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  • Fingerprints in concrete

    I cannot see anyone doing time behind bars over the oil trading scam. In what must be the mother of scams for these islands, the plot has thickened and become so convoluted that the Attorney General will soon find it easier to tail a bat in a...

  • Bound forever by Treasury’s payment offer

    A circular issued recently by the Treasury to all holders of Malta Government Stocks (MGS) encourages holders to opt for capital repayment to be remitted electronically to the investor’s bank account instead of settlement by cheque. Prima facie it...

  • Astonishing incompetence

    Astonishing incompetence

    I have been following with utter amazement the revelations related to the weak, faulty concrete used in the construction of Mater Dei Hospital. For those who do not remember, this hospital cost untold millions and was operational several years...

  • Poured concrete must be tested

    I am writing about the predicament of the Mater Dei hospital concerning the appallinglack of supervision in the plac-ing of concrete, particularly the columns. As a retired civil engineer, I have to say there appears to have been a complete lack...

  • Malta deserves much better

    It is becoming increasingly evident that the present Labour administration is ill-prepared and unfit to govern the country. Since its election, it has been mired in controversy, lurching from one scandal to another and trying to deflect people’s...

  • University in wrong place

    It seems Frank Salt’s usual observable and perceptive contributions on important local issues were left by the wayside as the lure of lucre took over in his latest missive (May 28). As the heading stated, let us indeed attract foreign investors.

  • Abacus inspires love of maths

    Abacus inspires love of maths

    We were disappointed to read Professor Josef Lauri’s recent comments about the Malta edition of Abacus (‘Means of maths destruction?’, April 29). This view is not reflective of the hundreds of thousands of pupils and teachers who have used it...

  • All teachers are not equal

    In many respects, all teachers enjoy the same working conditions. But the fact is that when finances are involved, teachers who do not work in State schools have to wait their turn. This scholastic year, State school teachers started working fewer...

  • A bumpy ride in Birkirkara

    In my opinion, the locality of Birkirkara boasts some of the worst maintained roads on the island. I drive through these roads on a daily basis and my bike and car has to endure all the deep potholes, bumps and unevenness of asphalt bits. I dare...

  • Spring hunting

    I refer to the letter by Henry Fenech Azzopardi (‘The Prime Minister’s tweet’, The Sunday Times of Malta, May 31). I would like to clarify that I admire and respect Mark Anthony Falzon’s qualifications. However, in his rush to obtain them he...

  • Save the trees in Victoria

    I am regular visitor to the Maltese islands and I also subscribe to Times of Malta online. I would like to take this opportunity to express my opposition to the removal of the trees in Independence Square, Victoria. Living in Stockport, Greater...

  • Poor public transport

    I recently went to catch the 2.30pm bus number 222 from the Sliema ferries to Ċirkewwa. The bus duly arrived at 2.45pm and the journey started. At 3.30pm, some 45 minutes later, we had reached the ‘Love’ monument at Spinola Bay. The bus arrived at...

  • Taking us for a ride

    The shortcomings of the bus service have provided me with a golden opportunity to ‘socialise’ with commuters who recount their daily nightmares and give vent to their frustrations about Transport Malta. I strongly suggest Transport Minister Joe...

  • Looking after open spaces

    Recognition is long due to the gardeners employed to look after public open spaces such as roundabouts and central strips. Not one of them is ever seen wasting time and work in very efficient teams. They are making Malta and Gozo a beautiful...

  • Filthy ‘sea sludge’ status

    Filthy ‘sea sludge’ status

    When is the issue of the ‘filthy sludge status’ that has now become a common sight in St Paul’s Bay, and which is caused by the ever growing number of fish farm pens in the bay, going to be addressed? I remember, some years ago, a number of the...

  • Destroying environment 

    In Gozo our natural heritage is being eaten up with the blessing of Mepa, which is meant to protect the environment. The proposed Simar development in Qala goes over the top. It will transform beyond recognition one of the spots in Gozo where you...

  • Tracing old friends

    I lived in Malta in the early 1960s and returned to live here permanently in 2004. I would love to trace some of my old friends from the 1960s. Doris lived in a farmhouse in Parisio Street, Gżira/Sliema; her brother did taxidermy and the house was...

  • Ruining Floriana

    Ruining Floriana

    Publio Agius, writing about Floriana, (‘Give St Anne Street back to the people’, The Sunday Times of Malta, May 31) complains how governments had ‘robbed’ Floriana of its territory. This festering wound has not shown any signs of healing. It arose...

  • An appeal to reason

    The proposed development of a national shooting range in the area known as Ta’ Biżbiżija in the limits of Mosta has triggered off a storm of protest as it is feared such a range would have a negative impact on the area. While it is perfectly...

  • Teacher’s card and Fondazzjoni Wirt Artna

    Judging by his reply (‘Teacher’s card’, The Sunday Times of Malta, May 31) Fondazzjoni Wirt Artna CEO Mario Farrugia seems to have got a bit too hot under the collar on reading my letter in which I complained that his organisation does not...