In this multiple exposure photo, Annie Moniqui of Canada competes during the women’s 58-kg, group B, weightlifting competition at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Monday, July 30, 2012, in London. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)
THINGS WE LEARNED:
#COURTS: Priory Hall developer Tom McFeely has been declared bankrupt after Justice Elizabeth Dunne dismissed his claim that his main business was in the UK. Theresa McGuinness had bought the petition over the failure of Dunne’s former company Coalport to pay an award over structural faults to a property.
#HEROIN: The HSE has issued a warning to drugs services and health staff over the possibility of heroin contaminated with anthrax making its way to Ireland. The warning comes after a heroin user in Scotland was hospitalised with anthrax poisoning, with experts noting that Scotland and Ireland’s heroin supply has historically been closely connected. Other infections have recently been recorded in Germany, Denmark and France.
#APPOINTMENT: Internal Department of Finance candidate John Hogan has been chosen as the Head of Banking Policy, making him responsible for developing and delivering policy credit and lending to SMEs, mortgage arrears and consumer issues. A statement issued today said that Hogan, who has held a number of positions within the department, was appointed as Head of Banking Policy following a competitive process.
#CYSTIC FIBROSIS: Cystic fibrosis patients will start being transferred to the new €22 million seven-storey Nutley Wing tomorrow – after an eight year campaign to provide better services to those suffering from the disease. A minimum of 20 beds and up to 34 single bed will be made available.
#COLORADO: Prosecutors in Colorado have formally charged 24-year-old James with 142 criminal counts, including first degree murder and attempted murder, relating to the shooting at a crowded cinema earlier this month. Holmes is facing 24 counts of murder and 116 counts of attempted murder, as well as being charged with illegally possessing explosives found at his booby-trapped apartment.
THINGS WE LOVED:
- Do you want to humiliate your friends on national television? Of course you do. So you’ll be happy to hear that a new hidden-camera show from the makers of Anonymous is seeking super-secret proposals for ways to wind unsuspecting people up. Producers are calling for those who want to make a show of a friend, family member, boyfriend or girlfriend to get in touch.
- The sixth Knockanstockan music festival took place in Lacken, Co Wicklow, over the weekend. The small, non-profit event showcased dozens of Irish acts performing everything from rock, folk, trad, world music, spoken word, rap, soul, jazz, contemporary, classical and dance over three days. It looks like a great time was had – as this stunning sunset photograph by Michelle Geraghty shows…
Image by Michelle Geraghty Photography
THINGS WE SHARED:
- The world’s growing population and volatile food prices mean we will have to rethink what we eat – and soon – according to food futurologists. So just will we be eating in 20 year’s time? The BBC’s Denise Winterman tells us all about of lab-gown meat and insects. Mmm, pass the salt.
- Just days before the Arab Spring erupted, journalist Joan Juliet Buck arrived in Syria to meet Asma Assad – the wife of Syria president Bashar Assad – for a Vogue magazine profile piece. For the first time, she has told her story of the events that unfolded in the Daily Beast.
- Sitting in Syracuse, New York, D Scott Brenton watches people go about their daily lives in Afghanistan. But Brenton isn’t watching television – he’s looking at the live footage streamed to a console via the Reaper drone that he flies. And – although the US Army Colonel is 7,000 miles away – when the call comes, he fires missiles to kill targeted militants. The New York Time’s Elizabeth Bumiller takes a look at drone aircrafts and the profound ways they change the lives of the people who fly them.
- Eyes all across the world are gazing at the unfolding dramas and triumphs of London 2012 – but is it possible that creatures further afield might also be interested? Some believe that the opening ceremony was attended by extraterrestrial sports fans. What do you think..?
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