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Tuesday, June 17, 2014
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€93m per week in unpaid overtime
PROFESSIONALS in Ireland work an average six hours’ overtime for free per week, new research has found. Using the CSO average hourly earnings figure of €22.08, the Citrix Work Life Barometer equates this unpaid overtime to nearly €93million per week. The study also found 55 per cent of midlevel employees work longer than contracted hours without overtime and that 32 per cent are dissatisfied with their jobs. Conversely, 87 per cent of senior staff said they were happy with their job and fewer work unrecognised overtime. Some 47 per cent of the 489 working professionals who took part in the study said they are not able to leave the office for their lunch-break, only one in five said they eat lunch outside the office every day and 43 per cent do not use their full annual holiday allocation. The average commute is 56 minutes a day, with 33 per cent of workers cutting down exercise as a result and 16 per cent saying they had put on weight because of this. A fifth of homeowners said they would consider moving to shorten their commute. Some 55 per cent said they suffered from
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work-related stress in the past year and 47 per cent said they would be ‘highly likely’ to work from home if given that option. Citrix provides cloud and virtualisation technology that allows remote working and, perhaps unsurprisingly, its Ireland manager Grace O’Rourke Veitch put forward such technology as a means of restoring Irish workers’ work/life balance. She said: ‘We need to move from judging people on how long they spend at their desks to evaluating them on the work they deliver.’ However, also perhaps unsurprisingly, the Irish Congress of Trade Unions said Irish workers need a pay rise and should join unions ‘to increase their bargaining power and help to redress the major imbalance’. It added: ‘The crisis has led to increased pressure on pay packets, job losses and greater job insecurity. And all this takes place against a backdrop of high levels of debt among the workforce. It is a recipe for exploitation and it is no surprise that some employers take advantage and some workers feel under pressure in their jobs.’
‘Not about time spent at desk’
BLOOM WITH A VIEW: Joyce clan member Nicole Joyce and Lucas Kemper, two, at the James Joyce Centre on North Great George’s Street yesterday. They were among those across Dublin and the world marking the 110th anniversary of Bloomsday, the fictional June 16, 1904 day on which Joyce’s masterpiece, Ulysses, is set Picture: conor Mccabe bloomsday: PaGE 3
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fr up: John Shevlin, in character characte as Bloomin’ fry-up: Joyce, eyes up breakfast at the James Joyce Centre on North Great George’s Street
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To Bloom: Senator David Norris, Fiona Brunell and LLord Mayor of Dublin Christy Burke raise their ha hats at the Joyce Centre
Boaters and top hats: Enjoying a series of events to celebrate Bloomsday’s 110th were (top) Nora Molloy, Harry Sargent and Celine Pomproy at Glasnevin Cemetery and Museum, and (above) punters including Cllr Mary Hanafin have breakfast at Caviston’s, Sandycove
Appeal to save Bloom’s druggist
ONE of the city’s relics of James Joyce’s literature may have to close this year, as commercial rates for Sweny’s chemist have increased beyond the occupants’ means. Once a pharmacy and now a museum run by volunteers, Sweny’s featured in the author’s opus Ulysses. Volunteer PJ Murphy said: ‘One of the main interests in this chemist is its link with Ulysses, because in chapter five, The Lotus Eaters, Leopold Bloom is sent in by Molly, his wife, a singer, for a special face cream... and then Leopold looks around the chemist and describes the interior, which hasn’t changed at all since 1847.’ Liz O’Carroll, another volunteer keeping the museum going, said: ‘Oh it’d be terrible to see it go. It would be absolutely catastrophic because it’s a piece of old Dublin.’ Ulysses protagonist Bloom entered the druggist on June 16, 1904. The tiny store is littered with books, medicine bottles and jugs – the story’s famous lemon soap too. Sweny’s sells second-hand books in a bid to keep the place running,
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something that hasn’t gone unnoticed by recent valuers, who have increased the commercial rates bill from €1,800 to €4,400 this year. The store functioned as a pharmacy until February 2009 when the elderly owners retired; now Joyce’s words are read aloud in daytime and evening readings on the premises. Joyce’s grandnephew Jurek Delimata, who lent his support at Sweny’s for Bloomsday yesterday, said: ‘I think it would be an absolute bloody disgrace to close it down.’ A spokesman from Dublin City Council confirmed that the Valuation Office determined the site’s commercial rates and though Sweny’s has appealed the decision DCC is ‘obliged to charge commercial rates until such time as the appeal is determined’. The Valuation Office could not be contacted for comment. Book lovers and Joycean scholars can sign Sweny’s petition on site at 1 Lincoln Place and online on the Save Sweny’s Pharmacy from Closure page on www.change.org.
The hats have it: Joyce’s grandnephew Jurek Delimata enjoys a glass of the black stuff, left, and volunteer Liz O’Connell Pictures: Aileen DonegAn
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Irish firm in €40billion takeover
MEDICAL device manufacturer, Medtronic, which is based in the US, has announced that a deal is in place to buy Irish-based rival Covidien for $42.9billion (€38.8billion) in cash and stock. The merged company would continue to operate in Minneapolis, where Medtronic employs more than 8,000. However, the manufacturer’s executive office will move to Dublin, where it could benefit from Ireland’s lower corporate tax rates. Medtronic makes pacemakers and insulin pumps, among other products, while Covidien, which employs 1,400 people here, specialises in surgical equipment. As a result of savings from the deal, which is reported to reach €628million annually by 2018, Medtronic said it plans to spend an additional €7.4billion over the next decade in investments, acquisitions and research and development in the US.
Girl, 14, dies in road crash A TEENAGE girl was killed in a road accident yesterday. The 14-year-old was a front-seat passenger in a car that crashed into a ditch three miles (4.8km) from Scartaglen, Co Kerry, at around 11.25pm on Sunday night. Gardaí said an 18-month-old baby who was also in the car was treated in hospital for non lifethreatening injuries, along with the driver, a 20-year-old woman. No-one else was injured. The road was closed for several hours to allow for forensic collision examinations at the scene and gardaí at Castleisland have appealed for witnesses.
Jay-sus: Smartphone zombies risk lives in traffic near-misses by LukE HOLOHAn SOME pedestrians are walking around in a ‘zombie trance’ thanks to their mobile phones, oblivious that they have almost been killed. A survey also found two-thirds of 5,800 respondents agreed all road users should be held to the same standards as drivers and that ‘jay-walkers’ should be subject to on-the-spot fines. ‘Ireland actually has a “jay-walking” law, even if hardly anyone knows it is there and enforcement is unheard of,’ said the AA’s Conor Faughnan. ‘If you are within 50m of a pedestrian crossing then you must use that crossing to cross the road – theoretically. In reality, anyone who has ever been a
pedestrian in an Irish town will tell you that the rules are completely ignored.’ Road Safety Authority figures show there was an increase in pedestrian fatalities in 2013 – to 31, from 29 in 2012 – a third of them while the person was crossing the road, and more than half after dark. In an on-the-street study, AA Insurance noted several incidents of unsafe behaviour by pedestrians, particularly around the use of mobile phones while jaywalking. Dubbed the ‘zom-
bie trance’, one pedestrian was so engrossed in his phone while crossing he didn’t even notice a bus driver had to hit the brakes to avoid hitting him. ‘Looking back through our motor insurance claims records it’s not unusual to see notes such as “man on phone stepped out in front of me” or “had to swerve to avoid cyclist with headphones”, said Mr Faughnan (pictured). ‘While these kinds of incidents have become the norm, it doesn’t mean we should be accepting of them.’ However, while a majority were in favour of fines for irresponsible pedestrians, many felt the measure would be unenforceable due to a lack of manpower.
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SIPTU members at Irish Rail are to ballot on fresh proposals for cost-saving measures. Union organiser Willie Noone said the proposals include ‘definitive clarity’ on state subsidies for the next three years and a guarantee that there will be no further pay reductions or changes to conditions of employment during that time. He added: ‘The time-frame for pay cuts has been reduced to 25 months and €1.2million that was previously earmarked to come from payroll cuts are now to be obtained from nonpayroll areas.’ The ballot will be counted on July 7. Siptu members had originally voted in favour of industrial action, but rejected an all-out strike, after rejecting a Labour Court recommendation which called for pay cuts of between 1.7 per cent to 6.1 per cent for a 28-month period. The NBRU pulled out of talks at the weekend, saying the company had made ‘no serious attempt’ to address its concerns.
Call to airline and DAA over pension pay
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Siptu to vote on new deal on rail cost cuts
THE chair of the Seanad Banking Inquiry Selection Committee has hit back at a suggestion by Finance Minister Michael Noonan (pictured) that Fianna Fáil ‘pulled a stroke’ in getting its senator Marc MacSharry nominated to the committee in the place of Labour candidate, Senator Susan O’Keeffe. Fianna Fáil senator Denis O’Donovan said: ‘As chair of the committee, it is insulting to be accused of presiding over a stroke. As Fine Gael leader in the Seanad, Maurice Cummins, stated last week, the demo-
cratic process was adhered to in the selection of the nominees. ‘In fact, I would have facilitated an adjournment if any representation was made to me on that matter prior to the vote being taken,’ he said. Meanwhile, Independent TD Stephen Donnelly said he would reconsider his resignation from the committee if the two senators added by the Taoiseach to ensure a Government majority stepped down. Speaking to Newstalk, he said: ‘On the basis that the Tánaiste and the Taoiseach also
said the whip was going to be removed, if Senator D’Arcy and Senator O’Keeffe said “yeah look, we’re going to back out of this” – and it was restored to what the Oireachtas originally decided – then I guess yes.’ However, Senator Michael D’Arcy has indicated he will not step down.
AER LINGUS and the Dublin Airport Authority (DAA) have been told to significantly increase payments into a workers’ pension fund to plug a €780million hole. Government advisers have warned the airline to pay in an additional €37million to take its contributions to €146.7million. The DAA has been urged to increase its payments by more than €7million, taking its offering to €57.3million. In an effort to stop strike action, the expert panel which examined the crisis-hit Irish Aviation Superannuation Scheme also called for lower contributions to be made by lower-paid employees. The Department of Transport and Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation thanked the advisers for their work and urged all parties involved in the aviation pension fund to study the report carefully and engage constructively to get a successful resolution. In a brief statement to the stock exchanges, Aer Lingus said it would review the report and issue a further response at a later date. The airline, which is 25 per cent owned by the Government and has Ryanair as a major shareholder, has also been advised to make an additional contribution to the pension pot for former employees who have not yet hit retirement age. The report said the extra payment for the deferred members of the scheme should be on top of the €30million proposed by Aer Lingus.
Rio policeman fires on anti-World Cup cost protest rally A BRAZILIAN police officer has been captured on video apparently firing a live pistol round at antiWorld Cup protesters near Rio de Janeiro’s Maracana stadium. During the protest, another man in plain clothes who identified himself as a police officer also pulled a pistol and fired two shots into the air near the stadium, where Argentina played Bosnia-Herzegovina. Government spokesman Pedro Dantas said there would be no official comment until the video could be viewed, and that there had been no reports of people having suffered gunshot injuries.
by COn DOHERTy The incident took place around the beginning of the group match – the first World Cup finals game played in the iconic Maracana stadium since 1950. Earlier, officers had fired stun grenades and tear gas to block a march by about 200 protesters heading towards the stadium. A stand-off ensued, with demonstrators massing near a police line guarding the route and chanting: ‘Fifa, go back to Switzerland,’ referring to international soccer’s governing organisation.
