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  • China inspects barbecues, closes some factories to battle smog

    China inspects barbecues, closes some factories to battle smog

    Provincial governments across China are taking measures ranging from inspecting outdoor barbecues to halting production at industrial plants to reduce worsening air pollution, the official Xinhua news agency said. China has adopted various...

  • Getting board

    Getting board

    In an age of smartphones, video games and tablets, new ideas and designs with an emphasis on teamwork are fuelling a boom in board game sales worldwide. It is Ronald Cassar’s turn to play. Social media, Pokémon Go, Netflix, Twitter and the...

  • Beer meets oak casks as barley wine hits local market

    Beer meets oak casks as barley wine hits local market

    To discerning drinkers, oak casks are synonymous with wine, cognac and whiskey.  But the sight of wooden casks in craft breweries is becoming more commonplace, with brewers keen to impart earthy aromas and smooth the taste of some of their choice...

  • Anthony Buhagiar – a lifetime’s service with the Royal Navy

    Anthony Buhagiar – a lifetime’s service with the Royal Navy

    Born at Vittoriosa on March 7, 1915, Anthony Buhagiar was one of eight siblings. His father Lorenzo was a Malta Dockyard engineer and Buhagiar was encouraged to join the firm. But the young man was drawn to the sea. On his father’s demise he tried...

  • Myth debunked: Electrical safety myths

    Myth debunked: Electrical safety myths

    We all use electricity, but not all of us really understand it. As useful as it is, it is equally dangerous, as it can kill or injure. This danger, coupled with common myths about it, is very troubling. So let’s go ahead with some shockers! Myth:...

  • Pharmaceutical mirrors

    Pharmaceutical mirrors

    Just before stepping through the mirror in Lewis Carroll’s novel Through the Looking Glass, Alice stops to ponder if ‘looking-glass milk’ will be good for the cat. Mirror image forms are as serious a business for today’s medicine researchers as it...

  • Photo of the week

    Photo of the week

    The Enterprise Bridge spans a dried up section of Lake Oroville in California, as the US state suffers a drought for the third year running.

  • Bowie, Rickman, Prince... Cohen joins list of celebrity deaths in 2016

    Bowie, Rickman, Prince... Cohen joins list of celebrity deaths in 2016

    Revered singer, songwriter and poet Leonard Cohen is the latest well-known person to die in 2016. Here is a list of some of the others: :: Singer David Bowie died aged 69 on January 10. :: Actor Alan Rickman died aged 69 on January 14. :: Eagles...

  • Bullying experiences of girls and boys differ

    Bullying experiences of girls and boys differ

    The National Commission for the Promotion of Equality last year carried out a study on bullying. Results confirm those of international studies that boys and girls engage in bullying behaviour in different ways. NCPE Commissioner Renee Laiviera...

  • Malta and the Spanish Civil War

    Malta and the Spanish Civil War

    Just two months after the end of the Italian invasion and conquest of Abyssinia (Ethiopia) another invasion broke out, this time in Europe. A democraticly-elected coalition of left-wing parties known as the Popular Front was elected in 1936. A few...

  • Saved by the sandwich

    Saved by the sandwich

    To go for the canapé or not? Veronica Stivala cooks up some tips about party snacks so they won’t get in the way of your corporate networking You’re deep in the middle of an invigorating chat about the latest thought-provoking episode of Black...

  • Build a team party

    Build a team party

    Anyone who proposes swapping the office party for a team building event can expect some resistance. We cannot help but think about lame activities where bored colleagues stick post-it notes on the wall in an elusive search for blue sky ideas. But...

  • Make a meal of it

    Make a meal of it

    With the party season fast approaching, Corinthia Palace Hotel & Spa executive chef Stefan Hogan shares his advice on planning the perfect menu. The festive season and scrumptiously good food (the kind you may only indulge in once a year) go...

  • A heart-breaking condition

    This week Snoopy was rushed to the clinic as an emergency.  Snoopy is a 10-year-old male Dalmatian with a huge heart just bursting with love for his owners.  He’s usually quite a confident dog when visiting the clinic, but this time he was...

  • Myth debunked: Is homosexuality unnatural?

    Myth debunked: Is homosexuality unnatural?

    Animals are part of the natural world, right? Well, there are over 1,500 animals that show some form of homosexual be­haviour. Let’s go through some colourful examples. Over nine in 10 of gi­raffe sexual encounters are bet­ween males rather than...

  • Coping with Malta’s diabetes problem

    Coping with Malta’s diabetes problem

    Malta won a prize last September: it tops the EU ranking for obese and overweight people. The problem is so great that a law was passed last January to try and curb it. Obesity is strongly linked to another major health problem: diabetes. Over one...

  • Photo of the week

    Photo of the week

    NASA’s Mars Science Lab, also known as the Curiosity rover, spotted this strange, dark object on the Martian surface. The rover’s Mast Camera (Mastcam) took this photo of the golf ball-sized meteor on October 30. Further inspection with...

  • Republic Street to lose a splash of colour as Vee Gee Bee shuts down

    Republic Street to lose a splash of colour as Vee Gee Bee shuts down

    Walking into Valletta, whether on our way to work or shopping, we rarely bother to look around and notice everything surrounding us. Familiarity breeds short-sightedness. We walk past the shopping arcade, the theatre and the new Parliament...

  • Emperor for an evening

    Emperor for an evening

    Teenagers have the opportunity to try their hand at stamp-making and Chinese calligraphy this Friday during a unique workshop being held in Valletta. Organised by Spazju Kreattiv, the China Cultural Centre in Malta and the Educational Team of the...

  • New crime story series to probe Gianni Versace murder

    New crime story series to probe Gianni Versace murder

    A new series of American Crime Story will explore how the murderer of fashion designer Gianni Versace was able to remain on the loose, showrunner Ryan Murphy has said. Filming on the follow-up to The People Versus OJ Simpson: American Crime Story...

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