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Feature - The Pope
Wojtyla – a Pope full of contrasts

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MLP set for resounding victory

Julian Manduca and Kurt Sansone

The mood in MLP and PN camps yesterday evening was strikingly different and exit polls were pointing to a resounding victory for the Labour Party even without elections in Zejtun and Marsa.



Despite PM’s attack, Auditor General will keep doing his job

What was wrong at FTS

Louis Galea’s brainchildren – from the AWTS to the FTS

Triplets: cute and expensive

Advising a suspect how to avoid the police


Mediation dilemmas haunt victims of unwilling spouses

Immigration task force still in the clouds

Gaming authority taking on illegal fruit machine gambling

Gays locked out from centre as council changes key lock

Transport officials warn new bus drivers’ fines may encourage abuse

St Julian’s Council ignores ADT over parking scheme

Gozo’s troubled waters

MFA defends its turf over home-grown footballers

Deguara fails to explain

Magistrate raps Court Registrar for delay

Misinterpreting Gonzi’s stats

Amnesty insists media be allowed into detention centres

Lunch with Alfred

Tale of two Calley(j)as turns out to be ‘farce’

Healthcare workers complain about allowance reductions

A rain of bullets and fire

Ridiculous rents paid by political parties

Prime Minister held up on voting day



From bra burning to billboard bashing

Qualified housewives

Is putting women on top offending the rules of meritocracy?

Not (just) for girls
Which is worse? A chocolate advertising itself as ‘Not for girls’ or the Archbishop saying mothers should remain at home? Sina Bugeja says we can do away with both of them. By Karl Schembri


Sharing musical dreams
Pianist Maria Blanco has worked with various internationally renowned professors, including Andrew Ball (UK), Marcel Baudet (Holland), Alberto Portugheis (UK), Ruth Harte (UK), Eleonora Bekova (Russia) and Laszlo Vidovsky (Hungary).



GDP rises 1.5 per cent, household expenditure up one per cent

Malta supports Luxembourg presidency Pact proposals

Air Malta appoints 13 general managers

National broadband policy launched



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A duty to listen
It would be a very grave mistake for political parties to interpret the results of yesterday’s vote merely on a local level.


Virtual locality
- Harry Vassallo

Ministers and Miniskirts
- Claire Bonello

Who took De Rohan’s sword?
- Evarist Bartolo


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


The Pope and the Archbishop

A mature debate in reality

Complaints on water and electricity bills


Teachers went on strike

MHRA concerned over lower tourism expenditure

Valletta boards were cheaper

The GWU and Labour’s Social and Economic Regeneration Plan

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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.
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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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