The protesters are angry over the lavish public spending on stadiums for the World Cup while conditions in Brazil’s schools and hospitals remain poor. Another protest occurred in the capital, Brasilia, but drew only small numbers, while a small protest was held in Porto Alegre. Protests broke out across Brazil during last year’s Confederations Cup tournament. At that time, more than one million Brazilians took to the streets in a single day in the largest demonstrations the South American nation had seen in a generation.
Formula 1 legend Schumacher is out of coma after six months MICHAEL Schumacher is no longer in a coma and has left the hospital in Grenoble where he had been receiving treatment after being involved in a skiing accident last year. The seven-time Formula One world champion had sustained severe head injuries in the incident in the French Alps in December, and was subsequently put into an artificially-induced coma a few days later. His management company said in a statement yesterday: ‘Michael has left the CHU Grenoble to continue his long phase of rehabilitation. He is not in a coma anymore.’ It has been 170 days since Schumacher was injured following his fall off piste in the French Alpine resort of Meribel. He initially required surgery to remove a haematoma from his brain, but despite its success, the 45-year-old was forced to remain in a coma under sedation. The last update on his condition had been in April, saying he was showing ‘moments of consciousness’.
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Caught on camera: An armed man who identifies himself as a police officer tells people not to move any closer to him in a street where anti-World Cup protesters block a route leading to the Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro PICTURE: AP Licensed and Bonded No: TO 101
No other information has been provided with regards to his health. Schumacher’s family offered their gratitude to all those who have played a part in his care. The statement added: ‘His family would like to explicitly thank all his treating doctors, nurses and therapists in Grenoble, as Schumacher: Coma well as the first aiders at the place of the accident, who did an excellent job in those first months. ‘The family also wishes to thank all the people who have sent Michael all the many good wishes. We are sure it has helped him. ‘For the future we ask for understanding as his further rehabilitation will take place away from the public eye.’
Ireland hotter than Portugal this week
Colourless Neville in vow to up his game
IRELAND is hotter than Portugal this week as ‘high summer’ arrives with the hottest days of the year today and tomorrow – with up to 26C forecast. Met Éireann forecast yesterday’s 23C highs in the west to climb to 24C today and tomorrow, with 25C possible, before highs around 21C from Thursday. Irish Weather Online forecast temperatures of up to 26C today or tomorrow. Ireland’s hottest day of the year so far was May 28’s 22.3C at Newport and Shannon Airport. Meanwhile temperatures at Porto, Portugal, are due to reach only 24C tomorrow. Met Éireann’s Eoin Sherlock said: ‘Conditions are lovely summer weather and perfect for anyone heading outdoors. ‘High pressure is dominating our weather this week. We’re having four or five days with decent spells of sunshine and warm temperatures.’
PHIL Neville has admitted working as a commentator is ‘harder than I thought’ after hundreds of viewers complained about his on-air performance during the World Cup game between England and Italy. Neville (pictured), a former player whose career included stints at Manchester United and Everton, was criticised for his lack of emotion and ‘monotone’ style during the game. Neville told a radio station: ‘Commentary is harder than I thought... I will get better.’ Fellow broadcaster Danny Baker was among his critics, but said the BBC should share the blame, asking why the novice was given such a highprofile game to ‘learn his craft’.
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Try putting yourself into an early rave KEEP IT CLEAN: Jay Esterson and Ken Breannan show solidarity in trade union Siptu’s Fair Deal For Cleaners Campaign that saw commemorations in honour of International Justice Day For Cleaners, which honours the memory of a large group of sanitation workers beaten off the streets by police in Los Angeles in 1990 after they marched to demand the right for their union to be recognised Picture: Leon FarreLL EVER wonder what your accountant, doctor or local green grocer might be up to before work? Well, if they are anything like the folks in London, they may be considering a morning rave, writes Luke Holohan. Yes, prepare for a wiggle – glow sticks, glitter and pumping sounds – all before work. That’s because next month the Morning Gloryville Experience is bringing its funky fitness capers to the Fair City. Rather than the usual boozy nightclub affair, the company promotes sober early morning dance experiences, inviting workers from all walks to eschew the typical vices of clubbing and use it as a means to stay in shape and connect with others. Expect outlandish get-ups, free massages, and fruit smoothieinduced smiles as you prance, dance or groove the dawn away. The idea came from events producer Samantha Moyo and Nico Thoemmes after they set out to create an experience for Londoners that would ‘shift their perceptions of mornings and clubbing, and increase their well-being’. So far, it has attracted hundreds of revellers to each of its London
venues, where the only rules are ‘sobriety and authenticity’. Ms Moyo said: ‘Besides being a vigorous workout, Morning Gloryville offers city-dwellers from all backgrounds, ages and professions a fun, healthy way to relax their minds, shake off their inhibitions and plug into the energy of “oneness”.’ Building positive energy seems to be its appeal, with Ms Moyo adding: ‘Go to an interview after Morning Gloryville and you will get the job. If not, money back, guaranteed.’ The event has since popped up in New York and is due to be launched in Amsterdam, Barcelona, Brighton, San Francisco, Paris and Tokyo. Speaking about the Dublin launch, event organiser Ed Hurrell said: ‘People are looking for alternative ways to do things. It’s an opportunity to dance your ass off to great tunes, enjoy a massage or some yoga.’ The inaugural Irish event will take place at the City Centre Yoga Hub on Camden Place at 6.30am on July 2. Attendees are advised to ‘dress to sweat’ as a yet unnamed world-class DJ will be providing the pulsating soundtrack. For tickets, see morninggloryvilledublin1.bpt.me
Things to do without getting out of your ‘snack box’ The Dublin Bay Hopper: A hop-onhop-off coastal train tour, this mellow Saturday excursion allows you to take in the beautiful sights of the east coast, all the way from Sutton to Greystones. railtoursireland.com Surfdock: The Surfdock is just a short stroll from the city centre and provides activities from kitesurfing and paddleboarding to kayaking. Or, why not organise a dragon-boat race with a rival firm? surfdock.ie Flea Markets: They cost nothing to browse and Dublin is heaving with markets that sell beautifully restored
furniture, organic bites and smoothies, and wonderful thrift. Check out the Ferocious Mingle Marcade every Thursday to Sunday on Camden Street (check out theferociousminglemarcade.com) or the Dublin Flea Market on the last Sunday of every month. dublinflea.ie Can Dubs Ukulele Hooley: party Now in its fifth year, without this combines a booze? Ukulele Bus Busk Video on scenic tour around gometro.ie/ Dún Laoghaire with no-booze ukulele workshops. Aug 23-24. ukulelehooley.com
Coffee grounds for biofuel optimism by CLAiRE HAyHuRsT SCIENTISTS have made biofuel from ground coffee produced in 20 different geographic regions – in both caffeinated and decaffeinated forms. New research from the University of Bath suggests waste coffee grounds could be a ‘sustainable fuel source’ for powering vehicles. The study found different varieties of coffee, including Robusta and Arabica, have reasonably standard composition and relevant physical properties of fuel. This means all coffee waste could be a ‘viable’ way of producing biodiesel, scientists from the University’s Centre for Sustainable Chemical Technologies said. Waste produced from the average coffee shop – around 9kg each day
Fuel source: Coffee – was found to produce around two litres of biofuel. Researcher Chris Chuck said: ‘Around eight million tonnes of coffee are produced globally each year and ground waste coffee contains up to 20 per cent oil. ‘This oil also has similar properties to feedstocks used to make biofuels. But, while those are cultivated
specifically to produce fuel, spent coffee grounds are waste. ‘Using these, there’s a real potential to produce a truly sustainable second-generation biofuel.’ Oil can be extracted from coffee grounds by soaking them in an organic solvent, before using a process called transesterification to transform them into biodiesel. Dr Chuck added that coffee biodiesel would be a minor part of an energy mix but could be produced on a small scale by coffee shops to fuel vehicles used for deliveries. The same delivery vehicles could be used to take waste coffee grounds to a biodiesel production facility. The paper, Effect Of The Type Of Bean, Processing, And Geographical Location On The Biodiesel Produced From Waste Coffee Grounds is published in Energy Fuels.
sitting down found Leukaemia hope for to ‘raise cancer risk’ breakthrough drug A COUCH-POTATO lifestyle is linked to a significantly greater risk of certain cancers as well as heart disease and diabetes, research has shown. Every extra two hours spent sitting was associated with a ten per cent increased chance of developing cancer of the womb lining in women, while bowel and lung cancer risk was raised by eight per cent and six per cent respectively. The effect appeared to be unrelated to how much exercise people took when not sitting. Scientists came to the conclusion after studying data from 43 studies.
A NEW leukaemia drug trialled on Irish patients boosts survival rates by 90 per cent and could replace chemotherapy. Research in the New England Journal of Medicine found Ibrutinib has better rates of survival for patients with the commonest form of leukaemia than conventional therapy – and is a breakthrough for those with resistance to chemotherapy. Ibrutinib works by disabling the enzyme Bruton’s Kinase, crucial for leukaemia’s survival. Thanks to the success of the clinical trial, Ibrutinib is now available to patients with the aggressive and chemotherapy-resistant forms of chronic lymphocytic leukaemia in Ireland.
On the prowl: Bob the robot checks that doors have been closed and desks are tidy. A similar robot called Werner is currently being tested in a care home in Austria as part of the same project. He is also able to play simple games with residents at the facility in Vienna
AN ONLINE market for e-cigarettes is booming with thousands of flavours competing for smokers’ attention. At least 7,700 flavours of the vapour and nicotine-emitting devices are now available online, according to a US study. The variety of e-cigarettes available online has soared to ‘staggering’ levels over the past two years, the State and Community Tobacco Control Research initiative found. Tobacco and methanol are the most popular flavours, followed by fruit, sweets, alcohol and food. Older brands claimed they were healthier and cheaper than cigarettes, while newer brands were more likely to
By jOAnnE AHERn DANIEL DAY-LEWIS said he was ‘entirely amazed’ to get an MBE in Queen Elizabeth’s Birthday Honours. The star is not short of honours – his 2012 Oscar win for Lincoln – his fifth nomination – made him the first man to win three Best Actor statuettes. He said: ‘I’m entirely amazed and utterly delighted in equal measure.’ Although London-born, the private 55-year-old took Irish citizenship in 1993, and has lived in Annamoe, Co Wicklow since 1997. He has two Irish-born sons with wife Rebecca Miller – Ronan, 16, and Cashel, 12. Day-Lewis (pictured), the son of Anglo-Irish poet laureate Cecil DayLewis, has a reputation for taking his method acting very seriously. He is said to have lived in a tent on a deserted Texan oil field during the making of There Will Be Blood. To play Guildford Four member
E-cigarette market ‘has soared to 7,700 flavours’ focus on choice. One in ten brands claimed to be able to help smokers quit. Meanwhile, a study by Harvard School Of Public Health found most of the 30million Europeans have tried the tobacco substitutes are young, current smokers or those trying to quit real cigarettes. Senior research scientist Constantine Vardavas said e-cigarettes ‘represent an emerging market in which the tobacco industry has extensively invested’. She added: ‘These new findings show that millions – including many young people and smokers trying to quit – are trying e-cigarettes, which underscores the importance of assessing their potential harm or benefits.’
