Wednesday 24 January 2018

Malala honoured

A TEENAGER who was shot by the Taliban in Pakistan after campaigning for women's rights will follow some of the world's greatest campaigners when she is honoured today by Amnesty International. Malala Yousafzai (16), an advocate for equal access to education, will be named Ambassador of Conscience.

American singer Harry Belafonte will be given the same award at a ceremony in the Mansion House in Dublin for his work on human rights and social justice. The ceremony will be attended by Bono and Pink Floyd's Roger Waters.

GUN AND AMMO FOUND

Gardai have seized a 9mm semi-automatic pistol and ammunition after an operation in west Dublin.

Officers from the Blanchardstown crime task force were on mobile patrol on Grange Road in Clonsilla when they spotted a man acting suspiciously on waste ground.

When the patrol made further inquiries, they found the gun and a small quantity of ammunition. Ballistic tests are now being carried out on the weapon to establish if it is linked to previous crimes.

BRIGHT SPARK GERMS

Where there's muck there's also electricity, according to scientists researching bacteria that can generate power from sewage. They believe the bugs could be used as microbial batteries turning plant and animal waste into an energy source.

"We call it fishing for electrons," said environmental engineer Professor Craig Criddle, from Stanford University in the US.

'BEDBLOCKING' SOARS

THE number of patients who are occupying beds in acute hospital although they are fit for medical discharge has risen by almost a third in the past year.

The average monthly number of hospital patients waiting for a nursing home or home care support while taking up a hospital bed has increased from 533 in 2012 to 693 in 2013, according to a new report from the Special Delivery Unit.

STABBINGS AT WAKE

FIVE men were arrested after a row broke out between feuding Traveller families at a wake.

Gardai confirmed three people were stabbed and injured after disruption arose in Longford town.

There was then a further outbreak of violence after the injured were taken to the Midland Regional Hospital in Mullingar, Co Westmeath.

A large number of gardai responded to the public order incident at the hospital, and separated the two sides.

Irish Independent

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