AFTER Nice, I tried to imagine how we’d feel if a madman drove a truck through crowds of people along the Dublin quays on St Patrick’s Day.Or what toll it would take if someone with a gripe ploughed through masses of Christmas shoppers on Henry Street, a la Anis Amri in Berlin last December.What if someone detonated a bomb in the Olympia, or the 3Arena, or the Everyman Theatre while teenagers gathered to watch their idols, the Irish equivalent of what happened in Manchester last week?How would we feel then?And the truth is, having never come close to feeling how people in those cities have felt, I have no idea.But it doesn’t stop me for whatever reason trying to figure it out.We recoil in horror as we watch events unfold in places only 260km away and divided by a sliver of water, trying to make sense of the incomprehensible.We watch the footage, well up at the photographs of smiling victims with everything to live for and listen to the condemnation of evil by world … [Read more...] about It’s not real terror until it hits home – how would Ireland react to its own Manchester attack?
A BASEBALL player hit a home run – and shattered his own truck's windscreen to pieces in the process.Brandon Thomas was playing for the Gateway Grizzlies when he struck the game-changing ball that somehow landed on top of his motor, which was parked well outside the GCS Ballpark stadium.The former New York Yankees prospect, 25, found out he had hit his own windscreen during the game against Joliet Slammers, but the star didn't mind because he was so pleased with the grand slam shot.He told ESPN: "An inning after it happened a bunch of guys in the dugout were laughing."They were like, 'Your windscreen is completely toast.' I was still pumped during the game, we were winning, but afterwards it was pretty crazy how bad it was shattered."Thomas had purposely parked his car well behind the fence to ensure his motor would be intact after the game in Sauget, Illinois.Despite inflicting the damage on his vehicle himself, he won't have to fork out for repair work as a mystery benefactor … [Read more...] about Baseball player hits home run and somehow shatters his own truck’s windscreen to pieces
FIREBUGS torched a house after apparently dousing it in petrol.Cops found two discarded fuel cans after the blaze which partly gutted the home in Standburn, Stirlingshire.No one was home at the time of the attack on Saturday evening.But cops say if anyone had been inside there would have been fatalities “without a doubt”.Police are hunting a man in dark clothing who was seen in the area at the time of the fire. … [Read more...] about Firebugs hit home
APATHY has hit England fans harder than ever as Fifa revealed shock figures for World Cup ticket demand.Three Lions’ followers have slumped to a dismal 16th in the list of nations requesting tickets for Russia 2018.England were the fifth-best supported team at Brazil 2014.But a functional qualifying campaign, summed up by dull 1-0 wins in the final two matches last week, seems to have left fans with limited expectation and excitement for next summer.Only reliable Tottenham striker Harry Kane has cemented his status as a probable world class talent.And players like Raheem Sterling, Jack Wilshere and Ross Barkley, who might have anticipated shining, have disappointed or disappeared.Fans’ attitude to England dipped with the Euro 2016 last-16 exit to Iceland.That shock humbling, one of the lowest-ever points in the Three Lions’ history, cost manager Roy Hodgson his job. Successor Sam Allardyce lasted one game before Gareth Southgate produced results without … [Read more...] about England fans slump to 16th in list of nations requesting World Cup tickets as apathy hits home after dull qualifying campaign
The pound was trading at $1.29, a drop of 0.7 of a cent, or 0.4 percent on Friday. It also hit a nine-day low of 88.35 pence per euro, down 0.3 percent. A year after the Brexit vote, the Uk currency is down by around 13.7 percent against the euro and there is little to indicate that the UK economy is rebalancing away from consumer spending and towards exports, as policy makers have hoped. An indication of this is a fall in the savings ratio to an historic low of 1.7 percent in the first quarter of the year, possibly implying that households are reducing their savings to mitigate the effects of falling real incomes on consumption as inflation rises. De facto devaluation Earlier depreciation has not fed into a significant reduction in the trade deficit. The deficit widened by £2 billion (euro 2.4 billion) in the second quarter, mainly due to high imports especially from outside the EU. It now remains to be seen if an even weaker pound can boost exports enough … [Read more...] about Pound tumbles as trade data hits home