Centenarian has no plans to give up the day job

USA: Felimina Rotundo works 11 hours a day, six days a week at a Buffalo laundry and says she has no plans to quit working even though she turned 100 two months ago.

Centenarian has no plans to give up the day job

She said she got her first job at 15 during the Great Depression and has been working ever since.

Rotundo works from 7am to 6pm washing clothes and handling dry cleaning at the College Laundry Shoppe. She says she hasn’t considered retirement and will continue working as long as her health is good.

Rotundo, who hit the century mark in August, says she likes being out and working because it gives her something to do.

She says too many people retire too soon. Her advice to her peers: “Get out and do some work.”

Pizza top-up

USA: An Alaska church has given a pizza delivery driver’s wages an extra topping — tipping him a whopping $1,900 (€1,676) as he was out earning his crust.

Chugach Covenant Church’s slice of generosity has topped another congregation’s $1,000 (€882) tip.

When Ken Felber, a delivery driver for 14 years, arrived at the Anchorage church, pastor Dan Krause asked him what was his best-ever tip, television station KTVA said.

When he replied “100 (€88) dollars”, Mr Krause asked him: “How does a tip of $1,900 sound?” Mr Felber, mindful of his heavenly surroundings, replied: “Oh, heck, no!”

He said it was the coolest thing that had ever happened to him. He said he had no plans to splurge because he needed new snow tyres and had medical expenses. But he does plan to take his wife out for a good spaghetti dinner.

On October 4, a delivery driver called Natasha shed tears of gratitude after the congregation of Sycamore Creek Church in Columbus, Ohio, gave her $1,000 after she delivered a $5.99 (€5.28) pizza.

Toy time tablet

ENGLAND: EE has unveiled a new tablet that is designed especially for children, including built-in children’s entertainment as well as parental controls that limit internet access.

The new tablet, which is called the Robin, comes with security software called Kurio that runs on top of the Android operating system, which filters out inappropriate content that could be accessed on other devices.

The telecoms firm said the aim is to give parents the ability to monitor their child’s internet use more easily, while fulfilling an increasing demand for tablets among the younger generation.

Burglaries spike

ENGLAND: Households are being warned by an insurer to beware of a big spike in home burglaries as the clocks go back.

The Co-operative Insurance said the number of home insurance claims shoots up after the clocks go back by one hour. The clocks will go back this Sunday.

After analysing its claims data since 2013, the insurer says home theft claims surge by around 38% in the five months after the clocks go back.

Butterfly bounty

USA: The struggling monarch butterfly is getting help from an unlikely source: the California drought.

Californians have been ripping up their lawns and many are planting native, drought-tolerant plants instead — including native milkweed species that can thrive in arid conditions.

The female monarch butterfly will only lay her eggs on milkweed and a growing number of drought gardeners are buying the plants to save water and monarchs at the same time.

Chinese corruption

CHINA: Four Chinese are accused of building an official-looking interrogation room where they posed as anti-corruption investigators and extracted a promise of payment from a local official in return for dropping their phony investigation.

The official Legal Daily newspaper reported the gang in the north-eastern city of Suihua made one attempt at the scheme. After snatching an agricultural official and his wife from their home, they took them to their interrogation room and obtained a promise for a €45,000 payment.

After the couple alerted police, nobody appeared to collect the money, and one of the four turned himself in.

Moving house

USA: Years after a big city sprouted up around a tiny California house and its 87-year-old owner refused to sell the only home he’d ever known, heavy equipment rolled up to the lot.

But it wasn’t there to demolish the three-bedroom Oakland house built by Lawrence Bossola’s parents. It was there to move down the street.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports that a hospital next door bought the land after Bossola died in 2001. Officials were surprised when several people competed to buy and relocate the house.

The anxious new homeowners watched as workers picked up the house and then set it down on its new lot. Curious onlookers snapped pictures as it travelleed down the street.

Owners Kathleen and David Stone say it cost about $75,000 to move the house and demolish the basement.

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