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  • Astra Theatre’s Nabucco performed to a packed auditorium

    Oct 25 • News • 0 Views

    Nabucco at the Astra Theatre was performed to a full auditorium on Thursday, and the audience were not...

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  • Roma draw at Sampdoria, Parma lose fifth game in row

    Oct 25 • News • 0 Views

    Roma, thumped 7-1 at home by Bayern Munich on Tuesday, pulled themselves together to secure a goalless draw at Sampdoria today while Parma sank to their fifth Serie A defeat in a row, losing 3-1 at home to Sassuolo. Parma are bottom with three points from eight games, a dramatic downturn from last season when they exceeded expectations by finishing sixth. Sassuolo, who had previously scored only four goals this term, managed two in the first 24 minutes when Sergio Floccari was left unmarked to head in and Francesco Acerbi touched the ball home from close range following a free kick. Saphir Taider effectively sealed Sassuolo's first league win of the season with a long-range strike after halftime before Antonio Cassano pulled one back for the shellshocked hosts. "We have lost seven times, I can't be happy. We will get out of this situation with work," Parma coach Roberto Donadoni told reporters. "We made it too easy for Sassuolo," added the former Italy boss. "We cannot afford to keep making errors and when we do make them it affects us psychologically." Roma, who pulled level on 19 points with leaders Juventus, failed to score for the first time this season but will have been...

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  • IS launch new attack on Kobani

    Oct 25 • News • 0 Views

    Fighters from the Islamic State group have launched a new offensive on the northern Syrian town of Kobani after shelling the area from their positions nearby, activists said. Heavy fighting took place in Kobani and a large number of mortar shells were fired into the town. Machine gun fire could be heard from inside the town where black smoke was billowing. The US Central Command said an airstrike destroyed an IS artillery piece near Kobani. This afternoon, warplanes of the US-led coalition could be heard flying over Kobani. Idriss Nassan, a senior official in Kobani, said the fighting concentrated on the southern and eastern edges of the town, also known as Ayn Arab. "They think they can enter the city and these are just dreams," said Nassan adding that IS fighters have not been able to take Kobani despite more than a month of attacks. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the fighting concentrated on the eastern side of the town, surrounded on three sides by Islamic State fighters. It added that IS fighters were spreading news in areas under their control that they will take Kobani on Saturday. IS launched its offensive on Kobani in mid-September and...

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  • Kurds protest in Valletta

    Oct 25 • News • 0 Views

    Members of the Kurdish community in Malta this afternoon protested against the genocidal war waged by Isis (The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant) in the Middle East. As they walked down Republic Street in Valletta carrying flags and posters they  chanted "Stop killing Kurdish People", "Isis go to hell" and "Turkey stop supporting Isis, Freedom for Kurdistan". They also thanked Europe and the US for helping Kurds. Some 300 Kurds are living in Malta.

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  • Hibs beat Birkirkara to go seven points clear

    Oct 25 • News • 0 Views

    Hibernians strengthened their grip on this year’s Premier League title race as they edged past Birkirkara 1-0 in front of a packed Hibs Stadium to go seven points clear at the top of the standings. The Paolites were off to a strong start and after only three minutes the woodwork denied them an opener when Clayton Failla’s cross-shot came off the bar before the Stripes cleared. But the Hibs struck in their next attempt on nine minutes. Jorginho outmuscled Nikola Vukanac before he teed up Luis Edison who drilled the ball past Birkirkara goalkeeper Justin Haber. Birkirkara tried to hit back and Zach Muscat burst clear on the right flank before sending a low cross that was somehow cleared by the Paolites defence with the ball falling to Ryan Scicluna who fired over from an inviting position. On 22 minutes, Edward Herrera made headway on the right flank before sending a dangerous cross towards Rafael Ledesma but the Stripes forward was anticipated by an excellent diving clearance from Andrei Agius. Birkirkara tried to raise their game on the restart and on 53 minutes Haruna tried his luck from the distance but his swerving drive was well blocked by Henry Bonello, the Hibs...

