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  • World Rugby investigates England over alleged coaching protocol breach

    England are being investigated for an alleged breach of protocol in communications with matchday officials during Saturday’s 33-13 defeat to Australia, World Rugby has announced. A report in Australia states that two members of the coaching team approached match officials in the tunnel at Twickenham at half-time. The loss to the Wallabies meant the hosts were dumped out of the tournament with one pool match still to play. “World Rugby is investigating an alleged breach by the England coaching team of the match-day communications protocol between match officials and team members or union officials during the match between England and Australia,” a World Rugby Statement read. England trailed 17-3

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  • Lady Gaga raves about American Horror Story: Hotel role, as she takes her man Taylor to show premiere

    Lady Gaga has said appearing in the new season of American Horror Story was an “exhilarating” experience. The singer raved about her time on American Horror Story: Hotel as she arrived for the star-studded premiere of the FX show in the US. With fiance Taylor Kinney as her date, Gaga said playing Countess Elizabeth, who runs the Hotel Cortez, made her feel alive. “It’s been so fun,” said the pop star, who arrived fashionably late in a red gown with a thigh-high slit. “Everybody on this cast has been really open and available to me in a very honest way, so I’m able to be myself in a way I feel like I haven’t been in a really long time, so they are just making me feel so alive,” Lady Gaga said. q
  • Malta Porsche crash injures 28 spectators

    A British millionaire is in hospital after a supercar crashed at a motor show, injuring 28 people. Businessman Paul Bailey was driving the Porsche 918 Spyder when it clipped the grass, spun out of control and ploughed into spectators at the event in Malta, according to reports. Mr Bailey, who is in a stable condition, was among 14 people who are still being treated, a spokeswoman for Malta’s Secretary for Health said. A six-year-old girl is among four people in intensive care in the island’s main Mater Dei hospital, a government spokesman said. A total of 19 people were treated at the hospital for head, chest and abdominal injuries and broken bones. Five have been discharged. A spokeswoman for

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  • Scientists from Ireland Japan and China win Nobel Prize

    The first of the Nobel Prizes for the year has been announced. The Nobel committee in Stockholm has awarded the prize for medicine to scientists from Ireland, Japan and China. William Campbell from Ireland and Satoshi Omura from Japan shared the prize for their discovery of a "novel therapy" against infections caused by roundworm parasites. China's Tu Youyou discovered a drug that has significantly reduced the mortality rates for patients suffering from malaria, so he will also share in the prize. The Nobel Prize committee said "These two discoveries have provided humankind with powerful new means to combat these debilitating diseases that affect hundreds of millions of people annually. The consequences

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  • Emma Watson struck by 'full circle' moment

    Emma Watson has revealed how she finished filming her latest movie as she celebrated her 15th anniversary of being cast in the Harry Potter films. The 25-year-old actress told Radio 1′s Nick Grimshaw that she wrapped her part in Disney’s Beauty And The Beast live-action remake on August 21, the same day she won the life-changing role in the big-screen adaptations of JK Rowling’s wizard novels 15 years ago in 2000. It’s one of those full circle moments as I did my last day on Beauty And The Beast as Belle and I was driving home and saw stuff reminding me that it was 15 years to the day that I was cast as Hermione,” she said on Nick’s breakfast show. “Sometimes I’m really baffled about what to do about a certain project… the right director, right cast, enough money to get it made properly – all of these disparate elements have to arrive at the same perfect moment. q
  • Turkish F-16s intercept Russian aircraft after violating airspace

    ANKARA, Turkey -- Two Turkish Air Force F-16s intercepted a Russian fighter aircraft after it violated Turkey's airspace near Syria, further escalating tensions over Moscow's involvement in the Syrian civil war. Turkey's acting undersecretary of foreign ministry summoned the Russian ambassador in Ankara, Turkey's capital, and "strongly protested this violation, demanded that any such violation not be repeated and affirmed that, otherwise, the Russian Federation will be responsible for any undesired incident that may occur," according to a statement released Monday by Turkey's Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The Turkish F-16s were conducting patrols in the Yayladag-Hatay region, where the Russian

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  • Unwired Planet is taking on Samsung and Google

    Across the river from the casino district in Reno above an Italian restaurant, you can find the little-known company that says it “invented the mobile Internet”. Unwired Planet has 16 employees and no products. What it does have is a portfolio of more than 2,000 patents, mostly acquired from Ericsson, which it says on its website are “considered foundational to mobile communications”. The Nevada-based firm wants more than just recognition. Starting next week it takes on three of the world’s biggest technology companies – Samsung Electronics, Huawei Technologies and Google – in a London courtroom for six sprawling patent trials that will last more than a year. For the phone-makers, the cases are

