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  • Our bishops

    Our bishops

    I was amazed to hear on TV, challenging language being used in relation to bishops commenting on the current saga. The language left no doubt about it. It is common knowledge that the remit of our highly-respected bishops does not include...

  • 'I used my fatness as a joke until I decided enough was enough'

    'I used my fatness as a joke until I decided enough was enough'

    There’s been a lot of talk about bullying recently. For many of us, maybe because of our appearance, bullying was part of growing up. But the fact there has always been some form of bullying doesn't make it justifiable. And in today’s world, with...

  • Bird-trapping season

    Just a month after the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg ruled that Malta was violating EU rules by allowing the trapping of protected finches, the government’s consultative committee, Ornis, recommended that an autumn trapping season should...

  • Alice in Egrant’s wonderland - Arthur Muscat

    Why all this fuss about this secret Panama-registered company called Egrant? Why cannot we just discard this curiosity to discover who owns this company? It is an accepted universal truth, and so we have been told, that there is nothing wrong, or...

  • Ocean governance catalyst - Edward Zammit Lewis

    Ocean governance catalyst - Edward Zammit Lewis

    Prime Minister Joseph Muscat was the keynote speaker at a symposium organised by the Nippon Foundation in Tokyo on July 30. The theme of the speech, ‘Protecting our oceans for present and future generations’, strikes a familiar note. It recalls...

  • ‘Summit 1’ for peace - Richard Galustian

    ‘Summit 1’ for peace - Richard Galustian

    Winston Churchill said all there is to say about political summits with his quote: “Jaw jaw is better than war war.” That is the thing to bear in mind when examining the rights and wrongs of the first Trump-Putin meeting, ‘Summit 1’: two leaders...

  • Electricity rates

    Michael Briguglio (‘Up in arms’, August 4), presented a comprehensive overview of the rates ARMS Ltd has for different brackets of consumption, whereby the annual cumulative consumption is being billed every two months or so pro rata. This means...

  • Aerial ‘bombing’

    I am fully aware that the festa season is upon us but why do we have to suffer the noise pollution that petards generate? The normal colourful fireworks are pretty to watch but are preceded/followed by thumping powerful bangs. Is this...

  • Mobile phone use

    Mobile phone use

    I fell victim to a driver who blatantly saw me signal that l was about to cross a 10-metre-wide road while he was in a stationary position, yet, due to negligence, he managed to knock me down ending up in hospital with concussion plus...

  • Excusable evils

    The editorial ‘An island of contradictions’ (July 30) reminded me of what G.K. Chesterton had written on October 23, 1909: “Men do not differ so much about what things they call evil; they differ enormously about what evils they will call...

  • Government rules the airwaves

    It looks as if the Nationalist Party is not thinking straight these days. It is allowing Labour to have a field day, even insofar as communication with the public is concerned. Adrian Delia is rightly making it a point of meeting as many people as...

  • Life is a journey - David Stellini

    The outcome of the mammoth magisterial inquiry on the Egrant saga should not be taken lightly and lessons must be drawn, not least for the Nationalist Party. We must continue insisting on the full publication of the whole report until it is out...

  • The migration fix - Ranier Fsadni

    The migration fix - Ranier Fsadni

    The MV Aquarius, the NGO ship rescuing distressed migrants at sea, has announced that it will refuse to return any migrants it saves to Libya. For the foreseeable future it will bring them to Europe, leaving it to the authorities to decide which...

  • Post-Egrant challenges - Desmond Zammit Marmarà

    Post-Egrant challenges - Desmond Zammit Marmarà

    I am sure that all those who closely follow Maltese politics will agree with me that we are at present living in what can only be described as an almost surreal situation. We are witnessing the Nationalist Party in self-destruct mode. The PN...

  • Landfill island

    I read with some sadness that the Għargħur local council has decided to object to the waste-to-energy incinerator at Magħtab. With the increase in population producing more and more unrecyclable rubbish, landfill is not a solution, especially on...

  • A spiritual testament

    The first homily delivered by Auxiliary Bishop Joseph Galea-Curmi was special indeed. The following words left an indelible mark in my soul. “I have chosen Vitam alere caritate, cherishing life with love. Human life is precious because it is a...

  • Measles vaccine

    Measles vaccine

    The reports on a measles outbreak in Malta provide a good opportunity to remind readers about the research fraud which catalysed an anti-vaccination movement 20 years ago. This was the result of deception of both public and health carers by a...

  • A jab in time saves lives

    An outbreak of measles in many European countries has prompted the Maltese health authorities to advise family doctors and parents about the preventable risks children who have not been vaccinated face. Although usually mild, measles can lead to...

  • Watch: 'Yes we're late... so the earlier we start, the better'

    Watch: 'Yes we're late... so the earlier we start, the better'

    Malta’s natural environment has been bruised and battered over the years, and as the destruction steamrolls forward, the sense that the ecological horse has already bolted becomes increasingly difficult to ignore. It’s a perspective which Conrad...

  • PN at the crossroads - Martin Scicluna

    PN at the crossroads - Martin Scicluna

    For 17 years, between 1996 (when I returned to Malta) and 2013, I voted for the Nationalist Party because they were well-led, organised and unified behind their leader. I have not voted PN since then. I mention all this simply to point out that I...