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Today’s Newspaper Cuttings


11 December 2013

Today’s news in the papers independent.com.mt The Vodafone 4G Challenge hits the City – Vodafone Direct Vodafone employees joined the bggest ever President’s Charity Fun Run – Vodafone CSR Direct Melita appoints new CFO – Melita Direct HSBC Malt Foundation supports a Maltese tradition of quality – HSBC CSR Mellieha Sanctuary restored, precious paintings saved from decay – BOV CSR The BOV Joseph Calleja Foundation launched – BOV CSR Collaborative agreement on I-Land Observatory – HSBC CSR 10 GO Sports Subscribers at Champions League match – GO Direct HSBC Malta signs collaborative agreement on I-Land Observatory with UoM and Mgarr Council – HSBC CSR

timesofmalta.com Vodafone introduces smaller, more environment-friendly top-up cards – Vodafone Direct Malta Marathon – The walkathon… am I fit enough? – Vodafone Indirect Holiday music on Melita TV – Melita Direct Direct Debit – GO Anti Lucky GO customer wins Mini One – GO Direct Decision on Forthnet by December 18 – GO Direct Melita appoints new CFO – Melita Direct Record-Breaking year for Dinja Wahda – BOV CSR

Gozonews.com Vodafone’s new pre-paid cards are now more environmentally friendly – Vodafone Direct

josannecassar.com 10 GO Sports Subscribers at Champions League match – GO Direct

maltatoday.com.mt Vodafone employees joined the biggest ever President’s Charity Fun Run – Vodafone CSR Direct Vodafone “tops-up” its environmental credentials – Vodafone Direct Melita appoints new chief financial officer – Melita Direct


di-ve.com Vodafone “tops-up” its environmental credentials – Vodafone Direct iPad Air available from GO – GO Direct I-Land Observatory step closer to implementation – HSBC CSR


Vodafone in the news


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VODAFONE DIRECT INDEPENDENT.COM.MT 4 DECEMBER 2013

The Vodafone 4G Challenge hits the City

Wednesday, 04 December 2013, 15:40

Vodafone Malta, the first communications provider to bring a high speed 4G network to Malta, has recently organised The Vodafone 4G Challenge, another event that marked the launch of the 4G network. The Vodafone 4G Challenge consisted of a treasure hunt in the heart of Valletta that gave each participant the chance of winning the following gifts from Vodafone; a ₏50 voucher, redeemable from one of the Vodafone stores, a Vodafone Smart 4G phone and a Samsung S4. Registrations were taken on the day of the Vodafone 4G Challenge event, for individuals or teams of up to a maximum of 4 members. The participants where provided with a phone that included the Vodafone 4G challenge application. Upon registration the app automatically loaded the hints and kick-started the timing for the duration of the Challenge. Further photos of the Vodafone Malta 4G Challenge can be viewed on Vodafone Malta’s Facebook page. To obtain further information on 4G visit www.vodafone.com.mt/4G.


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VODAFONE DIRECT TIMESOFMALTA.COM 8 DECEMBER 2013

Sunday, December 8, 2013, 00:01

Vodafone introduces smaller, more environment-friendly top-up cards Vodafone has taken its green credentials to a higher level with the introduction of its new range of pre-paid cards. Encouraging its customers to do their bit for the environment, Vodafone’s new range of top-up cards are considerably smaller, representing a 23 per cent reduction in paper and 82 per cent reduction in plastic every year. The value of the cards has not changed with the rollout being phased in with old cards still remaining valid until stocks last.


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VODAFONE CSR DIRECT MALTATODAY.COM.MT 9 DECEMBER 2013

Business Monday 9 December 2013 - 13:15

Vodafone employees joined the biggest ever President’s Charity Fun Run A group from Vodafone Malta joined this year’s record number of participants in supporting the fifth edition of the President’s Charity Fun Run in aid of The Malta Community Chest Fund’s LIstrina.

Employees, together with their families and friends ran or walked the seven grueling kilometres during the largest national philanthropic run from the San Anton Palace in Attard to St George's Square in Valletta. "Apart from instilling a healthy lifestyle among our employees, the Fun Run served in giving out contributions towards such a worthy cause and to help the less fortunate during the festive season," said Roberta Pace, Administrator at Vodafone Malta Foundation.


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VODAFONE DIRECT MALTATODAY.COM.MT 9 DECEMBER 2013

Business Monday 9 December 2013 - 13:11

Vodafone ‘tops-up’ its environmental credentials It is no accident that Vodafone is the internationally recognized leader in its industry in the area of environmental preservation

Over the years and across the board, the company has sought to Green its working practices. Each year brings new innovation and investment with an environmental conscience. Each measure gives 'power to you' to make a difference.

From a shift to a paperless office, to services offered on line coupled with a strict recycling policy, Vodafone today has taken its green credentials to a higher level with the introduction of its new range of Vodafone pre-paid cards.

