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43 Events maltatoday, SUNDAY, 27 MARCH 2016 The UK's number one selling Scotch whisky, The Famous Grouse, is rolling out its new look packaging designed to drive the premium cre- dentials and ambitious long-term development plans for the brand. This investment in packaging follows recent repositioning work undertaken across The Famous Grouse, which is seeing Edrington invest heavily behind the brand. The new pack features a new la- bel design that echoes the brand's roots but with a more contemporary twist. Combined with a new look bottle shape, a more premium clo- sure and metallised paper, the fin- ished pack will deliver real standout for the brand. This premium upgrade comes as Edrington, maker of some of the world's best-loved Scotch whiskies, works on redeveloping the entire Famous Grouse portfolio with sig- nificant changes expected for the extended family range including its smoky expression, The Black Grouse. These changes to the port- folio will also see a permanent line extension at the upper end of the blended whisky range with the launch of a brand new whisky. The character of this new whisky will be distinctly Famous Grouse but with sweeter and more fragrant notes. Glen Gribbon, Director, The Famous Grouse said: "The new packaging has been developed in response to consumer demand for higher quality packaging and will further differentiate the brand from our competitors, setting a new benchmark for others to follow. In our view this design is a modern expression of our key assets: the grouse, and our 'famous' name, and will help us to deliver our ambitious aspirations for the brand over the next few years." The Famous Grouse is imported, marketed and distributed by Far- sons Beverage Imports Company (FBIC) Limited, a member of the Farsons Group. ROCS Travel launches Cyprus 2016 packages Lying on the fault lines of east and west, the picturesque landscape of Cyprus will capture your heart in more ways than one. Said to be the 'Island of Love', this destina- tion has a rich history that adds to the character of this popular wed- ding and honeymoon destination. With warm sun, sparkling sea, welcoming people and wonderful scenery, Cyprus offers visitors a superb holiday destination packed with unforgettable experiences, extraordinary sights and exqui- site Mediterranean cuisine, plus a generous dose of romantic ancient legends to spice up those lazy days by the sea. Cyprus is a land which offers vis- itors a fantastic holiday, filled with different adventures both for the lazy and the adventurous. Cyprus offers excellent dive sites and fa- cilities, with one of the best wreck dives in the world, the Zenobia, situated off Larnaca. Cyprus of- fers so much diversity and enter- tainment that you won't waste a minute of your time on the island. From lounging on balmy beaches to discovering ancient settle- ments, hiking across forest paths or relaxing over a glass of Com- mandaria, there's a whole world of amazing experiences to fit in to your visit. Add to that the famed Cypriot hospitality, guaranteeing the warmest of welcomes by the locals, whether you're exploring a mountain trail, a rural village or a city centre shopping street, and it's easy to understand why most visitors start planning their return trip to Cyprus before they've even left the island the first time. ROCS Travel offers the very best for its clients, including the very best rates, starting from as little as €199. Only the very best ac- commodation that Cyprus has to offer is provided for ROCS clients and optional excursions are also provided to make sure that this summer's vacation is one for the books. Emirates Airlines' impec- cable service complements the experience. "In 2016 we celebrate the ninth continuous year of a great coop- eration with ROCS Group Malta. It is a great honour for us all at Salamis Tours that ROCS Malta trusts us as their destination man- agement partner in Cyprus. Our mutual clients can rest assured that we will spare no effort in or- der to make their stay in Cyprus unforgettable," stated Michalis Athanassiou, Incoming Manager, Salamis Tours Cyprus. "It is with such great pleasure that we are launching Cyprus 2016 on the Maltese market. Year after year, Cyprus has proven to be very popular with the Maltese and thousands have chosen this popular destination as their an- nual vacation. From families to the younger generation to the not-so-young, everyone can find in Cyprus that much needed space and a well deserved break. Service is impeccable and hotels avail- able are truly outstanding both in terms of location and qual- ity," stated Colin Aquilina, ROCS Group Chief Executive Officer. "Cyprus has all the right charac- teristics which makes it the per- fect choice for a summer holiday to remember at the most afford- able prices on the island starting from just €199 inclusive of flights, accommodation and taxes," con- cluded Aquilina. To find out more about this and other current ROCS Group news and offers, kindly visit one of their outlets in Floriana, Mel- lieha or Mosta. You may also call ROCS Group offices on 2015 1515, or check the ROCS website Alternatively, email the ROCS Group Team on for more in- formation. You may also visit their Facebook page at ROCS Group. Ripe for fresh conquests: the new Mini Clubman The new generation of the MI- NI model family continues to grow. With the