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Today’s Newspaper Cuttings


8 January 2014

Today’s news in the papers independent.com.mt GO and MHRA renew partnership – GO Direct

timesofmalta.com Vodafone renovates Fra Diegu Home – Vodafone CSR Direct BOV presents €200,000 to L-Istrina – BOV CSR HSBC Malta Foundation supports L-Istrina with €100,000 donation – HSBC CSR Price Increase – Melita Anti No “More” from Melita – Melita Anti

Gozonews.com Interactive information kiosk unveiled at Valletta’s oldest church – Vodafone CSR Direct BOV 2014 calendar focuses on hawkers and their trade – BOV CSR

josannecassar.com Be Smart – it’s never been so cheap to upgrade your phone with Vodafone – Vodafone Direct HSBC Malta Foundation supports L-Istrina with €100,000 donation – HSBC CSR HSBC Malta’s BOW supports breast cancer awareness – HSBC CSR

di-ve.com Valletta’s oldest church brought into 2014 – Vodafone CSR Direct

Maltatoday.com.mt Vodafone offers affordable smart phones – Vodafone Direct HSBC Malta’s BOW supports breast cancer awareness –HSBC CSR Ten years later still no sign of a printed directory – GO Indirect

Maltastar.com Vodafone Malta Foundation brings Valletta’s oldest church into 2014 – Vodafone CSR Direct


Vodafone in the news


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VODAFONE CSR DIRECT TIMESOFMALTA.COM 2 JANUARY 2014

Thursday, January 2, 2014, 00:01

Vodafone renovates Fra Diegu Home

Members of the finance team at Vodafone put their computers and number-crunching away for a day to remember. Armed with paint brushes and brooms, the team spent a day renovating the Fra Diego Home in Ħamrun, including retiling the bathrooms, and decorating it for Christmas. A new library and computer room were also set up. Run by the Franciscan Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, Fra Diego welcomes children and young adults from diverse family backgrounds. The resid-ents are united by their experiences of domestic violence, severe negligence and exposure to mental and psychological abuse. The nine children currently living at Fra Diego were treated to a fun-filled afternoon, courtesy also of the Eden Super Bowl. This was the beginning of a day of surprises,starting with a Santa stocking and gift for each of them.


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VODAFONE CSR DIRECT DI-VE.COM 7 JANUARY 2014

07 | 01 | 2014 at 14:13

Valletta’s oldest church brought into 2014 Article By: di-ve.com news Our Lady of Victory Church, which is currently undergoing a complete restoration by Din l-Art Ħelwa with the support of the Vodafone Malta Foundation, 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, programmed by Cyberspace Ltd, was unveiled by Gemma Mifsud Bonnici, Chairperson of the Vodafone Malta Foundation and blessed by Rector Mon. Anton Galea. Also in attendance where Rob Luke, High Commissioner of the UK to Malta, Simone Mizzi, Executive President of Din L-Art Helwa as well as members of the Council. Ms Mizzi thanked the Vodafone Malta Foundation for making this possible. “The trust and funds made available by the Vodafone Malta Foundation helped Din l-Art Helwa acquire the technological tools required to illustrate and explain the restoration of the artistic and historical gem, the Victory Church in Valletta.” Ms Gemma Mifsud Bonnici on unveiling the kiosk noted that “this technology made possible the appreciation of a cultural gem ensuring it is done in quiet thus not detracting from the sanctity of the place and without interrupting church services.”


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VODAFONE CSR DIRECT GOZONEWS.COM 7 JANUARY 2014

Interactive information kiosk unveiled at Valletta’s oldest church Posted By Gozo News On January 7, 2014 @ 3:52 pm In Malta News | No Comments

Our Lady of Victory Church is currently undergoing a complete restoration by Din l-Art Helwa and 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 restoration work is being carried out with the help of the Vodafone Malta Foundation. The interactive Kiosk, programmed by Cyberspace Ltd, was unveiled by Ms Gemma Mifsud Bonnici, Chairperson of the Vodafone Malta Foundation and blessed by Rector Mon. Anton Galea. Also in attendance were H.E. Rob Luke, High Commissioner of the UK to Malta, Ms Simone Mizzi, Executive President of Din L-Art Helwa as well as members of the Council. Ms Simone Mizzi thanked the Vodafone Malta Foundation for making this possible. “The trust and funds made available by the Vodafone Malta Foundation helped Din l-Art Helwa acquire the technological tools required to illustrate and explain the restoration of the artistic and historical gem, the Victory Church in Valletta.” Ms Gemma Mifsud Bonnici on unveiling the kiosk noted that “this technology made possible the appreciation of a cultural gem ensuring it is done in quiet thus not detracting from the sanctity of the place and without interrupting church services.”


