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Editorial

  • Courts back serious journalists

    In the space of three months, two magistrates stood firm in protecting journalists’ sources and, thus, defend freedom of the press, an essential ingredient in any thriving democracy. The subject matter in the two cases varied considerably. One...

  • Need of quantum leap in efficiency

    Politicians on the government’s side talk so much about the good state of the economy that they are almost making people believe there can be no hiccups so long as Labour is in power. Of course, it is foolhardy for anyone to think that the...

  • Concession by intercession

    It’s called the Big Fair, with over 200 exhibitors, 1,500 workers, numerous parking spaces, toys for children, lotteries for adults, music, food stands and an expected 100,000 visitors. That is truly a retail bonanza, the ideal venue for a family...

  • Another positive outlook for Malta

    In sharp contrast to fears expressed before the UK voted to leave the European Union, a credit rating agency has now given a different prognosis for Malta, suggesting it will remain one of the fastest-growing economies in the eurozone. Despite the...

  • A spotlight on maladministration

    The Office of the Ombudsman is independent of the government and is an officer of Parliament. More importantly, the Ombudsman is the citizen’s defender. He is there to strengthen the accountability of the public service and to give citizens a...

  • France under attack, again

    France under attack, again

    France is once again the victim of an unspeakably cruel terror attack, in which at least 84 people were killed, including children, and at least 50 critically injured, after a truck drove through a crowd celebrating Bastille Day in Nice on...

  • The correct mentality for success

    Most of this country’s major sports organisations have been in existence for decades with the Malta Olympic Committee officially coming to life in 1928 and the Malta Football Association celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2000. Maltese athletes...

  • National interest, Labour style

    When the Opposition leader extended a hand of cooperation to the government to help handle the unfolding post-Brexit world, he did so aware of dormant and unutilised expertise within his party’s ranks that once helped Malta successfully navigate...

  • Flying straight into turbulence

    It is not unusual for the employees of a business in distress to deny the seriousness of the troubles their company faces and blame management for exploiting them or making the wrong decisions. This is the state of denial that precedes the more...

  • Spotlight on human trafficking

    The US State Department has reported that Malta does not meet minimum standards for the elimination of human trafficking. This should hardly come as a surprise. What is truly surprising, however, is how little the authorities seem willing to do...

  • Excellent standard of education

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

  • Licence decision a benchmark?

    One is likely to judge the decision made by the National Commission for Further and Higher Education on the future of the American University of Malta according to which side of the political divide one sits. The commission could be accused of...

  • Fixing the European Union

    Europe is still coming to terms with the shocking result of Britain’s European Union referendum and seems unsure how to react to it. There is no doubt, however, that the referendum vote should serve as a wake-up call for the EU which has to change...

  • Prioritisation of research projects

    The objective of academic research and development is to obtain new knowledge, which may or may not be applied to practical uses. If limitation of financial resources was not an issue, then tertiary education students willing to undertake research...

  • A morale boost for police force

    Nothing happens in the police force without the blessing of the Police Commissioner. Indeed, the law gives the Police Commissioner wide powers over the force. The Police Act makes it very clear that the head of the police force “shall have the...

  • Wanted: more Hans Jochams

    A tourist from Munich is putting people to shame whenever he turns up at beaches, cleaning up the litter left over by locals and, maybe, by other tourists too. No matter how much people are told to keep the beaches (and other public places) clean,...

  • Funds for primary healthcare

    With both main political parties committing themselves to keeping the national health service free of charge at the point of delivery, a sound business and financial model must underpin the operations of every sector offered. With an aging...

  • A blinkered Minister of Justice

    The Ministry of Justice, Culture and Local Government has somehow concluded that, for The Sunday Times of Malta, “matters relating to the increased accountability of members of the judiciary are unimportant”. In a reply to the newspaper, it said...

  • A view from the Azure Window

    Dwejra is an area of outstanding natural beauty, rich in history, topography, geology and ecology. It includes the massive Fungus Rock and the fishermen’s harbour known as the Inland Sea. Just a short walk away is the iconic rock formation known...

  • Institution that sets example

    During last December’s all-night debate in Parliament about the transfer of properties to the Sadeen Group for the setting up of a new university in the south, rebel MP Marlene Farrugia rightly questioned why negotiations with the Jordanian...

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