A court has sentenced a woman to four months in prison over the deaths of about 2 million bees in a bungled pest control operation.
Joanna S. (full name withheld under Polish privacy laws) was hired by local authorities in Biecz, southern Poland, following flooding in the region in 2010.
She was assigned with the job of culling the mosquito population, after a sharp rise in numbers of the insects in connection with the floods. …(Read more)
Its frisky four strings are the sound of Elvis’s “Blue Hawaii,” of Tiny Tim tiptoeing through the tulips and lately, beyond all reason, of a popular “Bohemian Rhapsody” cover.
Above all, the humble ukulele — dubbed “the underdog of all instruments” by virtuoso Jake Shimabukuro who busted out his rendition of the aforementioned Queen classic in a recent performance — sounds like Hawaii. …(Read more)
The Garden Island
According to the preliminary results from Statistics Iceland for 2013, the total production value of Iceland’s agricultural sector increased by 4.3 percent and was ISK 61.5 billion (USD 535 million, EUR 393 million) at basic prices. Intermediate consumption is estimated to have increased by 4.7 percent, to ISK 44.2 billion, (USD 365 million, EUR 270 million). …(Read more)
Italian luxury company Prada on Wednesday said sales rose 9.0 percent to €3.856 billion in its latest financial year thanks to sales in the Asia-Pacific region and North America.
Chief executive Patrizio Bertelli said the result for the 2013-2014 year, which ended in January, was the group’s fourth consecutive year of “strong growth”. …(Read more)
Relations between France and the US may never have been better but the same cannot be said when it comes to French journalists and White House staff, who became annoyed at the Gallic reporters taking “selfies” in the White House. See images below. …(Read more)
Uruguay and Brazil could be prepared to go ahead with a ‘two speed’ trade negotiations between Mercosur and the European Union if the Argentine tariff proposal is not as ambitious as that from the rest of its members, according to Uruguayan diplomatic sources. …(Read more)
Bhutan: Czech delegation in Bhutan
Small-scale hydropower and civil aviation are the top priority in strengthening bilateral relations between the government and the government of Czech Republic.
To explore avenues for economic cooperation, developmental aid and cultural exchange, among others, a Czech Republic delegation, led by the deputy foreign minister, Tomas Dub, is in the country on a five–day visit. …(Read more)
*Image of bees via Shutterstock.