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Journey of Rediscovery

Sunday Trends exclusive take

with singer and songwriter Kurt Calleja


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The Secret Life of

Coco Chanel

Justine Picardi’s true story with exclusive

illustrations of Chanel by Karl Lagerfeld

'Is this the Life We

Really Want?'

Exclusive by Brad Tolinski Roger Waters

Rails Against the Powers that be

Chic, Luxurious,


Interview with Michael Kors,

the award-winning American designer

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Sunday Trends exclusive take

with singer and songwriter

Kurt Calleja

10 The Secret Life of

Coco Chanel

Read the true story by Justine

Picardie and then check out

exclusive illustrations of Chanel by

Karl Lagerfeld






Roger Waters Rails

Against the Powers

that be & Asks,

'Is this the Life We

Really Want?'

Exclusive by Brad Tolinski,

with special adaptation by

Martin Vella in Rome last


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20 Milan Fashion

Week Highlights


Bizarre animals, the unknown

future and Jackie Onassis were

all inspiration of the latest

trends to emerge from Milan

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22 Changing The

Way People Work

An exclusive interview with

Sig. Paolo Vannuzzi, CEO and

Co-founder of Noovle, the first

Google Cloud Premier Partner

in Europe


24 The Real Meaning

of Health

Our monthly columnist and

specialist Dr Moira Borg talks

about the importance of safety

and healthy existence



26 Horrific

Experiences at the


Denise Formosa sweeps off our

feet with true horror stories full

of awe and mystery



28 Chic, Luxurious,


Interview with Michael Kors,

the award-winning American

designer is set to take Europe by




30 Just How Bad Is Business

Travel For Your Health?

Andrew Rundle gives us a comprehensive data

on health and travel for work drawn from his own




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to the Structure of Your Brain

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I want to touch upon sensitive matters regarding family bonds and life in

Malta. Lately, permissive-ness, living beyond one’s means and anything

goes attitude has eroded the fundamental values of what once was a

closely-knit Maltese family society. To add to this, foreign influences,

diminishing of our culture and loss of identity has also compounded on

the way Maltese have changed their lifestyle and upbringing.

A family should not be divided, but the other way round. With heavy

hearts and frayed nerves, but also with the knowledge that nothing —

no thing — Is as important to US and all the rest as maintaining good

relationships, our present regime and rather selfish approach, will never

allow us to deal with some of the most emotionally charged things,

and it will never give us a future reunion to look forward to… once a

family and its values are broken, what remains cannot never be called

a family or society. When we take on our parents, friends, family, and

people we love to right that instinctive wrong, we risk shattering our

home core. When we stop communicating with people we love, our

relationships decay. The smallest slight can fire up our emotions. And

this is prevalent and also a result of our wearing down and dereliction of

moral and religious principles.

We should all be afraid of becoming hateful. There is always a moment

where we face the option of breaking all the rules. Where we know that

no matter how bad things are now, we can always make them worse

with one choice. First Lady Michelle Obama said during campaigning,

“When someone is cruel or acts like a bully, you don’t stoop to their

level. No, our motto is: when they go low, we go high.” Michelle

Obama touched a chord with her words. Faced with the proposition of

becoming full of hate, she is urging us to decide to ‘go high.’

We should all reach out and tell each other that we care about everyone,

about us and our environment. Nothing outside of us is more important

than our relationship, even as a cohesive society, when considering our

small size. There was no way we could have reach the middle ground

with ourselves, when we are trying to make each other understand,

instead of understanding one another.

I beg to differ. Let’s go with our gut instincts and follow our heart.

Whatever our future holds, or hardships we are facing, we will never

succeed without the love of family and friends, and society at large.

We should never cross the boundaries to the point of no return… and

let the division, the hate, the lies, the shame to rest on the shoulders of

those who think negative and act that way.

Recently, a close mate of mine shared a few mantras- he lives by four

important ones:

· No use stressing about things you cannot alter

· What doesn’t kill you often makes you stronger

· What goes round, comes around

· Avoid head-butts, especially those who cause them

Blame is for God alone to apportion. And don’t even hold grudges,

it just makes you bitter and angry. Just enjoy your life without those

who do not want you included. As for the pigs who rule this world, we

have an exclusive interview with Roger Waters, Pink Floyd legend, who

rigs the bell to remind us “All animals are equal, but some animals are

more equal than others.” The sentence is comment on the hypocrisy

of governments that proclaim the absolute equality of their citizensbut

give power and privileges to a small elite. Waters mastery on music is

also eloquent in his grasp to fuse political purpose and artistic purpose

into one whole, and, similar to George Orwell’s epilogue in Animal

Farm, leaves us with the animals outside gaze at the scene and look

from pig to man, and from man to pig, and from pig to man again, they

can no longer distinguish between the two.

Enjoy the read.

Martin Vella



Journey of Rediscovery

By Martin Vellati

2018 has been by far the craziest and most honest year of his life, probably. This year Kurt Calleja decided to really

focus on his talents as an artist. It kind of all feels very serendipitous, as Festival TV Presenter and then back to

competitive singing at the Slavianski Festival, Kurt admits he has just never felt in touch with himself in a way he

never have before in his life, which is obviously an incredible feeling.

ST How did you get started with playing – and creating – music?

KC: Since I was a kid I would invent melodies and lyrics that sounded

like some sort of Saturday afternoon cartoon theme song. I would get

lost in my own world for hours singing and imagining I am on a big

stage. The irony is that when I was a kid I was told I was tone deaf by the

choir director. But I loved it so much that I kept on trying.

ST: Can you tell us about your past year as TV presenter and


KC: This is a very interesting subject for me because it was never one

of my goals to become a TV presenter and when I was asked to do

it - my immediate reaction was a tempted but hesitant one. I thought

it would definitely be fun, but with no experience before in actually

hosting my own show from beginning to end, I knew that there

was more than what meets the eye. After asking for a few opinions

,I thought I would take the leap of faith and I am very grateful I did,

because I got to learn so much, and meet so many interesting people,

that had I not taken this decision, I would not have been where I am

today. Interestingly enough,during my time presenting "Xift" and “Fuq

Net”, I got to combine three of my favourite things; cooking, music and

self development.

ST: I am interested in your musical projects – which musicians

and songwriters have been the greatest influence? What are your

favourite albums and how are you relating these with your present


KC: Throughout my life, I have followed different artists and as I grew

up so did my taste for music change. From Backstreetboys and Westlife,

to Coldplay, Muse. From Zucchero to Michael Buble, The Police to

Maroon 5. Beatles and the Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton, Ed Sheeran

and John Mayer. What I have always loved is to see people smiling,

singing along and having a good time and therefore through my music

I want to inspire people, to relate to my fans, friends and family, and to

encourage people to be themselves.

ST: What inspired you to teach yourself piano and start writing


KC: I strongly believe that an artist is not complete without learning

how to play an instrument outside of their own voice. Not necessarily

to be the next Leif Ove Andsnes (currently one of the best piano players

alive) - but to be able to express themselves musically even when the

voice presents certain limitations. Also getting a feel of an instrument

is definitely a powerful tool when it comes to song writing and sharing


ST: What can you tell us about your recent experiences in Belarus as

a singer and your participation in the Slavianski Fest?

KC: This opportunity was given by the official representative of the

Slavianski Festival in Malta - Mrs Evelina Batey (Russian Maltese Cultural

Association) through which music and singing in the native tongue

(Russian) is a way of bringing people from many cultures together. As

an artist I believe in pushing your comfort zone - after my Eurovision

debut in 2012 - I never competed in anything again and so - going back


to the competition was not an easy decision (what if I don’t do well?

what will the Maltese people think? and so many more questions) - in

the end I thought to myself - this is a very good opportunity and I want

to make the most of it. So I accepted and my biggest task was to learn a

song in Russian - which is very tricky because our accent is thick and theirs

is more like speaking in reverse (at least that is what it sounds like to me).

Originally, 42 countries were participating in this contest and then 21

got to perform at the semi-final (15 of which then made it to the finals)

- Malta was one of them. I performed my original track called Love On

Mars and alongside 14 other countries - we made it to the finals where

I then could perform a song in Russian with an 80 piece orchestra - the

National Belarussian Orchestra. For the 2nd round of the final - I opted for

the Moulin Rouge Version of Your Song by Elton John.

Overall, we were not so lucky with points, as I got penalised for my non-

Russian accent, but I did a lot of contacts and some new ideas for where

we can spread our music - such as the Russian market itself (and the 15

countries that speak it) and Mexico, Cuba and Latin America.

ST: The most anticipated events of the festival are, as usual,

international song contests. Can you describe why these are significant

to you and your band?

KC: I think especially after these nine days in Belarus - I continued to

understand how small in numbers we as a nation are - yes we pride

ourselves in being resilient and doing a lot for what little resources we

have - but the truth is - the numbers will never be strong enough in Malta

alone - and therefore it is healthy for a Maltese artist to explore foreign


ST: With regards to the future, can you tell us about the EP with Italian


KC: Four years ago, I was asked to write lyrics for a few Italian artists, but

when I sent my vocals on the track so that the Italians could follow the

pronunciation and melody line, the label thought I should record one of

them. In the meantime two of our collaborations got signed by Dance &

Love (a record label specialised in European Dance Music). Since then I

only produced one track with Maltese DJ Mykill Cini called “Waiting In

The Sun” - however my EP Sweet Chilli is in its final stages and we hope to

be launching very very soon.

ST: Why is this so important to you?

KC: Having a label to back you up makes a big difference because

resources such as marketing, market knowledge, radio connections,

world wide digital releases and funding have to be addressed. Having a

label behind you - leaves for more room to focus on what the artist does

best - create.

Having a label behind you - leaves

for more room to focus on what the

artist does best - Create

ST: What do the people around you think about your

music career and your sound?

KC: The most common comment I receive is regarding my

showmanship. I think it means "your voice is nothing out of

the ordinary, but you know how to get the crowd going”.

Which I am OK with, but nonetheless improving ones self

is any deficiencies that may be crucial to being the best

version of yourself is a good tool to have, because the fight

towards self-betterment remains. I like to call it being Happy

Discontent. I know I am not the best singer in the world -

but I work on being better than my yesterday self. Generally,

when I work with studios, co-writers and producers - their

comments about my music is generally - catchy, melodic, fun

but also meaningful.

ST: Are there any other projects you are currently working


KC: Other than my EP, getting my music in the Russian and

Latin American Market, rehearsing with the band, setting

up solar panels in people’s houses and businesses, and

trying to find to time for my family and girlfriend. I have

just finished the menu for a RistoBar in Valletta. I created a

menu of dishes for them to compliment the style and vibe

of the this place. When I was a kid I wanted to be a chef

and when I passed by GCSEs I went to ITS (Culinary school).

I could not finish my studies due to music being so heavily

present in my life; but I did want to use my cooking skills

(so as not to waste it). I started off by cooking twice a week

on my tv show. Soon after an entrepreneur called me up to

create this menu and two months in, I created a few of my

quircky signature dishes alongside healthy dishes that taste

good (which is so hard to find). ST

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ST: What do you think about the internet as a tool for promoting

yourself and your music?

KC: It is a crucial tool - without which in today’s world - an artist cannot

stay ahead. It has however destroyed sales however. Through Instagram

and Facebook mainly - people see our performances and share, and get

involved, and start following when and where we perform and listen to

music we share.

"Through my music I want to

inspire people, to relate to my fans,

friends and family, and to encourage

people to be themselves"




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entering a more holistic and emotional paradigm: from "looking good" to "feeling good".

Center stage are the garments and accessories by a new generation of Italian designers:

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"Be ready" follows the success of "Start the buzz", the fashion film presented by Camera

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The Secret Life of


Writer Justine Picardie uncovers the truth about the iconic designer's youth, before she became an enduring

legend. Read the story below and then check out exclusive illustrations of Chanel by Karl Lagerfeld.

Karl Lagerfeld

People often ask me, "When did you first become interested in

Coco Chanel?" and if I'm honest, I was fascinated long before I

started researching her biography more than a decade ago, all

the way back to my earliest memories in childhood. For there

on top of my mother's dressing table stood a bottle of Chanel

No. 5, beyond my reach but not out of sight, and I knew from the

moment I began to discern its mysterious letters and number

that there was something magical to the black-and-white cipher.

I'm not alone in that discovery — Chanel has come to represent

the essence of everywoman, whether in the scent of her perfume

or her choice of bold red lipstick or the perfect little black dress

— but the story of Coco feels somehow entwined with my own

as a writer.

And so it was that I found myself on a journey, following clues that

Chanel had kept hidden in her long life as a couturiere and fashion icon

while also trying to make sense of the unhappy end of my marriage,

the latter disaster coinciding with my signing a publishing contract.

There-after, in the process of uncovering the truth about Coco

Chanel, I was — without quite knowing it at the time — recovering

from an unforeseen emotional unravelling. Now, in retrospect, I'm

beginning to see that I could not have written my book on Coco

Chanel without that personal experience of loss; nor would I have

found a way forward for myself without looking back at the example

set by Mademoiselle Chanel.

by Justine Picardie

marrying another woman, although their affair continued until his

death); on the table in front of the beige suede sofa (the cushions

quilted like Chanel's iconic bags) sit a set of crested, gold-lined boxes

presented to her by the Duke of Westminster, the second Englishman

to whom she gave her heart but whose name was never to become

hers in marriage.

Most poignant of all, in this glittering salon where Mademoiselle

entertained some of the most celebrated men of the century —

Picasso, Dalí, Cocteau, Diaghilev, Churchill — yet finally found herself

alone, are the pairs of animals that seem to stand like talismans:

two bronze deer by the fireplace, almost life-size; a stag and a doe,

their cloven feet sinking into the carpet, and another tiny pair beside

the sofa in painted metal, with vases of pink flowers on their backs;

two camels on a side table; two frogs (one glass, one bronze); two

lovebirds made of pearl in a tiny jewelled cage; two porcelain horses

on either side of the smoky mirror; and two golden firedogs in the

empty hearth.

