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  • Rise and demise of Mġarr ix-Xini pumping station

    Rise and demise of Mġarr ix-Xini pumping station

    In the late 1880s, Lieutenant Governor Sir Walter Hely-Hutchinson instructed engineer Osbert Chadwick to conduct an inspection of the water supply in Gozo. At that time, Gozo was dependent on water from natural springs and water from surface flow;...

  • Plastic surgery

    Plastic surgery

    Last week Ozzi returned to the clinic for an entirely different procedure. We met Ozzi the Doberman Pinscher in May 2012 when he was diagnosed with a hormonal imbalance called hypothyroidism. Today, Ozzi is a mature, 12-year-old dog and still...

  • Fukushima residents torn over nuclear waste plan

    Fukushima residents torn over nuclear waste plan

    Norio Kimura lost his wife, father and 7-year-old daughter Yuna in the March 2011 tsunami. Now, he fears he may lose his land, too, as Japan’s government wants to build a sprawling radioactive waste storage site in the shadow of the wrecked...

  • Recalling a brave, sincere patriot forgotten by Malta

    Recalling a brave, sincere patriot forgotten by Malta

    The history of British colonialism in Malta covers the period between 1814, when Malta became a Crown Colony as a result of the Treaty of Paris, and 1964, when Malta became independent, and later a republic in 1974. Comparatively, British...

  • The 1956 Għallis Tower murder trial revisited

    The 1956 Għallis Tower murder trial revisited

    On July 16, 2014, the University’s Faculty of Law presented an award for academic excellence to Judge Maurice Caruana Curran, who graduated as a lawyer in 1943. During a short period as a defence lawyer Caruana Curran assisted one of the five men...

  • Gripped by helplessness

    Gripped by helplessness

    I had been longing to go back to Ghana for some time. Twenty years had to pass before this wish became a reality. This time I went to Ghana as part of the Mission:/Possible 2014 team. Mission:/Possible ‘outreaches’ are organised by the Institute...

  • Responsible dog ownership

    Responsible dog ownership

    Dogs Trust Malta will be offering free neutering and microchipping to people on benefits, hunters and farmers from May 5. The service will be run by the trust’s partners, SPCA Malta. Most will also consider whether or not to neuter their dog and...

  • First sandfly vaccine created

    First sandfly vaccine created

    After 20 years of scientific research, a vaccine against canine leishmaniosis is now available in Europe. When taken as a course, scientists say, the vaccine can provide safe, effective and long-lasting protection against the development of...

  • Make equality happen

    Make equality happen

    Renee Laiviera, Commissioner of the National Commission for the Promotion of Equality, lauds the achievements made by women in the workforce in recent years and highlights some of the work being done by the organisation to keep on attracting...

  • Breaking down stereotypes

    Breaking down stereotypes

    Karen Hautala-Hili from the Malta Information Technology Agency laments about the lack of women in the Maltese ICT sector, saying that increased participation in the ditigal world would not only benefit women themselves but the industry and the...

  • Taking hobbies to the next level

    Taking hobbies to the next level

    In her free time, Stacey Abela enjoyed creating wax melts while Christina Desira loved making chocolate treats. A couple of years ago, both women decided to turn their hobby into a full-time job. Claire Caruana listens to how they managed to set...

  • The creative side of women

    The creative side of women

    Women are becoming more and more represented in the local arts scene. Stephanie Fsadni speaks to three artists from the visual and performance arts about their inspiration, femininity, obstacles and aspirations. Xaxa Calleja, painter Charlene...

  • Guiding girls into womanhood

    Guiding girls into womanhood

    Since its foundation, the Malta Girl Guides’ mission has been to enable girls and young women to develop to their fullest potential as responsible citizens. Claire Caruana interviews Malta Girl Guides Chief Commissioner Marjoe Abela about the...

  • Sending the wrong message

    Sending the wrong message

    Sexualisation can negatively affect the mental and physical well-being of a person, especially the most vulnerable among us. Health psychologist Priscilla Muscat tells Stephanie Fsadni how the media are delivering the wrong messages to teens and...

  • Not just a man’s game

    Not just a man’s game

    Stephanie Fsadni learns that rugby is not as rough as it may look and can be played by all. She meets four female rugby players who tell her about their love of the game and how it has helped them on a social and personal level. Malta is doing...

  • Making dreams come true

    Making dreams come true

    With its magnificent lagoon, lush promenade and fairy-tale setting, Laguna Walk at the heart of SmartCity Malta is undoubtedly the ideal venue for a wedding. Ringed by a shaded, verdant promenade that leads out onto the grand steps, Laguna Walk’s...

  • A wedding ring is forever

    A wedding ring is forever

    Traditionally, wedding rings are the plainest choice, a simple gold band. Would you say this is still the case or has it changed? When many people think of wedding rings, what comes to mind is a simple gold band of metal that hugs our mother’s...

  • Partying it up festa-style

    Partying it up festa-style

    With its live music and festa vibe, Marilù Vella’s and Sean Buhagiar’s wedding was the talk of the season. The new bride relives the excitement for our reporter Marc Buhagiar. Marilù Vella, otherwise known as the creative genius behind Pastizzi...

  • It’s her party

    You’re not the bride, but you feel responsible for her. It’s not your party but you play a significant role in it. And while many will agree that it is an honour to experience, so closely such an important celebration, others beg to...

  • Life beyond the honeymoon

    Life beyond the honeymoon

    A marriage is so much more than the wedding day. Jo Caruana chats to two recently married couples to discover what happens when the honeymoon ends and real life begins. Life is all about adjustments. In our younger years, we switch schools and...

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