Thursday 19 April 2018

In brief: Beckham has car crash in LA

International soccer star David Beckham was behind the wheel of a Cadillac that struck another vehicle on a Los Angeles-area freeway, but he was not injured or cited in the collision, police said in the US.

Beckham was driving on a freeway in Torrance, which is 32km from downtown Los Angeles, when he struck a stalled Mitsubishi.

Houston back in rehab facility

A representative for Whitney Houston confirmed yesterday that the singer is undergoing treatment for drug and alcohol abuse.

The 47-year-old, who is one of the most successful singers in pop music history, has battled problems with drug addiction for years. In 2009, as she released a comeback album, Houston declared herself clean and healthy.

Japan sticks with nuclear power

A leading Japanese official has said Japan will maintain atomic power as part of its energy policy despite the country's ongoing nuclear crisis.

Deputy-chief cabinet secretary Yoshito Sengoku said Japan will "stick to nuclear power as a national energy policy". Mr Sengoku also said the government had no plans to halt nuclear reactors other than three at the Hamaoka power plant in central Japan.

FIFA's €20m gift to fight match-fixing

Soccer's governing body, FIFA, will donate €20m over 10 years to Interpol to fight match-fixing and illegal betting. Interpol, the international police agency, will use the funds against illegal and irregular gambling.

"The threat of match-fixing in sport is a major one, and we are committed to doing everything in our power to tackle this threat," FIFA president Sepp Blatter said in a statement.

Gibson's return is box office flop

Mel Gibson's first movie since he was embroiled in a messy domestic dispute with his ex-girlfriend flopped at the weekend box office in North America.

'The Beaver', an offbeat comedy-drama, directed by and co-starring his close friend, Jodie Foster, earned just $104,000 (€72,633) during its first three days of limited release in 22 theatres.

Irish Independent

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