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During a HORECA webinar where Malta’s budget for 2021 was discussed, the panel of hospitality industry leaders show an overall satisfaction with the measures announced, but one warned that there is still the risk of restaurant closures come winter. Following the announcement of the annual budget on Monday, HORECA, a magazine dedicated for any professional in the hospitality industry, hosted a webinar consisting of three panelists; BCMS Business and Finance Consultants Managing Director Rodrick Grech, Association of Catering Establishments President Reuben Buttigieg and Gozo Tourism Association CEO Joe Muscat. Opposition Tourism Spokesperson Robert Arrigo and Malta Tourism Authority (MTA) Chairman Gavin Gulia were also invited to give an ope.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Health Chris Fearne said that it is anticipated that Malta will be receiving the COVID-19 vaccine by January and that within the following months the vaccine will be released to the entire population. "At the beginning we were worried that once this important vaccine will be provided to the bigger EU countries and the smaller EU countries, such as Malta will be one of the last to be given the vaccine.
The Maltese government has said that it has taken note of the concerns raised on its passport selling scheme by the European Commission, adding that citizenship is a member state competence. The statement, published on Tuesday evening, is in reaction to news that. In Malta’s case, the Individual Investor Programme (IIP) has been closed since August this year after its first phase elapsed. The Malta Individual Investor Programme Agency will also be closing in the coming weeks.
Residents in a street in Attard this afternoon have been locked out of their homes as trenching works remained incomplete. An irate resident called The Malta Independent to complain that workers simply left the site in Ferdinand Inglott Street without providing any access to the residents to be able to leave or enter their homes. Residents cannot enter or leave their homes without having to jump over the trench, which has also been left uncovered. What if an emergency happened, the resident said.
A 47-year-old woman was grievously injured on Tuesday afternoon when she was the victim of a hit-and-run in Gzira, police said. Police said that they were informed of the need for their assistance at around 1:15pm on Tuesday in Triq Rue D’Argens in Gzira. There, district police found that the woman had been hit and dragged along the road by a vehicle which then kept on going. The woman was taken to Mater Dei Hospital where she was certified as suffering from serious injuries. Duty Magistrate Audrey Demicoli is leading an inquiry, while police investigations are also ongoing.
A 57-year-old man was grievously injured on Tuesday morning when he was hit by a car in Birkirkara, police said. Police said that they were informed of the need for their assistance at around 9:30am on Tuesday in Triq Brared in Birkirkara. There, district police found that a 57-year-old man from Marsa had been hit by a Toyota Avensis being driven by a 73-year-old man from Attard. The 57-year-old was taken to Mater Dei Hospital where he was certified as suffering from grievous injuries. Police investigations are ongoing.
There was not a single occasion when the government ignored the advice given by public health superintendent Charmaine Gauci, Deputy Prime Minister Chris Fearne said on Tuesday. He was asked to react to comments made on Sunday by PN Leader Bernard Grech, who said he believes that Gauci has been wanting to introduce new Covid-19 measures but is being ignored by the Prime Minister. "The brief I gave to the technical people in public health is to defend their position in public health and think only about public health, and to leave other considerations to us.
Deputy Prime Minister Chris Fearne has spoken of his confidence that the government will be able to reach an agreement with the European Commission over its passport-selling scheme, after the Commission opened infringement proceedings against Malta on it. On Tuesday,. In a statement, the Commission said that it considers the granting of EU citizenship for pre-determined payments or investments without any genuine link with the Member States concerned, as something which undermines the essence of EU citizenship. Speaking about the subject, Fearne said that the government will be contesting the decision and "defending our country". "Like we always do, we will be discussing with the European Commission.
The Electoral Commission will issue a call for application for a by-election to replace former Nationalist Party Member of Parliament Frederick Azzopardi, who passed away last Saturday, with the PN currently not considering a co-option, Secretary General Francis Zammit Dimech told The Malta Independent. Azzopardi, 71, was elected from the Gozo district and all unelected candidates have the chance to apply.
The 2021 Budget presented on Monday reflected the hazy and unclear vision of a government which has placed the economy above health considerations, ADPD said on Tuesday. In a statement, the coalition between Alternattiva Demokratika and Partit Demokratiku said it expected the government to come up with proposals which reduced the dependence of the economy on tourism and construction.
Bank of Valletta has taken the advice of the European Central Bank and recommended postponing paying a dividend to shareholders for the financial year 2019. In a statement, the bank said it is withdrawing a proposed final gross dividend of 2c6 per share. Bank of Valletta said it will reassess the situation during the first quarter of 2021 as recommended by the European Central Bank. BOV's board of directors had decided to recommend for approval the payment of a final gross dividend of 2c6 per share (net dividend of 1c7 per share) which, if approved by the annual general meeting, would have made for a total gross dividend for the year of €15,384,615. The bank later decided to make the actual payment conditional to the reassessment of the situ.
