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  • Hotel boss resigns after sectarian outburst

    A Co Derry businesswoman has resigned from a prestigious hospitality organisation after being filmed making a foul-mouthed sectarian rant. The Northern Ireland Hotels Federation confirmed last night that former board member Ramona Wylie had tendered her resignation after a expletive-ridden outburst was captured on camera. It has been reported that the 46-year-old has also been suspended from her role as financial director at the Best Western Plus White Horse Hotel outside Derry. Images of the businesswoman launching a tirade of abuse, which appears to have been alcohol fuelled, were posted on social media. It has been reported that the abuse was directed at doormen at city centre bar, however, q
  • Saudi Arabian woman chops off maid’s arm

    An Indian housemaid had her arm hacked off by her female Saudi Arabian employer after the maid complained to authorities of ill treatment. The 55-year-old, from southern India was caught trying to escape by her employers in Riyadh and they decided to punish her. It seems ISIL are not the only people who act like “barbarians” in the Middle East. Michael A Moriarty Rochestown Cork

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  • Homeless man found dead was ‘robbed of dignity’

    The death of a homeless man just metres from a protest on the housing crisis has been described as ‘sickening”’ by charities. The man, in his 30s, was found in the entrance to Starbucks on Westmoreland St yesterday morning as demonstrators walked back from a ‘sleep out’ for the homeless outside the Dáil. One of the first to arrive on the scene, Anthony Flynn from Inner City Helping Homeless, said the man was “robbed of his dignity”. “He was covered with a blue hospital blanket and people walked by the body like it was normal. “I was saddened at the fact that someone was allowed to lay there without any dignity. We managed to get a tent put around him but that man deserved privacy and dignity,

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  • 'Espece de brute' - The French and Irish Twitter reaction to O'Brien punch

    Twitter erupted yesterday after Ireland flanker Sean O’Brien appeared to strike France’s Pascal Pape during Ireland’s victory over les Bleus.  It seems likely that the Tullow Tank will be suspended but Ireland nervously await the blow from the gavel as they hope to have the influential flanker for their quarter-final clash against Argentina. As usual, Twitter had its say and the French reaction was, well, to be expected. This may be a tad excessive. Just a tad. Which translates to gross species. Some people felt Pape went down a bit too easily (They may have been eating their words as they watched Robert Lewandowski for Poland later that night however). Others pointed out that O’Brien may actually

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  • USC cuts and welfare boosts in budget

    USC cuts, welfare boosts, and expanded childcare will form key parts of a more generous than expected vote-chasing budget. Finance Minister Michael Noonan is expected to use at least €600m of the €750m he has earmarked for tax cuts to lessen the burden of the deeply unpopular USC. Up to 100,000 low-paid workers are expected to drop out of the USC net altogether, with those earning €50,000 a year set to be €500 better off annually. With the Cabinet’s Economic Management Council set to put the finishing touches to the package today, the Christmas bonus for welfare recipients is set to be restored to at least 60% of its pre-crash level, but a total restoration has been ruled out. The move is expected

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  • Surge in new HIV cases linked to ‘snow blow’ drug use

    A surge in the number of new cases of HIV among intravenous drug users in Dublin this year has been linked to the growing use of a new drug known as “snow blow”. The HSE has expressed concern about the scale of the increase in the capital, particularly among the city’s homeless population. Last month, Europe’s leading drugs agency warned about the growing danger of snow blow — a relatively new psychoactive substance — which has already been linked to at least four deaths in Ireland. The European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction said data on snow blow, officially known as alpha-PVP, showed it is used by both recreational and high-risk drug-users. The HSE has reported 22 confirmed

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  • Tens of thousands demonstrate in Germany against EU-US trade deal

    Tens of thousands of people marched through downtown Berlin on Saturday to protest a planned trans-Atlantic free trade pact. Police said around 100,000 took part in the demonstration, while organisers claimed 250,000 turned out, banging on drums, chanting slogans and waving signs and flags opposing the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership. Germany’s government has pushed the deal, saying it will boost the global economy and give smaller and mid-sized companies a better chance at competing on the world market while reducing bureaucracy. Protesters, organised by the Confederation of German Trade Unions, known by its acronym DGB, worry that an agreement could lower food safety standards and undermine local regulations by giving international arbitration panels the power to rule over disputes.

