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Watch: Alan Moore and the information era (ARTE)

Date: Fri, 24 Nov 2017 12:09:00 +0100
The amount of information available in the world continues to double every fraction of a second. For Alan Moore, the creator of V for Vendetta, this saturation of knowledge is a problem. We're overwhelmed, and when we're overwhelmed, the walls come up. Could information overload be behind the fascist renewal? >
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First in series of collective agreements signed by Air Malta

Date: Fri, 24 Nov 2017 12:06:00 +0100
The first in a series of collective agreements between Air Malta and its workers was signed this morning, after the airline and the Association of Airline Engineers reached an agreement covering the next five years. The collective agreement was described a “landmark agreement” by Air Malta chairman Charles Mangion. “This is a landmark agreement that shows we value our workers. “Despite the company’s challenges we are making sure that we provide workers with opportunities,” Dr Mangion said. Tourism Minister Konrad Mizzi said that the agreement will provide stability in the industrial relations of a sector that is crucial for the running of the airline. The press conference is still underway. Times of Malta reported a week ago that talks between the airline and workers’ unions were making significant progress with preliminary deals already struck the Union of Cabin Crew, the Airline Engineers’ Association and the General Workers’ Union.   It reported that new conditions offered to engineers, include a reduction in the number of shifts while increasing productivity. >
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Free guided tours at Majjistral park

Date: Fri, 24 Nov 2017 12:04:13 +0100
Il-Majjistral Nature and History Park is celebrating its 10th anniversary with a series of activities throughout this month and the coming year. Starting on Sunday at 10am families and nature lovers are invited to take part in free guided walks which will be held throughout the day by volunteers and park experts. Visitors will meet at the park’s visitor centre, where they can watch an introductory documentary about nature and life at the park. At the end of each walk visitors will be given a 10th anniversary pack as a souvenir. Information about the park and its endeavours, including free guided walks by volunteers and park experts, will be carried out between 10am and 4 pm. For more information, visit http://mt.majjistral.org . >
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Vettel edges Hamilton in Abu Dhabi practice

Date: Fri, 24 Nov 2017 11:59:00 +0100
Sebastian Vettel picked up where he left off in Brazil to edge out world champion Lewis Hamilton in opening practice for the final race of the year in Abu Dhabi. Vettel ended a seven-race winless streak at Interlagos a fortnight ago, and he would appear in contention to end the season with successive victories after soaring to the top of the time sheets. The Ferrari driver, who traded playful jibes with Hamilton in Thursday's press conference ahead of the season finale in the desert, posted a best lap of one minute and 39.006 seconds to finish clear of Hamilton with Red Bull's Max Verstappen in third. Hamilton and Verstappen were one tenth-of-a-second adrift of Vettel at a predictably sun-drenched Yas Marina circuit, with Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen 0.512 sec behind in fourth and Mercedes' Valtteri Bottas fifth. Both Vettel, who needs to finish only eighth to seal the runner-up spot in this year's title race, and Hamilton have won on three occasions in Abu Dhabi, and started from pole position three times, too, and the pair look set to dominate here once more. Verstappen, who has enjoyed a strong second half of a season that has included two wins, is poised to keep them both on... >
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Famous concert organist to lead master classes in Gozo

Date: Fri, 24 Nov 2017 11:52:00 +0100
Organist David Davies will be giving free organ master classes for organ students or pianists who would like an introduction to the organ on Saturday at the Xewkija Parish Church from 11am. The classes are part of the educational programme in the communities of the Malta International Organ Festival, which was awarded the Effe label from the European Festivals Association this year. The Effe label is an EU-backed label for remarkable festivals run by the European Festivals Association. Mr Davies is a lecturer in music theory at the University of Surrey. He is one of the most exciting concert organists of his generation, and is in demand as a versatile musician and educator. His abilities as a solo keyboard player, choir director, teacher, lecturer and orchestral conductor have taken his career all over the world, and his diverse experience of Western church music spans 25 years. These master classes will give participants an insight on the technique and interpretation skills required from a professional organist. All students will receive some individual attention in a group master class setting. Mr Davies gave a solo organ recital at the Xewkija Parish Church on Thursday as... >
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