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  • Latest Ebola outbreak has all the makings of a humanitarian crisis

    Latest Ebola outbreak has all the makings of a humanitarian crisis

    It’s been eight months since the start of the current Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). By the beginning of April, almost 700 people have succumbed to the disease, making this the second worst Ebola outbreak ever recorded.

  • Planting a new vineyard

    Planting a new vineyard

    Life in vineyards seems to roll on, year in year out, at Mother Nature's slow and relaxed rhythm that slip-slides behind the frantic speed in our cities where time feels to tick us by in a New York minute, speedier than anywhere else on...

  • War artist Frank Mason in Malta and his April 1919 exhibition

    War artist Frank Mason in Malta and his April 1919 exhibition

    Twenty-six years ago The Sunday Times of Malta published an article by A. E. Abela entitled Frank Mason and the Malta Convoy. Since the article was published on August 16, 1992, it was timed to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the Santa...

  • Tragic accidents in our history that claimed young lives

    Tragic accidents in our history that claimed young lives

    The first tragedy since 1800 that claimed young lives was the Vittoriosa magazine explosion which occurred on July 18, 1806. The magazine was located close to Porta Marina and the explosion killed around 200 people, and more than 100 others were...

  • Joined at the knee

    Joined at the knee

    Knee pain is one of the most common ailments and can affect patients of any age particularly the older generation.  The knee joint is made up of three main bones called the femur (thigh bone), tibia (leg bone) and the patella or knee cap. There...

  • How to spend two hours

    How to spend two hours

    I have just googled “things that you can do in two hours” and apparently, taking a nap, a hot bubble bath or doing a spot of yoga are not activities beyond the realm of possibility. What definitely should not be in the realm of possibility is...

  • The one that nearly got away

    The one that nearly got away

    Le MajolicheElia Zammit Street,PacevilleTel: 7933 9754 Food: 8/10Service: 9/10Ambience: 6/10Value: 7/10Overall: 7.5/10 I will start with an admission of fault. I walked or drove past the restaurant I’m writing about today countless times and...

  • AX steps up for Parkinson’s

    AX steps up for Parkinson’s

    Parkinson’s is a serious neurogenerative disease that affects the way body parts move. The disease occurs due to problems with certain nerve cells in the brain. These nerve cells are usually producing the neurotransmitter dopamine, which is...

  • Malta’s groundwater drought

    Malta’s groundwater drought

    Water. It’s everywhere. As a country with clean water supply all around the archipelago, it’s easy to take it for granted. But the current situation for our groundwater is anything but refreshing. The Maltese islands have 18 main groundwater bodies.

  • Myth debunked: Autism myths

    In honour of Autism Awareness Day (held on April 2) and everyone who has this condition, this week’s Myth Debunked is going to tackle some of the most persistent fallacies surrounding it. Myth: Repetitive jobs are best suited for people with...

  • Photo of the week - April 7, 2019

    Photo of the week - April 7, 2019

    A Hoopoe (Daqquqa tat-toppu) pictured in Għadira.

  • Universal Health Coverage: everyone, everywhere

    Universal Health Coverage: everyone, everywhere

    The Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Directorate and Primary Health Care are visiting different localities in Malta and Gozo to disseminate the message of this year’s World Health Day "Universal Health Coverage: everyone, everywhere". World...

  • French Garfield beach phone mystery highlights plastic pollution

    French Garfield beach phone mystery highlights plastic pollution

    For more than 30 years bright orange "Garfield" phones have been washing up on the French coast to the bemusement of local beach cleaners, who have finally cracked the mystery behind them. Locals had long suspected a lost shipping container was to...

  • India fights to save its heritage havelis in the desert

    India fights to save its heritage havelis in the desert

    The resplendent mansions of Bikaner once hosted royalty and wealthy merchants passing through India's deserts with their caravans, but centuries later these bygone architectural masterpieces are crumbling. Made from distinctive red sandstone,...

  • Global life expectancy up 5.5 years since 2000: WHO

    Global life expectancy up 5.5 years since 2000: WHO

    Global life expectancy grew by 5.5 years between 2000 and 2016, the World Health Organisation said Thursday, warning though that unequal income and access to healthcare translates into far shorter lives for many. The UN health agency also stressed...

  • Japan probe blasts asteroid, seeking clues to life's origins

    Japan probe blasts asteroid, seeking clues to life's origins

    A Japanese probe on Friday launched an explosive device at an asteroid, aiming to blast a crater in the surface and scoop up material that could shed light on how the solar system evolved. The explosive mission is the riskiest yet attempted by the...

  • Enjoy the taste of Italian cuisine

    Enjoy the taste of Italian cuisine

    The second edition of the Italian Taste Food Fair, organised by the Italian Cuisine Academy, will be held at Is-Suq tal-Belt, Merchants Street, Valletta, tomorrow and Sunday from noon to 10pm. Around 30 exhibitors will be presenting their Italian...

  • Dogs in the classroom – coming to a school near you soon?

    Dogs in the classroom – coming to a school near you soon?

    When you think about your own school days, you might have had a furry friend to keep you company in the classroom – maybe a school hamster, rabbit or guinea pig. But what about a school dog? That’s what’s being suggested by the vice chancellor of...

  • Intuitive eating: a 'diet' that actually makes sense

    Intuitive eating: a 'diet' that actually makes sense

    Diets for weight loss usually involve restriction. The 5:2 diet relies on restricting calories, and the ketogenic diet relies on restricting particular types of food. Research suggests, however, that restrictive dieting can lead to a higher body...

  • How to survive high pollen counts

    How to survive high pollen counts

    Blooming spring flowers signal the beginning of spring, but for millions of people, they also signal the onset of the misery: allergy and asthma season. Itchy, watery eyes; sneezing, runny nose; cough and wheezing are triggered by an overreaction...