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  • Fifty Shades director says she needs a break

    Fifty Shades director says she needs a break

    Film-maker Sam Taylor-Johnson has admitted that making the new Fifty Shades of Grey film has taken its toll. The raunchy movie, starring Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan as lovers and based on the erotic novels by E.L. James, is due out next...

  • Bill Clinton documentary is shelved

    A documentary on former president Bill Clinton by veteran director Martin Scorsese has been indefinitely shelved after the sides disagreed on control of the film, the New York Times reported. The paper said that the partially completed film...

  • Chemicals in Pill blamed for sperm decline

    Chemicals in Pill blamed for sperm decline

    Sperm production is directly disrupted by the effects of both a plastics component and a hormone used in the contraceptive Pill, scientists have found. The discovery could account for declining human sperm counts seen in several studies, say the...

  • Rise in childhood coeliac diagnoses in UK

    Rise in childhood coeliac diagnoses in UK

    Three times as many children in the UK are being diagnosed with the digestive condition coeliac disease than 20 years ago, according to new research. The study carried out at Nottingham University found diagnoses in children older than two years...

  • An explosive launch

    An explosive launch

    James Patterson, already among the world’s bestselling authors, plans to shake up the publishing industry with the launch of his new novel, Private Vegas, which will self-destruct within 24 hours. A deep-pocketed fan willing to spend $294,038 will...

  • Diamond awards for Gozitan restaurants

    Diamond awards for Gozitan restaurants

    As part of Emmanuel Delicata’s ongoing customer loyalty scheme, two Diamond Distinction Awards have been presented to two restaurants in Gozo. Between them, they have been selling Delicata wines for an impressive 79 years. The first award was...

  • New ranking for Austrian sparklers

    As of this spring, a new three-tier quality ranking system for Austrian sparkling wines, which produces about 12 million bottles annually, will be incorporated into Austrian wine law. The three tiers will be as follows: level one guarantees that...

  • Chenier’s message still relevant today

    Chenier’s message still relevant today

    German tenor Jonas Kaufmann gave his legions of fans what they paid for in a revival of Umberto Giordano’s French Revolution opera Andrea Chenier at Covent Garden on Tuesday that took on unanticipated relevance due to recent events in France. The...

  • Stress ‘can turn you into toddler’

    Stress ‘can turn you into toddler’

    Work stress can turn you into a toddler, research suggests. A study has found that having to cope with stressful tasks can reduce a person’s mental faculties to those of a small child. People who think they perform better under pressure are...

  • The Interview racks up over $40m in digital sales

    The Interview racks up over $40m in digital sales

    The Interview, the Sony Pictures comedy believed to have triggered a cyberattack on the studio, has gained over $40 million in sales from 5.8 million digital downloads, the studio said. Michael Lynton, chief executive of Sony Corp’s entertainment...

  • Chickenpox alert for pregnant women in UK

    Pregnant women should be asked about previous chickenpox and shingles infections when they book for antenatal care, according to updated Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) guidelines. Anyone who has not had chickenpox should...

  • Health improvement for IVF babies

    Health improvement for IVF babies

    A steady improvement has been made in the health of artificially conceived children in the last 20 years with fewer babies being born prematurely or affected by low birth-weight, research has shown. The number of babies conceived with the aid of...

  • Keeping our feet on the ground

    Keeping our feet on the ground

    Malta is often considered an earthquake-free zone, but can we afford to be complacent when building our homes? Local seismologists and civil engineers investigate. On January 11, 1693 a major earthquake with an estimated magnitude of 7.4 on the...

  • Grand design

    Grand design

    Malta’s chequered history has left us an inheritance of architectural richness and noble buildings. But perhaps none has the iconic presence that Balluta Buildings in St Julian’s enjoy. The name of the buildings is derived from the Maltese word...

  • Going green

    Going green

    We all have our desert island fantasy. An island where the roads are deserted: actually, there are neither cars nor roads. The humming quiet is the only noise riding the airwaves. Time slips into a constant, with no hourly or daily alarms or...

  • Creating a new home for a new year

    Creating a new home for a new year

    Whether starting up a first home or just updating with beautiful furniture and accessories, The BoConcept Design Sale is a good placeto start. The Cenova sofa system offers a complete modular system, so whether it is a small three-seater or a...

  • Learning to fly

    Learning to fly

    Birdman (or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) (2014)Certified: 15Duration: 119 minutesDirected by: Alejandro González IñárrituStarring: Michael Keaton, Edward Norton, Emma Stone, Naomi Watts, Zach Galifianakis, Andrea Riseborough, Amy Ryan,...

  • Refurbishing works at four-star hotel

    Refurbishing works at four-star hotel

    Liland Turnkey Works Limited with the cooperation of Creations and Omni Stat Limited have been entrusted by db San Antonio Hotel for refurbishing works at the prestigious four-star hotel. This project was one of the turnkey jobs the company has...

  • Straight shot

    Straight shot

    American Sniper (2014)Certified: 12Duration: 133 minutesDirected by: Clint EastwoodStarring: Bradley Cooper, Sienna Miller, Max Charles, Luke Grimes, Kyle Gallner, Sam Yaeger, Sammy Sheik, Jake McDorman, Cory Hardrict, Navid Negahban, Eric...

  • To the power of 3D

    To the power of 3D

    As manufacturing and construction processes move into the 21st century, digital modelling and fabrication are bringing architecture designs to life. Various tools use computer numeric control to build 3D objects. Tools like computer milling, laser...

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