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Daily Fix

The Daily Fix: Tuesday

In today’s Fix: DSK maid to sue over ‘prostitute’ claims; women advised to “floss for fertility”; and one quick way to rescue a kitten from a pipe.

EVERY DAY, TheJournal.iebrings you a round-up of the day’s news as well as the bits and pieces you may have missed.

  • The High Court has awarded €400,000 in damages to a woman who was sexually abused by her Irish dancing teacher from the age of 12 to 19. It’s the first time an Irish court has awarded damages on the basis of post-traumatic stress disorder.
  • Articles claiming that two members of Dublin band The Script had died were posted on Sony Music Ireland’s website after it was apparently hacked. Another article claimed that Friday singer Rebecca Black had married R Kelly.
  • Rape charges brought against former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn in New York are expected to be dropped by prosecutors, according to a report from the US. Meanwhile, the chambermaid who brought the assault charges against him is suing a US newspaper after it claimed she was a prostitute. Separately, Strauss-Kahn is considering suing the woman who has accused him of sexually assaulting her in France in 2002.
  • Education Minister Ruairi Quinn says he is disappointed by how little money religious congregations in Ireland are willing to put forward as redress for residential institutional child abuse.
  • Germany’s highest constitutional court has begun hearing legal arguments in three cases concerning the country’s involvement in a series of EU bailouts. Opponents to Germany’s contribution to the multi-billion-euro funds claim the bailouts violate both national and EU law.
  • The parents of murdered 13-year-old Milly Dowler intend to sue the News of the World after allegations the paper hacked the girl’s phone after she disappeared. Meanwhile, police investigating the alleged hacking have reportedly contacted the parents of Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman over fears their phones may also have been hacked. The two girls, both 10, were murdered in 2002.
  • All of the 35 passengers on board a Canadian boat blocked and boarded by the Greek coastguard to prevent it from sailing to Gaza claimed they were the ship’s captain in an effort to avoid arrest. It didn’t quite work: three were arrested. A French group claims that its ship has sailed from Greece and is en route to the Gaza Strip – the only one out of the international flotilla to continue its journey. At the time of writing, in a poll by today, 49 per cent say you do not support the flotilla’s efforts, while 43 per cent said you support it.
  • The hacking group Anonymous has posted a small number of user names and passwords it claims to have stolen from Apple’s surveys server during a cyber attack on the company.
  • Ireland’s Special Olympics heroes arrived back in the country today with an impressive medal haul after a hugely successful trip to the games in Athens. Here’s a slideshow of the celebrations at Dublin Airport today.
  • She’s baaaack! Singer Samantha Mumba is back in Dublin to play Girl Friday in the Gaiety Theatre’s production Robinson Crusoe and the Caribbean Pirates. Here she is launching the show with Brian Gilligan, aka Robinson Crusoe:

  • A new cancer drug produced by Swiss company Novartis AG is said to impede the growth of tumours in advanced breast cancer.
  • In other health news, women who are trying to become pregnant have been advised to floss regularly – Australian researchers say that poor dental hygiene can delay conception for up to two months.
  • Ever wanted to ride the Tour de France – but without leaving your own sitting room? Well, now you can…
  • Mexican prison authorities made an unusual discovery when searching one visitor’s bag: her husband. Here’s the photographic evidence that, yes, a grown man can squeeze into a small suitcase.
  • Heading to Oxegen this weekend? Pharmacists are warning Oxegen revellers to prepare themselves against health hazards at the festival, including STIs, dehydration and diarrhoea.
  • In case you ever need to know, here’s one quick way to rescue a kitten that’s stuck in a pipe:

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