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The Daily Fix: Tuesday

A roundup of the day’s main news – plus any bits and pieces you may have missed.

Chinese worshippers light joss sticks to pray for prosperity and well being at the Dongyue Temple during the Chinese New Year in Beijing, China.
Chinese worshippers light joss sticks to pray for prosperity and well being at the Dongyue Temple during the Chinese New Year in Beijing, China.
Image: Andy Wong/AP/Press Association Images

EVERY DAY, TheJournal.ie brings you a roundup of the day’s main news – plus any bits and pieces you may have missed.

  • The Central Bank has advised customers of the debt management firm YourMoney.ie to stop all payments, saying that it has “reasons to be concerned” about the handling of money at the company.
  • The Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said that Ireland signing up to a new EU treaty is “absolutely” in the national interest, insisting that the adoption of the treaty will “help to generate confidence, the necessary pre-cursor to investment, growth and jobs [both] in Ireland and across the euro area and the wider European Union”. Meanwhile, Poland’s Prime Minister Donald Tusk has warned today that his country might not support the new fiscal pact.
  • A group of TDs will tomorrow meet in Berlin with the group of German MPs who were given details of the 2012 Budget before they were announced to the Irish public. Committee chairman Alex White said the visit was being conducted in order to “establish direct working relationships” with their German colleagues, and to discuss topics like the current negotiations on the proposed EU ‘fiscal compact’ deal.
  • A 28-year-old Irishman, understood to be from Tipperary, has drowned in a swimming accident in Perth, Australia. The man, who has not been named, had been in the country on a working visa and had been swimming with three friends when the accident occurred.
  • The Revenue Commissioners have issued a warning concerning counterfeit alcohol, saying that consuming illegal drinks that are not the subject of quality control can lead to serious health problems including blindness – or even death. Meanwhile, a Parliamentary Committee has recommended the outright ban of all advertising of alcohol products on social networking websites.

A spider silk shawl, designed by Simon Peers and Nicholas Godley, is seen on display at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. The shawl is woven and embroidered in Madagascar and is made from the silk of more than a million female Golden Orb Weaver spiders collected in the highlands of Madagascar. The hand-woven textile is naturally golden in colour and took over four years to create. (AP Photo/Sang Tan)

  • Solicitor and chairman of Digital Rights Ireland TJ McIntyre explains in TheJournal.ie today what we know about proposed legislation to block website accused of infringing copyright – and what we don’t know.
  • All modern racehorses share a “speed gene” which originated from a single common ancestor – a British mare living 300 years ago – according to findings by a group of researchers led by Irish genomics scientist Dr Emmeline Hill of UCD.
  • The recession has hit pubs hard with almost 1,000 of them closing in the past five years. Have any in your area closed down – and are they missed? Tell us in our open thread.
  • In an exercise which seems entirely geared towards scaring the living bejaysus out of young recruits, these Chinese soldiers can be seen passing around a live grenade as part of their military training. Definitely not one to try at home.
  • Wikileaks founder Julian Assange has announced that he is to host a 10-part TV show where he speaks to “key political players, thinkers and revolutionaries from around the world”.
  • If you have to go out, you might as well go out in style – that’s the philosophy behind these coffins anyway, which are currently being exhibited in London.

Would you love to delight your friends and family with that classic whipping-the-cloth-off-the-table trick? Of course you would – just don’t do it like these kids…*


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*no children were damaged in the making of this video.

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