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  • 09:01
    Good morning and welcome to The Daily Wire on irishtimes.com on November 20th, 2013. It's a cold, grey, wet morning in Dublin. Here's your forecast for the rest of the day.

  • 09:06
    Unusually, the most popular story on the site this morning is from our Commercial Property section. Jack Fagan reports that the Lafayette Building, one of the most prominent and well-known buildings on Dublin's quays, has been sold for €3.5m
  • 09:19
    In today's print edition of The Irish Times - available from all good retail outlets - there's a special supplement marking 25 years of columns by Fintan O'Toole. It's a great read. But what's that, I hear you say, why is it not on the website?

    Actually, it is, but in two different forms. The rather fabtastic Irish Times archive offers access, not just to a selection of Fintan's columns, but to every single last one of them, along with more than 150 years' worth of the newspaper.

    But if you want to read the supplement itself, you can do so by checking out our new, improved Digital Edition (formerly known as the epaper), which is particularly good if you're reading us on an iPad or other tablet.

    Here endeth the public service announcement....
  • 09:44
    What is itthat attracts those of us in the media to crack-smoking, brandy-swigging, councillor-pushing Toronto Mayor Rob Ford? Here's his latest interview (alongside his brother Doug) with the Today Show in the US.

  • 09:52
    In unrelated crack cocaine news, British police have searched the home of former Co-operative bank chairman Paul Flowers after a national newspaper published a video apparently showing the Methodist preacher arranging to buy crack cocaine and crystal meth.

    Police said they searched the home in Bradford in northern England after the Mail on Sunday  published a video showing Mr Flowers counting out £300 in a car and handing it to another person after agreeing to pay for illegal drugs.
  • 09:59
  • 10:05
    Most children today cannot run as far or as fast as their parents did, according to a study of global fitness. Over a mile run, youngsters today would be about a minute and a half slower than children 30 years ago.
    Dr Grant Tomkinson, the study’s lead author from the University of South Australia, said: “If a young person is generally unfit now, then they are more likely to develop conditions like heart disease later in life.
    “Young people can be fit in different ways. They can be strong like a weightlifter, or flexible like a gymnast, or skillful like a tennis player. But not all of these types of fitness relate well to health.
    “The most important type of fitness for good health is cardiovascular fitness, which is the ability to exercise vigorously for a long time, like running multiple laps around an oval track.”
    Researchers analysed 50 studies on running fitness between 1964 and 2010 of more than 25 million children aged nine to 17 in 28 countries.


     
    They gauged cardiovascular endurance by how far they could run in a set time or how long it took to run a set distance, typically lasted five to 15 minutes or covering half a mile to two miles.
    Cardiovascular endurance declined significantly within the 46 years, the researchers revealed at the American Heart Association’s annual meeting yesterday.
    On average, endurance has declined consistently by about 5 per cent every decade, while children are about 15 per cent less fit on a cardiovascular measure than their parents were at their age.
    Read more here. 
  • 10:21
    You can follow a day in the life of two gardai today at this Twitter address.

  • 10:23
  • 10:34
    By the way, in case you didn't know, the best band ever to come out of Dublin, who haven't been seen in decades, are playing two gigs in December. Here they are in their prime.

  • 11:14
    So, which female music star made the most money over the last year? Lady Ga Ga, you say? Katy Perry, perhaps? Nope. The title goes, surprisingly, to Madonna. There was me thinking that Madge had reached the stage of her career where panto in Eastbourne with the runner-up from last year's X-Factor would be an attractive little earner.

    Far from it; according to Forbes Magazine, the Material Lady raked in a whopping  $125 million from June 2012 to May 2013 thanks to her highly-successful MDMA Tour.
    The tour, which grossed $305 million, was able to carry the singer all the way to the bank, despite lacklustre album sales and the inability of her single Give Me All Your Luvin to chart in any significant way.
     Here she is (with a bit of help from Daft Punk)

     
  • 12:40
    TV weather presenter Doria Tillier may host the forecast naked after France reached the World Cup finals last night.
    The Huffington Post reports that "Le Grand Journal host Tillier promised to strip if Les Bleus made it to Brazil following their 2-0 defeat to Ukraine in the first leg of their playoff qualifier.
    France became the first European side in football history to overturn a two-goal playoff deficit when they beat their opponents 3-0 in Paris.

    She tweeted this during the match, but has not been heard from today:
  • 13:14
    Zlatan Ibrahimovic won't be at the World Cup in Brazil next summer, as Sweden were knocked out by Portugal last night. Not a man who suffers from an ego deficit, he has announced that:  "One thing is for sure, a World Cup without me is nothing to watch so it is not worthwhile to wait for the World Cup." That's that sorted, so.
  • 14:02
    So is Zlatan correct? One shy and retiring Portugese young man would beg to differ. As would the commentator on last night's match. Altogether now: Ronaldo  Ronaldo  Ronaldo  Ronaldo  Ronaldo  Ronaldo  Ronaldo  Ronaldo  Ronaldo  Ronaldo  Ronaldo  Ronaldo  Ronaldo  Ronaldo oooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

     
  • 14:37
    You heard it here first. Our Film Correspndent's first stab at Oscar predictions.

  • 15:01
  • 15:50
    Think ECB interest rates can't go any lower? Think again. The euro dropped below $1.35 today after the European Central Bank was reported to consider a negative deposit rate if more stimulus was needed. "ECB said to weigh minus 0.1% deposit rate if more easing needed," Bloomberg TV said in a tweet today. The report comes a day after ECB Vice President Vitor Constancio said that while quantitative easing was still a possibility, the central bank had not discussed how it would be implemented.
  • 15:54
    Today marks the 15th birthday of the International Space Station (ISS). Here's its best bits since 1998.

  • 16:26
    For balance, in the run-up to the 50th anniversary of JFK's assassination, here's a counterblast from the conservative National Review  against the widespread veneration of the man.

    John Kennedy looms large in the American imagination, but not for anything he accomplished in office. He was a handsome and vivacious man whose ascendancy coincided with that of television, a politician who was one part royal, one part movie star. That Americans found his celebrity and his pretensions to aristocracy appealing is beyond argument; however, it does not speak well of our political culture. But as created personas go, JFK was a doozy: He won the Pulitzer Prize for a book largely written by somebody else; his reputation as an intellectual was largely the creation of Arthur Schlesinger; and his family was figuratively and perhaps literally in bed with Joe McCarthy (who dated two of the Kennedy women), but the stigma of McCarthyism has never attached itself to his name. His pathological sexual appetites gave him the reputation of a charming rogue, when the truth is that he was closer to a mid-century Anthony Weiner. He was a veteran with an admirable military record, an unexceptional and difference-splitting senator with an Irish name: But for his celebrity, he would have been John McCain or John Kerry.