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Dublin: 12°C Monday 8 August 2022

The 9 at 9: Monday

Good morning! Here are nine things you should know as you start your day…

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EVERY MORNING, brings you the nine things you need to know as you begin your day.

1. #MISSING The search is still underway for Jill Meagher, who has been missing from the suburb of Brunswick in Melbourne, Australia, since 1.30am on Saturday. Homicide detectives have been called in to work on the case after the Irish woman’s handbag was found a short distance from her home. Her brother Michael McKeon said he believed he was the last person to talk to her, as she called him on her way home to check in on their father, who had been unwell.

2. #STABBED A man in his 30s is scheduled to appear before Blanchardstown District Court at 10.30am this morning, charged in connection with the murder of Anna Finnegan (26) in Clonsilla on Friday night, 21 September. He was arrested yesterday. On Saturday, Finnegan and a 33-year-old relative, believed to be her brother, were attacked at a house at around 8.30pm. The mother-of-two was left at the entrance of the Emergency Department of James Connolly Memorial Hospital and later died from her injuries.

3. #SASKATCHEWAN CALLS AGAIN A Canadian recruitment firm is looking for 1,000 Irish workers, such as mechanics, programmers, crane operators and carpenters who are willing to live and work in Canada over the next 12 months. The country is in the middle of a labour shortage currently and Irish workers are seen to have the “desired skill sets, work ethic and cultural affinity”.

4. #PROTESTS The Iranian president Mahmound Ahmadinejad has sharply criticised the film mocking Islam that has sparked protests in the Muslim world. Speaking to CNN he said that “any action that is provocative, offends the religious thoughts and feelings of any people, we condemn”. In response to the news that a Pakistani minister had offered a bounty for killing the filmmaker of the Innocence of Muslims, he stated that he believed “this must also be resolved in a humane atmosphere”, says AFP.

5. #ADOPTION Ireland and Vietnam will sign an agreement today on adoption between the two countries. The Irish Times reports that the move will mean that adoptions can resume, after being suspended in 2009. The suspension was due to concerns about the adoptions’ legality, but since then Vietnam has complied with the Hague Convention on international adoptions.

6. #START UPS More than 2,000 entrepreneurs are starting new businesses every month in Ireland, according to the latest Global Entrepreneurship Monitor for 2011. The significant majority of these early-stage entrepreneurs say they expect to employ 20 or more people after five years, which Forfás manager Declan Hughes described as “encouraging”. Two-and-a-half times as many men as women describe themselves as entrepreneurs.

7. #CHINA The company that makes Apple’s iPhones has suspended production at a factory in China today following a brawl by as many as 2,000 employees at a dormitory, during which 40 people were injured. Foxconn Technology Group makes iPhones and iPads for Apple Inc. The fight started at 11pm yesterday and was brought under control at around 3am the following day.

8. #GENERAL ASSEMBLY The UN’s General Assembly will see more than 120 presidents, prime ministers and monarchs meeting this week, during which the current protests and violence in the Muslim world will be discussed, says the Associated Press. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said the ministerial session tomorrow will be among the busiest ever, reflecting “the tumultuous time in which we live”.

9. #EMMYS The Emmy Awards took place in the USA last night, and the big winners were Homeland and Modern Family. British actor Damian Lewis won the Best Actor gong for his role in Homeland, while the show itself was named Best Drama. Modern Family won four awards, while Breaking Bad had a winner in Aaron Paul, who scooped Best Supporting Drama Actor. The biggest loser, however, was Mad Men, which didn’t win one statuette despite being nominated for 17 awards.

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