South Korean soldiers re-enact one of the major battle campaigns of the Korean War in Seoul today. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)
HERE ARE THE things we learned, loved and shared today as we round off the day in three easy steps.
THINGS WE LEARNED
#ASSAULT: A 31-year-old man has appeared in court charged with a serious sexual assault on a woman with special needs in Dublin city last week. The man was arrested by Gardaí this morning in connection with the case.
#JFK 50: Thousands of people have turned out on the streets of New Ross in Wexford to mark the 50th anniversary of the visit by then-US President John F Kennedy to the town. Members of the Kennedy family, including JFK’s daughter Caroline, have been attending events throughout the day and will be taking part in a flame-lighting ceremony later this evening.
#NORTHERN IRELAND: An investigation has been launched into claims that Northern Ireland’s Minister for Culture was injured by a police vehicle during a confrontation after the first major Orange Order parade of the summer season in Belfast. Sinn Féin MLA Gerry Kelly said the PSNI’s actions were “dangerous” and provocative”. The PSNI said the incident has been referred to Northern Ireland’s Police Ombudsman.
#WHISTLEBLOWER: Edward Snowden, the former government contractor who revealed that the National Security Agency in the US collects the phone and internet records of people, faces charges of espionage and theft of government property, US officials have confirmed. Snowden is believed to be in Hong Kong, which could complicate efforts to bring him to court to answer charges.
#CAPSIZED: Two people have been airlifted to hospital after a 70-foot trimaran boat was flipped over by gale force winds near Dún Laoghaire and capsized. The trimaran was taking part in a 3,500km race and was passing Dublin when the incident occurred.
#DRUGS: Gardaí have seized cannabis worth an estimated €1 million from an industrial premises in Blanchardstown in Dublin. A 39-year-old man was arrested at the scene and is being held at Blanchardstown Garda Station.
THINGS WE LOVED
Athletes swim in the Mediterranean Sea today at the beginning of the Tel Aviv Triathlon in Israel. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)
- If you’ve ever wondered if someone was flirting with you – and if you haven’t, what the hell? Are you a robot? – then you may appreciate this useful chart which goes into a lot of detail but basically explains why if you think someone is flirting with you, they probably are.
- For the week that’s in it, it’s worth digging up this piece from Vanity Fair last year which gives an oral history of The Sopranos using stories from many of the key people involved, including – of course – James Gandolfini.
- The expression on the face of this deaf 3-year-old when he hears for the first time after being given an auditory brain stem implant will make you feel all warm and mushy inside. Sorry/you’re welcome.
THINGS WE SHARED
- Smoking is cool. Greasy hair is a good thing. A happy ending means changing yourself and compromising your morals for a guy. Here’s 22 distressing life lessons from Grease, courtesy of BuzzFeed.
- The first official trailer for Jobs, the film about Apple founder Steve Jobs starring Ashton Kutcher is out; and although it’s early days, it doesn’t look like the car crash it was rumoured to be. Kutcher does a good job of channelling Jobs’ intensity (Nervous employee: “Typeface isn’t a pressing issue”. Jobs: “Get out”) and aside from one or two cheesy bits towards the end, it’s not bad at all.