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  • Mean and moody Eamonn Holmes earns flood of Twitter compliments

    EAMONN Holmes tweeted a photograph from his younger days and people thought he looked like Poldark. The Belfast broadcaster stepped down from presenting Sky News Sunrise last week after fronting the early morning show for 11 years. He joked on Twitter that not having to prepare for a 6am start has helped him catch up on beauty sleep. The tweet prompted a flood of cheeky compliments from followers, who compared the 56-year-old to 70s heartthrob Donny Osmond, Argentinean footballing legend Mauricio Pochettino, and even Elvis Presley. One imaginative wag propsed him as the next Bond. Eamonn’s replacement on Sky News Sunrise, Sarah-Jane Mee, joked that the mean and moody look meant her predecessor q
  • Anthony Foley death: What is pulmonary oedema?

    As tributes continue to paid to Munster rugby legend Anthony Foley following his premature death at the age of 42, a French coroner has confirmed he died from pulmonary oedema brought on by heart disease. Pulmonary oedema is the medical term for the acute flooding of the lungs with fluid. The most common cause is severe heart failure. Our lungs contain small elastic air sacs called alveoli. With each breath, they take in oxygen and release carbon dioxide. However, when an overworked left ventricle — the main pumping chamber in the heart — isn’t able to pump out enough of the blood it receives from the lung, the resulting back pressure causes fluid to be pushed through the walls of small blood

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  • Laois hotel named number one in the world

    Ballyfin Demesne, in County Laois has been named the world’s No.1 hotel according to the influential US travel magazine, Conde Nast. Its one of three Irish hotels to make the top ten according to the magazine’s 300,000 readers. Waterford Castle and The Lodge at Ashford Castle in County Mayo took 7th and 9th place respectively. Martina Yeardly is deputy manager of Ballyfin Demense – she says it’s great news for our tourist industry in general.

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  • Jim Carrey's lawsuit against Cathriona White's family slammed as "disgusting"

    The mother of Jim Carrey’s ex-girlfriend Cathriona White has dismissed the actor’s response to allegations that he gave her sexually transmitted diseases as “disgusting and dishonest”. Brigid Sweetman sued Jim for the wrongful death of her daughter just over a year ago and repeated allegations made by her daughter’s husband, Mark Burton, that the actor gave Ms White three sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). But the Bruce Almighty actor, 54, filed a lawsuit against the family on Tuesday, reportedly claiming that he continued his relationship with Ms White after she had married Mr Burton and that she was prone to inventing stories in a “vindictive way” when upset. In a statement, he added that

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  • Saudi Arabia executes prince in rare royal death sentence

    Saudi Arabia says it has executed a prince who fatally shot another man in a fight, a rare death sentence carried out against a member of the kingdom's extensive royal family. The Interior Ministry said it had executed Prince Turki bin Saud bin Turki bin Saud al-Kabeer in Riyadh. It did not describe how the sentence was carried out, although the Sunni-ruled kingdom often beheads the condemned in public. A ministry statement to the state-run Saudi Press Agency warned "whoever dares to commit such a crime that the Shariah penalty is awaiting". Saudi Arabia is among the world's most prolific executioners. Royal executions are rare, but have happened before. In 1975, the kingdom beheaded Faisal bin

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  • Trump v Clinton: what you need to know about the final debate

    That bell you hear is for the final round of the 2016 US presidential campaign. After 23 primary and general election debates, the final one – between Republican nominee Donald Trump and Democratic hopeful Hillary Clinton – takes place on Wednesday night. When and where? The debate will take place at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, which is eight hours behind Ireland. The three debates - even though they took place in three different timezones - were all scheduled for 9pm US Eastern Time. Therefore, like the first two, the final debate will begin at 2am Thursday morning irish-time (6pm Wednesday evening local time). The format? The debate is set to run for an hour and a half, with no commercial

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  • Ecuador cuts Julian Assange’s internet amid election interference fears

    Ecuador has confirmed it cut off internet access in its embassy in London to Julian Assange, the founder of the whistleblowing site WikiLeaks, over fears that he was using it to interfere in the US presidential election. The move followed the publication of leaked emails by WikiLeaks, including some from the Democratic National Committee (DNC) released just before the party’s convention in July, and more recently a cache of emails from the account of Hillary Clinton campaign adviser John Podesta. On Tuesday, officials released a statement saying that the government of Ecuador “respects the principle of non-intervention in the internal affairs of other states” and had cut off the internet access

