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Vanessa Macdonald

  • Tumas Group may be roped into the Manoel Island project

    Tumas Group may be roped into the Manoel Island project

    MIDI is considering roping in the Tumas Group for the Manoel Island project. The consortium was granted a concession for Manoel Island in 2000 and estimates that the project would cost as much as €500 million. Under the terms of the parliamentary...

  • Watch: 'Persons of trust don't worry me, and I'll tell you why'

    Watch: 'Persons of trust don't worry me, and I'll tell you why'

    It was not the role of civil servants to advise ministers on issues of policy and priorities, the head of the civil service Mario Cutajar told Times Talk. “The civil service is there to analyse the pros and cons and to execute the decisions,” he...

  • Watch: Civil service head on Cardona's receipts and positions of trusts

    Watch: Civil service head on Cardona's receipts and positions of trusts

    The Economy Ministry has put new procedures in place to ensure that all overseas visits are carried out with full accountability, following the National Audit Office's report that minister Chris Cardona had failed to provide documentation about...

  • Eating my words, 20 years on

    Eating my words, 20 years on

    I am really the last person in the world who should have presented an achievement award to Adrian Mizzi for his 20 years building up Malta's fashion awards. After all, when I went to the first edition at the Dolmen Hotel I had been scathing about...

  • Gaming companies hail new law allowing single licence

    Gaming companies hail new law allowing single licence

    Gaming companies are applauding the Gaming Act, which comes into force on July 1 and will allow them to operate with one licence across various platforms. The Act has reviewed and consolidated the legislation covering the gaming industry into a...

  • Watch: ‘We clearly have room to grow here’, says gaming firm's CEO

    Watch: ‘We clearly have room to grow here’, says gaming firm's CEO

    Kindred – one of Malta’s longest-standing online gaming companies – consolidated its various offices under one roof this week, with 400 people now based at Tigné Point’s business centre. CEO Henrik Tjärnström told Vanessa Macdonald this was a sign...

  • Watch: ‘Malta is getting more and more expensive’

    Watch: ‘Malta is getting more and more expensive’

    Malta’s largest gaming company, Betsson, started off the year with 130 pay-offs and the news got worse as its financials showed profit margins dropping. But its CEO Jesper Svensson is upbeat, telling Vanessa Macdonald that the tough decisions –...

  • Two-thirds of land built up since 1990 was outside development zones

    Two-thirds of land built up since 1990 was outside development zones

    Two-thirds of the land built up since 1990 was outside development zones, according to the National Statistics Office. Only 64.1 square kilometres of Malta’s 315 square kilometres were built up in 1990. However, more and more has been built in the...

  • Exams should be ‘celebration’ not threat - psychologist

    Exams should be ‘celebration’ not threat - psychologist

    Exams should be a celebration of all that students have learned and not something to be dreaded, according to an occupational psychologist worried by the levels of stress at this time of year. “Exams are not out to get you. Exams are for you to be...

  • Betting giant William Hill to open satellite office in Malta

    Betting giant William Hill to open satellite office in Malta

    One of the world’s largest betting companies, William Hill, is to open a satellite office in Malta as it prepares for Brexit. "We are setting up a Malta office and a small initial organisation for our international facing business post-Brexit. All...