The Evening Top 5: Shell to cut 10,000 jobs; appeal for information on murder of 'family man'

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Shell prepares to cut 10,000 jobs as profits fall by at least 40%

Royal Dutch Shell is expecting its fourth quarter profits to drop by at least 40% year-on-year, falling to between $1.6bn and $1.9bn following the collapse of crude oil prices.

Ben van Beurden, chief executive of the Anglo-Dutch oil company has told shareholders that he is "pleased with Shell’s operating performance in 2015, and the momentum in the company to reduce costs and to improve competitiveness."

Shell is currently in the process of acquiring BP in a deal worth £36bn.

The hunt is on to find a boy with an improvised Lionel Messi jersey

The hunt is one to find the boy behind one of the most iconic pictures of 2016.

A photo that was originally posted by the Turkish twitter account @fanatikcomtr shows a boy who they claim to be Iraqi wearing a blue and white plastic bag with "Messi 10" drawn on the back of it.

Garda Commissioner makes appeal for information on murder of 'family man'

The Garda Commissioner has appealed to anyone with any information about the murder of Kenneth O'Brien to come forward.

Gardaí in Dublin are trying to establish a motive for the murder of the 33-year-old, whose dismembered body was found in a suitcase in the Grand Canal at Ardclough in Co Kildare last weekend.

The father of one - from Clondalkin - has been described as a man who adored his family and worked hard for them.

Why are Serie A attendances so low this season?

Serie A attendances have been falling in recent years as empty seats become a regular sight when watching games around Italy on our tv screens.

The malaise in attendance figures was made clear last weekend, when journalist Nick Harris highlighted how few people saw AC Milan defeat Fiorentina on Sunday.

1,245 new jobs announced across four companies

1245 new jobs have been announced across four companies today. 

Intellectual Disability Care Service providers, Nua Healthcare has announced 800 new jobs over the next three years. 

The company is developing new residential and day care facilities.

300 of the positions are to be delivered in 2016.