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  • A greener future

    A greener future

    The Building Industry Consultative Council, in collaboration with the Regulator for Energy and Water Services has developed a green building technology website www.ecobuild.gov.mt. The main purpose of this website is to inform the public about the...

  • No sitting on the dock

    No sitting on the dock

    Architect Joanna Spiteri Staines says that the rehabilitation of Dock 1 in Cospicua should serve as a catalyst for holistic urban renewal of Cottonera. Dock 1, a 19th century dock built by William Scamp (1801-1872) in 1848 for the British Navy, is...

  • A home away from home

    A home away from home

    People move abroad for various reasons. However, the one binding factor is usually to find a better quality of life. Admittedly, this means different things to different people – however, whatever the meaning, it’s always rooted in happiness. A...

  • Treasure island

    Treasure island

    The Maltese are a nation of hoarders, Robert Attard tells Veronica Stivala. This characteristic is showcased in valuable private collections. Collecting is in the DNA of the Maltese, says Robert Attard, a lawyer and amateur historian. We are a...

  • Children of war

    Children of war

    For a child, five years can seem like a lifetime. Five years can see a young schoolchild grow into a teenager entering the exciting world of secondary school. Five years can turn an uncertain 15-year-old into a proud young student on the first day...

  • A day in the newsroom

    A day in the newsroom

    The winner of a Times of Malta competition had the opportunity to witness the process involved in publishing a newspaper, from discussing ideas to content creation and printing. Maria Cremona reports on her experience. There it stood, the...

  • Reminiscing about the changing face of Grand Harbour

    Reminiscing about the changing face of Grand Harbour

    In ‘Malta’s submerged landscape’ (Times of Malta, January 4, 2013), marine geologist Aaron Bugeja revealed that during the last Ice Age the Maltese archipelago was two-and-a-half times larger and formed part of a raised plateau and land bridge to...

  • More cases of men killing their wife or former wife

    More cases of men killing their wife or former wife

    Infidelity was again the motive of the murder of Ġorġa Micallef. On May 13, 1939, at about 5.30pm, thirty-nine-year-old Pawlu Micallef hurriedly entered the Ħamrun police station and reported that he had just stabbed his wife, Ġorġa, at their...

  • If education is the cure for poverty, then how do we make the antidote?

    If education is the cure for poverty, then how do we make the antidote?

    Brad L. Brasseur explores the current problems in creating good education for the poor in developing nations and looks at some of the solutions. The United Nations recently claimed that the Millennium Development Goal that focused on primary...

  • Many young people fear losing their jobs to robots

    Many young people fear losing their jobs to robots

    The ‘fourth industrial revolution’ is upon us and experts are predicting that robots may take over most jobs in the near future. Youths feel particurly at risk but Joachim James Calleja, director of the European Centre for the Development of...

  • Is this the end of Europe?

    Is this the end of Europe?

    Pressure is mounting on Angela Merkel to close borders to Syrian refugees amid polemics highlighting the risks of economic disruption in a divided EU Is this how ‘Europe’ ends? The Germans, founders and funders of the post-war union, shut their...

  • From treat to threat

    From treat to threat

    It may have been the most wonderful time of the year for many families but Christmas could have posed some serious dangers to pets in Malta. Food proved to be the biggest danger for pets over the festive period, with vets reporting an increasing...

  • Inequality growing

    Inequality growing

    The wealthiest 62 people now own as much as half the world’s population, some 3.5 billion people, as the super-rich have grown richer and the poor poorer, an international charity said yesterday. The wealth of the richest 62 people has risen by 44...

  • Australia Hall in pitiful state

    Australia Hall in pitiful state

    Many are truly heartbroken and even disgusted at the state of the Australia Hall in Pembroke, which was officially opened on January 22, 1916, in the presence of 1,600 people. The Australian branch of the Red Cross had raised funds to finance a...

  • Canon John Theuma Relf: victim of Illustrious blitz

    Canon John Theuma Relf: victim of Illustrious blitz

    At the first chimes of midnight on June 10, 1940, Malta’s churches announced the start of the second siege in the history of this fortress island. Six hours earlier, Mussolini had declared war after joining the Axis, and next day, June 11, brought...

  • A look back at past cases of wife murders in Malta

    A look back at past cases of wife murders in Malta

    Nizar el Gadi was recently sentenced to life imprisonment after being found guilty, by eight votes against one, of murdering his former wife Margaret Mifsud. Life sentences for wife killers are rare in Malta; in fact, a similar judgment for such a...

  • Tumours and canine mastectomy

    Tumours and canine mastectomy

    Last week Dipsy came in for her first post-surgery check-up. A few days earlier, she had undergone major surgery to have a mastectomy, with most of her mammary glands removed. Dipsy is a small 12-year-old black and white Shih Tzu. Her owner...

  • The birthday gift of giving

    The birthday gift of giving

    You would think that no birthday party would be complete without gifts. It’s like winter without rain, summer without ice cream and a lunch break without lunch. But then, a few weeks ago, I started reading about a new trend: birthday parties...

  • One in four children in conflict zones ‘risk losing their future’

    One in four children in conflict zones ‘risk losing their future’

    Nearly one in four children growing up in conflict zones are missing out on education, with South Sudan, Niger, Sudan and Afghanistan the worst-affected countries, the UN children’s agency (Unicef) said yesterday. An estimated 24 million children...

  • Gozo – a historical and scenic cornucopia

    Gozo – a historical and scenic cornucopia

    As the smoldering embers of terrorism and expansionist travesties of the Jihad movement engulf most of the eastern Mediterranean region and the North African littoral with savage cruelty, the Maltese islands, particularly the island of Gozo, are...

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