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22 January 2014

Today’s news in the papers independent.com.mt Win 50 times the top up value with GO – GO Direct Bank of Valletta lends its support to artist Alex Dalli – BOV CSR Bank of Valletta supports pianist in presenting a winning piano recital – BOV CSR HSBC Malta Water Programme volunteers return to share Ghana experience – HSBC CSR Alcatel Onetouch EVO 7 available for €199 from GO – GO Direct

timesofmalta.com Interactive Valletta church – Vodafone CSR Direct Whitmarsh may lose his role with McLaren – Vodafone Sports Indirect Take your run to new heights - Vodafone Sports Indirect Forgendo and friend get 44.96% of Forthnet – Vodafone & GO Indirect Wanted: youths good at presenting science – Vodafone Indirect Exhibition of paintings at Palazzo De La Salle – BOV CSR My experience of Melita – Melita Anti

Gozonews.com Alcatel OneTouch POP C5 now available from GO outlets – GO Direct Win 50 times the top up value with latest GO competition – GO Direct HSBC Water Programme volunteers return to share Ghana experience – HSBC CSR

josannecassar.com The Vodafone Malta Foundation extends its support to FITa – Vodafone CSR Direct Win 50 times the top up value with GO – GO Direct Alcatel Onetouch EVO 7 available for €199 from GO – GO Direct HSBC Malta Water Programme volunteers return to share Ghana experience – HSBC CSR

Maltatoday.com.mt Win 50 times the top up value with GO – GO Direct HSBC Malta Water programme volunteers return to share Ghana experience – HSBC CSR


Vodafone in the news


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VODAFONE CSR DIRECT TIMESOFMALTA.COM 16 JANUARY 2014

Thursday, January 16, 2014, 00:01

Interactive Valletta church

Thanks to the Vodafone Malta Foundation, Our Lady of Victory church, currently undergoing a complete restoration by Din lArt Ħelwa, can now offer visitors a unique cultural experience. An interactive information kiosk with touchscreen technology allows visitors easy access to colourful information on the unique history of the first building of the capital city and its art treasures. This is one of a series of communication vehicles including a pocket guide book to the church, audio guides in six languages, pamphlets with a quick guided tour of the church and display equipment that will add value to the numerous works of art and religious ephemera found in the church. The interactive kiosk was programmed by Cyberspace Ltd.


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VODAFONE CSR DIRECT JOSANNECASSAR.COM 21 JANUARY 2014

The Vodafone Malta Foundation extends its support to FITA For the second year in a row the Vodafone Malta Foundation is supporting FITA in its mission to improve the quality of life of persons with disability. The idea behind the partnership started in 2012. The project makes use of the benefits that mobile technology can bring to persons with disability, having a direct positive impact on their standard of living. “This is at the core of what the Vodafone Malta Foundation stands for,” emphasised the Chairperson, Gemma Mifsud Bonnici. The project looks at increasing accessibility to persons with disability through the part sponsorship of mobile technology. This year a further 19 visually impaired and deaf persons are set to benefit through the purchase of a smart phone and upgrading of their phones through funds provided through the Vodafone Malta Foundation. “This initiative is distinctive in that it seeks to empower disabled persons to avail of accessible goods and services which place them at an equal level with their non-disabled peers.” said Mifsud Bonnici. “Disabled persons rely more heavily on ICT because in many instances, it is not only simply convenient but it actually makes tasks achievable, granting them access to information services, education and employment.” The Vodafone Malta Foundation is committed to providing the use of mobiles for good and what better place to start then to make the lives of those living with a disability easier.


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VODAFONE SPORTS INDIRECT TIMESOFMALTA.COM 18 JANUARY 2014

Saturday, January 18, 2014, 00:01

Whitmarsh may lose his role at McLaren Ron Dennis retakes control of F1 operation

McLaren had one of their worst seasons in the F1 championship last year. Ross Brawn’s plans for an extended sabbatical from Formula One may fall by the wayside as the team principal’s position at McLaren is soon to become vacant. It follows an internal coup at McLaren which has resulted in Ron Dennis regaining control of the Formula One operation from Martin Whitmarsh by returning to his role as group chief executive officer. Following a shareholders’ meeting, McLaren issued a statement on Thursday confirming Dennis was again CEO, a position he held from 1982-2012 before passing on the baton to Whitmarsh. Whitmarsh’s name, however, was noticeable by its absence, and though there has been no sacking or resignation as yet, reports said he will not be team principal come the season-opening grand prix in Australia in mid-March. In addressing the workforce at McLaren’s Technology Centre in Woking for 20 minutes, Dennis promised “there will be changes”, and the team “will win again”, following which he was given a standing ovation. In the statement, Dennis said his fellow shareholders have mandated him “to write an exciting new chapter in the story of McLaren, beginning by improving our on-track and off-track performance”. That follows one of the worst seasons in McLaren’s history last year when, for the first time since 1980, they failed to claim a podium finish. Indeed, McLaren have not had a drivers’ champion since Lewis Hamilton in Dennis’s last year as team principal in 2008, while you have to go back to 1998 for their last constructors’ crown.


