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  • 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...

  • Maltese contributions to Allied war efforts in 1916

    Maltese contributions to Allied war efforts in 1916

    Michael Galea concludes his review of local newspapers printed in 1916 by highlighting various Maltese contributions to the Allies’ cause in World War I. On the war front, Malta was giving its good share. Capt. A.J. Gatt of the Royal Malta...

  • Some people in Malta are haunted by phantom bugs

    Some people in Malta are haunted by phantom bugs

    From a point of view of an entomologist and pest controller, phantom bugs are considered to be the hardest cases one has to put up with and are usually very difficult cases to resolve. These phantoms are not related to religion, and in most cases...

  • Żabbar celebrating 400 years as a parish

    Żabbar celebrating 400 years as a parish

    As spectacular fireworks displays celebrated the arrival of the new year, Żabbar residents were preparing to usher in 2016 with a special event this week marking 400 years since the town was elevated to the status of parish. A true festa of colour...

  • Refugees’ economic potential proved by Syrians in Turkey

    Refugees’ economic potential proved by Syrians in Turkey

    Sitting in the bare office above his factory where thousands of baby rattles and plastic bottles are cranked out everyhour, Saad Chouihna believes that if you can make it in Turkey, you can make it anywhere. “The Turkish market is the hardest,”...

  • Is free speech under threat?

    Is free speech under threat?

    The chairperson of the Institute of Maltese Journalists, Karl Wright, shares his thoughts about free speech with Ronald Cassar. He also discusses the need for an update on the current Code of Ethics for journalists. “One year on from the Charlie...

  • A year after Je suis Charlie, France suffers deep divisions

    A year after Je suis Charlie, France suffers deep divisions

    France today marks the first anniversary of the Islamist attacks on Charlie Hebdo and a Jewish supermarket as it faces social, political, economic and identity crises One year on, an anxious, fragmented France is paying tribute to the victims of...

  • Vatican newspaper denounces ‘woeful’ Charlie Hebdo front cover

    Vatican newspaper denounces ‘woeful’ Charlie Hebdo front cover

    The Vatican newspaper has criticised French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo for depicting God as a Kalashnikov-carrying killer, saying it was “woeful” and disrespectful to true believers of all faiths. The cover was an anniversary edition,...

  • A year on, solemn tribute to mark Charlie Hebdo tragedy

    A year on, solemn tribute to mark Charlie Hebdo tragedy

    France this week solemnly marks the anniversary of the Islamist assault on the Paris offices of the satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo, the first of two such deadly attacks which bookended a bloody 2015 of unprecedented violence in the French...

  • Top humanitarian concerns for 2016

    Top humanitarian concerns for 2016

    There’s one prediction for 2016 that the majority of aid workers can make with confidence – that the new year will usher in rising humanitarian needs. Besides displacement caused by long-term conflicts in places like Syria and South Sudan, there...

  • Pets at more risk from passive smoking than human beings

    Pets at more risk from passive smoking than human beings

    Pets that are exposed to second-hand smoke at home are more likely to develop health problems than those in non-smoking households, an ongoing study has found. Scientists at the University of Glasgow have established a direct link between family...

  • Malta during 1916 – the Year of Attrition of World War I

    Malta during 1916 – the Year of Attrition of World War I

    In the context of World War I, 1916 has been described as the Year of Attrition. The struggle of the war was generally continued at a slow pace. It was not to be a blitzkrieg (lightning war a violent campaign intended to bring about a speedy...

  • New test for kidney disease

    New test for kidney disease

    Last week Julian’s blood results came back. Julian is a beautiful 11-year-old blue Persian with mesmerising golden eyes and calm demeanour. His owners had welcomed him to their loving home when still a tiny kitten and my first encounter with him...

  • Dreaming of a better future

    Dreaming of a better future

    The year 2015 saw a record number of people fleeing their homes, with more than 60 million people uprooted by wars, conflict and persecution in countries ranging from Syria to South Sudan and Afghanistan, according to the UN. Worldwide that means...

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