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  • The folly of developing new fuel stations - Elise Muscat

    The folly of developing new fuel stations - Elise Muscat

    Malta currently has 14 development applications for fuel stations on land, which is classified as outside development zone. Nine of these are new stations and five are to replace those found in urban areas. All these new developments will consume...

  • A first step

    A first step

    I enjoyed reading the article ‘I want to be heard by those cutting down the last trees’ (March 16) about the hundreds of students protesting against the massacre of our environment, causing climate change. It seems to me that, on the surface,...

  • George Cross island - Martin Scicluna

    George Cross island - Martin Scicluna

    Charles Xuereb is a cultivated and well-meaning person. Over the years I got to know him well. He is a Francophile, as I am.  I am also an Italophile, as well as an ardent Anglophile (despite Brexit).  But Xuereb allows his Francophilia to lead...

  • Political integrity

    Interviewed during the programme XTRA on TVM, Alfred Sant boasted he was the force behind the postponement of a resolution about a proposal to discuss the allegations against Joseph Muscat and his wife, which was planned to be discussed before the...

  • ‘Brainophile’ priests

    I refer to Fr David Muscat’s letter ‘Born this way?’ (March 18), thrashing fellow priest Fr  Kevin Schembri. I am starting to believe that, although we react strongly to paedophile priests who abuse minors and so should we all, we allow ourselves...

  • One-eyed monsters

    The importance of having properly functioning lights in a motor vehicle is obvious. In spite of the supposed enforcement of VRT, cars  with faulty lights, mostly evident after sunset, have become a  common sight.  A cursory personal survey of the...

  • Tax chase

    I cannot understand why someone should be “chased” over a mere €4 million in unpaid taxes: As Finance Minister Edward Scicluna would say: “U ejja, come on.”  

  • Watch: Sandro Chetcuti knew what he was in for

    Watch: Sandro Chetcuti knew what he was in for

    As the public face of Malta's development lobby, Sandro Chetcuti is used to criticism.   "I knew what I was in for," he says in a #TimesTalk interview that will be uploaded on Wednesday morning.  Not that the job comes without its...

  • Air Malta aiming to gain height

    When in 1992 the European Union agreed to create a single market in air transport, legacy airlines could no longer rely on State aid and competition restrictions to protect their market. Air Malta was eventually affected by these changes and had...

  • A strong planning regulator - Martin Galea

    Prior to the 2013 election, the Labour Party had a framework manifesto it had committed to implement. In the section on environment, the document stated that by giving priority to the environment, the government would improve quality of life by...

  • Culture of corruption - Denis Tanti

    Culture of corruption - Denis Tanti

    Principal permanent secretary Mario Cutajar (photo) is not bothered by the widespread unconstitutional practice that is taking place in the public service under his watch, where hundreds of Labour Party henchmen and cronies are hand-picked to fill...

  • The final chapter - Mark Said

    The final chapter - Mark Said

    Further to my original article triggered off by a request letter of Victoria Pace Ross, who wrote again on March 9 (‘April 1953 sea odyssey’), curiosity could not keep me from delving even further into this mari-time saga or odyssey revolving...

  • Reminiscing

    Reminiscing

    I attach a photograph of Spinola Bay, St Julian’s, taken around the beginning of the 20th century. This contrasts sharply with the one that appeared on this newspaper on March22 accompanying the item titled ‘Air-space rights trading idea “gains...

  • Misquoting Jesus

    Jesus would be very upset with Jacqueline Calleja for quoting him out of context. In her letter ‘Tragic circumstances’ (March 20), she used Jesus’s words to suit her purposes. She tried to exonerate Catholic priests who sexually abuse children by...

  • Significant symbols

    To suit their agenda, some people, seem to negate the course of historical fact. They try to wipe out the fact that this little island of ours was dominated by foreign powers throughout most of the course of its existence. In fact, every tract on...

  • Not really insured

    On the night between January 21 and 22, a fierce thunder-storm struck the area where I live, destroying most of the electronic equipment. I lost three TV sets, a VCR, a DVD and the charger of my chair lift. These six items had cost me exactly €1,165.

  • Unseen cultural heritage

    Malta’s strategic position, its closeness to the major civilisations of the central Mediterranean, its involvement, often unwillingly, in the great conflicts of the area, has given it a depth of history and cultural heritage disproportionate to...

  • Burlò - March 25, 2019

    Burlò - March 25, 2019

    May-day, May-day

  • Partito Popolare: 100 years ago - Carmelo Mifsud Bonnici

    With the sour taste left in the mouths of many Europeans, by the tragic events that disentangled violently the close connections between the Altar and the Throne during the French Revolution, and the subsequent, no less bitter, sequels, it was...

  • On economic modelling - John Consiglio

    On economic modelling - John Consiglio

    The word ‘model’ in economics is one which is pregnant with meaning. And as often happens in such circumstances, every Tom, Dick and Harry tries to enjoy himself through using it according to whatever whims come to his mind. Such, I am afraid, is...