The trail began in Paris at 31 Rue Cambon, the backbone of the

House of Chanel, where the famous mirrored staircase leads from

the ground-floor entrance to the couture salon on the first floor and

then to Mademoiselle's private apartment. I'd visited it at the end of

the '90s, when I first interviewed Karl Lagerfeld, but upon returning to

it — again and again, in the course of researching Chanel's biography

— I began to recognize traces of the woman who had fashioned this

place in her image. The doors into the apartment are hidden within

the looking-glass walls of the landing, and slipping inside feels oddly

akin to entering an Alice in Wonderland realm. On the other side of the

glass, there are more mirrors — each reflecting the other, in a myriad

of perspectives — and a crystal chandelier designed by Chanel

herself, with hidden double C's in its wrought-iron frame and, at the

top, G's for Gabrielle, her real name. And everywhere

is evidence of what she had and what she lost: On a wall of

bookshelves are leather-bound volumes from her first great love, Boy

Capel, the British playboy and industrialist who was killed in a car

crash in 1919 (by which point he had already betrayed her by

Conitnued on pg 48




How Europe flies

One of the fields from which the European Union can

benefit is definitively research and technological

development. For example, within the European

aeronautical sector, the current level of innovation

would not exist without the close cooperation between the

best companies in this sector and the support of the European

institutions. European aeronautical innovation, which in this

case comes with the name Clean Sky: the EU's flagship

program, fostering advanced technologies.

parts of an aircraft, will grow more and more. "The engine

architecture, its configuration, will necessarily also influence

the aircraft architecture in order to pursue objectives such as

performance improvement or lighter components. In addition,

combustion efficiency, which means lower fuel consumption,

will take us increasingly in the direction of hybrid, or even fully

electric, solutions."

Ron Van Manen is the leader of the Clean Sky 2 Research

Programs: the second edition of the platform that includes all

the major aviation projects and research and development

initiatives. Speaking from the Clean Sky exhibit area at the last

Farnborough air show, Van Manen has no doubts about where

the priorities lie within the projects. "There are no compromises,

flight safety is paramount, and all aeronautical research must

start from this premise".

Starting from this primary theme, Van Manen proceeds

to list the other major European research projects aimed at

improving the future of air traffic in every respect. "When we

talk about European research, the focus is on new engine and

aircraft configurations, new materials and eco-sustainability.

For example, we are studying and developing new ways to

increase the volume of air that aircraft engines use to generate

thrust, or to improve their aerodynamic efficiency, also aiming

to reduce noise. Because, in the future, take-off and landing will

increasingly take place in urbanized areas."

Van Manen says that this is a very exciting time for research,

given the number and diversity of projects up and running, and

that the importance of the engine, considering all the constituent

"Developing conventional turboprop and turbofan engines

to achieve determinate levels of efficiency requires radical

solutions in terms of engine architecture. That's why we have

been investing heavily in research and development of new

architectures for years: to consolidate our position among the

aeronautics leaders of the future," says Enrico Casale, Head of

Programs for the Introduction of New Technologies at Avio Aero.

"Research activities in this field have a very high economic

weight, often unsustainable for some companies: for example,

an aircraft engine’s life cycle is 5 or 6 times longer than that of a

car, as well as requirements and certifications facilities are way

more expensive".

Conitnued on pg 15



Roger Waters Rails

Against the Powers that be & Asks,

'Is this the Life We Really Want?'

by Brad Tolinski, with special adaptation by Martin Vella

In 1979, the British songwriter wrote The Wall, a nightmarish rock opera he recorded with his former band, Pink Floyd. For over 40 years

the album’s themes of isolation, tyranny and alienation have connected with audiences worldwide, selling an estimated 35 million copies.

It’s still selling and is perhaps more relevant than ever, as Trump seems determined to bring the dark metaphor to life, brick by brick.

In fact, with all his bluster about “the wall,” it almost felt like the president was taunting Waters and his magnum opus. If that’s even remotely

true, he f***** with the wrong rock star. On his fourth, and best, solo album, Is This the Life We Really Want? produced by Nigel Godrich

(Radiohead, Paul McCartney), Waters is certainly responding like someone who’s been personally maligned. Never one to suffer fools,

the concept album is loaded with disparaging references to the U.S. commander-in-chief, calling him a “nincompoop” and “a leader with

no f****** brains.”

And if that was not enough, he devotes even more time lambasting Trump on his arena-sized Us + Them tour. During the Pink Floyd

classic “Pigs (Three Different Ones),” grotesque images of the president flicker on giant screens, while a flying pig buzzes around the arena

with Orwellian menace. The fact that the huge pink swine is powered by a weapons-grade drone furthers the political implications. I was

fortunate enough to enjoy this concert at the Circo Massimo in Rome on 14th July.

Given the bold and uncompromising nature of his work, one might assume that the real Roger Waters might be an aggressive interview,

but the person I meet is nothing of the sort. Soft spoken, thoughtful and not afraid to laugh at his own foibles, he is a smart and considerate

conversationalist. At the same time, he is not afraid to explicitly express his opinion.

“Because of the nincompoop and the current broken political system, it is demanded of every citizen of the United States to decide whether

they are going to resist this or go along with it,” he says quietly, yet firmly. “Trump is entirely clear that he is out to f*** everybody except

Trump. He doesn’t give a shit about anybody and makes it quite clear. It has to be difficult for anybody who voted for him to swallow that he

is trying to reduce corporate taxes to 15 percent. What does that have to do with their life? He doesn’t care about their life! He just wants

his taxes down to 15 percent.”

He is pissed, yes, but he is far from one dimensional. Waters runs deep, and as our conversation unfolds, he speaks often about the

“transcendental nature of love” and even refers to himself as “an optimist.” On his new album, he may sing that “fear drives the mills of

modern man,” but three uplifting songs that finish Is This the Life We Really Want? hold out hope that love and compassion can ultimately

save the day.


MBR: What motivated you to record your new album? It’s your

first album of original rock-oriented material in almost two


RW: I had written a narrative and quite few songs for something I

envisioned as a play for radio. It was a long complex story about

an old Irish bloke whose grandchild has a nightmare about children

being killed “over there.” [Waters last year wrote an editorial for the

Huffington Post about the slaughter of youngsters in Syria, Nigeria

and Gaza.] The grandfather promises the child that they will go on a

quest to find out who and why they are killing children.

I eventually recorded a demo of much of the material and played it

for lots of people, including Nigel Godrich who mixed my last project,

Roger Waters: The Wall [a documentary of Waters’ 2010–13 tour

re-imagining Pink Floyd’s The Wall]. He was really interested in it,

but persuaded me that the concept was not a record, and asked

whether I would consider approaching it another way. He was,

“Well, I like these two bits!” [laughs]. Those bits eventually became

two of the tracks on the album, “Déjà Vu” and “Broken Bones.” In

the end, we completely jettisoned the original plot and edited the

music down to something more manageable.

MBR: Did he feel the original idea was not universal enough?

RW: Yeah, partly. I think that’s fair to say. All throughout the project

he was always steering me away from being too politically specific.

MBR: What made Nigel a good partner for you to work with?

RW: He works hard, is very focused and is good at what he does.

He is also stubborn, which can be a good thing. So, we negotiated

through this project, mostly with me rolling over. [laughs]

He is also a fan. He grew up on Dark Side of the Moon, and loved

all those voices and sound effects, and how those things moved

and worked. That’s a magical kingdom for him, and something he

urged me to do again. Part of the album is an homage to that and

the history of where I come from.

MBR: I wondered whether those “found sounds” were part of

your personal aesthetic, or something for listeners who might

desire that kind of continuity from your earlier work.

RW: It is what I do! When we recorded Dark Side, I had the idea

to add those voices as commentary, and I really liked the impact it

made on the music and I still do. I have done it on all the records I

have made. I would not dream of not doing it.

MBR: Your concert has explicit political overtones. At one

point you refer to the president as a “nincompoop,” but what

does that say about the people who elected him?

RW: It could say two things. It shows Donald Trump duped a certain

section of the working class by pretending he cared about them,

when it’s obvious he doesn’t care about anyone but himself. Or,

it shows that—as in any society—there are people who are so

damaged, they think they are better than other people. In the United

States, they are called “white supremacists,” in other countries

they might be called “extremists” of one kind or another. These are

people whose inferiority complex is so deeply ingrained that it can

manifest in anger and violence. But, more often, it comes out as a

trumpeting of their extreme worth, and their belief that they are a

master race.

That idea will always strike a chord with some people in society,

unless at some point in some Utopian future, we can raise our

children in a way they do not turn into those assholes, which is quite

possible. We all know lovely people who are not like that, and we

all know people who are like that. But I feel sorry for those kinds of

extremists, because they must be damaged in some way, and it

must be miserable to live with those beliefs. It is certainly easy to fall

prey to people who tell you that you are special and encourage you

to kick the shit out of someone else. That’s one of Trump’s tactics.

MBR: Do you think he’s laughing at those people?

RW: I do not think so. I believe he is sincere and really enjoys

playing the game of being in charge. He is boss and you are fired!

I don’t think he is tongue-in-cheek. I think he believes he is a real

person and is fulfilling a real function.

MBR: Do you think musicians are obligated to speak out?

RW: I don’t think musicians have any special obligation. We speak

with whatever voice we have. It depends on your perspective. From

where I stand, I want to hear what Neil Young has to say, but I am

not very interested in what Ted Nugent has to say! [laughs]

But everybody has their voice and we are all entitled to our opinions,

and freedom of speech is very important. The First Amendment is

very precious to this republic and all the people that live in it. Unlike

the Second Amendment, which is a disaster, especially when

people buy semi-automatic weapons and go to schools and kill

children with them.

MBR: Is it difficult to write about politics effectively without

being overly preachy?

RW: That’s a good question, but it’s up to the audience to decide

whether you succeed or don’t. People will have different opinions

about that. But I can’t restrict myself to only writing boy-meets-girl

love songs. I wouldn’t be honest if I didn’t express what’s in my

heart, like when I hear about a child being blown to bits on a beach.

I try not to sound preachy, but I feel it’s perfectly legitimate to use my

music to question why we are killing children with F-16s and bombs

made in Oregon. Why are we doing that? It’s the central question

of the album—is this the life we really want? Do we want to live in a

state of perpetual war? That needs to be discussed… then we can

talk about guitar strings or whatever. [laughs]

MBR: You admire both Bob Dylan and John Lennon, two guys

who were able to be both political and popular. What made

them effective?

RW: Dylan denies ever being political, which is f****** ridiculous.

What makes him great is his ability to talk about the reality of

society in such a subtle way. For example, just take one line

from “Subterranean Homesick Blues,” like “the pump don’t work

’cause the vandals took the handle.” First, it brings a smile to your

face immediately, but secondly, I think it says a lot about what

happens when we do not cooperate with one another. It asks what

responsibility does the individual have to society?

Dylan would probably say that wasn’t anywhere in his mind, but it’s

inherent in the writing of that sentence. It brings up a whole series

of questions on how human beings relate to one another in social

terms—or it does to me! It’s just brilliant. He always creates a sense

of wonder in me. How does someone pick up a legal pad and write

something like that? How does he open his mind up in such a way

to let those words flow out? He has the uncanny ability to help us

see something we know is there, but can’t quite identify. That’s what

makes him a great artist. The same with Lennon.

MBR: Regarding John Lennon, it’s pretty ballsy to write

something as simple as “all you need is love” or “give peace a

chance” and make it work.

RW: Lennon made those ideas resonate because of his ability to

harness them to those incredible melodies. The meter and phrasing

in “All You Need Is Love” is so sophisticated, yet feels so simple and

effortless. That’s how you get away with “all you need is love.”

It’s interesting, because the Beatles were into Maharishi and

transcendental meditation during that period in the late Sixties.

I wasn’t…I was a little suspicious of what I thought was “mystical

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Conitnued from pg 11

Another important Clean Sky2 project which sees Avio Aero

involved and which - in addition to close collaboration with

the aircraft manufacturer, the world leader Airbus Helicopters

- shows a high degree of innovation aimed at the efficiency

of performance and materials, is called RACER. A new super

fast helicopter, whose appearance is clearly influenced by the

engine configuration: in fact, the RACER is the evolution of a

helicopter. In addition to the main rotor, its wings are equipped

with propellers. Avio Aero is responsible for the transmissions

- which are among its leading products - on board the RACER:

the main rotor transmission and the power gearboxes on the

wings that transmit the movement to the propellers.

"It's not always easy to match brand-new industrial

processes such as metal 3D printing with state-of-the-art

engine development programs: in aviation in particular, the

materials used to manufacture the various parts have a

crucial impact on production processes. For example, in

terms of thermal properties and resistance" explains Casale.

Nevertheless, he managed to introduce the first 3D-printed

component on the RACER: an Air Cooled Oil Cooler (ACOC).

"Developing and producing the three heat exchangers on the

Catalyst engine has made this innovation possible on this

futuristic aircraft too," said Casale.


But RACER also benefits from the disruptive industrial

technology with which Avio Aero has been making a name for

itself in the sector for about a decade, additive manufacturing.

"All program activities have a strong additive core," Casale

explains. "Our pioneering profile in this field has been

consolidated through work on the new GE Catalyst engine:

the freedom of design and the reduction in parts guaranteed

by the use of additive allows us to build lighter products that

are less demanding from a consumption point of view and

therefore more eco-friendly".

