Michael Blake will be hoping for an improved placing when he takes charge of the Irish showjumping team for his second outing as manager this weekend. His team started brilliantly but dwindled to a sixth-place finish two weeks back in the Nations Cup of America at Deeridge Farms in Wellington, Florida, near to where this second contest is being staged at Palm Beach International Equestrian Centre, also in Wellington.
Are we there yet? The halfway point of the general election campaign is kicking in this weekend. Yet a cursory examination of the ground traversed since the election was called on January 14 would suggest that in some respects things haven’t really got motoring.
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.
In world terms, Ireland is a nice, middle-class neighbourhood where most children, after an orthodontist’s efforts, have perfect teeth, where there are at least two newish cars outside every house and where a decent broadband lights up a battery of screens, almost one in every window.
Front Line Defenders has launched the ‘Set Them Free’ campaign to shine a light on the fate of 11 human rights defenders suffering long-term imprisonment for what the group has called "their legitimate work defending and advancing the rights of their communities".
The lives of asylum seekers are being put in danger in Tamaulipas state by the US government’s Migration Protection Protocol (MPP) and Mexico’s government lack of humanitarian assistance, the international medical organisation has warned.