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  • Dubliner Conor McGregor on another collision course with UFC employers

    After a fractious five months ended with Conor McGregor resiliently reclaiming his position as the biggest draw in combat sports, the Dubliner might be pitched right back into a fresh battle of wills with his UFC employers. McGregor outlasted Nate Diaz through five rounds of punishment in Las Vegas at UFC 202 on Saturday night, settling the scores after he lost to Diaz in March, a defeat that kicked off a testing time between fighter and employers. But in the immediate aftermath of the fifth-biggest gate in the UFC’s history, president Dana White insisted McGregor must now return to the featherweight division he dominated before this two-fight feud with Diaz — or relinquish the belt. That was

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  • Amid Europe’s insecurity, who fears the lady in the burkini?

    The fear of terrorists lurking in the community is leading politicians to back futile and perhaps illegal bans, such as that on the swimming costume, the ‘burkini’, writes John Lloyd IN Europe, however beset by the continued weakness of the euro, Britain’s vote to defect from the European Union and the rise of the far right, a vacation is a right for oneself, a duty to one’s family. In Italy, especially, the beach doesn’t just beckon — it commands attendance. On the beach, Italians and tourists doze, chat, leaf through magazines, minister to the old folks, play with, or shoo away, the kids, and at times take a dip in an almost-warm sea. But, as Corriere Della Sera’s commentator Beppe Severgnini

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  • Kanye West had to ask Mike Tyson to get out of his seat at UFC 202

    Conor McGregor’s rematch with Nate Diaz has been described as the biggest match in UFC history and, as such, there were a few high profile names in the Las Vegas crowd to watch the bout. Kanye West among them. But when he got to his seat, Kanye found something he probably wasn’t expecting – Mike Tyson. The former heavyweight champion had obviously read his ticket wrong and found himself in Kanye’s seat. Tyson is said to have moved and there was no problem, the fighting was left to McGregor and Diaz, with the Irishman winning after five rounds by unanimous decision. Look, here’s Kanye – with Mike nowhere in sight. We just feel for whoever may have been sat in Tyson’s actual seat when he arrived

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  • Train announcer goes off the rails after attack by vandals

    An announcer built up a head of steam after a packed train in England was delayed as a result of a carriage window being broken. He began by apologising when the South West Trains service running between Bournemouth, Dorset, and London Waterloo halted near Southampton, Hampshire, early on Sunday evening. The announcer told passengers there would be a delay because "individuals" had thrown rocks at the train and smashed a window. When the train resumed its journey he made a further announcement - this time describing the "individuals" as "a couple of dickheads". Further down the line he called them "pond life with the intellectual capacity of a flip-flop". When the train reached its destination

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  • Three-year-old lost legs due to hospital error

    A three-year-old boy had both his legs and most of his fingers amputated after doctors wrongly diagnosed a life-threatening infection as common childhood condition tonsillitis. Reuben Harvey-Smith was taken to A&E at Ipswich Hospital after accidentally burning himself. When his mother Lou took him back two days later with a fever and sore throat she was given antibiotics and told that her son had tonsillitis. The following day he was fighting for his life. He was later diagnosed with toxic shock syndrome, a life-threatening infection caused by bacteria entering the wound and releasing poisonous toxins into his blood. Reuben had to have both legs amputated below the knee and also lost seven fingers

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  • How foreign firms are making a killing in buying Irish property

    If you are a foreign investor or a non-resident Irish citizen, buying property here is a no-brainer. This is not news. Large institutional investors are making a killing in Ireland; we are well accustomed to hearing about the so-called ‘vulture funds’ who had the clout to buy in bulk. They had the savvy and the expertise to time their Irish investments perfectly. That is all well and good. What would you expect such birds to do — ignore the opportunity to pick over a fresh carcass? But to think that our legislators and regulators laid out the carcass, garnished it a little and then provided a knife and fork — that is hard to conjure with. The more that emerges about legal tax avoidance on property

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  • Brits say £4m per medal ’worth every penny’

    British athletes made “sporting history” at Rio 2016, but their bosses believe Tokyo 2020 could be even better. The team arrived in Brazil with the target of winning 48 medals to make Rio 2016 Britain’s best ever ‘away’ Games, but ended up with 67 medals — two more than London’s remarkable haul — and second in the medal table ahead of China. “We’re making sporting history — 67 medals, nearly 130 medallists, across 19 sports,” said UK Sport chief executive Liz Nicholl. “Even the sporting superpowers haven’t done that in the past, but we are one of those now.” BOA chief Bill Sweeney agreed with Nicholl and praised the teamwork and “20 years of investment” that have combined to produce “this outstanding

