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  • Watch: Forget the car, globetrotting biker advises

    Watch: Forget the car, globetrotting biker advises

    An expat who has just settled on the island had some sound advice for Maltese people: ditch your car as soon as possible and ride a bike. “It is crazy for me that those living in a small island are shocked when I tell them that I cycle...

  • What is your first memory – and did it ever really happen?

    What is your first memory – and did it ever really happen?

    I can remember being a baby. I recall being in a vast room inside a doctor’s surgery. I was passed to a nurse and then placed in cold metal scales to be weighed. I was always aware that this memory was unusual because it was from so early in my...

  • The one gift that can save up to eight lives

    The one gift that can save up to eight lives

    Kidney, heart and cornea transplants have been performed in Malta for more than two decades and the number of donated organs is increasing every year. The Department of Health Regulation states that one organ donor can save up to eight lives. The...

  • Fish show by Malta Aquarist Society

    Fish show by Malta Aquarist Society

    Around 190 aquatic exhibits are on show at Mount Carmel Hospital, Attard, as part of the Malta Aquarist Society’s annual show. A variety of tropical fish kept by local aquarists, as well as aquarium set-ups, will be on display. Also on show will...

  • A guide about who to believe when information clashes

    A guide about who to believe when information clashes

    “Just remember, what you are seeing and what you are reading is not what’s happening,” Donald Trump, the president of the United States, once said at a rally. There is no doubt that we have entered a new age of bewilderment in which it is harder...

  • Time to take the Cyprus question to the people

    Time to take the Cyprus question to the people

    For a while, it seemed as though the long running dispute over the island Cyprus was nearing an end. But the latest summit between political leaders failed to produce a result. Now, citizens find themselves once again in limbo. But as close as the...

  • Coca-Cola's swoop for Costa Coffee will cut its exposure to sugar and plastic bottles

    Coca-Cola's swoop for Costa Coffee will cut its exposure to sugar and plastic bottles

    Coca-Cola’s £3.9 billion acquisition of Costa Coffee has made quite a ripple. Atlanta-based Coca-Cola is obviously best known for its soft drinks portfolio, found in supermarkets, kiosks, hotels, bars and restaurants around the world. Costa,...

  • From the Customs House to Imgherbeb Point (Part 1)

    From the Customs House to Imgherbeb Point (Part 1)

    Before the opening of the Valletta ring road in 1978, Barriera Wharf, the waterfront between the Customs House and Imgherbeb Point, sandwiched between the Upper and Lower Barrakka Gardens, was a cul-de-sac which had endured relative isolation for...

  • Dangerous old men

    Dangerous old men

    In the 1919 book Heartbreak House, George Bernard Shaw wrote that “old men are dangerous: it doesn’t matter to them what is going to happen to the world”. He might have been right if we go by the type of films coming out. Three films in particular...

  • Under pressure in the deep blue sea

    Under pressure in the deep blue sea

    At some point or other on a fine summer day, almost everyone will have tried to momentarily hold their breath, dip their head below water and dive down a metre or so. One of the first things people commonly report is that they experience a...

  • Myth debunked: Diving is not good for me…my ears hurt!

    Myth debunked: Diving is not good for me…my ears hurt!

    Have you ever been snorkelling? Perhaps you are curious about the wonderful, magical world that lies underneath the oceans, but whenever you try to dive, your ears hurt and you stop immediately. This could also potentially harm the delicate...

  • Photo of the week - September 2, 2018

    Photo of the week - September 2, 2018

    This photo captured a few days ago shows some of the remains of the Azure Window which crashed in the sea during a storm on March 8, 2017. The underwater landscape has changed considerably, with the remains forming numerous stunning features, from...

  • Funds raised for cystic fibrosis

    Funds raised for cystic fibrosis

    Cystic Fibrosis Fundraising Malta once again organised its annual summer party at Cafe del Mar, which was attended by 1,000 people. All funds raised for this event will go towards research for a cure and also to help local CF sufferers with better...

  • Grand finale for Casa Antonia’s 15th anniversary

    Grand finale for Casa Antonia’s 15th anniversary

    The residents of Casa Antonia Nursing and Residential Home and their guests were treated to an enchanting musical evening by tenor Nico Darmanin and pianist Leonardo Barilaro. The event served as a grand finale for Casa Antonia’s 15th anniversary...

  • Responsible Gaming Foundation promotes water sports activity for children

    Responsible Gaming Foundation promotes water sports activity for children

    For the 11th consecutive year, the St Paul’s churchyard in Rabat witnessed an energetic water gaming activity with the theme ‘Games for everyone’ – an activity held over a week that saw teams of children and young adults enjoying a...

  • Bat species threatened by increase in urban construction

    Bat species threatened by increase in urban construction

    From vampires in disguise to alter egos of rich vigilantes terrorising criminal underworlds, bats get a bad reputation in popular culture. A step up from sentient Halloween decorations, they’ve often been associated with horror and evil doings,...

  • Guided tour of Msida Bastion Cemetery

    Guided tour of Msida Bastion Cemetery

    Msida Bastion Cemetery’s warden Paolo Ferrelli leads a guided tour around the Cemetery today from 10am. Patrons will hear interesting stories regarding duels, suicides and heroism as they travel back through the last 400 years of Maltese...

  • Extreme weather in Europe linked to less sea ice and warming in the Barents Sea

    Extreme weather in Europe linked to less sea ice and warming in the Barents Sea

    The cold, remote Arctic Ocean and its surrounding marginal seas have experienced climate change at a rate not seen at lower latitudes. Warming air, land and sea temperatures, and large declines in seasonal Arctic sea ice cover are all symptoms of...

  • Yet more consequences of failure to reform

    Yet more consequences of failure to reform

    It has been reported that Germany and France are considering offering Turkey a financial lifeline. Well, what a surprise. What this means, of course, is that they are considering using their taxpayers’ money to achieve two things: bail out their...

  • Sharing the weight of a dream: crowdfunding sportswoman eyes Olympics

    Sharing the weight of a dream: crowdfunding sportswoman eyes Olympics

    Malta’s most recent Sportswoman of the Year, weightlifter Yazmin Zammit Stevens, spends seven to eight hours a day training in a gym, preparing for a series of events in the run-up to the Olympics in Tokyo in 2020. Ms Zammit Stevens, 25, recently...