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  • Almost half of tea-towels have bacteria: but they don't really cause food poisoning

    Almost half of tea-towels have bacteria: but they don't really cause food poisoning

    Aside from being up to the task of drying our dishes, we don’t usually give the humble tea towel much thought. But this week it’s being blamed for causing food poisoning. However, there’s no cause for concern. Yes, bacteria can accumulate on tea...

  • The beginning of a new wave of Maltese migration to Canada

    The beginning of  a new wave of Maltese migration to Canada

    This year marks the 70th anniversary of the beginning of a new wave of Maltese migration to Canada. While there was a trickle of Maltese migration in the 19th century, it was only in the few years immediately prior to and following World War I...

  • To vaccinate or not to vaccinate

    Of 53 European countries, Malta was one of only 13 which did not report any cases of measles in 2017. This is staggering considering that the infection is preventable. Measles is a highly contagious infection that causes flu-like symptoms and a...

  • Myth Debunked: Sugar rush

    Myth Debunked: Sugar rush

    Picture a children’s birthday party and what do you see? Lots of children, high on sugar, running around in semi-organised chaos? Well, as it turns out, sugar may have been given an unfair reputation in this scenario. We have all heard parents...

  • Photo of the week

    Photo of the week

    Panorama taken by Nasa’s Curiosity rover on Mars. After six years of searching, the rover has found new evidence that could suggest Mars may have once supported life. Organic molecules were found in three billion year old sedimentary rocks in Gale...

  • Gone but not forgotten

    Gone but not forgotten

    Memory has a knack of being both malleable and fallible at times. As time marches on, so do our brains edit out the details of our personal histories, our most cherished moments becoming merely footnotes to the chapters of life. Pictures, however,...

  • Asylum seekers are now political pawns in a disharmonious EU

    Asylum seekers are now political pawns in a disharmonious EU

    The fate of the Aquarius, a Doctors without Borders rescue ship left stranded for hours in the Mediterranean carrying 629 African migrants, is a stark reminder of the EU’s ongoing stalemate on asylum policy. The new Italian interior minister,...

  • Why is Yemen at war?

    Why is Yemen at war?

    The battle for the western Yemeni port of Hodeidah could be an important milestone in the three-year civil war. But analysts say the conflict is so complex that even a decisive outcome there might not bring peace. Why is Yemen so divided? Yemen's...

  • Protecting the elderly

    Protecting the elderly

    Statistics show that a large percentage of the Maltese population is vulnerable to ageism and age discrimination. Renee Laiviera comments about this reality on World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. Malta is ageing fast, with 18.81 per cent of the...

  • Written from the frontlines of migration

    Written from the frontlines of migration

    When Maria Pisani, then coordinator of the first State-run open centre at Ħal Far, got a call that a boat had arrived carrying a significant number of women and children, panic set in, alongside a sense of urgency. This was 14 years ago. The...

  • Youngsters turn from Facebook to WhatsApp for news - Reuters Institute

    Youngsters turn from Facebook to WhatsApp for news - Reuters Institute

    The use of social media networks such as Facebook to consume news has started to fall in the United States as many young people turn towards messaging apps such as Facebook-owned WhatsApp to discuss events, the Reuters Institute found. Usage of...

  • A 200-year-old legacy that's set in wax

    A 200-year-old legacy that's set in wax

    Madame Tussauds was founded and successfully managed as a profitable business by a woman, Marie, who lived in an era when her gender was virtually barred from business undertakings. Mary Galea Debono maintains this says it all about the intrepid...

  • A legacy that lives on

    A legacy that lives on

    Maurice Caruana Curran was born 100 years ago. He will be remembered for many roles in his life: as judge, poet, writer, art lover and environmental activist, to mention a few. However, one role stands out, for which he will always be...

  • A bird spectacle at sea

    A bird spectacle at sea

    Hundreds of Scopoli’s shearwater will soon be seen ‘shearing’ over waves before returning to their nests in Ta’ Ċenċ cliffs in Gozo. The spectacle annually draws many locals and tourists who venture out at sea on boat trips organised by Birdlife...

  • ‘People with disability can support the economy’

    ‘People with disability can support the economy’

    Last March, the European Semester Country Report on Malta showed how a third of Maltese companies reported a shortage in skilled workers. At first reading, that statistic would spell bad news for businesses, but good news for economic growth – the...

  • Senglea’s statue of Jesus the Redeemer in pilgrimages outside the city

    Senglea’s statue of Jesus the Redeemer in pilgrimages outside the city

    The miraculous statue of Jesus the Redeemer at Senglea Basilica is an old and venerated effigy. Unfortunately, due to the lack of sound and clear documentation, it is difficult to say who made it and when. But since its arrival in Senglea the...

  • Conserving and restoring the statue of Christ the Redeemer

    Conserving and restoring the statue of Christ the Redeemer

    The team of conservators at Atelier del Restauro explain the process of conserving Senglea’s renowned statue of Christ the Redeemer in a project that involved years of consultation, analysis and hands-on work. There’s a sense of anticipation that...

  • How films portray ageing

    How films portray ageing

    In our increasingly digital world, we get an enormous amount of information from films. Our imagination has always been fired up by films – a relationship that has endured since the first films. How older people are portrayed in film is best...

  • Preventing foot complications in diabetes

    Preventing foot complications in diabetes

    According to the World Health Organisation, an estimated 422 million adults are living with diabetes worldwide, while in Malta, approximately 10 per cent of the population are affected by the condition. Diabetes affects many areas of the body and...

  • Myth debunked: Do birds smell our human scent on their offspring and abandon them?

    Have you ever seen a baby bird wandering around on its own and been tempted to go save it, but then held back because touching the chick might make their mums abandon them? Myth states that mama bird has the ability to smell your human scent and...