Monday 10 December 2018

Trial delay for murder accused

A WOMAN charged with the murder of her former partner, Tyrone McKenna, in Dublin will have to wait at least four weeks before prosecutors complete preparing the evidence for her trial.

Mercy Peters (41), from Sierra Leone, who had been living at the home of 42-year-old Mr McKenna in Marlay Court, Rathfarnham, is charged with murdering him last July 17.

She was scheduled to appear in court on July 24, but on that date Det Gda David Bunn said she had been sent to the Central Mental Hospital. Her next hearing will take place on October 9.

Newcastle fans most banned

Newcastle United fans received the highest number of banning orders last season in England and Wales, dwarfing supporters of other clubs.

Ninety-five banning orders were imposed on supporters of the Premier League team in the 2013/14 season.

Fans of League One side Chesterfield received the second-highest number of banning orders at 22.

Gates' $50m for Ebola response

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will spend $50m (€38.6m) to support emergency response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.

"It became clear to us that the pace and scope of the epidemic was increasing significantly," said Chris Elias, president of global development for the world's largest charitable foundation.

The foundation said the money will go to the UN, the World Health Organisation, the US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention and international organisations involved in fighting transmission of the virus.

UK tops list for most breweries

THE UK has more breweries per head of population than any other country in the world after a continuing trend of growth.

The Campaign for Real Ale (Camra) said 170 new breweries have started up in the UK in the past 12 months, taking the total to 1,285.

The industry is growing at over 10pc a year, with nearly all new breweries producing cask-conditioned real ales as their core products.

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