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  • Angola's yellow fever death toll rises to 158 - WHO

    Angola's yellow fever death toll rises to 158 - WHO

    A yellow fever outbreak in Angola that began late last year has killed 158 people, up from 50 a month ago, as deaths from the disease transmitted by mosquitoes accelerate, a World Health Organisation official said today. There has also been an...

  • Unhealthy environments ‘cause 12.6m deaths a year’

    Unhealthy environments ‘cause 12.6m deaths a year’

    Some 12.6 million people across the globe die every year due to unhealthy environments, according to a new World Health Organisation (WHO) report. Almost one in four of all deaths are due to living or working in unhealthy conditions, accounting...

  • Working towards inclusion

    Working towards inclusion

    This year, Down syndrome awareness week in Malta and Gozo is being marked between tomorrow and March 23. The theme chosen for this year is ‘My friends, my community – what it means to be included’. But what do we mean by ‘inclusion’? Inclusion is...

  • Syrian war creates child refugees, soldiers – UN

    Syrian war creates child refugees, soldiers – UN

    Syria’s five-year-old conflict has created 2.4 million child refugees, killed many and led to the recruitment of children as fighters, some as young as seven, UN children’s fund Unicef said yesterday. Its report titled No Place for Children said...

  • Don’t be ashamed of filling up the swear jar

    Don’t be ashamed of filling up the swear jar

    The colourful bursts of words that you often hear when walking to work, stuck in traffic or, better yet, while sitting quietly in public transport, is quite astounding. The words seem so naturally woven together, it sounds almost like an idiom we...

  • See now, buy when?

    See now, buy when?

    The recent 2016/2017 fashion weeks in New York, London, Milan and Paris have seen designers divided over retail models some labels are adopting to put their items immediately on sale after their catwalk presentations. In an age of social media –...

  • Experiencing Christian rebirth at L-Oratorju

    Experiencing Christian rebirth at L-Oratorju

    There is a thriving Catholic community run by the MSSP in the area known as L-Oratorju in Birkirkara. Joanne Cocks catches up with Fr Martin Cilia to get a glimpse of the changes that have taken place. Hundreds of cars drive past the small church...

  • The Italian invasion of Abyssinia and the situation in Malta in 1936

    The Italian invasion of Abyssinia and the situation in Malta in 1936

    Italy used chemical weapons against Ethiopian forces during its invasion of Abysinia. In fact, it used such weapons in the Battle of Shire (February 29-March 2, 1936), the Battle of Maychew (March 31) and in attacks on the remnants of Ethiopian...

  • Reminiscences of my childhood in Floriana

    Reminiscences of my childhood in Floriana

    Lino Bugeja (‘Hell was an air raid shelter’, February 14) penned a very graphic exposition of the realities he suffered in wartime Vittoriosa. His autobiographical experiences seem to run parallel to my own, only mine were in Floriana. Like...

  • Bad breath in dogs and cats

    Bad breath in dogs and cats

    Last week we finally cleaned Max’s teeth. Max is a 17-year-old Maltese terrier that has been his owner’s shadow for as many years. His longevity got me curious about the breed and a quick look at their history revealed some interesting facts. The...

  • Tinker, Maker: How to boost your memory skills

    Have you ever sat for an exam and forgot a crucial equation which all subsequent questions made use of? Or, you were entertaining a crowd at a dinner party by telling a joke but failed to recall the punch line. It happens to the best of us. A...

  • The future war on cancer

    The future war on cancer

    The human race has met its demise by means of violence, accidents and a variety of infectious diseases. In 1900, the main causes of death were pneumonia, influenza and tuberculosis. Today, they are heart disease and cancer. Modern medicines such...

  • Science: believers and sceptics

    It may be said that the world is divided into science believers and science sceptics who sometimes come to blows on topics that vary from global warming to vaccinating a newborn child. Controversial issues are not only plentiful but, with...

  • Photo of the week

    Photo of the week

    This is a transmission electron micrograph (TEM) of Zika virus, which is a member of the family Flaviviridae. Virus particles are 40 nm in diameter, with an outer envelope, and an inner dense core. (United States Department of Health and Human...

  • Life expectancy

    Over the decades we have had an idea of our life expectancy. Hundreds of years ago it was amazing if we lived to reach the age of 55. Now we are looking to our 80s. Some researchers believe that the idea of living up to 120 is within reach. If...

  • Good health should spread like wildfire

    Good health should spread like wildfire

    I admit I am a sucker for TV documentaries about our special furry friends in the animal kingdom who reportedly share over 90 per cent of our DNA. When considering the subtle similarities and differences between ourselves, bonobos, chimpanzees and...

  • A touch of glass for your big day

    A touch of glass for your big day

    Mdina Glass, Malta’s pre-eminent producer of handmade glassware is no stranger to weddings. For many years, couples planning their big day have been heading over to the Ta’ Qali outlet for wedding favours and mementos, or to order tailor-made...

  • There’s no place like paradise

    There’s no place like paradise

    Be it a wedding for 20 or 500 guests, the Paradise Bay Resort Hotel can definitely make it a day to remember as its catering and banquet facilities are second to none. Moreover the hotel’s professional and capable staff will assume responsibility...

  • The don’ts of saying ‘I do’

    The don’ts of saying ‘I do’

    It sounds like a simple formula: months of planning plus a lot of cash and a hefty dose of true love equals the perfect wedding day. If only it worked like that. The reality is that no matter how wonderful your spouse-to-be is and how intricate...

  • Guests to history

    Guests to history

    One would probably spare only a few moments of consideration at the receipt of a wedding invitation. However, for Baron Igino de Piro d’Amico Inguanez, these endearing solicitations were cherished so much that he kept a collection of them,...

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