Saturday 16 December 2017

Man found dead on road

GARDAI are investigating the discovery of a man's body by a Cork roadside. The man, aged in his 40s, was found at lunchtime yesterday outside Ballinhassig, Co Cork.

He was pronounced dead at the scene and his body was later taken to Cork University Hospital (CUH) for a post mortem examination.

Gardai are keeping an open mind about the matter. However, at this stage there is nothing to indicate that the death was suspicious. One theory is that the man may have been the victim of a fall as he walked home, just 100m away. It is unclear how long the man's body lay by the roadside. He is understood to have lived alone.

Health cover levy warning

Most people are unaware of new late-entry levies on health insurance polices.

Research carried out by Empathy on 1,000 adults found that three-quarters of them were not aware of the changes for those over the age of 34 coming in next May. People who take out cover for the first time after then will have a 2pc loading on their premium for every year they are over 34.

UK workers to get pay bump

More than a million workers in the UK are set to benefit from a 3pc bump in the national minimum wage - the highest increase since the start of the recession.

UK prime minister David Cameron announced that the minimum wage will rise by 20p to £6.70 per hour (€9.32), the biggest real-terms increase since 2008. The minimum wage has also recently come under close scrutiny in Ireland, with a new Low Pay Commission established.

Apple in talks for TV service

Apple's much-hinted-at TV service may soon become a reality as the iPhone maker is in talks with programmers to offer a slimmed-down bundle of TV networks this autumn.

The service would have about 25 channels, anchored by broadcasters such as ABC, CBS and Fox, and be available across all devices powered by Apple's iOS operating system, including iPhones, iPads and Apple TV set-top boxes.

Apple is aiming to price the new service at about $30 to $40 (€28-€37) a month, sources said.

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