• Decision on whether to fire John Bundy rests with PBS, Prime Minister says

    Prime Minister Joseph Muscat this afternoon told journalists that the decision on whether to sack PBS CEO John Bundy rests with PBS alone. Muscat was speaking after a visit to HSBC bank in Zabbar. Last week The Malta Independent reported that the PBS board was threatening to resign if Bundy ...

  • TMID Editorial - Monday reflections: When terror is not terrorism

    Terrorism. A white male opened fire into a festival crowd, killing at least 50 on Sunday. Somehow, this horrible incident was not classified as terrorism by the mainstream media. Instead, the Las Vegas massacre, which is being considered as one of the worst shootings in the US in recent history, ...

  • Developers against over-regulation of rental market

    The Malta Developers Association has warned that while some regulation of the rental sector was necessary, it did not believe that a return to rent control would help the economy “since this will stunt the growth of the rental market”. MDA said it was aware that the government was being lobbied to regulate ...

  • August tourist arrivals up by 12.2% to 288,033

    A total of 288,033 tourists visited Malta in August, an increase of 12.2 per cent compared to the corresponding month in 2016.The National Statistics Office said 259,392 foreigners visited on holiday and 7,839 on business. Tourists from the EU member states went up by 11.5 per cent to 245,390 when compared ...

  • FIRST MAGAZINE: The rise of the one-child family

    Across the EU, only one-sixth of all households are composed of three people or more. Those with more than four are rare, those with five account for fewer than 4.5 per cent and those with six or more for less than two per cent.In the UK, over half of all ...

  • eNGO calls for setting up of Environmental Crime Police unit

    Nature Trust – FEE Malta is urging the government to allocate more funds towards environmental conservation and protection.Finance Minister Edward Scicluna will present next year’s budget on Monday.The eNGO noted that, now that Malta has achieved a surplus in its budget, it is about time that one of the pillars ...

  • Chief Justice boldly speaks out about rule of law, need for proper law enforcement

    Chief Justice Silvio Camilleri felt the need to “go back to basics” during this morning’s address where he spoke of the importance of safeguarding the rule of law, commenting that without proper law enforcement this cannot take place. Addressing the opening of the Forensic Year, Camilleri said: “If the persons who ...

  • Growth and the quality of life

    The last decade has been characterised by a focus on fiscal rectitude as many EU countries struggled to control their public spending. On the other hand, Malta has been successful in reducing its fiscal deficit by promoting economic growth, and this has often exceeded the EU average. As the government prepares ...

  • Art in a digital world

    The winner of the first edition of the Premju Għall-Arti will receive a specially-commissioned work created by artist Kane Cali. Gillian Bartolo interviews the artist about his creative process. “When I’m done with a piece of art I want to move onto the next because I’m bored with it. It was ...

  • Where is the surplus? – Delia says economy benefits the few rather than the many

    Newly-elected PN Leader Adrian Delia has said that surplus achieved by the government last year had benefitted the few rather than the many ahead of the budget on 9 October.The surplus, he said, was certainly something positive but the lack of capital projects and assistance to vulnerable sections of society ...

  • Pierre Portelli resigns from The Malta Independent

    The Malta Independent’s Content and Business Director Pierre Portelli resigned from his post early last week. His resignation from his position as a director of the company will also take place in the coming days.Pierre Portelli joined Standard Publications Ltd in October 2013 to implement a new strategy that has ...

  • Party whips prepare for upcoming parliamentary sessions

    The Labour Party and Nationalist Party parliamentary whips have both highlighted amendments to the Public Administration Act as an important piece of legislation that will be discussed in the upcomingparliamentary sessions, between now and Christmas.Parliamentary sittings resume tomorrow following the summer break.The Malta Independent on Sunday spoke to both Whips ...

  • A new partnership, sweeping changes with a radical shift in approach at Air Malta

    When comparing the recent launch of the 'Go Light' product and the announcement concerning collective agreements with the uncertain situation surrounding Air Malta eight months ago, there seems to have been a radical change in approach by the company and the government, why?Air Malta is not an ordinary company owned ...

  • Councillors want action against car hire firm ‘occupying’ public car park

    Two Gudja councillors are up in arms over what they claim is an illegal occupation of public parking spots by a rental car company. In a stern letter to Transport Malta, councillors Mark Anthony Sammut and Stefan Caruana called on the authority to clamp down on the abuse. The letter, published by ...