New £5 coin to mark prince’s 1st birthday Prince George of cambridge’s first birthday is to be marked with a commemorative £5 coin. William and Kate, along with Queen elizabeth ii and UK chancellor George Osborne approved the design of the sterling silver piece, which bears the heraldic royal arms and the year 2014 and will retail for £80. Third in line to the throne, George, who was photographed walking with his mother’s help at the weekend, turns one on July 22.
newlyweds forced to pay €5k for ‘broken’ TV
FINDING out you have run up a bill of a few hundred euro on the minibar usually comes as a surprise to guests when they check out of a hotel. But being told to pay €5,000 to replace a broken TV set left newlyweds Wesley and Heather Dyson gobsmacked. Groom Mr Dyson was told he would have to pay ten times the cost of the TV or have his passport confiscated.
Co Wicklow’s Danny Boy ‘amazed’ at knighthood
Coming to a workplace near you: RoboOfficeCop WITH menacing names such as Daleks and Decepticons, it is no wonder robots have caused terror among humans. But this one has a less threatening presence, perhaps helped by the fact he is called Bob. The droid has been tested in an office, patrolling the floor to check that doors are shut and desks are uncluttered. It uses cameras and scanners to see whether anything out of the ordinary has occurred, stores the incident to its hard drive and reports it to its human bosses. The 1.8m (6ft) machine can also speak if it gets stuck and plug itself into the mains when its power is low. ‘Bob is not about replacing our security officers,’ said Stewart Angell of security firm G4S Technology, which has been testing Bob in its headquarters in Tewkesbury, in the UK. ‘It can make incisive, very quick decision about changes in the environment.’ Bob is being tested as part of a £7.2million (€9m) project by Birmingham university to see how robots work in offices. Lecturer Dr Nick Hawes said droids could become ‘truly useful assistants’ in work places in the future.
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But the former soldier says the telly was in perfect working order when he left the hotel – and was not allowed to inspect the damage by staff. He had to wave his bride off in a taxi so she could make the journey home and stay an extra night in Cuba to sort out the mess. ‘The hotel was run by the military and we were advised paying would be in our best interests,’ the lorry driver said.
Mr Dyson, 36, of Farnworth, Lancashire, was given three days to pay the cash or face being thrown into a jail cell, he claims. His father wired the cash to Cuba so he could leave, and Mr Dyson hopes to reclaim the cost on his travel insurance, but fears it will look like he has accepted liability. He said the treatment by staff at the Paradisus del Rio D’Oro hotel in Holguin was ‘horrendous.’
Gerry Conlon in the film In The Name Of The Father, he spent two days in a prison cell without food and water. And he chose to stay in character as fearsome Bill ‘The Butcher’ Cutting even when the cameras stopped rolling on the Martin Scorsese crime epic Gangs Of New York. ‘He’d be sharpening his knives at lunchtime just like you’d expect Bill the Butcher to do. He’s just really intense,’ recalled co-star Leonardo DiCaprio. He is often spoken of as a recluse but has said in interviews that he needs peace and quiet in order to prepare for acting jobs.
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Biebs is a winner... but is he a sinner?
Justin Bieber’s win at the Much Music Video Awards came as welcome news for the troubled singer. But his joy won’t last long as he is set to be charged with criminal vandalism. The 20-year-old is in trouble after allegedly causing more than €13,000 of damage by
throwing eggs at a neighbour’s home in January. A prosecutor investigating the case said: ‘If this isn’t a felony, nothing is,’ according to TMZ. The latest legal drama comes just days after Bieber’s attempted robbery charge was thrown out of court.
Blake goes West for album No.3 James Blake is hard at work on his third album – and has called upon Kanye West and Bon Iver to help out. The 25-year-old is bringing in the big guns to follow up the success of Overgrown, which won the Mercury Music Award last year. ‘Every song is about 50 per cent done. I’m getting there,’ he told Billboard magazine.
‘There’s people I’ve been talking to for a while who so far we haven’t linked up with because of scheduling but recently we have. ‘Justin Vernon of Bon Iver, I have done some writing with, and I think we will continue to do that. ‘And sporadically, Kanye, when he is around. It’s hard to say what will end up on the record.’
J-Lo ‘is ready to give Smart a second go’ Jennifer Lopez may be ready to take back toyboy lover Casper Smart following allegations he cheated on her with transsexuals. The 44-year-old Ain’t It Funny star dropped Smart, 27, after two transsexuals came forward with the eyebrow-raising claims. But a source has now suggested J-Lo and Smart are still ‘in love’. The loose-lipped friend told HollywoodLife: ‘It is over now, but not exactly forever. ‘Jennifer is very embarrassed and upset with the whole ordeal but Casper is still important to her life. He is so close with her kids. Casper
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really has to work hard to get her back, but there is a chance as she wants to see how much he cares,’ the friend added. Meanwhile Smart has stepped up his fight to clear his name from being linked to transsexuals Xristina Marie and Sofia Vissa. Lawyers for the former backing dancer have instructed Nik Richie – the owner of TheDirty.com, which exposed the love cheat claims – to take down the stories or be sued, according to TMZ. Smart has also demanded one of the transsexuals sign a declaration stating she never met him.
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Night fright left Rebel as white as her sheets Rebel Wilson was ‘scared sheetless’ – after she was attacked by her bed. The sleeping actress, 28, had a rude awakening when a sheet sprang back and slapped her. ‘The scariest thing at 4am in the morning is the fitted sheet on your bed coming off one corner and hitting you smack in the face!’ she tweeted. ‘I thought I was being attacked by an invisible night monster.’
Drake ducks out as Lorde and Ariana wow crowds D
RAke and Lorde were big by sEAMus Duff winners at the Much Music Video Awards – but it was artist gong with her No.1 track Royals. Ariana Grande who stole the Accepting her award on stage, the 17year-old kiwi apologised to show hostshow with a sizzling performance. The 20-year-old took to the stage to ess kendall Jenner, 18, as she knocked close the ceremony wearing a dazzling her head with an oversized hat. Jenner herself caused a stir on the silver mini-skirt – catching the eye of fashion front by wearing a daring many of her fans. ‘Ariana grande is so freaking pretty!’ double thigh split dress, seemingly without any underwear. wrote one fan online, while Canadian bad boy another gushed over her Justin Bieber, 20, was performance in Toronto, awarded the people’s Canada, writing: ‘killed it vote for ‘your fave’ my lil beautiful princess.’ artist although he was Grande responded: ‘thank not present to accept it. u Toronto! love u. thanks Meanwhile, the Boyfor having me #mmvas.’ friend singer’s on-off No-show rapper Drake, girlfriend Selena Gomez 27, picked up the award for was voted ‘your fave’ international video of the international artist. year by a Canadian with ‘That’s amazing and his track Hold On, We’re Awards run: Lorde sings crazy and the best thing Going Home and also took that could ever happen to the hip-hop video of the year for Worst me while I am taking some time off. I Behaviour. Lorde – who won Brit and Grammy love all of my Canadians so, so much. awards earlier this year – continued her Thank you so much for voting for me,’ winning run as she landed the interna- the Hold On, We’re Going Home singtional video of the year for an individual er said in a video message.
Grand entrance: Ariana Grande steals the show with her sexy routine picture: ap
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Cher: I can’t wait to have children C
her Lloyd can’t wait to have kids – so she can finally go on a honeymoon. She tied the knot with 23-year-old Craig Monk in November but the happy couple have not had time to go on holiday to celebrate. ‘It has been non-stop for the last two years. The only thing I was able to do for myself in that time was to get married – and I was only given two days to do that,’ she told Guilty Pleasures in an exclusive chat. ‘When my mum and dad got married they never had a honeymoon. And then there was us four kids and then we went on holiday together and that was kind of classed as their honeymoon. I wouldn’t mind doing that.’ And the 20-year-old former X Factor wannabe is determined to start a family. ‘I cannot wait. It’s something I’m really looking forward to and it’s a very rewarding thing. It’s important for me to have a really good family,’ the Swagger Jagger singer said. having spent two years in the US, Lloyd is back in the UK and looking forward to the release of second album Sorry I’m Late – to be released on her 21st birthday. ‘The past two birthdays I’ve spent in America I have worked on my birthday. And I will probably be doing that this year as well because my album is out,’ the workaholic claimed. ‘I can’t believe it’s been nearly four years since I released an album. Whenever I have a day off I write anyway because I can’t physically stop.’ Sorry I’m Late is out on July 28, with new single Sirens being released on July 20.
Family life: Cher Lloyd is looking forward to having children Picture: sony
Britney’s Las Vegas show just lip service
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Britney Spears might want to have a word with her manager after he confirmed she mimes through her Las Vegas shows. The 32-year-old is paid more than €200,000 for each Planet Hollywood appearance – but Adam Leber said fans were paying to hear a recording. ‘To put on the show that she puts on, it’s virtually impossible to sing the entire time,’ he told Medium.com, adding that she would struggle to be heard during her energetic routines.
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Suu Kyi: My fight goes on Randy bear faces the snip
buRMA: Aung San Suu Kyi is fighting to rewrite part of the constitution which bans her from the presidency. The pro-democracy campaigner cannot run for office as her late husband was British. A provision that bars anyone married to a foreigner being leader was upheld by the junta yesterday.
SPAiN: A brown bear is facing castration amid fears his sexual dominance is a threat to the species. Pyros, 26, is related to nearly all 30 cubs born in the Pyrenees over the past 20 years. He is responsible for dangerous levels of inbreeding, say wildlife experts, who may neuter or move him.
Water cannon stunt fails Hillary’s girl power fight gERMANy: Police have been forced to apologise after an offer to let football fans fire a water cannon backfired. The online contest in Leipzig was met with criticism from the public. ‘What next, pepper spray parties perhaps?’ one Facebook user said. Police said they hadn’t intended to offend.
AMERicA: Likely presidential contender Hillary Clinton says her country needs to follow Germany and elect a female leader. ‘I want the USA to have a woman leader soon as well and I will do all I can for that to happen, though I do not know yet if it will be me,’ she told a German magazine.
isis militias capture city near Syrian border road Sunni militants captured a strategic northern iraq city near the Syrian border yesterday, sending thousands of residents from an ethnic minority fleeing for safety and moving closer to their goal of linking areas under their control. uS Secretary of State John Kerry said drone strikes are an option to halt the insurgents. He also said the uS is willing to talk with iran and does not rule out potential military cooperation between the two rivals to stop the rampage. The commander of iran’s elite Quds Force, General Ghasem Soleimani, is in iraq, consulting with officials on how to roll back the al-Qaeda-breakaway group leading the charge (known as the islamic State of iraq and the Levant, or isis). The officials also said uS aircraft have in recent days flown reconnaissance missions over iraq to gather intelligence on the militants’ positions. Gen Soleimani has been inspecting defences and reviewing plans with top commanders and iranian-backed iraqi Shiite militias. He also visited the holy
by qASSiM AbDuL-zAHRA cities of najaf and Karbala south of Baghdad, home to the most revered Shiite shrines, and areas west of Baghdad where government forces have faced off with islamic militants for months. The islamic State has threatened to march to Baghdad, Karbala and najaf. The militants’ capture of Tal Afar yesterday was a key prize, as it sits on a main highway between the Syrian border and Mosul, iraq’s second largest city, which was captured last week. At the same time, further south, islamic State fighters were battling with government troops at Romanah, a village near another main border crossing into Syria in Sunni-majority Anbar province. Tal Afar, a city of 200,000 located northwest of Baghdad, is dominated by ethnic Turkomen, who are both Sunni and Shiite. That raises fears of new atrocities by islamic State fighters, who brand Shiites as heretics.
