Wednesday 17 January 2018

In brief: 'Day ticket' tax for ladies of night

Challenged with a €100m deficit, one German city has introduced a day tax on prostitutes.

The new 'pleasure tax' requires prostitutes in Dortmund to purchase a €6 'day ticket' for each day they work, or face a potential fine. The city estimates the new tax will add some €750,000 to its coffers each year.

Cheetah grounds Qantas flight

As if a string of technical woes and delays wasn't enough trouble for Qantas Airways, a recent domestic flight was briefly grounded by a cheetah.

A flight from Melbourne to Adelaide on Wednesday was held up for nearly an hour due to problems handling the pallet on which the animal was being carried in a zoo transfer.

Toddler rescued from toy machine

Authorities say a two-year-old girl spent 15 minutes stuck inside a toy crane-vending machine in the US.

The girl apparently climbed up the chute into which the coin-operated crane drops prizes in a Pittsburgh-area shopping centre. Firefighters arrived to find "the cutest little girl in a pink outfit inside with the other toys".

Navratilova falls ill on charity climb

Former tennis star Martina Navratilova has been forced to abandon her attempt to climb Mount Kilimanjaro in Africa.

She was midway through her ascent when she became unwell and had to be helped down by porters. The 54-year-old was leading a team of 27 people in a fundraising climb.

15 million tune in to 'Corrie' carnage

Nearly 15 million people tuned in to watch Coronation Street's live episode marking its 50th anniversary.

The hour-long programme -- featuring a birth, a death and a wedding in the wake of the tram crash disaster -- brought the show its biggest audience for nearly seven years.

Cole claim leaves Dannii red-faced

Cheryl Cole embarrassed fellow 'X Factor' judge Dannii Minogue by letting slip her breast-feeding habits.

"I have a huge amount of admiration for Dannii. . . she's literally breast-feeding until one second before we go on stage," Cole said at a press conference in London.

Irish Independent

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