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  • How renting could affect your health - and not for the better

    How renting could affect your health - and not for the better

    Our homes play a number of vital roles in our lives. They are where we rest, spend time with friends and family, and can be most ourselves. Given this central role it is not surprising that researchers have found a number of important...

  • Brexit: changing the Good Friday Agreement is 'a dangerous idea'

    Brexit: changing the Good Friday Agreement is 'a dangerous idea'

    Northern Ireland has not been free from violence since the Good Friday Agreement was signed in 1998, but a recent car bomb attack in Derry was the “most significant” in years, according to the police. No one was hurt in the incident, but it was an...

  • Physiotherapy works better when you believe it will help you

    Physiotherapy works better when you believe it will help you

    People with shoulder pain who expect physiotherapy to help them are likely to have a better recovery than those who expect only minimal or no improvement, according to our latest study. We also found that people are likely to have a better...

  • Gen Z has real power to influence business on climate change

    Gen Z has real power to influence business on climate change

    The time for action is now this is the mantra being taken up by Generation Z across the world. Already this year, thousands of high school students across the world have skipped school to protest their governments’ inaction on climate change. The...

  • Grim winter ahead for refugees living in limbo on Greek island

    Grim winter ahead for refugees living in limbo on Greek island

    As winter took its toll in January on the Aegean island of Samos, the refugee population stuck there have held peaceful protests against their conditions. But tensions are rising. The weather on Samos, a Greek island off the Turkish coast, is...

  • Gym break won't mean you 'lose it' when it comes to muscles

    Gym break won't mean you 'lose it' when it comes to muscles

    Our muscles grow as a result of regular exercise and can waste away when not frequently or strenuously used, leading to the popular maxim: “Use it or lose it.” But a new review of what we know about muscles during periods of regular exercise or...

  • 5G: what will it offer and why does it matter?

    5G: what will it offer and why does it matter?

    Never in the history of the mobile phone has there been so much hype about a new technology ahead of its launch than there is with 5G. It seems that the mobile phone operators, handset manufacturers and equipment vendors are locked into a massive...

  • 'Maths dyslexia': why so many children struggle with numbers

    'Maths dyslexia': why so many children struggle with numbers

    You’ve probably heard of dyslexia, but have you heard of dyscalculia before? Maybe not, given that children with dyscalculia – or mathematical learning difficulties – are less likely to be diagnosed. In fact, research shows that children with...

  • Miège’s description of prisons in early British Malta

    Miège’s description of prisons  in early British Malta

    In 1840, Dominique Miège, who had served as the resident French consul in Malta between 1827 and 1931, published L’Istoire de Malthe. The title of the book is a misnomer as it deals with more than just Maltese history. The extensive 240-page book...

  • A delightful experience

    A delightful experience

    Taro at The VillaThe VillaBallutaTel: 2311 2273 Food: 7/10Service: 9/10Ambience: 10/10Value: 8/10Overall: 8.5/10 Among the most awkward aspects of writing about food is the expectation it places on friends when they’re feeding me. I try to insist...

  • Baking in winter

    Baking in winter

    Butterscotch Blondies Ingredients (for 20cm x 20cm tin (16 pieces) 160g unsalted butter340g soft light brown sugar1 tsp vanilla extract2 x 59g extra large eggs300g plain flour2 tsp baking powder⅛ tsp salt50g roughly chopped pecans80g white...

  • Alleviating the suffering of hundreds of lepers

    Alleviating the suffering of hundreds of lepers

    Leprosy is often considered a disease of the past. Most probably, this notion stems from the fact that many of us heard about leprosy for the first time through readings from the Bible, in which it is mentioned more than 40 times. Leprosy, in...

  • Renunciation and riches

    Renunciation and riches

    Peter Serracino Inglott (edited by Petra Caruana Dingli): Adeodata Pisani: A Mystic Nun in Mdina. St Peter’s Monastery, Mdina, 2018. On May 9, 2001, during his second visit to Malta, Pope John Paul II beatified Adeodata Pisani. It had been a long...

  • Meningitis – everything you need to know

    Meningitis – everything you need to know

    Winter brings with it a rise in many infectious diseases. During the peak of the influenza season, we also had two reported cases of meningitis. Every year around 11 local cases of bacterial meningitis are reported. Meningitis is an inflammation...

  • What my clothes have taught me in the last 32 years 

    What my clothes have taught me in the last 32 years 

    It will be my birthday when you read this and I will officially be one year younger than Jesus was when he was crucified. It’s funny how time flies: my father always says that it takes forever to reach 18 but after that the years zoom by and as...

  • Cholesterol, fat and sugar

    Cholesterol, fat and sugar

    The medical anecdote below is a suitable introduction and eye-opener to understanding how difficult it can be, and how long it can take, to alter the conventional wisdom in medicine. Don’t discard it as irrelevant to the title of this two-part...

  • Ye blessed land of stairs

    Ye blessed land of stairs

    Charles Paul Azzopardi & Conrad Thake: Staircases of MaltaKite Publications, 2018 Byron’s description of the bane of Valletta is probably a refrain tourist guides recite several times a day. It is not, however, something I would have understood...

  • Bupa Malta’s first awards to recognise outstanding contribution to health

    Bupa Malta’s first awards to recognise outstanding contribution to health

    GlobalCapital Health Insurance is organising its first Bupa Malta awards to recognise the outstanding contribution of Maltese in the health sector. The three awards, which will celebrate the work of those who have contributed to health research,...

  • Eventful festive season for Gaulitanus Choir

    Eventful festive season for Gaulitanus Choir

    For Gozo’s Gaulitanus Choir, the past festive season was quite busy, with three concert tours abroad. Still, the choir ensured that it played its part in adding colour to the local scene with an intensive programme of events.  Its first commitment...

  • Planting for the future

    Planting for the future

    Staff and management of Arrigo Group carried out a tree-planting exercise for the benefit of the environment and to remember two very special employees who passed away. Trees were planted for each employee, including two which were planted in...