EVERY DAY, TheJournal.ie brings you nine things you need to know with your morning cup of coffee.
1. #PERU Irish woman Michaella McCollum Connolly will face a judge in Peru tomorrow, the Irish Times reports. She and Melissa Reid face charges of attempting to smuggle cocaine out of the country. Connolly’s brother Keith visited the Tyrone woman in Lima yesterday.
2. #EGYPT The supreme guide of the Muslim Brotherhood, Mohamed Badie (70), has been arrested by Egyptian authorities as they stepped up a campaign to crush the party of ousted president Mohamed Morsi. This arrest has stoked fears of an escalation of the current crisis in Egypt, where nearly 900 people have died in recent days of clashes.
3. #MALALA Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani schoolgirl who survived being shot in the head by the Taliban, is to have her campaigning work honoured today in Ireland. She will be presented with the Tipperary International Peace Award at a ceremony this afternoon. The organisers said her courage is an “inspiration”.
4. #LETTERKENNY Letterkenny Hospital is due to open to walk-in patients today, three weeks after it was seriously damaged during flash flooding. The interim emergency department will open from about midday. A hospital spokesperson said the phased reopening has been a “success” and work is ongoing.
5. #PAKISTAN A Pakistani court has charged former military ruler Pervez Musharraf with the 2007 murder of opposition leader Benazir Bhutto. It is the first time a former head of Pakistan’s army has been charged with any crime.
6. #SEANAD The Seanad will be recalled today to debate annulling an organ transplant law that cannot be annulled. Senator Mark Daly has said the legislation is “flawed” as it does not provide for a single authority to handle organ donations and transplants. It will be discussed during a special session of the upper house today.
7. #SEXUAL HARASSMENT A 17-year-old girl was discriminated against and the company did not take steps to prevent her being sexually harassed at a retail store, the Equality Tribunal has found. Two employees were said to have made sexual comments to the young teen. The company was ordered to pay the girl €29,756 due to the “severity of the unlawful conduct”.
8. #BULLYING: Anti-bullying ads are to appear in hundreds of school textbooks in a bid to give advice to school students who are being bullied. The ads will appear in both print and digital publications for primary and secondary schools.
9. #RESCUE More than 100 people were rescued from a sinking boat filled with asylum seekers off Australia today. Two of the people suffered minor injuries, rescuers said.