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VODAFONE SPORTS INDIRECT TIMESOFMALTA.COM 18 JANUARY 2014

Dennis has no desire to again run the team, but will no doubt want an experienced and highly-successful hand on the tiller such as Brawn. The 59-year-old is out of work after leaving Mercedes at the end of last season, having decided the new management structure was not for him. Mercedes felt the role of team principal had become an out-dated concept, and instead are now run by a triumvirate of power in Toto Wolff, former McLaren technical director Paddy Lowe and Niki Lauda. Upon his departure, Brawn stated he would not discuss any future positions until this summer, claiming he wanted “to clear my mind, take a rest, and then decide if I want to return to F1”. But McLaren may yet prove an attractive enough proposition for him to go back on such thinking, and put down his fishing rod given his love of that particular pastime. For now, Dennis is to “undertake a thorough and objective review of each of (McLaren’s) businesses with the intention of optimising every aspect of our existing operations”. It appears next month is when change and potential new appointments can be expected at McLaren as Dennis added that is when he will “articulate a new Group strategy and implement the organisational structure best suited to achieving it”.


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VODAFONE SPORTS INDIRECT TIMESOFMALTA.COM 18 JANUARY 2014

Saturday, January 18, 2014, 00:01

Take your run to new heights Route changes made for next month’s marathon and half marathon races

Astrid Fleri Soler The route for the February 23 Vodafone 2014 Malta Marathon and Half Marathon once again marks a few changes. The alterations have been effected to reduce traffic congestion and to minimise the inconvenience that may be caused to motorists. The routes will be manned by over 200 police and wardens to help deviate and control traffic and ensure that the roads are safe for the runners and walkers. The full marathon sees a reduction in the distances run in Attard and to a lesser extent also at Ta’ Qali. As for the half marathon the distance in Rabat has been reduced as the race will not go through Dingli as in the past but instead will start towards the Roman Villa before heading to the Mtarfa bypass. Also, the half marathon will not be passing through Ta’ Qali but runners will go straight for the Rabat road before heading to Attard. That way the half marathon will be out of Rabat earlier and the changes will also see both races leaving Attard earlier. The distance taken off has been added through a tour round the Mrieħel industrial estate before getting on to the by-pass. To see the route map go to http://www. maltamarathon.com/marathon_route_description_route_map.htm. The routes are mainly downhill, starting from an elevation of 200 metres and finishing at sea level. So, is uphill training necessary for such an event? Awareness brings to mind the fact that most runners, particularly beginners, are somewhat intimidated by hills and during their training runs prefer to stick to easier and flatter roads. However, the benefits of hill sessions are great. Apart from the fact that as the heart rate increases, you burn more calories, the most important factor is that it ultimately builds overall strength. The legs are forced to work harder and your arms are being used to push you up the hill.


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VODAFONE SPORTS INDIRECT TIMESOFMALTA.COM 18 JANUARY 2014

This will, in turn, enhance your finishing time, coordination and better endurance on a flat surface. Hills can either be practised on your daily runs or in conjunction with threshold training. May I remind you that running at a faster pace twice a week is a requisite to improve your performance. Admittedly, and characteristically speaking, challenges always sparked my motivation. I remember in my initial days when out on my runs, I simply used to race every hill I encountered. On one of my track sessions, I discussed this matter with my coach John Walsh... and his comment was ‘and what is your heart rate when you are dashing up those hills?’ Most runners tend to force their body to keep the same pace when going up a hill, whether racing or on their long runs. “Control your pace and stick to your heart rate monitor,” was the coach’s wise advice. This meant that if on my easy jogs I was running at a 140 heart beat, then I had to maintain more or less the same rhythm throughout, whether going up, down or on a flat course. I must confess this was not easy. Until my body adjusted, it required patience and continuous monitoring but I can assure you the results thereafter were amazing. Most runners do not wear a heart rate monitor, so how can they go about it? Mainly, as you begin your ascent, just slow down pace and lift your posture. Train yourself to remain upright. Leaning too far over can decrease oxygen supply and can cause other physical ailments. Above all, to retain a steady rhythm, take shorter strides and do not stretch your legs too much as this will only increase your heart rate. Rest assured, that without overexerting itself, your body is still giving its maximum effort, the result being you will end up with less sore muscles and more ability to finish your run with ease. On the other hand, as your fitness level dictates, a harder hill session (threshold), where your heart rate is allowed to rise even at its maximum without causing any damage takes approximately 10 to 40 minutes of hill repetitions. Choose your hill carefully, and whether long and gradual, steep or short, it all depends on the intensity of your goal. Start off by running uphill as fast as you can for at least two minutes, jog easily downhill and immediately start off again. Keep it continuous. Try to do this exercise for at least 10 minutes but as you get fitter, gradually increase the duration of the hill climb to five minutes with longer repetitions. For some people, running downhill can be just as disheartening as they tend to lose balance and stability. Simply focus on that stride. Taking quick but short strides will help you maintain control. Your mental state dictates exactly how you challenge hills. A negative attitude is only draining and you will struggle from the start. Think positive and treat that hill as your friend. Be assured that intense hill session will give you rewards at the end. Enjoy your running!


