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In Brief: New children's hospital offer

ANOTHER possible site for the national children's hospital has been offered by a consortium of Dublin landowners.

The 50-acre site at Lissenhal in Swords has been offered to the government- appointed hospital review group. The Broadmeadow Healthcare Group said the site is within 600 acres of land earmarked for future development.

Broadmeadow claims it could build the five/six-storey hospital by 2016 at a price lower than the €650m it would cost at the Mater Hospital site in Dublin.

The review group has now been offered at least 15 sites as well as the Mater location.



Chile is rocked by earthquake

A strong magnitude-6.7 earthquake has shaken central Chile, prompting officials to order a preventative evacuation of a stretch of coastline and causing hundreds of people in the capital to flee buildings in panic.

There were no reports of major damage, but authorities in the port city of Valparaiso said a 72-year-old man died of a heart attack during the quake.

It was felt for almost a minute in Valparaiso and the capital, Santiago.



Sweeney film for Winstone

Hard man actor Ray Winstone admits his role in the movie remake of The Sweeney brings him "full circle" after he appeared as an extra in the original TV show more than 30 years ago.

He plays Flying Squad cop Jack Regan, the part made famous by John Thaw, in the film which co-stars musician-turned actor Ben Drew.

Drew, better known as Plan B, plays George Carter, who was played by Dennis Waterman in the original show.



Salt warning on fast foods

Fast food may often be high in salt and the exact levels seem to vary by country, according to an international study that looked at fast food menu items in six countries.

Findings published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal showed that certain foods had less salt in the UK than in the US or Canada, such as McDonald's chicken nuggets and some chain-restaurant pizzas.


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