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Points rise for courses, Pistorius murder charge and protests in Cairo . . .

Joanne Hunt Mon, Aug 19
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  • 08:46
    Good morning. It's a dry, cloudy, muggy morning in the Capital. It will be mostly dry everywhere today, but with a risk of showers in the south west, west and north. Top temperatures 17 - 20 degrees. We can't complain really.
  • 08:47
    Joanne Hunt here on the Daily Wire, keeping you up to date on the news as it happens, until 5pm.
  • 08:49
    And I'm a bit gutted after Limerick's defeat yesterday.
  • 08:51
    The top stories in today's Irish Times: Protesters defy army threat in Egypt. Maths bonus drives up points needed for college courses. Limerick miss the point of new Hawk-Eye scoring system.
  • 09:01
    And the headlines from the rest:
    Irish Examiner: Pension crisis: PRSI rate may have to be doubled.
    Irish Independent: Double blow for parents as college grants face cuts.
    The Irish Daily Star: Hawk-Eye down - GAA suspends scoreline technology after cock-up
    The Irish Daily Mirror: Michaella drug cops probe new CCTV
    The Irish Daily Mail: €1m a week: The amount spent by ministers on consultants in a year
    The Irish Sun: Coke girl's ex is a drug dealer
  • 09:05
    South African athlete Oscar Pistorius is back before Pretoria magistrates' court right about now over the killing of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. We'll be keeping you up to date on that as it happens.
  • 09:26
    So did you get the course you wanted? The big CAO machine has sifted through 49,837 applicants, funnelling them into lecture theatres and seminar rooms in third level institutions around the country.

    Whether you got the course you wanted or you got a course you can use, be excited. Right now, your future best friend, your future watching-Home & Away-in-the-afternoon compadre, your future J1 travel companion, your future girlfriend/boyfriend, bestman/bridesmaid, husband/wife, is finding out they got that course too.

    In a few weeks, you'll be sitting in the same lecture theatre. In a few months you'll be having a beer together. And you'll probably still know each other in 50 years time too.
  • 09:30
    Some light for the Halawa siblings we hope.

    The four Irish citizens being held in military detention in Cairo’s Tora prison after security forces stormed a mosque on Saturday are due to appear at the prosecutor’s office in Cairo at 2pm this afternoon.

    It is hoped that Omaima (21), Fatima (23), their sister Soumaya (27) and brother Ibrahim (17) will be released later today.

    A Turkish diplomat visiting a Turkish detainee at the prison met the four siblings and said they were all fine and in good health. Mary Fitzgerald reports.
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    The prosecutor in the Oscar Pistorius case says the dates of March 3- 20 have been mutually agreed for his trial.

    The prosecution is expected to serve the athlete with an indictment for the premeditated murder of his girlfriend. Mr Pistorius, 26, denies murdering Reeva Steenkamp, saying he shot her after mistaking her for an intruder. Read more.

  • 09:59

    Reeva Steenkamp would have turned 30 today.  If convicted of her premeditated murder, the 26 year-old Pistorius faces a life sentence with a minimum of 25 years in prison.

  • 10:16
    Some 4,000 people marched in Dublin yesterday for same-sex marriage. Irish Times photographer Brenda Fitzsimons took some great snaps.
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  • 10:29
    Belfast lawyer Peter Madden is due to discuss the case against Irish drug-smuggling suspect Michaella McCollum Connolly with police in Peru today.

    In a statement Mr Madden said he would meet police at the holding centre in Lima where Ms McCollum Connolly (20) and co-accused Melissa Reid (20) are being detained. Mr Madden said he would answer questions afterwards.
  • 10:31

    We're going to be seeing and hearing a lot more from Peter Madden in the coming weeks I reckon.

  • 10:33
  • 10:44
    CCTV footage from a Lima street showing a woman said to be dressed like Michaella Connolly  passing the restuarant where she claimed she had been ordered to pick up drugs has been handed to prosectuors, reports the Irish Daily Mirror. The paper says details of her police interview and the CCTV footage do not appear to tally.
  • 10:59

    'Holiday' photos of Michaella McCollum Connolly and Melissa Reid, smiling and in beach attire in Peru, are published in today's Irish Daily Mail. The paper says the pair claim say they were forced to take the holiday snaps to corroborate their story.

  • 11:11
    Points for agricultural science, science, business, engineering and technology courses have gone up this year. Points for arts, teaching and pharmacy have come down. Read more...
  • 11:17
    Would you get a place on the course you did if you had to compete for it with this year's applicants? Check out the points in the College Choice 2013 supplement in today's Irish Times.  
  • 11:37
    Whatever about the CAO points scoring system, what about the GAA's Hawk-Eye?  The mechanism  went  a bit  cross-eyed yesterday, mistakenly  declaring Limerick player Barry Nash's point  in the All Ireland minor semi-final against Galway a  miss.  

    With scores level at the final whistle, the game went to extra time, and Galway won. What the?

    Read Malachy Clerkin's report.
  • 11:46
    The player thought it was a point, the goalie thought it was a point, the umpire thought it was a point. The GAA's Hawk-Eye point detection system, which showed the ball sailing comfortably between the posts, declared it a 'MISS'.

