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And also...Putin shirt prompts dressing down, Iran: females banned from watching beach volleyball game, Online game battles Zika virus


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Iran: females banned from watching beach volleyball game

Women in Iran have been prevented from attending the Kish Island Open leg of the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour, despite assurances from organisers they would be allowed in the stadium.

Later, FIVB spokesman Richard Baker said: “There were some misunderstandings with regard to security.” He said women could then watch games from a café overlooking the main court on Tuesday.

Coffee boss’s ashes placed inside moka pot he designed

The remains of coffee empire boss Renato Bialetti have been placed inside one of his iconic octagonal coffee pots.

The “Bialetti” had been invented by Renato’s father Alfonso Bialetti in the 1930s. It only came to fame after his son took over the business: Renato made himself a mascot for the brand by printing a caricature of himself ordering coffee on each pot. With successful marketing campaigns promising to bring high-quality, espresso style coffee into homes for the first time he established the brand.

Renato Bialetti died aged 93 last week and was buried in Casale Corte Cerro in the Italian region of Piedmont. It was his three children who decided to bury his ashes inside of the pots.

Putin shirt prompts dressing down

A Russian footballer taunted Turkish fans by pulling off his shirt after a match in Istanbul to reveal a shirt with a picture of President Vladimir Putin and the phrase “The most polite president.”

Lokomotiv Moscow are now likely to face punishment because European football’s governing body UEFA does not allow political statements during matches.

Students at Reunion school ‘gripped by vengeful spirits’

Twenty schoolgirls at a school in the French Indian Ocean island of Reunion have been suffering from recent fits and screaming attacks in the past week.

The education ministry has set up a crisis unit, but many parents have already found an explanation: the victims were under the influence of so-called vengeful spirits. The only solution, they say, is to practise a collective exorcism.

Earlier this week (February 16) a man, who introduced himself as a Raquy (Muslim exorcist), held a session of “spirit capturing” nearby the college in the island’s city of Saint-Louis.

Staff from the school’s chased him off the school grounds, so he was unable to perform his alternative form of treatment. Reunion is a crossroads for both cultures and religions, where spirits and other ghosts are very present in the population’s collective imagination.

Online game battles Zika virus

Brazil has found an unusual way to raise awareness of Zika and the mosquitoes that carry the virus. An official governmental website has released a video mosquito game where players have to smash the mosquitoes. Successful players are directed to an information page about Zika.

You may check the video game here and test your alertness. Be careful, though, because the mosquitoes attack from any direction and in large numbers!


La Stampa


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