Outrage as BOV triples monthly admin fee to €30

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Outrage as BOV triples monthly admin fee to €30

Outrage was sparked as Bank of Valletta announced that businesses that hold accounts with the bank will have to pay three times as much in administration fees as of next February. 

A letter was sent out by the bank to its business clients this week announcing that the administration fee will go up to €30 from €10 due to added costs related to checks and balances. 

The bank levies the fee on all non-personal customers, which means that a small business must pay €360 a year to maintain its account with the bank. 

The move mirrors a similar one undertaken by rival HSBC which increased monthly fees for business clients back in 2019.

The move was slammed by the Malta Chamber of SMEs. ‘Quite a way for BOV to share its festive greetings for Christmas! Closing the year with a humbug!’

‘Just a week before Christmas we are flooded with calls, emails and messages from SMEs who are angered and feel abused by BOV’s recent announcement of yet another fee increase’ the Chamber of SMEs said in a post. ‘2022 shall surely be marked as the year of BOV fees imposed by the dominant player in the market. Where are the REGULATORS??’ 



Make it a Christmas you’ll never forget with this €2.5 BILLION lottery

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Make it a Christmas you’ll never forget with this €2.5 BILLION lottery

With its €2.5 billion prize pool, the Spanish Christmas Lottery is the BIGGEST lottery in the world. This incredible event takes place on 22nd December in Madrid and until recently was only available in Spain. Now you can win all the same prizes – including the “El Gordo” top prize – by playing at Lottoland.

€2.5 billion prize pool and the world’s best odds of winning.

The chances of winning are fantastic! Over 1800 numbers are picked to win a prize between €1,000 and €4 million, and even if you don’t win “El Gordo”, there’s a massive 1-in-7 chance of winning a prize!

Make it a Christmas you’ll never forget!

Playing the lottery is a huge Christmas tradition in Spain – it’s so popular that nearly every Spanish person buys a ticket. The draw is a major highlight of the Spanish festive season.

Everyone comes together to watch it all unfold, looking out for those special numbers that will make it an unforgettable Christmas!

The lottery that brings friends and family together.

Typically, the local shop sells the same number from different series, which means it’s very common to see an ENTIRE Spanish village celebrating a big win! Many friends and families also pool their funds to buy a full share for the chance to get rich together. Why not do the same and share a ticket with your loved ones?

What are the odds of winning the “El Gordo” jackpot?

The odds of winning the €4,000,000 jackpot are 1 in 100,000, far lower than on any other multimillion-euro jackpot draw. The Spanish Christmas Lottery works more like a raffle than a lottery. There are no lottery balls; instead, there are two huge drums that contain all the purchased tickets – just like a raffle.

How do I get a ticket in the Spanish Christmas Lottery at Lottoland? 

To play for the Spanish Christmas Lottery at Lottoland just click on the Christmas Lottery tab and then start by choosing your number. This is a five-digit number from 00000 – 99999. Next, choose whether you want to buy a full ticket or a share of a ticket. Finally, click ‘Submit’ to be taken through to the shopping cart where you can complete your purchase.

All new Lottoland customer can claim this special offer on El Gordo

The best thing about this year’s Christmas Lottery is that Lottoland is giving all new customers from Malta a whopping 60% discount when they buy a share in El Gordo.

To claim this special offer: 

  1. Sign up to Lottoland, by clicking this link
  2. Pick your El Gordo numbers
  3. You will only be charged €1.99 [SAVE €3.01]

Lottoland is operated by European Lotto and Betting Limited and is licensed by the Malta Gaming Authority, license number MGA/B2C/609/2018. Players must be 18 or over. Gambling can be harmful if not controlled. Please gamble safely. For help visit rgf.org.mt.

The offer is available to new players only and must be redeemed by signing up through the link provided in the article above. The promotion expires on 21st December

2022 at 23:59 CEST. These terms are supplemental to Lottoland’s Promotional Terms and Conditions which are found here.



Final stages of airport project: ‘delays beyond anyone’s control’

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Final stages of airport project: ‘delays beyond anyone’s control’

Infrastructure Malta revealed earlier today that they are officially entering the final stages of the rebuilding of the new Airport roundabout of the Kirkop Tunnels and Airport Intersection Project. 

Announcing new reroutes for oncoming traffic to and from the area, Infrastructure Minister Aaron Farrugia addressed the project and work being done. 

’80% ready’ the Minister said, adding that the ‘new routes can begin usage as of January of next year. Today we saw the courageous decisions and ambitious project which will improve the connections and security in the zone.’ 

Responding to questions, Farrugia said that certain criticisms over delays cannot be accepted as these are matters beyond anyone’s control. 

Former prime minister and Labour MEP Alfred Sant had criticised the infrastructural management, calling the signage in the area primitive and dangerous. Farrugia said that they wanted people to still use the area due to airport connectivity. 

Responding to these answers, Nationalist MP Adrian Delia critiqued the minister for not taking responsibility for the lack of infrastructural management. ‘The people pay for your incompetence’ said Delia. 



Search still on! Help return Max home this Christmas.

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Search still on! Help return Max home this Christmas.

The search is still on for beloved Golden Retriever Max, who was declared missing around 3 months ago. 

Max belonged to a boy who had leukaemia and suffered partial blindness to his fighting the disease. Searches for Max, who was lost in the Hal Far area, were numerous as many sought to find the beloved pet. 

Now, the owners of Max have once again issued a search warrant to find Max. ‘The only thing we wish for this Christmas is for Max to return home.’

‘Do a good deed this Christmas. If you have any information please contact us. A reward of €1,000 will still be given if Max is returned.’

‘No legal action will be taken, we just want our Max back home with us’ the post concluded. Please call on 99465576 OR 99550292 OR 79331912 if you have any information. 


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