Jerma – what’s in it for you?

This post is the first in a multi-part series about the abandoned, dilapidated Jerma Palace Hotel, and applicant Mr. Charles Cammileri’s proposals to redevelop the site from a 5-storey, 4-star hotel into a massive highrise with residential units spread over 13 floors and the hotel rising to 15 floors.

Throughout the series, we will be extensively referring to official documents available from the Ministry for the Environment, Sustainable Development and Climate change’s request for public consultation, which closes on the 15th March. These include the Project Description Statement, and the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) screening report, both publicly available as pdf documents.

This is an opportunity to make an informed choice about the proposal, ensuring that you have your say while basing your actions and opinions on facts. It is also a chance to engage with other residents in a spirit of amicable discussion.

Stay tuned to Marsaskala.org for more.

Jerma site, with St. Thomas Tower in the background


Next meeting by the Support Group for people having a disability and their carers

The next meeting is going to be held on Monday, 25th February, 2019 at 6.00 pm at the Educational Center at 59 Triq il-Kappara, Marsaskala. The Agenda is going to be as follows:

  • A short introduction by the President regarding information of various activities that are being held/or that were held regarding disability issues
  • Discuss together ‘What are the Responsibilities and Rights of the carer who is responsible of a person with disability?’ carers of persons with disability.


Services for the elderly

The below are services for the elderly provided by the Department for Active Ageing and Community Care (DAACC)​

• Għajnuna fid-Dar (Home Help)
• Servizz ta’ Handyman (Handyman Service)
• Servizz ta’ Kontinenza (Continence Service)
• Telephone Rent Rebate
• Ċentri ta’ Anzjanità Attiva (Active Ageing Centres​)
• Meals on Wheels
• Telecare+
• Night Shelters
• Social Work
• Servizz ta’ Respite (Respite Services)
• Domicilliary Nursing/Caring
• Dementia Intervention Team
• Dementia Activity Centre
• Carer at Home
• Servizz ta’ Ġerjatrija fil-Komunita` (Community Geriatrician Services​​​)
• Respite at Home
• Servizz ta’ Occupational Therapy (Occupational Therapy Service)
• Servizz ta’ Fiżjoterapista (Physiotherapy Service​​)
• Servizz ta’ Podjatrija (Podiatry Service​)

More information about these services can be found at www.activeageing.gov.mt where you will find the full list of services, information about each, and also details about how you can benefit from them.

Benefits of Regular Exercise

Exercise is key to good health and an essential feature we need to integrate into our daily life. Four types of exercise: strength training, aerobic training, balancing and stretching are necessary ingredients keeping us active, mobile, and feeling great 1. They do this by helping us achieve a good level of health-related fitness components, namely body composition, cardio-respiratory endurance, flexibility, muscular endurance, strength and power.

Aerobic exercise speeds up our heart rate and breathing, increases our endurance, and is important for many body functions. Regular moderate intensity activity such as brisk walking, swimming, jogging, cycling, dancing, or step aerobics will, over the long term, reduce our risk for cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, breast and colon cancer, depression, and falls 1.

Strength training (re)builds our muscle mass; especially important as we age and our muscle mass diminishes. Regular strength training (2x to 3x a week) helps us walk up the stairs, get up off a floor or a chair, carry groceries and heavier objects around the house. Strengthening our muscles makes us stronger, it stimulates bone growth and density, lowers blood sugar, assists with weight control, improves balance and posture, and reduces stress and pain in the lower back and joints 1. Squats, push-ups, pull-ups, and exercises using weights are some examples of strength training.

Stretching our muscles routinely makes them longer and more flexible, thereby increasing our range of motion and reducing our risk for injury. Aging leads to a loss of flexibility in muscles and tendons. Stretching three or four times a week is especially important as we grow older.

Balance exercises are especially important as we age when our vision, our inner ear, and our leg muscles and joints tend to break down. Training our balance (three times a week) can help prevent and reverse these losses. Balance focused exercise include tai chi and yoga.

Why exercise?

Exercise is beneficial for physical and mental health. Current recommendations is to reach a minimum of 150 minutes of moderate intensity exercise per week for seniors and a minimum of 300 minutes of moderate intensity exercise per week for children and young adults. For starters a gradual progression of exercise time, frequency and intensity is recommended 1. We are more likely to stay on track and avoid injury if we start gently. If we cannot reach these minimum targets, we can still beneft from some activity.

