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4 maltatoday | SUNDAY • 28 AUGUST 2022 NEWS Public call for applications for Stage Managers Teatru Manoel is seeking applications from suitable candidates for two dynamic and experienced Stage Managers to join its team. The Stage Managers will act as a liaison amongst the various individuals involved in a theatre production, including the director, actors, costume designer, and technical department, to ensure that all elements of the performance run smoothly. The Stage Managers will oversee sets, props, lights, and sound; and calling all technical cues during perfor- mances. The Stage Managers will be supporting Teatru Manoel's Senior Production and Events Manager and Facilities Manager. The Stage Managers will be required to work during the eve- nings, weekends and public holidays. To apply kindly send a Covering Letter, CV and Potfolio of your work from the last two years to by not later than noon on Friday 19 September. Further information on: Less Dubai in Smart City: laguna fountain to be removed JAMES DEBONO THE large laguna fountain en- visaged as the "heart" of the original Smart City, is to be downscaled in a major make- over of the project, with new plans to transform it into a 'pub- lic park' and two restaurants. The present 122m-diameter laguna is reminiscent of the much larger choreographed fountain system in the man- made Burj Khalifa Lake in downtown Dubai. Holding 11,000 cubic metres of sea water, which is replaced every four days, the laguna was built as an open system through which the backwash is dis- charged to the sea. The original permit banned the use of freshwater and chem- icals, to minimise the impact on water resources and the envi- ronment. Plans submitted by the Smart City company for the makeover of the 15,074sq.m laguna ar- ea still foresee a freshwater jet fountain in the middle of the proposed park, but most of the area will be occupied by plant- ers and tree pockets surrounded by stone seats. A sculpture area is also envis- aged on part of the site. The new development in- cludes two restaurants with outside table areas overlooking the park. A landscaping plan envisages 11 Aleppo pine trees and seven stone-pine trees in the area around the central fountain, as well as a large num- ber of shrubs in other parts of the park. The Environment and Re- sources Authority expressed no major concerns on these plans but requested the omission of agave and prickly pear trees. Another application recently presented by the company al- so foresees the introduction of retail units beneath the existing belvedere staircase. Other plans are for an 11-storey hotel and residential units on the site of a temporary car park, directly overlooking Xgħajra. The Design Advisory Commit- tee, which advises the Planning Authority on design issues, has called for a visual assessment showing all the impact on both nearby and distant views before any decision is taken. The assessment should take into account the massing ap- proved on the other plots in Smart City. Earlier this month, the Plan- ning Authority approved plans for the construction of the In- stitute of Tourism Studies cam- pus within Smart City. Public park around smaller fountain and two restaurants proposed instead of gigantic laguna

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