Friday 24 November 2017

In Brief: BBC abuse claims

THE BBC says 152 new sex abuse allegations have been made since the Jimmy Savile scandal erupted last autumn.

The broadcaster said yesterday the allegations had been made against 81 current and former staff members and contributors, including some who have died. It said 25 cases of suspected abuse had been reported to police.

CAPONE AUCTION

A US auction house is selling medical records and a handwritten letter from Chicago gangster Al Capone detailing the final years of his life and declining health due to syphilis.

Capone's letter to his doctor is postmarked August 25, 1941. He was suffering from dementia and his mental age was pegged by doctors as vacillating from seven to 14. Capone's Miami doctor told another physician of a plan to hire a male nurse posing as a chauffeur to protect the public from unprovoked violent outbursts by the demented and unstable Capone.

ASTEROID ESCAPE

Have no fear: the White House says an asteroid more than 2.7km long poses no threat to planet Earth.

The big rock, called Asteroid 1998 QE2, was making its closest approach to Earth yesterday, keeping a safe distance of 5.8 million kilometres. White House spokesman Josh Earnest said scientists had concluded the asteroid "poses no threat to planet Earth".

NAPSTER FOUNDER WEDS

Napster co-founder and early Facebook adviser Sean Parker is set to get married in California's Big Sur region.

The 'San Jose Mercury News' reports that his wedding to singer and songwriter Alexandra Lenas is scheduled for today at the swanky Ventana Inn & Spa. 'Forbes' estimates 33-year-old Mr Parker's net worth at $2bn (€1.54bn).

PIPPA'S NEW VENTURE

Pippa Middleton has set up her own company – although exactly what it will do remains unknown.

The Duchess of Cambridge's sister registered a company called PXM Enterprises Ltd with Companies House on May 24, appointing herself as sole director. According to Companies House documents, the 29-year-old is the sole shareholder in the business, whose address is given as 19 Portland Place in London.

Irish Independent

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