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CLIENT: HSBC DIRECT MEDIUM: GOZONEWS.COM DATE: 25 SEPTEMBER 2012

HSBC supports ACTU with latest Assistive Technology Published on Monday, 24, September, 2012 at 18:09 in Malta News | No Comments

Children receiving support from the Access to Communication and Technology Unit (ACTU) are to benefit from the latest Assistive Technology, offering new solutions for children with physical, communication and learning difficulties. “The’Motion Tablet CL900,’ acquired through support from the HSBC Malta Foundation, is a sophisticated Assistive Technology, capable of running the very best communicational tools. It is light, sturdy, and very powerful, allowing our team of professionals the mobility and flexibility they require to assist children in schools as well as their homes,” explained George Borg, Director of Student Services. Designed to cater for all ages and abilities, as well as different methods of access, the Motion Tablet CL900 includes two leading versions of communication software packages. This Windows 7 based device includes a speech engine with a wide range of voices in many languages, including Maltese. It may also be mounted onto any wheelchair, walker or bed frame and can run for a whole day on a single charge for enhanced mobility.


CLIENT: HSBC DIRECT MEDIUM: GOZONEWS.COM DATE: 25 SEPTEMBER 2012

“Communication is central to our relationships, who we are, and how we learn.” said Dolores Christina, Minister of Education and Employment. “HSBC Malta Foundation’s support for ACTU is a clear example of Corporate Sustainability in practice by endorsing services that enhance the wellbeing of so many children and families.” ACTU falls under the Directorate for Educational Services, and comprises a core team of Occupational Therapists, Speech and Language Therapists, and Learning Support Assistants with specialised training to recommend and implement augmentative communication strategies. “Children and students facing educational or communication challenges need to be supported with the help of new technology so as to address these challenges as early on and as effectively as possible,” said Catherine Gonzi, Chairperson of the HSBC Malta Foundation. Photo shows – Minister Dolores Christina (centre) and Ms Catherine Gonzi (right) presenting the latest in communicative assistance technology at the Access to Communication and Technology Unit.


CLIENT: HSBC DIRECT MEDIUM: MALTATODAY.COM DATE: 24 SEPTEMBER 2012

Business Monday 24 September 2012 - 11:59

HSBC supports ACTU with latest Assistive Technology Designed to cater for all ages and abilities, as well as different methods of access, the Motion Tablet CL900 includes two leading versions of communication software packages.

Children receiving support from the Access to Communication and Technology Unit (ACTU) are to benefit from the latest Assistive Technology, offering new solutions for children with physical, communication and learning difficulties.

"The 'Motion Tablet CL900', acquired through support from the HSBC Malta Foundation, is a sophisticated Assistive Technology, capable of running the very best communicational tools. It is light, sturdy, and very powerful, allowing our team of professionals the mobility and flexibility they require to assist children in schools as well as their homes," explained George Borg, Director of Student Services.

Designed to cater for all ages and abilities, as well as different methods of access, the Motion Tablet CL900 includes two leading versions of communication software packages. This Windows 7 based device includes a speech engine with a wide range of voices in many languages, including Maltese. It may also be mounted onto any wheelchair, walker or bed frame and can run for a whole day on a single charge for enhanced mobility.

"Communication is central to our relationships, who we are, and how we learn." said Hon Dolores Christina, Minister of Education and Employment. "HSBC Malta Foundation's support for ACTU is a clear example of Corporate Sustainability in practice by endorsing services that enhance the wellbeing of so many children and families."

ACTU falls under the Directorate for Educational Services, and comprises a core team of Occupational Therapists, Speech and Language Therapists, and Learning Support Assistants with specialised training to recommend and implement augmentative communication strategies.


CLIENT: HSBC DIRECT MEDIUM: MALTATODAY.COM DATE: 24 SEPTEMBER 2012

"Children and students facing educational or communication challenges need to be supported with the help of new technology so as to address these challenges as early on and as effectively as possible," said Catherine Gonzi, Chairperson of the HSBC Malta Foundation.


