Friday 17 November 2017

Africans wooed in Irish UN bid

The Minister for Overseas Aid is to lobby African government ministers for support for a seat on the United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC).

Joe Costello will attend the African Union summit in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa as part of the drive to secure election to the influential body.

"This will provide me with an opportunity to press Ireland's case with our African friends," he said.

The junior minister will push for support as part of a five-day trip to the east African state to see the impact of Ireland's development programme.

90 years on -- a

salute to insulin

It is 90 years today since the first human -- a 14-year-old boy -- was successfully treated with insulin to control diabetes.

Canadian Leonard Thompson marked a medical breakthrough to which a millions of diabetics owe their lives. Before insulin was developed, a diagnosis of Type 1 diabetes led to a quick death.

But a discovery by Dr Frederick Banting and his assistant Charles Best in Canada during the summer of 1921 marked a dramatic new approach to treating the disease. Banting and Best were able to isolate material from pancreas extracts to prolong the lives of diabetic dogs.

Soccer star on trial for assault

The trial of a Blackburn Rovers footballer for assault is expected to begin today.

Premier League striker David Goodwillie is accused of attacking a man in a city centre street.

The 22-year-old Scotland international denies punching John Friel (23) on the head and body on November 3 last year in Glasgow's Queen Street. He submitted a not guilty plea at Glasgow Sheriff Court in August.

Shot Giffords to step down

Gabrielle Giffords (41) is to step down from the US Congress to concentrate on recovering from wounds suffered in an assassination attempt a year ago.

"I'm getting better. Every day my spirit is high. I have more work to do on my recovery. So to do what's best for Arizona, I will step down this week," she said.

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