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4 December 2013

Today’s news in the papers independent.com.mt Mellieha Sanctuary restored through Bank of Valletta Restoration Project – BOV CSR Winner of GO4Mini competition lands MINI One – GO Direct Your favourite holiday music on Melita TV – Melita Direct HSBC Malta Foundation supports a Maltese tradition of quality – HSBC CSR

timesofmalta.com Hardware review: Nokia Lumia 625 – Vodafone Direct Vodafone Christmas Offers – Vodafone Direct Trees planted for councils’ anniversary – HSBC CSR GO Christmas Offers – GO Direct Limitless characters come to life – GO Direct Multiple Go offers – GO Direct Melita rolls out 250Mb internet service in Sliema – Melita Direct BOV recycles 620 kilos of electronic waste – BOV CSR President’s Run – BOV CSR

Gozonews.com Vodafone launches Christmas offers for prepaid Vodafone customers – Vodafone Direct HSBC Malta supports Maltese tradition of quality with Malta Lace – HSBC CSR

josannecassar.com The Vodafone 4G Challenge hits the City – Vodafone Direct Vodafone brings you an unbeatable Christmas offer – Vodafone Direct Winner of GO4Mini competition lands MINI One – GO Direct HSBC Malta Foundation supports a Maltese tradition of quality – HSBC CSR

maltatoday.com.mt The Vodafone 4G Challenge hits the city – Vodafone Direct Characters in GO Limitless advert surprise staff – GO Direct Your favourite holiday music on Melita TV – Melita Direct


di-ve.com Over 900 BOV employees rally for President’s 2013 Fun Run – BOV CSR

maltastar.com GO TV characters meet staff – GO Direct


Vodafone in the news


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VODAFONE DIRECT TIMESOFMALTA.COM 28 NOVEMBER 2013

Thursday, November 28, 2013, 00:01

Hardware review: Nokia Lumia 625

Nokia is trying to get out of the doldrums with a fine line-up of phones in the Lumia range, powered by Microsoft’s Windows Phone operating system. The Lumia 625 is another model that goes to enrich this line. Our model had the Windows Phone 8 operating system, a 4.7-inch 480x800 touch sensitive screen, a 1.2GHz dual core processor, 512 MB of RAM, 8 GB of storage, a 5-megapixel camera, and 4G/Wi-Fi support. The model’s build is good and handles well. It has a smooth design but feels a little chunky in the hands and it feels heavier than similar models. This shouldn’t be off-putting, for there is a 4.7-inch screen but the resolution is not high-end. There is real estate space but it’s not the best around. The processor and the RAM are good for this lower-end model compared to other Lumias, and it handles tasks pretty well. This does not have a negative bearing on battery life, which is quite good. The camera, though 5 megapixels and with LED flash, is average, both in terms of pictures and videos. Storage is also a bit on the low end with 8GB, but this is expandable with a microSD slot. Calls and SMS were just fine, and internet browsing on Wi-Fi and 3G was quite nice on the large screen, but this also depends on the connection. The Lumia 625 supports 4G, the next-generation mobile communication technology which is being introduced in Malta by Vodafone right now. This means this model can take advantage of higher internet access speeds (in certain zones in Malta) right from now. In conclusion, this is a good Windows Phone-based model for those who don’t want a handset with this operating system and don’t want to spend much. The Nokia Lumia 625 was made available for review by Vodafone Malta.


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VODAFONE DIRECT TIMESOFMALTA.COM 1 DECEMBER 2013

Sunday, December 1, 2013, 00:01

Vodafone Christmas offers For just ₏1.50 per week, Vodafone customers can make unlimited calls and send unlimited SMS to any five Vodafone numbers of their liking. Vodafone is also giving away 100 bundles daily, a Nokia Lumia 625 weekly and a trip to Disneyland Paris prize to clients subscribing to any of these pre-paid bundles. These offers are available to all prepaid Vodafone customers. Setting up the five numbers for family and friends is easy: customers can either call 16245 and follow the voice prompts or simply access their Vodafone account on www.vodafone.com.mt. For further information on the Vodafone Christmas offers, visit one of its retail outlets, call 247 from a Vodafone line or 9999 9247 from any other line, visit www.vodafone.com.mt or log onto Vodafone Malta’s Facebook Page. All Christmas offers are valid until January 31, 2014.


