7 Headlines You Won’t Read Anywhere Else Today: Jan. 31

By Tina Tatarková, Epoch Times
January 31, 2014 Updated: January 31, 2014

Hawaii: Hula Hoike slated Saturday

More than 80 talented hula dancers, from keiki to kupuna, will take to the stage Saturday during the annual Hula Hoike of Halau Hula o Leilani.
It is a show that Kumu hula Leilani Rivera Low says you won’t want to miss, with songs of Kauai to honor our beautiful island home. …

The Garden Island


Scotland: 31% of Scots 18-year-olds apply to uni in 2014

The university application rate among 18-year-olds in Scotland has hit a record high, while the proportion of young Scots from the poorest areas who are applying has more than doubled since 2004, a report has revealed.
Despite the increase, the application rate from those living in the most disadvantaged communities is still lower than in the rest of the UK.

The Scotsman


Russia: Siberia ‘to get a world class Disney-style theme park’ on shores of Lake Baikal

Plans for modern Nature Theme Park and Acqua-park on site of old pulp and paper mill that spewed pollution into lake.
The aim is to attract Russian and foreign tourists to the world’s oldest and deepest lake. The Disney-style ecological attraction is proposed by Russia’s Natural Resources Ministry and would be built on the site of a notorious mill which was branded the main polluter of one of the planet’s great natural creations. …

Siberian Times


Sweden: Ten things Google wants to tell you about Sweden

Google’s search engines have a habit of trying to finish your sentences, but what do their predictive algorithms have to say about Sweden and the Swedes? We’ve collected some of our favourites.  We’ve all been there. A quick Google search about something offers up an unusual pre-emptive search on the same topic. 

Type “How to make…” into Google, and immediately you’re given several options such as “money”, “pancakes” or … “jello shots”. …

The Local


UAE: 518 cases of food borne diseases recorded in Dubai

There was not a single death due to food-poisoning in 2013 although there were sporadic instances of outbreaks which totaled about five last year.
Dubai recorded 518 confirmed cases of food-borne illnesses including food poisoning in 2013, a senior official has said. …

The Khaleej Times


Finland: Police: Today’s marijuana isn’t what it was in the hippie era

According to the drug police, relaxed attitudes to cannabis are based on erroneous ideas about the drug. The substances on the market these days are much more concentrated than in the past.

The use of cannabis in Finland has markedly increased. The Pirkanmaa police, for example, deal with cases on a daily basis, says Detective Chief Inspector Jari Luoto of the Tampere regional drug police. Cannabis use has spread from city centres and suburbs to regional areas. …



USA: Bad times for Shell: suspends drilling offshore Alaska and profits plunge

Royal Dutch Shell will suspend drilling in offshore Alaska following an adverse US court decision and as the oil major streamlines operations because of a slump in annual profits, the company said on Thursday. …

Merco Press