour of Our Lady of Consolation on Sunday, I would like to give a pat on the back to all those people who voluntarily spare their free time in...

  • Tasks for new archbishop

    We have to draw a line between what is spiritual and profane and then what is pastoral and administrative. All parish priests should be scrutinised and checked for how they are carrying out their pastoral work. They must do home visits to help ...

  • Alternatives to hunting

    It is with some dismay that I hear that the shooting of migrating birds is still happening in the lovely island of Malta. I understand that during World War II this became a necessity as the population was starving. Now the whole world is doing...

  • Animal cruelty

    Recreational bird hunting is undeniably a needless form of cruelty to animals. Now, cruelty to animals is a punishable offence. Hunting is cruelty to animals. Therefore hunting is, logically, a punishable offence. But it is not. However, the...

  • Dirty money

    I cannot understand how the law courts are being allowed by both the Malta Financial Services Authority and by the Financial Intelligence Analysis Unit to accept bail deposit in cash that often amounts to tens of thousands of...

  • Held together by the grace of God

    Held together by the grace of God

    Believe it or not, this derelict building in Spinola Bay, St Julian’s, is still partially being used as a residence. As the photograph shows, this corner building is being held together by means of a series of steel beams, struts, ties and...

  • 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...