Regular exercise improves our health in various ways:

a. It lowers our risk of developing various chronic diseases including cardiovascular, type 2 diabetes, obesity and some cancers.

b. We develop stronger bones, muscles and joints and have less risk of osteoporosis and falls.

c. Above all, it makes us feel more energetic, less stressed and we sleep better.

d. It boosts our immune system. We recover better from periods of hospitalization or bedrest.

Making Exercise part of our daily life

Integrating exercise into our daily life needs the right mindset and a SMARRT approach. Check first with your doctor before starting out on any program. If you get the all clear, start gradually increasing frequency, time and intensity over time. SMARRT stands for specific, measurable, achievable, realistic (available resources), relevant (fits within the bigger picture), and time-bound.

Journalling about our exercise schedule, listening to our body carefully and noting how we fare on our exercise schedule help us tailor out adjustments and keeping ourselves accountable. Consult your doctor if in doubt. Looking at past mistakes and learning from them help us grow 2. Journalling also helps us reflect on easy ways to get more steps into our day – like ditching the car or the bus for short distances and going for a walk during our lunch break.

For most of us, moderate intensity exercise is sufficient to improve our overall health. High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) – alternating low intensity (can easily talk in full sentences) activity with high intensity activity (too breathless to speak in full sentences) will help us squeeze a better workout into a shorter period of time. As long as your doctor has cleared you to safely exercise this way, it can help you lower your blood pressure, lose weight around the middle and maintain muscle mass.

For more information regarding recommendations on physical activity kindly visit the World Health Organisation links:

For young people 5-17 years

For adults 18-64 years :

For adults over 65 years and above

Sports and Leisure Opportunities

Here are some clubs and groups in Marsaskala and elsewhere that can help us in our exercise regimes

Marsaskala Football Club

Marsaskala Girl Guides

Inspire

Diving Centre

Marsaskala Power walks

Marsaskala Sports Club

Klabb tal-Boċċi Marsaskala

Marsaskala Netball team Tel : 21633547

Outdoor Sports Association Tel: 21637428

Cottonera Sports Complex

Ramblers Malta

Nature Trust Malta

Kunsill Malti għall-iSport

Malta Exercise Health & Fitness Association (MEHFA)

Malta Geographical Society

References

1. “The Four most important types of exercise”: Harvard Health Letter January 2017 https://www.health.harvard.edu/exercise-and-fitness/the-4-most-important-types-of-exercise

2. How to start Exercising and stick to it: Making exercise part of your everyday life”; Helpguide.org: Trusted guided to Mental, emotional and social health. https://www.helpguide.org/articles/healthy-living/how-to-start-exercising-and-stick-to-it.htm/

3. Corbin, C. B. (2016). Concepts of fitness and wellness: A comprehensive lifestyle approach. McGraw Hill.

Waste Collection in Marsaskala

Introduction

We’re proud of our Island Republic, and we want to keep it looking its best.  Litter and incorrectly discarded waste have marred our island’s beauty and several litter ‘hotspots’ are a major source of frustration. Keeping Malta clean is a shared responsibility. It’s time to work together to clean up our Island.

Purpose

  • Clean, attractive streets are a necessity for any livable country, including ours.
  • Malta strives to be a sustainable island with a circular economy that makes responsible use of scarce resources.

Result

  • All of us, on the Maltese Islands, collaborate together and assist in a separating system that includes organic waste;
  • This in turn supports creating resources from waste.
  • In keeping the island clean, we employ efficiency and sustainability.

The better we sort our waste, the more resources we can recover through recycling, and less residual waste translates to less environmental impact.

Methods

While the local councils take care of street cleaning and waste processing, Residents, Visitors and Tourists are responsible for separating and sorting waste for recycling, and keeping the island tidy. More importantly, they are responsible for reducing the amount of waste they generate by avoiding excessive packaging wherever possible.

In order to extract as many resources as possible from our city’s waste, all waste must be sorted (separated) prior to collection. This is more effective and cheaper than sorting it after collection. To make this possible, all of us need to sort our household and commercial waste so that it can be collected separately. This will also help to cut down on litter, which is often the result of waste that has been disposed of incorrectly.

Source:  Recycling and Waste Management

 

Household Waste in Malta: The Basics

In Malta households use three separate waste bags.

