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  • Eagerness to satisfy barmaid in bed caused her death, claims murder accused

    An ex-bookkeeper accused of raping and murdering a barmaid in England has told a jury "over-eagerness" to satisfy his victim in bed caused her death. Edward Tenniswood alleged he inadvertently throttled India Chipchase on the mattress of his upstairs bedroom in his squalid terraced house through "inexperience and incompetence". Tenniswood told a Birmingham Crown Court jury that during "loving" sex: "I, in my over-eagerness to please her, either sustained the pressure just too long or just gripped too tightly." He added: "Without the guidance of her hands - and I was eager to please - obviously I sustained the pressure too long and that obviously caused the death, in retrospect." The 52-year-old q
  • Watch Pope Francis fall in Poland on live TV

    His holiness the Pope took an unfortunate fall in Poland this morning. Pope Francis was in Southern Poland marking the 1050th anniversary of the baptism of Poland when he fell in the procession to the altar where he was to say mass. Like a trooper the 79-year-old got up and carried on as usual, regaining his composure as much as he could despite losing his footing in front of the world on live television. You win some, you lose some. H/T:

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  • 'There was peer-pressure involved': Father of drowned son speaks out on his loss

    ON 11 JUNE last year Caolán Seoige Webster drowned in the River Shannon. “We got a call then that he had drowned,” says his father Seán. “My first thing was ‘I’ll kill him when he gets home.’ We couldn’t understand because we’d always look at something like this happening to someone else. Stuff like this doesn’t happen to us.  His 15-year-old son was one of the 137 people that drown each year in Ireland. Irish Water Safety is using Seán’s video to remind people of the dangers associated with water. “Many people who drown can actually swim,” said Roger Sweeney, Deputy CEO of Irish Water Safety. So being aware of factors such as cold water shock and dangers that can lurk beneath the water are just q
  • Coronation Street's Paula Lane feels 'blessed' after giving birth to a baby girl

    Coronation Street actress Paula Lane has given birth to her second child. The soap star took to Twitter on Thursday to reveal that she and husband Tom Shaw had welcomed a daughter. She wrote: “She’s here! The latest addition to the Shaw clan is doing great. @SirTomShaw and I are feeling blessed and very lucky.” Paula did not reveal any further details but Tom reposted her message, which gained over 1,000 likes within two hours. The 30-year-old actress and her husband are also parents to one-year-old son Arthur, who was born in December 2014. Paula confirmed she was pregnant in January and revealed the following month she would be quitting Coronation Street later in the year. Earlier this month, q
  • Donald Trump did a live 'ask me anything' on Reddit and this is how it went down

    You may not be surprised to hear it but Donald Trump has a huge base of support online – particularly on Reddit. The official republican candidate for US president announced he would do an “ask me anything” session for his Reddit fans. And there are a lot of them on the site. Astonishingly, the subreddit for Trump is the third most active on the site – even more than the subreddit for Pokemon Go. It has more than 180,000 subscribers, while the subreddit for Hilary Clinton has roughly 21,000. I am off to my rally in Toledo! Had a great time Reddit didn’t host the AMA though itself – so people had to subscribe to the subreddit to take part. Hence why the session consisted of Trump supporters asking

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  • Bastian Schweinsteiger among nine players reportedly set to leave Man Utd

    Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is believed to be set for a clear-out, with up to nine players reportedly on their way out of Old Trafford. Several national newspapers have suggested Germany midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger will be the highest profile victim, a little more than a year after he joined the Premier League club from Bayern Munich. Defenders Cameron Borthwick-Jackson, Tim Fosu-Mensah, Tyler Blackett and Paddy McNair are also believed to have no future at Old Trafford. Midfielders Adnan Januzaj and Andreas Pereira and forwards James Wilson and Will Keane make up the reported nine. Since his arrival, Mourinho has brought in defender Eric Bailly, midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan

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  • Glamour model Alicia Douvall regrets taking her cosmetic surgery 'too far'

    Glamour model Alicia Douvall has said she took plastic surgery “too far” and does not want her daughters to do the same. The former Celebrity Big Brother housemate and self-confessed cosmetic surgery addict has admitted to spending an estimated £1 million on hundreds of cosmetic procedures and treatments over the past two decades. Alicia talked about her cosmetic surgery regrets while promoting her autobiography Don’t Call Me Ugly during Thursday’s edition of This Morning. She said on the ITV show: “I’ve turned my back on surgery. I’m all about highlighting what can go wrong. I took it too far. I came across too many bad plastic surgeons.” Underscoring her new attitude to cosmetic procedures, q
  • Albert Reynolds’s daughter nominated as High Court judge

