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  • From dancing to tea… how to cut cancer risk

    EVERY year, 30,000 people in Ireland are diagnosed with cancer, with that figure expected to rise to 40,000 by 2020. “More than four in 10 cases of cancer could be prevented by making lifestyle changes,” says Fiona Osgun, Cancer Research UK’s health information officer. Research has found that a tomato-rich diet may help protect at-risk post-menopausal women from breast cancer. Breast cancer risk rises as weight increases, but a 2013 U.S study found that when post-menopausal women followed a tomato-rich diet – including tomato-based products as well as tomatoes themselves – they showed a 9% increase in levels of a hormone called adiponectin, which helps regulate fat and blood sugar levels.

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  • Irish vote could mean rapid, seismic shift on gay rights

    Here’s a take from the New York Times on the significance of the Same-sex Marriage Referendum being decided on Friday in Ireland. In 1993, Ireland was among the last countries in the western world to decriminalise homosexuality. Some 22 years later, it could become the first to legalise same-sex marriages by popular vote.

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  • Robin Thicke shows off his 20-year-old girlfriend at Cannes film festival

    Robin Thicke has proved he is officially moving on from his divorce by bringing his new date to Cannes. The Blurred Lines singer officially divorced Paula Patton in March after trying to win her back with an album named after her and various teary performances of songs from it. But now it seems he has accepted that his romance with Paula is well and truly over as the 38 year old brought new model girlfriend April Love Geary, 20, to the film festival. They made their red carpet debut as a couple at the de Grisogono bash at the Hôtel du Cap according to E!, where Robin performed a surprise set and spent the rest of the evening hanging out with his new love. q
  • Katona's kids in 'traumatic' car crash

    Kerry Katona's children were involved in a "traumatic" car crash. The 34-year-old Atomic Kitten singer's daughters Mollie, 13, Lilly-Sue, 12, and Heidi, eight, as well as her seven-year-old son Max, were being driven by their nanny when their car was hit by another vehicle. Speaking to The Sun newspaper, the source added: "Kerry is distraught and feels cursed. While no one was injured, Heidi was kept in hospital overnight, with the unrelated illness, and had her mum by her bedside, as well as her dad - Kerry's ex Mark Croft. q
  • Prostitute pleads guilty in Google exec's death

    A California prostitute charged with killing a Google executive with an overdose of heroin aboard his yacht pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter and administering drugs. A Santa Cruz County Superior Court judge sentenced defendant Alix Tichelman to six years in prison, bringing a sudden and unexpected conclusion to a tawdry case that garnered international attention. Tichelman injected Forrest Timothy Hayes with heroin in November 2013, then left without seeking help when he passed out on the yacht, authorities say. Defence attorney Larry Biggam said Tichelman, 28, was relieved to have the court proceedings behind her, and she is expected to serve three years.

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  • How Newlyweds Can Better Manage Their Money

    The Allstate Blog offers everyday peace of mind through tips and education about safety, preparedness, maintenance and more.

  • Limerick six-year-old is Ireland's youngest member of high IQ society Mensa

    A six-year-old wonder boy from Co Limerick has become the country’s youngest member of Mensa. While his parents are naturally thrilled with the accolade, they say their son would rather talk about his beloved Manchester United. John Fitzgerald from Kildimo was officially told two days ago that he had been listed as the youngest person on Mensa’s books, which contain the names of about 1,000 Irish people. It came as no surprise to his father Barry, a computer engineer, and mother Annemaria, who’d seen his abilities before he could walk. q
  • VIDEO: Eight-year-old Cork golf prodigy gets high praise from Rory McIlroy

    As the world’s top golfer, Rory McIlroy isn’t short a few euro — but he may have made his shrewdest investment yet in getting a promising young Cork golfer’s autograph. Eight-year-old Sean Reddy had a whirlwind few days last weekend when a trip away with his dad Simon culminated with the golf fanatic showing off his swing to the world number one in front of a huge media gathering. Simon explained that the pair went to London last weekend to catch the Frank and Walters in concert. While there, they popped into Niketown, the sportswear giant’s massive central London store, where Sean practiced his swing on a golf simulator on Friday night.

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  • Adebayor given compassionate leave by Spurs

    Tottenham striker Emmanuel Adebayor will miss his club’s final game of the season at Everton on Sunday after being allowed to return to his native Togo on compassionate grounds. Adebayor published the latest in a series of lengthy Facebook posts this week in which he revealed he had contemplated suicide due to a family feud. The former Arsenal, Manchester City and Real Madrid striker, who has already been granted compassionate leave this season, is also set to miss the club’s post-season tour of the Far Eastand his future at the club must now be in doubt.Adebayor has used his Facebook account three times to reveal his complicated family issues.

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  • 7 moments from Red Nose Day USA that you need to see

    British stars such as Dame Helen Mirren, One Direction, Benedict Cumberbatch and Robert Pattinson joined their American counterparts for laughs at Red Nose Day in the US. In a bid to get the public’s donations, the three-hour charity telecast featured a musical version of Game Of Thrones, all-female remakes of Reservoir Dogs, Indiana Jones and Three Men And A Baby. Coldplay, led by frontman Chris Martin, and the cast sing a Broadway-worthy ode to the bloodthirsty fantasy drama in a sketch, narrated by the one and only Liam Neeson. q
  • Gardaí identify decomposing body found in Limerick

    Gardaí have confirmed a body found lying on a bed decomposing next to the body of con woman Julia Holmes, is that of her partner Thomas Ruttle. Mr Ruttle and Ms Holmes were discovered in a badly decayed state by a gang of intruders who broke into Mr Ruttle's farmhouse in Askeaton, Co Limerick last Monday morning. Gardaí believe the bodies were in the house for a number of weeks. No cause of death has yet been established, however Gardaí were able to rule out the couple died from gunshot wounds, following post mortems.

