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  • Lost in IT

    On receiving an orange form (threatening service suspension after seven days) from ARMS Ltd, I immediately phoned and was informed about an unpaid December bill, which I had never seen. I did get confirmation, however, that it was not normal...

  • Land reform

    Recently, I had the opportunity to attend the golden anniversary of the priesthood of Fr John Mary Cauchi, originally of Għarb, in Sao Miguel de Taipu, Paraiba, Brazil. I always admired his dedication to help bring about land reform in his region...

  • St Paul’s Bay affairs

    I refer to the letter ‘Party interference’ by Charles Micallef (January 24) wherein the correspondent took the Nationalist Party to task for the St Paul’s Bay situation. In fact, the injunction filed by the Nationalist Party on January 15 was...

  • Save Buskett

    Save Buskett

    Over the last 10 years, more in the last five, the governmentcarried out various worthy improvements in Buskett. Farmhouses have been restored, a considerable tract of land that for long years had been left abandoned has been covered with soil and...

  • The silent witness - Mario de Marco

    Over the past few days more details on the Vitals contract have emerged. With each revelation the stench emanating from this deal grows stronger and stronger. If one had to be kind, one would say that the people who negotiated this contract on our...

  • National reputation - Edward Zammit Lewis

    National reputation - Edward Zammit Lewis

    As I followed the launching of Bulgaria’s presidency of the Council of the EU, I was struck by the negative observations from various international commentators. Headlines like ‘Bulgarian far right set to shock Brussels’ and ‘Cloud of corruption...

  • Story of an apple tree - Alfred Baldacchino

    Story of an apple tree - Alfred Baldacchino

    It all started in a garden, designed on a dynamic ecological balance between living species and their physical environment. Ancient documents call it the Garden of Eden. We know it as planet Earth. Following millions upon millions of years, an...

  • How we spend our money

    Future social historians will have a mine of information when they examine the Household Budgetary Surveys issued periodically. The often repeated saying that our forefathers survived the severe economic challenges of lean years by saving for a...

  • They catch them young - Anthony Mifsud

    ‘Welcome’ to all 16-year-olds and 16-year-olds-to-be to the electorate. It is truly something to celebrate, because participation in society is a noble act. As Barack Obama once said: “Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some...

  • Europe jealous of Malta? - Michael Briguglio

    Malta’s economic policy is like the metaphorical frog which doesn’t realise that the temperature of the water is slowly rising. Then the water gets too hot and the frog dies. Actually Malta’s situation is worse, as the government is actually being...

  • The Jerusalem issue - Howard Golden

    The Jerusalem issue - Howard Golden

    I refer to two recent articles about Israel titled, ‘Jerusalem is the Mother of all and not the lover of one’ and ‘Over 120 countries at the UN condemn Jerusalem decision’. In the first article Fr Artemio Vitores, guardian of the Basilica of the...

  • Growing in wisdom

    The Spiritual Exercises (Exercitia Spiritualia) of St Ignatius of Loyola, which are a group of Christian meditations and contemplations accompanied with prayers, are a great resource for spiritual renewal. St Ignatius taught that “it is typical of...

  • Putin’s problem

    The presidential elections in Russia next month have divided Russian citizens. The complete exclusion of the charismatic opposition leader Alexei Navalny from the ballot list will surely make a farce of this election. There are voters who are...

  • How about handball?

    I came along an article regarding the Sportsmalta Award 2018 (February 1). Is it possible that not even one player or coach from the Malta Handball Association is ever mentioned or nominated for anything? May I also add that, even in this paper’s...

  • Railway in Valletta

    Railway in Valletta

    Our capital city, at last, has an entrance which it surely deserves. The Tritons fountain and the large open space around it contribute to give Valletta the dignity of a city built by gentlemen for gentlemen. I think we are now starting to...

  • Burlò

    Burlò

    Muscat's kinder party

  • Privatisation gone mad

    Our front-page story today strips away the government’s fig leaf over the agreement it struck with Vitals Global Healthcare for the running of three public hospitals. It can no longer pretend that the deal was primarily motivated by the public...

  • The idiot’s guide to the Vitals’ scandal - Kristina Chetcuti

    On a lovely day back in 2014, the then Minister for Health, Konrad Mizzi, had a rendezvous. We are not exactly sure who he met, as the powwow was secret, but we know that the people he met called themselves Vitals Global Healthcare. He clearly...

  • What cure for the dying? - Adrian Delia

    In 2015, Minister Konrad Mizzi agreed to hand over three of our hospitals to Vitals, a Johnny come lately shell-company which had no experience in running any sort of professional operation, let alone in hospital management. The deal immediately...

  • Please fact check first - Claire Bonello

    The widespread dismay greeting the plans to build a McDonalds’ outlet on undeveloped land in Żabbar, the outcry about turning agricultural land in Żejtun into an extended industrial zone and the alarm about large fuel stations gobbling up ODZ...