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  • Williams masked depression with comedy

    Williams masked depression with comedy

    From an eccentric alien to an animated blue genie, a loveable British nanny and a fatherly therapist, actor Robin Williams used his multilayered brand of comedy to make people laugh. But behind the boyish exuberance and hyperactive energy was a...

  • Salt-related deaths revealed

    Salt-related deaths revealed

    Excessive sodium accounts for estimated 2.3 million deaths from heart attacks, strokes and other heart-related diseases annually, experts suggest Consuming too much salt leads to more than 1.6 million heart disease-related deaths around the world...

  • Police defend actor’s death report release

    Police in California have defended their decision to release details about how actor Robin Williams killed himself, saying state law required that they be disclosed to the public. Marin County Sheriff’s lieutenant Keith Boyd said the agency would...

  • Obesity raises cancer risk

    People who are overweight or obese are at greater risk of developing cancer, according to a major new study. Researchers from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine gathered data on 5.2 million people in the UK, of which nearly 170,000...

  • Zelda Williams quits all social media

    Zelda Williams quits all social media

    Robin Williams’s daughter has abandoned her online social media accounts in disgust following what she called “cruel and unnecessary” messages sent to her following her father’s death. Zelda Williams, 25, wrote that she was deleting her Twitter,...

  • Apple bans iPhone chemicals

    Apple bans iPhone chemicals

    Apple is banning the use of two potentially hazardous chemicals during the final assembly of iPhones and iPads in the company’s latest commitment to protect the factory workers who build its trendy devices. The decision comes five months after the...

  • Grape juice

    As the second week of pressing wraps up at the Delicata family winery, two more grape varieties are safely ‘tucked away’ in their fermentation tanks. Whereas last week saw the pressing of some of the Maltese Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc...

  • Record attendance at Delicata Wine Festival

    Record attendance at Delicata Wine Festival

    The 13th Delicata Classic Wine Festival held last weekend at the Upper Barrakka Gardens in Valletta smashed all previous records, every night of the four-day event. Local wine enthusiasts and tourists turned out in their thousands to ‘sip and...

  • Red prawn quenelles

    Red prawn quenelles

    IngredientsFresh red prawn, four each200g white breadcrumbs200g pistachio, roughly ground100g plain flour2 whole eggsOil for fryingFor the herb mayonnaise100g mayonnaise1 medium fresh tomato, peeled and chopped1 tbsp mixed fresh herbsMint,...

  • Grouper and olive ravioli

    Grouper and olive ravioli

    Serves 2 Ingredients For the filling200g grouper25g basil10g lemon confit25g black olives25g onions1 garlic clove1 egg300g pasta dough For the sauce50g onions100g tomatoes200ml fish stock1 tub sea urchin150ml cream25ml olive oil Method Blend all...

  • Accent on young performers

    Accent on young performers

    RecitalGennaro (violin) and Raffaella (cello) CardaropoliItalian Cultural Institute A pair of highly accomplished young siblings gave a marvellous recital at the splendid main salon of the Italian Cultural Institute. The evening was one of the...

  • In praise of sacred and profane love

    In praise of sacred and profane love

    ConcertCappella Sanctae Catherinae and guestsDir. Alex Vella GregoryCarmelite Church and Priory, Mdina The Cappella Sanctae Catherinae (CSC) came up with something new and very practical. In view of the nature of the works performed, they sang the...

  • Music, the spark of life

    Music, the spark of life

    Begin Again (2013)Certified: 12ADuration: 104 minutesDirected by: John CarneyStarring: Keira Knightley, Mark Ruffalo, Adam Levine, Hailee Steinfeld, James Corden, CeeLo Green, Mos Def, Catherine KeenerKRS Releasing Ltd Dan Mulligan (Mark Ruffalo)...

  • Return to the land of vehicles

    Return to the land of vehicles

    Planes: Fire and Rescue (2014)Certified: UDuration: 84 minutesDirected by: Roberts GannawayVoices of: Dane Cook, Stacy Keach, Brad Garrett, Danny Mann, Teri Hatcher, Julie Bowen, Ed Harris, Wes Studi, Dale DyeKRS Releasing Ltd Set in the world of...

  • Boy loves new ‘big ears’

    Boy loves new ‘big ears’

    A boy born without any ears has had a pair created from his own ribs. Not many nine-year-olds desire to have a “big pair of ears” but before the operation it was Kieran Sorkin’s biggest wish. Last week experts at the world renowned Great Ormond...

  • Mushroom risotto

    Mushroom risotto

    Ingredients50g dried porcini mushrooms1 vegetable stock cube2 tbsps olive oil1 onion, finely chopped2 garlic cloves, finely chopped250g pack chestnut mushrooms, sliced and washed300g risotto rice1 x 175ml glass white wine25g butterhandful parsley...

  • Sixth Harry Potter film is ‘hard to watch’

    Sixth Harry Potter film is ‘hard to watch’

    They earned him a fortune estimated at around €75 million, but Daniel Radcliffe is still able to be critical of his Harry Potter film performances − even hating one of them. Radcliffe, 25, who played the schoolboy wizard in eight films from the...

  • Ninja Turtles beat Marvel’s Guardians at US box office

    Ninja Turtles beat Marvel’s Guardians at US box office

    The return of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles earned $65 million in ticket sales at US and Canadian movie theatres over the weekend, easily winning a box office battle with Marvel’s outer space hit Guardians of the Galaxy. Ninja Turtles, a reboot...

  • Pork roulade

    Pork roulade

    Ingredients150g thinly sliced pork loin For the filling50g minced pork10g bacon, chopped50g finely chopped peppers, onions, garlic, apple, raisins2g coriander seeds, crushed Method Prepare the filling by putting all ingredients together in a bowl...

  • Steven Seagal performs in Crimea concert for bikers

    US actor Steven Seagal has reportedly performed at a concert in Crimea on a stage decorated with the flag of pro-Russian separatists fighting in eastern Ukraine. Seagal, who knows Russian President Vladimir Putin, apparently performed in the Black...

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