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  • Right way to lay porfido paving

    Right way to lay porfido paving

    The paving works that are nearing completion at Castille Square in Valletta are being done in the correct way that paving by porfido slabs should be done. The use of porfido as paving material was started by the Valletta Rehabilitation Project in...

  • No fair warning

    A letter by Malcolm Briffa, on surcharges for the over 60s (August 13), has just come to my notice. My experience with Melita has been an utter disappoitment. I am in possession of the Karta Anzjan and have been a subscriber with Melita for quite...

  • Internet tax

    I wonder how much profit GO has made this summer from requiring us to pay an additional €5 each time we top up with a mobile data bundle. The cost of a bundle comes out of our post-tax top-up balance. The minimum top-up denomination is €5, meaning...

  • Graves at St John’s are sacred

    The St John’s Cathedral Foundation President Philip Farrugia Randon regaled us with a rather patronising and very contradictory letter about the latest project (August 15). First he states that the remains of the knights who died in the Great...

  • Security for BOV Electrogas loan

    Security for BOV Electrogas loan

    “The agreement is the security.” This is what the Minister of Finance said during a press conference when asked what security Bank of Valletta (BOV) will hold when the government withdraws its temporary guarantee after the agreement is signed. The...

  • Local TV on a Sunday

    Flipping through our local TV stations on a Sunday evening, time and time again I can’t help noticing the mediocrity of the shows they’re feeding people; it’s all so downright lame. First I watched L-Oskur, which features a bunch of supposedly...

  • Slummy Sliema

    In recent letters to the editor, Lino Briguglio and others compared Sliema to a bazaar. I would go further and say that if the Sliema local council does not take control of the situation it will turn into a slum or a second Paceville! Trading...

  • Bishop’s healing pastoral letter (1)

    Bishop’s healing pastoral letter (1)

    The recent pastoral letter, issued on the occasion of the feast of the Assumption by Gozo Bishop Mario Grech, entitled Balm of Mercy for the Family, was soaked in God’s mercy. As Bishop Grech rightly wrote: “God’s mercy... is at the heart of...

  • Bishop’s healing pastoral letter (2)

    In his pastoral letter on the occasion of the feast of the Assumption, Mgr Mario Grech said, among other things: “Some of the pastors, like Basil of Caesarea, received back in the fold also those who, when they had abjured their baptism,...

  • Public officials’ utter silence

    The mayor of St Paul’s Bay has been criticised for what a corres-pondent (August 13) claims to be her “utter silence and inertia” as a result of her not replying to his email to her of July 17. I agree that all correspondence should, initially, be...

  • When ‘€5’ gets you less

    GO’s corporate Facebook page states that they are offering 1Gb of mobile data for the price of €5. This is, unfortunately, not true as topping up €5 gives you €4.81 in ‘credit euros’ which are not enough to pay for the 1Gb of mobile data. It is...

  • Two burning issues

    The ordinary magisterium of the Catholic Church teaches that contraception goes against Natural Law. While responsible parenthood is good, not all the means used to attain it are morally lawful. Contraceptives are intrinsically evil. “Legitimate...

  • Still waiting for resident card

    I became a Maltese citizen in October 2014. I arrived in Malta from Australia on March 2015 for a six-month stay. I applied for a visa on April 16, 2015 and was told I would receive my resident card within one month. Five months later, after...

  • Reason for Great Siege

    Was the Great Siege of 1565 against the Christians or against the Order of St John? The order had been expelled from everywhere that it had occupied. Before coming to Malta, against the will of the Maltese, there had been booted out of Rhodes and...

  • Excellent war museum

    Excellent war museum

    On the occasion of the feast of Santa Marija I availed myself of the opportunity given by Heritage Malta to visit the newly established Fort St Elmo and the National War Museum. I was, to put it mildly, very impressed with the Museum which must...

  • Don’t blame whole country

    It is unfortunate that the correspondent who wrote the letter ‘Disappointed bus passenger’ (August 7) had to pay an additional €20 in bus fares while waiting for a Tallinja card to come through. However if this modest expenditure has indeed caused...

  • Ditch the laws on blasphemy

    According to a write-up in the Times of Malta (August 8), the Church authorities declared that the law prohibiting the vilification of the Catholic religion “must not be axed” - surprise, surprise! Justice Minister Own Bonnici should go ahead and...

  • The internet and the law

    To a lot of people the internet is a mystery. Somehow, we have managed to create this other world similar to another dimension, as described in movies like Star Trek or the more recent Interstellar. Being in another dimension seems to mean that...

  • Proposed Tower Road development

    I am writing on behelf of my client John Cilia regarding his proposed development at Tower Road, Sliema, on the property of the Carmelite Order, about which there has been much media attention. In particular, of concern are the implications...

  • Fenech Adami’s Malta

    I read with amazement some of the contents of the article ‘UK government sceptical of Fenech Adami’s Malta’ (The Sunday Times of Malta, August 16). In the first instance the views and comments in this article are those of deputy high commissioner...