A volunteer picks up a shamefaced crab at the Marine Life Park oceanarium today in Singapore. The oceanarium is one of the city-state’s newer tourist attractions. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)
HERE ARE THE things you need to know as we round off the day in three easy steps.
THINGS WE LEARNED
#SAVITA Taoiseach Enda Kenny announced today that three staff from University Hospital Galway were removed from the team investigating Savita Halappanavar’s death. The HSE said it takes the concerns of her husband Praveen Halappanavar ‘very seriously’ and that a face-to-face meeting with him is being sought after he said he would not cooperate with the investigation. Minister James Reilly has said the process needs to be expedited to ensure no further risk to women being treated at the hospital.
#IT’S OFFICIAL Enniskillen has been confirmed as the location for the G8 summit on 17 and18 June next year, with Prime Minister David Cameron confirming the news during a visit to Northern Ireland today. The main venue will be the luxury Lough Erne golf resort.
#COURT A District Court judge, Heather Perrin, has been found guilty of inducing a client, Thomas Davis, to leave half of his estate to her two children. The incident occurred in 2009 when she was a solicitor, RTÉ reports. Perrin was released on bail and will be sentenced next Wednesday.
#ABORTION The Government has agreed to publish in full the report of its Expert Group into the European Court of Human Rights ruling in the A, B and C case. The Government had previously committed not to publishing the report before deciding whether legislative changes were needed following the ruling.
#EMERGENCY An off-duty pilot helped to land a Lufthansa flight at Dublin Airport yesterday morning. It occurred after the flight’s co-pilot developed a migraine. The airline said that even in the passenger’s absence the captain would have maintained full control of the flight.
#ISRAEL A ceasefire between Israel and Gaza militants is said to be close, with Gaza militants saying a Cairo-brokered truce in their seven-day war with Israel would be announced later today. Meanwhile, a man attacked security guards at the US embassy in Tel Aviv with a knife and axe. He injured one guard in the leg, prompting his colleagues to open fire. The attacker was not hurt.
Pictured, from left, Karen Donoghue from Whitehall, Dublin and her mother Margaret, Aisling Macken from Athy, Co. Kildare, and Rachel Dufficy from Leixlip, Co Kildare, who inspired the nation at the Irish Heart Foundation’s Life After Stroke Awards sponsored by Boehringer Ingelheim at the Gibson Hotel in Dublin. A total of 14 recipients were honoured on their day for their courage in overcoming stroke and in caring for those recovering from the condition. (Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland)
THINGS WE LOVED
- When Liu Zianping’s granddaughter wanted a little help with selling clothes from her boutique, she called on him. Was it to give business advice or lend her a hand in the shop? Nope. See here how the cool grandad helped.
- The power of nature is clear to see in this incredible video of a double solar prominence eruption, which was filmed by NASA recently.
- What happens when celebrities meet the man who’s really great at impersonating them? This. (via TwentyTwoWords)
THINGS WE SHARED
- Does this aubergine look like anyone you know? We think it’s quite like Ross O’Carroll Kelly…
- Who is named on the bad sex awards 2012 shortlist? Possibly not one of the authors you are expecting, anyway…
- When one man saw an appalling incident on board a bus in Australia, he used his YouTube account to spread the word. Please note this video contains very strong language, and disturbing scenes.