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  • Today's front pages - December 16, 2018

    Today's front pages - December 16, 2018

    The following are the main stories in Sunday’s newspapers. The Sunday Times of Malta says the environmental watchdog has singled out the coast of Xgħajra as the only viable location for a “major” land reclamation project – a move that is not...

  • Air Malta division bloated with new staff from minister's district

    Air Malta division bloated with new staff from minister's district

    Air Malta’s ground handling division – a loss-making section of the national airline – has been bloated with new staff and hundreds of additional full-timers on the direction of Tourism Minster Konrad Mizzi, The Sunday Times of Malta is...

  • Rescue helicopter crashes in Portugal, four feared dead

    Rescue helicopter crashes in Portugal, four feared dead

    A medical helicopter crashed in a mountainous area near Porto, Portugal's second biggest city, with all four onboard feared dead, local media and the country's INEM emergency service reported on Saturday. State broadcaster RTP and daily Correio de...

  • Third Sunday of Advent: The source of our joy

    Today’s readings: Zephaniah 3, 14-18; Philippians 4, 4-7; Luke 3, 10-18. This third Sunday of Advent is all about joy and happiness. What is it that really makes us happy? The pursuit of joy and happiness can be very elusive. In her book The...

  • Oasi Foundation visit

    Oasi Foundation visit

    Representatives from Norway, Romania, Uzbekistan and Italy had an eventful week learning about the various services offered in Gozo. Among other places, they visited the Oasi Foundation where they discussed drug and alcohol addiction and what are...

  • Immaculate Conception pilgrimage

    Immaculate Conception pilgrimage

    Motorcyclists, cyclists and motor-car drivers took part in the annual traditional pilgrimage marking the feast of the Immaculate Conception on December 8. The pilgrimage started from Ta’ Pinu Sanctuary to the national shrine dedicated to the...

  • Advanced medical videocompression system developed

    A Maltese researcher has deve­loped a novel medical video compression system that achieves a 28.25 per cent gain in compression over the latest lossless video compression standard (HEVC) while reducing the encoding time re­quired and retaining...

  • Valletta excursion enriches students’ cultural knowledge

    Valletta excursion enriches students’ cultural knowledge

    Form 4 students at St Margaret College Senior Secondary School, Verdala, Cospicua, recently took part in an excursion to Valletta aimed at enriching their cultural knowledge. The participants learnt about the symbolic architectural and artistic...

  • Come, all ye faithful!

    Come, all ye faithful!

    These are the days when we will frequently hear the carol O Come, All Ye Faithful, a translation of the Latin hymn Adeste, fideles. According to the Benedictine monk Dom John Stéphan there are indications that John Francis Wade composed both the...

  • Photographers’ collective

    Photographers’ collective

    A collective photographic exhibition – Frammenti – was inaugurated at the Citadel Cultural Centre in Victoria. Eight photographers – Anthony Grech, Justin Micallef, Anthony Scicluna, Amanda Cassar Torregiani, Maggie Bajada, Paul Scicluna, Alex...

  • Dementia caregiving in the community

    A short course on caring for people with dementia in the community will start next month at the University Residence, Robert Mifsud Bonnici Street, Lija. This course, run by Malta University Consulting Ltd in collaboration with the University of...

  • Quotes and news - December 16, 2018

    In a recent statement, the bishops of England and Wales said: “We join with the presidents of the Catholic Bishops’ Conferences of the EU to call on politicians to work towards an ambitious implementation of the Paris Agreement. “A UN...

  • Christmas in Xagħra

    Christmas in Xagħra

    A Christmas market was organised in Xagħra last Sunday. A re-enactment featured the Knights of Malta accompanying the Grand Master holding the statue of Baby Jesus which he later placed in a crib set up in front of the church. The bandu, heralding...

  • Teaching pupils about water conservation

    Teaching pupils about water conservation

    A book aimed at pupils entitled Kurjużata H20 on the importance of water conservation, written by Kim Dimech and Dr Tanya Muscat, was recently launched by the Education Ministry’s National Literacy Agency at San Ġorġ Preca College Valletta Primary...

  • Home’s residents entertained

    Home’s residents entertained

    St Anne Home residents at Gozo General Hospital were treated to a Christmas performance, including carol singing, entertainment by Joe Demicoli (pictured) and a sketch by Marlene Debono with the performance of Gemma and Roseanne. The event was...

  • How educators mediate social change

    How educators mediate social change

    Maltese educators’ own identity and the implications of their visions and positions on social diversity on their teaching and administrative practices in schools was the subject of research conducted by Louise Chircop, who recently graduated with...

  • Live crib at Għajnsielem

    Live crib at Għajnsielem

    The 10th edition of Betleħem f’Għajnsielem was inaugurated last Sunday by Gozo Minister Justyn Caruana and blessed by Għajnsielem archpriest Frankie Bajada,. The inauguration started with a band march by St Joseph Band of Għajnsielem. More than...

  • Research improves suspect recognition

    A researcher at the University of Malta recently designed a system that automatically retrieves the identities of suspects portrayed in sketches described by witnesses to a crime, through the comparison of such sketches with traditional...

  • Valletta 2018 hands over the baton

    Valletta 2018 hands over the baton

    L-Aħħar Festa – the Valletta 2018 official closing event – is currently underway in St George’s Square. The official closing ceremony took place in Valletta’s St George’s Square, where Valletta 2018 chairman Jason Micallef passed on the baton to...

  • Kremlin should take the lead on rap music, not shut it down, Putin says

    Kremlin should take the lead on rap music, not shut it down, Putin says

    Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Saturday the Kremlin should play a leading role in Russian rap music and in youth culture, rather than trying to shut it down. His comments follow a spate of concert cancellations by venue owners and local...

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