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Letters

  • Maltese heroine of World War II

    Maltese heroine of World War II

    A few years back, I had written about a little known brave Maltese lady who, during World War II, helped save many lives in Nazi-occupied Rome. This woman was Henrietta Chevalier née Xerri. Her son, Paul, was instrumental in introducing his mother...

  • Ebola checks

    Last Sunday, I arrived from a trip abroad and was very surprised that there were no checks at the airport for Ebola. There were no doctors to be seen or any medical staff. I was also surprised that I was not given any form or card on the plane...

  • Assistance to poor children

    I would like to thank the Mission Fund for their untiring support and their big-hearted donation of €2,000 for our mission in the Philippines. We look for resources to improve the condition of the poor children here who cannot pay for their...

  • What will new bus drivers be like?

    Some weeks before Arriva started to operate in Malta, I wrote in this newspaper: “So will we have perfectly prudent and pleasant bus drivers come July 2011? The anticipation is killing me.” Everybody knows the outcome. We are now making...

  • Better public transport

    It all happened on the same day within the space of an hour and a half. Going to Valletta by bus was a pleasure with a young driver who was considerate with people with pushchairs and the elderly passengers. He waited, as he should,...

  • Motorcyclists need more incentives

    Motorcyclists need more incentives

    I appreciate that with so many variables there will never be a single solution to the traffic problem but can’t we look 100 kilometres north and learn at least one lesson? With very similar weather, our Italian neighbours use motorcycles and...

  • Death of a student

    On behalf of students, teachers, parents and all employees of Technikum Ekonomiczno-Hotelarskie Nr 4 in Krakow, I would like to express our gratitude towards George Schembri, Gina Borg, Karen Bugeja (general manager at Plevna Hotel), the employees...

  • A revealing interview

    The former Nationalist Party mayor of Lija, Ian Castaldi Paris, was interviewed on One TV on November 4. What emerged from that interview was highly interesting. Castaldi Paris admitted that, prior to the 2013, general election he was very...

  • Institutional credibility

    The sanctioning of theft of public land at Armier joins the State’s theft of National Bank shares and the State’s theft of contributory pensions as the major scandals of post-colonial Maltese administration. In the meantime, we are supposed to get...

  • Wonderful hospital staff

    We, the family of Annette Louise Nellist, would like to thank all the staff at Mater Dei Hospital, especially the most wonderful doctor and staff on Surgical Ward 5. My mother was admitted to hospital on September 30 and underwent emergency...

  • The state of public toilets

    From time to time, people complain about the lack of cleanliness and carelessly kept public toilets (‘Disgusting public toilet’, November 7). Whoever is responsible certainly is not doing the job right. The other day, I needed to use the public...

  • Restored paintings at Sarria church

    Restored paintings at Sarria church

    In February of last year, Din l-Art Ħelwa organised a string concert to mark the restoration of Mattia Preti’s altar piece dedicated to the Immaculate Conception at Sarria church, Floriana, carried out by Giuseppe Mantella and his restoration...

  • Angels in mid-air

    On November 5, I was flying on Ryanair to Madrid when I got a sudden diabetic blip and passed out needing instant medical attention and oxygen. I have nothing but praise for the Ryanair staff who, along with a Romanian doctor called Elena, who...

  • Votes always come first

    Though in Malta we enjoy living in a democracy with full respect for human rights, it is an open secret that the two political parties cater more to win votes and elections than for the common good. There are many important issues on which the...

  • Suarez deserves Order of the Boot

    Suarez deserves Order of the Boot

    The French magazine l’ Equipe has dealt a deadly blow to the tenets of fair play. Irrespective of his undoubted skill and prolific scoring power, Luis Suarez should never have even been considered for the Golden Boot Trophy. Instead he should have...

  • Laying stake to GDP claim

    About 200 years ago economics was dubbed ‘the dismal science’. Since then, admittedly, there have been times when it deserved such an indignity, even at the present times in Europe. But certainly not in Malta. Here, we can afford to have the...

  • Extend the tax rebate

    Last week, the Ministry of Finance announced a fiscal incentive under which half the corporate donations exceeding €2,000 to the Malta Community Chest Fund will be tax deductible for the duration of a year. The donation will be considered...

  • Christmas thought

    Now that thoughts are turning to decorating for the Christmas season I trust that this year we might be treated to a ‘proper’ Christmas tree in Palace Square instead of the extended bedspring apology for a civic tree in recent...

  • ‘Buonaparte’ and the French town of La Valette

    In Provence, the major French naval base and port of Toulon lies on the coast between Marseille, Hyères and Nice. The old village of 1793, now a town, of La Valette lies a few miles in the hills inland to the north-east of Toulon, commanding the...

  • Barking up wrong tree on cats

    Barking up wrong tree on cats

    I read with great disappointment the article about air pollution and breathing problems in Malta (‘Owning a cat increases breathing problem risk’, October 30). I feel it was a very insensitive and inaccurate report which not only hurts the...