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Vanessa Macdonald

  • One step closer to new chief executive for the MFSA

    One step closer to new chief executive for the MFSA

    The amendment to the Malta Financial Services Act being debated in parliament will enable the government to go ahead with its plans to appoint a chief executive officer, a position which the current legislation does not envisage. The Act makes...

  • Planning permits more than double in just two years

    Planning permits more than double in just two years

    The Planning Authority approved permits for 9,112 units in 2017, a 45 percent increase over the 6,254 approved a year before and more than twice the number of permits approved in 2015. A study published on Wednesday estimated that 3,500 more...

  • Information needed before Gozo hospital application can proceed

    Information needed before Gozo hospital application can proceed

    The Planning Authority has requested information about the application for a master plan for the Gozo General Hospital as part of its screening process. Until this has been received, the application cannot be validated for processing, Capital...

  • 3,500 more rental units could be needed in 2018 – study

    3,500 more rental units could be needed in 2018 – study

    Over 3,500 rental units could be needed this year to cope with the expected demand for housing, according to a study carried out by property management company Casa Rooms. CEO Thomas Cremona took into consideration the demands being posed by the...

  • Farmers anxious for irrigation water from sewage

    Farmers anxious for irrigation water from sewage

    The plant in Gozo meant to refine sewage into water that can be used for agriculture has not yet started to churn it out. MP Chris Said asked Water Minister Joe Mizzi when this so-called ‘second-class’ water - highly polished reclaimed water in...

  • Chief of staff has no commercial interest in film sector - PM

    Chief of staff has no commercial interest in film sector - PM

    MP Simon Busuttil got an uncharacteristically curt reply on Tuesday to his parliamentary question as to whether the prime minister’s chief of staff had any commercial interest in the film sector of the film studios – directly or...

  • Xewkija project given by direct order to former MP's firm

    Xewkija project given by direct order to former MP's firm

    Med Design Associates, a company owned by Labour MP and former minister Charles Buhagiar, was awarded the contract for the construction of an enterprise hub at the Xewkija Industrial Estate, according to Investment Minister Chris Cardona. Asked...

  • One bid for film studio, but it was 'non-compliant’

    One bid for film studio, but it was 'non-compliant’

    Contrary to information given last summer, a bid was actually made for the Rinella film studios, but it was deemed to be technically non-compliant. Tourism Minister Konrad Mizzi was asked a series of parliamentary questions by Nationalist MP Simon...

  • End of an era for 6PM as Bartolo steps down from the board

    End of an era for 6PM as Bartolo steps down from the board

    Ivan Bartolo has stepped down from the board of 6Pm as from last Wednesday, severing his links with the company he founded in 1996. The company had gone from strength to strength, and in early 2017  employed over 175 employees. Read: A quantum...

  • New tender for fast ferry service issued

    New tender for fast ferry service issued

    The government issued a new request for proposals for the provision of a fast ferry service between Gozo and Grand Harbour rather than extend the closing date for the one that closed yesterday. The original tender was originally meant to close in...