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  • Buġibba going downhill fast

    I am writing this short piece to make people aware of the society we are living in. I am over 70 years of age and currently living over the wardens’ office in St Paul’s Bay. There is a daily stream of wardens and police officers but...

  • Magistrate’s lovely smile

    It was late on Sunday the 19th when we heard the shocking news that Magistrate Joe Apap Bologna had passed away to eternal life. Although we are sure that it was very bitter for his family we believe that our eternal father has made his call upon...

  • Care and courtesy on the road

    Now that the weather is changing, this letter is aimed at all the drivers out there. Because of the delays inherant in bad weather, please consider leaving for your destination a little earlier than usual, as rushing on wet, slippery roads is...

  • There is no need for new diabetes study

    There is no need for new diabetes study

    With reference to the article ‘We don’t know number of people with diabetes’ (October 20), the National Diabetes Programme (NDP), of which I was the local project manager, was set up in collaboration with WHO in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Its...

  • Another tourist lost over hunting

    My wife and I have just paid our last visit to these lovely islands after 30 years. Why? Because we’ve had enough of the senseless shooting of migratory birds passing through this country. These defenceless birds are not yours to kill. They...

  • Pension policy conflicts

    Recently the Minister of Finance announced that the third pillar pension will be introduced through two voluntary schemes. The measures being taken will result in participants being entitled to two pensions: the contributory State social security...

  • My tattered phone book

    I agree with the comments made by Paul Camilleri regarding the lack of a new telephone directory. I am sure there are many others who feel the same way but do not bother to write. My most precious book is an antique and tattered 2004 edition...

  • Big hand to Radio Show

    I was visiting Malta and heard about a show at the Manoel Theatre in Valletta called The Great Big Radio Show. I am so glad I went. Not only is the Manoel a beautiful theatre, but the show was vibrant, the singing and the tap dancing just...

  • Litter wardens

    Litter wardens! Perhaps something Malta and Eco Gozo could seriously consider. Works well in the UK.    

  • We are not being served

    I would like to know why it is that every time – which is practically daily – when I go on to Melita to look at the weather forecast, all I get is “Not available”? We are living in a modern world, surely there must be a way to sort...

  • Great traffic congestion

    It is hard to understand that such a small island is coming to a standstill in the mornings as early as seven. I am aware that the police force is doing its best to control the traffic, but it’s hard to believe that leaving Sliema at 7.10am...

  • Rot taking over the countryside

    Rot taking over the countryside

    Many environmentalist NGOs and nature lovers are reasonably concerned about the future of our remaining countryside and open spaces. If the environment had to be left in the hands of speculators and money-grabbers, we’d be left with concrete...

  • Boats don’t fit

    Reports about the “boathouses” make interesting reading. However, may I ask why these structures are called “boathouses”? By the look of things they are more like summer shacks. The picture provided by Times of Malta on Monday, October 20, page 7,...

  • Free for some

    Times Talk will ask tonight whether illegal boathouses have become a free for all. Let’s not be ridiculous: it has never been a free for all. It is a free for some, as it has always been.

  • Concrete needs to be compacted

    Concrete, concrete everywhere and not a compactor in sight! When will the users of this wonderful, essential and highly versatile material realise that concreting does not end with placing? Any primary text book on the material will tell you that...

  • The good bishop

    The good bishop

    The raison d’etre of the Church as instituted by Jesus Christ is to transmit the joy of the Gospel which is for all people while caring for our neighbour in need. Fr Joe Borg, in a tribute to Archbishop Emeritus Paul Cremona, wrote that Cremona...

  • A new parish priest needed

    Throughout the last few months we have witnessed the nomination of new parish priests in different localities and the assignment of seasoned parish priests to a different parish. Unfortunately Balzan parish did not benefit from this healthy...

  • The benefits of car pooling

    As the number of cars on our roads continues to grow, may I suggest the transport authority offers incentives to drivers carrying two or more passengers by allowing them to use the bus lane and in this way somehow alleviate the traffic congestion,...

  • A priest and a gentleman

    And so, another very dear friend has moved on to pastures new. Fr Joseph de Gabriele, or just Fr Joe as he was known to most of us, in many ways reminded me of (St) Jean Marie Vianney. Apart from his unassumingly wise and positive outlook on life...

  • Hazardous parking in Mosta

    Hazardous parking in Mosta

    Illegal parking is a constant practice on Independence Avenue, corner with Triq Tumas Dingli in Mosta. Vehicles are parked on the yellow lines alongside the traffic island, which is causing a hazard for those cars coming out of Triq Tumas Dingli...