Sunday 19 November 2017

In brief: 'Driving dread' for young motorists

Many young motorists in Britain suffer "driving dread", with some never having parked their own car or used a motorway, according to a survey.

Some 5pc of 18- to 24-year-old drivers are so unconfident they plan their route to avoid right turns at major junctions, the poll by The Co-operative Insurance Company found.

Hunt for stolen Wimbledon hawk

The bird of prey that patrols the skies of Wimbledon remains missing after it was snatched by thieves during the first week of the tennis tournament.

Harris Hawk Rufus, who deters pigeons from the All England Club, was stolen along with his cage overnight between Thursday and Friday. Detectives are investigating.

Deadly croc takes Guinness record

Guinness World Records has declared that a huge crocodile blamed for deadly attacks in the southern Philippines is the largest in captivity in the world.

The giant reptile, named Lolong, measures 20.24ft and weighs more than a tonne, Guinness spokeswoman Anne-Lise Rouse said.

Graves are focus of drilling boom

Cemeteries are joining parks, playgrounds, churches and backyards as targets of the US shale drilling boom.

Opponents say cemeteries should not be disturbed by drilling, although defenders claiming the drilling is too deep to cause problems. In rural Ohio, trustees rejected a proposal to lease cemetery mineral rights for $140,000 (€110,000), plus 16pc of any royalties, for any oil and gas.

Gay cruise visit to Morocco halted

Organisers of an all-gay cruise yesterday blamed Moroccan officials for the cancellation of what would have been the first visit of its kind to a Muslim country, but the tourism minister denied the ship was banned.

Cruise liner Holland America Line and trip organiser RSVP Vacations told the 2,100 holiday-makers aboard the MS Nieuw Amsterdam that yesterday's visit to Casablanca had been cancelled.

Iceland president wins fifth term

Iceland's president Olafur Ragnar Grimsson has been re-elected to a fifth term.

Heavily criticised after the financial crisis, he earned back support by refusing to sign legislation that would have made taxpayers pay back British and Dutch deposits in a failed online bank.

Irish Independent

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