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  • Manila police van rams into protesters at anti-US rally

    A Philippine police van rammed into protesters, leaving several bloodied, as an anti-US rally turned violent at the American embassy in Manila. At least three student activists had to be taken to hospital after they were run over by the van driven by a police officer, protest leader Renato Reyes said. TV footage showed the van repeatedly ramming the protesters as it drove wildly back and forth after activists surrounded and started hitting the vehicle with wooden batons they seized from police. In front of horrified crowds, including video-journalists and photographers, the van suddenly charged backwards, then forward twice over a space of about 20m, barrelling through the scattered protesters.

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  • Hugo Lloris thwarts Javier Hernández as Spurs survive onslaught

    Bayer Leverkusen 0 Tottenham 0 There had been little to advertise the Bayer Leverkusen onslaught. Tottenham Hotspur had not only been comfortable in the first half, they were impressive and on another night they would have been in front. Dele Alli was off target with a gilt-edged header while Vincent Janssen sent another one against the crossbar. But this would be an occasion when Tottenham’s resilience endured an exacting test. They passed it and they might come to be grateful for this Champions League point, which kept them above Leverkusen, before the German club’s visit to Wembley in two weeks’ time. The resistance was symbolised by goalkeeper and captain Hugo Lloris and the save that he

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  • Beautiful wild brownie while pike fishing on Lough Iron

    Michael Flanagan from Midland Angling reports: Way back in January 2015 I was on Lough Iron and bumped into Kenneth Corcoran of Clonbullogue Co Offaly. Kenneth and some pals love fishing from Kayaks, and exploring our waterways across Westmeath. Recently they had a days bank fishing, and Kenneth was joined on this angling adventure by Jamie Murphy, Alma Cuthbertson, and Tannie Mienie. The group were pike angling and Kenneth caught a beautiful Wild brown trout weighing 9lbs 8oz. It’s a cracking looking specimen as a river specimen is 5lbs. You just never know what’s going to hit your lures when out fishing. Make a booking Midlands Angling  provide a top class Guiding service covering many of the

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  • Gardai investigating after shot fired in Dublin last night

    Gardai are investigating after a shot was fired at a house on the northside of Dublin last night. The front door of a house on Inverness Road in Marino was hit in the incident at about 11.30pm. A man and two women were inside at the time, however no-one was injured. The scene was sealed off for a forensic examination.

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  • Brendan Howlin: Ministers who vote against 8th amendment Bill should resign

    Ministers who vote against the government in an upcoming Bill on repealing the Eight Amendment should resign, Labour leader Brendan Howlin has said, writes Irish Examiner Political reporter Elaine Loughlin. It comes as the Independent Alliance is demanding a free vote when a Bríd Smith of the AAA-PBP brings a Bill before the Dáil to allow a referendum on the Eight Amendment. But Mr Howlin said "it's a matter for the government to sort out their own house" but added that any member of Government who disagrees with cabinet should step down. “Under the constitution, there is a constitutional imperative that the Cabinet acts as a collective. That’s not a matter of choice, that’s not a matter of debate.

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  • Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson win apology from US tabloids over false divorce claims

    Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson have described their 28-year marriage as the “foundation of their family” as they won rare apologies from American tabloids over false divorce stories. The couple, who have long been regarded as having one of the most stable relationships in Hollywood, said articles in the National Enquirer and Star magazines were “lies we would not put up with any longer”. The publications, both owned by American Media Inc, have now apologised for stories that claimed the actors were divorcing and Tom was having an affair. The couple released a joint statement to The Hollywood Reporter, which Rita linked to on Twitter: They said: “No true news organisation could report that our marriage

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  • Kevin Doyle’s MLS side interested in Dundalk’s Daryl Horgan

    Dundalk’s Daryl Horgan is being linked with Colorado Rapids. According to the Star newspaper the MLS club, who already have Ireland international Kevin Doyle on their books, are interested in signing the 24-year-old. Horgan scored twice to help his side defeat Cork City in a crucial Airtricity League game last week and scored again on Monday against Longford Town. Given his current form, many fans have called on Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill to call him into the international squad. His performances have also earned him a place in the PFAI Premier Division Team of the Year and a nomination for Player of the Year. Melbourne City and Ipswich are among the other teams that have been