President ‘rigged’ poll win
JUST after Colombia’s president Juan Manuel Santos (pictured) celebrated election victory on Sunday night, a former leader accused him of ‘the biggest corruption in history.’ Alvaro Uribe appeared on TV to allege that Santos supporters had bought votes to achieve his 53 per cent-to-47 per cent win, the narrowest in decades. Mr Uribe also claimed leftist rebels had used armed intimidation against voters. He offered no evidence for his claims and no serious irregularities were reported by independent election monitors.
NORTH KOREA: Leader Kim Jong-un aboard ‘submarine No.748’ during an inspection of one of his nation’s naval units Picture: reuters
Greenpeace lost €3.8m on a currency bet GreeNpeace International has acknowledged losing €3.8million on a bet that the euro would not strengthen against other currencies in 2013 – but it did. The environmental group, which is based in amsterdam, said the money was lost by an employee who acted beyond the limits of his authority, but had hoped to benefit the organisation with a win on the currency. Greenpeace did not identify the staff member, who has been fired, and added there was no evidence of fraud. In a statement released yesterday, Greenpeace apologised for the blunder to supporters and donors, and said it was looking into what went wrong. The organisation said it would absorb the loss over a period of several years by trimming ‘infrastructure investments’. The group pledged not to reduce spending on campaigns to protect the environment to compensate for the loss.
PiPE DREAMS: Geoff Stone pretends to smoke from a pipe following his audition for Rob Ford The Musical: The Birth Of A Ford Nation. Toronto mayor Rob Ford, who shot to prominence last year after admitting to smoking crack, said last month he was taking time off to deal with his issues, after insisting for months he didn’t have a problem Picture: reuters
RuSSiA: A prima ballerina pressed her panic button when she thought she had a burglar in the house – only to find it was her cat. Ex-Bolshoi star Anastasia Volochkova found the noises in her Moscow home were made by overweight pet Zhorzhik.
13 people executed over terrorist crimes in china CHinA executed 13 people yesterday over terrorism and violent crimes in the region of Xinjiang, state media said. The news emerged of the government crackdown after a series of deadly attacks blamed on Muslim separatists. The executions took place as three others were sentenced to death for planning a car ramming
at Beijing’s Tiananmen Gate last year that left five people dead. The government says it faces terrorist threats from people seeking independence for Xinjiang, home to the Muslim uighur ethnic minority. Among those executed were three men who organised an assault in which 24 people died last June in the town of Lukqun, state news said.
Nine held over jihadist links in Iraq and Syria
Russia cuts off its gas supplies to Ukraine
EIGHT people have been arrested in Spain and one in Germany on suspicion of recruiting militants for a jihadist group in Iraq and Syria. The Spanish interior ministry said the cell was led by a person who lived in Spain, but had been jailed in Guantanamo Bay, after being arrested in Afghanistan in 2001. Officials in Berlin said a 30year-old Frenchman was arrested on Saturday suspected of ‘supporting terrorism’ while fighting in Syria.
RUSSIA has cut off gas supplies to Ukraine as a payment deadline passed and negotiators failed to reach a deal on gas prices and unpaid bills amid continued fighting in eastern Ukraine. The decision does not immediately affect the gas flow to Europe but could disrupt the long-term energy supply to the region if the issue is not resolved, analysts said. Ukraine’s Naftogaz company head Andriy Kobolev said Ukraine can manage without Russian gas until December.
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Terrorists kill 48 who ‘failed’ life-or-death religious tests AT LEAST 48 people were shot dead when al Qaeda-linked militants attacked a coastal town in Kenya. The gunmen reportedly gave victims a life-or-death religious test – killing anyone who was not a Muslim. ‘They asked us if we were Muslims. My husband told them we were Christians and they shot him in the head and chest,’ said Anne Gathigi. Among the dead are men who were
watching World Cup football games on TV at a hotel. Gunmen pulled them aside and ordered women to watch as they were executed, say police. Islamist terrorist group al-Shabab said it carried out the attack in the town of Mpeketoni to avenge the presence of Kenyan troops in Somalia. The terrorists also set fire to cars and buildings before leaving.
Carnage: A man looks at the charred remains of destroyed vehicles and buildings in Mpeketoni. Some 48 people died in the al-Shabab terror attack Picture: AP
McCanns’ fury as libel trial postponed for a fourth time by niCOLE LE MARiE THE parents of Madeleine McCann told of their ‘pain and distress’ yesterday as the ex-police officer who led the hunt for their daughter delayed their libel action against him. The McCanns, who are suing Gonçalo Amaral over claims made in his book, The Truth Of The Lie, were in Portugal to tell a court how they believe his accusations against them hindered the search for Maddie. But the case was postponed for a fourth time after Mr Amaral sacked his legal team at the last minute. Gerry McCann called the move a ‘blatant and cynical attempt’ to wear them down. His wife, Kate, added: ‘We need to make it clear to people: we took on this case because of the pain and distress that Mr Amaral has brought to us and our children. And every time he postpones the case it brings us more pain and distress.’ Maddie was three when she vanished from the family’s Praia da Luz holiday apartment in May 2007 while her parents dined in a restaurant with friends. The McCanns were originally told
‘Pain and distress’: Kate McCann they could not make statements at the long-running libel trial but that decision was overturned following an appeal. They are taking action over claims made in Mr Amaral’s 2008 book, including the suggestion they hid their daughter’s body and faked an abduction after she died in an accident. Mrs McCann, 45, said the former officer was trying to deny Maddie the ‘human right’ to be looked for and found. ‘We just want justice,’ she said outside the Lisbon court. ‘This is not fair.’ The couple now have to wait for the next hearing, set for July 8. If successful, they stand to win £1million damages.
24 dead in Syria barrel attack AT LEAST 24 people have died after Syrian military helicopters dropped barrel bombs on a rebel-held neighbourhood in the northern city of Aleppo yesterday, activists said, adding that 2,000 have been killed in such attacks in Aleppo so far this year. Yesterday’s air raids targeted the Sukkari neighbourhood on the city’s southside, the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and
the Aleppo Media Centre said. Observatory officials said at least 24 people were killed, while the Aleppo Media Centre put the death toll at 30. An amateur video posted online shows people running through a rubble-filled street as sirens wail. Four men carry a limp body out of a building in a red blanket. Another video showed apartment buildings with their facades blown off.
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On Bike Week, reluctant city cyclist LukE HOLOHAn takes a look at the safety of Dublin streets for regular riders
OOD news – it’s Bike identified cycle-ways – the oft-cited Week and cycling is on figurative joust between man and the up in Dublin by ap- machine. no thanks. The prospect of pedalling from the proximately 11 per cent, according to the figures snapping jaws of a hurried morning commuter seems infinitely more from the last census. Bad news. it’s Bike Week, and dangerous than being pinned in traffic accidents involving cyclists against the window of a Dublin Bus. are being under-reported, meaning Recently, on one of my rare cycling that if you thought Dublin was an expeditions around Dublin’s cycling inhospitable biking environment, blackspots, i even had the displeasthen it is at least three times as ure of becoming a participant in a game of real-life Frogger with treacherous as you first thought. now throw your bicycle in the bin heavy-goods vehicles on the north and join the daily public transport Quays. But as much as one might want to grind. i like cycling. But rarely do i take point the finger, you can’t blame motorists. The conditions in which to the bike in the capital. not just because my face might they try to co-exist with cyclists turn into an overly-smoked ham as i aren’t conducive to a working relanavigate uphill stretches in front of tionship, and the figures, well, they shocked american tourists. ‘Hey speak for themselves. a comparative analysis between Marge, check out this guy!’ not even because the slow drift Road Safety authority figures and into the passive lethargic state of hospital admissions between 2005 adulthood means that cycling ranks to 2011 shows that while it doculowly on my list of priorities – some- mented 2,133 cycling injuries, hoswhere between going to the dentist pitals logged 6,565 incidents of care for cyclists. and getting a ‘real’ job. lead author Jack Short amsterdam, Paris, Stocksaid: ‘Cycling is growholm and Berlin have all ing and it is being witnessed my Tour de supported by public Farce; my fetlocks policy. blowing gracefully I participated in a ‘The evidence in the wind. game of real-life here shows that But it’s quite cycling is less difficult to throw Frogger with safe than official caution to the heavy-goods vehicles figures show and wind at home, that cycling is not when all the evion the quays becoming safer as dence and horror other modes are. if cystories appear to sugcling policy is to be sucgest that you will in fact cessful, safety needs to be more be killed, injured, or at least put at its centre.’ through a perturbing ordeal. On the Continent i’m blissfully This does nothing for my desire to unaware that there is a U-Bahn just use Dublin Bikes, cod my work for around the corner ready to do me in. some cut-price wheels or, indeed, i’m ignorant to the fact a baked ‘cof- invest in my own. in fact, i’d hazard fee shop fiend’ may pull me from that while more people are cycling, my trike and into a canal. Until now, hard stats such as these will likely i’ve never even considered that Pa- depress any further increase in an risian pigeons might be more likely activity which could make the city a much more vibrant and environmento swoop on a foreign national. i just know what i know. and that’s tally-friendly hub. So let us build cycle tracks, widen that Dublin at worst is a dangerous place for the cyclist, and at best, is a roads, and fill potholes. let’s protect very disconcerting city to navigate cyclists and, by proxy, motorists. i’m no biker, but one day i hope to – whether seasoned professional or amateur pedaller. all those vehicles be, once they figure out how to put squeezing through tight thorough- cyclists ahead of traffic, instead of @lukeholohan fares like tubed Marmite, the lack of in front of it.
Dublin Bikes: Luke has no desire yet to use the bicycle hire service until the city becomes safer for cyclists
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Donnelly a model for all future TDs?
inally, a politician in this country who stands for something greater than vote-grubbing, pensiondrawing sycophancy. independent TD Stephen Donnelly is exactly the kind of political mind we need more of – informed, analytical, honest and principled. We have two political species at large in the Dáil that need to be done away with if the right kind of progress is ever to be made here. We either have the god-fearing culchie ex-teacher, willing to agree to anything as long as their local parish is looked after. On the other hand, we then have the socialist leftie demagogues who want nothing more than to appeal to prejudices and fears in a time of austerity. They offer noth-
ing constructive to the issues of the day, only inflammatory rhetoric. Donnelly stands apart from both of these blueprints, as his recent action over the banking inquiry shows. if we could find another few dozen TDs like him, with brains as well as backbone, we could really knock our political system – and the country as a whole – into shape. Dod ■ Poor lana Del Rey. How sad to hear that she wishes she was ‘dead already’. i can totally see how hard her life must be – young, beautiful, talented, rich, famous. idiots like her should do six months of aid work in the developing world to see what real problems look like instead of spouting dangerous piffle like this to impres-
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■ Eh, sorry Boru but irish Rail staff do test out their facilities. in fact, an inspector on the Rosslare train on Friday sat in a seat all the way from Connolly to Bray while dozens of passengers had to stand until Dún laoghaire. Marc, Wicklow ■ More inquiries, more delays, more cost overruns, more farces. The ‘ah sure, it’ll be grand’ approach doesn’t work. The sooner this is understood, the better. Jboy ■ With the amount of runny noses and sniffing on the train yesterday morning, i wish i had a conductor’s baton to get them into some rhythm. Donabate J
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● Fair play to the barista in Caffe Italiano who always cheers me up on a Monday morning. It’s amazing how a good laugh can change one’s outlook on the day. Joe
● To the blonde Cure fan in Bruxelles last Friday night. You were Just Like Heaven. I hope you kept my number – please get in touch. English Lad (blue jumper)
● A huge thank you to Gerry for being a great master. He lets me off the lead every morning so I can run in the park. When I have an itch, he scratches it. When he comes home, he lets me lick his face. And when I’m confronted by ruff types, he never bow-wows down. Fifi
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A big feast from the Middle East Lamb Shawarma This dish (main picture) serves six.
