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Editorial

  • Health and safety at workplace

    Most workers face health and safety risks whether they are working in an office, a printing press or a quarry. While more importance is today being given to psychological health and safety issues in the workplace, many employees still risk losing...

  • When a popular event goes awry

    The Irish love a party. None more so than on St Patrick’s Day, which they celebrate across the globe, including on this tiny island. Large contingents of Maltese, who also love a party, readily join in to celebrate the feast of this revered patron...

  • When db Group pulled the plug

    The Nationalist Party leader may have been tempted. Simon Busuttil could have just shut up when he received an SMS from the db Group CEO asking the party to return the funds the company had donated to it. Dr Busuttil could have kept mum and not...

  • EU: 60 years of peace, progress

    Sixty years ago in Rome, the treaty establishing the European Economic Community was signed, laying the foundations for the Europe that we know today and ushering in 60 years of peace, prosperity and stability. The European Union can be rightfully...

  • Young people behaving badly

    The violent behaviour of youth league players during a football match at the Mosta ground recently and the vandal acts at the Tal-Qroqq swimming complex changing rooms, allegedly committed by people in their early teens, are, of course, worrying.

  • It’s more discipline that’s needed

    It takes a great deal of courage for a parliamentary secretary to say, at the launch of new arrangements governing minor traffic contraventions, that “this government does not consider wardens to be a money-making machine”. If his government...

  • Public access to Manoel Island

    Seventeen years ago, Midi consortium was granted a lucrative land deal by the Nationalist administration to build luxury apartments at Tignè Point in return for restoring Fort Manoel and, as an additional sweetener, developing a luxury...

  • Raising awareness of cyber security

    Most people have heard about WikiLeaks, phones of important politicians being hacked, and fraudsters using sophisticated equipment to copy details of clients’ credit cards to then siphon off cash from their accounts. To those who have not been...

  • Need for clarity on wearing of religious signs

    The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has issued two preliminary rulings to guide the courts and tribunals of EU member states on the interpretation of EU anti-discrimination law. These rulings are at best controversial. They will give rise to more...

  • Politicians need sound policies

    Citizens generally expect their country to make fairly constant advances across a range of areas over the years and decades. Whatever their political leanings, in the end they aspire to see basically the same few simple measures of progress, such...

  • Excelling in double standards

    While Malta was lamenting the loss of the Azure Window, the four cabinet ministers that joined in to express sadness at the collapse of the iconic landmark in Dwejra appeared to have blissfully forgotten the indifferent manner in which their...

  • A temptation too strong to resist?

    A credit rating agency has made a remark that indicates, unsurprisingly, that it is very much aware of the extent governments go to retain power. With the general election in Malta only a year away at most, the agency, Standard and Poor’s, points...

  • Emancipation or financial independence?

    For Equalities Minister Helena Dalli, the government’s ‘roadmap’ for women’s advancement has always been clear: financial independence first. No wonder then the World Economic Forum’s Global Gender Gap Report for 2016, regarding Malta, does not...

  • Malta’s national heritage at risk

    A symposium on the theme ‘Maltese national heritage at risk’, organised by the History of Art and Fine Arts Students Association with the objective of raising awareness about the lack of cultural appreciation in Malta, highlighted a number of...

  • See no evil, probe no evil... nothing

    British prime minister Harold Wilson is supposed to have said in the mid-1960s that a week is a long time in politics because so much can change. The Malta police appear to differ, judging by a brief statement issued in reaction to a front-page...

  • People in poverty and hardship

    Beyond the academic definitions of poverty, as raised in a recent debate at the University, the real picture of poverty on the ground is still somewhat disturbing, even though the situation may have improved in some cases thanks to the remedial...

  • Time to clean up party funding

    The issue of party financing exploded onto the headlines last week after it was revealed that hotelier Silvio Debono had asked the Nationalist Party for his money back, claiming his db Group had been covering the wages of two senior PN officials...

  • Medal chances up in smoke

    No Maltese shooter will take part in double trap shoot at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics because the world ruling body has opted for a mixed-gender competition. The decision left this country with practically no hope of medal glory at the next...

  • Too classical for Konrad Mizzi

    Updated at 4pm with government statement The Minister within the Office of the Prime Minister, Konrad Mizzi, took exception to an article in this newspaper titled ‘€1.4bn in state aid for power station company’ (February 27). He insists the...

  • The day the sun set on Dwejra

    The country was yesterday morning stunned by the news that the Azure Window in Dwejra had collapsed. Practically everyone has been to that landmark site, a major attraction on the sister island that has decorated numerous tourist brochures and books.

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