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Boy on binge attacked teen

A YOUTH has been detained for three months for raining kicks on a teenager who was beaten semi-conscious and "unable to defend himself".

The youth, then aged 16, had pleaded guilty to assault causing harm to the 18-year-old at James's Walk, in Rialto, Dublin 8, on June 5 last year. He had also admitted public order charges and had been remanded in custody in August.

The Children's Court yesterday imposed a three-month custodial sentence on the youth for the assault and a six-month probation bond for the other offences.

The court had heard that the victim was subjected to a "random unprovoked attack" by the youth and another teen after they had been on a vodka, cannabis and beer binge.

Rugby fans miss sleep

One in 10 people say they will do less work in the coming weeks as they expect to miss sleep so they can watch the rugby World Cup, a new study has shown.

A survey of 2,000 adults by digital TV service Freeview showed that a tenth of workers believed their productivity will be hit.

Many said housework could also be relegated or put off so they can watch games from the event in New Zealand, which starts this weekend.

Obama's jobs

plan under fire

Republican presidential contender Michele Bachmann has criticised President Barack Obama's $447bn plan to create jobs.

She said Mr Obama's approach amounts to more "failed gimmicks".

The Minnesota congresswoman said the plan Mr Obama outlined to Congress would further hurt the struggling US economy.

Makeover for

mid-life crisis

The mid-life crisis has been replaced with a mid-life "makeover", with increasing numbers of older people learning new skills, according to a new report.

A survey of 2,000 adults by Experian CreditExpert showed that most of those aged between 40 and 59 planned to learn a new skill, take up a new hobby or start an exercise regime.