Wang Zengxiang plays as high voltage of up to 1 million volts, generated by a Tesla coil transformer, runs through his body during a stunt performance in Changle, Fujian Province of China. (Photo: Liu Tao/ChinaFotoPress)
THINGS WE LEARNED
#COURTS The Dublin Rape Crisis Centre has welcomed the news that the Director of Public Prosecutions is to appeal the sentence handed down to Anthony Lyons, who was found guilty of sexually attacking a woman two years ago.
#WEATHER Batten down the hatches, as Met Éireann says that gale force winds and heavy rain are on their way, bringing with them a high risk of flooding. Between 30 – 50mm of rain is expected to fall, with low pressure and high tides to cause dangerous conditions in parts of east Leinster and south Munster.
#TRAGEDY Two bodies were found today during a search of the Clare coast for two fishermen who had not returned back to Quilty. Their bodies were recovered, after a search by the coast guard and lifeboats, off Spanish Point. Another marine tragedy also occurred today when the body of John O’Leary was found in a separate search off Castletownbere in Co Cork. O’Leary and his 17-year-old son had been tipped into the water when their small boat capsized yesterday evening. His son managed to swim to shore and raise the alarm.
#TIA SHARP Police are investigating the theory that schoolgirl Tia Sharp may have been smothered. Her body was discovered wrapped in a black bed sheet and a black plastic bag in her grandmother’s loft on Friday following a week-long search for the 12-year-old. No major injuries were noted on her body besides brusing. Her grandmother’s partner, Stuart Hazell, was remanded in custody after being charged with her murder.
#HEALTH CRISIS Patients have said they were angered by Sports Minister Michael Ring’s comments at the Team Ireland homecoming. But he said that his comments about money spent on sport being “better than putting it into hospitals” was meant to highlight the importance of keeping the nation healthy through exercise. One patient told TheJournal.ie that his comment “was so insensitive”.
THINGS WE LOVED
(Pete the Vet/Facebook)
- We’re loving the latest news on little Leo the Shih Tzu. Yesterday we told you about his serious illness, which left him on the brink of death. Well, after being nursed back to health by vet Pete Wedderburn, Leo is well enough to go home to his owners. A happy ending to what could have been a very sad story indeed.
- If you were an artist and journalist going to a war zone, what would you take with you? Well, Richard Johnson of the National Post has outlined (quite literally) what he will be bringing with him to Afghanistan this week. Think lots of pencils, sand-goggles, plaid boxers, and (of course) body armour.
- Not long ago, we gave you a glimpse into some of the world’s most fascinating underwater attractions. Today, the New York Times gives us a deeper look at the work of Jason deCaires Taylor, an artist who creates incredible statues that can only be seen underwater in Cancún, Mexico.
THINGS WE SHARED
- A hypersonic jet is aiming to fly at six times the speed of sound, or Mach 6 – but how does it work? This popular graphic from the Los Angeles Times explains all. Interesting fact: the engine powering the WaveRider has no moving parts, unlike a conventional jet turbine.
- The incredible Mo Farah made history by winning double Olympic gold in the men’s 5,000m and 10,000m last week. Now a tongue-in-cheek Tumblr site has taken a photo of Farah crossing the finishing line, and put the talented runner in a range of wacky situations. So far, Mo Farah Running Away From Things features the athlete escaping from bulls, Batman, and even a Tyrannosaurus Rex.
- This video of a sheep that has been adopted by a dalmation has been doing the rounds – and with good reason. Why? Well, it’s so darned cute.