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  • Social media could stop spread of hateful content in aftermath of terror attacks

    Social media could stop spread of hateful content in aftermath of terror attacks

    The deadly attack on two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, in which 50 people were killed and many others critically injured, was streamed live on Facebook by the man accused of carrying it out. It was then quickly shared across social media...

  • Driverless cars: how will you use free time?

    Driverless cars: how will you use free time?

    One of the most attractive things about driverless cars is their potential to free up the time spent driving from A to B. Like passengers on trains or buses, it’s expected that people travelling by driverless cars will be able to spend their time...

  • A truly inclusive society requires political restraint

    A truly inclusive society requires political restraint

    Terrible tragedies test leaders to the full. Anyone watching from afar must be impressed with the way in which Jacinda Ardern has dealt with the aftermath of the Christchurch horror. Ardern has kept her shocked population regularly updated, walked...

  • Brexit: what happens next?

    Brexit: what happens next?

    It’s been a turbulent few weeks in the Palace of Westminster and while Britons may all be bored silly by the sight of MPs arguing about what they think the people actually want, the drama shows no sign of stopping. What’s happened so far Since MPs...

  • Dealing with no shows

    Dealing with no shows

    There was nothing particularly remarkable about the facts in the case of Reactilab Limited vs Caroline Debattista (1038/2018GM – decided on March 12). It was the typical debt-collection dispute, plenty of which are heard by our courts every day.

  • The heroism of Captain Andrew Moynihan

    The heroism of Captain Andrew Moynihan

    In Gordon Caruana Dingli’s article ‘Moynihan House bites the dust’ (Times of Malta, March 2) and Prof. Joseph Galea’s letter to the editor ‘Save Moynihan House’ (The Sunday Times of Malta, March 10), both correspondents made impassioned pleas for...

  • Musing on Ta’ Xbiex’s origin and past…

    Musing on Ta’ Xbiex’s origin and past…

    On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of Ta’ Xbiex as a parish, it is interesting to look at the locality’s origins and history. First and foremost the locality’s name, etymology and the relationship between the two, or its ‘borgata’, remains an...

  • Sliema grew with the ferries – Part 2

    Sliema grew with the  ferries – Part 2

    The barklori protested against the threat to their livelihood posed by the new ferries of The Sliema Valletta Ferry Service Company set up by Julius (Giulio) Goldseller; they demonstrated in front of the Governor’s Palace in Valletta on May 25,...

  • The search for another earth

    The search for another earth

    Earth is the cradle of humankind, but one can’t stay in a cradle forever. The famous words of Konstantin Tsiolkovsky, a Russian rocket scientist born in the 19th century, were perhaps once seen as the mere utterings of science fiction. Tsiolkovsky...

  • Myth debunked: Can I contribute to astronomical knowledge from my own home?

    It is a common misconception that astronomical observations can only be carried out from extensively large observatories with extremely expensive telescopes and complicated control systems. Although such professional setups are indeed best...

  • Photo of the week - March 17, 2019

    Photo of the week - March 17, 2019

    Saturn, imaged by Maltese astrophotographer Alexei Pace. Saturn currently rises into view in the early hours of the morning.

  • Students at a crossroads with nature, arts and expression

    Students at a crossroads with nature, arts and expression

    Inspired by the saying of master artist and inventor Leonardo da Vinci that “water is the driving force of all life”, students of St Ignatius College have created water-themed paintings that explore the intersection of this vital natural element...

  • Mapfre Group sponsors recreational activities

    Mapfre Group sponsors recreational activities

    A number of employees from Mapfre Group recently volunteered to take several clients from Dar il-Kaptan for a fun-filled bowling activity. Mapfre Group sponsored this activity which saw the residents enjoy themselves outside of their daily...

  • Forging better balance and equality

    Forging better balance and equality

    Research has shown a direct correlation between the increase in national economic growth and positive female workforce participation. From a business perspective, research of Fortune 500 companies found that those with at least one female board...

  • Giant tortoise thought extinct is found on Galapagos

    Giant tortoise thought extinct is found on Galapagos

    Conservationists in the Galapagos Islands have found a giant tortoise from a species thought to have become extinct more than a century ago. The adult female tortoise was found on the island of Fernandina in the west of the Pacific archipelago,...

  • Why shouldn't men wear skirts?

    Why shouldn't men wear skirts?

    Year on year, predictions are made that skirts will finally be adopted by men as an extension of their regular clothing. Prompted by international fashion weeks and glittering award ceremonies, the idea seems to be that men who make bold...

  • Venice had its own 'Airbnb problem' during the Renaissance

    Venice had its own 'Airbnb problem' during the Renaissance

    Cities around the world have had difficulties balancing the interests of visitors with the needs of residents, as holiday rental platforms such as Airbnb have grown in popularity and size. Evidence shows that the conversion of rented homes to...

  • Staying sober… one day at a time

    Staying sober… one day at a time

    Some 200 people this weekend attend the 13th Alcoholics Anonymous Malta International Convention.  Jack stands at the corner of the busy street, clenching his hands tightly in his grey hoodie pockets, staring blankly ahead at the bustling street,...

  • 'Bar truck' brings a bit of life back to French villages

    'Bar truck' brings a bit of life back to French villages

    The traditional French cafe where people of all stripes have customarily met is becoming a rare sight in many villages, but a man with a van - and a liquor licence - is making the rounds to help revive rural socialising. On a brisk recent Friday,...

  • Imagine a world where you cannot create Downfall memes

    Imagine a world where you cannot create Downfall memes

    The European parliament will vote at the end of March 2019 on a proposal to reform EU copyright law. Under this proposal, online platforms arguably have to introduce technological filters to tackle copyright infringements. This will be of...