Monday 21 January 2019

Airlines to give EU flyer details

IRISH airlines will have to provide passengers' details to other EU states under a new plan to "fight serious crime and terrorism".

The US, Canada and Australia already oblige EU airlines to make Passenger Name Record (PNR) data available for all people who fly to and from these countries.

PNR data includes booking and checking-in information gathered from passengers by airlines. The proposal is "an important part of EU security policy," Cecilia Malmstrom, European Commissioner for Home Affairs, said.

Comedy Dave's ice dream ends

Radio presenter Dave Vitty said he was "gutted" as he became the latest celebrity to be voted off Dancing On Ice.

After his skate-off rival Kerry Katona got two of the three judges' votes to stay in the programme, the DJ -- who is also known as Comedy Dave -- said last night: "I'm gutted obviously.

"But I know I'm not one of the best skaters in this competition." Vitty's BBC Radio 1 breakfast show colleague Chris Moyles stood up in the audience to applaud his wing-man.

Energy drinks 'harm children'

Energy drinks including Red Bull and Monster Energy have levels of caffeine that may be harmful to children who consume them often, a study showed.

Some of the ingredients in the drinks are understudied and not regulated, according to a review of previous research and surveys in the March issue of the journal Pediatrics. Children with diabetes, mood disorders and heart, kidney or liver diseases may have reactions including heart palpitations, seizures or even death, the authors said.

Giffords learns to speak again

US Representative Gabrielle Giffords' efforts to relearn how to speak include mouthing the words to song lyrics, such as Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star, and briefly talking with her brother-in-law by telephone while he orbited aboard the International Space Station.

It has been reported that Ms Giffords has been receiving bedside briefings from aides on the uprising in Egypt and other issues.

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