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Eurprice seeks to be wound up

THE High Court has appointed a provisional liquidator to a chain of discount stores that employs 69 people.

The directors of Eurprice Ltd, which has eight stores mainly in the south east, are seeking to have the company wound up because it is no longer able to compete with rivals operating a similar business model.

The court heard that the company is hopeful that the provisional liquidator will be able to sell the business and save the jobs.

Eurprice with a registered address at The Moyne Business Park, Enniscorthy, Co Wexford owed more than €180,000 in PAYE and VAT, which it was unable to meet.

Pollock's Mural

gets a facelift

Mural, the seminal, larger-than-life work that represented a sea change in abstract expressionist Jackson Pollock's career, will be travelling from Iowa to Los Angeles this summer for a little nip and tuck.

The painting, which is nearly 70 years old, is being shipped to the Getty Centre, where scientists at the Getty's Conservation Institute and curators at its J. Paul Getty Museum hope to restore it to pristine condition.

24 held in FBI

blitz on fraud

Six people have been arrested in Britain as part of an FBI-led sting targeting online financial fraudsters involved in the illegal trade of stolen bank and credit card information, according to the American authorities.

A total of 24 suspects were held across four continents yesterday following a two-year undercover operation.

The FBI said the sting, protected more than 400,000 potential victims and prevented losses of $205m (¤164m) from debit and credit cards.

Grant in war

on tabloids

Actor Hugh Grant continued his crusade against Britain's tabloid newspapers yesterday when he called on European Union regulators to restrict the influence of media moguls such as Rupert Murdoch.

Grant has been part of a backlash against Britain's tabloids and even turned the tables on the industry by taping a journalist admitting malpractice.