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  • Christmas festivities in Malta in 1915

    Christmas festivities in Malta in 1915

    The spirit of Christmas 1915 was the second one to be celebrated during World War I. Although Malta was not in the frontline, there were thousands of wounded troops being treated in Maltese hospitals and convalescent camps around Malta. The...

  • A time for giving... not just money

    A time for giving... not just money

    Christmas is known as a time for giving and we all pride ourselves for donating those €5 or more to L-Istrina come Boxing Day. What is interesting, however, is how we may be comfortable with being charitable during the holiday season but somehow...

  • Top10 most popular science stories of 2015

    Top10 most popular science stories of 2015

    Antibiotic resistance, mass extinction and fossil fuel distribution were some of the top 10 most popular science stories of the year. In second place was a study which found there is no association between the MMR vaccine and an increased risk of...

  • Notable naval victories of the Knights of Malta

    Notable naval victories of the Knights of Malta

    The naval prowess of the Hospitaller Order of St John was renowned throughout Europe and the Mediterranean. A paper entitled ‘The Warships of the Order of St John 1530-1798’, presented during History Week 1994, by Joseph Muscat, a historian who is...

  • Rare, authentic Neapolitan presepio at Mdina Cathedral

    Rare, authentic Neapolitan presepio at Mdina Cathedral

    Remarkable for its emotion, power, drama, inventiveness and sheer energy, the Baroque period in Malta was a time of intense activity on all fronts. Undoubtedly it was the most res­plendent period in the history of Maltese art. In line with its...

  • Keep your pet safe this Christmas

    Keep your pet safe this Christmas

    Last week, I had several visitors to the clinic with Christmas on their mind. Mixer, a four-month-old kitten, had just been adopted from an animal shelter as a Christmas present for a little girl. Captain the Boxer was brought in suffering from...

  • First Greek ‘hotspot’ struggles to manage migrant flow to Europe

    First Greek ‘hotspot’ struggles to manage migrant flow to Europe

    The young Syrian woman beamed with relief: She had just been fingerprinted, photographed and granted permission to stay in Greece for six months to apply for asylum. But Bushra had no intention of doing so, any more than thousands of other...

  • Fr Salvino Darmanin’s life as a Jesuit and prisoner of war

    Fr Salvino Darmanin’s life as a Jesuit and prisoner of war

    Salvino Darmanin was born in Senglea on October 31, 1919, son of Carmelo and Victoria née Rope. He had seven other siblings of whom three became Sisters of Charity. On November 5, 1934, at the age of 15, he joined the Society of Jesus. After...

  • Fra Agostino Grimaldi: The aftermath of the hero’s death

    Fra Agostino Grimaldi: The aftermath of the hero’s death

    Our good Padre Parisi’s cautionary tale about Agostino Grimaldi and his Maltese temptations made full use of all the trite Adam and Eve stereotypes in the repertoire. It is womankind who is the ruin of all virtue. It is they who tempt man, they...

  • First ever test-tube dogs give ‘puppy love’ a new meaning

    First ever test-tube dogs give ‘puppy love’ a new meaning

    Seven healthy puppies were born after 19 embryos created by in-vitro fertilisation were transferred to the host mother, a beagle. Two were the result of pairing eggs and sperm from a beagle mother and cocker spaniel father. The other five were...

  • Ensuring ‘climate justice’

    Ensuring ‘climate justice’

    Human rights and gender equality must be enshrined in the legally binding section of a new global climate change deal in order to secure climate justice for the poorest and most vulnerable, top human rights advocate and UN climate envoy Mary...

  • Sworn enemies reunite

    Sworn enemies reunite

    Former US airman Jack DeTour, 92, and Japanese fighter pilot Shiro Wakita, 88, sworn enemies during World War II, together poured whiskey from a battered canteen into Pearl Harbour on Sunday to commemorate the 1941 attack on the US naval base. As...

  • United against terrorism

    United against terrorism

    Facebook, Google and Twitter are stepping up efforts to combat online propaganda and recruiting by Islamic militants but the internet companies are doing it quietly to avoid the perception they are helping the authorities police the web. On...

  • Psychological first aid

    Psychological first aid

    Migrant trauma demands alternative therapies as many refugees bear scars of war, persecution and rape with some developing complex, severe illnesses Europe’s migrant crisis is forcing the advancement of new psychological therapies that go beyond...

  • Breathing new life into the Mdina Cathedral Museum

    Breathing new life into the Mdina Cathedral Museum

    Since 1969, when it opened in the spacious baroque palace at the former Archbishop’s Seminary, built by the erudite Bishop Alpheran de Bussan (1728-1757), the Cathedral Museum in Mdina has surpassed all pre­dictions, fulfilling its major role of...

  • An inviting home

    An inviting home

    Christmas is the perfect time of the year to create a super cosy home for you, your family and your guests. Soft furnishings go a long way to making your home feel inviting at this time of year. A new pair of thick curtains with matching faux fur...

  • Christmas delivery

    Sendon gives you the opportunity to shop from online stores within the EU and the US, particularly from those which do not ship directly to Malta. Sendon continues to grow and besides hubs in the UK and the US, Sendon can now give you an address...

  • Being an elf is no fun

    Being an elf is no fun

    It’s all very well for you, sitting at home waiting for Santa to cough up a sack load of toys and goodies on Christmas Eve. All you’ve got to do is send him a note, sit back and wait to clean up. And very nice too. But do you ever spare a thought...

  • Invest in your team

    More than simply a reward specialist, One4all Business Rewards is a new business rewards advisory service, offering the perfect motivation solutions to suit all objectives and budgets. The One4all Business Rewards team help design staff motivation...

  • Don’t rain on your dear

    Don’t rain on your dear

    Tinkling carols, a roaring fire, the smell of pine trees and all spice: that’s the gift-wrapped Christmas of television land. But in practice, the festive season is often a barely discernable sprinkling of peace and goodwill with an extra-large...

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