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VODAFONE DIRECT JOSANNECASSAR.COM 7 JANUARY 2014

Be Smart – it’s never been so cheap to upgrade your phone with Vodafone Getting your hands on a smart phone has never been so affordable. Recognising your need to remain connected at all times and all places, Vodafone has brought the cheapest smartphone package on the market. At €59 it has never been so cheap to own a smart phone. This comes with 3G and a new sim card, all in a smartphone starter pack. And if that isn’t enough, with your new Vodafone smartphone you can also benefit from one month of prepaid 3G access for free. Simply register your number at https://www.vodafone.com.mt/3gbfree and start sending e-mails and receiving messages for FREE.


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VODAFONE CSR DIRECT MALTASTAR.COM 7 JANUARY 2014

Vodafone Malta Foundation brings Valletta’s oldest church into 2014 Tuesday, 07 Jan 2014, 12:40

Thanks to the Vodafone Malta Foundation, Our Lady of Victory Church is currently undergoing a complete restoration by Din l-Art Ħelwa and 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, programmed by Cyberspace Ltd, was unveiled by Ms Gemma Mifsud Bonnici, Chairperson of the Vodafone Malta Foundation and blessed by Rector Mon. Anton Galea on Thursday 12th December. A so in attendance were H.E. Rob Luke, High Commissioner of the UK to Malta, Ms Simone Mizzi, Executive President of Din L-Art Helwa as well as members of the Council. Ms Simone Mizzi thanked the Vodafone Malta Foundation for making this possible. “The trust and funds made available by the Vodafone Malta Foundation helped Din l-Art Helwa acquire the technological tools required to illustrate and explain the restoration of the artistic and historical gem, the Victory Church in Valletta.” Ms Gemma Mifsud Bonnici on unveiling the kiosk noted that “this technology made possible the appreciation of a cultural gem ensuring it is done in quiet thus not detracting from the sanctity of the place and without interrupting church services.”


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VODAFONE DIRECT MALTATODAY.COM 7 JANUARY 2014

Technology Tuesday 7 January 2014 - 13:45

Vodafone offers affordable smart phones Getting your hands on a smart phone has never been so affordable.

Recognising your need to remain connected at all times and all places, Vodafone has brought the cheapest smartphone package on the market.

At â‚Ź59 it has never been so cheap to own a smart phone. This comes with 3G and a new sim card, all in a smartphone starter pack. And if that isn't enough, with your new Vodafone smartphone you can also benefit from one month of prepaid 3G access for free. Simply register your number at https://www.vodafone.com.mt/3gbfree and start sending e-mails and receiving messages for FREE.


Other stories in the news


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GO DIRECT INDEPENDENT.COM.MT 2 JANUARY 2014

GO and MHRA renew partnership

At the signing ceremony of the partnership agreement held at GO Head Office in Marsa

Thursday, 02 January 2014, 14:25

GO has renewed its partnership agreement with the Malta Hotels and Restaurants Association (MHRA). As a Platinum sponsor of MHRA, GO will continue to provide financial support and world class quad-play services covering mobile, television, phone and Internet to MHRA. This partnership, which was signed by GO CEO Yiannos Michaelides, and by MHRA president Tony Zahra, will also further cement GO’s relationship with MHRA’s member-entrepreneurs, many of whom are GO customers.


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GO DIRECT INDEPENDENT.COM.MT 2 JANUARY 2014

Since its inception over half a century ago, MHRA has worked to support the growth of Malta’s tourism industry. The Association now enjoys respect for its ongoing efforts to support entrepreneurs in the hotel and catering industry who play a major role in the Maltese economy. As the principal Association in the tourism sector, MHRA represents the interests of its members on several important national policy making bodies while its contribution towards the improvement of the industry remains valuable and constant. Speaking about the newly-signed partnership agreement, Mr Michaelides said: “We will be joining forces once again with MHRA – an effective achiever which is in step with the changing dynamics of the tourism industry and promoting high standards and quality service in Malta’s tourism sector.” “GO is, by far, the leading provider of telecommunications services to the Maltese hospitality industry, and the tangible support we offer the MHRA is therefore perfectly aligned with our strategy. We have, for several years been actively involved in several of the Association’s high profile events and activities which benefit both the MHRA’s members and the Maltese business community at large.” Speaking about the sponsorship agreement, Mr Zahra said: “GO is Malta’s leading communications operator with a reputation of efficiency, reliability and a provider of world class quad-play services. The partnership with GO is strongly aligned to our drive to constantly upgrade our product and service. GO’s role in this respect is two-fold: to provide visitors with top-class communications services and to help the industry maximise the huge benefits and opportunities that the tourism industry has to offer to Malta.”


