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  • How to get the interview – and the job

    Employers may get about 80 CVs for every job. The recruiter’s first job is clear: get rid of the vast majority of them. “First up, don’t have misspellings on your CV,” says Mark Mitchell, director of Gradireland. “If you get the company name or the branding wrong, it’s straight into the bin. If you have typos in an application, it may even be automatically screened online and won’t make it to a pair of eyes. Check your work, and then get someone else to check it.” How long should a CV be? “I don’t subscribe to the idea that it should be no more than 2 pages. If you have done project work that is relevant to the job, and you don’t include it, you’re doing yourself no favours,” Mitchell advises.

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  • BACKGROUND: Lost drug shipment may have been behind violent burglary

    A lost drug shipment was suspected of sparking the appalling violence that resulted in a hard-working and loving family “losing everything”. Detectives gathered information suggesting the gang behind the aggravated burglary of Emma and Mark Corcoran’s home in rural Tipperary almost two years ago needed to recoup money to get their drug business back on track. John Joyce and his brother Patrick, relations of a notorious family network from Coolock, north Dublin, were the suspected leaders of the seven-man gang, all but one aged just 19 or 20. One of other men, Michael McDonagh, is going out with a sister of the Joyces. It is thought the gang got information, either from local criminals or through

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  • Wedding guest billed by bride for failing to show up

    A woman in the US received an invoice in the post after failing to show up to a family wedding, and it’s since gone viral. Jessica Baker, from Andover, Minnesotta, pulled out of the child-free nuptials at the last minute after her mother announced she could no longer babysit. Baker says the relative, who she has decided not to name, had specified a no-children wedding, so she and her husband decided to stay home. The bride and groom weren’t happy with Jessica’s decision, promptly invoicing her for the cost of her and her husband’s meals. The couple were billed for a herb crusted walleye each, plus tax and service charges, totalling $75.90 (€67.80). A note on the bottom of the invoice said: “This

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  • Boos ring out as Liverpool stutter again

    Liverpool’s Europa League campaign continues to stutter and disappoint in equal measure after they were held at home by Sion. Adam Lallana’s fourth-minute strike — his second goal in as many European matches — was cancelled out by Ebenezer Assifuah and the Reds failed to change the 1-1 scoreline in the remaining 73 minutes. After an identical result in their opening match in Bordeaux, Reds manager Brendan Rodgers stressed their form at Anfield would be the deciding factor. He targeted three wins at home to get them out of Group B, but having now dropped two points they may have to recover those in either Kazan at the start of the Russian winter or in the return fixture against Sion in December.

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  • Genisys may have signalled the end of Terminator series

    Future Terminator movies are reportedly on hold as a result of Genisys' poor showing at the US box office. Terminator: Genisys has made around $440 million worldwide with just $89 million taken in the US. The Hollywood Reporter says that this, in combination with its $150 million production budget, has caused Paramount to shelve the sci-fi franchise as it's still on course to lose money. There are question marks over whether a strong Chinese box office performance is enough to save a film. Forbes magazine suggests that Hollywood studios only receive 20-30% of receipts from Chinese cinemas rather than the 50% they’d get in other territories. This would explain why US success is the standard to

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  • ‘No child should ever go through that’

    Yesterday, as a crowd gathered outside the courthouse in Clonmel, Co Tipperary, to see the seven men being individually led out, handcuffed, to an awaiting prison van, to begin their jail terms of five to 16 years, solicitor Kieran Cleary read out a statement on behalf of Emma and Mark Corcoran. The statement did not go into details of the crimes inflicted on the family in November of 2013, but instead thanked their own family members and friends, community, the people of Ireland for messages of support, their solicitor, and the gardaí who were “absolutely superb” throughout the investigation. Meanwhile, Chief Superintendent Catherine Kehoe, who has charge of the Tipperary garda division, paid tribute to the Corcoran family “for their courage and bravery throughout their ordeal” and wished them the best for the future.