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  • Greens earn thrilling victory against Mosta

    Oct 25 • News • 0 Views

    FLORIANA 3 MOSTA 2 Floriana earned a late winner as the Greens dragged themselves back from two goals down to earn a thrilling victory against Mosta. Mosta dominated the first half and Adrian Borg and Manolito Micallef gave Enrico Piccioni a double lead before half-time. After the break, Matteo Picciollo, surprisingly left on the bench, turned the game on its head to inspire his side’s amazing revival, serving Vito Plut two assists to level before Mosta goalkeeper Borg’s mistake allowed Brooke Farrugia to complete the comeback. Mosta had the better of the early exchanges but their pressure hardly unsettled Floriana. In the 20th minute, the Brazilian midfielder delivered another curling cross from a left-wing free-kick which was headed in the net by Borg. Mosta’s second goal heaped the pressure on the stuttering Floriana. Their fragile was laid bare when Ekani strode clear from midfield before Manolito Micallef came in from behind to hit a low drive past Valerio Senatore. Soon after the change of ends, Piciollo enterprising on the left played an excellent cross that was headed in by Plut. Reinvigorated by Piciollo’s sharp movement, Floriana restored parity five minutes later...

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  • Italians protest over job reforms

    Oct 25 • News • 0 Views

    Hundreds of thousands of protesters have rallied in Rome to protest Prime Minister Matteo Renzi's plans for job reform. Two marches took place in the heart of the Italian capital, snarling traffic for hours. Protesters cheered CGIL union head Susanna Camusso when she promised more protests and strikes unless Mr Renzi abandons efforts to make it easier for employers to fire workers. The centre-left premier contends employers now fear hiring workers they cannot dismiss in case business sours. He said the measure would help heal Italy's recession-mired economy. Nationwide, unemployment tops more than 12 per cent. Nearly one of every two youths is unemployed, with many going abroad to find work.

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  • Innovative attractions to feature in Bethlehem f’Ghajnsielem 2014

    Oct 25 • News • 0 Views

    In order to enhance the visitor’s experience, the organising committee of Bethlehem f’Ghajnsielem having been discussing the exciting...

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  • THE HAS BEENS ARE NOW

    Oct 25 • News • 0 Views

    The Labour Party, currently governing the country, if that's what you can call not sticking to promises, not starting anything new, barely keeping the economy afloat and making sure your boys and girls get their plums, recently brought in Alastair Campbell to give itself a bit of reflected glory. You know, much in the same way it's been dazzling everyone with a couple of rock'n'roll parties to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of Independence, the tenth anniversary of joining the EU and then two other wholly artificial anniversaries of wholly unimportant events, it rolled out someone who... This article is part of our premium content. Full story is available on Times of Malta Premium.

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  • Qormi make Tarxien pay the penalty

    Oct 25 • News • 0 Views

    Qormi moved into fourth place in the Premier League with a scrappy win over a 10-man Tarxien side. The two goalkeepers were hardly tested in a dull first half and it was Qormi who mustered the first notable move of the game shy the half hour mark when Effiong raced into the box but pressed by Alessandro Lopes Pereira, he rolled the ball to the advancing Anderson Quatrochi Santos whose low drive produced a smart save from Sean Cini, the Tarxien goalkeeper. At the start of the second half, the ineffective Xerri made way for Luke Zahra as Mizzi tried to add some pace in defence. But his plans went out of the window just few moments later when goalkeeper Cini was shown a straight red card by referee Trustan Farrugia Cann for bringing down Temile. From the penalty spot, Effiong beat reserve goalkeeper Antonio Chetcuti, brought on at the expense of Farrugia. Despite their territorial supremacy, Qormi were finding it harder than expected to kill off a limited but lively Tarxien who, to their credit, tried to attack whenever they had possession. Past the hour, Effiong latching onto a pass from Chetcuti squared for Temile but the former Birkirkara player could not get a decent touch on...

