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¤54k payout after taxi crash

A COMPUTER technician who claimed he suffered back injuries when the taxi he was in was rear ended was awarded €54,000 by the High Court.

The President of the High Court, Mr Justice Nicholas Kearns, said Alberto Jorge Zulkouski had sustained moderate back and neck injuries in the 2007 accident.

Mr Zulkouski, of Swilly Road, Cabra West, Dublin, had sued Vasile Radu of Clearwater Court, North Royal Canal Bank, Ashtown, Dublin, as a result of injuries suffered on March 8, 2007.

Massive dust storm on Mars

NASA is tracking a dust storm on Mars, but says it has not affected the operations of its two rovers there.

The space agency said the storm raging in the Martian southern hemisphere was spotted earlier this month by the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter circling overhead.

Scientists want to learn more about Martian dust storms, including why some blanket the whole planet.

Taiwan party looks to China

TAIWAN'S main opposition party is to try to repair its troubled relations with China.

The Democratic Progressive Party is to set up a China Affairs Committee to co-ordinate its ties with the mainland, following the party's January election defeat.

Commentators believe a big reason for leader Tsai Ing-wen's loss was her failure to convince Taiwanese people that China would not punish a DPP president for the party's support for independence. Taiwan and China split amid civil war in 1949.

Glassing victim loses his claim

A MAN who lost the sight in one eye after he was glassed has lost a High Court action against a social club.

David Blake (43) of Sarah Place, Island Bridge, Dublin, sued Ballyfermot United Sports and Social Club Limited, the club's owner.

Sean Callaghan, of Decies Road, Ballyfermot, was convicted of the unprovoked attack on January 12, 2007.

Mr Blake sued the club for admitting Callaghan when he was barred, not removing him when he got in and not clearing glasses away.

High Court president Mr Justice Nicholas Kearns dismissed his action.