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  • Boutique hotels need to collaborate

    Boutique hotels need to collaborate

    The boutique hotels sprouting up in Valletta would need to collaborate, sharing functions like administration and marketing if they are to survive, David Spiteri, the general manager of Infinitely Xara insisted. This is partly because the small...

  • When blood is thicker than water

    The case for a Family Business Act is not always fully appreciated. Why, the sceptics ask, should a family business be treated any differently to any other business? The reasons were made amply clear earlier this week when a committee set up in...

  • The economic dynamics of the minimum wage

    The economic dynamics of the minimum wage

    The debate on the minimum wage is rarely conducted in a clinical, unemotional way. Malta introduced its minimum wage legislation in the 1970s while Britain whereas introduced a national minimum wage 15 years ago. Political as well as social action...

  • Banif profits to rise fivefold

    Banif profits to rise fivefold

    Banif Bank (Malta) will report profits for 2015 that are five times higher than those for the previous year, according to Paulo Machado Fernandes, the chief officer for financial markets and investments. In spite of this positive result, its head...

  • Plaza seeks expansion after record financial performance

    Plaza seeks expansion after record financial performance

    Last week, Plaza Centres plc published its 2014 financial statements showing a 19 per cent increase in pre-tax profits to a record level of €1.5 million. The improved financial performance, which was very much in line with expectations given the...

  • Australia ready to join China-led bank, seeks clarity on governance

    Australia ready to join China-led bank, seeks clarity on governance

    Australia is “well and truly” disposed to join the China-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), Prime Minister Tony Abbott said yesterday, but wants to know how much power Beijing would hold in the institution before a formal...

  • Demonstrating the feasibility of electric vehicles in Malta

    Demonstrating the feasibility of electric vehicles in Malta

    DemoEV is a LIFE+ funded EU project coordinated by the Ministry for Transport and Infrastructure. The project has demonstrated the feasibility of full electric vehicles for Malta but also the efficiency of such vehicles for the Maltese...

  • A supplement that helps hearts run smoothly

    A supplement that helps hearts run smoothly

    Nowadays people lead busier and more stressful lives, meaning that preventative measures against heart disease, such a healthy diet and exercise, are vitally important. Ateronon, ‘The Tomato Pill’, is a natural supplement that helps to maintain...

  • French business morale at three-year high

    French business morale was at its highest for nearly three years in March, adding to signs the eurozone’s number two economy is emerging from stagnation on the back of lower oil prices and a weaker euro. The composite indicator of morale rose to...

  • Rent anything in Malta online

    Rent anything in Malta online

    Kiribiss.com is a useful Maltese website which caters specifically for Malta’s rental market. It is an online directory but has some major improvements which benefit both the service or item provider and the customer. It better assists rental...

  • Kraft, Heinz deal to form North America’s No. 3 food company

    Kraft, Heinz deal to form North America’s No. 3 food company

    Kraft Foods Group Inc., the maker of Velveeta cheese and Oscar Mayer meats, will merge with ketchup maker H.J. Heinz Co., owned by 3G Capital and Berkshire Hathaway Inc., to form North America’s third-largest food and beverage company. Kraft’s...

  • Affordable quality healthcare solutions

    Affordable quality healthcare solutions

    Healthcare products should be of high quality, and Medina Healthcare’s primary aim is to ensure that affordably priced products from top international suppliers make it to local private and public health-care providers. Established in May 2008,...

  • Stocks slump and dollar slips on US growth worries

    Wall Street stocks tumbled and the dollar slipped yesterday after government data signaled the US economic expansion was slowing, while gains in the euro prompted a pullback in European stock markets. The main US stock indices were off more than...

  • Raising Malta’s profile through the launch of GamingMalta

    Raising Malta’s profile through the launch of GamingMalta

    GamingMalta, a new foundation tasked with promoting Malta as a gaming jurisdiction of excellence, was officially launched some days ago at The Casino Maltese in Valletta by the Parliamentary Secretary for Competitiveness and Economic Growth, José...

  • ECB actions working, but structural reforms needed – Liikanen

    ECB actions working, but structural reforms needed – Liikanen

    European Central Bank policy actions have had a clear positive impact on the eurozone economy, but member states still need to adopt structural reforms to support the recovery, ECB Governing Council member Erkki Liikanen said. Liikanen, who is...

  • HSBC honours employees for excellence at annual staff gathering

    HSBC honours employees for excellence at annual staff gathering

    HSBC Malta honoured six employees and a team who typified the values and culture of excellence of the bank during this year’s annual staff gathering. The HSBC Malta Staff Townhall 2015 is one of the major initiatives within the bank’s internal...

  • Shipping movements

    The following ships are expected in Malta: The Sena Kalkavan from Varna to Avcilar, the Jork Valiant from Sfax, the Oued Ziz from Skikda to Skikda (all Carmelo Caruana Co. Ltd), the BC Hamburg from Tunis to Algiers (Thomas Smith Shipping Ltd) and...

  • Large caps weigh down on share index

    The five largest capitalised companies listed on the stock exchange performed negatively today sending the index down 0.7 per cent to 3,761.357 points. These losses offset the gains in six other equities. Bank of Valletta shed a further 1.3 per...

  • Sometimes regulatory changes create investment opportunities

    After an eventful financial crisis and a flurry of bank bailouts around the world, regulators have worked to redefine the capital requirements, introduce more relevant liquidity metrics and impose more stringent ratios for the Systemically...

  • Defining insider dealing

    The issuers of financial instruments are obliged to reveal inside information to the public even if they are unsure as to how such information will precisely influence the price of financial instruments issued, the Court of Justice of the European...