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  • Landmark Brussels hotel is brought to life by Corinthia

    Landmark Brussels hotel is brought to life by Corinthia

    Corinthia Hotels recently brought a landmark hotel in Brussels back to life with a dinner to celebrate the group’s recent acquisition of the Grand Hotel Astoria in Rue Royale. Guests included dignitaries, members of the Brussels community and the...

  • Malta’s longest serving Police Commissioner – Vivian De Gray

    Malta’s longest serving Police Commissioner – Vivian De Gray

    Dom Mintoff’s dispute with Vivian De Gray brought reactions from among members of the force and the Police Commissioner was given a great ovation when he went to police headquarters after his appointment had been confirmed by the Governor. It was...

  • The Carmelite bishop who started a mission in Peru

    The Carmelite bishop who started a mission in Peru

    Time passes and does not wait for anyone. More than 30 years have passed since the death of our beloved Carmelite Bishop Redemptus Gauci. Several people have encouraged me to write something about him so that his memory will not be...

  • Fooled by Alzheimer’s cures

    Fooled by Alzheimer’s cures

    Charlatans have shaped history. We are repeating a cycle of people selling us false hopes. But one example stands above all others, and that is the story of a Buddhist monk named Xu Fu. While in the process of selling immortality to the first...

  • ‘Children are the most wonderful experience’

    ‘Children are the most wonderful experience’

    Three fathers from different walks of life talk to Simonne Pace about the difficulties and joys of fatherhood. Although Father’s Day comes only once a year, they all agree that having children is a commitment with each passing day and for...

  • The spleen – what does it do?

    The spleen – what does it do?

    Last week I received some very good news. Fudge was recovering well from the major operation she underwent. Fudge is a female Labrador cross of about 14 years. Her age is only approximate, as she was found several years ago roaming the environs of...

  • Myth debunked: Does homeopathy work?

    Myth debunked: Does homeopathy work?

    Last year, $115 billion were reportedly spent worldwide on homeopathy. The procedure was invented in 1796 by German physician Samuel Hahnemann. Homeopathic treatments are based on the belief that like cures like with substances becoming more...

  • Light, chemistry and computers

    Light, chemistry and computers

    Using sophisticated molecules researchers have created computer-like operations in solution. In a study recently published in the journal New J. Chem., chemists from the University of Malta have made a new molecular sensor that can determine the...

  • Photo of the week

    Photo of the week

    Our galaxy, the Milky Way, as seen from Gozo. With a diameter of around 120,000 light-years and over 200 billion stars, our disk-shaped home is incredibly large, but still only considered medium sized among its peers. Photo: Dr Joseph Caruana,...

  • 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...

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