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  • Suspended doctor warns 'bloody price' will be paid

    A doctor found guilty of professional misconduct has said his treatment during a public inquiry “will be fully paid for at an extremely bloody price for the people involved worldwide,” the High Court heard. Sudanese doctor Omar Hassan was found guilty of misconduct and poor professional performance on multiple grounds in January by an Irish Medical Council (IMC) fitness to practise committee. It followed a 10-day inquiry which arose from complaints about care of patients and his interactions with colleagues, at Midland Regional Hospital Portlaoise, Mayo General, and Galway University Hospital between 2012 to 2014. Among the complaints were that he misidentified an X-ray image of an ankle for

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  • Newton Emerson: DUP opposition to Brexit forum purely parochial

    The DUP’s true objection to an all-Ireland forum has been revealed and it is so parochial it could barely squeeze a drip from a parish pump. When DUP leader Arlene Foster shot down Taoiseach Enda Kenny’s proposal for a forum three weeks ago, her concerns were presumed to be the normal unionist contempt for anything all-Ireland, plus paradoxical indignation at Kenny forgetting to run the idea past her first. But none of this bothered the DUP, according to an interview with its east Belfast MP Gavin Robinson in last Saturday’s News Letter, since confirmed by other party sources. Robinson spoke of the DUP’s “absolute understanding” that there must be “cross-Border discussion” and even proposed that

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  • Prince George allegedly criticised by British Council employee

    The British Council has pledged to investigate comments, allegedly made by one of its senior employees on Facebook, which criticise Prince George for living “on public money”. Angela Gibbins, head of global estates at the charity, was reported to have commented on a picture of the young Prince which someone had captioned: “I know he’s only two years old, but Prince George already looks like a f****** d***head.” The British Council, which promotes the UK and the English language in more than 100 countries, said her alleged comments, in which she called Prince George “royal, rich” and “advantaged” and referenced “white privilege”, were not representative of the organisation’s views. A spokeswoman

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  • Defendant jailed for having slash-hook in car

    A SIX-month jail sentence was imposed yesterday on a man who had a slash-hook in a car outside a school. He claimed that he only had the slash-hook to give to his brother for tending to three horses. He said that the horses sometimes escaped from the field they were in and the slash-hook was used to get through ditches to get them back and stop them harming themselves. That was the explanation given by 30-year-old John Heaphy, of 20 Willison Meadows, Tower, Blarney, at Cork District Court. Garda Des Prendergast was on duty at Blarney Street, at 9.10am on Wednesday morning, December 17, when a car causing an obstruction outside a school on the street came to his attention. He directed the female

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  • Justin Timberlake left fuming after fan slaps his neck during golf tournament

    Of course everybody gets a bit carried away bumping into their celebrity crush IRL, but it’s safe to say there’s always one that takes it a bit too far. Over the weekend Justin Timberlake took part in a charity golf tournament in Lake Tahoe, and as he walked through a group of spectators, he was unexpectedly slapped by a fan on neck. The incident which was caught on video and posted by TMZ, looks harmless but Timberlake’s ‘death stare’ says something quite different. “Why would you do that?” Timberlake shouts at the man before then storming off and leaving the security guards at it. According to TMZ, when police attempted to escort the man off the course he became belligerent, they arrested him

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  • Stars vow to 'bring attention to the dangers of a Trump presidency'

    Julianne Moore, Bryan Cranston, Kerry Washington, Mark Ruffalo, Neil Patrick Harris, Lena Dunham and Macklemore are among more than 100 celebrities who have joined a campaign to urge Americans to deny Donald Trump the White House. The campaign is part of Political Action’s #UnitedAgainstHate campaign. “We believe it is our responsibility to use our platforms to bring attention to the dangers of a Trump presidency, and to the real and present threats of his candidacy,” says an open letter signed by the celebrities. “Donald Trump wants to take our country back to a time when fear excused violence, when greed fueled discrimination, and when the state wrote prejudice against marginalized

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  • Adient, world’s largest car seat maker, to be based in Ireland

    Ireland is set to become home to the world’s largest car seat maker, Adient, which is being spun off following the tax-driven merger of US conglomerate Johnson Controls and Cork-based Tyco International. Johnson Controls has decided recently against its original plan to base Adient in the UK in favour of incorporating the business in Ireland, the group told analysts on a conference call last week. However, it will not have any manufacturing presence here. A spokesman said that the change of plan was not influenced by the UK’s decision in June to quit the EU, nor to achieve a better effective corporate tax rate, which it estimated between 10 per cent and 12 per cent for either jurisdiction. “The

