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  • Watch out for kidney disease

    This week Casper passed away. Casper was born on October 13, 1996, so he passed away just short of 18 years of age. If we apply the conventional formulaic equivalent, this translates to a venerable 96 years. For the medium-sized dog that he was,...

  • Why go green?

    Why go green?

    Interior plants offer businesses a simultaneously natural and beautiful addition to the interior while benefitting the overall well-being of employees. By incorporating plant life into the design of your space, your staff will be able to enjoy...

  • A project done well

    A project done well

    Omni Stat has successfully completed it latest refurbishment project, at db San Antonio Hotel & Spa. Furniture and seating were manufactured by Compir of Italy, based on designs by Martin Xuereb and Associates, and installation was carried out to...

  • Redefining the working environment

    Thanks to Workbays, Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec developed a micro-architectural system that redefines the working environment and breaks the typical rigid planning structure of offices. Workbays provide office planners with a simple,...

  • Making life better at work

    Making life better at work

    As a leading company in the office furniture sector, years of experience have helped Micra build a strong reputation when it comes to supplying businesses and organisations with quality, versatile and affordable products. In addition, Micra has...

  • Not quite the usual office vibe

    Not quite the usual office vibe

    As they walk through the underwater glass ceiling tunnels, past stingrays and sharks, Alex Reeson tells Melanie Vella about the fun and fishy sides of his unconventional career. The Malta National Aquarium is home to sharks, tropical fish,...

  • A sure bet

    A sure bet

    Airy New York loft with digital games, a yoga room and table soccer. The Betsson offices in Ta’ Xbiex are so inviting, an employee would not want to go home after work. Ulrik Bengtsson tells Veronica Stivala why his offices are every worker’s...

  • Office innovations

    Office innovations

    Oxford House has been committed to providing quality office furniture for decades, continually updating its product range to bring the latest innovations to the Maltese market. Here is a brief look at three of the most exciting developments. The...

  • Are you sitting comfortably?

    Are you sitting comfortably?

    An office environment can be hard on our backs. Humans simply weren’t designed to sit in front of a computer every day. Dr Christopher Lynden has seen the results this sedentary life on our spines during his 25 years as a neurologist and...

  • Comfortable, flexible, creative

    Comfortable, flexible, creative

    Almost two years ago, Microsoft launched its Innovation Centre with the main purpose of supporting the local IT industry. The Microsoft Innovation Centre in Malta is part of the global network of more than 100 centres, which focus on innovation,...

  • Beauty in the office pays off

    Beauty in the office pays off

    If you trudge into a utilitarian, grey-looking office every day, you are not alone. Most places of work don’t prioritise office interior design, resulting in stuffy little cubicles or, if you’re lucky, corporate open plan spaces with dull but...

  • Building blocks for a better work team

    Building blocks for a better work team

    Whatever lessons about teamwork our childhood PE teachers attempted to drill into our heads, some people are just determined to barrel through their adult lives doing whatever they please. Shoulders set, blinkers down, and Frank Sinatra’s My Way...

  • Bad behaviour in class ‘cuts learning time’

    Bad behaviour in class ‘cuts learning time’

    Bad behaviour in the classroom is costing pupils up to an hour of learning time a day, a damning report from the schools watchdog in England has revealed. Some forms of “low level” ill-discipline such as chatting, calling out without permission,...

  • The post-restoration and contemporary Society of Jesus

    The post-restoration and contemporary Society of Jesus

    On Saturday, the Jesuit Order worldwide marks the end of the commemoration of the bicentenary of its restoration in 1814 by Pius VII. In this last of four articles, Fr Robert Soler SJ discusses the past two centuries in the life of the Society of...

  • Malta and Me: Gozo, Maltese politics and British settlers

    Malta and Me: Gozo, Maltese politics and British settlers

    Eric Shepherd disliked Malta, hated Sliema but adored Gozo. I believe he wrote what may be the most expressive, most bowled-over appreciation of Gozo and the Gozitans I have ever read. The crossing from Marfa to Mġarr lifted the curtain on the...

  • Resistance to significance of Independence Day bred useless division

    Resistance to significance of Independence Day bred useless division

    A symbol of national unity and pride in most countries, Independence Day in Malta became a hallmark of divisive partisan politics. Professor Joseph Pirotta, a political historian, traces the prickly path that led to independence after 164 years...

  • Different era, same page

    Different era, same page

    Joseph Muscat Prime Minister What is the significance of Malta’s independence to you? Independence is an essential cornerstone, a defining moment, in our history. As most Maltese, definitely those of my generation, I am sick and tired of those...

  • When ‘gay’ meant merry and Knorr-Swiss packet soup was a delicacy

    When ‘gay’ meant merry and Knorr-Swiss packet soup was a delicacy

    For those of us who were not around in 1964, the most common image many have is of Prime Minister Borg Olivier waving the independence document. But what was life behind that photo? What were the Maltese like? Kristina Chetcuti trawls the...

  • Pointy bras and Sunday gloves

    Pointy bras and Sunday gloves

    “You should have visited your chiropodist at least a week ago for a beauty treatment to your feet. And a manicurist for your hands,” wrote Paula the Times of Malta fashion correspondent on the eve of Independence Day in 1964. She went on to...

  • ‘September 21, 1964 was my father’s happiest day’

    ‘September 21, 1964 was my father’s happiest day’

    Fifty long years have passed since the father of Malta’s Independence, former prime minister George Borg Olivier, ceremoniously received Malta’s new constitutional instruments from the hands of the UK’s Prince Philip. Alex Borg Olivier, now 68,...

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