Aleksandr Peretjagin of Russia struggles in the ice channel during the qualifying for the luge World Cup, in Oberhof, Germany. (Image: Jens Meyer/AP/Press Association Images)
Here are the things we learned, loved and shared today.
THINGS WE LEARNED
#DEATH: A woman in her 50s has died following a road traffic incident on Abbey Street in Dublin’s city centre today. A man was also injured when they were both struck by a car shortly before 1pm near the Jervis Luas stop.
#EUROLEAKS: A draft Troika report has revealed exactly what Ireland’s bailout partners want the government to do as part of the final year of the programme. The documents seen by TheJournal.ie show:
- The Troika expects half of the proceeds from the sale of any State asset to be used to pay down debt.
- The EU-IMF believed the government was optimistic in the financial forecasts used ahead of Budget 2013.
- Ireland’s new insolvency regime may not help troubled mortgage holders.
- The Troika wants public sector employees to work more hours for less pay.
- The government may hire private companies to find work for the long-term unemployed.
- The Troika has put the cost of drugs and doctors’ pay under particular scrutiny.
- Ireland’s bailout partners believe the proposed laws to limit public spending are not binding enough.
#SAVILE: British police have published a report detailing the extent of the “unprecedented abuse” carried out by the late television presenter Jimmy Savile. Giving Victims a Voice highlights more than 200 sex crimes, including 34 rapes.
#RAPE: Statistics released today show that 90 girls and women became pregnant as a result of rape in 2011. The Rape Crisis Network said that 17 of the women terminated the pregnancy.
#SUICIDE: Dublin radio station FM104 has praised the way its staff handled a live call from a listener who threatened to jump from a bridge in Loughlinstown, Dublin last night.
#MOST WATCHED: Unsurprisingly, the Late Late Toy Show was the most viewed television show in Ireland last year. See what else made the Top 20 here.
THINGS WE LOVED
- An LA couple who went to Disneyland EVERY. SINGLE. DAY. during 2012. Why? Because they were unemployed and wanted to make the most of their annual passes. Fair enough, we say. Facts about their endeavour that we enjoyed: it cost just $1.77 per day; they tracked their steps with pedometers; and they are now Honorary Citizens. Also, we must mention his very comprehensive Instagram.
- What we feel about this may be the opposite of love.
- Aengus MacGrianna. Yes, still.
(YouTube Credit: Lily Pink)
THINGS WE SHARED
(Images: Sang Tan/AP/Press Association Images)
- A newly-commissioned portrait of Kate, Duchess of Cambridge has received a mixed reaction today. This was Kate’s own reaction. But at DailyEdge.ie, this interpretation gave us the most joy. (Context)
- The New York Times wrote a giant essay on What Happens When You Cast Lindsay Lohan in Your Movie. You should read it. But it might spoil the Lindsay Lohan straight-to-television biopic that comes out in 2032.
- And finally, the new Mila Kunis as Gaeilge meme is (rightly) getting quite a bit of love today.