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€2.8m boost for green firm

AN Irish start-up business is celebrating a €2.8m cash injection that will create 14 high-end jobs.

Galway-based greentech company Cellulac has been approved for the record grant from the European Commission to commercialise its biorefining technology that converts agricultural waste into lactic acid.

The investment will fund 14 posts and the recruitment of life sciences and engineering graduates.

Lactic acid is used in food and beverages, cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, biodegradable plastics and other industrial sectors.

iPad eyed up by bachelors

One in 10 single men would rather have an iPad 3 than a new partner, according to a poll.

The research found that 11pc of bachelors would rather own the popular Apple gadget than gain a new love interest.

And 3pc said they would happily leave a current partner if they were rewarded with the tablet device, the poll of 600 people by online casino RoxyPalace.com found.

Chavez death rumour denied

Venezuelan government officials have denied social media speculation that President Hugo Chavez may have died as the leader's 10-day absence from television fuelled talk that his poor health may prevent him from running in October's election.

Information Minister Andres Izarra said opposition candidate Henrique Capriles Radonski was the "political fatality" and that the speculation had been "denied".

Chavez missed Venezuela's Constitution Day celebrations in the past week after flying to Cuba for cancer treatments.

Ten rescued in ship blaze

TEN members of a Taiwanese fishing ship have been rescued in the Pacific after being forced to abandon their burning vessel.

The US Coast Guard said the crew aboard the 70ft ship reported the fire on Saturday afternoon when it was about 700 miles west of Guam.

A cargo ship that was 40 miles away was sent to pick up the crew members from life rafts.