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TOP STORY

Confrontation looms as MCESD talks fail

Karl Schembri

Unions warned government of troubles to come if it implements its controversial public holidays measure, soon after announcing failed discussions with employers yesterday at a meeting of the Malta Council for Economic and Social Development.


TOP NEWS

Racist rally attracts soldiers in civilian clothes

Lawrence Gonzi tells PN executive that whoever was responsible for Safi beatings will have to pay the price

Computer importers and suppliers livid at ‘bulk buying’ proposal


OTHER NEWS

MEPA ignores recommendations and gives green light to development off Dingli Cliffs

Doctors’ failure to administer antibiotics may have led to boy’s death

Labour’s Maltastar fades away

Silence over impact of eco-taxes on inflation

M’Scala greets another controversy this time with its sewage treatment plant

A battle of waste

Consumers out of their pocket as government plans to backdate eco-tax

PM says Galea did not mislead Parliament on incomplete FTS direct orders

Incensed Junior College principal lambasts ‘snobbish’ University

Asylum Seekers – myths or truths?

Sweet and tender xenophobes

Every week, Maltese MEPs bag Lm434 extra for every flight to Brussels

Change of heart

Director tried to support and assist Price Club’s capital base

Accountant never told creditors about losses


INTERVIEW

Asylum nightmare
Fr Pierre Grech Marguerat, from the Jesuit Refugee Society, says the Hal-Safi incidents clearly show how fragile government’s detention policy is - by Matthew Vella


THIS WEEK

Sculpting spiritual art
Ganni Pace was born in Valletta on July 14, 1946 to Joseph (1913-1986) and Maria nee Fenech (1922-1990), cousin to the artist George Fenech (1926 - ) of Mellieha.


BUSINESS

Euro-domination funds see considerable growth as devaluation devaluation talk scares investor funds away from the lira

Air Malta sells 200,000 BOV shares to Deutsche Bank

MIA negotiating with foreign investors for business park

Government, Oracle join forces for Malta’s information society


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EDITORIAL

Government needs to win back the confidence of the public
All legal notices are henceforth to be vetted by the Prime minister’s office prior to being published. This is welcome news for all entrepreneurs burdened with excessive administration.


OPINION

No crisis, just absolute confusion
Tonio Borg argues, and I quote, that Malta is a small country with an extraordinarily massive population and therefore it follows that the detention policy must be different.
- Saviour Balzan

A plan that stinks
- Kurt Sansone

He has to go!
- Anna Mallia


SPORT

Tony Formosa's world of sports
Darlings of sport





LETTERS

Those responsible should be brought to justice

Those responsible should face prison

The only solution for the negotiating table

The hole of Nadur

Floriana Local Council: not quite so simple

Chosen company had more experience in Malta

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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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