From the words said by both Van Manen and Casale, it’s

crystal clear how essential the union of intentions among the

European actors is: a consolidated research network, with key

industrial partners, small and medium enterprises, the main

universities and last but not least, the institutions. A network

that Avio Aero has been cooperating with for some time, but

that on the European territory reaches such a competitive

position only thanks to the presence of Clean Sky and the

best-in-class of Europe’s Aviation industry. ST

Credit: / RACER images are courtesy of Airbus Helicopters ©



Continued from pg 13

MBR: Do you find it ironic that Donald Trump shared your

outrage at the killing of children and used it to bomb the Syrian

army back in April? What should his response have been?

RW: The response from both Trump and media should have been,

“Let’s find out what happened.” It shouldn’t have been, “Oh f*** me,

there goes [Syrian President] al-Assad again killing his own people,

because that is the story we have been telling ourselves for the last

six years.” My personal view is that it just does not make any sense

at all, and there is a huge amount of people who do not think he did. I

mean, why would he do that? Isn’t it our responsibility to find out what

happened, and then decide what we want to do about it and what that

might be?

bullshit.” But rather late in life, I have begun to understand the

transcendental nature of love. Of all love. Love for a woman, or love

for fellow human beings, or even nature and the planet. We know

about this word L-O-V-E, and it’s attached to some perception we

have about something that brings us joy, or where we can give joy.

I tried to make that idea part of my last album, as well. So, is this the

life we really want? Well, most of us would like a life where we were

exchanging more joy, and spending less of our time building F-16s

and killing brown people.

MBR: The juxtaposition between political outrage and personal

intimacy is really powerful on songs like “Déjà Vu.” Was that

your original intention?

RW: No. Basically, I wrote some love songs and some political

songs and Nigel stuck them together, and somehow it takes you on a

satisfying journey.

MBR: How do you personally keep cynicism at bay, when you

observe people making bad decisions, or the same mistakes?

RW: The underlying question is, are babies innocent or not? Do we all

have the potential to express our love for each other or nurture each

other, or are we doomed to beat each other to death? I am an optimist.

Yes, I do believe we have that potential for goodness when we are

conceived. That is what I am getting at in the lyrics to “Broken Bones.”

[sings] Could’ve been born in Shreveport/ Or he could’ve been born

in Tehran.

It don’t much matter wherever you’re born/Little babies mean us no


They have to be taught to despise us/To bulldoze our homes to the


I believe that is true, so I am not cynical. We can just as easily learn

to be good.

MBR: You aren’t just shaking your fist and screaming in the


RW: That’s right. At the end of one of the love songs I sing about the

child within, and the idea that there should be no need for people to

be seeking refuge. That’s what refugees are—people who are in such

dire straits they need refuge. We have a responsibility to give refuge

to those that need it. People don’t want to cross dangerous seas with

their children in their laps knowing they could drown without a reason.

The far right in the United States and Europe want us to say, “F***

those people, they are coming to destroy us! They are terrorists! We

must build walls and keep them out,” rather than ask what can we

do to help them and make the world a better place. That picture has

something deeply wrong with it.

But Trump does not look at it, or think about it. And there is nobody

in that administration who would be faintly interested in asking the

question. So, they just send over a bunch of cruise missiles, which

apparently didn’t do any damage, and the media just rolled over and

said, “At least he is being presidential.” It’s just dumb.

MBR: “Broken Bones” deals with the dichotomy of capitalism

versus human rights and civil liberties. Is there a way to have

it both ways?

RW: Yes, of course! A lot of the countries in Northern Europe like

Scandinavia, Denmark, Holland, Sweden and Norway are capitalistic

economies run on socialistic principles. They all have free health

services, they all look after their citizens, they all have safety nets and

they all allocate their tax resources. It’s funny, when I sing “Mother,

should I trust the government,” in most places in the world, everyone

responds, “Noooooo!” In Norway, however, they all go, “Well, yeah.

Of course, we trust the government. They are good to us. We are the

government. The government represents the people.” [laughs] And I

go, “F*** me! That’s what it’s supposed to be like!” So yes, there are a

bunch of societies that have it more right.

MBR: What is your relationship with social media? Is it a force

for good or evil?

RW: The problem with the internet these days is that is subsists

on advertising, so it’s just part of the marketplace. We all believed

at one point that it was going to be a place where you could really

exchange ideas, and a way to really communicate with one another.

You always have to deal with some sort of commercial before you get

your information.

It’s very bizarre, especially in our business—the music business.

Music now is only about selling soap. It is not about the music. When

we released the first track from the album on YouTube, Spotify and all

that, Nigel was going berserk because it sounded like shit because

those services compress it and f*** with it until it turns into digital

rubbish. You can just barely hear how it really sounds. You cannot

hear what we made, because it has been crunched. Nobody really

cares about the music. It’s just being used to sell something. That’s

how Spotify make their money—it’s not from subscription. They make

their money from selling stuff to people.

MBR: Hasn’t that always been true? Radio has always had


RW: Yeah, but at least on FM radio you had a decent signal and a

certain amount of commercial-free programming. But those days are

gone. I mean, the good thing is that for people who care, you can go

out and buy a vinyl record and hear it properly.

MBR: It seems like the best way for you to get your music

across these days is by simply getting out on the road and

playing it. Your tours are enormously successful.

RW: Yes, that will be a relief. I’m looking forward to the purity of being

with a bunch of musicians and going, “Let’s try it this way.” The joy of

just going out and doing the work. Then we will go out on the road and

do the big show and people will shout at us, and some will throw things

at us because we are attacking Trump or whatever. But I would like


to think my show is an act of resistance as well as a way of making a

living, and something I like doing and all the rest of it.

But you are right. People will be able to hear it properly by coming

to the show. P.A. systems are so much better now than they were

20 years ago. With our sound system and engineers, it’ll sound good

even in a crappy basketball arena.

MBR: You are a bass player…

RW: Yes, I am!

MBR: I think sometimes people forget about that. Do you enjoy

playing bass, or is it just a means to an end for you?

RW: I love it. It’s only quite recently that I sort of accepted that about

myself. Nigel kept telling me during the recording, “You gotta play the

bass, man, because you are really good at it.” I would always be a little

skeptical, but while I was working on the album I started embracing

what I had to offer. While there are people that are much better players

than I am, nevertheless, my choices of notes and where I put them are

different from anyone else. And I like that. It’s fun. I don’t play all the

bass on the album. A lot of it is Gus Seyffert, so you can really hear

when it’s me.

MBR: It has taken you close to two decades to write a new

album. Is it hard for you to put pen to paper or find the

motivation to write music? You seem full of ideas.

RW: It’s not that hard, but I am not the kind of writer that feels

compelled to work on it all the time, either. I will think about going into

the studio and then go play a few racks of pool instead! [laughs] I have

to wait until something moves me or I have a feeling about something.

Funnily enough, I can write prose. I am working on a memoir and I will

sit down and write and really enjoy myself. I am thinking of devoting

some real time to writing a book when this tour is over. I have written

quite a lot already, and I think I have a voice and a style. And I would

was on the lookout, because I had left my passport and money out,

when suddenly I saw a kid steal my shoes. I tried to get out of the

water as fast as I could, but, vrooom, he very quickly disappeared into

the crowd. So, I ran after him with no shoes, when I spotted this cop.

Back in those days, they had special police whose job was basically to

look out for tourists. I told him what happened, and we started looking

around and by some miracle, I spotted the kid.

You could see by the look in his eye that he was thinking of running,

but he didn’t because he probably knew the cop and the cop knew

him. So, we got him and he was already wearing my shoes! The

cop and kid began to jabber at each other in Arabic, until the kid

rather reluctantly took off my rather beaten-up loafers and, as I say

in the story, “placed them on the neutral ground between us.” They

jabbered a little more and then the cop let him go. I was completely

indignant, in my snotty, middle class, Cambridge way. I was looking

for jurisprudence! I was looking for retribution! The kid stole my shoes!

Then, for the first time, the cop spoke to me in English. With pity, he

looked me in the eyes, and simply said softly, “He is poor.”

I finish the story by saying, “If we’re all really lucky, when we are

young, we will run into our cop. And maybe, for the first time in our

lives, we will begin to learn about love.” I can remember that moment

as if it were yesterday. Not because I can remember it, but because

I know I internalized that feeling. And that was such an amazing

lesson, because I had come from somewhere where they threatened

you with being sent to borstal [British reform school] if you stole

anything. Instead this particular policeman had compassion and some

understanding for his people.

MBR: In a recent interview, Chuck D. of Public Enemy, and

asked him to tell me something I should know, but probably

don’t. He said he thought many of the problems in the world

would be solved if people traveled more and met folks outside


like to get my story out, because there is a lot that people don’t know.

MBR: Tell me a memory from the book that relates to your new


RW: I will tell you a story. There are three short stories that I have

written about a time I visited Beirut, the capital city of Lebanon, back

in 1962 when I was 19 years old. Here’s one. I was there with my

friend Willa, and sort of living on beach. I decided to go for a swim,

so I left all my important bits in the sand while I went into the water. I

of their communities. What is something you think I should


RW: I don’t know if I can top that. That is so real, so right and good. I

have learned about hospitality from traveling abroad. It’s no surprise

that in Greece, for instance, that the word for “stranger” and “guest”

are the same. Knowing how the other half lives is so fundamental. It’s

hard to bomb the shit out of people after you have met them. ST

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The New Face of Aesthetic Treatment:

Veneers, Botox, Dermal Fillers, Tooth Whitening

By Joseph Xuereb

The loss of facial muscle tone and the ensuing ageing effect on the face is a process determined by various causes It is only

through the synergistic collaboration between medical and surgical disciplines that a total, or at least, partial restitution of

one's original physical appearance can be achieved, and this only by respecting harmony and natural looks

A smile restored to its original form can improve a person's total physical appearance but it is the treating doctor's duty and

responsibility to keep in mind the patient's total requirements and the factors that need to be addressed to achieve a pleasing,

natural-looking final result: face, personality, physical state, lifestyle, gender as well as other characteristics that differentiate on

individual from another The treating doctor is the only person who can coordinate the various disciplines and treatments required

for a patient's total satisfaction. Dentists are particularly suited to this since their work, of necessity, makes them experts in Smile

Analysis, Facial Muscle Anatomy, and harmony between teeth, lips and face.

A frequent request is "you have painted a beautiful picture ('my teeth look beautiful'), now go on and frame it ('I'd like my lips

enhanced and my face smoother')"

The best results are usually achieved when one person is responsible for a patient's treatment and when the same person can

co-ordinate all the treatment Tooth veneers are thin wafers of porcelain that can, in most cases, be applied to natural teeth without

the need for reducing the tooth enamel - "Lumineers" are the state of the art and can transform a smile in as little as 2 to 3 weeks.

However, natural teeth may only need an alteration in their colour and for this, various whitening treatments are available: the

top-of-the-range here are Flaesh®Zoom!® and Laser SmartBleach ST

Dr Joseph Xuereb


Dental & Implant Surgeon, Principal

7 Sir Adrian Dingli Street, Victoria VCT 1441, Gozo, Malta

Tel (+356) 21 557323, 27 557323 Level 1, SkyParks Business Centre, Malta Int’l Airport, Luqa LQA 4000, Malta

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Milan Fashion Week

Highlights AW18

by Rakelle Maurici

Bizarre animals, the unknown future and Jackie Onassis were all inspiration

of the latest trends to emerge from Milan Fashion Week AW18.

Around the World

Meanwhile Giorgio Armani's show was

of a different story, drawing in from Global

inspiration he rebelled away from his

signature blue and navy, and instead threw

in cobalt blue and red. However coherent

with his timeless silhouette, the tones,

the intricate beading details, textured bag

finishes and woven boots are only designs

a travelling creative could master.


Back to the Future

In light of recent turbulent times and fashion

racing faster than ever, AW18 it set to be the

most futuristic yet. Laminated raincoats, metallic

hued pants and glitter ball dresses were all

apparent at the likes of Dolce & Gabbana,

Genny and Marni. Creative director, Francesco

Risso paid homage to the industry's overproduction

at the Marni show. Spectators were

sat amongst garbage and bundles of unused

clothes - a symbolic message of, ‘today’s news

will be tomorrow’s chip paper’.


While, American designer Tommy Hilfiger kept his foot

firmly on the accelerator. Teaming up with supermodel

Gigi Hadid, the duo created an F1 inspired show to close

fashion week in the Italian city. Appealing to the world’s

desire for ‘immediate gratification’, Hilfiger creeps into

pole position in the see-now, buy-now model. His latest

collection featured racing stripes, biker shorts, helmets

and visors decorated with the chequered flag - it’s no

surprise F1 World Champion Lewis Hamilton was sat

front row.

Throw back Thursdays aren't just a hashtag for

Instagram, Emilio Pucci pulled his inspiration from

the 70s archive with Bvlgari, a unqiueness created by

two Italian power houses. Marrying elegance with sport

lux the iconic symbol of Marylin Monroe was apparent

- a combination between high jewellery and heritage

collections. Star and stripe earrings, colourful bracelets

and innovative designs created a vibrant aesthetic

representative of the 1970s era - the time in which Bvlgari

opened its first store in New York.

Memory Lane

From Swinging ‘60s to Vintage ‘90s, classic Italian

fashion houses put the spotlight on retro. Moschino’s

Pop Art inspired show saw Jackie O replicas, complete

with the synonymous 1960s voluminous beehive

hairstyles, bold prints, candy floss tones and tailored skirt


Miuccia Prada took a trip down memory lane with

nostalgic tweeds, boxy parkas and highlighter brights

while models paved way to Blondie. The designer joked

this was her ‘little revenge on the art world’, a space

in which designers too can occupy, while the political

message was to convey the relationship between

strength and self-protection in women. Utilitarian

workwear, tulle and oversized nylon dominated the

neo-vintage collection. Much like fashion during the 80s,

clothing went to extremes of large shoulders, big hair and

a rainbow of colour, and Prada’s latest collection tells the

same story of ‘exaggerated freedom’.

