I know I have to go

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2018-10-25T16:29:55+02:00Thu, 25th Oct '18, 16:29|

Ernst & Young yesterday was policing Satabank on behalf of the Malta Financial Services Authority. It was also hosting a ‘Malta Attractiveness Seminar’ that heard how investors in Malta are becoming increasingly concerned about the stability and transparency of the island’s political, legal and regulatory environment. And it also published results of its survey among [...]

It’s quite simple.

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2018-10-25T13:48:30+02:00Thu, 25th Oct '18, 13:48|

This article on The Atlantic was published yesterday. It discusses the work of the Daphne Project and the unique event of journalists from all over the world coming together to continue the work of one of their own killed in the line of duty. This particular feature contains something very rare. A response by our [...]

The push for change

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2018-10-25T17:03:20+02:00Thu, 25th Oct '18, 13:42|

This article published a few days ago on the eve of the anniversary of Daphne Caruana Galizia’s assassination was published on the website of the Freedom of the Press Foundation. The FPF is a non-profit organisation founded in 2012 to fund and support free speech and freedom of the press. Its mission includes “promoting and [...]

Gaming player funds at Satabank also trapped

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2018-10-24T14:18:14+02:00Wed, 24th Oct '18, 14:18|

In an earlier post, I wrote about the reputational harm the current Satabank crisis is causing among end clients of our financial services activity. An expert in the gaming industry pointed out to me in a conversation this morning that I am underestimating the impact on the end users of the gaming industry as well. [...]

You need to rebuild confidence. Now.

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2018-10-24T10:38:12+02:00Wed, 24th Oct '18, 10:38|

Up to this morning, Satabank, or the ‘competent person’ appointed by the regulator to take control of it, Ernst&Young, have not yet communicated to the bank’s clients any news about what’s happening to their money. This is causing increasing concern among customers who have been denied access to their funds since the MFSA’s order last [...]

Blessed Owen!

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2018-10-24T10:21:02+02:00Wed, 24th Oct '18, 10:21|

Here’s a bulletin on The Great Restoration of The Great Siege Memorial. After the vigil of Tuesday 16th October an #occupyjustice activist, considerably nimbler than I am, went over the barricade to stick a picture of Daphne Caruana Galizia to the unwaxed plinth of the Memorial. A sort of smiling middle finger left for Owen [...]

Satabank: “This is causing amazing damage to Malta’s reputation” – UK financial advisor

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2018-10-24T09:57:21+02:00Wed, 24th Oct '18, 09:57|

The current situation at Satabank is being underestimated because its client base is mostly foreign and we don’t have typical Net or One phone-in callers with their salaries trapped inside. But though the political fallout of a freeze on transactions on a domestically-focused retail bank would be politically massive, the economic fall-out of the state [...]

Eppur si muove

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2018-10-24T09:34:44+02:00Wed, 24th Oct '18, 09:15|

I am not Martin Scicluna’s shadow and life’s too short to read all his drivel, let alone answer it. But you can see in his article of today, coupled with it Steve Mallia’s return from the shadows last Sunday, and a few other hints here and there of eloquent frenzy, a picture taking shape of [...]

Hey Joe Brincat … looks like it will be some time before you admire the Great Siege Memorial again

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2018-10-23T14:37:05+02:00Tue, 23rd Oct '18, 14:37|

So Owen Bonnici gave an account in Parliament of The Great Restoration of The Great Siege Memorial in Valletta. He said he spent €1,600 in three weeks worth of “cleaning the base, removing wax and oil stains, grouting and repairing of worn areas”. Assuming the materials came for free, and by the sound of the [...]

Daphne Caruana Galizia awarded Transparency International Anti-Corruption Award

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2018-10-23T11:43:31+02:00Tue, 23rd Oct '18, 11:43|

Transparency International has awarded Daphne Caruana Galizia and Spanish whistleblower and campaigner Ana Garrido Ramos the 2018 Anti-Corruption Award. The awards were presented at a ceremony at the 18th International Anti-Corruption Conference (IACC) in Copenhagen this evening. Daphne Caruana Galizia’s son Matthew and husband Peter collected her award. Matthew Caruana Galizia said: “The bomb that [...]

They give the Nobel Prize. We sell Passports.

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2018-10-23T11:31:45+02:00Tue, 23rd Oct '18, 09:52|

This is a feature on German weekly DIE ZEIT. My translation: "The Useless Comparison: What is the prize money for the Nobel Prize this year? 860,682 euro. The equivalent of the price for 1.32 Maltese Passports. "Source: nobelprize.com (600,000 SEK at the exchange rate of 8 October 2018), Malta Individual Investor Programm Agency." We used [...]

Expats in the gaming industry worst hit by Satabank shutdown

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2018-10-23T09:27:04+02:00Tue, 23rd Oct '18, 09:27|

Employees of the gaming industry are among the worst affected individuals by the current freeze on withdrawal from Satabank accounts. These employees are expats who were unable to use any other retail bank in Malta without insurmountable bureaucracy and restrictions on higher risk business. Satabank was considered as the go-to retail bank and new employees [...]