Friday 15 December 2017

Appeal for fatal crash witnesses

GARDAI have issued a fresh appeal for witnesses following a collision that left a pensioner seriously injured.

The 84-year-old tragically lost her life two weeks after the car that she was a passenger in collided with a bin lorry. The incident happened at 12.15pm on the L8025 road near Old Ross, Wexford, on January 16.

She was rushed to Wexford General Hospital but died on January 30 as a result of her injuries. The drivers of both vehicles were unharmed.

'You're not a proper lesbian'

A Nigerian gay rights activist who fears imprisonment and death because of her sexuality has had her case for asylum rejected by the High Court in London after a judge ruled that she was pretending to be lesbian.

Aderonke Apata had submitted a private DVD and photos of her sex life as evidence, yet a High Court judge has ruled that she engaged in same sex relationships in order to "fabricate" an asylum claim.

Ms Apata (47) has lived in Britain since 2004 and has won awards for her gay rights campaigning.

Drugs stashed in bananas

Czech police say they have seized a record amount of cocaine in a shipment of bananas for a supermarket.

A police spokeswoman said more than 100kg of cocaine was packed among the bananas, with a street value of €36m.

Movie agents battle it out

Imagine the pitch meeting: "It's Jerry Maguire meets Entourage!" Two of Hollywood's most powerful talent agencies went to war this week after 10 agents defected en masse from the prestigious Creative Artists Agency (CAA) to its Beverly Hills rival, United Talent Agency (UTA), and took some of their most valuable clients with them.

CAA has filed a lawsuit claiming "a midnight raid that UTA and its co-conspirators launched against CAA in a desperate attempt to steal clients and employees".

Several agents reportedly expect to be made partners at UTA, after bringing stars such as Will Ferrell, Chris Pratt and The Hangover's Ed Helms to the agency.

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