Ingredients 4 onions, peeled (about 500g) ♦ 3tbsp ras el hanout spice mix ♦ 2tsp salt ♦ ½ tsp white pepper ♦ 1 shoulder of lamb, on the bone (about 1.8kg-2kg) For the cabbage salad ½tsp salt ♦ ½ white cabbage, shredded (about 350g) ♦ juice of 1 lemon ♦ 1 small bunch of parsley, chopped (about 15g20g) ♦ 2tbsp vegetable oil ♦ seeds from 1 small pomegranate
Method Step 1 Preheat the oven
to 250c/230c fan.
Step 2 Purée the first two onions to a pulp in a food processor with the ras el hanout, salt and pepper. Slice the other two onions and lay on the base of a deep roasting dish big enough to contain the lamb. Pat the puréed onion mixture all over the lamb, top and bottom, and lay it on the bed of onions. Step 3 Place the roasting dish
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uncovered in the upper-middle part of the very hot oven for 30min. It should start to colour and brown (it may take another 10min if your oven doesn’t run very hot).
Step 4 Pour in enough water to reach halfway up the lamb joint and cover the dish. Lower the oven to 200c/180c fan and cook for 1hr. Uncover, baste with the liquid at the bottom of the dish, re-cover and return to the oven. reduce the heat to 180c/160c fan and cook for 1hr. baste again, re-cover and cook for a further hour. basting helps soften the lamb. after 3.5hr, the meat should be soft and come away from the bone easily. Step 5 Sprinkle the salt on the
shredded cabbage in a bowl, mix and allow to sit for 10-15min until it softens. add the lemon juice, parsley and vegetable oil, and mix. add more salt if needed – it should be sharp and lemony. Sprinkle with the pomegranate seeds if using.
Step 6 Set the table with flatbread
to soak up the juices, yoghurt, a bowl of mint leaves to cool, pickled chillies if you want some heat, and the cabbage salad for crunch. bring the whole shoulder to the table and dish it out with a large spoon.
DeSSerT: feTa & honey cheeSecake Honey & Co’s signature dessert (pictured right) is quite complex but everything can be done in advance and assembled just before eating.
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You can use a generic supermarket feta but one of tinned smooth fetas sold in Middle Eastern delis gives a better finish. Kadaif pastry is made out of thin noodles. If you can’t find it, shred filo pastry as finely as you can. This makes four generous portions. Ingredients For the kadaif base 25g melted butter ♦ 5og kadaif pastry (or filo) ♦ 1tbsp caster sugar For the cheesecake cream 160g full-fat cream cheese ♦ 160ml extra thick double cream ♦ 40g icing sugar ♦ 40g honey ♦5og feta ♦ seeds from ½ vanilla pod (or 1tsp essence) For the honey syrup 50ml honey ♦ 50ml water For the garnish a few fresh oregano
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or marjoram leaves ♦ handful of whole roasted almonds, roughly chopped ♦ mellow-flavoured seasonal fruit – white peaches or blueberries are best
Step 1 Preheat oven to 180c/160c
fan. mix the melted butter with the pastry and sugar in a bowl. fluff the pastry by pulling the shreds until it gets an even coating. Divide into four, pulling each clump of pastry out of the mass like a ball of yarn. Place these on a baking tray lined with parchment paper. They should resemble four flat birds’ nests, each about the size of a drinks coaster. bake for 12-15min. cool and keep in an airtight container for 2-3 days.
Step 2 Place all the cheesecake cream ingredients in a large bowl and
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combine with a spatula, using circular folding motions until the mixture starts to hold the swirls. Don’t use a whisk – it’s vital not to add air to he mixture as the secret is in the texture. It will keep covered in the fridge for 48hr.
Step 3 Put the honey and water for the syrup in a small pan and boil for 1min, skimming off any foam or impurities that come to the top. remove from the hob and cool, then store covered in the fridge. Step 4 Place a pastry nest on each
plate and top with a scoop of cheesecake cream. Sprinkle over the herbs and chopped nuts, add blueberries or slices of peach, and drizzle 1tbsp of the honey syrup over everything. Honey & Co: Food From The Middle East by Sarit Packer & Itamar Srulovich (Saltyard books).
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A supremely tasteful library Fresh from joining host Darina Allen for the Ballymaloe Literary Festival in Cork last month – where he treated guests to a popup dinner – Israeli-born chef, cookery writer and restaurateur Yotam Ottolenghi of Ottolenghi and Nopi in London, shares his favourite cookbooks with Metro Life. By Emma Sturgess McGee On Food & Cooking: An Encyclopedia Of Kitchen Science, History And Culture by Harold McGee (Hodder & Stoughton, €50.15) The story: Widely regarded as a masterwork and a must for geeky midnight reading, On Food & Cooking is the book that made Heston Blumenthal ‘look at cooking in a completely different way’. And we all know how that turned out. Yotam says: The first port of call for all food writers and the go-to guide for all those who want to know the ‘why’ behind the ‘what’ in food. It’s an indispensable guide. Try this first: Digest the meat chapter, buy yourself a steak and try out McGee’s frequent-flip tips for a juicy result.
Try this first: Look in the fridge, then look in the book; you’ll find a flavour match to play with. Apparently, walnut and parsnip is ‘like gnawing on Pinocchio’s leg’.
Vegetable Literacy by Deborah Madison (Ten Speed, €38) The story: One of America’s best known writers of veggie recipes, Madison is also a home gardener who explains the botanic mechanics of 12 vegetable families and how they work together on the plate. There are more than 300 recipes and the photographs are gorgeous. Yotam says: Vegetable literacy, vegetable dictionary, vegetable encyclopaedia, vegetable bible. Deborah Madison’s position at the top of the vegetable food chain is second to none. Try this first: Braised fennel wedges with saffron and tomato.
Morito by Samuel and Samantha Clark (Ebury, €32.60) The story: Sam and Sam Clark’s mini tapas and mezze bar is next to its older sibling, Moro, in London’s Exmouth Market. The book of the restaurant is full of the colour and warmth of their food. Yotam says: Simple, fun, straightforward, delicious, happy food from a team who know what they are doing and doing it very well. This is full of things I want to make and eat and delight in. Try this first: Beetroot borani with feta, dill and walnuts.
The Flavour Thesaurus by Niki Segnit (Bloomsbury, €24) The story: A former food marketeer, Segnit’s brilliant idea is a book of flavour matches for every ingredient. It’s not prescriptive but there are recipe ideas if you want them and the lack of pictures makes it feel like it’ll outlast foodie fashion. Yotam says: This is full of ideas for those who don’t want a prescriptive approach to recipes. The depth of research is worn very lightly by Niki, whose style of writing delights as much as it informs. A gem of a book.
The Book Of Jewish Food: An Odyssey From Samarkand And Vilna To The Present Day by Claudia Roden (Penguin, €31.40) The story: Still working, Claudia Roden is an unsurpassed food scholar who remembers that ‘at the time, Jewish food was like a secret food’. Some Jewish cuisine had been unrecorded until the book was published in 1997. Yotam says: This was the book that got me out of the library and into the kitchen. It was the first
Sizzling: When it comes to cookbooks, Yotam Ottolenghi knows his onions
to really hook me in to writing and thinking about food and recipes and history and geography. Try this first: Vermicelli salad with olives and hard-boiled eggs.
Food Of Life: Ancient Persian & Modern Iranian Cooking & Ceremonies by Najmieh Batmanglij (Mage, €58) The story: Written in exile from Iran, Najmieh Batmanglij’s thorough and evocative book is best known to cooks in the US, where she lives and teaches. There are many books about Iran’s rich food culture – with its poetry, history and reminiscences, this is the daddy. Yotam says: Pretty much all of my favourite dishes and ingredients come together in this book. It’s food with which to celebrate life. Try this first: Pistachio and pomegranate meatballs. How To Eat: The Pleasures And Principles Of Good Food by Nigella Lawson (Vintage, €24) The story: Before the breathy TV series, silk-clad midnight fridge raids and court case, Nigella’s first book was a masterclass in food writing – one glance shows how
good she really is. It’s since been republished in a smart hardback cover but the paperback stays open in the kitchen. Yotam says: How to eat, how to cook, how to write: I almost want two copies of this book, one to reference in the kitchen and one to read in bed. Try this first: Crostini with gorgonzola, mascarpone and marsala with chicken liver.
The Food Of Morocco by Paula Wolfert (Bloomsbury, €44) The story: Wolfert specialises in Mediterranean cooking and has several classics to her name. This is based on a previous Morocco book from 1973, so it feels fresh as well as incredibly thorough. The regional detail makes it essential pre-travel reading for culinary tourists. Yotam says: This is the definitive book on Moroccan cuisine: it’s a book that makes me hungry to flick through
and a book that makes me want to cook. Try this first: Tangier street bread.
The Gaza Kitchen: A Palestinian Culinary Journey by Laila El-Haddad and Maggie Schmitt (Just World Books, €37) The story: The result of research trips to the Gaza Strip and the recollections of ElHaddad’s family and friends, this is an examination of a distinctive food culture and the realities of cooking and living under siege. Yotam says: A lovely collection of recipes, stories and histories that don’t get told every day. Try this first: Sour lentil and eggplant stew. Super Natural Every Day: Well Loved Recipes From My Natural Foods Kitchen by Heidi Swanson (Hardie Grant, €19) The story: It sounds worthy but Swanson’s easy recipes make wholefoods sound like the obvious and appealling option for day-to-day cooking. The evocative notes about her kitchen life in San Francisco don’t hurt either. Yotam says: Everything Heidi makes and photographs seems tinged in San Franciscan sepia: this is the most delightful celebration of vegetables and natural foods. Try this first: Popcorn with mustard, thyme, chives and butter.
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★ Must see ★
There are numerous characters to track in this intriguing conflation of literary classics, but it’s Eva Green (above) as Vanessa Ives, all piercing black eyes and shadowed smiles, who draws the attention like a moth to a flame. Tonight we dig into the mysterious history of the elusive Miss Ives, with the compelling Green pulling out all the stops as she is gripped by the agonising horrors of a disturbing malady. It’s a performance that burns.
how to be happy RTÉ1, 9.35PM Psychologist Maureen Gaffney believes we all have the potential to be happier if we’re willing to put in the work. Basing this two-parter on her bestseller Flourishing, Maureen says 40 per cent of our happiness levels are within our control. She puts her theory to the test by inviting people from across the country to join her for a series of workshops where the participants are introduced to happiness strategies which they then try to incorporate into their own lives. During the programme Maureen also talks to experts from the growing social science field of happiness. But will it all have the desired effect?
