Thursday 23 November 2017

No hands – no visa

An artist with no hands was refused a visa to enter Britain because he could not provide fingerprints, in what David Cameron said was a "deeply regrettable episode".

Media reports in Kazakhstan said Karipbek Kuyukov was due to visit Britain in April to exhibit some of his paintings but was unable to get the required travel documents because of his disability.

FESTIVAL BABY DELIVERED

A festival-goer capped off her time at Glastonbury in a special way– by giving birth.

The new baby arrived in the early hours of Sunday at the on-site Ivy Mead medical centre. The parents, reported as Heidi Wesson and Sean Crothers, were helped by medical staff while the Rolling Stones were making their Glastonbury debut.

BEAVER STOPS CALLS

The culprit behind a 20-hour internet and mobile phone failure in New Mexico has been identified as a beaver.

A fibre-optic company discovered that the animal had chewed through one of their lines. More than 1,800 internet users and an unknown number of phones were affected by the blackout.

RNB GONG FOR RIHANNA

RIHANNA has scooped best female RnB pop artist at the BET Awards.

The 'Diamonds' singer was one of the night's high-profile winners at a ceremony that featured performances by a huge line-up of stars and saw Emeli Sande win best international act. Drake got the most nominations, as he was up for 12 awards, but only came away with three.

DOCTOR RETURNS ARM

A former American military doctor has returned the bones of an arm he amputated in 1966 to their Vietnamese owner.

Dr Sam Axelrad took them home as a reminder that when a badly injured North Vietnamese soldier was brought to him, he did the right thing and treated him.

The bones sat in a cupboard for decades, and when he finally pulled them out two years ago, he set about finding owner, Nguyen Quang Hung.

US COUNTY GOING BUST

Lawyers for Alabama's Jefferson County have filed a 101-page plan that would allow it to exit the largest municipal bankruptcy in American history.

The blueprint calls for cutting the county's 4.2 billion dollar (£2.7 billion) debt by more than 1.2 billion dollars (£790,000) and raising sewer rates annually by 7.41pc for four years. Rates would rise by 3.49pc annually for an undetermined amount of years after that.

Irish Independent

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