FIFA have called for the Euro 2020 play-offs to be postponed and also said that, in light of the coronavirus crisis, rules which normally oblige clubs to release players for national team matches will not apply for the upcoming international windows in March/April.
It is too early to gauge the full economic and trade effects of the coronavirus outbreak, however, a number of global agencies have come out with their estimates of the likely damage to international trade and various economies across the globe.
A paper published in Current Biology examines the extinction of a colourful little bird which, until recently, thrived in the eastern US. With the appalling environmental catastrophe enveloping Australia, home to 56 of the world’s 370 parrot species, this account of the Carolina parakeet’s demise is timely.
It came as quite a surprise to learn that I had been writing my Weekend column in the Irish Examiner for 21 years — how the years have flown by and how the food scene has changed in Ireland over those two decades.
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.
Eight novels from Ireland are among 156 books nominated by libraries around the world for the 2020 International Dublin Literary Award. The €100,000 award is the world’s most valuable prize for a single work of fiction published in English.