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  • Amazon bulks up cloud offerings as AWS becomes a US$7.6bn business

    Amazon Web Services (AWS) has rolled out a slew of new products and services to consolidate its lead in the cloud industry. The company is now a US$7.6bn business with 1m paying enterprise customers. At the company’s Re:Invent conference in Las Vegas SVP Andy Jassy revealed that AWS has grown at a rate of 81pc a year, surpassing the growth rates of other companies providing cloud storage and processing. By going after the legacy cloud and database business of players like IBM, Oracle and Microsoft, Amazon has created a monster. In the second quarter AWS reported revenues of US$1.8bn and US$391m in profit. The company has revealed a slew of new products and services to consolidate its lead and

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  • Lidl's living wage will 'ring hollow' in the minds of farmers

    Lidl have announced that it will become a living wage employer in Ireland, paying staff €11.50/hour. However, the IFA has said that this will ring hollow in the minds of farmers. Farmers and fresh produce suppliers have been struggling to make any profit as a result of pressure from retailers to do more for less. IFA president Eddie Downey said everyone was entitled to a living wage, but not at the expense of someone else in the supply chain. “Hundreds of small family-run vegetable suppliers and producers have been forced out of business over the last number of years by the aggressive pricing policies of retailers,” said Mr Downey. “Would Lidl like to tell its customers what they are going to q
  • Captain Robbie Keane Speaks To 98FM Sport After Historic Win

    Robbie Keane spent just two hours with his wife and newborn child last Monday night before making the long journey to Dublin from LA knowing that he may not start in the biggest game in the Republic of Ireland's Euro 2016 campaign. It turned out to be one biggest nights in Irish football history as Shane Long struck the goal that saw the Boys in Green claim a famous win against the world champs Germany. Keane watched from the sidelines as Martin O'Neill opted to start with Darryl Murphy in the lone striker role and when Shay Given went off injured to be replaced by Darren Randolph his chances of featuring were reduced. Long replaced Murphy and when Stephen Ward went off injured, on came David Meyler and gone with it the skipper's chance of playing but after the game he showed true leadership in assessing the game and praising his team.

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  • Look Who's Back On Set

    Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May have started shooting their new show. Clarkson posted a picture from the set with the caption: 'With a skeleton crew, filming for Amazon Prime's new...

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  • Lionel Messi to stand trial in Spain for tax evasion

    BARCELONA, Spain -- Barcelona star Lionel Messi and his father Jorge are to stand trial in Spain accused of defrauding the country of more than $5 million in taxes, according to reports. According to the BBC, a Barcelona court turned down an appeal made by Messi's lawyers to drop the tax fraud charges against the striker. Messi now faces three counts of tax fraud with the state attorney demanding a 22-month jail sentence if found guilty. Both Messi and his father deny any wrongdoing. In 2014, the Messi duo was accused of not paying tax on earnings on the star's image rights from 2007 to 2009, according to Super Sport. "While it is understandable that a player of this magnitude is not aware of

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  • Amazon takes aim at Etsy with ‘handmade’ marketplace

    Online retailer Amazon is going into competition with Etsy after it launched a new marketplace for handcrafted goods. “Handmade at Amazon” will offer crafts from artisan producers from more than 60 countries. “We don’t allow any mass manufacturing, we don’t allow any factory-made products. All of these products have to be handmade and hand-manufactured,” Amazon Marketplace vice-president Peter Faricy said. A craft market will extend Amazon’s role as a middleman for third-party vendors, which accounts for about 40 per cent of its sales. It recently launched a platform allowing customers to buy 700 home services such as car maintenance, TV wall-mounting and house cleaning. Over 600 handmade products

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  • Martin O'Neill Suggests Euro 2016 Will Be Robbie Keane's Swan Song

    Any mention of the 'R' word had become a great source of frustration for Republic of Ireland skipper Robbie Keane for several years now but there was a feeling he may have dropped a big hint last February. The record international goalscorer from Tallaght has given 17 years of service to his country but his comments at the beginning of the year hinted that it may all end after Euro 2016. “The World Cup and the Euros, you don’t get bigger than that. Republic of Ireland boss Martin O'Neill has also demonstrated during the current campaign that the striker is no longer one of the main men in his team.

