Monday 20 November 2017

In Brief: Pubs could get e-voting device

FINANCE Minister Michael Noonan has said Irish pubs around the world could offer new homes for defunct and costly e-voting machines.

The idea would give punters and emigrants the chance to vent their electoral anger on 7,500 electronic units.

"Fianna Fail thought it would not be fashionable as Bertie (Ahern) said that you needed to have a hi-tech machine," he said.

"But when the hi-tech machine was checked out it didn't do the job that it was supposed to.

"There may be a market for them in Irish-themed pubs."

It is understood the Government aims to get rid of the defunct machines over the next six months.

Marathons not heart attack risk

MARATHONS or half- marathons don't raise a runner's chance of suffering a cardiac arrest any more than other vigorous physical activity, says a study.

Researchers combed databases, search engines, local newspapers and runners' websites to identify everyone who had a cardiac arrest during long-distance races in the US from 2000 to 2010. Out of nearly 11 million participants in races of 13.1 miles to 26.2 miles, they identified 59 runners who suffered a cardiac arrest.

Brad and Ange visit Obamas

BRAD Pitt and Angelina Jolie dropped in to visit Barack Obama at the White House.

The actors were spotted in the Oval Office by photographers waiting outside.

The White House confirmed Pitt and Jolie were in town to screen Jolie's movie about Bosnian war crimes.

They dropped by so the president could talk with Jolie about her work on preventing atrocities and combating sexual violence against women.

BBC in child show U-turn

THE BBC has been forced to revert to the original format of a popular children's show after changes were met with protests from parents.

CBeebies bedtime show Waybuloo has returned to its original structure after hundreds of parents complained about the introduction of a narrator and cutting the show's length.

The Waybuloo on Tuesday was in the old format.

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