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Motorcyclist to be sentenced

A young Dublin man who wove dangerously through traffic on the Stillorgan dual carriageway while riding a stolen motorcycle has had his sentencing adjourned until November.

Anthony Doody (20), with an address at Cannon Lillis Avenue, Seville Place, Dublin 1, pleaded guilty to the unlawful use of a motorbike on August 4, 2009.

Judge Katherine Delahunt ordered the preparation of a probation report and remanded Doody on continuing bail for sentencing in November.

Brussels urged to sprout trees

EU chiefs were urged today to back planting trees in Ireland to offset greenhouse gas emissions.

An Oireachtas report calls on Brussels to recognise the importance of forests in reducing carbon levels.

Fine Gael agriculture spokesman Andrew Doyle, author of the report, said forestry needed be part of any plan for the country to meet climate change targets.

"There is now a much better appreciation that forest sinks should have a greater contribution to reducing greenhouse gas emissions," he said.

Italy suspects mad cow case

A woman in northern Italy is seriously ill after reportedly being infected with the human version of mad cow disease.

It is only the second case of the brain-wasting illness variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease ever reported in Italy. The first case was reported in 2002 in a woman in Sicily.

Officials said the case probably dated back to the 1990s. Experts believe the human form of the illness is transmitted by eating meat from infected animals.

Holiday stress for managers

Two out of five managers returned to work after a holiday feeling more stressed than when they left, according to new research.

The survey of 2,500 managers found that one in three worked while they were on leave, often responding to emails or answering calls.

Most of those questioned complained that they returned from holiday to a "deluge" of emails and were anxious about the heavy workloads they faced after a break.