November 2010

Newsletter Number 134

This is the final monthly newsletter. After 10 full years of producing and delivering this newsletter on a regular monthly basis, we’ve decided to rethink how we can best serve the virtual community that has congregated around the world’s oldest Malta-related website.

Much has changed since 1994, when Grazio Falzon first started his Malta Virtwali homepage, which eventually evolved into Online habits in 2000, when we began to publish this newsletter, were quite different from what they are now. The plethora of social online media networks (like Facebook, Twitter and MySpace) that are available now have made the need to bring our specific community together less urgent. Back then there were very few options for people to meet old friends and make new acquaintances who where somehow connected with Malta.

This is just one of the reasons why we have decided to no longer produce a monthly newsletter from For the foreseeable future, we shall continue with ad hoc mailings as necessary. For example, I can’t imagine why we wouldn’t want to send out a message of seasonal greetings in the coming weeks.

So, this is not a goodbye, but a “see you later” so we can have time to come back with something more appropriate for a virtual community in the second decade of the 21st century. Meanwhile we’ll most certainly continue to extend a friendly hand to the faithful community members who have been loyal to us over all these years. After all, shaking off a habit built over 134 monthly newsletters is not that easy.

Toni Sant
Consulting Editor

1. Daily News from October 2010

01 President on official visit to Cyprus
02 Video: Attempted murder in St Paul’s Bay
03 Video: American Professor updates Maltese dictionary
04 Former ministry official masterminds drugs operation
05 40 million cigarettes seized in major customs operation
06 Video: Judge retires after over 2,000 judgments
07 Woman tied up while thieves ransack house
08 Video: EU concludes FKNK’s petition on spring hunting
09 Drugs mastermind jailed for 18 years
10 First SmartCity office block inaugurated
11 Malta warns new EU rights may promote illegal migration
12 Turkish ship sinks off Malta coast
13 Video: High-profile priests issue divorce declaration
14 Video:28 unsolved murders in 20 years
15 Expenditure on food down by 3.9% in 2009- NSO
16 Canadian doctor of Maltese descent charged with malpractice
17 Young man critically injured in mysterious incident
18 Video: Corpse of woman recovered off Marsalforn
19 Video: YMCA may have to close due to lack of funds
20 Video: MEPs vote in favour of extending maternity leave
21 First aircraft rolled out of new maintenance facility
22 Deficit down to €75.2 million- NSO
23 Labour Party chooses new emblem
24 Video: Foreigner critically injured in Paceville
25 Live Budget speech: Government to work towards balanced budget
26 Video: Reactions to budget speech
27 Video: Government promoting electric cars
28 Video: Chris Said cleared of perjury charges
29 Colombian guilty of conspiring to traffic drug
30 Video: Sexual abuse victims plead for justice
31 Four injured in two separate car crashes

2. Top Web Picks

a. M3P: Malta Music Memory Project

A collaborative multimedia database of Maltese music and associated arts was officially launched during the most recent Notte Bianca: Lejl Imdawwal in Valletta on 25 September 2010. Created and led by Toni Sant from the University of Hull – Scarborough Campus (UK), this project aims to build a living archive of Maltese music and popular culture across genres and time. The project is partly supported by the Malta Council for Culture and the Arts within the Parliamentary Secretariat for Tourism, the Environment & Culture. You can also follow the M3P: Malta Music Memory Project on Facebook

b. Mużika Mod Ieħor on Facebook

The weekly Mużika Mod Ieħor podcast is is also available on Facebook. You can easily listen to the latest edition of the podcast directly in your Facebook livestream just by adding yourself to the websites followers on Facebook. It’s a great way to keep tabs on the world’s only weekly Maltese music  podcast. The series first appeared just over five years ago. Each year is marked through an invitation for listeners to vote for their Maltese music picks from that year. Later this month (November 2010) you’ll be able vote via Facebook. The final results will be included in Toni Sant’s first podcast for 2011 in the Mużika Mod Ieħor series.

3. This Month in Maltese History

50 YEARS AGO ( 1 November 1960 )
Emanuel and Luigia Camilleri are arrested and charged with the murder of Tony Aquilina, an eight-year old boy found dead the previous August.

25 YEARS AGO ( 23 November 1985 )
Hijacked Egyptian Airlines Boeing 737 on flight from Athens to Cairo with 91 passengers and 6 crew lands at Luqa Airport at 10pm. Eleven hostagesare released in the early hours of the following morning. After fruitless negotiations between Prime Minister Mintoff and the hijackers, and the shooting of one of the hostages, a special Egyptian Commando Unit, flown earlier to Malta, storms the plane 22 hours after it landed; hijackers use hand grenades setting the aircraft on fire, killing 57 passengers and injuring many others; two more died on the way to hospital.

10 YEARS AGO ( 7 November 2000 )
Conjoined twins from Xagħra, Gozo, Jodie and Mary are separated after a 20-hour operation at St Mary’s Hospital in Manchester, England; Mary dies and Jodie’s condition is critical but stable.

5 November 1930: Lino Grech, Actor/Writer
7 November 1939: Gloria Mizzi, Broadcaster
25 November 1956: Giovanna Debono, Politician
30 November 1960: Michael Laus, National Orchestra Director

2 November 1935: Themistocles Zammit, Archaeologist, dies at 71
29 November 1988: Mabel Strickland, Politician/Journalist, dies at 89
23 November 2005: Antoine Camilleri, Artist, dies at 83
30 November 2001: Doreen Micallef, Poet/Writer, dies at 52

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