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  • Should we lie to children about Santa? Experts give their advice

    Should we lie to children about Santa? Experts give their advice

    Ah yes, December. Christmas trees and decorations are popping up in shop windows, the weather is warming up, and the school holiday period looms. This may be exciting or distressing, depending on your relationship with your family. Not everyone...

  • Could AI take control of human birth?

    Could AI take control of human birth?

    Instead of looking up at the sky to see whether you need an umbrella, people increasingly ask virtual assistants such as Alexa. And they may be wise to do so. AI methods are powerful – capable of anything from analysing astrophysical data to...

  • Brexit: what parliament must do now to fix Theresa May's mess

    Brexit: what parliament must do now to fix Theresa May's mess

    Finally, after two tortuous years of negotiations, it looked like the UK’s elected representatives were about to vote on Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit deal. Then, despite vowing to go ahead, May decided to postpone the vote the day before.

  • When Christmas never came

    What would winter be like without Christmas? Martina and Karl, who like all other children look forward to Christmas all year round, discover exactly that in Meta l-Milied Ma Ġiex, the year when Christmas never came. How did that happen? Well,...

  • Global Compact for Migration: what is it and why are countries opposing it?

    Global Compact for Migration: what is it and why are countries opposing it?

    The Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration (GCM) sets out a common, comprehensive approach to international migration. It aims at cooperation between states and promotes measures to strengthen regular migration pathways, to tackle...

  • One good turn…

    “In Malta there’s no poverty.” We love to repeat this statement over and over, maybe because it assuages our conscience or maybe because it makes us feel like we’re living in a bed of roses. We replay this statement so much that now we believe it...

  • A history of Malta writ in tokens

    A history of Malta writ in tokens

    Save one former publication, issued in 1999 by Bob Lyall, in which Tony Stivala assisted the author by placing his own collection for study, no other publication has ever been published on the subject of Maltese tokens. However, one can find...

  • Two out of every five who take antibiotics do not need them

    Two out of every five who take antibiotics do not need them

    The Maltese still consume far too much antibiotics, which could cause resistance to them when they are needed later on. Sarah Carabott gets an update on the situation. At least two out of five people taking antibiotics in Malta don’t need to,...

  • Brexit deadlock: this three-way referendum design could break it

    Brexit deadlock: this three-way referendum design could break it

    The 2016 EU referendum resulted in a marginal victory for Brexit and a divided nation. After two years of negotiations, politicians and voters seem further divided. The final decision may now be put back in the hands of voters in another referendum.

  • Encyclopaedia of local nobility

    Works on the hereditary or merit-based aristocracy of Malta are not lacking, however, Giovanni Bonello says Charles A. Gauci’s book The Peerage and Knightage in Malta is “different”. “It has more density and more intensity. The author is...

  • Human rights belong to all

    Human rights belong to all

    “Everyone knows, or should know, why human rights are important.” This was the view of Canadian lawyer and scholar John Humphrey, one of the principal authors of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.  December 10 marks Human Rights Day each...

  • Questions of faith and science

    Pope John Paul II described faith and reason as being “like two wings on which the human spirit rises to the contemplation of truth, and God has placed in the human heart a desire to know the truth”. Knowledge and the search for truth are an...

  • Read through…

    A different view of the world Maltese scholar Oliver Friggieri says that the 20 identical short stories in Carmel Conti’s book Ix-Xalpa Turkwas (The turquois scarf) offer a subjective picture and visual interpretations aimed at contributing to the...

  • All of the effort

    All of the effort

    Panorama RestaurantBritish HotelSt Ursula StreetVallettaTel: 2122 4730 Food: 6/10Service: 6/10Ambience: 7/10Value: 4/10Overall: 6/10 A man wiser than myself said that all the effort in the world won’t matter unless you’re inspired. The man is...

  • It’s a kind of medieval magic

    It’s a kind of medieval magic

    Two of this year’s pantos take the middle ages as their inspiration. Veronica Stivala goes behind the frills, the glitter and the wonderful silliness of the dames’ costumes. She’s got beans! An axe, a toilet roll, a borma, a reusable shopping bag,...

  • Parallel Coexistences

    Parallel Coexistences

    Alex Attard: Parallel Existences: The Notarial Archives: A photographer’s inspiration.Kite Publishing, 2018. Books, in this case the 22,000 volumes of notarial deeds housed at the Notarial Archives in Valletta, are a means to an end – they are...

  • ‘No thanks, I’m driving’

    ‘No thanks, I’m driving’

    “What’s the problem? I got home safely and no one was hurt!” This is a common phrase we hear. However, just because you made it home safely does not mean that you’re making a right decision in drinking and driving. When starting the car and...

  • Every picture tells a story (1): Marsamxett in the 1850s

    Every picture tells a story (1): Marsamxett in the 1850s

    Imagine Marsamxett in the 1850s: windmills on St Michael’s Bastion, Ponsonby’s Column, and Marsamxett Gate and Barracks. On the waterfront a baroque gate leads to the quarantine office, consisting of a parlatorio, fumigation rooms and stores; it...

  • ‘No one with Parkinson’s disease should live alone’

    ‘No one with Parkinson’s disease should live alone’

    This year the Malta Parkinson’s Disease Association marks 10 years since it began supporting people with Parkinson’s and their families. Association president Veronica Clark traces the long journey from its humble beginnings. Anne Downing founded...

  • Time and place for steak

    Time and place for steak

    Chukkas at Razzett L-AħmarTriq DurumblatMostaTel: 9908 9217 Food: 8/10Service: 8/10Ambience: 7/10Value: 8/10Overall: 8/10 When is the last time you chose a restaurant because you liked their logo? Or the last time you were drawn to an eatery...