World News in Brief - China'a public transport order
Published 17/07/2014 | 02:30
China is telling thousands of civil servants to give up their Audis and get on the bus.
State media has reported that most Chinese officials must sell their government vehicles in return for up to $210 (€155) a month in public transportation aid. The officials will also have to help their drivers find another job.
PRINCIPAL'S VIRAL LETTER
A headteacher has said she is "amazed" that her letter to pupils telling them not to worry about exam results has gone around the world.
Rachel Tomlinson wrote to children at Barrowford Primary School in Nelson, Lancashire: "The scores you get will tell you something, but they will not tell you everything."
OFFENDER BAGS DEGREE
A woman with more than 50 convictions has been awarded a degree – in criminology.
Natalie Atkinson (25) from Lancaster, went off the rails at 12 and became addicted to drugs. She was voted Student of the Year by the National Union of Students and won a place at the London School of Economics. She said: "I've gone from being a prolific offender to a settled and happy life, so if I can do it, anyone can."
BUS THIEVES FOILED
Authorities in California have arrested two men on suspicion of stealing three mini-buses customised to look like bright orange Tillamook cheese blocks.
Manteca police said Brian Lancaster and Ryan Monaco, of Sacramento, were taken into custody. The vehicles were found in a storage locker rented by one of the suspects. The mini-buses, each worth $100,000 (€74,000), were stolen from a hotel car park in Manteca.
RETURN OF THE RING
A high-school class ring which vanished more than 40 years ago has been reunited with its New York owner – after it turned up on a Greek island.
Stan Ostapiak gave it to his wife in 1962 after they graduated from Seward Park High School and it was stolen when her purse was snatched 10 years later on the night they were married. However, Vasilis Polykretis came across the engraved ring in his late father's belongings on the island of Naxos this month and, after some internet research, was able to send it by registered post to Mr Ostipiak in Staten Island.