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  • Can elderly care standards be enforced?

    Can elderly care standards be enforced?

    As Malta begins moving towards providing more services to an ever-increasing number of older adults, the government is also radically changing how these services are provided. Initiated in 2015 with the termination of contracts with the Malta...

  • Beach beauty

    Beach beauty

    The new Seat Ateca is the highlight this summer at Barcelona’s El Prat airport. Artist Sergi Ramírez, who specialises in sand sculptures, has created a replica using 26 tonnes of sand. The first SUV in the history of the brand, and one of the most...

  • Injuries to the footpads

    Injuries to the footpads

    Last week, Gravy had an encounter with a door. Gravy is a two-year-old smooth-haired female miniature dachshund, very well proportioned with a lovely, pointed nose. The name dachshund is a literal translation of the German term for ‘badger dog’.

  • Myth debunked: Climate change deniers

    Myth debunked: Climate change deniers

    Despite the soaring temperatures, rapid-melting ice-creams, and frequent ‘Hottest [insert your favourite month here] ever recorded!’ headlines, people still remain sceptic about the (human-induced) change in climate across the world. The deniers’...

  • Heat and flavour

    Heat and flavour

    It’s the new hot property in the junior performance hatchback sector. Matt Kimberley loves its big brother, the Leon Cupra, but can the success rub off? The Ibiza is enjoying something of a return to form. Inspired by the Leon Cupra, which is our...

  • Art and science tie the knot

    Art and science tie the knot

    Picture the renaissance – a time of enlightenment reflected in a leap in artistic development; art that has vastly outlived its creators, become a staple in our collective memory and a pride of human achievement. Now picture what the renaissance...

  • Photo of the week

    Photo of the week

    Expedition 48 Commander Jeff Williams (shown here) and Flight Engineer Kate Rubins of NASA successfully installed the first of two international docking adapters (IDAs) on Friday, August 19, 2016, during a five-hour-and-58-minute spacewalk. The...

  • To the rescue

    To the rescue

    The word ‘volunteer’ is associated with positive vibes and a dose of admiration for people who act selflessly and without sparing any thought for financial profit. Think about it. When a water pipe bursts, you don’t call a volunteer plumber and...

  • How much should we tell children about their own health?

    How much should we tell children about their own health?

    When it comes to deciding whether and how to talk to children about their own health, there's no one-size-fits-all formula, some doctors argue. Over the years, the pendulum has swung from a "protective" approach of telling kids little or nothing...

  • To move forward in exhilaration

    To move forward in exhilaration

    Tomorrow, Daniel Massa is reading his poetry in English and Maltese on the stage of the Malta Mediterranean Literature Festival accompanied by Glen Calleja and Albert Gatt. He will then be interviewed by Kenneth Wain. Prof. Massa doesn’t often...

  • Heavy lifting during youth can double chance of mid-life back pain

    Heavy lifting during youth can double chance of mid-life back pain

    Young adults with jobs that involve heavy lifting and forceful movements might be at higher risk for back pain later in life, a study from Finland suggests. “When you’re young, you do things your own way, you muscle your way through it, but sooner...

  • Sub post offices in Birkirkara, St Paul's Bay to close temporarily

    Sub post offices in Birkirkara, St Paul's Bay to close temporarily

    Sub post offices in Birkirkara and St Paul's Bay will be closed at the turn of the month, MaltaPost has announced.  The sub post office at Oreana Stationery, 94, Triq L. Casolani, Birkirkara will be closed between 30 August and 8 September, while...

  • Decoding Scandinavian cool at Copenhagen Fashion Week

    Decoding Scandinavian cool at Copenhagen Fashion Week

    Copenhagen Fashion Week is the only fashion week that is covered by world-leading fashion site vogue.com, London-based fashion news site The Business of Fashion, W Magazine and Dazed Digital besides the leading fashion destinations of NY, London,...

  • Hospitals in England told to reduce operations to combat winter crisis threat

    Hospitals in England told to reduce operations to combat winter crisis threat

    Hospitals in England have been ordered to cut back non-urgent operations and cancel outpatient appointments in the run-up to Christmas in preparation for a possible winter crisis, official documents have disclosed. The move comes as the Royal...

  • Arnold Schwarzenegger launches Hong Kong sports fest

    Arnold Schwarzenegger launches Hong Kong sports fest

    Film star and former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger opens his sports festival in Hong Kong, to encourage local residents to catch the fitness bug. Ashraf Fahim reports.

  • Construction and problems of the Malta railway

    Construction and problems of the Malta railway

    An account of the construction of the railway was published in The Engineer of April 13, 1883, two months after the official inauguration. The description of the difficulties encountered during the construction would have resonated with Victorian...

  • Enhance workout by counting right

    Whether we’re tracking the temperature or UV index, value of stocks and shares, unemployment statistics or the score of a football match, we never seem to stop keeping count. We count off the days when we’re looking forward to something and count...

  • Boy, 3, has legs amputated after misdiagnosis at UK hospital

    Boy, 3, has legs amputated after misdiagnosis at UK hospital

    A three-year-old boy had both his legs and most of his fingers amputated after doctors wrongly diagnosed a life-threatening infection as common childhood condition tonsillitis. Reuben Harvey-Smith was taken to A&E at Ipswich Hospital after...

  • Malta and World War I, July to December 1916

    Malta and World War I, July to December 1916

    Towards the end of June 1916, the Allies began a week-long artillery bom­­­­bardment of German defensive positions on the Somme River in northern France, in preparation for a major British-led offensive. Then, at 7.30am on July 1, 1916, the...

  • The painting of Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Valletta

    The painting of Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Valletta

    On our island, the devotion to the painting of Our Lady of Mount Carmel in the basilica sanctuary in Valletta dates back many years. When the Carmelites entered Valletta after the Great Siege in 1570, they built a church dedicated to Our Lady of...