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Events 38 maltatoday, SUNDAY, 1 JUNE 2014 Vodafone employees battle it out in aid of Team Maroons GasanMamo boosts the health and performance of employees NM Arrigo Ltd celebrate first anniversary in new Mriehel offices University Consortium wins bid to host European Researchers' Night in Malta The Vodafone Malta Foundation recently organised a PlayStation Football Tournament at Talbot & Bons in SkyParks Business Centre, where employees played FIFA 14 to collect funds for the purchase of the football kit for Team Ma- roons. Team Maroons is a football team of a total of 15 players who are di- agnosed with down-syndrome, au- tism and cerebral palsy. "Our main aim behind the tournament was to increase awareness both internally and externally about Team Ma- roons," said Roberta Pace, at Voda- fone Malta. "The concept behind the team is that together, everyone achieves more. We want to help the team be- come better individuals by gaining confidence in their own abilities, improving social skills and learn to work as a team through football aqnd hope that the funds will help them to do just that," Team Ma- roons thanked the Vodafone Malta Foundation for their support. GasanMamo has just distributed the GCC pulse, a cutting edge ac- celerometer which tracks the daily activity of employees, whether it's chasing the kids at home, walking, swimming or cycling. The GCC is a corporate well- ness programme that encourages organisations and their employees to be active by walking virtually around the world over a 100 day period. Participants are required to work in teams of 7 and record their activity through their accel- erometers. "Research has indicated a number of benefits for wellness type programmes which encourage employees to be active and think about their own personal health and well-being at work," said Va- nessa Portelli, General Manager at GasanMamo. "Similarly, the World Health Or- ganisation has highlighted how the average office worker spends most of his time inactive which can result in an increase of chronic disease. We hope that after com- pleting the GCC results will reveal general well-being improvements for participants." Through the GCC website, em- ployees will have a graphical plot of their progress along a world map as well as that of their team. Through regular input and person- alised advice, the GCC will provide a range of important nutritional and health information. The programme brings to light the positive impact of their new habits and behaviour and as the days advance, they will be able to monitor their progress. GasanMamo is the first and only company from Malta that will par- ticipate in the Challenge with 11 teams out of a total of 38,410 teams participating in the 2014 challenge worldwide. Once the challenge starts they will monitor where each team stands against other teams from Gasanmamo and against other in- surance companies from around the world. To obtain further infor- mation about the Challenge visit NM Arrigo Ltd has recently celebrated their first anniversary of the inauguration of their new offices in Mriehel. Mr.Clovis Taittinger, Export Director for the Taittinger Champagne house and fourth-generation scion of the Tait- tinger dynasty, unveiled a plaque during a com- memorative reception for NM Arrigo's staff and business partners. The new NM Arrigo offices consolidate the back office operations with its warehousing facilities, streamlining logistic operations and service delivery. The new warehousing facili- ties include a state-of-the-art storage facility, encompassing the various products; such prod- ucts range from premium hand-rolled cigars to a wide variety of wines, tobacco, spirits, and OTC pharmaceutical products. The visit of Mr. Taittinger also coincided with a landmark association for the Champagne House. The FIFA World Cup 2014 Edition in Brazil will be the first time in the history of the tournament that FIFA have chosen a Cham- pagne House for the provision of champagne. Taittinger champagne will be served to guests in FIFA's VIP and VVIP areas during the tournament. In order to commemorate this special achievement, Taittinger have released a souvenir edition in an elegant white and gold gift box featuring hologram footballs. Taittinger is one of the few Champagne Houses worldwide to re- main owned and actively managed by the family named on the label. NM Arrigo Ltd is the official rep- resentative for the Taittinger Cham- pagne products on the Maltese Islands. Further information may be obtained through any of these electronic means: visiting the website http://www.nmar-, e-mailing on info@nmar-, or on the official Facebook page. Alternatively, one may call on either 21223755 or 21225039. The University of Malta has won the EU bid to hold the 'European Researchers' Night' known as "Science in the City" in Valletta on the last Friday of September 2014 and 2015. Funded through the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions by the European Commission, the events are intended to bring together the public and re- searchers from across the Union. The Research Trust (RIDT) of the University of Malta and the Malta Chamber of Scientists are among the main collaborators of the con- sortium led by the University. The competi- tion this year was stronger because of a larger number of applicants submitting proposals. "Winning the bid for EU funds to host the European Researchers' Night for the next two consecutive years will be helping us to en- hance the event into a showcase of research" said Professor Alex Felice, Programme Direc- tor of the Researchers' Night Consortium. "On Friday 26 September 2014, the public will have the opportunity to interact with researchers and scientists, and participate in many of the entertaining science – inspired activities, all taking place in the capital Val- letta." The entire programme shall shortly be posted on www.scien- "Following the tre- mendous success of the previous two edi- tions of "Science in the City", we are consoli- dating our energies to offer a better product to thousands of people who visit Valletta for the science festival. "We have engaged professionals who will be handling the artistic and logistics elements of the fes- tival. In this way, the researchers shall focus on the scientific and technological content of the various activities," added Professor Felice. One of the main concepts of Science in the City, European Researchers' Night has been to combine fascinating artwork with intrigu- ing science. It also serves as a platform for the University Research Trust to bring to the fore the constant need for funding of research by the public, the state and the private sectors. "Science in the City gives the public a chance to learn about important re- search projects that are currently be- ing undertaken within the various fac- ulties at the University of Malta, while enjoying a friendly and relaxed envi- ronment," said Mr. Wilfred Kenely, Associate Program Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Trust. "At University there is sterling re- search going on but in order for this research work to continue, University needs continuous funding." The Re- search Trust ( has been set up to attract a f low of funds from private and public entities as well as from the community. The Researchers' Night is a Europe Union-wide event bringing together the public and researchers every year on the fourth Friday of September. It is becoming one of the EU's most pop- ular initiatives, aimed at the general public, especially families, young people and those who might not see themselves as science fans.

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