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  • Maltese observe Nato exercise

    Maltese observe Nato exercise

    Joe Ciliberti and Brendon Attard were invited to attend and observe Nato manoeuvres held during the Nato exercise Trident Juncture 2018 at Norwegian Air Base Bodø, situated just north of the Arctic Circle and 1,300 kilometres from the capital, Oslo.

  • Magic of diamonds

    Magic of diamonds

    The Earth’s most extravagant and strongest natural creation has captivated since the beginning of human history. The word diamond is derived from the ancient Greek word αδάμας (adámas), which means "unbreakable", "untamed", thus it has always been...

  • Impressions of a trip to China

    Impressions of a trip to China

    The impression that a trip to Fujian province, organised by the China Cultural Centre in Malta, left on Sunday Times of Malta editor Mark Wood was that of a country keen to reach out to other nations and share the richness of its culture. “Now...

  • Can artificial intelligence improve maps for land conservation?

    Can artificial intelligence improve maps for land conservation?

    In December 2016, environmental group Chesapeake Conservancy unveiled one of the largest, high-resolution land-cover maps made in the United States. It analysed every square metre of satellite data in the 207 cities and counties that touch the...

  • Seeking investment for future growth

    It’s never easy to know which companies to invest in or what direction the market is taking, but sometimes looking at performance trends can help. Servicing 500 clients in its first five years of operation is a good indicator that your money is in...

  • Gozo’s most mysterious and sensational trial 80 years ago

    Gozo’s most mysterious and sensational trial 80 years ago

    Without any doubt, the most mysterious and sensational murder in Gozo was that of Ċikku Caruana. On July 15, 1938, at about 8am, Caruana, a 38-year-old cabman, drove his horse to the blacksmith Michael Angelo Grech and asked him to examine his...

  • St John of the Cross church, Ta’ Xbiex, marks two anniversaries

    St John of the Cross church, Ta’ Xbiex, marks two anniversaries

    Today, the community of St John of the Cross church, Ta’ Xbiex, sets the ball rolling on celebrations marking the 60th anniversary of its inauguration on November 28, 1958, and commemorating the golden jubilee year since its elevation as the...

  • London fundraising event for St John Association, Malta

    London fundraising event for St John Association, Malta

    A fundraising event was held in aid of the St John Association, Malta, in the magnificent Chapter Hall of the historic St John’s Gate, Clerkenwell, London, now the headquarters of the Venerable Order of St John. The event was co-hosted by the...

  • Surprising element for life – from diamonds to graphene

    Surprising element for life – from diamonds to graphene

    Carbon (C), the sixth element on the periodic table is 4-valent, that is, a C-atom can share 4 electrons with neighbouring atoms. Pure C exists in diverse forms. The most familiar are the robust precious diamond (an insulator) and the humble...

  • Photo of the week - November 18, 2018

    Photo of the week - November 18, 2018

    The image is an artist’s concept of quantum entanglement between two atoms. A new paper from a group at the University of Oxford – led by quantum physicist Chiara Marletto and published in October in the Journal of Physics Communications – claims...

  • Myth debunked: The world would be a better place without carbon

    Coal, mostly made of carbon, is the chief cause of pollution. So would the world be a better place without carbon? No, the world would not exist without C. It is so pervasive that it is at least a partial constituent in over 90 per cent of all...

  • Armistice commemorations

    Armistice commemorations

    November 10 and 11 saw Baden-Powell Scouts (BPSM) running and taking part in commemorations of the 100th anniversary of the Armistice which brought about the end of The Great War.  BPSM focused especially on the role of Scouts and Maltese people...

  • Power in your hand by NetShop ISP at SiGMA 2018

    Power in your hand by NetShop ISP at SiGMA 2018

    The leading Datacenter Services Provider has announced its presence at SiGMA 2018 (November 28-30) where it will reveal the brand-new myNetShop v5 hosting platform to more than 12,000 attendees.The myNetShop platform was introduced in 2008 as a...

  • Local teacher comes third at international bikini fitness competition

    Local teacher comes third at international bikini fitness competition

    A Maltese teacher whose hobby as a bikini fitness model took a more serious turn last summer has placed third in her first-ever pro-level tournament. Leanne Bartolo took a podium place at the WFF World Championship in California, just six months...

  • Centenary from the birth of Fr Frans Buhagiar

    Centenary from the birth of Fr Frans Buhagiar

    The church was the centre of the village. The priest of its community. The priest and the village then were related to one another as the day and the sun. The farmer gave the food of earth, the priest gave the bread of heaven. The loss of a priest...

  • Apple to employ trafficking survivors in efforts to eradicate slave labour

    Apple to employ trafficking survivors in efforts to eradicate slave labour

    Apple will employ trafficking survivors to work in its retails stores, the technology giant said, after winning an international award for making details of its supply chains public in a bid to help end modern slavery. Since 2012 Apple says it has...

  • Take responsibility for the disposal of electronic waste

    Take responsibility for the disposal of electronic waste

    Waste electrical and electronic equipment is one of the fastest growing waste streams. Here, Sergio Tartaglia, team manager within the ambient quality and waste unit at era, explains this in further detail and tells us why, as consumers, we should...

  • Creating new ‘constellations of meaning’

    Creating new ‘constellations of meaning’

    A celestial constellation has inspired the major closing visual arts exhibition of Valletta 2018. Bringing together different disciplines and artworks ‒ from installations, painting, photography to interventions in the landscape and even...

  • Remembering a young soldier who died in the Great War

    Remembering a young        soldier who died in the Great War

    This is the last of the centenary years of World War I (1914-1918). The effects of that tragic conflict are still felt among the nations that were caught up in it. Memories will start to fade, of course, but a promise was made to the soldiers who...

  • From tragedy to democracy – the consequences of World War One on Malta

    From tragedy to democracy – the consequences of World War One on Malta

    The First World War, whose end a century ago is being marked today, had a profound impact on Malta even though the island was not a direct participant. The best-known consequence of the First World War was that Malta was dubbed ‘The Nurse of the...