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  • Europe’s failed immigration politics

    Europe’s failed immigration politics

    It is now just over two weeks since the famous Paris march to commemorate the death of 17 persons at the hands of terrorists. The popular disgust at these atrocious crimes was evident on the faces of over four million people who went out on the...

  • Harvard buys up water rights in drought-hit wine country

    Harvard buys up water rights in drought-hit wine country

    Harvard University has quietly become one of the biggest grape growers in California’s drought-stricken Paso Robles wine region, securing water well drilling permits to feed its vineyards days before lawmakers banned new pumping, according to...

  • S&P to pay $77 million to settle SEC charges

    Credit-rating agency Standard & Poor’s will pay $77 million and be barred for one year from rating certain commercial-backed mortgage securities, as part of a major settlement with US and state regulators over “fraudulent misconduct.” The case...

  • ­­­Shipping movements

    The following ships are expected in Malta: The MV Euroferry Malta from Salerno to Salerno, the MV Eurocargo Venezia from Genoa to Genoa (both Sullivan Maritime) and the Rio Charleston from Antwerp to Haifa (Thomas Smith Shipping Ltd) today. The...

  • PwC find family businesses growth plans ‘conservative’

    PwC find family businesses growth plans ‘conservative’

    Family businesses in Malta have grown less than the global average over the past year, but not significantly so. A survey carried out by PwC found that 57 per cent of Maltese companies had grown compared with 65 per cent in the global survey,...

  • Skills card White Paper soon out

    Skills card White Paper soon out

    A White Paper will be issued in March outlining the government’s proposals for a skills card for the construction industry. The proposal for the card originated from the Building Industry Consultative Council, which has been trying to find a way...

  • Counterfeits up 44%

    Counterfeits up 44%

    In the second half of 2014, a total of 507,000 counterfeit euro banknotes were withdrawn from circulation – 44 per cent up on the figure for the same period in 2013. The number of counterfeits, however, remains very low in comparison with the...

  • Azeri Ambassador: MOU ‘not detailed’

    Azeri Ambassador: MOU ‘not detailed’

    The memorandum of understanding signed in Baku by the Azerbaijani government and Maltese Prime Minister Joseph Muscat was not detailed but merely reflected the vision for future collaboration, Azeri Ambassador Vaqif Sadiqov said. “There are no...

  • Inbound Muse first to win TakeOff award

    Inbound Muse is the first start-up to benefit from the MCA TakeOff award, winning a seed fund of €19,968. The award is a joint initiative between the Malta Communications Authority and the University of Malta as a result of a collaboration...

  • Easier credit terms in Q4 of last year

    Easier credit terms in Q4 of last year

    Credit standards for all loan categories continued to ease in net terms in the fourth quarter of 2014, according to the January 2015 bank lending survey carried out by the European Central Bank. Euro area banks reported a net easing of credit...

  • Company briefs

    Company briefs

    Mazda closed out a solid year as one of Europe’s fastest-growing carmakers, increasing unit sales in 2014 by 19 per cent year-on-year to 175,028 and its European market share to 1.3 per cent. The Japanese company also chalked up its...

  • Malta leads in innovation growth

    Malta leads in innovation growth

    The share of innovative enterprises increased in Malta from 37.4 per cent in 2006-2008 to 51.4 per cent in 2010-2012, or +14.0 percentage points, according to Eurostat. This was the highest rate of all the member states with the Netherlands in...

  • 14 teams for Young Enterprise

    14 teams for Young Enterprise

    A total of 14 teams from various local sixth form colleges are taking part in the HSBC Company Programme, offered by Junior Achievement (Young Enterprise) Malta Foundation (JA-YE Malta). This is the 26th year that JA-YE Malta is organising the...

  • Windows 10 to be offered as free upgrade

    Windows 10 to be offered as free upgrade

    Microsoft Corp has unveiled a new generation of Windows, with a wide range of experiences designed to usher in a new era of more personal computing, as well as two new devices designed to extend the Windows experience from large screens to no...

  • Seminar on doing business with Spain

    The Maltese-Spanish Chamber of Commerce is organising a business event on doing business with Spain. Keynote speeches will be given by the chamber president Alfredo Muñoz Perez, as well as the Spanish Ambassador to Malta José Pons, among other...

  • House prices drop

    House prices drop

    House prices in Malta fell by 0.9 per cent in the third quarter of 2014, compared with the second quarter. This was one of the greatest falls registered in the EU, with Slovenia seeing drops of 1.1 per cent and Romania also reporting price drops...

  • Enterprise Awards 2015 launched

    The European Commission has launched the 2015 edition of the European Enterprise Promotion Awards, a competition to reward the most imaginative and successful initiatives from public bodies and public-private partnerships which support...

  • 80 years to achieve gender parity – EY

    Calling on organisations to do more to accelerate progress, EY has published a report that highlights how organisations can create more supportive environments for women to succeed and help companies and economies achieve greater economic...

  • Major poker event in Malta

    The Global Poker Index (GPI), poker’s ranking authority, has announced that the first-ever Global Poker Masters – Poker’s World Cup – will be taking place on March 21-22 at the Hilton Portomaso. A yearly event, the Masters brings together eight...

  • MSE gains 1.9% to hit 5-month high

    MSE gains 1.9% to hit 5-month high

    Last week, the Malta Stock Exchange (MSE) index registered its highest weekly gain in the past five months, as equities with a large market capitalisation locked solid gains. Shares of HSBC Bank Malta plc more than recovered their previous week’s...