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TOP STORY

Doctors leaving Malta says medical association

Malta faces a brain drain with most doctors that graduated in 1999 leaving the island, Martin Balzan, the Medical Association of Malta’s secretary-general, tells MaltaToday in an interview.


TOP NEWS

Gonzi defends email as Institute of Journalists demands explanation

Competition law applies to school uniforms and books

Gozo businesses pay Lm300 a year in VAT


OTHER NEWS

Erika returns to haunt with civil actions that could spell thousands in compensation

MP’s Christmas party proposal falls on deaf ears

Green Dot or refund deposit?

Friendly fire greets public holidays measure

Bad medicine

Europe opens its door to Turkey

PN confirms its MEPs will be working for sixth observer MEP

FTS inquest: 92% of special case direct orders were “irregular”


INTERVIEW

Don’t touch Clause 17
After months discussing a social pact that failed to materialise, government decided to remove workers’ right to vacation leave for public holidays falling on weekends. Gejtu Vella, the Secretary General of Union Haddiema Maghqudin, urges the government to go back to the drawing board - Karl Schembri


THIS WEEK

No ordinary woman
Diane Micallef has become a familiar face to all those following Malta’s music scene. Diane is the front-woman of popular band Corkskrew who have established a name for themselves with their powerful mixture of rock and alternative styles.


BUSINESS

IPO renaissance expected in US, but will Malta follow suit?

Hard lobbying for EU funds

FOI rebuts Gatt on yard workers’ private sector redeployment

Malta to submit plans for emissions trading at last minute


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EDITORIAL

The Second Republic
The call made by the President of Malta to update the Constitution should not fall on deaf ears...


OPINION

Say it as it is - Saviour Balzan

Devaluation and dark horses
- Blair L. Fortner

Something new, something better
- Harry Vassallo

Beyond the Golden Mile
- Claire Bonello


SPORT

Tony Formosa's world of sports
Designer drugs, deaths and administrative doping





LETTERS

Departure tax discrimination

Abortion: Malta and the United Nations

Ministers’ Income Declaration

I regret any inconvenience to RCC

Provocative Britney

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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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