Sales rep begs to keep licence
A SALES rep caught driving without insurance begged a judge not to put him off the road as he needed his licence for his work.
Aaron Ellis (21) was also driving without taxing the car, but said he couldn't tax it as the garage closed shortly after he bought the vehicle and he couldn't get the logbook.
Judge James McDonnell fined Ellis €300 and banned him from driving for two years.
Ellis, of Oldcourt Mill in Tallaght, admitted before Tallaght District Court to driving without insurance or road tax on May 18 last year.
Broadcaster shot to death
Gunmen fatally shot a radio broadcaster as he drove his car with his wife and son.
Radio Mindanao Network broadcaster Christopher Guarin (42) was the 150th journalist slain in the Philippines since democracy was restored in 1986.
Police said they did not yet know the motive for the attack in southern General Santos city.
Guarin managed to flee his vehicle when gunmen on a motorcycle opened fire, but the assailants chased him down and shot him repeatedly at close range before escaping.
Jamaica PM -- I'll replace queen
New Jamaica prime minister Portia Simpson Miller has pledged to replace the Queen Elizabeth as head of state and make the island a republic.
She was speaking as she was sworn in for the second time as prime minister. Jamaica declared independence from Britain in 1962 but remains within the Commonwealth.
"I love the queen; she is a beautiful lady," Simpson Miller said, before speaking to the audience in Jamaican patois: "But I think time come."
First Oscar announced
The first Oscar recipients of the new year have been announced by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
The developers of the Arrilaser film recorder, produced by Germany's venerable Arri camera company, will receive an Award of Merit Oscar at the academy's Scientific and Technical Awards banquet at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel on February 11.