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  • Another view of the 1807 Froberg Regiment mutiny

    Another view of the 1807 Froberg Regiment mutiny

    Dr Albert Ganado (The Sunday Times of Malta, October 16) has regaled us, yet again, with fascinating, yet alarming, details of Maltese history. And in his customary fashion he has added what appears to be hitherto unpublished data related to the...

  • A farm with a view

    A farm with a view

    This week I was called out to a farm to attend to a sick sheep. When the call came through, the farmer informed me that one of his ewes had given birth during the night and that she had suffered a vaginal prolapse. A prolapse of the vagina is a...

  • Revealing the unspoken pandemic of suicide

    Revealing the unspoken pandemic of suicide

    I remember when suicide statistics in Malta were zero. I am not that old.­ In the Catholic tradition suicide is judged as a sin. As a consequence, the Church never used to allow suicide victims to be buried in the main Catholic cemetery. They had...

  • Myth debunked: Quick solutions to mathematical problems

    Myth debunked:  Quick solutions to mathematical problems

    It is often assumed by members of the public that in order to be good at mathematics, one needs to be quick, and the faster one can solve a problem the better one is in the subject. This idea may have been disseminated by the fact that in...

  • In search of π: exploring the universe

    In search of π: exploring the universe

    Arguably pi is one of the most intriguing numbers in mathematics. The concept is simple enough. If one divides the circumference of a circle by its diameter, then one gets this rather strange number 3.14159, and to make it even weirder, not only...

  • Photo of the week

    Photo of  the week

    On March 21, 2015, Rajveer Meena, a resident of Mohocha village in Swaimodhapur district of Rajasthan, set a world record by reciting 70,000 digits after the decimal point in pi in 9 hours 27 minutes. Rajveer’s feat was achieved at the VIT...

  • Senglea’s Porto Salvo church: a jewel of artistic heritage

    Senglea’s Porto Salvo church: a jewel of artistic heritage

    The most amazing thing about Malta’s churches is that almost each and every one of them is a historical and cultural haven. Apart from being places of worship that are in active use, they are architectural gems, with almost all containing artistic...

  • A team effort

    A team effort

    The latest intake of recruits who joined the Civil Protection Department are undergoing an intensive course on firefighting. Once the course is completed next month, they will join the CPD volunteers’ team. The Civil Protection Department (CPD),...

  • Soldier of the Lord who went to battle with the Devil

    Soldier of the Lord who went to battle with the Devil

    He claimed to have carried out more than 70,000 exorcisms over 30 years, he notoriously condemned Harry Potter and yoga, and declared Isis to be Satan. The Catholic Church is paying homage to world-famous exorcist Gabriele Amorth, who died last...

  • Social activists to be rewarded

    Social activists to be rewarded

    A first for Malta, the Social Impact Awards will be held on October 25 at the Hilton Malta, St Julian’s. The initiative aims to bring the private and non-profit sectors together to offer opportunities for financial and non-financial support to...

  • Giovanni Schranz – seen through what he saw

    Giovanni Schranz – seen through what he saw

    Acknowledging Albert Ganado’s exhaustive research and writings on Giovanni Schranz, this third in John Schranz’s series of articles leading to the 2018 Schranz Bicentenary celebrations adopts a particular viewpoint: it invites readers to see the...

  • The Froberg mutiny at Fort Ricasoli in 1807

    The Froberg mutiny at Fort Ricasoli in 1807

    All the publications of the early British rule in Malta are rare, very rare, or at times unique. One of these gives a short account of the Froberg mutiny at Fort Ricasoli which lasted nine days in April 1807. A copy is extant at the National...

  • Myth debunked: Can cold air make you sick?

    Myth debunked: Can cold air make you sick?

    Does going outside with wet hair make colds more likely? This old wives’ tale is one of the most perpetuated concepts of how colds infiltrate communities and families. In fact, colds are not perpetuated by lower temperatures but they do make...

  • Cutting traffic congestion via alternative routes and timings

    Cutting traffic congestion via alternative routes and timings

    Traffic congestion is one of the main transit problems we face living on a small island. This is similar to the situation in larger cities and urban areas. The effect of this is excessive noise and stress on drivers before starting their work day,...

  • Photo of the week

    Photo of the week

    This year’s Nobel Prize for Chemistry has been awarded on the topic of molecular machines, meaning microscopic machines capable of manoeuvering across the smallest of chemical structures. This field would also help in understanding how processes...

  • Exploring history in many ways

    Exploring history in many ways

    Learning about history from a museum or activity can provide memorable experiences and provoke imagination. Simonne Pace asked Heritage Malta to tell her why they think children learn more by being out and about. With so much heritage at our...

  • The sweet side of the Inquisitor’s Palace

    The sweet side of the Inquisitor’s Palace

    The place known for its intolerance to sin and bitter penalties – the Inquisitor’s Palace in Vittoriosa – had a sweet side too. While offenders were being punished and sentenced in the upper floors of the grand palace, cooks were preparing ice...

  • Grandparents: an unsung mainstay of Maltese society

    Grandparents: an unsung mainstay of Maltese society

    Today it’s Grandparents Day. It is fitting that on this day we reflect on the contribution and role of grandparents within the family unit and society. To that end, yesterday I teamed with APAN, the association of pensioners and elderly of the...

  • Museum extension to highlight St John’s spectacular tapestry set

    Museum extension to highlight St John’s spectacular tapestry set

    Among the most important duties of a museum are caring for its collections, making it available to the public, and studying and interpreting it in accordance with the highest standards. The conservation and study of the St John’s Triumph of the...

  • Skin deep: contact dermatitis

    Skin deep: contact dermatitis

    This week, Rocco was looking a whole lot better. Rocco is now five years old. His owners had adopted him off the streets as a tiny malnourished kitten and had done a super job to turn him into one of those very large ginger cats we often come...

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