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  • Less than half of Rolex Middle Sea Race participants finished race

    Oct 25 • News • 0 Views

    Photo: Martin Attard, DOI The overall winner of the Rolex Middle Sea Race, Malta's Lee Satariano, owner of Artie, was presented with his trophy by Tourism Minister Edward Zammit Louis during a ceremony at the Mediterranean Conference Centre. A total 122 boats set off from Grand Harbour last Saturday but just over 50 boats finished the race. The first days were slow with light winds, testing the patience and powers of concentration of the sailors and also giving them an opportunity to admire the scenery, spot a dolphin or two and pray for wind. Their prayers were answered shortly as the wind filled in from the northwest with a vengeance. Most of the fleet had to deal with gale force winds and huge waves and for those that sailed the course successfully, it was an exhilarating and adrenalin filled ride home as they battled to keep up the pace while maintaining the safety of the crew. Others were less fortunate and suffered damage and had to withdraw from the race.

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  • Pieta prevail in battle of newcomers

    Oct 25 • News • 0 Views

    Pieta Hotspurs bagged their second win in their last three matches when they edged past Zebbug Rangers 1-0 at Hibs Stadium. It was Zebbug who made the brighter start as after three minutes of play Yessous Camilleri connected to Carlo Monti’s corner-kick but his firm header came off the bar. On 22 minutes, Monti almost profited from a lack of communication between Orosco Anonam and David Cassar but the Scottish midfielder was denied by a timely intervention from the Hotspurs no.1. The Hotspurs finally threatened on 26 minutes when Jurgen Pisani’s cross picked Rafael Xavier whose dipping header finished just wide. On the restart, Pietà showed signs of improvement and on 52 minutes Kyle Cesare played in Anonam who fired just wide. On 64 minutes, Zebbug protested for a penalty when Monti fell under the challenge from Rodrigues but the referee waved play on. Pietà immediately charged forward with Rafael Xavier powering into the area before sending a dipping cross towards Jurgen Pisani who stabbed the ball home from close in. Zebbug substitute BojanMamic almost grabbed the leveller on 83 minutes when he connected to Mathias Mucchardi’s cross but his header was pushed away by...

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  • Update 2: Man City beaten at West Ham, Southampton win again

    Oct 25 • News • 0 Views

    West Ham United and Southampton maintained their unlikely but impressive starts to the season when the Hammers beat champions Manchester City 2-1 and Saints moved up to second with a 1-0 win over Stoke City. Chelsea, who visit Manchester United tomorrow, lead the Premier League title chase with 22 points from eight matches while Saints are second with 19 from nine games. Manchester City are third on 17 after losing at West Ham through goals from Morgan Amalfitano and Diafra Sakho. The champions could trail Chelsea by eight points on Sunday night if Jose Mourinho's men triumph at Old Trafford. Elsewhere, Arsenal won 2-0 at Sunderland, Liverpool were held to a goalless draw at home by Hull City, Swansea City defeated Leicester City 2-0 and West Bromwich Albion fought back from 2-0 down to draw 2-2 at home to Crystal Palace. West Ham did not have it easy against Manchester City who dominated possession but hit the bar twice through Yaya Toure and only scored once through David Silva. Frenchman Amalfitano put the Hammers ahead with a tap-in after a brilliant low spinning cross from Enner Valencia after 21 minutes. Senegalese Sakho became the first West Ham player to score in six...