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  • Lidl to become Living Wage employer - MerrionStreet

    Tánaiste Joan Burton and Minister Nash at the Living Wage Forum in Dublin Castle last week, with from left Rachel Mc Ewen Director of Sustainability , Rhys Moore Director Living Wage Foundation and Mike Kelly Head of Living Wage Director Corporate Affairs KPMG  Following last week's Living Wage Forum, Lidl have announced that it is to become a Living Wage employer in Ireland. The Forum was attended by Tánaiste Joan Burton and Business & Employment Minister Ged Nash, who have both welcomed the announcement by the retailer that they will commit to pay employees €11.50 an hour.  A living wage is an independently assessed and measured rate of income considered necessary to meet basic needs such as q
  • Poll Good Feelings Toward Catholic Church Up in US Since Pope Visit

    CHICAGO - Positive feelings toward the Roman Catholic Church have gone up in the United States since Pope Francis's first visit to the country, according to a Pew Research Center survey released on Wednesday. Overall, 28 percent of U.S. adults surveyed said they had a more positive view of the Catholic Church because of Francis. The September trip by the head of the world's approximately 1 billion Catholics included a speech to a joint meeting of the U.S. Congress. The favorable shift is more pronounced among liberals, with 39 percent saying they have a more positive view of the Church, compared with conservatives, at 22 percent. Conservatives were 10 percent more likely to have a negative view

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  • President Obama apologizes to MSF for Kunduz attack

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama Wednesday apologized to Medecins Sans Frontieres, or Doctors Without Borders, for the deadly bombing of its medical facility in Kunduz, Afghanistan, assuring a "transparent, thorough and objective accounting" of what the aid agency calls a "war crime". "President Obama spoke by telephone with Doctors Without Borders International President Dr. Joanne Liu, to apologize and express his condolences for the MSF staff and patients who were killed and injured when a US military airstrike mistakenly struck an MSF field hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan over the weekend," White House press secretary Josh Earnest said in the White House briefing. Earnest was asked whether

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  • US officials allege Russian missiles targeted at Syria landed in Iran

    WASHINGTON - American officials on Thursday said that four Russian cruise missiles launched from a warship in the Caspian Sea missed their targets in Syria and crashed in Iran causing possible casualties. A CNN report citing two unnamed officials said US military and intelligence assets monitoring the cruise missiles concluded that they landed in Iran. Fox News also reported about the incidents citing unnamed American officials. Iran's FARS news agency, however, said neither Russian nor Iranian authorities had confirmed the information. The CNN report said that one of the officials said there may be casualties, but another said this is not yet known. It's unclear where in Iran the missiles landed,

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  • Murdoch implies Obama not a real black president

    NEW YORK -- News Corp. founder Rupert Murdoch implied he didn't think Barack Obama was a "real black president" when he took to Twitter to express support for Republican contender Ben Carson. Murdoch, 84, tweeted his support for Carson Wednesday. "Ben and Candy Carson terrific. What about a real black president who can properly address the racial divide And much else," he wrote. In a later tweet, he referenced a New York Magazine article about how President Obama has disappointed some minorities who wish he had done more to confront racial problems. Murdoch has previously publicized his support for Carson, a retired neurosurgeon. In an Oct. 2 post Murdoch said pundits keep underestimating Carson

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  • German VC supports Volkswagen urges it to come clear on emission scam

    German vice chancellor Sigmar Gabriel has expressed support to Volkswagen's employees after he travelled to the company's hometown, and urged the corporation to be pro-active in clearing up its emissions scandal. According to ABC News, Gabriel, who is also Germany's economy minister, joined a meeting of employee representatives from Germany and beyond as Volkswagen tries to determine who was responsible for the installation of test-cheating software. Gabriel said it is important to send the message across that the employees should not pay the price for the "criminal behavior by managers". Gabriel's statement came at Wolfsburg, where Volkswagen is headquartered. (ANI)