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  • Redheads rule at Crosshaven international convention

    Newly crowned Queen of the Redheads Emma Ní Chearuil admits growing up with red hair wasn’t always easy, but she maintains you eventually take pride in your tresses and feel blessed for the gift of a rare hair colour. Emma, who works for Aras na Gaeilge in Galway, won the colourful title in Crosshaven, Co Cork, over the weekend after entering the competition on a whim. “I can’t believe I won. It is just a great opportunity. I will be doing events with the Irish Cancer Society and the St Patrick’s day parade and there is talk of us going to the International Redhead Convention in the Netherlands. When you have red hair, when you are young you want to fit in or you rebel against it. But I grew

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  • Four-month-old infant survives grisly murders at Alabama home

    It may take investigators days to untangle a grisly murder scene at a southern Alabama home where five adults, including one pregnant female, were found murdered, authorities said. Police said the victims were found on Saturday afternoon inside the residence located in the city of Citronelle, about 30 miles northwest of Mobile. A four-month-old infant was found alive at the home. Authorities were still working to identify the bodies and notify relatives, Capt Paul Burch of the Mobile County Sheriff’s Office told reporters. “Given the way the scene looks, we’re going to be here a couple of days,” Burch said. “It’s obviously a horrific scene.” Mobile County District Attorney Ashley Rich told Al.com

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  • TERRACE TALK: Liverpool

    Football teams must defend; part two of a year-long series. This is going to be easy. Every column this season sorted. The only work I really have to do is watch this team. It’s tough admittedly, particularly on the hair I’ve got left continuously being pulled out. I’ll look like Lex Luthor by October. All week, Alberto Moreno had been the story. Grabbing the headlines when your team just scored four goals and won at Arsenal is some achievement. Gary Neville, Jamie Carragher, Steve Nicol; they’d all had a pop. A fair amount of full-backing experience there to make a reasonable assessment, surely? Not for Jurgen, he takes no notice of anybody apparently. Good to know. As for Alberto, he was ignoring

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  • Danny Dyer's fiancee blasts Mark Wright after V Festival altercation

    Danny Dyer’s fiancee has hit out at Mark Wright after the EastEnders actor was involved in a fight with the reality TV star’s friends. Her comments come after Danny, 39, was pictured with a fan, sporting what looked like a black eye at the V Festival in Chelmsford, Essex. Joanne Mas alleged that Mark, 29, egged on his friends at the weekend event and that the fight took place in front of Danny’s 20-year-old daughter, Dani. But a source close to Mark said he was not present during the altercation. When the former star of The Only Way Is Essex got to the scene, he shook hands with Danny to calm the situation down, the source added. Danny’s fiancee told The Sun: “Mark called him a c*** and was egging

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  • Man remains in critical condition after Dublin shooting

    A man who was shot in Dublin yesterday remains in a critical condition in hospital. The man in his 30 was shot several times at a house on Stannaway road in Crumlin in the early hours of yesterday morning. The scene has been preserved for a technical examination and is being investigated by gardaí at Sundrive Road. Gardaí are appealing for anyone with information to come forward.

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  • JK Rowling shuts down homophobic abuse aimed at Olympian Tom Daley

    Harry Potter author JK Rowling has blasted a Christian “prayer and lobby group” who blamed Tom Daley’s Olympics failure on his sexual orientation. Tom said he was “truly heartbroken” after he failed to qualify for the 10m platform final at the Rio Olympics. But a Twitter account called Christian Voice goaded him: “Turning gay doesn’t seem to have done Tom Daley any favours.” Tom revealed in 2013 that he was in a relationship with a guy. Referring to Tom’s fiance Dustin Lance Black, the group added that Tom “only went gay because he was seduced by an older man”. JK hit back, writing: She also expressed her sympathy for his disappointment, retweeting comments in support of the 22-year-old diver.

