Monday 18 December 2017

Carer claimed €14k in benefits

A CARER who unlawfully claimed more than €14,000 in benefits has been given six months to repay the money.

Angela Butchart (48), from Old Moore Road, Ballyfermot, Dublin, pleaded guilty to failing to notify the Department of Social Protection of her change of circumstances, that she had got married in 2012, which affected her entitlement to the deserted wife allowance.

Judge John O'Neill heard at Dublin District Court that she received €14,300 and after making some repayments she still owed €12,912 to the Department.

Judge O'Neill noted she is paying back €200 a month that she is in work and hopes to be able to increase the repayments.

He adjourned the case until September.

Space stint to last entire year

An American astronaut and a Russian cosmonaut are moving into the International Space Station this week and staying for an entire year.

After more than two years of training, Scott Kelly and Mikhail Kornienko are eager to get going.

It will be the longest space mission ever for NASA, and the longest in almost two decades for the Russian Space Agency.

Their Soyuz rocket is scheduled to blast off from Kazakhstan on Friday.

Monster newt spread terror

A killer newt the size of a small car terrorised lakes and rivers during the rise of the dinosaurs, scientists have discovered.

The ferocious amphibian, a distant relative of salamanders, took the place of crocodiles as one of the Earth's top predators more than 200 million years ago.

Fossil remains of the species, Metoposaurus algarvensis, were found buried at the site of an ancient lake in southern Portugual.

Champ guilty of sex attack

Bob Hewitt (75), a former Grand Slam doubles tennis champion, was convicted in a South African court of rape and sexual assault decades after the alleged assaults.

The charges stemmed from events in the 1980s and 1990s, when Hewitt coached the women as young girls.

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