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  • Irish Water says it has saved enough water for everyone in Kerry

    ENOUGH WATER TO serve all of Kerry is being saved every day because of leaks identified by Irish Water, the utility claims. However, a spokesperson was unable to say how many people had paid their bills. Speaking to RTÉ’s Morning Ireland, Head of Assets at Irish Water Gerry Grant said that almost 3,500 customers have had leaks repaired after they were identified by water meters. A further 50,000 potential leaks have been identified, the company claims. At the end of August, almost 3,500 leaks had been fixed, with almost two thirds paying for the repairs themselves. They say that these repairs have saved around 18 million litres of water daily. That is enough to provide water to Kerry every day. q
  • Jared Leto and Kanye West are pals in Paris

    Jared Leto and Kanye West have struck up a friendship at Paris Fashion Week, where the actor was spotted making the rapper laugh. The unlikely pair appear to have shared more than polite “hellos” when they met at the Vogue Paris 95th anniversary party on October 3 in the French capital. “Moi et Kanye á #Paris :)” Jared wrote after their meeting. Kanye – known for his sullen expressions – was photographed putting his hands on the Oscar-winning actor’s shoulders as he broke out into a huge grin, as Jared, sporting pink hair, was talking. Or could it be that Jared is practising for his Suicide Squad role of the Joker, aka the Clown Prince of Crime? Kanye was with his sister-in-law Kendall Jenner, q
  • Where doctors go for help with mental health issues

    One in four doctors, dentists and pharmacists – just like everyone else – will have mental-health problems at some stage. About 10 to 15 per cent of them will have a problem related to alcohol or drugs, which is again similar to the general population, according to figures from the new Practitioner Health Matters Programme (PHMP). With this free programme, we want doctors to feel safe in coming forward to have their needs addressed in a non-judgemental and confidential way,” says Dr Íde DeLargy, the GP who leads the programme with a senior nurse who specialises in mental health and addiction. Mental-health problems make up about 40 per cent and a small per centage of medical professionals abuse alcohol and drugs, according to Irish figures.

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  • Air France’s long-running spat with workers erupts into violence

    Air France’s long-running spat with workers over cost cuts erupted into violence as protesters stormed a meeting where managers were presenting plans for 2,900 jobs cuts, causing executives to flee with their clothes in tatters. Human resources chief Xavier Broseta and Pierre Plissonnier, the head of long-haul flights, scaled an eight-foot high fence to escape, shielded by security guards, with Broseta emerging shirtless and Plissonnier with his suit shredded. The attacks happened Monday as Air France told its works council that after the failure of productivity talks with pilots last week some 300 cockpit crew, 900 flight attendants and 1,700 ground staff might have to go. “These attacks were made by isolated and particularly violent individuals as the demonstration by personnel on strike was going on calmly,” Air France said in an e-mailed statement, adding that a complaint had been filed for aggravated violence.

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  • Rail passengers face bank holiday weekend disruptions

    Rail passengers are facing travel disruptions on the Friday of the October Bank Holiday weekend. The disruptions are likely to affect commuter train services for three hours on Friday October 23rd. Train drivers voted overwhelmingly in favour of the industrial action in a dispute over payment for past productivity. Members of the National Bus and Rail Workers Union backed strike action by 95 per cent in a ballot counted on Monday. Train drivers at Iarnród Éireann, who are members of Siptu, voted to support industrial action by 92 per cent. “The result of this ballot ... indicates the level of frustration felt at the company’s refusal to honour an agreement it entered into in September 2014,”

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  • England slump to eighth in rankings after World Cup exit

    England’s early exit from the Rugby World Cup has dropped the tournament hosts down to eighth in the world rankings, equalling their lowest-ever position. New Zealand remain first, Australia move to second, Wales are down to third and South Africa’s win over Scotland sees them in at fourth - Ireland are fifth after winning all three of their World Cup games.

