QUIRKY WORLD ... Student suspended for asking Miss America to dance

USA: Miss America is asking a Pennsylvania school district to reconsider the punishment of a student who asked her to a dance during a question- and-answer session at assembly.

QUIRKY WORLD ... Student suspended for asking Miss America to dance

Nina Davuluri posted a statement on the Miss America Facebook page saying she contacted Central York High School to ask officials to rethink the three-day suspension issued to 18-year-old Patrick Farves.

But Miss Davuluri said her travel schedule will prevent her from attending the prom dance.

UK: An MP has asked a police force for an explanation after an officer was sent to investigate a group of children making a den in a wood.

Newcastle Central MP Chi Onwurah said she was worried an apparent over-reaction by Northumbria Police made a group of girls enjoying the outdoors in Warkworth Woods, Great Park, Newcastle, feel like criminals.

But Northumbria Police said officers were responding to a complaint about teenagers hanging around in the woodlands, adding: “Any reports of anti-social behaviour in the area are treated as a priority for the local police team as local residents have recently reported problems with trees being damaged in the woods and motorbikes being illegally driven.”

UK: UK police are hunting a gang of thieves who are thought to have tapped into an underground oil pipeline, stealing thousands of litres of fuel.

More than 30,000 litres of diesel may have been taken from the pipeline running from Esso’s Fawley Refinery, the Daily Echo reported. That would be worth about £41,000 (€49,930) at pump prices.

Police were guarding the spot in Hampshire where the thieves are thought to have tapped into the 14-inch pipeline, the paper reported.

The fuel is being stored safely and engineers from the refinery are working to retrieve it, it said, citing police.

UK: Job candidates have as little as eight minutes to make the right impression in interviews, according to a survey.

The study of 2,000 people by AXA found eye contact to be the most important factor in an interview (59%), even more important than knowledge of the relevant subject, which is second in the top five.

UK: Organisers of the Tour de France’s visit to Yorkshire have insisted the last thing they want to do is tone down the county’s identity after it emerged volunteers were being asked to avoid traditional northern greetings such as “love”.

Thousands of “Tour Makers” have been recruited to help with up to 3m people expected to flock to watch the opening two stages of the world’s most famous cycle race on July 5 and 6.

But an online training video provoked complaints from some of those who volunteered as it advised staying clear of “words such as ‘mate’, ‘love’, or ‘darling’.”

Welcome to Yorkshire, the tourism agency which brought the opening stages of the Tour to Yorkshire, said it wanted to do everything it could to promote Yorkshire’s identity.

But a spokesman added: “The Grand Depart of the Tour de France will celebrate everything Yorkshire, including our dialect, but we want to be careful not to cause confusion for our overseas visitors.”

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