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VODAFONE DIRECT MALTATODAY.COM.MT 2 DECEMBER 2013

Technology Monday 2 December 2013 - 14:23

The Vodafone 4G Challenge hits the City 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 â‚Ź50 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 GOZONEWS.COM 3 DECEMBER 2013

Vodafone launches Christmas offers for prepaid Vodafone customers Posted By Gozo News On December 3, 2013 @ 3:30 pm In Malta News | No Comments

Vodafone Malta has announced the launch of its Christmas offer for prepaid Vodafone customers, saying that “for just €1.50 per week, Vodafone customers can make unlimited calls and send unlimited SMS to any five Vodafone numbers of their liking. Aditionally, Vodafone is also giving away 100 bundles daily, a Nokia Lumia 625 weekly and the Grand prize of a trip to Disneyland Paris to clients subscribing to any of these pre-paid bundles.” The company said that these offers are available to all prepaid Vodafone customers. “Setting up the five numbers for family and friends is easy. Customers choosing this offer can either call 16245 and follow the voice prompts or simply access their Vodafone account on www.vodafone.com.mt [1].” For further information on the Vodafone Christmas offers, visit one of your retail outlets, call 247 from a Vodafone line or 9999 9247 from any other line, visit www.vodafone.com.mt [1] or log onto Vodafone Malta’s Facebook Page. All Christmas offers are valid until the 31st of January 2014.


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VODAFONE DIRECT JOSANNECASSAR.COM 4 DECEMBER 2013

The Vodafone 4G Challenge hits the City 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 â‚Ź50 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.


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VODAFONE DIRECT JOSANNECASSAR.COM 4 DECEMBER 2013

The participants were 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 JOSANNECASSAR.COM 4 DECEMBER 2013

Vodafone brings you an unbeatable Christmas offer Keeping in touch with your loved ones this Christmas will be fun and affordable, thanks to Vodafone Malta, the leading service provider on the Maltese Islands. For just €1.50 per week, Vodafone customers can make unlimited calls and send unlimited SMS to any five Vodafone numbers of their liking. Aditionally, Vodafone is also giving away 100 bundles daily, a Nokia Lumia 625 weekly and the Grand prize of a trip to Disneyland Paris to clients subscribing to any of these pre-paid bundles. “Customers on pre-paid no longer need to worry that they will have to cut short phone calls with their loved ones this Christmas,” said Monique Brincau, Brand Senior Executive at Vodafone Malta. “This is an offer not to be missed! It is extremely affordable and provides great value to our customers who want to call their loved ones during the Christmas period. On top of that we are also giving away hundreds of prizes. These offers are available to all prepaid Vodafone customers. Setting up the five numbers for family and friends is easy. Customers choosing this offer can either call 16245 and follow the voice prompts or simply access their Vodafone account on www.vodafone.com.mt. For further information on the Vodafone Christmas offers, visit one of your retail outlets, call 247 from a Vodafone line or 9999 9247 from any other line, visit www.vodafone.com.mt or log onto Vodafone Malta’s Facebook Page. All Christmas offers are valid until the 31st of January 2014.


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VODAFONE INDIRECT TIMESOFMALTA.COM 30 NOVEMBER 2013

Saturday, November 30, 2013, 00:01 by Adele Muscat

Consistent control is a must

Message clear... staying positive helps to reach objectives in sports.

One of the issues I focus on with athletes is that until they have full control of their thoughts and imagination (self-talk and imagery), they will not have consistent control of their behaviours. Sport psychology is all about gaining consistent control of behaviours in the demanding environment of tough com-petition. This aspect, especially in top level arena, creates the need for athletes to increase awareness and keep better hold of their thought processes as performances resulting from these thoughts are measured so precisely. Big events like the Malta Marathon seem to have their own rules – added pressure, media attention – as performance consequences are combined with different schedules, logistical challenges and nerves. Athletes and coaches who are normally in control, suddenly don’t remain so. Coaches and officials really need to make the effort to remain calm at such big moments as their attitude will have a big influence on their athletes’ emotions and, consequently, their performances on the day.


