Saturday 20 January 2018

Anastacia cancer fight

US pop star Anastacia has cancelled her European tour after being diagnosed with breast cancer a decade after her first battle with the disease.

In a statement, the 44-year-old performer said she would cancel all appearances and travel until further notice.

Man City player jailed

A Manchester City youth player who captained England's U-18 side wept as he was jailed for 16 months for killing a brother and sister while speeding in his Mercedes.

Courtney Meppen-Walter (18) was at the wheel of his grandfather's "high-powered" Mercedes C220 saloon and doing nearly double the 30mph speed limit when he hit a Nissan Micra, killing Kulwant Singh (32) and his sister Ravel Kaur (37).

Grandparents googled

Children no longer ask their grandparents for advice, preferring to turn to the internet instead. Almost nine out of every 10 grandparents claimed in a survey their grandchildren failed to ask them for advice for simple tasks, instead turning to online channels such as Google, YouTube and Wikipedia for information.

Answers on how to boil an egg, iron a shirt and even details on their own family history are easily found by younger generations glued to their smartphones, tablet computers or laptops, according to research commissioned by cleaning products firm Dr Beckmann.

Romania's mane man

FOUR lions and two bears have been removed from the estate of a notorious Romanian gangster, who reportedly used them to threaten his victims.

Ion Balint (48) was arrested with dozens of others on charges of attempted murder, kidnapping, blackmail and possessing illegal weapons. Officials and animal charity workers tranquillised the animals, carried them on stretchers into cages and transported them to a zoo. Neighbours and relatives of Balint said he was simply an animal lover, though he had no permit to keep them.

Roundabouts debut

JAPANESE drivers are getting to grips with the concept of roundabouts after a local council built the first one in the country. The experiment, in the northern city of Iida in Nagano Prefecture, is being monitored by other local governments considering doing away with junctions controlled by lights.

Advocates of roundabouts say that there are fewer traffic accidents and that they do not come to a standstill in the event of a power blackout.

Irish Independent

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