NEED TO CATCH up? TheJournal.ie brings you a round-up of today’s news…South Africans mourn and cheer as the hearse transporting Nelson Mandela passes through the town of Mthatha on its way to Qunu today. (AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen) IRELAND Enda Kenny will address the nation tonight as Ireland exits the bailout programme.A man in his 40s was shot dead on a road in north Dublin.The death of a woman in a Mayo house is being treated as murder.Dublin has got the worst rate of food poverty in the country.Gardaí seized more than €1 million in cash in a Limerick sting operation.Up to 150 construction jobs are to be created in Dublin.Alan Shatter says Irish troops are not being targeted in Syria.Campaigner David Hall has ruled out running in the European elections.INTERNATIONAL Peter O’Toole at Heathrow Airport in 1982. (PA Wire) #MANDELA: A nation has said its final farewell to Nelson Mandela as the former South African president was buried at a funeral service in his childhood village of Qunu today.#FINAL CURTAIN: Legendary actor Peter O’Toole has died at the age of 81. President Michael D Higgins said the world had lost “one of the giants” of film and theatre.#PROTESTS: An estimated 200,000 people have rallied in the Ukrainian capital Kiev in protest against the president’s refusal to sign a landmark deal with the European Union.INNOVATION Remember Foursquare? Wired writes about the brilliant hack that brought the location-based social network back from the dead. [Wired] Ford has unveiled a self-driving car which can apparently “see” in the same way a bat or dolphin can. That’s reassuring. [CNET]PARTING SHOTFrom Lady Gaga wearing nothing to a Daft Punk staring contest, New York Magazine has put together the best entertainment photography of the year. Bonus points for the amazing black and white shot of Frank Ocean. [NYMag]
LAST NIGHT WE waved goodbye to the Belgians and gave every last one of that Costa Rican squad a big tearful hug.We’re down to four World Cup teams and (sniff) just four games remain at the greatest show on earth. Source: Martin MeissnerThe Netherlands needed 120 minutes plus penalties before they could finally wriggle clear of Costa Rica and into the semi-finals.The Oranje threw everything at the South Americans during a dramatic two hours, but Keylor Navas continued his marvellous form in this World Cup to, somehow, keep Holland at bay. Source: Frank AugsteinMarc Wilmots talked an aggressive game pre-match, and his players were emotional after the final whistle. But during the contest they looked like a side lacking belief that they actually had what it took to knock out the two-time World Champions.Joga BonitoThe weight on this pass almost made the entire football world faint yesterday afternoon.https://vine.co/v/MUQQmUiIFJuWhat we’ve got to look forward to todayNada. You might as well go hibernate until semi-final Tuesday.Twitter was loving Brian Kerr’s commentary for Argentina-BelgiumKrul exit for Costa Rica as Netherlands hold their nerve to reach World Cup semi-final Source: Matt DunhamNavas was denied his moment in the limelight, however, as Tim Krul made it easy for all od us to write headlines. The Newcastle ‘keeper came off the bench late in extra-time and was unleashed to save two penalties from a Costa Rican side who were beginning to look indestructible.The earlier game saw Argentina claim the first berth in the second semi-final. Gonzalo Higuain’s glorious snapshot volley allowing them follow the script of Friday’s quarter-final, holding Belgium at arm’s length to push their behind-enemy-lines operation into an even stronger position.WinnerNot for the first time, we’re giving the gong to Louis Van Gaal today. Had Holland failed to get past Costa Rica there would have been serious criticism of the coach, but he sent out a team that created a host of chances. Source: Natacha PisarenkoAnd, when the chips really went down, he showed he had had the foresight to pre-plan a penalty shoot-out strategy and was brave enough to follow through on it by sending Tim Krul onto the field seconds before the final whistle in extra-time.LoserOn paper there’s no great shame in losing to Argentina, but Belgium will board their flight home wondering how they allowed a flawed (admittedly with one untouchable talent) side shorn of a potent counter-attacking weapon off the hook so lightly.