A mallard duck keeps his balance as he crosses a frozen lake in Washington Park, New York (Mike Groll/AP).
HERE ARE THE things you need to know as we round off the day in three easy steps…
THINGS WE LEARNED
#MISSING: Gardaí have this evening appealed for information in their search for missing teenager Kim Nangle. The 17-year-old was last seen at Blanchardstown Shopping centre at approximately 10pm on 15 March.
#MICHAEL NEARY: Thirty-five women who underwent unnecessary procedures at the hands of disgraced surgeon Michael Neary have said that they are ‘in limbo’ as they wait for the government to set up a redress scheme. It has now been 15 years since the story about Neary’s practices, which included the unnecessary removal of wombs and ovaries from women, broke.
#TAXI!: RTÉ released a statement correcting reports that it spent €360,700 on taxis in 2012. The broadcaster said that the figures supplied by RTÉ to the Irish Independent under a Freedom of Information request request were incorrect and that the actual amount spent in 2012 was €269,298.
#CYPRUS: Banks in Cyprus remain closed today as political leaders scramble to find a bailout plan that will be acceptable for parliament. The country’s president said yesterday that a decision must be made today. Reports from Cyprus this morning suggest the government has decided to set up an Investment Solidarity Fund in a bid to secure the required €5.8 billion to unlock the €10 billion EU rescue package.
#CONSULTANTS: A report from the Public Accounts Committee has found that the HSE failed to collect €74 million worth of consultant claims from private health insurers because consultants have not been signing off on claims. The report recommended that the HSE examine its scope to publish the names of those who are holding up the collection of income.
#PROPERTY TAX: A list of 5,100 exemptions to the Local Property Tax have been published online today with a mixture of already existing developments, along with those for which planning permission exists. Priory Hall is the only development in Dublin which has been exempted from the tax.
Hundreds of joggers, wearing special suits with led lights attached, arrive outside the Lowry Theatre in Salford Quays, Greater Manchester (Dave Thompson/PA Wire).
THINGS WE LOVED
- These colour shots of Ireland in 1913. The glamour.
- The clever marketing strategy used by a Chicago couple to rent their two bed apartment in less than 24 hours. And of course we’re big fans of the photo-bombing dog himself.
- It’s Twitter’s birthday today. Here are some reasons we both love and loathe it.
THINGS WE SHARED
- These 47 earth-shattering local news headlines. We’re raging we didn’t get some of these scoops.
- Were you a total poetry nerd in school like we were? Then you’ll enjoy these 6 secondary school poetry memories…
- Look at all those silly people falling for this prank. Our favorite is the really unimpressed, passive-aggressive ‘that’s trippy, however you did that’ girl.