In Pakistan, the port city of Karachi plagued by violence

Television footage showed several cars and motorcycles were damaged in the Thursday blast, which was aimed at a truck carrying soldiers back to camp after they carried out security duties for by-elections in the city.

"At least 11 soldiers were wounded in the bomb blast on their truck," a military official told AFP.

"A civilian was killed and five others were also wounded," he added.

Senior police official Irfan Bhutto said another bomb was found near the blast site attached to a pylon and a bomb disposal unit was attempting to defuse it.

An unprecedented wave of killings and kidnappings has hit Karachi, a sprawling metropolis of 18 million people on the Arabian Sea and Pakistan's economic heart.

Bloody gang wars fed by ethnic and political bitterness, drugs and the Taliban, have created a culture of impunity, and the past two years have seen record death tolls.

In the first six months of 2013, 1726 people were killed in Karachi compared with a previous high of 1215 in the same period last year, according to the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan.

Show some loyalty Liverpool

FORMER IRELAND MIDFIELDER Jason McAteer believes the days of footballers showing loyalty to clubs will soon be no more.

McAteer’s old club Liverpool are currently fighting tooth and nail to hold onto their talisman Luis Suarez and have so far turned down two bids from Arsenal for the wantaway Uruguayan.

However, string embroidery in an interview with The Guardian, the player claims he was told last season that he would be allowed to leave if the Reds failed to qualify for the Champions League and it is believed that he intends to hand in a transfer request next week if a move is blocked.

Speaking at the launch of Carlsberg’s Ultimate Football Pub in Dublin yesterday, McAteer, who spent four seasons at Liverpool during the 90s, gave his thoughts one of the most protracted transfer sagas in recent years.

“It is disappointing,” said McAteer. “He has been banned for 18 games and was protected by the club over the Evra incident case for samsung galaxy. I agree that a bit of loyalty should have been shown.

“I just think players like (Jamie) Carragher, (Steve) Gerrard and that generation will be the end of it. I’d like to think I was an extremely loyal person in business and in friends but I think it’s dying out in football.”

While Real Madrid are also believed to be monitoring the Suarez situation, the Gunners are the only club to have made their interest official. McAteer can’t see Liverpool selling their prized asset to a Premier League rival, however.

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“The Premier League is wide open this season with three top teams bringing in new managers. Liverpool certainly should be up there battling with Arsenal and Tottenham for fourth place. That’s why I don’t think they will sell to Arsenal.”

The Irish people fell from the balcony in Thailand

Robbie Robinson, 32, has been in coma since he fell from a balcony in Thailand a month ago. , Robbie Robinson Fund via Facebook

AN IRISHMAN WHO is in a critical condition following a fall in Thailand has been flown home following a massive fundraising drive by his friends, iphone Case family and neighbours.

Robbie Robinson from Bray in Co. Wicklow fell from a balcony in Bangkok over four weeks ago. He’s spent his time in a Thai hospital for the last four weeks, before being flown home to Beaumont Hospital on Thursday nightwaterproof cases.

The 32-year-old had no travel or health insurance and his accident has racked up a medical bill of over €90,000.

Barbara Gordon, a family friend, told TheJournal.ie it cost nearly “€30,000 to fly Robbie back to Ireland digitizing embroidery, while his hospital stay in Thailand cost almost €60,000 – that’s over €2,000 a night”.

The Robinson’s family and friends have started a fundraising drive to help pay for Robbie’s medical bills. So far, over €40,000 has been raised at different events such as, concerts, a cake sale organised by a nine and ten-year-old and a poker night set-up by his friendsHong Kong Muslim Tour.

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“The generosity of people is overwhelming,” Gordon said. “A homeless man came to the fundraiser in Wicklow on Thursday night. He had over €120 in change and gave it to the fund cem1 pcb.”

Fundraisers are trying to “raise as much as possible” for the Wicklow man who has been in a coma ever since the fall from the high-rise building.

His mother Martina, who has been by his side since the accident, said doctors have described his condition has “really, really critical”, but she refused to turn off his life-support machine even after doctors in Thailand advised her to.

Robbie’s heart-rate picks up when he hears his family cry or when a phone is held to his ear and friends speak to him. Martina also told TV3′s Ireland AM show that “he started moving on the eighth day, so we knew we couldn’t turn off the life support… We want to fight for him a little bit longer”.

Robbie flew back to Ireland in June to be best man for his best friend’s wedding. He had been returning to work in New Zealand when he stopped off in Thailand for holiday.

You can donate to the ‘Get Robbie Back Fund’ at the Bank of Ireland account IP Camera Manufacturer, sort code 90 67 34 and account number 71649421.

Newborn calves undergo mandatory testing

ALL COWS born in Ireland from tomorrow will be required to undergo mandatory testing for a bovine form of viral diarrhoea which can prove fatal if spread to vulnerable calves.

Agriculture minister Simon Coveney has issued an order which will require all newborn cattle born from January 2013 onward to be tested for the Bovine Viral Diarrhoea Virus.

Anyone who owns or controls a newborn bovine will be required to take a sample from the animal and submit it to a designated laboratory to be tested for the virus Art Culture.

Bovine viral diarrhoea can often be difficult to immediately diagnose because it is spread by a small population of cows which become ‘persistently infected’ with the virus, but which themselves become immune to it within just a few weeks.

This means a mother which can appear perfectly healthy is actually passing on the virus to its own offspring, Limited company Hong Kong some of which could appear completely healthy but which may in turn act as a carrier for the disease and facilitating its spread to other healthy calves.

In many cases, however, calves which become persistently infected are stunted and never reach their full growth or fertile potential.

Other symptoms of the virus include spontaneous abortions among pregnant cows, infertility, Asian college of knowledge management and a mucosal disease which can see cows develop blisters and ulcers around the mouth and snout, and which usually proves fatal.

The virus poses no threat to human health, however.

Forget new year diet

A NEW REPORT, examining mortality statistics for almost three million people, has determined that people who would officially be deemed ‘overweight’ by modern classification live slightly longer than those whose weights are considered ‘healthy’.

The report from academics at the US National Center for Health Statistics found that those which would be statistically classified as overweight are 6 per cent less likely to die prematurely than those who are of ‘normal’ weight.

The Body Mass Index (BMI) is calculated by converting a person’s weight into kilograms, and dividing it by their height in metres. The resulting number is then divided by the height in metres again to give the BMI.

A BMI of between 18.5 and 24.9 is considered ‘normal’, while an index of between 25 and 29.9 is classified as ‘overweight’. An index of 30 or over is statistically determined to indicate obesity.

The study’s authors have stressed that their findings should not be interpreted as a warning against pursuing a New Year’s any health regime – but merely want to indicate that the Body Mass Index is an imperfect way of measuring someone’s health, relative to their weight, or their mortality.

“We wouldn’t want people to think, ‘Well, I can take a pass and gain more weight’,” the New York Times quotes Dr George Blackburn of the Harvard Medical School’s nutrition division as saying.

Instead, factors such as levels of blood pressure, blood sugar and cholesterol should also be taken into account.

The findings also do not hold true for those considered obese: those with a BMI of over 30 are 18 per cent more likely to die prematurely, though when removing those with a BMI over 35, the risk of premature death is 5 per cent lower than the average.


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