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Nurses brand salary 'sexist'

NURSES have branded a HSE initiative to pay new entrants a €22,000 salary a sexist attack on women.

They said the female-dominated profession was being targeted at a time when women were being asked to take hits to child benefit and maternity pay.

More than 500 nurses assembled for a rally at the weekend, which was jointly organised by the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation and the Psychiatric Nurses Association of Ireland. They travelled from as far as Kerry, Cork, Limerick and Waterford to voice their anger.



Man dies after waterfall slip

A MAN has died after falling from a waterfall in Australia.

The 20-year-old was walking with friends in the Blue Mountains near Sydney when he slipped in water and fell over the edge of Wentworth Falls.

Police, paramedics and rescue teams were called and the British man, who has not been named, was declared dead at the scene.

The accident happened at noon local time yesterday (1am Irish time).



Clinton returns after clot op

US SECRETARY of state Hillary Clinton will return to work today, just over a week after she was admitted to hospital with a blood clot in her head.

The US State Department released a schedule which has Mrs Clinton meeting with assistant secretaries. Mrs Clinton, 65, was admitted to New York-Presbyterian Hospital on December 30 after doctors discovered the blood clot while following up on a concussion she suffered earlier in December. She was released on Wednesday.



Officials seize rhino horn

AUTHORITIES have seized more than $500,000 (¤383,000) worth of rhino horn at a Bangkok airport.

Thai Customs officer Khanit Isdul said they acting on a tip-off found four rhino horns in a passenger's luggage at Suvarnabhumi International Airport.

Officials arrested Phan Quangloc (56) from Vietnam, who arrived with the case from Ethiopia.

He is expected to face a jail term in Thailand if convicted of smuggling.