Sunday 19 November 2017

Man uses election posters as pigsty

Ugandan police have arrested a man for "abusing the presidency" after he built a pigsty out of old election posters.

George Kiberu, a 35-year-old taxi driver, used the posters of President Yoweri Museveni from last February's election for the roof, the walls, and as plates for the pigs.

New born infant on Nigeria payroll

A newborn baby in Nigeria was added to a government payroll, and has been earning about $150 a month for the last three years.

Zamfara State Attorney General Garba Gajam said the baby was one of many "ghost workers".

The state is trying to deal with corruption that has government workers giving fictitious jobs to family.

Circumcised for 'scoop of year'

A journalist who underwent circumcision by bamboo stick has won "scoop of the year". Simon Eroro, a reporter for a Murdoch-owned paper in Papua New Guinea, was rewarded at a ceremony attended by the media mogul.

A group of rebels said they would grant an interview if he was circumcised as part of a cleansing ceremony.

High-schooler becomes mayor

An 18-year-old Iowa high-school pupil has been elected mayor of his hometown.

Jeremy Minnier received 24 votes to defeat incumbent Mayor of Aredale, Virgil Homer, who got eight votes. He said he ran his campaign because he thought the opinions of Aredale's 73 residents were going unnoticed. He plans to tackle issues like rural water and ways to improve the town.

Davy won't write royals 'tell-all'

Chelsy Davy has turned down a "phenomenal sum" to write a book about her seven-year relationship with Prince Harry.

The Zimbabwean-born trainee solicitor was apparently made the offer to tell her story but turned it down, much to the prince's relief. They split after she realised royal life wasn't for her.

Cooper stays quiet on radio show

Jilly Cooper was reduced to silence when asked live on radio about her husband's six-year infidelity. The nine-second pause came in a phone interview in England when the presenter quoted Ms Cooper's 1969 book, 'How to Stay Married', which advises women to turn a blind eye.

Eventually she said: "I don't want to talk about it."

Irish Independent

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