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Editorial

  • Citizens alert but not alarmed

    A terrorist attack in Paris in January last year left 17 people dead and another 130 were killed in November. A truck driver ploughed into a crowd in Nice two weeks ago leaving 84 dead and 303 injured. The killings by axe, gun, knife and bomb in...

  • Malta needs a facelift badly

    There is a general air of neglect in the country. With the exception of a few places here and there, the island is looking increasingly scruffy and dirtier. This newspaper has been raising the issue quite often in recent years but it would seem...

  • Gagging is not for democrats

    As a former member of Parliament, a self-declared contender to high office in the form of a Cabinet minister and serving executive chairman of the Malta Council for Science and Technology, there can be little doubt that Jeffrey Pullicino Orlando...

  • Focus on mental health hospitals

    In his annual report on the state of mental health facilities in Malta and Gozo, Mental Health Commissioner John Cachia found a mixed bag of results but overall reported an encouraging improvement in many areas. This is commendable, given that, in...

  • Ways to develop new growth areas

    Diversifying an economy away from labour-intensive industry required effort and foresight to attract and build up new sectors most suitable to the island. The effort would need to be kept up all the time to ensure the economy is resilient enough...

  • The right to life... and death?

    One cannot really blame MPs for their “palpable discomfort”, as our online report put it, when they listened to a certain Joe Magro make his plea for the legalisation of euthanasia a few days ago. Mr Magro suffers from ALS, a progressive disease...

  • What employers are looking for

    The creation of employment is the holy grail of most economies. Entrepreneurs’ objective is generally to exploit business opportunities to make money and, in the process, generate jobs. In the modern economy, employers look for a set of skills...

  • Courts back serious journalists

    In the space of three months, two magistrates stood firm in protecting journalists’ sources and, thus, defend freedom of the press, an essential ingredient in any thriving democracy. The subject matter in the two cases varied considerably. One...

  • Need of quantum leap in efficiency

    Politicians on the government’s side talk so much about the good state of the economy that they are almost making people believe there can be no hiccups so long as Labour is in power. Of course, it is foolhardy for anyone to think that the...

  • Concession by intercession

    It’s called the Big Fair, with over 200 exhibitors, 1,500 workers, numerous parking spaces, toys for children, lotteries for adults, music, food stands and an expected 100,000 visitors. That is truly a retail bonanza, the ideal venue for a family...

  • Another positive outlook for Malta

    In sharp contrast to fears expressed before the UK voted to leave the European Union, a credit rating agency has now given a different prognosis for Malta, suggesting it will remain one of the fastest-growing economies in the eurozone. Despite the...

  • A spotlight on maladministration

    The Office of the Ombudsman is independent of the government and is an officer of Parliament. More importantly, the Ombudsman is the citizen’s defender. He is there to strengthen the accountability of the public service and to give citizens a...

  • France under attack, again

    France under attack, again

    France is once again the victim of an unspeakably cruel terror attack, in which at least 84 people were killed, including children, and at least 50 critically injured, after a truck drove through a crowd celebrating Bastille Day in Nice on...

  • The correct mentality for success

    Most of this country’s major sports organisations have been in existence for decades with the Malta Olympic Committee officially coming to life in 1928 and the Malta Football Association celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2000. Maltese athletes...

  • National interest, Labour style

    When the Opposition leader extended a hand of cooperation to the government to help handle the unfolding post-Brexit world, he did so aware of dormant and unutilised expertise within his party’s ranks that once helped Malta successfully navigate...

  • Flying straight into turbulence

    It is not unusual for the employees of a business in distress to deny the seriousness of the troubles their company faces and blame management for exploiting them or making the wrong decisions. This is the state of denial that precedes the more...

  • Spotlight on human trafficking

    The US State Department has reported that Malta does not meet minimum standards for the elimination of human trafficking. This should hardly come as a surprise. What is truly surprising, however, is how little the authorities seem willing to do...

  • Excellent standard of education

    A high standard of national education is one of the keys – perhaps the key – to Malta’s future success as a modern society. It is the prime medium for achieving sustainable economic growth and personal human development. Despite the commendably...

  • Licence decision a benchmark?

    One is likely to judge the decision made by the National Commission for Further and Higher Education on the future of the American University of Malta according to which side of the political divide one sits. The commission could be accused of...

  • Fixing the European Union

    Europe is still coming to terms with the shocking result of Britain’s European Union referendum and seems unsure how to react to it. There is no doubt, however, that the referendum vote should serve as a wake-up call for the EU which has to change...

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