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MaltaToday - Malta’s fastest growing newspaper

Readership of MaltaToday grew by a staggering 152 percent in under twelve months. This is the conclusion of a survey carried out by ‘Informa’ consultants. The survey confirms that MaltaToday is the fastest growing newspaper on the island with 4.3 percent of the newspaper market share compared to the 6.4 percent of it’s main rival, The Malta Independent on Sunday.
MaltaToday stood at 1.7 percent a year ago. The survey was carried out after the elections. MaltaToday’s increased readership is reflected in this newspaper’s sales records which have shot up during the last year. The Malta Independent on Sunday dropped by 6 percent during the same period.



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EDITORIAL

Rubber stamping, go please

Rubber stamping in political conferences is not abnormal, on the contrary, it is perfectly normal. Following the two party conferences one can see that there has been a shift away from the trend...



OPINION

Culture with a capital C

It is not going to be politics or Satan in actor’s clothes and his clowns this week, so please read on. Cultural events are running amok and anyone who declares that Malta has nothing to offer is simply not being realistic....



NEWS

MLP vigilance board stops Sharon Ellul Bonici’s Euro election bid

Kurt Sansone
Sharon Ellul Bonici, the former No2EU campaigner vying for one of the eight Labour Party candidatures for the European Parliament elections has had her bid turned down by the MLP Vigilance Board...


BICAL Scandal

Cecil Pace battles to save the Excelsior hotel

Excelsior - Dr Tonio Farrugia’s report still sparks controversy


Sant’s hands are tied in new administration

On the outside it may seem as if the new Labour administration and national executive are a united front, but just below the surface party delegates can spot a game of alliances, which sees Alfred Sant in a weakened position...


Lobster’s 25-minute ride to hell

Kurt Sansone
A Maltese man nicknamed Lobster is the mastermind behind the transportation of illegal immigrants from Malta to Sicily according to an investigative report published in Italian magazine Il Giornale...


The cost of immigration: Lm476 a day spent by army forces alone

Asylum seekers kept waiting up to eleven months

Matthew Vella
It costs an average of Lm1.30 every day for an asylum seeker to be housed and fed at the Armed Forces of Malta’s compounds, which today house 364 migrants at the Lyster and Safi barracks. The total bill, since January of this year, has now escalated to Lm135,367 for the AFM, or Lm476 a day on average, to accommodate the constant flow of asylum seekers that enter Maltese waters...


Soldiers in detention camps exchanged eight packets of cigarettes for $100

Matthew Vella
"The men in our families paid USD4,000 to board a ship that should have taken us to Italy," Hagu, who at 45 is a mother of five, says. A Kurd, she left her small hometown just outside Istanbul almost 15 months ago along with her family and other Kurds...


It’s the Pope’s decision

Reacting to what has probably been a barrage of questions from the media on the successor of Archbishop Joseph Mercieca, the Vatican’s representative office in Malta yesterday said that the "canonical process will start at the opportune moment: when the Pope deems fit."...


Archbishop resignation begins wind of change for Maltese leaders

Kurt Sansone
Archbishop Joseph Mercieca on Tuesday unknowingly heralded a new era being the first of this country’s leaders to submit his resignation. Within a span of a year Malta could possibly see a generation change among its leaders...


Service at Maltapost deteriorates but privatised entity disagrees

Julian Manduca
Snail mail was one of Malta’s hallmarks for efficiency, a letter posted before 7am would arrive that very same day, but with a privatised post office things are not what they used to be.

 



Interview

Jason’s new beginning at Mile end

At 32 Jason Micallef is one of the youngest persons to have held the post of secretary general. Here he speaks to Kurt Sansone about the party’s relationship with the media, past mistakes and future challenges...


People

Pushing photography to the edge

Patrick Fenech is one of a few Maltese photographers who has pushed photography as art rather than craft. He has taken his works to the edge and like Bob Dylan is fond of radical change. In one of his early exhibitions he featured black and white close ups of industrial coiled jagged tools and soon after presented romantic Maltese and Gozitan scenes, again in black and white – these were also turned into postcards and remain one of the best set ever produced...









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