Sunday 17 December 2017

Killer typhoon hits Philippines

A powerful typhoon battered the northern Philippines yesterday, toppling power lines and dumping heavy rain across cities and food-growing plains. The storm left at least two people dead and 44 missing.

Typhoon Utor, described as the strongest globally this year, slammed ashore in Aurora province with gusts of up to 210kph.

TV footage showed a woman swept away by a raging river in neighbouring Isabela province. She waved for help as she struggled to hang on to debris while being buffeted by huge waves in the muddy waters. It was not known what happened to her.


A judge in Tennessee has changed a seven-month-old boy's name from Messiah to Martin.

Magistrate Lu Ann Ballew said the religious name was earned by one person and "that one person is Jesus Christ".

The boy's parents were in court because they could not agree on the child's last name, but when the judge heard the boy's first name, she ordered that to be changed, too.


Two Dutch climbers who apparently feigned exhaustion to get a rescue helicopter lift down from an Austrian mountain face prosecution on top of a €2,300 fine for the ride.

The two friends aged 27 and 30 had mounted the 1,750m Little Goell peak near Salzburg in June, and written "we are going back by helicopter" in the climbers' book at the top.

They then summoned a rescue helicopter on the way back down.


eels are getting a 'free pass' to England's largest lake, where they have not been seen in large numbers for 30 years.

Two eel passes, which allow the fish to navigate weirs, are being installed in an attempt to restore the species to Lake Windermere.

The European eel has seen its populations tumble in the past three decades, with numbers of young eels reaching Europe's shores falling by more than 95pc from pre-1980 levels.

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