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27 MARCH 2002
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The lethargy that surrounds us
By Saviour Balzan

Search Malta - Gozo and Comino too!


Yard's downsizing way off target
The number of shipyard workers that have so far applied for the early retirement scheme stands at only just over one quarter of what the government had originally estimated. Approximately 520 workers from the Malta Drydocks and Malta Shipbuilding have applied for the early retirement scheme, which is well off the 1,900 that the government was looking for initially. READ MORE >>

Inflation up, up and away
The rate of inflation may have spun out of control with the figure for February reaching an all-time high of 3.48 per cent, 0.21 per cent higher than the January average, which had broken the three per cent barrier for the first time since August 1998.. READ MORE >>

French tourism down but not alarming
By Ray Abdilla
Although Malta’s leading tour operator responsible for incoming French tourists has experienced a drop of around 7.5% following the 11 September attacks, he is confident that the sector is already showing signs of picking up. READ MORE >>

The importance of being informed
He is entrusted with informing the Maltese public on the European Union but at the same time he dislikes politics. He is the Labour party’s favourite punching bag, even though he won’t tell people how to vote in a referendum. The head of the Malta-EU Information Centre, Simon Busuttil, found time in his busy schedule to talk to KURT SANSONE about the EU and related controversies.

Relieving the world’s poor
Finance Minister John Dalli last weekend addressed the International Conference on Financing for Development in Monterrey, Mexico. Following are extracts from his speech, in which he called for the implementation of the Heavily Indebted Poor Countries Initiative and for the enhancement of trade capacities of developing countries.


Garage owners consider protest action
ISP Code of Practice launched
Prominent SPD member in Malta for public lecture
Internet quality and speed boost sales
Malta participates in international wine body
Terranet acquires Search Malta website
Easter specials at
Refalo to chair World Tourism Organisation task force

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