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Panama Canal rival announced

Nicaragua is going ahead with a plan to dig a Chinese-funded rival to the Panama Canal.

A China-based consortium will finance the project and turn over control of the infrastructure to Nicaragua in exchange for a majority of the earnings.

Supporters say the project could capture 4.5pc of world maritime freight traffic and double the per-capita gross domestic product of Nicaragua.


A judge has refused to approve a €25,000 damages offer to a nine-year-old schoolgirl who was bitten by a neighbour's dog 18 months ago.

Circuit Court President Mr Justice Raymond Groarke agreed with the girl's barrister, Don Seligman, that the settlement may not be enough because of the potential need for future treatment.

Amy Shortle, of The Links, Donabate, Co Dublin, had been playing with children at the next-door home of Thomas Tol and Tracey Lynch on December 13, 2011 when their spaniel bit her face. She needed 20 stitches.


A boat-shaped den complete with a top deck, a replica Tardis and a cider bar have been revealed as finalists in the 2013 Shed of the Year competition.

The sheds are included in a list of eight in the final stage of the contest, which attracted 1,975 entries from across the UK.

The competition is in its seventh year.