Monday 11 December 2017

Discovery may cut hip ops

HIP replacements for some patients could be a thing of the past after surgeons pioneered a new stem cell procedure to tackle a bone disease that leads to arthritis.

Doctors at Southampton General Hospital have made the breakthrough which could reduce the need for major surgery.

Olympics flag ban comes under fire

Olympic organisers have been criticised for a "completely ridiculous" ban on the saltire being flown over Scotland's national stadium during the Games. Scottish athletes represent Great Britain, meaning only the Union flag should be flown at venues.

Alyn Smith, an SNP member of the European Parliament, has complained to Sebastian Coe, chairman of the London 2012 organising committee.

Baseball streaker had 'lost a bet'

A streaker who ran naked on to the field during a St Louis Cardinals baseball game said he did so because he lost a bet.

Collin Grundstrom (22), of Jefferson City, was captured at Busch Stadium after shedding his clothes last Thursday night. Officers retrieved his shorts and made him put them back on before leading him away.

Famous cat back at NY hotel home

Matilda the cat is back at work at New York City's Algonquin Hotel.

The hotel's resident feline was feeling the love as the hotel reopened this week after a five-month, $18m (€14.35m) renovation. She may not love her new bling, though. Matilda now wears a collar that keeps her away from the hotel's food-related areas.

Protesting monks torch themselves

Two young Tibetan monks protesting at Chinese rule of Tibet were said to have set themselves on fire in front of a prominent Buddhist temple in Lhasa, the regional capital.

US broadcaster Radio Free Asia said the monks were taken away by authorities within minutes of the incident outside the Jokhang Temple. Lhasa city police denied the claims.

Ringing changes to help education

The Haitian government has launched a programme that uses mobile phones to transfer cash credits to mothers who keep their children in school.

Ti Manman Cheri, Creole for Dear Little Mother, aims to reach 100,000 families in the poorest areas of the capital Port-au-Prince.

Irish Independent

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