The 9 at 9 Nine things to know this morning….

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

1. #PROTESTS Police in Chicago have begun arresting protesters taking part in a rally there as part of a global day of action. Protesters had formed human chains around Grant Park in the city. In Italy more than 70 people were injured after protests there turned violent, while about 70 people were arrested in New York. Around 1,000 people took part in peaceful protests in Dublin yesterday.

2. #RACE FOR THE ÁRAS There are conflicting results in polls in today’s Sunday Independent and Sunday Business Post, which asked people who they’ll be voting for in the presidential election. The SBP poll puts Seán Gallagher firmly in the lead with 39 per cent, while the Sunday Independent places Michael D. Higgins in the lead with 36 per cent support.

3. #DENIS O’BRIEN Media mogul Denis O’Brien is in the news for two reasons today. The Sunday Indpendent reports that his attendance at the Global Economic Forum in Dublin Castle last week has led to rows between Labour and Fine Gael, while the Sunday Times reports that journalist Sam Smyth has been axed from his current affairs show on Today FM (which is owned by Denis O’Brien). It’s thought that Smyth has complained that he’s been dropped because of his criticism of O’Brien.

4. #ISRAEL Israel has published the list of names of 477 Palestinian prisoners who will be released in exchange for the captured Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit. Shalit has been held by Hamas militants since being captured in a cross border raid in 2006.

5. #RESCUE Two men are safe after their fishing vessel capsized in Tralee Bay yesterday afternoon. One man managed to make it ashore to raise the alarm, showing signs of hypothermia. A second man was located in the water by Fenit RNLI.

6. #AIRPORTS The Sunday Business Post reports this morning that passengers at Dublin, Shannon and Cork airports could face disruption in the coming days because a a disagreement over pension funds. SIPTU has said that stoppages and disruptions will go ahead over the next ten days over fears that the Aer Lingus and DAA pension funds are close to collapse.

7. #EUROZONE Europe has been given eight days to fix the eurozone debt crisis by G20 finance ministers. They’ve been meeting in Paris, and Reuters reports that Europe is being pressed to act decisively in advance of an EU summit on 23 October. The finance ministers have also invited the IMF to do more to solve the crisis.

8. #STEVE JOBS The California Governor has declared today to be Steve Jobs Day in the state. The Apple co-founder passed away on 5 October. There will also be a memorial held in his honour at Stanford University this evening.

9. #AMISH Newser reports that the Amish community in Ohio have been forced to go to police after men from a breakaway Amish group allegedly held down a bishop and his son and cut off their beards, which is an offensive act to the Amish people. Sam Mullet (below) is father to two of the men arrested…

Image: AP Photo/Amy Sancetta

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