26 October 2005

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Government unleashes massive 55 per cent utility surcharge
Matthew Vella
Government yesterday unveiled a 55 per cent surcharge in electricity prices and a 3.3 cents increase in excise for every litre of LRP and unleaded petrol as part of measures intended to make good for the increase in the international price of oil.


Industrial new orders plummet as Malta is worst EU performer
Kurt Sansone
Stiff competition and an expensive product are contributing to industry’s woes as statistics show that Malta registered a massive decrease of 52.3 per cent in industrial new orders in August when compared with the same period last year.


No simulation: avian flu scare damages poultry trade
Matthew Vella
In just a short space of seven days, the island’s poultry trade suffered the brunt of sensationalist journalism and an avian flu simulation exercise that was far too real for the Maltese public.


The ‘50 million dollar’ question
The ‘50 million dollar’ question facing government is how to make up for the oil price hike and keep on track with its deficit target without drying up the well of economic initiative in the country. READ MORE >>

Abundant sun and wind power for free - George Mangion
Experts estimate that at today’s consumption rates, known global supplies of oil and natural gas would be depleted within decades. In the second and final part, the author takes a look at alternative energy sources READ MORE >>

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IT&T Ltd to offer SuperSiter

Microsoft Navision demonstrates innovative dynamics road map

Skylogic Italia and Maltasat International launch joint communications project


Take a hike: government’s energy hole

First reactions

IMF executive board delivers mixed assessment on Maltese economy

GRTU welcomes Sea Malta sale

Financial literacy programme launched

Qantas seeks Air Malta deal

Hotel heritage sponsorship scheme launched

Bank of Valletta and GWU sign collective agreement

Acquisition of US firm puts Actavis among five largest generic pharmaceutical companies

Plans to extend exemption on motor vehicle excise to six months

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