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Dublin: 14 °C Saturday 20 April, 2019
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The Evening Fix: Sunday

Things we learned, loved and shared today.

VICTORY! Italian fencer Andrea Baldini celebrates his team victory by 45 to 40 over Great Britain as Richard Kruse shows his dejection after the defeat in London earlier today. (Photo: Nick Potts/PA Wire)

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

THINGS WE LEARNED:

#SHOOTING: At least four and as many as twenty people are believed to have been injured at a mass shooting at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin. Local police say they have “put down” one shooter outside the building but it is not yet clear whether there are any more shooters inside. Police, ambulance and fire services are all at the scene.

#NAMA: NAMA is to investigate an ex-employee who bought a five-bedroom house in Dublin from NAMA’s own portfolio. The agency says that the former employee had not been involved in the transaction being approved and that it has carried out an initial review into what happened.

#QUINN FAMILY: “Anglo could have helped him… [but] they wanted his blood” – Peter Quinn has been speaking out in defence of his son Peter Darragh Quinn, who has fled to Northern Ireland to escape a prison sentence for contempt of court. Peter Quinn said that his son didn’t see any reason why he should go to jail and blamed the financial regulator for excessively punishing the Quinn Group.

#ASSAULT: A teenager is being held by Gardaí after a serious assault on another man in Tuam in Galway in the early hours of this morning. The 22-year-old victim sustained severe head injuries in the attack and is being treated in Beaumont Hospital in Dublin.

#SYRIA: Government warplanes are pounding the rebel-held city of Aleppo in Syria as clashes between government forces and rebels intensified over the weekend. At least 205 people are believed to have been killed yesterday with at least 40 people – the majority of them civilians – believed to have been killed today.

#KATIE TAYLOR: Boxer Katie Taylor has finally found out who her opponent will be in the lightweight quarter-finals tomorrow afternoon. Taylor will meet Britain’s Natasha Jonas in the much-anticipated fight at 2.30pm tomorrow. Clear your schedule. Meanwhile John Joe Nevin is just one fight away from a medal in tonight’s bantam quarter-final clash at 8.45pm. Good luck…

THINGS WE LOVED:

-  Going to be doing anything at 6.31am tomorrow morning? Nine months after it took off from earth, NASA’s Curiosity Rover is due to touch down on Mars in the early hours of Monday and NASA will be livestreaming the entire event as it happens on NASA TV. Get up early. It will be worth it.

- The New York Times has taken these amazing and eerie photographs beneath the streets of New York as workers drill a hole for a new subway line.

- Here is a photo of a dog who doesn’t understand how a hammock works. That is all.

THINGS WE SHARED:

- Burning CDs! Justin Timberlake’s hair! The existence of Fred Durst! BuzzFeed has put together 23 Things We Should Just Forget About the 90s. It’s a tad American-centric (what’s that purple stuff they covered their fries with?) but worth it just for the inclusion of so many bad haircuts and beards.

- Try and forget for a moment that it’s a cold and damp evening in what is supposed to be the summer and enjoy this video of a dog swimming with dolphins. We especially like the bit where the dog wears a life jacket in the boat and looks hopefully into the middle distance, presumably anticipating his dolphin-related shenanigans:

(Video: earthtouch/YouTube)

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