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  • World-famous electronic music festival gets Maltese offshoot

    World-famous electronic music festival gets Maltese offshoot

    Electronic music fans are to get a taste of one of Europe's most renowned festivals, thanks to a live satellite link that will stream three DJ sets from the Tomorrowland mainstage.  Marsa sports ground will join seven other venues from around the...

  • The Duke of Cambridge in Malta

    The Duke of Cambridge in Malta

    On April 29, 2011, the day of Prince William of Wales’ marriage to Catherine Middleton, Buckingham Palace announced that as a special mark of favour, Queen Elizabeth II was pleased to confer a dukedom on Prince William. His titles would be Duke of...

  • Fat-cat Chester

    Fat-cat Chester

    This week I attended to a growing problem. My patient was a very large seven-year-old male ginger cat. His owners had brought him to the clinic because they had become concerned about his lethargy and breathlessness. But while Chester’s owners...

  • Fur and purr competitions

    Fur and purr competitions

    Cat lovers are invited to the Top Cat Final Malta, being held in collaboration with Top Cat (International Cats Ranking System) on April 22 and 23 at Smart City. The most beautiful and fascinating cats will be on show, along with a two-day WCF...

  • Can reminiscing therapy help slow down ageing?

    Can reminiscing therapy help slow down ageing?

    ‘Reminiscing villages’ are popping up around the world. These are mock villages built for residents who have dementia. The villages are designed to look as though they are from a bygone era. Usually, they are decorated with antiques from 50 years...

  • 'They are the soldiers, I am simply the narrator': Ira Losco

    'They are the soldiers, I am simply the narrator': Ira Losco

    In her latest music video, Ira Losco shares the stage with modern-day ‘soldiers’, including cancer and meningitis survivors. “I am simply the narrator in a real-life story,” she tells Pink in her first full-blown interview after giving birth to...

  • Myth debunked: Bitter in the back, sweet in front: a common myth

    Myth debunked: Bitter in the back, sweet in front: a common myth

    Everybody has seen the tongue map – that little diagram with different sections neatly cordoned off for different taste receptors. Sweet in the front, salty and sour on the sides and bitter at the back. This is a long-held misconception that the...

  • Novelties in breast cancer treatment

    Novelties in breast cancer treatment

    Improved screening techniques, as well as revised treatment protocols, have led to a decrease in breast cancer mortality rates of western countries, particularly in younger age groups. Even so, breast cancer remains the principal cause of cancer...

  • Photo of the week

    Photo of the week

    The Barreleye fish and its transparent head.  These fish are named so because of their barrel-shaped, tubular eyes, which are generally directed upwards to detect the silhouettes of available prey.  The eyes of the Barreleye are actually inside...

  • €55 million pink diamond goes on display before auction

    €55 million pink diamond goes on display before auction

    The most valuable cut diamond ever to be offered at auction has gone on display in London. The Pink Star is expected to sell for more than €55 million. The auction record is currently held by the Oppenheimer Blue, which fetched €40 million at...

  • Émigré and foreign troops in British Service and their Malta connection

    Émigré and foreign troops in British Service and their Malta connection

    The articles ‘The Froberg mutiny at Fort Ricasoli in 1807’ (The Sunday Times of Malta, October 16, 2016) by my good friend and mentor, Dr Albert Ganado, and ‘Another view of the 1807 Froberg Regiment mutiny’ by Chris Grech (The Sunday Times of...

  • A way out of alcoholism

    A way out of alcoholism

    An estimated 13,000 people have severe alcohol dependency problems in Malta, according to Sedqa’s care manager services sector Manuel Mangani. The figure is based on global research which suggests that fewer than one in four alcoholics seek help.

  • Photo of the week

    Photo of the week

    One of Jupiter’s moons, Io, transiting Jupiter’s Earth-facing side. The resultant shadow of the moon on Jupiter can be seen crossing the planet’s surface. As Jupiter itself rotated on its own axis during the moon’s transit, the Great Red Spot, a...

  • Are we distant cousins?

    Are we distant cousins?

    Late February was a very exciting time for astronomy. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) announced to the world that it had discovered seven rocky, earth-sized planes orbiting a nearby cold, small star. The amazing news is...

  • Myth debunked: The dark side of the moon

    Myth debunked: The dark side of the moon

    While gone are the days when the moon was widely considered a divine entity, common knowledge of our planet’s companion in space is rife with misconceptions. Several people still do not comprehend why we observe different lunar phases throughout...

  • Let’s parade!

    Let’s parade!

    What began as a religious feast day for one of the patron saints of Ireland has become an international festival with parades, dancing and a whole lot of green. Here’s a look at the main parades happening across the world, including Malta. The US...

  • Eugenio Borg: a man who led by saintly example

    Eugenio Borg: a man who led by saintly example

    In the first years of the 20th century, diocesan priest Fr George Preca had a vision to start a new form of apostolate in Malta – laymen and laywomen evangelising other people. Years later, in 1965, almost 60 years after Dun Ġorġ formed his...

  • Postal history at the Notarial Archives

    Postal history at the Notarial Archives

    Volunteers working on the preliminary stages of document preservation at the Notarial Archives in Valletta often turn up documents of particular historical or social significance. One of the documents that was brought to light recently is a...

  • Back from guide dog mobility instructor course in Australia

    Back from guide dog mobility instructor course in Australia

    Luca Taliana has returned from Melbourne, Australia, after he successfully completed a two-year course, on behalf of the Malta Guide Dogs Foundation, at Guide Dogs Victoria, qualifying as a guide dog mobility instructor and orientation and...

  • Infestation in cats by tapeworm

    Infestation in cats by tapeworm

    This week I had one of those cases that invariably makes my clients shudder in revulsion. The patient was a two-year-old male long-haired tabby called Sasha. All was seemingly fine with Sasha until that very morning when his owner spotted...

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