CLIENT: ACTU DIRECT SOURCE: INDEPENDENT.COM DATE: 26 SEPTEMBER 2012

HSBC supports ACTU with latest Assistive Technology Article published on 26 September 2012

Children receiving support from the Access to Communication and Technology Unit (ACTU) are to benefit from the latest Assistive Technology, offering new solutions for children with physical, communication and learning difficulties. “The‘Motion Tablet CL900’, acquired through support from the HSBC Malta Foundation, is a sophisticated Assistive Technology, capable of running the very best communicational tools. It is light, sturdy, and very powerful, allowing our team of professionals the mobility and flexibility they require to assist children in schools as well as their homes,” explained George Borg, Director of Student Services. Designed to cater for all ages and abilities, as well as different methods of access, the Motion Tablet CL900 includes two leading versions of communication software packages. This Windows 7 based device includes a speech engine with a wide range of voices in many languages, including Maltese. It may also be mounted onto any wheelchair, walker or bed frame and can run for a whole day on a single charge for enhanced mobility. “Communication is central to our relationships, who we are, and how we learn.” said Hon Dolores Christina, Minister of Education and Employment. “HSBC Malta Foundation’s support for ACTU is a clear example of Corporate Sustainability in practice by endorsing services that enhance the wellbeing of so many children and families.” ACTU falls under the Directorate for Educational Services, and comprises a core team of Occupational Therapists, Speech and Language Therapists, and Learning Support Assistants with specialised training to recommend and implement augmentative communication strategies. “Children and students facing educational or communication challenges need to be supported with the help of new technology so as to address these challenges as early on and as effectively as possible,” said Catherine Gonzi, Chairperson of the HSBC Malta Foundation.


CLIENT: HSBC DIRECT MEDIUM: MALTATODAY.COM DATE: 25 SEPTEMBER 2012

Environment Tuesday 25 September 2012 - 15:49

HSBC unveil $35 million water programme in Malta Malta actively bidding for funding from HSBC water charity.

HSBC Water Programme coordinator Christopher D. Goode during a recent presentation about Malta’s potential involvement in the $100 million water programme.

The HSBC Water Programme will disburse $35 million over the next five years to support charitable water projects in countries where HSBC operates, such as Malta.

As Malta is one of the ten most challenged nations in the world for water scarcity it will be actively bidding for funding under the HSBC programme.

Details of the scheme were revealed by Christopher Goode, HSBC Water Programme Coordinator, who visited Malta to present the Programme's criteria, scope and objectives to a diverse range of local stakeholders including members of environmental agencies, NGOs, and educational institutions.

"Projects must be sustainable, have a measurable impact, and address water related issues for the benefit of the target community," Goode explained. "In addition to this, projects may involve


CLIENT: HSBC DIRECT MEDIUM: MALTATODAY.COM DATE: 25 SEPTEMBER 2012

multiple NGOs, could deal with educational initiatives related to water, and could also operate across national borders."

Following the successful conclusion of the HSBC Climate Partnership in 2011, the HSBC Water Programme was launched earlier this year. The five-year, USD100 million programme - which incorporates the USD35 million water projects fund referred to earlier on - is a partnership with Earthwatch, WaterAid and WWF, three of the world's most respected environmental and development NGOs. The global programme will provide the necessary scale to deliver a powerful combination of water provision, protection and education, resulting in the most ground-breaking water programme ever committed to by a financial organisation.

Speaking about the local funding initiative, HSBC Bank Malta CEO Mark Watkinson said: "This is a highly innovative and exciting new global programme by HSBC. The Bank in Malta looks forward to partner with its various stakeholders to bid for funding to benefit local communities in Malta. Malta has significant water-related challenges and successful HSBC Water Programme projects could bring real benefits to the country."

"HSBC continues to stress the importance of increased education and awareness relating to the extraction, production, usage and disposal of water. Such education is an integral part of the HSBC Water Programme," Watkinson said.

