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  • Grateful to the Mission Fund

    I would like to thank the Mission Fund for the generous donation of €4,000. This gift will assist us in helping students to continue receiving their formation and education at school and also to distribute food to poor families. I would also like...

  • Maltese spelling of English words

    The application form for the renewal of an Identity Card requires me to provide the number of my telefown, the number of my mowbajl and my imejl address. How ridiculous can we get? The original spelling of these words, telephone, mobile and...

  • Association funds

    An association organising yearly activities is normally given complimentary covers, stays and places. Such an association benefits from at least two free places from dinners, weekend stays, receptions and tours or cruises. These gains are...

  • Cheated tourists

    My girlfriend and I holidayed in Malta for the past two years. We enjoyed the country, its beauty, the people and their warmth. We met many fantastic Maltese. For example, when we were looking for the Neolithic temples, an elderly citizen of...

  • Streets with new name

    A headline on July 30 read: ‘Sammut’s wrong. That’s not the name of my street!’ I do not understand why this is news because it is normal practice not to inform all concerned when the street name or even the boundary area is changed in Malta. I...

  • Licence and insurance... for cyclists

    Licence and insurance... for cyclists

    Jim Wightman, the head of the Bicycle Advocacy Group, often regales us, via letters to the media, with the joys and benefits of cycling (which undoubtedly are many). Could he kindly inform us, though, what exactly a cyclist must possess (besides a...

  • Physician’s conscience

    Denying medical service to a person calling for a doctor’s attention and support on grounds of self-interest when obeying a union directive is totally alien to the conscience and character of a good physician. A hospital is not a factory where the...

  • Daylight robbery

    I would like to point out that various people (myself included) were offered the service of a car wash by someone posing as a parking attendant in Valletta. He asks for the money upfront and then disappears without washing the car. The person has...

  • Frans Sammut

    Writing after 40 years away from Malta, Charles Gauci (‘Bishop’s Street’) said he knows nothing about Frans Sammut. When Sammut passed away in 2011, this is what had been said and written about him: Time of Malta: Great loss for Maltese...

  • What is the point of Mepa?

    What is the point of Mepa?

    There seems to be no end to reports of Mepa’s incompetence and inadequacy. The latest, at the time of writing, is of roadworks taking place on Comino without Mepa (or apparently anybody else – if one can believe that) noticing. If a restaurant...

  • In a manner of speaking

    It is in the nature of ambitious scholars to attain perfection in the use of the English language especially when it comes to teaching others. Etymologically, individual words change in meaning, in intonation and in pronunciation over time. In...

  • 13 months of wasting time

    My wife has just received an appointment to the gastroenterology outpatients department at Mater Dei Hospital for August 31, 2015! That means 13 months of waiting time for the start of an investigation that could potentially flag a serious health...

  • Pregnant teachers

    I have a question: why are the Malta Union of Teachers and the Education Ministry getting so hot under the collar about interview questions in which female teachers were asked whether or not they intended to have babies? Isn’t it the employer’s...

  • Objectionable

    I hereby appeal to all readers to raise an objection with Mepa, on www.mepa.org.mt, to permit number PA/02301/14 regarding the proposed extension of the Preluna Beach Club onto Ferro Bay, which is a public beach and rare cove in Sliema. This is...

  • Nuisance caused by foreign students

    Nuisance caused by foreign students

    English language foreign students have increased dramatically over recent years and yet there has not been any planning to reduce their negative impact. English language schools admittedly generate considerable income in Malta but the behaviour of...

  • Ideal music at bucolic venues

    A substantial amount of money was collected for animal welfare at the annual open-air concert held last month at the iconic Girgenti Palace at Siġġiewi. Paradoxically, as on previous occasions, the welfare of the animals in the locality was not...

  • Isolated island

    There is no ferry service from Malta to the mainland except for the horrendously-priced Virtu Ferries to Sicily, which has a monopoly. Has nobody in this country understood yet that not everybody wants to travel by plane while others, for various...

  • NGO at risk

    How laudable of Nature Trust to rescue turtles, rehabilitate them and then release them back into the sea. However, they had better watch out. In this glorious country of ours, they now risk being prosecuted for handling protected species. Is this...

  • Exam paper corrections

    With regard to this year’s SEC and Matsec results, it has become the norm to ignore issues that might bring to light why so many students could be failing their exams. Many point a finger at the curriculum, others talk about the gap between the...

  • Stains on the stairs and other city sites

    Stains on the stairs and other city sites

    It is certainly a shame that the new stairs at the entrance of Valletta have been marked by oil stains but they are not the only parts of our capital city which need the attention of the cleansing directorate. If anyone looks at the surface of...