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  • A green building solution

    A green building solution

    First developed 40 years ago, EVG-3D is a construction system that has been proven worldwide. Launched in Malta in 2013, the system is manufactured locally by JM Vassallo Vibro Blocks Limited. Apart from being a complete structural system using...

  • Up on the roof

    Up on the roof

    The LifeMedGreenRoof Project, set up within the Faculty for the Built Environment of the University of Malta, seeks to boost the eco credentials of our roofs, says project manager Antoine Gatt. In recent years, we have seen an increase in the...

  • All will be revealed

    All will be revealed

    Do you ever wonder if there’s something you don’t know? A family secret from the past, perhaps, or a backstory to your partner’s un-blotted copybook? After all, can we ever really, really know someone? These questions are some of the many asked,...

  • It’s all happening here

    It’s all happening here

    A constant demand and quality supply makes buying property in Sliema and St Julian’s an attractive investment, says Marianne Cauchi, senior property consultant at the Frank Salt Sliema branch. The local real estate market offers a variety of...

  • Evolution of stamp collecting in Malta

    Evolution of stamp collecting in Malta

    In the past, stamp collecting in Malta had a rather restricted meaning. “As youngsters we used to collect every stamp that came our way, soaking them off envelopes and sticking them in copybooks with a heading of the country they represented, and...

  • Open the garden door

    Open the garden door

    Our islands are so heavily built up that we are missing out on the vital benefits of trees and plants. Architect Amber Wismayer tells Veronica Stivala how the President’s Ethnobotanical Hub is working to help people reconnect with nature through...

  • Digging for the truth

    Digging for the truth

    Gone Girl (2014)Certified: 18Duration: 149 minutesDirected by: David FincherStarring: Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Neil Patrick Harris, Tyler Perry, Carrie Coon, Kim Dickens, Patrick Fugit, Casey Wilson, Missi Pyle, Sela WardKRS Releasing Ltd Gone ...

  • Close to home

    Close to home

    Meet the neighbours At first, pharmacist Miriam Calleja wasn’t looking for a property in the St Julian’s and Kappara area, which is where her parents live. Her aim was to find a place that was not too far from her workplace and from her family at...

  • Trapped in a deadly maze

    Trapped in a deadly maze

    The Maze Runner (2014)Certified: 12ADuration: 113 minutesDirected by: Wes BallStarring: Dylan O’Brien, Aml Ameen, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Ki Hong Lee, Will Poulter, Blake Cooper, Kaya Scodelario, Dexter DardenKRS Releasing Ltd Young adult literary...

  • Fresh cod in Mediterranean sauce

    Fresh cod in Mediterranean sauce

    Ingredients4 fresh cod steaks800g peeled tomatoes150g peeled onions60g black olives30g capers25g tomato pasteFresh basilGarlicOlive oilGlass red wine Method To prepare the sauce, chop the onions and garlic. Heat some olive oil and lightly fry the...

  • 80 years of safe structures

    80 years of safe structures

    As Kee Safety Limited, a leading supplier of rooftop and ground based guardrail systems, celebrates the 80th anniversary of its popular Kee Klamp fitting, the company also marks a relationship which spans nearly seven decades with the Malta-based...

  • Reality stranger than fiction

    Reality stranger than fiction

    Pride (2014)Certified: 15Duration: 120 minutesDirected by: Matthew WarchusStarring: Bill Nighy, Imelda Staunton, Dominic West, Andrew Scott, George MacKay, Ben Schnetzer, Joseph Gilgun, Freddie Fox, Paddy ConsidineKRS Releasing Ltd Pride is one...

  • Crop samples heading to seed vault off Norway

    Crop samples heading to seed vault off Norway

    Nearly 10,000 new varieties of crops from around the world are being added to the ‘doomsday’ seed vault in the Arctic as part of efforts to ensure global food security. The Svalbard Global Seed Vault, on an island off Norway’s northern coast,...

  • Chicken, chorizo and seafood paella

    Chicken, chorizo and seafood paella

    Serves 4 Ingredients400g medium grain rice10g saffron1 medium-sized onion, diced2 cloves garlic, finely chopped100g shrimps100g black shell mussels100g vongole meat100g calamari, diced250g chicken breast, cut into cubes100g chorizo, cut into...

  • Play taps phone-hacking laughs... but not for all

    Play taps phone-hacking laughs... but not for all

    Foreign visitors to London’s West End may benefit from a little background reading if they have tickets for Great Britain. A ruthless, scatological and no-holds-barred look at the British phone-hacking scandal and at media ethics in general, the...

  • The Man Booker shortlist

    The winner of the 2014 Man Booker Prize, considered one of the world’s most prestigious literary awards, will be announced today in London. Here are capsule reviews by Reuters correspondents of the six shortlisted contenders. The Lives of Others...

  • Wine producers in the UK increase by 50%

    Wine producers in the UK increase by 50%

    The number of new wine producers in the UK has increased by almost 50 per cent in the past year, research has shown. The total has grown to a 20-year high of 135, according to accountancy group UHY Hacker Young. The increase follows more demand...

  • Rapper Iggy Azalea leads music awards nominations

    Australian rapper Iggy Azalea scored the most American Music Award nominations with six nods, including the coveted artist of the year and favourite single and hip hop album, according to an announcement yesterday. Singers John Legend and Pharrell...

  • Kill the Messenger: ‘A story that had to be told’

    Kill the Messenger: ‘A story that had to be told’

    Whether it’s a serial killer, a bomb disposal expert or an investigative journalist in the political thriller movie Kill the Messenger, actor Jeremy Renner likes playing dark characters and ordinary men in extraordinary circumstances. Kill the...

  • Asparagus and scampi orzotto

    Asparagus and scampi orzotto

    Serves 4 Ingredients400g orzotto (wild barley)300g asparagus tips6 large scampi6 small scampi50g butter1 shallot1 pint of fish broth1 packet of saffronTomatoesSalt and pepper Method Shell the scampi, leaving the tail attached to the bottom. Put...

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