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GO INDIRECT MALTATODAY.COM.MT 8 JANUARY 2014

National Wednesday 8 January 2014 - 08:27

Ten years later still no sign of a printed directory Despite legal obligations there is still no sign of an updated version of the directory on the horizon.

James J. Piscopo

Despite legal obligations, and ten years after the last printed telephone directory, there is still no sign of an updated version of the directory on the horizon, even though the Malta Communications Authority (MCA) did not exclude such possibility.

Asked what held the Authority back from issuing a printed telephone directory in the last decade, an MCA spokesperson referred to a 2011 attempt where three bidders did not satisfy the needed requirements, after a call for expression was issued.

The spokesperson said that after this decision, the MCA commenced discussions with GO plc to provide this service, but in the meantime a third party made its interest known to publish a printed telephone directory on its own accord.

The third party was testing data received from operators but despite these developments, the third party reneged from taking a final decision in this regard.

MaltaToday has learnt that in the coming months, the Communications Authority will "consult the Universal Services Obligations and deal with the publication of the telephone directory".


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GO INDIRECT MALTATODAY.COM.MT 8 JANUARY 2014

Nonetheless no timeframes were given, which make the possibility of a 2014 edition seem even more distant.

The MCA spokesperson said that a survey carried out some years ago established that the majority of people were not using the printed directory.

"But in order to ensure every possible means to access such information to the entire population, in 2010 the Authority decided that the printed directory should still be considered as part of the Universal Service," she concluded.

In the absence of a printed landline directory, the majority either recurred to the 2004 edition or the online version. Overseas, most of the countries issue regular editions of printed directories despite also having online versions.


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MELITA ANTI TIMESOFMALTA.COM 5 JANUARY 2014

Sunday, January 5, 2014, 00:01 by

Ian Vella, Swatar

Price increase A letter I received from Melita Cable informed me that as from February 1, the price of my internet subscription is to go up to €19.99 a month from €13.85. This represents an increase of more than 40 per cent. Melita is sugar-coating this by stating that I will be enjoying a faster internet service. However, I do not need a faster internet service and I would like to keep my current price plan, but Melita says I cannot do that. This increase is ridiculous; international data bandwidth packet prices are going down all around the world, yet in Malta, Melita feels it can increase its prices. I cannot believe that the Malta Communications Authority will remain passive and not take a position on this. Melita can offer a faster internet service at a higher price for anyone who is interested, but I believe that it should not be allowed to discontinue the standard service at the usual price and force the added cost on everyone. I understand that Melita is a private company and can choose what prices to charge; however some form of regulation would be in order. It’s time for the authorities to wake up.


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MELITA ANTI TIMESOFMALTA.COM 8 JANUARY 2014

Wednesday, January 8, 2014, 00:01 by

Mairin and Henry Drago, Marsascala

No ‘more’ from Melita We have had a circular from Melita informing us that from next month we will have an extra €6.14 added to our bill. Faster speed, more megabits, free local calls which we don’t want, and so on. (More, more, more seems to be their mantra at the moment!) We telephoned Customer ‘Care’ this morning, to tell them we were perfectly satisfied with what we had, only to be told that we had no choice! Surprise, surprise! Well, we know where to GO!


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HSBC CSR JOSANNECASSAR.COM 4 JANUARY 2014

