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Marina jobs could cost £200,000 each

BBC - Mon, 2015-06-29 15:22
The business case for a key project to help "rejuvenate" Stranraer estimates the jobs it creates could come at a cost of about £200,000 each.

School closures decision overturned

BBC - Mon, 2015-06-29 15:21
A new panel set up to review proposed school closures overturns a decision by a Scottish council to shut schools in its area.

Why do African presidents love titles?

BBC - Mon, 2015-06-29 15:18
Why do African presidents insist on calling themselves doctors?

Apple aims for bigger bite of music market

BBC - Mon, 2015-06-29 15:11
Will Apple Music kill Spotify?

'A minute's defiance'

BBC - Mon, 2015-06-29 15:10
Aftermath of Tunisia shootings continues to lead many papers, while the hot weather and Greek debt crisis also make headlines.

Conversations about mobility, live from Aspen

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2015-06-29 15:08

Monday's Marketplace was broadcast live from the Belly Up in Aspen, Colorado, and the Aspen Ideas Festival. We took a break from the usual Marketplace format for a series of conversations all around one theme: mobility and the economy.

Economic mobility (or lack thereof) in Greece (starts at 01:10)

First things first: we had to talk about Greece. The European Central Bank froze funding to Greek banks. As the latest deadline for the country looms over its creditors and citizens, tensions are understandably high.

Some business owners, like gourmet sandwich shop owner Nick Voglis, have voiced their concerns.

"They implemented capital control here in Athens, and people started getting a little worried," Voglis told our reporter. "They have panicked a little bit."

To help better understand the current situation, Kai Ryssdal spoke to David Leonhardt, managing editor for The Upshot from The New York Times.

Mobility in education (starts at 6:15)

Next up, Knewton CEO Jose Ferreira and Veniam CEO Robin Chase, who chatted with us about the intersection of technology and education. The ever growing number of technology platforms makes it easier for people to use data. As a consequence, this makes it easier for students all over the world to expand their opportunities.

The bottom line when it comes to education and technology: “Get on board, or get left behind.”

Mobile content (starts at 14:55)

Netflix has revolutionized the way television content is distributed and consumed. Ted Sarandos, the company's chief content officer, says that he doesn't care how people watch the content of the service, even if it means watching "Lawrence of Arabia" on an iPhone.

"We just want you to have the best experience possible," Sarandos says. "For some, that experience is defined by convenience and watching a movie on your iPad. Or it's defined by wanting to see it on your big TV in 4K."

Brand mobility (starts at 20:12)

Among the leaders and thinkers at the Aspen Ideas Festival were some unexpected guests. Entrepreneur and two-time world champion skier Chris Davenport talked with us about what it takes to change your brand when you’re an athlete.

First things first, why does anyone choose to hike up dangerous mountains and ski down them? Chris says, “because it’s there.”

As of now, Chris is an athlete. But someday he’ll have to make the transition away from that. Of course, whether it’s a physical risk or a reputation-based risk, being brand mobile can be tricky. Chris says one of the keys to keeping himself on the right track is that he “can’t be afraid to fail.”

He says, “I’m out there putting one foot in front of the other … always have to be willing and able to turn around and find another way.… In my business, there has to be another day, I can’t afford to risk it all.” 

VIDEO: The ashram where Beatles meditated

BBC - Mon, 2015-06-29 15:07
An abandoned ashram in the Indian town of Rishikesh has become a must-see stop for Beatles fans.

Sex case officer 'tipped off Church'

BBC - Mon, 2015-06-29 15:07
A paedophile priest was able to flee the country after a police officer tipped off the Catholic Church in Birmingham about an inquiry, a sex abuse victim claims.

VIDEO: Power glove lets you carve stone

BBC - Mon, 2015-06-29 15:05
A young designer based in London has developed a hand tool that he hopes can change the way craftsmen and women work.

Bowel surgery death rate 'too high'

BBC - Mon, 2015-06-29 15:00
Too many patients are dying following emergency bowel surgery, experts who have done a comprehensive audit warn.

'Coasting schools' face tough targets

BBC - Mon, 2015-06-29 15:00
Hundreds of schools are being told to raise their exam results, under plans announced by the education secretary.

US resume military aid to Bahrain

BBC - Mon, 2015-06-29 14:58
The US says it will resume security assistance to Bahrain, despite criticism from some human rights groups.

California Legislature Passes 'Mandatory' Vaccine Bill, Sends It To The Governor

NPR News - Mon, 2015-06-29 14:53

Children who have specific medical problems, like immune system deficiencies, would be exempt from vaccinations as long as they have confirmation from their doctor.

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Apple Bets Big That You'll Start Paying To Stream Music

NPR News - Mon, 2015-06-29 14:32

Millions listen to services like Spotify and Pandora, but relatively few of them subscribe. Why should they when there are so many free options? The new Apple Music will only be free for 3 months.

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Broady doubts win will heal rift

BBC - Mon, 2015-06-29 14:26
Britain's Liam Broady does not expect his thrilling first-round victory at Wimbledon to heal a rift with his father.

DJ returns to air after gender change

BBC - Mon, 2015-06-29 14:25
A DJ who underwent gender reassignment is returning to mainstream radio after a year-long break.

'Biggest game in England's history'

BBC - Mon, 2015-06-29 14:17
England captain Steph Houghton says her team's World Cup semi-final against Japan is the biggest game in English women's football history.

Car bomb attack in Yemen capital

BBC - Mon, 2015-06-29 14:09
A car bomb attack strikes the Yemeni capital of Sanaa, causing an unknown number of casualties, officials say.

What not to miss on Wimbledon day two

BBC - Mon, 2015-06-29 14:07
What not to miss on day two in SW19

VIDEO: 'Tunisia attacker pointed gun at me'

BBC - Mon, 2015-06-29 13:57
Imen Kechiche Guiga was working in her office near the hotel reception when the Tunisia beach attack violence erupted, she saw the gunman and was injured by grenade fragments.