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90 jobs to go across country

Sixty jobs are to be lost with the closure of a dairy plant in Co Monaghan.

Lakeland blamed challenging market conditions and plummeting prices for the redundancies at its milk-drying facility at Lough Egish, near Carrickmacross.

But the firm said eight to 10 workers would be redeployed with the opening of a new plant in Bailieboro, Co Cavan, in April.

Meanwhile, some 30 jobs will also be axed at the Taro Pharmaceutical Industries plant in Roscrea, Co Tipperary. The multinational healthcare firm said operations at its sterile manufacturing facility would finish up by the end of March.



Singer's mum stalked by text

A fan who unleashed his crude fantasies about Ashanti in a battery of text messages and photos to the R&B singer's mother has been jailed for two years.

Devar Hurd, 31, who was sentenced in a Manhattan court, was convicted in December. The singer's mother, Tina Douglas, said she was disgusted by the messages which included photos of Hurd's genitals.

Hurd said the messages were intended as friendly banter and jokes.



Canadian WWI veteran dies

The oldest Canadian First World War veteran has died in the US at 109.

John Babcock died in Spokane, Washington, where he had lived since 1932.

Canadian prime minister Stephen Harper said: "John Babcock was Canada's last living link to the Great War, which in so many ways marked our coming of age as a nation."



Watch out for zebra crossing

A US highway turned into a circus when an escaped zebra galloped along a busy section with police in hot pursuit.

The 12-year-old animal named Lima was exercising outside an arena in Atlanta, Georgia, when something spooked him, said a circus spokeswoman.

He was spotted by people in central Atlanta, including Daniel Nance.

"All of a sudden a freaking zebra comes running down the street like a car," Ms Nance said.


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