Saturday 1 November 2014

Man with van now likely to be female

Published 15/10/2012 | 05:00

There is now a good chance that the 'white van man' may actually be 'white van woman'. As many as a third of van drivers interviewed for a survey were females using their vehicles for business purposes, an AXA poll found.

About 14pc found the 'white van man' label outright insulting, while only 39pc believed perceptions were accurate. More than a third of female drivers found the nickname amusing -- but only 29pc of men did.

US county slips up on Obama's name

A county board of elections in upstate New York has said it will take quick action after being informed that it had drawn up ballots misspelling Barack Obama's name.

Election commissioner Pamela Mandryck said they would be corrected in time for election day.

Town shames men who pay for sex

A US town that has started naming alleged customers of a dance instructor arrested on prostitution charges is the latest community to shame those accused of paying for sex.

Kennebunk, Maine is one of more than 870 municipalities that have launched initiatives targeting men who buy sex. Surveys find prostitution customers fear publicity about the charges more than fines or even jail.

Kafka papers go to new home at last

A Tel Aviv court has ruled that manuscripts by Max Brod and Franz Kafka must be given to the Israeli National Library.

Sisters Eva Hoffe and Ruth Wiesler insisted on keeping the rare documents, inherited from their mother, Brod's secretary. The National Library argued that Brod, Kafka's friend, left the manuscripts in his will.

Van Outen whips rival after injury

Denise Van Outen overcame whiplash to wow the judges on 'Strictly Come Dancing'. The television presenter and actress (38) needed medical attention after she suffered the injury training for the jive.

She was rewarded for overcoming her pain as 'Strictly' hammered rival 'The X Factor' on Saturday night by pulling in just over a million more viewers.

Navy hits own goal as vessels collide

The Pentagon is investigating why a Navy submarine collided with an Aegis cruiser during routine operations at an undisclosed location.

No one was injured, and the extent of any damage to the vessels was not clear, said Lt Cmdr Brian Badura.

Irish Independent

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