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FROM THE EDITOR
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
· 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.
COVER STORY INTERVIEW
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
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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on the energy that is characteristic of the fashion week and its preparation. Only concentration
and physical and mental wellbeing will enable the model to be ready.
Concepts that CNMI fully shares with Technogym, CNMI Official Wellness Partner. Wellness,
a concept launched by Technogym over 20 years ago, means a balance between body, mind,
spirit and is achieved through regular physical exercise, healthy nutrition and a positive mental
approach. A message that goes beyond the purely hedonistic vision and image of fitness,
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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Paula Cademartori, Sara Battaglia, Stella Jean e Vivetta. The styling is by Georgia Tal.
"Be ready" follows the success of "Start the buzz", the fashion film presented by Camera
Nazionale della Moda Italiana in February 2018 that received important recognition, such
as: Award Best Styling at the Canadian Fashion Film Festival, Award Best Concept at the
Australian Fashion Film Festival, Award Premium in the category Fashion of the Muse Awards,
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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.
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
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
COVER RESEARCH STORY & EDUCATION
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
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
Conitnued on pg 15
INTERVIEW OF THE MONTH
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
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
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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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.
RESEARCH & EDUCATION
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: www.airbus.com / RACER images are courtesy of Airbus Helicopters ©
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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
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
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
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
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
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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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BEAUTY & WELLNESS
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
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Dental & Implant Surgeon, Principal
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Milan Fashion Week
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
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.
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’.
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
by Martin Vella
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
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)
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
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
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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
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
Avocado Pesto &
• Starter or single-course meal
• Average difficulty
• Serves 4
• 30 minutes
400 g spaghetti
300 g chicken breast
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
• Adding lemon to the pesto stops it from turning brown.
• You can use walnuts, hazelnuts or almonds instead of
pine nuts in the pesto.
TALES OF THE UNEXPECTED
EXPERIENCES AT THE
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
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
EXCLUSIVE FASHION INTERVIEW
True luxury is appreciating
what you have. The best
things get better with
quality, not quantity.
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
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
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
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
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
EXCLUSIVE FASHION INTERVIEW
CASE STUDY: BUSINESS TRAVEL
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
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
CASE STUDY: BUSINESS TRAVEL
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
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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CASE STUDY: BUSINESS TRAVEL
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.
COVER STORY INTERVIEW
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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ON HONESTY AND SOCIAL MEDIA
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.)
PLUNKETT + KUHR DESIGNERS
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
EDWARDS LOWELL OPENS MALTA’S FIRST
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
- 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
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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
• 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.
CASE STUDY: COCAINE USE
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
"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
MALTA’S BEST ENTREPRENEUR
OF THE YEAR AWARDS 2018 ®
Leading the way, going the way and showing the way
The Marsa Sports Club
Thursday 20 th September, 2018
MALTA BUSINESS REVIEW
George Curmi a.k.a il-Pusé
HE Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca, President of Malta
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SPORTS & AI
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 (www.yocream.com), Flex, Ltd. (www.flex.com),
Stoelting Food Service (www.stoelting.com), who created the very
first soft-serve machine for Dairy Queen, and Pitney Bowes (www.
pitneybowes.com), 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:
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
COVER STORY INTERVIEW
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, Inc.com
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.
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
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
Creditline: Bill Murphy Jr.
DOLCE & GABBANA'S FASHION DEVOTION
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.
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.
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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
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
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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
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
firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.betsoft.com for general
information and enquiries. For press and marketing enquiries,
email email@example.com. ST
HEALTH & LIFESTYLE
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
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
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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
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
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
many IT companies
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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
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
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
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
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
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,
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
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
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
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
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