Music duo Daft Punk quits after three decades

Music duo Daft Punk quits after three decades

Parisian electronic music duo Daft Punk have apparently announced they are calling it quits after almost three decades. Pitchfork reports that, asked if the duo were finished, their longtime publicist Kathryn Frazier confirmed the news. No reason has been given for the split.
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A Morning at Villa Frere Art Exhibition

A Morning at Villa Frere Art Exhibition

On the morning of Saturday 6th April 2019, Gallery 23 organised a gathering of nine of Malta’s most reputable artists within the verdant grounds of Villa Frere – the former estate of diplomat, classicist and philanthropist John Hookham Frere. In celebration of this 19th century architectural gem, each artist was encouraged to create their own painted, sketched or drawn interpretation of the Villa’s unique synthesis of architecture and landscape, each to be showcased at a dedicated group exhibition in Gallery 23’s elegant new space for art. Following an inspired morning within the Villa’s lush grounds, Catherine Cavallo, Andrew Borg, Debbie…
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Loneliness – Is there a way to deal with it?

Loneliness – Is there a way to deal with it?

Loneliness. Solitude. Being Alone. These words bring different images and feelings, to different people, at different times in their life. In this contribution, Life Coach and Strategist Antoinette Camilleri provides her thoughts and insight on the matter. After a breakup, or divorce, solitude can be a heartbreaking physical pain. After an abusive relationship, it may be just what you need. For a mother who cannot even have a proper shower in peace; being alone for ten minutes, is like Christmas. For introverts, solitude is the way to recharge their batteries. For an extrovert, it is a type of death. We…
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Convergence – Home coming expressionist artist James Vella Clark’s art exhibition inaugurated

Convergence – Home coming expressionist artist James Vella Clark’s art exhibition inaugurated

After 11 years since his last major exhibition, expressionist artist James Vella Clark will be hosting CONVERGENCE, a collection of 40 abstract works at Palazzo de La Salle in Valletta. The exhibition, which was inaugurated on 1st February, will remain open till the 28th of February and is the artist’s first all-abstract solo exhibition. The artist describes this exhibition as a sort of homecoming for him. Ironically, Palazzo de la Salle is where he started his first art lessons at six years of age and today, the artist resides next door to this venue. “I am delighted that I am…
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The number of women dying from breast cancer will begin rising for the first time in decades due to unhealthy living, a new report predicts

Following decades of survival progress, the rising incidence of breast cancer is set to see the total number of UK women dying from the disease begin rising again within four years. The Telegraph reports:  By 2022, three decades’ of progress cutting the death toll in Britain will be in reverse, despite improvements in medical science, experts have said. Breast Cancer Now, which led the new research, said that while modern medicine means an individual woman’s chance of beating cancer is getting better, more are developing the disease in the first place due in part to preventable lifestyle factors. This is threatening…
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Use self-talk to move away from the mirror and back to living your life

Use self-talk to move away from the mirror and back to living your life

It’s easy to get the message from our culture that the most important thing your body should be is sexy. In addition to making us obsessed with the newest beauty product or diet craze, that message distracts from the fact that our bodies have much more important things to do than look good.  Our bodies are for doing things. They move us around in the world. They help us communicate and create. Even if you face significant bodily pain or disability, your body still gives you gifts every day. Your arms might hug a loved one. Your eyes might appreciate the colors…
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High-protein diets result in a 49% greater risk of heart failure

High-protein diets result in a 49% greater risk of heart failure

The Guardian reports how despite the fact that for the past two decades, the benefits of high-protein nutritional regimes have been relentlessly marketed to the general public, largely through the booming diet, fitness and protein supplement industries scientific research has suggested it is harmful for one's health. The Guardian reports that adding to the mound of evidence, a recently published study by researchers at the University of Eastern Finland, who tracked 2,400 middle-aged men over the course of 22 years, reported that a high-protein diet resulted in a 49% greater risk of heart failure. Many large, long-term population studies have also found that people…
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Monday’s morning briefing – 4th June

Monday’s morning briefing – 4th June

Good morning It might be cloudy, and despite the early hours, its 21degrees. The heat intends to persist as the temperature in Malta is expected to reach the 30degree mark. On Maltese newspapers we read that the Office of the Prime Minister has played down fears of a migrant influx following the news that Matteo Salvini, who is notoriously anti-migration, has been appointed as Interior Minister in Italy (Malta Independent). L-Orizzont  carries the points made by Prime Minister Muscat during a radio interview yesterday, which coincided with the Labour Party's first anniversary since being confirmed in power last year. Sociologist Godfrey Baldacchino reports…
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Good news for hair loss concerns

Scientists may have accidentally stumbled onto a cure for male pattern baldness. A drug initially developed for treat osteoporosis – brittle bone disease – has shown impressive effects on hair follicles donated by men with pattern baldness. WAY-316606 causes hair to grow by 2mm in just six days – a third longer than it normally would. The drug designed by the University of Manchester, targets a protein that slows down hair growth and is a main player in hair loss. “The fact this new agent, which had never even been considered in a hair loss context, promotes human hair growth…
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Alcohol – New study shows that we need to drop the drop

New research, which covers almost 600,000 participants indicates that possibly, the acceptable health-related drinking threshold is lower than we think and we were told. A new scientific research examined a combined analysis of individual-participant data for 599 912 current drinkers in 83 prospective studies. Alcohol consumption guidelines vary substantially across the globe. In the USA, for example, an upper limit of 196 g per week (about 11 standard UK glasses of wine or pints of beer per week) is recommended for men, and an upper limit of 98 g per week is recommended for women. Similar recommendations apply in Canada and Sweden. By…
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What are the sunglasses styles to expect this year

The heat is on. The sun is bright. The sunglasses (or shades) are more than just a fashion ornament. However one can't remove the fashionable aspect from it. Italian news agency ANSA reports about the current trends we should expect in the coming weeks and month.  Glamorous designer glasses reminiscent of the 1950s and 1980s are currently the vogue, a nod back towards iconic models of the past in super-light, hi-tech materials such as acetates and titanium. The main trend for all brands seems to be to use more materials to make the frames. Thus, the classic acetate is combined…
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Now that you’re 40…or almost there, how can we embrace the normal health related frustrations

How many times we heard that it's time to start taking better care of ourself to ensure that one get through another 40-plus years. But the 40th birthday also brings with it a number of realisations. One may be starting to feel some mid-life changes in your health. Perhaps having trouble sleeping. How many times you have to increase the font size while you type emails (or use your smart phone) because you're straining to see the text. You might easily get frustrated about this. The Readers' Digest health experts suggest that we should embrace this life change and start making some changes…
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The LED ‘Blue Light’ linked to prostate and breast cancer

Everyday devices like cell phones, computer screens, and even street lamps emit blue light, which research shows disrupts our circadian rhythms and confuses the body about when it’s time for sleep. Apart from that, a study led by the Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal) and involving the University of Exeter found that participants living in large cities with heavy exposure to blue lights at night had double the risk of prostate cancer and 1.5 times higher risk of breast cancer. This was compared to populations with less exposure to blue light. Older lighting schemes emit a glow within the “orange” spectrum,…
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