The European Commission has opened infringement procedures against Malta and Cyprus over the countries’ citizenship by investment schemes. The Commission sent letters of formal notice to the two countries. The Commission said that it considers that the granting by these Member States of their nationality – and thereby EU citizenship – in exchange for a pre-determined payment or investment and without a genuine link with the Member States concerned, is not compatible with the principle of sincere cooperation enshrined in Article 4(3) of the Treaty on European Union. This also undermines the integrity of the status of EU citizenship provided for in Article 20 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union, the Commission said. “Due to.
134 new cases of Covid-19 were found in Malta overnight as the number of active cases exceeded the 1,500 mark on Tuesday. 40 new recoveries were registered in the last 24 hours, meaning that the exact number of active cases stands at 1,543. 2,690 swab tests were carried out in the last 24 hours, taking the total number of swab tests up to 303,016. Authorities said that today’s cases are still being investigated, but gave details on the cases reported on Tuesday. Out of the 109 cases reported on Monday, 36 were family members of previously known cases, 10 were direct contacts of positive cases, 6 were contacts of positive work colleagues, 6 were from social gatherings, 3 were imported, and 2 were from Paceville. Malta has had 4,871 cases of
The Union of Professional Educators – Voice of the Workers has issued a set of directives for its members in State and Church schools after they said that talks with the Education Ministry for the closure of schools and continuation of lessons online failed. In a statement, the UPE said that it had a meeting with the Ministry of Education yesterday morning in order to discuss the closure of schools and the proposal for an immediate move for lessons to be held online. This meeting followed an ultimatum given by the UPE to discuss the proposal. The Union said that the current situation, where COVID-19 is concerned, is dire: the numbers speak for themselves and are, to say the least, alarming. “On a daily basis, we hear of new positive infecti.
During the third quarter of 2020, sea transport between Malta and Gozo registered increases in trips and decreases in passengers and vehicles when compared to the corresponding quarter of 2019, the NSO said today. A total of 1,278,474 passengers travelled between Malta and Gozo during the third quarter this year, down by 30.5 per cent when compared to the corresponding quarter in 2019. The highest number of passengers was recorded in August - 452,929 or 35.4 per cent of the total for the quarter.
Investors sounded a note of caution on Malta’s overall Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) attractiveness, with a 15% decline when compared to 2019, The EY’s 2020 Attractiveness survey has shown. This is the largest decrease ever recorded, and the number of investors who said Malta is not attractive has also increased and now comprises a quarter of total respondents. In 2019, 77% said Malta was attractive, while 15% said it wasn’t. In 2020, 62% said Malta is attractive while 25% said it wasn’t. The rest responded ‘don’t know’. Among one of the more worrying factors that emerges through the survey is Malta’s damaged international reputation, which is a concern to many of the companies. “This year, Malta’s overall index has dropped by 15%, the la.
The government yesterday unveiled a rather positive budget, with no new taxes and several economic and social incentives. It was not unlike other budgets announced by the previous administration, but the circumstances - the world we are living in today - is completely different to what it was then. The financial plan announced by Finance Minister Edward Scicluna yesterday hit a lot of right notes for what is required in this Covid-19 era. The main aim of the budget is to safeguard jobs and incentivise consumption.
An elderly woman has become the 46 th victim of Covid-19, the Health Ministry said this morning. The 72-year-old woman was admitted to Mater Dei Hospital on 13 October, and tested positive on 15 October. She remained in treatment at the hospital, where she died earlier today. The ministry said, again, that the woman had other medical conditions. It expressed its condolences and said people should follow directives issued by the health authorities. Eighteen women and 28 men have died of the virus in Malta. Coronavirus deaths. Wednesday 8 April – Woman, 92, Gozo General Hospital. Thursday 9 April – Man, 79, Karin Grech Hospital. Saturday 11 April – Man, 84, Mater Dei Hospital. Saturday 25 April – Woman, 96, Mater Dei Hospital. Tuesday 5 May – Man,
With another budget now behind us, we look at the measures which will affect the people most - breaking down Finance Minister Edward Scicluna's two-hour speech into bite-size chunks. It was the ninth budget of the Labour government, and it may well be Scicluna's last, with newly-sworn in MP Clyde Caruana being touted as his replacement. The budget was split across six main sectors: social measures, the economy, the environment, law and order, education and health, and infrastructure. The main measures on a person-basis announced are:. - Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) is €1.75c per week. - For pensioners, a pension increase will see the total adjustment be of €5 per week. - An additional day of vacation leave. - Fourth round of tax refunds, no.

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