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VODAFONE INDIRECT TIMESOFMALTA.COM 19 JANUARY 2014

Sunday, January 19, 2014, 00:01

Wanted: youths good at presenting science

Owen Falzon (left) delivering his winning presentation. Also seen are (from left) Stefan Buontempo, Rob Luke and Francis Stivala. For the second time, Malta is taking part in Fame Lab, the biggest annual international competition for science and engineering students and young scientists and researchers with a flair for communicating with public audiences. Contestants have three minutes to pitch a concept in science or engineering and deliver a talk to a panel of judges. Each judge will assess the finalists’ presentations on three qualities: content, clarity and charisma. The topics of the presentations could range from unusual questions to fascinating or weird scientific facts such as: how do plants know they have been touched, how do cabbages keep warm in winter, how does a virus mutate, and why do men have nipples? Auditions for Fame Lab Malta will be held at the Malta College of Arts, Science and Technology’s Institute of Applied Sciences on April 5.

The topics of the presentations could range from unusual questions to fascinating or weird scientific facts Participants aged 18 and over can register online on www.famelabmalta.org.mt. The local competition is being organised by the British Council, the National Student Travel Foundation (NSTF) and the University’s Research, Innovation and Development Trust (RIDT) in collaboration with Fame Lab. The competition was launched recently at St Margaret Boy’s Secondary School, Cospicua, attended by British High Commissioner Rob Luke, Parliamentary Secretary for Research, Innovation, Youth and Sport Stefan Buontempo and the RIDT’s CEO Wilfred Kenely.


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VODAFONE INDIRECT TIMESOFMALTA.COM 19 JANUARY 2014

At the launch, the winner of last year’s edition of Fame Lab Malta, biomedical engineer Owen Falzon, delivered his threeminute presentation on brain-computer interfaces with which he placed among the top 10 contestants in the Fame Lab International competition final last year. This year’s local finalists will be offered the opportunity to take part in a weekend master class with a British expert in media and communication skills. The winning prize consists of a fully paid trip to the UK to compete and represent Malta in the Cheltenham Science Festival from June 3 to 8. Over 20 countries across Europe, Asia, Africa and the US are taking part in the event. Past winners of Fame Lab have gone on to travel the globe, perform in festivals and feature on national TV and radio, and many combine public-facing activities with on-going research. Generally, all finalists become part of a global network of science communicators. For more information about the Fame Lab Malta and School Lab competitions, e-mail famelab@famelabmalta.org.mt (for Fame Lab) or school lab@famelabmalta.org.mt (for School Lab) or call Ingrid Eomois at the British Council on 2122 6377.

Science video competition for secondary students School Lab is a new science communication video competition launched by the British Council and NSTF. It is open to Form 1 to Form 4 students who form a team of between two and five members to present a scientific subject in an interesting and fun video. Videos should be from three to five minutes long and should be uploaded on You Tube and the link sent with the team participants’ details to www.famelabmalta.org.mt/school-lab. Videos should be submitted by March 30. A panel of judges will choose 10 finalists and the public will also be able to vote for their favourite video until April 9. The winner will be selected at the NSTF Science Expo, which takes place from April 7 to 10. Prizes will be awarded to the best teams and all participants will receive a certificate.


