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A nativity scene, crèche, or crib, is a depiction of the birth of Jesus as described in the gospels of Matthew and Luke. While the term “nativity scene” typically includes two dimensional depictions in film, painting, printmaking, and other media, the term popularly refers to static, three-dimensional, commercial or folk art dioramas, or pantomimes called “living nativity scenes” in which real humans and animals participate.
In Malta, nativity scenes are called ‘il-presepju’. Scenes are displayed in churches and most homes, complete with figurines representing Jesus, Mary and Joseph. The nativity scene is also popular in other countries, but in Malta, it is a staple of Christmas celebration.
This Festive Season the Malta Tourism Authority, together with the Ghaqda Hbieb tal-Presepju will be organising a Maltese Crib and Christmas Art Exhibition at the Auberge D’Italie (premises of the Secretariat for Tourism and the Environment) Merchants Street, Valletta.
This will be a high quality art and crafts exhibition focusing on the Christmas theme whereby artists will express themselves in a variety of media. The Exhibition will open on December 17 and close on January 7. 2011.
First Aid Lecture
Here’s a student sharing her experience.
Last Tuesday, Vicky Vincenti, a volunteer of St. John Ambulance explained the main topics of First Aid to some students.
First of all, she started giving some information of general interest like St. John ambulances started in 1882 and the very first First Aider written down in history was the good Samaritan in the Bible.
After that she focused on the topic. She told us that the first thing we have to do, when a person needs help, is to check that there’s no danger around.
Then we should verify if there’s response. If there’s no response the person is unconscious.
The next step is checking the Airway, Breathing and Gradation, one after the other. The “ABC”‘s of first aid.
Furthermore it’s important to put the person in recovery position to avoid the tongue going back and getting stuck in the airway. When food is getting stuck in the airway, called “choking”, there’s no oxygen coming up and concurrently the person gets blue.
If this happens, we have to hit him on the back five times and if it doesn’t work we should thrust the abdomen five times too.
Meanwhile we should call the emergency number and be careful when this happens to babies, because they need more care.
To sum up, the care given before medical help arrives can mean the difference between life and death.
Everyone should know what to do in common emergencies.
Raquel Sanchez Gavilanes