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  • Updated: Saints climb to second as Hammers beat champions City

    Oct 25 • News • 0 Views

    Southampton beat Stoke City 1-0 and moved into second place while champions Manchester City slipped back to third after losing 2-1 at West Ham United in the Premier League. Chelsea, who play at Manchester United tomorrow, lead the title chase with 22 points from their eight matches, while Saints, who beat Stoke with Sadio Mane's eighth goal of the season, are second on 19 from nine games. City are third on 17 after losing at West Ham who won with goals from Morgan Amalfitano and Diafra Sakho. City pulled one back through David Silva. The Hammers are fourth on 16 points. Arsenal won for only the second time in eight league matches beating Sunderland 2-0 with Alexis Sanchez scoring twice but Liverpool's woes continued when they were held to a 0-0 draw at home by Hull City with Mario Balotelli missing an open goal with almost the last kick that would have won the match for the Reds. West Bromwich Albion came back from 2-0 down to draw 2-2 at home with Crystal Palace while Swansea City were playing Leicester City in the late match.

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  • Impressive West Ham see off champions Man City

    Oct 25 • News • 0 Views

    West Ham United maintained their impressive start to the season when they beat champions Manchester City 2-1 at Upton Park to consolidate their place in the top four of the Premier League. Manager Sam Allardyce described it as "a famous win" after Hammers beat City for the first time in five years for their third successive victory. The result was a blow for City who could be eight points behind leaders Chelsea if Jose Mourinho's men win at Manchester United tomorrow. The Hammers went ahead in the 21st minute when Morgan Amalfitano was left unmarked at the far post and reacted quickest to a low, spinning cross from Enner Valencia to stab the ball in from close range with goalkeeper Joe Hart stranded. They doubled their lead in the 75th minute when Diafra Sakho became the first West Ham player to score in six successive Premier League matches. He rose to head powerfully at the goal, and although Hart scooped the ball clear, the goal decision review system proved it had crossed the line and the score stood. But within two minutes City pulled one back with a superb individual strike from David Silva who jinked his way through the West Ham defence to curl home past Adrian. City...

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  • Two Maltese named among the world’s craziest people in politics

    Oct 25 • News • 0 Views

    What do Normal Lowell and Claudette Abela Baldacchino have in common? They have both been singled out as some of the 300 craziest politicians in the world, along with Kim Jong Un, Vladimir Putin, Boris Johnson, Nigel Farage and Alex Salmond. The Fat Boy with the Bomb and 299 of the World's Craziest Politicians is a book by American journalist Brian O'Connell, illustrated by British artist, Norm Chung. It will be published on November 5. It identifies the downright dangerous leaders, as well as the just plain stupid lawmakers from around the world. The Fat Boy with the Bomb and 299 of the World's Craziest Politicians profiles individuals from every corner of the world; 18 of the included politicians come from Africa, 70 from North Americas,19 from Central and South America, 47 from Asia, 16 Australasia as well as 80 from Western Europe and 43 from Eastern Europe. And all have a bespoke illustration by artist Norm Chung. “I'm not trying to shock,” says O'Connell. “Anyone can point a stick at the world's dictators, such as Equatorial New Guinea's 'President for Life' Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, where it’s reported in some precincts that he garners 103 per cent of the vote. “But...

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  • Two Maltese politicians named among the world’s craziest

    Oct 25 • News • 0 Views

    What do Normal Lowell and Claudette Abela Baldacchino have in common? They have both been singled out as some of the 300 craziest politicians in the world, along with Kim Jong Un, Vladimir Putin, Boris Johnson, Nigel Farage and Alex Salmond. The Fat Boy with the Bomb and 299 of the World's Craziest Politicians is a book by American journalist Brian O'Connell, illustrated by British artist, Norm Chung. It will be published on November 5. It identifies the downright dangerous leaders, as well as the just plain stupid lawmakers from around the world. The Fat Boy with the Bomb and 299 of the World's Craziest Politicians profiles individuals from every corner of the world; 18 of the included politicians come from Africa, 70 from North Americas,19 from Central and South America, 47 from Asia, 16 Australasia as well as 80 from Western Europe and 43 from Eastern Europe. And all have a bespoke illustration by artist Norm Chung. “I'm not trying to shock,” says O'Connell. “Anyone can point a stick at the world's dictators, such as Equatorial New Guinea's 'President for Life' Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, where it’s reported in some precincts that he garners 103 per cent of the vote. “But...