Bizarre Accessories

Weirdness has become inescapable on and off the

catwalks - leaving us all with the unanswered question

of, what next? Well, a number of designers surprised

their audiences with unusual accessories that consisted

of reptiles and puppies.

Gucci’s Alessandro Michele describes his latest

collection as a representation of a creative process - a

dissection for want of a better word. While his choice of

alarming severed heads carried by a select few models;

a token to millennial’s struggle with ‘finding an identity

and looking after your own thoughts first’.

Tod’s opened with Gigi Hadid snuggled in shearling

layers and lux leather with a French-bulldog in her arm

- the model's younger sister Bella Hadid followed suit

shortly after. The furry friends depict the next season to

be a trend of carrying anything other than your handbag,

while famed fashion house Dolce & Gabbana had their

purses hung from drones to open the show.

Credit: Camera Nazionale della Moda Italiana




Changing The Way

People Work

by Martin Vella

Paolo Vannuzzi

An exclusive interview with Sig. Paolo Vannuzzi, CEO and Co-founder of Noovle,

the first Google Cloud Premier Partner in Europe, opening of its headquarters

in Malta, and who will be one of the main keynote speakers from a rich list of

experts, during the Noovle Summit, dedicated to Google Cloud technologies, on

Friday, 19 October 2018, at the Castello dei Baroni in Wardija, organised by MBR

Publications Ltd.

MBR: Can you please tell us a bit about Noovle and also your

role within the organisation?

PV: Despite being an experienced and well established company

on the market, I would define Noovle, as a startup in the DNA.

We always have the spirit of innovation, dynamism and a crazy

enthusiasm to carry on the activities. I think these are aspects that

are highly appreciated by the market, which, compared to traditional

models, needs "disruptive" companies to support companies in

digital transformation, where the approach to the problem must be

new and different. I am Co-founder and CEO of Noovle, which is

an Italian strategic consulting and systems integration company

specializing in ICT (Information and Communication Technologies)

and Cloud.

MBR: What has led to the strength of the Noovle brand?

PV: We are historically the recommended partner of Google Cloud

in Italy and with a primary role also in Europe. Surely the synergistic

work with the vendor has helped us to establish ourselves in the

market, but the most fundamental aspects I think are the strategic

and business vision, the skills, as well as the serious and professional

approach to the market. The satisfaction of our customers is the main

objective and we are very happy with the results achieved so far.

MBR: What can you tell us about the Cloud technologies and

platforms your offer, and how do help increase productivity and


PV: The cloud model allows companies and public administrations to

take a platform approach that involves the creation of integrated and

highly efficient systems, while at the same time reducing complexity

and costs.

To achieve efficiency, it is necessary to move from a concept

of individual productivity to one of collaborative and extended

productivity, overcoming physical boundaries and allowing to interact

in an easy way at any time and with any information.

Google, for example, provides the G Suite collaboration platform

which, supported by appropriate change management interventions

within companies and organizations, allowing for impressive

efficiency and productivity gains, changing the way people work and

the interaction between people, as well as between people and data.

The challenge for the enhancement of information assets, the main

source of value for each organization, passes through the ability

to extract value from the immense amount of information coming

from heterogeneous sources and systems, processing data and

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performing predictive analyzes on future scenarios. For this reason,

Noovle has developed NEDiX (Noovle Enterprise DX), an advanced

technological platform able to accompany companies in the process

of digitizing processes and identifying highly innovative business



Noovle has developed NEDiX (Noovle

Enterprise DX), an advanced technological

platform able to accompany companies in

the process of digitizing processes


MBR: How do you define the brand positioning for Noovle and

how critical is it to communicate the brand purpose internally

to ensure that Noovle’s employees are engaged in this effort?

PV: People are the key to success for us. The sharing of strategies

and objectives, as well as participation in the results, becomes an

important element for involving and keeping our employees and

employees "committed". The company has grown very rapidly, has

a very low average age and is widespread on the Italian national

territory, with important branches abroad. Firstly, to keep the sense

of belonging high we make a lot of use of new technologies, from the

social / cloud intranet where there is a shared push of all activities,

projects, results, initiatives, to video conferencing systems to create

moments of virtual aggregation, up to the training, both online and

in presence for a technological but also managerial and personal


The work environment is also important. We have tried to take better

care of the welcome and comfort at work, with attention to details that

can make life in the office more pleasant.

MBR: What have been the keys to Noovle’s consistent strength

and leadership and how do you define the Noovle difference?

PV: Noovle was born in the cloud, when still nobody, or very few,

knew this word and its value. The cloud is in our organizational

model, in our DNA, and today we are able to express a difference in


in collaboration with





Castello dei Baroni, Wardija

Friday 30 th November 2018

For more information

Margaret Brincat on 9940 6743






The Real Meaning of Health

There are many of us who run away with the idea that to

be healthy one needs to keep a balanced diet, exercise

regularly and do regular medical checks. Likewise we

regard health as an individual commitment to ourselves. But

is it?

Since 1946, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has defined

health as a “state of physical, mental and social wellbeing and

not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.” As a result,

the body that monitors health globally has been advocating a

universal perspective of health for decades. Alas, it has been


by Moira Borg

Dedicated to the many who died for the greed of a few in Genoa


For any individual to hope for a healthy existence, he/she must

not only have a healthy supply of food, a decent dwelling and a

job to be able to sustain it but also have the peace of mind that

the world he/she is living in is safe in every sense of the word.

This means no threat to our existence whatsoever.

A cursory glance at our life today puts our health in a very bleak

place indeed even in the most developed of countries. Many

of us do not have a job and many of us who do, either work

back-crashing hours for meagre wages or gingerly hold on

to employments that are as secure as a 20 euro note in the

pockets of a gambler. In many countries this is compounded

by a glaring mismatch between the average citizen’s wage and

the cost of living, leaving many struggling for a decent survival

and having to make do without even the most basic sanitary

requirements let alone the daily healthy nutritious intake and

other necessary health priorities like vaccination. Those who

can afford even good quality standards of living and healthcare,

still cannot guarantee themselves clean air and seas, food free

of pesticides, preservatives/additives or growth enhancers,

safe water or unthreatened streets.

Unfortunately, we have become so self-centred and

individualistic that we have completely forgotten how much

we rely on each other and the world around us to survive.

Relationships have become ‘liquid’ (Bauman, 2000) and

many of us struggle daily with the scourge of loneliness in

an overcrowded world or suffer in insecure and abusive

relationships in a desperate attempt to avoid it. People shoot

at each other or run each other over for no particular reason

both in the real and the virtual worlds, loyalty and honesty

have become pre-history and family has stopped being the

backbone of whatever is left of society since the last episode of

Little House on the Prairie.

And when we are not destroying each other we turn our greedy

aggression to the world around us milking every sap of life

we can out of it for our personal gain. Even though we were

warned time and time again by our scientists of the deleterious

outcome of this senseless ravaging of our planet and worse

still, even though we are living through these outcomes day

after day with every forest fire, every flood, every drought and

every man-made disaster, we still float in the eternal haze of

healthy lifestyles brimming with organic fodder and GI workouts

at the gym.


Unfortunately, we have become so

self-centred & individualistic that we have

completely forgotten how much we

rely on each other and the world around

us to survive..."

Dr.Moira Borg is

a medical practitioner in

private practice and a Gestalt

psychotherapist with a speciality

to work with children and young

people. She is also a freelance

medical writer with children and

young people. She is also a

freelance medical writer.

The only way we can have a healthy existence is to appreciate

the importance of respecting the three factions that maintain

it - namely ourselves, each other and the world around us and

most of all to acknowledge that health is about the balance

between the three. Anything other than that is a sheepskin

cover to destruction. ST


Spaghetti with

Avocado Pesto &


• Starter or single-course meal

• Average difficulty

• Serves 4

• 30 minutes


400 g spaghetti

300 g chicken breast

Cherry tomatoes

Grated Parmesan cheese

For the pesto:

1 ripe avocado

10 leaves of fresh basil

1 clove of garlic

A little lemon juice

50 ml Borges Classic Olive oil

20 g pine nuts


Cut the chicken into slices and cook in a frying pan with a little

olive oil over a medium-high heat until it is well cooked. Cut

into small pieces.

To make the pesto, blend the avocado with the other

ingredients: the basil leaves, clove of garlic, lemon juice, pine

nuts, olive oil and a pinch of salt.

Boil the spaghetti in plenty of salted water, following the

instructions on the packet. Strain and immediately dress with

the avocado pesto. Top off with some grated cheese and

some halved cherry tomatoes.


• If you want to make less pesto, use only half an avocado.

• Leave the stone in the half you don’t use to stop it from

turning brown.

• Adding lemon to the pesto stops it from turning brown.

• You can use walnuts, hazelnuts or almonds instead of

pine nuts in the pesto.




by Denise Formosa


Tucked away in remote corners of this warm and sunny

island, you will find places with stories that will send chills

down your spine. Many of these stories are born from

Malta's rich history. But, beware! These are not tales of the past.

Many apparitions are still being reported today. If you enjoy a good

dose of supernatural, here are some of the most popular ghost

stories set in Malta. There are many other haunted places around

the island, some less known than others. One of them could very

well be your neighbour's house!

Charles used to work as a night receptionist in an old established

hotel. As was customary during his night shift, he asked his

colleague for any updates that had happened during the previous

hours. Mick informed him, that an Italian couple were about to

check-in in Room 206.

As soon as he sat down, he decided to read a book as the night

shift at the hotel was pretty quiet… or so he thought. After some

time, Charles heard some footsteps descending the stairs. He

quickly straightened his tie and prepared to greet the guests.

Although he waited for them to descend, the people never came

down! Curiously enough, the footsteps never seemed to ascend

the steps, only descend them. On another occasion during his

night shift, he heard loud noises which were coming from the

hotel’s restaurant, when he knew that the restaurant was empty at

that time of night! Since he could hear the clatter of cutlery, people

talking a strange language he could not understand, he decided

to go and see for himself… When he went into the restaurant, he

saw no-one and since he was terrified, he quickly descended the

restaurant stairs.

Another frightening occasion occurred when a couple came to

look at the hotel rooms so as to make a prospective booking. The

receptionist went with the couple to the demo room and started to

show them the hotel quarters. No sooner had he started to explain

the hotel services, the room was locked and Charles could not

open. In order not to frighten his guests, he resorted to phone the

reception and ask if someone could come and open the demo

room for them. Until someone came to open, he opted to show

them the bathroom and as soon as he entered the bathroom lights

went off and water started coming out from the taps! Although

Charles tried hard to close the taps, he was unsuccessful.

We are not told whether this couple decided to book a room at

this hotel, but if I were in their places I would not have run the risk!

An important point worth noting as we speak of ghosts, is the fact

that not everyone is sensitive enough to see them. Another curious

fact is, that ghosts do not like everybody who is in their territory.

Some people were given gold, money and precious objects, if the

sceptre likes you. However, others were not so fortunate. Many

were terrified out of their wits end and others were also harmed.

The topic of ghosts is very intriguing and Malta has a great many

stories to tell about this interesting yet slightly fearful chapter. More

stories will be posted as we adjourn. Until then, may I wish you all

a goodnight! ST





True luxury is appreciating

what you have. The best

things get better with



quality, not quantity.


Chic, Luxurious,


Interview with Michael Kors

by LUXOS Writer for Sunday Trends

The award-winning American designer is set to take Europe by storm

Recipient of multiple awards, in particular the

CFDA award for women’s wear and menswear

designer, Michael Kors has been one of the

most influential American designers for over two

decades. It all started in New York City where, at

the age of 19, he designed and merchandised a

collection for a well-known local boutique. Over

the years, Kors’ vision of beautiful, luxurious

American sportswear flourished and expanded

to the world of women’s accessories, as well

as complete menswear. Michael Kors flagship

stores are in New York City’s Madison Avenue,

Beverly Hills’ Rodeo Drive, and also in Hong

Kong and Dubai. As the brand continues its

expansion in Europe, Michael Kors tells us that

for him it has always been about the Michael

Kors woman. Let’s find out.

ST: You founded the brand in 1981. Today,

Michael Kors is a familiar name in fashion

around the globe. Could you please tell us a

bit about the evolution of the brand?

MK: Being in the business for almost 30 years

means we went through a lot of changes. When

I created the company, I believed in what I was

doing and was fortunate enough to meet people

who had faith in me. I believe in an evolution,

not a revolution. One of the first reviews of

my collection in 1981 stated that I made chic,

luxurious sportswear. The same holds true


ST: With the new economy, do you think the

idea of luxury has changed?

MK: Today luxury means investing in the best

pieces and wearing them – not having racks

of clothes with tags still on them, outrageous

shoes still in the box. True luxury is appreciating

what you have. The best things get better with

time: quality, not quantity.

ST: In your opinion, is luxury expressed

differently in different parts of the world? How


MK: It used to be like that. Countries that

underwent a drastic change in their economy

thanks to new resources, like Russia and

China, were hungry for luxury brands. Today,

since people are traveling the world more and

have access to so much through the internet,

they have been exposed to a more subtle and

elegant approach to luxury.

ST: How would you describe the Michael

Kors woman?

MK: The Michael Kors woman is always sexy

and confident. You notice her and think she

looks great before you necessarily notice what

she’s wearing or what bag she’s carrying. She’s

interested in fashion, but is not a fashion victim.

She’s also a woman with an opinion.

ST: How do Michael Kors products cater to

different customers around the world?

MK: We make high quality, timeless products

keeping in mind that people travel a lot more

both for business and vacation. Nowadays

only the climate can possibly make a difference

between what a customer would wear in Toronto

or in Madrid.

