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Politicians and their shipping containers

BBC - Fri, 2014-08-22 15:25
Why Pakistani political hopefuls have to have their own shipping containers - often customised at some expense.

Dancers set for street championships

BBC - Fri, 2014-08-22 15:18
Competitors from 30 different countries take part in the World Street Championships in Glasgow this weekend.

US anger at China 'air interception'

BBC - Fri, 2014-08-22 15:05
A Chinese fighter came perilously close to a US military patrol plane over international waters east of China's Hainan Island, the Pentagon says.

Colombia military meet Farc rebels

BBC - Fri, 2014-08-22 14:58
Members of Colombia's armed forces meet Farc rebel leaders for the first time at Havana peace talks, to discuss ways of implementing a ceasefire.

VIDEO: Beseiged Iraqi children lacking food

BBC - Fri, 2014-08-22 14:48
A resident of Amerli, 170km north of Baghdad, describes conditions in the town, which has been under siege by Islamic State militants for more than two months.

Ebola outbreak speed 'unprecedented'

BBC - Fri, 2014-08-22 14:00
The World Health Organization says the speed and extent of the Ebola outbreak is "unprecedented", as it confirms more deaths from the disease.

VIDEO: Suspected informants killed in Gaza

BBC - Fri, 2014-08-22 13:52
Hamas sources in Gaza say 18 people suspected of collaborating with Israel have been executed.

In New York And Ferguson, Two Deaths, Two Different Responses

NPR News - Fri, 2014-08-22 13:51

The death of Eric Garner, like the shooting of Michael Brown, sparked protests. But the reaction in New York has been entirely peaceful, thanks partly to quick responses by police and civic officials.

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Ward loses in US Open qualifying

BBC - Fri, 2014-08-22 13:43
British number two James Ward misses out on a place in the US Open main draw after losing his final qualifying match.

VIDEO: What are options in fight against IS?

BBC - Fri, 2014-08-22 13:41
As Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond announces Britain will not work with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in the battle against Islamic State extremists, the BBC's Jeremy Bowen reports on the options in the fight against the IS regime.

Senegal defends Ebola border closure

BBC - Fri, 2014-08-22 13:36
Senegal defends the closure of its border with Guinea because of the deadly Ebola outbreak, after the WHO warned such measures are counter-productive.

Lennon killer denied parole again

BBC - Fri, 2014-08-22 13:31
Mark Chapman, the man who killed John Lennon in 1980, is denied parole for an eighth time by authorities in New York.

Dozens killed in Iraq mosque attack

BBC - Fri, 2014-08-22 13:26
Suspected Shia militants kill at least 68 worshippers at a Sunni mosque, in a blow to a government push for sectarian unity against IS militants.

Obama's Reaction To Ferguson Raises Questions About President's Role

NPR News - Fri, 2014-08-22 13:25

As the situation quiets down in Ferguson, Mo., some political observers are asking why it took President Obama so long to publicly weigh in on events there.

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Foot Locker profits jump, thanks to basketball and Nike

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-08-22 13:21

Today, Foot Locker reported its fiscal second quarter profits jumped 39 percent. And ‘jumped’ is the operative word, because those figures have a lot to do with basketball shoes and Nike.

Foot Locker’s net income for the quarter was $92 million. Equity analyst Sam Poser with Sterne, Agee & Leach says the company is doing a lot of things right.

Plus, he says, “athletic shoes are on fire. Basketball shoes specifically.”

Nike, he says, controls 95 percent of the basketball shoe business. The buzz largely surrounds its marquee names: Air Jordan. Kobe. LeBron. Kevin Durant.

The buzz persists, says Morningstar equity analyst Paul Swinand, because athletic companies and especially Nike, “do a fantastic job of limiting who gets what colors, what sizes and how many pairs.”

He says Foot Locker is a valuable partner to Nike, so it gets the most popular styles … in moderation.

“That ensures that supply is not quite meeting demand,” he says. “And it means that if the shoes are popular, they’re gonna be a little bit rare.”

Swinand says the two companies need each other … but Foot Locker might need Nike a little bit more.