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  • The story of Alexis Sanchez and his dogs of Instagram

    Hello everyone. This is a story about Alexis and his dogs, Atom and Humber. Alexis Sanchez really loves his dogs. A photo posted by Alexis Sanchez (@alexis_officia1) on Mar 11, 2016 at 3:30am PST He goes everywhere with them. A photo posted by Alexis Sanchez (@alexis_officia1) on Aug 18, 2016 at 8:59am PDT And when he can’t, it’s a sad moment for everyone involved. But Atom and Humber are becoming independent creatures. So much so that they’ve created their own account, somehow navigating Instagram with their unwieldy paws. A photo posted by Atom&humber (@atomhumberoficia1) on Aug 21, 2016 at 2:49am PDT Here’s Atom (or Humber…) with his Insta-pals And here’s Humber (or Atom…) checking how his

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  • Quirky World: Ruling on marijuana-using worker up in smoke

    USA: A Connecticut state worker fired after he was caught smoking marijuana on the job was punished too harshly and should get his job back, the state Supreme Court has ruled. Gregory Linhoff was fired from his maintenance job at the University of Connecticut Health Centre in Farmington in 2012 after a police officer caught him smoking pot in a state-owned vehicle. State officials said firing the New Hartford resident was the only appropriate penalty for his conduct and not doing so would send a bad message to other employees. An arbitrator disagreed and overturned the firing, saying Linhoff instead should be suspended without pay for six months and be subject to random drug testing for a year after he returned to work.

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  • Leo Varadkar warns against post Brexit ‘land grab’

    Social Protection Minister Leo Varadkar has warned rival politicians that the Brexit vote will only result in a united Ireland if people respect diversity instead of seeking a “land grab” through “crude” border referendum. He made the comments at the annual commemoration ceremony for Michael Collins and Arthur Griffith in Dublin’s Glasnevin Cemetery yesterday. Mr Varadkar said he does want to see a united Ireland in the future. However, in a clear reference to parties like Sinn Féin which wants a border poll as soon as possible due to Brexit, the Fine Gael TD stressed that such a move would be “crude” and disrespectful to the memories of Mr Griffith and Mr Collins. “The only way we will achieve

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  • Sparkling Bordeaux debut for Ian Madigan

    Bordeaux-Begles 15, Racing 92 9: Ian Madigan said he has settled in well in Bordeaux after leaving Leinster and is delighted to have made a winning start to his Top 14 career. The 27-year old was the star of the show as Bordeaux-Begles made an opening night win over holders, with Madigan outscoring Dan Carter five penalties to three. Former Clontarf scrum-half James Hart also made an impressive debut for Racing 92 following his move from Grenoble but it wasn’t enough to prevent an opening night defeat for Ronan O’Gara’s men. Madigan’s only miss from six kicks was in the last action of the night from inside his own half when he needed to wind down the clock. “It was good to see some of the kicks

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  • CAO day: Availability and demand decide points needed

    Bar is set by the volume of places available on each course, and the number of points each student gets Just like every other year, factors like course place numbers, demand for them, and the exam achievements of applicants influence wide variations on how CAO course points compare to last year. Two of the biggest points drops, both down 110 points on last year, are a media studies degree at Maynooth University, and an Irish degree focused on translation at NUI Galway (NUIG). The first results from the merging of two programmes at Maynooth last year, one of which had a 360 cut-off and the other 450. An increase of one-quarter in the number of places being offered over those given on the two degrees

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  • Milk price increases must reflect market reality

    Two extremely strong Global Dairy Trade auctions this month and corresponding increases in EU dairy prices are clear indications that dairy market recovery has taken hold. The turnaround has been reflected in some very welcome price increases for July milk, but all co-ops must now plan for significant further price increases for August and beyond. The IFA will not tolerate any stalling on milk price increases while dairy farmers remain under extreme cashflow pressures after the prolonged market downturn. In particular, we have called on Kerry to do the right thing and reconsider urgently their wrong decision to hold July prices when other co-ops increased by 1c to 1.5c/l. Genuine signs of recovery

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  • Lay litigants: Golf handicap dispute went to Supreme Court

    Michael Clifford has found many people ditch the legal experts and fight their own case in court. Tom Talbot is one of those people...  TOM Talbot had been a member of the Hermitage Golf Club for 40 years when the trouble began. He was a retired insurance official, and avid golfer at the club, in Lucan, Co Dublin. He set about improving his handicap. This is the number of strokes allocated based on ability and means that more shots can be taken to reach the hole than the person’s true level of play would allow. In July, 2003, the club’s handicap sub-committee sent Mr Talbot a certificate stating his was 13, with the words ‘general play (handicap-building)’ at the bottom of the cert. Mr Talbot

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