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  • ­­­Shipping movements

    These are the cargo ships sailing to Malta: The Rio Cadiz from Antwerp to Haifa and the BC Hamburg from Misurata to Misurata (both Thomas Smith & Co. Ltd), the St Roch from El Khoms to Misurata (Carmelo Caruana C. Ltd), the MV Eurocargo Napoli...

  • Strasbourg’s VAT judgment against Sweden could impact Maltese tax system

    Strasbourg’s VAT judgment against Sweden could impact Maltese tax system

    The European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg has delivered an important judgment against Sweden which suggests that a person who infringes VAT law cannot be subjected to two penalties for the same offence. Such a judgment is expected to have a...

  • €7 million refurbishment project for Seashells Resort at Suncrest

    €7 million refurbishment project for Seashells Resort at Suncrest

    The Seashells Resort at Suncrest, Qawra, has closed and will reopen on April 1 next year after undergoing a massive €7 million refurbishment project. The refurbishment will affect all areas of the hotel, especially the guest rooms, which will be...

  • MCA discusses digital economy at annual conference

    A lot of discussion during the past year has focused on the digital economy, and it comes as no surprise that this ­composite, digitally-driven shift in business models has topped the agendas of many countries across the globe, ­according to...

  • Oil price forecasts dive after OPEC maintains output target

    Oil price forecasts have collapsed in the wake of OPEC’s decision not to cut output despite a global glut, a Reuters monthly poll has showed. The survey of 31 economists and analysts, conducted after the Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting...

  • How to make your money grow, safely

    In a world economic situation where people can rely much less on State help and have to be financially stable and self-sufficient until the final years of life, finding the most efficient way to make money work and grow has become a priority.

  • Shock without awe

    It hasn’t been a good year for celebrities. First Sylvester Stallone stole Leonardo di Caprio’s pink Cadillac and crashed it on Sunset Boulevard. Then grumpy cat was declared a fraud after he was papped smiling. To make matters worse, Sofia...

  • Bridging the SME ‘Valley of Death’ gap: Private equity funds for Maltese firms?

    Bridging the SME ‘Valley of Death’ gap: Private equity funds for Maltese firms?

    The Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SME) Week 2014 has ended and it is now time for the Maltese business community to reflect on one of the outcomes discussed – the need to create appropriate ‘ecosystems’ for the smoother operations of SMEs...

  • Smooth operator

    Smooth operator

    This month, restaurants, catering establishments and other leisure destinations will be experiencing what is possibly the busiest month of the year. The last thing on their mind will be their back office IT systems which they will need to have...

  • PKF executive director appointed chairman of the Forum of Firms

    PKF executive director appointed chairman of the Forum of Firms

    PKF has announced that Theo Vermaak has been appointed chairman of the Forum of Firms. Mr Vermaak joined PKF in 2000 and is currently an executive director of the Africa Region and chairman of the International Professional Standards...

  • Open to suggestions

    Open to suggestions

    All businesses want to protect their software from being copied or pirated. But is it really worth obfuscating or implementing other methods to prevent competitors from reverse engineering your code or freeloaders from releasing a pirated version...

  • Large caps drag MSE index lower

    Large caps drag MSE index lower

    The Malta Stock Exchange (MSE) index ended its first week of December in the red, as a decline in the share price of a number of the largest capitalised equities more than offset the gains made by a larger number of securities closing in positive...

  • A very techie Christmas to all

    A very techie Christmas to all

    Rummage through the stockings of Christmases past and rest assured that you’ll find something robotic, mechanical, electrical or which showcases some form of technology. Come Christmas, everyone gets the gift of technology, in full circle: a...

  • ECB inches towards stimulus measures

    In its last monetary policy meeting for this year, the governing council of the European Central Bank (ECB) left its key refinancing rate unchanged at 0.05 per cent. The deposit rate remains at -0.20 per cent and the marginal lending rate at 0.30...

  • Welcome to the backstage

    Welcome to the backstage

    It’s vision, responsibility and an obligation to society that drives our networks, says Andrew De La Torre, head of technology, Vodafone Malta. The internet gives us the illusion that there is an endless supply of it, that it’s free, and that our...

  • George Osborne visits Bentley Motors

    George Osborne visits Bentley Motors

    Britain’s Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne, left, talks to a worker in the trim facility at Bentley Motors in Crewe, northern England.

  • Silver linings

    Silver linings

    The impact of cloud computing didn’t come as a big bang. Rather, the changes have been consistent, pervasive, almost natural. Indeed, cloud computing connects us in ways that we always thought we should connect. As normal users, we may not know...

  • Company briefs

    Company briefs

    Diamonds International recently inaugurated its new high-end luxury boutique in the heart of Pjazza Tigné, Sliema. Clients, employees and distinguished guests were treated to an exclusive first-hand viewing of the newly furnished 300-square-metre...

  • The year of the drone takeover

    This year has been the year of the drone and from it emerged the Phantom 2, the world’s most beloved quadcopter. The DJI Phantom started a revolution in aerial creativity and remains the top choice for enthusiasts worldwide. Total freedom in the...

  • Property valuations must remain the remit of the warranted perit

    Property valuations must remain the remit of the warranted perit

    Following an article published last Sunday by Dhalia CEO Chris Grech about his reactions to the newly announced legislation concerning property valuations, we feel obliged to clarify some points raised as well as to share some relevant...

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