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  • 08:49


  • 08:54
    Guten Morgen...

    Do you know who Carsten Schneider is?

    No, I did't either but he is a man you may grow to dislike very, very quickly.

    Because Christian has his eye on our corporate tax regime and our claim for further bank aid from Europe

    Both have been sucked into talks on the formation of the next German government. In discussions with German chancellor Angela Merkel, the opposition Social Democratic party is reported to be seeking “far-reaching commitments from Dublin” on tax issues in return for any emergency loan facility from the ESM, a kind of overdraft to be used if investor confidence is suddenly lost.

    While Dr Merkel is already reluctant to deploy the ESM for direct bank recapitalisations in Ireland or any other country, it is argued in German official circles that the SPD is even more strongly resistant to the notion.

    Coalition talks between the two parties is ongoing but yesterday the Süddeutsche Zeitung reported that the SPD sees no circumstances in which it would support direct ESM aid to Ireland’s banks. SPD finance spokesman Carsten Schneider was quoted saying such a programme would be possible only if Dublin granted two concessions on business taxation.

    Ireland would be obliged first to drop its opposition to a stalled European plan to tax financial transactions and it would also be obliged to increase the 12.5 per cent corporate tax rate, something the Coalition has vowed not to do

  • 08:55
    So to the pic on top of this blog. It was taken on Dublin's College Green yesterday by a reader who wants to remain nameless. 

    There has to be good caption for it. Do you have one?

  • 09:00
    Hit it Joe.

  • 09:02
    Caption competition:

  • 09:04
    Caption competition 2.

  • 09:05
    Caption competition 3

  • 09:11
    Who best to target in next week’s Budget? Why the disabled and the elderly.


    As the budget wrangling comes to its grim end, the cabinet is said to be looking into the possibility of cuts from the gas, electricity and telephone allowances under the household benefit package for pensioners and people with disabilities. Cuts to entitlements under the package this year aim to yield €84 million. With headline welfare rates not threatened, the focus is on secondary benefits.
  • 09:11
    Aisling Caption 'Who's taking the van to Germany?'
  • 09:11
    Brian S Is this your idea of a quick getaway????
  • 09:20
    The Norwegian public broadcaster NRK is saying this morning that the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), which is overseeing the destruction’s of Syria’s arsenal, will win the 2013 Nobel Peace Prize today.

    Experts from the Hague-based global chemical weapons watchdog, supported by the United Nations, aim to help destroy Syria’s chemical weapons production facilities and weapons-filling equipment by November 1st.

    Under a Russian-US deal struck last month, Syria’s entire chemicals arms programme is due to be eliminated by mid-2014.

    The $1.25 million (€920,000) prize is to be officially announced in 40 minutes. 

     Next year Vladamir. Next year. 
  • 09:30
    A team of boffins (I am contractually obligated to use the phrase 'a team of boffins' at least once a week) from Oxford University  have revealed that kissing may be a way humans size up potential partner.

    Dick Ahlstrom has the skinny. 
  • 09:32
    Lauren Murphy has just met 'the most hated man in pop'.

    It's beautiful.
  • 09:32
    David L Ulster Bank on the Brinks of a major cash injection........ or No, take it away, we've loads money we don't need any more....
  • 09:32
    Conor I know the Irish have to prop up the banks but this is rediculous lads.
  • 09:34
  • 10:01
    Chemical weapons watchdog confirmed as winner of Nobel Peace Prize.
  • 10:04
    A 16-year-old Pakistani schoolgirl who was shot by the Taliban for championing girls’ rights to an education has said she wants to be prime minister of her country. Malala Yousafzai, was speaking during a television interview on a visit to the United States. She touched on rumours that she might win the Nobel Peaxe Prize and said it would be “a great honour and more than I deserve” to w. She said she felt she needed to do more before she could truly deserve the accolade. “I need to work a lot,” she said.

    I dunno about that. She has made a greater impact than most of us ever will.
    And she's still only 16.
  • 10:19
    This is the sweetest story you will read all day. 

    A Great Dane is helping the Co Clare family of a three year-old girl with epilepsy to respond to her frequent seizures.

    Charlie the dog can detect the onset of a seizure for Brianna Lynch 20 minutes before the start of the episode.

    Brianna suffers from different forms of epileptic seizures, many of which happen at night.

    When Charlie detects that Brianna is about to have a seizure he will hold her gently against a wall until someone comes to help her.

    Brianna’s mother,  Arabella Lynch describes the dog’s sixth sense, which it has acquired without any without any training, as “amazing”.

