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Chef held over cannabis haul

A CHINESE chef has been remanded in custody after he was charged over a seizure of herbal cannabis worth almost €300,000.

A search had been carried out by the crime task force attached to the Bridewell Garda Station of an apartment at Henrietta Place, in the city's northside, last week.

Tai Qiang Yu (34), a father of four with an address at Mount Simon Rise, in Clonsilla, in Dublin was charged with possessing cannabis for sale or supply. He made no reply when charged.

Judge Denis McLoughlin refused bail and remanded Mr Yu in custody to appear again at Cloverhill District Court on January 28 next.

Trial set to start over sex assault

A jury has been sworn in for the trial of a man accused of falsely imprisoning a woman and performing various acts of sexual abuse including rape and abusing her with a mobile phone.

The 40-year-old Dublin man has pleaded not guilty at the Central Criminal Court to false imprisonment, oral rape, rape, sexual assault with a mobile phone, sexual assault with the threat of violence and threats to kill against a female in December of 2009.

The trial will commence on Thursday.

NY mayor calls for gun control

Invoking the memories of Martin Luther King Jr and Robert Kennedy, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg urged the US Congress to tighten background checks and close loopholes in the area of gun sales.

"We cannot wait any longer," said Mr Bloomberg, an advocate for stronger gun control. "We cannot turn our backs on this national calamity any longer."

'Avoid bed' to aid insomnia

For insomniacs to get better sleep, spending less time in bed may be key -- one part of short-term behavioural therapy that could help older adults beat insomnia.

Three decades of research has shown that cognitive behavioural therapy -- including visits to a psychologist -- is just as effective as a pill for insomnia, with fewer side effects.