EVERY EVENING, TheJournal.ie brings you a round-up of the day’s biggest news stories, as well as the bits and pieces you may have missed.
- It’s been a day of ups and downs on the stock markets. This evening some better-than-expected jobs news from the US and rumours that the ECB was ready to buy Spanish and Italian bonds meant that some of the losses on the markets from earlier today were reversed. They had rallied slightly by lunchtime after a terrible start this morning. Wondering if you should be worried? Check out TheJournal.ie‘s explainer on the whole thing.
- It’s been warned that people who had savings with Rathmines-based Home Payments could lose all of those savings after the company collapsed. Home Payments, which has been operating since 1963, announced yesterday that it had ceased trading and today went into liquidation. Customers will be contacted in the coming days about their funds.
- Security staff from Securicor foiled a robbery at a bank in Cork earlier. A Securicor van arrived at the Bank of Ireland in Glanmire and two armed men attempted to raid it. One of the Securicor staff tackled one of the raiders and the pair fled the scene.
- You may know them as the crazy-haired hyperactive Eurovision duo, but Jedward have now been pictured as you’ve never seen them before, in a startling new ad campaign for the ISPCC.
- RTÉ has said that it regrets any offence caused to Tyrone football manager Mickey Harte and his family after a sketch on The John Murray Show. The Tyrone players and management have refused to co-operate with RTÉ in recent times, saying that the sketch showed a ‘complete lack of sensitivity’. Read statements from both sides here.
- It’s emerged that the person mauled to death by a polar bear in Norway was a 17-year-old boy. The boy was travelling with a British tourist group when the attack took place in Svalbard. Four other people were seriously injured.
- Five police officers have been convicted of shooting unarmed people in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans in 2005. Two people died in the shooting on Danziger Bridge in the city.
- No, your eyes aren’t deceiving you…these are people sprinting in rhino suits:
The runners are dressed in rhino costumes to take part in a 100 metre sprint, organised by Save the Rhino International, at Mile End Park, east London. The aim was to highlight the work of the charity, which conserves populations of critically endangered rhinos in Africa and Asia.
- If you’re a fan of the Game of Thrones TV series or the books it’s based on, you’ll love these images from the show’s set in Northern Ireland.
- Does Ghost make you well up? Can you take it when Bambi’s mother heads for the big forest in the sky? Well scientists have now come up with the saddest scene in a film, guaranteed to make even the hardest of hearts reach for the Kleenex. It’s Ricky Schroder’s begging pleas of ‘wake up’ in The Champ: