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Editorial

  • Minimum standards for care homes

    As the government boasts of its efforts to raise the standard of services for the elderly in hospitals and homes, in many cases the situation on the ground is pathetic and deplorable. A correspondent writing on the horrors of ageing in this...

  • Pausing for a moment of sanity

    The decision taken by Parliament’s Environment and Development Planning Committee to request a moratorium on new planning policies and decisions is the sanest way to address the current public outcry over the Marsascala university project and put...

  • Corinthia injects zest for excellence

    Malta’s premier hotel group, Corinthia, is on the threshold of breaking into a new class of hoteliering with plans to develop what it is describing as a mega resort that will include the island’s first six-star hotel. Group chairman Alfred Pisani,...

  • Muscat puts himself in straitjacket

    For a time, Joseph Muscat wanted the country to bail him out of a problem he had unnecessarily created when his government agreed to sacrifice precious virgin land at Żonqor Point in Marsascala for a private university. When he realised that his...

  • Editorial: Building momentum

    Editorial: Building momentum

    Many who voted in favour of banning spring hunting in last month’s referendum did not do so merely to stop a cruel and outdated practice. They were determined to finally elevate environmental awareness to the top of the national agenda. The...

  • Funds that Maltese authors need

    The National Book Council is in the process of issuing a minimum of eight grants totalling €40,000 for use by Maltese publications of cultural, educational, academic and literary value. Each project is being allocated a maximum of €5,000. As...

  • Time to redefine wardens’ duties

    Malta’s warden system is regarded by many people as a joke. A local enforcement system originally meant to ‘safeguard the best interests of the public’ has been turned into what many believe is nothing more than a revenue generating scheme. It is...

  • A quantum leap takes more than that

    It has been a long, bumpy ride but Malta has, for the first time, its own parliamentary building in the form of an architectural landmark at City Gate, in Valletta. The controversy over the design choice for the new Parliament has died out and...

  • Time to decide on Air Malta

    Even if Air Malta does return to profit by March next year, the target date set for its recovery, it would make sense if the company takes a long-term view and negotiates a strategic alliance with another airline if it feels it will be difficult...

  • Mixing English and Maltese is good

    According to a report prepared by a Council of Europe expert, Elidir King, embracing the concept of code-switching – the much maligned practice of mixing English and Maltese – and turning it into an asset could be the way forward for language...

  • Strong performance masks inefficiencies

    European Commission vice-president Valdis Dombrovkis drew some flak for his warning that Malta needs to move on in its work to ensure the long-term sustainability of pension and healthcare systems. Some took offence, believing perhaps that, in...

  • Editorial: Selling Malta against all ODZ

    Editorial: Selling Malta against all ODZ

    The government’s decision to push the so-called American University of Malta, earmarked for Marsascala, is symptomatic of much that is wrong with Joseph Muscat’s administration. For the past two years, Malta has been run by a government with a...

  • Addressing the challenges of ageing

    In recent decades, the role of older people changed as a result of falling fertility, lengthening life expectancy and the growing proportion of older people in society. The traditional image of older people killing time by frequenting church...

  • Facing impending water crisis

    Malta is among the most water-stressed countries in the world. Its groundwater reserves are being depleted and they are severely affected by both nitrate pollution and increasing salinity – consequences of largely unregulated human activities. For...

  • The sound of… gunfire

    The ‘Welcome’ blurb on the website of Mount St Joseph Retreat House reads: “Mount St Joseph Retreat House is an invitation to leave the fast pace of modern life and to enter into a haven of peace and quiet. Whether it is for a day of prayerful...

  • Mepa fiddles as environment burns

    Sustainable economic development is crucially dependent on a proper balance being struck between economic resources and the environment. Economic growth on its own without environmental sustainability is not progress. For real progress to be...

  • Why so many early school leavers?

    A disquieting figure often lost in the avalanche of statistics mostly all showing improved performance in various economic sectors relates to early school leavers. Malta’s rate runs at a staggering level of 20.2 per cent, the second highest in the...

  • Public domain Bill is great initiative

    Fifty years after Malta’s Constitution adopted Article 9, which promised that “the State shall safeguard the landscape and historical and artistic patrimony of the Nation”, an imaginative Bill has been proposed by the PN empowering citizens and...

  • Questions hang over Gozo

    To say that this has been a difficult week for the Nationalist Party in Gozo is an understatement. It has been tumultuous, with Giovanna Debono – so long portrayed as the party’s heroine on the sister island – resigning from the PN (after a...

  • Cameron’s surprise majority in UK election

    Opinion polls got it spectacularly wrong: the UK election was no close-run thing but an overwhelming victory for the Conservative Party and a hugely damaging defeat for Labour and the Liberal Democrats. Even though the Conservative majority is...

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