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VODAFONE INDIRECT TIMESOFMALTA.COM 30 NOVEMBER 2013

Younger competitors, particularly those who are newcomers, initially tend to get quite distracted so they need to prepare themselves beforehand for the environment they’ll find themselves in. Athletes also have to set themselves limits. One needs to consider the pre-event and post-event periods as two completely different situations that require different sets of behaviour so that the athlete can then declare the pre-event time period offlimits to distractions. Before a big event, I normally advice athletes to try and keep their life as normal as possible and without extra stress. Easier said than done, I know, but, at least, being aware should help. Switching off cell phones and the internet before competition may also be useful as it is so easy for one to get upset by comments even though they could mean no harm. Ideally, if you can replicate competition conditions and emotions in the build-up to the big event, you will feel so much better on race day itself. I suggest athletes prepare mentally before every race prior to the Malta Marathon. Mental training is not just for the big day but for each and every competition you take part in. Also, on the big day you cannot afford to worry about failure or messing up after weeks of preparation and hard training. You need to go for it even more than any other event. Those who approach race days seeking to come up with excuses for mistakes they may commit are making the biggest error of all. They could be changing what they normally do and take themselves out of their preferred performance state. The same applies to coaches. It is easy to start worrying about errors that might impede their athletes’ progress and that could make them become defensive, negative and doubtful. Athletes pick up on that... it can be contagious. Coaches need to focus on strengths, on what athletes really need to do to perform well and how to stay positive and full of confidence. It is normal to feel worried and have doubts... so don’t worry about worrying! Reduce stress levels by keeping a sense of good humour, talk to others who will understand what you’re going through, trust your plans, get prepared and stay flexible. Think of those things you can control rather than the others you can’t.


4 December 2013

Today’s news in the papers In-Nazzjon Kompetizzjoni GO4Mini – GO Direct

L-orizzont Sorpriza lill-impjegati mill-karattri li jidhru fir-reklam ta’ GO Limitless – GO Direct

MaltaToday Midweek HSBC Malta Foundation supports a Maltese tradition of quality – HSBC CSR Your favourite holiday music on Melita TV – Melita Direct Brass cable thief again in court – GO Indirect


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GO DIRECT MALTASTAR.COM 28 NOVEMBER 2013

Go tv characters meet staff Thursday, 28 Nov 2013, 11:09

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Senior Management and staff at GO’s Head Office in Marsa recently came face-to-face with some surprise visitors namely; Rapunzel, Sleeping Beauty and Cinderella. The three fairytale characters feature in GO’s current advertising campaign to promote the Company’s Limitless Home Pack service with tv, calls, internet and savings for mobile customers.


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Business Thursday 28 November 2013 - 13:29

Characters in GO Limitless advert surprise staff Senior Management and staff at GO’s Head Office in Marsa recently came face-to-face with some surprise visitors namely; Rapunzel, Sleeping Beauty and Cinderella.

The three fairytale characters feature in GO's current advertising campaign to promote the Company's Limitless Home Pack service. Limitless Home Pack Interactive gives customers more than 70 TV channels with unique features, Limitless calls to all GO phone lines, Internet with Limitless downloads and savings for mobile customers.


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GO DIRECT TIMESOFMALTA.COM 28 NOVEMBER 2013

Thursday, November 28, 2013, 00:01

Go Christmas offers

Go has launched a number of Christmas offers for new and existing customers across its range of TV, internet and telephony services. New Limitless Home Pack Interactive customers will benefit from their first month free, while a new scheme being introduced this Christmas provides Go’s Limitless Pay Monthly customers with savings of up to €20 each month on a 24-month agreement when keeping their existing smartphone. New and existing Limitless Pay Monthly customers who wish to purchase a new smartphone or tablet will also be able to benefit from new pay options on the latest smartphones with a 24-month term agreement. Customers simply need to select one of the latest smartphones, pay part of the smartphone upfront and select between two smartphone pay options of €10 monthly or €20 monthly with Limitless35 and Limitless60. This limited time offer is also available on the latest tablets and is valid until January 7. Go is also the first provider to allow customers to share a mobile internet bundle across two devices, including a tablet. With Mobile Share, two users can share one mobile internet bundle and use mobile internet at the same time from different locations. Mobile Share, available as from tomorrow, is available as an introductory offer for only €2 monthly. And, finally, customers who top up with €10 or more will be able to call any local number for 5c per minute during evenings, weekends and public holidays. With this new Super Top Up scheme, Go has extended the lowest mobile call rate to any local number. Throughout the Christmas period, Go is extending this new Super Top Up to all new Pay As You GO mobile connections. Further details on all Go’s Christmas Offers are available from all Go retail outlets or exclusive resellers, by calling 8007 2121 or online at www.go.com.mt or www.facebook.com/go.com.mt.


