Student News From Canada And Beyond, Issue 25

Workers Want Time to Watch TV

Nap Work
In Germany, major unions told employers they should grant their workforces the flexibility to watch soccer matches during their shifts during the last World Cup. Soccer is a way of life in Europe (like hockey here in Canada), and employees fought for flexible work hours so they could watch the matches. Some World Cup sponsors, such as Adidas, even let their employees watch the games from their desks. Imagine getting holidays from school to watch the Stanley Cup!

Source: Reuters

MySpace Bragging Leads to Charges

After gloating to friends on, two 17 year-olds from Washington face 22 charges due to their burning desire for some entertainment. The authorities tracked down the mischievous duo after stumbling across information the pair had posted about their pyro tendencies on their MySpace blog. They even posted pictures of the fires they had set for people to see! Lesson learned: the internet isn’t a safe hiding place.

Source: The Mercury News

Montreal Teen Scientist Wins Big

A new dawn of the science fair project is upon us. Gone are the days of floating pop cans, papier-mâché volcanoes, and potato clocks. At the Olympics of science fairs, the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, a Montreal teen won over $10,000 for his creation, a biosensor that detects infectious disease in any bodily fluid, such as blood. His invention is important because it is quicker and more cost-effective than existing technology. Currently, most diagnostic tools take three to four days to determine the presence of a specific disease, while the student’s invention takes less than two hours. As if saving lives isn’t reward enough, the winner can boast about how most middle-aged scientists wouldn’t have been able to create his biosensor.

Source: CTV News

A Spaghetti Protest


In Copenhagen, Denmark, students who pursue a postsecondary education receive $900/month from the government. When rumours arose of cutbacks intended to motivate students to finish school more quickly, seven young activists staged a protest at the finance ministry in the capital. They staged a “youth buffet”, pouringover 200 kilograms of cooked spaghetti and tomato sauce on the stairs of the finance building.

Source: EINnews

Explosive Underwear Sparks Bomb Scare

Gift Box

Imagine getting a birthday present that is truly “da bomb”. A Japanese university student was sent two birthday parcels with a written warning on each package: “If you open this, it will explode.” The giftgivers, who wrote the notes to stop others from opening the packages, emailed their friend to inform her that her presents would arrive in the mailroom. But it was too late—the written message had already caused great alarm at the university. Inside the “explosive” parcels were a chocolate cake and lingerie.

Source: Reuters

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