Encouraging its customers to do their bit for the environment, Vodafone's new range of top-up cards is fresh sporting a range of three different colours - Grey, White and Red. All three are considerably smaller in size with a 23% reduction in paper and 82% reduction in plastic every year.

With the same distribution networks of re-sellers nation-wide, the bi-lingual cards are easier and instructions clearer. By dialing 16203 Vodafone customers will be guided through the steps, topping up their phones and whilst doing so saving a few trees.

The value of the cards has not changed with the roll out being phased in with old cards still remaining valid until stocks last.


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VODAFONE DIRECT DI-VE.COM 10 DECEMBER 2013

10 | 12 | 2013 at 12:19

Vodafone ‘tops-up’ its environmental credentials Article By: di-ve.com news

From a shift to a paperless office, to services offered on line coupled with a strict recycling policy, Vodafone has taken its green credentials to a higher level with the introduction of its new range of Vodafone pre-paid cards. Encouraging its customers to do their bit for the environment, Vodafone’s new range of top-up cards is fresh sporting a range of three different colours – Grey, White and Red. All three are considerably smaller in size with a 23% reduction in paper and 82% reduction in plastic every year. With the same distribution networks of re-sellers nation-wide, the bi-lingual cards are easier and instructions clearer. By dialing 16203 Vodafone customers will be guided through the steps, topping up their phones and whilst doing so saving a few trees. The value of the cards has not changed with the roll out being phased in with old cards still remaining valid until stocks last.


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VODAFONE DIRECT GOZONEWS.COM 10 DECEMBER 2013

Vodafone’s new pre-paid cards are now more environmentally friendly Posted By Gozo News On December 10, 2013 @ 10:52 am In Malta News | No Comments

Vodafone said in a statement today that over the years and across the board, the company has sought to Green its working practices.” Each year brings new innovation and investment with an environmental conscience. Each measure gives ‘power to you’ to make a difference.” Vodafone said that it has now “taken its green credentials to a higher level with the introduction of its new range of Vodafone pre-paid cards.” “Encouraging its customers to do their bit for the environment, Vodafone’s new range of top-up cards is fresh sporting a range of three different colours – Grey, White and Red. All three are considerably smaller in size with a 23% reduction in paper and 82% reduction in plastic every year,” the company said. It added that with the same distribution networks of re-sellers nation-wide, the bi-lingual cards are easier and instructions clearer. By dialing 16203 Vodafone customers will be guided through the steps, topping up their phones and whilst doing so saving a few trees. The value of the cards has not changed with the roll out being phased in with old cards still remaining valid until stocks last.


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VODAFONE CSR DIRECT INDEPENDENT.COM.MT 10 DECEMBER 2013

Vodafone employees joined the biggest ever President’s Charity Fun Run

Tuesday, 10 December 2013, 18:26

A group from Vodafone Malta joined this year’s record number of participants in supporting the fifth edition of the President’s Charity Fun Run in aid of The Malta Community Chest Fund’s L-Istrina. Employees. together with their families and friends ran or walked the seven grueling kilometres during the largest national philanthropic run from the San Anton Palace in Attard to St George’s Square in Valletta. “Apart from instilling a healthy lifestyle among our employees, the Fun Run served in giving out contributions towards such a worthy cause and to help the less fortunate during the festive season,” said Roberta Pace, Administrator at Vodafone Malta Foundation.


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VODAFONE INDIRECT TIMESOFMALTA.COM 7 DECEMBER 2013

Saturday, December 7, 2013, 00:01 by

Joe Micallef

The walkathon... am I fit enough?

Some of the numerous 2013 Malta Walkathon participants.

The health benefits derived from exercise feature in various headlines on a habitual basis. We are reminded constantly that regular exercise reduces the risk of heart disease, strokes, diabetes and other ailments. However, for many, what comes to mind is a tough workout at the gym, sweating on a treadmill or jumping like a horse in an aerobics class. The good news for those in doubt is that to fall within the healthy parametres, vigorous and sweaty sessions at the gym are not a must. Walking is enough. Actually, regular, consistent walks that raise the heart rate is all we need to reduce health scares. Many claim that they do not have enough time to fit in a brisk walk in their daily life. This is hard to believe. All that is needed is a 30-minute walk, four times a week. I find that the best time to exercise is in the morning. Waking up earlier, putting on the trainers and leaving the house are the hardest part. Once one steps outside, brisk walking comes naturally and the exercise lifts the mood and makes the day seem better. Stress levels are reduced immediately for many and the “feel good factor� could be noticed. The Walkathon may, in fact, be the right target to set in order to gain fitness and adopt a walking routine that will be manageable to maintain. Some people get into the habit of training for the walkathon but suspending all activities as soon as they cross the finish line until the time comes to start thinking about the race next year. This in itself defeats the whole purpose of the walkathon.


