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Editorial

  • Success fuels Budget expectations

    When, with a degree of justification, the government is making so much of the island’s economic success and when the Prime Minister keeps saying in his Sunday political messages that the best has yet to come, it is only reasonable to expect that...

  • When it just looks like a duck

    We are at times reminded that if something looks like a duck, swims like a duck and quacks like a duck, it probably is a duck. We are also told that if it ain’t broken, don’t fix it. The latest case of the alleged medical visas racket has a bit of...

  • A national biodiversity strategy

    Do the Maltese hate trees, as some assert, or is it political and governmental incompetence that has left this country with one of the lowest proportions of forest cover anywhere in Europe? Trees are part of the living system. They propagate and...

  • Crack down on litter louts

    Our sister newspaper, the Times of Malta, last week ran two articles highlighting the shabbi­ness of Valletta and of Sliema and St Julian’s. Both gave prominence to photos showing a similar scene: a skip and a bin at a bring-in site surrounded by...

  • Nothing is thicker than blood

    Every year, in June, the World Health Organisation celebrates World Blood Donor Day with the aim of highlighting the need of ensuring a reliable supply of safe blood for patients whose lives would depend on it. Blood saves lives. It supports...

  • Games with a minister’s wife

    The saga of the appointment of the wife of a Cabinet minister as Malta Enterprise’s special envoy to China started out badly, degenerated with time and looks set to come to an inglorious end. If this is the end. Sai Mizzi Liang, wife of Minister...

  • Good development banking

    Setting up a development bank is a positive move in Malta’s small local financial market. Financing for local projects has, so far, been limited to lending provided by two large and a number of smaller commercial banks. These banks do not normally...

  • New labour market landscape

    When building contractors proceed at breakneck speed, making hay while the sun shines, one would think the number of workers in the construction industry is shooting up by leaps and bounds. Few believe this is not the case but official figures...

  • An opportunity to reward abusers

    It is amazing how the Planning Authority can ever launch what it calls a “one-time opportunity” that invites people who, over the years, have spited it, ignored it or undermined it, to now come forward to cash in on their illegalities. But it was...

  • Unlicensed to kill and cause injury

    That driving – or even walking – on our roads is a bit like playing a game of Russian roulette can hardly be contested. It has been a bad year for Maltese traffic, with some very bad accidents, including fatal ones, taking place regularly,...

  • Assault on national broadcaster

    The happenings at Public Broadcasting Services over the past weeks have given rise to much public concern. PBS is like no other media house. It is funded through taxpayer money and its role is defined by law. It is to ensure “due impartiality” in...

  • Loud noise that is not heard

    The ongoing debate on high-rise buildings has a number of facets and raises very valid points. The ill-effects on people’s lifestyle and quality of life feature high on the list of objectors. Sliema residents who live close to the Townsquare...

  • Accountability of public boards

    The conduct of the chairman of the Environment and Resources Authority, Victor Axiak, and his colleague on the board of the Planning Authority, marine archaeologist Timmy Gambin, in the controversial Townsquare high-rise development decision...

  • Vigilance to avoid fiscal slippage

    Edward Scicluna’s comment that it gets harder to cut the deficit towards the latter half of the legislature is probably true for every finance minister. He was making the point to the social partners as he unveiled the pre-Budget document. It was...

  • Rise of profiteering in tourism

    One thing that most people would agree on is that the tourism industry is doing well and that it needs to be protected from racketeers who try to exploit tourists by making a fast buck. The recent uproar on the way that visitors to Comino were...

  • Boycott the cause, not the symptom

    Promoting the idea of boycotting the developers of the towers in Mrieħel and Qui-Si-Sana to underscore the gravity of the matter may have some effect but striving for it to actually happen would be politically naïve and unworkable. Most of all, it...

  • ‘Stability of prices’ as an excuse

    It is not just business and industry but consumers, too, that ought to benefit more from the dramatic fall in the price of oil on the international market. The call for the lowering of energy rates was made by the president of the Malta Chamber of...

  • Economy: strong but fragile

    It is natural that Prime Minister Joseph Muscat should take credit for the country’s upbeat economic and financial figures. The economy grew by 6.3 per cent last year and the rating agency Fitch, in its latest assessment, expects 3.6 per cent...

  • The Church’s very modest budget

    The annual report on the Church’s finances shows that, last year, income declined by €1.5 million to €6.4 million. This was mainly due to a drop in revenue from interest. The figures also showed that an increase in revenue from donations of about...

  • Malta’s burgeoning rental market

    Malta’s property market is often described as non-transparent by international financial investors. The main reason is that both the movements in prices in the sale of property and the cost of renting are based on defective indexes. A recent...

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