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  • X Factor's Cheryl slams body shaming and says she's 'happy and healthy'

    X Factor judge Cheryl Fernandez-Versini has had enough. “The body shaming has to stop. Every woman has a different body type and handles stress and grief differently. Cheryl took to her Instagram page a few weeks ago, responding to a comment from someone calling her “a bag of bones”. q
  • Sutherland seeks response as images of drowned boy shock

    Peter Sutherland has called on Britain to take more people fleeing Syria after shocking pictures of a drowned refugee boy ratcheted up the pressure on Europe’s leaders to act. The UN special representative on international migration said while some countries were “massively bearing the burden” of the migrant crisis, the UK was among those that “can do more”. A spokesman for the UK government said pictures of the three-year-old child washed up on a Turkish beach were “clearly shocking”.

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  • The worst kick you will ever, ever see on a rugby pitch

    In England’s rugby league Championship Shield, Batley were 26-22 ahead of Featherstone Rovers when Batley’s Shaun Ainscough picked up the ball as the hooter blew. The winger snapped it up and crept in for a try to tie the game, before the conversion won it for Featherstone.

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  • Under the Dome TV show cancelled

    Under the Dome was a 2009 novel by Stephen King which was all about what happened to a small town when it was suddenly trapped inside an enormous, indestructible dome. It never seemed like an ideal candidate for a TV adaptation but one surfaced nonetheless, finally reaching screens in 2013 after a series of developmental delays. With creative input from the likes of Niels Adren Oplev for the first episode and a decent cast including Rachelle Lefevre, Britt Robertson and Dean Norris it was watchable enough, if never really transcending into anything special. q
  • Wet, cold, sunny... an Irish summer

    It’s official – this summer was a total washout thanks to largely wet and windy conditions putting a dampener on the country’s fine weather wishes. According to Met Éireann, which has just released reports on June, July and August, Cork had the wettest day of the season while Dublin had the sunniest, the hottest, and the coldest. The highest amount of rainfall this summer, 41.3mm, was recorded at Cork Airport on July 6 making it Cork’s wettest summer day in eight years. Dublin was the driest area in the country this summer, with 147.5mm of rainfall recorded at Casement Aerodrome in the south-west of Dublin, the area’s driest summer since 2006.

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  • Dunnes, Lidl up ante in grocery wars

    Competition in the retail grocery market intensified in the last quarter, with Tesco continuing to narrow its sales declines, Dunnes closing the gap on its rivals, and the German discounters maintaining their combined record high share of the market. New data covering the 12 weeks to August 16 was published yesterday by leading consumer insights agency Kantar Worldpanel. It showed that Tesco Ireland’s till sales fell 1%, on a year-on-year basis; the lowest quarterly decline for some time, while those of SuperValu dipped 0.8%. Dunnes saw an 8.2% annualised over-the-counter sales jump.

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  • Irish nanny returns home after murder charges dropped

    THE Irish nanny wrongly accused of murdering a baby in her care has arrived back in Ireland. Cavan-born Aisling Brady McCarthy (37) had wanted to return to Ireland after being told that her trial for the first-degree murder of one-year-old Rehma Sabir would not proceed. Ms Brady McCarthy, who grew up in Moher near Lavey, spent two years behind bars alongside serious offenders in Massachusetts's notorious MCI Framingham after her January 2013 arrest.

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  • Lewis Hamilton clarifies his relationship with Rihanna

    Lewis Hamilton has spoken out for the first time about rumours that he is dating Rihanna. The 30-year-old Formula 1 star was pictured dancing with the 27-year-old singer at the Crop Over festival in Barbados last month, sparking speculation they were an item. Lewis split from Pussycat Doll Nicole Scherzinger, 37, in February this year, after they dated on and off since 2007.

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  • Alison King has been persuaded not to quit Corrie - yet

    Coronation Street star Alison King has been persuaded not to quit the show until next year after nearly a decade in Weatherfield. According to The Sun, Alison was planning to leave the ITV soap in December – but the show’s bosses persuaded her to extend her contract until May, pushing her departure back to spring next year. Carla is currently at a low ebb, feeling guilty about the fire that killed Kal Nazir and Maddie Heath. But Tracy Barlow (Kate Ford) is set to finally reveal it was her who started the fire – while standing in the same quarry where the mini-bus crash occurred. q
  • Arsenal’s failure to sign a new striker is looking even more bizarre now

    WHEN THE TRANSFER window closed on Tuesday evening, many were surprised at Arsenal’s failure to sign a new striker. While Karim Benzema’s potential move was laughed off by the player, they had been expected to add to their cavalry up front, after selling Lukas Podolski and allowing Yaya Sanogo leave on loan to Ajax. The news comes one year and a day since his €20m move fromm Manchester United to Arsenal, with the attacker sidelined with a knee injury since the end of April.

