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  • Photo of the week

    Photo of the week

    Histological tissue section from a sample of lung squamous carcinoma. Credit: NCI cancergenome.nih.gov

  • No water, no jobs

    No water, no jobs

    An estimated one out of two jobs globally are dependent on water, meaning that shortages and lack of access are likely to limit economic growth in the coming decades, the United Nations said yesterday. About 1.5 billion people – half the world’s...

  • Pastor who carried his cross with dignity

    Pastor who carried his cross with dignity

    Throughout his 30 years at the helm of the Church in Malta, Archbishop Joseph Mercieca was a shining example of a wise, prudent, humble and gentle pastor whose priorities included communicating and witnessing Christ, promoting evangelical values...

  • Relations with Dom Mintoff

    Relations with Dom Mintoff

    Mgr Joseph Mercieca became Archbishop of Malta at a time when Prime Minister Dom Mintoff was focused on proceeding with the introduction of a series of civic reforms he believed in. These included measures which were bound to create friction with...

  • Choosing between right and wrong

    Choosing between right and wrong

    There was a particular aspect of Christian life Archbishop Joseph Mercieca used to think about a lot, also after his retirement as leader of the Church in Malta. This aspect was the often difficult task of choosing between right and wrong. Mgr...

  • Delivering water safely

    Delivering water safely

    World Water Day, being marked today, is celebrating the workers that ensure the safe delivery of water. Stephanie Fsadni takes a look at what the Water Services Corporation does in this regard and at some of its projects currently under way. Tap...

  • UN aid workers undergo training for refugee crisis

    UN aid workers undergo training for refugee crisis

    Surrounded and dragged in all directions by hungry, sick and desperate refugees, the newly-arrived aid workers race between pregnant women and small children while negotiating with the military in an attempt to control the chaos. The soldiers...

  • Doodles, and more, at the Notarial Archives

    Doodles, and more, at the Notarial Archives

    Who has never, during a boring lecture, meeting, conference or telephone call, relieved the tedium by doodling – scribbling various pictorial or geometric shapes in the margins of the paper intended for taking notes? The more boring the topic one...

  • St Aloysius’ College Scout Group marks centenary

    St Aloysius’ College Scout Group marks centenary

    The best thing about turning 100 is feeling like you’re still a 12-year-old. Not many people get to say that, but we certainly do. Ever since its formation in 1916, hundreds of boys have been part of the St Aloysius’ College Scout Group, sharing...

  • Tinker, Maker: Build a soap-powered model boat

    Tinker, Maker: Build a soap-powered model boat

    The surface surrounding a body of liquid water is more than just made of water, it acquires certain properties that differ from the rest of the liquid. One particle property is its surface tension, that is, its tendency to reduce its surface area...

  • Freshwater at the bottom of the ocean

    Freshwater at the bottom of the ocean

    The global volume of freshwater stored in the seafloor is 500,000 cubic kilometres – a volume larger than that extracted by humans in the past 200 years. To get a better idea of this volume, it is roughly a sixth of the volume of the Mediterranean...

  • Image of the week

    Image of the week

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  • Unhealthy environments ‘cause 12.6m deaths a year’

    Unhealthy environments ‘cause 12.6m deaths a year’

    Some 12.6 million people across the globe die every year due to unhealthy environments, according to a new World Health Organisation (WHO) report. Almost one in four of all deaths are due to living or working in unhealthy conditions, accounting...

  • Working towards inclusion

    Working towards inclusion

    This year, Down syndrome awareness week in Malta and Gozo is being marked between tomorrow and March 23. The theme chosen for this year is ‘My friends, my community – what it means to be included’. But what do we mean by ‘inclusion’? Inclusion is...

  • Syrian war creates child refugees, soldiers – UN

    Syrian war creates child refugees, soldiers – UN

    Syria’s five-year-old conflict has created 2.4 million child refugees, killed many and led to the recruitment of children as fighters, some as young as seven, UN children’s fund Unicef said yesterday. Its report titled No Place for Children said...

  • Don’t be ashamed of filling up the swear jar

    Don’t be ashamed of filling up the swear jar

    The colourful bursts of words that you often hear when walking to work, stuck in traffic or, better yet, while sitting quietly in public transport, is quite astounding. The words seem so naturally woven together, it sounds almost like an idiom we...

  • Experiencing Christian rebirth at L-Oratorju

    Experiencing Christian rebirth at L-Oratorju

    There is a thriving Catholic community run by the MSSP in the area known as L-Oratorju in Birkirkara. Joanne Cocks catches up with Fr Martin Cilia to get a glimpse of the changes that have taken place. Hundreds of cars drive past the small church...

  • The Italian invasion of Abyssinia and the situation in Malta in 1936

    The Italian invasion of Abyssinia and the situation in Malta in 1936

    Italy used chemical weapons against Ethiopian forces during its invasion of Abysinia. In fact, it used such weapons in the Battle of Shire (February 29-March 2, 1936), the Battle of Maychew (March 31) and in attacks on the remnants of Ethiopian...

  • Reminiscences of my childhood in Floriana

    Reminiscences of my childhood in Floriana

    Lino Bugeja (‘Hell was an air raid shelter’, February 14) penned a very graphic exposition of the realities he suffered in wartime Vittoriosa. His autobiographical experiences seem to run parallel to my own, only mine were in Floriana. Like...

  • Bad breath in dogs and cats

    Bad breath in dogs and cats

    Last week we finally cleaned Max’s teeth. Max is a 17-year-old Maltese terrier that has been his owner’s shadow for as many years. His longevity got me curious about the breed and a quick look at their history revealed some interesting facts. The...

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