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The Evening Fix... now with added illuminated drones

Things we learned, loved and shared today.

A Greenpeace activist, dressed as a polar bear, sits inside a police car after being detained in Moscow. The protest had been against the drilling of oil in the Arctic. (AP Photo/Misha Japaridze)

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

THINGS WE LEARNED

#ANTHONY WARD: Diane Ward, the mother of 8-year-old Anthony Ward, has been charged with his murder. The boy had been found in his home in Charleville on Monday, the same day he was due to start school.

#CATHOLIC CHURCH: Reviews by the National Board for Safeguarding Children in the Catholic Church of Ireland have revealed 378 abuse allegations about 146 individuals, spread out over four dioceses and three religious orders.

#BANKING GLITCH: Permanent TSB have revealed that a computer error in 2009 led to them losing an astonishing €33 million. The glitch had allowed customers to switch mortgages free of charge.

#HSE CUTS: There are more protests outside Government Buildings tonight. While those with disabilities ended theirs today, the Home Care Community Action Group are tonight protesting against cuts to home help and home care packages.

#TEACHER TRAINING: A radical restructuring of teacher training is set to take place, with Ireland’s 19 teacher training colleges set to either merge or close.

#THALIDOMIDE APOLOGY: Victims of thalidomide have received their first ever apology from the German manufacturers of the drug. Finola Cassidy of the Irish Thalidomide Association, however, called it “condescending”.

THINGS WE LOVED

  • Remember the British couple that were held by Somali  pirates for over a year? Nearly three years after their ordeal, they are returning to the water this week for a six-month trip to Brazil. NBC News documents just how resilient the human spirit can be.
  • To say that people are getting excited about the imminent launch of the iPhone 5 is an understatement. There is a real chance, however, they some may be expecting more than it can deliver.

THINGS WE SHARED

  • SEX! Now that we have your attention, Irish people have been found to search for porn online more than anyone else. Don’t believe us? Check out these Google Trends.
  • The number of UFO sightings have probably increased quite a bit in Germany over the last few days. Why? Because of the video below, of course, which shows 49 drones lighting up the night sky.

(Ars Electronica/YouTube)

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