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Irish climber's sad conquest

AN Irish businessman has spoken of his heartache at the death of a fellow climber just hours before he reached the summit of Mount Everest.

Jason Black (42) had paired up with a man called Namgil, whom he had met in Kathmandu, for part of his expedition, but the man had died on the ascent.

Mr Black reached the top of the world's tallest mountain via its tough north face in the early hours of yesterday.

The Co Donegal nightclub owner managed to send a text to his wife Sharon and their four children in Letterkenny several hours later.

WATER ALERT IN BUG OUTBREAK

BOIL water notices remain in parts of Roscommon following an outbreak of cryptosporidium.

An environmental group has written to IFA president John Bryan asking him to address the issue of buffer zones for farm animals grazing near water courses.

Cryptosporidium is transmitted in the faeces of humans and animals.

Ireland's outbreak rate is three times the EU average, according to the latest figures from the European Centre for Disease Control.

ANTEATER IN BAFFLING BIRTH

An anteater that has given birth in an American conservation centre has flummoxed its keepers.

Officials at the LEO Zoological Conservation Centre in Connecticut said they had removed the only male anteater from the enclosure last August – long before the six-month gestation period would have begun.

Marcella Leone, founder of the conservation centre, suspects this might be a rare case of delayed implantation, when fertilised eggs remain dormant for a period of time.

BEATLES' GUITAR FETCHES €318K

A guitar played by Beatles' pair John Lennon and George Harrison sold for $408,000 (€318,000) at a New York auction.

The Vox guitar, a custom prototype made in 1966, was sold by Julien's Auctions at the Hard Rock Cafe on Times Square.

The instrument raised $100,000 more than its pre-auction estimate, which was between $200-300,000 (€156-234,000).


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