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  • MMTA hosts congress, tournament

    MMTA hosts congress, tournament

    The Maltese Medical Tennis Association recently hosted the 48th Congress & Tournament of the World Medical Tennis Society. The scientific sessions and bulk of tennis fixtures took place at the Marsa Sports Club with the support of the Vittoriosa...

  • Funds raised for breast cancer research

    Funds raised for breast cancer research

    Frank Salt Real Estate organised a dress down day, where all members of staff were encouraged to participate by wearing a pink item of clothing as part of the national campaign in aid of Pink October Malta. Almost €600 were raised and donated to...

  • How to keep your pet happy during thunderstorms and fireworks

    How to keep your pet happy during thunderstorms and fireworks

    Fireworks are a brilliant way to celebrate special occasions such as New Year’s Eve and Guy Fawkes Night, as well as big sporting events and independence days – right? Not if you happen to be an animal. All animals, domesticated and wild, are...

  • From old to new

    A global trend is seeking to discourage the throwaway culture. Stephanie Fsadni learns how rubbish can be turned into functional and valuable objects through upcycling. As the world scrambles to find ways and means to safeguard the environment,...

  • Costume culture

    Costume culture

    From beautiful frill dresses to heavy steampunk helmets, the art of costume making varies widely and leaves observable the sheer ingenuity that some people have for bringing the realm of fiction into a tangible reality. Cosplay, a portmanteau of...

  • Underwater wonders

    Underwater wonders

    Thirty-four divers participated in the 13th edition of the Blue Dolphin of Malta International Underwater Photography Competition, which was organised last month by the Federation of Underwater Activities Malta (FUAM) with the assistance of the...

  • 'Cool to vote': Hollywood election telethon aims to get young to polls

    'Cool to vote': Hollywood election telethon aims to get young to polls

    Hollywood celebrities will make a push next week to urge young people to the polls in Tuesday's US elections, when control of Congress and many state governorships are at stake. In a first-of-its-kind event, more than 50 actors, comedians and...

  • Are you a bully? Here's how to tell

    Are you a bully? Here's how to tell

    From the playground to parliament, bullying exists everywhere. Why is bullying so widespread and difficult to tackle? Part of the problem is that bullies sometimes don’t even realise that they are bullies. For example, bullying managers may easily...

  • When pigs were let loose

    When pigs were let loose

    An old, charitable tradition is being revived today by Heritage Malta as part of a remembrance celebration of death, souls and life after death. A few weeks prior to All Souls Day, one of the residents from the wealthier towns used to buy a pig,...

  • Who's for a Ruby Murray? The real people behind popular English sayings

    Who's for a Ruby Murray? The real people behind popular English sayings

    Most people familiar with British cuisine will not be surprised to learn that the UK has just celebrated National Curry Week. In anticipation of the culinary festivities, Evening Standard journalist Ailis Brennan wrote on October 17 that “very few...

  • Perseverance runs in the family

    Perseverance runs in the family

    With recent consolidation and rebranding exercise, the AX Group wants to standardise operating procedures, values and principles, says Hospitality Director Claire Zammit Xuereb. Claire Zammit Xuereb has held various positions within the...

  • Vegans: why they inspire fear and loathing among meat eaters

    Vegans: why they inspire fear and loathing among meat eaters

    Food critic William Sitwell has resigned as editor of Waitrose’s in-house magazine following a row over his astonishingly hostile response to a freelance journalist who proposed a series of articles on veganism. A statement from the food retailer...

  • Venice is flooded, but other cities are in much greater danger

    Venice is flooded, but other cities are in much greater danger

    Venice has flooded. But while worry about the worst floods in a decade and warnings about the impacts of climate change and sea level rise dominate most of the media coverage, there’s a more complex story to be told. In Venice, floods are a...

  • Seagrass could be the solution for carbon storage

    Seagrass could be the solution for carbon storage

    According to the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, urgent and unprecedented changes are needed to avoid a climate change catastrophe. Although efforts are already being made to reduce the production of greenhouse gasses, they are by...

  • Exceptional learning

    Exceptional learning

    Learning is not just about textbooks, long hours in a classroom and burning the proverbial midnight oil. It is should be more about furthering knowledge and skills in an excellent educational environment. The environment should immerse students in...

  • Five vampire traits that exist in the natural world

    Five vampire traits that exist in the natural world

    When asked to describe a vampire, most people think of a tall, pale creature, with fangs and a cloak. But were the creatures of folklore inspired by real traits seen in the animal kingdom? From avoiding sunlight to using a cloak, here are five...

  • Halloween: turning to the supernatural to work through our anxieties

    Halloween: turning to the supernatural to work through our anxieties

    Halloween is now firmly part of the seasonal and consumer calendar – but, unlike other celebrations that promote gift-giving, family, love and friendship, Halloween involves disruption, transgression and an open engagement with darker emotions and...

  • Why we will probably never have a perfect clock

    Why we will probably never have a perfect clock

    The time has come again when many of us switch our clocks from summer or daylight-saving time back to winter time. And the usual confusion sets in, is it an hour forwards or back? Why do we need to change the time at all? Indeed, EU member states...

  • Birth pangs of a sovereign State

    Birth pangs of a sovereign State

    Joseph M. Pirotta:Fortress Colony: The Final Act 1945-64, Vol. IV, 1961-1964, Midsea Books, 1,187 pp., 2018.  Seventeen years in the making, this is a well-illustrated monumental book by all accounts – and not only for its sheer size. It is the...

  • Antonia – the poem of the plague

    Poetry played an important part in the English literary scene during the 19th century. The quality varied from the sublime – Byron, Coleridge, Wordsworth, Tennyson – to the mediocre. English magazines of the time often featured verses by those...