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Purpose of Team Building

There are not a lot of places where “team building” definition can be found. In Wikipedia it is explained in such a way: “Team building is a philosophy of job design in which employees are viewed as members of interdependent teams instead of as individual workers. Team building refers to a wide range of activities, presented to businesses, schools, sports teams, religious or nonprofit organizations designed for improving team performance. Team building is pursued via a variety of practices, and can range from simple bonding exercises to complex simulations and multi-day team building retreats designed to develop a team (including group assessment and group-dynamic games), usually falling somewhere in between.”

Simply saying the purpose of team building is to increase effectiveness of every individual to cooperate for the purpose of team. Team manager should consider some team building activities if such symptoms occur:

  • Can see apathy of employees and lack of involvement;
  • Productivity or quality of service strongly decreases;
  • Permanent conflicts between team members or negative reaction to the manager;
  • Confusion about assignments, missed signals, decisions misunderstood or not carried through properly;
  • Lack of initiation, imagination, innovation; routine actions taken for solving complex problems;
  • Ineffective staff meetings, low participation, minimally effective decisions.

Team building events also include a company’s celebrations around holidays.

When designing or selecting a team building event, try to arrange the event at an off-site location. Be ready for the session by transportation things you would like. Be versatile and have a back-up arrange just in case you encounter hurdles. Use acceptable safety measures pro re nata.

Remember to involve all parties and anticipate opposition and blunders. as a result of people learn otherwise, incorporate parts for those that learn through sight, sound, and touch. Encourage participants to travel with the flow, even once the arrange deviates. Enable time for thought and reflection, however finish the event promptly.

Good team build should lead to:

  • Good communications with participants as team members and individuals;
  • Diverse co-workers working well together;
  • Better operating policies and procedures;
  • A climate of cooperation and collaborative problem-solving, higher levels of trust and support;
  • Clear work objectives;
  • Team members motivated to achieve goals and higher level of job satisfaction;
  • Increased department productivity and creativity.

Also see:

Interesting Facts About Malta

Weather Conditions in Malta

Pictures of Malta


Main Diving Tips for New Divers

  • Be prepared – take theoretical courses, choose right place and equipments.
  • Select reliable and experienced partner.
  • Dive with locals – they will show you best places and help in case of any problems.
  • Don‘t drink alcohol before diving, you should be healthy, rested and feel good.
  • Practice how to remove and replace equipment in water.
  • At the begining do your deepest dive.
  • Do not hold your breath underwater.
  • Firstly descent your feet, it will help you to equalize your ears.
  • After 3-4 meters stop for about 3 minutes, it is called safety stop.
  • Always stay together with your partner.
  • Allways keep your diving plan.
  • Be prepered for unexpected extra circumstances and know what to to in case of „what if…“
  • Do not ascend to fast – recomended ascend ratio is about 9 meters per minute. Or simply do not ascend faster than your bubbles.
  • Be conservative, allways follow the rules, than everything will go easy and you do not hurt.

Tips for air saving:

  • Check if your mask don‘t leak the air.
  • Swim slowly and you will use less air.
  • Do not dive deeper as you have to be, if there is nothing interesting to see, better swim in shallow.
  • Dive more often – you will get more experience and in that way use less air while diving.
  • Be fitted – overweight increases usage of air.

Diving in Malta

One of many wonderful atractions in Malta is diving. Malta and surrounding islands are situated in Mediterranean sea, here water is calm and clear and around Malta, Gozo and other islands here are reefs, sunken ships, various caves, so if you like dive travel – this diving experience would be really interesting for you.

Ċirkewwa is a harbour situated on a point at the northernmost part of Malta. This place is really valuated of divers. Here you can dive near sunk enship or near the statue of the Madonna. Those who are looking for more extreme – here are underwater rocks in depth of 38 meters.

Diving in Malta is suitable for begginers as far as experienced divers will also have what to do here. Various depths of dive satisfies all needs. Here are a lot of diving schools where you can take instructions for beginners and further too. Just before diving you need to have permision from doctor, you can take such permision from your own doctor or you can be checked there, in the diving school.

People are usually diving in groups with instructor. If you would like to dive alone, you have to had certificate, which approves that you are qualified enough to dive alone (PADI Advanced Open Water or equivalent certification by other agencies (e.g. CMAS Two Star Diver, SSI Advanced Open Water, BSAC Sport Diver, SSI Advanced Open Water, etc)).


