Monday 19 March 2018

Sextuplets' dad dies

The father of Michigan sextuplets whose birth made headlines 10 years ago died of a heart attack after setting up a backyard trampoline, a relative said. He was 39.

Ben Van Houten suffered a heart attack last week in the back of the family's home, his father-in-law Calvin Reimink said.


Children are feeling stressed, anxious and afraid to fail due to a "targets" culture in schools, a poll has found.

Too much focus on meeting targets is having a "hugely detrimental" impact on pupils' education, according to Britain's Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL). A poll of 944 ATL members found that pressure to meet objectives damages the quality of teaching.


A man has survived an 80ft cliff fall after his car left the road and plunged into the sea.

The driver was able to get out of the vehicle and make his way to the rocks following the incident in Roedean, near Brighton, England, a spokesman for the Newhaven Coastguard said. The car had "miraculously" managed to clear the undercliff promenade after leaving the A259, landing in the water, the spokesman said.


An Ohio man who called his neighbour "Monkey Mama" as she held her adopted, disabled African-American children was ordered by a judge to carry an "I AM A BULLY!" sign on a busy street this weekend.

Edmond Aviv (62), who was accused of harassing his neighbour in the Cleveland suburb of South Euclid for more than a decade, pleaded no contest to fourth-degree disorderly conduct in March.


Rock star Chrissie Hynde has described alcohol as the "scandal of our times" and the same as drug addiction.

The former Pretenders' frontwoman (62) said: "Do you know what the scandal of our times is? Alcohol. It kills many, many more people than heroin ever does."


Comedian Ricky Gervais has issued a warning on the perils of being a celebrity in the age of Instagram.

The 'Office' star told how an over-eager fan ambushed him in a public toilet while at a boxing match in New York, hoping to take a picture. He said: "I didn't even have a chance to say: 'Can we leave it a minute, mate?' There's lots of testosterone at those things, you don't want to say no. All I could think was: 'How wide-angled was that lens? What did he get in?"'

Irish Independent

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