Skirts Only On Sunday No Trousers
Men living on a tiny Fijian island have been ordered to wear a skirt instead of trousers on Sundays to avoid offending God.
The Methodist Church on Bua island has ruled that men must wear the traditional island sarong, called a sulu, on Sundays to learn to respect the significance of the holy day.
Families cannot travel on any motorized transport or do any form of work, including hanging out clothes to dry.
"The ban is meant to bring good luck to the island as we respect the day of the Lord," he said.
"You can see that often misfortune befalls us because we don't respect His commandments that there be no work performed on Sunday except worship."
He said that since the ruling was made, clothes lines on the island had become full on Saturdays and people had stopped traveling offshore in boats fixed with outboards.
"But we make exceptions during emergencies for the sick so it's not a ban that hasn't been well thought out," Mr Baleinasiga told the newspaper.
But it hasn't been a hit with everyone.
A villager who wished not to be named said the ban was "too restrictive".
"We can't understand how wearing a sulu vakataga on Sunday will help us forge closer relations with the divine," he said.
"At times too for the school children who come home for the weekend, the best time to return to their hostel in Labasa or Savusavu is on Sunday - so that is getting in the way."
Man arrested for drive-by fecal matter attack
A 39-year-old construction worker has been arrested for throwing his own feces at women passers-by from a motorcycle in two separate attacks in western Japan, police said today.
The man turned himself in yesterday after making the second drive-by attack in Settsu, a satellite city near Osaka, and was detained on suspicion of assault, a municipal police spokesman said.
The worker, identified as Tatsuya Moriguchi, committed a similar assault in the same city on August 3, the police official said.
"The suspect has told investigators he did it because he felt frustrated when his work didn't go well,'' the official said.
"I have no idea what kind of penalty he may face. I have not heard about such a case before.''
In the first incident, Moriguchi relieved himself outdoors just before getting on his moped and throwing the feces at the head of a woman in her 20s, the official said.
'Pay €10 and then you will get your lost purse back'
A young girl who lost her purse on a Ryanair flight, was shocked when she was forced to pay €10 for its return.
Emma Lally, nine, misplaced her purse while buying presents on a flight home to Dublin from Spain.
Although her father Sean Lally was able to track down the purse after a series of phone calls to Dublin Airport, Emma was left in tears after being told she must pay €10 (£8.50) to reclaim it.
Ryanair uses lost property provider Greencap, which charges a €10 administrative fee.
Dublin Airport Authority charges €6 to reclaim lost items.
Mr Lally was grateful that Ryanair staff had handed in his daughter's purse but is still fuming over the charge, particularly when it involved a child.
'I was a bit annoyed that I had to pay back money for something that was ours,' Mr Lally told the Belfast Telegraph.
'I was delighted to get it back, but she's only a child.'
Emma had written her personal details inside the purse, which contained €42 in cash which she had saved from her holiday spending money.
Mr Lally said: 'Her name and address were written inside the purse in a child's handwriting. It was very obvious that it was a child's purse. She's a good kid and she went away and had a little think about it, and came to me and said she wanted to give me the money. 'Emma was delighted to get it back but she couldn't believe that she had to pay the money. I don't see why it can't be given back without a charge.'