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Fuel Oil down from last year
no reason for surcharge

Kurt Sansone
MaltaToday is providing more evidence that the surcharge introduced in the last budget has nothing to do with oil prices...

Surcharge controversy this week

Questions sent to Investments Minister Austin Gatt that remained unanswered



“Louis Galea would go onsite and give orders” - former FTS chief

Smash TV goes digital


Govt MP questions MTA’s funding strategy

Transport authority and ministry hazy on CEO’s dismissal

Toni Abela says ‘no’ to L-Istrina

National Orchestra lost Lm1,500 for WelcomEurope’s concert

Economists lambaste political feuding over depreciation of Lira

Half of foreigners granted citizenship are Brits

Poor performers in civil service could face early termination

Health Ministry will take on EU proposals to curb junk food adverts

Attard Montalto takes initiative to call for Malta’s sixth observer MEP

Maltese language remains “problem child” for EU

Headmaster Frans Sammut rules supreme in empty school


Our only way out
Economist Gordon Cordina sees this budget as a step in the right direction for our country’s ailing economy but warns that if the government’s targets are not achieved we will have to face even more draconian measures in the years to come - Karl Schembri


Les Miserables man comes to Malta
David Fawcett spent two years in the West End production of ‘Les Miserables’ where he played Brujon, the Bishop of Digne and the leading role of Jean Valjean on many occasions, having previously spent 13 months in the original Manchester production of the show.


Malta Stock Exchange surges ahead 13.7 per cent since 1 May

HSBC Structured Funds SICAV holds third annual general meeting

Economic and Social Development Plan for Gozo

New BOV chairman addresses Annual Conference

Industry turnover up 1.9 per cent over third quarter



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A glut of untruths
The current controversy raging between MaltaToday and Government rotates around one fundamental issue namely whether the surcharge on utilities imposed in the budget truly reflects the increase in the fuel oil (not to be confused with crude oil) prices in the last year...


Pantomime of hypocrisy
There are limits to how figures and numbers get interpreted, so when Austin Gatt vented his frustration on a radio programme and insisted in his stylish Gozitan way we were wrong and he was right… I could only laugh. - Saviour Balzan

Rush to judgement
- Claire Bonello

Pills or skills: can science keep up with the cheats?
- Herbert Messina Ferrante

Toasting marshmallows
- Harry Vassallo


Tony Formosa's world of sports
One is never enough


I had nothing to do with Alfie’s murder

A tribute to Working Mothers

Peppi replies

Pensioners on the budget

Trust a politician

EU Constitution

Infidelity is a scandal

Alfred vs Jason

How to be ‘Strong with the weak, and weak with… Skanska’!

Budget comments

Introduction of a fuel surcharge

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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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