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  • Two Maltese politicians among the world’s craziest

    Oct 25 • News • 0 Views

    What do Normal Lowell and Claudette Abela Baldacchino have in common? They have both been singled out as some of the 300 craziest politicians in the world, along with Kim Jong Un, Vladimir Putin, Boris Johnson, Nigel Farage and Alex Salmond. The Fat Boy with the Bomb and 299 of the World's Craziest Politicians is a book by American journalist Brian O'Connell, illustrated by British artist, Norm Chung. It will be published on November 5. It identifies the downright dangerous leaders, as well as the just plain stupid lawmakers from around the world. The Fat Boy with the Bomb and 299 of the World's Craziest Politicians profiles individuals from every corner of the world; 18 of the included politicians come from Africa, 70 from North Americas,19 from Central and South America, 47 from Asia, 16 Australasia as well as 80 from Western Europe and 43 from Eastern Europe. And all have a bespoke illustration by artist Norm Chung. “I'm not trying to shock,” says O'Connell. “Anyone can point a stick at the world's dictators, such as Equatorial New Guinea's 'President for Life' Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, where it’s reported in some precincts that he garners 103 per cent of the vote. “But...

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  • ‘Youth Start-up Village’ held in Victoria as part of SME Week activities

    Oct 25 • News • 0 Views

    Young Business Entrepreneurs together with MEIB organised a ‘Youth Start-up Village’ on Saturday morning in Victoria, there was...

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  • Jum Ghawdex and the history behind it on this week’s Mill-Campus ta’ Ghawdex

    Oct 25 • News • 0 Views

    In the 4th programme Mill-Campus ta Ghawdex interviewed Dr.Alfred Grech – President Emeritus and a Member of Circolo...

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  • New medical simulation centre opened at Mater Dei Hospital

    Oct 25 • News • 0 Views

    Health care professionals including nurses, doctors and surgical trainees have a brand new simulation centre training facility at...

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  • Enemalta scheduled power suspension in Victoria on Sunday

    Oct 25 • News • 0 Views

    Enemalta has advised that due to scheduled maintenance works on the electricity grid in Gozo, there will be...

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  • Biting is appalling but harmless, says Suarez

    Oct 25 • News • 0 Views

    Biting opponents may be appalling but it is harmless and should not be punished as severely as a bad tackle, says controversial Barcelona striker Luis Suarez. The Uruguayan marksmen is set to make his long-awaited Barca debut in El Clasico at Real Madrid later on Saturday after completing a four-month ban for sinking his teeth into Italy defender Georgi Chiellini at the World Cup finals in Brazil. It was the third time that Suarez bit an opponent, with previous incidents at former clubs Ajax in 2010 and Liverpool in 2013 punished with seven and 10-match bans respectively. The 27-year-old said he was getting help to control his "impulse" to bite but in his new book "Crossing The Line: My Story", serialised in The Guardian newspaper on Saturday, he said that the offence should not receive severe punishment. "After my 10-match ban in 2013 for biting (Chelsea defender) Branislav Ivanovic (for Liverpool), I had questioned the double standards and how the fact that no one actually gets hurt is never taken into consideration," Suarez wrote. "The damage to the player is incomparable with that suffered by a horrendous challenge. Sometimes English football takes pride in having the lowest...

