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RSA launch Slow Down day

THe Road Safety Authority and the garda traffic corps are appealing to drivers to reduce their speed and take part in a national “Slow Down” day over the bank holiday weekend.

They point out that 11 fatalities and 16 serious injuries over last two June bank holidays and said that more than 80,000 drivers detected speeding to date in 2014.

The Slow Down day is taking place from 7am on Friday 30 to 7am Saturday 31.

Transport minister Leo Varadkar TD, urged road users to take part saying: “We are also asking drivers this weekend to watch out for dangerous road conditions because the weather is so changeable. We want everyone to enjoy the weekend, but please do so safely.”

Sugary drinks as bad as cigs

Health warnings should be added to sugary drinks in an attempt to make them as socially unacceptable as cigarettes, a leading figure in public health has said.

Professor Simon Capewell, professor of public health at the University of Liverpool, called for the UK Government to follow the example of legislation under consideration in California proposing warnings to consumers about the contribution of fizzy drinks to obesity, diabetes and tooth decay.

Zero tolerance on abuse - Pope

Pope Francis announced he would meet soon with a group of sex abuse victims at the Vatican and declared “zero tolerance” for any member of the clergy who would violate a child.

Francis also revealed that three bishops are currently under investigation by the Vatican for abuse-related reasons, though it wasn’t clear if they were accused of committing abuse itself or of having covered it up.

Taylor Swift gig gets cancelled

Taylor Swift has cancelled a sold-out concert in Thailand, which came under military rule last week after a coup d’etat.

The concert promoter said on its website that the concert was cancelled “due to recent events in Thailand.”

It didn’t elaborate but called the move “a difficult decision.”