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Editorial

  • May the force be with society

    We had been promised a reform within the police force but nobody seems to know what stage it has reached, if it ever really started in a meaningful manner. In the run-up to the June election, then home affairs minister Carmelo Abela visited 73...

  • Labour’s odd, populist ways

    The nurses have a problem and so does the country. Two people were injured in a bicycle crash in Marsa. A nurse went there in an ambulance to help but ended up being threatened by a group of people. The police arrived 40 minutes later. The Malta...

  • Restoring the Opposition

    One cannot envy the 20,000-plus members of the Nationalist Party who have been called to vote for their new leader next Saturday. The choice that confronts them is a stark and difficult one, with very different contenders both with strengths and...

  • Yet another explosive proposal

    As if not to be outdone by employers, who gave rise to a storm when they proposed that the first day of sick leave be considered unpaid waiting time, the General Workers’ Union has let off its own explosive recommendation – work on Sundays and...

  • The future of reading

    Reading is acknowledged as one of the most distinctive practices in human history. It is defined as the study of abstract symbols used to render beliefs, experiences, physical descriptions, theoretical explanations and ideas in books and...

  • An opportunity and a problem

    The second round of the Nationalist Party leadership contest appears to have started on a better footing than the acrimonious first round. The contenders are beginning to discuss the party’s political platform in its very basics. At least Chris...

  • A sustainable hunting academy

    The Federation for Hunting and Conservation is working on a project to open a hunting school in Malta. Launching a booklet dedicated to hunting safety during the opening ceremony of the Game and Country Expo at Ta’ Qali the other day, FKNK...

  • It is not just about sick leave

    It was no surprise for the trade unions to come out so strongly against a proposal by the Malta Employers’ Association to consider the first day of sick leave as an unpaid waiting day, as happens in some other countries. Losing no time to weigh...

  • Influx of foreign workers

    Growing economies need a constant supply of workers to ensure they stay on course. This is more so in economies that depend on service industries where qualified human capital is of critical importance. Major infrastructure projects also make...

  • Preparing for climate change

    In Houston, an unprecedented 127cm of rain have fallen in less than a week, with an eastern suburb receiving 132cm of rain, a new record for the continental United States. But unwelcome rainfall records are tumbling on the Indian sub-continent as...

  • Interest in the live arts

    Eurostat, the European Union’s office of statistics, monitors data on virtually everything the Europeans do. If something can be quantified, Eurostat will do so - from financial and economic data to population trends and many others. It gives us...

  • A damp squib in Pietà

    Any Nationalist sympathiser wanting to find out what was happening with his party’s shambolic leadership contest on Wednesday night had no option but to turn to the political adversary’s own television station to get a contorted version of the...

  • Modern waste incineration

    Recent reports about the disposal of rubbish and waste collection arrangements in the country’s capital city highlighted the massive problems facing Malta with its garbage collection, landfilling capacity and abysmal record of waste recycling. A...

  • The strands of chaos

    The move appears to have come late but maybe it is still on time. The Nationalist Party, on Monday, entrusted a consultative ethics committee, headed by party stalwart Louis Galea, to look into allegations being made by blogger Daphne Caruana...

  • Facing daily road hardships

    Traffic congestion remains one of the most serious challenges being faced by road users in Malta. Despite the government’s promise to mitigate this problem by improving the quality of roads over the next seven years, there are clear indications...

  • When authorities cannot bite

    Contraventions are happening so fast and in so many places across the country that many are beginning to wonder whether the authorities set up to ensure the observance of rules and regulations have lost their bite. If not, they have certainly not...

  • Editorial: The leader that PN needs

    The country is looking on practically in disbelief at the situation in which the Nationalist Party finds itself as it struggles to recover from the battering it received at the last election. The conventional wisdom is that none of the four...

  • Always be prepared

    Terrorism attacks spread terror, apart from causing death, injury and destruction. In response, many risk overreacting, putting a whole category of people in the same basket – like deeming all Muslims terrorists, which is far from the truth – or...

  • Checking construction abuse

    As the construction industry keeps going “at full throttle”, to use the industry chief’s expression, hundreds of people living next to building sites are suffering the brunt of inconveniences that go far beyond what is normally acceptable in the...

  • Migration contingency plan

    With reports that a million migrants are waiting on the North African coast to cross over into Europe, it is essential that Malta is fully prepared to cope with an influx on an unprecedented scale. The last time the need for such a contingency...