€19m Irish jackpot must be won after rollover rule change

A seven month wait for an Irish lottery jackpot winner will end this weekend after the game’s regulator approved the first ever “must-be-won” draw. The Republic of Ireland’s lottery jackpot was last won on 5 June 2021. It has rolled over since and been capped at €19m (£15.86m) since October. But approval has now been granted for a change to the lottery’s rules to allow a must-win draw to take place on Saturday. “This promises to be the biggest and most exciting night for Lotto players in Ireland in the history of our game,” a National Lottery spokesman said. “In … Continue reading €19m Irish jackpot must be won after rollover rule change

Hooray: World’s oldest person celebrates 119th birthday in Japan nursing home

Kane Tanaka The world’s oldest person has celebrated her 119th birthday in Japan, saying she is determined to extend the record by another year. Kane Tanaka, who has a weakness for fizzy drinks and chocolate, marked the milestone on Sunday with staff at the nursing home where she lives in Fukuoka prefecture, south-west Japan, according to media reports. The Guinness Book of Records recognized Tanaka’s status in March 2019, when she was 116; she went on to achieve an all-time Japanese age record when she reached 117 years and 261 days in September 2020. Born in 1903 – the year the … Continue reading Hooray: World’s oldest person celebrates 119th birthday in Japan nursing home

Kenyan conservationist Richard Leakey dies aged 77

Richard Leakey, a world-renowned Kenyan conservationist and fossil hunter has died aged 77. His groundbreaking work contributed to the recognition of Africa as the birthplace of humankind. He also spearheaded campaigns to stop poaching in Kenya, famously burning the country’s stockpile of poached ivory. Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta said Leakey had “served our country with distinction”. Leakey served in various positions in the Kenyan government including the National Museums of Kenya, the Kenya Wildlife Service and as head of the civil service. “Besides his distinguished career in public service, Dr Leakey is celebrated for his prominent role in Kenya’s civil … Continue reading Kenyan conservationist Richard Leakey dies aged 77

In The Spirit Of The Season: German post office replies to 30,000 letters to Santa Claus

A post office in Germany has responded to more than 30,000 letters addressed to Santa Claus, the dpa news agency reported on Monday. The German village of St. Nikolaus, located in the Saarland, bordering France shares a name with St. Nicholas, and children have written it letters for years. A majority of letters came from Germany, accounting for about 90% while globally, children from Taiwan sent the most letters, 1,083 in total. The post office answers every letter, and each reply is sent in an envelope marked with a special St. Nicholas postmark. The Deutsche Post has a total of … Continue reading In The Spirit Of The Season: German post office replies to 30,000 letters to Santa Claus

Tragic: Boston College student’s girlfriend pleads guilty over his suicide

A former Boston College student has pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter in connection to the suicide of her boyfriend two years ago. Inyoung You, 23, was given a two and a half years suspended jail term, and told she would not be allowed to profit from the case that shocked America. Her boyfriend Alexander Urtula, 22, jumped to his death from a garage hours before his graduation on 20 May 2019. Prosecutors say You was abusive towards Mr Urtula, urging him to kill himself. You was sentenced on Thursday in Boston’s Suffolk County Superior Court, Massachusetts. Her prison term is … Continue reading Tragic: Boston College student’s girlfriend pleads guilty over his suicide

Brigitte Macron to sue over false claims she was born male

Brigitte Macron is set to take legal action over an internet conspiracy theory that she is a transgender woman and was born male. The French first lady has been targeted on social media with the false claims, after they were published on a far-right website in September then circulated by conspiracy theorists. The rumours claim she was born male under the name Jean-Michel Trogneux. The name has trended on social media with tens of thousands of mentions. A lawyer for Mrs Macron – who is the mother of three adult children from her first marriage – confirmed she is taking … Continue reading Brigitte Macron to sue over false claims she was born male

