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'Weak Mignolet has been exposed'

BBC - Wed, 2014-11-26 02:52
Former Liverpool goalkeeper Bruce Grobbelaar says Simon Mignolet's " is the main reason the Reds are struggling this season.

Facebook Lee Rigby attack 'unfair'

BBC - Wed, 2014-11-26 02:44
It would be "almost impossible" for internet firms to monitor all website postings for possible terrorist content, a former MI6 director says.

HK policemen arrested over beating

BBC - Wed, 2014-11-26 02:35
Seven Hong Kong policemen are arrested in connection with beating of a pro-democracy protester in October.

Murdered boy's parents 'sue force'

BBC - Wed, 2014-11-26 02:34
The parents of a schoolboy killed by an "internet predator" he met online, are suing a police force over its handling of the case, the BBC understands.

Doctor jailed over secret filming

BBC - Wed, 2014-11-26 02:25
A doctor who secretly filmed hundreds of patients, colleagues and hospital visitors, is jailed for five years.

Hunt 'contradicted NHS advice'

BBC - Wed, 2014-11-26 02:17
Health secretary Jeremy Hunt has been accused of contradicting NHS advice after admitting that he took his children to A&E at the weekend rather than wait to see a GP.

Board to pick up death crash family

BBC - Wed, 2014-11-26 02:16
The North Eastern Education and Library Board agrees to provide transport to collect the brothers and sisters of a boy who was killed in a crash near Cloughmills, County Antrim.

VIDEO: Father's fight to bring son home

BBC - Wed, 2014-11-26 02:14
Phill Wills talks about his fight to have his severely autistic son, Josh, cared for nearer his family in Cornwall.

Can internet companies monitor terrorists?

BBC - Wed, 2014-11-26 02:08
Big tech firms, and in particular Facebook, are under pressure to become more active in the battle against terrorism. But what are their current arrangements?

VIDEO: Eubank's surreal poetry recital

BBC - Wed, 2014-11-26 02:05
Chris Eubank performs an impromptu recital of Rudyard Kipling's poem 'If' during an interview about his son, Chris Eubank Jr.

Keating 'liberated' by West End debut

BBC - Wed, 2014-11-26 02:03
Boyzone singer Ronan Keating calls making his West End debut in musical Once a "liberating" if exposing experience.

Making a statement by spending – or not

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2014-11-26 02:00
2.17

After the St. Louis County grand jury declined to charge a officer Darren Wilson for shooting and killing teenage Michael Brown, two social media campaigns began to take shape: "Donate to Ferguson's Public Library" and #BoycottBlackFriday. Both have financial implications, but how much? If you look at multipliers, which measure how much money spent and invested stays local, giving money to local government (think: funding for the public library) leads to a sales multiplier of 2.17. Spending money at stores typically frequented on Black Friday (such as big department stores) has a lower sales multiplier of 1.97.

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At least that many major Canadian newspapers put the grand jury decision in Ferguson and the protests that followed on their front page Thursday. Quartz has a roundup of reaction abroad to the protests, from heavy coverage in Britain and Canada to thinly veiled criticism in China and Russia.

109

That's how many children died during last flu season due to complications. Yet the Centers for Disease Controls estimates that fewer than half of Americans get a flu shot. The reason? Some say it's because we don't think of the flu as being all that scary.

$32.9 million

That's the amount of budget shortfall projected for the Golden Gate Bridge Highway and Transportation District over the next five years. One proposed solution involves a toll for pedestrians and bikers to cross the Golden Gate Bridge

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The number of potential Twitter acquisitions identified by Re/Code after CFO accidentally tweeted a private message about buying another company. The most likely contender is Shots, a selfie-sharing app backed by Justin Bieber and used by many high-profile users of the Twitter-owned video app Vine.

$40 billion

That's where Uber's valuation could top out after a new round of funding, sources told Bloomberg. The ride-sharing app would not only double its current valuation, but exceed Twitter's capitalization, putting Uber in the same neighborhood as Delta and Kraft Foods. 