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  • Priest charged with eight counts of indecent assault against boy

    A priest has been remanded on bail, charged with indecently assaulting a boy, writes David Raleigh. The accused who cannot be named appeared before a sitting of Limerick District Court this morning. He is charged with eight counts of indecent assault against the boy, contrary to Common Law, and Section 62 of the Offences Against the Person Act, 1861. The offences are alleged to have taken place on dates between September 1, 1988 and August 1, 1990. Detective Garda Mike Reidy, Roxboro Road station, gave evidence that he “met the defendant by appointment before the court at 10.15am and formally arrested him”. “In reply to all of the charges he had nothing to say…no reply to the charges,” Dtc Gda

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  • University Challenge fans defend 'genius' contestant after she's trolled on Twitter

    Fans of University Challenge have defended a contestant after she was trolled on Twitter over her gender. Sophie Rudd appeared on the BBC Two quiz show as a member of the University of Warwick team during Monday’s episode. The computer science master’s degree student became the subject of negative tweets posted on the social networking site as the Jeremy Paxman-fronted programme aired. Prompted by the comments, viewers of the long-running show took to Twitter to defend Sophie. Hailed as “one of the brightest stars of this year’s University Challenge” by one viewer, Sophie was also called a “genius” for helping lead her team to victory. One viewer wrote: “Notice University Challenge trending and

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  • ‘You can’t just let your kids roam around now. It has to be organised’

    The gaggle of children standing around in a wood up in the Dublin mountains don’t need to be asked twice to make a run for it. The swish of brown leaves underfoot alternates with squelchy sounds in boggy patches as they hare off through the trees. They swoop down into a dip and up a muddy slope the other side, where they stop to listen to the next instructions from the adult leader, as a few parents puff in their wake. These youngsters, aged six to 12, are in Cruagh Woods to learn some basic skills of trail running at a beginners’ workshop, organised by a company called Trail Kids on most Saturdays during the summer. They are taught to recognise what’s “slippy, grippy or trippy”, to help them

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  • 10 amazing CVs show just how to catch an employer’s eye

    CVs can be a graveyard for your detailed achievements, with identical, uninspiring replicas pouring into HR inboxes once a job is listed. Not everyone conforms, though. Catching the eye of a recruiter is a priority for jobseekers, be they out of work or looking for a change. But how can you stand out from a crowd, and still get your skills and experience across? It’s certainly not easy, though it is possible, to get a bit creative with your marketing – and a CV is the most personal of marketing, after all. Rather than the standard dated document, with text only livened up by sub-heads and bullet points, in recent years infographics, videos and even Snapchats have emerged as alternative CV templates.

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  • Watch the moment classmates deliberately lose a sports day race so their friend with Down's Syndrome can win

    The mother of an eight-year-old boy with Down’s Syndrome has spoken of the emotion that overcame her when she found out her son’s classmates deliberately lost a race on sports day so her son Will could win instead. Alison Findlayson, 37, couldn’t be at Christ the King School’s sports day herself, but was shown a video of the act of kindness by her father. “As soon as I watched it I was overcome with emotion that the children had been so kind to him and also proud of his own little celebrations,” she said. In the heart-warming video, Will’s classmates at the Stockton-on-Tees school drop their eggs one by one, to make sure Will can win the race. Will’s class teacher Miss Wade and a teaching assistant

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  • Man jailed for raping girl (14) to appeal conviction

    A Westmeath man jailed for the rape of a 14-year-old girl in a field five years ago will move to appeal his conviction in October. Martin Stokes (25), of Corkhill, Kinnegad, had pleaded not guilty to defilement of a child under the age of 15 at a location in Westmeath on June 3rd, 2011. He also denied raping and sexually assaulting her on the same occasion. He was found guilty on all counts by a jury at the Central Criminal Court and was sentenced to 12 years imprisonment with the final two suspended by Mr Justice Carroll Moran on August 7th, 2015. Stokes’ appeal against conviction was listed for hearing on Tuesday but his lawyers applied for an adjournment after written submission were received

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  • Sir Roger Moore 'heartbroken' after death of step-daughter Christina

    Sir Roger Moore has paid tribute to his step-daughter Christina after her death from cancer. The former Bond actor 88, posted the news alongside photographs of her on Twitter. Our beautiful daughter Christina (aka Flossie) lost her battle with cancer 25 July at 10am. We are heartbroken. — Sir Roger Moore (@sirrogermoore) July 26,...

