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TOP STORY


Lawrence Gonzi speaking to journalists during his monthly press briefing yesterday

PM takes on Auditor General, defends Galea

Kurt Sansone

Lawrence Gonzi yesterday defended his education minister from the Auditor General’s accusations of financial irregularities at the Foundation for Tomorrow’s Schools saying that Louis Galea did shoulder political responsibility when he took the necessary measures to stop the abuse around two years ago.



TOP NEWS

MFA discriminating against European players, says Brussels

Former Police Commissioner often drunk, alleges witness

Press is target of reform proposing extensive court bans

PN officials withdraw libel law suits after declaration by the MaltaToday Editor


OTHER NEWS

Flu pandemic plan being drawn up

Valletta Local Council erects billboards of self-praise

Technical team evaluates Euro preparedness

New car importers warn of massive job losses

Executive role for MTA chairman

Gas, Gatt and God

Waiting for the Chinese wave

The cult of Rachel

Secretive Malta Playing Fields Association abdicates responsibility in garage trouble

One year of Gonzi: No clone of Eddie

Spielberg to return to film in Malta

MP alleges old people’s home serves residents ‘gaxin’

No sign yet of Depasquale inquiry’s conclusions

Windfall tax for HSBC’s bumper profits? ‘No comment’ says CEO

MEPA Board member resigns following MaltaToday reports

 


FEATURE
BATTLE OF THE LOCALS

The elections the PN never wanted

The withdrawal method
PN Secretary General says withdrawing from Marsa and Zejtun was not intended to avoid a major defeat, but he refuses to elaborate

No heaven on earth
As Labour-led councils score high on MLP graded performance, Labour secretary-general Jason Micallef says he does not know of one single PN-led council that is doing a good job

Waiting for a switch
Secretary-general of Alternattiva Demokratika Stephen Cachia says people are eager to send a message to a government that is showing an uncaring face


THIS WEEK

Hold up victim to Gladiator
TV personality Ruth Frendo went from a hold-up to having a minor part in the Hollywood blockbuster Gladiator.


BUSINESS

Farsons makes heavy investment

The Global Funds SICAV plc reports positive performance

Oxbow sportswear opens its doors to Malta

eTEN programme – assisting competitiveness

Insurance scandals hitting the headlines


 

 


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EDITORIAL

A case study
When is the position of a politically appointed officer on a Government owned company or authority no longer tenable?



OPINION

The life history of a hole
Heritage Malta has a Herculean task ahead of it. It is faced with an antiquities problem. Thousands of ancient spots have been discovered all over the three islands.
- Saviour Balzan

Our energy prices and polluting power stations
- Edward Mallia

Austin’s guts
- Harry Vassallo


SPORT

Tony Formosa's world of sports
The aristocracy of world football on show





LETTERS

The report on alternative sites to Sant Antnin

Pavements are for pedestrians

Malta needs a divorce law not tribunal watchdogs

Hal-far is too close to Birzebbugia

Remove the penalty

The disastrous state of Liceo MA Vassalli

IVF is the beginning of a new life

Good luck and thanks Fr Anton

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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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