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Industrial minefield looms over public holidays

Karl Schembri

Government is bound to face a legal quagmire over its budget plan to remove workers’ leave entitlement for public holidays that fall on weekends as the unions are warning they will defend collective agreements in force when the labour law is changed.


Leaked Castille email reveals disdain for journalists

Health reforms are the work of a sick mind, says doctor

MLP insiders unenthusiastic over ‘depreciation’ proposal


Airport with no water

Study opportunities at risk because of bad English

Electricity surcharge unlikely to be removed

Junior minister dismisses Simon Busuttil’s tax objection

Minister finally replies on oil surcharge

Government skirts issue on Malta’s sixth observer seat

FTS inquiry - former chief highlights Galea’s relatives

Headless council

Ian Micallef eyes Transport Authority top job

Chambray lease to be discussed in Parliament this week


The waiting game
From another televised interview on Int x’Tahseb?, MATTHEW VELLA picks up the highlights from Saviour Balzan’s encounter with Alfred Sant - Matthew Vella


Malta’s Panto man
Alan Montanaro is arguably Malta funniest current actor, maybe even our funniest actor ever.



Call for continued facilitation for SMEs, self employed

Tourism results improve, despite UK market downturn

Malta’s competitiveness in focus

Moody’s changes ratings for Bank of Valletta

Vodafone implements three per cent excise tax

FOI delegation in Brussels for European Competitiveness Day

Continental Cars opens new premises with corporate facelift



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Still in need of the social pact
The head-on confrontation looming between the unions and government is of concern. It puts in doubt whether reaching a social pact between all the social partners is at all possible.


I’m not a nincompoop- Kurt Sansone

Show me the money!
- Anna Mallia

A little bit of Erika
- Harry Vassallo


Tony Formosa's world of sports
School for fans


Performance Bonus

Due respect for non-working mothers

Living ability not disability

An impassioned appeal

Consultants confound patent issues

Introduction of fuel surcharge

Half truths are worse than lies

Introduce divorce

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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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