Saturday 19 January 2019

Risque E-cigs TV ad restricted

A tV ad for e-cigarettes has been restricted to post-9pm screenings in the UK following 86 complaints that it sexualised use of the devices.

The ad for VIP e-cigarettes featured a woman running her hand over her thigh as she said: "You know that feeling you get, when something's great? You can touch it, hold it, even see it. Well, now you can taste it."

The Advertising Standards Authority acknowledged that some viewers would find the ad distasteful, but considered that the sexual references were unlikely to be regarded as explicit or overtly sexual.

Spain scraps abortion plans

SPANISH prime minister Mariano Rajoy says the government is scrapping plans to restrict the availability of abortion because there was no consensus on change.

The conservative government had promised changes to allow abortion only in cases of rape or serious health risk.

Mr Rajoy said they would instead seek to reform the law, which allows abortion without restrictions in the first 14 weeks of pregnancy, so 16 and 17-year-olds will again have to obtain parents' permission.

Comic Brown laughs off fine

Comedian Roy Chubby Brown saw the funny side when he was mistakenly given a parking ticket at a hospital where he was handing over a £5,000 (€6,360) charity donation.

The comic had just presented a cheque to James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough when he returned to his car and found a £50 ticket on the windscreen.

Brown received treatment at the hospital when he was battling throat cancer 10 years ago.

Gay march is denounced

The head of Serbia's Christian Orthodox Church has denounced a gay pride march.

Patriarch Irinej said the "shameless" event casts a moral shadow on the conservative Balkan country whose gays have faced harassment.

Officials may allow Sunday's event despite fears of a repeat of the violence in 2010 when right-wing groups attacked a pride march in Belgrade.

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