LETTERS | Wednesday, 21 May 2008
Killer dogs still a problem in Swieqi
The pack of dogs that appeared in the Swieqi, Pembroke area are still, over a week later, running around killing. Residents are scared to let their cats out, walk their dogs, or walk down the street while they are around.
Adrian Aquilina St. John
Saviour’s ‘so-called’ observation
In his Wednesday column, Mr Saviour Balzan, decided to dedicate a couple of paragraphs to the undersigned. He made it a point to inform his readers that the ‘so-called journalist from Xarabank’ discussing the MLP conference on Bondiplus happens to be the son of a former GWU representative who happens to be one of George Abela’s closest aides. It takes a lot of journalistic acumen to discover this piece of information! That’s what I call investigative journalism!
‘Yes we can’ Generation
Allow me to reply to the letter by Sharon Tanti of 7 May, 2008, entitled ‘Yes we can generation’. Correspondent stated that should Joseph Muscat win the Labour Party leadership contest, he would stand a good chance of becoming Malta’s prime minister in 2013, and as a consequence, this would help explain why she entitled her letter so.
Smash TV’s World Cup broadcast
Reference is made to the article published in MaltaToday Midweek on Wednesday 14 May 2008. In this article reference is made to the World Cup 2006 TV Rights. In this article, apart from citing different articles of the Broadcasting Act, reference is also made to an agreement between Melita Cable and Smash Television for the latter to the be able to broadcast all the 64 World Cup matches in delayed format and the Quarter Finals, Semi-Finals and the Final Live. This article is misleading as it says only part of the truth in that occasion; in fact in order to be able to broadcast such matches, Smash Television made an investment effort by installing more repeaters in order to be able to reach all Maltese and Gozitan households. After such exercise the Broadcasting Authority certified Smash Television as being able to reach all Maltese and Gozitan households by terrestrial (antenna). Eventually Smash Television did show all World Cup 2006 matches in collaboration with Melita Cable and received a large amount of acclamation from the Maltese viewers for our efforts. It is also important to point out that Smash Television broadcasts 24 Hours a day on both Melita Digital and Melita Analogue, GO Plus (ex. Multiplus) and Free to Air on Channel 44 UHF.
Smash Communications Ltd.
Not mentioned in Labour electoral report
I refer to your report ‘Labour defeat report ready and waiting’ published on the front page of your edition of 14 May. I was extremely surprised to find my name mentioned in your newspaper since I absolutely had nothing to do with the election campaign of the Malta Labour Party. Thus, I assume, I am nowhere to be mentioned in the report.
Unhappy with medical board
I am a little upset and concerned about a decision taken by one of two doctors presently representing the government Social Service Medical Board hearing at a meeting I had on March 13, 2008 at 9:30a.m at Gozo General Hospital regarding medical certificates I have been making for the past two years about my health for my National Insurance to be paid.
It was so easy for this one doctor, to decide that I am fit to register for work regardless of my condition and without even looking at the recent certificate (Febuary 2008) I just handed in at same time to the other doctor present. His opinion was that I am still young (in September, I will be 57) because I may have answered to his questions that I wish to work or would like to work, except that my doctors tell me it would be hard to do so.
The certificate I handed to them that day was by one doctor whom to me is a great Neurological Surgeon, Anthony Zrinzo, who also performed the needed operation on me, 2 May, 2006 which said: ‘Mr Meilak is not fit for gainful employment because he is also not in a position to work even if he where given the opportunity to work light duties.’