7 Headlines You Won’t Read Anywhere Else Today: March 26

March 26, 2014 Updated: March 26, 2014

Ireland: Appeal for 1,000 Irish sheep to make cut in shearing contest

In the sheep world, it is the equivalent of getting a free hair cut from Vidal Sassoon or Trevor Sorbie. The Golden Shears World Sheep Shearing Championships are being held in Gorey, Co Wexford, in May and the organisers must supply more than 6,000 sheep for the world’s top shearers. They have already secured the promise of 5,000 sheep but need at least 1,000 more. …

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Irish Times


Japan: 142 workers’ radiation exposure higher than reported by Tepco

The labor ministry said Tuesday that the internal radiation exposure of 142 workers involved in emergency operations at the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant was higher than reported by plant operator Tokyo Electric Power Co. …

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The Japan Times



Nigeria: I Sell Lion Cubs for as Much as N3 Million, Wildlife Trader Reveals

From Gwange area of Maiduguri, he came to Abuja in search of greener pastures as an estate agent, but ended up a trader of wildlife. He opened up to Weekly Trust about the ups and downs of his sometimes-wild business. …

“We get supplied from either Cameroon or Niger Republic,” he revealed. “It is very risky running such a trade in francophone countries because it has been outlawed. But we smile when we cross the border into Nigeria where the trade is not banned.” …

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Daily Trust via All Africa 



India: No jeans for girls in Uttar Pradesh town

A mahapanchayat held in a Uttar Pradesh town has ruled that girls should refrain from wearing jeans. 

The order was issued two days ago in a meeting that was attended by thousands of people from 52 villages. Most of them belonged to the Yadav clan from Uttar Pradesh, Haryana and Rajasthan. …

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The Times of India



Canada: Alberta family forced out by flood wins $1M home

An Alberta family flooded out of their home last June has won a house worth nearly $1 million. …

“I kind of almost fell out of my chair. It’s too good to be true right now,” said High River resident William Rader shortly after learning about the win. …

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Israel: Move over shekel, make way for the Isracoin

A new virtual coin called the Isracoin will be available in Israel Wednesday, in what its developers describe as an effort to counter the concentration of power in the Israeli economy. The currency is based on the same principles as the virtual bitcoin and others of its ilk, among them virtual national coins such as the Icelandic Aurora.

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South Korea: Naver outsmarted by high school student

The South Korean police arrested on Wednesday a self-taught hacker who allegedly devised a program to break into the nation’s most popular portal site.

The suspect, surnamed Hong, finished the hacking program in his last year of high school after learning computer programming on his own when he was 16 years old, according to the Cyber Terror Response Center. The 20-year-old college sophomore is currently pursuing a degree in the restaurant business. …

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Korea Herald