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Editorial

  • Healthy body and peace of mind

    A study by Carmel Cefai, from the University of Malta’s Centre for Resilience and Socio-Emotional Health, which assessed the health and well-being of almost 3,000 children aged between eight and 13 years in selected State, Church and independent...

  • Protect the ‘noble profession’

    Law students in many countries, probably here too, are usually told they are joining “the noble profession”. In his book Professional Conduct and Advocacy, KV Krishnaswamy Iyer, a former Indian judge, speaks of “the most brilliant and attractive...

  • No dice with financial services

    The new, hand-picked chief executive officer at the Malta Financial Services Authority comes from the Malta Gaming Authority. That has advantages because Joseph Cuschieri is already versed in regulation, although the game at his new post is...

  • EU weighs in on corruption

    It is not just European Parliament members and top media houses abroad that have taken notice of the rampant claims of corruption and wrongdoing but the European Commission too is now adding its voice to those of many others calling for...

  • Constraints on traffic planners

    A row of trees along the hill near the Addolorata Cemetery, in Paola will be uprooted to make way for a €20 million project to widen the road and build an underpass at Santa Luċija roundabout. This would mean hundreds of trees, including old...

  • Political cronyism and the arts

    The Prime Minister’s appointment of veteran Gozitan politician Anton Refalo, who failed to make it to the Cabinet after the last election, to the chairmanship of Heritage Malta illustrates the very worst of the country’s crony political system. It...

  • Intolerance puts rights at risk

    Open democracies flourish on the right of citizens to express their opinions freely and associate themselves with any movement without fear of retribution. But one worrying reality that we all have to face is that hatred and intolerance are moving...

  • An unwarranted decision

    The President and the Justice Minister should put on hold their decision to go ahead with granting warrants to two students who may not be legally entitled to practise law. When it emerged, earlier this year, that the two students could have a...

  • Evidence of maladministration

    An investigation into the building of Mater Dei Hospital found that the way the project was handled was anything but professional. A report by the National Audit Office puts to shame all the stakeholders but particularly the Foundation for Medical...

  • Value-for-money audits

    Good political governance entails that members of Parliament should account in the most transparent way how taxpayers’ money they claim to cover the expenses incurred in their official duties are spent. The international media often reports with...

  • Revamping tourism strategy

    Tourism remains one of the most important economic activities for Malta. Top line figures show substantial growth. With low-cost travel becoming more popular, many predict the industry will continue to grow at least in turnover, if not...

  • Councils must lead by example

    Just over a month after a representative of a region within the Local Councils’ Association called for greater powers to be given to local councils to enforce health and safety regulations at construction sites, this newspaper reported that most...

  • The cause of good governance

    Financial services providers, and their customers, have to balance the need to abide by new data protection regulations and financial rules that require data aimed at preventing financial crime, which has rightly become the focus of international...

  • Delia’s uphill struggle

    Adrian Delia had the opportunity to spell out his vision for the country at the Nationalist Party’s General Council last week, to provide a clear picture of how a PN government would differ from Labour, and to reach out to those factions in the...

  • A focused ‘skyline policy’

    The Environment and Planning Review Tribunal annulled the planning permit for the 38-storey Townsquare tower proposed to be built right in the heart of what was once the start of the most elegant stretch of seaside residences in Malta. The...

  • Craving for sense, direction

    The Nationalist Party has concluded a week-long general council that was intended to draw up a plan for the future. It is good that the party goes back to its roots, for it has been out of orbit for far too long. Party leader Adrian Delia is a...

  • Tribute to loyal police officers

    The Times of Malta yesterday carried on its front page a photograph of PC Simon Schembri who was badly injured on Tuesday morning when he was run over by a motorist he had just waved down. It did so in solidarity with the police officer and his...

  • Justice in a reasonable time

    A former chief justice once reacted badly when this newspaper repeated the widely-accepted tenet that justice must not only be done but also be seen to be done. “Justice must be done, that’s all,” he strongly insisted. Of course, justice must be...

  • Gas supply price conundrum

    Putting Enemalta on a sound financial footing ought to have been and, to a great extent, is a feather in the Labour government’s cap. However, the project has unfortunately been mired in great controversy from the start. True, the country now has...

  • The power of incumbency

    Most democracies are characterised by the use of the power of incumbency, directly or indirectly, by elected politicians and their trusted public servants. Using elected office for political gain is, therefore, a reality that this country, like...