    The GAA said there was 'an inconsistency in the generation of a graphic'. Unfortunately for Limerick, there will be no second round of offers in that points race.
  • 11:47
    The computer says 'No'.
    The computer says 'No'.
  • 11:55
  • 12:13
    Naomi Watts has revealed she felt Princess Diana gave her permission to play her from beyond the grave. " I had saturated myself with Diana and her life and I felt this enormous responsibility of playing this iconic woman. It felt like I was spending a lot of time with her," she told The Mail on Sunday. "There was one particular moment when I felt her permission was granted." Spooky.
  • 12:17

    Meanwhile, British police are examining new information which alleges Princess Diana and Dodi Fayed were murdered by a member of the British military. Scotland Yard said it was “scoping” the information and “assessing its relevance and credibility”. Read more...

  • 12:25
    Diana died aged 36, just five years older than the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton is now. If she had lived, Diana would be 53 now, five years younger than Carole Middleton.
  • 12:26
  • 12:45
    If you fancy a pint of Newky Brown...
  • 13:08
    It's like a story from 2005! 'Dublin's Victorian fruit market to be redeveloped'.  Read Olivia Kelly's report.  
  • 13:19

    Plans for the 121 year-old fruit and vegetable market mooted in 2007 included six-storey apartment and office blocks, a culinary school and Michelin star retaurateur Patrick Guilbaud was identifed as an anchor tennant. 

    'Slow and steady, not big and showy, is what will win this race', says Olivia Kelly of the new revised plans. Read her analysis.

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  • 13:43
    Rents in Dublin city centre are now 7.5 per cent higher than last year, making it an expensive place to study for those coming to the Capital. Rents in Cork and Galway have climbed too. Read more...
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  • 13:51
    Limerick manager John Allen is at a loss to explain why his team failed to perform.  “I didn’t notice anything before the game, our preparation was similar, and the atmosphere in the dressing-room was good. There wasn’t a tangible tension around the players". Read Ian O'Riordan's report.
  • 14:02
    'Of all the things about LinkedIn I do not understand, this craze of “endorsing” one another’s “skills” is the most baffling,' writes Lucy Kellaway in today's Irish Times.
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  • 14:19
    Want to see a really disturbing and dated ad for a diamond from 1971? Diamonds? I just don't get it.
  • 14:35

    Too little, too late from AskFm? The controversial site will now feature a more prominent 'report' button and will hire more moderators. Read more...

  • 14:40
    On a Clare day...some pictures from yesterday's All Ireland hurling semi-final clash between Limerick and Clare. See photographer  Alan Betson's  gallery.  
  • 14:55
    Is Lady Gaga bribing fans to buy multiple copies of her latest single? Fans who buy the most copies of her single 'Applause' and related merchandise, and tweet pictures of same, are in with a chance to meet her at a gig.
  • 15:08
    Celebrity blogger Perez Hilton is taking a beating from Lady Gaga's 'little monster' fanbase. Hilton viewed an apartment in the same development as Gaga which led the singer to allegedly accuse him of being a 'stalker'. Her twitter followers are now on his case, making some pretty scary threats.  
  • 15:13
    At Mass with the Roses. Patrick Freyne is down in Tralee for the annual 'Lovely Girls' competition.
  • 15:18
  • 15:42
    Want to know what it's like to cycle to Istanbul? Michael Guilfoyle (66) cycled, camped and hostel-ed all the way there and lived to tell the tale.
  • 15:48

    Egypt’s former president Hosni Mubarak is expected to be released from jail within days after prosecutors cleared him in a corruption case, his lawyer said today.

    Mr Mubarak (85) was arrested after a popular uprising overthrew him on February 11th, 2011 as unrest spread across the Arab world. Read more...

  • 15:51
    Booked hols to Egypt? The Department of Foreign Affairs is warning against travel. Read more...
  • 16:00
    Falcon and Thompson Holidays  have cancelled all outbound flights to Egypt up to and including 11th September, 2013.  

    The Department of Foreign  Affairs  does not call for those holidaymakers already in  Egypt to leave, the holiday companies say. Holidaymakers can return on their original flights. 'Our experienced overseas resort team are updating all customers currently on holiday in Sharm El Sheikh of the change in travel advice.'

  • 16:15

    On the upside, you'll probably have the pool and the buffet to yourself.

  • 16:17
    Quinoa crumbed lamb cutlets to start, halibut fillet with an avocado, apple and celeriac remoulade for the main and summer meringue torte for dessert - the menu with which athlete David Gillick won RTE's Celebrity Masterchef. I thought Aengus and Maia looked a bit gobsmacked to be honest.
  • 16:25
    'Driving your son and your wife away from hospital was really important to me' - Prince William gives his first interview after the birth of his son.
  • 16:34

    A 19-year-old man appeared in court today charged with assaulting a woman who was blinded in one eye at a festival earlier this month. Gary Ward with an address at Scurragh, Birr, Co Offaly, was brought before a vacation sitting of Portlaoise District Court in Co Laois. Read more...

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    That's it from the Daily Wire for today, thanks for stopping by. We're back again tomorrow at 9am. In the meantime, you can keep up to date on and on twitter @IrishTimesLive.
  • 16:58
    Don't put away that bathing suit yet. While the weather for the next few days is set to be changeable, early indications suggest that the end of the week will be warm and humid.