ST: In your own words, how would you

describe the signature/classic Michael Kors


MK: Chic, luxurious, sportswear.

ST: I notice that a number of American

brands seem to have a different image in the

rest of the world. Is this the case of Michael

Kors also?

MK: No. I have always been true to myself and

what I believe in as a designer. Whether it’s

how our stores look, our ad campaigns, or the

product we design, I think about a global image.

ST: On a more personal note, what are some

of your favourites places (such as hotels,

restaurants, etc) around the world?

MK: I love the energy of New York, the luxury

of Europe, and the service you receive in Asia

plus great beaches from Long Island to Capri to


ST: Also on a personal note, what do you like

to wear during your trips?

MK: Black. It’s the only way not to worry too

much about packing; black travels to any

destination and can be dressed up or down very

easily. Jeans, a black t-shirt and black blazer

takes me everywhere and I'm never without

aviator sunglasses.

ST: What can we expect from Michael Kors

in the near future? Could you please give

our luxury travel readers an idea of what’s

to come?

MK: The company is focusing on expanding in

Europe. Our objective is to open more of our

own stores, especially Michael Kors Lifestyle

stores like the one we opened in Munich which

carries a mix of all my labels. ST

Creditline: LUXOS




Just How Bad Is

Business Travel For Your Health?

Here’s the Data

By Andrew Rundle

Checking into a hotel for a conference several years

ago, I asked the receptionist where I could get some

dinner. There was no restaurant in the hotel, I was told;

my only options were ordering delivery from a fast-casual

chain or a pizza joint. I went with the pizza, but my lack of

choices was annoying — so much so that, when I got home,

I started looking into the data on health and travel for work.

My experience is far from unique. According to the Global

Business Travel Association and American Express,

Americans took more than 500 million domestic business

trips in 2016. And while many workplace health programs

for business travel provide immunizations, information about

avoiding food-borne illness, and alerts about civil or political

unrest, few focus on a more a common threat to health: the

stress, sleep interruption, unhealthy eating and drinking, and

lack of exercise that are common side effects of being on the

road. Over the long-term, these issues can add up to chronic

disease risks.

To investigate the link between business travel and

chronic disease conditions, my colleagues and I turned

to de-identified electronic medical record data from EHE,

Inc., which provides preventive medicine exams, health

screenings, and wellness program services nationally to tens

of thousands of employees a year working at companies in

the U.S. In addition to preventive medicine exams, the full

patient encounter also includes a comprehensive online

health assessment that asks about the frequency of business


When we analysed these data, we found a strong correlation

between the frequency of business travel and a wide range

of physical and behavioural health risks. Compared to those

who spent one to six nights a month away from home for

business travel, those who spent 14 or more nights away

from home per month had significantly higher body mass

index scores and were significantly more likely to report the



following: poor self-rated health; clinical symptoms of anxiety,

depression and alcohol dependence; no physical activity or

exercise; smoking; and trouble sleeping. The odds of being

obese were 92% higher for those who travelled 21 or more

nights per month compared to those who travelled only one

to six nights per month, and this ultra-traveling group also

had higher diastolic blood pressure and lower high density

lipoprotein (the good cholesterol).

Although only about 12% of employees in the data we looked

at travelled for business fourteen or more nights per month,

the clustering of all these health conditions among extensive

business travellers is worrying, both for their own health

and the health of the organizations they work for. Physical,

behavioural and mental health issues such as obesity,

hypertension, smoking, depression, anxiety, poor sleep, and

alcohol dependence can create costs for employers through

higher medical claims, reduced employee productivity and

performance, absenteeism, presenteeism, and short-term

disability. The effects of these issues have the potential to

strain or sever relationships with clients and suppliers.

Our results are backed up by several other pieces of

research. A study of health insurance claims among

World Bank staff and consultants found that travellers had

significantly higher claims than their non-traveling peers for

all conditions considered, including chronic diseases such as

asthma and back disorders. The highest increase in health

related claims was for the stress-related disorders. A second

World Bank study found that almost 75% of the staff reported

high or very high stress related to business travel. And an

analyses of health risk appraisal surveys conducted at a large

multinational corporation found that international business

travel was associated with higher alcohol consumption,

lower confidence in keeping up with the pace of work, and

lower perceived flexibility in fulfilling commitments.

So what can companies do to help their employees develop

healthy habits while traveling? We suggest a combination of

employee education and improvements in employer policies

around travel. First, employees simply need to be aware

that business travel can predispose them to making poorer

health decisions. The steak with fries and a late-night cocktail

at the hotel bar might seem easily justifiable as a reward

for acing a long day of client meetings. But research finds

that restaurant food contains more calories per serving, is

higher in total fat and saturated fat per calorie, and contains

less dietary fibre than meals prepared at home. Research

also suggests that the higher calorie content of restaurant

food is compounded by chronic stress, like that caused by

frequent business travel, which is linked to preferences for

even more high calorie foods. Given this, employers should

help employees learn to identify and select the healthiest

options available — and to help them prepare in advance if

they wind up at a hotel like the one I visited, with few good

choices nearby.

It’s often harder to maintain an exercise regimen when you

are on the road, too. Over the long term, many high-calorie

rewards for a job well done can add up to weight gain

and associated cardiovascular disease risks. Supporting

exercise and physical activity among employees can

help prevent weight gain — and the physical activity can

help reduce stress. One fairly simple thing employers

can do is to ensure that their preferred accommodations

have well-equipped gyms. Employers can also use

hotels that provide complementary workout clothes or

in-room exercise equipment such as mats, weights, or

workout videos. In general, hotel gyms can be minimalist

and a bit depressing, but an alliance of sorts between

employers and business hotel chains could work together

to improve the hotel gym experience. If hotel gyms aren’t

an option, employers could also provide employees with

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memberships to gym and health club chains with a national


Employers can also provide their business travellers training

in a variety of stress management approaches and sleep

hygiene techniques. Cognitive behavioural therapy and

mindfulness-based stress reduction training are therapeutic

options that provide personal coping strategies and have

been shown to be effective for managing depression,

anxiety, and workplace stress. These techniques may

also be useful for employers to integrate into prevention

and treatment programs for employees who engage in

frequent travel and who may be more vulnerable to stress

and negative emotions.

evidence linking extensive business travel to chronic

disease health risks needs to be factored into the costbenefit

analysis of the practice. Business travel can surely

be educational, and even fun, not to mention necessary for

many people; but the wear and tear resulting from constant

trips may not be altogether worth it.

If you travel for work regularly, it’s worth pausing to examine

whether you actually need to be on the road frequently —

and if you do, how you can mitigate the effects of stress

and be mindful about your dietary choices. And if you have

employees who are often between cities, you owe it to

them to provide the education, tools and resources so they

can maintain healthy lifestyles while on the road.

Even with the increasing sophistication of conference calls

and video chat, business travel is a prominent feature of

many occupations and is likely to remain so. It will continue

to be an avenue of professional advancement, and the

opportunity to travel is often touted by companies as a

benefit in their recruitment of talent. But the accumulating

Andrew Rundle is an Associate Professor of Epidemiology

in the Mailman School of Public Health. His research

focuses on the risks for, and consequences of, sedentary

lifestyles and obesity.


Courtesy: LinkedIn/HBR




Maltco Lotteries presents financial

support to the SportMalta Awards 2017


The winning athletes who benefitted from Maltco Lotteries’ support are: Duncan Micallef: Sportsman of the Year - Top Fuel Drag racing, Yazmin Zammit Stevens:

Sportswomen of the Year - Weightlifting, Edward Xuereb: Youth Male Athlete - Tenpin Bowling, Sara Xuereb: Youth Female Athlete - Tenpin Bowling, Paul Sultana: Official

of the Year - President Malta Basketball Association Coach of the Year, Angela Adamoli: Women Basketball National Team, San Ġiljan ASC Waterpolo: Team of the Year

Monday, 5th November 2018 – Four individual athletes,

two officials and a local Club were officially presented their

financial support from Maltco Lotteries following their success

earlier this year at the 2018 SportMalta Awards Għażliet Sportivi


This contest which is organised jointly by the Malta Sports

Journalists Association and SportMalta honours the best local athletes

and officials who would have distinguish themselves with tangible

results both locally and internationally.

During the presentation, Maltco Lotteries’ CEO; Mr Vasileios

Kasiotakis said that the company is proud to be associated with this

event. He added that the direct financial support to the winners is

another confirmation that Maltco Lotteries is committed towards the

local sports. Mr Kasiotakis reiterated that he is proud that, for the past

years, Maltco Lotteries has set an agenda towards the benefit of local


During his speech, the President of the Malta Sports Journalists

Association; Mr Sandro Micallef, thanked Maltco Lotteries for the

Company’s commitment to the SportMalta Awards Għażliet Sportivi

Nazzjonali. Micallef added that this presentation comes at an interesting

time where Maltese Sports is being pushed and given priority in the

Government's agenda with direct reference to local sports also from the

Prime Minister himself.

Maltco Lotteries believes in sustaining a successful future for

potential Maltese athletes and so motivates them through this incentive

in furthering their talents, skills and abilities both on a local and an

international level. ST



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by Mark Robinson

HOW TRUE DOES my online persona have to be? I like to be really

curated. But my significant other is very honest. Too honest if you ask

me. Who’s right?

Should we be our raw authentic selves, or strike a pose? This feels like

a quintessential dilemma of the digital age, but artists and philosophers

have been grappling over this one for centuries, really.

And you will be happy to know that the artists generally side with you!

As Oscar Wilde once quipped, “Man is least himself when he talks in

his own person. Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth.” Wilde

meticulously crafted his image as a Victorian poncy intellectual aesthete,

posing for brooding emo publicity shots in a huge fur-fringed coat. (The

dude would have killed it on Snapchat.) For him, trying on new identities

was a key part of self-expression, a cornerstone of civilization itself. “It

is only shallow people,” he wrote, “who do not judge by appearances.”

Curation FTW, so far.

And hey, the scientists and eggheads back you up too. William James—a

guy who is often called “the father of American psychology”—argued that

we contain many selves and break them out in different circumstances.

“Properly speaking, a man has as many social selves as there are

individuals who recognize him,” he mused. Decades later, the sociologist

Erving Goffman described everyday life as a theatre performance: We

prepare ourselves in private backstage, then jump front-stage to perform.

When context changes, so do we. Me, when I hang out with old friends,

I’m a looser guy, dropping exuberantly filthy curse words. On Twitter I’m

a cheerful, PG-rated Mr. Science Journalist, marvelling gee-whiz at the

magisteria of human knowledge.

Which one is the “real” me? Both! “What’s wrong with identity play?”

says Nancy Baym, a social scientist with Microsoft Research who just

published Playing to the Crowd, a book about how musicians manage

their online identities (tl;dr: they struggle with this too). Curating our

identities on Pinterest or Facebook is a way to figure out who we are,

what selves we contain, Baym says. There isn’t only one “authentic” you.

Now, one can, of course, go overboard with curation. Maybe you are

spending hours on joyless personal upkeep just to look enviable and

amass followers. “Are you promoting these impossible ideals?” asks

Judith Donath, author of The Social Machine and an adviser at Harvard’s

Berkman Center. If so, I’m siding with your partner: That way madness

lies. Just behold the grim parade of failed would-be “influencers” on

YouTube and Instagram, frantically deforming their lives in the endless

hunt for clicks. Don’t turn yourself into a brand.


While we are being fair to your partner, let’s also note that there’s value

in being candid. When we share the truth of our lives online, “it’s a signal

of trust,” Donath notes. It draws people closer. And when it comes to any

online situation where there’s a transaction at hand—renting an Airbnb,

say—basic honesty is the best policy. (The same with dating sites. Gentle

white lies are common—and, alas, pretty gendered, with women lying

about being thinner, men about being taller, studies show—but since the

goal is to meet F2F, curation here may turn around and bite you.)


The bottom line? In moderation, curate away. Goffman had this right:

Nourish your private moments, your life out of the spotlight—but enjoy

each turn upon the stage. ST






Valletta, 8 October 2018 – The much-awaited

opening of the first Rolex Boutique in Valletta

took place on 27 September 2018. Two years

in the making, the new boutique gives visitors

a true taste of luxury thanks to its carefully

designed interior, which incorporates a striking

emerald aqua floor in reference to the iconic

Oyster, the world’s first waterproof wristwatch.

The newly inaugurated boutique is finished to

the highest standards. Soft lighting, polished

brass frames, leather chairs and custom-made

furniture are complemented by handcrafted

stucco panels that depict the skyline of Valletta

with a sailing yacht in the foreground. This

marriage between Malta’s cultural heritage and

the Rolex Middle Sea Race highlights the iconic

Rolex Middle Sea Race start, a spectacle that

graces our beautiful Grand Harbour every year.

A highlight of the opening ceremony was

Chairman Malcolm A. Lowell’s speech

reminiscing about when his father gave his

mother a Rolex watch as a wedding gift. He also

commented on how the business had gone

from strength to strength, by saying: “It was

a rather small business in the beginning but

we progressed slowly but surely until this very

special achievement today, which we are very

proud of.” His son Malcolm R. Lowell, Managing

Director of Edwards Lowell, added to his father’s

sentiments by stating: “Over the last two years

Valletta has changed dramatically and we are

proud to be part of that change.” It is moments

such as these that underline the family values at

the heart of Edwards Lowell.





“When a man dedicates his life to a company,

both become intricately entwined. The business

becomes personal, especially in the case of a

family-owned business.”

