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Editorial

  • Mixing English and Maltese is good

    According to a report prepared by a Council of Europe expert, Elidir King, embracing the concept of code-switching – the much maligned practice of mixing English and Maltese – and turning it into an asset could be the way forward for language...

  • Strong performance masks inefficiencies

    European Commission vice-president Valdis Dombrovkis drew some flak for his warning that Malta needs to move on in its work to ensure the long-term sustainability of pension and healthcare systems. Some took offence, believing perhaps that, in...

  • Editorial: Selling Malta against all ODZ

    Editorial: Selling Malta against all ODZ

    The government’s decision to push the so-called American University of Malta, earmarked for Marsascala, is symptomatic of much that is wrong with Joseph Muscat’s administration. For the past two years, Malta has been run by a government with a...

  • Addressing the challenges of ageing

    In recent decades, the role of older people changed as a result of falling fertility, lengthening life expectancy and the growing proportion of older people in society. The traditional image of older people killing time by frequenting church...

  • Facing impending water crisis

    Malta is among the most water-stressed countries in the world. Its groundwater reserves are being depleted and they are severely affected by both nitrate pollution and increasing salinity – consequences of largely unregulated human activities. For...

  • The sound of… gunfire

    The ‘Welcome’ blurb on the website of Mount St Joseph Retreat House reads: “Mount St Joseph Retreat House is an invitation to leave the fast pace of modern life and to enter into a haven of peace and quiet. Whether it is for a day of prayerful...

  • Mepa fiddles as environment burns

    Sustainable economic development is crucially dependent on a proper balance being struck between economic resources and the environment. Economic growth on its own without environmental sustainability is not progress. For real progress to be...

  • Why so many early school leavers?

    A disquieting figure often lost in the avalanche of statistics mostly all showing improved performance in various economic sectors relates to early school leavers. Malta’s rate runs at a staggering level of 20.2 per cent, the second highest in the...

  • Public domain Bill is great initiative

    Fifty years after Malta’s Constitution adopted Article 9, which promised that “the State shall safeguard the landscape and historical and artistic patrimony of the Nation”, an imaginative Bill has been proposed by the PN empowering citizens and...

  • Questions hang over Gozo

    To say that this has been a difficult week for the Nationalist Party in Gozo is an understatement. It has been tumultuous, with Giovanna Debono – so long portrayed as the party’s heroine on the sister island – resigning from the PN (after a...

  • Cameron’s surprise majority in UK election

    Opinion polls got it spectacularly wrong: the UK election was no close-run thing but an overwhelming victory for the Conservative Party and a hugely damaging defeat for Labour and the Liberal Democrats. Even though the Conservative majority is...

  • Safeguarding Malta’s beauty

    Towards the end of The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint Exupéry, the fox tells the protagonist: “Here is my secret, it is very simple. It is only with the heart that one can see rightly, what is essential is invisible to the eye.” These words of...

  • Fuel price case is high priority

    The reaction from the Malta Competition and Consumer Affairs Authority to a Times of Malta editorial on the case of the Rabat petrol station owner, who had to reverse a decision to lower the price of diesel following pressure from the supplier, is...

  • Trade in dangerous wild animals

    Malta’s first-ever Parliamentary Secretary for Animal Rights, Roderick Galdes, (more well-known so far, perhaps, for his concessions to hunters), has just published regulations for public discussion on the importation of dangerous animals into...

  • Balanced mix of economic activity

    When terrorists attacked the national museum in Tunis last March, cruise lines quickly suspended calls to Tunisia, dealing a severe blow to that country’s efforts to revive the cruise liner business there after the Arab Spring. Tourism is among...

  • The woes facing Mater Dei Hospital

    Mater Dei Hospital was opened with great fanfare in 2007. The 250,000 square metre complex at Tal-Qroqq is an acute general teaching facility offering hospital and general services for 1,000 beds and has 25 operating theatres. The hospital has...

  • Editorial: What’s special about Joe Grima?

    Editorial: What’s special about Joe Grima?

    It’s wonderful that someone like Joe Grima, the government’s so-called special envoy to the World Tourism Organisation, feels he is able to express himself as he sees fit. Especially because he actively formed part of a regime in Malta’s dark days...

  • Action plan to curb air pollution

    A study by the World Health Organisation has concluded that air pollution in Malta leads to the death of about 230 people each year and costs the Maltese economy an annual €550 million (over five per cent of GDP) in consequent disease and...

  • Solid foundation for President’s charity

    The multiplicity of local organisations that promote various charity objectives shows how committed the Maltese are to help those in society who need that extra bit of support to get by in life. The Malta Community Chest Fund is one of the oldest...

  • Roads paved with good intentions

    Few can deny that many of Malta’s roads are in a terrible state and need urgent attention to make them safer and more driver friendly. So an extensive programme of road resurfacing around Malta should be good news for drivers and commuters. But...

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