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€18k for slip in supermarket

A schoolgirl who cut her forehead after she slipped and fell on a wet floor in a supermarket, was awarded €18,000 damages in the Circuit Civil Court.

Judge Matthew Deery heard that in September 2010, Angela Prendergast (9) was shopping with her mother in Tesco Express, Kilcoole, Co Wicklow, when the accident happened.

The court heard that Angela, who was then aged six years, slipped and fell, banging her head on a steel freezer. She was treated on site by a staff member who put a plaster on Angela’s head.

Malala painting to fetch $47k

A painting of schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai, who was shot in the head by the Taliban for campaigning for education for girls, is to go under the hammer in New York.

The portrait of the 16-year-old, created by British artist Jonathan Yeo, is expected to fetch up to £47,000 when it goes up for auction at Christie’s.

The Malala Fund, a charity set up by the teenager to support the fight for girls’ right to education, announced that all money raised by the sale will go to non-profit organisations in Nigeria which are focused on education and advocacy for girls and women.

Earthquake rocks Panama

A magnitude-6.8 rattled the coast of Panama on Tuesday, causing people to scurry out of shaking buildings but causing no reported damage.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the 1:35 a.m. quake was centred off the Pacific Coast about 81 miles south of the city of David.

“There were several aftershocks, but in the monitoring we’ve carried out until now, we have not found material damage or injured people,” said a spokesman.

Two killed in mine accident

Officials from the U.S. federal Mine Safety and Health Administration say two workers were trapped and killed in an accident at a West Virginia coal mine.

Amy Louviere of the agency said that a ground failure occurred at the mine on Monday. She says the miners’ bodies have been recovered, and personnel from the agency are on the site.