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VODAFONE INDIRECT TIMESOFMALTA.COM 7 DECEMBER 2013

What we want is a healthy nation, one that realises that there are many health benefits for consistent walkers. It is important to maintain one’s walking regime all year round, including the hot summer months. That way, when the walkathon arrives, one just steps up normal fitness training routines which, for regular walkers, would not mean a ‘feat’ as the basic groundwork has already been done. Whether one is relatively fit or just embarking on a walking programme to complete the distance, it has to be kept in mind that increasing the kilometres has to be done gradually. The best way to start a walking programme would be with a heart rate monitor in hand to be able to gauge basic levels of fitness. The lower your heart rate, the fitter you are. As the weeks progress, the heart rate starts decreasing. The next thing to invest in are good running shoes. Always buy a pair one size bigger than a normal shoe size so that feet have ample space to move during training. A schedule also has to be prepared before you hit the road. Many might think this sounds strange. Ideally, if you are a busy person with work commitments and have limited time available, it is best to insert walks as an appointment that cannot be missed. With 11 or 12 weeks left for February 23, three walks of 45 to 60 minutes each are enough during the week. The important walk is the longer one that should always be done over the weekend, starting with a one-hour exercise and then building the time up gradually to cover the full distance of 21 kilometres. Walking scarcely and for short periods of time and then turning up on the big day is madness. This could lead to injury. If you are tempted to do the 2014 Walkathon, now is the time to start training. Do not postpone any further. So, get out of the front door... remember that is the hardest part. Enjoy your walking and enjoy the feeling it brings with it. Everything will seem brighter.


Other stories in the news


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GO DIRECT DI-VE.COM 6 DECEMBER 2013

iPad Air available from GO Article By:di-ve.com news editorial@di-ve.com Apple’s newest iPad, the iPad Air is now available from GO. Priced at €649, it is also available for €50 to GO customers on a Limitless 99 Plan. Launched last month, the iPad Air is run by a 64-bit Apple A7 chipset which makes the device powerful despite being both thinner and lighter than its predecessors. Speaking about the iPad Air, Sandro Gauci, Senior Manager - Consumer Sales at GO said, “GO is the first in Malta to offer the iPad Air to its customers. It is a device which you really have to hold to believe. It’s only 7.5 millimetres thin and weighs just 478 grammes. The 2,048 by 1,536 pixel Retina display screen is framed by a thinner bezel further improving the viewing experience. The device has double the processing power of its predecessor and runs on iOS 7, making it easy to work and live with.” GO is stocking the Wi-Fi + Cellular model of the iPad Air. This model uses two antennae instead of one and MIMO (Multiple Input and Multiple Output) technology, which allows for significantly greater volumes of data to be processed without increasing bandwidth. Consequently, the iPad Air Wi-Fi + Cellular delivers up to twice the Wi-Fi performance of its predecessor and supports more LTE (Long Term Evolution) bands which means users can connect quickly and easily the world over.


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GO DIRECT TIMESOFMALTA.COM 8 DECEMBER 2013

Sunday, December 8, 2013, 00:01

Lucky Go customer wins Mini One

Patricia Richards, pictured, from St Julian’s has won a Mini One after taking part in the Go4Mini trivia SMS competition. Throughout the competition, Go customers had the opportunity to answer up to 30 trivia questions a day and collect points for each correct answer. Other prizes included an iPad Mini every day over a two-week period, a 42” Smart TV and a €500 fuel voucher. The winners of the iPad Mini were: Leonilda Bartolo, Mark Cini, Kataryna Ursula Jednaki, Rita Jaccarini, Juan Abela, Manolito Magri, John Brebner, George Bugeja, Pauline Schembri, Maurice Mifsud Bonnici, Anthony Farrugia, Carmel Borg, and Marcello Sallemi. The winner of the 42” Smart TV, meanwhile, was Jeannette Camilleri, while Moustafa Megawer won the €500 fuel voucher.


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GO DIRECT TIMESOFMALTA.COM 8 DECEMBER 2013

Sunday, December 8, 2013, 00:01

Decision on Forthnet by December 18 The Forgendo board have until December 18 to decide whether to exercise its pre-emption rights for 97 million shares in Forthnet. Existing shareholders are being given the chance to take up the shares, which would increase the share capital by just over €29 million. The shares are being sold at €0.30, which is less than half of what they were trading for in the first week of December, having seen quite a rallying in price since the third week of November when they were trading for around €0.43. Go is a joint shareholder in Forgendo, which owns 41.27 per cent of Forthnet. This means that its pro-rata share of the preemption rights would amount to €6 million, but it could buy less than that – or more if the other shareholders do not take up their allocation. Go’s entire investment in Forthnet was written off in its financial statements as at December 31, 2012, so the decision on whether to invest any further money will have to be carefully considered in order to justify the decision to its shareholders unhappy at the write-down. However, failure to invest could see its shareholding diluted, reducing its influence over the company’s future – and the chance to recoup any of its losses should there be a turnaround. Go said months ago that it would only take a decision once the prospectus was launched, which it was on December 2. Asked for a comment, the company said: “The company is carefully assessing this prospectus and the board’s primary consideration will remain that of safeguarding the best interest of Go and its shareholders. Any eventual decision regarding Forthnet would be announced as required on the Malta Stock Exchange and communicated to Go shareholders in due course.” In the meantime, there were also changes to the rest of Forthnet’s shareholding. In July, second-largest shareholder Cryte Investments GPI BV sold its 25.73 per cent shareholding. At the same time, Zesmero Ltd acquired 27.04 per cent of the shares, becoming the second-largest shareholder. A few days later, Forthnet announced that Wind Hellas Telecommunications SA had an option to acquire all the 3,503,073 shares owned by Zesmero. It has now been confirmed that Wind Hellas exercised this call option and it now controls 32.3 per cent of the latter’s share capital.


