Saturday 24 February 2018

Fake cannon on boat kills captain

A MOCK cannon on a Greek tour boat exploded, killing the captain and injuring six tourists off the island of Kos.

The fake cannon had been loaded with explosive powder, such as that found in fireworks, to make the small wooden boat resemble a pirate ship. Two Dutch passengers, a Belgian and two German children were hurt in the blast.

'X Factor' ratings drop as rival's rise

The 'X Factor's' first live show of the series was 1.7 million viewers down on last year -- while 'Strictly Come Dancing' was more than a million up.

Although 'X Factor' proved a bigger draw than arch rival 'Strictly', its 9.2 million average audience was down markedly on the first show of the live stages in 2011, which pulled in 10.9 million.

Daryl Hannah released on bail

ACTRESS Daryl Hannah has been released from a Texas jail following her arrest as she protested against an oil pipeline designed to bring crude oil from Canada to the Gulf Coast.

Ms Hannah was freed on a $2,500 bond, but faces criminal trespass charges.

Rihanna grabs No 1 spot in UK charts

RIHANNA has scooped top spot in the UK singles chart with her new track 'Diamonds'.

The Barbadian star knocked last week's number one, 'Gangnam Style' by rapper Psy, to number two. Mid-week sales predicted it would be a straight fight between Rihanna and One Direction for chart supremacy, but the boy band's song 'Live While We're Young' entered in third place.

Car talk can put the brakes on love

CAR conversations can accelerate relationships but also put a brake on them, according to a survey.

As many as 5pc of motorists have been proposed to behind the wheel, the poll of 1,000 drivers by Allianz Insurance found. However, 6pc have seen their relationship ended during an in-car conversation.

Men join the big style spenders

Men are catching up with women when it comes to how much they spend on looking good, according to a poll.

Women spend an average of £2,462 (€3,050) a year on beauty products and fashionable clothes, the study for online casino found. Men, meanwhile, were revealed to spend £1,786 on average on male grooming products and clothes, some £50 less per month than women.

Irish Independent

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