 

Making a statement through spending

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2014-11-26 02:00
2.17

After the Ferguson, MO grand jury decided not to indict a white cop for shooting and killing Michael Brown, a black teenager, two social media campaigns began to take shape: "Donate to Ferguson's Public Library" and #BoycottBlackFriday. Both have financial implications, but by how much? If you look at multipliers, which measure how much money spent and invested stays local, giving money to local government (think: funding for the public library) leads to a sales multiplier of 2.17. Spending money at stores typically frequented on Black Friday (i.e. Supercenters) has a lower sales multiplier of 1.97.

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At least that many major Canadian newspapers put the grand jury decision in Ferguson and the protests that followed on their front page Thursday. Quartz has a roundup of reaction abroad to the protests, from heavy coverage in Britain and Canada to thinly veiled criticism in China and Russia.

109

That's how many children died during last flu season due to complications. Yet, the Centers for Disease Controls estimate that fewer than half of Americans get a flu shot. The reason? Some say it's because we don't think of the flu as being all that scary.

7

The number of potential Twitter acquisitions identified by Re/Code, after CFO accidentally tweeted a private message about buying another company. The most likely contender is Shots, a selfie-sharing app backed by Justin Bieber and used by many high-profile users of the Twitter-owned video app Vine.

$40 billion

That's where Uber's valuation could top out after a new round of funding, sources told Bloomberg. The ride-sharing app would not only double its current valuation, but exceed Twitter's capitalization, putting Uber in the same neighborhood as Delta and Kraft Foods. 

$32.9 million

That's the amount of budget shortfall projected for the Golden Gate Bridge Highway and Transportation District over the next five years. One proposed solution involves a toll for pedestrians and bikers to cross the Golden Gate Bridge

Forget Grandma's house. Hit a Thanksgiving restaurant.

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2014-11-26 02:00

It was a busy Wednesday morning on the week before Thanksgiving for Tom Meyer, president of Clyde’s Restaurant Group in Washington.  

He’s just had a Thanksgiving planning meeting, telling his chefs to be sure to order enough turkey.

“There’s nothing worse than to run out turkey on Thanksgiving,” he says.

That actually happened to Meyer one year. 

Clyde’s has been serving Thanksgiving dinner continuously since the 90s, getting busier every year.

“I would say it’s probably tripled. It’s gone from being not busy to packed,” Meyer says.

Why? We’re all time-strapped.

“We just haven’t been able to pull it together,” says Mary Chapman, senior director of product innovation at the food industry research and consulting firm Technomic., whose family, yes, is going out for Thanksgiving.  

But, she says, some consumers are splitting the difference — buying a prepared turkey but making the sides.

“They’re doing some from Grandma’s recipe and some from the Krogers,” Chapman says.

What about Christmas dinner? Nobody wants to cook then, either. But so far, Meyer has refused to open his restaurants on Christmas Day. This in spite of growing demand.  

 

 

 

 

 

Why don't more people get flu shots?

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2014-11-26 02:00

Ebola seems so scary, even when there's little to no chance of an American outbreak. But what about the flu? It kills children, puts thousands of adults in the hospital, and sickens 10 percent of us every year. Yet lots of Americans don’t get flu shots.

Rick Monier is standing right outside a grocery store; the kind of place where you can get a flu shot in two minutes for $28, even less if you have insurance.

And Monier is a senior citizen — a group for whom the flu can be fatal.

But Monier says he while he gets all the rest of his vaccinations, he does not get the flu shot.

““I don’t believe in it because we’re injecting something into our body that necessarily I don’t need," he says. "So I try to stay away from people that have it. Or if I get it, we’ll just go through the motions.”

Tina Dale makes sure her kids get the shots … but she doesn’t. “I got it once and got sick and now I will never get it again,” says Dale.

Fewer than half of all Americans actually get the flu shot, according to the Centers for Disease Control. That’s despite the fact that flu shot does not contain a live virus or anything else that can give you the flu.

