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TOP STORY

Frendo: Italian claims unfounded

Karl Schembri
The Maltese government yesterday strongly rebutted claims made by the Italian judiciary that it was “not collaborating” with the Italians in the investigations into the fatal illegal trafficking of Chinese immigrants to Sicily.


TOP NEWS

Dar Malta lies abandoned eight months after purchase

Commissioner Joe Borg could lose his vote

Interpretation of Maltese becomes an impossible task


OTHER NEWS

Saliba broke agreement on secret talks - Micallef

Interest of party comes first – Dalli

Illegal Moslem prayer centre remains open

NSO rebuts suggestion of inadequate data

Good tasting water may be more of a health hazard – WSC chairman

Seven companies in running for Mater Dei waste treatment plant

Businesses get upper hand in deciding residents’ parking schemes

Joe Fenech – farewell to a ‘great party man’

Unqualified Ghajnsielem clerk still in employment

Floriana mayor loses sword as lion prevails

‘Can’t book your flight,’ Spanish helicopter executive told

Gozo gets back its helicopter, but who’s going to use it?

Pensioners’ proposals diverted from Castille

Terri Schiavo: a sick woman turned political icon


FEATURE
WAKE UP-CALL

The Nationalists’ wake-up call

The parallel lives of John Dalli and Lino Spiteri

A Nationalist gentleman
In a wide-ranging interview former PN Secretary General Victor Ragonesi applies a coherent “true Nationalist” ideology to various issues ranging from the European Constitution to the Qui-Si-Sana car park. Ragonesi does not mince his words in demanding an explanation from the PN’s secretary general, Joe Saliba for the Zejtun and Marsa strategy


THIS WEEK

Reviving Marlene
Actress Irene Christ and actor director Thomas Schendel first met in a Brecht production and have now joined forces to bring back the spirit of Marlene Dietrich.


BUSINESS

HSBC chooses Malta for European investment branch

Wireless networking at a glance

Over 700 ICT students register for free Oracle software

NISCO meets to discuss the E-Business Action Plan

Effective energy saving lighting systems introduced to Malta


 

 


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EDITORIAL

Ryan’s world
The possibility of low cost airlines like Ryanair flying to Malta is welcome news for the consumer. It is a boost to our tourist industry.


OPINION

Scrap it if you can’t keep it alive
I recognise that everyone believes that our Permanent Representative in Brussels can speak and write fluent Maltese.
- Saviour Balzan

A new road
- Harry Vassallo

Why you’ll never see your money again
- Claire Bonello

The EU Constitution – where, when, why, what?
- Angelo Farrugia



LETTERS

I did not backstab Mayor Caruana - PN councillor

The language problem

How about a stringent test for hunters?

Subsidy to Gozitan students

Stop killing those cats

Thank you Mr Manche

MEPA should not intervene on mosque in Tower Road

Well done Dr Bonello du Puis

Action on illegal mosque

Appointment of legal advisors in public entities

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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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