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  • Demolition, restoration and redevelopment at Grand Harbour

    Demolition, restoration and redevelopment at Grand Harbour

    French Creek: Palumbo Malta Shipyard/Yacht Yard, Boiler Wharf With no room for further expansion in Dockyard Creek, the Admiralty turned to French Creek, with its larger water area and shelter from most prevailing winds. The problem in 1859 was...

  • Childhood memories blighted by war

    Childhood memories blighted by war

    One cannot understand the impact of World War II on the Vittoriosa of my childhood without analysing the social, economic, educational and political aspects prevailing in the pre-war years in this ancient maritime city straddling two deep sea...

  • A carnival dress to impress

    A carnival dress to impress

    A little workshop in Tarxien is a hub of activity at this time of year as members of the Għaqda Kultura Armar Marija Annunzjata are busily preparing for their first major event this year – carnival. You’ll find members doing stencil work on large...

  • Preparing for carnival: the finishing touches

    Preparing for carnival: the finishing touches

    The backstage to carnival is a busy one, says Stephanie Fsadni, as she joins two carnival companies busily putting the finishing touches to their floats. As carnival floats parade along Valletta’s main streets during the annual defilé, many...

  • In Italian Mafia stronghold, football players take a stand

    In Italian Mafia stronghold, football players take a stand

    Locri, a seaside town in Italy’s deep south, has long been a hotbed for the Calabrian Mafia, which uses threats and violence to extort virtually every business, from the pizzerias to the fishmongers. But the 12 young women of the Sporting Locri...

  • Restoration, conservation of Safi’s titular statue of St Paul

    Restoration, conservation of Safi’s titular statue of St Paul

    The way some works of art look now is different from the way they did at the time they were made, and therefore not what the artists had intended. The aesthetic appearance of most polychrome wooden sculptures in Malta has been changed at some...

  • Grand Harbour: from a naval, commercial to a leisure port

    Grand Harbour: from a naval, commercial to a leisure port

    The revolution ushered in by 20-foot containers (TEU) and roll-on, roll-off coincided with the Maltese period in Grand Harbour’s history. The first loaded TEU left Malta in September 1969; ro-ro service by custom-built ferry started in November 1971.

  • Peelings turn into poetry

    Peelings turn into poetry

    A staple product of the Maltese diet has developed from an economic good into a cultural tie between two countries and an inspiration for poets. This is the outcome of the Poetry in Potato Bags project, which forms part of the run-up to the...

  • Are we reliving the Holocaust?

    Are we reliving the Holocaust?

    The international community is today marking the millions that disappeared during the Holocaust. The Holocaust, or Shoah, is the term used to describe the deliberate murder and desecration of millions of people prior to and during World War II in...

  • In real estate terms

    In real estate terms

    What contribution does the property and construction sector give to the local economy? Properties impact the general environment at several levels: they influence the city and region, the estate and neighbourhood, and the individual building...

  • Range for civil engineering applications

    Reliable systems with strong performance characteristics for drainage installations in traffic areas provide a long-term safeguard for our modern infrastructure. Mobility is ever more important in our society. To meet the demand, Hauraton Civils...

  • Generational growth

    Generational growth

    We combine the elements of a family-owned business with modern practices in order to achieve growth, Joseph Tabone and Martin Vella, recently appointed CEO and chairman respectively at the Halmann Vella Group, say. At the entrance to the Halmann...

  • A greener future

    A greener future

    The Building Industry Consultative Council, in collaboration with the Regulator for Energy and Water Services has developed a green building technology website www.ecobuild.gov.mt. The main purpose of this website is to inform the public about the...

  • No sitting on the dock

    No sitting on the dock

    Architect Joanna Spiteri Staines says that the rehabilitation of Dock 1 in Cospicua should serve as a catalyst for holistic urban renewal of Cottonera. Dock 1, a 19th century dock built by William Scamp (1801-1872) in 1848 for the British Navy, is...

  • A home away from home

    A home away from home

    People move abroad for various reasons. However, the one binding factor is usually to find a better quality of life. Admittedly, this means different things to different people – however, whatever the meaning, it’s always rooted in happiness. A...

  • Treasure island

    Treasure island

    The Maltese are a nation of hoarders, Robert Attard tells Veronica Stivala. This characteristic is showcased in valuable private collections. Collecting is in the DNA of the Maltese, says Robert Attard, a lawyer and amateur historian. We are a...

  • Children of war

    Children of war

    For a child, five years can seem like a lifetime. Five years can see a young schoolchild grow into a teenager entering the exciting world of secondary school. Five years can turn an uncertain 15-year-old into a proud young student on the first day...

  • A day in the newsroom

    A day in the newsroom

    The winner of a Times of Malta competition had the opportunity to witness the process involved in publishing a newspaper, from discussing ideas to content creation and printing. Maria Cremona reports on her experience. There it stood, the...

  • Reminiscing about the changing face of Grand Harbour

    Reminiscing about the changing face of Grand Harbour

    In ‘Malta’s submerged landscape’ (Times of Malta, January 4, 2013), marine geologist Aaron Bugeja revealed that during the last Ice Age the Maltese archipelago was two-and-a-half times larger and formed part of a raised plateau and land bridge to...

  • More cases of men killing their wife or former wife

    More cases of men killing their wife or former wife

    Infidelity was again the motive of the murder of Ġorġa Micallef. On May 13, 1939, at about 5.30pm, thirty-nine-year-old Pawlu Micallef hurriedly entered the Ħamrun police station and reported that he had just stabbed his wife, Ġorġa, at their...

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