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  • Fighting plastic: countries round the world taking action to curb waste

    Fighting plastic: countries round the world taking action to curb waste

    The British government has claimed the UK is taking a lead on tackling plastic waste, but countries from Costa Rica to Rwanda are already on the case. The latest plans could see plastic straws, drinks stirrers and cotton buds banned from sale in...

  • As fruit trees fall, a hunger threat looms in Kenya

    As fruit trees fall, a hunger threat looms in Kenya

    When Leah Mutembei was growing up in Kajuki, a village in central Kenya, most farms were dotted with avocado and mango trees. "But now they have all gone," the 32-year-old maize farmer said from her homestead, gesturing to the barren land...

  • Palumbo hosts event at its Senglea yard

    Palumbo hosts event at its Senglea yard

    Antonio Palumbo of Palumbo Superyachts Refit recently held a cocktail party at the dock in Senglea. The evening included a fashion show by Gilda featuring the spring/summer collections. Make-up was by Diego Della Palma, hair by Tony&Guy, the event...

  • Four athletes complete gruelling Sahara marathon for charity

    Four athletes complete gruelling Sahara marathon for charity

    The sweltering heat of the Sahara Desert was no match for four Maltese endurance runners who successfully completed the Marathon des Sables, a race made up of several stages in Morocco. The four athletes – Daniel Agius, Steve Chetcuti, Ben Mifsud...

  • Airlines mishandling 70.5% fewer bags over last decade - report

    Airlines mishandling 70.5% fewer bags over last decade - report

    Airlines are improving their baggage management practices, with the rate of mishandled bags falling by 70.5 per cent over the last decade to a record low as technology allows for better tracking, according to a report released on...

  • Queen saddened by the death of Willow, her last corgi

    Queen saddened by the death of Willow, her last corgi

    The Queen has been left saddened by the death of her last corgi, Willow. The dog, who was almost 15, was put to sleep at Windsor Castle on Sunday after suffering from cancer, according to the Daily Mail's Richard Kay. Willow was the 14th...

  • 'Queen of Everest' aiming for ninth successful trip to top of the world

    'Queen of Everest' aiming for ninth successful trip to top of the world

    A US-based dishwasher is determined to live up to her reputation as the "Queen of Everest" by scaling the world's highest mountain for the ninth time. Lhakpa Sherpa, who was born in Nepal, already holds the record for a woman of eight ascents and...

  • Rocket-control glitch delays launch of NASA's planet-hunting satellite

    Rocket-control glitch delays launch of NASA's planet-hunting satellite

    An 11th-hour technical glitch prompted SpaceX to postpone its planned launch on Monday of a new NASA space telescope designed to detect worlds beyond our solar system, delaying for at least 48 hours a quest to expand astronomers' known inventory...

  • The way you see colour depends on what language you speak

    The way you see colour depends on what language you speak

    The human eye can physically perceive millions of colours. But we don’t all recognise these colours in the same way. Some people can’t see differences in colours – so called colour blindness – due to a defect or absence of the cells in the retina...

  • A Battle of Britain hero shot down – over Malta

    A Battle of Britain hero shot down – over Malta

    Malta, April 25, 1942. The population is starving. Relentless bombing attacks have the island on its knees. Ships bringing essential supplies have to face not only the wrath of the Axis air forces but also U-boats and Italian submarines, E-boats,...

  • Desperate for a lifeline

    Desperate for a lifeline

    Susan drank and took recreational drugs from a young age. In 2003, when she was 23, she left for the UK with her English boyfriend who also dabbled in drugs and together they increased their drug taking. Two years later, while still in the UK,...

  • Space Telescopes: from Hubble to James Webb

    Space Telescopes: from Hubble to James Webb

    This month marks 28 years since the launch of the Hubble Space Telescope (HST), arguably the largest and most significant advancement in the history of optical astronomy since Galileo’s first use of a telescope, around 400 years prior. Before...

  • Myth debunked: Black holes don’t suck!

    Myth debunked: Black holes don’t suck!

    When speaking about black holes, the illusion that sometimes springs to mind is that they are akin to the vacuum cleaners of space, sucking up stars and planets to their impending doom. Images or animations of objects being drawn by a black hole’s...

  • Photo of the week

    Photo of the week

    Maltese astrophotographer Ramon Curmi captured this image of the Andromeda galaxy. At a distance of 2.3 million light years from Earth, Andromeda is one of the closest galaxies to our own Milky Way galaxy. Two smaller satellite galaxies of...

  • 'Unrecorded historical remains in Gozo is worrying'

    'Unrecorded historical remains in Gozo is worrying'

    Although documentation shows that Gozo once hosted a thriving Roman community, the island has very few archaeological remains to show for it. In light of this, Anthony Bonanno – one of three speakers at a seminar being held today – is calling for...

  • New storm forecasting methods mark 'huge leap forward' - US official

    New storm forecasting methods mark 'huge leap forward' - US official

    The director of the US National Hurricane Center said new ways of forecasting extreme weather events, including identifying storms before they fully develop, mark a "huge leap forward in the science of hurricanes". Kenneth Graham, who chaired a...

  • I thought he was murdered: duo meet 76 years after fleeing holocaust as children

    I thought he was murdered: duo meet 76 years after fleeing holocaust as children

    When Alice Gerstel Weit bid an emotional farewell to her family's closest friends in October 1941, she was hopeful she'd see "Little Simon" Gronowski again. And she has - 76 years later and half a world away from where they separated in...

  • Australia's 'punk turtle' risks being last of the Mohicans

    Australia's 'punk turtle' risks being last of the Mohicans

    Australia's Mary River Turtle - with its green Mohican-style hair and ability to breathe through its genitals - is one of the world's most distinctive reptiles. It is also now officially among the most endangered. The "punk turtle" was this week...

  • Third-class carriage gets first-class restoration

    Third-class carriage gets first-class restoration

    Restorers have managed to save around three quarters of the original parts forming Malta’s only surviving carriage from the Maltese railway system. After decades of neglect and  vandalism, the project to bring the third-class carriage to its...

  • Nestlé aiming at 100% recyclable or reusable packaging by 2025

    Nestlé aiming at 100% recyclable or reusable packaging by 2025

    Nestlé has announced its ambition to make 100% of its packaging recyclable or re-usable by 2025. Its vision is that none of its packaging, including plastics, ends up in landfill or as litter.  Nestlé CEO Mark Schneider said, "Plastic waste is one...