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  • 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...

  • Determining protein structures in processes through the years

    Determining protein structures in processes through the years

    Proteins are found in all biological organisms and are involved in many processes within biological systems that include supporting biochemical reactions, transporting and storing chemical compounds, signalling information from other proteins,...

  • Photo of the week

    Photo of the week

    A Kenya Wildlife Service team take measurements of a male lion’s teeth while they prepare to fit the animal with a GPS tracking collar in Nairobi National Park.

  • Almost 46 million people remain trapped in slavery

    Almost 46 million people remain trapped in slavery

    Almost 46 million people are living as slaves globally with the greatest number in India but the highest prevalence of slavery in North Korea, according to the third Global Slavery Index released yesterday. The index, by Australia-based human...

  • Breaking borders

    Breaking borders

    The Malta Communications Authority, in collaboration with the TakeOff Business Incubator and a number of key players on the tech start-up scene are working together to launch Zest, Malta’s biggest digital business event. Spread over two days, the...

  • Servicing the big guns of the Royal Navy in Malta and the invention of the Armstrong Mitchell 160-ton hydraulic dockside crane

    Servicing the big guns of the Royal Navy in Malta and the invention of the Armstrong Mitchell 160-ton hydraulic dockside crane

    For the world of warships, harbours and armaments, the second half of the 19th century was an exciting chicken-and-egg time. Iron, and later steel, replaced wood; steam replaced sail, and old and new nations vied with each other for command of the...

  • Painting travels of four Schranz artists

    Painting travels of four Schranz artists

    In this first in a series of articles leading up to an exhibition and publication in 2018 marking the bicentenary of the Schranz artists’ arrival in Malta, John J. Schranz looks at the travels of Anton, Giovanni, Antonio and Giuseppe Schranz in...

  • Cemetery guardians on the go

    Cemetery guardians on the go

    A group of guardians forming part of the Braxia and Addolorata army, an NGO working on bringing cemeteries back to life, are now tackling the Jewish part of the Addolorata. NGO founder Ruth Bezzina explains what the members are doing and what they...

  • Tinker, Maker: The coin drop

    Tinker, Maker: The coin drop

    Dropping a coin into an empty glass sounds pretty ordinary at first. How about trying out a more creative and scientifically sound way to get a penny into a cup? This experiment will demonstrate Newton’s law of inertia. You will need a notecard,...

  • Lost in translation

    Lost in translation

    Most of us can speak at least two languages. Perhaps three, four or five if you’re a language geek. But mostly, we’re confined to international and business languages. What about trying to get by in a foreign country with no grasp of the local...

  • Photo of the week

    Photo of the week

    This 100x photograph features a liverwort (Lepidolaena taylorii) plant showing modified leaves (water sacs), which are often home to aquatic microorganisms such as rotifers. It received an honorable mention in the 2015 Nikon Small World...

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