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The Italian Cultural Institute is glad to invite you to a very special musical event: Mo MICHAEL LAUS, Director of the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra will present the concert by guitarist EVAN PLUMPTON. Evan Plumpton was born in Malta in 1970. He started guitar lessons at the tender age of 7 eventually obtaining the FLCM (guitar performing), and A. Mus VCM (theory). He furthered his studies with Simon Schembri (Malta), John Mills and Carlos Bonell (England) and Domenico Spada (Italy). He holds a BA (Hons) degree from the University of Malta in Guitar Performance. He is currently reading for a Masters Degree in guitar under the supervision of Professor Michael Laus (Malta) and John Mills (Cardiff). He teaches regularly at the Johann Strauss School of Music in Valletta. Evan performs regularly in established venues around the island including the Manoel Theatre. Worthy of note is his rendition of Vivaldi’s guitar concerto with the National Orchestra which was held at the President’s Palace to great critical acclaim. He frequently gives recitals for local television and radio stations. He took part in the first Tunisian Guitar Festival organized by the Ministry of Tourism and Culture and in 2006 participated in the International Guitar Festival held in England. This event gave him the opportunity to meet esteemed professional guitarists amongst whom John Williams, Julian Bream and Alirio Diaz. The programme includes works by Johann Sebastian Bach, Agustín Barrios Mangoré, Joaquin Rodrigo and Roland Dyens.


Date: Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Time: At 8:00 pm

Organized by : Istituto Italiano di Cultura

In collaboration with : Array

Entrance : With fee


Hall of the Italian Cultural Institute


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February 25th, 2016

We’re running a few (virtual) servers, nothing special. It is rather easy to turn those machines into snowflakes . To counter this we introduced Salt. Salt does a nice job in deploying software to servers and upgrading them when run regularly. But how do we counter issues when changing the Salt configuration itself? The solution is simple: Test!

I do not plan to test my changes directly in our live environment, nor do I want to set up and maintain such a dynamic environment locally. I want to put as much configuration as possible under version control (Git).

What I want to check is if provisioning an environment works and if the key services are online. I’m not so much interested in the individual states. It’s the overall result I want to check for. That’s what will run in production, so that’s the important part.

For example, say I want to set up a Jenkins master. I’d like to build and test my configuration locally as much as possible, maybe even test provisioning different operating systems. I might event want to validate my configuration on our CI server. You can find an example in my Esse Marcasite Sterling Silver Marcasite Bumble Bee Stud Earrings BRjvtvS
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I created a small top.sls file for the salt environment:

And added the required Salt formula. So far so good. From this point onwards there are two things I can do:

You can probably see the strategy 1 has some downsides. If I need to tweak the formula, I need to re-provision the VM, which in itself can already lead to configuration drift. That means that when I’m finished with the configuration I need to remove the VM and create a new one (and then hope I did not miss anything). Even worse: I'm testing on a live environment. I can't imagine what could happen when the environment gets reprovisioned with my intermediate work.

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Last week in a client session, two team members rushed in frantically just as we were about to start the meeting. They dropped into their seats with disheveled hair and scowls on their faces. One of them said they didn’t get any sleep the night before because they were up all night with a sick child.

I took a deep breath and thought to myself, “Oh boy , this is going to be a tough day.”

We kicked off the meeting with a check-in, as usual. As everyone reported personal and professional good news, the body language in the room changed entirely. It was like flipping a light switch, and it was amazing to witness. The scowls went away, and everyone was ready to dig in. In the end it turned out to be a very productive meeting.

What’s a Meeting Check-In?

The beginning of every leadership team meeting should start with a check-in . In a check-in, everyone in the room shares some good news—one personal item, and one professional item. For a leadership team of seven people, the check-in should take no more than five minutes total. Don’t fall into the trap of accidentally getting sidetracked in a 20-minute conversation!

The check-in is one of the most powerful elements of a meeting. Don’t ever start a meeting without one! Here's why.

3 Reasons to Make Meeting Check-Ins a Priority

1) They help you stop working “in” your business and start working “on” it

Business leaders are normally so buried IN the day-to-day demands of putting out fires, they don’t take the time to work ON the business to figure out why the fires began in the first place. When you’re in the middle of fighting a fire, you’re in a completely different frame of mind than when you’re investigating what caused the fire. The check-in is a segue that helps you to make the mental transition from reactive firefighting to proactive problem-solving.

2) Check-ins create a positive frame of mind

Everyone comes into the meeting on a different page. Some are in a good mood, others are in a bad mood. Some are frustrated and others are excited. The check-in gets everyone into a positive frame of mind by focusing your attention on things worth celebrating. Having a positive frame of mind in turn helps your team to solve more issues faster during the meeting.

3) They increase team health

Check-ins get everyone on the same page to see the great things that are happening in each other’s lives. This brings a human element into the meetings—after all we’re not working with robots!

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