    The Government has nominated Leonie Reynolds, a daughter of the former taoiseach Albert Reynolds, to be a judge of the High Court. Ms Reynolds is a judge of the Circuit Court, and will take up a position on the High Court bench when Mr Justice John Hedigan moves to the Court of Appeal. She was previously a barrister, and joined the Circuit Court bench six years ago. The Government also nominated Cormac Quinn for appointment to the Circuit Court and barrister Kathryn Hutton, and solicitors Fiona Lydon and David Waters to the District Court. The appointments will be formally made by the President. The vacancy in the Circuit Court arises from the retirement of Judge Donagh McDonagh earlier this

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  • Walking for just an hour a day can undo the damage done by sitting at a desk for eight hours

    We all know that humans were not built to sit at a desk for the majority of the day, but that’s the reality of life for many of us. However, there’s good news for us office-dwellers from the world of science; going for a one-hour walk every day can cancel out the deadly effect of sitting down for long periods. Scientists who analysed data on a million men and women found that sitting for more than eight hours a day without taking exercise significantly increased the risk of dying early. People in this group – who include many thousands of office workers – were up to 60% more likely to die prematurely than more active and less sedentary individuals. Heart and artery disease and cancer were the q
  • ‘Exercise can cancel out deadly effect of desk work’

    An hour of moderate physical activity per day is enough to cancel out the deadly effect of sitting behind an office desk or watching TV, research has shown. Scientists who analysed data on 1m men and women found that sitting for more than eight hours a day without taking exercise significantly increased the risk of dying early. People in this group, who include many thousands of office workers, were up to 60% more likely to die prematurely than more active and less sedentary individuals. Heart and artery disease and cancer were the two most likely causes of death linked to an inactive lifestyle. But the increased risk of death associated with sitting down for too long was completely eliminated

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  • Irish founder of Argentina’s navy remembered as tall ship sails into Dublin

    A tall ship which serves as a school for the Argentinian navy has arrived for a short visit to Ireland, highlighting naval links between the two countries. The Argentinean frigate Libertad is moored at Sir John Rogerson’s Quay, and open for visitors until Sunday. The ship is travelling the world on a 196 day-long voyage, touching ports in Brazil, the United States, the Netherlands, France and the United Kingdom before arriving in Dublin Wednesday morning. The journey forms part of the last year of training for Argentinean midshipmen and women. Captain Ignacio Martin Errecaborde, commanding officer of the frigate, said it was a special trip as 2016 marked the 200th anniversary of Argentinean independence.

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  • Luas workers find bags of syringes, hazardous waste in Dublin

    Workers on the Luas cross city project have removed dozens of bags of bio-hazardous material including large amounts of used syringes from what was described as “one of the worst” sites it has come across in the city. The clean-up job at a derelict area beside the forthcoming Broadstone-DIT stop on the north side has taken a number of weeks. It is standard procedure for an environmental team to enter such areas before construction workers and engineers. The bags contained used needles and other hazardous waste located at a site of a building which had been demolished last year and used as a location for intravenous drug use. “It was one of the worst areas that we have come upon but it just goes

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  • After resting on its laurels, Apple’s tech lag is starting to show

    A lack of ideas is a gloomy thing to behold in a tech leader. Executives try to strike all the right notes and use all the latest buzzwords, but the numbers show a disturbing trend and competitors are way ahead with real innovations that can be seen and touched. This is now happening to Apple. On Tuesday, Apple released its fiscal third quarter results. Revenue is 14.6% down year-on-year. Net income is down 27%. Even Apple’s enormous cash pile, has decreased slightly as debt — which Apple uses to move overseas profits to the US — grew by $5bn (€4.5bn). iPhone sales are down 23.3% on the year-ago quarter — and they are the backbone of the company’s revenue, still accounting for 56.8% of it. The

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  • Judge finds the facts proven as taxi driver accused of assaulting teenage girl

    A taxi-driver denied a charge of punching a young woman on the nose in the height of a row about a fare. Oba Olatoye Aladunjoye of Belmont Court, Rochestown, pleaded not guilty to a charge of assault at Cork District Court. The complainant, who is 17 years old, was at home in Rochestown in the early hours of December 7, 2013, when her mother and her mother’s boyfriend returned home by taxi having been out drinking together. Shortly after their arrival home there was a bang on the door and the teenager answered to find the taxi-driver. It was disputed between the evidence given by the complainant and the defendant whether the teenager offered to pay the driver on behalf of her mother. “I assumed q
  • The Great Wall trailer with Matt Damon looks totally insane!