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  • France look towards ‘a hell of a task’ against Ireland after Canada win

    FRANCE FULLBACK SCOTT Spedding says his side have “a hell of a task” ahead of them as they begin their preparations for the decisive World Cup Pool D clash with Joe Schmidt’s Ireland on Sunday, 11 October in Cardiff. Les Bleus delivered a less-than-impressive performance in last night’s 41-18 win over Canada in Milton Keynes, scoring five tries but showing defensive frailties and a lack of attacking cohesion against an energetic Canadian team. France now have nine days to prepare for the long-anticipated meeting with Ireland in the Millennium Stadium, having won all three of their pool games so far. “There is always room for improvement,” said fullback Spedding last night at Stadiummk. “We are

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  • This Instagram is full of the 'Putinspiration' nobody wanted or asked for

    You know what they say: Putin can kill two stones with one bird. Putin doesn’t dial the wrong number, you answered the wrong phone. Putin does not sleep; he waits. Or wait, maybe that was Chuck Norris. Anyway. Someone somewhere thought that there was a place in the world for low-saturated photos of Vladimir Putin with motivational quotes over the top. But you can be the judge of that. Here are our favourites. Move over fitness bloggers with your filtered bowls of home-made muesli. There’s a new sheriff in town.

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  • Insurance con a mix of ‘deceit and stupidity’

    An attempt by a former credit union director to con an insurance company by claiming that his Mercedes had been hijacked and stolen was yesterday described by a judge as being somewhere between deliberate deceit and crass stupidity. Pat Laffan, a 61-year-old father of four from Tullovin, Croom, in Co Limerick, pleaded guilty at Limerick Circuit Court to a charge of trying to make gain by deceit on the sum of €52,000 from Axa insurance. Evidence was given that Laffan owned a 12 C reg Mercedes, on which he had taken out a policy with Axa. On December 15, 2013, the PSNI received a complaint from Laffan that, while he was on his way to do some Christmas shopping in Newry, he was forced to stop on a motorway near Newtonards by a number of men.

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  • VW scandal: we’ve been fooling ourselves about emissions for years

    The official Irish numbers are out: 79,348 Irish motorists own cars fitted with software designed to cheat emissions tests. A further 30,000 used imports may also be affected, although that has yet to be clarified. They are party to a scandal that has torn up the reputation of one of Europe’s industrial giants and may ultimately change the motoring landscape. Two weeks after the scandal first broke, attention is rightly focused on the immediate impact: recalls, potential tax implications and damage to resale values. To recap: the scandal relates to an admission by VW that software code designed to cheat US emissions tests for nitrogen oxide (NOx), a harmful air pollutant, was included in the

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  • Outrageous - Discrimination in our schools

    IT is an outrage that school authorities can refuse children a place in their local school because they have not been baptised in the Catholic Church. This divisive and defining abuse smacks of bigotry, Catholic dominance over what is a civic matter, intolerance and an entirely inappropriate hijacking of taxpayers’ money. This ongoing scandal was raised again yesterday by Sinn Féin TD Jonathan O’Brien who said he had met with parents whose children had been denied a place in a local primary school and forced to make a two-hour journey to the national school that offered them a place. Former education minster Ruairi Quinn tried to resolve this matter but ran into the usual stonewalling and bullying.

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  • Ireland hardman Peter O’Mahony ready to take on ‘formidable’ Italy pack

    Rory Keane reports from Guildford THE ENFORCER. It’s a term that doesn’t sit well with Peter O’Mahony. Ireland’s blindside is as confrontational as they come on the pitch, but, off it, O’Mahony tries to avoid the limelight. He does his talking on the field. Therefore, when it’s put to the Corkman that many international sides now see him as the Irish hitman, very much in the mould of a Bakkies Botha or a Brad Thorn, O’Mahony looks uncomfortable. He doesn’t need praise or validation; he just gets on with it. “It is obviously a compliment and I’ll certainly take it,” said O’Mahony.  “I just try to go about things the same as I can every weekend and try to lift my physicality depending on who I

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  • Women in ‘savage’ fight outside Limerick primary school

    This week a court was told a 49-year-old man sustained a fractured skull after he was struck with a hurley when he tried to intervene in the fight outside Doon CBS primary school. Jeremiah Morey, aged 29, who has an address at Coonagh Court, in the village has pleaded guilty to assaulting Gerard Hennessy, causing him harm on June 7, 2013. During a sentencing hearing, this Tuesday, Detective Garda Mike Reidy of Bruff garda station said there were chaotic scenes when the “savage fight” erupted shortly after 9.10am. Limerick Circuit Court was told there had been tensions between Morey and Mr Hennessy for around a year prior to the incident after a puppy which was bought by the defendant died.

