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  • ‘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...

  • Smart solutions through water-energy connections

    Smart solutions through water-energy connections

    In its second year running, Energy Day at the Malta College of Arts Science and Technology is rapidly becoming an international event for ‘water-energy nexus’ research. Anne Zammit reports on the scientific view of how the Mediterranean may (or...

  • Making a splash

    Making a splash

    A report on the Bathing Water Directive (BWD) for the 2017 bathing season has found the water in the majority of Maltese bathing sites to be of ‘excellent’ quality. The report, compiled by the European Environment Agency (EEA), indicated that 98.9...

  • Carnival – pleasantries and politics

    Carnival – pleasantries and politics

    If you thought that carnival meant merriment, and masks, and pageant and boisterous banter, you had better think again. Of course, it also meant that, but the subtext often camouflages power struggles, subservience and dominance, protest and...

  • Can bees do maths?

    Can bees do maths?

    The skill of tile-laying has roots dating back to at least 4000BC. Remains of Mesopotamian buildings present evidence that the Sumerians used to decorate the walls with patterns of clay tiles, generally referred to as tesserae. The term...

  • Myth Debunked: Can animals count?

    Many assume that mathematical activity is reserved for human beings. In a sense, they are right as other creatures do not use maths the way we do. However, in order to survive, different creatures can perform different ranges of activities,...

  • Photo of the week

    Photo of the week

    Sir Roger Penrose standing on a floor with a Penrose tiling in the foyer of the Mitchell Institute for Fundamental Physics and Astronomy, Texas A&M University, US, in 2010. Penrose is also widely known for his work in general relativity and...