7 Headlines You Won’t Read Anywhere Else Today: Feb. 9

By Tara MacIsaac, Epoch Times
February 9, 2014 Updated: February 9, 2014

France: Paris mayoral candidate seeks to transform ‘phantom’ metro stops

Paris mayoral candidate Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet dreams of transforming eight of the capital’s “phantom” Metro stations into public spaces including swimming pools, nightclubs and art galleries. …

France 24


Nigeria: Woman Gives Birth on Rickshaw

A woman gave birth to a baby boy at 1p.m. in Aba, Abia State, on Wednesday aboard a tricycle conveying her to the hospital.

A witness, Chika Onyedikachi, said the woman had gone into labour at home and thereafter boarded a tricycle to convey her to the hospital. …

Premium Times via All Africa


Japan: ‘Floating school’ part of efforts to keep nation’s largest lake clean

NAGAHAMA, Shiga Prefecture–When fifth-grader Shoko Hosoi took a cruise aboard a “floating school” for children on Lake Biwako in 1985, what she learned inspired her to want to safeguard the ecology of the lake.

Aboard the Uminoko, which means “children of the lake,” she had a chance to observe various types of plankton under a microscope. When her teacher told her that these microorganisms are responsible for massive outbreaks of red tide, which killed a large amount of fish in Biwako, she was startled and took a fresh look at them. …



Canada: Winnipeg man survives nine shots from robbers in Dominican Republic

Les Lehmann is recovering from critical injuries after protecting high school students

A Winnipeg man is recovering in a hospital in the Dominican Republic after being shot and beaten by armed robbers, then fighting through his injuries to protect a group of high school students from his assailants.

Les Lehmann, 64, had been living a “semi-retired” life in theDominican Republic for years, managing an apartment complex with his wife, when he was attacked early in the morning of Jan. 30, said Eugenia Lehmann, his daughter-in-law. …

Toronto Star


Estonia: Tartu Library Offers Novel Help to Children Dogged by Shyness

Twice a month on Wednesdays, the Tartu City Library invites children to come and read to dogs, offering a kind of therapy to children embarrassed about their bumpy road to full proficiency. …



Wales: Mum who drank 16 cans of lager and a bottle of vodka a day starts first job in 15 years

Jackie Elllis from Port Talbot says sister dying shocked her into kicking her lifetime drinking habit

She first got drunk aged 10 and at her lowest point swallowed paint stripper to get high.

Recovering alcoholic Jackie Ellis, 50, warns it was all too easy to become addicted saying drinking ‘crept up’ on her spiralling from once a week sessions to round the clock. …

Wales Online


New Zealand: Paul Little: Squeegee law a distraction

… At last someone is going to protect us from the threat of assault with a deadly washcloth – something that is already illegal but apparently not illegal enough. …

New Zealand Herald


*Image of a rickshaw via Shutterstock