- Malcolm A. Lowell, Edwards Lowell Chairman

Synonymous with luxury since 1925, Edwards

Lowell is renowned for being a fine retailer of a

curated selection of the most prestigious brands

in the world. From its conception over ninety

years ago, this family-run business has strived

to offer its clients the world’s finest products

alongside unique customer service. The Edwards

Lowell Rolex Boutique is the first Rolex Boutique

on the island and is set to be valuable addition

to the Edwards Lowell family. Edwards Lowell is

looking forward to presenting their esteemed

clients with a curated selection of fine timepieces

which can be enjoyed and treasured for their

unparalleled craftsmanship and ultimately be

passed down from generation to generation.



An unrivalled reputation for quality and

expertise. Rolex, a Swiss watch manufacture

headquartered in Geneva, is recognized the

world over for its expertise and the quality of

its products. Its Oyster and Cellini watches,

all certified as Superlative Chronometers for

their precision, performance and reliability, are

symbols of excellence, elegance and prestige.

Founded by Hans Wilsdorf in 1905, the brand

pioneered the development of the wristwatch

and is at the origin of numerous major

Rolex Boutique, Valletta

watchmaking innovations, such as the Oyster, the

first waterproof wristwatch, launched in 1926,

and the Perpetual rotor self-winding mechanism

invented in 1931. Rolex has registered over

400 patents in the course of its history. A truly

integrated and independent manufacturing

company, Rolex designs, develops and produces

in-house all the essential components of its

watches, from the casting of the gold alloys to

the machining, crafting, assembly and finishing

of the movement, case, dial and bracelet.

Through philanthropic programmes and a broad

palette of sponsorship activities, Rolex is also

actively involved in supporting the arts, sports

and exploration, and encourages the spirit of

enterprise, as well as the conservation of natural

environments. ST

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The Global Search For Education -

Should Teachers Earn More? Top Teachers Around the World Weigh In

By C. M. Rubin

Why do teachers become teachers in the first place?

Research indicates it’s for a number of reasons,

including the variety the job offers, love of their subject

or a great experience in their own schooling that inspired them to

make a difference in the lives of others. Research also indicates

that to improve the quality of candidates for teacher training

programs and to motivate teachers to enter and stay in their

profession, it’s essential to offer competitive pay.

Teacher compensation varies around the world. This month we

asked our Top Global Teachers, if we make teaching a more

financially attractive career, will it improve global education


“In India, the workload of teachers is too much in comparison to

the salaries paid to them. In some classrooms the student teacher

ratio is 1:100,” writes Rashmi Kathuria (@rashkath). “Making

teaching more lucrative will improve the global education overall.”

“Back in April, I was fortunate enough to travel to London to lead

workshops and take part in a TES debate on teacher retention,”

writes Craig Kemp (@mrkempnz). “Many (teachers) expressed

feeling appreciated – most notably by students, but undervalued,

in particular with their local and global communities.

motivation; and also, in symphony with the intrinsic motivation

and rewarding salaries, we need nice, collegial and positive

learning environments in the schools and societies.”

“Investment in teacher salaries is just that – an investment,”

writes Adam Steiner (@steineredtech). “Simply spending money

on the stuff of 21st-century learning – networks, devices, and

applications – will not produce results if we don’t also invest in


“New Zealand has just announced it needs 400 more teachers in

2019 than it has and this target is increasing each day as young

teachers give up trying to make do, and the experienced retire

to avoid the increasing demands from a public sector starved of

practitioners,” writes Richard Wells (@eduwells)

“Instead of control, competition, stress, standardized testing

and a list ranking our schools, we have warm relations with our

students and we collaborate well with our colleagues. We feel we

get highly professional teacher-led mentoring and assessment,”

writes Maarit Rossi (@pathstomath) in Finland. “Of course we

would like to be better paid! But if you had the choice of the above

conditions or a better salary, which one would you choose?” ST

“I believe the real, unspoken question that is being asked is,

“Is it worth investing in our teachers?” writes Michael Soskil (@

msoskil). “Is it worth taking money away from all the other places

we spend it in order to pay teachers more? The only way to

answer those questions is to examine what the trade-offs would


“Without raising salaries to ensure the quality of life for teachers,

it is difficult to attract good people into the pedagogical profession

and in the long run, innovation, improvement of education quality

will inevitably fail,” writes Nam Ngo Thanh (@mrnamvas).

“Why do teachers want to become teachers in the first place?” asks

Eduardo Andere (referred by Elisa Guerra (@ElisaGuerraCruz).

“We need higher salaries to reinforce, not to supplant intrinsic




9 Secrets for Living a Joy-Filled Life

When we come into this world, we do not get an instruction manual on how to live a happy life. But if you think about it for

a moment, you'll realize that we don’t really need one. Life can be much simpler than we think it is, and the only thing we

need to do to be happy is to remember a few golden rules. These are my own guidelines to life, and they remind me each and

every day how I should be looking at the world and at life.

• Before you say something bad, think about those who can’t talk and say

something back.

• Before you complain about the taste or variety of your food, remember there

are starving people in the world.

• Before you yell at your partner, think of how lonely some people feel as they

go to sleep in an empty bed.

• Before you complain about the state of things today, think about all the people

who never got to see this day.

• Before you get upset because the house is a mess, remember that there are

people who don’t have a roof over their head.

• Before you let traffic and long commutes irritate you, think about how fortunate

you are to have a job and a car.

• Before you point an accusing finger at someone, remember that you’re not

perfect, and you make mistakes too.

And the most important rule of them all:

Before you let a depressing thought ruin your mood, put a smile on your face

and be thankful you’re alive!

And don't forget, every day, to look in five different directions:

Forward – To know where you’re going and plan ahead.

Backward – To remember where you came from and avoid past mistakes.

Downward – To make sure you don’t step on others or ruin things along the


Sideways – To see who is there to support you, and who needs your help.

Upward – To remind yourself that there’s someone who’s watching over you.

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Here's What Cocaine Does To The Structure Of Your Brain

by Ben Taub


new study has indicated that long-term cocaine use may

produce changes to the parts of the brain responsible for

regulating impulsivity and the ability to analyze the significance

of one’s decisions. Not only do these alterations provide an insight into

what drives addiction, but they also suggest that those who develop

a dependence on the drug may be liable to make poor decisions in

other areas of life too.

To conduct their study, researchers recruited 30 cocaine-dependent

subjects – all of whom were abstinent at the time of the experiment –

to take part in a gambling exercise, in which they won or lost money

depending on their ability to guess which number would appear on

a screen. Using various imaging techniques, the study authors were

able to measure activity alongside tissue volume and microstructure

in the brains of participants.

Presenting their findings in the journal Addiction Biology, they

note that, compared to non-users, cocaine-dependent individuals

displayed increased activity in the ventral striatum, which forms part

of the brain’s reward circuit. Importantly, activity in this region was

found to be elevated regardless of whether the individual won or lost

the gambling challenge, indicating that negative outcomes do not

dampen the individual’s desire to seek out the rewards associated

with a particular activity – in this case gambling. Accordingly, several

previous studies have hypothesized that hyperactivity in the reward

circuit may be a major driver of addiction.

On top of this, the researchers found abnormal patterns of activity in

parts of the medial prefrontal cortex in cocaine users. This applied

particularly to the areas encompassing the anterior cingulate cortex

and orbitofrontal cortex, both of which are associated with assessing

the outcomes of one’s decisions, attributing salience to these

outcomes, performance monitoring and the encoding of reward and

punishment signals.

"Using various imaging

techniques, the study authors were

able to measure activity alongside

tissue volume and microstructure

in the brains of participants"

As expected, when the gambling task was performed by noncocaine

users, losses resulted in a robust increase in activation

in these brain regions, enabling them to assess and analyze their

behavior and respond accordingly. However, no such activation

was noted in the cocaine users, suggesting that their ability to

appreciate the consequences of their decisions may be impaired.

These functional changes were found to correlate with structural

abnormalities in these same brain regions. For instance, increased

grey matter volumes were observed in parts of the reward circuit,

such as the caudate nucleus.

While it is not yet known how much cocaine a person has to

take before these effects are produced – or, indeed, if they can

be reversed – the study provides a fascinating and useful insight

into the structural and functional changes that repeated use of the

drug generates in the brain. ST

Credit: Ben Taub





Leading the way, going the way and showing the way

The Marsa Sports Club

Thursday 20 th September, 2018




George Curmi a.k.a il-Pusé

HE Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca, President of Malta

Yada Dance Co

Award on Display

Arrival of Guests

Guests with Backdrop

Performance by Yada Dance Company

Guest Table

Magician Brian Role’ together with his partner Lourdes C. Palmer

Guests During Dinner

Performance by Yada Dance Company

Singer Andreana Debattista with Event Organiser Martin Vella


Five-time Major Golf Champion Phil

Mickelson & Agent Steve Loy

Join Forces with Robotic Tech Leader Reis &

Irvy's to Disrupt Food Retail

By Darren Shuster

The legendary golfer is poised to help define the “unattended retail

experience” for the next generation.

Generation NEXT Franchise Brands, Inc. (OTCBB: VEND) announced

today that its flagship subsidiary, Reis & Irvy’s, has inked a deal with

five-time major championship golfer and World Golf Hall of Famer, Phil

Mickelson, and his career-long business manager and business partner,

Steve Loy, for 30 new Reis & Irvy’s locations

Reis & Irvy’s-branded signature robot characters of the same name can

dispense servings of frozen yogurt, ice cream, gelatos and sorbet topped

with a selection of six delicious toppings in under 60 seconds. With selfcheckout

touch screen ordering and payment options, video animation,

music and delicious frozen dessert provided exclusively by Dannon,

robot vendors meet consumer demand for convenience, entertainment

and a superior quality product.

Phil Mickelson and Steve Loy continue to expand upon their business

portfolio with the investment in Reis & Irvy’s that is challenging the

status quo in food retail by catering to this generation’s expectations of

immersive, entertaining and on-demand shopping experiences. “We

have seen the development of Reis and Irvy’s over the last eight months

With over $130 million in franchise and licensing contracts, Generation

NEXT Franchise Brands, Inc. (OTCBB:VEND) is leading the way with

frozen desserts, fully autonomous robotic delivery, visual and audio

entertainment, and a unique retail experience.

Reis & Irvy’s: Franchise Expansion Highlights:

• Since its debut, Reis & Irvy’s has grown to over 235 franchisees

across the U.S. and represents over 1,100 pending robot installations

aggregating over $45 million, with additional contract commitments

for 2,300 robots worth an estimated $130M in potential future

revenues for Generation NEXT Franchise Brands, Inc.

• Reis & Irvy’s has strengthened its offerings by teaming up with some

of the world’s largest manufacturing and logistics partners, including

Dannon YoCream (, Flex, Ltd. (,

Stoelting Food Service (, who created the very

first soft-serve machine for Dairy Queen, and Pitney Bowes (www., who will provide the installation and national


Nick Yates, Chairman of Generation NEXT Franchise Brands, Inc., is

proud to be associated with such a high-profile athlete-entrepreneur

of Mickelson’s global stature. “Phil is consistently ranked by ESPN as

one of the ten most highly-regarded athletes in the world. Having such

a well-respected champion as a stakeholder and franchisee, in our own

backyard here in San Diego, is an honor, and a confirmation of our

mission to help bring about a dramatic change in food retail,” said Yates.

For more information, visit the Reis & Irvy’s website at www.reisandirvys.


Generation NEXT Website:

Phil Mickelson

and became intrigued with the advancement and benefits of robotics

which enhance the delivery of quality products to the consumer while

reducing overhead cost,” said Steve Loy.

“I’m absolutely thrilled to be part of such transformative industry change,”

said Mickelson. “I’ve pushed boundaries my whole career and that

mindset carries over into the business world. The energy and passion

from the Generation NEXT team to both deliver a quality product and

disrupt food retail is exciting.”

Describing “the new arms race in retail,” John Bird of Forbes wrote that

“unattended retail storefronts” — with their speed, flexibility and improved

customer experience — are the future of retail. Brands like McDonald’s

are successfully innovating their customer experience and “it will change

forever the landscape” of casual dining, with “Gen-Xers, millennials, and

successive generations already used to a computer interface for making

most of their daily choices.”

Generation NEXT Franchise Brands, Inc., based in San Diego, California,

is a publicly traded company on the OTC Markets trading under the

symbol OTCBB:VEND. Generation NEXT Franchise Brands, Inc. is

parent company to Reis and Irvy's, Inc., the world’s first robotic frozen

yogurt vending kiosk, 19 Degrees, a corporate-focused frozen yogurt

robot brand and Generation NEXT Vending Robots, its newly established

owner/operator model. The Company has sold over 600 franchises

throughout the United States, Canada, Australia, Israel, Puerto Rico

and the Bahamas, and continually looks to partner with like-minded

entrepreneurs who share its vision.

About Reis & Irvy’s, Inc.

Reis & Irvy’s, Inc. is a subsidiary franchise concept of Generation NEXT

Franchise Brands, Inc. (OTCBB: VEND). Launched in early 2016, the

revolutionary Reis & Irvy’s Frozen Yogurt Robot vending machine serves

seven different flavors of frozen yogurt, ice cream, sorbets and gelatos, a

choice of up to six custom toppings and to customers within 60 seconds

or less at the point of sale. The unique franchise opportunity has since

established itself as a high-demand product and currently showcases a

franchise network both domestically as well as internationally.

Credit: Darren Shuster


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NASA Prepares Girl

for a Visit to Mars

The interest in colonization outside of our planet has never been higher - especially with movies like Star Trek and Star Wars being

at the peak of popularity. Yet, while some of us only dream of space travel, one girl is making it her reality. Alyssa Carson is a

17-year-old girl from Baton Rouge, Louisiana whom NASA is training to become an astronaut. It is her dream to be the first person

on Mars and she's aiming for the 2033 first human mission to Mars.

