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  • Cricket-farming hops ahead as Kenyans catch superfood bug

    Cricket-farming hops ahead as Kenyans catch superfood bug

    It used to be that two sorts of people in this part of western Kenya ate crickets: the hungry, and singers who believed consuming the chirping insects would improve their voice. Times have changed. In recent years the business of rearing insects...

  • Jail birds: Thailand considers prison for feeding pigeons

    Jail birds: Thailand considers prison for feeding pigeons

    The Thai capital is considering jailing people who feed pigeons in public to try to eliminate the risk of bird flu and other diseases, officials said on Wednesday. The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration is spearheading a campaign to catch pigeons...

  • 'I no longer see her as my baby with Down Syndrome'

    'I no longer see her as my baby with Down Syndrome'

    Children with Down syndrome go on to live happy, healthy and successful lives. Yet, outdated notions of the condition still persist, says Sandra Borg, whose daughter was born with the condition. One in 100, said the gynaecologist, those were my...

  • Greenwashing: corporate tree planting generates goodwill but may sometimes harm the planet

    Greenwashing: corporate tree planting generates goodwill but may sometimes harm the planet

    Trees do a lot more for us than you probably think. Their roots prevent soil from eroding, their canopies provide shade and their leaves decompose into nutrients for crops, which feed livestock. Trees provide homes for a diverse range of wildlife...

  • UK food giants to halve waste by 2030

    UK food giants to halve waste by 2030

    Major supermarkets, food manufacturers and restaurants on Tuesday backed a drive to halve Britain's food waste by 2030 and save the nation at least £10 billion a year. Tesco, Nestle and Coca-Cola were among at least 70 leading companies to sign up...

  • Malaria mosquitoes wiped out in lab trials

    Malaria mosquitoes wiped out in lab trials

    Scientists have succeeded in wiping out a population of caged mosquitoes in laboratory experiments using a type of genetic engineering known as a gene drive, which spread a modification blocking female reproduction. The researchers, whose work was...

  • Michael Kors buys Versace for $2.2 bln

    Michael Kors buys Versace for $2.2 bln

    US fashion group Michael Kors agreed to buy luxury designer Versace for 1.83 billion euros including debt on Tuesday in the latest foreign takeover of an Italian brand. Michael Kors, whose namesake label is best known for its leather handbags, has...

  • Facebook not protecting content moderators from mental trauma - lawsuit

    Facebook not protecting content moderators from mental trauma - lawsuit

    A former Facebook Inc contract employee filed a lawsuit in California, alleging that content moderators who face mental trauma after reviewing distressing images on the platform are not being properly protected by the social networking...

  • Remembering Fr George Grima, a year after his death

    Remembering Fr George Grima, a year after his death

    Probably few people have not heard of Fr George Grima, who was so active in promoting the Jesus in Thy Neighbour (Gesù fil-Proxxmu) missionary movement that he founded. Through his movement, and with the help and generosity of the Maltese and...

  • Farmer who helped save thousands of hectares of dry land wins 'alternative Nobel prize'

    Farmer who helped save thousands of hectares of dry land wins 'alternative Nobel prize'

    A farmer from Burkina Faso who popularised an ancient farming technique to reverse desertification is among the winners of Sweden's "alternative Nobel prize", announced on Monday. Yacouba Sawadogo shared this year's award with three Saudi human...

  • Safeguarding our nation’s paper treasures

    Safeguarding our nation’s paper treasures

    As a stunning new photographic exhibition by Alex Attard gets set to go on show next month, ANABEL ATTARD explores its fascinating inspiration: the little-known Notarial Archives.  Ever heard of the Notarial Archives in Valletta? Perhaps not. I’ll...

  • Voomquest fuelled by Enemed takes on Chioggia

    Voomquest fuelled by Enemed takes on Chioggia

    Voomquest’s first effort to take their powerboat championship overseas brought them to the seaside town of Chioggia, Venice, Italy. The Grand Prix of Italy Trofeo Citta di Chioggia had a fantastic follow-up to its first day with a testing session...

  • Five popular hangover cures, reviewed by experts

    Five popular hangover cures, reviewed by experts

    It’s a common misconception that hangovers are mainly the result of dehydration. An evening of heavy drinking can lead to inflammation of the stomach and intestines, poor-quality sleep and the production of toxic substances that lead to vomiting,...

  • Closing the digital gender gap would fight gender inequality - EESC

    Closing the digital gender gap would fight gender inequality - EESC

    The digital gender gap was a consequence of discrimination against women, which starts in early childhood, the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) has stressed. In its exploratory opinion on the digital gender gap, drafted at the...

  • Lessons in Life in #Forty

    Lessons in Life in #Forty

    KRISTINA CASSAR DOWLING talks to JONATHAN SHAW about his new book #Forty in what turns out to be the intriguing back story to a life lesson.  Age. It’s only a matter of time till we all blow out our next birthday cake candles; close our eyes...

  • Vegan dogs: should canines go meat free?

    Vegan dogs: should canines go meat free?

    Over the last 10 years, it’s estimated there has been a 360 per cent rise in veganism in Britain – around 542,000 people have “gone vegan”. As a nation of animal lovers, with around 44 per cent of homes owning a pet – and somewhere in the region...

  • Mediterranean diet reduces stroke risk in women – but not men

    Mediterranean diet reduces stroke risk in women – but not men

    Ancel and Margaret Keys, an American husband-and-wife team, first reported on the Mediterranean diet’s health benefits in 1975. Since then, the diet has become particularly well known for its effect on cardiovascular health. What is less well...

  • Preserving puffins

    Preserving puffins

    Birdlife Malta together with Salina Nature Reserve will be hosting the next in their series of nature meet-ups, this time with a focus on the plight of puffins. The talk will shed light on the behaviour and characteristics of these pelagic...

  • The burden of sexual identity

    The burden of sexual identity

    This year’s Malta Book Festival includes the participation of award-winning writer Michael Amherst, best known for Go the Way Your Blood Beats. He talks to John Grech about what he terms the ‘fluidity of desire’, and about how society places a...

  • Remembering Mgr John Sladden on the centenary of his birth

    Remembering Mgr John Sladden on the centenary of his birth

    “My life does not have any other purpose than to be with you all day, to rejoice and to weep with you. Every hour of the day I ponder how to give a hand to each and every one of you. Today, the parish of Senglea became my sole world. Whether in a...