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GO DIRECT JOSANNECASSAR.COM 30 NOVEMBER 2013

Characters in GO Limitless advert surprise staff Senior Management and staff at GO’s Head Office in Marsa recently came face-to-face with some surprise visitors namely, Rapunzel, Sleeping Beauty and Cinderella. The three fairytale characters feature in GO’s current advertising campaign to promote the Company’s Limitless Home Pack service. Limitless Home Pack Interactive gives customers more than 70 TV channels with unique features, Limitless calls to all GO phone lines, Internet with Limitless downloads and savings for mobile customers.


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GO DIRECT TIMESOFMALTA.COM 1 DECEMBER 2013

Sunday, December 1, 2013, 00:01

Multiple Go offers Go has launched a number of Christmas offers for new and existing customers across its range of services. New Limitless Home Pack Interactive customers will benefit from their first month free, while a new scheme being introduced this Christmas provides Go’s Limitless Pay Monthly customers with savings of up to €20 each month on a 24-month agreement when keeping their existing smartphone. New and existing Limitless Pay Monthly customers who wish to purchase a new smartphone or tablet will benefit from new pay options on the latest smartphones with a 24-month term agreement. Customers can select one of the latest smartphones, pay part of the smartphone upfront and select between two smartphone pay options of €10 monthly or €20 monthly with Limitless35 and Limitless60. This offer is valid until January 7. Go is also the first provider to allow customers to share a mobile internet bundle across two devices, including a tablet. With Mobile Share, two users can share one mobile internet bundle and use mobile internet at the same time from different locations. Mobile Share is available as an introductory offer for €2 monthly. Customers who top up with €10 or more will be able to call any local number for 5 cents per minute during evenings, weekends and public holidays. With this new Super Top-Up scheme, Go has extended the lowest mobile call rate to any local number. Throughout the Christmas period, Go is extending this new Super Top-Up to all new Pay As You Go mobile connections. Further details are available from all Go retail outlets or exclusive resellers, calling 8007 2121 or visiting www.go.com.mt or www.facebook.com/go.com.mt.


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GO DIRECT TIMESOFMALTA.COM 1 DECEMBER 2013

Sunday, December 1, 2013, 00:01

Limitless characters come to life

Senior management and staff at Go’s head office in Marsa came face to face with Rapunzel, Sleeping Beauty and Cinderella, the three fairytale characters that feature in Go’s current advertising campaign to promote its Limitless Home Pack service. Limitless Home Pack Interactive offers customers over 70 TV channels with unique features, limitless calls to all Go phonelines, internet with limitless downloads and savings for mobile customers.


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GO DIRECT INDEPENDENT.COM.MT 2 DECEMBER 2013

Winner of GO4Mini competition lands MINI One

Monday, 02 December 2013, 14:41

Patricia Richards 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. Apart from the MINI One, other prizes included an iPad Mini every day over a two week period, a 42” Smart TV and a €500 Fuel Voucher.

The competition was open to all GO mobile customers aged 18 and over and subscribed to any Pay As You GO or GO Pay-Monthly plan. The daily 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. Speaking about the competition, Simon Falzon, Product Manager – Mobile at GO, said: “Throughout the year, GO runs numerous competitions which give our customers the opportunity to win prizes of real value. The GO4MINI competition is just one clear example of


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GO DIRECT INDEPENDENT.COM.MT 2 DECEMBER 2013

this. The whole idea of the competition was to involve our customers and encourage them to have fun, which they did in their hundreds.GO4MINI is another customer-driven incentive on our part and serves to enhance GO’s customer experience. We take the opportunity to congratulate Patricia, and all our other winners too” During a presentation held at Muscat Motors showroom in Gzira, the winner of the MINI One, Patricia Richards thanked GO for the outstanding gift: “I can’t believe my good luck. I have never won anything like this in my life and in fact when I got the call from GO I thought it was practically a joke. I am immensely grateful to GO for making it possible to own a MINI One. For me, it is indeed a dream come true.” “There’s no doubt that Patricia will enjoy her new MINI One. At the same time, our iPad winners will be able to experience GO’s fast mobile internet while Jeanette Camilleri enjoys GO TV interactive on her new 42” Smart TV,” concluded Falzon.


