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  • Lintorn Simmons, Governor of Malta (1884-1888)

    Lintorn Simmons, Governor of Malta (1884-1888)

    In this article, the third in a series of five features on Malta’s Vanity Fair Governors, Christopher Grech deals with Sir John Lintorn Simmons, Governor of Malta from 1884 to 1888. When dealing with Governor Simmons it is important to get one...

  • 25 years of Mission Fund journeys

    25 years of Mission Fund journeys

    It all started in July 1992. We arrived safely at the port city of Oran in Algeria after a journey by train from Tunis – an assorted dozen of Mission Fund volunteers on the first missionary experience abroad 25 years ago. Among others, the group...

  • The role of gender

    The role of gender

    There have been a good number of scientists who have contributed to the understanding of our surroundings and the universe. If one were to take a closer look at the list of famous scientists and distinguish between genders, the male list would be...

  • Myth Debunked: Will I sweat less if I’m fit?

    Myth Debunked: Will I sweat less if I’m fit?

    Some people tend to sweat easi­ly, others stay almost dry. What determines how much a person sweats? Humans are so-called warm-blooded organisms that are able to maintain a certain core temperature independently from environmental conditions. If...

  • Photo of the week

    Photo of the week

    An award is given to Katherine Johnson, the African-American mathematician, physicist and space scientist who was crucial to John Glenn’s first orbital flight in 1962 by calculating the flight trajectories of the flight. The award was given by...

  • Bank’s Volunteer Leave Day reaping community benefits

    Bank’s Volunteer Leave Day reaping community benefits

    HSBC Bank Malta’s Volunteer Leave Day is continuing to inspire a large number of its team members to roll up their sleeves and engage in creating positive outcomes for themselves and the community.  In the first half of 2017, team members...

  • Francesca Teresa Parlar: A life eminently and exclusively ascetic

    Francesca Teresa Parlar: A life eminently and exclusively ascetic

    Francesca Teresa Parlar was born in Valletta on November 24, 1842, and baptised that same day by Fr Salvatore Pace OP, in the parish church of Our Lady of Porto Salvo, Valletta. Her godparents were Don Luigi Fernandez, parish priest of Żabbar, and...

  • Dog bites and their effects

    Dog bites and their effects

    This week Barry was lucky to survive. Barry is a young seven-month-old wirehaired terrier. His owners had taken him out for a walk when they chanced upon another dog walker and they stopped to allow their dogs to greet one another. Unfortunately,...

  • Combinatorial mathematics in Malta and a conference

    Combinatorial mathematics in Malta and a conference

    Combinatorial mathematics, or combinatorics for short, is the study of structures consisting of a finite number of objects. It mainly has three forms: enumerative (counting the number of structures of a given kind), extremal (establishing how...

  • Myth Debunked: Are men better at math than women?

    Google recently fired the engineer James Damore for a memo that claimed that women on average have more neuroticism and that men in general may be biologically more suited to coding jobs than women. Damore said that “the distribution of...

  • Photo of the week

    Photo of the week

    A photo of the organisers (this page’s authors) and participants of The Second Malta Conference in Graph Theory and Combinatorics. The opening of the conference was marked by a ceremony addressed by Education Minister Evarist Bartolo, MTA chairman...

  • President tours General Soft Drinks plant

    President tours General Soft Drinks plant

    President Marie Louise Coleiro Preca has praised General Soft Drinks Ltd.'s support to the Malta Community Chest Fund Foundation.  During a visit to the company's premises in Malta, the president said both employees and management were always...

  • Alone in the social media universe

    Alone in the social media universe

    Gone are the days when childhood was one long summer – toes, feet, ankles and legs all itching to burst out of the classroom and race to some abandoned field, where juvenile dreams would be transformed into camps, races and hours poring over some...

  • Admiralty Floating Dock No. 8 – What goes around comes around

    Admiralty Floating Dock No. 8 – What goes around comes around

    In Grand Harbour the first docking in AFD 8 attracted the attention of the novelist Ursula Bloom (1892-1984). In 1925, she married Charles Gower Robinson, RN, who was serving on HMS Royal Oak when the ship went into the floating dock on April 15,...

  • Eclipses won’t last forever!

    Eclipses won’t last forever!

    Of all the cosmic events that can be seen with the naked eye from Earth, few can parallel the beauty of lunar and solar eclipses. Once believed to be bad omens and harbingers of impending disasters, eclipses are today understood in their entirety...

  • Myth Debunked: Why does the Earth have seasons?

    Myth Debunked: Why does the Earth have seasons?

    Many erroneously believe the change in seasons to be the result of a change in Earth’s distance from the sun, with the warmer summer season being a result of a shorter distance between us and our star. If this were true, however, it would mean...

  • Photo of the week

    Photo of the week

    Maltese astrophotographer Leonard Ellul Mercer captured the following sequence of images from a previous partial lunar eclipse visible from Malta that occurred in 2008.

  • Strickland House: a powerhouse of controversy

    Strickland House: a powerhouse of controversy

    A powerhouse of controversy at so many stages of the island’s social and political life, Strickland House has attracted as much support as antagonism, not only in Lord Strickland’s time but also in later years, especially in the time of the...

  • Staying alive: WhatsApp finds new uses in conflict zones

    Staying alive: WhatsApp finds new uses in conflict zones

    These days, the word on the street in war-torn Syria is that hospitals are best avoided - even if you're injured. "Sometimes we hear that people feel the home is safer than the hospital," said Mohamed Elamein, an information officer at the World...

  • La Belle Musique returns to Malta

    La Belle Musique returns to Malta

    International brand La Belle Musique returns to Malta this coming weekend for the third year running, with the first of three events starting on Saturday.  La Belle Musique Malta 2017 will begin with a special sunset session at open-air venue...

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