Tuesday 22 January 2019

GAA fans fail to heed clampers

Tipperary and Kilkenny fans will need to be extra vigilant this weekend after 50 cars were clamped the day the first All-Ireland hurling match was played.

Dublin City Council's constant reminders that the surrounding area of Croke Park is residential and that illegally parked cars will be clamped or towed seems to fall on deaf ears. During last Sunday's football final, at least 21 cars were clamped by the council in and around the national stadium.

130 new ebola cases found

Sierra Leone recorded 130 new cases of the Ebola virus during a three-day lockdown and it is waiting for test results on a further 39 suspected cases, Stephen Gaojia, head of the Ebola Emergency Operations Centre, said yesterday.

The country had ordered its six million citizens to stay indoors until Sunday night in the most extreme strategy employed by a West African nation since the start of an epidemic that has infected 5,762 people since March and killed 2,793 of those.

'Too much smut on Bake off'

The Great British Bake Off's Sue Perkins has laughed off complaints about her presenting style after viewers protested about "the constant smutty remarks" on the show.

The BBC's Points Of View show heard complaints about Perkins and co-host Mel Giedroyc with one viewer saying: "They get smuttier and smuttier and it is totally unnecessary. Mary Berry looked quite embarrassed on the first programme of this series and so were we as a family." Other viewers said they were "tired of the constant smutty remarks of the two hosts".

Man in van buys everyone lunch

A generous customer paid $1,000 (€779) to pick up the tab for diners in dozens of vehicles at the drive-through lanes of a Texas fast food restaurant.

The man driving a white truck handed over the cash at a Chick-fil-A in Abilene. He told employees he wanted to pay for everyone behind him for as long as the cash lasted, and that he just wanted to make everyone's Monday better. The cash was enough to pay for drive-through food for people in 88 vehicles.

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