HSBC Malta Foundation supports l-Istrina with €100,000 donation Pictured above: HSBC CEO Mark Watkinson presenting the €100,000 donation on behalf of HSBC Malta Foundation to President Dr George Abela and Mrs Margaret Abela For the fourth year running, HSBC Malta Foundation donated €100,000 to l-Istrina at the start of the 12hour national fund-raising event held at Mediterranean Conference Centre in Valletta. As the main sponsor of l-Istrina and the Malta Community Chest Fund, HSBC Malta Foundation supports this initiative through the €100,000 donation, other financial contributions from events organised by HSBC Malta employees, as well as practical assistance provided for the organisation of the event itself and the voluntary work of the bank’s employees throughout the whole day. The bank’s donation was presented to President of Malta Dr George Abela and Mrs Margaret Abela by HSBC Malta Chief Executive Officer Mark Watkinson and employees volunteering to help out during lIstrina. HSBC supplemented its donation by additional funds raised during 2013 through various other HSBC staff activities including a cross-country triathlon which raised €4,000 and a poinsettia-for-charity initiative which raised €2,500. HSBC CEO Mark Watkinson said: “As one of Malta’s major charity events, l-Istrina is a testament to the generosity of the Maltese. HSBC Malta Foundation is proud to be the main sponsor of l-Istrina and the Malta Community Chest Fund and this initiative complements the work we carry out in the community. I thank the hundreds of HSBC Malta employees for the time they volunteer to help out in such initiatives.” Organised by the Malta Community Chest Fund, l-Istrina is one of Malta’s major charity events, involving a 12-hour TV marathon in aid of charity, aired annually on 26th December. HSBC Malta Foundation has been supporting l-Istrina and the Malta Community Chest Fund for the last 13 years, as part of the Bank’s Corporate Sustainability programme committed to bringing about lasting benefits within the community.


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HSBC CSR TIMESOFMALTA.COM 5 JANUARY 2014

Sunday, January 5, 2014, 00:01

HSBC Malta Foundation supports L-Istrina with €100,000 donation

HSBC Malta CEO Mark Watkinson presenting the €100,000 donation, on behalf of the HSBC Malta Foundation, to President George Abela and his wife Margaret. The HSBC Malta Foundation, main sponsor of L-Istrina and the Malta Community Chest Fund, donated €100,000 to L-Istrina at the start of the charity marathon on Boxing Day. The bank’s donation was presented to President George Abela and his wife Margaret by the bank’s CEO Mark Watkinson and employees volunteering to help out during L-Istrina. HSBC increased its donation by additional funds raised during the year through other activities, including a cross-country triathlon, which had raised €4,000, and a poinsettia-for-charity initiative, which had collected €2,500. The foundation has been supporting L-Istrina and the Malta Community Chest Fund for the last 13 years as part of the bank’s corporate sustainability programme.


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HSBC CSR JOSANNECASSAR.COM 7 JANUARY 2014

HSBC Malta’s BOW supports breast cancer awareness Pictured above: BOW President Rita Sammut-Buontempo with Gertrude Abela and Rowena Enriquez Personal experiences with cancer shared to promote awareness An inspirational talk was organised by HSBC Malta’s Banking on Women (BOW) and Europa Donna Malta to promote awareness among BOW members. During the event a donation collected by BOW members was presented to the Breast Cancer Awareness Group. Europa Donna Malta President Gertrude Abela discussed many common myths and genuine fears associated with breast cancer and emphasised the importance of regular self-examination and breastscreening in order to detect possible issues early on. “Early detection is the best defence against breast cancer, and, with one in eight women estimated to experience it during their lifetime, one cannot stress the importance of early detection enough,” she said. “BOW has been very supportive both in terms of donations as well as through the organisation of events such as this to promote much needed awareness.” BOW President Rita Sammut-Buontempo presented the donation while offering heartfelt thanks to Europa Donna representatives. “Europa Donna are educating and supporting people across Malta and Gozo. The compassion and encouragement they provide to families in Malta is making a world of a difference, and the increased awareness helps relieve so much psychological suffering as well as effectively improving the prognosis of cancers by promoting early detection and better medical treatment.” The session included a talk with moving personal insights by Rowena Enriquez, a member of the Europa Donna Young Survivors Section, addressing the realities faced by many individuals whose lives are affected by cancer. BOW is a voluntary female association within HSBC Bank Malta which actively supports women in realising their career ambitions within the bank as well as other life goals.


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HSBC CSR MALTATODAY.COM.MT 7 JANUARY 2014

Business Tuesday 7 January 2014 - 14:02

HSBC Malta’s BOW supports breast cancer awareness An inspirational talk was organised by HSBC Malta’s Banking on Women (BOW) and Europa Donna Malta to promote awareness among BOW members.

(from left to right) BOW President Rita Sammut-Buontempo offering the Association’s donation to Europa Donna Malta’s Gertrude Abela and Rowena Enriquez.

During the event a donation collected by BOW members was presented to the Breast Cancer Awareness Group.

Europa Donna Malta President Gertrude Abela discussed many common myths and genuine fears associated with breast cancer and emphasised the importance of regular self-examination and breast-screening in order to detect possible issues early on.

"Early detection is the best defence against breast cancer, and, with one in eight women estimated to experience it during their lifetime, one cannot stress the importance of early detection enough," she said. "BOW has been very supportive both in terms of donations as well as through the organisation of events such as this to promote much needed awareness."