LOL: Pakistani train driver who stopped for yoghurt suspended

An inter-city train driver in Pakistan has been suspended after he made an unscheduled stop to pick up some yoghurt. A video of the driver’s assistant collecting the snack from a street stall before climbing back into the carriage has been circulating on social media. The incident on Monday raised questions about the safety and regulation of railways in Pakistan, where accidents are common due to mismanagement and neglect. “When you stop a train in the middle (of the tracks) it becomes a safety issue. Safety is our priority. We cannot tolerate anything which compromises safety,” Syed Ijaz-ul-Hassan Shah, a … Continue reading LOL: Pakistani train driver who stopped for yoghurt suspended

LOL: Man banned from all-you-can-eat BBQ for eating too much

A Chinese food live-streamer says he has been blacklisted from a grill buffet restaurant for eating too much. The man, known only as Mr Kang, told Hunan TV that he was banned from the Handadi Seafood BBQ Buffet in Changsha city after a series of binges. He ate 1.5kg of pork trotters during his first visit and 3.5kg to 4kg of prawns on another visit, he said. Mr Kang said the restaurant is “discriminatory” against people who can eat a lot. “I can eat a lot – is that a fault?” he said, adding that he didn’t waste any of … Continue reading LOL: Man banned from all-you-can-eat BBQ for eating too much

LOL: Police summon noodle seller over Salt Bae parody in Vietnam

Vietnam police have summoned a man after he parodied Turkish steak chef Nusret Gökçe, also known as Salt Bae. Salt Bae made in the news in the country after footage showed him hand-feeding a top Vietnamese official a gold-encrusted steak. The video had generated massive outrage with many saying that the dish cost more than the minister’s monthly wage. Vietnamese police regularly summon people who they believe are critical of the ruling Communist Party. The noodle vendor, Bui Tuan Lam posted a Facebook video of himself sprinkling spring onions on a bowl of beef noodles, in what appears to be … Continue reading LOL: Police summon noodle seller over Salt Bae parody in Vietnam

Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala ties the knot in ceremony

Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai has “tied the knot” with her partner during an Islamic ceremony in Birmingham. She and Asser Malik took part in a nikkah ceremony, where bride and groom consent to be married. The 24-year-old activist said it was “a precious day” in her life. The Pakistani women’s rights activist found refuge in the West Midlands after being shot in the head by the Taliban in 2012. “Asser and I tied the knot to be partners for life,” she tweeted on Tuesday, sharing how they had taken part in a “small nikkah ceremony with family”. “We … Continue reading Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala ties the knot in ceremony

Arizona dad jailed for 3 years in Mexico after accidentally leaving gun under seat

An Arizona man has been jailed for almost three years in a Mexican prison after he allegedly left his gun under a car seat by mistake while he was traveling with his family for a vacation. Ira Beavers, his wife Francine Nicholson, and their children had been on their way to Rocky Point in Mexico on July 30 when they were stopped at the border in Lukeville, Arizona, according to WTHR. Border Patrol found Beavers’ gun under a seat in the car. He had forgotten to remove the firearm, a 9mm Glock, from the vehicle before the drive to Mexico, … Continue reading Arizona dad jailed for 3 years in Mexico after accidentally leaving gun under seat

‘Father of tiramisu’ Ado Campeol dies aged 93

Restaurateur Ado Campeol, dubbed “the father of Tiramisu” by Italian media, has died aged 93. Campeol was the owner of Le Beccherie, a restaurant in Treviso in northern Italy where the famous dessert was invented by his wife and a chef. The dish, featuring coffee-soaked biscuits and mascarpone, was added to their menu in 1972 but never patented by the family. It has since become a staple of Italian cuisine, adapted by chefs worldwide. There have been long-running disputes about the origin of tiramisu, including claims that it was served as an aphrodisiac at a brothel in the north Italian … Continue reading ‘Father of tiramisu’ Ado Campeol dies aged 93