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TOP STORY

PN factions place women candidates on the frontline

The two blocs in the Nationalist Party representing different factions have fielded an unusual number of women candidates for the PN’s next election for the executive, taking advantage of a new clause in the statute that favours women candidates...


TOP NEWS

Role of police ignored in Chinese investigations

‘New’ tax-free plastic bags flood market as Minister studies situation

Alfred Sant’s uphill climb


OTHER NEWS

Corpse of Asian woman still unidentified

BirdLife hopes EU visit will lead to ban on spring hunting

Corradino inmates win hospital bread tender

Maltese, the EU’s special case, could stagger for years to come

Students miss out on cheap fares at Air Malta

Tigné ring road runs into trouble

Hackers take Google Malta ‘down the can’

Air Malta starts getting into shape as low-fare threat looms

High stake poker game turns in Malta’s favour

University to clamp down on cheating students

Marsaskala Mayor tones down anti-recycling plant criticism

“God needs no Constitution” – Joe Brincat

Just one thing on his mind

Labour will not announce tax cuts yet

The times are a-changin’

European Court’s ruling sets precedent

Transport Authority recalls personalised number plates loaned to staff

Pope’s funeral brings them all together on a private jet

A matter of trust?

Malta MEPs defend their 40k


FEATURE
Vatican Issues

Peter’s agenda

Twilight at the diocese
Are the will of the people and democracy really a potential source of superficiality? Outgoing Bishop of Gozo Nikol Cauchi speaks out on the changing landscape before his eyes - by Matthew Vella

Going through the Pope’s ‘to do’ list


THIS WEEK

Jazzing things up
Figlio d’arte Vinny Vella has followed in his father Maestro Vinny Vella Snr’s footsteps and both made a name for themselves as Jazz musicians.

 


BUSINESS

Maltese seen unprepared for EU Savings Tax Directive

65 per cent tax compliance rate estimated

Volksbank conference on expanding business central, eastern Europe and Sicily

HSBC makes business personal, relaunches commercial banking division


 

 


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EDITORIAL

Too little too late
The news, as yet unofficial, that Malta qualifies for objective one EU funding is welcome and a sigh of economic relief in an otherwise difficult business climate.



OPINION

Welcome to the qoffa culture
Once upon a time, a German President addressed a crowd in Liberia and said: “Ladies and Gentlemen, dear Negroes...” - Saviour Balzan

One man and the world
- Harry Vassallo

That fiery Mediterranean temperament of ours
- Claire Bonello



LETTERS

MEPs earnings: adequate but not excessive

Since when have good looks become a criteria?

MEPA’s legal advisors not outsourced because of a challenge

Rugby promotes Maltese interests

Swedish delegation’s positive visit

Why I did not vote

EU Laws based on population size, advantaging big states

An initiative in aid of Daniel Delicata Foundation

Small minds

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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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