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Thursday 19 October 2017

Pay-by-weight air plan

It may only have a slim chance of succeeding but a pay-as-you-weigh airline pricing scheme has been suggested.

Heavier passengers would pay more for their plane tickets under plans put forward by a Norwegian professor. Writing in the 'Journal of Revenue and Pricing Management' publication, Dr Bharat P Bhatta said weight and space should be taken into account when airlines price tickets.

'Mormon' sets record

'The Book Of Mormon' has set a record for the biggest day of sales in West End and Broadway history.

The award-winning musical, by 'South Park' creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone, had its official opening at London's Prince Of Wales Theatre last Thursday. On Friday between 10am and midnight, £2,107,972 (€2,478,565) was taken in ticket sales when an additional 150,000 tickets were made available.

Tough migrant laws

TOUGH new laws to force migrants in Britain to earn the right to NHS treatment, state benefits and public housing will be announced by UK Prime Minister David Cameron today.

The ending of some automatic rights is designed to dilute the UK's "pull factor" and will affect people coming to the UK from both inside and outside the EU. They include the moves to deter Romanians and Bulgarians, who will have the right to work in Britain from next year.

Saturdays top charts

POP group The Saturdays – featuring Tipperary singer Una Healy – had their first number one single on the British charts yesterday with 'What About Us', a collaboration with Jamaican singer Sean Paul.

The Official Charts Company said their dance-pop single pushed last week's number one, 'Mirrors' by Justin Timberlake, into second place.

Stem cell discovery

Stem cells from amniotic fluid could offer a way to reverse potentially lethal intestinal damage in newborn babies.

Laboratory scientists used the cells to restore gut structure and function in rats. The technique could pave the way for new treatments for necrotising enterocolitis (NEC). NEC is the most common gastrointestinal emergency affecting newborns and can often prove fatal.

Irish Independent

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