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TOP STORY

Labour party muzzles Karmenu

James Debono

Erstwhile Prime Minister and former Malta Labour Party leader Karmenu Mifsud Bonnici will have to gatecrash three out of four of the meetings convened by the MLP in order to address MLP delegates to discuss the EU constitutional treaty...


TOP NEWS

PN dissidents fail the mark but increase votes

Malta believed to be illegal trade base for looted Baghdad antiquities

Justice denied in Malta sought with EU Commission


OTHER NEWS

Old buses to be scrapped after massive looting of parts

Berlusconi’s Malta interests under money laundering probe

PN’s gardening tips ‘to eradicate the weeds’

‘The fatty’ is Gozitan illegal immigration ringleader, Italian TV

Unions discuss referendum proposal on public holidays

Transport Authority officers stopped from inspecting cars on their own

Maltese demographers say population will decrease to 334,000

Three elderly women for every two men

Busuttil, Casa abstain on reforms for more transparency on privileges

Hiked interest rates mean new hardships for personal lenders

Much worse than we expected - Qui-si-sana residents on car park proposal

“They’re running after me” – Marsa victim before disappearing

Bringing low-cost carriers: easier said than done for MIA

Fishermen angry at US military ships

Legal notice on plastic bags to change … yet again


FEATURE
Labour debates the constitution

The debate on the EU Constitution

Zero tolerance
Former MLP leader and Prime Minister Karmenu Mifsud Bonnici spells out his views on the EU Constitution
by James Debono

A huge Gallic raspberry?


THIS WEEK

Making memorable theatre
Alex Grech comes from a family of creative people. His sister is an actress, his brother a theatre director, and his youngest brother a musician. He was part of a young set of actors that emerged in the mid-eighties.


BUSINESS

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EDITORIAL

When dissent is important
Karmenu Mifsud Bonnici’s opposition to the public endorsement of the European Constitution by the Malta Labour Party, and John Dalli’s public condemnation at the way the party administration is running the Nationalist Party have placed a hornet’s nest at the heart of both parties.


OPINION

Hee, what do you want?
Try phoning the enforcement agency at the Planning Authority or if you prefer MEPA. - Saviour Balzan

Let he who is without sin, cast the first stone
- David Newman

The spoilt child
- Michael Falzon

Bridges not Walls
- Anna Mallia

The laggards of Europe
- Evarist Bartolo



LETTERS

Different loopholes for plastic bags

Terry Schiavo

Floriana: still not so simple a case

Outsourcing of Legal Services by MEPA

Floriana’s coat of arms

Dr Farrugia, God, Christianity and the EU Constitution

What kind of clerics is the Church allowing?

God needs no (EU) Constitution - neither do we

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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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