She has everything she needs to get there, being the first person to complete the NASA Passport Program by going to all 14 NASA

Visitor Centers. She is also the youngest person to be accepted and graduate from the Advanced Possum Academy, making her officially

certified to go to space and an astronaut trainee. In addition to her astronaut training, she is also studying all of her school subjects in four

languages - English, Chinese, French, and Spanish. One of the biggest challenges she says she faces is time and getting everything

done at such a young age, while also still attending high school. While Alyssa is well aware that she cannot get married and start a family,

she is determined to put it aside in order to achieve her dream.

This is Alyssa Carson, a 17-year-old girl from Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Despite her young age, she is being trained by NASA to become

an astronaut. Her goal is to be part of the first human mission to Mars in 2033. The mission is part of the effort to establish a human

colony on Mars, that could one day save our species.

Alyssa wanted to go to Mars when she was three, after seeing the TV show, 'The Backyardigans'. Ever since Carson has been working

hard to achieve her goals. Her father, Bert Carson, enrolled her in the United States Space Camp in 2008.

girl prepares for visit to Mars. She became the first person to visit all three NASA Space Camps. Five years later, Alyssa was the

first person to complete the NASA Passport Program by going to all 14 NASA Visitor Centers. She is also the youngest person to be

accepted and graduate from the Advanced Possum Academy. This certifies her to go to space as an astronaut trainee.

Aside from her demanding astronaut training, Alyssa also studies all her school subjects in four languages. Even though she is not able

to apply to be an astronaut until the age of 18, Carson is the youngest applicant to International Space University. Alyssa says, "Always

follow your dream and don't let anyone take it from you. " ST

Courtesy: NASA; BabaMail






Hugo's Group is thrilled to announce the signing of Ira Losco as its

new Brand Ambassador.

"Ira is not only one of the biggest names on the local music scene,

an X-Factor judge and a leading personality, but also a strong and

passionate woman who inspires others", said Luke Chetcuti, Managing

Director of Hugo's Group, when talking about their collaboration. Hugo's

Group is the largest Maltese owned company based within the local

entertainment and hospitality sector. "Just like Ira, our brand has become

a household name, but the similarity doesn't just end there. Our drive

for excellence, acute awareness of consumer demands and trend setting

approach, resemble the same characteristics as Ira's", Luke continued.

He then added "We hugely admire Ira for her principles, talent and ability

to juggle a demanding career with being a great mum. Over the course

of the next 24 months, it is our aim to help project this and incorporate

her strive for success with our own".

Ira Losco will be endorsing the brand both on her travels and via specific

campaigns associated with Hugo's hotels and venues. You can also come

and see her perform at a special Christmas edition of Hugo's Terrace

Goes Live on Wednesday 12th December.

Roger Moore - The Best James Bond!

Sir Roger Moore, one of the world’s most iconic actors, passed away recently at the grand old age of 89, leaving behind an unmatched Hollywood

legacy. The much-loved British actor, who was knighted in 2003, was best known for playing James Bond in seven movies, from “Live and Let Die”

(1973) to “A View to Kill” (1985). Thus, making him the longest tenured James Bond, both in number of films and years. Bond is known for his

dangerous stunts and improbable escapes, and during the Roger Moore era, 007 negotiated his way out of tricky situations with comical flair, and

it is this that sets Moore apart from all the other James Bonds. So, as a tribute to this great man, we have collected some of the most memorable

moments from his time as this famous agent. ST


Creditline: BabaMail



These 5 Habits

Literally Add Years

to Your Life,

According to a New Harvard Study

By Bill Murphy

Bill Murphy Jr. is a Contributing editor,

They say there's no fountain of youth. But a comprehensive

new Harvard University study is the latest report to break

down exactly how much extra time you can get yourself on

this planet if you follow a small number of positive life habits. None

of these habits will be a surprise, but the stunning part is how the

Harvard researchers claim to be able to quantify exactly how much

more time you will likely live: specifically an extra 12.1 years for men,

or an extra fourteen years for the women.

Their research was published in April in the journal Circulation. Here is

the research, the findings, the specific habits--and just how precious

that extra decade-plus could be.

Other studies have shown that on average, if you smoke, you will die

seven years earlier than you otherwise would.

2. Maintain a low body mass index.

We've seen this one many times too. For example, if your waist

measures more than 40 inches (men) or 35 inches (women), you

need to lose belly fat fast in order to add years to your life.

3. Work out for 30 minutes per day.

Again: We have seen it before. A short period of jogging each day, for

example, can make your body seem nine years younger, according

to another study.

The research

Despite spending far more on medical care than any other country in

the world, Americans have only the 31st highest life expectancy (79.3

years). In some states, it's as low as 71 or 72 years--about the same

as in developing nations like Bangladesh.

(Here are all 50 states by life expectancy, if you are curious where

yours ranks.)

So, Harvard researchers accessed the health histories of 44,354

men and 78,865 women, spanning roughly three decades, who had

participated in two previous studies: the Health Professionals Followup

Study and the Nurses' Health Study. Since more than 42,000 of the

study participants had died by the time the researchers accessed the

data, they could now correlate the degree to which people reported

practicing health habits to their total life expectancy: the 12.1 and 14

extra years we referenced above.

So, what were the habits? Again, there are no real surprises, but

perhaps seeing them laid out like this, specifically tied to a longer life,

will motivate you to try to stick to them.

1. Don't smoke.

If you smoke, quit. If you have not started smoking, keep it that way.

4. Drink alcohol moderately.

Obviously, don't drink to excess. But other studies have found that

drinking moderately improves health and longevity outcomes over not

drinking at all. ("I have no explanation for it, but I do firmly believe that

modest drinking improves longevity," is how the author of one recent

study put it.)

5. Maintain a healthy diet.

It's a bit difficult to define a healthy diet by Harvard's standards in

this summary, but they describe it as having "a high diet quality score

(upper 40 percent)." Of course, you probably already know what a

healthy diet looks like. Start with foods that are high in antioxidants.

It's worth noting that the study used age 50 as a benchmark, meaning

that they looked at how long people could expect to live beyond that

age, depending on whether they did or did not adhere to healthy


It's not clear that this means that you can adopt the habits later in

life and still get a similar health outcome. But it does suggest that no

matter when you start focusing on your health, you will likely have a

measurable impact on the total length of your life. (See you at the

gym!) ST

Creditline: Bill Murphy Jr.



The Dolce & Gabbana Autumn collection for men, women and children,

now available in store.

To celebrate the arrival of Dolce & Gabbana's Autumn Collection,

SARTO joins forces with visual artist Kris Micallef to deliver a series of

sensational monochromatic prints.



Karl Lagerfeld

Long before Gabrielle reinvented herself as Coco, she knew

the meaning of abandonment, and the evidence of her unhappy

childhood is not entirely absent from her Parisian salon. There

is a set of tarot cards on her desk, just as she left them before

her death at 87 in January 1971 (among them is the number

five, her lucky number, illustrated by a picture of a green tree, its

roots visible above the ground), and a gold crucifix; the mystical

and Catholic symbols coexist yet also form the outlines of an

iconography of Chanel's own making.

But much else was hidden away, hundreds of miles from Rue

Cambon, at Aubazine, a remote 12th-century Cistercian abbey

high in the hills of the Corrèze, where Gabrielle was shaped by

the nuns who raised her. Chanel never admitted to her years

at Aubazine, where she lived from the age of 11 to 18, in an

orphanage run by the sisters of the Congregation of the Sacred

Heart of Mary. Her father, a feckless peddler always on the run

from his family, left his three daughters there after the death of

their mother from TB and disappeared forever.

Conitnued from pg 10

The nuns who still live at Aubazine are more concerned with the

worship of God than the antecedents of fashion, yet they were kind enough to allow me to visit them, on the understanding that I observed

their rules of prayer and silence. Gabrielle came here with her two sisters in February 1895; I arrived at the same time of year, a bitterly

cold season, when winter had not yet loosened its grip on the mountains (and I felt lost in the deep despair of a looming divorce). Only

a handful of nuns remained, the orphans long since vanished, though their dormitories were untouched, the children's iron beds lined

against whitewashed walls hung with crucifixes.

Here I walked, and here I sat, contemplating what it meant to be cast aside, not in the expectation of finding an answer to my own grief

but in search of the heart of Chanel. Inside the abbey, alone in the early dusk of winter, I spent hours gazing at the interlocked graphic

patterns of medieval stained-glass windows — a mysterious geometry that looks eerily like the famous double-C logo that still signifies

Chanel as a global brand — and then climbed the dark stairs beyond the altar, up to the long corridor that runs the length of the cloisters

in which medieval monks fashioned intricate mosaics of five-sided stars and petals, the quintessence of Chanel's subsequent designs.

By the time I left Aubazine, I had not found a miraculous solution to unhappiness, but I did feel a profound sympathy for what Chanel

might have learned there. She was abandoned, then raised in an atmosphere of pronounced asceticism, where prayer and punishment

existed side by side. At Aubazine she learned to sew, which would prove to be the means of her early employment as a seamstress in a

provincial town, but she also grasped the austere beauty of her surroundings and

transformed them in the course of her career into her signature style. The black

and white of the nuns' habits would reappear in the restrained yet fluid couture so

characteristic of Chanel, their rosary beads, crosses, and chains transfigured into

pearls and jewellery that were more significant than mere accessories.

And beyond that, Chanel also displayed the heroic qualities that would make her

so successful: the vision to turn black, the colour of mourning, into the symbol

of independence, freedom, and strength and the courage to keep working, even

when love failed her. She was flawed, of course, like all the most compelling

characters: hard and pitiless and mistaken at times, like the nuns who educated

her. But she was also vulnerable enough to grieve for those she had lost and loyal

to the series of men who left her, including the father she never saw again. Where

had he gone, at least in the tale she told in adulthood (one in a series of stories

that formed so many layers of myth)? To America, the promised land, to make

his fortune. He never got there, of course — his path ended in drunken obscurity

in the bars of rural French market towns — but his daughter did, and America

applauded her, coast to coast. Emerging from behind the forbidding walls of the

orphanage, via Paris all the way to uptown Manhattan and the Hollywood Hills,

Gabrielle Chanel proved that a woman need not define herself by the men who

desired and deserted her. For in the end, Chanel was entirely her own creation,

still seeking perfection in her designs until the very last day of her life. ST

Credit: Bazaar


Stunning Plant Paper Art by Tania Lissova


Tania Lissova is a Russian paper artist. She started her journey as a passionate creative artist with pieces of papers and made up a

simple yet attractive collection of beautiful artwork. She predominantly focuses on 3D paper plants. Using a micro style paper cutting

technique, she is able to make tiny paper plants that she uses to decorate greeting cards and framed art pieces. Lissova studied

Architecture and Arts, where she spent lots of her time modelling, drawing and creating illustrations on paper. After getting inspiration from

other artists, she started crafting 3D paper plants. From then on, her passion grew. Take a look at her stunning work below. ST

Credit: BaBaMail

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Betsoft Gaming & Mostbet Sign

Strategic Content Agreement

Pursuing further expansion in

Europe, Betsoft Gaming has

signed a comprehensive content

agreement with rapidly-growing

operator Mostbet.

Under the terms of the agreement, Mostbet will directly integrate

all Betsoft slot games – including key titles in the Slots3TM Series

– to its portfolio, making Betsoft’s blend of established favourites

and exciting innovations available to players throughout Eastern


Headquartered in Curacao, Mostbet caters to discerning online

players across the Commonwealth of Independent States. In

just two years, the operator has experienced significant growth,

driven by impressive rates of customer acquisition and retention.

To best serve that growing, loyal playerbase, a reliable flow of new,

high-quality content was a key priority for Mostbet, as Betsoft’s

Marketing Director, Annamaria Anastasi explains:

“Eastern European markets have emerged extremely rapidly,

with large numbers of players hungry for constant innovation. To

meet and exceed their customers’ demands, Mostbet sought out

a content partner who had experience in the region, coupled with

an unmatched library of existing games and a reliable roadmap for

ground-breaking new releases.”

The agreement also includes provision for the integration of

new Betsoft content over time, paving the way for the release

of marquee titles like the upcoming Max Quest: Wrath of Ra to

Mostbet’s players as soon as they become available in other


“In our opinion, Betsoft has built an extremely successful brand in

an incredibly competitive industry, and that speaks to the quality

of their games” says CEO of Mostbet. “We are excited to be able

to add Betsoft’s industry-leading content to our library today, and

we look forward to strengthening our partnership in the years to


About Betsoft Gaming:

Betsoft Gaming develops innovative casino games for desktop and

mobile. Its portfolio of more than 190 RNG titles reaches players

through partnerships with many of the iGaming industry’s leading

operators. Under the SLOTS3TM banner, Betsoft is elevating

players’ expectations; these cinematic, true-3D slots blend rapid,

gratifying gameplay with an audio-visual excellence more typical of

movies and videogames.

An early entrant to mobile gaming, Betsoft launched the ToGoTM

collection in 2012. More recently, Betsoft revealed the ShiftTM

environment, which supports truly cross-platform development at

the same time as increasing performance, drastically reducing file

size and streamlining integration.

Casino Manager, Betsoft’s comprehensive back-office platform,

rolls reporting, management, marketing, promotion, and

administration into a single compelling package.

Betsoft is headquartered and licensed to operate in Malta, and

holds additional licenses in Romania and Curacao. Contact or visit for general

information and enquiries. For press and marketing enquiries,

email ST

Credits: Betsoft



Here's How Spending Time Alone

Improves Your Health

Far too often these days, many people end up feeling overwhelmed, and thanks to social media it sometimes feels like there's

no way to escape. However, it's extremely important to switch your phone off and get away from every other human being every

so often. Why? Keep reading and find out.

1. It Fights Stress

Being alone and feeling bored deactivates the areas in your brain

that promote heightened awareness, which can help lower stress

levels. Boredom helps calm your brain down and can help you

regulate your emotions a lot better.

