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Soccer coach's €11k iPod theft

A youth soccer coach who stole more than €11,000 worth of iPods from Marks & Spencer has been remanded on bail pending sentence.

Father-of-three Reginald Horton (39) took the music players to help pay off a €1,000 drug debt he had run up. Horton, of Glenview Park, Tallaght, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to theft of iPods worth €11,504 from the Liffey Valley store on April 30, 2010.

The court heard Horton and another man were spotted on CCTV going to a cabinet and filling a bag with iPods. They then returned to their van and left.

Sentencing was adjourned until March.

Children reveal money worries

Almost two-thirds of young people are worried about not having enough money in the future, according to a poll.

More than half (57pc) of 12 to 16-year-olds expect to find it hard or harder to manage their finances when they grow older.

The research showed 62pc were concerned about not having enough money, while almost a third (30pc) worried about future debt.

Chavez cancer rumour denied

An ally of Hugo Chavez denied that the Venezuelan president was suffering from cancer as speculation over his condition mounted more than two weeks after undergoing unannounced surgery in Cuba.

Fernando Soto Rojas, the leader of the National Assembly, said yesterday he "would be the first to tell the country" if Chavez had cancer. He said that Chavez continued to recover from an operation to remove a pelvic abscess.

School's radical war on sexism

Staff at a Swedish pre-school have banned words such as "him" or "her" and address their 33 charges as "friends" rather than girls and boys, in a bid to make sure the children do not fall into gender stereotypes.

The taxpayer-funded Egalia pre-school which opened last year in Stockholm for children from one to six is among the most radical examples of Sweden's efforts to engineer equality between the sexes.