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  • Safely behind the wheel

    Some may argue that the few people caught driving under the influence of alcohol during the festive season proved the success of awareness campaigns and more enforcement. Others would disagree and insist that, on the contrary, not enough is being...

  • Challenges pig breeders face

    The pig industry in Europe is facing formidable challenges as it is one of the most competitive farming sectors despite massive assistance given by the European Union through its Common Agricultural Policy. Local pig breeders face even more...

  • The Great British divide

    The rejection of Theresa May’s Brexit deal by MPs is a massive defeat for Britain’s Prime Minister and government. May lost the parliamentary vote by a huge margin of 230, the largest-ever defeat for a ruling party. Among those who voted against...

  • It is either now or never

    This is proving to be a decade of discontent for the Nationalist Party. It suffered a crushing electoral defeat in 2013 and a larger one in 2017. The leadership race following the resignation of Simon Busuttil was surrounded by controversy as...

  • Barriers for people with disabilities

    Most people face hardships at one time or another. However, for people with disabilities, barriers can be more frequent and have more serious consequences. Barriers are factors in a person’s environment that limit functioning and cause...

  • R&D, business and education

    The popular notion that research and development is something that eccentric scientists carry out in their labs has to do more with fiction than with reality. Business, education and political leaders know that a country’s future prosperity also...

  • Petrol station owners’ dispute

    Why has there always to be a clash whenever petrol station owners put in a claim for a rise in their profit margin? There is usually little public sympathy for petrol station owners over their claims but if they are correct in their argument that...

  • Investigate and prosecute

    Former Opposition leader Simon Busuttil had asked that a magistrate should look into the Panama Papers allegations. His request had originally been upheld by a magistrate but Prime Minister Joseph Muscat, his chief of staff, Keith Schembri,...

  • Crisis in the classroom

    Violence in schools is certainly not a new phenomenon, nor is it uncommon. Violent incidents between students, while never acceptable, are almost expected. What many find difficult to understand is violence faced by educators in their line of work.

  • No democracy without accountability

    In the same week that The Economist’s Intelligence Unit Democracy Index reconfirmed Malta’s status as a ‘full democracy’, a judgment by Mr Justice Giovanni Grixti revoking an inquiring magistrate’s decision to hold an inquiry on the Panama Papers...

  • Private jet decision censured

    When, in September last year, Planning Authority executive chairman, Johann Buttigieg, hired a private jet to fly to Malta a board member holidaying in Sicily to be able to vote on the db Group’s mega-development project in St George’s Bay, many...

  • The end of free banking

    Banks are arguably not the most popular service providers as many of their customers believe they are money-making machines that exploit their dominance in the market. However, there is another side of the coin, as regulation, consumer protection...

  • Positive business sentiment

    As expected, the Christmas holiday season brought about a substantial increase in turnover for most business both in Malta and Gozo. The Gozo Tourism Association, the Malta Chamber of SMEs (GRTU) and the Malta Hotels and Restaurants Association...

  • No end to migrants’ suffering

    As community leaders were praising the people for the generosity and solidarity shown in a fundraising event on Boxing Day, yet another human drama was playing out at sea as two boats carrying 49 migrants were refused entry into a safe port. Other...

  • PN must decide way ahead

    The Nationalist Party’s executive committee should lose no time in meeting to discuss, and, more importantly, decide on the way forward in the wake of the serious allegations made about its leader, Adrian Delia, and the mess it is in. Indeed, the...

  • Suppressing drug-seeking behaviour

    Cocaine addiction is a complex problem. It involves biological changes in the brain, as well as multiple social, familial and environmental factors. Treatment of cocaine and other drug addictions imposes a substantial financial cost on sufferers...

  • Horrors of 2018, hopes for 2019

    Last year was just over three months old when the country was shaken by a horrific accident: a double decker tourist bus ran into overhanging trees in Żurrieq, leaving two persons dead, torn apart by the low-lying branches. It was a shock – and a...

  • Cost of incarceration

    Incarceration of people who break the law is meant to protect the community and rehabilitate offenders. The sudden death of two inmates at Corradino Correctional Facilities a few days ago raises questions about how successful is the rehabilitation...

  • Effective drink-driving prevention

    Drink-driving continues to be a leading cause of road fatalities and injuries. The lowering of blood alcohol limits for drivers is a strong deterrent but flaws in the law may be hindering more effective drink-driving prevention. The police...

  • Anger over senseless decision

    The people of the quaint village of Għarb are rightly outraged by the Planning Authority’s decision to give the go-ahead for the building of a new fireworks factory in a valley there. But so are all those who have at heart the protection of the...