Foot Locker profits jump, thanks to basketball and Nike

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-08-22 13:21

Today, Foot Locker reported its fiscal second quarter profits jumped 39 percent. And ‘jumped’ is the operative word, because those figures have a lot to do with basketball shoes and Nike.

Foot Locker’s net income for the quarter was $92 million. Equity analyst Sam Poser with Sterne, Agee & Leach says the company is doing a lot of things right.

Plus, he says, “athletic shoes are on fire. Basketball shoes specifically.”

Nike, he says, controls 95 percent of the basketball shoe business. The buzz largely surrounds its marquee names: Air Jordan. Kobe. LeBron. Kevin Durant.

The buzz persists, says Morningstar equity analyst Paul Swinand, because athletic companies and especially Nike, “do a fantastic job of limiting who gets what colors, what sizes and how many pairs.”

He says Foot Locker is a valuable partner to Nike, so it gets the most popular styles … in moderation.

“That ensures that supply is not quite meeting demand,” he says. “And it means that if the shoes are popular, they’re gonna be a little bit rare.”

Swinand says the two companies need each other … but Foot Locker might need Nike a little bit more.

This was the lightest trading day of the year so far

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-08-22 13:20

Consider this a testament to:

A) August.

B) Computerized trading.

According to CNBC, this was the lightest trading day of the year so far on the New York Stock Exchange.

Just 2 and a quarter billion shares changed hands.

Just.

Today was the lightest volume day of the year at the NYSE, with just 2.29 billion shares traded. (via @HumOnTheMarkets)

— CNBC Newsroom (@CNBCnow) August 22, 2014

 

And the Emmy goes to... Monday!

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-08-22 13:20

The Primetime Emmy Awards take place next week, but for the first time in nearly 40 years, the Emmys won't air on Sunday night TV. Instead, Emmy fans will have to wait until Monday to get their annual Emmy celebrity fix. 

The Emmys rotate from network to network, and this year it's NBC's turn. So why is NBC eschewing Sunday? Because Sunday is the most watched night of the week, with more than 124 million viewers, and that means lots of competition for the Emmys. Moreover, some some of the hottest shows on television air on Sunday nights: Downton Abbey, True Detective, Game of Thrones, Girls.

Last year CBS made the canny move of airing the Emmys right after a football game. The NFL audience mostly stuck around, which netted the Emmys its biggest audience in years. You might think NBC would use the same tactic. It owns Sunday Night Football, after all, but media analyst Jack Myers says the competition is just too intense. First, there are all of those hit shows to contend with (True Blood's season finale is on Sunday). And then there's the other awards show that will be airing Sunday night – The MTV Video Music Awards are that night, and last year we had the twerking with Miley Cyrus," says Myers. "So there’s a lot of interest this year in the program, and it’s that 18-34 audience."

NBC doesn't want to lose that key demographic to twerk-gate, so it's rolling the weekday dice.  

"It’s actually pretty interesting to see this kind of experimentation happening on a big scale," says Rick Ducey, Managing Director at BIA/Kelsey, a media research firm. "There’s a lot of economics at stake here."

Advertisers often pay as much as 50 percent more for ads around live events like the Emmys. If NBC's Monday night Emmys pulls in a big audience, Ducey says we’ll likely see more special event TV creeping out over the week.

But that’s a big "if."

"The difficulty is, of course, corralling everybody in the way you can on a Sunday for something like the Oscars or the Superbowl, where they’ll give up seven or eight hours quite happily," says Toby Miller, a professor emeritus of media and cultural studies at the University of California-Riverside. He says those leisure hours are key for the tweeting and Facebook posting people do around awards shows – and the ad possibilities that come with that.

Three charged over city shooting

BBC - Fri, 2014-08-22 13:18
Three men are charged with attempted murder following the shooting of a man in north Belfast earlier this week.

A Food Crisis Follows Africa's Ebola Crisis

NPR News - Fri, 2014-08-22 13:09

Food shortages are emerging in the wake of West Africa's Ebola epidemic. Market shelves are bare and fields are neglected because traders can't move and social gatherings are discouraged.

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