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Editorial

  • The number one problem in tourism

    Tourism Minister Edward Zammit Lewis stated the obvious when he wrote in an article titled ‘The quest for quality’ that tourism zones called for improved environmental standards across the board. Equally obvious was his additional remark that it...

  • Bring on that judicial reform

    Justice Minister Owen Bonnici is today expected to appear before a magistrate’s court to face charges of negligent driving and causing involuntary serious injuries to another person following a traffic accident in Santa Venera. Ever since the...

  • Sea pollution from fish farms

    Fish farming in Malta is big business. However, the effects of intensive coastal fish farming on the marine environment are likely to be harmful. There is an undoubted environmental cost to the aquaculture industry that needs to be properly...

  • Towards smoother industrial relations

    Seventy-one years ago, the founding father of the General Workers’ Union, Reggie Miller, ran into a spot of trouble with the then trade union registrar when he found it difficult to compile a proper list of union members as required by...

  • EU platitudes on migration

    With the Italian government threatening to halt its €10 million per month Mare Nostrum mission, the European Union’s border agency, Frontex, is in the process of establishing a new operation, to be known as Triton, possibly made upof assets...

  • Back to open-all-hours for retailers

    There was a time when village shops in Malta were not very different from those depicted in the successful BBC series of the 1970s Open All Hours that saw the amiable Ronnie Barker acting as the middle-aged love struck miser with a knack for selling.

  • Spring hunting referendum

    This newspaper is not anti-hunting. Within the limits of the law, there can be a time and place for everything. We fully acknowledge that while not everyone’s cup of tea, the practice or hobby is weaved into the fabric of Maltese culture and...

  • Twisting long arm of the law

    This newspaper’s report that police in St Julian’s cannot cope with the workload is cause for concern, especially if the situation is symptomatic of what is happening in other districts. The situation on the ground as recounted by sources – one...

  • Monuments to lack of civic sense

    National events, such as Sunday’s celebration of the island’s 50th anniversary of independence, stir emotional feelings. But as the thrill of the festivities wears off, what often remains makes a mockery of the people’s pride in their...

  • Empowering local councils to serve

    Most would argue that local councils have generally had a positive effect on the communities that they serve. A few people dedicate a good part of their free time to identify how they can make their locality a better place where to live by...

  • Statistics: striking a balance

    What is particularly sad in the controversy that has arisen over employment in the public sector and, also, over employment in general, are the aspersions cast on the credibility of the National Statistics Office by people who are always only too...

  • Breaking spiral of truancy, illiteracy

    The best investment that any government can make in young people is to give them the educational tools to enable them to find decent employment and become better people and productive members of society. Despite having one of the most generous...

  • What’s the best route for Air Malta?

    In his first speech as president of the Malta Hotels and Restaurants Association, Matthew Pace is reported to have said that if Air Malta were to collapse, the tourism sector would lose its soul and the economy would fail. For the association...

  • 50 years of independence

    As Malta commemorates 50 years of independence today, there is plenty to celebrate and be proud of. Five decades after becoming a sovereign nation State we can look back with satisfaction on our achievements: a thriving economy, an enterprising...

  • Victory for ordinary British citizens

    After a bitter and protracted campaign on whether Scotland should be independent of the United Kingdom, the Scottish people have decided to stay together with England, Wales and Northern Ireland. The break-up of a successful Union has been...

  • Perils of deteriorating demographics

    The fact that people are living longer is often celebrated as an achievement of better economic, medical and social policies adopted in the last few decades. What many political, economic and social analysts fail to point out, however, is that,...

  • Charity in its purest form

    Gozo Bishop Mario Grech’s proposal that every Gozitan parish should adopt a family of persecuted Christians fleeing Syria or Iraq is exactly the kind of initiative that breathes new life into our Church and Christian communities. Everyone has...

  • Go on, ruin St George’s Bay

    In a survey of Europe’s Land Use Cover Area, conducted by Eurostat last year, Malta took the dubious prize as the most built-up country in the European Union. Thirty-three per cent of the islands’ territory is covered by buildings. Other...

  • Fitch warns on expenditure slippages

    Credit rating agency Fitch is expecting Malta to register above potential growth in 2015-16, averaging 2.5 per cent. This is even higher than that projected by the government in its pre-Budget forecast published earlier this month. The agency has...

  • Tough hearing for commissioner

    European Commission President-elect Jean-Claude Juncker’s decision to give Karmenu Vella the environment portfolio as well as maritime affairs and fisheries, when he announced his new team of commissioners last week, came as a surprise to many...

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