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GO DIRECT INDEPENDENT.COM.MT 9 DECEMBER 2013

10 GO Sports Subscribers at Champions League match

Monday, 09 December 2013, 18:47

10 GO Sports subscribers recently watched Arsenal all but secure their qualification to the last 16 of the Champions League as they secured a 2 – 0 win result against Marseille at the Emirates Stadium in London. Alfred Delia, Anthony Sciberras, Joseph Camilleri, Renato Briffa, Adrian Theuma, Mark Mifsud Bonnici, Brian Joseph Borg, Noel Julian Galea, Giorgio Delia and Leslie Agius had the opportunity to enjoy the match live at one of Europe’s most modern stadiums after winning an SMS competition which was exclusive to GO Sports subscribers. To participate, customers had to answer a question on this year’s Champions League competition. Laurie Pace, Brand Marketing Co-ordinator at GO, said, “GO is the home of premium sports broadcasting, particularly football, with exclusive rights to the Champions League, the Premier League and Serie A. Our very significant investment in sports broadcasting not only means that GO can provide a great viewing experience for our customers, including two HD sports channels. It also means that we can offer our customers regular opportunities to be part of some of the most exciting sports events taking place across Europe.”


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GO DIRECT JOSANNECASSAR.COM 11 DECEMBER 2013

10 GO Sports Subscribers at Champions League match Ten GO Sports subscribers (pictured above) recently watched Arsenal all but secure their qualification to the last 16 of the Champions League as they secured a 2 – 0 win result against Marseille at the Emirates Stadium in London. Alfred Delia, Anthony Sciberras, Joseph Camilleri, Renato Briffa, Adrian Theuma, Mark Mifsud Bonnici, Brian Joseph Borg, Noel Julian Galea, Giorgio Delia and Leslie Agius had the opportunity to enjoy the match live at one of Europe’s most modern stadiums after winning an SMS competition which was exclusive to GO Sports subscribers. To participate, customers had to answer a question on this year’s Champions League competition. Laurie Pace, Brand Marketing Co-ordinator at GO, said, “GO is the home of premium sports broadcasting, particularly football, with exclusive rights to the Champions League, the Premier League and Serie A. Our very significant investment in sports broadcasting not only means that GO can provide a great viewing experience for our customers, including two HD sports channels. It also means that we can offer our customers regular opportunities to be part of some of the most exciting sports events taking place across Europe.”


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GO ANTI TIMESOFMALTA.COM 6 DECEMBER 2013

Friday, December 6, 2013, 00:01 by

Lawrence Mifsud, Attard

Direct debit Go has imposed this condition for its customers who buy a newly-advertised service package: “Our free e-billing service and payment through direct debit apply as standard with Limitless Home Pack. Extra charges apply for other methods of billing and payment.” This means forking out €2 even when paying online through one’s own MyGo registration if the option of direct debit is not taken up. In view of this condition I ask: is this free or not? Now, paying online does away with posted hard copies of bills, with obvious savings for Go. Customer Care did their best to convince me this is in order. Is it? I wonder what readers think.


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MELITA DIRECT TIMESOFMALTA.COM 5 DECEMBER 2013

Thursday, December 5, 2013, 00:01

Holiday music on Melita TV Melita TV is offering non-stop festive tunes over Christmas and New Year. Melita’s digital music partner – Music Choice – has over 50 years of the best Christmas music from a library of more than 2,000 tracks, including new Christmas releases for 2013 and old favourites. These will be available until December 30. There is also a New Year’s Party channel from midnight on December 31 through to 6am on January 1. The Music Choice digital music service is exclusively available on Melita digital channels 901 to 948 and on Melita HD channel 950. To switch to radio channels on Melita digital TV service press the “TV/R” button on your remote control. The Christmas and New Year’s Party channels will replace the Kids music channel for the duration of the service. For more information call 2727 0270 or visit www.melita.com.