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  • ‘Star Wars’ bosses make €10,000 lifeboat donation

    The producers of Star Wars have left Europe’s most westerly lifeboat, Valentia Lifeboat, a lot richer than previously. The island-based lifeboat has tackled some of the strongest “forces” off the Irish coast in its 100 years of saving lives at sea in terms of gales, and its crew has several times been recognised for gallantry — but rarely has it been touched by such a single donation. Just days before the Star Wars crew finished filming scenes for Episode VIII on nearby Skellig Michael three weeks ago, the producers contacted crew members and said they wanted to make a donation. The operations manager, Richard Foran, confirmed to local newspaper Kerry’s Eye that the sum received was €10,000.

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  • Presbyterians and same-sex marriage

    Sir, – AR Bell (October 1st) hits the nail on the head by referring to a “silenced” majority within the Presbyterian Church in Ireland. They must be the people that the Rev Brian Kennaway (October 1st) has so publicly invited to leave. The appalling situation is that many are doing just that, as the church’s annual statistics proclaim, year on year. The innumerable divisions of the past, referred to by Mr Kennaway brought no benefit to either Irish or Scottish Presbyterians, so why invite the current generation to repeat them? This is not a time for intransigence – instead we must learn to disagree agreeably! – Yours, etc, STEVEN C SMYRL, Rathgar, Dublin 6. A chara, – Even if one accepts that

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  • Skype Translator is now available to everyone

    Skype Translator has done its time as a beta, which means it’s starting to roll out to everyone using the Skype for Windows desktop app. The tool supports real time translation of six languages (English, French, German, Italian, Mandarin Spanish) when speaking, as well as fifty languages in instant message form. When you get the update, you’ll see a globe icon in the top right of the Skype window. Clicking on it turns Translator, letting you see real time translations of text and speech. Verbal messages are translated in audio, while there will also be subtitles, just in case. Skype says that the tool will get more accurate over time as more people utilise it. Director of Product Management,

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  • Editors: In Dream | Album Review

    Album: In Dream Artist: Editors Label: PIAS Recordings Genre: Rock Editors have never been afraid to experiment, so when it was announced that Tom Smith and Co were self-producing their fifth album, it didn’t seem like a big deal. Absorbing In Dream from start to finish, however, it’s clear that their decision to forego outside expertise was a mistake. The five-piece have previously excelled at taut indie songs with an electronic undercurrent, but this bloated collection too often tips into meandering self-indulgence. The Tears For Fears-referencing Forgiveness is better, but tracks like Ocean of Night and Our Love drift aimlessly and repetitively, while the minimalist, overwrought At All Cost

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  • Too many falsehoods peddled about Israel and the Palestinians

    Jack O’Neill (Irish Examiner, September 26) displays an ignorance of factual history. The Palestinians and their apologists are fond of quoting UN resolutions that suit them but not fond on following them through. Mr O’Neill mentions UN resolution 194 that provided for the creation of a Jewish and a Palestinian state. Yet he implies that the fact that Palestinian state never came to be is because of Israel when he should know that in 1948 Gaza was annexed by Egypt and the West Bank by Jordan. So why is it there wasn’t a beep out of the Arab world about that occupation and that it was only when Israel took control of those lands following its victory in the Six-Day War that the problem starts?

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  • VIDEO: Gunman kills at least nine at Oregon college before dying in shoot-out

    A gunman who opened fire inside a classroom at a rural Oregon college has killed at least nine people before dying in a shoot-out with police. One survivor said he demanded his victims state their religion before he started shooting. The attack shattered the first week of classes at Umpqua Community College in the small timber town of Roseburg, about 180 miles south of Portland. The killer was identified as 26-year-old Chris Harper Mercer. The authorities shed no light on his motive and said they were investigating. 'Come on out, come on out' Hannah Miles, 19, was in her writing class when her teacher got a call from security saying the school was in lockdown. She heard gunshots from a neighbouring q
  • Dan Carter hoping to end with winning smile

    It’s four days after Dan Carter starred in a demolition job over the Wallabies, and he is sitting in the Eden Rugby clubrooms, a couple of spiral kicks away from Eden Park, with a smile as wide as the 41-13 scoreline by which his team retained the Bledisloe Cup. The All Blacks, after a 27-19 humbling at the hands of the Wallabies in Sydney the week before, have just gained a measure of revenge and in the process protected a winning streak against their neighbours at their fortress which stretches back to 1986. Carter played well — running the ball and directing operations with intent and skill and providing the final passes for Dane Coles and Ma’a Nonu to score tries on a cool evening in Auckland. If Carter hadn’t responded to the challenge posed by fly-half rival Lima Sopoaga, it would have been the 24-year-old Highlanders player travelling to England rather than the world record test points scorer considered one of the best No 10s to have played the game.

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