| 1.6°C Dublin

Clean-up for tsunami dock

A MASSIVE dock that was torn loose by last year's tsunami in Japan and washed up on an Oregon beach 5,000 miles away has been scraped clean of seaweed, shellfish and other organisms and sterilised to prevent the spread of invasive species.

A dozen volunteers took part in the clean-up operation on Agate Beach, a mile north of Newport.

Ban on plastic bags is 'dumb'

The mayor of Toronto, Canada, has described the city council's decision to ban the distribution of plastic bags is the "dumbest thing" the authority has done.

Mayor Rob Ford told a radio station that the ban was "ludicrous" and believes the city will now be hit with legal challenges to the clampdown.