BOW President Rita Sammut-Buontempo presented the donation while offering heartfelt thanks to Europa Donna representatives. "Europa Donna are educating and supporting people across Malta and Gozo. The compassion and encouragement they provide to families in Malta is making a world of a difference, and the


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HSBC CSR MALTATODAY.COM.MT 7 JANUARY 2014

increased awareness helps relieve so much psychological suffering as well as effectively improving the prognosis of cancers by promoting early detection and better medical treatment."

The session included a talk with moving personal insights by Rowena Enriquez, a member of the Europa Donna Young Survivors Section, addressing the realities faced by many individuals whose lives are affected by cancer.

BOW is a voluntary female association within HSBC Bank Malta which actively supports women in realising their career ambitions within the bank as well as other life goals.


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BOV CSR GOZONEWS.COM 1 JANUARY 2014

BOV 2014 calendar focuses on hawkers and their trade Posted By Gozo News On January 1, 2014 @ 11:23 am In Malta News | No Comments

The BOV calendar has always been a showcase of national treasures, be they architectural gems or works of art tucked away in one of the churches found across our archipelago. Three years ago, the BOV calendar took an interesting twist, as it started taking readers down memory lane. The 2011 calendar opened a window on quaint typical outlets and trades that were much more common a few decades ago. It was followed by renowned veteran musicians depicted at the Splendid Bar in Strait Street Valletta which offered a very well-suited background . Last year, many nostalgic notes were touched as the calendar focused on children’s street games, some of which are close to being forgotten in 2013.

The 2014 calendar focuses on hawkers, their trade and the modes of transportation that has adapted over the ages. Although living in an age where shopping is done over the internet or in large supermarkets and shopping malls, a few hawkers are still steeped in tradition and have been resolute in their old ways.


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BOV CSR GOZONEWS.COM 1 JANUARY 2014

The team behind the 2014 calendar scoured the Maltese villages and managed to find the ‘bigilla’ seller still using a donkey drawn carriage, ‘Tal-Kappar’ and ‘Tal-Fjuri’ selling pickled capers and flowers from a disused children’s pram, and the sea salt harvester selling hand harvested sea-salt from a cart drawn by an agricultural tractor among others. Sadly disappearing from our streets and our memories, these ‘heroes’ of our heritage have withstood the test of time and open a window on our rich past. “There is more to these trades than nostalgia for a simpler life, however. In their simplicity, they speak of values and modus operandi that are still very much relevant in today’s world. They also speak volumes about Bank of Valletta and its role in the Maltese community and economy,” the Bank said. BOV added that it has “always had a pivotal role to play in supporting both sides of the transaction, the seller and the buyer. It owes its origins to the merchants who back then needed to exchange goods. So much has changed since those days as the world has become more dynamic and the market more challenging. “Bank of Valletta continued to evolve in response and where possible in anticipation of its community’s needs. Yesterday’s Bank has grown into a full-fledged financial services provider. Solutions have changed dramatically, but one thing remained the same – the Bank’s commitment to provide its customers, be they personal or business, with financial solutions tailored to suite their unique needs.” The thirteen photographs in this calendar owe their uniqueness to award winning photographer Joe P Smith. JP Advertising worked closely with the Bank of Valletta team in defining the concept, designing and producing the calendar. Accompanying this Calendar, is a ‘Making Of’ clip which is definitely worth watching. It may be accessed from the Bank’s YouTube channel or by following this link: http://youtu.be/qsmJ1GoJweA [1]


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BOV CSR TIMESOFMALTA.COM 5 JANUARY 2014

Sunday, January 5, 2014, 00:01

BOV presents €200,000 to L-Istrina

Bank of Valletta CEO Charles Borg, centre, donating the funds in aid of L-Istrina to President George Abela and his wife Margaret. Bank of Valletta presented €200,000 during the live broadcast of L-Istrina on Boxing Day. This figure represents double the amount of donations collected from L-Istrina BOV Piggy Bank Campaign. BOV CEO Charles Borg, accompanied by a number of children holding BOV Piggy Banks, presented the donation to President George Abela during the live broadcast of L-Istrina on Boxing Day. The bank also supports L-Istrina through other initiatives, such as Rockestra, Paqpaqli għall-Istrina, the August Moon Ball and Tisjir mill-Qalb, the President’s cookbook. Since the Piggy Bank campaign was launched in 2004, more than €930,000 have been presented to L-Istrina.

Vodafone online monitor 8 january 2014