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  • Doh! Kid has tantrum at the White House in front of Obama

    You probably don’t want to see your child or niece throwing a tantrum when in company. Even less likely when company involves, y’know, the President of the United States and it’s at the White House. But that’s exactly what happened to the Moser

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  • Cannes 2015: Rita Ora’s racy dress, DiCaprio’s art donation and more gossip from the amfAR gala

    Amid celebrity show offs, indiscreet liaisons, and the aggressive banging of a hammer — the French Riviera’s annual, star-filled amfAR gala brought in its expected share of drama — with celebrity attendees including Leonardo DiCaprio, Jake Gyllenhaal, Marion Cotillard, Sienna Miller and Adrien Brody. Stars who put on their finest to walk the red carpet inlcuded Rita Ora in a sexy red frock and Kendell Jenner in a revealing purple gown.

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  • Twelve players we need to see in the Premier League next season

    Premier League viewers are constantly told it is the best, most competitive league in the world - but results in Europe in recent years don't really support that view. Here are 12 players we would love to see turning out for someone in the Premier League next season. A pacey Frenchman who’s been scoring goals for fun sounds just like what Arsene Wenger needs, and Lacazette even seems like the type of player who could play alongside Olivier Giroud, who we can’t imagine Wenger shipping out or benching. Brendan Rodgers might have something to say about all this though, and it wouldn’t be surprising if the rest of the “big clubs” were also in for him. q
  • Rowling 'vindicated' over 'sob story'

    Author JK Rowling has been “fully vindicated and her reputation restored” following a newspaper’s apology for alleging she wrote a “sob story” containing false claims about her time as a single mother, the High Court in England has heard. A judge was told that the publisher of the Daily Mail has accepted the allegations were “completely false and indefensible”, published an apology and undertaken not to repeat them. Associated Newspapers Ltd has also agreed to pay the creator of Harry Potter substantial damages, which she is donating to charity, and to contribute to her legal costs, said her lawyer. Solicitor-advocate Keith Schilling read out a two-page statement saying the newspaper allegations left the author “understandably distressed” but she was now happy to bring her libel proceedings – lodged in the name Joanne Kathleen Murray – to a close. q
  • Emigrants take planes, trains and automobiles #HomeToVote

    Emigrants are returning to Ireland today specifically to vote in the Referendum. Under Irish electoral law, Irish citizens living abroad retain their right to vote in elections and referenda for 18 months after leaving Ireland, if they intend to return to live here within that timeframe.

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  • Ed Sheeran’s embarrassing ordeal at US customs, thanks to Sir Elton John

    Ed Sheeran revealed he once had an embarrassing ordeal at US customs after Sir Elton John emailed him some dodgy videos. The 24-year-old was presented with the Songwriter Of The Year award at the Ivor Novellos by the star who he revealed in his speech often sends him hilarious emails. Backstage Sheeran said: “The worst email he ever sent me was I got to customs in New York once and I had 17 new emails from him and I was like, something must be important. “And I was at customs and it’s pretty hard to get into America anyway without those sort of videos.

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  • Cameron: Migrants on welfare a red line

    British prime minister David Cameron said restricting EU migrant access to Britain’s welfare system was a red line in his negotiations with the bloc, ahead of an EU summit he wants to use to launch informal talks on the issue. Cameron, reelected on May 7, has pledged to re-shape Britain’s ties with the EU before holding an in-out membership referendum by the end of 2017. Official data released hours before he spoke showed net annual migration hit a near record high of 318,000 in 2014, despite his pledges to cut it to less than 100,000, much of it from the EU and fuelled by Britain’s strong economy. “I and many others believe it is right for us to reduce the incentives for people who want to come here,” Cameron said in London before flying to an EU Eastern Partnership Summit in Latvia, his first foreign trip since his re-election.

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  • Has the iPhone 6c just been leaked… by Apple?

    Apple is no stranger to leaks and speculation surrounding potential new and upcoming products, particularly when it comes to the iPhone. Yes, in advertising photos on the official Apple website for the firm’s new iPhone charging dock, one of the images shows an iPhone with the coloured back plastic casing of the 5c, but with a Touch ID-enabled home button. For reference, this is what Apple’s iPhone line-up currently looks like. When it was launched in 2013 alongside the high-end 5s, it had the same specifications as the iPhone 5 from the previous year, including a traditional home button.

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  • Brazil beats Ireland in race for Chinese market

    Brazilian-based JBS, the world's largest beef exporter, saw profits jump in the first quarter of 2015 as new markets open in China and the US. q
  • Sir Cliff Richard 'won't go back to raid home'

    Sir Cliff Richard has put his UK home up for sale and has vowed never to return after it was raided by police, according to his friend, entertainer Cilla Black. Cilla told the Daily Mail the singer decided to put his Berkshire apartment on the market in the wake of the raid, which drew criticism as a BBC crew was on hand to film the police activity. Officers entered the gated estate while Sir Cliff was at another property in Barbados, during an investigation into an alleged assault at a religious event in 1985. Sir Cliff has strongly denied any wrongdoing and has not been arrested or charged. q