Thursday 14 December 2017

In brief: Winger Gillespie is bankrupt

Former Northern Ireland football international Keith Gillespie has been declared bankrupt, it was revealed yesterday.

The former Manchester United and Newcastle United midfielder (35) played last season with Glentoran in the Irish Premiership and is one of Northern Ireland's most capped players with 86 appearances.

Smokers burned by 40pc tax hike

Japan imposed a record 40pc tax hike on cigarettes in a bid to curb the nation's smoking rate -- the highest among major industrialised nations.

The hike, effective from yesterday, will raise the price of Japan's most popular brand, Mild Seven, by a third to 410 yen (€3.60) a pack.

Quiz loss wasn't in script for writer

Playwright Alan Bennett knows less about his own plays than a 'Mastermind' contestant who chose the writer as his specialist subject.

Questions about Bennett's TV productions featured in the BBC2 quiz as the specialist round for hopeful Robin Seavill. But in a challenge set by Radio 4's 'Front Row' arts programme, the writer performed less well than the contestant.

Firefighters get O2 masks for pets

The Boston Fire Department has received a donation of small oxygen masks designed for pets, which will become standard equipment on every fire truck in the city, officials said.

The 60 masks to fit small snouts were a gift from the WellPet pet food company and the Massachusetts Veterinary Medical Association.

Muse 'write best riffs of century'

Rock trio Muse are the greatest riff merchants of the 21st century, music fans said.

The band's 2001 track 'Plug in Baby', which reached number 11 in the UK singles chart, has been named the best guitar riff of the past decade. And the poll, for 'Total Guitar' magazine, also placed the group at number five with 'Knights Of Cydonia'.

Three-month-old shot dead by dad

A man has admitted shooting dead his three-month-old son in front of a US state trooper. Adam Theall (21) of New York, wept several times yesterday as he admitted killing his baby son Eithen in June.

Theall was shot more than a dozen times by troopers when he refused to put down the weapon after shooting the child. He pleaded guilty and faces 25 years to life in prison.

Irish Independent

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