Wednesday 17 January 2018

Ex-editor of 'Sun' fought alcoholism

David Yelland yesterday described how he battled with alcoholism during his time as editor of 'The Sun'.

Mr Yelland said he began drinking as a teenager and it was no exaggeration to say he "was drunk nearly every night for 24 years". He said that he regularly fell asleep in front of the television after drinking heavily and once went for a breakfast meeting with 'The Sun' owner, Rupert Murdoch, wearing two shirts and two ties.

Mine flood leaves 123 men trapped

At least 123 people were trapped underground yesterday after water gushed into a coal mine in northern China, a government agency said.

The Wangjialing coal mine in Shanxi province was flooded by underground water as 261 miners were working in the pit, the Chinese State Administration of Work Safety said on its website.

Scientists create sweeter tomato

A HYBRID tomato plant that gives a bumper crop of sweeter tomatoes has been created by scientists, by cross-breeding from two parent plants.

The hybrid produces about 60pc more tomatoes than the average tomato plant, and the sugar content of the fruit is also higher than normal, the scientists said. It carries a mutation in a single gene that controls the timing of flower formation.

Barbara Bush in hospital for tests

Former first lady of the US Barbara Bush remains hospitalised in Houston, where she's undergoing what a family spokeswoman described as routine tests.

Spokeswoman Jean Becker said yesterday that Ms Bush has not been diagnosed with anything and doctors aren't looking for anything specific. Her husband, former president George H W Bush, drove his wife to the Methodist Hospital on Saturday. Ms Becker said earlier that the former first lady had not been feeling well for about a week, and doctors suggested that she should "undergo a battery of tests".

Man dies in Athens blast

ONE man was killed and two other people were injured in Athens late last night after a bomb exploded outside a public building.

The bomb, which exploded outside a civil service school, also damaged nearby cars and adjacent buildings.

Bombings by militant leftist groups are frequent in Greece. However, last night's attack was the first in years to kill someone.

Irish Independent

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