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  • 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...

  • A morning stroll

    A morning stroll

    My general practitioner recently told me that I need to exercise more, especially since I spend most of my day sitting behind a desk. So I took heed and now, every weekend, you will find me enjoying an early morning brisk walk along the Marsascala...

  • At Ramadan, migrants dream of their family and comfort food

    At Ramadan, migrants dream of their family and comfort food

    As Ramadan began in Germany, Syrianasylum seeker Khairallah Swaid said he would pray for a reunion with his wife, who is stranded at a camp in Greece, and that he craves his mother’s makloubeh, a meat and rice dish served during the fasting...

  • Dom Mintoff’s ‘calculated risk’ of 60 years ago

    Dom Mintoff’s ‘calculated risk’ of 60 years ago

    When Dom Mintoff became Prime Minister in 1955, the state of health of the Police Force was not quite as good as it should have been. For this reason, Mintoff invited W.A. Muller, Inspector General of the Colonial Police, to offer his advice on...

  • More artistic gems in Vittoriosa

    With the gradual re-Christianisation of the Maltese islands in the 12th and 13th centuries, it was once again a temple-based religion that gave the first impetus to Vittoriosa’s artistic and architectural heritage. This may be witnessed in the...

  • Tinker, Maker: How can I locate planets in the night sky?

    Tinker, Maker: How can I locate planets in the night sky?

    A common misconception is that one needs to own a telescope in order to be able to spot the planets in the sky. In actual fact, it is quite easy to observe a number of planets with just the naked eye. At the moment, if one were to look at the sky...

  • Bend it like a Pro

    Bend it like a Pro

    Football is undoubtedly one of the most popular sports in the world, and is one of the biggest businesses around. Despite spending hours on the training ground the commercial side of things is entirely focused on the incidents and highlights of...

  • Not just for kicks

    Not just for kicks

    If you walk by Anastasi’s store in Merchants Street, Valletta, you can hear the endless mantra of “got, got, need” as collectors swap Panini sticker doubles in exchange of numbers which they do not have. It’s a mantra which Dominic Anastasi, sole...

  • Let’s have some fun!

    Let’s have some fun!

    The importance of learning through play has been highlighted in various studies. Lorella Fava takes a look at how English can be taught in a fun way and how this is being applied in the local context. Teaching English to children can be daunting...

  • Summer programme

    Summer programme

    The St Edward’s College Summer Club is a fun-packed eight-week programme, inspired by the concept that childrenlearn through enjoyable and entertaining experiences. The programme, which has been running for the past four years, has been extremely...

  • Learning through play examples

    Learning through play examples

    Daily routines An example of active learning would be to teach children by using flash cards and discussion. For instance, in the case of teaching daily routines, one can start by asking the children what they normally do in the morning before...

  • Fuelled by anger

    Fuelled by anger

    The phrase ‘għax niġi u nifqak!’(I will come to beat you up) made the headlines a few months ago when it was uttered in Parliament. However, the said phrase may be pronounced much more often in our society without it being reported. “The Maltese...

  • Rise and fall of Malta’s Armstrong Mitchell 160-ton hydraulic crane

    Rise and fall of Malta’s Armstrong Mitchell 160-ton hydraulic crane

    This is the story of the Armstrong Mitchell 160-ton fixed hydraulic crane built for the Malta Dockyard. The crane was works no. 2983, built in 1883. The crane is first shown in images of the launching of HMS Melita on March 20, 1888. During the...

  • My dream for Kilin came true

    My dream for Kilin came true

    When Education Minister Evarist Bartolo unveiled a bust of my father Michael Spiteri, popularly known as Kilin, outside Rabat primary school on May 26, a beau­tiful dream of mine came true. It all started two years and three months ago when I...

  • Keep pets safe this summer

    You might have heard of the sad event that happened in Italy last week where several dogs died in a transporter vehicle due to a failure with the ventilation system. The dogs had been transported to their destination in preparation for a dog...

  • Tinker, Maker: Balancing act, trick

    Tinker, Maker: Balancing act, trick

    Here is a way how to get hailed as a great conjurer at your next dinner party. You will need a toothpick, two identical forks, a piece of cork (taken from a dutifully drunk bottle of wine) and an empty glass. First, you will need to insert the two...

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