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  • More stories linking P&O and Malta for 180 years

    More stories linking P&O and Malta for 180 years

    P&O continued to provide liner servi­ces during World War I. German submarines operating in the Mediterranean took their toll, the ships being targeted on outward and homeward voyages to the Orient and Australia, often after the usual Malta call.

  • Tribute to a gentleman journalist: Lino Bugeja

    Tribute to a gentleman journalist: Lino Bugeja

    The sad news of Lino Bugeja’s passing, although not unexpected, shocked me and others, notably my colleagues at the Tumas Fenech Foundation for Education in Journalism, who worked closely with Lino over the last 18 months. Lino was keen to...

  • Operations: caring for your pet

    Last week, Pippin’s owner finally and reluctantly took the decision to spay her cat. Pippin is a three-year-old grey female Persian with a pair of large golden eyes. Pippin’s owner decided she did not want her cat mated, so for health reasons it...

  • Myth debunked: Why do we need to learn maths if we have calculators?

    Myth debunked: Why do we need to learn maths if we have calculators?

    This common complaint has an adult version, “Why do we need mathematicians if we have (statistics) software?” Apart from the notoriously wrong political polls of last year, the following story may provide a partial answer: In 1943, at the peak of...

  • How does a CT scan work?

    Tomography is the imaging of the interior of an object from information obtained outside it. A familiar example is a CT scan in which a slice of the brain or other organ is imaged from X-ray scans of it. It is not a simple X-ray of the brain but...

  • Photo of the week

    James Cooley (1926 – 2016) died in June of last year. He invented, with John Tukey, the Fast Fourier Transform, sometimes described as “the most important numerical algorithm of our lifetime” because it speeds up time-critical calculations in...

  • It’s not just another day

    It’s not just another day

    For many people, one look at the calendar today will make them very nervous. Some will nurse mild anxiety while others will suffer full-blown panic attacks and reschedule all their meetings. And yet, for others, Friday 13 is no different than any...

  • Rescued from South Korea meat market, dogs head for new homes in the US, UK and Canada

    Rescued from South Korea meat market, dogs head for new homes in the US, UK and Canada

    "You're OK, you're OK," Lola Webber, a campaign manager with the Humane Society International (HSI), whispers to a lab-mix puppy, cradling her in a jacket as dozens of dogs bark in nearby cages. The puppy is moved from a rusty cage on a dog-meat...

  • Celebrating 180 years of the P&O-Malta connection

    Celebrating 180 years of the P&O-Malta connection

    P&O Cruises’ Aurora will call at Malta after she leaves Southampton on January 9 for a circumnavigation of the globe. The cruise, which has been described as having been 180 years in the making, will celebrate the foundation of P&O in 1837. Aurora...

  • Help your child excel in life

    Help your child excel in life

    A resilience programme targeted at vulnerable and marginalised children helps foster the skills needed to overcome difficulties and adversity in the real world. Simonne Pace discovers how perseverance can be nurtured. As much as academic...

  • Myth Debunked: Is Pluto a planet?

    What really is a planet? Our solar system is host to thousands of objects ranging from planets to asteroids to comets, and many others. In recent years, however, there’s been a focus on how many planets the solar system contains, eight or nine? On...

  • The accelerating universe: dark energy or new physics?

    The accelerating universe: dark energy or new physics?

    Looking out at the universe we see stars and galaxies, as well as many other less luminous objects, but what’s interesting to cosmologists is how and why they are moving. On small scales such as in the solar system we see planets orbit about the...

  • Photo of the week

    Photo of the week

    The supermassive black hole Sagittarius A* is seen towards the centre of the photo of our Milky Way galaxy’s galactic core. Taken with NASA’s Chandra X-ray observatory satellite the photo reveals a neighbourhood of young massive stars near this...

  • These boxes are nothing to snuff at

    These boxes are nothing to snuff at

    Respect and enthusiasm lie at the core of curating prestigious collections, according to Heike Zech, senior curator of the Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Collection at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London. Originally from Munich, Dr Zech will be...

  • Brexit eats into Jamie Oliver's Italian restaurants

    Brexit eats into Jamie Oliver's Italian restaurants

    Jamie Oliver is to close six Jamie's Italian restaurants as the celebrity chef is hit by a combination of rising Brexit cost pressures and tough trading. The closures will impact 120 staff, although the company will attempt to place those affected...

  • As the Tritons area is revamped...a glimpse back in time

    As the Tritons area is revamped...a glimpse back in time

    The Department of Information today issued this picture, taken in 1959, when the Tritons Fountain was being set up just outside City Gate in Valletta. The fountain was erected on the site of a section of the fortifications (St Magdalen Ravelin,...

  • Photos worth a thousand words

    Photos worth a thousand words

    A look back: The Times Picture Annual 2016 is a brilliant testimony to the best shots captured in the moment by Allied Newspapers’ photojournalists Matthew Mirabelli, Darrin Zammit Lupi, Chris Sant Fournier, Mark Zammit Cordina and Steve Zammit...

  • Can New Year resolutions ever work?

    Can New Year resolutions ever work?

    Women, more so than men, seem all too familiar with the New Year drill. We verbally commit to no more chocolate, to take the stairs and to rise an hour earlier to hit the gym only to find that by mid-month we lose all motivation. In fact,...

  • WWI newspaper snippets from Malta during 1917

    WWI newspaper snippets from Malta during 1917

    During 1917, while World War I continued cruelly and aggressive­ly on the western and eastern fronts in mainland Europe, the atmos­phere in Malta was gene­rally calm. But the island’s inhabitants were reminded that the country was on a war footing.

  • Hoarding: a siege mentality

    Hoarding: a siege mentality

    We all like collecting knick knacks. Small things that adorn our cabinets. What are sideboards for if not to store such mementos? We have a lifetime of collecting things that make us feel comfortable and secure. Perhaps they remind us of past...

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