    “It is frightening because her seizures tend to happen at night. I don’t tend to sleep very well because I am conscious of what might happen. For Brianna’s first seizure, she got very stiff and stopped breathing. She was resuscitated twice in the hospital. She went blue and stopped breathing. I didn’t know what a seizure was and what was happening to her. She is quite a complex child: she forgets to breathe and then goes into seizure. She has gone through eight different types of medicine and it now looks like she needs brain surgery.”

  • 10:20
    A Carr Ulster Says No! We have (Scottish) reservations.
  • 10:22
    Oil traders razor-focused on signs of escalating violence in the Middle East were jolted yesterday by tweet from the Israeli military that suggested they had just bombed Syrian airports. Oil prices jumped $1 as the talk raced through oil markets, which frequently react quickly to rumors of geopolitical events and where traders have increasingly turned to the internet and social media for advance warning of escalating risks, from the Arab Spring to the Iranian nuclear standoff.
  • 10:36
    What's floating your boat right now?

    Child’s best friend: pet warns of seizures in girl (3)
    James Blunt: The most hated man in pop?
    Oil traders jolted by tweet recalling Yom Kippur war
    Coalition targets welfare benefits for budget cuts
    Pucker up: we use kissing to size up a potential partner

    The most read stories on our site at 10:30am.
  • 10:41
    Stop your swanning about.
    Stop your swanning about.
  • 11:21
  • 12:16
    BlackBerry co-founders Mike Lazaridis and Douglas Fregin are considering a bid to buy the struggling smartphone maker with an alternative to a €3.5 billion  offer led by its top shareholder.

    Two people think the company is worth €3.5 billion or more???

  • 12:19
    China is planning to install GPS systems in government cars to stop personal use by officials. Almost 200,000 government cars have been misused for private purposes, according to the Beijing Times.

  • 12:22
    Barack Obama and Republican leaders look set to kiss and make up and end a political crisis that has shutdown much of the US government and pushed the country dangerously close to default after meeting at the White House last night.
    There is no deal yet but the collapse in support for congressional Republicans in opinion polls is said to be focussing minds in the House. The latest, an NBC-Wall Street Journal survey published yesterday showed the public blaming Republicans by a 22-point margin - 53 to 31 per cent.
    Speaking about last night's meting Republican Representative Hal Rogers said it was "a very adult conversation".

    Well that's good. Adults having an adult conversation. 

  • 12:24
    A car bomb exploded outside the Swedish consulate in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi today. The building's facade has been damaged but no casualties have been immediately reported.
  • 12:26
  • 12:34
    Have you played ikea or death yet?

    I just have.

    For work purposes, like.  
    "Either you work at IKEA or you played drums for Bathory, because your knowledge is at the level of dare we say it, the cloven hooved one himself. That’s right, we’re talking about Ingvar Kamprad. We’re almost afraid to ask you to peep out our agency site. But please do, oh dark master."

     17 out of 20! Beat that!
  • 12:39
    Remember peak oil?

    You know, the way we were going to run out of the stuff within a few short years/

    Well the United States will become the world’s largest oil next year - overtaking Russia - thanks to its shale oil boom.
    The prediction comes from the International Energy Agency.  "The United States’ place in the driver’s seat of growth is also a throwback to decades past,” the IEA said this morning. “With output of more than 10 million barrels per day for the last two quarters, its highest in decades, the nation is set to become the largest non OPEC liquids producer by the second quarter of 2014, overtaking Russia. And that’s not even counting biofuels and refinery gains,” the IEA said.

  • 12:42
    "She congratulated me on the news and I said 'oh, what news?' She told me her daughter phoned from London to alert her to the fact I had got this prize. I heard more about it obviously when I got home and started reading the messages." Peter Higgs was told about his Nobel Prize win by a stranger who approached him on the street in Edinburgh.
  • 13:01
    Sad news about Co Donegal pensioner Suzy Arthur who has died following an assault by burglars three months ago. The 89-year-old  died in hospital last night. She and her sister Isa (91) were attacked on July 1st at their shared home. She had never left hospital after the incident.
  • 13:03
    Northern Ireland is a safe and profitable place in which to invest, British prime minister told an international conference in Belfast today. Addressing more than 150 overseas investors, government and diplomatic officials, he urged the private sector to “put your money in Northern Ireland and be part of this incredible success story”. He also referred to Queen Elizabeth’s hugely successful visit to the Republic and talked up efforts to agrees common visa arrangements between the Republic and the UK which would facilitate inward investment.
  • 14:03
    Nice piece by Peter Smyth on the modern word.

    Bertie Speak: an idiosyncratic mode of speech... 

    Bord Snip Nua:   the committee which reduced government expenditure
    Builder’s tea: very strong tea

    Circling Shannon   unwell and incapable of action

    Dubes:   deck shoes
    Galway Tent: marquee set up by Fianna Fáil at the Galway Races to entertain supporters.

