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  • Gwardamanġa developer complied with all procedures – Sandro Chetcuti

    Gwardamanġa developer complied with all procedures – Sandro Chetcuti

    Updated at 10.30am with OHSA comments The developer of the site at Gwardamanġa, which led to the collapse of a three-storey neighbouring building, had followed all procedures and had filed all the documentation required, the president of the Malta...

  • First step towards retractable roof for Teatru Rjal

    First step towards retractable roof for Teatru Rjal

    The Arts Council has taken the first step towards putting a retractable roof over the Teatru Rjal in Valletta, with a tender issued yesterday for a company to handle a nationwide consultation process. The Labour Party pledged in its 2017 electoral...

  • Passport scheme funds accumulating as buffer for rainy day

    Passport scheme funds accumulating as buffer for rainy day

    There was almost €450 million accumulated in the National Development and Social Fund, which was acting as a buffer in case of a rainy day in economic terms, Central Bank chief economist Aaron Grech explained on Wednesday. Government debt stood at...

  • Watch: Cranes and pollution are driving high-spenders away, says MHRA president

    Watch: Cranes and pollution are driving high-spenders away, says MHRA president

    The drop in the amount being spent by tourists showed that the island was failing to attract higher-spenders – and things are getting steadily worse because of the cranes and pollution, the president of the Malta Hotels and Restaurants Association...

  • Airbnb should not accept unlicensed properties – MHRA

    Airbnb should not accept unlicensed properties – MHRA

    The government should hang its head in shame at the news that 1,500 properties have been registered as short-term tourist accommodation, when there are known to be thousands registered on Airbnb alone, the president of the Malta Hotels and...

  • Various entities approach Development Bank for investment

    Various entities approach Development Bank for investment

    A number of public and private entities have already approached the Malta Development Bank to enquire about investment initiatives, with the bank stressing that its preferred model would be one that includes commercial banks. The entities proposed...

  • Watch: Why policies are turning cars into kings of the road

    Watch: Why policies are turning cars into kings of the road

    The construction of a car park – with all the pollution it would create – under a playground for children was yet another example of the way in which vehicles remained the priority for policy-makers, Michelle Attard Tonna, the president of the...

  • Watch: ‘Why would people not want to halve their commuting time?’ – Cycling group

    Watch: ‘Why would people not want to halve their commuting time?’ – Cycling group

    Why would people not want to halve the amount of time it takes them to get to work, the president of the Bicycle Advocacy Group, Michelle Attard Tonna, told Times Talk. Having taken up cycling herself one and a half years ago, she now uses a...

  • 10 years since Palumbo took over Malta Shipyards

    10 years since Palumbo took over Malta Shipyards

    Palumbo took over the shipyard and superyacht yard almost a decade ago. It is not an easy time for boss Antonio Palumbo, who is appealing a six-year jail term, but he told Vanessa Macdonald that he long ago learnt to look at the future with...

  • Businesses having to wait close to 79 days to get paid

    Businesses having to wait close to 79 days to get paid

    The time it takes Maltese businesses to get paid has been steadily going down but, at 78.58 days in 2018, it remains considerably longer than the European business-to-business (B2B) average of 34 days. The Malta Association of Credit Management...