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HONG KONG: A struggling teashop owner in China lured customers by placing lonely heart advertisements seeking a lover and then fixing rendezvous in her cafe, a news report said yesterday. 

She would then meet suitors in her tea shop in Haidian and order the most expensive dishes on the menu before making her excuses and leaving, said the South China Morning Post.  

The woman was arrested after ordering kitchen staff to beat up one suitor who asked for a discount from his bill. She and her staff were arrested for extortion. – dpa 

 

LONDON: With many teachers complaining of overcrowded classrooms, one teacher yesterday began her dream job. 

Jane Puckey will have just one pupil – a six-year-old girl – when she takes up her new post at the primary school on Papa Stour, one of the Shetland islands off Scotland, with a population of just 24. The school has been closed for the last nine months after its former teachers, a couple, retired and the only other pupil moved on to secondary school. – Reuters 

 

STOCKHOLM: Negative advertising works, at least for a Swedish care worker who gave it a try after fruitless attempts to find a new job by more conventional means. 

“I want a well-paid job. I have no imagination, I am anti-social, uncreative and untalented,” read an advertisement posted by Angelika Wedberg, 30, in the regional daily Goteborgs-Posten on Sunday. 

Her phone started ringing incessantly and job offers poured in, Wedberg said on Monday. – Reuters 

 

PARIS: The legendary jazz and blues singer Nina Simone died on Monday at her home in southern France, her manager said. She was 70 years old. 

The soulful and feisty singer became famous in the late 1950s with her rendition of I Loves You Porgy and the sultry romantic ballad My Baby Just Cares For Me. – AFP 

 

LOS ANGELES: Hollywood super-couple Catherine Zeta-Jones and Michael Douglas announced on Monday the birth of their second child, a baby girl. 

Carys Zeta Douglas was born on Sunday morning in New Jersey, weighing 3kgs, the mother's publicist said. – AFP 

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