  • White bag for organic (including food) waste
  • Grey/green bag for unsoiled and clean paper, plastics, metal, and drink (PPMD) packaging
  • Black bag for all remaining waste (mixed waste)

In reality, after placing organic waste in the organic bin and clean paper and plastic/metal packaging in the recycling bag, few items will need to be thrown away in the black bag.

However, it can take a bit of time to get used to this system! Here are some tips and useful links to get you started:

  1. When you first arrive in a new neighbourhood, visit Waste Serve  to find out when your locality is served, or visit the local council of your community. Take note of which bag is collected when. If you place the wrong bag on the curb side, it will not be collected. Make sure you place your own bags on the pavement in front of your own residence between 6.00 and 7.00 a.m. Do not leave your uncollected bags on the street at the end of the day!
  2. At the core of good waste management are three principles, also known as ‘The three R’s. These are to Reduce, Re-use and Recycle. Through the website Wastetips you can download factsheets with some useful tips on each of these waste management techniques. Resources provides other useful information.
  3. Be a good neighbour and a good sport.
  4. You risk being fined for failing to abide by the rules.

 

Organic waste = White bag   

Bones Flowers Plant trimmings
Cheese Fruit Raw food
Coffee Fruit and vegetable peels Seeds
Cooked food leftovers Fruit and vegetable seeds Soiled newspapers
Dairy products Honey Soiled tissues
Egg shells Icing sugar Sugar
Eggs Leaves Tea bags
Expired food Meat Tea leaves
Fish Pips Vegetables

Collection on Monday, Wednesday and Friday

 

Paper, Plastic, Metal and Drink packaging (PPMD) waste recycling = Grey or Green bag

Card paper Jar lids Plastic bags (clean)
Carton boxes (clean) Juice cartons Plastic bottle
Clean aluminium foil Liquid soaps (clean container) Plastic caps
Clean plastic bags Magazines Plastic containers
Clean takeaway boxes Margarine tubs (clean container) Plastic food packets
Cooking oil bottles Metal caps Shampoo (clean container)
Cosmetic container (clean) Milk cartons Shower gel (clean container)
Detergent bottles (clean container) Newspapers Spray cans (empty)
Detergent Boxes Notebooks Toilet paper rolls
Drink cans Paper Toiletries containers
Food cans Paper bags (clean) Yoghurt container (clean)

Collection in Marsaskala on Tuesday and Friday

Please be sure to put:

  • Only unsoiled paper and carton into your paper bin;
  • All cans, drink packaging and plastic bottles are to be empty, rinsed and clean as are other plastic materials such as bags, and so on.

Please note: glass is collected separately on the first Friday of every month!

Rest Mixed Waste = Black bag

Adhesive tape Hair Stickers
Soiled Aluminium Foil Jablo good items Toothpaste tube
Baking paper Labels Used cleaning materials
Broken ceramics Photographs Used cling film
Dirty food wrappers Nappies Used floor cloths
Cellophane Plant pots Used rubber gloves
Dirty take-away boxes Sanitary items Used sponges
Foil coated packets Shoes Wax paper
Dust Small broken mirrors Wet wipes

Collection in Marsaskala on Monday, Thursday and Saturday

Batteries, bulky refuse, construction waste, hazardous waste and commercial waste are disposed of otherwise.

Civic Amenity sites

Civic Amenity sites cater for the disposal of

  • Furniture, mattresses, carpets and clothing
  • White goods such as fridges, cookers and microwaves
  • Electronics such as computers, monitors, mobile phones, printers, electronic toys and tools
  • Garden waste
  • Edible oil and lubricant oils
  • Batteries, spent bulbs and neon tubes
  • Expired medicines, empty inhalers and used syringes
  • Solvents, chemicals, paint and other hazardous waste
  • Small quantities of household construction waste such as stone and tiles
  • Tyres

For Marsaskala the site at Hal-Far located on Hal-Far Road, close to the ETC Head Office and the site at Luqa located just outside the Marsa Industrial Estate are the two closest ones.

Civic Amenities sites are open from 7.30am – 5.30pm including weekends and public holidays.

For further information please call WasteServ on Freephone number 80072200.

Final Note: We are looking for feedback about the garbage collection scheme in Marsaskala. We kindly invite you to fill in this short survey.

We thank you for your cooperation.