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TOP STORY

Saliba’s stupid campaign shows limits of party’s administration - Dalli

The ‘business as usual’ approach in the upcoming PN executive meeting following last weekend’s harrowing defeat at the local council elections will be best characterised by the lack of priority afforded to the ‘local council election’ discussion on the agenda.


TOP NEWS

MEPA choose pricey legal advisors to avoid internal conflicts

Action on illegal mosque stopped after Minister Pullicino cautioned about religious sentiments

Civil servants chase neon tubes, big and small


OTHER NEWS

GRTU insists on talks over parking scheme

Amicable agreement between Dr Angelo Farrugia and MaltaToday

Only 7 per cent of Maltese children attend day care centres

Dubious appointments in Gozo local government under investigation

Skanska confirms hospital contract has not yet been signed

Priceclub directors also paid for Happy Saver

A veritable tragedy

Attacks on Manoel’s artistic director

Choirmaster denies ‘row’ with opera director

Zebbug Labour mayor was chased by PN

MLP on Euro adoption: follow Britain

Merciless driving test fails 50 per cent of candidates

Students talk of ‘dirty tricks’ by Gozo ministry to remove subsidy

False impressions and chicken subsidies

Conference delivers no action yet as more boat people loom on horizon

Former mayor turns guns on his party

Berlusconi’s Dietro Front

Refusing permit for Maltese double deckers is illegal

General Workers Union, Investments Ministry to resume talks tomorrow


FEATURE
ELECTORAL REFORM

A constitutional guinea pig

Parties to discuss reform with an open mind

Wenzu’s balancing act
Following the local election results and talk about electoral reform James Debono caught up with Wenzu Mintoff who is considered an expert on Malta’s electoral system


THIS WEEK

Living other lives
Elsa Romei remains one of the stalwarts of the Maltese theatre scene. She has taken on many important and challenging roles over the years and is still going strong.

 


BUSINESS

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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EDITORIAL

Time for the parties to do some soul searching
Beyond the celebrations, regrets and disappointments, the results of last week’s local elections warrant critical analysis. The results speak for themselves.


OPINION

U ejja!
Once upon a time there was a man called Dom Mintoff, and in 1987 we thought we had him consigned to the rubbish tip of history.
- Saviour Balzan

Scandalous!
- Anna Mallia

An unholy marriage
- Harry Vassallo

Not even crumbs of the Chinese pie
- Evarist Bartolo


SPORT

Tony Formosa's world of sports
Fat people and fat cats





LETTERS

MEPA is destroying my village

Archbishop’s solicitation to mothers

Vehicle registration tax and car imports

Dingli bus service unbearable

An open letter to the MFA

Floriana: A not so simple case

Manufacturing humans

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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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