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  • Prime legacy of Valletta 2018

    Muża – Mużew Nazzjonali ta’ l-Arti is the chosen name for the new museum of fine arts. It is Malta’s flagship project celebrating Valletta as Europe’s Capital of Culture. Its inauguration last week comes, like so many other projects scheduled to...

  • State of the environment

    A report has just been presented to Parliament by the Environment and Resources Authority (ERA) on the state of the environment in Malta. It comes a full decade after the last such report and the reporting period covered only takes in the years...

  • Closing the gender pay gap

    While significant progress has been made in the emancipation of women at the workplace, there are still certain obstacles that prevent female workers from achieving their full potential. Malta’s gender pay gap stands at 11 per cent on average, and...

  • The invisible killer on the roads

    The annual Air Quality in Europe report by the European Environmental Agency has noted that premature deaths related to air pollution in Malta are on the rise. Heart disease and stroke are among the most common causes of death linked to air...

  • Vocational education

    Vocational education prepares people for work in a trade, a craft, as a technician or in support of professionals. Craft vocations are usually based on manual or practical activities and are traditionally non-academic but related to a specific...

  • Mockery of standards in public life

    Is it not hugely ironic that the newly-appointed Commissioner for Standards in Public Life has taken up his appointment just as the Prime Minister and his government have kicked in the teeth the very principles embodying the law setting up the...

  • Sex into pizzas doesn’t go

    It is ironic that Equality Minister Helena Dalli chose to play the modern-day inquisitor with a priest who used a vlog to warn of the dangers of contraceptives. He is a Dominican priest whose religious order was at the forefront of affairs when...

  • Deaths from air pollution

    A study by the World Health Organisation in 2015 concluded that air pollution in Malta costs the economy an annual €550 million in consequent disease and death. The latest edition of the annual Air Quality in Europe report by the European...

  • Banks managing reputational risk

    Banking thrives on trust that is so hard to cultivate and so easy to lose. The sector in Malta is made up of three major banks and a few smaller ones that serve mainly the local community and some that do business exclusively in other markets.

  • Positive economic indicators

    The European Commission’s autumn forecast confirms that Malta is likely to continue to enjoy robust economic growth, low unemployment and further fiscal consolidation. This forecast is good news and should stimulate the government to address areas...

  • 17 Black: the only way out is to leave

    Keith Schembri and Konrad Mizzi have nowhere to hide following the Daphne Project’s revelation that the company 17 Black, named in a leaked e-mail as the intended source of massive payments to their Panama companies, is owned by Electrogas...

  • Send them to the cleaners

    Few can deny that Malta is suffering a bad press from the perception that it tolerates money laundering and is less than fully committed to eradicating tax evasion, corruption, financing of criminal activities, fraud and bribery. Perceptions could...

  • Farmers’ lobby group

    Agriculture makes only a modest contribution to Malta’s gross domestic product. Still, it is crucially important that this sector of the economy is sustained not only for the preservation of the ever-diminishing rural character of the countryside...

  • Curbing alcohol abuse

    Alcohol is the most commonly abused drug. However, awareness of the dangers of alcohol abuse is low when compared to that of other drugs that are, fortunately, less common. It now seems that public policymakers are prepared to tackle alcohol abuse...

  • In for the long haul

    Out of the blue, the government let it be known it is considering setting up an anti-organised crime commission. “Cabinet sources” told The Sunday Times of Malta the idea had been floated during a Cabinet meeting in the wake of Daphne Caruana...

  • To be or not to be unionised

    A suggestion by the General Workers’ Union for compulsory trade union membership may come as sweet music to the hundreds, if not thousands, of workers being paid low wages by unscrupulous employers taking advantage of the economic boom. Many have...

  • Seeing beyond GDP growth

    Economic growth is often considered by many economists and politicians as the gold standard for development and, by implication, of people’s well-being. However, those who put the interest of ordinary people at the centre of their measurement of...

  • Threats to independent media

    The report by six of the world’s leading media freedom organisations published on October 19, on freedom of expression in Malta, makes grim reading. Unrelated events since then, particularly the court’s gag on the popular programme Xarabank a week...

  • A ‘shanty town’ in Comino

    There is an official campsite at Santa Marija, in Comino. It forms a part of the Comino Natura 2000 zone, a former marshland and reed bed, scheduled as such because of its scientific and ecological importance. The Natura 2000 management plan calls...

  • So truth may never die

    Today is International Day to End Impunity for Crimes Against Journalists and Unesco will be launching a campaign themed Truth Never Dies. The campaign reminds us that a journalist is murdered every four days, often because s/he denounced...