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Sarah Carabott

  • Loneliness has few friends in the policy sphere - Caritas director

    Loneliness has few friends in the policy sphere - Caritas director

    Some of those who turn up for lunch at Dar il-Hena’s emergency shelters might be able to afford a meal but they have no one else to share it with. Such people were suffering from a growing reality that was the worst form of punishment for humans:...

  • Efforts to open more emergency shelters

    Efforts to open more emergency shelters

    The Birkirkara emergency shelter for those who have nowhere to sleep – Dar Papa Franġisku – was full to capacity throughout December. As the need for shelter increases, the Dar il-Hena Foundation, which runs the male shelter and another one for...

  • President offers backing to animal welfare NGOs

    President offers backing to animal welfare NGOs

    The President has pledged her support for fundraisers in aid of animal welfare and offered proceeds from the annual citrus festival in aid of this cause. The proposal was made during a meeting between Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca and animal NGOs’...

  • A more lenient punishment for commercial drivers? No way, says road safety boss, cyclists

    A more lenient punishment for commercial drivers? No way, says road safety boss, cyclists

    Commercial drivers should be road safety ambassadors and not be given more room to break their driving obligations, according to the Malta Road Safety Council’s executive manager, Pierre Vella. He was reacting to comments made by the GRTU –...

  • No plan yet to get cyclists safely around ‘super-roundabouts'

    No plan yet to get cyclists safely around ‘super-roundabouts'

    The government’s pledge to double the number of cyclists on the roads was a victory overshadowed by “dangerous” changes at main junctions, among others, a ‘cycling balance sheet’ published by the Bicycling Advocacy Group shows. According to the...

  • Driving penalty point system 'can cost people their livelihoods'

    Driving penalty point system 'can cost people their livelihoods'

    The penalty point system for drivers needs to be fine-tuned for the private sector, as it can cost people their livelihoods, according to the Chamber of Small and Medium Enterprises (GRTU). The system, extended to all drivers on December 1, sees...

  • Penalty points paperwork is driving car rental firms up the wall

    Penalty points paperwork is driving car rental firms up the wall

    The penalty point system fosters higher responsibility on the road, however it has also increased bureaucratic burdens, according to an executive of a leading car rental operator. The businessman, who has more than a 1,000 company cars registered...

  • Important gene find in local ALS study

    Important gene find in local ALS study

    Maltese researchers have discovered two genes in a vital breakthrough that holds out new hope for the treatment of ALS, a degenerative neurological disease. The two genes are aptly named Valette and Gaulos. The privilege of naming them – a first...

  • Government has no intention of putting animals down

    Government has no intention of putting animals down

    The dogs and horses taken from an evicted group of squatters in Biżbiżija last week will remain with the Animal Welfare Directorate and the Police Force pending court proceedings. And there is no intention to put down the horses, the government...

  • ‘Jerusalem is the mother of all and not the lover of one’

    ‘Jerusalem is the mother of all and not the lover of one’

    In Palestine, the city of Bethlehem is putting the final touches to its preparations for the central role it plays in the Christian world. But it is impossible to hide the fact that the decision by US president Donald Trump to recognise Jerusalem...