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  • Why some women feel sad when they breastfeed

    Why some women feel sad when they breastfeed

    As a health visitor, you get used to friends with babies asking questions about sleep, feeding and dirty nappies. Usually, these are straightforward, or you can at least direct people to the right help. But every once in a while, you get asked...

  • Migration: new map of Europe reveals real frontiers for refugees

    Migration: new map of Europe reveals real frontiers for refugees

    Since the EU declared a “refugee crisis” in 2015 that was followed by an unprecedented number of deaths in the Mediterranean, maps explaining the routes of migrants to and within Europe have been used widely in newspapers and social media. Some of...

  • World Mental Health Day: Focus on young people

    World Mental Health Day: Focus on young people

    Saturday, 4pm, two weeks ago. The police call the 24/7 crisis line. A young man called them saying he left a goodbye note on his bed and is going to end his life. The reason? His parents received revealing pictures of him interacting with a woman...

  • Scottish pupils learn to 'make life better' as ethical entrepreneurs

    Scottish pupils learn to 'make life better' as ethical entrepreneurs

    When an 87-year-old man fell down outside their primary school, the children brainstormed how to help elderly people in their Scottish village. And their conclusion was to start a business. Going door-to-door, the children had already noticed that...

  • Mental health crisis could cost the world $16 trillion by 2030

    Mental health crisis could cost the world $16 trillion by 2030

    Mental health disorders are on the rise in every country in the world and could cost the global economy up to $16 trillion between 2010 and 2030 if a collective failure to respond is not addressed, according to an expert report on Tuesday. The...

  • Bumper harvest gives English winemakers extra fizz

    Bumper harvest gives English winemakers extra fizz

    Forget green fields and clouds. Blazing sunshine and rows of grapevines are now a growing part of the English countryside, leading to a rise in locally produced sparkling wine - boosted this year by a bumper harvest. At the Chapel Down winery in...

  • Protecting marine areas could have insidious political effects

    Protecting marine areas could have insidious political effects

    Zones of ocean known as Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) are all the rage. They have no single or agreed definition, but essentially they are areas of sea in which human activity is restricted or prohibited in order to preserve and protect marine...

  • New book on the people who built Ġgantija

    Għajnsielem author Revel Barker will be signing copies of his latest book at the Harbour Craft studio, 8th September Street, Xagħra tomorrow at 7pm. The book is entitled The First Gozitans (and Ġgantija) be­cause, according to the author, the...

  • Mindfulness meditation: 10 minutes a day improves cognitive function

    Mindfulness meditation: 10 minutes a day improves cognitive function

    fizkes/Shutterstock.com   Practising mindfulness meditation for 10 minutes a day improves concentration and the ability to keep information active in one’s mind, a function known as “working memory”. The brain achieves this by becoming more...

  • Indonesian islanders fight developer with snorkels and homestays

    Indonesian islanders fight developer with snorkels and homestays

    S yahrul Hidayat's family has lived on the Indonesian island of Pulau Pari for four generations, fishing in its clear blue waters and selling seaweed to supplement their incomes. But their lives and livelihoods have come under threat in recent...

  • Obesity: hamsters may hold the clue to beating it

    Obesity: hamsters may hold the clue to beating it

    The global obesity crisis shows no signs of abating, and we urgently need new ways to tackle it. Consuming fewer calories and burning more energy through physical activity is a proven way to lose weight, but it’s clearly easier said than done. The...

  • The best foods to eat for a good night's sleep

    The best foods to eat for a good night's sleep

    Sleep has become widely recognised as playing a really important role in our overall health and wellness – alongside diet, stress management and exercise. Recently, researchers have been learning more about how poor sleep influences our dietary...

  • A taste of Italian bread

    A true Italian speciality – bread – is the theme of this month’s Magic Box presentation to be held tomorrow at the Italian Cultural Institute, Valletta at 6.30pm. The guest speaker, Cristiano Bagnaschi, is owner and manager of Lo Spuntino...

  • Giuseppe Calì at Valletta’s Basilica of Our Lady of Porto Salvo

    Giuseppe Calì at Valletta’s Basilica of Our Lady of Porto Salvo

    An apse representing the crowning of the Holy Virgin and a main vault painting, representing the Dominican Pope St Pius V beseeching the intercession of the Virgin Mary at the time of the Battle of Lepanto, have just been restored. The works by...

  • Reuniting families of first post-war Maltese emigrants across the Atlantic

    Reuniting families of first post-war Maltese emigrants across the Atlantic

    Commemorating the 70th anniversary of the Maltese women and children who arrived in Canada to join the men who had emigrated in May and June 1948 The Sunday Times of Malta’s June 17, 2018, edition contained an account of the men who went to Canada...

  • Back to school: how to deal with colds and influenza

    Back to school: how to deal with colds and influenza

    As children go back to school, so do the bugs. Is it the fact that children mingle more with each other or is it the season when more bugs are prevalent? It is a combination of both. Around this time of year, various viruses circulate until they...

  • Asian temptation

    Asian temptation

    AmamiMellieħa Food: 8/10Location: 8/10Service: 9/10Value: 8/10Overall: 8/10 The restaurant is a light and airy space. A large, open kitchen leads on to a balcony overlooking Mellieħa Bay. I sit down with a ravenous hunger, determined to rectify a...

  • Thumbs up for down under!

    Thumbs up for down under!

    One of my recent contacts with the vast continent that is Australia was via the television series Outback Truckers, customarily screened here in Malta on Discovery Channel. The series basically looks at the Australian outback road-transport...

  • How exhaustion became en vogue

    How exhaustion became en vogue

    I don’t really know how it happened, but one fine day, a couple of years ago, one of my most sprightly and energetic friends met up with me and told me that she no longer wanted to go out anymore because she was tired. I thought it was a phase,...

  • A day of relaxation and development

    A day of relaxation and development

    As part of its HR programme, the Atlas Group recently held the fourth edition of Atlas Day, a day of development and relaxation for all its staff members. “On Atlas Day, the aim is to celebrate our achievements and our people’shard work,” said the...