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  • Overweight and unhappy

    Overweight and unhappy

    Domestic cats and dogs are more prone to becoming overweight and obese than any other pet, because they may be given improper food or do not exercise enough. Veterinary surgeon Quentin Lawson tells Stephanie Fsadni that the incidence of overweight...

  • Raising awareness on pet cancer

    Raising awareness on pet cancer

    Cancer is not only a human disease: it can occur in all animals and in any part of their body. Stephanie Fsadni listens to the story of a woman who recently lost her cat to cancer and gets some advice from a veterinary surgeon on how to realise...

  • Are grain-free products good for your pet?

    Are grain-free products good for your pet?

    Dogs and cats nutritionist Fiona A. Picton gives advice on the best nutrients for our four-legged friends while dispelling some myths about grain-free pet food. Myth: Many dog and cat owners believe their pets will get better nutrition by being...

  • Caring for animals 24/7

    Caring for animals 24/7

    Founded in 2010, the San Franġisk Animal Welfare Centre in Ta’ Qali offers a 24/7 veterinary service to stray cats and dogs collected by the Animal Welfare Division as well as to patients brought in by private pet owners. “This comes to around 80...

  • Fine feathers make fine birds

    Fine feathers make fine birds

    Many people may choose birds as pets, thinking they have less needs than cats or dogs. Claire Caruana learns that this is far from the truth, especially when one decides to get an exotic bird which requires specialised care. If you’re thinking of...

  • 25 years young

    25 years young

    The NSTF Mini-European Assembly has recently celebrated its 25th anniversary. The National Student Travel Foundation continues to run this successful and popular programme every academic year and now counts over 1,000 erudite...

  • Allied meetings in Malta, and the Yalta conference

    Allied meetings in Malta, and the Yalta conference

    As the Allied armies closed in on the heart of Germany, the ‘Big Three’, Winston Churchill, Franklin D. Roosevelt and Josef Stalin, deci­ded to meet at Yalta, Crimea, in February 1945. This was preceded by a series of meetings of the British and...

  • Baroque music of worldwide acclaim in archives of Mdina Cathedral Museum

    Baroque music of worldwide acclaim in archives of Mdina Cathedral Museum

    The artistic sophistication of Mdina in the pre-Knights’ period (1530-1798) was manifest not only in the provision of objets d’art from the best bottegas in Sicily and southern Italy but also in a prolific series of musical activities. These...

  • How do Maltese counsellors approach issue of disability?

    How do Maltese counsellors approach issue of disability?

    Counselling is a relatively new profession for Malta, with the first courses for a Diploma in School Counselling and a degree in psychology having only started to be offered at the University in the 1990s. In 2002, the Malta Association for the...

  • Last three chapels at St John’s Co-Cathedral restored

    Last three chapels at St John’s Co-Cathedral restored

    A 10-year programme to restore all the gilded carving that embellishes the chapels and nave at St John’s Co-Cathedral has been concluded with the restoration of the chapels of France, Provence and Anglo Bavaria. It also included the res­toration...

  • Mystery surrounds sinking of HMS Glorious 75 years ago

    Mystery surrounds sinking of HMS Glorious 75 years ago

    Looking onto the beauty of the Grand Harbour, one can imagine how relatives felt on seeing the majestic entrance HMS Glorious must have made as it made its way past the breakwater to its berthing place in the 1930s. Relatives of the men serving on...

  • Winter pet care

    Winter pet care

    Last week I received an anxious call from Gember’s owner, asking me whether I could make a house call. Gember is a seven-year-old ginger cat who is a much loved and cossetted member of the family. They were concerned about his lethargy and...

  • When mummy is not home

    When mummy is not home

    Finding the right person to take care of your children while you’re working or playing can present a right headache. Daniela Allen is at hand with some mothers’ top tips. I was always adamant about not leaving my three children with a nanny. Not...

  • Nourish a growing child

    Nourish a growing child

    From their arrival to their third birthday, children will be twice their size, five times their weight and their brain will increase at an incredible rate. This is because at the beginning of their life children grow exceptionally fast. You can...

  • You’re tired and we don’t care

    You’re tired and we don’t care

    I get children. I don’t have any, of course, but I do understand the makeup of a growing child. I’m in my late 30’s and have yet to really break away from wanting toys, playing hide-and-seek and leaving the adult stuff to whoever prefers that...

  • Milk for growing appetites

    Mums know how active toddlers can be, busy exploring their surroundings and discovering novel things. Unfortunately, studies carried out by the UK Department of Health showed that many toddlers do not get the right nutrients and in the right...

  • Are bilingual babies better?

    Are bilingual babies better?

    What’s best when it comes to teaching your little ones their first words? Maltese, English, or a mixture of both? Helen Raine investigates the language issue and finds some myths debunked. Good news for Malta; bilingual babies are officially...

  • Let’s talk about sex

    Let’s talk about sex

    Are storks ever the answer? Iggy Fenech, with some major help from psychologist Malcolm Tortell, finds out how parents should approach the topic of the birds and bees with young children. When it comes to the acts of life, few are as important as...

  • The next generation car seat

    The next generation car seat

    An Israeli industrial designer, Yoav Mazar, has solved a problem many parents encounter when they take their babies for a ride: the need to pack both a car seat and a stroller into the car. This innovative product might mean parents never have to...

  • It’s not difficult to go green

    It’s not difficult to go green

    Getting your kids to eat healthy food – it’s a headache that few parents are ever spared, but with child obesity reaching alarming levels, this uphill struggle is more important than ever before. Unfortunately for you, genetics is simply not on...

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