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  • Irish eyes smiling at Cheltenham
    Irish eyes smiling at Cheltenham Tue, Mar 11, 2014

    Luck went with the Irish on the first day of the Cheltenham Festival. More »

  • Jezki wins Champion Hurdle, Quevega sets record
    Jezki wins Champion Hurdle, Quevega sets record Tue, Mar 11, 2014

    (Reuters) - Irish trainer Jessica Harrington landed the prestigious Champion Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival when the Barry Geraghty-ridden Jezki held off Tony McCoy and My Tent Or Yours in a one-two for owner JP McManus on Tuesday. The New One (100-30), who was hampered by the fall of Our Conor earlier in the race, finished fast to take third, ahead of favourite Hurricane Fly who had been seeking a hat-trick of Champion Hurdle crowns. The Harrington-Geraghty partnership has enjoyed Cheltenham glory in the past with Moscow Flyer landing the Queen Mother Champion Chase in 2003 and 2005. She has given me plenty of good horses like Moscow Flyer," said Geraghty, winning the race for the second time after Punjabi in 2009, told BBC radio. More »

  • Horse racing-Jezki wins Champion Hurdle, Quevega sets record Tue, Mar 11, 2014

    Irish trainer Jessica Harrington landed the prestigious Champion Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival when the Barry Geraghty-ridden Jezki held off Tony McCoy and My Tent Or Yours in a one-two for owner JP McManus on Tuesday. The New One (100-30), who was hampered by the fall of Our Conor earlier in the race, finished fast to take third, ahead of favourite Hurricane Fly who had been seeking a hat-trick of Champion Hurdle crowns. The Harrington-Geraghty partnership has enjoyed Cheltenham glory in the past with Moscow Flyer landing the Queen Mother Champion Chase in 2003 and 2005. She has given me plenty of good horses like Moscow Flyer," said Geraghty, winning the race for the second time after Punjabi in 2009, told BBC radio. More »

  • Jezki Triumphs in Champion Hurdle
    Jezki Triumphs in Champion Hurdle Tue, Mar 11, 2014

    Irish raider Jezki (9/1) held off My Tent Or Yours to win a thrilling renewal of the Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham, with dual former winner Hurricane Fly back in fourth. More »

  • Mullins hopes to add silver lining to Cheltenham cloud
    Mullins hopes to add silver lining to Cheltenham cloud Tue, Mar 11, 2014

    Jump racing's showpiece The Cheltenham Festival gets underway on Tuesday but the 2014 edition will be known as the 'year of the cloud' according to leading Irish trainer Willie Mullins because of a doping case involving another Irish handler. More »

  • Thousands flocking to Cheltenham
    Thousands flocking to Cheltenham Tue, Mar 11, 2014

    One of the biggest events in the horse racing calendar gets under way today as thousands of Irish punters descend on Cheltenham for Gold Cup week. More »

  • Cosmos: A Space-Time Odyssey: NASA Releases Stunning Space Odyssey Pictures
    Cosmos: A Space-Time Odyssey: NASA Releases Stunning Space Odyssey Pictures Mon, Mar 10, 2014

    Honouring Carl Sagan's Cosmos series, NASA has released a series of stunning images via its Twitter handle and Flickr. Titled as Cosmos - NASA Images of a Space-Time Odyssey, the gallery has some amazing images exhibiting NASA's real space odysseys. The Carl Sagan Legacy continued with the 'Cosmos' reboot series premiered on Sunday night and celebrated the magic of science by taking viewers beyond the stars and the galaxies. "The cosmos is all that is, or ever was, or ever will be" says show presenter and Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson in the first episode, Standing Up in the Milky Way. More »

  • What the Scottish papers say
    What the Scottish papers say Sat, Mar 8, 2014

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  • John Travolta 'Beating Himself up' for Mispronouncing Frozen Singer …
    John Travolta 'Beating Himself up' for Mispronouncing Frozen Singer … Wed, Mar 5, 2014

    After his infamous goof-up on Idina Menzel's name at the Oscars kicked up a storm of mockery, John Travolta has said he was feeling terrible about it and hoped the Frozen star would "Let it go'". Travolta had mispronounced the singer's name as he introduced her, terming her "the wickedly talented Adele Dazeem" at the 86th Academy awards at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. The Saturday Night Fever star finally came out in the open to explain how he felt after he made a mess of Menzel's name. Then I thought...what would Idina Menzel say, she'd say, Let it go, let it go! Idina is incredibly talented and I am so happy Frozen took home two Oscars Sunday night!" the Pulp Fiction star said in his official website. More »