Last flu season, 109 kids died from complications.

But let’s say you’re a healthy adult, you don’t have kids. Do you really need the flu shot?

"The more people that get shots, the safer the group will be," says Andrew Maynard, a professor and the director of the University of Michigan's Risk Science Center. He says even if you don’t care about getting sick, getting the flu shot protects others.

“Especially those kids that haven't got shots, they're the one who are really vulnerable," he says. "So this is really a social duty."

Maynard says our brains just aren't built to be smart about risk. We're way more scared of the unfamiliar, like Ebola. But something so common, like the flu? It’s tough to be scared of that.

"That doesn't make sense on an emotional level," he says. "So at the end of the day, we just have to make the plunge, and we just have to trust somebody that this is going to be good for us."

Still, public health experts agree that until flu shots are good for years, rather than something you have to get every 12 months, we’re just never going to get everybody to get that shot.

Would #BoycottBlackFriday help Ferguson, or Wal-Mart?

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2014-11-26 02:00

After the Ferguson, MO grand jury decided not to indict a white cop for shooting a black teenager, an idea for economic protest started circulating on Twitter: #BoycottBlackFriday. If lots of consumers decide to sit out what's traditionally the biggest shopping day of the year, what might the economic impacts be? It depends. 

A Black Friday Boycott could hurt low-income consumers more than anyone. Surveys show this group represents a disproportionate number of Black Friday shoppers, looking for deals.

"If people boycott these sales, I think it’s probably good for the retailers," says Georgetown University economist Kurt Carlson, who runs a survey of how shoppers plan their Thanksgiving-weekend shopping.

Assuming those shoppers don't toss out their shopping lists, retailers could just sell the same stuff later, at higher prices. 

"No big deal," he says. "Unless people say, 'I am not spending this holiday season.'"

And that is something they might do if they pay attention to another protest suggestion circulating on social media: Donate to Ferguson’s Public Library.

To run the numbers on that scenario, I talked with Rob Sentz from Economic Modeling Specialists, a company that looks at how dollars spent in different sectors benefit a local economy; the "ripple effect."

At first, he doubted the library would compare favorably to Wal-Mart. "I'm sure the retail 'ripple effect' is higher, from a sales and jobs perspective," he said.

But he humored me, and l0oked up a key number called a "multiplier" — how much of the money spent on a given enterprise stays local.

First, he looked at the multiplier for big-box retail in the St. Louis area.

Then he looked at local government, like the library. The number popped: "Whoops!" he said. "There, you got a higher multiplier. So, all the money’s going to stay in the region."

He also looked at how much workers got paid, and how many jobs got created. Advantage: Ferguson library.  

"You've got a decent argument that it does have a better local impact," he said.

Data from Economic Modeling Specialists shows the \"multiplier\" effects of dollars spent at super-center stores like Wal-Mart.

Economic Modeling Specialists, 2014

EMSI data show higher mulitpliers for local government spending.

Economic Modeling Specialists, 2014

 

VIDEO: Vlogger Chyaz on new ad rules

BBC - Wed, 2014-11-26 01:52
Video bloggers or 'vloggers', as they're called, are being issued with new guidance by the Advertising Standards Authority, which says they have to make it clear if they are promoting products for money.

A Calmer Night In Ferguson, Mo., Amid Increased National Guard Presence

NPR News - Wed, 2014-11-26 01:52

Police arrested 44 people after another round of protests — these quieter than the unrest that erupted after the decision not to charge officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown.

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Universal postal service 'at risk'

BBC - Wed, 2014-11-26 01:51
Royal Mail boss Moya Greene tells MPs that there is a genuine threat to the continuation of the firm's "universal service".

Concerns raised over anti-terror bill

BBC - Wed, 2014-11-26 01:33
Powers to exclude some British fighters returning from Syria and Iraq was an "announcement waiting for a policy", the independent reviewer of terrorism says.

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