Ban on office loafers

First the mayor banned bikinis. Now he's after loafers - office loafers that is, the kind who waste hours on the job leafing through newspapers at their desks, AP reports from Rome.

Corriere della Sera reported that the mayor of Alassio, Roberto Avogadro, who made headlines last month when he banned the wearing of bikinis in the streets of the Italian riviera resort, is now forbidding city employees to read newspapers while at work.

The city's Public Works commissioner, Marco Melgrati, was quoted as saying: 'I began with newspapers, next I'm going after computers. It may seem absurd but classic electronic games have been inserted into city computers.'