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  • Gulf Air Adds Faisalabad and Multan to Pakistan Network

    Gulf Air, the Kingdom of Bahrain's national carrier, is adding two new destinations in Pakistan to its network with the addition of direct services to the cities of Faisalabad and Multan scheduled for launch in December 2015. The airline will begin four weekly direct flights to Multan and will commence three weekly services to Faisalabad.... Read More

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  • GAA clubs share in €41m sports funding -

    Minister of State for Sport, Michael Ring, TD, has announced €41 million in funding under the Sports Capital Programme (SCP) 2015. This is the third round of the Sports Capital funding allocated under Minister Ring, following suspension of the Programme from 2008-2011. A total of €130 million has been allocated by the Minister for sporting facilities in recent years with €31 million allocated in 2012, €40.5 million provided in 2014, €41 million in 2015 and a further €17 million made through special allocations in recent years. These allocations have provided support for more than 2,600 projects nationally and demonstrate the Government’s commitment to sports and to providing for local facilities and local communities.

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  • Football Star Messi His Father to Stand Trial on Tax Fraud Charges

    Argentina and FC Barcelona football star Lionel Messi and his father, Jorge, will stand trial in Spain on three counts of tax fraud. Court documents made public Thursday show that the judge in charge of the case rejected a request to drop Messi, a four-time world player of the year, from the case and clear him of wrongdoing. After an appeal filed by Messi's lawyers, prosecutors had said earlier this week that Messi was not fully aware of his father's illegal activities and should not have been charged, but the state attorney's office said the evidence was sufficient to name the player as a defendant in the case. Subsequently, Jorge Messi admitted that he was in charge of his son's finances and pleaded for charges against his son to be dropped.

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  • UN rights chief urges Mexico to end misery of enforced disappearances and torture

    8 October 2015 -- Despite significant progress towards building a solid human rights framework, the Mexican Government must nevertheless "bind itself to a new sense of urgency in solving the enormous human rights challenges it faces," Zeid Ra"ad Al Hussein, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, said today as he wrapped up an official visit to the country. "Despite [legislative developments and constitutional reforms]" my visit has been very sobering with regard to the daily realities for many millions of people here in Mexico itself, said the High Commissioner at a press conference. "Many of the people I have spoken to have painted a very bleak " and consistent " picture of a society that is wracked by high levels of insecurity, disappearances and killings," he explained, as well as noting the ongoing harassment of human rights defenders and journalists, violence against women, and terrible abuses of migrants and refugees transiting the country on their way to the United States.

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  • Vietnamese Family Seeks Answers to Allegations of Police Brutality

    A family in Vietnam is accusing Hanoi police of brutality after their son was hospitalized in critical condition after two months in detention without a court order. The family of Do Dang Du told VOA Vietnamese there are bruises and injuries all over Du's body, suggesting he had been brutally tortured by police. Du's family said he is now in coma and hospital officials told them he has suffered from brain damage and there was little chance he will survive. Do Thi Tuyet, Du's aunt, said there were up to 50 policemen at the hospital and that family members have not been allowed to take care of Du like the families of other patients. "Once or twice a day, they let us get in the room to see him a

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  • 98FM Morning Sports Shorts

    Republic of Ireland face Germany in a crucial Euro 2016 qualifier. Manager Martin O'Neill has galvanised his team ahead of the big game. Germany are preparing for this key clash... by resting....

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  • Argentinian president Cristina Fernandez de Kirchners dancing goes viral

    Mr Scioli and Mrs Kirchner wave to their supporters during a rally marking the Dia del Camino (Reuters) Mr Scioli, who represents the same Victory Front party, is leading the polls ahead of the first rounds of the presidential elections on October 25. Mrs Kirchner has been President of Argentina since 2007 when she succeeded her husband, N?stor Kirchner. She has served two terms, during which she has delivered many... Read More

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