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VODAFONE / GO INDIRECT TIMESOFMALTA.COM 19 JANUARY 2014

Sunday, January 19, 2014, 00:01

‘Forgendo and friend’ get 44.96% of Forthnet Forgendo and a company in which it has a 50 per cent interest, Giradena, have managed to get 44.96 per cent of the share capital of Forthnet between them following the recent share issue. Giradena, a Cyprus-based company, is owned by Forgendo and Dubai-based Massar Investments. Forgendo, half owned by Go plc, exercised its full pre-emption rights and acquired 40 million shares at a cost of €12 million. Giradena acquired 2.8 million shares at a cost of €801,000. Through its oversubscription rights, Forgendo managed to get a further one million shares, which it will now transfer to Giradena. Between them, they now hold 49,501,193 shares. Prior to the rights issue, Forgendo held 41.27 per cent of the shares in Forthnet. Go has loaned half the funding Forgendo needs for this capitalisation, and has to decide within six months time whether it wishes to convert the interest-free loan to equity or to be repaid by its partner in Forgendo, Emirates International Telecommunications Malta, which would convert its own loan into equity and repay Go on behalf of Forgendo in exchange for additional shares. Vodafone Panafon has managed to acquire a 6.51 per cent stake in Forthnet – which means that, to Forgendo’s probable relief, rival company Wind, which currently has a shareholding of 32.3 per cent, will be unlikely to get a controlling stake.


Other stories in the news


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GO DIRECT GOZONEWS.COM 15 JANUARY 2014

Alcatel Onetouch POP C5 now available from GO outlets Posted By Gozo News On January 15, 2014 @ 3:42 pm In Malta News | No Comments

GO has said that the Alcatel Onetouch POP C5 is now available to customers, “priced at €119, the device is also available for free to GO customers who are subscribed to the Limitless Flex plan.” Rupert Perry, Assistant Manager – Device Support at GO, said, “The Alcatel Onetouch POP C5 is a trendy phone which delivers a great user experience. It’s also available for free to GO customers who are on a Limitless Flex plan through which one can make limitless calls to all GO mobile numbers for just €20 per month. Additional benefits include 300MB mobile internet and €10 credit which can be carried forward from one month to the next.” Further details on the Alcatel Onetouch POP C5 and GO’s Limitless Flex plan are available from all GO retail outlets and exclusive resellers, by calling Freephone 80072121 or visiting www.go.com.mt [1].


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GO DIRECT MALTATODAY.COM.MT 16 JANUARY 2014

Business Thursday 16 January 2014 - 16:07

Win 50 times the top up value with GO Every day, until 14 February 2014, GO will be giving customers the chance to win a daily prize of 50 times their top up value

Romina Zammit, Manager - Mobile Residential Segment at GO, said, "From now until Valentine's Day, GO will announce a daily winner from all customers who topped up their mobile credit with €10 or more on that day and who have their details registered with GO. This offer is available to all Pay As You GO, LIMITLESSFLEX and BUSINESSFLEX customers. The winner will receive 50 times the value topped up in mobile credit. For instance, a daily winner who would have topped up with €20 on that day will receive €1,000 in mobile credit."

Throughout the offer period, an SMS will be sent to each customer topping up with €10 or more. The SMS will contain a unique voucher code which will be automatically entered into a daily draw. Results of the daily draw on Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays will be announced on the next working day.

More information is available from all GO retail outlets and exclusive resellers, by calling Freephone 80072121 or visiting www.go.com.mt/win.


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GO DIRECT JOSANNECASSAR.COM 17 JANUARY 2014

Win 50 times the top up value with GO Every day, until 14 February 2014, GO will be giving customers the chance to win a daily prize of 50 times their top up value. Romina Zammit, Manager – Mobile Residential Segment at GO, said, “From now until Valentine’s Day, GO will announce a daily winner from all customers who topped up their mobile credit with €10 or more on that day and who have their details registered with GO. This offer is available to all Pay As You GO, LIMITLESSFLEX and BUSINESSFLEX customers. The winner will receive 50 times the value topped up in mobile credit. For instance, a daily winner who would have topped up with €20 on that day will receive €1,000 in mobile credit.” Throughout the offer period, an SMS will be sent to each customer topping up with €10 or more. The SMS will contain a unique voucher code which will be automatically entered into a daily draw. Results of the daily draw on Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays will be announced on the next working day. More information is available from all GO retail outlets and exclusive resellers, by calling Freephone 80072121 or visiting www.go.com.mt/win


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GO DIRECT GOZONEWS.COM 18 JANUARY 2014

Win 50 times the top up value with latest GO competition Posted By Gozo News On January 18, 2014 @ 3:36 pm In Malta News | No Comments

GO has said that every day, until 14 February 2014, it will be giving customers the chance to win a daily prize of 50 times their top up value. Romina Zammit, Manager – Mobile Residential Segment at GO, said, “from now until Valentine’s Day, GO will announce a daily winner from all customers who topped up their mobile credit with €10 or more on that day and who have their details registered with GO. This offer is available to all Pay As You GO, LIMITLESSFLEX and BUSINESSFLEX customers. The winner will receive 50 times the value topped up in mobile credit. For instance, a daily winner who would have topped up with €20 on that day will receive €1,000 in mobile credit.” The company said that throughout the offer period, an SMS will be sent to each customer topping up with €10 or more. The SMS will contain a unique voucher code which will be automatically entered into a daily draw. Results of the daily draw on Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays will be announced on the next working day. More information is available from all GO retail outlets and exclusive resellers, by calling Freephone 80072121 or visiting www.go.com.mt/win [1].


