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39pc taking on second jobs

Almost four out of 10 Irish workers have had to take a second job to make ends meet during the recession, it emerged today.

While more than 436,900 people claim unemployment benefits, a new survey revealed that 39pc of workers are taking on twice as many hours in a bid to cope with finances.

"A second job means higher income, but it can pose problems for both the boss and the employee," said Alan Price, managing director of Peninsula Ireland, who carried out the survey.

Wall drilled in jewellery heist

US authorities said thieves drilled through the wall of a California jewellery store, dismantled the security system and made off with a safe filled with up to $1m (€741,000) worth of jewels.

The thieves tunnelled in through the shared wall of a vacant shop next door and left through the back door of the jewellery store, after taking apart a metal security gate. Investigators said it probably took more than one person to move the 1,000lb safe.

Castro is in fine form, says ally

Fidel Castro is "exceptionally well" and appears recovered from a health crisis that has kept him out of the public eye for more than three and a half years, Brazil's president said, according to reports by his country's news media.

Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva spent more than an hour discussing "various topics" with his longtime friend, the 83-year-old Castro.

Also visiting Cuba was socialist Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, another close friend and confidant of Fidel Castro.

Madoff family change name

One of Bernard Madoff's daughters-in-law said she and her children shouldn't have to bear the burden of his name.

Stephanie Madoff filed court papers in Manhattan asking to change her last name, and that of her children, to Morgan.

She said her family has received threats, and she wants to drop the Madoff name to avoid "additional humiliation" and harassment. Her husband, Madoff's son Mark, said in court papers he doesn't object.