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Claire Caruana

  • Republic Street shop owners fume as street vendors pop up

    Republic Street shop owners fume as street vendors pop up

    Republic Street shop owners are concerned that the issuing of permits to street vendors could negatively impact their shops and efforts to raise standards in Valletta. Business owners, who spoke to the Times of Malta on the condition of anonymity,...

  • Claudia Faniello: ‘I feel as though I am in some dream’

    Claudia Faniello: ‘I feel as though I am in some dream’

    A day after winning the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, Claudia Faniello is still trying to wrap her head around the fact that she will be heading to Ukraine in May to represent Malta at the Eurovision Song Contest. Her ninth attempt at winning the...

  • Meet the man who lost half his weight in a year

    Meet the man who lost half his weight in a year

    Not many people boast about being half the person they once were, but for Melchior Vassallo, this is a feat he is proud of: the 36-year-old lost half his weight in just a year. Mr Vassallo had tipped the scales ever since he was a young boy,...

  • Drug abuse reaches ‘a whole new level’

    Drug abuse reaches ‘a whole new level’

    Drug abuse has reached a “whole new level” as more people dabble in cocaine, according to police sources, with emerging trends suggesting that some users can splurge on over €400 worth of the drug in one weekend. People’s attitudes towards drug...

  • Insulin needles for adult diabetics are unavailable

    Insulin needles for adult diabetics are unavailable

    Diabetics who needed regular insulin injections were being forced to get by with needles usually used by children, as the eight-millimetre ones for adults were out of stock, Times of Malta was told. The patients who require the needles – normally...

  • 20 kilograms of cocaine seized last year, four times more than in 2014

    20 kilograms of cocaine seized last year, four times more than in 2014

    The police seized more than 20 kilograms of cocaine last year, four times the amount confiscated just two years before, official data shows. Yet, despite the increase in cocaine seizures, cannabis remained the most popular confiscated drug, with...

  • ‘Always remind the elderly that they are valued’

    ‘Always remind the elderly that they are valued’

    The elderly need to be reminded regularly they are valued members of society, especially when they move to residential homes, according to Caritas HelpAge director Anne Rose Toledo. Speaking during an event organised by the agency at the Holy...

  • Street vendors still not adequately regulated – GRTU

    Street vendors still not adequately regulated – GRTU

    Street vendors setting up stalls all over the island ahead of events like Valentine’s Day and Mother’s Day are still not adequately regulated, it has emerged. More than a year after the Chamber for Small and Medium Businesses (GRTU) initiated...

  • Newlyweds to shun romance for honeymoon of voluntary work

    Newlyweds to shun romance for honeymoon of voluntary work

    Like most couples busy planning a wedding, Catherine Aquilina and Albert Sciberras are eager to mark their special day by going away on honeymoon. But while many opt for romantic vacations, this couple have decided to go on a trip far removed from...

  • Pharmacists in ‘conscientious objection’ to morning-after pill

    Pharmacists in ‘conscientious objection’ to morning-after pill

    A number of individual pharmacists are refusing to dispense the morning-after pill on moral grounds, it has emerged, even though the emergency contraceptive is stocked in the pharmacies where they work. The pharmacists are either directing...