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GO DIRECT INDEPENDENT.COM.MT 18 JANUARY 2014

Win 50 times the top up value with GO

Saturday, 18 January 2014, 17:59

Every day, until 14 February 2014, GO will be giving customers the chance to win a daily prize of 50 times their top up value Romina Zammit, Manager - Mobile Residential Segment at GO, said, “From now until Valentine’s Day, GO will announce a daily winner from all customers who topped up their mobile credit with €10 or more on that day and who have their details registered with GO. This offer is available to all Pay As You GO, LIMITLESSFLEX and BUSINESSFLEX customers. The winner will receive 50 times the value topped up in mobile credit. For instance, a daily winner who would have topped up with €20 on that day will receive €1,000 in mobile credit.” Throughout the offer period, an SMS will be sent to each customer topping up with €10 or more. The SMS will contain a unique voucher code which will be automatically entered into a daily draw. Results of the daily draw on Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays will be announced on the next working day. More information is available from all GO retail outlets and exclusive resellers, by calling Freephone 80072121 or visiting www.go.com.mt/win.


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GO DIRECT INDEPENDENT.COM.MT 20 JANUARY 2014

Alcatel Onetouch EVO 7 available for €199 from GO

Monday, 20 January 2014, 18:47

GO customers can now purchase the Alcatel Onetouch Evo7 for just €199. This tablet is also available for free to customers who are subscribed to GO’s Limitless 35 plan, while those on pre-paid plans can enjoy 6GB of free mobile internet for up to 30 days. Rupert Perry, Assistant Manager – Device Support at GO, said, “The Alcatel Onetouch Evo7 boasts a 7 inch display screen and internet speeds in excess of 21 mbps. The device also has a 4GB internal memory and a microSD card slot which takes cards with memory of up to 32GB. At a retail price of just €199 it represents great value to anyone looking for a good quality tablet. It’s also a great free option for all GO customers on Limitless 35.” The Alcatel Onetouch Evo7 uses the Android v4 0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich operating system and has a 1GHz processor. Weighing less than 400 grammes, the device also offers Bluetooth, WiFi & Wi-Fi hotspot connectivity. The screen is a TFT capacitive touchscreen which determines where the user has touched the device and delivers images and videos using 16 million different colours.


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GO DIRECT INDEPENDENT.COM.MT 20 JANUARY 2014

“Whether it’s to share photos with friends, have a business video conference, read a book, or have access to the more than 600,000 apps in the Google Play store, the Alcatel Onetouch EVO 7 is an ideal device for anyone who wishes to enjoy all the benefits and freedoms a tablet provides at a very reasonable price,” said Rupert Perry. Further details on the Alcatel Onetouch Evo7 and GO’s Limitless 35 plan are available from all GO retail outlets and exclusive resellers, by calling Freephone 80072121 or visiting www.go.com.mt.


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GO DIRECT JOSANNECASSAR.COM 21 JANUARY 2014

Alcatel Onetouch EVO 7 available for €199 from GO GO customers can now purchase the Alcatel Onetouch Evo7 for just €199. This tablet is also available for free to customers who are subscribed to GO’s Limitless 35 plan, while those on prepaid plans can enjoy 6GB of free mobile internet for up to 30 days. Rupert Perry, Assistant Manager – Device Support at GO, said, “The Alcatel Onetouch Evo7 boasts a 7 inch display screen and internet speeds in excess of 21 mbps. The device also has a 4GB internal memory and a microSD card slot which takes cards with memory of up to 32GB. At a retail price of just €199 it represents great value to anyone looking for a good quality tablet. It’s also a great free option for all GO customers on Limitless 35.” The Alcatel Onetouch Evo7 uses the Android v4 0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich operating system and has a 1GHz processor. Weighing less than 400 grammes, the device also offers Bluetooth, Wi-Fi & Wi-Fi hotspot connectivity. The screen is a TFT capacitive touchscreen which determines where the user has touched the device and delivers images and videos using 16 million different colours. “Whether it’s to share photos with friends, have a business video conference, read a book, or have access to the more than 600,000 apps in the Google Play store, the Alcatel Onetouch EVO 7 is an ideal device for anyone who wishes to enjoy all the benefits and freedoms a tablet provides at a very reasonable price,” said Rupert Perry. Further details on the Alcatel Onetouch Evo7 and GO’s Limitless 35 plan are available from all GO retail outlets and exclusive resellers, by calling Freephone 80072121 or visiting www.go.com.mt.


