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IBM employee spared prison

A High Court judge has decided against jailing a woman who refused to hand over confidential information taken from her employer.

Mr Justice George Birmingham instead imposed a €1,000 fine on Beate Schmid, who was suspended from IBM on April 15 for breaching company security policy.

If, however, Schmid, of Carnakelly, Kilmainhamwood, Co Meath, fails to pay within one month, she will have to serve seven days in prison.

Schmid, who is in dispute with IBM Ireland Product Distribution Ltd over her salary, insisted she does not have the information, which the company says had been copied by her from a memory stick.


An air force helicopter returning from a rescue mission in flood-ravaged northern India hit the side of a mountain and fell into a river yesterday, killing eight people, officials said.

Bad weather has hampered rescue efforts in Uttarakhand state, where more than 1,000 people are believed to have died, and thousands of others remain stranded due to landslides and floods triggered by torrential monsoon rains.


Actress Halle Berry spoke of being harassed by paparazzi at a hearing yesterday to change Californian laws on snapping the children of celebrities.

In April, Berry shouted and swore at photographers at Los Angeles International Airport, telling them to get away from her young daughter.

The bill would change the definition of harassment to include photographing or recording a child without the permission of a legal guardian, by following the child or guardian, or by lying in wait.


Former Oasis singer Liam Gallagher has revealed that he does not have his brother Noel's phone number.

The feuding pair were bandmates until Noel walked out of the group in 2009.

Liam, who now fronts his band Beady Eye, said: "I've got nothing to say to him. Not interested in the slightest right now.

"It's not like Noel's knocking at my door with a box of chocolates."