Rape accused teen faces trial
a youth accused of repeatedly having sex with a 14-year-old girl and sexually assaulting her will face trial in an adult court.
It is alleged the girl was abused by six youths, whose ages range from 17 to 19 at three locations in Co Kildare in 2010. One of them, a 17-year-old boy, who was originally charged in October, appeared again at the Children's Court in Dublin yesterday.
However, Judge Bryan Smyth refused jurisdiction and held that the teenager, like his co-defendants, must face trial in the Dublin Circuit Criminal Court, which has tougher sentencing powers.
We gossip for an hour a day
Most people spend at least an hour every day gossiping, mainly at work, says a study.
A survey of 2,000 adults showed that social network sites Facebook and Twitter were the main source of rumours and conversation.
Lucy Mapstone, of MSN, said: "Sharing juicy gossip is a way for us to escape the monotony of our everyday lives, so we shouldn't feel guilty about doing it.
"This research shows that we actually spend most of our time gossiping about our colleagues."
Babies learn by lip-reading
babies don't learn to talk just from hearing sounds -- they're lip-readers, too.
It happens during that magical stage when a baby's babbling gradually changes from gibberish into syllables and eventually into that first "mama" or "dada."
Scientists in the US say that starting around age six months, babies begin shifting from the intent eye gaze of early infancy to studying mouths when people talk.
Agutter slates 'me' generation
Actress Jenny Agutter has told how she believes that society has suffered as a result of the actions of the 1960s "me generation".
Agutter (59), who shot to fame in The Railway Children, is starring as a nun in a new BBC1 drama about 1950s midwives.
The star said: "I came from the 1960s 'me' generation, whereas the Fifties were about recovering from two world wars. We're seeing the difficulties that 'me, me, me' attitude has created."