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  • Question time: Public procurement

    Anthony Agius Decelis, Parliamentary Secretary for Persons with Disability and Active Ageing It is an undisputed fact that Malta is currently experiencing its best financial results in history. What had seemed to be an insolvable deficit problem,...

  • Of pesticides in the wind

    Of pesticides in the wind

    I refer to the article ‘Most overused pesticide linked to brain conditions in children’ (August 16). Let’s try to untangle this knot. Firstly, it is quasi-comical to read there are pesticides banned in the US and not in the EU since the latter...

  • Delia’s strategy

    Allow me to refer to the article ‘Thorn in your collective side’, by David Griscti and Peter Mercieca (August 6) wherein they claimed that Adrian Delia’s strategy in the Nationalist Party parliamentary group was only a “failed...

  • Use of burka

    At last, Boris Johnson got it right and deserves to be admired for speaking against the ghastly garment, which is even abhorred by many Muslims themselves. Prime Minister Theresa May should follow Denmark and ban those who cover their faces in...

  • Decline in moral values

    The Planning Authority was never renowned for the speed with which it enforces regulations on those who breach the rules. If anything, it has a reputation for making controversial compromises that often let abusers get away with a fine while...

  • Theresa May must go - André DeBattista

    An error of judgement can irrevocably change the political life of a person. Theresa May’s decision to call an early election in 2017 did that. Since then, she has hobbled on, from one disaster to another, against all the odds. Her brazen attitude...

  • Indecent exposure - John Vassallo

    Indecent exposure - John Vassallo

    Having spent a couple of weeks in the heatwave that is afflicting northern Europe with temperatures exceeding by some degrees the worst July hot days with 31˚C and 32˚C in Malta, I returned to spend some weeks in Sliema. To my absolute disgust I...

  • Road safety

    George Debono (August 11) referred to my opinion piece of July 10 and considers that I have misled people. I would like to point out that, paradoxically, the correspondent is now actually correcting himself for previously saying the prevalence of...

  • Electronic mail

    I refer to the item ‘Melita to stop e-mail service’ (August 13). Melita categorically denies it has made the decision to stop its e-mail service. No such plans exist and customers can rest assured their e-mail service will not be...

  • Third time lucky

    The VAT fiscal receipts lottery attracts maybe hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of entries. To win a prize takes a huge slice of luck. Imagine, then, the sort of luck a person had when s/he wins three times in the same draw, as happened on...

  • More open spaces

    I’ve just returned from a memorable visit to the Greek islands. I was very impressed with Piraeus and its open spaces, gardens and fountains but, especially, with the roads all lined with big trees. Why is it that we cannot have the same on our...

  • Football commentaries

    Football commentaries

    As every football lover knows, the Premier League and other football leagues’ seasons have started or are about to start and, again, we are being regaled with commentaries by Maltese commentators plus their aides. I have absolutely nothing...

  • Don’t shoot the messenger

    Just days after a dressing-down by the European Banking Authority, the Financial Intelligence Analysis Unit had the temerity to publicly declare that the publication of what it said was secret and illegally-obtained information would have an...

  • Med cleanup champions - Jason Shutt

    I am British/Maltese, having had the enormous privilege of visiting “home” from the UK every year since I was born in 1972. Together with my family, I have witnessed many changes, mainly for the good. My four children are also witnessing further...

  • Better red than dead - Ranier Fsadni

    Better red than dead - Ranier Fsadni

    In a couple of weeks, the 11th edition of the Tomatina Festival will be held in the Spanish town of Buñol. People from all over the world will gleefully pelt and splat each other with over 100,000 kilos of tomatoes. It will bring to an end a...

  • Beach cleaning procedures

    I refer to the article ‘In spite of 57 beach cleaners... tons of seaweed sit at two Gozo beaches- ERA still has to give green light for removal’ (timesofmalta.com, August 11). Beach cleaning is subject to the Operating Procedures on Beach...

  • Not smart at all

    Further to my letter complaining about the disservice experienced on July 5, when I was arrogantly told to walk if I wanted to get somewhere (‘No assistance’, July 13), yet another incident occurred, this time on August 9 at 11.30am at the same...

  • Horses’ SOS

    Horses’ SOS

    Although I am no longer an athlete, I still enjoy a lot of activities. Until some time ago, I also did horse riding (in picture with Cool Minstrel), which I had to stop as I don’t feel healthy enough. Throughout my lifetime, I owned a donkey,...

  • The online hate mob

    The online hate mob

    I'm an animal lover. I own two Persian cats which I sometimes treat like spoilt brats. I'm an advocate against any forms of animal cruelty. But when I see mass hysteria in reaction to incidents of animal cruelty (especially those spawned from fake...

  • Directly, but not an order

    When a country is run like a fiefdom, literally anything goes, even a direct order of €274 million at St Vincent de Paul Residence, though the government insists it is a public-private partnership. So, all is fine, everything is above board, even...