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Editorial

  • When anxiety hits schoolchildren

    Ask any educator what the learning experience should be for young people and they are likely to tell you that time at school should be about self-discovery, education and self-improvement. Yet, it seems that for many young people school attendance...

  • Panama won’t go away

    The defeat of the parliamentary motion of no-confidence in Konrad Mizzi over the Panama affair was hardly a surprise. It is an outcome the government will come to regret. Wednesday’s vote prevents precisely what Joseph Muscat must have been hoping...

  • Subjective well-being of children

    In a study conducted by two academics – Carmel Cefai and Natalie Galea – entitled ‘Children’s worlds: the subjective well-being of Maltese children’, it was reported that more than one third of eight-year-old students were not happy with the way...

  • Working mothers deserve a boost

    It was great to learn that three of Malta’s MEPs – all female – outperformed their counterparts and received awards for their achievements. Such positive news, which makes some inroads in the efforts towards equal gender representation in...

  • Transparency when it suits Labour

    When Prime Minister Joseph Muscat rose to speak in the debate over the no confidence motion presented by the Nationalist Party earlier this month he made a statement portraying a very strange definition of transparency. Without any hint of...

  • When ethics watchdogs fail to bark

    One of the biggest merits of a democracy is that the system has the checks and balances in place to ensure that the interests of the majority of people are safeguarded at all times while the minority enjoys the respect it deserves. Regulators are...

  • Truly a case for a conscience vote

    Independent MP Marlene Farrugia has tabled a motion of no confidence in Parliament against Minister Konrad Mizzi over the now long-drawn out Panama scandal. The recent Cabinet reshuffle did not remove Dr Mizzi but instated him at the Office of the...

  • Good value for money in healthcare

    How interesting that the general secretary of the Medical Association of Malta was the one to blame the number of no-shows at Mater Dei Hospital’s Outpatients Department on long waiting lists. He said “lengthy” hospital waiting lists led many...

  • Editorial: The Prime Minister has no clothes

    Editorial: The Prime Minister has no clothes

    There are only two ways to react to the Prime Minister’s statement last Thursday, when he announced the retention of Konrad Mizzi in his Cabinet and Keith Schembri as his chief of staff: you either take him at his word or you don’t. Either way you...

  • Work for third country nationals

    The fact that many migrants are employed at conditions that verge on modern-day slavery has been an open secret for a while. In today’s economics-driven world, anyone in a vulnerable position is often considered fair game and, sadly, few are in a...

  • Prime Minister’s national rebuke

    When Joseph Muscat was elected Labour Party leader in 2008, an embittered contender, Evarist Bartolo, quoted Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa’s novel Il Gattopardo: “The more things change, the more they remain the same.” Those words were very...

  • Need of greater stress on maintenance

    When, earlier this month, the temperature suddenly soared to an unusual level, many rushed to the beaches, only to find mounds of seaweed in some places. Since it had been windy for some days, few may have complained about it but tourists might...

  • Habit of being physically active

    On World Health Day, earlier this month, a report by WHO focused on physical inactivity as a major cause of type 2 diabetes and urged countries to launch incentives for regular physical activity. The world health body recommended the adoption of...

  • Bad timing to fill the money box

    The timing could hardly have been any worse. As the country tries to get to grips with secret companies in Panama and trusts in New Zealand, the Nationalist Party comes up with a fund-raising scheme that, whatever the packaging it chooses to give...

  • Privacy and security trade-off

    The European Parliament has just approved by a large majority a measure – the Passenger Name Record Directive – that will require airlines to hand over to national authorities extensive passenger data for all flights into and out of the European...

  • The future of Air Malta

    The news, revealed by the Times of Malta, that the government has wrapped up negotiations on the future of Air Malta, and will be selling a substantial stake of the national airline to the UAE’s Etihad Airways, sounds good in principle, but one...

  • Of bait, fodder and provocation

    Journalists should always remain journalists whether they are working with the independent media or employed by organisations belonging to political parties. They have a duty to ask, demand answers and present the facts to their audiences. They...

  • Statistical evidence of evolving social trends

    Statistics rarely reflect the whole picture about the realities faced by society. But they certainly help to identify trends that evolve gradually as people’s lifestyles change over time. Recently published 2015 socio-economic statistics make...

  • Queen Elizabeth’s 90th birthday

    Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain and Northern Ireland today celebrates her 90th birthday with a series of events and the lighting of a beacon. President Barack Obama will be lunching with her at Windsor Castle. Prime Minister David Cameron will...

  • How to love more, by the Pope

    The Pope’s genuine compassion and love for humanity shines through bright and clear in his Apostolic exhortation ‘Joy of Love’, Amoris Laetitia, which is the fruit of the last Synod of Bishops. Pope Francis sets the tone early on in the document,...

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