Articles by Vanessa Macdonald
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Vanessa Macdonald

  • Regulation is the answer in cryptocurrency sector, expert insists

    Regulation is the answer in cryptocurrency sector, expert insists

    Banks inside and outside Malta would be willing to open accounts for cryptocurrency companies once they felt they could manage the risks involved, the head of a cyber-intelligence company in the sector said. CipherTrace recently signed a one-year...

  • Watch: Superyacht industry sigh of relief as Commission case closes

    Watch: Superyacht industry sigh of relief as Commission case closes

    The official publication of guidelines on the way superyachts pay VAT has brought an end to the threat of action by the European Commission, with the yachting industry breathing a sigh of relief that it is back to business. The European Commission...

  • Watch: Metro could generate €300 million a year

    Watch: Metro could generate €300 million a year

    The metro being proposed by architect Konrad Xuereb could generate as much as €300 million a year, he assured Times Talk, saying that the 50km project had to be seen as complementary to other transport systems. The controversial proposal was first...

  • MFSA appoints partner to help cryptocurrency asset checks

    MFSA appoints partner to help cryptocurrency asset checks

    The Malta Financial Services Authority has appointed an American company to help it check crypto currency assets. The authority is currently going through procedures for the approval of cryptocurrency agents – known as virtual financial agents –...

  • Housing: one in five is a tenant, but few locals pay commercial rental prices

    Housing: one in five is a tenant, but few locals pay commercial rental prices

    Only a small percentage of Maltese rent from the open market and are therefore susceptible to increasing rental prices, according to Central Bank of Malta data. However, this situation would change if the pre-1995 controlled rent agreements were...

  • Should mindfulness be taught in schools?

    Should mindfulness be taught in schools?

    Pop a raisin into your mouth, close your eyes and focus on its tantalising flavours – it may help you cope with anxiety and stress. This simple step is one of the exercises used in mindfulness, a tool to help people learn how to get in touch with...

  • Industrial tribunal chair to stay on

    Industrial tribunal chair to stay on

    A request for the removal of Richard Matrenza as an industrial tribunal chairman has been thrown out on the basis that it does not meet the requirements of the law, according to informed sources. The Malta Association of Employment Lawyers (MELA)...

  • ‘Care homes only being built to minimum standards’

    ‘Care homes only being built to minimum standards’

    There are over 20 new homes for the elderly on the way and the CEO of one of Malta’s largest residential care groups has warned that many are being designed with the minimum standards, rather than with excellence in mind. CareMalta’s head, Natalie...

  • More consistent awards required from industrial tribunals

    More consistent awards required from industrial tribunals

    The courts and the Industrial Tribunal are calculating compensations based on different parameters, resulting in widely varying awards, lawyer Andrew Borg Cardona said. Addressing a conference organised recently by the Malta Employers’ Association...

  • Landmark €1 billion case against Banque Paribas filed in Malta

    Landmark €1 billion case against Banque Paribas filed in Malta

    A multi-millionaire has accused BNP Paribas with anti-semitism and criminal acts, opting to file the case in Malta, where he claims hundreds of millions of euro were compromised by the bank’s actions. Briton Jacob Agam - who resides in Malta,...