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MELITA ANTI TIMESOFMALTA.COM 19 JANUARY 2014

Sunday, January 19, 2014, 00:01 by

AndrĂŠ Zammit, Sliema

My experience of Melita Recent letters in the press have prompted me to refer to my experience at the hands of Melita Cable. I had been a Melita subscriber since the service first began, and on the whole I had no major complaints, although the sports service was not always what it should have been. I also had a reception service at my summer house in Gozo. I once phoned Melita to see if I could have the sports service transferred on the odd day we would be in Gozo, and their customer care service advised me that I could upgrade the Gozo service (at a much higher cost) and then I would have another decoder in Gozo. I could then phone them and have the sports service transferred whenever I wanted. I did so, but as soon as I asked them to transfer the service they told me they would transfer it for a month. This was clearly no use because I would then be without the sports service in Malta, my normal residence. After innumerable phone calls, raised blood pressure and no sports channels, I asked them to put everything back to square one but they said they could not because I had signed a contract. They kept sending inflated bills which I refused to pay, and then sent me two relatively reasonable bills stating that as a loyal customer this was what I owed them. To avoid further hassle I paid the bills but they kept sending me the inflated bills once more. After two months my service on both outlets was removed and a hefty penalty imposed. I switched over to Go and referred the case to the Consumer Affairs Authority where it is still pending.


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HSBC CSR GOZONEWS.COM 20 JANUARY 2014

HSBC Water Programme volunteers return to share Ghana experience Posted By Gozo News On January 20, 2014 @ 4:29 pm In Malta News | No Comments

A group of six HSBC Malta employee volunteers have returned from a weeklong visit to Ghana, as part of the HSBC Water Programme, where HSBC is supporting WaterAid projects to improve access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene. “This was an eye-opening experience for us and one that has left us with an enduring appreciation and deep understanding of the HSBC Water Programme,” said team leader Stephen Pandolfino, HSBC Malta’s Deputy Chief Risk Officer.


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HSBC CSR GOZONEWS.COM 20 JANUARY 2014

The group of HSBC Malta representatives included also Edward Cachia, Graziella Grech Borg, Paul Curmi, Raymond Cassar, and Samantha Hollyoak. “Our experience in Ghana was at times very challenging as we understood the many stark realities faced by the communities we visited. We empathised with the people we met, whose quest for basic necessities, such as safe and clean water, is vital for their survival. Each day of the visit had its own particular highlight, although the most impressive was the day we inaugurated the Water Kiosk in Dohini Yapala, which was celebrated with great fanfare, joy and happiness, equal to that of the birth of a new born child,” Mr Pandolfino added. He said, “We returned home with a positive message: the HSBC Water Programme is making a tremendous difference. By coordinating with leading organisations and pooling together expertise and resources, the project is providing the collaborative approach required to make an impact in the face of large-scale challenges.” WaterAid is helping individuals and communities progress and aspire to the future through the programme’s support in delivering safe water, sanitation and hygiene as well as the important social, psychological and economic benefits these bring. On their return route to Malta from Ghana via London, the team met with HSBC’s Group Chairman Douglas Flint and Senior Manager Environmental Programmes Sue Alexander who congratulated the team on their contribution. The HSBC Water Programme is a five-year, USD100 million programme, in partnership with widely respected non-government organisations (NGOs) – WWF, WaterAid and Earthwatch, delivering a powerful combination of water provision, protection and education; resulting in the most ground-breaking water programme committed to by a financial organisation. More information is available on the HSBC Water Programme website at www.thewaterhub.org with daily blogs recounting the Ghana Malta team’s experiences in Ghana.

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Photos – The Malta Ghana team dancing with Ghanaian women in celebration of a water pump becoming operational. And: Clean running water flows for the first time in the Dohini Yapala community as HSBC Malta’s Stephen Pandolfino and WaterAid Ghana’s Suleiman Issah Bello inaugurate a new Water Kiosk built with the support of WaterAid and HSBC.


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HSBC CSR INDEPENDENT.COM.MT 20 JANUARY 2014

HSBC Malta Water Programme volunteers return to share Ghana experience

Monday, 20 January 2014, 18:53

A group of six HSBC Malta employee volunteers have returned from a weeklong visit to Ghana, as part of the HSBC Water Programme, where HSBC is supporting WaterAid projects to improve access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene. “This was an eye-opening experience for us and one that has left us with an enduring appreciation and deep understanding of the HSBC Water Programme,” said team leader Stephen Pandolfino, HSBC Malta’s Deputy Chief Risk Officer. The group of HSBC Malta representatives included also Edward Cachia, Graziella Grech Borg, Paul Curmi, Raymond Cassar, and Samantha Hollyoak. “Our experience in Ghana was at times very challenging as we understood the many stark realities faced by the communities we visited. We empathised with the people we met, whose quest for basic necessities, such as safe and clean water, is vital for their survival. Each day of the visit had its own particular highlight, although the most impressive was the day we


