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Vanessa Macdonald

  • Gaming Authority CEO: ‘We need to step up compliance’

    Gaming Authority CEO: ‘We need  to step up  compliance’

    The new CEO of the Malta Gaming Authority has called for an improvement in the culture of compliance, saying that this does not depend solely on the regulator and the government.  “Compliance cannot only belong to the regulator. It has to belong...

  • MFSA adds pressure for banks to offer basic accounts - even to those with no fixed address

    MFSA adds pressure for banks to offer basic accounts - even to those with no fixed address

    MFSA Payment Account with Basic Features from MFSA on Vimeo. The Malta Financial Services Authority has launched a drive to resolve the number of people complaining about difficulty opening a bank account, with five banks now offering a basic...

  • Maltese sailing team to challenge 36th America’s Cup

    Maltese sailing team to challenge 36th America’s Cup

    A Maltese yacht will for the first time ever take part in the prestigious America’s Cup sailing race in 2020/2021. The challenge was on Thursday accepted by the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron, the current title holder. Malta is the smallest...

  • Country’s reputation ‘as strong as its weakest link’

    Country’s reputation ‘as strong as its weakest link’

    A country’s reputation was only as strong as its weakest link and the impact of each institution was always material in a small financial centre such as Malta, Central Bank governor Mario Vella said. He stressed that the impact was substantial...

  • Watch: 'There is no vacancy for prime minister' - Fearne

    Watch: 'There is no vacancy for prime minister' - Fearne

    Deputy prime minister Chris Fearne refused steadfastly to be drawn into speculation over what he would have done about the 17 Black and Panama Papers revelations if he were prime minister. He also declined to say whether he would have Konrad Mizzi...

  • Watch: There'll be a vacancy in PN before PL - Fearne

    Watch: There'll be a vacancy in PN before PL - Fearne

    Deputy Prime Minister Chris Fearne stuck loyally by Prime Minister Joseph Minister and the latter’s position over the 17 Black and Panama Paper revelations, saying no one should resign unless allegations were proved to be facts. He scoffed at the...

  • Banks could be bottleneck for international business

    Banks could be bottleneck for international business

    There are probably not enough banks with the diversity of experience and ‘appetite’ for the kind of business and financial activities, especially international, that Malta was seeing, the chairman of the Malta Banking Association Marcel Cassar...

  • New Gozo Channel ticketing system will cut down 'ghost' vehicles

    New Gozo Channel ticketing system will cut down 'ghost' vehicles

    Gozo Channel is to switch to a new system for ticketing which would cut down on the huge discrepancy of vehicles which cross from Ċirkewwa but never appear to return from Gozo. Sources said the new system should also cut down on the possibility of...

  • Passport fund ready to sell Lombard shares

    Passport fund ready to sell Lombard shares

    The National Development and Social Fund is starting the process to sell all or part of the shareholding it took on in Lombard Bank Malta. The fund, which receives revenue from the citizenship scheme acquired 49.01% of the shares of Lombard Bank...

  • Għajn Tuffieħa most polluted by environmental menace

    Għajn Tuffieħa most polluted by environmental menace

    Samples taken from four beaches over a few months yielded a total of 10,705 nurdles, with one particular day in November turning up 1,000 of the lentil-sized pieces of plastic. Nurdles are the raw materials used by the plastic industry, and...