Sunday 25 February 2018

Gun pulled during Jordan TV debate

A JORDANIAN politician could face charges of attempted murder after pulling a gun on his opponent in a live TV talk show, a prosecutor said.

Mohammed Shawabka pointed his weapon at Mansour Seif-Eddine Murad after the ex-deputy called him a "mafia thief". The two men were debating Syria's uprising on the private Jordanian Josat satellite station. Mr Shawabka accused Mr Murad of being a "spy" for Syrian president Bashar Assad's regime. He first threw his shoe at Mr Murad and then pulled out a pistol, but no shots were fired.

Cherry on top for spitting champ

A 46-YEAR-OLD Chicagoan pulled a big upset at the annual International Cherry Pit Spitting Championship in Michigan, winning the contest in his initial try and becoming the first champion not named Krause or Lessard in 20 years.

Ronn Matt spat a pit 69ft at Tree-Mendus Fruit Farm, just north of the Indiana border. Owner Herb Teichman launched the tournament as a joke 40 years ago and it now attracts competitors from the US and beyond. Since 1992, members of the Krause and Lessard families have always won, with Brian Krause, holding the world record spit of more than 93ft.

California island price cut by $17m

AN island offering a secluded beach, promises of great fishing and stunning views of the San Francisco skyline is up for sale -- and at a discounted price.

Red Rock Island, a six-acre mass of rock tucked away in a northern part of San Francisco Bay, six miles north of San Francisco, is being offered for just less than $5m (€4.1m), estate agent Steven Higbee said. Earlier this year the property was listed for $22m.

Firemen give hamster little lift

A FIRE service has released an array of bizarre animal rescues including an iguana stuck on a roof, a hamster trapped in a lift -- and even a chimp wedged in a chimney.

London Fire Brigade says it was called out on average every 14 hours to deal with a creature in trouble last year. Its fire crews had to rescue 620 animals in 2011, a 60pc increase over six years.

Filthy rich shown to drive dirty cars

WELL-OFF motorists tend to drive around in dirtier cars, according to an AA/Populus survey.

Only 6pc of car owners from professional and managerial backgrounds wash their vehicle once a week, compared with 8.5pc for lower-income owners.

Irish Independent

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