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Editorial

  • Air Malta is a huge asset and a priority

    Last week’s story in the Times of Malta that Air Malta’s worker to plane ratio is twice as high as a number of comparable airlines highlights the fact that tough decisions still lie ahead for the national airline in order to meet its March 2016...

  • Editorial: The Times of Malta at 80

    Editorial: The Times of Malta at 80

    What does being 80 mean in the life of a human being? A consciousness of grow­ing old, for sure; creaking bones, aching muscles, and a recognition that the road travelled is much longer than the route ahead. But there are positive aspects too. Old...

  • Entrepreneurial mindset for youth

    Countries aiming to reform the educational systems often give importance to introducing entrepreneurship in curriculums to encourage young people branch out in business when they complete their education. It is often difficult to define the...

  • When an MCESD member lost his cool

    When a hotelier is reported to have lost his cool at a meeting of the Malta Council for Economic and Social Development, he may or may not have drawn the sympathy of the rest of the council members but he can rest assured that his complaint went...

  • A government squabble on gender equality

    There appears to be a contradiction in the government’s policy on women’s role in society and gender equality. Civil Liberties Minister Helena Dalli has been consistent and persistent in her efforts to achieve full gender equality in Malta. There...

  • E-government services need jazzing up

    Electronic services are catching up as more and more people discover the convenience of procuring the goods and services they need from the comfort of their home at any time of the day. Electronic banking and e-commerce are achieving significant...

  • Gasol’s departure stirs speculation

    What is holding back the consortium building the new power station and the government from giving all the pertinent information about the project? If at first the government could claim it was unable to do so because of the consortium’s commercial...

  • Choices one makes under pressure

    Malta is a democratic republic, the Constitution says. A republic is in theory a State where citizens enjoy supreme power, which is exercised by representatives chosen directly or indirectly through citizens’ votes. The system of “government of...

  • Secrecy scares off investment

    Basking in continued economic growth, with the most recent positive forecasts coming from Standard and Poor’s, Finance Minister Edward Scicluna has heralded a new era for Maltese industry. He said that while the 1990s saw the rise of financial...

  • Clamping down on illegal restaurants

    In a country where people relish breaking rules and regulations and where many pride themselves on their expertise at swindling the government, it is not surprising to hear about a string of restaurants operating illegally. It is estimated that at...

  • Police force has been badly led

    In a rare show of unity, Parliament recently unanimously condemned any form of violence on public officials, focusing their remarks specifically on violence against police officers. Opposition home affairs spokesman Jason Azzopardi described the...

  • ‘Watchman’ mentality still alive

    If the school with the smallest student population has to have three watchmen, as is the case at the San Lawrenz School, how many does the largest ones need to have? But, wait, the school in Gozo also has two janitors and a third has had to be...

  • Malta needs clean reputation

    While many international institutions no longer list Malta as a tax haven, there is a danger that the country can develop an image as a place where one can use perfectly legal vehicles for criminal purposes. Money laundering, tax evasion and...

  • Bring order to Swieqi’s lawless streets

    If it’s peak summer, it must be troubled Swieqi and its long-suffering citizens time! Residents of Swieqi are once again bracing themselves for the mayhem, misbehaviour and crime which comes each year with summer. They have just marched in a...

  • Searching for a strategic partner

    Air Malta’s flight path remains a bit hazy as the search for a strategic partner picks up in the wake of what appears to be a frenetic drive to cut costs. As time is now running out fast for the airline to become commercially viable by the end of...

  • The government is trapped

    The government’s plans for the reintroduction of finch trapping after it was phased out six years ago are of grave concern both to the European Commission and environmentalists in Malta and throughout Europe. The first European Commission warning...

  • Is our socio-religious heritage at risk?

    Visitors to our islands have always remarked about the rich religious physical heritage that is spread throughout the country – a heritage closely intertwined with our social history. While many of our churches are proudly well preserved thanks to...

  • Nothing shadowy on shadow group

    When three Rapid Intervention Unit police officers reportedly manhandled a Hungarian man, Home Affairs Minister Carmelo Abela said no action would be taken against them pending an internal inquiry. Then, when asked why public officials were...

  • Less business friendly than Greece

    It is hard to believe, but even Greece, riven by financial difficulties and wallowing in debt, is better than Malta when it comes to “the ease of doing business”. With the government boasting about the work it is doing to make Malta more...

  • Meddling with the Maltese language

    Malta has survived as one of the world’s smallest minorities with its own distinct language and culture. The survival of our language is probably our biggest claim to a distinctly Maltese identity. Our history shows that, with the passage of time...

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