Monthly Archives: August 2018

Jennifer Lawrence’s hacker gets 8 months in prison

The man who hacked Jennier Lawrence, a Connecticut man who also hacked into more than 200 iCloud accounts of Hollywood stars and other people has been sentenced to eight months in prison. George Garofano was sentenced on Wednesday in federal court in Bridgeport. After prison, he must serve three years of supervised release and perform 60 hours of community service. The North Branford man was one of four men arrested in the 2014 hacking scandal that led to private photos of Jennifer Lawrence, Kirsten Dunst, Kate Upton and others being made public. Authorities say the hackers used a phishing scheme that sent emails appearing to be from Apple security accounts that asked for usernames and passwords. Garofano pleaded guilty in April and asked for leniency, saying he faces a lifetime loss of rights because...
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Unmarried mother from Antrim wins court fight over widowed parent’s allowance

An unmarried mother has won a Supreme Court battle to access widowed parent’s allowance for her bereaved children. Siobhan McLaughlin, 46, was refused the benefit after her partner John Adams died from cancer in January 2014 because the couple, who had four children and were together for 23 years, were not married or in a civil partnership. But, by a majority of four justices to one, the Supreme Court ruled on Thursday that the current law on the allowance is “incompatible” with Human Rights legislation. Giving the lead judgment, the court’s President Lady Hale said: “The allowance exists because of the responsibilities of the deceased and the survivor towards their children. “Those responsibilities are the same whether or not they are married to or in a civil partnership with one another. “The purpose of the allowance...
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Meath community devastated by death of young scout in car crash

A Co Meath community is devastated after learning of the death of a Junior Certificate student in a road traffic crash in Moldova. Marius Bors, 15, was killed in a car crash while on holiday with his family last weekend. Dunshaughlin Scouts hosted a vigil to remember their lost member last night in the village. It is understood that Marius and his father Sergio, who is from Moldova, were travelling to a function when the car was hit side-on. It is believed his mother Victoria, baby sister and brother were following in a second car and witnessed the crash. The family had moved to Ashbourne in recent months but Marius was still involved in groups in Dunshaughlin. A student of Dunshaughlin Community College, he was due to pick up his Junior Certificate results in the...
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Elon Musk doubles down on ‘pedo’ claims against UK cave diver

Elon Musk appears to have doubled down on his claim that a British explorer who was instrumental in freeing a group of Thai boys trapped in a cave is a “pedo”. The Tesla chairman was widely criticised last month for making the unfounded allegation against Vernon Unsworth, who was part of an international team that freed the young footballers and their adult coach from the Tham Luang cave complex in northern Thailand. Unsworth had criticised a mini-submarine that Musk had delivered for the rescue as impractical and said he could “stick [it] where it hurts”. Musk responded by calling Unsworth a “pedo guy”, later tweeting: “Bet ya a signed dollar it’s true.” He deleted both tweets soon after. He has never presented any evidence for the allegation nor claimed to have any. He apologised for the remark...
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Angelina Jolie Gets New Divorce Lawyer Amid Brad Pitt Custody Battle

Angelina Jolie is moving in a new direction amid her ongoing court battle with Brad Pitt. The 43-year-old Oscar winner has parted ways with divorce attorney Laura Wasser and will now be working with Samantha Bley DeJean. "Angelina decided to change counsel to Samantha Bley DeJean of Bley and Bley, as Samantha's expertise is the protection and best interests of children," Mindy Nyby, spokesperson for Jolie tells E! News in a statement. "Angelina appreciates Laura's cooperation in transitioning the case over the past several weeks." A source familiar with the proceedings also tells E! News, "Samantha's expertise is the protection of children and over the past few weeks, Angelina's come to rely on her counsel and decided to put her in the lead." Over the past month the case has been fully transitioned to Samantha," the insider continues. "Angelina...
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Una Healy husband announces couple ‘getting divorced’ on dating app Bumble

The Saturdays star Una Healy and her husband, rugby player Ben Foden, split up last month. The couple married in 2012 and have two children together, Aoife, 6, and Tadhg, 4. It emerged this weekend that Ben set up a profile on dating app Bumble, where he revealed the pair are divorcing. "Heading Stateside in December," he wrote. "Never believe in making plans, let's just see what happens and how things go. "If you're uptight and bossy I'm not for you. "Getting divorced. Two little people who are my world," he concluded. A divorce can be a very stressful time, but we are here to help. You can visit our Divorce and Separation page here. Story Source: Breaking News Photo Source: Extra.ie...
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By not having a will, Aretha Franklin likely left her heirs with lots of headaches

Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul, left behind four sons, but no will, when she died from pancreatic cancer last week. As a result, assets of the 76-year-old, well known for her strong voice and hits such as “Respect” and “I Say a Little Prayer,” will become public in Oakland County Probate Court. In Michigan, where the singer lived and died, estate laws dictate her assets be divided equally among her four children, TMZ reported. Her niece, Sabrina Owens, also asked the court to appoint her as a representative of the estate, reports show. Don Wilson, an attorney who worked with Franklin for years, had urged her to create a will or trust, he told the Detroit Free Press, saying these documents would have made the estate process seamless...
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New sexual assault complaint against Kevin Spacey filed in LA, prosecutors say

THE LOS ANGELES district attorney’s office has received a second sexual assault complaint against Oscar-winner Kevin Spacey, whose acting career has nosedived following allegations by more than a dozen men in the United States and Britain. “A case of sexual assault was filed yesterday (21/8) in our office by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, involving Kevin Spacey, and is under review,” Greg Risling with the prosecutors’ office told AFP yesterday. A separate investigation was opened back in April for a complaint about an alleged assault in 1992 involving a man. Risling did not specify details about this new complaint, or the status of the previous one. The two-time Academy Award-winner has seen allegations against him pile up on the heels of the #MeToo movement, which began with the fall of Hollywood mogul Harvey...
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Wendy Raquel Robinson estranged husband ‘demands $10k a month in spousal support’ after filing for divorce

Steve Harvey Show actress Wendy Raquel Robinson allegedly abandoned her husband after he suffered a stroke in 2015.

Now Marco Perkins is demanding $10,000 a month in spousal support after filing for divorce from the 51-year-old actress in Los Angeles on Friday, according to TMZ.

The website reported that according to the documents, Marco claims that Wendy left him 'destitute after his illness.'

TMZ revealed that he requested the $10K a month from Wendy because he 'enjoyed a lavish lifestyle' during their marriage. Marco noted that he believes her monthly income is around $200,000 a month, the outlet reported.

He filed for divorce last week after 15 years of marriage and have no minor children.

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Nearly €500m paid out in settlements against HSE in five years

Almost half a billion euro has been paid in out-of-court settlements for claims taken against the Health Service Executive (HSE) over the past five years.

The annual total payout involving HSE cases has more than doubled in recent years, figures released by the State Claims Agency (SCA) under Freedom of Information Acts reveal.

The agency refused to release details of individual settlements but said “the majority” are for “clinical care claims which had a subcategory of clinical procedure or birth-specific procedures”.

The SCA said it does not record on its IT system whether a confidentiality agreement has been stitched into an out-of-court settlement.

The work involved in trawling through the individual records for that information would be “unreasonable”, it added.

Ciarán Breen, the agency’s director, recently told...

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