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  • Vittoriosa proclaims its European ethos

    Vittoriosa proclaims its European ethos

    Unlike the gate-less entry to the walled city of Valletta, Città Vittoriosa still boasts of its majestic three-gate bent entrance to the city, the only such military stratagem still surviving in Europe, spearheaded by its Advanced Gate, also known...

  • The Maltese sailor who died on HMS Grafton

    The Maltese sailor who died on HMS Grafton

    Malta’s role during World War II was of great importance in swaying the tide in favour of the Allies. This is recorded in history books for all to see. But the suffering of families and the courage and fortitude of individual Maltese people during...

  • Protect yourself from elder abuse

    Protect yourself from elder abuse

    A few years ago Police Inspector Sylvana Briffa reported some 400 cases of abuse of elderly people for the year ending in 2014. In reality, that figure is likely to be much much higher. A recent report from Europe indicated that one in 20 older...

  • Myth debunked: Do we only use 10% of our brain?

    Myth debunked: Do we only use 10% of our brain?

    No one knows for sure where this myth originates from. A popular theory has it that the journalist Lowell Thomas helped spread the myth in his preface to Dale Carnegie’s blockbuster self-help book How to Win Friends and Influence People. Thomas...

  • Zero energy homes

    Zero energy homes

    The motivation behind building homes is ultimately to protect ourselves from adverse climatic conditions and to obtain a neutral thermal comfort level. However, the local built environment does a very bad job at dealing with heat in summer and...

  • Photo of the week

    Photo of  the week

    This stunning picture of where the Namibian coast meets the Atlantic Ocean is the first taken by the thermal-infrared camera of ESA’s Sentinel-3A satellite. Reddish shades represent hot dunes, and dark blue shades at the bottom left reveal how...

  • Landmark Brussels hotel is brought to life by Corinthia

    Landmark Brussels hotel is brought to life by Corinthia

    Corinthia Hotels recently brought a landmark hotel in Brussels back to life with a dinner to celebrate the group’s recent acquisition of the Grand Hotel Astoria in Rue Royale. Guests included dignitaries, members of the Brussels community and the...

  • Malta’s longest serving Police Commissioner – Vivian De Gray

    Malta’s longest serving Police Commissioner – Vivian De Gray

    Dom Mintoff’s dispute with Vivian De Gray brought reactions from among members of the force and the Police Commissioner was given a great ovation when he went to police headquarters after his appointment had been confirmed by the Governor. It was...

  • The Carmelite bishop who started a mission in Peru

    The Carmelite bishop who started a mission in Peru

    Time passes and does not wait for anyone. More than 30 years have passed since the death of our beloved Carmelite Bishop Redemptus Gauci. Several people have encouraged me to write something about him so that his memory will not be...

  • Fooled by Alzheimer’s cures

    Fooled by Alzheimer’s cures

    Charlatans have shaped history. We are repeating a cycle of people selling us false hopes. But one example stands above all others, and that is the story of a Buddhist monk named Xu Fu. While in the process of selling immortality to the first...

  • ‘Children are the most wonderful experience’

    ‘Children are the most wonderful experience’

    Three fathers from different walks of life talk to Simonne Pace about the difficulties and joys of fatherhood. Although Father’s Day comes only once a year, they all agree that having children is a commitment with each passing day and for...

  • The spleen – what does it do?

    The spleen – what does it do?

    Last week I received some very good news. Fudge was recovering well from the major operation she underwent. Fudge is a female Labrador cross of about 14 years. Her age is only approximate, as she was found several years ago roaming the environs of...

  • Myth debunked: Does homeopathy work?

    Myth debunked: Does homeopathy work?

    Last year, $115 billion were reportedly spent worldwide on homeopathy. The procedure was invented in 1796 by German physician Samuel Hahnemann. Homeopathic treatments are based on the belief that like cures like with substances becoming more...

  • Light, chemistry and computers

    Light, chemistry and computers

    Using sophisticated molecules researchers have created computer-like operations in solution. In a study recently published in the journal New J. Chem., chemists from the University of Malta have made a new molecular sensor that can determine the...

  • Photo of the week

    Photo of the week

    Our galaxy, the Milky Way, as seen from Gozo. With a diameter of around 120,000 light-years and over 200 billion stars, our disk-shaped home is incredibly large, but still only considered medium sized among its peers. Photo: Dr Joseph Caruana,...

  • Dispose of your litter sensibly

    Dispose of your litter sensibly

    The Malta Tourism Authority is enforcing its message to keep the beaches clean with a new campaign. Stephanie Fsadni also finds out what’s new this summer at our favourite swimming spots. Ħdejn il-baħar... armi bis-sens (On the beach...  dispose...

  • Getting to the beach hassle-free

    Getting to  the beach hassle-free

    It’s a stifling hot Sunday afternoon. The mercury has hit over 30°C and no breeze is wafting in the air. I can think of no better way of spending the next few hours than by having a siesta or, better still, heading for the beach. Yes, a refreshing...

  • Celebrating St Emilie De Vialar

    Celebrating St Emilie De Vialar

    Today, the Sisters, teachers, students and staff of the schools and homes of St Joseph of the Apparition around the world are celebrating the feast of their foundress, St Emilie De Vialar. To a certain extent, Emilie’s story is similar to that of...

  • Keeping the young ones entertained

    Keeping the young ones entertained

    Laura Hughes suggests parents should leave their children’s tablet behind when packing their beach bag. There are far more interesting things to do on Malta’s and Gozo’s shores. Family Olympics Turn a day at the beach into an Olympic-inspired...

  • Fascinating seashells

    Fascinating seashells

    Seashells come in different shapes, sizes and colours and thousands are washed ashore by the waves. But who do these shells belong to? Marine biologist Alan Deidun enlightens Stephanie Fsadni. ‘She sells seashells by the seashore. The shells she...

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