WATCH: Increase in street beggars as Malta copes with inflation

WATCH: Increase in street beggars as Malta copes with inflation
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Could Malta be experiencing an increase in street beggars as it continues to cope with the rapid increase in prices across the country?


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A recent clip shows a woman roaming the streets of Birgu asking people in the surrounding area for any spare change that they may have before wandering off, potentially to find someone else.

While the ongoing battle with inflation is not exclusive to the Malta, organisations helping those in need are feeling more and more pressure as the number of people requiring financial assistance continues to increase.

On Tuesday, YMCA Chief Executive Officer Anthony Camilleri told NET News that they have seen an increase in people who cannot cope with food prices, with some not even able to purchase a bottle of water. Camilleri went on to shine light on a new phenomenon where individuals aged 60 and over are going to the YMCA because they cannot afford to buy their medicine or sustain a roof over their heads.

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Sprite ditches iconic green bottle for more environmental friendly alternative

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Coca-Cola has announced that it will be changing Sprite’s iconic green bottles to a more environmental friendly alternative. The bottle will now be transparent like other soft drinks owned by the company such as Fanta, Powerade and Coca-Cola itself.

Julian Ochoa, CEO of R3CYCLE, a plastic group helping Coca-Cola improve its recycling said in a statement “Taking colours out of bottles improves the quality of the recycled material,”. The current green Sprite bottles contains green polyethylene terephthalate (PET) an additive that unfortunately cannot be recycled.

Ochoa also went on to say “When recycled, clear PET Sprite bottles can be remade into bottles, helping drive a circular economy for plastic.” Customers will also take notice of a revamped and more simplistic logo on the bottles.

In 2020, the company was actually ranked the worst company when it comes to plastic pollution by environmental firm Break Free From Plastic. However back in 2018 Coca-Cola did start its “World Without Waste” initiative with the ultimate aim being of collecting and recycling one bottle or can for each one it sells by 2030.


Police find 38kg of drugs worth around €1.5 million 

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A Bulgarian man has been charged after police found 38kg of drugs, estimated to be worth around  €1.5 million in the back of his truck that just arrived from Sicily.

28-year old Mustafa El Madhoun was arrested on Sunday after police inspected his truck upon arrival from Pozzallo. The drugs were eventually found in hidden compartments with the help of the police’s K-9 unit. The police announced that this discovery managed to help stop an international circuit of drug trafficking.

After arresting the man, the police found 5kg of cocaine, 4kg of heroin and 29 kg of cannabis in the truck.

His case was taken to court on Tuesday as he was accused of importing cocaine, possession of cocaine, cannabis and heroin denoting that they were not intended for personal use.

The accused’s lawyers requested a freezing order as it would affect all of Mustafa’s assets. Magistrate Doreen Clarke upheld the request for the freezing order.

Defence lawyer Jose Herrera also announced that the accused was not requesting release from preventive arrest at the arraignment stage.



PIZZA PARTY! This NEW St. Julian’s pizzeria has something for everyone and we’re drooling

PIZZA PARTY! This NEW St. Julian's pizzeria has something for everyone and we're drooling
Aug 2 2022 Share

The Topo Gigio likeness is something which is recognised by one generation after the other, carrying boatloads of nostalgia from the iconic Italian TV shows from days gone by… but that is about to change.

From the very moment it opened the doors to its new St. Julian’s location, Topo Gigio Pizzeria set its sights on becoming a name which is synonymous with top-tier local pizza, serving up some of Malta’s finest pies with a smile.

Offering a wide variety of menu items prepared with classic Italian dough and an endless selection of artisanal Italian cold cuts and cheeses, Topo Gigio Pizzeria is a dream location for every pizza lover. Beyond the selection of classic options, foodies are also encouraged to try spot’s take on modern flavours like the Topo Gigio Special with Wood Oven Maialino, Caramelised Onion & Peperoncino & the Nduja N Burrata, which speaks for itself.

So, if you’re craving some of Malta’s finest pizza with the freshest ingredients out there, Topo Gigio Pizzeria is open from Monday to Sunday between 5pm and 11pm and you’ll find it in Triq id-Dragunara, St. Julian’s!

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