News World News

Friday 20 October 2017

'Revenge porn' charge

A man has been charged with operating a so-called 'revenge porn' website that let people anonymously post explicit photographs of others so that he could extort hundreds of dollars from the victims.

Kevin Christopher Bollaert (27), from Sacramento in California, was arrested on 31 felony counts of conspiracy, identity theft and extortion.

SCIENTOLOGY WEDDING

A woman who wants to marry in a Church of Scientology chapel has won a battle in the UK's highest court.

Scientologist Louisa Hodkin took her fight to the Supreme Court after a High Court judge ruled that services run by Scientologists were not "acts of worship". Ms Hodkin wants to marry fiance Alessandro Calcioli in a Church of Scientology chapel in central London.

DANGEROUS CROP

A shipment of highly radioactive cobalt-60 has finally been safely recovered after sitting in a Mexican cornfield where it was found a week ago when truck thieves dumped it.

It came from obsolete medical equipment used in radiation therapy, which was being transported in a truck that was stolen at gunpoint at a filling station in Hidalgo state.

STRONG-ARM TACTICS

Students in the US have created a robot arm that can help people carry up to 40lb loads. The Titan Arm is essentially a battery-powered brace attached to a backpack costing €1,425.

Its designers at the University of Pennsylvania say it has the potential to prevent injuries in workers whose jobs require repetitive heavy lifting.

CARIBBEAN POT LUCK

Jamaica's science and technology minister has become the latest influential political figure on the Caribbean island to tout the benefits of medical marijuana research.

Phillip Paulwell said the plant, known locally as ganja, is "enormously versatile" and he has instructed the island's scientific research council to lead efforts to spur researchers and entrepreneurs, "not as a recreational pursuit, but as a scientific endeavour".

UNREGISTERED KIDS

Nearly 230 million children under the age of five around the world have never had their birth registered, the UN children's agency says.

Unicef said children without identification documents are often excluded from education, healthcare and social security.

Irish Independent

Editors Choice

Also in World News