Lauren Taylor, features editor at Press Association, asks why the Miss World beauty pageant still exists in this day and age and whether it’s doing more harm than it looks. 


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A macaw stands in the window ledge of apartment, waiting to be fed by the apartment owner, in Caracas, Venezuela. Caracas’ signature bird is the blue-and-yellow macaw, one of four such species that inhabit the valley. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)



Man to spend Christmas in jail over unpaid hotel bills

The man who treated himself to a Christmas holiday at the five-star Hayfield Manor and leaving without paying his bill of over €3,000 and similar offences totalling €3,000 at two other Cork hotels and a guesthouse over the holiday period last year will spend this Christmas behind bars.


Not to rain on the parade, but even revolutionaries have to pay their way

It is at the moment of reform that an enfeebled state is most vulnerable. 



As expansion continues, US revenue capacity nears $700m

Greencore’s first production facility on the west coast of the US could nudge overall long-term annual revenue capability from its American operations up to almost $700 million (€563m).

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