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Keith Micallef

  • Replacing tribunal by the courts may not bode well for consumers, association warns

    Replacing tribunal by the courts may not bode well for consumers, association warns

    Replacing the competition tribunal with a proper court does not bode well as it may result in delays in the imposition of fines on those breaching the law, the Consumer Association has warned. The competition tribunal was weakened when, in May...

  • Police officers fuming over retirement fund dissolution

    Police officers fuming over retirement fund dissolution

    A group of retired police officers are calling for the reversal of a recent decision whereby a contributory Mutual Help Fund was dissolved on the grounds that the money had dried up. The officers, who preferred to remain anonymous, blamed years of...

  • Half days are here to stay, says Civil Service head

    Half days are here to stay, says Civil Service head

    There are no plans to ditch summer half days for civil servants and there is no indication that half days are hindering the economy, Principal Permanent Secretary Mario Cutajar said on Wednesday. Mr Cutajar was speaking on the margins of an...

  • Competition authority still in limbo 2 years after judgment rendered it toothless

    Competition authority still in limbo 2 years after judgment rendered it toothless

    Almost two years from a landmark court judgment which rendered the competition watchdog toothless, this entity is still limbo and unable to impose fines, to the detriment of both consumers and retailers. Despite this long wait, a Justice Ministry...

  • 175,000 bought goods online in 2017

    175,000 bought goods online in 2017

    Clothes and sports goods remained the most popular items purchased by Maltese internet shoppers in 2017, followed by holiday and travel services. However, the largest increase in online sales was registered in household goods, films and...

  • Restorer’s last ditch attempt to spare historic buildings from demolition

    Restorer’s last ditch attempt to spare historic buildings from demolition

    A restoration architect has written to Culture Minister Owen Bonnici pleading withhim to save various historic buildings which have been earmarked for demolition to make way for large scale developments. Edward Said, who is also the founder of the...

  • HSBC chief calls for efforts to defend Malta’s reputation

    HSBC chief calls for efforts to defend Malta’s reputation

    HSBC Bank Malta CEO Andrew Beane has cautioned that efforts to safeguard Malta’s financial services reputation needed to be stepped up in the wake of the increasing scrutiny it has come under during the last year. The CEO made this call when asked...

  • Surge in ultra-fast internet as SMS declines

    Surge in ultra-fast internet as SMS declines

    A 15-fold rise in ultra-fast internet subscriptions – of 100 Megabits per second (Mbps) or higher – has been registered over the last two years, according to the latest figures. The growing popularity of applications like Netflix, Skype and...

  • Court sentence over loud music 'will not set a precedent'

    Court sentence over loud music 'will not set a precedent'

    A recent court judgment which ordered a bar owner to pay damages over loud music disturbances is not being viewed as setting a precedent which could impact the future of the entertainment industry, according to the GRTU. Philip Fenech, vice...

  • Ex-manager claims AUM group made him ill

    Ex-manager claims AUM group made him ill

    The Jordanian group behind the American University of Malta has been taken to court by a former employee who is accusing them of causing him “psychological” harm to the point that he could no longer report for work. The plaintiff is requesting...