Monday 17 December 2018

Boy had drugs in bag of crisps

A Dublin boy, who was caught with €1,400 worth of crack cocaine hidden in a bag of crisps, has been ordered to go to addiction counselling.

The 17-year-old, who has attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and left school at the age of 14, had pleaded guilty in February at the Children's Court to possessing the drugs for sale or supply in Crumlin in Dublin, on April 21 last year.

The case was adjourned until yesterday for a probation report to be obtained.

Japan not ready for tsunami

An International Atomic Energy Agency team says Japan's nuclear authorities underestimated the possibility of a massive tsunami hitting the Dai-ichi power plant but praised the overall response.

The preliminary report submitted today said Japan's response was exemplary. However, it added that the tsunami hazard for several nuclear sites was underestimated and called for greater preparation.

Acrobat to try death walk

The grandson of an acrobat who fell to his death during a high-wire act in Puerto Rico in 1978 will attempt the same feat without a safety net.

Nik Wallenda will try to walk across a 300-foot high wire suspended 100 feet in the air between the two towers of the Conrad San Juan Condado Plaza Hotel.

His grandfather, 73-year-old Karl Wallenda, died during the same stunt at the 10-story hotel. He is the patriarch of what is known as The Flying Wallendas high-wire act.

Jobs ready for Apple speech

Apple chief executive officer Steve Jobs will take a break from medical leave to deliver the keynote speech at next week's Apple conference, the company said.

The keynote will feature a new iCloud service, the company said.

It did not explain what the service will do, but Apple has been in talks with all four major recording companies on allowing users to store their songs on Apple-run servers rather than on their home PCs, according to a person familiar with the matter.

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