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  • ‘High stakes, big rewards’

    ‘High stakes, big rewards’

    Beppe’sSannat, Gozo Food: 9/10Service: 9/10Ambience: 7/10Value: 8/10Overall: 8.5/10 I don’t visit Gozo often enough. Every time I toy with the idea of visi­ting for a day, I find myself applying the Goldilocks principle to my thought process. I...

  • Forever at sea

    Forever at sea

    The ashes of Captain Alan Everett, who had made Malta his home after serving for many years as a Master Mariner in the Merchant Navy, were last month scattered at sea in the Malta-Gozo channel in accordance with his wishes. Capt. Everett passed...

  • Carnival company

    Carnival company

    Last Sunday’s article described the carnival costumes worn by the children of Prof. and Mrs Peter Xuereb in the late 1920s. In this article we take a look at how their youngest child, Mafine, celebrated carnival with her friends almost 20 years...

  • No stone left unturned

    Horatio C. R. Vella: Żebbuġ of Gozo. Its People, Inscriptions and HistoryŻebbuġ Local Council, Gozo 2018; 624 p. Żebbuġ of Gozo is a monumental work by Prof. Horatio Vella that covers the history of the village of Żebbuġ in the northwest of Gozo...

  • How we whitewashed carnival

    How we whitewashed carnival

    My mother was never a fan of carnival: she always claimed it gave her the creeps, which meant that the task of ferrying us around on carnival weekend fell to my father who, like the true blue Gozitan he is, would take us up to Nadur. Having lived...

  • Chocolate and happiness: Keys to a long life?

    Chocolate and happiness: Keys to a long life?

    One day, something which you have done forever becomes difficult or impossible to do. Perhaps we forget something and cannot remember what it was. Or we get hurt and it takes us longer to recuperate, or worse still, we never recuperate completely.

  • Origin of surnames

    Arnold Cassola:I Maltesi di Vittoria e Scoglitti (1628-1846), Malta-Siracusa, Morrone Editore, 2018126 pages One of the newer research interests of Arnold Cassola is the field of demography, which includes onomastics. In recent years he has been...

  • Frank Salt Real Estate’s AGM reception

    A vibrant reception immediately followed Frank Salt’s annual general conference, which was held at the AX The Palace in Sliema. Celebrations were the order of the day to mark the company’s 50th year. Frank Salt Real Estate staff mingled and...

  • Rapper Owen Leuellen wows students

    Believe in yourself and chase your dreams was rapper Owen Leuellen’s message this morning to students attending St Joseph Primary School in Sliema. Malta’s X-Factor runner-up took to the stage, then visited students in their classrooms while...

  • Mapfre Group presents gift to blood donors

    Mapfre Group presents gift to blood donors

    During January, 16 employees from both Mapfre Middlesea and Mapfre MSV Life donated blood to the National Blood Transfusion Unit. The scope of this initiative was to ensure that those in need of a blood transfusion would have a sustainable and...

  • Checks are forever

    Checks are forever

    The grown-up print with infinite wearability, checks are this season’s answer to smart dressing. Shrunk down and blown up, they’re placed to add structure to relaxed silhouettes, sophistication to off-duty essentials and spice to 9-5...

  • Malta supports global campaign offering Pope Francis $1 million to go vegan for Lent

    Veggy Malta has joined a major global campaign backed by a host of celebrities, environmentalists and scientists, which is calling on Pope Francis to go vegan for Lent to help fight climate change with diet change. In return, Million Dollar Vegan...

  • Westin Dragonara Resort receives Green Key award

    Westin Dragonara Resort receives Green Key award

    The Westin Dragonara Resort has received its official Green Key certification, achieving yet another standard of excellence. As positive environmental credentials are becoming more important to travellers when trying to decide on a place to stay,...

  • Maltese will soon come to your favourite device

    Maltese will soon come to your favourite device

    Deep underground in the halls of the University of Malta, scientists and engineers are scrambling to teach an artificial brain the spoken Maltese language. They call it Project MASRI, which stands for ‘Maltese Automatic Speech Recognition’ – a...

  • Myth debunked: Allergy myths

    Myth debunked: Allergy myths

    Many are waiting for winter to be over. With the coming of spring, allergy season will be upon us. One problem many people have is distinguishing allergies from common colds. While colds are caused by viruses and last between four and seven days,...

  • Photo of the week - March 3, 2019

    Photo of the week - March 3, 2019

    To mark the 150th anniversary of the Periodic Table, the European Chemical Society unveiled a new periodic table which includes an overview of which scarcely available chemical elements are found in mobile phones. The presentation highlighted the...

  • Maths teacher draws praise for holding student's baby during class

    Maths teacher draws praise for holding student's baby during class

    A mathematics teacher who offered to hold a student’s baby child during class so that she could “take good notes” has drawn praise from across the world after a photo of him went viral. Maths teacher Nathan Alexander made the offer when one of his...

  • When numbers count

    When numbers count

    I am reminded of a BBC UK comedy series of some years ago, where the lead character was a work-shy drunk. He was sitting in his armchair waiting for the National Lottery numbers to be drawn. His longsuffering wife of many years turns to him and...

  • Complacency and anti-vaxxers are hurting measles eradication efforts - UNICEF

    Complacency and anti-vaxxers are hurting measles eradication efforts - UNICEF

    Just 10 countries were responsible for three-quarters of a global surge in measles cases last year, the UN children's agency said Friday, including one of the world's richest nations, France. Ninety-eight countries reported more cases of measles...

  • Missing objects at the fringe of the solar system puzzle astronomers

    Missing objects at the fringe of the solar system puzzle astronomers

    In the dimly lit spaces of our solar system beyond Neptune’s orbit lies the Kuiper Belt. This a region between about 35 and 50 times further from the sun than the Earth, populated by icy bodies so sparsely distributed that they never had the...