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4 maltatoday | SUNDAY • 13 NOVEMBER 2022 NEWS Call for Applications for Artistic Director at Teatru Manoel (Ref: HR/TM/12/2022) JobPlus Permit No: 622/2022 Teatru Manoel is seeking to engage a creative and innovative cultural professional to take on the role of Artistic Director of the Theatre. The Artistic Director will have the overall responsibility for the artistic management of the Theatre and the development and implementation of its artistic output. The Artistic Director will be responsible for conceiving, developing, and implementing the artistic vision and strategy of the Theatre as established by its Management Board. The Artistic Director will oversee the artistic programme for the Theatre as well as manage funding, budgets and staff allocated to the artistic programme and individual productions. The Artistic Director will report to the theatre's Management Board through the Chief Executive Officer. To apply: Interested individuals should send an updated CV, recent police conduct and a detailed portfolio highlighting their artistic track record, together with a letter expressing their motivation and desire to be an Artistic Director, the strengths they would bring to the position and the goals they would like to achieve if they are chosen to perform the duties of Artistic Director. Submissions will be received via email to hr.mt@teatrumanoel.mt by not later than Monday 5 th December 2022 at noon quoting in the subject the reference number HR/TM/12/2022 and the submission name 'Application for Artistic Director for the Manoel Theatre'. Any questions about the call should be sent to hr.mt@teatrumanoel.mt by Wednesday 30 th November 2022 at noon. Full job description and required qualifications on: www.teatrumanoel.com.mt Call for Applications for Artistic Director at Teatru Manoel (Ref: HR/TM/12/2022) JobPlus Permit No: 622/2022 Teatru Manoel is seeking to engage a creative and innovative cultural professional to take on the role of Artistic Director of the Theatre. The Artistic Director will have the overall responsibility for the artistic management of the Theatre and the development and implementation of its artistic output. The Artistic Director will be responsible for conceiving, developing, and implementing the artistic vision and strategy of the Theatre as established by its Management Board. The Artistic Director will oversee the artistic programme for the Theatre as well as manage funding, budgets and staff allocated to the artistic programme and individual productions. The Artistic Director will report to the theatre's Management Board through the Chief Executive Officer. To apply: Interested individuals should send an updated CV, recent police conduct and a detailed portfolio highlighting their artistic track record, together with a letter expressing their motivation and desire to be an Artistic Director, the strengths they would bring to the position and the goals they would like to achieve if they are chosen to perform the duties of Artistic Director. Submissions will be received via email to hr.mt@teatrumanoel.mt by not later than Monday 5 th December 2022 at noon quoting in the subject the reference number HR/TM/12/2022 and the submission name 'Application for Artistic Director for the Manoel Theatre'. Any questions about the call should be sent to hr.mt@teatrumanoel.mt by Wednesday 30 th November 2022 at noon. Full job description and required qualifications on: www.teatrumanoel.com.mt LUKE VELLAT THE head of the Malta Devel- opers Association, developer Michael Stivala, has alleged that environmental NGOs opposing excessive construction in Malta are "backed by businesses" but he fell short of naming any spe- cific cases. Stivala was participating in a heated discussion on 103 FM's chat show hosted by Andrew Azzopardi, with Moviment Graffiti activist Andre Callus, the president of Din l-Art Ħel- wa Alex Torpiano, and archi- tect Robert Musumeci. Several times, Stivala pushed back against accusations that Malta's planning policies di- rectly favoured the island's mega-developers and the con- struction industry. He was challenged about for- mer prime minister Joseph Muscat's consultancy work with the Stivala Group, to which the MDA president said he had filed for defamation against independent politician Arnold Cassola's allegations that he was "gifted various il- legalities" under the Muscat premiership. Instead, the MDA boss said his Stivala Group "feeds 300 families", taking umbrage at the allegation. Stivala said Muscat's 100-hour contract with the group was one of several consultants he engaged, and even said – with- out naming them – that he had employed other former leaders or politicians as lawyers after they resigned from public of- fice. Stivala then pushed back against claims that he was be- hind the illegal operations of Gourmet Cocktail Bar and Grill restaurant in Sliema, which forms part of Stivala's Sliema Hotel. "I have just pur- chased the hotel and when I did, I immediately handed in an application to regularise my position. The claims were mis- leading." Graffitti's Andre Callus im- mediately pushed back and called him out. "Don't play the victim. If there are victims in this whole matter, it's definite- ly not you but the residents." Stivala insisted the hotel was not his at the time of the res- taurant's illegal operations. "Whoever wrote the article wanted to damage me per- sonally, as I became the MDA president recently. Many choose to attack me and others personally." Callus did not back down: "We always name names and we will keep doing so, so that our children are aware of who's responsible for the destruction of our country." Callus emphasised that the public's mood had shifted from one of concern to anger, saying that many were angry about the heritage of future genera- tions. He the concession of a part of the Gzira promenade for the development of a lido serving Stivala's hotels, was theft of public land. "Under Joseph Muscat, policies were amended to give prominence to certain developers. Muscat gave Stivala Group the Gzira promenade to build a private lido. The promenade used to belong to the public and Mus- cat handed it over to them." Callus turned to Stivala: "I have nothing against you per- sonally but when I witness the extent of the damage being done, I get angry. This is a great injustice and we will mention names, as the responsibility of this destruction should be as- sumed." Stivala denied being in ca- hoots with the disgraced for- mer PM and said that the MDA had its own disagreements with him in the past over public land grants. "There are certain NGOs that pretend to be NGOs so that they could make money. There are big businesses behind cer- tain NGOs," Stivala suddenly alleged, falling short of sub- stantiating his claims and nam- ing any individuals. Architect Alex Torpiano ar- gued that Malta's planning sys- tem was the culprit behind the current state of affairs. He said developers could first build il- legally outside development zones, to then "lobby with poli- ticians and ask them to change the rules for them." He said that although people vote for the politicians that legislate development policies, many were not aware of the consequences of certain poli- cies. "How many of those who vot- ed for Muscat were aware that the population was increasing by a 100,000 in 10 years? How many were aware that thanks to Annex 2 of DC15, this would double Gozo's population?" He said there was no econom- ic vision and a clear sense of di- rection, and that an economic model based on a population increase did not make sense. Architect Robert Musumeci, who has been contracted by Stivala on some of his projects, on the other hand denied hav- ing been the brains behind the Development Control Design Policy, Guidance and Stand- ards 2015 (known as DC15). He argued that politicians were the ones who ultimately penned the policies. "Let's leave it up to the poli- ticians to legislate and then let the people decide who to vote for." Developer Stivala thinks NGOs criticising him 'backed by business' Michael Stivala

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