Saturday 16 December 2017

Teen (17) on fake gun charge

A DUBLIN teenager has been charged with possessing a replica semi-automatic pistol during an attempted armed robbery at a corner shop.

Off-duty Garda Brendan O'Toole had an imitation gun pointed at his head during the incident at a shop on Mountpleasant Avenue in Ranelagh, south Dublin, on May 22 when he tackled a raider.

The 17-year-old boy had already been due to go on trial accused of attempted robbery but yesterday the Dublin Children's Court heard that two fresh charges had been brought against him in connection with incident.

These are for resisting arrest and possessing a replica semi-automatic pistol, contrary to the Firearms Act.

Executions on rise, says group

An Italian anti-death penalty group says the number of executions worldwide increased last year despite a global trend towards capital punishment abolition.

The organisation Hands off Cain, based in Rome, said that at least 4,106 people were executed in 2013, up from 3,967 in 2012, due to increases in Iran and Iraq.

China remains the world's top executioner, with more than 3,000 executions last year.

Nelson recalled with charity

South Africans marked Nelson Mandela's birthday with charitable acts in honour of the former president, whose death in December prompted a global outpouring of tributes. People picked up litter, cooked at homes for the elderly and donated food, blankets and other basic necessities to the poor.

Organisers had urged people to perform acts of charity for 67 minutes, symbolising the anti-apartheid leader's 67 years of public service.

Smart specs to help the blind

A pair of smart glasses that enable those suffering from sight loss to see obstacles and faces has been named one of 10 finalists in a charity competition.

The Google Impact Challenge asks UK-based charities how they would change the world through innovative technology. One of the finalists is the smart glasses prototype from the Royal National Institute of Blind People.

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