QUIRKY WORLD ... Brazil protests president with duck

BRAZIL: If any symbol captures the anger of rich and upper-middle class Brazilians who have taken to the streets to protest against President Dilma Rousseff, it might be a giant, inflatable yellow duck.
QUIRKY WORLD ... Brazil protests president with duck

The 40-ft high duck presides over São Paulo’s Avenida Paulista, Brazil’s economic nexus. It has landed on the esplanade in the capital Brasilia, while its ducklings swam in the reflecting pool outside congress.

The duck and its brood have also hit the sands of Copacabana Beach, a prime place to see and be seen in Rio de Janeiro.

Brazil’s business leaders have adopted the duck to fight against what they describe as the economic quackery of Rousseff, a leftist who is facing growing pressure to quit and struggling to pull the economy out of its deepest recession in 25 years.

“Enough of paying the duck,” said Paulo Skaf, president of the Federation of Industries of the State of São Paulo, in a video earlier this month urging Brazilians to demonstrate against Rousseff’s government.

“To pay the duck” in Brazilian Portuguese means to unfairly pay for someone else’s mistakes.

Since Rousseff took office in 2011, Brazil’s economy has gone from being one of the world’s fastest growing major economies to one of its worst performers, contracting by 3.8% in 2015.

Boatally bonkers

ENGLAND: A state-of-the-art polar research ship could be called Boaty McBoatface after more than 16,500 people voted for the name online.

James Hand, who put the suggestion forward, described it as “an absolutely brilliant name”. Other ideas include RRS (Royal Research Ship) David Attenborough, RRS Usain Bolt, RRS Boat, RRS Pingu, and RRS It’s Bloody Cold Here.

The nomination RRS Henry Worsley, after the explorer who died trying to make the first unassisted solo crossing of the Antarctic in January, is currently the second most popular with around 2,400 votes.

Poetry in motion

AUSTRIA: Budding poets can use their words to get a free coffee.

Viennese coffee firm Julius Meinl is marking World Poetry Daytoday with a Pay With A Poem initiative.

Customers can visit any participating location in more than 30 countries and pay with a handwritten poem which will be used by artist Robert Montgomery for a new artwork.

Pizza strop

USA: Pittsburgh police say a man upset that his pizza delivery was late went to the restaurant, broke things, and threw objects at staff.

Neil Orr, 59, has been charged with aggravated assault, terrorist threats, and other charges after the melee at Italian Village Pizza. Police say Orr was told his pizza would be delivered in 30 to 45 minutes and he called to complain when he still didn’t have a pizza after an hour.

Police say Orr then went to the shop, threw several unspecified objects at employees, and broke some glass. He was hit in the head by something and started bleeding.

Puppy love

USA: A vet helped save the life of an ailing New Mexico dog after discovering the source of the pup’s pain — a stuffed toy polar bear.

Santa Fe Animal Humane officials said the 6in-long bear was discovered in the dog’s stomach during surgery.

A vet said the dog named Honey had been sick for about a week and would have likely died within two days. The dog is now expected to survive.

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