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  • Green enforcement unit

    One of the criticisms levelled at Malta is that it is shabby and dirty. Litter and the dumping of waste in the countryside are blots on the landscape. The Maltese have an unenviable reputation as litter louts. Part of the reason is cultural. We...

  • To have a clear conscience

    The case of Edwin Vassallo’s stand on same-sex marriage has highlighted the situation in which the Nationalist Party has found itself. I will not go into what happened or in the morality of the entire affair. Rather, I will highlight certain facts...

  • Sabotaging our ambitions

    Sabotaging our ambitions

    One of the main topics people talk about these days is the hot weather, with some longing for the colder autumn and winter months and others making the most of summer. I used to be a ‘winter person’ though in recent years I have come to appreciate...

  • Cecil Paris is sorely missed (1)

    I knew from our periodic meetings that Cecil Paris’s health had taken a turn for the worse and when I was told he was at Mater Dei Hospital I went to see him. Other than looking rather frail, he seemed normal and his conversation was laced with...

  • Cecil Paris is sorely missed (2)

    I have read with great sorrow about the passing away of the beloved Cecil Paris – Sliema’s doctor, as far as I am concerned. He was our doctor before we left for Canada in 1981. To us he had remained our indelible friend forever. We met him later...

  • Practical solutions

    A traffic accident occurred on one of the Kirkop ring roads on July 8 at about 8pm. A public bus carrying passengers to Żurrieq hit a food kiosk’s sun shade protruding onto the road. The damage was minor, no one was injured and the bus could still...

  • Unused property

    Unused property

    Possibly inevitably, Hugh Peralta (August 9) throws the law book at my taxing long vacant unused property proposals. Should I now throw economics or sociology texts at him in reply? He says I am “goading” the government to act illegally. However,...

  • Up the hill, backwards

    When a Nationalist Party leadership candidate comes up with the idea of setting up customer care offices in every town and village in Malta, and touts it like a trophy, one realises the abyss situation the country’s political culture is in. After...

  • Rebuilding communities

    Our country’s unprecedented economic success has been sustained, but the rise in demand has undoubtedly led to a drop in the supply of affordable housing. Rent levels and sales prices have risen, and this government is determined to do what needs...

  • Delia undercuts himself

    Delia undercuts himself

    Given Daphne Caruana Galizia’s recent revelations, the attention in the Nationalist Party leadership election campaign is being dominated by the question of whether Adrian Delia, one of the favourites, really is as financially exposed, personally,...

  • Food security in Malta and Qatar

    As a Qatari national, I have always been interested in problems affecting agriculture, water scarcity, loss of land and decreased varieties. When the weather is fine, I enjoy walking in the beautiful Maltese countryside. Sadly, I notice the impact...

  • Exploitation of women

    I can’t understand why the authorities are trying to ‘rationalise’ the Paceville gentlemen’s clubs’ sheer exploitation of women. What the authorities are trying to do is simply accommodate these club owners’ greed for money at the expense of women.

  • ‘Private’ visit

    I read that former British prime minister Tony Blair came to Malta on what was described as “a private visit”. May I ask what official position does Blair hold not to make his visit “private”?

  • Complex decisions

    Complex decisions

    President Donald Trump’s reckless statement last week to unleash “fire and fury” against North Korea if it endangered the United States is making the confrontation between the two sides over nuclear weapons harder to resolve. Trump’s provocative...

  • Whose public morals?

    Whose public morals?

    Let me put it this way: could someone who understands the law and court sentencing explain to me why would a man who is found guilty of sexually abusing a vulnerable woman in his spiritual care over a period of time gets a three-month suspended...

  • A mastershaft for Comino

    A mastershaft for Comino

    Like Antoine Attard, (A master plan for Comino, 14th August) I too spent an “exceptionally enjoyable weekend in Comino.” Unlike him, however, I am not a “banker with a personal interest in sustainable growth,” which sounds a bit like a Halal...

  • Watch: PD may contest EP election on own steam

    Watch: PD may contest EP election on own steam

    When voters choose their MEPs in 2019, the ballot sheet is likely to include candidates from the Democratic Party, according to outgoing leader Marlene Farrugia. But the final decision whether the party will contest the MEP election will rest with...

  • Two sharply contrasting faces

    Malta today wears two distinct faces: one of a booming economy and the other of complaints about decisions that adversely affect the quality of life. There has rarely been a time when the difference has been sharper than it is today. There is no...

  • Lucifer and the fish

    Sea surface temperatures exceeded a staggering 30˚C last week. Such high temperatures are not only affecting people who flock to the sea in the vain hope of cooling off, but are also affecting marine life. From scientific studies, we know that the...

  • Korean war drums

    Korean war drums

    Last year, at the height of the US presidential elections, I wrote about the long-running problems on the Korean peninsula. My article concluded: “Trump’s… threat of blunt coercion is what makes him so uniquely dangerous in the history of American...

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