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Editorial

  • Parties continue to rule air waves

    Even if it may be accused of acting after the horse has bolted, the Broadcasting Authority ought to be lauded for launching two consultation documents, one on the correct use of the Maltese language and the other on the protection of minors. One...

  • Research and competitiveness

    Malta scores quite low in most competitiveness indices in the area of research and this is often interpreted as one of the reasons why we may not be attracting the right type of foreign direct investment. Successive governments have often pledged...

  • Encouraging people to save more

    Up to only a generation ago it was part of the national culture for people to save. Even those earning low wages used to somehow save a bit for a rainy day. People thought more than twice before going into debt and few dared take risks, calculated...

  • Social use of public property

    In an overbuilt island most families will always find it difficult to find open spaces that offer adequate recreational facilities where to pass some time relaxing without spending a fortune. Children need open spaces where they can play in a safe...

  • Priorities in 2015 pre-Budget overview

    With the cost of social security expected to spiral to a staggering €828 million this year, the government is justified in attempting to do all it can to reduce welfare dependency. It mainly plans to do this through a programme aimed at...

  • The handling of drug-related cases

    Drug law reform is finally on the government’s agenda after years of drug legislation drift under previous Nationalist administrations. Over the years, the debate in Malta has swung between the headline-catching, but now widely discredited, policy...

  • Editorial: Intimidation by the ALE?

    Editorial: Intimidation by the ALE?

    Last Thursday the police showed up at the Għadira nature reserve. They did not march in to apprehend a hunter who had managed to get in by stealth, but wanted, instead, to inspect a rescued protected bird. This newspaper sent a reporter to...

  • Need to train carers in homes

    When all the talk about policies and programmes aimed at improving the life of the elderly is stripped of all the worn-out phrases and words that are often used by both the government and the private sector which provide care in residential homes,...

  • Saga of ship escapes from Malta

    In the space of three months, there have been two incidents of arrest warrants issued by Maltese courts against foreign ships failing to be effected. To misquote Oscar Wilde: “To lose one vessel, Prime Minister, may be regarded as a misfortune; to...

  • A state-of-the-art hospital indeed

    Mater Dei Hospital has had its fair share of controversy, but the story over the flaws in concrete structures at the accident and emergency department by far eclipses all other issues in its gravity and far-reaching implications. Two core stress...

  • The effects of plastic marine pollution

    Despite global efforts to reduce the use of plastic, the world still produces more than 260 million tons of plastic each year. Only one per cent is recycled globally. Much ends up in landfills. But, worse, some of the plastic ends up in the...

  • Council elections ought be held on time

    Each of the three reasons given by the Prime Minister for his government’s plan to postpone local council elections to make them coincide with the 2019 European Parliament elections can easily be shot down. The first, to save money, is perhaps the...

  • Now that the penny has dropped

    August 22 has come and gone, Judge Lino Farrugia Sacco has retired from the Bench on turning 65 and an impeachment motion against him, first moved by former prime minister Lawrence Gonzi in 2012 and filed again by the government in January, has...

  • Libya on the precipice

    If anyone had the slightest doubt about the gravity of the violence in Libya, it was dispelled by the UN Security Council resolution unanimously approved on Wednesday. It called for an immediate ceasefire amid allegations of secret airstrikes by...

  • Archaeological treasures trove

    Sometimes events combine to send a message. Over the past fortnight, three events in the cultural heritage field have occurred that offer cause for hope and concern. Together, they bring home to all that, lying in the ground that we walk on and in...

  • Law-abiding citizens betrayed

    No sooner did the public learn that the Land Department has virtually ceased to apply the law on the illegal occupation of public land (with only 31 enforcements in 18 months, compared with an average of 170 a year in the previous five years),...

  • Investment: time to look into mirror

    A fall in the stock of foreign direct investment that was recorded following the withdrawal by a German bank of more than €2 billion it held in Malta to put it to better use could have given an unnecessary shock. However, it would have been worse...

  • Business and industry facing challenges

    Business and industry are feeling the pinch of a collection of factors working against their interests. The first is the high cost of energy that is making their operations increasingly uncompetitive. There is then the flak they have received from...

  • Pros, cons of neighbourhood watches

    The recent spate of reports of a high incidence of burglaries and thefts in Sliema and St Julian’s – and now reportedly in Attard as well – has naturally raised concern and some panic. The Acting Police Commissioner, with the Minister for Home...

  • Public service putting on weight

    When other countries are working hard to make their public administration leaner, Malta appears to be heading in the opposite direction. Latest official figures show a sharp rise in the number of workers engaged in the public sector, a matter that...

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