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MELITA DIRECT MALTATODAY.COM.MT 5 DECEMBER 2013

Business Thursday 5 December 2013 - 15:49

Melita appoints new chief financial officer Former Bank of Valletta, Gasan finance chief joins Melita Group

Danny Publio Rosso

Melita Group has announced that Publio Danny Rosso has been appointed as its new chief financial officer, with effect from 5 December 2013.

Rosso replaces Stuart Williamson, who resigned from the post of Melita with effect from the same date.

"I take this opportunity to thank Stuart for his work over the past years, and welcome Danny Rosso to the team. We have some great projects and initiatives in the pipeline and with the support of our shareholders and the rest of our team, I look forward to working with Danny on the next phase of growth for the Melita Group," Melita CEO Andrei Torriani said.

Rosso, an associate of the Chartered Institute of Bankers and a qualified accountant, started his career with Bank Of Valletta plc, holding the post of Group Chief Accountant before joining between 1992 and 1994.

Following a six-year stint in private practice offering accountancy and financial consultancy services, Rosso returned to Melita as its managing director, a post held until 2003. From 2003 until December 2011, Rosso occupied the post of chief financial officer and finance director of the Gasan Group, operating in various sectors including insurance, automotive, property, telecommunications and industrial and commercial products. Rosso also sat on the boards and audit committees of various other companies.


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MELITA DIRECT INDEPENDENT.COM.MT 6 DECEMBER 2013

Melita appoints new CFO

Friday, 06 December 2013, 13:10

Melita Group announced that Mr Publio Danny Rosso has been appointed as its new Chief Financial Officer, with effect from 5th December 2013. Mr Rosso replaces Mr Stuart Williamson, who resigned from the post of Melita Group Chief Financial Officer with effect from the same date. “I take this opportunity to thank Stuart for his work over the past years, and welcome Danny Rosso to the team. We have some great projects and initiatives in the pipeline and with the support of our shareholders and the rest of our team, I look forward to working with Danny on the next phase of growth for the Melita Group�, commented Andrei Torriani, CEO at Melita. Mr Rosso, an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Bankers and a qualified accountant, started his career with Bank Of Valletta plc, holding the post of Group Chief Accountant before joining Melita plc as its Chief Financial Officer between 1992 and 1994. Following a six year stint in private practice offering accountancy and financial consultancy services, Mr Rosso returned to Melita plc as its managing director, a post held until 2003. From 2003 until December 2011, Mr Rosso occupied the post of Chief Financial Officer and finance director of the Gasan Group, operating in various sectors including insurance, automotive, property, telecommunications and industrial and commercial products. Mr Rosso also sat on the boards and audit committees of various other companies.


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MELITA DIRECT TIMESOFMALTA.COM 8 DECEMBER 2013

Sunday, December 8, 2013, 00:01

Melita appoints new CFO

Danny Rosso Danny Rosso has been appointed as Melita’s new chief financial officer, with effect from last Thursday. Mr Rosso replaces Stuart Williamson, who resigned from the post with effect from the same date. Mr Rosso started his career with Bank of Valletta before joining Melita as its chief financial officer between 1992 and 1994. Following a six-year stint in private practice offering accountancy and financial consultancy services, Mr Rosso returned to Melita as its managing director, a post he held until 2003. From 2003 until December 2011, Mr Rosso occupied the post of chief financial officer and finance director of the Gasan Group.


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HSBC CSR INDEPENDENT.COM.MT 8 DECEMBER 2013

HSBC Malta Foundation supports a Maltese tradition of quality

Sunday, 08 December 2013, 15:37

Casa Rocca Piccola in Valletta held the exhibition of various artistic works that participated in the seventh edition of the Malta Lace competition. Supported by HSBC Malta Foundation, the exhibition brought to life the centuries-old tradition for the appreciation of the visiting public. The exhibits consisted of some 120 works submitted by 49 Maltese and Gozitan lace makers who participated in different categories. The intention of the competition, under the direction of Marquis Nicholas de Piro, is to bring together and keep alive the high quality of craftsmanship from Malta’s times past, which risks having to make way for faster, industrialised ways of making lace. The wife of the Italian ambassador to Malta, Hadar Halevi de Vito presented prizes to Elizabeth Attard and Consiglia Debono, who were the overall winners of this year’s edition, and certificates to all participants. The pieces were judged on the merit of originality in design, ethnicity and tradition, technical skill, presentation, magnitude of the undertaking and quality of the item produced.


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HSBC CSR INDEPENDENT.COM.MT 8 DECEMBER 2013

“It is encouraging to note the increasing number of participants who, though still in their teens, are taking up the challenge. This augurs well for the future of Maltese lace-making,” said Marquis de Piro. “Maltese lace-making is a distinguished skill recognised for its attention to detail and its exactness which makes it quite unique and we thank the HSBC Malta Foundation for its ongoing support in helping us carry the appreciation and encouragement of Maltese lace-making to our next generation.” HSBC Bank Malta manager Sustainability Doriette Camilleri said: “The level of work exhibited was outstanding and is improving year-on-year. The HSBC Foundation supports this initiative as the high quality of Maltese lace forms part of the true Maltese heritage that Malta is proud of.” At the end of the presentation ceremony, Marquis de Piro presented a copy of his own publication Ladies of Malta in Extravagant and Spectacular Maltese Lace, which features an extensive collection of fine lace that can be found at Casa Rocca Piccola to Mrs de Vito. Anna Maria Gatt presented the HSBC logo she produced in lace to HSBC Bank Malta’s manager Sustainability Ms Camilleri.


