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  • 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),...

  • PepsiCo sets global target for sugar reduction

    PepsiCo sets global target for sugar reduction

    PepsiCo Inc has set a target for reducing the amount of sugar in its soft drinks around the world as part of a suite of goals aimed at tackling problems ranging from obesity to climate change. The New York-based company will announce today that...

  • Why parents are stressed out by smartphones

    Why parents are stressed out by smartphones

    Parents searching for a work-life balance may see smartphones and tablets as a way to escape the office in time to be home for dinner each night. However, these gadgets can also be a huge distraction and source of stress, a recent study...

  • 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...

  • Beauty sleep and your diet

    Beauty sleep and your diet

    A good night’s sleep is the most important requirement in our lives. Ask anyone who hasn’t slept through the night for months, or years, and they would give anything to place their head on the pillow at night and wake up eight hours later.  Sleep...

  • 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...

  • Step-counting without gadgets

    Step-counting without gadgets

    Instead of focusing on the benefits of physical activity, researchers have been busy turning their attention to the dangers of falling victim to its polar opposite: the phenomenon of physical inactivity. Take the dangers of sitting down too much...

  • 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...

  • Red is not just for danger – or is it?

    Red is not just for danger – or is it?

    In all of makeup history, never ever has there been anything that’s wielded as much power as red lipstick. Heir to a pretty tumultuous history, the ancestor of the lovely tube that you can now find in almost every woman’s makeup arson was none...

  • 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...

  • Fast food choices influence kids' soda and calorie consumption

    Fast food choices influence kids' soda and calorie consumption

    Children who order a combination meal at fast-food restaurants are more likely to get a sugary drink that ups the meal's total calories, according to a new study. Researchers found those beverages such as soft drinks, sweet tea and flavored milk...

  • Carmakers forced back to bigger engines in new emissions era

    Carmakers forced back to bigger engines in new emissions era

    Tougher European car emissions tests being introduced in the wake of the Volkswagen scandal are about to bring surprising consequences: bigger engines. Carmakers that have spent a decade shrinking engine capacities to meet emissions goals are now...

  • Adventurous day out in aid of crime victims' group

    Adventurous day out in aid of crime victims' group

    A group of adventurous souls will be abseiling and zip lining in Rabat this Sunday, in aid of Malta's only support group for crime victims.  The heady event is being organised by Victim Support Malta, a local NGO which provides support and...

  • Parents are stressed out by their own smartphones - study

    Parents are stressed out by their own smartphones - study

    Parents searching for elusive work-life balance may see smartphones and tablets as a way to escape the office in time to be home for dinner each night, but these gadgets can also be a huge distraction and source of stress, a recent study...

  • Sympton-checking apps still not a patch on doctors, study shows

    Sympton-checking apps still not a patch on doctors, study shows

    Doctors are much better than symptom-checker programs at reaching a correct diagnosis, though they are not perfect and might benefit from using algorithms to supplement their skills, a small study suggests. In a head-to-head comparison, doctors...

  • 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...

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