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What the papers say

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Journalist Fionola Meredith takes a look at what is making the headlines in Tuesday's newspapers.

Several papers lead with the accident at Cranfield beach in which a six-year-old boy was seriously injured.

The Irish News, The News Letter and The Mirror all carry reports on how the child is fighting for his life after being hit by a speedboat while he was being towed on a wake-board near a busy beach.

The Belfast Telegraph urges readers to wake up and face the possibility of £2bn worth of cuts.

The warning comes from Seamus McAleavey, chief executive of voluntary organisation NICVA, who claims that people have no idea of the scale of the problem.

He warns that in four years time we will have 20 to 25% less to spend on public services - and that will be felt by everyone here.

Titanic images

Inside the paper, there are new high resolution images from the wreck of the Titanic, showing the bow of the ship and railings at the starboard side.

A pair of robots were used to take the photographs, which allow the clearest view yet of the stricken ship.

An apparent u-turn by a top climate change sceptic is lead story in The Guardian.

The paper claims that Bjorn Lomborg, the world's most high-profile climate change sceptic, admits that global warming is "undoubtedly one of the chief concerns facing the world today", and he calls for tens of billions of dollars a year to be invested in tackling the problem.

It's quite a turn around for a man who was once compared to Adolf Hitler by the UN's climate chief.

Mr Lomborg is famous for attacking scientists, campaigners and the media for exaggerating the rate of global warming and its effects on humans.

The paper says this u-turn will give a huge boost to the embattled environmental lobby.

Over at The Times, it seems that Anglo-French relations are looking rosy.

The paper says that Britain and France are preparing to reveal unprecedented plans to share the use of their aircraft carriers, in a controversial step to maintain military power in an era of cost-cutting.

It would mean British and French flagships working together and protecting the interests of both countries.

Nuns recruitment

The Irish Times reports on an opportunity for would-be nuns.

The Poor Clares, an enclosed order of contemplative nuns, is offering potential recruits a rare opportunity to sample its austere way of life during a Monastic Experience Weekend in Carlow next month.

Young women interested in pursuing a life of "obedience, poverty, chastity and enclosure" are invited to take part in the nuns' daily routine of work and prayer, with just 30 minutes of recreation.

If they decide it's the life for them, they will need to complete a six year novitiate, starting with a one year probationary period to assess their suitability for ' a life of total giving'.

And finally, both the Irish Times and The Independent report that humans have recognised the benefits of having a party for at least 12,000 years.

A team of scientists excavating a burial cave in Galilee, northern Israel, uncovered the remains of 71 tortoises and 3 wild cattle, with evidence they were butchered and cooked for human consumption.

Apparently, such mass banquets were designed to foster community spirit.

As the Irish Times notes, the event took place before farming and the domestication of farm animals, so capturing the cattle would have been a bit of a chore.

But meat from the tortoises alone could probably have fed around 35 people.

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