Your Monday lunchtime catch-up

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

TOP STORIES

An uncle of Molly Martens says she has not lost any faith that her stepchildren will one day be returned to her care.

She and her father have been described as ’persons of interest’ in the investigation into the death of her husband, Limerick man Jason Corbett.

The Environment Minister Alan Kelly says whoever sent a suspicious package to his office  is a "scumbag".

The families of students injured in the Berkeley tragedy in California are fighting constant battles with insurance companies  to ensure the young victims get the best care as they continue their recoveries.

Just 25 minutes of brisk walking a day can add up to seven years to your life, health experts have said. 

SPORT

Sunderland hope to push through a permanent swoop for striker Fabio Borini after agreeing a £7million deal with Liverpool. It is understood the 24-year-old Italian was due to head for Wearside to undergo a medical with a four-year deal on the table.

One of the Swansea mascots yesterday found the fact that he was standing next to Wayne Rooney  His side may have gone on to win the match 2-1, but as far this kid was concerned there was only one superstar in that tunnel - and he was in red.  

WORLD

Your Monday lunchtime catch-up

The Kremlin has released pictures of Russian president Vladimir Putin working out at the gym with prime minister Dmitrty Medvedev , – images apparently aimed at shoring up Putin’s rugged, masculine image as his popularity dips. 

The top security officials of Germany, France and Britain are pressing for better processing of migrants arriving in southern Europe and for a European Union-wide list of countries considered safe.

BUSINESS

China’s economy is growing at a “reasonable” pace and, despite growing pressures, fthe government can handle well the risks the country now faces, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang said at the weekend.

The combined value of new construction projects, started during the first half of 2015, has grown 41%. New data, published by construction research body, Building Information Ireland, shows that new build projects with a combined value of €2.75bn were started during the first six months of this year; just over €800m higher than the value for the corresponding period last year.

ANALYSIS

With many economic indicators back above or approaching pre-crisis levels,it seems inappropriate to describe Ireland as still being in the recovery stage, writes Phillip O’ Sullivan .

LIFESTYLE

Your Monday lunchtime catch-up

Imagine what it’s like to go from being stationed in the Cork burbs to being stationed in the Australian outback.Jonathan de Burca Butler meets up with Irish gardai who are being snapped up in Western Australia because of their high level of training.

VIDEO

Your Monday lunchtime catch-up

See all the action from the Musgrave Triathlon at Farran Wood in this video.  Last year’s event raised €200,000 for charity. The beneficiaries, Breakthrough Cancer Research and CMRF Crumlin, the fundraising body for Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital Crumlin received €100,000 each.

Your Monday lunchtime catch-up

VIRAL

In this video from American comedian Jason Burton, he imagines if people’s Facebook statuses were used in real life conversations. 

Do you know your Roscommon from your Leitrim or your Antrim from your Derry?This quiz (compiled by Sorcha Heron) will put your geographical knowledge of our lovely little island to the test. .

TECHNOW

GAMING: A new episodic noir adventure is here  - in Blues and Bullets you’ll play Eliot Ness and try to solve a mystery around a missing girl

MOVIES: In what must be one of the weirdest trailers we’ve seen in a very long time, Joseph Fiennes goes chasing after the newly resurrected Jesus Christ.

TECH: The Witcher 3 may have been out for months and already released its 16 extra free bits of DLC -  but that doesn’t mean things are slowing down. .

SHOWBIZ

Kanye West isn’t one to let an award ceremony slide without making a bit of a scene, and this year’s VMAs were no exception.  Kanye decided to well and truly steal the show by announcing that he will run for president in 2020.

MOST READ RIGHT NOW

With many economic indicators back above or approaching pre-crisis levels, not refund those who have paid their water charges  it seems inappropriate to describe Ireland as still being in the recovery stage, writes Phillip O’ Sullivan


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