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Editorial

  • Rating agency outlines challenges

    Credit rating agencies and the European Commission are giving Malta good marks on the performance of the economy but, as is the case with practically any assessment, there are also some underlying concerns in their reports. While, obviously, the...

  • Let women drive up the numbers

    The World Economic Forum’s Global Gender Gap Report has just been published. It shows that Malta’s position has slipped 15 places to 99th out of the 142 nations examined – Malta’s worst performance in five years. The rankings are based on a range...

  • Plea on state of the environment

    Din l-Art Ħelwa was founded half a century ago. Its objectives have been to promote the preservation of historic buildings and monuments, to protect the natural environment, to stimulate enforcement of existing laws and the enactment of new ones...

  • To name or not to name MPs

    Speaker Anġlu Farrugia ought to withdraw the ruling he gave on Monday ordering the editor of l-Orizzont to carry “a clarification and a correction” within two days. Also, the ruling should be struck off the official records of the House as if it...

  • Holding government to account

    A government that prides itself on being transparent in administration ought to act in a transparent manner all the time when it suits it. The Labour government pays lip service to transparency and accountability but the number of instances in...

  • No respite for road-weary drivers

    For the past year, the patience of motorists has been severely tested by the hazardous challenges of driving on roads that are generally inadequate for the over 332,000 vehicles licensed to use them and also by disruptive improvement projects that...

  • Challenges facing the PN

    Simon Busuttil made an attempt last Sunday to offer hope that the Nationalist Party will be able to emerge from the electoral wilderness after its crushing defeat last year. Addressing the party’s first General Convention, he vowed not to allow...

  • Challenges for the Juncker Commission

    The challenges facing the new European Commission led by its new president, Jean-Claude Juncker, which takes office today, are many. Over the next five years, Mr Juncker and his team must focus on boosting the sluggish eurozone economy, preventing...

  • Ebola virus and the politics of fear

    Health experts in Western countries insist that the odds of contracting Ebola are remote and that many other scourges, such as traffic deaths, accidental shootings and suicides, pose a much bigger danger to the public. But fear is irrational and...

  • Gearing up for the next budget

    National interest in the Budget only starts building up in the two to three weeks before the presentation of the financial estimates in Parliament. What invariably sparks off discussion or, rather, controversy, is not the pre-Budget document...

  • Is the COLA heading for a fall?

    The announcement by the Prime Minister that the government is prepared to top up the 58c cost-of-living adjustment expected in the next Budget with “other measures” is a clear sign that something is amiss with the COLA mechanism that has been a...

  • What happened to manners?

    There was a time not so long ago when a man used to give up his seat to a woman on a route bus. Or when a man held a door for a lady. In these days of equality, such basic manners have been thrown out of the window. Not only that, but rudeness and...

  • Use of tablets in schools no magic bullet

    The pre-election dizzying hype surrounding the political promise to give a tablet to every child in primary schools has evaporated. We are now in the action phase and the realities of implementing this project are beginning to challenge our...

  • Still in dark over energy plans

    A parliamentary debate meant to shed more light on what is fast becoming an intractable energy project has spawned far more questions than those raised following the government’s admission that the planned building of a new gas-fired power station...

  • Controlling diabetes is healthcare priority

    Healthcare authorities have a formidable challenge to subordinate various pressing priorities in the health sector. A shortage of hospital beds, a long waiting list for surgical interventions and a pressing need for new medical equipment are some...

  • Trust more important than titles

    A proposal for former MPs to retain the title of ‘honourable’ to their names has been turned down by Parliament’s House Business Committee, a move that makes sense in view of the declining trust that is being demonstrated in politicians...

  • More lay boots on the ground

    The Curia’s decision to introduce permanent deacons has been long coming. Vatican Council II restored the permanent diaconate half a century ago paving the way for lay Church members, even if married, to celebrate marriages, baptisms, funerals,...

  • When ‘on track’ means the opposite

    The government may be delivering on its promise to reduce energy tariffs, its most important undertaking in the 2013 general election, but just 19 months into office it is facing a patch of rough weather. One year after the departure of Arriva, it...

  • Impact of gridlock on the economy

    When an economist declares that at present a most serious challenge that the Maltese economy is facing is the cost of traffic congestion on businesses and households, one has good reason to worry. When this economist happens to be the Minister of...

  • Confined space in Air Malta cockpit

    Air Malta chairwoman Maria Micallef told The Sunday Times of Malta “we can save this airline”. It was a bold statement and, unless she is prepared to keep party politics out of the cockpit, a presumptuous one too. For the year ended March 2014,...

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