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Press Release 06/06/2018

 

6th June 2018

PRESS RELEASE

Fire at the Mandarin Oriental hotel in central London: More than 100 firefighters sent to tackle blaze


“Dozens of residents, guests and members of staff were evacuated after a fire broke out at one of London’s smartest hotels.

Guests at the five star Mandarin Oriental climbed several floors down external fire escapes to get away from thick black smoke billowing above them.

The fire came only a week after the completion of "the most extensive restoration in its 115-year history" - Gareth Davies and Patrick Sawer, senior reporters – The Telegraph

A few days away from the first anniversary of the Grenfell tower fire incident and a few months away from the fire in the car park of the Liverpool arena, another huge fire has broken out in central London. This time it is the five star Mandarin Oriental Hotel. The building came ablaze notwithstanding the fact that the building had undergone the most extensive restoration in its history. This incident once again emphasises the importance of proper fire engineering design and adequate facilities management of buildings.

As a Chamber of Engineers we note with satisfaction the important initiative taken by the Government, through the Ministry of Transport, Infrastructure and Capital Projects. The setting up of a new authority that will have the function of regulating the construction industry.

We therefore encourage the Government to push forward this process as it shall be the catalyst to the initiation of a holistic process leading to local building regulations that should also cover the fire safety aspects of buildings. These regulations should also induce the requirement for periodic inspections of systems within buildings and to this effect no distinction should be made between residential and non-residential buildings.

The Chamber of Engineers is always ready to work with the Government and its competent entities as we strongly believe in the overarching principle that is core of our profession and that is ensuring constantly public health and safety. We have therefore confirmed our support to the Hon. Dr. Borg that the Chamber of Engineers would be ready to participate on the authority as one of the important stakeholders in the Industry.

 

 

Inġ. Norman Zammit

President, CoE

 

Dr Inġ Daniel Micallef

General Secretary, CoE

 

Official Press Release Document

 
VOPS 2018

 

 

The Chamber of Engineers has been awarded funding for the Voluntary Organisations Project Scheme (VOPs) | MaltaCVS


The project entitled Engineering Education in Malta: paving the way for future industry

 

The Chamber of Engineers is receiving quotations for the following services:

 

Call for Quotations - Data Analysis

 

Clarifications - Data Analysis

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1. The reports that need to be used to extract the relevant data are mainly found in the following public reference:

https://www.um.edu.mt/matsec/reports/statisticalreport

Please note that only the relevant parts of the documents should be consulted.

2. The deadline for the final report will be one month after the start of engagement. Following this the service provider might be called for a meeting to present the findings and answer any queries.

3. The final report should not be too elaborate but should contain all information requested. There is no template for this report.

 

Call for Quotations - Survey

Kindly send your quotations to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it and This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

by not later than 29th June 2018

 

 


 
Engineering Sustainability & Sustainable Energy 2018

The Chamber of Engineers is organising a joint conference in collaboration with the Institute for Sustainable Energy of the University of Malta, entitled:

Engineering Sustainability & Sustainable Energy 2018

ESSE ‘18

Tuesday 8th May 2018

The Dolmen Resort Hotel & Spa, St. Paul’s Bay, Malta

As technological advancements are being made in all societal levels and the quality of life has increased, unprecedented pressures on the planet have resulted in weather anomalies, resource depletion, wildlife habitat loss and an increased potential for human conflict. Engineers and Scientists have now found themselves in a unique position of responsibility, where they need to seek inspiration to further technological progress by doing more with less, to achieve higher efficiencies and enhance productivity, and to sustain the engineering trade, while engineering a sustainable future.

This conference aims at bringing together all professional stakeholders to discuss future plans and demonstrate their latest success stories in engineering a sustainable future. Many aspects will be considered from micro to macro levels. Resources, including but not limited to energy and renewable energy, industry, buildings and policy shall be considered and linked to sustainability and the energy challenges that human beings will face beyond 2020.

Registration to the conference is now open. 

CLICK HERE FOR REGISTRATION FORM


CLICK HERE FOR PROGRAMME

 

 
Managing Risk When Investing

Dear Colleague,


Kindly take note of this interesting activity entitled Managing Your Risk When Investing.   The event is being held in collaboration with the Chamber’s corporate sponsor Bank of Valletta.  Please refer to the below event information and programme.


This is a free of charge event.  Kindly confirm your participation by forwarding an email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it by not later than 10th April.  For security reasons, since the event will be held at the BOV premises, when confirming your attendance, you are kindly requested to forward your full name and surname as shown on your ID card together with your ID No.  You will also be kindly asked to present your ID card at the door on the evening of the event.


We look forward to seeing you.

 

Best Regards,

 

Inġ. Michael D’Amato

Activities Secretary

 

 

Managing Risk When Investing

A decade on from the financial crisis, what have we learnt?  As cheap money floods global economy, is there a similarity to what happened ten years ago?

Prior to the crisis, high risk investments tended to be associated with equities, while low risk investments were linked to Government bonds, Cash accounts and bonds. The market volatility that ensued after the 2008 market crash indicated that the risk conventionally associated with these investment has changed.

A basic definition of the term ‘risk’ shows that it involves the probability that the actual return will differ from the expected return. Risk is focused primarily on the downside which may lead investors to lose capital. Therefore, a good understanding of what risk is and the basic strategies for managing risk, is becoming increasingly more important in today’s markets.

Against this backdrop, Fund Managers have, in recent years, developed a new concept whereby funds are being set up with their composition dictated by the risk appetite of the investor and not by the prescribed investments in that fund.  Rather than investing in single securities, the individual investor may choose the portfolio which best fits his or her risk appetite. These kind of funds have a distinct level of expected return linked to the volatility of the markets which cater for individuals with a different tolerance to risk.


 
Annual General Meeting Elections

As communicated to you, the Annual General Meeting (AGM) shall be held on Friday 16th February 2018. The event will be held at 5.45p.m. at the Professional Centre in Gzira. The undersigned has received five nominations for election on the executive council. The number of vacancies for the upcoming council term will be that of five and hence a formal election will not be held as detailed in the statute of the Chamber of Engineers. Members are still strongly encouraged to attend.


Those members who did not yet pay their membership fee can still attend the AGM provided they renew their membership at the door.


The following is the latest agenda for the AGM:


1. Reading and approval of minutes

2. Matters arising

3. Correspondence

4. President’s address

5. Treasurer’s report

6. Ratification of the post of International Secretary

7. Ratification of legal counsel

8. Motions received

9. Election of Auditors

10. Other matters


The work of the Council during the past years has dealt with various issues which can affect you directly. Your involvement and support is thus highly appreciated. Motion/s should be forwarded to the Chamber’s Secretariat at least one week prior to the AGM for such proposals to be discussed during the meeting.


Best regards,

 

Dr Ing. Daniel Micallef

Secretary General


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