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You can forget your iPhone and your Samsung Galaxy, because the hottest name in smartphones is now Huawei. Page 7 of the Examiner reports that the Chinese telecoms group have unveiled what they claim is the fastest smartphone in the world. The Mobile World Congress is currently being held in Barcelona and as well as the Huawei, it showcased wireless charges and the latest phablets (phone – tablet hybrids).
Many reasons have been given by couples seeking a divorce over the years, with ‘irreconcilable differences’ being the most common. One London couple however have become the first to cite a row over map reading as the reason for the failure of their marriage. Page 3 of the Telegraph reports that Mark and Nalini Howell were on holiday in France in 2011 when they had to pull over after fighting over how to read the map. The exchange only lasted a few moments but formed the basis of the divorce application.
It seems horses can’t keep out of the headlines. Page 4 of the Independent reports that two Cork men had a lucky escape when a horse galloped head first into their car. Al O’Dwyer and his son Evan were out for a drive on the northside of Cork inner city when the horse hit them, its head smashing straight through the front passenger window.
Page 4 of the Independent reveals that Gardai suspect a colleague of fabricating a story about his wife being “seriously ill” in order to fraudulently raise funds on her behalf. Officers helped to raise over €120,000 but refused to hand it over and yesterday arrested and questioned a fellow Garda over his claims that his wife had cancer and needed urgent medical treatment in the USA.
It has been argued that one of the positive legacies of the boom years is the extensive motorway network that now connects many cities in the country. It appears however that we may have been neglecting other routes. Page 6 of the Independent reports on the findings of the State of Ireland 2013 survey. It examines and grades the country’s infrastructure and while communications received a B+ mark, our roads got a D. Potholes and patchwork repairs were cited as the reason for the low mark.
Page 6 of the Irish Times reports that a Donegal businessman was fined in Letterkenny District Court yesterday for pushing an elderly disabled man to the ground and breaking one of his ribs. Last May, Augustine O’Driscoll parked his 4x4 in a disabled car park space so that he could buy food from a local bakery. When he returned to his car, he was met by a man who complained that Mr O’Driscoll had parked there. An argument ensued and ultimately Mr O’Driscoll pushed the elderly disabled man to the ground.
As celebrity couples go, they don’t come much bigger than Rory McIlroy and Caroline Wozniacki. Page 3 of the Examiner however reports that the tennis player poured cold water on rumours that the pair were planning to walk down the aisle. Wozniacki has repeatedly had to deny reports that a wedding is imminent and yesterday told reporters that they were both still too young to take such a serious step.
It appears that Gerard Depardieu is fully embracing his new role as a Russian citizen. The actor, who fled France because of plans to introduce a super tax, was pictured yesterday meeting with Chechan leader Ramzan Kadyrov. Page 10 of the Examiner reports that Depardieu was taken on a tour of local factories before meeting Kadyrov, who is accused by human rights groups of carrying out kidnappings, torture and killings in the Russian state.
Page 8 of the Daily Mail reports that British TV presenter Fearne Cotton has become the victim of internet bullies. The Top of the Pops presenter took to the twitter last week to reveal the name of her newborn son. She and father Jesse, son of Ronnie Wood, called their newborn Rex Rayne. Within moments, tweets were sent her way suggesting the perhaps the name had been chosen by Scooby Doo and another twitter users asked if she was telling people the name of her baby or Labrador.
The latest sporting craze to sweep the country is table tennis according to page 13 of the Mail. After years of neglect, it appears that people are ready to embrace ping pong or wiff waff or whatever you might want to call it. Dedicated clubs have been springing up across the US in recent years and now Ireland is getting in on the action. Billy Kirwan of the Mardyke Entertainment Complex in Cork said that after opening last year, their ping pong tables are full most nights of the week.
David Bowie has released the video for his new single The Stars (Are Out Tonight). It his from his new album, The Next Day, which will be released in March 2013.
After surprising everyone last month with a new single and promises of more music to come, David Bowie has dropped this second, rockier track. Directed by Floria Sigismondi and shot by Jeff Cronenweth, the new clip features David Bowie and Tilda Swinton as a typical, middle-aged married couple. Have a look.....