Yantian in Shenzhen, the world’s fourth busiest port. Satellite images taken of the port over the summer showed a backlog of containers at the port so big it could be seen from space. Photograph: STR/AFP/Getty Images

Irish retailers are struggling to secure Christmas stock as Covid, Brexit and freight costs play havoc with supply chains. Consumers can expect sho(...)

Covid-19: Healthcare professionals and the public are all confused about coronavirus terms

Politicians facing the spread of coronavirus, which causes Covid-19, lay claim to “following the science”, conferring a Rosetta Stone-like qualit(...)

The company expects to invest £500 million per year by 2021 to develop purpose-built student accommodation in the UK and Ireland. Photograph: iStock

US-based CA Ventures is to invest millions of euro in developing student accommodation in Ireland, with plans for more than 500 beds in Dublin and Bel(...)

Public offices were reportedly been shut down in Ehtiopia to allow civil servants to take part in the tree planting. Photograph: Office of the prime minister of Ethiopia

About 350 million trees have been planted in a single day in Ethiopia, according to a government minister. The planting is part of a national “green (...)

“There is little evidence that popular remedies, such as echinacea and vitamin C, can prevent or treat a cold”, says Prof  van Driel

1. Look after yourself Studies have suggested that being active can help prevent respiratory infections, but cutting out smoking, reducing alcohol in(...)

In Austria, Switzerland and Belgium, fees are usually less than €1,000 a year, while they are mostly free in Scotland, Sweden and Germany.

Almost 1,500 third-level students from Ireland in receipt of State-funded grants are studying in colleges abroad. Under the Department of Education’s(...)

David Anderson (@Dandelion933): “I liked her and I was very, very shy and I regret that now.”

Dear Aoife,You were in Scotland this week, Aoife, you and three of your pals.You were in Edinburgh. I don’t know why, but from what I do know, you had(...)

A worker at a distillery in Islay takes a whisky sample. It is hoped that waste products from the distilling process could be used to mass-produce butanol. Photograph: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

The fast-flowing narrows between the isles of Islay and Jura, off the Scottish mainland, are home, according to local lore, to very big prawns. Their (...)