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Former President Donald Trump announces a White House bid for 2024
Former President Donald Trump, aiming to become only the second commander-in-chief ever elected to two nonconsecutive terms, announced Tuesday night that he will seek the Republican presidential nomination in 2024. “In order to make America great and glorious again, I am tonight announcing my candidacy for president of the United States,” Trump told a crowd gathered at Mar-a-Lago, his waterfront estate in Florida, where his campaign will be headquartered. Surrounded by allies, advisers, and conservative influencers, Trump delivered a relatively subdued speech, rife with spurious and exaggerated claims about his four years in office.
‘To the Moon and beyond’ – NASA rocket blasts off for lunar mission
NASA launched its new mega Moon rocket from Florida this morning after technical issues had threatened to play spoilsport a third time. Engineers were forced to temporarily pause the flow of liquid hydrogen into the core stage last night because of a valve leak, though a team sent to the launch pad resolved the problem after an hour. Later, the space agency reported that a radar monitoring the rocket’s flight path was experiencing problems due to a faulty ethernet switch. A two-hour launch window opened at 1:04am (6:04 Irish time) and the rocket blasted off at 1:47am local time.
Man and teenage boy charged in connection with fatal stabbing at Tralee cemetery
A man and a teenage boy have been charged in connection with a fatal stabbing at a funeral in Tralee, Co Kerry last month. Tommy Dooley was stabbed to death while attending the funeral of a friend in Rathass Cemetery in Tralee. His wife was also seriously injured in the incident. The two males, one aged in his 20s and one in his teens, were arrested yesterday in connection with the incident. They have since been charged.
‘Unlikely’ that missile that hit Poland was fired from Russia, says Biden
US president Joe Biden said the missile that landed in Poland, killing two people, was unlikely to have been fired from Russia due to its trajectory. Poland and fellow Nato states held consultations after the possible missile strike on a Polish village of Przewodow, about 10km from the border with Ukraine. Speaking to reporters after an emergency meeting with Nato and G7 leaders in Bali. Mr Biden said: “I’m going to make sure we figure out exactly what happened … Then we’re going to figure out our next step.” Responding to a question as to whether the missile was fired from Russia, Mr Biden said: There is preliminary information that contests that. I don’t want to say that until we completely investigate. But it is unlikely in the lines of the trajectory that it was fired from Russia, but we’ll see.”
The Irish Times
Up to 81,000 more people to benefit for first time from Fuel Allowance scheme
Thousands more Irish households are set to qualify for the Fuel Allowance scheme, worth almost €1,000, for the first time from next year. People over 70 who earn as much as €500 a week will now qualify for the payment, totalling €924 across 28 weeks from September every year. Couples where only one person is aged over 70 will also be able to avail of the allowance, provided their combined income is no more than €1,000 a week. The assessed income will include their State pension and is a significant increase on the current thresholds of €373 for a single person and €600 for a couple. The changes will be announced next month by Social Protection Minister Heather Humphreys and are expected to benefit up to 81,000 older people now eligible for the allowance. From January, people over 70 who qualify will be able to avail of the allowance, which is paid at a rate of €33 per week from September to April.
Ireland women secure historic T20 series win over Pakistan
Ireland women have claimed their first ever away series win after clinching victory over Pakistan in Lahore in their third T20 encounter by 34 runs. A superb bowling performance limited Pakistan to 133 all out. Ireland skipper Laura Delaney and Arlene Kelly took three wickets each. Ireland had batted first and made 167/4. Player of the series Gabby Lewis top scored with 71 off 46 deliveries while Amy Hunter scored 40. Wednesday’s success marks the first time a men’s or women’s Ireland side has recorded a series victory on the sub-continent.
The Irish Examiner
Mist and fog will be slow to clear some inland parts this morning and some isolated showers will linger for a while off western and northeastern coasts. Otherwise though it will be dry with sunny spells. In the late afternoon some showers will develop in coastal areas and some may push inland in the east and turn heavy at times. Highest temperatures of 7°C to 11°C, in mostly light variable breezes. Tonight, showers will affect many coastal counties around the country and some may extend into the southwest however other inland parts will remain dry with mist and fog developing. A touch of grass frost can’t be ruled out as lowest temperatures dip to between 0°C and 4°C in light variable breezes.