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  • Heaven on earth

    When still a newborn, I was baptised in the Roman Catholic Church. As the years went by, I slowly came to the realisation that I’d never be able to practise what I was taught. I am not sure whether God or heaven and hell exist because I was taught...

  • Burlò - September 3, 2018

    Burlò - September 3, 2018

    Marshall Art

  • Humiliating move

    The Finance Minister said he had no knowledge of the multi-million-euro direct order. Is it true that all substantial direct orders must be scrutinised by the Finance Minister? I wonder whether the Finance Minister now knows that financial...

  • Malpractices in public procurement

    The total volume of public procurement, which is the government activity of purchasing goods, services and works, is substantial. In OECD countries it amounts to 12 per cent of GDP. Public procurement is also one of the government activities most...

  • How to live longer - Kristina Chetcuti

    How to live longer - Kristina Chetcuti

    We were in Sardinia last week, in a tiny remote village in the midst of rural land of shepherds and farmers. It so happens that Sardinia is the island that has the highest number of centenarians in the whole of Europe, and in the village where we...

  • Valuing the identity of Church schools - The Church Schools Association committee

    The agreement between the Church authorities and the Malta Union of Teachers (MUT)  was signed on August 7 after intensive months of delicate and at times challenging negotiations. We, the Church Schools’ Association (CSA) committee, elec­ted by...

  • The battle for public space - Claire Bonello

    It’s not an overstatement to say that there’s a full-blown war going on. It’s for the enjoyment and occupation of previously non-contested public spaces such as pavements and roads. These are being rapidly taken up by business...

  • Nina Nana Filipina - Michela Spiteri

    This time last year, when Nationalist MP Chris Said proposed financial support for grandparents looking after grandchildren, I was somewhat piqued. Having paid for quality childcare all my mothering/working life, I’ve envied other working parents...

  • Soldier, senator, gentleman - André P. DeBattista

    In the run-up to the 2008 US presidential election, emotions were running high. In one meeting, a visibly distraught woman was given the floor: “I do not believe him. I cannot trust Obama. I’ve read about him. He’s an Arab.” She couldn’t finish...

  • Do we care about our farmers? - Peter Agius

    The question might appear rheto­rical. And yet it begs an urgent answer. Over the past few weeks, more out of coincidence than design, I found myself visiting a number of farms, greenhouses and open fields. Farmers of all sorts, from part-timers...

  • The heart of the matter - Fr David Muscat

    In his article ‘No peace for the good’ (August 12) Fr Joe Borg suggested that the Vatican’s official 2005 position during Ratzinger’s pontificate, urging seminary rectors not to admit homosexuals, is malicious just because its architect was...

  • Absolution - Manuel Delia

    Absolution - Manuel Delia

    The Catholic Church has a problem. It needs to make up for the decades during which it failed to deal with those men within its ranks who were bound by vows and yet found themselves on the receiving end of allegations of the sexual abuse of...

  • Sword in the Stone - Timothy Alden

    In the tale of King Arthur, we find that an unassuming young boy draws Excalibur, despite being a mere stable boy. All the lords in their fine costumes and armour could not draw the sword, despite their power and wealth. In Malta, we are...

  • Urgently needed in Malta: our own Cesar Manrique - Alan Deidun

    Urgently needed in Malta:  our own Cesar Manrique - Alan Deidun

    Cesar Manrique’s name is inextricably linked with that of the Canary island of Lanzarote, off the coast of Morocco. The world-renowned artist was, in fact, born on this volcanic island, managing, through his artistic masterpieces and his advocacy,...

  • Overpopulated

    Malta has become overpopulated and is being ruined. Because of this increase in population fields and trees are being lost to make room for more buildings and larger roads, and traffic has increased considerably. There are now plans to enlarge the...

  • Hardly Business Class

    Hardly Business Class

    Air Malta’s in-flight crew deserve praise for being unfailingly helpful and professional. Other areas of the airline’s service, however, are in need of improvements. As a regular Business Class travelleris it really too much to ask for a little...

  • Life-changing words

    Mother Teresa used to say: “Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love.”  This is, in essence, the spirit with which Pope Francis hailed the work that is being done at the Dublin Capuchin Day Centre with the...

  • Subjective view

    I refer to the review of my book of poems, Fittixni fl-Ilma Ġieri, by Paul Xuereb (The Sunday Times of Malta, August 19). As the author of the book in question, I can confirm that the reviewer’s interpretaion of my poem Ħolm is a purely subjective...

  • Islanders - September 2, 2018

    Islanders - September 2, 2018

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  • ZTV - New way

    ZTV - New way

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