Your Thursday morning catch-up

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TOP STORIES

The man who murdered Irish nurse Karen Buckley can watch satellite television and play games consoles in his cell as he serves his life sentence. A top Scottish politician has called for a crackdown on prison “perks” after it emerged Alexander Pacteau, 21, will be able to avail of a number of sports and leisure activities in his maximum security prison.

A major earthquake just offshore hit Chile last night, killing three people and shaking the Earth so strongly the tremor was felt in many places across South America. Staff worked into the early hours assessing damage in several coastal towns that saw flooding from small tsunami waves set off by the quake.

Back in Ireland, the Fiscal Advisory Council has given its approval to the Government’s Budget plan, but has warned against any move to increase the package. In a pre-Budget statement, the FAC said that proposal to implement tax cuts and spending increases of between €1.2bn-€1.5bn is economically prudent.

The final journey of 1916 rebel Thomas Kent will begin this evening when his remains lie in State close to where he lay buried in a prison yard for nearly a century. Thousands are expected to attend at the chapel at Collins Barracks on the northside of Cork City, where his coffin will be brought for a 6pm prayer service to be attended by his nieces and other descendants.

WORLD 

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Hungarian police used tear gas and water cannons on hundreds of refugees who broke through a razor wire fence on the border with Serbia, while refugees prevented from moving through Hungary increasingly began taking a longer route into western Europe through Croatia. Frustrated refugees blocked on the Serbian side of the border threw plastic water bottles and rocks at helmeted riot police and chanted demands that the border be reopened. Police responded with tear gas and water cannons.

A Danish teenage girl killed her mother in cold blood after watching the beheading videos of Alan Henning and David Haines at the hands of ‘Jihadi John’ of IS. Lisa Borch, 15, has been convicted of murdering her mother, Tina Romer Holtegaard, who reportedly disapproved of her daughter’s 29-year-old Muslim boyfriend, Bakhtiar Mohammed Abdulla.

SPORT

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Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has denied Steven Gerrard’s claim that there is a rift between him and captain John Terry. Terry was an unused substitute as the Blues, whose Premier League defence has begun in miserable fashion, opened their Champions League Group G campaign with a 4-0 win over Maccabi Tel Aviv at Stamford Bridge last night.

Jim Gavin believes the GAA should seriously consider the introduction of a Television Match Officials to help police Gaelic games, but only on the proviso that it be made available in all four provinces.

RUGBY WORLD CUP CENTRE

Lawrence Dallaglio has backed Ireland to reach the World Cup semi-finals at the very leastEngland legend Dallaglio says he has been hugely impressed by Ireland’s progress since Joe Schmidt took charge and believes the New Zealander’s tactical nous is the best of any coach at the tournament.

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BUSINESS

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Eircom has unveiled its new identity as Eir and left behind the brand it had carried through good times and bad since 1999. The company has invested an estimated €16m in the overhaul of its image which it describes as a major milestone for the company which revitalises and modernises the look and feel of the group.

Fears have emerged for some 4,000 Irish workers after global IT company Hewlett-Packard announced a second wave of job cuts that will see up to 35,000 employees lose their jobs globally.

ANALYSIS

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Our schools need to teach Arabic. The act of trying to speak another’s language is a respect, writes Victoria White

LIFESTYLE

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 series of powerful videos to support newly bereaved parents and families and offer them hope has been launched by Anam CaraThe support organisation has produced five four-minute videos that include interviews with bereaved parents who share their experiences of surviving the intense grief after the death of a child.

VIRAL

After seeing a new video of Blarney Castle, we would love to walk around the castle and its gardens on a sunny day like this and maybe even give the stone a kiss!

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Recent storms have revealed a gruesome surprise in Sligo - the body of a teenager thought to have met a violent death 1000 years ago.

TECHNOW

GAMING: World of Tanks is coming to even more places - there’s nowhere to hide from this digital war!

MOVIES: It’s your worst Nightmare - a being which can kill you in your dreams, making sure you never wake up in the real world. What you need is a warrior, one well aquainted with dreams. What you need is Leonardo DiCaprio.

TECH: Samsung will apparently release the world’s first foldable smartphone next year. It’s rumoured that it may be available as soon as January 2016.

SHOWBIZ

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Caitlyn Jenner is making her name and gender transition officialThe filing says the 65-year-old Caitlyn is seeking the change to better match her identity.

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Your Thursday morning catch-up

The final journey of 1916 rebel Thomas Kent will begin this evening when his remains lie in State close to where he lay buried in a prison yard for nearly a century. Thousands are expected to attend at the chapel at Collins Barracks on the northside of Cork City, where his coffin will be brought for a 6pm prayer service to be attended by his nieces and other descendants.


Lifestyle

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