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  • Limerick man jailed for robbing student

    A YOUNG man who dramatically escaped from custody earlier this year by jumping a security barrier at Limerick Courthouse is beginning a lengthy prison sentence after he admitted robbing an iPhone from a student last Christmas. Martin Whyte, aged 23, who has an address at Cois Na Coille in Murroe, admitted punching the student in the face outside a nightclub at Michael Street in the early hours of December 21, 2014. During a sentencing hearing, Detective Garda Joe Cusack said the student had just exited the club and was about to ring a taxi when two young men approached him from behind. He was punched in the face and his phone, which was worth around €600, was taken by the culprits who fled in

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  • Big Bang Theory’s Simon Helberg ‘scared’ by personal film

    The Big Bang Theory star Simon Helberg has revealed documenting his personal life for a film is terrifying. The US actor, best known for playing aerospace engineer Howard Wolowitz in the award-winning comedy, has written, directed and stars in We’ll Never Have Paris, a romantic comedy based on his real-life engagement to his wife, Jocelyn Towne. Simon said: “The film is based on the story of our break-up and then our proposal that followed shortly after, both of which were epic intercontinental disasters. “We are married now, and thought, ‘Let’s tell the story of our demise and relive that for years to come’. Why we did that, I’m still trying to work out. It’s really personal, it’s really scary.

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  • Finally, a budget day to look forward to – especially for the self-employed

    In recent years, budget week has been a downer, but things are starting to look up again. The Irish Tax Institute said the country can expect tax cuts of between €600 million and €750 million tomorrow. This is based on the Government’s Spring Economic Statement which said there would be between €1.2 billion and €1.5 billion available for combined tax reductions and investment in public services, and repeated confirmations the total adjustment would be split 50:50 between tax cuts and expenditure increases. With exchequer net receipts for the first eight months of 2015 almost €1.4 billion ahead of target, it appears likely expansionary measures will be closer to the upper limit of €1.5 billion.

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  • John Young Parkway construction begins Monday

    Divers in Kissimmee will soon see some major changes to the major road in and out of Poinciana. Construction on John Young Parkway between Portage Street and Vineland road begins Monday, and residents told us they are both excited about the finished project but concerned it will increase an already lengthy commute. "It gets really bad here especially on weekdays," local Kissimmee Resident Osvaldo Perez told us. "Lots of people travel back and forth to work in Orlando." According to the Florida Department of transportation about 36,000 people like Perez, travel on John Youn... Read More

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  • How supermarkets use your behaviour against you

    I’ve never liked food shopping or supermarkets. I especially don’t like navigating overlit aisles after a busy day in an air-conditioned office. It’s worse for those with kids who know that all hell can break loose in the fruit and vegetable section. Finding a bargain in these circumstances can be almost impossible. The carefully positioned “Best value” and “Super deal” signs are distracting, and the price comparisons are worse again. That brand of shampoo I like is €6.79, and the little red flag underneath informs me that’s 10 cent cheaper in this shop than in a rival store. Good news. But wait now, the tin of beans is 95 cent, and another little red flag says it’s also 95 cent at the main rival’s

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  • How a leak can become a tsunami with Irish Water nowhere in sight

    EVERY now and again, I get to meet third-level politics students. Either they want an interview for their thesis or they attend a masterclass. A masterclass is academic for “great gas with poor coffee where nobody makes notes, even though in theory they should, and somebody tweets their approval of what they’re not concentrating on”. At a masterclass at an unspecified time on a forgotten date in a location that’s nobody’s business, I met a group of politics students which broke down, as all politics student groups do, into three unevenly proportioned sub-groups. Sub-group A, the largest group, comprised earnest theorists who could quote every opinion poll ever taken and every policy document

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  • Sleb Safari: Kanye for president? Run for your lives!