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HSBC CSR INDEPENDENT.COM.MT 20 JANUARY 2014

inaugurated the Water Kiosk in Dohini Yapala, which was celebrated with great fanfare, joy and happiness, equal to that of the birth of a new born child,” Mr Pandolfino added. He said: “We returned home with a positive message: the HSBC Water Programme is making a tremendous difference. By coordinating with leading organisations and pooling together expertise and resources, the project is providing the collaborative approach required to make an impact in the face of large-scale challenges.” WaterAid is helping individuals and communities progress and aspire to the future through the programme’s support in delivering safe water, sanitation and hygiene as well as the important social, psychological and economic benefits these bring. On their return route to Malta from Ghana via London, the team met with HSBC’s Group Chairman Douglas Flint and Senior Manager Environmental Programmes Sue Alexander who congratulated the team on their contribution. The HSBC Water Programme is a five-year, USD100 million programme, in partnership with widely respected non-government organisations (NGOs) - WWF, WaterAid and Earthwatch, delivering a powerful combination of water provision, protection and education; resulting in the most ground-breaking water programme committed to by a financial organisation. More information is available on the HSBC Water Programme website at www.thewaterhub.org, together with daily blogs recounting the Ghana Malta team’s experiences in Ghana.


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HSBC CSR MALTATODAY.COM.MT 20 JANUARY 2014

Business Monday 20 January 2014 - 15:52

HSBC Malta water programme volunteers return to share Ghana experience A group of six HSBC Malta employee volunteers have returned from a weeklong visit to Ghana, as part of the HSBC Water Programme, where HSBC is supporting WaterAid projects to improve access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene.

The Malta Ghana team dancing with Ghanaian women in celebration of a water pump becoming operational recently in Ghana’s Upper East Region as part of HSBC Water programme. Staff Reporter

"This was an eye-opening experience for us and one that has left us with an enduring appreciation and deep understanding of the HSBC Water Programme," said team leader Stephen Pandolfino, HSBC Malta's Deputy Chief Risk Officer.

The group of HSBC Malta representatives included also Edward Cachia, Graziella Grech Borg, Paul Curmi, Raymond Cassar, and Samantha Hollyoak.

"Our experience in Ghana was at times very challenging as we understood the many stark realities faced by the communities we visited. We empathised with the people we met, whose quest for basic necessities, such as safe and clean water, is vital for their survival. Each day of the visit had its own particular highlight, although the most impressive was the day we inaugurated the Water Kiosk in Dohini Yapala, which was celebrated with great fanfare, joy and happiness, equal to that of the birth of a new born child," Pandolfino added.


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He said: "We returned home with a positive message: the HSBC Water Programme is making a tremendous difference. By coordinating with leading organisations and pooling together expertise and resources, the project is providing the collaborative approach required to make an impact in the face of large-scale challenges."

WaterAid is helping individuals and communities progress and aspire to the future through the programme's support in delivering safe water, sanitation and hygiene as well as the important social, psychological and economic benefits these bring.

On their return route to Malta from Ghana via London, the team met with HSBC's Group Chairman Douglas Flint and Senior Manager Environmental Programmes Sue Alexander who congratulated the team on their contribution.

The HSBC Water Programme is a five-year, USD100 million programme, in partnership with widely respected non-government organisations (NGOs) - WWF, WaterAid and Earthwatch, delivering a powerful combination of water provision, protection and education; resulting in the most ground-breaking water programme committed to by a financial organisation.

More information is available on the HSBC Water Programme website at www.thewaterhub.org, together with daily blogs recounting the Ghana Malta team's experiences in Ghana.


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HSBC Malta Water Programme volunteers return to share Ghana experience A group of six HSBC Malta employee volunteers have returned from a weeklong visit to Ghana, as part of the HSBC Water Programme, where HSBC is supporting WaterAid projects to improve access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene. “This was an eye-opening experience for us and one that has left us with an enduring appreciation and deep understanding of the HSBC Water Programme,” said team leader Stephen Pandolfino, HSBC Malta’s Deputy Chief Risk Officer. The group of HSBC Malta representatives included also Edward Cachia, Graziella Grech Borg, Paul Curmi, Raymond Cassar, and Samantha Hollyoak.