new MINI Club- man it now conquers the premium compact segment, too. The new model offers the highest level of everyday practicality, long distance suitability, versatility and ride comfort ever seen in a MINI. With four doors and the charac- teristic split doors at the rear, five fully-fledged seats and a gener- ously sized, versatile interior, the new MINI Clubman meets all the requirements of the compact class in terms of functionality in its own unconventional way. Individual style, outstanding driving fun and the quality level of a premium au- tomobile make it an exceptional phenomenon that allows addition- al target groups to get a taste of the distinctive MINI feeling. The matured character of the new MINI Clubman is reflected in dimensions that are significantly larger than the predecessor model, a distinctive body concept, high- quality materials and finish quality and also new features in the areas of drive, suspension comfort, safe- ty, controls and connectivity based on the latest MINI generation. Its status as the largest representa- tive of the new MINI generation is also clearly shown in comparison with the MINI 5 door. The new MINI Clubman is 27 centimetres longer and 9 centimetres wider than the latter, while its wheelbase is 10 centimetres larger. Its lug- gage compartment has a volume of 360 litres, which can be extended to as much as 1 250 litres by fold- ing down the rear backrest with its 40:20:40 split. Engines with the latest genera- tion of MINI TwinPower Turbo Technology power the six model variants of the new MINI Club- man available at market launch (combined fuel consumption: 6.2 – 3.8 l/100 km; CO2 emissions combined: 144 –99 g/km). In ad- dition to the new MINI One Club- man and the new MINI Cooper Clubman, which are powered by 3-cylinder petrol engines with 75 kW/102 hp and 100 kW/136 hp re- spectively, the new MINI Cooper S Clubman also lines up for the start with a 4-cylinder petrol en- gine and 141 kW/192 hp. The new MINI One D Clubman has a 3-cyl- inder petrol engine with an output of 85 kW/116 hp. What is more, two 4-cylinder diesel engines are premiered with 110 kW/150 hp in the new MINI Cooper D Clubman and 140 kW/190 hp in the new MI- NI Cooper SD Clubman. Another new feature for MINI: the 8-speed Steptronic transmission available as an option for the MINI Cooper S Clubman, the MINI Cooper SD Clubman and the MINI Cooper D Clubman. For handling properties that are supreme within the seg- ment, all suspension components in the new MINI Clubman were also specially developed and har- monised to suit the model. The program of optional driver assistance systems includes the Head-Up Display which extends above the steering column, the Driving Assistant system includ- ing camera-based active cruise control, collision and pedestrian warning with initial brake func- tion, high beam assistant, road sign detection, Parking Assistant and rear view camera. The com- plete MINI Connected in-car info- tainment program is also available. The new MINI Clubman can be equipped with a SIM card which is permanently fitted in the car. This means that Intelligent Emer- gency Call with automatic detec- tion of vehicle location and acci- dent severity is available, as well as MINI TeleServices. In intelligent, brand-appropriate style, the MINI Connected XL Journey Mate helps the driver plan journeys as well as providing individualised informa- tion en route to the destination as required. Numerous other social network and infotainment func- tions can be integrated in the car by means of smartphone apps, al- lowing them to be used intuitively, conveniently and safely via the MINI operating system. The Famous Grouse reveals premium makeover Banif sponsors top students of new Maltese Literature diploma The University of Malta is accept- ing applications for a new, two- year evening Diploma in Maltese Literature that starts in October 2016. This is a part-time course in Maltese, with lectures on Monday and Wednesday from 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm. The Diploma opens every two years and is being run by the Department of Maltese within the Faculty of Arts of the University of Malta. Banif Bank will be refund- ing the fees (up to a maximum of €2,000), of that student who places first in the course. The diploma focuses on the criti- cal analysis and application of lit- erature in the 21st century and covers areas that are not covered by the BA programme in Maltese. This diploma is being launched at a time when Maltese literature is going through a revival both on the national and on the international scene, one that is spurred by new and creative uses of the Maltese language. "Banif Bank firmly believes in the importance of education, and in promoting local culture and heritage," said Adrian Coppini, Chief Officer Corporate Services at Banif Bank. "What greater heritage is there than our mother tongue? In this increasingly global age, we hope that this Diploma will help shine more light on Maltese Litera- ture – both from a purely academic perspective as well as its applica- tions in contemporary life." The diploma also has the support of the Malta Arts Council. A detailed description of the course and other information is available at malti/avvizi/diploma-letteratura, and on Facebook at www.facebook. com/uom.diplittmalt. Applications close on 21 July 2016.

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