Gardai seeking crash witnesses
GARDAI are trying to trace witnesses to a hit-and-run incident which left a man in hospital with serious injuries.
The collision happened at 4.20am last Sunday at the junction of Elm Mount Road and the Malahide Road on Dublin's north side. A 26-year-old man was hit by a small dark-coloured vehicle which failed to remain at the scene.
Anyone who witnessed the collision, or who has any information should contact the gardai at Clontarf at 01 6664800.
Smoking ban for New York
New York City's parks, beaches and even Times Square will be off-limits to smokers under one of America's toughest anti-cigarette laws.
The smoking ban will cover 1,700 parks and 14 miles of public beaches plus boardwalks, marinas and pedestrian plazas like the one in the heart of Times Square.
The ban goes into effect 90 days after Mayor Michael Bloomberg signs the bill; the mayor has 20 days to do it.
A law banning smoking in New York City bars and restaurants went into effect in 2003.
'Rings' director out of hospital
Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson has left a New Zealand hospital after surgery for a perforated ulcer.
Publicist Melissa Booth said Jackson was discharged from Wellington Hospital today and would continue his recuperation at home. He had surgery after being admitted on January 26 for acute stomach pain.
Booth said a delay on filming of the two-part film The Hobbit is expected to be minimal. Jackson is set to start filming the prequel to his The Lord of the Rings trilogy next month.
She said Jackson thanked hospital staff and fans who had wished him a speedy recovery.