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Gym chain is still fighting fit

THE High Court has continued court protection for the Jackie Skelly chain of fitness clubs, after being told its cash flows are improving and it has received interest from nine potential investors.

Mr Justice Frank Clarke yesterday confirmed Kieran Wallace as examiner to Map Dance Ltd, trading as Jackie Skelly Fitness, which employs 299 people in ten clubs.

Rossa Fanning, for Mr Wallace, told the judge some 252 additional members had joined since the company secured court protection earlier this month with consequent positive impact on cashflows.

Settlement in HSE bully case

A FORMER assistant manager at a Dublin refuge for victims of domestic violence has settled her legal proceedings over alleged bullying and intimidation by her senior manager.

Brenda Ryan (52), of Fernleigh Driver, Carpenterstown, Castleknock, Dublin, brought the action against the HSE claiming her difficulties began after she wrote an unfavourable report in 1996 concerning a fellow worker who was a close friend of Kathy Moore, her senior manager.

The claims were denied.

Asia rocked by deep quake

A magnitude 6.7 earthquake rocked the borders of China, Russia and North Korea, the US Geological Survey has said.

Though residents said they did not feel the quake, office towers in Beijing -- about 770 miles from the epicentre -- swayed for about a minute.

The quake occurred 335 miles below the earth's surface.

Plane crashes into homes

A twin-engined Cessna plane carrying three employees of US electric car maker Tesla Motors struck a set of power lines after take-off and crashed into a fog-shrouded residential area, raining fiery debris over homes and sending residents running for safety.

The crash in Palo Alto, California, killed all three people on board but miraculously caused no injuries or deaths on the ground -- despite a wing slamming into a home where a day care centre operated.