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  • Lend me your name

    Lend me  your name

    The concept of ‘prestanome mandate’ is often misconstrued, perhaps due to the wrong impression had by many that it is necessarily a product of illicit intentions. Prestanome mandate is a legal mechanism by virtue of which an ‘apparent owner’ is...

  • It happened this month: The consecration of St John’s conventual church in 1578

    It happened this month: The consecration of St John’s conventual church in 1578

    After the great victory of 1565, the Order of St John proceeded with the building of the new city of Valletta. During their sojourn in Vittoriosa between 1530 and 1571, the Order had made use of that city’s parochial church of St Lawrence for...

  • Are we communicating science effectively?

    Are we communicating science effectively?

    There are conflicting views of whether science is actually improving our quality of life, and this could possibly be linked to how science is being communicated to our society. What are the stories and images that are being communicated to produce...

  • Myth debunked: Love at first sight?

    Classical romantic movies portray the main character catching the other person’s gaze from across the room, falling in love instantly, going out on a first date and living happily ever after. If you have been single for quite some time and...

  • First Malta Businesswoman of the Year Award

    First Malta Businesswoman of the Year Award

    Natalie Briffa Farrugia is the winner of the first edition of the Malta Businesswoman of the Year Award, capping a remarkable journey – from teaching primary students, to tending to the vulnerable in Ethiopia and Guatemala, to leading one of...

  • Insurance firm has ‘adopted a notary’

    Insurance firm has ‘adopted a notary’

    The conservation treatment of the latest volume sponsored by Gasan Mamo Insurance Limited, under the ‘Adopt a Notary’ scheme, has been finalised. The insurance firm has donated €15,340 over three years, contributing to the conservation of three...

  • Photo of the week - February 17, 2019

    Photo of the week - February 17, 2019

    This heart-shaped pink and white flowered plant is native to northern China, Siberia, Korea and Japan. It is a species of flowering plant that belongs to the poppy family. Lamprocapnos is also commonly known under its old name Dicentra spectabilis.

  • Lions Club Mdina celebrates 25th charter anniversary

    Lions Club Mdina celebrates 25th charter anniversary

    Lions Club Mdina celebrated its 25th charter anniversary last month with a gala dinner at Villa Arrigo, San Pawl Tat-Tarġa. A welcome speech was delivered by Lion president Judith Debono, followed by representatives from Parco Nomentum Roma and...

  • Foreign aid: helping the poor - or maintaining power?

    Foreign aid: helping the poor - or maintaining power?

    The subject of foreign aid is often raised in modern political debate. How much is enough? Where is the money spent? Who needs it the most? Often the issue centres around whether sending money to developing countries should be a priority for the...

  • Social media doesn't need new regulations – GDPR can do the job

    Social media doesn't need new regulations – GDPR can do the job

    From concerns about data sharing to the hosting of harmful content, every week seems to bring more clamour for new laws to regulate the technology giants and make the internet “safer”. But what if our existing data protection laws, at least in...

  • Face tattoos: a trend that is here to stay?

    Face tattoos: a trend that is here to stay?

    Face tattoos, once limited to only a very small group of people, have gained new popularity thanks to today's rappers - but some artists are reluctant to make such a permanent change to a client's appearance. In New York's East Village, some of...

  • Fear of regret can lock us into bad relationships, jobs and habits

    Fear of regret can lock us into bad relationships, jobs and habits

    How many times have you thought about starting a company, taking a year out to write that novel or leaving a loveless relationship but ended up doing nothing about it? A fear of regret – which is a powerful driver of maintaining the status quo in...

  • Prickly pears: 'humble' cactus brings hope to Algeria

    Prickly pears: 'humble' cactus brings hope to Algeria

    For generations Algerians like the Gueldasmi family have barely eked out a living growing prickly pear fruits, but thanks to the cactus's new found virtues their lives are steadily improving. "Now, my future is here. There is no need to go abroad"...

  • Nespresso opens its first customer care centre in Malta

    Nespresso opens its first customer care centre in Malta

    Nespresso has opened a customer care centre in Mrieħel, weeks after opening its store at The Point in Sliema.  Situated in Notabile Road, the centre will support the online ordering operations of the portal https://nespresso.com.mt/ launched last...

  • Polar bear 'invasion': climate change increasing human-wildlife conflicts

    Polar bear 'invasion': climate change increasing human-wildlife conflicts

    The 10 hottest years on record were all during the past two decades and the hottest global ocean temperatures ever were recorded in 2018 – a heat increase from 2017 equivalent to 100 million times that of the Hiroshima bomb. Climate change is here...

  • Lovesick on Valentine's? Museum of broken hearts has the antidote

    Lovesick on Valentine's? Museum of broken hearts has the antidote

    Forget romantic dinners and roses, the place to be on Valentine's Day is Zagreb's Museum of Broken Relationships, a paean to personal objects and stories of heartbreak. From a toaster to an exercise bike and a pair of lacy bras, the small museum...

  • Editing unfinished music is controversial – but it may need to be done

    Editing unfinished music is controversial – but it may need to be done

    Unfinished works of art have long had a poetic allure. Such works are attractive to us today, in part, because of the curiosity and sadness that inevitably accompany fragments. What have we lost? What might it have become? Perhaps more...

  • World’s largest drum is in space

    World’s largest drum is in space

    Universities in the US have long wrangled over who owns the world’s largest drum. Unsubstantiated claims to the title have included the “Purdue Big Bass Drum” and “Big Bertha”, which interestingly was named after the German World War I cannon and...

  • Getting off autopilot: how mindfulness can make you a better driver

    Getting off autopilot: how mindfulness can make you a better driver

    Psychotherapist and mindfulness trainer Helena Fone offers tips on how to be mindful behind the wheel. This is the ability to focus on the present when our mind tries to take us into the future, or the past, causing stress, anxiety and even...

  • Valentine’s Day: five ways to ensure your flowers are ethical

    Valentine’s Day: five ways to ensure your flowers are ethical

    If you take an interest in ethical consumerism and plan to treat someone special this February 14, what dilemmas lie ahead? You might already be conscious of getting child labour and slave-free chocolate, a recycled card, even fair trade gold, and...