Malta

June 28, 2022

‘If you love or are a woman, don’t go to Malta,’ say couple in abortion drama

After her ‘babymoon’ became a tragic medical crisis, Andrea Prudente wants to use her story to oppose bans on abortionWhen Andrea Prudente was sitting in a Maltese hospital waiting for her foetus’s heart to stop beating, she was offered grief counselling. Prudente, an American photographer, began to miscarry her pregnancy at 16 weeks during a holiday with her partner on the Mediterranean island, and had been told there was no hope for it. But because of the heartbeat – and despite Prudente’s own life-threatening risk of haemorrhage and infection – doctors at the Mater Dei hospital in Msida would not intervene to end her very wanted pregnancy. Malta’s ban on abortion in all circumstances – the only EU country to do so – prevented it. Continue reading...
June 23, 2022

US woman denied abortion in Malta flies to Spain to terminate pregnancy

Andrea Prudente, who was on holiday in Gozo when she began to miscarry, was denied the procedure due to the country’s total banAn American woman who was denied a request for abortion in Malta after suffering the symptoms of a miscarriage, has been allowed to travel to Spain to terminate her pregnancy there, her lawyer said on Thursday.Andrea Prudente, 38, who is 16 weeks pregnant, was on holiday in Malta with her partner, Jay Weeldreyer, when she started to miscarry a week ago and was admitted to hospital with severe bleeding. Continue reading...
June 22, 2022

US woman left traumatised after Malta hospital refuses life-saving abortion

‘Desperate’ tourist who fell foul of country’s total ban fears for her life if complications set in while she waits for transfer to UKDoctors have denied an American woman on holiday in Malta a potentially life-saving abortion, despite saying her baby had a “zero chance” of survival after she was admitted to hospital with severe bleeding in her 16th week of pregnancy.Despite an “extreme risk” of haemorrhage and infection, doctors at the Mater Dei hospital in Msida told Andrea Prudente that they would not perform a termination because of the country’s total ban on abortion. Continue reading...
June 19, 2022

‘Women are treated like walking incubators’: Malta’s fight for abortion

The island nation is the only country in the EU in which termination is still illegal under any circumstances, forcing women to have the procedure abroad or else risk prosecution. But women’s rights groups are pushing for changeElle doesn’t find it easy to talk about her abortion, not because she regrets it – she would do the same again without any hesitation – but because the memory of the terrible, almost overwhelming, fear and isolation she experienced at the time still makes her feel so angry. “I’m privileged,” she says, twisting the ring on her index finger. “I could afford to travel. But what about those less fortunate than me? I know of a woman who felt so desperate when she found out she was pregnant again, she put her three children in front of some cartoons on the TV, and went straight upstairs to the bathroom to begin launching herself from the toilet on to the floor in the hope of inducing a miscarriage.” She’s fighting tears now. “That woman almost killed herself. What about her? Does anyone want to hear her story?”Elle, who is 40, works in the culture sector, in a job that she loves. Three years ago, she found herself pregnant, something that came as a terrible surprise: “I’d always been told by my doctors that I couldn’t have children.” Had she ever wanted them? “To be honest, I never really did. I don’t need a child to define myself. But it wasn’t only this that made me afraid. I’m from a single-parent family – my father has a wife and children elsewhere who don’t know about me – and my relationship with my mother is complicated. When I found out I was pregnant, I felt strongly that I didn’t want history to repeat itself. My heart had only recently been broken, and now I was in an on-off relationship with this foreigner who was planning to leave soon. When I saw the result, I freaked out. I didn’t need to make a decision. I knew straight away that I wasn’t going to have a baby. It wasn’t something I felt I was able to do.” Continue reading...
June 14, 2022

‘I’d never seen people treated with such contempt’: Grenfell survivors speak out five years on

Grenfell’s former residents will never forget the fear and chaos of 14 June 2017, or the anger and grief that followed. They talk about the night everything changed – and their long battles to regain some kind of normalityWorks as a consultant in Malta. Lived on the 21st floor Continue reading...
June 13, 2022

Rachel Roddy’s recipes for easy summer pasta | A kitchen in Rome

Three winning seasonal pasta dishes: orecchiette with tomatoes, anchovy, rocket and potato, casarecce with lamb and saffron ragu, and maltagliati with rocket, basil and pea pestoThere were two bags of flour in the middle of the table. Laura, who was teaching me how to make a pasta shape called strascinati, unrolled the tops of the bags, which sent puffs of white into the air. She then suggested I put my right hand in one bag and my left in the other. Enjoying the lucky dip approach, I put one hand into smooth almost-silkiness. That was grano tenero, or soft wheat flour, Laura explained, as she poured us tea. My other hand, meanwhile, met something completely different, granular, and sandy – grano duro, hard or durum wheat flour, she noted, as I lifted my hands out of the bags. I was familiar with both, but had never studied them side by side. Two wheats, one soft, one hard; one dusty white and smooth, the other rough and sandy yellow. I rubbed both hands on my apron.The word “pasta” comes from Latin, which borrows from Greek πάστη (paste), or a mix of liquid and flour. Any flour! The universe of pasta includes shapes made from chestnut, acorn, rice, broad bean, chickpea, barley, buckwheat and corn flour. Most shapes, though, are made from one of the two wheat flours: grano tenero, which is often milled to a fine “00” in Italy, and what you need to make fresh egg pasta such as tagliatelle, lasagne and ravioli; or grano duro, the second most cultivated species and toughest variety, the Muhammad Ali of wheat. Yellow in colour, durum wheat’s hardness means it shatters when milled. Ground coarsely, it produces semolina for couscous, soup, breads and puddings. Ground twice, it becomes flour, semola rimacinata in Italian, durum wheat semolina flour in the UK, the legally stipulated flour for all dried pasta shapes. Look at any pasta packet in your cupboard, and the ingredients will be two: durum wheat semolina and water. It’s also the bag you want to stick your hand into to make flour and water pasta at home.UK readers: click to buy these ingredients from Ocado Continue reading...
June 6, 2022

Rishi Sunak says he cannot fully insulate people from cost of living crisis – business live

Rolling coverage of the latest economic and financial news, as Rishi Sunak faces Treasury Committee on cost of living supportThousands of Britons stuck at airports as tube strike beginsFlights backlog could take days to clearUnderground strike causing disruptionUK travel chaos: tips on what to do, from flight cancellations to passportsMore flights have been cancelled today, as the aviation industry struggles to cope with the rise in demand for travel amid a severe staffing shortage.PA Media has the details:After cancelling dozens of flights over the weekend, easyJet scrapped a further 26 due to arrive at or depart from Gatwick on Monday.These included from destinations such as Bilbao, Madrid and Seville in Spain, Milan and Palermo in Italy, Geneva and Zurich in Switzerland, and Malta. Continue reading...
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