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HSBC CSR INDEPENDENT.COM.MT 9 DECEMBER 2013

HSBC Malta signs collaborative agreement on I-Land Observatorywith UoM and Mġarr council

Monday, 09 December 2013, 18:41

The HSBC Malta Foundation, the University of Malta, and Mgarr local council have signed a 10year collective agreement taking the I-land Observatory and Interpretation Centre in Mġarr an important step closer to its implementation. Initially announced in February 2012, I-land Observatory involves the setting up of Malta’s first centre for integrated natural and cultural heritage management. It will include outreach facilities and regular educational activities with the aim of promoting environmental awareness and greater appreciation for Malta’s natural and cultural heritage. Parliamentary Secretary for Local Government and Culture José Herrera said: “This is a truly collaborative effort that pools together the resources, connections and expertise of a local council, a world leading financial organisation, and the highest teaching institution in Malta. It is great to see such close and constructively collaboration of this kind for a project that will benefit all. We are currently scrutinizing similar initiatiatives to provide a framework that attracts different stakeholders to invest in our heritage following holistic guidelines. ”


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HSBC CSR INDEPENDENT.COM.MT 9 DECEMBER 2013

“By blending cutting edge science with recreational and educational facilities, the I-Land Observatory will promote and implement a heightened sensitivity to Malta’s natural environment, while offering the equipment and expertise to apply restorative ecology and promote more sustainable practices in Malta,” Parliamentary Secretary Herrera said. The project comprises four key elements: the ecological restoration of degraded tracts of land in the area; the restoration and rehabilitation of the military and rural structures; the development of interpretation, observation and recreational facilities housing a lecture area, audio-visual centre, and an exhibition hall; and the development of interpretation materials.


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HSBC CSR DI-VE.COM 9 DECEMBER 2013

09 | 12 | 2013 at 15:54

I-Land Observatory step closer to implementation Article By:di-ve.com news The HSBC Malta Foundation, the University of Malta, and Mgarr local council have signed a 10-year collective agreement taking the I-land Observatory and Interpretation Centre in Mġarr an important step closer to its implementation. Initially announced in February 2012, I-land Observatory involves the setting up of Malta’s first centre for integrated natural and cultural heritage management. It will include outreach facilities and regular educational activities with the aim of promoting environmental awareness and greater appreciation for Malta’s natural and cultural heritage. Parliamentary Secretary for Local Government and Culture José Herrera said: “This is a truly collaborative effort that pools together the resources, connections and expertise of a local council, a world leading financial organisation, and the highest teaching institution in Malta. It is great to see such close and constructively collaboration of this kind for a project that will benefit all. We are currently scrutinizing similar initiatives to provide a framework that attracts different stakeholders to invest in our heritage following holistic guidelines. ” “By blending cutting edge science with recreational and educational facilities, the I-Land Observatory will promote and implement a heightened sensitivity to Malta’s natural environment, while offering the equipment and expertise to apply restorative ecology and promote more sustainable practices in Malta,” Parliamentary Secretary Herrera said. The project comprises four key elements: the ecological restoration of degraded tracts of land in the area; the restoration and rehabilitation of the military and rural structures; the development of interpretation, observation and recreational facilities housing a lecture area, audio-visual centre, and an exhibition hall; and the development of interpretation materials.


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HSBC CSR INDEPENDENT.COM.MT 10 DECEMBER 2013

Collaborative agreement on I-Land Observatory

Tuesday, 10 December 2013, 08:21

The HSBC Malta Foundation, the University of Malta, and Mgarr local council have signed a 10year collective agreement taking the I-land Observatory and Interpretation Centre in Mġarr an important step closer to its implementation. Initially announced in February 2012, I-land Observatory involves the setting up of Malta’s first centre for integrated natural and cultural heritage management. It will include outreach facilities and regular educational activities with the aim of promoting environmental awareness and greater appreciation for Malta’s natural and cultural heritage. Parliamentary Secretary for Local Government and Culture José Herrera said: “This is a truly collaborative effort that pools together the resources, connections and expertise of a local council, a world leading financial organisation, and the highest teaching institution in Malta. It is great to see such close and constructively collaboration of this kind for a project that will benefit all. We are currently scrutinizing similar initiatiatives to provide a framework that attracts different stakeholders to invest in our heritage following holistic guidelines. ”