  • Hotel Prices Soar At Top World Destinations
    Hotel Prices Soar At Top World Destinations Wed, Mar 5, 2014

    A survey has highlighted steep price increases in many of the world's top holiday destinations, though England football fans may have reason to cheer. The study, by hotels.com, found that despite a general strengthening of the pound against many other currencies, room costs were on the rise in more than half the most popular world destinations. Second was Muscat in Oman (£194) followed by New York (£185), Key West in Florida (£171) and Rio de Janeiro (£167). London prices rose from £110 in 2012 to £121 on average but the biggest percentage rise last year was 22% for New Orleans, where a hotel room price shot up from £120 in 2012 to £146 in 2013 as the city continued its recovery from the effects of Hurricane Katrina in 2005. More »

  • Singer Loretta Lynn puts out small house fire, prepares for tour
    Singer Loretta Lynn puts out small house fire, prepares for tour Thu, Feb 27, 2014

    By Tim Ghianni NASHVILLE, Tennessee (Reuters) - Country singer Loretta Lynn suffered minor burns on her hands putting out a small fire at her ranch near Nashville, but the incident will not keep the coal miner's daughter from performing in Texas on Friday, a representative said. Lynn, 81, snuffed a small fire on Tuesday in the sun room of her home in Hurricane Mills, Tennessee, which is about an hour's drive west of Nashville, Will Rourk, manager at the Loretta Lynn Ranch, told the Tennessean newspaper. ... More »

  • Wind farms can tame hurricanes: scientists
    Wind farms can tame hurricanes: scientists Wed, Feb 26, 2014

    Huge offshore wind farms can protect vulnerable coastal cities against devastating cyclones like Katrina and Sandy by tempering winds and ocean surges before they reach land, a study said Wednesday. More »

  • Banksy Wall Mural Theft Foiled By Neighbours
    Banksy Wall Mural Theft Foiled By Neighbours Wed, Feb 26, 2014

    An attempt to steal a mural made by graffiti artist Bansky has been foiled in New Orleans. Photographer Cheryl Gerber was told that the painting was going to London for a big show. When Clay Lapeyrouse, operations manager at Louisiana Fresh Produce, saw the post he realised something was wrong and went to the site to take a look for himself. British artist Bansky is well known in New Orleans, where he made more than a dozen murals in 2008. More »

  • Column: Private debt is the millstone that holds back enterprise – and a better …
    Column: Private debt is the millstone that holds back enterprise – and a better … Tue, Feb 25, 2014

    Debt write-off has always been part of the economic order. The establishment will resist it – as it always does – but the future of Ireland, dark or bright, will be determined on this battlefield, writes Ross Maguire. More »

  • Insurer Hiscox sees terms of Flood Re pushing premiums up
    Insurer Hiscox sees terms of Flood Re pushing premiums up Mon, Feb 24, 2014

    British insurance premiums could rise if the country's government-backed Flood Re insurance mutual comes into effect next summer, said Rob Childs, the chairman of Lloyd's of London insurer Hiscox Ltd. The terms of Flood Re, a mutual fund through which insurers will offer subsidised cover to 350,000 households in flood-prone areas, were decided in late June by the Association of British Insurers (ABI) and the government. "They're going to make a levy on all homeowners, on all people who buy home insurance. More »

  • Insurer Hiscox's profit rises on low catastrophe claims Mon, Feb 24, 2014

    (Reuters) - Hiscox Ltd posted an 12.4 percent rise in full-year profit as the Lloyds of London insurer and reinsurer recorded fewer claims during a benign U.S. hurricane season. Pretax profit jumped to 244.5 million pounds ($408.00 million) as the insurer did not take any material hits from catastrophes until the floods that hit Britain at the end of last year. ... More »

  • Obama's Syria 'red line' has echoes in his warning to Ukraine Thu, Feb 20, 2014

