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Editorial

  • 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...

  • When an envoy plays hard to get

    For a number of reasons, not least her lucrative package, Sai Mizzi Liang, Malta Enterprise’s woman in the East and now also consul general in Shanghai, is a controversial character. The fact that she happens to be the Energy Minister’s wife and...

  • Bank issues that need clarification

    However cautious Bank of Valletta is in the conduct of its business ­– as every serious bank is expected to be after all – the concern being expressed by its small shareholders over three controversial decisions is justifiable. For reasons of...

  • Editorial: Vindictive attack on us

    Editorial: Vindictive attack on us

    Journalists at this media organisation have faced various occupational hazards over the years: irregular hours, time pressures, mistakes, being on the receiving end of insults or violence… but one thing no member of editorial staff at the Times of...

  • SBS Radio is lifeline for Maltese

    Special Broadcasting Services (SBS) is a hybrid-funded Australian public broadcasting service that was set up in 1975 to provide multilingual and multicultural radio and television services that “inform, educate and entertain all Australians and,...

  • Tribunal law and fair hearing right

    What is the government waiting for to inform the country what it plans to do following a judgment that the law regulating the composition of the industrial tribunal is unconstitutional? Does it plan to amend the law or will it first appeal? In a...

  • The antibiotics sydrome in jail

    In the wake of an international alert about an “antibiotic apocalypse”, it was announced that the Maltese health authorities were working on a national strategy targeting the misuse of such medicinal. According to the European Society of Clinical...

  • Dangers of reckless driving

    A drunken driver who had smashed his car into a wall and then plunged onto the rocks at Baħar-iċ-Ċagħaq in November five years ago, killing his 18-year old girlfriend instantly, was ordered to pay €143,000 in compensation to the girl’s heirs. In...

  • Pension reform now well overdue

    Not a moment too soon, the pensions strategy group has come out with re-commendations for a reform of the pensions system, a matter that has been on the country’s agenda for years. Their report was expected to be published at least nine months ago.

  • Getting too hot in the kitchen

    The report that the Office of the President offered some of its Kitchen Garden employees work contracts that contained precarious work conditions was a cause of embarrassment and irritation to the President, a standard-bearer in the campaign...

  • End of crisis, or start of new one?

    The Greek Parliament’s approval on Friday of its government’s proposals on securing a third bailout was a positive step in the long drawn-out saga over whether Greece will remain in the eurozone. With yesterday’s positive reaction to this latest...

  • Getting more from school resources

    Investment in education in Malta is slightly above EU average. But the return on this investment often leaves much to be desired. While high educational achievement is one of the outcomes policymakers look for when judging the results of their...

  • The Police Commissioner must act

    The police force is at the crossroads. More likely, it is in crisis. That may be a strong statement but if meaningful action is to be taken to address the prevailing situation and right wrongs then there is no other way to put it. Police...

  • Time for quibbling over ODZ is over

    If the part of the new university which the government says is to be built in Marsascala lies in Żonqor Point, then it is clear the government is set to have its way and that it is simply not true that it has taken the message of the growing...

  • Planning authority’s demerger debacle

    It took the government 30 months to fulfil its manifesto commitment to separate the environmental from the planning arm of the Malta Environmental and Planning Authority. The voice of the environmental authority in government has been muted, if...

  • The Speaker’s warning to MPs

    When Parliament moved to its new building, many thought this would also help bring about a leap forward in parliamentary business. But, rather than an improvement, there appears to have been a deterioration, with the Speaker having to warn members...

  • A Church shaking off the shackles

    There are two online petitions concerning the Archbishop. One calls for his removal for “interfering in government decisions”, a reference to the Żonqor Point controversy, the other supporting his “duty and right” to express his opinion like any...

  • What’s at stake in Greece

    There are two schools of thought on today’s referendum in Greece: either that a No vote will signal an end to its membership of the eurozone or that it is an attempt by Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras to save his own skin. The latter is...

  • Concerns on mental health literacy

    For many people mental illnesses are shrouded in prejudice, fear as well as mystery. Discussing such illnesses in social circles is often taboo and many would prefer not to acknowledge that either they or those close to them may be suffering from...

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