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Transport fares move online

LEAP card users will soon be able to top up their card directly from their bank account.

The new facility will allow commuters increase the balance on their travel cards online.

The public transport user will be able to select the top-up amount to be lodged on their rechargeable plastic smart card.

Labour TD Sean Kenny said that this new system will make for a faster and easier process for people wanting to use public transport.

More than 600,000 people currently use a Leap card and it is hoped that it will become a nationwide service, expanding outside the Dublin area.

Worker sent home for pics

An employee of Switzerland's parliament has been suspended after a naked picture she took of herself at work found its way into the media.

The parliament said the woman, whom it did not identify, was suspended with immediate effect "until the facts are cleared up". It did not specify what the woman's job was.

Swiss media today published several pictures of a naked or lightly clad woman they said was a secretary.

Mercury levels treble in seas

Levels of the metal mercury in much of the world's oceans are double to triple what they were before the industrial revolution, a new study says.

Researchers found there's more mercury from burning fossil fuels and mining for gold than scientists had thought.

The study assessed inorganic mercury, which in the ocean gets converted into the toxic methylmercury found in seafood. When pregnant women, nursing mothers and young children eat too much tainted seafood, there's an increased risk of nervous system problems in the child.

Mayor role cast for new musical

The role of Rob Ford has been cast in a new musical about Toronto's infamous mayor.

Rob Ford the Musical: Birth of A Ford Nation will run at a Toronto theatre next month.

The show will cover his admitted drug use and stint in rehab.