Saturday 16 December 2017

In brief: Alcoholic toddler treated at hospital

A three-year-old child has been treated for alcoholism by staff at a British hospital.

The unnamed toddler, thought to be Britain's youngest alcoholic, was among 13 youngsters aged 12 and under who were diagnosed as alcoholics between 2008 and 2010.

China asks NZ to increase payouts

China has asked New Zealand to consider giving extra compensation to parents of Chinese students killed in an earthquake last month because their loss was magnified under China's one-child policy.

Seven Chinese students have been identified among the 166 confirmed deaths in the quake that devastated Christchurch on February 22.

Pilots alarmed over prayer ritual

Pilots on an Alaska Airlines flight locked themselves in the cockpit and radioed an alert after three passengers conducted an elaborate orthodox Jewish prayer ritual during a flight.

The airline said the crew became alarmed after the men began tying leather straps and small wooden boxes to their bodies.

Woman injured by jumping dolphin

A dolphin jumped on to the deck of a boat in Florida in the US, injuring a female passenger.

The charter boat captain called emergency services after the woman suffered a sprained ankle. Animal experts lifted the dolphin back into the water.

Millionaires need €5.3m to feel rich

More than four out of ten American millionaires say they do not feel rich. Indeed many would need to have at least $7.5m (€5.3m) in order to feel they were truly rich, according to a survey.

Respondents had at least $1m (€750,000)in investable assets, excluding any real estate or retirement accounts.

Burglar charged in Madonna break-in

A Polish national was charged with burglary yesterday after breaking in to the London home of pop star Madonna.

Madonna and her children were in the United States for the funeral of her maternal grandmother, Elsie Mae Fortin, aged 99.

Irish Independent

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