    By Matt Spetalnick WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama's stern warning this week to Ukrainian officials was the closest thing to a "red line" moment he has had since his threat in 2012 to act against the Syrian government if it used chemical weapons. But Obama's admonition on Wednesday to not "step over the line" in cracking down on mass protests rocking the Ukraine raised questions on whether he would be any more effective at matching words with deeds than he has been in Syria's three-year-old civil war. His decision to lay down another rhetorical "line" in a geopolitical crisis left many foreign policy experts puzzled, especially given the limited options he has at his disposal for dealing with the Ukraine's spiralling conflict. "Hasn't he learned his redline lesson?" tweeted Robert Danin, a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations in Washington. More »

  • Beach-Goers Told to Stay Away From Shells in Case They Blow up
    Beach-Goers Told to Stay Away From Shells in Case They Blow up Tue, Feb 18, 2014

    Visitors to south coast beauty spots are being told to stay away from shells on their beaches - in case they blow up. Wartime explosives as well as ammunition shells were washed up along beaches in Dorset, Devon and Somerset after wild weather caused violent waves to smash into the shore. One device found at Crow Point Beach in north Devon is thought to be an illumination mortar, which would have been used by armed forces to light up the night skies. Sgt Lee Henderson said: "The ferocious seas and weather are thought to be responsible for uncovering or washing up these shells and there is clearly the potential for further bad weather to unearth more. More »

  • These adorable seals had their home destroyed during last week’s storms
    These adorable seals had their home destroyed during last week’s storms Tue, Feb 18, 2014

    160km/hr winds flattened Dingle Seal and Wildlife Sanctuary. More »

  • Two Killed as Valentine's Day Storm Rips Through UK
    Two Killed as Valentine's Day Storm Rips Through UK Sat, Feb 15, 2014

    The latest in a seemingly continuous cycle of severe storms to affect the UK claimed two victims on Valentine's Day. Meanwhile, an 85-year-old passenger aboard the Marco Polo cruise ship died after a freak wave smashed a window in the vessel. Valentine's Day diners at a beachfront restaurant at Milford on Sea in Hampshire had to be rescued by the army when severe winds blew shingle from the beach through the windows and surging flood-waters poured through the ground floor. Trains have been cancelled, major roads closed and 165,000 homes and businesses are without power following the Valentine's Day storm, the latest in a series of unusual weather events to hit the UK over the last two months. More »

  • Storms leave sports fans out in the cold
    Storms leave sports fans out in the cold Fri, Feb 14, 2014

    Sports fans across Britain are braced for another battering from the stormy weather that has already led to the postponement of two Premier League matches this week. More »

  • River Severn Severe Flood Warning Issued
    River Severn Severe Flood Warning Issued Fri, Feb 14, 2014

    The Environment Agency told residents living near the River Severn to "take action now" as it issued a severe flood warning. The warning for Alney Island near Gloucester comes ahead of a new storm, which is due to sweep across Britain later today.  The warning said: "A severe flood warning has been issued due to the potential flooding of houses and static homes from the overtopping of flood defences at Alney Island." The River Thames is also predicted to rise to its highest level in more than 60 years. More »

  • Weather: UK To Be Hit By Storms In Next Week
    Weather: UK To Be Hit By Storms In Next Week Thu, Feb 13, 2014

    Three more powerful storms are set to batter Britain and Ireland in the next seven days, heaping further misery on millions of people affected by the extreme weather. Wave after wave of low pressure systems building over the Atlantic will threaten coastal areas and flood-hit communities with yet more torrential rain, violent gales and heavy snow. After a blustery Thursday, Britain is set to be hit by a Valentine's Day blast from the south on Friday, bringing heavy rain and snow - with Wales and the South West likely to be worst affected. Sky News weather presenter Isobel Lang said the country is on course for its wettest winter ever after record levels of rainfall throughout December, January and February. More »

  • UK Floods Crisis: Why Wallies in Wellies Can't Solve Flooding Crisis
    UK Floods Crisis: Why Wallies in Wellies Can't Solve Flooding Crisis Thu, Feb 13, 2014

    According to Major General Patrick Sanders, assistant chief of the defence staff, the storms are an "almost unparalleled natural crisis". Safe in the comfort zone of Whitehall's plush offices, however, David Cameron and other politicians are at loggerheads over the government's purse strings. People have been warned not to leave their homes, and 16 severe flood warnings are still in place in Berkshire, Surrey and Somerset. Meanwhile, Ed Miliband is stamping his feet over Cameron's "very grand promise". More »

