Your Thursday evening catch-up

Here’s a briefing on some of the stories and issues highlighted on irishexaminer.com today.

TOP STORIES

The Advertising Standards Authority of Ireland has released its new code of standards for advertising and marketing. It includes new rules for gambling, food and e-cigarette advertising, as well as those targeted at children.

A TD who voted against the sale of Aer Lingus has been allowed to rejoin Labour’s parliamentary party. Michael McNamara lost the party whip when he voted against selling the Aer Lingus shares in the Dáil in May.

Stormont’s Deputy First Minister has expressed optimism Northern Ireland’s power sharing government can be saved and returned to “good working order”. Sinn Féin’s Martin McGuinness reiterated his hope that cross party talks to resolve a crisis sparked by an IRA-linked murder will begin on Monday.

WORLD

Hundreds of refugees have pushed through police lines in the eastern Croatian town of Tovarnik. More than 2,000 men, women and children were stuck at the local train station for hours in blazing heat and sun, waiting to board trains and buses for transport to refugee centres.

Your Thursday evening catch-up

Switzerland’s justice ministry says it has granted US requests to extradite former Fifa vice president Eugenio Figueredo. The 83-year-old Uruguayan, who is accused of bribery and fraudulently obtaining American citizenship, has 30 days to appeal the decision.

SPORT

The full cost of Manchester United’s absence from the Champions League has been revealed, with the club reporting revenues down last season by 8.8 per cent to £395.2million. United’s income fell by £38million from £433.2million – the loss of around £50million in revenues from Europe being partially offset by an increase in commercial income.

Conor Murray is confident he is fully recovered from the bang he picked up at Twickenham two weeks ago, but has total respect for concussion protocols and the reasoning behind them.

RUGBY WORLD CUP CENTRE

Head coach Joe Schmidt has named a strong starting XV for Ireland’s opening match of the Rugby World Cup. Cian Healy has finally been declared fully fit but if he plays a part against Canada it will be from the bench, where he has been named among the replacements.

For more latest news, views and banter visit our dedicated Rugby World Cup Centre HERE

BUSINESS

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Simon Coveney TD today launched a new €1m marketing campaign to boost potato consumption among Irish consumers. Bord Bia will coordinate and manage the three-year campaign.

The country’s fiscal watchdog has delivered a huge endorsement of plans by Finance Minister Michael Noonan to deliver a budget package of up to €1.5bn in spending increases and tax cuts next month. 

ANALYSIS

There are a growing number of forgers capitalising on refugees’ needs for civil documents such as birth certificates and passports. And they don’t come cheap, writes Tania Karas

LIFESTYLE

Your Thursday evening catch-up

It’s not easy being a teen’ and it’s not easy parenting one. So Barbara Scully and her 16 year-old daughter, Róisín, were both game to read Shine, a new guide to the terror years. But does Shine dole out the right advice?

VIDEO

A Texan high school student was arrested after authorities mistook his clock invention for a fake bomb at MacArthur high school in Irving, Texas. The student got a reprieve from the highest level on Wednesday when President Obama invited him to bring his invention to the White House.

VIRAL

Is there no end to what postmen can do? We’ve had a couple of stories in recent months of posties going above and beyond the call of duty but this is another level. A potato has made its way across the Irish Sea.

Your Thursday evening catch-up

Star Wars fans have barely been able to contain their excitement (and nerves) about the impending release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. From old stars to new cast members to exciting plot clues, here are 9 things we know about Episode VII already.

TECHNOW

GAMING: Dark Souls III will be released in April 2016, according to publisher Bandai Namco.

MOVIES: We recently reported on that a sequel to Mary Poppins was in the works, with Disney putting together a live action musical under Chicago director Rob Marshall. It seems that’s definitely going ahead, and the latest rumour suggests they might already have a leading lady in mind - Emily Blunt.

TECH: TV3 has unveiled its new-and-improved 3player app, which it says is faster, better optimised, and easier to navigate.

SHOWBIZ

Your Thursday evening catch-up

The Corrs have announced dates for a tour after returning to the stage following a 10 year hiatus. The Dundalk natives played London’s Hyde Park on Sunday and have quickly followed it up with plans to play eight concerts next year across the UK and Ireland.

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Your Thursday evening catch-up

Locals of a small bar in Co Kerry got a great surprise yesterday evening as Luke Skywalker himself stopped by to pull a few pints and teach people in ’the ways of the Force’. Currently filming Star Wars Episode VIII on Skellig Michael, Mark Hamill and the crew finished filming for the day and went back to Portmagee, on the west coast of Kerry. They even stopped by the local ’cantina’ for a pint or two.


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