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  • Vittoriosa’s Dominicans celebrate patron saint

    Vittoriosa’s Dominicans celebrate patron saint

    On the 450th anniversary of the Great Siege, the popular feast of St Dominic celebrated in Vittoriosa on the last Sunday in August at the church of the Annunciation, popularly known as Il-Lunzjata, will be celebrated with greater poignancy and...

  • Caterina Scappi, forgotten feminist benefactress

    Caterina Scappi, forgotten feminist benefactress

    Nowhere it is recorded if Caterina Scappi could read or write, but the part of her 1624 will by which she made manifest her determination to endow the hospital for women, is a little literary gem – perhaps not her own work but the notary’s: “As...

  • Cat flu

    Cat flu

    Last week Vleġġa almost didn’t make it. Vleġġa  is a five-year-old calico cat I saw on Sunday morning. She had earned her name from being so fast on the chase and she was clearly a lovely cat. But when I saw her that morning, her condition was...

  • How dogs react in new situations

    How dogs react in new situations

    What was that? This was Trotter’s question when we took him to the beach for a photoshoot. He absolutely loved it and behaved impeccably. We are never sure how shelter dogs may react in these new, strange situations. We usually observe how they...

  • One billion use Facebook in one day

    One billion use Facebook in one day

      Social media giant Facebook reached a new milestone, recording a billion users in one day.   Just three years ago Facebook said it had one billion users a month. Now it's managed that many in 24 hours.  There's likes... loves... and...

  • ‘One for All… All for One’

    ‘One for All… All for One’

    Three leading Maltese charities and NGOs are working together on the charity fundraising event One For All... All For One. Nadine Busuttil and Patricia Tabone, the masterminds of the event, worked alongside Inspire Foundation president Nathan...

  • Love them or loathe them, emails are here to stay -survey

    Love them or loathe them, emails are here to stay -survey

    If seeing an inbox full of hundreds of emails fills you with dread, get used to it, because they are here to stay and will remain a constant in the workplace, according to a survey released today in the US. Despite the popularity of instant...

  • German workers lead EU with eight weeks of leave, holidays

    German workers lead EU with eight weeks of leave, holidays

    German workers top the EU in time off with an average of 30 days of paid leave plus 10 days of public holidays per year, the Institut der deutschen Wirtschaft (IW) institute said. In a study for the Bavarian employers association, IW found that...

  • Women managers in the UK ‘work for free’ for nearly two hours a day

    Women managers in the UK ‘work for free’ for nearly two hours a day

    Britain’s female managers work for free for nearly two hours every day, according to a survey. When the pay of women managers is compared to that of male counterparts, women are shown to earn 22 per cent less – meaning they effectively go unpaid...

  • Having happy friends ‘helps fight depression’

    Having happy friends ‘helps fight depression’

    Happiness and contentment are catching, but depression is not, research has shown. Scientists studied the way mood was transmitted through a population of more than 2,000 US high school students using methods normally employed to track infectious...

  • Why you’ve got Friday (and Monday) on your mind

    Why you’ve got Friday (and Monday) on your mind

    Forgetting what day of the week it is may be the result of associating Monday with misery and Friday with fun, say psychologists. The two ends of the working week both have strong identities, pushing ‘non-descript’ Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday...

  • Preservation of St John’s Co-Cathedral

    Preservation of St John’s Co-Cathedral

    There is no better way to celebrate the heritage of the Order of St John than with the refurbishment and extension of the museum at St John’s Co-Cathedral. The Knights of St John were the driving force behind the making of Malta’s modern history.

  • Caterina Scappi and her revolutionary hospital for women who were incurable

    Caterina Scappi and her revolutionary hospital for women who were incurable

    When the old church of Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Valletta started being pulled down in 1958, many were the antique, artistic and historical objects in the old building that had to be sacrificed, and their destruction remains a major blow to...

  • In memory of one of our greatest prime ministers

    In memory of one of our greatest prime ministers

    Lord Gerald Strickland, who served as prime minister of Malta between 1927 and 1932, died 75 years ago today. He made a great contribution to the development of Malta and was a pioneer in the area of social legislation. It is no exaggeration to...

  • Did comets bring life to Earth?

    Did comets bring life to Earth?

    Compelling new evidence that life is seeded by comets has emerged from experiments mimicking the bombardment of early Earth. Scientists in Japan generated protein building blocks by recreating impacts by comets containing water, amino acids and...

  • Queen poised for record after rallying troubled monarchy

    Queen poised for record after rallying troubled monarchy

    Elizabeth II, who is visiting Malta in November for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, to become UK’s longest-reigning monarch next month Queen Elizabeth II, who rallied support for the monarchy despite presiding over what was once...

  • Fr Maurice Naudi – Jesuit, teacher, prefect and photographer

    Fr Maurice Naudi – Jesuit, teacher, prefect and photographer

    Ever smiling, cheerful and an extremely pleasant character. This is how I remember my Physics and Geometry teacher Fr Maurice Naudi way back in the mid-1950s. As he had been an old boy of St Aloysius’ College, Naudi was entrusted with various jobs...

  • Mannerism, naturalism in Paladini’s paintings

    Mannerism, naturalism in Paladini’s paintings

    Tuscan painter Filippo Paladini’s life was deeply marked by an unpleasant incident, that occur­r­ed during his time in Florence, which was somewhat similar to what happened to Caravaggio, who became a fugitive after the murder of Ranuccio...

  • Canine urolithiasis – stones in the bladder

    Canine urolithiasis – stones in the bladder

    Last week, I stopped to top up my car with fuel. The pump attendant recognised me as the vet who had operated his father’s dog for bladder stones a couple of months ago, so we stopped for a chat and an informal update as to the condition of his...

  • Dogs and this horrid heat

    Dogs and this horrid heat

    We may not have the temperatures that drove Iran to declare it was too hot for people to go to work, but it is getting pretty hot, hot enough to cause serious damage. If it is 32˚C outside, then it is close to 40˚C in the car, even with the...

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