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  • Watchdog can bite again

    Watchdogs can hardly act as a deterrent to abusers if they are incapable of baring their teeth when they see a threat by anyone determined to break the law, provided one’s rights are fully upheld. The news that the local Competition Act will be...

  • The merits of adult education

    Those who in their childhood and early youth missed out on completing their education successfully often regret this phase in their lives. Many long to be given a second chance to acquire knowledge that will help them become more productive in...

  • Setting the tone in finance

    In a parliamentary democracy, the Cabi­net assumes collective responsibility for policymaking as well as oversight over implementation of policies. Individual ministers are responsible for ensuring that Cabinet decisions are implemented...

  • The lesson from Genoa

    The collapse, during a storm, of a 200-metre stretch of a bridge in Genoa a few days ago, when about 30 vehicles plunged 45 metres to a dried riverbed, warehouses and railway tracks below, killing at least 38 people, is a major tragedy that...

  • Decline in moral values

    The Planning Authority was never renowned for the speed with which it enforces regulations on those who breach the rules. If anything, it has a reputation for making controversial compromises that often let abusers get away with a fine while...

  • Don’t shoot the messenger

    Just days after a dressing-down by the European Banking Authority, the Financial Intelligence Analysis Unit had the temerity to publicly declare that the publication of what it said was secret and illegally-obtained information would have an...

  • Directly, but not an order

    When a country is run like a fiefdom, literally anything goes, even a direct order of €274 million at St Vincent de Paul Residence, though the government insists it is a public-private partnership. So, all is fine, everything is above board, even...

  • Facts about recreational cannabis

    The debate on whether the use of recreational cannabis should be legalised has reached our shores after Canada recently voted to legalise the sale and use of marijuana by adults. A similar public discussion is being conducted in other advanced...

  • School transport hits a roadblock

    When the Minister of Finance announced in his last Budget speech that the Education Ministry would be providing free transport for students in Church and independent schools, most road users, as well as parents, breathed a sigh of relief. Malta’s...

  • Alcohol: let’s drink in the reality

    The Health Department is contemplating setting up clinics in Paceville and possibly in other hotspots to respond to the astronomically high demand for hospital services by drunk revellers at weekends. This bit of news, from the Times of Malta last...

  • Summertime inconvenience

    Malta is so tiny that any illegal, or even unnecessary, occupation of public spaces ought to be clamped down immediately without reservation. Yet, despite greater national awareness of this and the frequent protests over illegal land grab for...

  • Bird-trapping season

    Just a month after the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg ruled that Malta was violating EU rules by allowing the trapping of protected finches, the government’s consultative committee, Ornis, recommended that an autumn trapping season should...

  • Government rules the airwaves

    It looks as if the Nationalist Party is not thinking straight these days. It is allowing Labour to have a field day, even insofar as communication with the public is concerned. Adrian Delia is rightly making it a point of meeting as many people as...

  • A jab in time saves lives

    An outbreak of measles in many European countries has prompted the Maltese health authorities to advise family doctors and parents about the preventable risks children who have not been vaccinated face. Although usually mild, measles can lead to...

  • Trees are apparently wiser

    The timing was a coincidence, but the day Environment Minister José Herrera announced more stringent tree regulations and the planting of many trees this year, this newspaper carried a report based on a reality that was closer to home, or closer...

  • Financial services under scrutiny

    Regulators and rating agencies have once again put a spotlight on Malta’s financial services industry. They took concrete action to show their concern about the risks this industry faces. Trust is the cornerstone of this industry and while it...

  • The risks of playing catch up

    When Malta joined the EU in 2004, many had the reasonable expectation that thanks to this political development, the country’s economy, physical infrastructure, the public health system, education standards and social care would improve to catch...

  • Hope to the vulnerable

    Every community will have people who need a little bit of extra help to get by. Sometimes all that is required is some information about how to apply for social benefits to which one may be entitled. At other times, questions are more complex like...

  • Politicians must be above suspicion

    It is difficult to understand the logic of Prime Minister Joseph Muscat in the aftermath of the publication of the main conclusions of theEgrant inquiry. He has good reason to be relieved with the outcome. It would have been very bad – not just...

  • Bank de-risking strategy

    Bank of Valletta’s interim results for the first half of 2018 confirm a pre-tax profit from operations of €88.5 million, which, however, is reduced to €13.5 million because of a €75 million provision mainly because of litigation in an Italian court.