2. It Helps You Unwind

Spending time alone is a brilliant way to recharge your mind

and body. A massive survey with 18,000 participants from 134

different countries found that 'spending time alone' was the way

most people felt the most relaxed. 'Reading' came in 2nd place

and 'being in nature' came 3rd.

3. It Wards Off Depression

It may seem counterintuitive, but spending time alone has actually

been found to tackle depression. Studies from the University of

Illinois at Urbana-Champaign revealed that the risk of depression

is significantly decreased for those who enjoy spending time

alone. Additionally, they also found that people who enjoy being

alone are far less likely to suffer from depression at any point in

their lives.

4. It Boosts Your Mental Strength

Plenty of people get nervous or antsy when they have to be

alone for a long time. However, we really should start to do it

more often, since studies have shown that forcing yourself to

sit through extended periods of solitude will fortify your mental


5. It Makes You More Compassionate

Harvard University found that being isolated can help you

build a stronger and more empathetic character. According to

Harvard researchers, sessions in solitude help people gain a

better understanding of the struggles and experiences of others,

which can help them become more sincerely compassionate

throughout their lives.

6. It Makes You More Creative

If you want to become more creative, then there's no better way

than spending time alone. The more bored you get, the more

creative you'll become, since the human mind will start coming up

with loads of different ways of keeping yourself entertained, and

since you're alone there will be nobody around to distract you.

7. It Creates Self-Reliance

If you always rely on others for assistance, opinions, and advice,

then you might end up becoming partially-dependent on others,

which won't allow you to become self-reliant. If you want to feel

a sense of independence, you'll need to start making decisions

on your own, which is something that spending time alone forces

you to do.

8. It Improves Concentration

Interruptions and distractions are an inevitable part of day-today

life, from the daily barrage of emails to friends and family

messaging you to see when you're free to meet up. Setting

aside some proper alone time will allow you to cut out most of

these disturbances, letting you get on with the task at hand.

You can also improve your memory and concentration by

means of these pressure points.

9. It Improves Your Memory

Spending time alone has also been found to boost your

memory. In fact, research from Harvard has shown that

people remember the key details of tasks they completed by

themselves in far more detail than those they completed with

the help of others.

10. It Strengthens Your Relationships

Being alone has been shown to help you gain a better

understanding of who you are. Such self-knowledge is

absolutely essential if you want any of your long-term

relationships to work out. After all, if you don't even understand

yourself, how can you expect to truly understand the needs

and desires of another person? ST

Credit: LinkedIn


Continued from pg 22

knew this word and its value. The cloud is in our organizational

model, in our DNA, and today we are able to express a difference in

approach compared to the many IT companies, even much bigger

than ourselves, who have come toward and close this market in

recent years.

The cloud is not just a technology but a model that guides the various

business processes, the go to market, and the business model.

Leadership is important in the market and we try to overcome its

challenges every day, bringing customers efficient and high-value

solutions for their business. Sul mercato la leadership è importante

e cerchiamo di conquistarla ogni giorno portando ai clienti soluzioni

efficienti e ad alto valore per il loro business.

we are carrying out with Google on the Maltese territory has just this

purpose, to make the best use of this technology in real business


We strongly believe in the education sector from which the talents of

the future can and must come out. We try to make our contribution

by bringing innovative and cost-free solutions for schools and

universities, to foster the digitization and knowledge of new


Creditline: Noovle


The work environment is also important. We have tried to take better

care of the welcome and comfort at work, with attention to details that

can make life in the office more pleasant.

MBR: How critical is it to maintain the innovative edge and is

this more challenging to do at Noovle’s size and scale?

PV: Innovation is increasingly frenetic and acceleration is getting

stronger. Maintaining an adequate level of innovation in the market,

without losing contact with the needs of the market, is not easy.

Our teams are constantly updated, with major investments in

training and testing laboratories. Also for this reason we still consider

ourselves a startup ... the market changes from month to month,

from year to year, and our strength is to be able to continually adapt

the organizational model, the skills and the proposition with respect

to these developments.

MBR: What is significant about Noovle presenting itself to

Maltese businesses and what unique selling Proposition is it

offering to launch in the market?

PV: The Maltese market has always been extremely interesting

for us. A dynamic territory, pushed on the innovative themes (see

the gaming in the past years and the blockchain / crypto currencies

now), with rapid execution and value of many resources. We found

a very open government to support the launch of new initiatives and

immediately understood the potential of the new cloud platforms that

Google Cloud together with Noovle can make available.

The IT market is mature and there is a lot of innovation but we

think we can play an important role thanks to the solutions and

the model we are able to make available to companies and public

bodies. Our solutions can bring a competitive advantage both within

organizations, working on improving efficiencies and processes, and

towards the market thanks to our digital marketing skills.

Salesforce has recently added to our partnerships, with which we

bring solutions on the world of CRM, Service and Digital marketing.

MBR: What are the areas Noovle is looking to for growth in the


PV: We are working to bring innovative solutions to high-impact

areas for the community, such as health and agriculture, where

efficiency recovery can lead to the retrieval and salvage of important

resources to be reinvested for the benefit of all.

We are active in the world of blockchain, and the strategic initiative

The cloud is in our organizational model, in

our DNA, and today we are able to express

a difference in approach compared


to the

many IT companies


Anyone wishing to attend this prestigious unique venet may

contact or call on (+356) 99406743;

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Parable of the King's Parrot

Once upon a time, there was a rich and very beloved king,

who used to visit the neighbouring kingdoms regularly to

maintain good relations with the other monarchs. During the

meetings between the kings, it was customary to exchange

gifts, and the kindly king always arrived with full hands and

returned to his kingdom with even fuller hands.

During a visit to a neighbouring kingdom, the King was

given two beautiful parrots, which had come from faraway

magical forests, or so he was told. "These parrots need a

natural environment to grow and flourish," they explained to

the king, so when he returned to his kingdom he set up a

huge garden with landscaped vegetation, clear lakes, and

high waterfalls.

As the time passed, the parrots grew, and one of them

even began to fly around the garden regularly, but the other

parrot remained on the branch on which he had stood from

his first day in the garden, refusing to leave it.

The King had invited thousands of professional parrot

trainers from all over the kingdom and the neighboring

kingdoms, and they had done their best to make the lazy

parrot fly, but no matter what they tried, the parrot would

not budge.

The King's advisers advised him to publish an advert,

promising one thousand gold coins to whoever managed to

make the lazy parrot fly. The King agreed, and that's exactly

what he did.

The next morning a simple farmer arrived at the King's

palace and claimed he could make the parrot leave

his branch and fly. The King was very wary, he did not

understand what a simple peasant could know about parrot

training that the royal parrot trainers did not.

However, on that day, while the King was walking in the

garden, he saw two parrots fly through the air, one of them

being the lazy parrot who had not previously agreed to leave

its branch. The King summoned the farmer immediately

and asked him, "How did you make my lazy parrot leave its

branch and fly?"

The farmer replied, "It was very easy, Your Excellency, I

just cut the branch on which it sat."

This parable teaches us that,

like the parrot, we all have the ability to succeed

and reach new heights, but it takes courage to deal with

things that are unfamiliar to us or that frighten us. We must

free ourselves from our branch - our comfort zone - to explore

new possibilities for success and discover what our true

capabilities are. Until that happens, we will not be

able to spread our wings and fly. ST

Credit: BaBaMail


Coming Back From Ladies Night

The other night I was invited out for a night with "the

girls." I told my husband that I would be home by

midnight. "I promise!"

By Betty R


Well, the hours passed and the margaritas went down way

too easy. Around 3 a.m., a bit blitzed, I headed home. Just

as I got in the door, the cuckoo clock in the hall started up

and cuckooed three times.

Quickly realising my husband would probably wake up, I

cuckooed another nine times. I was really proud of myself

for coming up with such a quick-witted solution, even after

drinking so much.

The next morning my husband asked me what time I got

in, and I told him midnight. He didn't seem disturbed at all.

Whew! I got away with that one!

Then he said, "We need a new cuckoo clock..."

When I asked him why, he said, "Well, last night our clock

cuckooed three times, then said, "Oh, crap," cuckooed 4

more times, cleared its throat, cuckooed another 3 times,

giggled, cuckooed twice more, and then tripped over the


Credit: Betty R

Urban Jungle opens new store in Valletta

Urban Jungle, Malta’s home-grown and now

international brand has opened a new store in Malta’s

capital, Valletta.

The store, located in Merchants Street, stocks the

recent trends in sneakers and street fashion. Sports

and Streetwear fashion has in recent years gained

new grounds as individuals from various age-groups

and social backgrounds have taken on this trend all

over the world.

Urban Jungle, which is now present in 29 locations

around Europe and North Africa, seeks to offer its

customers the latest and greatest products from the

top sports brands which include NIKE, Converse,

Vans, Timberland, New Era, as well as other exclusives

relevant to sneaker culture, available from time-totime.

UJ also offers the latest in street fashion apparel

from NY, LA and Tokyo, together with the coolest

accessories and gadgets. With new product arrivals

every week, Urban Jungle is the shopping destination

for street culture trends. ST

Urban Jungle is represented by Hudson Group.

Credit: Hudson Group



Winners of the Nature

Conservancy Photo


The nature that surrounds us is often taken for granted - it is simply there. But when we look at it, we ignore heavy industrialization,

modernization, and other factors, man-made, that harm and destroy our wonderful nature and raise a serious fear that in the future it

will no longer exist. The Nature Conservancy is one of the leading organizations in the world in its activities to preserve the nature of our

world and in protecting land and sea of ecological importance.

In order to raise awareness of the need to preserve the environment, the organization initiates a particularly successful annual photography

competition, which, this year, has had more than 50,000 photos, taken by photographers from more than 135 countries around the globe,

submitted. Recently, the winning pictures were announced, and we invite you to take a look at some of the leading and most impressive ones.



Photo: Camille Briottet, Lyon, France.

Winner of the competition

The winning picture shows a pair of

stallions standing on their hind legs -

their bodies raised in the air, as they

play in a puddle of mud, splashing

in all directions. Without a doubt,

the power of nature and animals is

fully expressed here in this simple



Photo: Jeremy Stevens,

Pennsylvania, USA

This magical snowy landscape, with

the glittering waterfall at the center

of the picture, was documented in

January 2018 on Lake Aldeyjarfoss

in Iceland. The photographer who

documented this wonderful picture,

Jeremy Stevens, testified that he

likes to climb into the most difficult to

reach places since they are the most



Footcare Really Matters

Pain in a child’s foot or ankle is never normal. There is no such thing as

“growing pains.” A podiatrist should evaluate any pain that lasts more

than a few days, or that is severe enough to limit the child’s walking.

Lets start off with footwear;

follow these helpful tips when

buying shoes for your young


Five signs, which may indicate your child,

has a foot problem:

1. Your child cannot keep up with his/her Peers

If children lag behind in sports or backyard play, it may be because their

feet or legs are tired. Fatigue is common when children have flat feet.

The muscles in the feet and legs tire easily because the feet are not

functioning as well as they should.


1. Shoes should fit (sounds obvious but it is


Your child’s feet can grow up to two sizes in six

months, so you need to account for growth when

buying shoes. That does not mean you should buy

shoes that are too big—oversized shoes cause the

foot to slide forward, putting excessive pressure on

the toes. A good fit is about a finger's width from

the end of the shoe to the tip of the big toe.

2. Shoes wear out

Shoes lose their shock absorption over time, so

inspect shoes for proper cushioning and arch

support. Replace any shoes with wear and tear

around the edges of the sole. When buying shoes,

check to see that the toe box flexes easily and the

shoe does not bend in the middle of the sole.

3. Children with flat feet

Children with flat feet need shoes with a wide toe

box, maximum arch support and shock absorption.

2. Children Voluntarily Withdraw from Activities they usually


If they are reluctant to participate, it may be due to heel pain — a problem

often seen in children between the ages of 8 and 14. Repetitive stress

from sports may cause muscle strain and inflammation of the growth

plate, a weak area at the back of a child’s heel.

3. They Don’t Want to Show You Their Feet

Children may feel pain or notice a change in the appearance of their feet

or nails but don’t tell their parents because they fear a trip to the doctor’s

office. I encourage parents to make a habit of inspecting their child’s feet

starting at a young age. Look for any changes such as calluses, growths,

skin discoloration, or redness and swelling around the toenails.

4. Your Child Often Trips and Falls

Repeated clumsiness may be a sign of in-toeing, balance problems or

neuromuscular conditions.

5. The Child Complains of Pain

Pain is not normal. Injuries may seem minor, but if pain or swelling last

more than a few days, have your child’s foot examined. ST

Courtesy: Clinton Schembri Francalanza

By Clinton Schembri Francalanza



"Polar Bear"

Photo: Florian Ledoux, Brussels,


In this wonderful picture, taken from

an upper angle, we see a white

polar bear wandering on a pack of

ice threatening to melt. Although the

picture seems to have been taken

at the North Pole itself, and the bear

adds to this atmosphere, it was

in fact taken in Nunavut, a frozen

territory in northern Canada.

"My Home My


Photo: Kwok Kui Andus Tse, Wong

Tai Sin, Hong Kong, China

The towering Lion Rock, 495 meters

tall, is a symbol of Hong Kong - and

many residents of the province,

including the photographer of this

impressive image, grew up in the

shade of the mountain and believe

that in its steadfastness it represents

the people’s spirit and character.


Photo: Jesse Yang, Fort Lee, New

Jersey, USA

Jesse Yang traveled as far as the

deserts of the United Arab Emirates to

catch this powerful picture that shows

us the power of nature. This flooded

house is located in an abandoned

ghost town in the country. ST

Courtesy: BabaMail




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