Your Tuesday evening catch-up

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

TOP STORIES

The National Ambulance Service has been asked to examine claims that no trained paramedics turned up for work at its base in Limerick City on two nights last week. An ambulance whistleblower has claimed that absenteeism within the ambulance service is putting patients lives "at risk".

Gardaí investigating the disappearance of Ciara Breen are today conducting a search of lands in the Dundalk area.

New laws have come into effect tackling marriages of convenience in Ireland. They give a registrar the right to investigate a couple who are looking to marry and ultimately he or she can refuse to issue a marriage registration form.

The owner of a family dog who had its throat cut has today told of how she had to break the news to one of her daughters. Five-year-old Jack Russell Marvin died after being attacked in Cork last weekend.

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Martin O’Neill today described a recent meeting with Jack Grealish and his father as “fruitful”, adding that he expects a decision on the player’s international future imminently. Speaking at his latest squad announcement at FAI headquarters in Abbotstown this afternoon, the Ireland manager said: “The situation with Jack is that I had a conversation with him and his father a week or ten days ago.

Ireland rugby star Rob Kearney shows off an impish sense of humour in this YouTube clip - taking great pleasure in baffling and unnerving two unsuspecting car salesman sent out on a test drive with him. What the men don’t know is that the car is fitted with hidden cameras and wired for sound, and Kearney is taking directions from RTE’s Aidan Power and international team mates Peter O’Mahony and Robbie Henshaw.

WORLD

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A teenage London law student was among at least 20 victims killed in a bomb blast at a popular shrine in Bangkok. Vivian Chan, 19, is thought to have been travelling with a friend who was also killed in the bombing which rocked the Thai capital.

A passenger has allegedly had half his ear bitten off in an attack on a plane bound for Ibiza. The incident took place on a Jet2 flight from Newcastle to the holiday island just before it was due to land.

BUSINESS

NBCUniversal has invested $200m in the fast-growing BuzzFeed. The announcement from the division of cable giant Comcast comes less than a week after it made an identical investment in Vox Media, which runs the food blog Eater, SB Nation and Re/code.

The economic pick-up is filtering down to the newspaper industry with increased advertising revenue reported for the first time since 2007. Latest figures from NewsBrands Ireland — the newspaper industry’s representative body — show an increase of 4% in advertising spendacross the 16 national daily, Sunday and weekly titles in the first half of the year.

ANALYSIS

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There are ways in which debt could be sensibly restructured without any cost to taxpayers and in a manner that brings Europeans closer together, writes former Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis

LIFESTYLE

AUTISM Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is diagnosed four times as often in males as it is in females. But is this actually because it’s more common in boys? Last year, a study published in the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry revealed that the condition may be underdiagnosed in females because the traits we associate most with the condition are masculine, and there’s a growing understanding that the condition can manifest itself in different ways in females.

VIDEO

Warner Brothers has officially confirmed that an animated Scooby-Doo movie is in development. The movie, based on the original cartoon by Hanna-Barbera Productions, will be produced by American Hustle’s Charles Roven and Richard Suckle.

Japanese knotweed is an invasive plant and it has slowly but surely been invading Ireland. It is one of the fastest-growing and most destructive plants in the country, becoming a problem not just on roadways and green spaces but in private homes and walls, meaning planning permission could soon be refused for houses and other buildings in areas infested by Japanese knotweed.

VIRAL

An emotional song penned by a Cork singer/songwriter has been viewed by over one million people in just a day. Stephanie Rainey has touched the hearts almost 2 million people with her powerful song, ’Please Don’t Go’, which deals with life after the loss of a loved one.

As Irish people we find it hard to believe that there are people out there who have not grown up watching Father Ted. In this video from Buzzfeed, a group of Americans sit down at a computer to try and understand what all the fuss was about, and we think they will be pleasantly surprised.

Laura Barrett has been spending her summer taking up a new hobby - terrifying her poor beleaguered mother over and over again. In a video uploaded to Facebook, Laura - from Cork - jumps out from behind doors, sneaks up, and generally terrorises poor Angela, to cries of "Jesus! Laura!" again and again - and it just doesn’t get old.

 

TECHNOW

Hideo Kojima has revealed that he is editing a new Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain trailer, which is likely to be the last, and his last, before the game launches.

There’s a new Lion King movie, giving audiences of all ages the chance to return to the Pridelands. Check out the first clip from The Lion Guard: Return of the Roar!

Apple will launch two new phones, the iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus, at the start of September. It’s expected that it will announce them on September 9th. And now we may know when they’ll be released.

SHOWBIZ

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Daisy Ridley offended Harrison Ford on the first day of filming ’Star Wars: The Force Awakens’. The 23-year-old actress, who was cast alongside the Hollywood icon in the J.J. Abrams-directed sci-fi movie, has revealed how she managed to insult her co-star by revealing her mother is a huge fan of his.

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Your Tuesday evening catch-up

While working over in Dubai, Cork man Liam Murphy decided to a day trip to the Ferrari World theme park in Abu Dhabi yesterday.  On the way there Liam,  struck up conversation with his Indian taxi driver Shakiha. During their chat Shakiha told Liam that he’d been working in the United Arab Emirates for 14 years, sending home money to his family in India and that he had never been inside the theme park. After hearing that the taxi driver usually waited up to four hours outside the park for his customers to come out, Liam was having none of it and decided he was going to make Shakiha’s day.


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