Global pregnancy group launches in Gozo

first_imgThe Positive Birth Movement (PBM) will be launching in Gozo. This organisation will be hosting free-to-attend meet-ups aimed at pregnant women, their partners, as well as parents. The PBM is a global grassroots organisation with over 400 groups around the world.PBM Gozo will be run by Senior Midwife Dr. Georgette Spiteri and Maternal Health & Parenthood Writer Daniela Grech Sultana. The group will be launched on social media on Mother’s Day and will hold the first monthly meet up in June. The date, time and location of each meet-up will be communicated every month.The PBM was set up in 2012 by birth campaigner and mum of 3 Milli Hill. Groups meet all around the world and are a place for women to get support and information, as well as learn more about their birth choices. All of the groups are connected by the PBM’s large social media network.The aim of the groups is to create a space for women and their partners to make their voices heard, to feel empowered and build a community which supports women and birth. By coming together, in real life and online, and sharing experiences, feelings, knowledge and wisdom, women and society can create a movement which advocates for positive childbirth. <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> SharePrintcenter_img WhatsApplast_img read more

Photos restored Titular painting depicting St Helena finding the Cross to be

first_img <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> The Collegiate Basilica of Saint Helen in Birkirkara will be inaugurating the conserved and restored triumphal Titular painting depicting St Helena finding the Cross painted by Francesco Zahra in 1763 on Thursday 25th July at 7.30 pm.The painting is the largest painting on canvas by the artist. The project included the conservation of the large decorative wooden gilded decorative frame.After last year’s feast, Provost Paul Carmel Vella along with the Basilica’s Collegiate Chapter took the decision to undertake this important and much-needed conservation project. The conservation work was entrusted to Maria Grazia Zenzani and Valentina Lupo from Atelier del Restauro.Zahra was regarded as being the most important painter in MaltaThe painting was completed at a time when Zahra was regarded as being the most important painter in Malta. It is thought that Salvatore Psaila was inspired by Zahra’s painting to sculpt in 1837 the marvellous wooden polychrome titular statue of St Helena pertaining to the same Basilica. The canvas measures 370cm x 550cm.The scene depicted in the painting tells the story of St Helen, the mother of Emperor Constantine, as she goes on a pilgrimage to the Holy Land. While on her travels, she discovers the True Cross.Visible in the painting as one of her followers is Bishop Macarius, who can be seen in front of a large building which likely refers to the church of the Holy Sepulchre. This was a building, which was constructed on the site on the request of the Saint. Its remains can be seen at the feet of the Saint, shown as debris and a broken statue.Bright colours and evocative light uncoveredThanks to a meticulous cleaning treatment the altered varnish layer, embedded superficial dust and candle soot, together with a number of over paintings, were removed to uncover the bright colours and evocative light of the pictorial layer. The canvas was consolidated and conserved and the strainer frame replaced with a new one constructed according to modern conservation principles.The evening will include a presentation about the conservation project Atelier del Restauro along with a presentation about the historical aspect of the painting by Dr Sandro Debono.Music will be conducted by Mro Abraham D’Amato.All are invited to attend. SharePrintcenter_img WhatsApplast_img read more