Interesting Facts About Lithuania

  • Lithuania is situated in Eastern Europe, between Latvia and Russia, and stands bordered by the Baltic Sea, Belarus and Poland.
  • During the medieval period Lithuania was a powerful state and parts of Poland, Russia, Belarus, and Ukraine lied within its territories. So by the end of the XIV century, Lithuania was the largest country in Europe.
  • The First Lithuanian Book was published in 1547.
  • Lithuania is one of countries that make up the ‘Baltic States’.
  • Lithuania was the first Soviet republic to declare independence from the USSR.
  • The Geographical Centre of Europe is 26 km to the North of Vilnius as it was found by The National Institute of Geography in France.
  • Vilnius University was the first University in the Eastern Europe.
  • Vilnius has a number of well-preserved examples of Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque architecture.
  • The mother of Pope John Paul II was of Lithuanian descent.
  • Lithuania’s Hill of Crosses is a significant pilgrimage site where the devout go to pray and add their crosses to the thousands that have been left by other pilgrims before.
  • A popular traditional Lithuanian dish is Cepelinai, this is an oval shaped potato dumpling filled with ground meat, cheese or mushrooms.
  • Bread Lithuanian’s love bread. You’ll find many varieties, including bread filled with dried fruits, spices, nuts, or potato.
  • Lithuanian national bird is Stork.
  • Basketball is the most popular sport in Lithuania, called second religion of the country.
  • Before the financial crisis of 2007–2010, the Lithuanian economy was considered to be one of the fastest growing in the European Union.
  • As per the Speedtest.net website, as of 30 October 2011 Lithuania enjoys the fastest internet upload and downloads speed.


Interesting Facts About Malta

  • Malta is located in the Mediterranean Sea between Europe and North Africa (Sicily and Tunisia).
  • In the past, there was once a bridge connecting Malta to Sicily.
  • The area of the island is only 316 km2, which makes Malta one of the world’s smallest countries.
  • Even though the Maltese islands are tiny, major worldwide newspapers are still sold on the islands. The most common international newspapers that you’ll find are British, French and Italian newspapers.
  • Malta was earlier known as Melita, meaning the island of honey, by ancient Greeks and Romans.
  • The Temple of Ggantija traces back its foundation for a time period much before the Egyptian pyramids.
  • The megalithic temples in Malta boast of having a lineage older than England’s Stonehenge.
  • Malta is believed to have served as the site of the legendary city of Atlantis.
  • Mosta Dome is the third largest unsupported church dome in Europe.
  • The University of Malta is one of the oldest universities in Europe and was founded in 1592.
  • Valletta has been named after Jean Parisot de la Valette, a Grand Master of the Knights of St John.
  • Malta’s national dish is “Fenek” made from cooked rabbit.
  • The most popular Maltese pastry “Pastizzi” has quickly caught up with one of the most popular pastries in Europe. This is filled with local ingredients, but most popularly with ricotta cheese and peas.
  • 38% of the land is arable and here, only 3% of permanent crops is grown. It would be also interesting to know that there is 0% forest and woodland cover in this diverse country.
  • Low hills with terraced fields all across the islands. There are not any mountains or rivers. Coastline composes primarily of harbors, bays, cliffs, sandy and rocky beaches.
  • Malta was awarded with the George Cross, by King George VI (UK), in the year 1942.
  • Malta’s Grand Harbor boasts of being one of the best natural deep-water harbors in the world.
  • The most famous crafts village in Europe, called ‘Ta’Qali’, is found in central Malta.
  • In 1980 in Malta a set of films about Popeye was made. This place now is referred to as “Popeye City” and is one of the biggest tourist attractions in this island.
  • Bryan Adams and Britney Spears are of Maltese descent.
  • The beautiful and elegant Pharaoh Hound Dog is Malta’s National Dog. In Maltese, the breed is called Kelbtal-Fenek.
  • Most famous non-alcoholic drink in Malta is Kinnie.

 

Also check:

Weather Conditions in Malta

To Malta by Air

Pictures of Malta

 

 

 

 

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To Malta by Air

Malta is very strategically located at the heart of the Mediterranean with very close ties to mainland Europe, North Africa and the Middle East. Malta is a perfect gateway to the Euro-Mediterranean region and further.

                                       

 Flights duration to main destinations

flights

                                 

                                        Airlines which land in Malta Luqa International Airport

 

 


Weather in Malta

Malta’s weather and climate are strongly influenced by the sea and have a characteristic Mediterranean flavor, similar to that found in southern Italy or southern Greece.

The climate is typically Mediterranean, with hot, dry summers, warm and sporadically wet autumns, and short, cool winters with adequate rainfall. Nearly three-fourths of the total annual rainfall of about 600 millimeters (24 inches) falls between October and March; June, July, and August are normally quite dry.

The temperature is very stable, the annual mean being 18ºC (64ºF) and the monthly averages ranging from 12º C (54ºF) to 31ºC (88ºF).

Yearly rainfall in Malta is rather low – approximately 600mm (24 inches) and the length of the dry season in summer is longer than in southern Italy. Malta has a very sunny climate with an average of five to six hours of sunshine a day in midwinter and over twelve hours a day in mid-summer.

 

Annual weather/see temperature in Malta (in Celsius)

temperature in Malta


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