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GO DIRECT JOSANNECASSAR.COM 2 DECEMBER 2013

Winner of GO4Mini competition lands MINI One Patricia Richards 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. Apart from the MINI One, other prizes included an iPad Mini every day over a two week period, a 42” Smart TV and a €500 Fuel Voucher. The competition was open to all GO mobile customers aged 18 and over and subscribed to any Pay As You GO or GO Pay-Monthly plan. The daily 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. Speaking about the competition, Simon Falzon, Product Manager – Mobile at GO, said: “Throughout the year, GO runs numerous competitions which give our customers the opportunity to win prizes of real value. The GO4MINI competition is just one clear example of this. The whole idea of the competition was to involve our customers and encourage them to have fun, which they did in their hundreds.GO4MINI is another customer-driven incentive on our part and serves to enhance GO’s customer experience. We take the opportunity to congratulate Patricia, and all our other winners too” During a presentation held at Muscat Motors showroom in Gzira, the winner of the MINI One, Patricia Richards thanked GO for the outstanding gift: “I can’t believe my good luck. I have never won anything like this in my life and in fact when I got the call from GO I thought it was practically a joke. I am immensely grateful to GO for making it possible to own a MINI One. For me, it is indeed a dream come true.” “There’s no doubt that Patricia will enjoy her new MINI One. At the same time, our iPad winners will be able to experience GO’s fast mobile internet while Jeanette Camilleri enjoys GO TV interactive on her new 42” Smart TV,” concluded Falzon.


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MELITA DIRECT TIMESOFMALTA.COM 1 DECEMBER 2013

Sunday, December 1, 2013, 00:01

Melita rolls out 250Mb internet service in Sliema Melita’s 250Mbps broadband is now available in most of Sliema. Melita’s service roll-out is now well underway across more localities in Malta. Over the past weeks, Melita also deployed its new MelitaWIFI service in Sliema with an outdoor Wi-Fi zone, starting from Black Gold all the way to the Jesus of Nazareth church area. These initiatives are part of a €60 million investment programme planned by Melita for the next five years. Melita’s 250Mb broadband also offers an upload speed of up to 20Mbps without any limits on download. As a special introductory offer, Sliema residents can benefit from FibrePower 250 bundled with Melita’s XL FibrePower Entertainment Pack at €96 per month. The bundle also includes XL TV package, HD service, Video-OnDemand!, Movies OnDemand! as well as telephony with free calls to all local numbers. Customers also get free access to TV Everywhere on up to two devices such as tablets or smartphones. Customers may test and experience FibrePower 250 at Melita’s new retail outlet in Bisazza Street, Sliema from Monday to Friday between 9am and 2pm and from 4 to 7pm or on Saturdays from 9am to 1pm. For more information, visit www.melita.com or Melita’s outlet in Bisazza Street, Sliema.


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MELITA DIRECT INDEPENDENT.COM.MT 2 DECEMBER 2013

Your favourite holiday music on Melita TV

Monday, 02 December 2013, 14:27

Celebrate Christmas with Melita and Music Choice as Melita is offering once again all your festive favourites from classic Crosby to wintery Wham! You might even hear some Slade along the way. From December 2nd to December 30th we can guarantee a nonstop supply of festive tunes whenever you want them, day or night with no interruptions from adverts or DJs. Melita’s digital music partner – Music Choice – goes through the archives to bring you over 50 years of the best Christmas music from a library of more than 2,000 tracks. Featuring evergreen favourites, the best of the new Christmas releases for 2013 and reworked versions of classic songs by today’s artists, this is the perfect soundtrack for your Christmas party or your quiet night in writing cards and wrapping presents. And when you’re ready for the next big celebration starting at midnight on December 31st and through to 6am on January 1st, get in the party mood and enjoy the New Year’s Party channel! We’ve got a fantastic, hand picked, party-friendly mix just for you, with no interruptions at all, From the biggest tunes of 2013 to timeless singalong hits of the 60s, 70s and 80s. 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 simply press the “TV/R” button on your remote control. The Christmas and New Year’s Party channels will temporarily replace the Kids music channel for the duration of the service.


