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  • Stress ‘affects unborn baby growth’

    Stress ‘affects unborn baby growth’

    Stress during pregnancy may affect an unborn baby’s development in the womb, research suggests. Scientists who boosted levels of a natural stress hormone in pregnant mice found that while it caused mothers to eat more, the transport of...

  • Parental smoking link to cot deaths

    Parental smoking link to cot deaths

    Smoking has been singled out as a major factor in cot deaths by a report published in the UK. A study by Public Health Wales found the rate of fatalities where parents smoked was “alarmingly high”. According to the statistics, out of 45 cases of...

  • Heartburn could be sign of cancer

    Heartburn could be sign of cancer

    Having heartburn most days for three weeks or more can be a sign of cancer, according to a health campaign. A national Be Clear on Cancer campaign launch in the UK coincides with results of a new survey commissioned by Public Health England, which...

  • Miss Colombia is crowned Miss Universe for 2015

    Miss Colombia is crowned Miss Universe for 2015

    A 22-year-old business student and model from Barranquilla, Colombia, was named Miss Universe at the annual beauty pageant, beating out 87 other contestants from around the globe. Paulina Vega, the granddaughter of tenor Gaston Vega, studies...

  • Indie film pool ready for Amazon plunge

    Indie film pool ready for Amazon plunge

    When Amazon Inc. announced its move into the movie business last week, the internet retailer sent a ripple through Hollywood’s pool of independent film. It’s a pool where the major studios do not swim much anymore and where projects get stuck for...

  • Cooper’s Elephant Man bound for London stage

    Cooper’s Elephant Man bound for London stage

    Oscar-nominated Hollywood star Bradley Cooper is to appear in London’s West End with a transfer of his Broadway hit The Elephant Man. The US heartthrob, 40, will tread the boards in Britain from May in the production about the life of Joseph...

  • Iconic images of history

    Iconic images of history

    Stephen Somerstein was a 24-year-old college student when he photographed Martin Luther King Jr and the 1965 Selma to Montgomery, Alabama march that changed the course of civil rights in the US. Fifty years later, as the deaths of unarmed black...

  • A piano for the space age

    A piano for the space age

    In the 19th century, piano makers competed to make special instruments for Hungarian virtuoso Franz Liszt, the world’s first piano superstar. Now Hungary is returning the favour with a space-age piano named for its creator, pianist Gergely...

  • ‘Fear lives inside me’

    ‘Fear lives inside me’

    Writer Anton Grasso, whom many consider the forefather of horror on a local level, recently announced his intention to retire after a career spanning four decades. Ramona Depares finds out that the author is not as scary as his books. What does...

  • From Russia with love

    From Russia with love

    Top Russian ballerinas and dancers will be in Malta in March to perform in a ballet gala at the Mediterranean Conference Centre. Jo Caruana discovers why they have chosen Malta as their destination of choice. Ballet and classical dance...

  • La Traviata at the Aurora

    Aurora Opera House this year raises a glass to La Traviata and its famous Brindisi with a full-scale production of one of Verdi’s most famous opera. Just as Verdi completed Il Trovatore and La Traviata in succession, the Gozitan opera house has...

  • A celebration of life in its rawest forms

    A celebration of life in its rawest forms

    With an almost 400-year history at its stamping feet, Flamenco needs no introduction. Taken from the Spanish word for ‘flamingo’, a bird not exactly known for its shy and retiring nature or plumage, flamenco is loved worldwide (there are...

  • Astra’s Nabucco set travels to Italy

    Astra’s Nabucco set travels to Italy

    Following the staging of Nabucco at the Astra Theatre, the scenery and props that were constructed by the backstage team at the theatre were chosen for a similar production which was staged at Stadio 105 Rimini, Italy. The scenery was devised,...

  • It don’t mean a thing if it ain’t got that swing

    It don’t mean a thing if it ain’t got that swing

    Maltese Swingers brings together the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra, swing DJs and musicians in one event. Musical director Sigmund Mifsud tells us more. Where did the inspiration from the event come from? This is not the first time that Daniel...

  • Nobody wanted to leave

    Nobody wanted to leave

    Two recent acoustic performances by Scottish post-punk band The Twilight Sad at St James Cavalier, Valletta, did a lot to restore my faith in local demand for what I like to call non-popcorn music events. The band, which won the award for Best...

  • Veronica Rotin launches first song collection

    Veronica Rotin launches first song collection

    Veronica Rotin, a 10-year-old female singer who was also a finalist in the fourth edition of the hit television programme Io Canto, has been busy in the recording studio in the past couple of months. The singer has just finished putting together...

  • A journey to uplift the emotions

    A journey to uplift the emotions

    A long, extended weekend of events brought about the performance of some of the most beautiful and appealing works in this year’s edition of the Valletta International Baroque Music Festival. The venues were the church of All Souls, the Manoel...

  • A resounding and encouraging finale

    A resounding and encouraging finale

    The final concert of the Malta International Organ Festival was given in St John’s Co-cathedral, Valletta. The recital was given by Estonian organist Andres Uibo. Not only did this concert include works for solo organ, but the organ also formed...

  • Of Handel and humanity

    Of Handel and humanity

    The trouble with today’s music scene is that decades of easily-accessible, recorded material often conditions our experience of concerts and gigs. As I walked into St Paul’s Anglican Pro-Cathedral for Handel’s Messiah by the Goldberg Ensembles of...

  • Science fiction set to music

    Science fiction set to music

    A relative new addition to the local scene, The Cosmic Sect, was born through the chance meeting of musicians Jimmy and John Bartolo with Los Angeles-based producer Alex Fairman. Fairman had seen the two playing at a bar in Mellieħa and...

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