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Saturday 18 November 2017

Happy start for our car dealers

MOTOR dealers across the country have said they are more hopeful about prospects for sales in 2012 after a better than expected first full weekend of business of the new year.

Traders were reporting their new year figures to be ahead of 2011, but warned yesterday that the severe weather of last year did not provide a realistic comparison.

The 2pc VAT increase announced in last month's Budget provided an unexpected boost to sales of new cars ordered before the end of the year.



Mining ban for Grand Canyon

The US Interior Department is moving forward with a plan to ban new mining claims on 1m acres near the Grand Canyon, even as congressional Republicans try to block efforts to limit mining operations in an area known for high-grade uranium ore.

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar is expected to finalise a 20-year ban on new mining claims on public land surrounding the Grand Canyon in Arizona at an event in Washington.



Leopard kills lawyer in India

A leopard that wandered into a city in eastern India went on a rampage, killing one man, swiping off part of another man's scalp and injuring three other people before authorities tranquilised the animal.

Neighbours in Gauhati said the big cat attacked a 50-year-old lawyer as he talked on his mobile phone last night, outside his house. He was rushed to hospital where he died.

Four other people were injured, including a man who had part of his scalp torn off by the animal in a dramatic episode captured by a local newspaper photographer.

Authorities plan to release the animal at a wildlife park.



End of era for iconic scraper

A landmark of Houston's skyline since 1952 was turned to dust in seconds as demolition crews used high explosives to bring down the 20-storey former Prudential Building.

Dense fog delayed the blasts, which brought down the skyscraper that had dominated the Texas city's medical district.

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