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TOP STORY

Sliema man owes large sums to man who gunned him

The man who was the victim of a gun shooting in Sliema earlier this month owes a considerable sum to Giosue Gauci his ‘former’ partner in the hotel trade.



TOP NEWS

Minister gathering information on MEPA member

Dressing provocatively could get women charged

Gonzi warned of girl power as women dominate PN council agenda

Feature - The Pope
Wojtyla – a Pope full of contrasts

The suffering Pope

The life of Pope John Paul II

Who will be the next Pope?


OTHER NEWS

Blue Pain Relief may be taken off the shelf

Greens launch electoral manifesto

MLP reveals how it calculates percentages awarded to Local Councils

Farce – the report on alternative sites to Sant Antnin

Curia’s directive on faith healing

High truancy alert a symptom of “unattractive” public schools

Evarist’s disenchantment

PBS will have to make do with current funds, says Gatt

PN inner core under fire from dissidents

Grand Master’s sword slashes Floriana council

Forged Maltapost stamps in circulation

Doctor opposes limiting in-vitro fertilisation to married couples

More cash for delayed flights, but Air Malta shudder at rising costs

Smoking ban leads to wider kerbs

Xemxija speed camera target of rage attack

Imprisonment for libel pushed for abolition


INTERVIEW

Reflections on the Pope’s ailing body
Discussing Karol Woytila is not only opportune but emotionally charged, theologian Rene Camilleri answers some pertinent questions - by James Debono


THIS WEEK

Count Dracula
Patrick Vella is the founder of Curtain Raiser theatre group and both acts and directs for the group.


BUSINESS

Survey finds Maltese pessimistic about economic prospects

Industry’s turnover increases 19.5 per cent

VFM launches its first innovative Capital Guaranteed Fund

BOV renews three-year partnership agreement with FOI

MHRA concerned over lower tourism expenditure

Lombard has most successful year to date

France pursues Erika case, MMA thought in the clear


 

 


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EDITORIAL

Of Zejtun and all that
The decision by the Nationalist Party not to contest the local elections in Zejtun and Marsa is politically short sighted and will have dire consequences on the party’s long-term political interests.



OPINION

Publish and be damned
In the 1960s, a communist dissident had a brilliant method of criticising his government. - Saviour Balzan

Flash to Bang: the state of our cultural heritage
- Martin Scicluna

It’s not Baghdad but…
- Harry Vassallo

It’s not Baghdad but ...
Harry Vassallo

No day for a white wedding
- Claire Bonello

Holiday islands?
- Evarist Bartolo


SPORT

Tony Formosa's world of sports
‘King John’ and ‘Angel with Dirty Face’





LETTERS

Waste to energy does not mean incineration

When will Ghar-id-dud finally be embellished?

Alfred Buhagiar – an icon

I had the best of relations with all the media

Enhancing our Criminal Procedure

I will not pay estimated bills

Sejjieh u fil signs everywhere

All journalists should be allowed into detention centres

Power to the People

Azzopardi’s loan was made before

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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 sa

les 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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