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DEMAn D devil’S due
Combining two old horror chestnuts (the ‘found footage’ and ‘demon baby’ genres), Devil’s Due depicts the plight of Samantha (Allison Miller, right), who finds herself unexpectedly pregnant. Her husband Zach (Zach Gilford) is unimpressed by his wife’s subsequent behaviour and the sinister goings-on that start occurring around the house.
the inviSible woman
Ralph Fiennes directs and stars as Charles Dickens in this adaptation of Claire Tomalin’s book, which tells the story of the novelist’s affair with young actress Nelly Ternan (Felicity Jones). Fiennes turns in a typically accomplished performance while Joanna Scanlan – more often seen in comedy roles in shows such as The Thick Of It – plays his wife, Catherine.
Comedy new girl E4, 9pm
How could a bunch of teachers be mean to Jess (Zooey Deschanel)? How could they take exception to her quirky charm and kooky ways? And, more to the point, aren’t teachers meant to be stamping out bullying, not actively taking part in it? No worries, they’ll get their come-uppance. Also stars Jake Johson, Max Greenfield and Brenda Song.
alan davieS: aS yet untitled Dave, 10pm
The second night of this winning mix of sit-down comedy and laid-back chat show finds Richard Herring, Jason Byrne, Jessica Hynes and Phill Jupitus joining Alan Davies for an hour of banter. Hynes recalls a past life as an unlikely pioneer, while Jupitus gets a royal gripe off his chest. But it’s Dubliner Byrne who steals a show that’s like a night down the pub with your funniest mates.
Sport 2014 fifa world Cup
RTÉ2, 3.30pm, 4.30pm, 7.30pm, 10.45pm
Bill O’Herlihy is joined by Dietmar Hamann, Eamon Dunphy and Kenny Cunningham for live coverage of Belgium v Algeria as Group H gets under way at 5pm. Will Brazilian stars Oscar, Dani Alves (above) and Neymar need the help of a sympathetic referee to see off Group A rivals Mexico in Fortaleza? Later, Darragh Maloney presents coverage of Russia v South Korea. It’s not expected to be glamourpacked, but there’s the fun of spotting Fabio Capello on the Russian bench.
the ConSumer Show
Sky Atlantic, 9pm
This Dublin-set missing teenager drama had Ryan Tubridy swearing at his TV set when it aired earlier this year on RTÉ. Tonight’s third part is just as frustrating as it takes a look at the case from the perspective of the cops on the case. Slowly the investigation collects pieces of the jigsaw, including a lead involving Amber’s mobile phone. But as for fitting together the pieces of that puzzle… the guards, as well as we viewers, are still some way from the full picture.
CSi: Crime SCene inveStigation Channel 5, 9pm
There’s a Cheers reunion going on tonight as John Ratzenberger (the barfly formerly known as Cliff) guest stars alongside CSI series regular Ted Danson. But there’s no time for chummy nostalgia in a dark tale of death by inferno at a club hosting a gig by an inflammatory white supremacist rock band.
the mentaliSt RTÉ1, 10.30pm
A grand jury is put together to decide whether Jane should stand trial for the murder of his nemesis Red John, while Lisbon seeks to find out how the consultant feels about the possibility of her making a new life with Agent Pike in Washington. Cho and Abbott follow new leads in the humantrafficking operation. Guest starring Tony Amendola (Stargate SG-1).
Factual RTÉ1, 8.30pm
The final episode of the consumer rights advice series sees reporter Tadhg Enright taking a look at dental tourism and asking if it is the antidote to expensive bills back home. Speaking of tooth decay, Kathriona Devereux looks at the hidden sugars in the average diet and with water charges coming in next year, Keelin Shanley and the team give us some useful tips to help cut down on those bills.
tigerS about the houSe
RTÉ2, 1.15am One for night owls or the record button, this film begins as a lone tank is sent to search a hostile town that has already been bombarded by the Israeli Air Force during the first Lebanese war in June 1982. This powerful and claustrophobic film shot from the perspective of four rookie soldiers inside the tank, is based on writer/director Samuel Maoz’s own experiences during that war.
mamma mia ITV3, 8pm
Tonight’s update on Sumatran tiger cubs Spot and Stripe sees them turn into rowdy teenagers when zookeeper Giles Clark feeds them raw meat. But it’s Clark’s visit to Indonesia, where Sumatran tigers are brutally and illegally poached as part of the booming trade in traditional medicines, that hits home.
the auCtion houSe Channel 4, 9pm
Channel 4 has a fascination with eccentric rich toffs, for here comes a poke around Lots Road auction house in Chelsea. This is the manor of Spencer, Binky and co and you’ll ponder where the saying ‘more money than sense’ came from as you see how much the area’s denizens will shell out at the drop of a gavel.
horizon: where iS flight mh370? BBC2, 9pm
It’s three months since Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 disappeared and, despite a massive search operation and the use of state-of-theart aviation tracking devices, there’s still no clue as to what happened to the plane and everyone on board. Theories abound, from conspiracies to aliens to technical malfunction and this report wraps them up while looking at the new technology, including blackbox streaming, which is aimed at preventing it ever happening again.
Who would have suspected that this high-cheese celebration of the songs of Abba would have become one of the box-office sensations of 2008? Meryl Streep (above) heads up the cast of big names making berks of themselves as Donna, owner of a hotel on a picturesque Greek island. Her daughter Sophie (Amanda Seyfried) is about to get married and decides to track down her biological father by inviting three suspects to the nuptials – but who will it be, Pierce Brosnan, Colin Firth or Stellan Skarsgård?
Colombiana Film4, 9pm
Zoë Saldana seems to be a ubiquitous screen presence right now – but here’s her overlooked 2011 effort, cowritten by Luc Besson, in which she plays feisty assassin Cataleya. She wants revenge on the crime syndicate that killed her family – but can she wipe them out before a plucky FBI agent played by Lennie James tracks her down?
the parole offiCer ITV4, 10.05pm
Steve Coogan makes his big screen debut playing hapless parole officer Simon Garden. Framed by a bent cop (Stephen Dillane) for a crime he didn’t commit, Garden enlists the help of the only parolees he has ever successfully helped rehabilitate to steal a surveillance camera tape that will clear his name.
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Five highlights from E3 2014
David Jenkins reports from the world’s biggest video games event, held in Los Angeles
Nintendo Wii U exclusive Splatoon The new Legend Of Zelda looks amazing, but we’ve only been treated to a very sneak peek. Instead, Splatoon is a brand new game that’s basically Nintendo’s take on online shooters such as Gears Of War. Except here you play as a transforming human/ squid hybrid shooting paintballs at each other – pretty standard stuff.
Xbox exclusive Sunset Overdrive
Best graphics The Order: 1886
Unfortunately delayed until next year, but graphics this good clearly can’t be knocked up in a day, especially when they’re being used to render the most magnificent moustaches in gaming history. The Gears Of War-style gameplay still hasn’t entirely proven itself, but the steampunk Victorian-era London – with added werewolves – isn’t aiming for the obvious.
Best multiplayer Destiny
Being the new game from the creators of Halo is probably reason enough to put Destiny on your radar, but this isn’t just main protagonist Master Chief with a new hat. The game lets you team up and play with people whenever you meet them in the giant online game world. It’s one of the biggest games ever made and likely to become one of the most influential of this generation.
PS4 exclusive Bloodborne
The next game from the creator of Dark Souls is not exactly what you would call family-friendly, but the gloopy graphics and thick horror atmosphere impressed all that have dared to watch it. Unfortunately it’s not out until next year, but the faster-paced combat and relatively modern weapons should make it a hit – even with those who found Dark Souls too difficult.
Due out this year and, unlike most Xbox shooters, there are absolutely no special forces soldiers to be seen anywhere. Instead, it’s a game that just wants you to have fun, with some wonderfully imaginative (and destructive) weapons and a sense of humour that will have you laughing instead of grimacing, for once.
APP HAPPy DinnerTime (iOS/ Android, free)
Designed to help parents enforce mobile-phone bans at the dinner table and reclaim tea-time with their kids, this app remotely locks devices until they’ve eaten their greens. Parents can set a time for the lock to be enforced on up to two phones or tablets, plus there’s a countdown clock so Jack and Jill will know when their gadgets will be available again. The ‘Plus’ version tells you how often they’re using their handsets and lets you disable certain apps.
Hodor Keyboard (Android, €0.79)
One for Game Of Thrones fans – gentle, and sometimes not so gentle, giant Hodor has been given his own frankly ridiculous app. The lovable character is famous for barely saying a word and now you can do the same with this one-button keyboard that only types the word ‘Hodor’. Enter it a different number of times or with added intensity, for example: ‘Hodor, Hodor, HODOR, Hodor, Hodor’. Great fun, especially if you’ve had a few drinks… by which point texting ‘Hodor’ could save you from sending something even more embarrassing.
