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  • Relevance of St Francis - Fr Mario Attard OFM Cap

    Today, October 4, the whole Catholic world celebrates with joy the feast of St Francis of Assisi. But who is this once greatly rich, young man who left everything to lead a poor and simple life? Unfortunately, St Francis is oftentimes mistakenly...

  • Trump, Brexit and us - Ranier Fsadni

    Trump, Brexit and us - Ranier Fsadni

    Many parallels are being drawn bet­ween the populisms now resurgent in Europe and those in the US. The similarities are interesting, so is the timing, as is the foreign power – Russia – sometimes suspected of aiding them all. However, the...

  • Mcast allegations

    I refer to the article ‘Mcast president accused of threatening employee’ (October 1). This article follows last week’s article ‘Mcast flooded by “bullying” claims against HR director’. The articles clearly ignore the principles of the rule of...

  • New planning strategy

    Reading the news has become more and more depressing; every day there are more instances of lousy planning and permissions being given for horrendous development despite public objections. There can now be no doubt that the developers, not the...

  • Loretta works

    A painting – The return of the prodigal son – by Gioacchino Loretta was auctioned on November 9, 2009 at Bloomsbury Roma. The artist created this painting in Malta in 1680. He died in 1712 and I would like to know if he was buried in Malta and,...

  • Completely inadequate planning process

    Just down the road from the proposed Townsquare development, soon to be reconsidered by the Planning Authority, are two beach clubs built on the foreshore at Qui-si-Sana. Both of them have only been opened earlier this year (presumably with...

  • Once an attractive residential area

    The developers of the former Fortina Hotel, Fortel, who were given permission by the Planning Authority to build a massive residential property on the Tigné seafront overlooking Manoel Island in Sliema Creek, have now revised their plans and wish...

  • Who is financing high-rise building? - Joe Pace Ross

    Until some years ago a building of eight or 10 storeys was considered to be a high-rise. Now we are seeing buildings of 30 or 40 storeys sprouting in different areas. The Planning Authority is more disposed to approve these large projects while...

  • Perils of drink-driving - Martin Scicluna

    Perils of drink-driving - Martin Scicluna

    I wrote three months ago about safer driving in Malta. I highlighted the five pillars of road safety: safer drivers; stricter enforcement and driver education; the construction of safer roads; the imposition of safer speeds to align with the road...

  • Late morning departures

    I am an exceedingly loyal passenger of Air Malta. Wherever there is a choice I always choose Air Malta, however, the airline is not showing any form of loyalty to its clients. A case in point is flight KM612 to Rome on September 26. The flight...

  • Spiritual intelligence

    Writing to supplement my article (September 20) about Blessed Maria Adeodata Pisani, Emily Barbaro Sant (September 28) detailed the work undertaken between 1988-97 by her late husband to ensure that the beatification process was not stymied for a...

  • Black comedy

    When will the Prime Minister come clean, pull his head out of the sand and stop treatingvisiting MEP delegations with such disrespect? Konrad (missing) Mizzi does a Houdini every time he is to be questioned, even as new accusations are being laid...

  • Birkirkara ‘barracks’

    Place oneself in the middle of the Armed Forces of Malta’s parade ground at Luqa barracks, look behind and study the architecture of the barrack rooms block there. Then put your wings on and fly to Ganu Street, in Birkirkara just beyond the...

  • 'I have never had political interference' – PA boss

    'I have never had political interference' – PA boss

    The Planning Authority boss insisted he has never had any political interference or received any phonecalls from government officials to favour any particular project. "I hold meetings with both objectors and applicants. But I never get any...

  • Watch: Corruption? Political interference? PA boss speaks out

    Watch: Corruption? Political interference? PA boss speaks out

    The embattled Planning Authority boss will field questions about claims of government interference and corruption and that infamous jet plane rental in Wednesday's edition of Times Talk.  Johann Buttigieg has been under siege following his...

  • €100 an hour for some, €4 for others

    When a consultant receives €100 an hour for his work to a government agency, one of the many that are mushrooming seemingly without control, those below the at-risk-of-poverty line and those who only get between just €4 and €7 an hour, take a deep...

  • Waste: initiatives for 2019 - Joe Attard

    Waste management has been denoted by the government as a 2019 Budget priority. In itself this shows that in recent years during both administrations we have lacked the guts to introduce initiatives or legislation to face this growing waste...

  • From Senate to circus - Rodolfo Ragonesi

    From Senate to circus - Rodolfo Ragonesi

    When Senator John Cornyn  stated that the US Senate’s Judiciary Committee proceedings deliberating on the appointment of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court of the US, had become a circus, repeatedly quoting words used to describe Senator...

  • The people’s vote

    Given that there is little chance of the UK getting a good deal from the European Union, accepting the Electoral Commission’s findings of illegal over-expenditure by the two Leave organisations in the 2016 referendum and by the Democratic Unionist...

  • Freedom of expression

    Manwel Delia and his ‘political desperados’ argue that hijacking the Great Siege monument and turning it into a “shrine” in memory of Daphne Caruana Galizia is their right to “freedom of expression”. Similarly, those who feel that the banners,...