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“Our experience in Ghana was at times very challenging as we understood the many stark realities faced by the communities we visited. We empathised with the people we met, whose quest for basic necessities, such as safe and clean water, is vital for their survival. Each day of the visit had its own particular highlight, although the most impressive was the day we inaugurated the Water Kiosk in Dohini Yapala, which was celebrated with great fanfare, joy and happiness, equal to that of the birth of a new born child,” Mr Pandolfino added. He said: “We returned home with a positive message: the HSBC Water Programme is making a tremendous difference. By coordinating with leading organisations and pooling together expertise and resources, the project is providing the collaborative approach required to make an impact in the face of large-scale challenges.” WaterAid is helping individuals and communities progress and aspire to the future through the programme’s support in delivering safe water, sanitation and hygiene as well as the important social, psychological and economic benefits these bring. On their return route to Malta from Ghana via London, the team met with HSBC’s Group Chairman Douglas Flint and Senior Manager Environmental Programmes Sue Alexander who congratulated the team on their contribution. The HSBC Water Programme is a five-year, USD100 million programme, in partnership with widely respected non-government organisations (NGOs) – WWF, WaterAid and Earthwatch, delivering a powerful combination of water provision, protection and education; resulting in the most groundbreaking water programme committed to by a financial organisation. More information is available on the HSBC Water Programme website at www.thewaterhub.org, together with daily blogs recounting the Ghana Malta team’s experiences in Ghana.


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Bank of Valletta lends its support to artist Alex Dalli

Friday, 17 January 2014, 17:08

Bank of Valletta is supporting Alex Dalli in showcasing his latest collection of works in an exhibition which is currently being held at The Malta Society of Arts, Manufacture and Commerce in Palazzo De La Salle, Valletta. Alex Dalli has built a reputation throughout his various solos as well as participation in other numerous collective exhibitions. Amongst his mentors are none other than Harry Alden, the late George Fenech and Esprit Barthet. Speaking during a presentation at Palazzo De La Salle, the artist explained his love for art and the artistic world in general. “I enjoy using geometrical shapes and balancing well the composition. I try to reinterpret my innermost feeling. To me, art is very special - it is the expression of the human creatve skill and imagination.” Stephanie Agius from Media and Community Relations at BOV visited the exhibition space during the setting up of the works. “Browsing through Dalli’s exhibits, one is immediately hit by a sense of simplicity and tranquility. Bank of Valletta is aware of the challenges that artists face in giving visibility to their artistic works, and yet this is critical to their development. Thus, we take pride in supporting local artists as much as possible, and consider this effort an important aspect of our patronage of national arts and culture.” This collection of paintings, which brings together 38 compositions by the artist Alex Dalli is hosted at The Malta Society of Arts, Manufacture and Commerce, Palazzo de la Salle in Republic Street, Valletta. It is open to the public between the 9th and the 30th of January 2014.


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Bank of Valletta supports pianist in presenting a winning piano recital

Friday, 17 January 2014, 17:02

Pianist Gabi Sultana’s name is certainly not a new one in the contemporary music scene. She returns to Malta to present a recital at the St. James Cavalier presenting winning programme with the support of Bank of Valletta. The recipient of the first Giorgio Federico Ghedini Bursary in 2009, and a Malta Arts Scholarship in 2010, Gabi Sultana continued to build on her success taking home the Contemporary Music Prize at the 22nd Ibla Grand Prize International Music Competition 2013 – an international showcase for respected musical talent. She will be presenting Frederic Rzewski's “Winnsboro Cotton Mill Blues”, a selection from George Crumb's “Makrokomos Vols. 1 & 2” and Iannis Xenakis' “Evryali”. Hailed as “an outstanding pianist” and “a demon of energy”, this pianist’s contemporary music is captivating and enthralling to its audience. This promises to be an exciting experience to all those with a good ear for music. Gabi’s piano recital will be held on the 21st January 2014 at The Music Room in St. James Cavalier, Valletta at 8pm. For more information, kindly visit www.gabisultana.com


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Sunday, January 19, 2014, 00:01

Exhibition of paintings at Palazzo De La Salle

Artist Alex Dalli with BOV media and community relations officer Stephanie Agius during the setting up of the exhibition. Alex Dalli is showcasing his latest collection of works in an exhibition being held at the Malta Society of Arts, Manufacture and Commerce at Palazzo De La Salle, Valletta. Among the artist’s mentors are Harry Alden, the late George Fenech and Esprit Barthet. Speaking during a presentation at Palazzo De La Salle, Mr Dalli explained his love for art and the artistic world in general. “I enjoy using geometrical shapes and balancing well the composition. I try to reinterpret my innermost feeling. To me, art is very special – it is the expression of the human creative skill and imagination.” Stephanie Agius, media and community relations officer of Bank of Valletta, which is supporting the exhibition, visited the space during the setting up of the works. “Browsing through Dalli’s exhibits, one is immediately impressed by a sense of simplicity and tranquillity. BOV is aware of the challenges artists face in terms of visibility to their artistic works.” The collection of paintings, which brings together 38 compositions by the artist, is open to the public until January 30.


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