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The Daily Fix: Tuesday

In your fix today: Plans for a Eurozone ‘financial government’, urgent medical advice from the Irish Heart Foundation, and the best presentation you’ve ever seen… on an iPod.

Sonia O'Sullivan and puppy-in-training Halle want you to run for the Irish Guide Dogs in the Cork Women's Mini Marathon next month. More details at the link below.
Sonia O'Sullivan and puppy-in-training Halle want you to run for the Irish Guide Dogs in the Cork Women's Mini Marathon next month. More details at the link below.
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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.

  • Nicolas Sarkozy and Angela Merkel have put the issue of corporation tax back at the top of the Eurozone agenda – by announcing that they’ll be aligning their own corporate tax systems by 2016. More interestingly, they’ve also called for a common Eurozone ‘financial government’ – and want each Eurozone country to bring in new legal limits on budget deficits. In Ireland’s case, that means a referendum. Michael Noonan has responded with cautious optimism.
  • Irish men have been urged not to ‘die a hero’ – and to seek urgent medical help if they’re having a heart attack. The Irish Heart Foundation says many men simply shrug off the symptoms of heart attacks – and that only half of heart-attack patients arrive in hospital via ambulance.
  • The UK’s phone-hacking scandal took another new twist today – as new files emerged which undermined James Murdoch’s evidence to a House of Commons committee. Murdoch insisted that phone-hacking was not endemic at the News of the World – a claim undermined by letters from its former royal correspondent Clive Goodman.
  • In today’s package of financial stats: the number of mortgages being approved is now less than half what it was this time last year; and Irish people are turning their backs on cash in exchange for debit cards – though we’re still taking out more at the ATM than anyone else.
  • Rental prices in Ireland have held steady in the last year, according to the latest data from Daft.ie – though rent in Cork has risen by 4.7 per cent in the last twelve months.
  • Five people have been injured after their horse and trap overturned on Inis Mór in the Aran Islands.
  • You may remember from yesterday how MI5 were being tasked with decrypting BlackBerry Messenger data. An Essex man is to appear in court next month charged with using the service to organise… a water fight.
  • Texas governor and US presidential hopeful Rick Perry has found himself in hot water, after being accused of inciting violence against Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke. Perry said Texan people would “treat [Bernanke] pretty ugly” if he pursued another round of quantitative easing.
  • Do you have a symmetrical face? Not only are you more likely to find a partner, you’re also more likely to be self-sufficient – and more likely to be healthy.
  • That whole tech-superpower patent wrangle has taken yet another turn. HTC’s launched another lawsuit (yes, another one) against Apple, claiming patent infringement.
  • Caroline Gonzalez is probably the world’s youngest mayor right now – she’s been put in charge of a city in Texas for a day, in a stunt to generate interest in local government. But, as she’s 11 years old, you can probably guess who she’s decided to rename the main street after.
  • Blah blah blah, blah-blah-blah blahdy, blah blah blah? Oh, I know! Blah yak yak yak blah blah blah.
  • Fancy a journey into some of the world’s most remote jungles – and the chance to meet some of the animals there? You’re in luck.
  • There’s nothing worse than a boring presentation. If you’ve ever been in a meeting with an endless PowerPoint presentation, you’ll know there’s little more annoying. So, in a modern twist on presentations and via TED, here’s the best presentation you’ll probably ever have seen… delivered via iPods.

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