Lunchtime briefing: Pakistan Airlines plane with 40 on board missing after take-off. Catch up on the headlines

Good afternoon. Here’s all the news you need to know this lunchtime.

IRELAND

The Transport Minister Shane Ross has admitted there is not enough money to maintain the standard of local and regional roads.

Kidnappers who took a star greyhound from his kennel demanded a ransom, the trainer has revealed.

Detectives in the North investigating former British Army soldiers who were involved in the Bloody Sunday shootings have sent a report to prosecutors.

The owners of Bausch and Lomb have threatened to pause expansion plans in Waterford and look at other production sites.

WORLD 

Lunchtime briefing: Pakistan Airlines plane with 40 on board missing after take-off. Catch up on the headlines

Pakistan's national carrier said one of its planes has gone missing after take-off in the country's north with about 40 people on board.

Donald Trump has been named Time magazine's Person of the Year.

Syrian rebel factions have proposed a five-day ceasefire for medical and civilian evacuation from the eastern part of the city of Aleppo.

It is thought Yemen is a few months away from running out of food for its whole population.

SPORT

Lunchtime briefing: Pakistan Airlines plane with 40 on board missing after take-off. Catch up on the headlines

British and Irish Lions head coach Warren Gatland has named his coaching team in Dublin for next summer's 10-match British and Irish Lions tour to New Zealand.

Headway, the brain injury services and support organisation, has conducted national research at a school level in the area of concussion, having last month teamed up with Ireland’s leading GAA, soccer and rugby player unions to launch Concussion Aware, a campaign in association with laya healthcare and supported by Life Style Sports.

A caddie was pronounced dead after he collapsed at the Dubai Ladies Masters on Wednesday, forcing the suspension of the first round and shortening the Ladies European Tour event to 54 holes.

Leicester boss Claudio Ranieri has dismissed any fears over his future, but admits the club's owner is not happy with their form.

OPINION

The gap between 1979 when Pope John Paul visited Ireland and 2018 is much more than 40 years. It’s unquantifiable— a tsunami that defies description, says Fr Brendan Hoban

BUSINESS

European Union regulators have fined banks JPMorgan, HSBC and Credit Agricole a combined €484m for colluding to manipulate the price of financial products linked to interest rates.

More than half of Irish businesses are planning to increase exports next year.

LIFESTYLE

From the family mutt to the guy who works with your husband, Esther N McCarthy has selecting presents all wrapped up.

SHOWBIZ

Amy Schumer has hit back at critics who attacked her potential casting as Barbie in an upcoming live-action film based on the Mattel doll.

VIRAL

Lunchtime briefing: Pakistan Airlines plane with 40 on board missing after take-off. Catch up on the headlines

US president-elect Donald Trump is taking time out from his busy tweeting schedule to tour the States that helped him secure a White House win. But is it a 'victory tour', or is it a 'thank you tour'? Turns out, not even his supporters and fans know quite what he is doing.

How to pronounce scone is a contentious issue that can divide the closest of friends and yet is one argument that we just can seem to leave alone.

VIDEO - OUR CHOICE

Sometimes it takes some beautiful footage of a famous Irish landmark to remind us of just how pretty our country is.

TECHNOW

GAMING: This is not a drill, the favourite Marsupial of our childhood is coming back to PS4, as the trilogy of games has been remastered for the newer platform in Crash Bandicoot N.Sane Trilogy.

MOVIES/TV: Based on the best selling novel by Dave Eggers, The Circle sees Tom Hanks play an iconoclastic tech CEO who believes that transparency is the key to unlocking human potential.

TECH: Apple came under intense ire of the public after they announced that they would be removing the headphone jack from the Iphone 7. Well it looks like Samsung is set to follow them down the beaten path.

MOST READ RIGHT NOW

Two of the three men killed in a two-car collision in Co Waterford last Sunday have been named locally as Eamon Dixon and Michael Tobin.


Lifestyle

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Fiona Kelleher has set some of the works of Múscraí poets Seán Ó Riordáin and Séamus Ó Céilleachair to music, writes Pet O'ConnellPoetry and music combine in reimagining of works of Seán Ó Riordáin and Séamus Ó Céilleachair

I fear I might be getting to that stage with my daughter Joan, who is 8, whereby I am the needy one! I fear I might be getting to that stage with my daughter Joan, who is 8, whereby I am the needy one!Mum's the word: I’m the needy one... I get the kiss off from my own daughter!

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