Food bug alert for Olympics

An extra 14,700 food inspections are set to take place to try to improve safety standards at snack joints and restaurants during the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Fast food vans which will be open for business outside Olympic venues will be among thousands of outlets that will be checked across Britain.

The crackdown, which runs from April to September covering both the Olympics and Paralympics, is to help with extra hygiene inspections.

Training will take place at 1,960 businesses near the venues and at firms working at 960 sites where either big screens will be set up or special events will be staged.

Senator hit by fraud probe

DominicaN authorities in the Caribbean are investigating corruption allegations involving construction companies with ties to a powerful senator after the firms won no-bid contracts following the 2010 earthquake in Haiti.

Attorney General Radhames Jimenez said in a news conference that the government's anti-corruption department will be looking into alleged irregularities involving the companies of Senator Felix Bautista, a close friend of President Leonel Fernandez.

Mr Bautista denied any wrongdoing last week as he met prosecutors in an effort to clear his name.

Chess prisoners kept in check

A sheriff in Illinois in the US is turning to chess to help teach prison inmates how to behave.

Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart launched a chess programme at the county jail in Chicago.

The law enforcement officer hopes inmates can take what they learn from a game that rewards patience and problem-solving and apply it to their own lives.