Stranded man returns home
He has been turned down by planes, trains and even a cruise ship in his quest to return home — and his family says it is because he has been deemed “too fat” to travel. Now, Kevin Chenais’ long and fitful journey is coming to an end. Chenais, who weighs 230kg, says he has been repeatedly refused transport over the past two weeks as he sought to get home to France from the US. P&O Ferries finally offered to take him in an ambulance across the English Channel on Wednesday, the final hurdle keeping him from his home near the Swiss border. Chenais’ mother was outraged by the treatment her son allegedly received, saying he was discriminated against because of his weight. “It’s not the fault of my son to be big. He has a genetic illness,” Christina Chenais said. The odyssey began when British Airways refused to honor his return ticket from the US, where he spent months receiving medical care for a hormone imbalance. Virgin Atlantic airlines stepped in to fly him to London. From London, Chenais had planned to take the Eurostar train home. However, Eurostar refused to allow him on board because of safety rules governing travel through the Channel Tunnel. The ferry company took Chenais and his family across the English Channel late on Wednesday to Calais.
Selling citizenship postponed
Malta has indefinitely postponed implementing a law to sell its citizenship — and entrance into the EU — for 650,000 euros (US$850,000) following a massive outcry on the Mediterranean island. The government backpedaled even after Parliament passed the legislation and President George Abela signed it, an indication that Prime Minister Joseph Muscat was feeling the heat from the opposition, unions and ordinary Maltese — and some negative international media reports. The proposal would have allowed foreigners to buy a Maltese passport without any residency or investment requirements, thus gaining coveted entrance and residency in any of the other 27 EU member states.
Military to go vegetarian
The military said on Tuesday it plans to put its troops on a vegetarian diet once a week in a bid to fight a new kind of enemy — climate change. The army said its new “meatless Mondays” are meant to cut its consumption of ecologically unfriendly foods whose production contributes heavily to global warming. “It’s a step to protect our climate. The idea is to serve food that’s respectful of the environment,” spokesman Eystein Kvarving told reporters. The diet has already been introduced at one of the country’s main bases and will soon be rolled out to all units, including those serving overseas, said the army, estimating it would cut its meat consumption by 150 tonnes per year. “It’s not about saving money,” Kvarving said. “It’s about being more concerned for our climate, more ecologically friendly and also healthier.”
Man reunites with 1967 bike
A man has been reunited with his now-vintage motorcycle nearly 50 years after it was stolen. Donald DeVault received the 1953 Triumph Tiger 100 on Wednesday. The 73-year-old DeVault learned two weeks ago that California authorities had recovered his motorcycle at the Port of Los Angeles. The bike was about to be shipped to Japan when customs agents who checked the vehicle identification number discovered it had been reported stolen in February 1967. The bike was valued at US$300 in 1967. Today, it is worth about US$9,000.