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Editorial

  • To name or not to name…

    Who or what is a journalist? It may seem like an obvious question, with an even more obvious answer, but in the modern age this question has become ever more pressing since journalists ‘benefit’ from limited forms of protection that allows them to...

  • Internet use at the workplace

    Rather than being seen as giving employers the right to snoop on their employee’s private correspondence, a recent judgment by the European Court of Human Rights should be considered as an eye-opener. A Romanian engineer was fired after he used...

  • Charade at taxpayer’s expense

    There appears to be no end to the abuses taking place today, some,apparently, even with the blessing ofthe administration. It is a first-class scandal if, as it has been reported, the staff employed on a position-of-trust basis in the private...

  • Where the buck should stop

    Michael Falzon did the honourable thing last night when he resigned as parliamentary secretary for planning and simplification of administrative processes. He did so right after the Auditor General’s report on the expropriation of part of a...

  • Another positive economic outlook

    There are two sharply contrasting sides of the situation in Malta as it stands today. On the economic front, the country is doing well but, in terms of governance, the record is far from satisfactory and, judging by the shortcomings that keep...

  • Preparing prisoners for life on the outside

    The prison at Corradino has historically been something of a black hole. It has tended to suck inmates into a downward spiral of stigma, lack of hope and relapse. Very little useful information gets out, such as on substance misuse or...

  • When court expenses are justified

    Malta has a long history of trial by jury. Our forefathers petitioned the British Crown for the introduction of the jury system in 1811, leading to its being adopted as one of the bedrocks of this country’s judicial system in 1815, albeit at the...

  • Declaring war on the big ‘C’

    What do David Bowie, Alan Rickman and Barack Obama have in common? For starters, they are all household names. As well as being one of the musicians of his age, Mr Bowie was the master of reinvention; Mr Rickman’s portrayal of the Sheriff of...

  • The Prime Minister’s spouse

    It is really not an option. When you are the wife of the most powerful man in the country – the Prime Minister – there is no avoiding the limelight. Occasions arise and you have to be there, by his side, supportive, understanding and discreet.

  • Racism and defence of culture

    Journalist Victor Vella was at the receiving end of a nasty anonymous letter urging him to take his “clandestine family” back to Africa and calling for all refugees to be booted out. Mr Vella and his wife are the adoptive parents of two children...

  • ‘Anything goes’ mentality keeps growing

    Even if getting a trading licence is just a formality, as the president of the Chamber of Small and Medium Enterprises – GRTU is arguing, there is no reason why anyone carrying a commercial activity should go against the law and operate without...

  • A master plan for the capital

    Shops in Valletta will hardly be surprised by the recent survey indicating a drop in sales over the Christmas period. This is hardly the first report to put up a red flag and it is unlikely to be the last unless drastic action is taken. The...

  • Obesity and public health policy

    Despite the visual increase in joggers, hikers and cyclists on our roads and promenades, the obesity problem is not getting any better. Malta has tipped the scales as the fattest population in the European Union, according to a report by the World...

  • Client-friendly breast cancer screening

    Routine cancer screening can save lives. But it also involves certain risks that need to be managed carefully. A survey commissioned by The Malta Medical Journal opened a window on the state of breast screening in Malta. Many were surprised that...

  • Scratching the surface

    What is it about slick modern-day politi­cal videos? Despite all the ambitious intentions of the people who conceive them, they rarely turn out as planned once people scratch their shiny surface. Simon Busuttil tried his hand at one on car-free...

  • When corruption is corrupted

    A witness before the Permanent Commission Against Corruption looking into allegations involving Parliamentary Secretary Ian Borg clarified he had no evidence any money had changed hands with regard to property of the young politician. The witness...

  • Good governance and the economy

    The latest findings of a Eurobarometer survey should serve as an eye-opener to the government. The study identified two diametrically opposite trends among the 506 Maltese respondents: 85 per cent described the islands’ economic performance as...

  • Spreading the traffic jam

    As from this January, car drivers are also able to ride low-powered motor scooters without having to obtain an additional licence. It is a Budget measure that comes with various conditions attached. Scooters must still be insured, have an...

  • Taxis can be efficient and popular

    The legal notice tweaking the rules for taxis will not be worth the paper it is written on unless it is enforced. The move is the latest in a long list of initiatives taken over the decades to improve the service as well as to curb abuse,...

  • Bank directors in self-inflicted quandary

    The board of directors of Bank of Valletta will be meeting this month in circumstances that are, at best, confusing and, at worse, hardly a shining example of good governance, let alone good business. George Portanier, who has served virtually...

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