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  • Morning-after pill is abortive

    If a woman has just had her ovulation prior to the act with her partner, there is a good possibility that she is already pregnant when she takes the morning-after pill. Hence the only way the pill could act to prevent the pregnancy is by blocking...

  • Change in attitude

    I refer to a letter entitled ‘Garbage collection in Malta’ (The Sunday Times of Malta, October 30). Black garbage bags are seen everywhere every day, their number increasing substantially. Many people put their garbage out on the wrong collection...

  • Strong Malta-UK ties

    Strong Malta-UK ties

    As a retired UK civil servant I am often quite amused by the Maltese interest in the UK’s affairs. Like Her Majesty, I have a soft spot for the island and its people. I had noticed the Maltese interest in Brexit in your local press and I was...

  • Throwaway morality

    Archbishop Charles Scicluna has described euthanasia and the morning-after pill as reflections of today’s “throwaway culture”. We do indeed live in an American-style throwaway culture with a throwaway morality to go along with it. Morality, like...

  • Walk tall

    After living in Malta for three years I have finally found one universal reaction that all the Maltese I have met share: me. I live in Sliema and I walk to the University, I tell them. To which they reply: “You walk?” The reaction is always the same.

  • Dog intelligence

    On October 22, Moira Delia, who presents the show Animal diaries, invited three guests, one of them a vet who could hardly say a word because it seemed that the subject being discussed (intelligence of dogs) was a far cry from the truth. It would...

  • What’s in a name?

    In my letter of October 18, I described a blue ‘AUM’ plaque on the front wall of an office in Tower Road, Sliema and I hazarded a guess that it was an embryo campus of the long-awaited AUM, the American University of Malta. Presumably in response...

  • Residents’ protest

    Residents will be meeting in Dingli Circus, Sliema, tomorrow at 11am to speak out about issues that affect us all. After decades of neglect, Sliema is under siege as never before.  With developments planned or under way in almost every street, our...

  • Malta’s construction hub

    Malta’s construction hub

    Foreign tourists are lured to Malta with glossy images of spectacular views and picturesque villages. Unfortunately, at St Julian’s the reality does not match the hype. When the newly-arrived tourist emerges from his hotel at St Julian’s or...

  • Traffic pollution and child health

    The Planning Authority is reported to have proposed that childcare facilities should be located away from busy roads because of concerns over pollution (October 26). Green local councillors also recently appealed for “clean air and sustainable...

  • The habit of eating

    Why are people prone to obesity in Malta? The number one culprit is the ‘waste-not mentality’ brought on by our ancestors and is still prevalent today, which could be the reason why certain people become overweight. The habit of eating what’s left...

  • Blame the PN

    In his concluding remarks on Budget 2017, Joseph Muscat reportedly said: “We inherited a country with no structures in place to fight corruption” (October 26). So let me see if I’ve got it right. We should blame the Nationalist Party for not...

  • Theatre reviews

    I refer to the policy by the Times of Malta with regard to theatre, that is to stop reviewing plays that perform for one weekend only. I would like to start by praising both the daily and Sunday editions of the Times of Malta for their enormous...

  • Liberalise Gozo transport

    Liberalise Gozo transport

    All sectors, including air travel and the retail sector, have been liberalised. There are no remaining monopolies, except, unbelievably, the Gozo Channel. Alfred Sant is reported to have said that EU rules do not permit State aid to a fast ferry...

  • Safety first, please

    Liquid natural gas (LNG) is only really dangerous when in vapour form and it has enough oxygen present to allow any spark to ignite the dangerous mixture. LNG is relatively safe when a tank is full; it is very difficult to get a full canister of...

  • Restored chapel

    Restored chapel

    I would like to thank all for the professional way in which the facade of the chapel dedicated to Our Lady of Sorrows in Pietà and the paintings there were recently restored. Thanks to those who took the initiative so that this baroque chapel that...

  • Cast-iron proof

    Sometime ago, my wife and my daughter went to an HSBC branch to make the necessary changes so our daughter can have her own account and manage it accordingly. The point I would like to raise is the following: how can HSBC decide (through their...

  • Worth watching

    John Costigan’s letter (October 28) about According to Pilate, a new play by Revel Barker being performed in Victoria, must have attracted the interest of more readers than I. I am wondering whether someone like Anthony Bezzina (Masquerade) might...

  • Too young to vote

    I agree totally and wholeheartedly with Ray Azzopardi’s ferocious attack on the government regarding the right of 16-year-olds to vote in local council elections and, now, beyond - the general election. Azzopardi was right to write in a state of...

  • CPD ‘is ready and able’

    The Civil Protection Department notes that the document published by the Environment and Resources Authority, quoted in the article ‘Civil protection “not equipped” for LNG tanker emergency’ (October 29), refers to observations made in July...