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  • Trump clearly unfit for the job

    Donald Trump has been President of the United States for just over 200 days. Apart from his negligible legislative achievements domestically, his deplorable record includes a retreat from American global leadership and a rejection of those very...

  • The ugliness in some homes

    The ugliness in some homes

    I peeked through the airplane window on a flight back to Malta one day last week, and I have to say that my own homeland, glittering at night-time, took my breath away. Most village churches were lit up, most roof tops were decorated with...

  • Islanders

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  • Lawyers and businesses just don’t mix

    In Malta, members of the legal professions seem to find no problem with being lawyers, magistrates or judges – and businessmen at the same time. Only in Malta. Anywhere else in civilised Europe it is prohibited for a lawyer or a member of the...

  • ZTV - Developers' best

    ZTV - Developers' best

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  • The visitors take over

    The cover of last week’s Panorama magazine featured an oversized tourist with his camera at the ready looming over a small version of the Colosseum. Kitted out in typical tourist gear of backpack and sun cap, the photomontage of the monstrous man...

  • Animal Welfare in the doghouse

    The north Italian city of Turin is at the forefront of animal rights – way ahead of the rest of Italy and indeed the civilised world. There, stringent laws require dogs to be walked three times a day (or risk a maximum €500 fine). Even dyeing a...

  • Torpedoed by ashlar blocks

    The Planning Authority has just approved the development of a showroom, flats and garages (what else?) in a place aptly known as Tal-Qares, across the road from the L-Għarusa tal-Mosta garden. There are many reasons for us non-developer sods to...

  • Epidemic of proportions

    Have you calculated your Body Mass Index (BMI) recently? I just did – there are BMI calculators online; BMI is what determines whether we’re within the medically determined body weight – and I was surprised to be slightly overweight. I was...

  • Marooned in a hot town

    Right up to the feast of San Lawrenz we roasted like martyrs until the northwest wind brought relief. It was in a different city when pavements “hotter than a match head” made their way into a hit song – that searing New York summer of 1966. It...

  • Noise pollution in Sliema

    Noise pollution in Sliema

    On behalf of residents I appeal to the authorities to do whatever is necessary to address the urgent situation at the Milner/Amery Street junction in Sliema. Despite the laws regulating noise abatement and pollution, this spot is a dangerous and...

  • Imitation as flattery

    Imitation as flattery

    The Labour Party’s silence in the face of the Nationa­list Party’s leadership campaign gives the false impression that it is staying clear of influencing the outcome. And yet, a lot of what is going on in the PN has been, and is being, conditioned...

  • A thank you from Pakistan

    I would like to thank the Mission Fund for their generous donation of €2,000 to help poor families in Faisalabad, Pakistan. These funds go towards running a clinic which help poor people suffering from malnutrition and a lack of general...

  • Eco-Comino rather than banker’s paradise

    Eco-Comino rather than banker’s paradise

    Wayne Flask could not have nailed it better in his ex­cel­lent reply (‘A mastershaft for Comi­no’, August 16) to Antoine Attard’s blinkered contribution on a future vision for the small island (‘A master plan for Comino’, August 14). The latter,...

  • MPs’ loyalty to party, country

    I refer to the news item entitled ‘MP: Prima donnas hijacked PN’, (The Sunday Times of Malta, August 6) where apart from saying that Nationalist Party leader Simon Busuttil was “authoritarian” and should now “be quiet”, PN MP Mario Galea went on...

  • Animals better off than humans

    What a noble idea it was to build shelters outside Mdina and in Valletta for those horses who work so hard for their masters and to serve tourists. I am sure these lovable creatures are very grateful for little mercies; after all, they do have...

  • Protecting our precious trees 

    Protecting our precious trees 

    The appearance of a barricade of concrete blocks alongside a row of mature trees on the Pietà seafront led many people to think that the trees were going to be felled. The issue became viral overnight and people reacted strongly – with good reason...

  • Pigeon problem

    Joe Grech of Santa Venera writes (August 13) in response to my article on the impact of pigeon droppings on the health of vulnerable individuals (‘Please don’t feed the birds’, July 2) Regarding emissions from aircraft to which he refers, there is...

  • Undue delay in luggage delivery

    It is simply unacceptable that passengers travelling on Ryanair flight FR 3874 from Treviso last Tuesday had to wait an hour and a half to collect their luggage on their arrival at Malta International Airport. The plane landed earlier than...

  • Knowledge really means power

    In an interview with The Sunday Times of Malta earlier this month, University rector Alfred Vella made a powerful plea for more doctoral research to be carried out. He ensured he conveyed one crucial message: research benefits those conducting it,...

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