A lioness bares its teeth inside an enclosure after a raid at a zoo-like house on the outskirts of Bangkok, Thailand Monday, June 10, 2013. Thai police and forestry officials searched and seized a number of imported and endangered animals including 14 lions from Africa and arrested the house’s owner. (AP Photo/Apichart Weerawong)
HERE ARE THE things we learned, loved and shared today as we round off the day in three easy steps.
THINGS WE LEARNED:
#LEAVING CERT: The State Examinations Commission has this evening confirmed that there was a mistake in today’s Leaving Certificate Higher Level Maths Paper Two.
#HEALTH: New figures released by the HSE showthat people living in the west of Ireland are more likely to face delays for life-saving ambulances. Health services in the west of Ireland are the most likely to miss their targets for dispatching medical professionals and ambulances over the winter, with January targets for sending paramedics for a cardiac emergency missed more often than not, according to the data.
#JOHN MCGUINNESS: Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin has offered comprehensive backing for his party colleague John McGuinness, after Taoiseach Enda Kenny added his voice to the chorus of criticism for the chairman of the Dáil’s Public Accounts Committee, saying that his conduct was “damaging” to the credibility of Irish politics. It emerged this morning that McGuinness had sought to bring his wife with him on official state trips while he served as a junior minister.
#DATA: Ireland’s Data Protection Commissioner Billy Hawkes has said he is not surprised to hear that the CIA has been accessing information from US companies that are based in Ireland. Hawkes’ comments come after a government contractor in the US revealed details of a vast secret US programme to monitor internet users and access servers of internet giants like Google, Facebook and Yahoo.
#SENTENCING: A woman who was raped by her sister’s husband when she was a 14-year-old has spoken out today of her devastation about her attacker being given a suspended sentence last week – after the judge noted the man in question had two autistic children that require 24 hour care. Speaking on the woman’s behalf, Ellen O’Malley Dunlop of the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre said the victim could not understand how a man who had raped over a period of months could be described as “self-rehabilitated”.
#ARTEFACT: A priceless 15th century window frame that went missing from a church in Co Leitrim has been found dumped in a lake. Inspection of the medieval frame, which is believed to have gone missing two years ago, indicated it had been stored in dry conditions and had only been dumped in the lake recently.
Policemen use coloured water from a water cannon to disperse state government workers during a protest in Srinagar, India, Monday, June 10, 2013. The workers demanded regularisation of contractual jobs and hike in salary. (AP Photo/ Mukhtar Khan)
THINGS WE LOVED:
- Electric Picnic is celebrating its tenth anniversary this year and, to mark it, has released a new promo video. We have to say, it’s very slick and features a very fetching young lady… but it’s not much like our own experiences of the festival.
- It’s the third annual International Yarnbombing Day – so check out these incredible yarnbombs from across the world.
THING WE SHARED:
- Many of us struggle with anxiety, but could our new digital world help with stress? Alexander Nazaryan writes in the new York Times about why the the iPad might be the perfect nightlight.
- It’s a perennial question: how do you maintain desire in a long-term relationship? Well, why do you need to? asks Noah Berlatsky – who says sexual obsession isn’t all its cracked up to be.
The sun has gone in for the evening – and might be gone for a while – but it was fun while it lasted. Still, can you believe this was just yesterday?