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Unexplained rash? There could be nickel in your iPad

Nickel has been found in the plastic coating of iPads and other electronic devices.
Nickel has been found in the plastic coating of iPads and other electronic devices. Credit: PA

Unexplained rash? Check your iPad, because it may contain nickel.

The most common allergy-inducing metal was discovered in various electronic devices, including laptops and mobile phones.

But an Apple iPad was found to be the culprit of an itchy rash which covered the body of an 11-year-old boy in America recently.

Apple spokesman Chris Gaither said reactions like this were 'extremely rare' and added the company's products were made from the highest quality materials which met the same strict standards for jewellery in both the US and Europe.

Research shows women tend to react more to nickel than men. But it doesn't mean you have to stop using your iPad as a protective cover on the plastic coating should stop nickel coming into contact with skin.

'Viable letter bomb' found in Northern Ireland

A suspicious package found at a sorting office in Northern Ireland was a viable letter bomb, police said.

A spokeswoman for the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) said: "Police are currently attending a security alert following the discovery of a suspicious package at the postal sorting office in Mallusk Road, Newtownabbey."

Army Technical Officers were tasked to the scene.

The spokeswoman said it was later declared a "a viable letter bomb type device."


McGuinness praises Queen for peace process support

Queen Elizabeth II meets First Minister Martin McGuinness during a private audience at Hillsborough Castle, Belfast. Credit: Aaron McCracken/Harrisons/PA Wire

Deputy First Minister of Northern Ireland has praised the Queen as a passionate supporter of the Northern Ireland peace process after they held their first ever one to one meeting.

The Sinn Fein veteran and former IRA commander described his ten minute private audience with the monarch at Hillsborough Castle in Co Down as "very nice" and "useful".

It was the Queen's third encounter with Mr McGuinness but their first on an individual to individual basis, an event that some see as an effort to 'normalise' relations between Irish republicans and the British establishment in the post conflict era.

Three day royal visit to Northern Ireland begins

The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh will begin a three day official visit to Northern Ireland later today.

Read: Irish President meets PM on day two of historic visit

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The Queen first met Northern Ireland's Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness in 2012. Credit: PA

The Royal Couple will land at George Best Belfast City Airport before making their way to their official residence at Hillsborough Castle.

At the castle her Majesty is due to meet Stormont's First Minister Peter Robinson and Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness.

The Queen and Duke last visited Northern Ireland in 2012 as part of her Majesty's Diamond Jubilee celebrations.

That occasion proved highly symbolic in terms of the peace process as it marked the first occasion the Queen met Mr McGuinness.

Read: Queen meets Martin McGuinness

Watchdog: 'No evidence' police knew of attack on Adams

The Northern Ireland policing watchdog - speaking of a gun attack on Gerry Adams - said it "found no evidence that police knew of the attack beforehand".

We have talked to all the people involved in the events that day, including the perpetrators, the victims and the police.

We have examined all the available evidence, including forensic and sensitive intelligence material, and found no evidence that police knew of the attack beforehand.

– Northern Ireland Police Ombudsman Dr Michael Maguire

Mr Adams was shot on 14 March 1984, months after becoming president of Sinn Fein, a west Belfast MP who did not take his seat and a hate figure for loyalists angered by his failure to condemn IRA violence.

After his attempted murder, an off-duty Ulster Defence Regiment (UDR) soldier who was driving in the city centre at the time chased the loyalist gunmen's car, the ombudsman said.


NI police watchdog: No evidence over attack on Adams

The policing watchdog for Northern Ireland policing has found no evidence the Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC) was involved in a loyalist gun attack on Gerry Adams 30 years ago.

NI policing watchdog: No evidence over attack on Adams Credit: PA

The paramilitary Ulster Freedom Fighters (UFF) opened fire on a car containing the Sinn Fein president and four other men as they travelled from a Belfast court.

The driver, despite being hit twice, managed to reach hospital. Mr Adams had claimed the security forces had prior knowledge of what happened or had been involved.

Paralympian Kelly Gallagher named in Queen's Honours

A visually-impaired skier from Northern Ireland who won Great Britain's first Winter Paralympic gold has been named in the Queen's Birthday Honours list.

Kelly Gallagher, 29, triumphed in the super giant slalom event at Sochi in March.She and her guide Charlotte Evans become MBEs for services to sport for people with a visual impairment. Gallagher has oculocutaneous albinism, a condition with affects the pigment in her hair, skin and eyes.

Kelly Gallagher, 29, triumphed in the super giant slalom event at Sochi in March. Credit: PA

The sportswoman from Bangor in County Down started skiing for the first time when she was 17 on a trip to Andorra and began working with Evans, from Kent, in late 2010, just months after finishing fourth in the Giant Slalom at the Vancouver Games with previous guide Claire Robb.

Find out who else received an honour from the Queen here

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