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Social partners remain miles apart as Budget day looms

Karl Schembri

Eight hours of closed-door meetings between government and social partners yesterday only served to confirm what was already public knowledge, even if the impending budget day gave it an aura of urgency...


Bus fares set to rise dramatically

Now you know your import booze limits

No reaction or explanation to Lm45 million extra bill for Mater Dei hospital

FTS inquiry: Minister and Attorney General turn their guns on Magistrate


Freemasons get together to create first Grand Lodge

Brincat says Labour did not spin before budget

‘Confidential’ health reforms propose new work practices and decentralisation

Visiting the site of the alleged gang rape

How will the golf course planning process continue?

Maltese NGOs one step behind European Union counterparts

Stipends reform: Nationalists do it better

Smoke signals from the UK


With hindsight
Hackled and booed while on his way to Parliament in 1997 to present the budget. Leo Brincat will be listening to a tough budget delivered by Gonzi. The Opposition spokesperson for foreign affairs speaks of Labour’s unsophisticated approach, the economy and the EU Constitution By Kurt Sansone


Diplomat turned actor
Australian former diplomat Colin Willis decided to return to Malta because he was in love. In love with a woman that is, and also because he realised he could have a good life here “because he does not feel he had to achieve anything.”


Employers and OHSA still awaiting clarifications on social security bill

HSBC launches environment fund

New partnership between Creditinfo Malta and D&B

ACI World economics committees meet in Malta

Economic growth expected to remain below potential

Luxury Living Property Company set-up by Dhalia

Co-operation strengthened against currency counterfeiting



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At the crossroads
The social partners have failed to reach an agreement on the social pact, despite their aim to form consensus between the social partners and government prior to the budget date.


On Jeremiahs and Peppi-natas
Folks it has been happening far too fast. I guess we are not the only souls thinking along these lines. Lawrence Gonzi is understandably oblivious to our concerns and he has not quite noticed that he has opened far too many fronts. - Saviour Balzan

Their own funeral - Claire Bonello


Who should resign at PBS? - John G. Borg Bartolo


Eureka! The stipends system needs changing! - Evarist Bartolo


Tony Formosa's world of sports
A congress of sport is an urgent need


The central question: Where do power and authority lie?

Interpretation of history


The mysterious disappearing cats

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MaltaToday celebrates 5 years
MaltaToday has multiplied eight-fold
“Readers appear fed up of being inflicted with press statements, a constant dose of party politics and spin doctoring. They are still interested in reading good news stories, but they want them to be well presented, articulately written and attractively illustrated. They want to read about society and about what is happening in the world around them And they cannot stand being preached to.”
So ran MaltaToday’s first editorial November 19, 1999, precisely 5 years ago .
MaltaToday was purposely launched as a Friday newspaper; it would later convert to a Sunday newspaper. It was a ploy concocted to avoid unnecessary competition from the giants published on a Sunday.
The front page of edition number one carried stories about ‘Corpses left in bed at Boffa hospital’, ‘No Air Malta flights after 10pm on New Year’s’Eve. Other stories interestingly covered the ‘9.2 million owed to MDC’, ‘Maltese will not be an official language’ and ‘We’re Arabs after all…’.
There were interviews with Joe Dimech, Jesmond Mugliet, John Lowell and footballer Joe Cilia.
The opinion pages were graced with Pierre Portelli, Miriam Dalli and MaltaToday editor then, as now, Saviour Balzan. A satirical column with the theme; ‘Where are they now’ took former Labour minister Joe Grima to task.
The 28 page newspaper also carried an colourful entertainment magazine called ‘This Week’ which has since been replaced.
Starting off with sales of less a thousand and struggling to break into the market, MaltaToday five years down the line has multiplied sales more than eight fold and is one of the leading Sunday newspapers. MaltaToday together with The Malta Business & Financial Times is owned and published by Newsworks Limited and both newspapers were one of the first to go online.

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