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HSBC CSR INDEPENDENT.COM.MT 10 DECEMBER 2013

“By blending cutting edge science with recreational and educational facilities, the I-Land Observatory will promote and implement a heightened sensitivity to Malta’s natural environment, while offering the equipment and expertise to apply restorative ecology and promote more sustainable practices in Malta,” Parliamentary Secretary Herrera said. The project comprises four key elements: the ecological restoration of degraded tracts of land in the area; the restoration and rehabilitation of the military and rural structures; the development of interpretation, observation and recreational facilities housing a lecture area, audio-visual centre, and an exhibition hall; and the development of interpretation materials. Photocaption: (from left) Mġarr Mayor Paul Vella, HSBC Malta CEO Mark Watkinson, and UoM Rector Professor Juanito Camilleri signing the I-land Observatory agreement in the presence of Parliamentary Secretary José Herrera.


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BOV CSR INDEPENDENT.COM.MT 8 DECEMBER 2013

Mellieha Sanctuary restored,precious paintings saved from decay


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BOV CSR INDEPENDENT.COM.MT 8 DECEMBER 2013

Sunday, 08 December 2013, 09:26

An extensive restoration project supported by Bank of Valletta is underway at the Mellieha Sanctuary dedicated to Our Lady. The project includes the restoration of the wall-painted ceiling, and the restoration of the titular wall painting of Our Lady. The conservation and restoration work have been entrusted to Atelier del Restauro. The original part of the Sanctuary is one of the oldest churches in Malta. Originally, it was a natural cave that was then enlarged and hewn in an elliptical shape. The restoration project involves two phases. The first phase, which has been completed, focused on the original paintings on the ceiling of this cave. These paintings date back to the late 1500s and feature the Eternal Father in the centre, with the lower part featuring a multitude of bishops. The second phase of the restoration project was launched at a press conference. Work will focus on the titular painting, which represents Our Lady with Baby Jesus in her arms, and is very probably a painting dating back to the 14th century. This does not exclude that there might be an older painting underneath. So far, it is known that there were two other over paintings over the present one. It will be very interesting to see what the research and the restoration project will unveil in this regard. Work carried out on the painting on the upper walls feature a series of bishops. It is believed that they might represent a meeting held in the 5th century AD by the Melivetan Council in


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North Africa. It is said that these bishops stopped in Malta and among them were Sylvanus, Bishop of Malta at the time, and also St Augustine. The sanctuary was very popular on pilgrimage routes in the past. It was extended and modified several times between the 17th and 19th century through funding by several benefactors that included Grand Masters Wignacourt, Rafael Cotoner and Pinto. An unknown artist painted the original painting of the bishops against a gilded ceiling. The gilded ceiling was over-painted with a cloudy sky with the Eternal Father in the centre. This painting is dated towards the end of the 18th century and is almost a perfect replica of a painting in St Helen Parish Church in Birkirkara attributed to renowned Maltese artist Rocco Buhagiar. The paintings underwent several other restoration interventions, namely one carried out by Maltese artist Francesco Zahra (1710-1773), and the last documented restoration intervention by restorer Samuel Bugeja in the early 1970s. The conservation and restoration project is led by conservators Maria Grazia Zenzani and Valentina Lupo. Following a detailed condition assessment report, the project commenced in November 2012. Many of the problems afflicting the ceiling were due to the fact that the wall support is carved rock. The resulting high humidity levels and moisture infiltration led to severe deterioration. The team of restorers encountered salt efflorescence, detachments in the pictorial film as well as voids between the rock and the preparatory layer. Prior to the commencement of the conservation treatments, a diagnostic scientific campaign was carried out to identify the composition of the materials used, manufacturing techniques and causes of deterioration. Consequently, it was deemed necessary to begin the work by first carrying out emergency treatments in order to stabilise the numerous parts in danger of being lost due to their instability. Ensuring adhesion of the paint layer was imperative due to the extensive detachment present, including flaking and powdering of the paint layer. Void areas between the stone and plaster layer were located and a grouting intervention was necessary to consolidate the detached layer. A poultice was then developed for the removal of salts patinas, consisting of sulphates, nitrates and chlorides. Thanks to the stratigraphic analysis, various cleaning tests were carried out for the safe removal of the yellowed and depolymerised varnish layer applied during the last restoration intervention and over-paintings. Following the interventions on the structure of the ceiling and the pictorial layers, the conservators moved on to the aesthetical element. The chosen integration method re-established the former unity of the wall paintings. The project was carried out using reversible conservation-grade materials which permit the transpiration of the rock support and avoid the concentration of humidity on the painted ceiling, a major factor contributing to the degradation of these wall paintings. Ethical


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considerations were taken into account during every step of the conservation process following the European Confederation of Conservator-Restorers' Organisation’s (E.C.C.O) Code of Ethics. The public can now fully understand and appreciate the beauty of the wall paintings of this historico-religious monument as being part of our national cultural heritage. “We have undertaken a holistic restoration project of the Sanctuary, which takes into account both on the architectural and the artistic side,” said Fr Joe Caruana, Parish Priest at Mellieha Parish Church and Sanctuary. “Following the restoration of the painted ceiling, we are very excited to see the Titular Painting of Our Lady restored so that the Sanctuary can once again be considered complete.”


