Sunday Morning: Return to eternal summer inside the humid tropical forest of the Biod™me, a glass-roofed nature preserve containing multiple ecosystems. You might glimpse iguanas, frogs, bats, snakes, sloths and other exotic creatures as you wend your way among the dense vegetation, streams and stone caverns. Photograph: Robert Wright / The New York Times
Weekend in . . . Montreal
  • Travel
  • November 28, 2015, 04:00

W inter is right around the corner, and when the going gets cold – like -17 degrees cold – Montrealers get resourceful. Some dodge Canadian win(...)

Drink-driving: The courts service said the number of summonses requested, printed and issued does not compare in any way to the numbers heard or decided upon. Photograph: Getty Images

The Irish Courts Service has refuted figures that the conviction rates for drink-driving cases are just 40 per cent over the past 2½ years. It (...)

Australia’s scrum coach Mario Ledesma takes part in a team training session in Teddington, south west London. Photograph: Martin Bureau/AFP/Getty

In the end, this week’s public silence proved deafening. “I had no idea what he was doing, I just push on the side, mate.” That’s the point. Even Mich(...)

Road Safety Authority figures show there were 521 drivers disqualified at the time they received convictions for dangerous driving causing serious injury or death in the period January 2013 to March 2015. File photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

More than 500 disqualified drivers were involved in collisions causing serious injury or death in recent years, new figures show. Campaigners s(...)

 Many drivers have also been able to avoid penalty points in court by making contributions to the poor box, despite a High Court ruling stating the practice was “incorrect”.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne

More than 10,000 drivers who have been summonsed to court for using mobile phones while driving have escaped conviction, new figures show. Road safety(...)

Drivers are currently required to pay a fixed-charge notice for penalty points within 28 days . Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Government plans to close a loophole that allows tens of thousands of people to escape conviction for penalty points offences are unlikely to be in(...)

A Garda operates a speed camera: Almost 150,000 drivers who were ordered to appear in court over the past two years were not convicted

Four out of five drivers summonsed to court over penalty points offences are escaping conviction, new figures show. Almost 150,000 drivers who were o(...)

Tommy Broughan: Documents show more than 1,500 drivers avoided penalty points between 2014 and May 2015 after they made a poor box donation. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Hundreds of drivers are continuing to avoid penalty points in court by making a contribution to the poor box despite a High Court ruling last year (...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny with Centre Parcs UK chief executive Martin Dalby in Newcastle Woods during the announcement in April of 1,000 jobs for Co Longford with plans for a new Center Parcs in Ballymahon. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Leisure giant Center Parcs is to unveil a scale model of its proposed Irish development in Ballymahon, Co Longford next month. The €200 million Cent(...)

Mountain biking is just one of a growing number of activities that are making the Alps a year-round destination. Photograph: Jean-Baptiste Bieuville/Portes Du Soleil

It is counterintuitive to point a bicycle down a mountain and under no circumstances apply the brakes. But our instructor is three times women’s wo(...)