    TEMPTING as it is to laugh at Kanye West – inventor of leather jogging bottoms and the grown man who crashed 19-year-old Taylor Swift's acceptance speech but graciously told her "Imma let you finish" – we probably shouldn't because there's every chance he's going to end up as the leader of the free world. Allow Sleb Safari to walk you through it. Kanye announced his intention to run for president of the US in 2020 while high as a kite at the VMAs and has wasted no time getting to work on his campaign. Already he has the campaign slogan "sweatshirts are f***ing important" so he's pretty much got the show on the road. His VMA announcement went down like this. At the end of a rambling Kanye-ist q
  • Look at the lovely note a coach sent to the kicker who scored the game-winner against him

    This is how to take your beating. Bill Snyder is head coach of the Kansas State American football team. In last week’s game against Oklahoma State, Kansas led 34-33 with 32 seconds left on the clock. Then, Ben Grogan stepped up to slot this field goal to give Oklahoma the win, 36-34. Later in the week, Grogan opened his mail to find this note from Bill Snyder. "Congratulations Ben. I admire the courage you displayed in hiting the game winning FG. That took great focus & discipline on your part. Wishing you continued success. Coach Snyder" Sporting, dignified and proudly penned in the purple of his team. A class act.

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  • How Lismore Food Company have gone from strength to strength

    FOR a company started just 11 months ago, an order from Marks & Spencer for 300 of their 400 UK stores comes close to a lottery win. For The Lismore Food Company their winning ticket, worth over a quarter of a million euros, had the magic numbers: a good idea, well developed and executed and plenty of business experience. Multinationals often seduce with large orders, but insist on their own labels, absorbing products which lose producers’ identity, but this order is for the Lismore Food Company brand, complete with its original, elegant packaging. Established by chef Beth-Ann Smith and brothers Owen and Ken Madden who have a family history of baking, there are plenty of reasons why the company should be successful.

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  • Pressure on to ‘glue’ bodies back together

    Joe Schmidt has charged his medical staff with putting his players back together to face Argentina in next Sunday’s World Cup quarter-final after Ireland survived a battle of attrition to defeat France last night. Captain Paul O’Connell is head coach Schmidt’s major concern after leaving the Millennium Stadium on a stretcher cart during the interval of his side’s epic 24-9 victory which also saw Ireland lose fly-half Johnny Sexton and flanker Peter O’Mahony during an immensely physical contest. The victory secured top spot in Pool D and earned Ireland an extra day to prepare for a return to Cardiff on Sunday and Schmidt indicated last night that he and his backroom team will need every hour they can get, and even that might not be long enough in O’Connell’s case. It going to be massively challenging,” Schmidt said.

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  • Frontrunner Clinton has the most to lose

    Hillary Clinton faces some strong candidates in her bid to win the Democratic nomination for a tilt at the presidency and needs to step up to the plate, writes Bette Browne. Hillary Clinton’s presidential dream could risk dissolving into a nightmare battle unless she can stiffen her spine and present her case with style and substance in tomorrow’s first Democratic debate in the White House race. Among these could be the subsequent loss of at least one of the two opening primaries in the New Year when Democrats will decide whom they want to run for the presidency. The loss of one or both of these primaries in Iowa or New Hampshire could set the stage for a battle Clinton never expected, with shades all over again of her failure against Barack Obama to secure the nomination in 2008.

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  • Michael Dwyer’s family supports new film questioning his death

    For the family of Michael Dwyer, deciding to allow a documentary film crew follow them on their campaign for justice was a heavily fraught decision. They remain deeply scarred by the portrayal of their son in much of the Irish media in the aftermath of his death at the hands of Bolivian police in Santa Cruz in the early hours of April 16th, 2009. They witnessed his reputation destroyed at home as they tried to work out how the fun-loving 24-year-old, who went to South America to do a bodyguard course, ended up dead, supposedly in a shoot-out with authorities, who accused him of being a mercenary planning to kill president Evo Morales. The Irish Jackal Newspapers, including The Irish Times, published

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  • Sulky Racing: Time to find a legal solution?

    We need to find a safe legal space for sulky racing, says documentary maker Geoff Power, as these horses can have a positive impact on their racers — both Travellers and settled people STRUGGLING to find the turn for the halting site on Childers Road, I pull over at a bus stop and ring Timmy. “Well…?” he queries. “I’m lost, Timmy. I’m opposite the Topaz station — beside the Aldi.” “No, no, you’ve gone too far,” he says. “Come back down the road. You’ll go through two — no three — roundabouts. I’ll come out to meet you. I’ll be on the grassy mound.” I turn the old Mini around and chug back up Childers Road. I met Timmy and his family for the first time two months previously. Martin Danneels, the

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