The worst outbreak of desert locusts in decades is currently underway in the Horn of Africa. It is the biggest of its kind in 25 years for Ethiopia and Somalia – and the worst Kenya has seen for 70 years. Pakistan is also affected.
The farmer who dropped by to give unasked-for advice to my friend and his wife clearing their newly bought quarter of an acre of long, abandoned terraces on a steep slope on the island of La Gomera in the Canaries was unequivocal: “Cut it down!”
Tullow Oil’s acting chief has said the company is open to takeover offers in light of its shares plummeting by nearly 72% on it cutting its production outlook, suspending dividend payments, and parting company with its CEO and exploration director.
Tullow Oil shares plummeted by more than 27% to a 21-year low after the Irish-founded exploration company said production from flagship projects in Ghana has disappointed and that it will reassess the commercial viability of recent discoveries made in South America.
Facebook moderators, who claim their mental and physical health has suffered because of the graphic content they have had to view as part of their work, are to take personal injury claims against the social giant through the Irish courts.
Twenty-five years ago, this week, football in Ireland was on a high with the men’s national team having just returned from its second FIFA World Cup. In contrast, our rugby union team was in the middle of one of its poorest decades in history, never finishing outside the bottom two of the then Five Nations.
African swine fever in China has become a major world food markets event, with the Chinese loss in pork production now estimated at nearly 30%, larger than the US annual pork production, or equivalent to the EU’s annual pork supply.