25 years ago - The Times

Monday, April 11, 1994

GRTU asks Finance Minister to postpone VAT’s introduction

GRTU president Carlo Cini has written to Finance Minister John Dalli, telling him that retailers oppose the introduction of VAT next January 1. GRTU director general Vince Farrugia said when contacted yesterday VAT could be introduced in January 1996 if consultations with the trade started being held now.

The association has also made it clear to Mr Dalli that it does not intend to accept a fait accompli from the government on VAT.

Lm9,000 haul in burglary

Thieves broke into a villa at Marsaxlokk on Saturday night making off with some Lm9,000 in cash and jewellery.

Police sources said the owner arrived home and found the front door forced open and rooms ransacked.

New purification plant

A sewage purification plant at Kalkara will be the largest plant in Malta, providing irrigation water for some 900 hectares of land, Agriculture Minister Lawrence Gatt said yesterday.

Half a century ago - Times of Malta

Saturday, April 11, 1969

Doctors consider Malta one of healthiest countries for tourists

The scientific part of the BMA Clinical Meeting, started yesterday. At the large Auditorium in the College of Arts, Science and Technology, a large audience listened to interesting lectures dealing with the medical aspects of tourism in the Mediterranean.

The first speaker was Prof. W. Ganado who dealt with the medical aspects. This was followed by a paper read by Dr P. Abela Hyzler on behalf of Dr E. Agius dealing with the public health aspects. Both speakers surveyed the possible illnesses which may befall a traveller in the Mediterranean area. They came to the conclusion that nowadays, with raised standards of hygiene, the risk of contracting a serious illness has decreased very considerably, especially in the northern coastline of the Mediterranean.

They both considered Malta to be one of the healthiest countries from the tourist’s point of view. Conditions which were prevalent in the past, such as Undulant Fever, Leishmaniasis and Amoebiais, as now virtually non-existent. The risk of developing dysentery, tetanus, and typhoid was also very small provided that the tourist used common sense and took some simple precautions.

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