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Editorial

  • Making science attractive to students

    European Commission statistics show that just eight per cent of Maltese students had undertaken some form of post-secondary scientific studies last year, less than half the EU average. This statistic may have worried some people, but it does not...

  • Right to back down on councils

    Opposition to the government’s plan to postpone council elections to 2019 “to save money”, ease “election fatigue” and improve election turnout, has forced it to back down half way. In what the government is describing as a “compromise” solution,...

  • Time to show greater earnestness

    When the speeches given at the EY conference on foreign investment are stripped of all the rhetoric, bare facts expose some worrying signs. Prime Minister Joseph Muscat went overboard in his drive to project Malta as a successful country and as an...

  • Drive to expand maritime trade

    Plans by the government to give out a former shipbuilding site in Marsa to be used in maritime trade appear to be moving forward. According to the Economy Ministry, no fewer than six bids are being evaluated and the tentative date for the...

  • Branding our country

    Alastair Campbell, Tony Blair’s controversial former communications chief, was spot on when he told an EY conference in Malta on Wednesday that Malta had a good image, but not a powerful one. Mr Campbell said it was clear that Malta was not known...

  • Conduct unbecoming a minister

    It is crystal clear that Home Affairs and National Security Minister Manuel Mallia is uncomfortable committing himself to publish the findings of two inquiries both involving the police force. One is about a decision that was made by former police...

  • Europe’s avoidable tragedies at sea

    Amnesty International has established a well-earned reputation as a fearless campaigner to end grave human rights abuses wherever they occur. In a report entitled ‘An avoidable tragedy’, Amnesty is highly critical of the European Union for failing...

  • Piano, piano grinding to a halt

    The announcement that works on the new Parliament building in Valletta have again fallen behind schedule has come as a disappointment to many who wish to see the back of that building site at City Gate. Still, the announcement did not come as a...

  • How ‘affordable’ will bus service be?

    Before the March 2013 general election, the Labour Party gave a strong impression that it had a plan B to every contingency that might arise. It most certainly did not have one for public transport after Arriva packed up well ahead of the expiry...

  • Campaign to boost court-press relations

    Chief Justice Silvio Camilleri was right to grasp the opportunity presented to him by the opening of the Forensic Year to air concern about what he termed as media campaigns to put pressure on the courts. The courts must be independent and impartial.

  • Safeguarding reputation of voluntary sector

    The passage of the Voluntary Organisations Act six years ago was an important and long overdue step forward for civil society in this country. First, it recognised the crucial role that civil society plays in a thriving democracy. For a long time,...

  • Bus service revamp

    Transport Minister Joe Mizzi has announced that the Spanish company Autobuses Urbanos de León will start operating Malta’s bus service in January and that talks between the government and this company are at an advanced stage. The question is...

  • 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...

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