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  • Protecting the elderly

    Protecting the elderly

    Statistics show that a large percentage of the Maltese population is vulnerable to ageism and age discrimination. Renee Laiviera comments about this reality on World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. Malta is ageing fast, with 18.81 per cent of the...

  • Written from the frontlines of migration

    Written from the frontlines of migration

    When Maria Pisani, then coordinator of the first State-run open centre at Ħal Far, got a call that a boat had arrived carrying a significant number of women and children, panic set in, alongside a sense of urgency. This was 14 years ago. The...

  • Youngsters turn from Facebook to WhatsApp for news - Reuters Institute

    Youngsters turn from Facebook to WhatsApp for news - Reuters Institute

    The use of social media networks such as Facebook to consume news has started to fall in the United States as many young people turn towards messaging apps such as Facebook-owned WhatsApp to discuss events, the Reuters Institute found. Usage of...

  • A 200-year-old legacy that's set in wax

    A 200-year-old legacy that's set in wax

    Madame Tussauds was founded and successfully managed as a profitable business by a woman, Marie, who lived in an era when her gender was virtually barred from business undertakings. Mary Galea Debono maintains this says it all about the intrepid...

  • A legacy that lives on

    A legacy that lives on

    Maurice Caruana Curran was born 100 years ago. He will be remembered for many roles in his life: as judge, poet, writer, art lover and environmental activist, to mention a few. However, one role stands out, for which he will always be...

  • A bird spectacle at sea

    A bird spectacle at sea

    Hundreds of Scopoli’s shearwater will soon be seen ‘shearing’ over waves before returning to their nests in Ta’ Ċenċ cliffs in Gozo. The spectacle annually draws many locals and tourists who venture out at sea on boat trips organised by Birdlife...

  • ‘People with disability can support the economy’

    ‘People with disability can support the economy’

    Last March, the European Semester Country Report on Malta showed how a third of Maltese companies reported a shortage in skilled workers. At first reading, that statistic would spell bad news for businesses, but good news for economic growth – the...

  • Senglea’s statue of Jesus the Redeemer in pilgrimages outside the city

    Senglea’s statue of Jesus the Redeemer in pilgrimages outside the city

    The miraculous statue of Jesus the Redeemer at Senglea Basilica is an old and venerated effigy. Unfortunately, due to the lack of sound and clear documentation, it is difficult to say who made it and when. But since its arrival in Senglea the...

  • Conserving and restoring the statue of Christ the Redeemer

    Conserving and restoring the statue of Christ the Redeemer

    The team of conservators at Atelier del Restauro explain the process of conserving Senglea’s renowned statue of Christ the Redeemer in a project that involved years of consultation, analysis and hands-on work. There’s a sense of anticipation that...

  • How films portray ageing

    How films portray ageing

    In our increasingly digital world, we get an enormous amount of information from films. Our imagination has always been fired up by films – a relationship that has endured since the first films. How older people are portrayed in film is best...

  • Preventing foot complications in diabetes

    Preventing foot complications in diabetes

    According to the World Health Organisation, an estimated 422 million adults are living with diabetes worldwide, while in Malta, approximately 10 per cent of the population are affected by the condition. Diabetes affects many areas of the body and...

  • Myth debunked: Do birds smell our human scent on their offspring and abandon them?

    Have you ever seen a baby bird wandering around on its own and been tempted to go save it, but then held back because touching the chick might make their mums abandon them? Myth states that mama bird has the ability to smell your human scent and...

  • Photo of the week

    Photo of the week

    The box in the picture contains some of the electronic components which will eventually be miniaturised to gather, store and transmit data. The team, TARSOS, is working on a portable in-shoe temperature monitoring system that can provide...

  • Tourists cause major spike in Mediterranean Sea plastic

    Tourists cause major spike in Mediterranean Sea plastic

    Holidaymakers cause a 40 per cent spike in marine litter entering the Mediterranean Sea each summer, and the vast majority of it is plastic, a report warns. Around 95 per cent of the waste in the open sea, on the seabed and on beaches across the...

  • Dalglish, Emma Thompson get UK honours

    Dalglish, Emma Thompson get UK honours

    Liverpool football great Kenny Dalglish has been knighted and Oscar-winning actress Emma Thompson made a dame in the Queen's Birthday Honours - while Network Rail boss Mark Carne has attracted criticism for his recognition. Mr Carne received a CBE...

  • Victoria or Rabat t’Għawdex – what’s in a name?

    Victoria or Rabat t’Għawdex    – what’s in a name?

    This Sunday, the Victoria local council celebrates Jum il-Belt Victoria. On this day 131 years ago, in 1887, Governor of Malta Sir John Lintorn-Simmons published a notice in the Government Gazette announcing Queen Victoria’s decision to agree to a...

  • Nightclub mogul Peter Stringfellow dies aged 77

    Nightclub mogul Peter Stringfellow dies aged 77

    Nightclub owner Peter Stringfellow has died at the age of 77 from cancer. The businessman, who had wanted to keep his illness private, died in the early hours of Thursday morning after spending time in hospital, a spokesman said. His publicist,...

  • Malta’s post-colonial identity

    Malta’s post-colonial identity

    One cannot speak of Maltese identity without reflecting upon the process of post-colonialism. In my opinion, Maltese identity is still dominated by a colonial mentality that appears to be receding at a very, perhaps unwittingly, slow pace. A...

  • These five women have nothing to hide

    These five women have nothing to hide

    They’re set apart by their nonconformity, united by their diversity, and join forces in a trailblazing Women’secret photo shoot that aims to tear down stereotypes and break the rules. Iggy Fenech draws out five women’s secrets as they lay...

  • Taking a bird under your wing

    Taking a bird under your wing

    Nature lovers and bird aficionados who would like to help save Malta’s wildlife can now ‘adopt a bird’ through Birdlife Malta’s latest initiative. The environmental NGO has just launched a bird adoption scheme through which one can learn about...