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Olives pitting US against EU in global trade fight

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Olive farmers have found themselves at the centre of a global trade dispute A trade battle is leaving a bitter taste in the mouths of Spain’s olive growers. Tariffs levied against them by the US last year have cost the industry $27m (£20.8m) and are likely to have lasting effects on Spain’s olive-growing regions. Antonio De Mora, general-secretary for Spain’s Association of Table Olive Producers and Exporters (ASEMESA), says olive farming is a vital industry for Andalusia and nearby regions where there are few…

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Alexa Chung goes ‘off the grid’, Holland dresses ‘global citizen’ at London Fashion

LONDON (Reuters) – Model, presenter-turned-designer Alexa Chung went back in time for her second catwalk show in London on Saturday, showing a collection inspired by the idea of a group of women escaping to California’s Big Sur in the 1980s to go “off the grid”. Chung, a long-time darling of the British fashion industry with a Mulberry handbag named after her, turned to 1983, the year she was born, for the autumn/winter 2019 line presented on the second day of London Fashion Week. In a bunker-like setting with the odd…

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Global esports revenues to top $1 billion in 2019: report

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Global esports revenues will hit $1.1 billion in 2019, up 27 percent since last year amid ballooning revenues from advertising, sponsorship and media rights to competitive video gaming, a report said on Tuesday. FILE PHOTO: Players are pictured on video screen as they attend the PUBG Global Invitational 2018, the first official esports tournament for the computer game PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds in Berlin, Germany, July 26, 2018. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch/File Photo Brand investments through those three avenues will make up 82 percent – or $897 million – of…

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Can video consultations combat global doctor shortages?

Image copyright Lydia Campbell-Hill Image caption Dr Lydia Campbell-Hill says offering online consultations gave her more family time at home Would you be happy to see your doctor online? Growing numbers of patients seem to be attracted by the convenience. And doctors are also finding it useful as health services come under pressure from growing and ageing populations. Lydia Campbell-Hill, a 35-year-old doctor from Cornwall, England, says switching to online consultations has transformed her life. “As a ‘part-time’ GP [general practitioner] working three days a week, I was doing 39…

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Global insect decline may see ‘plague of pests’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Many species of butterfly are in retreat according to the review A scientific review of insect numbers suggests that 40% of species are undergoing “dramatic rates of decline” around the world. The study says that bees, ants and beetles are disappearing eight times faster than mammals, birds or reptiles. But researchers say that some species, such as houseflies and cockroaches, are likely to boom. The general insect decline is being caused by intensive agriculture, pesticides and climate change. Insects make up the majority of…

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Odd duckbilled sea reptile thrived after ancient global calamity

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – In shallow warm seas about 247 million years ago in what is now China, an oddball marine reptile flourished in the aftermath of Earth’s worst mass extinction, possessing a duckbilled snout and unusually small eyes that made it resemble a platypus. Artist’s impression of the Triassic Period marine reptileÊEretmorhipis carrolldongi, which evolved in a world devastated by the mass extinction event at the end of the Permian Period. Gianluca Danini/Handout via REUTERS Scientists on Thursday described fossils of the three-foot-long (one meter) creature, called Eretmorhipis carrolldongi, that…

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Antibiotic resistance plan to fight ‘urgent’ global threat

Image copyright Getty Images Superbugs are as big a threat as climate change, the health secretary will say as he unveils a new five-year plan to tackle antibiotic resistance. Overuse of antibiotics is making infections harder to treat and leading to thousands of deaths a year through drug-resistant superbugs. The government is planning to change the way it funds drug companies to encourage them develop new medicines. It is also increasing efforts to cut unnecessary use of the drugs. ‘An urgent global response’ The government’s plan aims to control and…

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Huawei chairman warns of end to global ‘partnerships’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Huawei chairman Liang Hua The chairman of Chinese tech giant Huawei has warned his company could withdraw from the US and the UK if it continues to face restrictions. Huawei has been under scrutiny by Western governments, which fear its products could be used for spying. Speaking at the World Economic Forum, in Davos, Mr Liang Hua said his firm might transfer technology to countries “where we are welcomed”. He also stressed that Huawei follows regulations wherever it operates. Huawei makes smartphones but is…

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Germany ‘considers ban on Huawei’ amid global backlash

Image copyright Getty Images Germany is considering ways to block Huawei from its next generation mobile phone network, according to reports. Berlin is exploring stricter security requirements which may prevent Huawei products being used in its 5G network. Many countries have pushed against the involvement of the Chinese technology firm in their 5G networks over security concerns. The networks represent the next big wave of mobile infrastructure. The Chinese company, one of the world’s biggest producers of telecoms equipment, has faced resistance from foreign governments over the risk that its…

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Take-Two, NBA extend global partnership

(Reuters) – Videogame publisher Take-Two Interactive Software Inc’s 2K label, the National Basketball Association (NBA) and the National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) on Tuesday announced a multi-year global partnership extension. The agreement allows Take-Two’s 2K studio to continue making its NBA 2K videogame franchise and other NBA-branded games, including smartphone apps. NBA 2K recently launched NBA 2K19 after setting a series record for NBA 2K18 with 10 million units sold. This year marks the 20th anniversary of the video game franchise. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. However, the…

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