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Dublin: 19 °C Wednesday 30 July, 2014

The Evening Fix… now with added Law & Order

Here’s the things we learned, shared and loved today.

A government employee shouts as he is detained by police during a protest against the government in Srinagar, India, earlier today. The employees were demanding the government compensate them for unpaid salaries and raise the retirement age. (AP Photo/Mukhtar Khan)

HERE ARE THE things you need to know as we round off the day in three easy steps.

THINGS WE LEARNED

#CROKE PARK: The government has insisted that the troika has not raised any issues about whether the government has saved enough money under the Croke Park deal, despite reports to the contrary. An article by eight Fine Gael TDs today called on the government to cut public sector allowances and stop increments in the upcoming Budget.

#REFERENDUM: The first televised debate of the referendum on children’s rights will be held on TV3 on 31 October and will be hosted by Vincent Browne. The hour-long debate will feature two speakers from each of the Yes and No side but the participants have not yet been confirmed.

#DRUGS: Minister for Health James Reilly says a new deal on pharmaceutical drugs will save the State more than €400 million over the next three years.

#COURTS: A 19-year-old from Leitrim has been sentenced to six years – four of which were suspended –  for killing a 73-year-old man in 2010. RTE reports that a court today found the teenager not guilty of murder but guilty of manslaugher.

#NOBEL: The Nobel Prize in Economics has been awarded to Alvin Roth and Lloyd Shapley, two game theorists from America.

#CURRENCIES: Panama wants to adopt the euro as its currency – despite being over 5,000 miles away from Berlin.

THINGS WE LOVED

  • Here’s Felix Baumgartner’s 23-mile skydive – reenacted with Lego.
  • Buzzfeed has 27 Reasons Why Kids Are Actually The Worst. Parents, feel free to disagree. Non-parents, feel free to enjoy the gifs of kids doing things that aren’t very sensible.
  • Our initial reaction upon seeing these photographs from the Hollywood Costumes exhibition at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London was less “Oh, that looks like an interesting exhibit with all those clothes from famous films” and more “Oh my, that looks strangely sinister”. Maybe we’re just uncultured. What do you make of it?

(Photos: John Stillwell/PA Wire)

THINGS WE SHARED

  • TIME Magazine has put together this giant slideshow by White House photographer Pete Souza documenting Barack Obama’s term in office so far. The photos are a mixture of behind the scenes shots at the White House, high-powered meetings, profiles of Obama at work, and personal shots of the Obama family – including this one:

(Photo: Pete Souza/The White House)

  • There’s a long-running joke that actors in the US have to pay their dues by appearing in long-running programmes like Law and Order. Here is a supercut showing just some of the many celebrities – including Claire Danes, Samuel L Jackson, Jennifer Garner and Melissa Joan Hart – who appeared in the show between 1990 and 2010 when it was finally cancelled:



(Video: Slacktory/YouTube)

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