Wednesday 12 December 2018

Science prize to spark ideas

Primary and secondary school students from all over Ireland have been challenged by NUI Galway to compete in a new science communication competition.

Students are invited to make entertaining and educational short videos on a range of science topics for ReelLIFE SCIENCE.

With over €3,000 in prizes, the makers of the best video will each receive €1,000 to be spent on promoting science in the winning school. Closing date for submissions is Friday, October 17.

Cyclists killed by sleepy driver

A lorry driver who fell asleep at the wheel, killing two cyclists taking part in a charity ride through Britain, has been jailed for eight-and-a-half years.

Robert Palmer (32) pleaded guilty after mowing down Andrew McMenigall (47) and Toby Wallace (36), who died almost instantly in the crash on the A30 in Newquay, Cornwall, on July 2 last year.

At the time of the crash, Palmer - a night-time delivery driver - had little sleep because instead of resting during the day he was working on vehicle maintenance for his employers.

Dole office staff gunned down

A man suspected of shooting two unemployment-office workers dead and critically injuring a third was arrested following a manhunt that lasted seven hours and kept a town on edge.

New Zealand Police said John Tully (48) was arrested near a lake shortly following an extensive manhunt in the South Island town of Ashburton.

Tully was interviewed in recent weeks by the local newspaper about his struggles finding somewhere to live and had written to lawmakers.

Dog stuck on cliff for a week

A springer spaniel has been reunited with its owners after spending more than a week trapped at sea.

Sprig was rescued after an RNLI crew spotted him trapped on a rocky ledge at the foot of the highest sea cliffs in England.

The nine-year-old had disappeared during a walk with his owners, Mark and Susie Sanders, at Foreland Point in north Devon on August 22.

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