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MELITA DIRECT MALTATODAY.COM.MT 2 DECEMBER 2013

Entertainment Monday 2 December 2013 - 09:40

Your favourite holiday music on Melita TV Celebrate Christmas with Melita and Music Choice as Melita is offering once again all your festive favourites from classic Crosby to wintry Wham! You might even hear some Slade along the way. From December 2nd to December 30th we can guarantee a nonstop supply of festive tunes whenever you want them, day or night with no interruptions from adverts or DJs. Melita's digital music partner - Music Choice - goes through the archives to bring you over 50 years of the best Christmas music from a library of more than 2,000 tracks. Featuring evergreen favourites, the best of the new Christmas releases for 2013 and reworked versions of classic songs by today's artists, this is the perfect soundtrack for your Christmas party or your quiet night in writing cards and wrapping presents. And when you're ready for the next big celebration starting at midnight on December 31st and through to 6am on January 1st, get in the party mood and enjoy the New Year's Party channel! We've got a fantastic, hand picked, party-friendly mix just for you, with no interruptions at all, From the biggest tunes of 2013 to timeless singalong hits of the 60s, 70s and 80s. 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 simply press the "TV/R" button on your remote control. The Christmas and New Year's Party channels will temporarily replace the Kids music channel for the duration of the service. For more information call 27270270 or visit www.melita.com


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HSBC CSR TIMESOFMALTA.COM 28 NOVEMBER 2013

Thursday, November 28, 2013, 00:01

Trees planted for councils’ anniversary

More than 40 trees indigenous to Malta were planted at Għargħur Battery at Tal-Ferħa in a team effort involving Għargħur Primary school students, Għargħur local council and volunteers from HSBC Malta. The event marked 20 years since the founding of local councils in Malta. Parliamentary Secretary for local government José Herrera said: “In order to mark this special occassion we are celebrating it through the inception of a new life. I truly hope that further to the work carried out over the past 20 years, the concept of local government broadens its remit in the near future and becomes a firmer institution closer to our communities. We are currently working in order to evolve the concept of devolution to give more regional authority which is helping our councils to evolve their own identities.”


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HSBC CSR GOZONEWS.COM 2 DECEMBER 2013

HSBC Malta supports Maltese tradition of quality with Malta Lace Competition Posted By Gozo News On December 2, 2013 @ 4:23 pm In Malta News | No Comments

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 centuriesold 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.


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HSBC CSR GOZONEWS.COM 2 DECEMBER 2013

The wife of the Italian ambassador to Malta, Mrs 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. “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. Ms Anna Maria Gatt presented the HSBC logo she produced in lace to HSBC Bank Malta’s Manager Sustainability Ms Doriette Camilleri. Photo – (from left) Marquis Nicholas De Piro of Casa Rocca Piccola with Elizabeth Attard and Consiglia Debono, Signora Hadar Halevi de Vito, and HSBC Bank Malta Manager Sustainability Doriette Camilleri. Below, visitors admire the wonderful exhibits.


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HSBC Malta Foundation supports a Maltese tradition of quality

(Monday, 02 December 2013, 13:59

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, Mrs 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. “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


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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. Ms Anna Maria Gatt presented the HSBC logo she produced in lace to HSBC Bank Malta’s Manager Sustainability Ms Doriette Camilleri.


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HSBC Malta Foundation supports a Maltese tradition of quality Pictured above: Marquis Nicholas De Piro of Casa Rocca Piccola with Elizabeth Attard and Consiglia Debono, Signora Hadar Halevi de Vito, and HSBC Bank Malta Manager Sustainability Doriette Camilleri Casa Rocca Piccola in Valletta recently hosted the the seventh edition of the Malta Lace Competition. Supported by HSBC Malta Foundation, the exhibition brought to life this centuries-old tradition for the appreciation of the 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, Mrs 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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“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. Ms Anna Maria Gatt presented the HSBC logo she produced in lace to HSBC Bank Malta’s Manager Sustainability Ms Doriette Camilleri.


