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  • 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...

  • Adrian Delia – one year on - Hermann Schiavone

    It has been almost a year since Adrian Delia became Nationalist Party leader. He won the first-ever election in which party members, 15,000 of them, participated. Their participation was not merely a voting exercise. Most of them engaged in a...

  • Watch: Clean-ups are not just about collecting tonnes of rubbish

    Watch: Clean-ups are not just about collecting tonnes of rubbish

    NGO Żibel has managed to clear up 52 tonnes of rubbish since it was founded in spring of 2017 but its chairman and co-founder Andrew Schembri is very pragmatic about the number of volunteers, saying that land clean-ups were more about educating...

  • Demographic numbers game - Martin Scicluna

    Demographic numbers game - Martin Scicluna

    The average age of the Maltese population has been rising steadily due to a falling birth rate, a decline in those aged 50 years and under and increases in those aged 50 to 64, 65 to 79, and 80 years and above. Nineteen per cent of the population...

  • Public transport planning

    I have realised that the problem faced by companies running buses anywhere in the world is not knowing the shape of the total public demand for transport. It occurred to me that the information already exists but is not currently available.

  • Use of guns

    Recently, a person undergoing procedures in court for domestic violence and the possession of an unlicensed gun, which, incidentally, was used in the domestic violence case, was fined a miserable €700 (payable in €100 monthly instalments) after...

  • Stationery shops

    On a couple of occasions, I was asked by French and Italian tourists where they could buy basic stationery supplies at Spinola Bay. They complained they could not find any stationery shops at this location. Most of the stationery shops at St...

  • Traffic flow

    Traffic flow

    I ask the person from Transport Malta who was obstinate in, again, deciding to place the zebra crossing in its present location at St Julian’s to have a good look at this photograph. By having a close look at the picture, one will notice a car on...

  • Watch: How can we do our bit to cut down on plastic?

    Watch: How can we do our bit to cut down on plastic?

    Want to cut down on plastic pollution? It's simple: just start by becoming aware of your own waste, according to Żibel co-founder Andrew Schembri. The NGO is among those spearheading the fight against waste. Mr Schembri said that awareness of the...