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Extinction: Elephants driven to the brink by poaching

Extinction: Elephants driven to the brink by poaching

Science
Frank AF PetersensThe ivory trade, loss of vital habitat and a deeper understanding of elephant biology have all combined to reveal a previously underestimated threat to Africa's elephants. African forest elephants are now critically endangered, an update from the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) reveals. Savanna elephants are also endangered. And "declines over decades" have driven the species into the two highest categories of extinction threat. African elephants were previously assessed as one species on the IUCN's Red List.Genetic evidence showed them to be two distinct species more than a decade ago.But accurate assessments - of populations, trends in their numbers and the threats they face - take many years. Elephants counted from space for conservation Ivory...
ASOS on brink of sealing TopShop and Miss Selfridge takeover

ASOS on brink of sealing TopShop and Miss Selfridge takeover

Business
ASOS is this weekend on the brink of capping one of the most tumultuous months in the history of the British high street by sealing a deal worth nearly £300m to buy TopShop and Miss Selfridge.Sky News understands that the online fashion retailer hopes to sign an agreement with Arcadia Group's administrators ahead of a stock exchange announcement that could come as soon as Monday morning. Sources said on Saturday that the takeover of TopShop would cost ASOS approximately £250m, with the cost of stock adding roughly £40m to the purchase price.ASOS confirmed a Sky News report this week that it had become the frontrunner to buy the crown jewels in Sir Philip Green's former empire, which crashed into administration in November.By taking over TopShop, ASOS - which was founded under the name As S...
Topshop owner Arcadia on brink of collapse

Topshop owner Arcadia on brink of collapse

Business
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250,000 London hospitality jobs on brink, Khan warned

250,000 London hospitality jobs on brink, Khan warned

Business
A quarter of a million hospitality jobs are at risk from additional coronavirus restrictions imposed on London from this weekend, the mayor of London has been warned by an industry chief.Sky News has seen a letter to Sadiq Khan from Kate Nicholls, chief executive of UKHospitality, in which she said that his request for the capital to be moved to a higher risk status would be "incredibly damaging without additional financial support and urge you to work with us to secure that is in place before any changes to London's classification is made". Ms Nicholls' letter was sent on Wednesday, 24 hours before the change was formally announced by the government, with new COVID-19 restrictions in London coming into force this weekend. Image: Sadiq Khan is t...
UNICEF: Millions of Yemeni children on ‘brink of starvation’

UNICEF: Millions of Yemeni children on ‘brink of starvation’

World
June 26 (UPI) -- Millions of children in Yemen already suffering under five years of conflict risk being pushed to "the brink of starvation" amid the coronavirus pandemic, the United Nations warned Friday as it appealed to the international community for more than $ 460 million. UNICEF said in a new report published Friday that the number of malnourished children under five years of age could increase by 20 percent to around 2.4 million, or half of all Yemeni children in this demographic, while an additional 30,000 children could develop life-threatening acute malnutrition in under half a year's time. Advertisement Another 6,600 children under five could die from preventable causes by the end of 2020, representing an increase of 28 percent, the report said. "Countless childhoods have been...