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  • Strictly Come Dancing 2015: Peter Andre is not scared of the ‘Curse of Strictly’

    Strictly Come Dancing contestant Peter Andre has dismissed any concerns about the “Curse of Strictly”, which has seen marriages and relationships ruined when celebrities fall for their professional dance partners. The “Curse” has supposedly blighted contestants’ relationships, with Countdown host Rachel Riley splitting from her husband to start a relationship with dance partner Pasha Kovalev; Susanna Reid separating from long-term partner Dominic Cotton weeks after finishing her stint on Strictly; and Joe Calzaghe confirming he was in a relationship with partner Kristina Rihanoff after splitting with his girlfriend.

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  • Guess Kylie Jenner's latest hair colour (and it's not green this time)

    The reality star has spent months wearing wigs in preparation for dyeing her hair blonde. q
  • The day Ronaldo taught Brady lesson by skipping canteen queue

    When Gary Neville expressed admiration for Robbie Brady a few days ago it was in the context of him recalling that the Dubliner had not always seemed the most professional when he arrived at Old Trafford as a teenager. Brady remembers it slightly differently, with his younger self, he suggests, mainly guilty of being a star-struck when he found himself mixing with players he had watched on television in Ireland. There is, for instance, the story of Ronaldo cutting in ahead of the teenager in the queue for food one day in the club canteen.

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  • James Joyce Drones

    Scenes from the Naming and Commissioning Ceremonies of the Naval Service Vessel LE James Joyce at the Carlisle Pier, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin yesterday. Includes robots. Via Popular Science: L.E James... q
  • Eircom is down and nobody can contact Joe

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  • Man fined for racial abuse at Indian restaurant in Ireland - Irish Sun

    A man has been fined 500 pounds (nearly Rs.50,000) for carrying out an assault and hurling racist abuse at the staff at an Indian restaurant in northern Ireland, media reported. Desmond Bell from Park Avenue, Northern Ireland, who allegedly turned up drunk at Raba restaurant on August 31, became aggressive and started hurling abuses at the staff.

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  • Fingleton: I regret the taxpayer had to bail us out

    Michael Fingleton has said he does not regret any decisions he took at the Irish Nationwide Building Society (INBS), but does regret the taxpayer had to bail out the Society at a cost of €5.4bn. Questions to Mr Fingleton about his €1m bonus in 2008 and a retirement present of an €11,500 watch in 2009 have been blocked for legal reasons. q
  • Beats’ newest ad is all about Serena Williams – and it’s pretty slick

    SERENA WILLIAMS IS on the brink of history — so it’s no surprise that her sponsors are making the most of their affiliation. Beats by Dre are gaining a reputation for making some cool ads around their athletes (we’re big fans of their World Cup 2014 and LeBron James efforts). With Serena gunning for another US Open title and the first women’s calendar slam since 1988, the headphone kings premiered their latest spot yesterday. “The world knows Serenaâ s story,” they said.

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  • Latest 'Nazi' reference from gaffe-prone Australian PM draws criticism

    Australia’s prime minister angered some Jewish leaders by suggesting that the Islamic State movement was worse than Nazis during World War II. It is the third time this year that gaffe-prone Prime Minister Tony Abbott has riled Jewish Australians with Nazi analogies. Mr Abbott used an interview with Sydney Radio 2GB to “credit” Nazis with a sense of shame for atrocities they committed. “The Nazis did terrible evil, but they had a sufficient sense of shame to try to hide it,” he said. q
  • NASA hatches hitchhiker's guide to the galaxy using a comet

    NASA plans to hitchhike its way across the galaxy — or at least the solar system — by harpooning on to comets and pulling itself towards them, rather than try to make a landing. The idea proposed by NASA to further our attempts at landing on comets in our solar system is far removed from the meaning of life and 42, however, with its harpoon concept it will save time and fuel. Simply called Comet Hitchhiker, the concept developed by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory would see a spacecraft tether a harpoon line towards a comet or asteroid and attach itself to the celestial body. Once it has attached, the spacecraft would reel out the tether while applying a brake that harvests energy while the spacecraft accelerates.

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