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The BOV Joseph Calleja Foundation launched

The BOV Joseph Calleja Foundation has been launched by John Cassar White, Chairman of Bank of Valletta and Joseph Calleja. Bank of Valletta and Joseph Calleja are the joint founders of the Foundation. The purpose of the BOV Joseph Calleja Foundation is to perform a social function amongst vulnerable individuals and social groups with particular emphasis on underprivileged children and children with innovative, distinctive or unique artistic or musical talents who are in any way unable to develop or enhance their talents.


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BOV Chairman, John Cassar White, said that BOV is delighted to collaborate with Joseph Calleja in a project that is set to make a difference in the lives of vulnerable individuals and social groups. “When we were discussing our collaboration with Joseph Calleja, the idea of setting up this Foundation was the aspect that really aligned the sense of purpose of the two sides. This initiative that Joseph has come up with is really in tune with the business philosophy of Bank of Valletta. Indeed, BOV, as the largest financial institution in Malta, has always considered the society in which it operates as an important stakeholder and has been at the forefront in contributing financial and other resources towards projects that seek to make a tangible contribution towards the very same communities within which it operates,” said Mr. Cassar White. “The Bank is confident that the BOV Joseph Calleja Foundation will play an important role that will continue to make our society a better society and that will complement the established structures providing opportunities that were hitherto not within the reach of vulnerable individuals and social groups,” added Mr. Cassar White. The BOV Chairman thanked Joseph Calleja for the excellent collaboration on this most exciting initiative and augured that the launch of the Foundation would be a first step in a journey that would benefit the Maltese society as a whole. Speaking during the launch of the Foundation, Joseph Calleja expressed his excitement at finally being able to launch the Foundation. “I had been toying with the idea of this Foundation for several years now. I have felt the urge to give something back to the most vulnerable in society for a long time . Now, thanks to Bank of Valletta’s support, we are finally here to witness the first hours of this Foundation.” Joseph Calleja concluded his intervention by expressing his gratitude to the Board of Directors of the new Foundation. “It gives me great pride to have such great individuals ready to take the Foundation forward. I would like to thank each and every one of you profoundly for your dedication.” The partnership between Joseph Calleja and Bank of Valletta launched in June 2013 is based on three distinct pillars:- positioning BOV as the main sponsor of the Maltese Tenor’s annual Summer Concert and the BOV Joseph Calleja Children’s Choir; having Joseph Calleja endorse BOV and the services that the Bank offers as Malta’s leading financial services provider and; the collaboration on the creation of the BOV Joseph Calleja Foundation that was launched today. Further details of the BOV Joseph Calleja Foundation and the manner in which it will work will be announced over the coming months. The Administrators of the BOV Joseph Calleja Foundation are Mr. Roderick Chalmers, chairman, and Fr Michael Agius, Lino Cefai, Helga Ellul, Dr Alec Lapira, Michelle Muscat and Alfred Pisani, as members.


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Sunday, December 8, 2013, 00:01

Record-breaking year for Dinja Waħda

Children from Żabbar Primary School receive their award from Education Minister Evarist Bartolo. Education Minister Evarist Bartolo recently presented awards and certificates to pupils from 47 primary schools for their successful participation in Birdlife Malta’s Dinja Waħda (One World) environmental education programme. The students were presented the gold, silver and bronze awards on behalf of their schools, with a record 43 schools receiving the highest gold award. Thirty-two schools were also presented with Dinja Waħda Blue Banners after achieving gold Dinja Waħda awards three years in a row. The Minister praised the work of the schools in improving Malta’s environment and stressed the vital role education played in ensuring that nature and wildlife are preserved and protected for future generations. The programme is co-sponsored by Bank of Valletta and the European Commission Representation in Malta. Head of the European Commission Representation in Malta Martin Bugelli said it was everybody’s duty to protect the environment we lived in. He noted the role the EU played in protecting the environment, saying the environment was at the centre of several EU-driven initiatives. BOV representative Joyce Tabone said the bank held the green stakeholder in high regard. BOV has been a partner on the Dinja Waħda programme since 2007 and has helped increase the frequency of this initiative from a bi-annual to an annual event. Through the Dinja Waħda programme, Birdlife Malta supports teachers to deliver lessons about nature and the environment, providing resources including an guide full of activities to help students engage with nature both in the classroom and beyond the school walls. Schools, teachers or parents interested in finding out more about Dinja Waħda may view the section on the programme on Birdlife’s website, call Birdlife Malta on 2134 7644/5 or e-mail dinjawahda@birdlifemalta.org

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