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Jab certificates for cinemas, gyms and bars no longer needed

Jab certificates for cinemas, gyms and bars no longer needed
Feb 14 2022 Share

More COVID-19 measures continue to be eased today. At the end of January, Deputy Prime Minister Chris Fearne had announced that a vaccine certificate will no longer be required from February 14th to enter bars, gyms, pools, spas, cinemas and theatres. 

These establishments still have to follow health standards issued by the health authorities. This follows the removal of vaccine certificate requirements for restaurants, snack bars and każini on February 7th.

On the 4th of this month, Fearne made a separate announcement, revealing that passengers coming to Malta from dark red zone countries who possess a valid vaccine certificate will be required to quarantine for 10 days instead of 14 as of today.

Those coming to Malta from abroad who are required to quarantine will also be allowed to do so at their own residence instead of the quarantine hotel. This is the case even if they only have a work permit. Quarantine hotels will only be used for people who are expected to quarantine but do not have a residency or work permit. 

Malta currently has 1,628 active cases, with 1,231,182 doses of the COVID vaccine administered till yesterday. In the past 24 hours, 3 people died of COVID in Malta, bringing up the death tally to 592. 54 are currently being treated at Mater Dei, with 3 being in intensive care. 

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Kersten Graham returns with a new track for Valentine’s Day

Kersten Graham returns with a new track for Valentine’s Day
Feb 14 2022 Share

Local beloved singer and songwriter Kersten Graham has returned with a brand new track just as we celebrate Valentine’s Day.

Titled ‘for you’, the song is a personal ode ‘straight from the heart.’ With a stunning lyric video to accompany Graham’s unique musical artistry, ‘for you’ is exactly the song we needed on this special day. 

A former XFactor contestant who made a name for himself, Kersten is a musician who specifies in blues and rock and he’s been on a roll producing and releasing new music. 

His latest tune is a perfect play for Valentine’s – whether you’re enjoying it with your loved one or simply want to get into the atmosphere of it all.  

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One of Malta’s most promising fashion designers joined the wedding scene

One of Malta’s most promising fashion designers joined the wedding scene
Feb 14 2022 Share

Promising fashion designer Jayden Curmi, the young mastermind behind the fashion brand JAY, has just joined the wedding scene and we’re in love. Jayden had already established himself as a talented and innovative fashion designer in the local scene, coming up with fresh designs for each of his collections. 

 

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Now, he’s unveiled his latest designs for bridesmaids awaiting their friends’ special day. The custom made bridesmaids dresses are made out of the finest tulle with butterfly patterns and look absolutely stunning. The dress also came in a small size for little girl bridesmaids, and it is one of the most adorable things we’ve ever seen. Jay himself thanked those who chose his work to give their wedding state-of-the-art clothing. 

Looking like something straight out if a fairy tale, the designer also shared his sketches for the bridesmaids dresses and documenting the process of what became the final product. 

Interviewed on MaltaDaily ‘MFiles’ last year, Jayden had opened up about how he progressed in the local fashion scene, expressing his love for the craft and how he plans to become a mainstay in the industry. And considering all his already released work, he is definitely on the right track!

 

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Marigold Foundation celebrates 8th Anniversary with donation of new Heart Machine

Marigold Foundation celebrates 8th Anniversary with donation of new Heart Machine
Feb 14 2022 Share

The first ever Cardiac Awareness Campaign in Malta was launched by The Marigold Foundation (TMF) on St Valentine’s Day, also marking the foundation’s 8th anniversary.

To emphasise its commitment to this new cause, TMF donated a state of the art high end Echocardiogram machine, a Philips EPIQ CVx, to the Department of Cardiology at Mater Dei Hospital. This cardiovascular ultrasound system offers advanced imaging of the heart and can identify even small changes in the pumping of the organ at a very early stage.

Highlighting a striking comparison, Cardiologist and Marigold Board member Mr. Robert Xuereb said that while Covid 19 took the lives of approximately 500 persons in a year, heart attacks still kill over 1,000 persons annually in Malta. Apart from this, cancers and their related therapies most often affect the function of the heart, possibly leading cancer patients to subsequently suffer from heart conditions.

The machine donated today will help prevent and treat the cardiovascular consequences of cancer therapy in a more timely manner. The machine will be used in the recently set up Cardio-Oncology Clinic led by experts from both the Department of Cardiology and the Department of Oncology.

Michelle Muscat, Chairperson and Co-Founder of TMF stated that the foundation’s pillars of health, social and education are all fulfilled through such an initiative.

The Cardiac Awareness campaign aims to educate the general public on the importance of staying healthy and knowing the signs of one of the major killers on the island. This forms part of an educational trail through Marigold’s series of campaigns. Apart from this, funds that are gathered through public fundraising are being used to serve the same general public when and where it needs it most.

Mrs Muscat said that The Marigold Foundation believes in the advancement of every citizen in this country and in bettering everyone’s lives through knowledge, education and support services thus ensuring that the Sustainable Development Goals advocated for by the United Nations are reached through the hard work of voluntary organisations such as The Marigold Foundation.

Present for the press conference were Ms Celia Falzon, CEO Mater Dei, Dr Nick Refalo, Chairman Department of Oncology,
Dr Alice May Moore, Cardiology Resident Specialist, lead in Cardio-Oncology, Dr Jeremy Fleri Soler, Cardiology Higher Specialist Trainee, with special interest in Cardio-Oncology and Ms Michelle Cassar, Charge Nurse, Cardiac Lab.

The Cardiac Awareness Campaign runs from Monday 14th to Wednesday 16th in the heart of Republic Street, Valletta where the general public is invited to visit and learn to take care of one self and how to prevent early deaths. The campaign is organised by The Marigold Foundation in collaboration with the Maltese Cardiac Society and with the support of the Museum of Archaeology.

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