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  • Number of Ebola cases passes 10,000

    Oct 25 • News • 0 Views

    The World Health Organisation says the number of people believed to have Ebola has risen above 10,000. The UN health agency said the number of confirmed, probable and suspected cases has risen to 10,141. Of those, 4,922 people have died. The WHO has said repeatedly that even those high figures are probably an under-estimate as many people in the hardest-hit countries have been unable or too frightened to seek medical care. The Ebola outbreak in west Africa is the largest ever seen. It has particularly affected Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, but there have also been cases in three other west African countries, Spain and the US. Mali recorded its first case on Thursday. A shortage of labs capable of handling potentially infected blood samples has made it difficult to track the outbreak. For example, the latest numbers show no change in Liberia's case toll, suggesting the numbers may be lagging behind reality. On Thursday, authorities confirmed that the disease had spread to Mali, the sixth west African country affected, and on the same day a new case was confirmed in New York, in a doctor recently returned from Guinea. Mali had long been considered highly vulnerable to the...

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  • Church launches code of ethics for volunteers

    Oct 25 • News • 0 Views

    The church today launched a code of ethics for volunteers aimed at giving voluntary work to take a holistic approach encompassing both the volunteer as well as the beneficiaries of the various voluntary organisations within the Archdiocese of Malta. This code, which can be read in the pdf link below, was drawn up by the Diocesan Office for Voluntary Work. It is intended to help both the volunteer and the voluntary organisation. However, there could be instances where certain organisations might need to amend certain parts of it. Any such amendments could only be made with the prior written authorisation of the director of the Diocesan Office for Voluntary Work or his designate. The code was this morning presented to Auxiliary bishop Charles Scicluna during a seminar at the seminary.

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  • Heads you win

    Oct 25 • News • 0 Views

    The toss of a coin has decided the mayoral race in small town high in the Peruvian Andes after two candidates tied at the ballot box. Wilber Medina was chosen to be mayor of Pillpinto near the tourist centre of Cusco after he and his rival each garnered 236 votes in municipal elections this month. Peru's electoral law allows for tied races to be decided by a coin toss. The 40-year-old teacher said he will work to earn voters' trust. His rival, Jose Cornejo, accepted the result.

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  • €270,000 in EU funds allocated for a digital promotional campaign on Gozo

    Oct 25 • News • 0 Views

    The Parliamentary Secretariat for European Funds has announced that around €270,000 of EU Funds under the the European...

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  • Medical simulation centre inaugurated

    Oct 25 • News • 0 Views

    A new €450,000  medical simulation centre was inaugurated at Mater Dei Hospital. Health Parliamentary Secretary Chris Fearne said health care professionals including nurses, doctors and surgical trainees now had a brand new simulation centre to allow them to develop their medical and surgical techniques in a simulated environment. Ray Galea, head of post graduate medical training, said the centre was divided into two large areas over a total of 250 square metres and was training some 460  postgraduate and undergraduate doctors  in diagnostics and surgical procedures throughout the year.  Training procedures include adult medical specialities, chemical pathology, dermatology, orthopaedic, ophthalmology and paediatric surgery. The controlled training environment is aimed at imitating a real-life patient care setting. Parts are furnished with cameras to enable recording of training sessions, allowing trainee doctors to learn without jeopardising the welfare of patients.  It offers the latest medical simulation technology including two human patient simulators which blink, simulate breathing and mimic heartbeat, pulse and respiratory sounds. These are used for training on physical...

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  • Smelly comet

    Oct 25 • News • 0 Views

    Rotten eggs, horse urine, formaldehyde, bitter almonds, alcohol, vinegar and a hint of sweet ether. That heady bouquet, according to Swiss researchers, is the "perfume" of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. Scientists at the University of Bern said they have determined what the comet would smell like by analysing the chemicals in its coma, the fuzzy head surrounding the nucleus. For this, they used one of the instruments aboard the European spacecraft Rosetta that is preparing to drop a lander onto the comet's icy surface on November 12. Project leader Kathrin Altwegg, of the University of Bern, said the aroma will get stronger as 67P gets closer to the sun, causing it to release more gas and form the coma characteristic of comets.

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  • High number of Scopoli’s Shearwaters stranded: Appeal for less light pollution

    Oct 25 • News • 0 Views

    BirdLife Malta has today reported 17 cases of young Scopoli’s Shearwaters stranded inland due to the effects of...

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