  • UK Floods Crisis: Victims Risk Death and Disease
    UK Floods Crisis: Victims Risk Death and Disease Thu, Feb 13, 2014

    Hurricane-strength winds exceeding 108mph and the the wettest January since 1766 have forced thousands of residents to protect or evacuate their homes. While residents are afforded a reprieve from the rain, there is an invisible danger lurking in the floodwater: disease. Rising waters could be swarming with harmful bacteria and residents also face risks after the clean-up operation has started. Paul Hunter, professor of health protection at University of East Anglia, said it was important flood victims took precautions to stay safe. More »

  • 9 conversations every Irish person constantly has about the weather
    9 conversations every Irish person constantly has about the weather Thu, Feb 13, 2014

    We love talking about it. ALL THE TIME. More »

  • How did poor old Charles Darwin get dragged into the nation’s storm coverag …
    How did poor old Charles Darwin get dragged into the nation’s storm coverag … Thu, Feb 13, 2014

    Things evolved rapidly throughout the day yesterday (sorry*). But why was everyone calling the system ‘Darwin’? More »

  • US South and East Coast Hit by Another Ice Storm
    US South and East Coast Hit by Another Ice Storm Thu, Feb 13, 2014

    The second wintry storm in two weeks to hit the normally warm US South has encased the region in ice, knocking out electricity to hundreds of thousands of homes and businesses before pushing toward the heavily populated Northeast. More »

  • UK Floods Crisis: Hurricane Force Winds Batter Britain [PICS]
    UK Floods Crisis: Hurricane Force Winds Batter Britain [PICS] Thu, Feb 13, 2014

    Britain's west coast has been decimated by torrential rain and hurricane force winds which battered the region through the night. The Met Office issued its highest-level red warning of "exceptionally strong winds" for west Wales and northwest England. The floods have also drenched the south-west, the low-lying Somerset Levels and the Thames Valley west of London, where hundreds of properties have been swamped after the Thames burst its banks. More »

  • 200,000 Customers Without Power In Ireland
    200,000 Customers Without Power In Ireland Wed, Feb 12, 2014

    Hurricane-force winds have left more than 200,000 customers without power in Ireland. "The gusts that we have measured, they are not record breaking, but they are widespread and there are large areas of the country involved," a Met Eireann spokesman said. A ship off the south coast of Ireland has recorded the most powerful gust so far - 110mph (177kph). A Status Red warning for Leinster, Munster and Connacht has been issued by Met Eireann, with dangerous winds, heavy showers and thunderstorms anticipated. More »

  • UK Floods Crisis: Man Dies as Hurricane Force Winds Batter UK
    UK Floods Crisis: Man Dies as Hurricane Force Winds Batter UK Wed, Feb 12, 2014

    A man has died after trying to clear a fallen tree in the midst of hurricane force winds. The Met Office have issued "red warnings" for wind in north-west England and Wales and 16 severe flood warnings remain.  The red warnings, meaning there remains a "risk to life,"  are the first extreme warnings during a long winter of severe weather that has battered the UK.   Before that, the most recent red warning had been issued in January 2012, warning of strong winds in Scotland. More »

  • Starpower: Boost in quest for nuclear fusion
    Starpower: Boost in quest for nuclear fusion Wed, Feb 12, 2014

    Scientists on Wednesday announced an important advance in the long quest to harness nuclear fusion, a field that has sparked dreams of clean and limitless energy. More »

  • Millions hit by storm power cuts
    Millions hit by storm power cuts Wed, Feb 12, 2014

    More than a quarter of a million homes and businesses in Ireland have been hit by power cuts as hurricane force winds swept in from the Atlantic More »

  • Britain's Wild Weather: Hurricane Winds Cut Power to 70,000 Homes and Shut …
    Britain's Wild Weather: Hurricane Winds Cut Power to 70,000 Homes and Shut … Wed, Feb 12, 2014

    Hurricane-strength winds exceeding 108mph have smashed into Britain, cutting power to 70,000 homes and shutting down almost the entire network of one major rail operator.  South Wales, which has borne the brunt of the most severe weather, has more than 42,000 homes without power. More »

  • Important step in fusion experiment
    Important step in fusion experiment Wed, Feb 12, 2014

    An important step has been taken towards an era of virtually limitless energy from the nuclear reactions that power the sun. More »