Are avocados now toast, at least for the thoughtful eater? There was only ever one way for avocado adulation to go, and that was down. Just have a look at Instagram: avocado “roses”, avocado brownies, guacamole 100 ways, and avocado smoothie (again?) Even though the hipster diet deifies the avo as a staple, boredom with their ubiquity would surely have ushered in peak avocado in the fullness of time. But what seemed a crisis in the long term now presents as a clean-eating emergency here and now with urgent warnings that in Mexico, the unprecedented international appetite for this unique fruit is indirectly fuelling illegal deforestation and environmental degradation. Those oblivious to such things in far-flung places will no doubt carry on regardless. But what are those who view the avocado as a basic food group supposed to do? The problem is created by the fact that it’s now theoretically more profitable for Mexican farmers to grow avocados than most other crops. So … [Read more...] about Can hipsters stomach the unpalatable truth about avocado toast?
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Eight staccato shots from a handgun fire into the air above an open coffin laid on the grass in a suburban garden. The dead man's face is plainly visible. A tall, masked figure wearing paramilitary black stands behind him. As the last shot rings out, another man wearing a business suit applauds. The gunman remains hidden in the menacing video filmed a few weeks ago. Only his hand, wearing a blue latex glove to conceal his fingerprints, can be seen as he pulls the trigger. Despite the noble ambitions of the 1998 Good Friday Agreement, it has become clear that parts of Northern Ireland remain bitterly and perilously divided, writes SUE REID. Above: Petrol bombs are thrown at the police on the night of journalist Lyra McKee's murder in April But that is not the most shocking aspect of this sinister scene. Just a few feet from the coffin is a group of children, two of them only seven or eight years old. They are solemnly watching the send-off of a convicted Irish Republican Army … [Read more...] about IRA’s new reign of terror: Hero worship of its old ‘warriors’, recruitment of a new teenage army, and sinister echoes of the Troubles’ darkest days — SUE REID reports on a worsening situation worlds away from Boris Johnson’s glad-handing in Dublin
British firms selling into Northern Ireland will be hit with a barrage of red tape and higher costs under Boris Johnson's Brexit deal, government documents confirm. Analysis slipped online late tonight confirms British firms will have to fill out at least two customs forms for goods traded west across the Irish Sea. This will lead to "additional administrative costs" on goods moving from east to west - estimated at around £15 to £56 per customs declaration. Separately firms will also face fees of at least 55 Euros (£47) at border inspection posts when sending "products of animal origin" from Britain to Northern Ireland. In other developments the government admitted the deal itself will cost £167m a year; other costs simply couldn't be worked out due to a lack of data; and a new public body will cost millions of pounds per year. The revelations - contained in a 69-page impact assessment of Boris Johnson's Withdrawal Agreement Bill - is likely to enrage his allies in … [Read more...] about Barrage of Brexit red tape exposed for British firms selling to Northern Ireland
Venezuela's military on Thursday arrested former Oil Minister Eulogio del Pino and ex-chief of state oil company PDVSA Nelson Martinez days after they were sacked from their jobs by President Nicolas Maduro. Venezuela's chief prosecutor said the arrests were part of an operation targeting 16 people, including some who were "outside of the country." Read more: Could there be a Venezuelan refugee crisis? "We're talking about the dismantling of a cartel of organized crime that had taken over PDVSA," said Attorney General Tarek William Saab. Del Pino and Martinez are the highest-ranking officials to be swept up in an anti-corruption purge at the state oil giant. Both men were accused of graft and attempting to sabotage the country's energy industry. Venezuelan authorities last week arrested six executives of PDVSA's US-based subsidiary Citgo on suspicions that they signed contracts to refinance billions of dollars in debt without receiving prior approval from the government. Nicolas … [Read more...] about Venezuela arrests ex-oil bosses for sabotage attempt and corruption
Icelandic public broadcaster RUV will be fined because the band it entered at the Eurovision Song Contest displayed scarves with Palestinian flags at the contest in Israel. Read more: Opinion: Should the Eurovision Song Contest be politicized? Icelandic band Hatari held up the Palestinian colors when the final results were being announced at the contest, which was held in Tel Aviv. The European Broadcasting Union said the act violated the competition's ban on political statements. They did not mention the size of the fine. Hatari is an anti-capitalist, sadomasochistic, techno-dystopian performance art collective that carries a political message, according to the description of the band on the Eurovision website. "Hatari is a political, multimedia project that aims to take the lid off the relentless, unfolding scam that is everyday life," the description reads. During the 2019 Eurovision, Madonna also courted controversy when her dancers carried Israeli and Palestinian flags … [Read more...] about Icelandic broadcaster fined for Hatari’s pro-Palestinian protest at Eurovision