Thursday 14 December 2017

Men impersonate London police

Three men have been arrested for allegedly posing as police officers and planning to steal cash and credit cards from tourists visiting London.

Scotland Yard said the arrests came after a number of visitors to the capital were approached by men claiming to be officers who then took their credit cards or cash. Three men, aged 32, 35, and 27, were arrested yesterday for impersonating a police officer and conspiracy to steal.

Oxford updates clothing rules

Oxford University has rewritten the laws governing its strict academic dress code following concerns that they were unfair towards transgender students.

Under the new regulations, students taking exams or attending formal occasions will no longer have to wear ceremonial clothing that is specific to their gender. Men will be able to sit tests in skirts and stockings and women will have the option of wearing suits and bow ties.

Rare white bison birth celebrated

Dozens of Native Americans wore traditional garb, sang songs and beat drums on a western Connecticut farm on Saturday in celebration of the birth of one of the world's rarest animals -- a white bison.

The calf was officially named Yellow Medicine Dancing Boy at the elaborate ceremony at the Mohawk Bison farm in Goshen in the state's north-western hills. It was born on June 16.

Craft links up with space station

An upgraded Russian unmanned spacecraft successfully linked up with the International Space Station yesterday on its second attempt to test a new docking system, Russia's space agency said.

The docking set aside doubts over the new Kurs-NA rendezvous system that will deliver astronauts and future cargoes to the orbital station after a botched first test when the equipment malfunctioned due to low temperatures earlier this week.

Don't feed gators, no-hand man told

A Florida airboat captain whose hand was bitten off by a 9ft (2.7 metre) alligator faces charges of feeding the animal.

Collier County Jail records show 63-year-old Wallace Weatherholt was charged on Friday with unlawful feeding of an alligator and later posted $1,000 (€812) bond. His next court date is August 22. Weatherholt was attacked as he was giving an Indiana family a tour of the Everglades. Feeding alligators is a second-degree misdemeanor.

Irish Independent

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