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  • Michelle Obama and Hillary Clinton: from adversaries to allies

    They began as adversaries, with Michelle Obama often fuming about what she viewed as brutal, unfair attacks by Hillary Clinton on her husband during the 2008 primary campaign. Those grievances have faded, though the two have never spent much time in each other’s company, they and their husbands last dined together at the White House in 2013, and friends do not describe the two women as close. But their fates have become increasingly intertwined. Much of president Barack Obama’s legacy rests on America choosing Clinton as his successor. And for that to happen, Clinton will need the kind of public affirmation from the White House that no one can convey more forcefully than the first lady. Michelle

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  • US Sports

    Special Olympics Ireland has been chosen as the official charity of the Aer Lingus College Football Classic 2016 between Boston College and Georgia Tech which takes place on Saturday, September 3rd at 12.30pm in the Aviva Stadium. The announcement was made at a photo call attended by Special Olympics Ambassador Jon Bon Jovi in Aviva Stadium along with Special Olympics Ireland athletes James Kelly and Fiona Bryson. In one of numerous fundraising activities that will take place in the week prior to and at the game itself it was announced that from Saturday, 23rd July in celebration of the partnership, one euro will be donated to Special Olympics Ireland for every ticket bought for the game. Ticket

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  • Man hit with ‘double whammy’ has sentenced reduced

    A MAN hit with a statutory “double whammy,” according to his lawyers, has had his 17-year-prison sentence reduced to 14 by the Court of Appeal “in the interests of justice.” Martin McBride, aged 47, of Gimont Avenue, Enniscorthy, county Wexford, had pleaded guilty at Cork Circuit Criminal Court to possessing €97,000 worth of cannabis for sale or supply in the city in May 2011. While on bail and after he had signed a guilty plea for the Cork incident, he was caught with €40,000 worth of cannabis for sale or supply in his home in Wexford on November 16, 2011. Judge Seán Ó Donnabháin, at Cork Circuit Criminal Court, sentenced him to seven years imprisonment on November 29, 2011. Judge Barry Hickson

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  • Fitness supplements

    ‘My doctor told me I can’t have protein shakes anymore.” “No whey!” Lame gags aside, something that is no joke is the booming dietary supplement industry. A report released last month suggested the global dietary supplements market is expected to reach almost $280 billion (€252 billion) by 2024. This is despite the fact that there is a huge amount of misinformation circulated about the risks and benefits of many commonly available supplements. Pre-workout or BCAAs? Whey or casein protein? When did everything get so complicated? Can I just have a sandwich? A position paper published by the Irish Sports Council in 2012 recommends against the use of sports supplements, saying a correct dietary and

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  • Low-cost Credit Union loans 'to put pressure on moneylenders'

    A new Credit Union loans system is being rolled out, aimed at putting pressure on moneylenders. The ‘It Makes Sense’ scheme gives loans of no more than €2,000 to low-income families. It allows them to pay it back at much lower interest rates than they would get with moneylenders. Michael Culloty from MABS said he hoped the scheme would put pressure on lenders who are taking advantage of families. “This can be a real challenge to moneylenders,” he said. “When it is in place, we hope the Central Bank can put pressure on moneylenders to bring down their exorbitant rates.” The scheme has been trialled in 30 Credit Unions since last November. More information here.

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  • Olympic athletes' village 'does not meet sanitary requirements', says Belarus team

    The Olympic team of Belarus has branded the athletes’ village in Rio de Janeiro unsanitary, a day after Australia refused to check its athletes in over health concerns. It has complained about having no hot water, only sometimes cold water, and a failing sewage system. Posting pictures on its website of dirty windows and a filthy shower the Belarus Olympic Committee says “there remains much for the Rio organising committee to do so that the living conditions meet sanitary requirements.” Australia’s athletes refused to move into the village on Sunday, with delegation head Kitty Chiller saying water leaks and electrical problems had “endangered” athletes. However, Ms Chiller since said she expects

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