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Tuesday 12 December 2017

In brief: Skier trapped six hours in chair lift

A 22-year-old German skier was hospitalised with hypothermia after being trapped for six hours in a chair lift that had been closed down for the night, police said yesterday.

The man got on the lift 20 minutes after closing time on Saturday evening to descend to the Kaltenbach-Hochzillertal ski resort in the Austrian Alps. At that time, the lift was still running for maintenance, but it was shut down shortly afterward. The German was finally found at around 11pm after a friend had reported him missing.

Anti-suicide nets for Golden Gate

The agency that oversees the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco plans to erect an anti-suicide barrier.

About 25 people die in jumps from the bridge every year. Netting below the bridge deck on each side will cost an estimated $50m (€37m).

De Niro to star in Scorsese mob film

Martin Scorsese has said he is keen to revive his cinematic partnership with Robert De Niro that goes back to 'Mean Streets' nearly 40 years ago and says a new project they are working on will be related to the mobster world.

The director was at the Berlin Film Festival for the premiere of his latest film 'Shutter Island', which stars Leonardo DiCaprio.

Marriage referee role for Madonna

Twice-divorced pop star Madonna will take on a new profession -- marriage referee -- when she makes a rare TV appearance on an upcoming show from comedian Jerry Seinfeld about feuding couples.

The 'Material Girl' will be one of a panel of celebrities on 'The Marriage Ref' who will decide which spouse should be declared "winner" of a domestic spat filmed in their own homes.

'Row-mantic' UK groom ties knot

It's traditionally the bride who arrives late for her wedding -- but one British groom was forgiven for his tardiness after rowing across the Atlantic to tie the knot.

Neil Ward (38) was taking part in the Atlantic Rowing Race. After a gruelling journey of more than 2,000 miles from the Canary Islands, he arrived last week -- a day late -- in Barbados, where fiancee Louise Robertson (29) was waiting.

Irish Independent

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