Wednesday 21 March 2018

Teen mugger is locked up

A 17-YEAR-OLD repeat offender, who mugged a man for his iPhone, has been detained for six months.

The teenager had pleaded guilty at the Children's Court to robbery of the man, at Sean McDermott Street, in Dublin city centre, on October 29 last.

Judge Bryan Smyth noted a negative pre-sentence probation report on the boy.

He had 23 criminal convictions, including a six-month suspended sentence for his role in a gang attack on a 16-year-old Finnish tourist.

Thirteen die in prison rioting

At least 13 people have died during an uprising by armed inmates at a Honduran prison.

One of the victims was decapitated and the others killed by a fire started by the rioters, authorities said.

The unrest came six weeks after a fire at another prison in Honduras killed 361 inmates.

Yair Mesa, police commissioner of the rough northern city of San Pedro Sula, said the riot had been brought under control.

Spike settles Twitter dispute

An elderly couple have reached a settlement with Spike Lee after the film director helped spread a Twitter posting listing their address as that of the man who shot an unarmed teen.

The pair said they had to leave their home in Florida, when they were wrongly linked to the scandal.

The couple's lawyer, Matt Morgan, said Lee called them to apologise for retweeting their address. Details of the settlement were not disclosed.

Hours reduced at iPad factory

Chinese workers who often spend more than 60 hours per week assembling iPhones and iPads for Apple will have their overtime curbed and their pay increased following an audit.

The Fair Labor Association (FLA) said Hon Hai Precision Industry, the Taiwanese company that runs the factories in China, is committing to a reduction to 49 hours a week, the legal Chinese maximum.

That limit is routinely ignored in factories throughout China. Apple's and the FLA's own guidelines call for working weeks of 60 hours or less.

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