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

March 9, 2014 Updated: March 9, 2014

Canada: Use of surveillance tech to monitor seniors at home on rise

Growing number of seniors agree to be tracked by their caregivers to stay in their homes longer

When Ross Armstrong’s 85-year-old mother opens her door after 9 p.m., he’s alerted via text message. He’s also notified when she’s been out of bed for a long period of time at night; there could have been a fall.

Armstrong’s mother has Alzheimer’s disease and problems with her short-term memory. She can’t recall things that happened as recently as five minutes ago. His mother lives alone in her home in Victoria, B.C., so with her permission, Armstrong installed cameras and motion sensors a few months ago to monitor her. …



Germany: Missing German backpacker survives Australian Outback on diet of bugs

Australian authorities have located a German backpacker who went missing nearly two weeks ago in the country’s northeast. The 26-year-old traveller said he survived the ordeal on a diet of the Outback’s finest insects. …

Deutsche Welle

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Finland: Army expelling more conscripts over pot

The Finnish Defence Forces are discharging more soldiers after they tested positive for cannabis. The number has increased by 72 percent in four years. 

 Yle Uutiset


Spain: Abandoned Spanish villages, given away for free

Like thousands of abandoned villages in Spain, A Barca — with its 12 crumbling stone homes covered in moss and ivy — is seeking a new owner to bring it back to life. …

The Local 


Ghana: Movie actors shot at after being mistaken for thieves

A movie-making scene turned bloody last week when a 19-year-old lad was shot and injured by a passerby who mistook the scene for a real-life incident. …

Graphic Online


Bangladesh: Internet growth hinges on local content, cheap phones

Bangla-language contents appropriate for the masses and lower prices of internet and smartphones are key to taking the internet to the majority of people, analysts said yesterday. “We will have to tell people why internet is important and a great equaliser where they can do whatever they want to do,” said Munir Hasan, president of Wikimedia Bangladesh. …

The Daily Star


Romania: Solar house prototype to be built in Bucharest mall parking lot

The prototype of a solar house will be built in the parking lot of a well known Bucharest mall this spring, and will be exhibited until summer. …

Romania Insider


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