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TOP STORY

Insurances would be unable to cover a tsunami calamity in Malta

Karl Schembri

A tsunami of the scale that hit the Indian Ocean last Sunday would sweep away not only a good part of Malta but may also devastate the Maltese insurance industry, according to impact studies commissioned by insurers.


TOP NEWS

Scrapped transport authority post costs hundreds of liri in overtime

How the PM might steal Christmas

Joe Zahra lends a helping hand at l-Istrina

Trappers refusing to budge from private land at Hagar Qim

Micallef uncontested as secretary general

Police decline to comment on new Cauchi murder leads

Commission reports to AD that departure tax is non-discriminatory

Institute of Journalists ‘investigating’ email exchange

Incinerator still bellowing

Did the bad economy hit charity?


LOOKING AHEAD

Ban on Spring hunting and trapping

Mickey Mouse laws for bars and restaurants

The asylum seeker

A case of shifting sands

New challenges ahead for Malta in transposition of EU directives


INTERVIEW

I am capable, and can be objective
In his first televised interview and only second one with a newspaper the President of the Republic Dr Fenech Adami talks of his decision to become President, of his interest in bridging with the Labour Opposition and of the future, Saviour Balzan reports


THIS WEEK

Promoting the Bard
Lino Bugeja is a feature writer for The Sunday Times of Malta focusing on a variety of cultural aspects.


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

Looking ahead
The dawning of a New Year is a time for resolutions. It is a time when targets are set and hopefully reached throughout the year. It is the time when we all look forward to reaching set goals.


OPINION

Get smart - Saviour Balzan

Between the devil and the deep blue sea
- Claire Bonello

A communist poet at midnight mass - Evarist Bartolo

From survival to success
- Harry Vassallo


SPORT

Tony Formosa's world of sports
Sexy sport and … sexy football





LETTERS

UHM and the Social Pact

No badges for chefs without membership

Don’t let rugby die

Strange but true

When a tax becomes something else

Mandatory 5 year Prison sentence for anybody carrying a knife

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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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