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  • Climax to triple anniversary year

    Climax to triple anniversary year

    As President Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca arrives for the Pontifical High Mass at the Basilica of St Dominic in Valletta this morning, she will be leading the congregation in the climax of celebrations in this parish’s triple anniversary year. The...

  • New Master degree shifts focus to teaching practice in schools

    New Master degree shifts focus to teaching practice in schools

    Teaching is becoming a more demanding and complex undertaking and assessing learning that takes place even more so. In the midst of all the developments taking place within the profession, locally and internationally, teacher educators play a...

  • Treating Maltese limestone

    Treating Maltese limestone

    Our landscape of stone. We readily connect with the beautiful ones. Those in the historical palaces of the city, the parish churches of the older villages and those shaping the cliffs on the coast. We disconnect just as quickly however, when those...

  • Myth debunked: Detoxing

    Myth debunked: Detoxing

    We all feel the aftermaths of a few days of heavy eating on junk food or the odd beer session. However, do detoxing juices and meals help in any way? No, but first of all what exactly are toxins? Toxins are the chemicals in our bodies that...

  • Photo of the week

    Photo of the week

    The pink iguana is only found on one of the Galápagos islands. It is one of the species Charles Darwin used as evidence for his theory of evolution and is now classified as an endangered species. Credit: Larry Moore

  • UK mum celebrates surviving tumour op by buying lottery ticket - and wins millions

    UK mum celebrates surviving tumour op by buying lottery ticket - and wins millions

    A mother who felt lucky after surviving a tumour operation in the US has described how she rang her daughter back home to insist she bought a lottery ticket - and won £61.1 million. Sonia Davies, 53, who was in Florida with partner Keith Reynolds,...

  • Anton Schranz – from revolution to revolution

    Anton Schranz – from revolution to revolution

    In his second article leading up to an exhibition in 2018 marking the bicentenary of the Schranz artists’ arrival in Malta, John J. Schranz considers hypotheses of why Anton Schranz came to Malta, framing his life in Menorca in the context of the...

  • Ignatius of Loyola – founder of the Society of Jesus and leading figure of the counter-Reformation Church

    Ignatius of Loyola – founder of the Society of Jesus and leading figure of the counter-Reformation Church

    Ignatius Loyola (1491-1556), more precisely Don Iñigo de Oñaz y Loyola, the youngest son of a Basque nobleman, was born in the Castle of Loyola, in the province of Guipuzcoa. He received courtly training on the virtues of gentlemanly conduct in...

  • The way we die: elderly need end-of-life options

    The way we die: elderly need end-of-life options

    It is illegal to help someone kill themselves in Malta. But what if someone is dying in great pain? Opioids usually administered in these times are sometimes not enough to stop the agonal stage of death. Agony comes from the Greek word ‘to struggle’.

  • Pollutant on Oskar: a right sticky mess

    Pollutant on Oskar: a right sticky mess

    Last week, Oskar got himself in a right sticky mess. Oskar is a cream-coloured seven-year-old labrador with a gentle face that seemed to be laughing at me. Or maybe he was laughing at himself. Because when I met him, he reeked of marine engine oil...

  • Myth debunked: How many senses do we have?

    Myth debunked: How many senses do we have?

    Answer: Not only five. I clearly remember my biology teacher, quizzing us about senses on a torrid June afternoon. We were asked to list them, and the class was surprised to learn there were only five of them since the blackboard was full of...

  • My genome: reading the entire DNA sequence of an individual

    My genome: reading the entire DNA sequence of an individual

    We are who we are thanks to our genes and the environment we grew up in. While the environment undoubtedly plays a role in shaping the individual, it is the genome which determines many of our characteristics… the colour of our hair and eyes, our...

  • Photo of the week

    Photo of the week

    Kat Styles, Thermal Engineer, operates Bruno the ExoMars rover prototype on the Mars test area at Airbus Defence & Space in Stevenage, Hertfordshire. Bruno belongs to a ‘family’ of three British rover prototypes which are testing planetary...

  • Addressing gender imbalance in top decision-making posts

    Addressing gender imbalance in top decision-making posts

    The online Directory of Professional Women, launched last year, aims to give visibility to qualified women in various sectors of the economy. NCPE Commissioner Renee Laiviera tells Stephanie Fsadni more about its scope. Over 200 women have...

  • Putting ‘paws’ in ‘positive’

    Putting ‘paws’ in ‘positive’

    They say that a dog is a man’s best friend. But let’s generalise a bit here. It’s not just dogs. And friendship is not limited to men. In return for our love and care, all animals respond with affection – they don’t judge us and, in moments of...

  • Prince Harry regrets not talking sooner about Diana's death

    Prince Harry regrets not talking sooner about Diana's death

    Britain's Prince Harry has spoken about how he regrets not talking sooner about the impact of the death of his mother, Princess Diana. Diana died in a car crash in Paris in 1997, when Harry was 12 and his brother Prince William was 15. Harry, now...

  • Between faith and culture: the new museum at St John’s Co-Cathedral

    Between faith and culture: the new museum at St John’s Co-Cathedral

    The Foundation of St John’s Co-Cathedral has embarked on building its new museum. This flagship project will recast the ageing display of the Co-Cathedral’s treasures. The museum will set the tone for what promises to be a primary exhibition of...

  • The failed Italian motor torpedo boat attack on Grand Harbour

    The failed Italian motor torpedo boat attack on Grand Harbour

    The Grand Harbour breakwater was the main target of an attack by Italian motor torpedo boats on July 26, 1941, by the Decima Flottiglia Mezzi d’Assalto (MAS), the 10th Assault Vehicle Flotilla, a commando frogmen unit of the Regia Marina (Italian...

  • The Carmelites in Santa Venera

    The Carmelites will celebrate the feast day of Santa Venera next Sunday. Devotion towards St Venera dates back many years in Malta. It suffices to mention that in Rabat there are catacombs dedicated to this saint, who according to tradition came...

  • Keeping children safe online

    Keeping children safe online

    The internet has connected us with the rest of the world in a way that we never imagined. It is a marvellous tool, offering children and young people an endless amount of information, entertainment and communication opportunities. Like all tools,...

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