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  • Now Enda is refusing to rule out an early election

    Updated 4.17pm  ENDA KENNY DID not play down speculation about an early election today, fuelling more talk that the country will be going to the polls as soon as next month. The Taoiseach has hitherto said that the general election will take place in “early 2016″ but he was less committal when questioned about the matter today. This morning in Mayo, he was asked three times by RTÉ News journalist Teresa Mannion whether the election will be called before Christmas. Kenny said he had “a million opinion makers and one decision-maker” and insisted he could not be expected to make any comment on the date of the next election. He was at the opening of a new power plant in his Mayo constituency. When q
  • Train drivers vote overwhelmingly for strike action

    Train drivers have voted overwhelmingly in favour of industrial action in a dispute over payment for past productivity. Members of the National Bus and Rail Workers Union backed strike action by 95 per cent in a ballot counted on Monday. Train drivers at Iarnrod Eireann who are members of Siptu voted to support industrial action by 92 per cent. The two unions are expected to meet on Thursday to consider their next moves and the timing of any possible industrial action. “The result of this ballot..... indicates the level of frustration felt at the company’s refusal to honour an agreement it entered into in September 2014,” Siptu organiser Paul Cullen said. “Our members still hope that management

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  • 'Distressing, invasive and harmful' tests on monkeys are slammed by animal rights campaigners

    A law that is supposed to give laboratory monkeys special protection has failed to prevent large numbers of primates being subjected to “unnecessary and unjustifiable” testing in the UK, a leading animal rights organisation claims. The research is largely conducted in secret in universities, hospitals, contract testing facilities and Government laboratories, according to Cruelty Free International, formerly the British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection (BUAV). A review of monkey experiments had found evidence of alleged “distressing, invasive and harmful” treatment that made a mockery of the animals’ “special protection” status, the organisation said. Dr Katy Taylor, director of science q
  • Footballer Ched Evans has a chance of having his conviction for rape overturned

    CHED EVANS, THE footballer convicted of rape, has had his case referred to the British Court of Appeal. The former footballer – best known for his stint at Sheffield United – was sentenced to five years in prison in April 2012 after being found guilty of raping a 19-year-old woman in a Welsh hotel. He served two and a half years behind bars and was released in October 2014. He already attempted to appeal the conviction in 2012 but his application was rejected by three judges in the Court of Appeal. The Criminal Cases Review Commission (CCRC) in Britain today ruled that his case will be sent to the Court of Appeal. Evans has always maintained his innocence and submitted new evidence in January q
  • How to Double Your Money Every 4 Years

    In a recent study, a group of University professors show how 539 individual investors were able to consistently double their money every 3.5 years.

  • Chelsea have given Jose Mourinho the dreaded vote of confidence in club statement

    Chelsea have now lost four of their eight Premier League outings. CHELSEA HAVE THIS afternoon released a statement giving manager Jose Mourinho a public vote of confidence following Saturday’s defeat to Southampton. Chelsea are in the midst of the worst run of results in the Roman Abramovich era and the champions currently sit 16th in the Premier League after suffering a fourth defeat in eight games at the weekend. In a bizarre seven minute post-match interview, Mourinho insisted he would not be walking away from Stamford Bridge and that the club would be ‘mad’ to sack him. And in a statement on Chelsea’s official website, the club have given the 52-year-old its full support by insisting he remains

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  • Juan Mata: Man United must learn from Arsenal defeat

    Midfielder Juan Mata accepts Manchester United must learn the harsh lessons of their horrible start in the 3-0 defeat at Arsenal, but also not forget what took them to the top of the Barclays Premier League table. Louis van Gaal was left stunned by the manner of the loss at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday, where the Gunners had put the contest beyond his side with three goals inside the opening 20 minutes – the first two coming within 74 seconds of each other. United had started the weekend top of the table but finished it down in third place below Arsenal on goal difference, with rivals Manchester City having also romped to a 6-1 victory over Newcastle on Saturday afternoon. After the international break, the Red Devils travel to Everton and then have an away Champions League fixture against CSKA Moscow before returning to the small matter of the Manchester derby at Old Trafford on October 25. q
  • Nobel Prize in medicine awarded to parasitic disease scientists

    The 2015 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine has been awarded to three scientists who have saved millions of lives for developing effective drugs fighting parasitic diseases. This year's Nobel laureates developed therapies that "revolutionized the treatment of some of the most devastating parasitic diseases," the Nobel Assembly said in a statement released Monday. "The Nobel Assembly at Karolinska Institutet has today decided to award The 2015 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine with one half jointly to William C. Campbell and Satoshi Omura for their discoveries concerning a novel therapy against infections caused by roundworm parasites and the other half to Youyou Tu for her discoveries concerning a novel therapy against malaria," the statement reads.

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