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  • No vaccines, no school

    The controversy surrounding the possible adverse effects of vaccines given to children has been raging for decades. The vaccination against measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) has caused the most controversy with anti-vaxxers claiming that the MMR...

  • Building industry quality standards

    The construction industry has a poor image in the eyes of many, partly because developers have not always observed reasonable quality standards that safeguard the interests of stakeholders. The industry is multifaceted, comprising contractors,...

  • Explosive nature of hate crimes

    On the same day the police arrested the first of two men being accused of a migrant’s murder, Chief Justice Emeritus Vincent De Gaetano was speaking to university students in Belarus on ‘Hate crimes as a form of discrimination’. Francesco Fenech,...

  • Politics of a grievance process

    An organisation that cares about its employees would have a grievance handling process to ensure that those who feel aggrieved by a management decision can have their complaint heard by an independent person transparently to resolve the issue...

  • Marketing home-grown products

    Maltese agriculture is facing an existential challenge. Unless local farmers and small food producers can find a niche market to sell their products, they will continue to face massive competition from mass-produced food products that flood every...

  • Europe’s democratic test

    Next weekend’s European Parliament elections are an important exercise in the bloc’s democracy. The second largest democratic contest in the world after India’s, with an estimated 374 million eligible voters, these elections will help shape...

  • Parents, children and politics

    Using underage children in political campaigns is undoubtedly not a new phenomenon. Some child psychologists argue that there is no such thing as too young to get engaged politically.  Even children too young to vote are affected by politics every...

  • Egrant: people’s right to know

    Ten months ago a magisterial inquiry found there was no evidence linking the Prime Minister’s wife or her family to Egrant, one of three Panama offshore companies that are unlikely to disappear from Malta’s radar screen until all the facts about...

  • Failures in environmental responsibilities

    In an informal meeting of the European Union 27 leaders in Sibiu in Romania, the Union’s role in fighting climate change was discussed. Eight countries issued a paper ahead of the summit asking the Union to “commit to phasing our carbon emissions...

  • The impact of alcohol abuse

    The abuse of alcohol has devastating effects that are more widespread than those of abuse of hard drugs because binge drinking is more common than the consumption of drugs. Drinking on occasion with friends can be an enjoyable way to celebrate...

  • Stop the caravan charade

    There is absolutely no doubt that Malta would top any index that measures indiscipline and lack of law enforcement. What happens summer after summer at Mistra Bay and, indeed, at other places where caravan owners take up space that ought to be...

  • Planning beyond short-term forecasts

    The key economic performance indicators continue to look good for this and next year. GDP growth, unemployment, debt and fiscal balances are all projected to be better than those of most EU countries. It is quite a different story, however, for...

  • Landlords owed a fair deal

    Over the last five decades, different administrations have introduced laws to protect the interests of tenants, many of who would otherwise find it difficult to cope with rising rental costs. However, the right of landlords to get a fair return on...

  • Preserving what is left of valleys

    As an uncontrolled building spree keeps disfiguring much of the face of Malta, demolishing in the process the government’s environmental credentials, an attempt is being made to save a bit of the administration’s face in the wake of a growing...

  • The epidemic of loneliness

    We may be living in the golden age of communication when contacting friends and relatives by technological means has never been easier. However, so many people suffer from the often continuous pain of solitude and loneliness that health experts...

  • Public procurement lacks integrity

    Public procurement is one of the government activities most vulnerable to corruption. Although, there are very well-defined standards to reduce the risk of corruption, their application needs to be meticulous and backed by a robust political will...

  • Respect for all workers

    Social harmony can only be achieved in an environment where all workers are valued and treated with respect and dignity and where there is no unethical behaviour, especially by political and business leaders. It is everyone’s responsibility to...

  • An imperfect step forward

    Facing a spate of planning applications to open more fuel stations amid wide public concern, the Minister for the Environment ordered a review of the planning authority’s controversial 2015 fuel stations policy to address “the burden such...

  • Curiosity won’t kill Muscat

    When one speaks of curiosity killing the cat, one is usually warning that inquisitiveness can lead to dangerous situations. Prime Minister Joseph Muscat seems to be very aware of that, especially where his closest aide, Keith Schembri, is...

  • Will high courts come of age?

    The decision by the government to plough ahead with six judicial appointments came right after the First Hall of the Civil Court, in its constitutional jurisdiction, had set an urgent hearing in a legal challenge to the appointments mechanism.