SNAPSHOT A personal cinema headset with a twist, the Avegant Glyph beams pictures directly on to your eyes for a sharper image. need to wear glasses. Professor John Marshall, from eye research charity Fight For Sight, says: ‘Displays on the retina have been around in the military for a long time and Apache helicopter pilots have a helmet called the Vixen that scan images directly on to the eye. ‘This device is more fully immersive and uses mirrors like a film projector to relay the information on to the retina. This gets around the problem of focusing if you’re trying to put a screen that close to your head.’ Using a HDMI input, the device allows anything from your
content library to be seen as an image that appears as if it was on an 80in screen placed 8ft away from you. It comes with thumping stereo audio output through the noise-cancelling headphones and covers anything from Netflix to video games. Whereas other headset screens envelop you, the Glyph allows the user to look away and see the real world. Avegant also has integrated technology similar to virtual reality headsets, such as the Oculus Rift, to open up interactive gaming. In less than a year, Avegant has gone from concept to prototype and more than $1.5million (€1.1m) has been raised on Kickstarter, despite a goal of just $250,000 (€184,000). A slimmed-down, beta test version of the device can be had for $499 (€367), with deliveries expected in December. Oliver Stallwood
Phono Paper (iOS/ Android, free)
Clever app that uses the camera on your phone to turn markings made on paper or in print into sounds. Anything from doodles to barcodes can be turned into voices, music or pretty much whatever you want. If you’re a budding Alan Turing and manage to get to grips with the code, you could even create your own markings that are then translated into music. James Day
’Phones to a cine-screen What looks like another chunky competitor to Dr Dre’s Beats phenomenon could have you seeing headphones in a completely different way. The Avegant Glyph is a set of cans that converts into a personal cinema using tech worn by Apache helicopter pilots. Once you’ve rotated the band on to your face, leaving you looking like Star Trek’s Geordi La Forge, your eyes meet a ‘virtual retinal display’, where a low-powered LED is reflected on to micro mirrors that shape the light into an image that’s beamed into the eye. Sounds scary, but its creators say the result is a more realistic, pixelfree and sharp image that reduces eye fatigue and mimics the way humans naturally see light. The lenses can be adjusted to fit all eyes and replicate different prescriptions, so you don’t
Sound and vision: The Avegant Glyph headset has both covered
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Embrace the thrill of the chase Extreme weather safaris are all the rage in America’s Tornado Alley. Nick Boulos goes storm chasing
he one thing more annoying than bad weather ruining your holiday, is good weather ruining your holiday. Staring out of the window, I curse the flawless blue skies and wish away the glorious sunshine. ‘It’s not looking good,’ says Bill Reid, our guide, checking the forecast. ‘Clear skies and no rain for hundreds of miles.’ For one week only, I am a storm chaser, travelling across Tornado Alley, a strip of the US that has the Dakotas to the north and Texas to the south. It experiences more tornadoes than anywhere else on earth – more than 1,200 from spring and early summer, although many companies, such as tempesttours.com, operate tours in July and August too. It may seem an odd way to spend your holiday, but many are drawn by the prospect of seeing Mother Nature at her angriest. ‘We tell everyone it’s a weather safari,’ says Chris from Washington, DC, whose honeymoon with wife Whitney was spent chasing storms. Climatologist Reid has been at it for 25 years. ‘It still thrills me,’ he says. Our starting point is Denver, but with – unusually, according to Reid – not even the slightest rumble on the horizon, we head north towards Nebraska and Wyoming, a 450km drive passing sand-coloured mountains and a patchwork of prairie plains. Along the way, Reid studies endless satellite images, graphs and meteorological data. he speaks of wind shear, dew points, cap and cape levels. I barely understand a word. Of course there’s more to storm
Sparks will fly: Nick spent a week hunting tornadoes across hundreds of miles of the southern US
chasing than merely finding them. The question of safety is among the first to crop up. ‘We never chase in urban areas and always leave a gap of several miles,’ reassures Reid. It remains a risky business, however, and one that claimed its first victims earlier this year when three professionals were killed by the 4.2km el Reno tornado – the widest on record. They weren’t leading tours but collecting data. It’s also a controversial pursuit. The town of Moore, Oklahoma, hit the headlines last May when a devastat-
ing tornado killed 24. Many who live along Tornado Alley feel it’s inappropriate for people to seek out forces that cause such heartache. ‘It has to be done sensitively,’ says Reid. ‘We’re not here s to whoop at death and destruction but to admire the might of nature.’ Staying in different motels each night, we witness the odd thunderous display and several impressive lightning strikes but nothing as severe as a supercell storm – the kind helen hunt fled in the movie Twister. During a supercell, cold air and warm air combine. The cold air drops as the warm air rises, eventually spiralling into a funnel cloud. By day we drive 725km through an overlooked slice of America that reveals eccentric little towns (Sundance, Wyoming, where Butch Cassidy’s bank-robbing sidekick was jailed in the 1880s), natural wonders
(a 1.5km-tall monolith named the Devil’s Tower) and Mount Rushmore. endless hours are spent scanning the skies. Little do we know, but it’s the calm before the storm. Reid identifies favourable conditions over the Black hills in South Dakota. There are high hopes over breakfast at a roadside diner. ‘So, y’all storm chasers, huh?’ asks the pony-tailed waitress. ‘Is there a big one coming?’ ‘We hope so,’ replies Reid. ‘Well, I sure don’t,’ she snaps. A tornado warning had been issued by the time we reach the abandoned farming town of Ardmore. I am roaming the derelict barns when the wind picks up, high-stacked clouds roll in and birdsong stops abruptly. We’re off, speeding along bumpy roads towards the swelling tempest. At the centre is an almighty cloud with the texture of mashed potato. The setting sun illuminates it in amber – an angelic, yet monstrous
sight. It begins to spiral and a funnel starts to dip from the centre. We wait to see if a tornado will form. The vortex lowers, twisting and turning, until it almost makes contact with the ground before retreating upwards suddenly. No tornado today. he sky darkens rapidly and lightning sparks in all directions. We pull over, bundle out and sprint away from telegraph poles. A lone farmhouse sits right under the loud, rumbling swell. ‘The core is bearing down on us. Time to go,’ shouts Reid. Back inside the van, hailstones the size of ping-pong balls hammer the roof. At a safe distance, we stop and stand in near darkness, the only light coming from the lightning. We may have been mere moments away from seeing a tornado take shape but for us, standing there huddled in the rain, it is the perfect storm.
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24 hours in Brazil’s biggest city
If the violent World Cup protests have shown anything, it’s that there’s discontent bubbling under the sunny stereotypes of Brazil. São Paulo is noisy, grey and intimidating but still rewards the intrepid, writes Patrick Welch
Once you’ve got your bearings, get stuck into the city. Wealthy Paulistanos – neurotic about crime and keen on the comforts of valets and porters – tend to stick to the slightly suburban Jardins neighbourhood. That’s a shame because the gritty, bustling city centre is intoxicating. ‘I feel like it’s more of a human city, a more normal city’, says São Paulo-based artist Fernanda Brenner about the area surrounding Pivô (above), her free, not-for-profit art spacee in Oscar Niemeyer’s super-sci-fi Copan building. Pivô is one of the cool, creative enterprises recolonising the centre, its two floors showing local and international work from the super-experimental to the politically charged – and all for free. Loja 54, Edifício Copan, pivo.org.br
Switching crowds again, back in Vila Madalena, you’ll find a much more traditional scene at Zé Menino, with samba and pagode being blasted out at punters standing on the kerb drinking choppe (draft beer; pronounced ‘shoppy’). If you’re looking to talk rather than flirt, head to the balcony upstairs where the people-watching is just as good but the volume considerably lower. 596 Rua Aspicuelta, 596, josemenino. com.br
Once sated, head to artsy Vila Madalena, where you’ll find the Choque Cultural, or ‘culture shock’ gallery (right). São Paulo’s street artists made a name for themselves in the noughties, showing at the world’s biggest museums, but here you can pick up original local works for €10. Those with serious cash, however, should talk to cool owner Baixo Ribeiro, who can hook you up with a local to create a bespoke mural. You’d be in good company – London’s Tate Modern commissioned twin brother graffiti artists Os Gêmeos to cover one of
t), To appreciate the Copan building (right), you need to see it from above, e, something not wasted on the city’s elite, who fly around in their choppers. Left yours at home? Pop across the road to the Terraço Itália for lunch. The vibe in azilian old this 42nd-floor restaurant is Brazilian money – think octogenarians with purple rinses, pearls and property portfolios. A tasting menu costs €55 but the viewing platform is free 3pm to 4pm. 344 Avenida Ipiranga, terracoitalia.com.br
After dark After midnight, people start moving on to clubs and you’re in for a treat: contrary to how much press Rio gets on the party front, any Brazilian who knows their onions will tell you São Paulo has the country’s best nightlife. The city gave the world DJ Marky and CSS, so it shouldn’t be surprising that there’s something for everyone here. But if you only have one night, hit one of the big clubs. Sure, you’ll have to endure varying
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its walls in 2008. For some arte urbana, head a couple of blocks away to colourful, can-sprayed Batman Alley. 250 Rua Medeiros de Albuquerque, choquecultural.com.brs
degrees of velvet-rope awfulness and absurd bar prices but you’ll be rewarded with top-tier DJing and an opportunity to rub shoulders with the gente bonita (the beautiful people). Lions Nightclub in Centro is always buzzy, though you will need your name on the list or persuasive charm for the doorman. 277 Avenida Brigadeiro Luis Antônio, lionsnightclub.com.br
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By now, the endless sea of asphalt might be feeling a little oppressive. The solution? Dinner at Figueira Rubaiyat in Jardins, one of the city’s most famous steakhouses. Tables sit under the gigantic 150-year-old fig tree that gives the restaurant its name, while guests – suited, minted, occasionally famous – devour great slabs of beef from the restaurant’s own farm. Vegetarians are advised to order five plates of the delicious mushroom carpaccio in truffle oil. 1738 Rua Haddock Lobo, rubaiyat.com.br
Brazilians snack constantly, so whatever time you emerge, eating is encouraged. Post-club stalwart Bella Paulista is a 24-hour bakery just off Avenida Paulista, skyscraper central, which serves strawberry, melon and mint smoothies, spaghetti Bolognese and chocolate cake (recommended). Once revitalised, it’s back in a cab and off to an after-party – SuperAfter at D-Edge in Barra Funda keeps pumping until Sunday lunchtime. 354 Rua Haddock Lobo, bellapaulista. com; 141 Avenida Auro Soares de Moura Andrade, d-edge.com.br
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Tuesday, June 17, 2014 METRO HERALD
The action heats up T
ag Summer Leagues are all at the midway mark and beyond so the pressure is on to reach or maintain pole position. Irishtown was hot this week, on and off the field. On Tuesday night, Boney M had a table-top clash against Taginators in group 1, but finally emerged as victors, 14-12. In group 4, The ampletinis from greenman Investments barely lost to Random Reds, 18-16. Thursday’s top match proved to be a close one also as Taginators took out the Sex Panthers, 16-12, while in group 2, the Pink Prancers (a group of solicitors who will be sporting their new team kit next week) beat Yippee Try Yey, 27-9. The Hashtags (from Twitter Ireland) are top of group 3 after beating the Moobies 16-12, and in another well fought battle, aO Cheetahs drew 10-10 with Taggate. UCD Social on Thursday saw allracks have a complete ding-dong battle with EY Tagliatelle (Ernst & Young). Neither team would give in and at the final whistle the sides could not be separated at 16-16.
National Regional Championships This Saturday is going to be a real clash of the titans in UCD with Regional Championships staged at the top-class facilities all day long. Seven regions will compete – Dublin 1, Dublin 2, Kildare, galway, Limerick, Cork and London Irish, each fielding men’s, ladies’, mixed and mixed seniors (over 30s) sides. In addition to regional glory, the day will play a big part in the selection process for the Tri-Nations Tour and Cup representation.
Eat my dust: Super Freaks’ Sharon Carey leaves the lads in her wake Stars and stripes: Chris Lee of Cloak and Tagger prepares to pass
Hands off ladies: Blaise Kelly of the Baggot Inn Vikings attempts to find a gap
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golf us open
Marching in: Koeman at St Mary’s
saints pull off a Koe by landing Dutchman Southampton have named Dutchman Ronald Koeman as their new manager on a threeyear contract. the former holland defender replaces mauricio pochettino, who left for tottenham last month after one-and-a-half seasons at St mary’s. Southampton executive director Les Reed said: ‘From the moment we met with Ronald, it was clear he had the vision and ambition to take our club forward, that he shared our football philosophy and could see the opportunity to move our club to the next level. ‘the club, players and fans will be excited to have a man of Ronald’s experience at the very highest level joining our club.’ Koeman said: ‘the opportunity to continue the development of this famous club was simply too good to turn down.’ pochettino led Saints to eighth place in the premier League last term and has been followed out of the exit door by Rickie Lambert, with adam Lallana, Luke Shaw and Dejan Lovren also linked with moves away. Saints will now hope Koeman, 51, will be able to persuade their top stars to stay.
Eau behave: Kaymer is sprayed with water by LPGA golfer, and fellow German, Sandra Gal after his victory at Pinehurst
King Kaymer knew he’d lose one-hit wonder tag
New US Open champion Martin Kaymer claimed he always knew he would win another major, even if some of his friends joked he was just a one-hit wonder. The German’s first major title in the 2010 US PGA Championship came as a shock to the then 25-year-old, who was equally unprepared to cope with becoming world No.1 six months later. His form dipped and Kaymer did not win a full-field event in 2012 or 2013, although he sank the winning putt for europe in the Ryder Cup at Medinah. And only five weeks before his stunning US Open triumph at Pinehurst, Kaymer entered the Players Champion-
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ship ranked 61st in the world, only to card a course record-equalling 63 in the first round on his way to victory. ‘It shouldn’t sound cocky or arrogant,
63 Years since The Open was
held at Portrush, the Northern Ireland course which is now back on the rota of host venues but I knew it would come,’ Kaymer said. ‘I knew I would play good golf again. There was enough belief there. I just
didn’t think it would take me that much time to get back where I was, or actually not where I was – I think I play better now. I’m more of a complete player.’ The German joins Tiger woods, Rory McIlroy, ernie els and Seve Ballesteros as the only men to win two majors and reach world No.1 before the age of 30. ‘It’s very tough to compare yourself to those legends,’ Kaymer, now 29, added. ‘when other people call me that, it’s fine. To win one major is very nice but to win two means a lot more. ‘Some friends called me a one-hit wonder with the majors, obviously in a funny way. Now I can go back and show them this trophy.’