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Mellieha Sanctuary restored through Bank of Valletta Restoration Project

Thursday, 28 November 2013, 18:39

Bank of Valletta is supporting an extensive restoration project 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 works are 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 1500’s. The ceiling features The Eternal Father in the centre, with the upper part of the walls featuring a multitude of bishops. The second phase of the restoration project was launched during the press conference. Works will focus on the titular painting, which represents Our Lady with Baby Jesus in her arms, and is very probably a painting of the XIV century. This does not exclude that their might be an older painting underneath. So far we know that there were two other overpaintings over the present one. It will be very interesting to see what the research and the restoration project will unveil in this regard.


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Works carried on the painting on the ceiling 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 North Africa. It is said that these bishops stopped in Malta and among them, there 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. The original painting of the bishops was painted against a gilded ceiling by an unknown artist. 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 found at the St Helen Parish Church in Birkirkara and attributed to renowned Maltese artist Rocco Buhagiar. The paintings underwent several other restoration interventions, namely one undertake by Maltese artist Francesco Zahra (1710-1773) and the last documented restoration intervention, by restorer Samuel Bugeja in the early 1970’s. The conservation and restoration project was entrusted to Atelier del Restauro and 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 wall painted ceiling were found to be 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 commence 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 detaching 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.


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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 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.” “This is yet another restoration project that Bank of Valletta is proud to be associated with. In giving our support to this restoration, Bank of Valletta is giving back possibly the oldest church on the islands to the Maltese community, definitely an important landmark and a critical piece of our national heritage,” commented Charles Borg, Chief Executive Officer at Bank of Valletta. “This project is perfectly aligned to the vision behind the Bank’s extensive Community Programme. Similar projects undertaken by the Bank over the recent years included the restoration of the cupola at St Catherine of Italy Church in Valletta, the painted ceilings at the Verdala Palace and the restoration of the Alof de Wignacourt Armour to name a few. Our efforts are triggered by our vision to be the patron of national heritage, enabling current and future generations to appreciate our rich past.”


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Over 900 BOV employees rally for President’s 2013 Fun Run Article By: di-ve.com news Bank of Valletta employees took to the streets for the fifth edition of the President’s Charity Fun Run. For the umpteenth time since the launch of this initiative, the Bank of Valletta crowd has continued to increase, with this year’s group surpassing the threshold of 900 individuals. BOV walkers were in for a treat as they crowded into the BOV foyer for a special warm up session choreographed by well-known fitness instructor Jes Sciberras (RSA AIDTA). The session was followed by a surprise event. BOV employee Errol Sammut and his well-known band Airport Impressions entertained the crowd and got up the beat before leading them into the streets behind a large BOV banner. This year, the Bank took special care of its runners. A significant group of them had been training for this event over the past six weeks, under the tutelage of athlete and trainer Mario Bonello. They left from San Anton Palace behind H.E. Dr George Abela. The atmosphere during the fun run was electric. It looked like a palette of every colour imaginable, slowly making its way towards Valletta. It was a march of solidarity where the Maltese people showed their altruism, that has always been our trademark, with their feet.


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Sunday, December 1, 2013, 00:01

President’s Run

Bank of Valletta employees have been training for this year’s President’s Run for six weeks under the watchful eye of athlete and trainer Mario Bonello. An initiative of Bank of Valletta’s Training Centre, the staff members, some of whom have never done any long-distance running, have built their stamina to be able to finish today’s seven-kilometre run.


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Sunday, December 1, 2013, 00:01

BOV recycles 620 kilos of electronic waste

BOV employees carrying items to be taken for recycling. Bank of Valletta was an active participant in the European Week for Waste Reduction (EWWR), an initiative to raise awareness on waste reduction, recycling and the promotion of behavioural change in the way waste is disposed of. The bank gave 1,600 people the opportunity to get rid of any unwanted or unusable electronic and electric waste. It is estimated that about 120 items weighing 620 kilos were taken for recycling. Some of the disposed goods will be dismantled and their components utilised in the manufacturing of new products. BOV’s environmental manager Mark Marmara, who coordinated the initiative, said the smallest difference in our daily behaviour made a difference to the environment. By changing our behaviour, we will not only be leaving the environment in better shape but also giving our children a better chance at behaving responsibly.


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