Goode's presentation was followed by an in-depth talk by Manuel Sapiano from the Malta Resources Authority, who explained the various unsustainable demands being placed on Malta's natural supply of freshwater. Mr Sapiano stressed that too much dependence is being placed on energy hungry methods of obtaining fresh water, such as reverse osmosis, while Malta's underground water table is being overexploited. In conclusion, Mr Sapiano expressed his hope that that HSBC Water Programme projects address such water related issues so as to avert potentially serious repercussions.

More information and research findings relating to the HSBC Water Programme are easily available online at www.thewaterhub.org


CLIENT GO ANTI MEDIUM: TIMESOFMALTA.COM DATE: 26 SEPTEMBER 2012

Wednesday, September 26, 2012 by

Lara Huber, Qawra

Go should provide Rai sports channels Like Anthony Zammit (September 14), I would like to continue following the 10.30pm Rai 2 sports programme every Saturday when it is transferred to either Rai sports channel I or II but am unable to do so because, unlike Melita Cable, Go does not provide these two channels in its line-up. This, regrettably, also happens whenever the Azzurri play and, in fact, on September 11, we barely had time to watch our national football coach Pietro Ghedin being interviewed after our commendable performance in Modena. What is keeping Go from providing these two Rai sports channels like Melita Cable does?


CLIENT: HSBC DIRECT MEDIUM: GOZONEWS.COM DATE: 25 SEPTEMBER 2012

Presentation in Malta of the HSBC Global Water Programme Published on Tuesday, 25, September, 2012 at 15:58 in Malta News | No Comments

As part of the HSBC Water Programme, over the next five years USD35 million will be made available to support charitable water projects in countries where HSBC operates, such as Malta. As Malta is one of the ten most challenged nations in the world for water scarcity it will be actively bidding for funding under the HSBC programme. Details of the scheme were revealed by Christopher Goode, HSBC Water Programme Coordinator, who visited Malta to present the Programme’s criteria, scope and objectives to a diverse range of local stakeholders including members of environmental agencies, NGOs, and educational institutions. “Projects must be sustainable, have a measurable impact, and address water related issues for the benefit of the target community,” Mr Goode explained. “In addition to this, projects may involve multiple NGOs, could deal with educational initiatives related to water, and could also operate across national borders.”


CLIENT: HSBC DIRECT MEDIUM: GOZONEWS.COM DATE: 25 SEPTEMBER 2012

Following the successful conclusion of the HSBC Climate Partnership in 2011, the HSBC Water Programme was launched earlier this year. The five-year, USD100 million programme – which incorporates the USD35 million water projects fund referred to earlier on – is a partnership with Earthwatch, WaterAid and WWF, three of the world’s most respected environmental and development NGOs. The global programme will provide the necessary scale to deliver a powerful combination of water provision, protection and education, resulting in the most ground-breaking water programme ever committed to by a financial organisation. Speaking about the local funding initiative, HSBC Bank Malta CEO Mark Watkinson said, “This is a highly innovative and exciting new global programme by HSBC. The Bank in Malta looks forward to partner with its various stakeholders to bid for funding to benefit local communities in Malta. Malta has significant water-related challenges and successful HSBC Water Programme projects could bring real benefits to the country.” “HSBC continues to stress the importance of increased education and awareness relating to the extraction, production, usage and disposal of water. Such education is an integral part of the HSBC Water Programme,” Mr Watkinson said. Mr Goode’s presentation was followed by an in-depth talk by Manuel Sapiano from the Malta Resources Authority, who explained the various unsustainable demands being placed on Malta’s natural supply of freshwater. Mr Sapiano stressed that too much dependence is being placed on energy hungry methods of obtaining fresh water, such as reverse osmosis, while Malta’s underground water table is being overexploited. In conclusion, Mr Sapiano expressed his hope that that HSBC Water Programme projects address such water related issues so as to avert potentially serious repercussions. More information and research findings relating to the HSBC Water Programme are easily available online at www.thewaterhub.org.


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