How the Netherlands defied Putin and transformed barren quay to Europe gas hub in six months

Han Fennema is standing on a quay in Eamshaven dock on the northern tip of the Netherlands, dwarfed by a massive ship, the Golar Igloo, 293 metres long. “When you are underneath these huge ships, you feel very small,” says Mr Fennema, chief executive of Gasunie, which owns the Dutch gas transmission network. “But when … Read more

Everton now odds-on to go down after barren transfer window

The relegation battle has ramped up this season with at least seven teams in danger of slipping into the dreaded bottom three. There’s just three points separating the bottom seven clubs and Southampton, Everton and Bournemouth currently find themselves facing the drop. Bournemouth, Everton and Southampton are the odds-on favourites to be relegated into the … Read more

New study about Namib Desert’s barren spots lends credence to water hypothesis

The unusual, barren spots pepper the huge Namib Desert, which stretches from southern Angola to northern South Africa. They’re often known as “fairy circles,” and for a pure phenomenon with such a whimsical title, scientific debates over their origins have been heated. “The backward and forward between opposing camps has usually been nothing lower than … Read more

Empty seats, barren beer fridges and ear-splitting DJs, what it’s like inside a World Cup stadium

KHALIFA INTERNATIONAL STADIUM — This is a World Cup in name but everything about it is so different from what went before. Picking up an England ticket, for starters. At last summer’s Euros they were gold dust, the preserve of those with Three Lions loyalty points or the fastest of fingers to beat the web … Read more