    Ghost estate: unoccupied or unfinished housing estate...
  • 14:17
    Dublin. In the rare auld times....

    This is 10 minutes long but if you're familiar with Dublin it'll pass quite quickly.

  • 14:42
    Think of all the good people you have known who passed away far too young.

    Then reflect on the fact that  Erich Priebke, a former German Nazi SS officer convicted of one of Italy's worst wartime massacres, has just died. Aged 100.


    He spent 50 years living it up in Argentina after the war and lived out his last days under house arrest in Rome.

  • 15:22
    Ronnie O’Sullivan is to asked to provide more information to the snooker authorities about his claim that he was offered a £20,000 bribe to fix a match.

    He wrote in his new autobiography that he was approached about 10 years ago to fix a match but rejected the offer outright. “Someone rang me and said he’d like to meet me over in the forest and have a walk through the woods,” O’Sullivan wrote. “I knew the fella, and it was someone you don’t want to mess around with. What they were offering me, 20 grand, I could get for a couple of nights’ work. But it’s not something I would or could do. I couldn’t live with myself; I’d feel that was robbing somebody.”
  • 15:30
    I was looking for footage of Eamon Dunphy on TV3 today and I came across this...

    It's kind of hilarious.

  • 15:37
    In August in Miami a college student called Ronald Gjoka ran on to a football pitch where Real Madrid were playing Chelsea to Christian Ronaldo.

    He was caught by stewards and arrested and then jailed for two days.

    As a result he faces deportation....

    Ronaldo has written to to the Miami-Dade state attorney's office on behalf of the Albanian-born Canadian.

    This is what the letter says:

    "My name is Cristiano Ronaldo, and I play football (soccer) for Real Madrid. I was playing at Sun Life Stadium last month when a fan entered the field. His name is Ronald Gjoka, a young college student. We hugged, and we spoke for a while, until security arrived to escort him off the field. He was not aggressive or violent in ANY way. In addition, he did not resist security or police in any possible way.
    "I am concerned because I understand he may face potential problems with immigration and with his college if the criminal charges against him are not dismissed. I understand your position and the importance of enforcing rules and laws. However, I respectfully request that you and your office reconsider this decision and dismiss the two criminal charges this young man faces.

    Sincerely, Cristiano Ronaldo.

    That's nice, innit.

    The case is before the courts on Monday... It remains to be seen if the law will give the kid a break.

  • 15:40
    Former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi has formally requested to do a year of community service rather than be jailed or put under house arrest following his conviction for tax fraud.

    What a delightful thought....

    Sivio picking up rubbish on the streets of Milan.
  • 15:46
    RTE’S director of television , Steve Carson, is off. He is joining the BBC as head of Northern Ireland productions. He will be responsible for growing the contribution from Northern Ireland to network BBC channels apparently.

    This is what he had to say this afternoon.

    "The BBC is a vital public service that’s at the heart of life in Northern Ireland. I’m looking forward to working with all the production teams to help make ambitious programmes that will appeal to local and network audiences. I look forward to this exciting new role. ”

    And this is what Peter Johnston, the director of BBC Northern Ireland said.

    “I am delighted that someone of Steve’s calibre and experience is joining us and at such an important time. Our local programmes are making a significant impact with audiences here; we are increasing our content supply to the BBC’s networks and harnessing the benefits and opportunities of digital technology. I look forward to Steve’s arrival to the senior team at BBC Northern Ireland and the experience and creativity, he will bring.”

    No idea what Miriam O'Callaghan said but given that the pair are married she is sure to have some thoughts on the move!
  • 15:58
    The best meme ever?

    Well one of them. If you've not seen this take on Take On Me watch it now. It will make your Friday better.

  • 16:00
    A father who is facing charges of murdering his two sons made another court appearance today. Sanjeev Chada (43) from Ballinkillen, Bagenalstown, Co Carlow arrived at Harristown District Court this morning after being taken the short distance from the adjoining Castlerea Prison where he is on remand.
    He has been on suicide watch at the request of his solicitor since being detained at the Co Roscommon prison over two months ago. He is facing charges of murdering his sons, Eoghan (10) and Ruairi (5) at Skehanagh, Ballintubber, Co Mayo on July 29th last.

    Today he stood before the court with his head bowed and did not speak during the brief hearing. He has been in receipt of legal aid since the court was advised at an earlier hearing that he had no income. Inspector Padraig Jones told Judge Geoffrey Browne that the instructions of the Director of Public Prosecutions had been received in the case and he applied to have the accused man remanded in custody to appear at Castlebar District Court on November 6th for service of the book of evidence in the case. Judge Browne made the remand order after hearing that the application was with the consent of the defence.
  • 17:03
    Okay that is all the news there will be today..

    Touch wood.