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  • Banty back in inter-county management

    SEAMUS McENEANEY has been announced as the new Wexford senior football manager. The former Monaghan and Meath manager will take over from David Power who stepped aside after two years in charge. McEneaney has been one of the high profile managers in the country during his spell in charge with his native Monaghan and Meath. Wexford had a hugely disappointing national league campaign under Power, having been relegated to Division 4 in 2015, failing to get an immediate return which was expected. The county also failed to delivery in the championship losing out disappointingly to Kildare in the provincial quarter-final, before being eliminated from the championship race by Fermanagh in the Qualifiers. q
  • Chinese economy grows 6.7% as construction booms

    China’s economy expanded at a steady 6.7 per cent in the third quarter and looks set to hit Beijing’s full-year target, fueled by stronger government spending, record bank lending and a red-hot property market that are adding to its growing pile of debt. Wednesday’s data painted a picture of an economy that is slowly stabilising but increasingly dependent on government spending and a housing boom for growth, as private investment and exports remain stubbornly weak. Some economists believe Beijing has had to “double down” on stimulus this year to meet its official growth range of 6.5 to 7 per cent, and say the government’s obsession with meeting hard targets may hurt both planned reforms and the long-term health of the world’s second-largest economy. “So far this year they have clearly chosen to do everything they can to meet the growth targets, and now there is a little bit of an upward surprise from the housing market which actually will help them with GDP growth this year,” said Louis Kuijs, head Of Asia economics at Oxford Economics in Hong Kong.

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  • American tech firm Black Duck to create 58 jobs in Belfast

    AMERICAN technology firm Black Duck Software is to open a new open source security research group, based in Belfast creating 58 jobs. The new offices will be focused on security research as well as Black Duck’s full range of open source security and management products, and professional services. The company develops software solutions to secure and manage open source software, reducing challenges related to security vulnerabilities, compliance and operational risk. Invest NI has offered support of £377,000 towards the new jobs which will be created over the next four years with an average salary of £37,000. CEO of the Massachusetts-headquartered company Lou Shipley said: “We are seeking to increase q
  • Nick Kyrgios opts for NBA All-Star weekend over tennis tournament

    Nick Kyrgios has had his contract to compete at next year’s ATP Tour event in Rotterdam cancelled so he can take part in the NBA All-Star weekend. The Australian had committed to the ABN Amro tournament in February, but it seems there are things he’d rather be doing. Kyrgios is currently suspended from the Tour having failed to give his best effort in a match in Shanghai last week, where he rolled in underwhelming serves which had some questioning his appetite for the game. The 21-year-old has made it clear basketball is his big passion, and ABN Amro Tournament director Richard Krajicek has agreed to cancel his contract so he can play in a celebrity match on February 19, the same day as the final

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  • Google is now better at helping you find cheap flights

    We’ve probably all been there – you’re trying to sort out a holiday but you put off actually booking the flight because, well, laziness. Cat GIF – Find & Share on GIPHY And then, the next thing you know the price has gone up way, way too much for your bank balance to handle and you’re just sat there, with *all* the regrets. But now, you can hopefully say bye to that stressful feeling. Google has announced a new feature for its flight search engine – which is called, you’ve guessed it, Google Flights. And it means you will now be notified as to when that fare you’re excitedly eyeing up is expected to rise. Fliers will also be able to track specific flights by email to see how the prices are fluctuating,

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  • How the RUC protected the UDA

    In terms of the politics of proscription [of the UDA], we have always regarded the existence of such denials as more important than their accuracy. - C. Davenport, NIO official On 26 May 1981, at the height of tensions over the IRA/INLA hunger strike, the RUC searched the headquarters of the UDA in Newtownards Road, Belfast, and discovered the following weapons: one Thompson sub-machine gun, six home-made Sten guns, a .45 revolver and 550 rounds of ammunition. According to official records UDA man Robert McDevitt was arrested, while Andy Tyrie was merely interviewed. However, The Irish Times stated that two men were arrested along with Tyrie. The discovery prompted a debate amongst top civil

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