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Editorial

  • Immediate and independent inquiry

    It would be difficult to find a reasonable and valid justification for the Prime Minister’s refusal to launch an independent investigation into the visa and residence permits issued by the Maltese authorities. When the leader of the Opposition...

  • Cases of administrative indifference

    It is doubtful whether the National Audit Office has ever been as busy as it is at present. In a span of about a year, it has received no fewer than 14 requests for investigations, twice the early average. Since any capricious request is bound to...

  • Visa applications: a problem

    The recent arraignment of Joe Sammut over fraud, forgery and misappropriation charges and the earlier scandal involving the sale of visas by Maltese officials at the embassy in Libya have raised question marks about the administration of this...

  • A growing problem of driving distraction

    Mobile phones have become an integral part of modern living. Instant communication by voice or through texting is taken for granted by practically everyone these days. This makes it that much more difficult to achieve the crucial cultural shift...

  • Government’s stand on energy rates

    For some time, Joseph Muscat has been giving the need to ensure price stability as the reason for holding back from further reducing utility rates and fuel prices at the pump in the wake of the sharp fall in the price of oil on the international...

  • Broad action plan for integration

    Birżebbuġa councillor Herman Schiavone, deeply moved by the human tragedy that has unfolded with the plight of Syrian refugees in central Europe, will be tabling a formal proposal for his council to adopt and finance a Syrian refugee family. His...

  • Guidelines on outdoor restaurants

    With outdoor restaurants mushrooming in public places all over the island, the need for a more comprehensive set of guidelines and for greater regulation is long overdue. The general impression at present is that the situation is practically out...

  • Making social services more effective

    In a country where bureaucracy proliferates so liberally, a plan by the government to streamline the organisation and running of a string of social services is timely. If it is well taken up and implemented after full consultation and agreement...

  • Government must stop and listen

    The Ombudsman’s Environment and Planning Commissioner has joined the growing chorus of criticism of the government’s plans to demerge Mepa’s environment and planning functions. In a strong letter to the Prime Minister and the Opposition leader,...

  • Juncker’s plan deserves support

    The plan announced by European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker to deal with Europe’s refugee crisis should be supported by EU home affairs ministers at their meeting in Brussels tomorrow. Mr Juncker is proposing that 160,000 mainly Syrian...

  • A proposal not to be rubbished

    A government request to local councils to change waste collection times to ease traffic congestion should not be rubbished out of hand. Indeed, this should have been done long ago but, as is the case with other matters requiring urgent attention,...

  • Eunuchs cannot be watchdogs

    Former Nationalist Cabinet member Edwin Vassallo, now mayor of Mosta, must be among the very few willing to think Transport Malta can deliver. Most will disagree and would readily mention many reasons why. The same can be said for other regulators...

  • Public service gets bigger, not leaner

    There is no end to the political waffle that keeps obfuscating the picture about the real employment situation. Controversy over the creation, or non-creation, of jobs usually surface at local or general election times but it has now become an...

  • Checks and balances on development

    In a legal notice slipped out surreptitiously on the eve of the Santa Marija holidays, the government laid down that construction development at Malta’s hospital grounds will no longer be subject to planning permission. Any development related to...

  • The tale of two sailing clubs

    Over the years, two sailing clubs had to be moved because of private interests: the Royal Malta Yacht Club and Vikings Sailing Club. The yacht club had to leave its premises in Couvre Porte on Manoel Island, where it had been since 1970, to make...

  • Towards a healthier economic mix

    As Malta keeps attracting a higher number of tourists, the country needs to seriously reflect on the possible implications of this rapid growth in tourism. What has to be considered is not just the number of tourists the island can take without...

  • Editorial - Migration: beyond a dead boy

    Editorial - Migration: beyond a dead boy

    The photo of three-year-old Aylan Kurdi lying face down in the sand, with the waves that killed him lapping his head as if in remorse, will no doubt stand out as one of the images that characterises the daily migrant tragedy. Shocking as it is,...

  • A more positive workplace health concept

    Occupational health and safety grew up in the environment of the large factory and enterprise. Today, the World Health Organisation claims that we are only now learning to carry it out in small enterprise and the informal sector. “Regrettably, the...

  • Familial partnerships in crime

    In an interesting study entitled ‘Intergenerational Continuity in Offending’, criminologist Janice Formosa Pace painstakingly examined the crime history of a group of prisoners at Corradino Correctional Facility who were serving time there between...

  • Call for radical healthcare overhaul

    As the government revs up its rhetoric over plans to help promote the development of a medical healthcare sector through new investment in Malta and in Gozo, the impression may be given that the island’s health service is among the best in the...

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