    Right so, Matt Damon has been busy with Jason Bourne exploding into cinemas and a truly epic war movie on the way in The Great Wall. It's about the incredible feat of building this engineering marvel over several hundred years, which begs the question - what were they trying to keep out? And you'll get some answers in this totally insane trailer. So... The Great Wall of China was actually the tipping point between humanity and some kind of hideous beasts. Also there were Westerners there for some reason and everybody spoke English. Who cares, this is the latest from the director of Hero and House of Flying Daggers Zhang Yimou and is the most expensive film of all time made entirely in China, q
  • Germany is ‘at war’ with Islamist terrorists, defiant Merkel says

    A defiant chancellor Angela Merkel has conceded Germany is “at war” with Islamist terrorist groups, but insisted they would neither undermine German values nor force a change to her refugee strategy. Amid growing unease after a bloody 10 days in Germany - with axe, machete and bomb attacks carried out by refugees and asylum seekers, and a mass shooting by a German teenager - Dr Merkel shrugged off growing domestic pressure and insisted her priority is to restore public trust and minimise angst. The German leader interrupted her holiday for press conference in Berlin, batting off suggestions it was time for her to stand down and insisting she would correct elements of her refugee strategy rather than allow it - or her - be sidelined. Almost exactly a year ago, the German leader insisted her country was strong enough to manage the looming challenge posed by a migration crisis of historical proportions, one that attracted over one million people to Germany last year.

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  • RTÉ filming adds fuel to speculation of Enda Kenny stepping down

    RTÉ is currently filming an autumn series on the legacy of Enda Kenny — and it’s being viewed as a clear signal as to the timing of his stepping down. The national broadcaster has already interviewed a number of politicians as part of what is expected to be a two-part series. It is understood that the documentary, which will look back on Mr Kenny’s 41-year career, will be aired in October or November. Numerous TDs, including Mr Kenny’s constituency colleague Michael Ring as well as former tánaiste Joan Burton, have already sat down with the production company. Labour leader Brendan Howlin has also been interviewed. The programme will add to already growing speculation around Mr Kenny’s future

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  • Cher just accidently tweeted her camera roll and it’s gas

    If you’re a member of the Twittersphere you are well aware that Cher is the best person to grace the social media platform. From her love of replacing words with obscure emoji’s to her INTENSE USE OF CAPITAL LETTERS, nobody does Twitter like Cher does. And today she trumped herself (get it?) by tweeting the contents of her camera roll while trying to share a photo of her and Hillary Clinton. Cue her 3.1M followers screenshotting and zooming like their life depended on it. Here is another one of our Cher favourites, that time she just ‘tried’ to crop a photo before tweeting it. Never change Cher, never change. q
  • Rory McIlroy struggling as US PGA Championship begins

    Rory McIlroy faced an uphill battle to maintain his brilliant record in the US PGA Championship after getting off to a poor start at Baltusrol on Thursday. McIlroy lifted the Wanamaker Trophy in 2012 and 2014 and has recorded three other top-eight finishes in seven appearances in the final major of the year. The world number four was optimistic of turning what he called a B- season into an A+ by claiming his fifth major title on Sunday, but found himself at the wrong end of the leaderboard after nine holes of his opening round. Starting on the back nine alongside defending champion Jason Day and Open runner-up Phil Mickelson, McIlroy missed from 10 feet for birdie on the 10th and even closer range on the 11th, before saving par from a greenside bunker on the next. q
  • No jail for tattoo artist for breaking man’s jaw

    A vicious assault by a tattoo artist which resulted in the victim having his jaw broken in two places resulted in the assailant getting a suspended two-year jail sentence yesterday. Judge Seán Ó Donnabháin said yesterday at Cork Circuit Criminal Court: “This was a vicious assault with serious consequences for the victim. “The accused has pleaded guilty. There was no previous between the parties. No implement was used other than his fist. It was not pre-meditated and the accused has behaved himself since. “It was a very serious assault. He has paid €5,000 which is not much but I am told he is doing the best he can in his circumstances. “I am impressed the accused has not come to the attention

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