CRH chairman Richie Boucher at the company’s agm at the Royal Marine hotel, Dún Laoghaire, in 2018. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Richie Boucher, a veteran of some acrimonious annual general meetings (agms) during his time as chief executive of Bank of Ireland, has been able to m(...)

 A survey by Miriam Schwartz-Zivand found that in 32 per cent of meetings, shareholders weren’t able to submit questions at all. Photograph: iStock

For the boards of public companies, one of the upsides of the coronavirus pandemic has been their ability to move to virtual annual general meetings ((...)

Lab technicians load filled vials of remdesivir at a Gilead Sciences facility in La Verne, California.  Photograph: Gilead Sciences Inc/Reuters

After a series of setbacks because of disappointing outcomes in smaller drug trials, the Ebola drug remdesivir has re-emerged as the antiviral treatme(...)

Yoav Negev, and Boaz Langford, researchers at the Israel Cave Research Center of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, examine salt stalactites hanging from the ceiling in the Malham Cave at the Dead Sea in Israel. Photograph: AP Photo/Ariel Schalit

Israeli researchers say they have discovered the world’s longest salt cave near the desert site where, according to the Bible, Lot’s wife was turned (...)

Yvonne Cahalane with Tristan Forde (3) and his brother Oscar (5) at home in Dunmanway, Co Cork.  Photograph: Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

The last two Decembers have been the best and worst of times for Yvonne Cahalane and her husband John Forde. In December 2015, she set out with their(...)

“As artificial intelligence outperforms humans in more and more tasks, it will replace humans in more and more jobs.”

Like all good economists, John Maynard Keynes was better at predicting the past than the future. Writing in Economic Possibilities for Our Grandchildr(...)

Marina Ratner proved her most influential theorem after she turned 50

Marina Ratner, an influential mathematician and Russian-Jewish émigré who defied the notion that the best and the brightest in her field do their fine(...)

Dr Hagai Levine, from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, who co-led the research, said the  study “is an urgent wake-up call for researchers and health authorities around the world to investigate the causes of the sharp ongoing drop in sperm count, with the goal of prevention.” Photograph: Hebrew University/PA

Sperm counts of Western men are in a “shocking” downward spiral that poses a potential threat to fertility in industrialised countries, a major study (...)

Israel’s prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu addresses the plenum at Israel’s parliament in Jerusalem. Photograph: Ronen Zvulun/Reuters

Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu is struggling to form a stable coalition before Wednesday’s deadline after the surprise decision of a former(...)

A Michael Jackson triple-signed radio licensed by MJJ Production, Inc, in 1984. His estate has become extremely  lucrative - it made $250 million by extending the singer’s contract with Sony Corp., and more than $260 million from This Is It, a film cobbled together from footage of Jackson rehearsing for a series of concerts canceled in the wake of his death. (Photograph: EPA/MICHAEL NELSON)

Elvis Presley boasts 12.4 million “likes” on Facebook and 187,000 followers on Twitter and recently released a duet with Barbra Streisand. Never mind (...)

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