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The Evening Fix… now with added how Indiana Jones should have ended

Here are the things we learned, loved and shared today…

Robots play during a soccer match in the Standard Platform League at the RoboCup GermanOpen 2013 in Magdeburg, central Germany, today. (AP Photo/Jens Meyer)

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

THINGS WE LEARNED

#POLITICS: Taoiseach Enda Kenny today launched a major attack on Fianna Fáil’s economic record in Government, on the same day the resurgent opposition party begins its annual Árd Fheis. Kenny criticised Fianna Fáil’s jobs legacy, saying that it property bubble policies wiped out “250,000 private jobs across the economy in the three years before their Government collapsed. Just shy of 7,000 job losses a month. That’s their record.”

#FIANNA FÁIL: Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin has hit back at earlier criticisms by Taoiseach Enda Kenny, saying that he would give the current government an E- grade for their performance on job creation. Delivering the opening address at the party’s Árd Fheis, Martin said that his party would not let the coalition get “away with their growing list of broken promises.”

#CAB: Investigations by the Criminal Assets Bureau led to an extra €6.5 million in the Exchequer’s pockets in 2011. The agency’s 16th annual report was published today, highlighting its continuing efforts to recoup monies for the taxpayer. During 2011, the Bureau returned €2.7 million arising from the proceeds of crime actions returned to the Exchequer, and taxes and interest collected was about €3.8 million.

#HOSPITAL HYGIENE: A HIQA assessment of Letterkenny General Hospital has found that newborn babies were put at risk of contracting hospital-borne infections due to a lack of a system to oversee the cleaning of baby baths. The report said mothers took a baby bath from the corridor outside the maternity ward whenever one was needed – meaning newborn babies were at risk of acquiring a ‘HCAI’, or healthcare-associated infection. A number of issues that presented “immediate serious risks” were also found in Sligo Regional Hospital.

#ROSCOMMON: Roscommon’s water supply has been identified as the cause of an outbreak of cryptosporidiosis. The source of the infectious organism – that causes a diarrhoeal illness – was identified earlier today. Roscommon County Council have issued a “boil water” notice and an incident response team has also started investigating the incident and is working to “minimise the risk to the public”.

#MAX CLIFFORD: Publicist Max Clifford has been charged with 11 counts of indecent assault allegedly committed between 1966 and 1985. The youngest complainant was aged 14 and the oldest was aged 19. The charges relate to seven complaints that have been made against him.

THINGS WE LOVED

  • The NASA website really is the gift that keeps on giving, and this amazing image from Greenland is no exception. Check it out here.
  • The coming together that is Dingle and the ever-young Fungi turned 30 today. The Mayor of Kerry, Terry O’Brien, wants the dolphin to become an honorary citizen and who are we say no. Check out how much love there is for Ireland’s famous dolphin on the DailyEdge.ie piece here.

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THINGS WE SHARED

  • Keeping things space-related, the fact that three smartphones were launched into space last Sunday (you learn something new every day) and are essentially acting as cheap satellites… MIND BLOWN.
  • Remember the last good Indiana Jones film? It is, in our humble opinions, NOT the Crystal Skull abomination but Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. It had everything, but mostly the excellent Sean Connery as Indy’s dad. Some clever people on YouTube have come up with some alternate endings.

(How It Should Have Ended/YouTube)

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