Yana Mintoff

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Yana Bland
Yana Mintoff Bland receive Biography Book Malta Dominic Mintoff and at birthday by Author Profs Josef Grech.jpg
Yana Mintoff Bland (right) receiving a biography book about her father Dom Mintoff by Josef Grech
Occupation Politician, economist and educator
Political party Labour Party
Spouse(s) David P. Bland
Children 2

Yana Bland or Yana Bland Mintoff (née Yana Mintoff) is a Maltese Labour politician, economist[1] and educator.[2] Mintoff was born on 21 August 1951, the daughter of the future Prime Minister of Malta, Dom Mintoff and Moyra De Vere Bentinck, by whom she is descended from both Dutch and British nobility.[3]


As a teacher in the United Kingdom, Yana Mintoff was a member of the Socialist Workers Party. On 6 July 1978 Mintoff took part in a demonstration in the UK House of Commons;[4] in a protest against the presence of UK troops in Northern Ireland,[5] three bags of horse manure were hurled from the public gallery during a debate on Scottish devolution; John Mcsherry and Mintoff were arrested and she was later fined.[6]

On her return to Malta, she helped establish the Association of Women of the Mediterranean Region. Mintoff helped compile four books of collected works:

  • Militarism in the Mediterranean, Malta 1994
  • Health in the Mediterranean, including interviews with Tuareg Nuclear test Victims, Malta 1995
  • Nobody Can Imagine Our Longing: Refugees and Immigrants in the Mediterranean, Plain View Press, Austin TX 1996
  • In Search of Peace, Plain View Press, 1998

An economist by training, her publications include an article published in the International Journal of Health Services, Johns Hopkins University, MD, USA.[7]

In Texas in 1998, Mintoff was a founder and superintendent of the Katherine Anne Porter School, a charter school in Wimberley.[8][2]

Having returned to Malta to tend to her ailing father, Mintoff addressed the Maltese Labour Party's General Conference of 2012.[9] She was a candidate in the Maltese general election, 2013, but failed to get elected to the House of Representatives.


She married David P. Bland in 1991.[3] Her children are Cetta S. Mainwaring and Daniel X. Mainwaring.[3]

After the couple separated, Mintoff formed a relationship with a younger man from Romania, Ghoerghe Popa.[10] On 24 October 2016, Popa became suspicious that she may had been dating another man, which led to a fight involving knives at the family residence in Tarxien. Her son, Daniel Mainwaring, intervened to stop the fight from escalating.[10] As Mintoff and her son went to seek medical attention, Popa allegedly set the house on fire which lead to severe structural damage to the property. The 39-year-old Romanian was found in the vicinity after a man hunt, soaked in blood.[11][10]


  1. ^ "Single Author Books – List by Author". Plain View Press. 
  2. ^ a b "List of staff". The Katherine Anne Porter School. Archived from the original on 27 May 2010. Retrieved 2010-06-14. 
  3. ^ a b c Charles Mosley, editor, Burke's Peerage, Baronetage & Knightage, 107th edition, 3 volumes (Wilmington, Delaware, U.S.A.: Burke's Peerage (Genealogical Books) Ltd, 2003), Vol., p. 3183.
  4. ^ Patterson, Moira (21 August 2012). "Dom Mintoff obituary". UK: The Guardian. Archived from the original on 24 September 2016. 
  5. ^ "Ten Years Later: Coping and Hoping". Time. 1978-07-17. Retrieved 2007-06-12. 
  6. ^ "Former Maltese PM Dom Mintoff, who ended his country's 200-year military link to Britain, dies at 96". Daily Mail. 2012-08-21. 
  7. ^ Bland, Yana (July 1994). "The Economics of Imperialism and Health: Malta's Experience". International Journal of Health Services. 24 (3): 549–566. Archived from the original on 8 November 2016. 
  8. ^ "History". Katherine Anne Porter School. Retrieved 22 November 2016. 
  9. ^ "Labour general conference | Party showcases Mintoff pedigree and 'star candidates". Malta Today. 2012-01-22. Retrieved 2012-08-22. 
  10. ^ a b c "Yana Mintoff Bland recalls near-death experience in knife attack". The Malta Independent. 21 November 2016. Archived from the original on 22 November 2016. 
  11. ^ Attard, Charmaine (25 October 2016). "Aġġornata: Taqla' daqqiet ta' sikkina, jindarbilha binha, tinħarqilha d-dar u jaqa' saqaf" (in Maltese). Malta: Newsbook. Archived from the original on 8 November 2016.