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Pupils 'need more exercise'

THE Government needs to give schools more resources so that children get more exercise, one of Ireland's greatest athletes has warned.

Retired postman Danny McDaid (71) competed for Ireland at the 1972 Munich Olympic Games and again in Montreal four years later.

'The Flying Postman' says this generation of children aren't being encouraged to take part in sports.

"In most primary schools children get half-an-hour of PE every week," he said.

"The problem of course is that the teachers are so under pressure with time and resources these days that they often don't have the time."


THE outgoing governor of the Bank of England has called for an end to bankers being "demonised" for their role in the financial crash, insisting the problem was with the system rather than individuals.

Mervyn King said there was a failure to regulate the financial sector and society had given "too much status" to those in the city.

Mr King said bankers were only part of the problem which led to the meltdown in the financial services sector.


MORE than three million drivers fell asleep behind the wheel in the UK in the last year, according to research.

Almost one in 10 of the UK's more than 38 million motorists "nodded off" while driving, a survey for LV car insurance firm found.

It contributed to at least 3,357 fatigue-related accidents recorded over the past five years, according to official figures obtained by the firm.


UNLIKELY heroes may be coming to the rescue to prevent people being killed or injured by landmines in Croatia.

Sugar-craving honeybees are being trained by boffins to find unexploded mines littering the country and the rest of the Balkans from the Balkan wars in the 1990s.

Nikola Kezic, a professor at Zagreb University, said bees have a perfect sense of smell that can quickly detect the scent of the explosives and they are being trained to identify their food with the scent of TNT.