Trophy hunter: Kaymer
Spurs’ team ethic chills Heat
All Black Smith out Rugby New Zealand centre Conrad Smith has been ruled out of Saturday’s final Test against England with a broken thumb. Smith sustained the damage to a bone in his right hand during the 28-27 series-clinching victory at Forsyth Barr Stadium and will be sidelined for five to six weeks.
bAsKETbALL The San
Antonio Spurs delivered a decisive end to LeBron James’ two-year reign atop the NBA by routing the Miami Heat 104-87 on Sunday night to win the NBA Finals four games to one. The Spurs trailed by 16 early on but outscored the Heat 55-29 over the second and third quarters and were never threatened. James, the four-time MVP, scored 31 points but was largely ineffective after dropping 17 points in the first quarter. ‘That’s how team basketball should be played,’
Glory: Leonard James said of the Spurs, led by Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard’s 22 points. ‘It’s all for the team and it’s never about the individual. That’s the brand of basketball. They were the much better team.’
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son of Coolmore kingpin John, for the first foal of champion flat racer Frankel and his mother Crystal Gaze
Haas Wimble-done TEnnis Tommy Haas will miss
Wimbledon to have shoulder surgery. But the 36-year-old German ruled out retiring, saying: ‘I’m totally convinced I’ve good matches ahead of me.’
Sri Lanka fend off English bid cRicKET Number 11 Nuwan Pradeep survived five dramatic balls from Stuart Broad to help Sri Lanka avoid defeat after James Anderson ripped through the visitors to almost force an England win in the first test at Lord’s. Pradeep negotiated the final five deliveries, including successfully reviewing an lbw decision on the penultimate ball and edging the last just short of slip, to seal the draw as Sri Lanka finished on 201 for nine.
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Oscar prepared for Mexican stand-off Belgians seek fresh triumphs BELGIUM coach Marc Wilmots has urged his side to write a new chapter in their nation’s football history against Algeria. The Group H clash is Belgium’s first finals game since 2002 and their exciting crop of players has led to suggestions they could repeat their heroics of 1986 when they reached the semi-finals. Wilmots (pictured) said: ‘The results of 1986 were very nice, but now it is up to us to put aside the history books and write our own. We see it as a challenge and my players are hungry.’
Brazil playmaker Oscar hopes to use his experiences of Mexico to plot their downfall in their Group a meeting in Fortaleza today. The 22-year-old Chelsea star knows all about Mexico having lined up against them twice in the last two years, suffering heartbreak in an Olympic final defeat and retribution as a Neymar-inspired Brazil won 2-0 in a Confederations Cup group game 12 months ago. The sides go into their second group game having won their opening matches as hosts Brazil – once again led by Neymar – beat Croatia in the curtain-raiser and Mexico overcame Cameroon. Now Oscar, who drew many plaudits on Thursday night, will use the recent memories as he looks to help guide Brazil closer to a place in the knockout stages. ‘Of course i was very sad (after the Olympic defeat),’ he said. ‘it is a medal that Brazil have
by DAvE fiLMER never won and we lost the final. Mexico are a very good team. it will certainly be as difficult as last year. in the World Cup there is an extra desire to win and i hope we can do so again this time. ‘Mexico are a very different side to Croatia. They play the ball out from the back well and are very good on the counter-attack.’ One player who struggled to make an impact in the opening game was zenit forward Hulk, who revealed on Sunday he has been fighting a niggling injury. ‘i have felt a pain in my left hamstring,’ he said. ‘it has been there for a few days but it did not stop me from playing in the first game and, god-willing, it will not stop me from playing in the next match.’ Mexico dominated Cameroon in their meeting, despite only managing to record a narrow 1-0 win.
‘Mexico are a different side to Croatia’
world cup round-up
Concerned Bleus urge Pogba not to see red FRanCE team-mates have ‘forbidden’ midfielder Paul Pogba from seeing red at the World Cup. les Bleus comfortably won their Group E opener against Honduras 3-0 but it could have been a very different story had Pogba been sent off when it was 0-0. In echoes of David Beckham’s infamous dismissal in 1998, Pogba reacted to a foul from Wilson Palacios by kicking out from the floor, and referee Sandro Ricci was considering sending him off. Pogba escaped with a caution and Palacios later saw red for fouling the same player. France boss Didier Deschamps said: ‘He suffered a foul and there was a gesture of reaction. I did not warn him but [Yohan]
Eto’o out of Croatia clash
Calming words: Pogba Cabaye and [Patrice] Evra did, to tell him it was forbidden for us to finish with ten men.’ France skipper Hugo lloris confirmed: ‘We all had a word for Paul at half-time. The referee has shown intelligence. Games are decided on the details and they turned in our favour this time.’
THEy sAiD iT ‘After the terrible result against Holland we know this is a final for us. We expect a match filled with intensity.’ Spain midfielder Xabi Alonso admits the world champions are feeling the heat ahead of a game with Chile tomorrow they cannot afford to lose
SamUEl ETo’o is likely to miss tomorrow’s Group a game with Croatia after failing to shake off a knee injury. The Cameroon striker revealed the news on Twitter. ‘The doctors confirm I would probably not be able to play the match due to an injury on my knee causing me pain,’ he wrote. His absence would be a blow after Cameroon lost their opener 1-0 to mexico. ‘They are in the same situation as us, they lost their opener,’ said coach Volker Finke. ‘If you have zero points after the first game, you do not talk too much, you have to win at all costs.’
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Liverpool team-mates Daniel Sturridge and Luis Suarez ahead of England-Uruguay. ‘We are not on texting terms at the moment,’ Sturridge said. TODAy’s fixTuREs
World Cup Group A Brazil v mexico .........................(8pm) World Cup Group H Belgium v algeria .................... (5pm) Russia v South Korea .............. (11pm)
Impressive: Brazilian Oscar is ready for the challenge of Mexico PICTURE: aP
Not-so Super Eagles are held to the Cup’s first stalemate NIGERIA were held by Iran in the first draw of the World Cup so far. The Super Eagles came close to breaking the deadlock early on when Ahmed Musa’s effort was disallowed because John Obi Mikel, left, was judged to have fouled goalkeeper Alireza Haghighi at a corner. Iran then went close when Charlton striker Reza Ghoochannejhad’s powerful header from Ashkan Dejagah’s corner forced a point-
iran ............0 nigeria ......0 blank save from Nigeria keeper Vincent Enyeama. A poor game failed to improve after the break and the African champions were again frustrated when Newcastle’s Shola Ameobi, on as a substitute, wasted their best chance, heading wide late on.
Nude conduct water under the bridge, fume Croatians CROATIA forward Ivica Olic has defended the team’s right to swim naked after revealing pictures appeared in the papers back home. Defenders Vedran Corluka and Dejan Lovren were shown jumping into the pool at their team camp without their trunks on,
leading to the red-faced players boycotting media duties. Olic broke the silence yesterday but feelings are clearly still running high. ‘Is it normal? Do people really need to watch us without our underpants, do our families have to blush?’ Olic asked.
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action heats up as tag season reaches midway point
portugal suffer a proper Mullering gROup g germany ........4 portugal .......0
Dangerman: Luis Suarez
Germans leave Ronaldo frustrated Suarez out
to expose deficiencies of England
by jack fox Thomas muller continued his remarkable World Cup goalscoring record with a hat-trick against ten-man Portugal in salvador. The Bayern munich forward, who won the Golden Boot in 2010 and now has eight goals in seven finals games, put Germany on their way to a 4-0 victory with a penalty as Joachim low’s side demolished their Group G rivals. ‘I’ve been involved in the last three major tournaments so I’m used to the pressure,’ said muller regarding his spot-kick. ‘But to score three goals in one game – that’s pretty amazing and the goals just got better and better. ‘It’s fantastic but the merit also goes to the rest of the team.’ mats hummels was the other German goalscorer, making it 2-0 with a thunderous header on 32 minutes. muller was also involved in a tangle with Pepe that led to the Portugal defender receiving a red card for a headbutt shortly after the second goal. ‘I just felt a blow from his fist but I can’t really remember much of what happened after,’ added the 24-year-old. The result was a huge disappointment for world player of the year Cristiano ronaldo, who had declared himself fully recovered from a knee injury. Jerome Boateng, tasked with dealing with the Ballon d’or winner, was delighted to come out on top in that battle although he, like muller, was keen to emphasise the German collective. ‘We gave them hardly any room and we put them under a lot of pressure,’ said the former manchester City man. ‘It was a great team performance. ronaldo never had a chance really.’
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Hot shot: Muller, left, puts his third, and Germany’s fourth, past Rui Patricio PICTURE: aP
LUIS SUAREZ has promised to expose England’s defensive frailties and end the Three Lions’ World Cup hopes this week in Sao Paulo. England’s attacking intent against Italy on Saturday was undermined by a soft underbelly which condemned Roy Hodgson’s men to a 2-1 reverse in their opening group match. Defeat by Uruguay could spell the end of England’s campaign and Suarez, set to start a month after knee surgery, is ready to exploit their weaknesses. ‘I know all the players in the England squad because they are team-mates or rivals,’ said Suarez. ‘They have defensive deficiencies and we can take advantage of them.’ The injury was suffered on the final day of the Premier Leguae season and flared up in Uruguay’s pre-World Cup training camp. The 27-year-old trained with his team-mates yesterday and insisted there was never any doubt about his participation in the tournament. ‘At no moment did I think I would lose the chance of playing in the World Cup,’ said Suarez. Uruguay coach Oscar Tabarez refused to say if Suarez would start against England, though. ‘It is a possibility, I can say no more,’ Tabarez said.
Ireland’s hunger the key that Opened door for portrush The decision to bring the open championship back to Northern Ireland was influenced by overwhelming evidence of the region’s huge appetite for golf, organisers the r&a have revealed. Confirming that royal Portrush has been added to the open rota, with 2019 a potential date for its long awaited return to major golf, r&a chief executive Peter Dawson cited the record breaking attendance at the 2012 Irish open at the venue as both an ‘eye opener’
and ‘tipping point’ when it came to deliberations about taking the tournament across the Irish sea for only the second time in its history. Dawson said the vision became a reality when architects confirmed that a partial course redesign, required to accommodate the open’s infrastructure demands, was workable. referring to numerous recent reports predicting the move, mr Dawson joked that the announcement was ‘just about the world’s worst kept secret’.
‘We couldn’t be more excited about bringing the open back here to one of the world’s truly great links courses,’ he said. ‘It’s been more than 60 years since the open was played here and it’s been too long and we are very, very excited about it coming back.’ The major could now return to Portrush as early as 2019. Dawson said the date would only be confirmed once the necessary approvals to undertake the course changes were obtained. local major champions rory mcIlroy,
Graeme mcDowell and Darren Clarke have been calling for Portrush to get the nod, but Dawson insisted they had little effect on the decision. ‘I don’t think their badgering had any great influence, although we had the craic, as they say, about it several times,’ he said. ‘I think their performances, however, on the golf course and the staging of the Irish open here was something of an eye opener in terms of the strength of the fan base for golf in Northern Ireland and Ireland altogether.’