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Editorial

  • More value to Gozo experience

    The proposal by Labour MP Franco Mercieca to transfer five public holidays to a Monday irrespective of the day of the week on which they fall has led to considerable interest in the business community. Mr Mercieca tried to enhance his argument for...

  • Lessons to learn about school dropouts

    There is something very wrong if an educational system is producing hundreds of young people every year who have so utterly failed in the academic sphere that they believe their prospects of finding employment are zero. The very least that is...

  • Disabilities: issues, rights and funds

    “On the International Day of People with Disabilities we should be raising issues rather than raising funds.”This is what Joe Camilleri, former chairman of the National Commission Persons with Disabilities, says in an interview with this paper...

  • Joblessness is no inevitable fatality

    If work is an essential element of human dignity, than we need to make a bigger effort to ensure that people seeking a job do find suitable employment. According to Employment and Training Corporation research conducted among 7,000 youths aged...

  • Marlene Farrugia’s ideological wilderness

    Former Labour, now independent, MP Marlene Farrugia sometimes appears to forget she is not an ordinary voter disappointed by Labour’s unfulfilled promises. She was elected on a Labour ticket and not on the ticket of some idealistic ‘movement’ that...

  • Editorial: The law of the jungle indeed

    Editorial: The law of the jungle indeed

    It had to take a tiger to prove, if further proof were ever needed, that where planning rules and their enforcement are concerned, it is truly the law of the jungle in this country. A boy of three was seriously injured at the illegal zoo in...

  • CHOGM: end of an era?

    The Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting may have been taking place in Malta, but it has had a distinctly British flavour to it – with the presence of the UK’s monarch, monarch-to-be, its prime minister and one of his predecessors. The central...

  • Scepticism on renewable energy

    A new report by the European Commission concludes that Malta, together with, it must be said, France, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands and Luxembourg, is unlikely to meet its 2020 renewable energy targets. If one wished to be consoled by a race...

  • Addressing key global challenges

    The Commonwealth Summit, which opens in Malta today, is an opportunity for leaders of 53 countries with a combined population of 2.2 billion – one third of humankind – to address global issues like climate change, migration, terrorism, the future...

  • Upholding human rights in practice

    Barely three weeks after warning against “trivilialising” human rights claims, Chief Justice Emeritus Vincent De Gaetano made a very significant public declaration about human rights in Malta, which practically went unnoticed. In an interview with...

  • A high standard of education

    A high standard of national education is one of the key building blocks to Malta’s future success as a modern society. It is the prime medium for achieving sustainable economic growth as well as personal human development. Despite the commendably...

  • Service pensioners close to success

    Days after the Social Solidarity Ministry argued its stand over points raised by this newspaper over pensions, including the long-standing issue over service pensions, the EU’s Attorney General concluded that the deduction of part of the pensions...

  • Teaching of history failed SEC exam

    For the generations who lived through the war or the immediate aftermath, or who were bred on stories of war from their own parents, the fact that many students sitting for their SEC exam in history did not know who Winston Churchill was is...

  • Isis solution: call in Rambo?

    “But why can’t we just take out these bastards?” This question, rather surprisingly, came from the mouth of CNN’s senior White House correspondent, not from someone at Fox News or a member of the Tea Party. It was addressed to the President of the...

  • Politically-motivated and flawed process

    The government has decided to launch an appeal against a judge’s decision that the Ombudsman had the authority in law to investigate complaints by officers of the Armed Forces of Malta over controversial promotions carried out inSeptember 2013,...

  • A Prime Minister in Las Vegas

    Archbishop Charles Scicluna has a way with words. He is succinct, colourful and to the point. When he spoke of “Las Vegas-style” lights as the controversy over a new lighting system at the Auberge de Castille in Valletta raged, he hit a raw nerve.

  • Caught in the refugee quandary

    Ayman Mustafa is a Syrian refugee surgeon who lost his wife and daughter to the October 2013 Lampedusa tragedy and now works at Mater Dei Hospital. Asked during a recent edition of Times Talk at which point he decided to pack his bags and leave...

  • Maturity in the fuel price policy

    Opposition leader Simon Busuttil appeared to take a leap in the dark when he pledged in Parliament that a future Nationalist government would purchase electricity from the cheapest source and not limit itself to the 18-year power purchase...

  • EU fishing rights judgment threat

    A court decision to free two foreigners from a charge of fishing illegally in Malta’s territorial waters could pose a double threat to the country’s interests: an economic one to Maltese fishermen and an ecological one to all those who are...

  • Shattered glass and broken promises

    When the government spoke of a review of safety measures at public events after a car ploughed into spectators at a charity show last month, a prophetic message was posted online. The post on The Salott online public group read: “Following last...

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