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AUDIO: CBI: Teach maths 'as a language'

BBC - Wed, 2014-03-12 03:32
Chinese teachers would help English students become more confident with maths, a CBI executive has claimed.

VIDEO: Behind the bars of new blockbuster

BBC - Wed, 2014-03-12 03:22
A new film based in a London prison is set to stir debate about the rehabilitation of violent prisoners

Scotland delay team announcement

BBC - Wed, 2014-03-12 03:20
Scott Johnson delays naming his Scotland side to face Wales amid injury concerns over Tommy Seymour and Max Evans.

Officials Seem To Have No Clue About Fate Of Missing Jet

NPR News - Wed, 2014-03-12 03:15

The search continues, and continues to expand, for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, which disappeared Saturday while en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. There were 239 people on board.

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Soldier remanded over barracks death

BBC - Wed, 2014-03-12 03:10
A 23-year-old soldier appears in court charged with murdering a corporal found dead at an army barracks in Shropshire.

VIDEO: Door hit with bat in court demo

BBC - Wed, 2014-03-12 03:01
On day eight of the trial of Oscar Pistorius, a forensics expert is asked to demonstrate how the bathroom door could have been hit with a cricket bat.

Mexico vigilante boss Mora detained

BBC - Wed, 2014-03-12 02:53
Mexican vigilante leader Hipolito Mora is detained as a suspect in the killing of two fellow vigilantes in Michoacan

Banksy marks Syria third anniversary

BBC - Wed, 2014-03-12 02:53
Reclusive British street artist Banksy reworks one of his most celebrated pieces to mark the third anniversary of the ongoing conflict in Syria.

Man held over McGurk's bar atrocity

BBC - Wed, 2014-03-12 02:41
A 75-year-old man is arrested over a pub bombing in which 15 people were murdered during the height of the Troubles in Northern Ireland.

Libya ex-PM Zeidan 'leaves country'

BBC - Wed, 2014-03-12 02:39
Former Libyan PM Ali Zeidan has left the country, reports say, despite a travel ban being imposed after he lost a confidence vote in parliament.

IPL switched for Indian elections

BBC - Wed, 2014-03-12 02:38
Indian Premier League games are to be played in the UAE and Bangladesh to avoid a clash with the general election.

Patient has pioneering 3D face op

BBC - Wed, 2014-03-12 02:09
A survivor of a serious motorbike accident has pioneering surgery to reconstruct his face using a series of 3D printed parts.

VIDEO: Shanghai teachers flown in for maths

BBC - Wed, 2014-03-12 02:04
Up to 60 Shanghai maths teachers are to be brought to England to raise standards, in an exchange arranged by the Department for Education.

VIDEO: Man's face rebuilt with 3D printing

BBC - Wed, 2014-03-12 02:02
A survivor of a serious motorbike accident has pioneering surgery to reconstruct his face using a series of 3D printed parts.

Labour and Europe - is that clear now?

BBC - Wed, 2014-03-12 01:58
Labour and Europe - is that clear now?

West Brom's Brunt out for six weeks

BBC - Wed, 2014-03-12 01:48
West Brom captain Chris Brunt is ruled out of action for up to six weeks with a knee injury, the club announces.

AUDIO: EU 'may not survive' euro crisis

BBC - Wed, 2014-03-12 01:10
Billionaire investor George Soros discusses the eurozone economy, and Germany's involvement

How El Niño will impact global food prices

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2014-03-12 00:58

Climatologists in the U.S. and elsewhere are starting to predict a likely El Niño weather pattern in the coming year. That’s when changes in the temperature on the ocean surface in one part of the world create all kinds of unusual weather in lots of other places: rains in Florida, droughts in Australia. What might that mean for global food prices?  

"Wait and see," says Scott Shellady, a commodities trader on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, an executive with Trean Group—and a farmer, growing corn and beans. At this point El Niño’s still a maybe. There’s other, for-sure stuff to factor for farmers to factor in right now, he says—like the prices of seed, fuel and fertilizer. "As much as El Niño gets talked about, if they put it in their business plan, they’ll probably be less profitable," Shellady notes. 

From Shellady’s commodities-trader chair, other events are more compelling. For instance, have you heard about this disease that gives piglets diarrhea? Awful.  And it’s raising the price of pork

El Niño effects are different everywhere—more rain in California, less in India—so the effects on crops vary a lot. Commodities markets smooth out some of the bumps—but not for everyone. Purdue University economist Nelson Villoria says in some places — for instance, parts of Africa — El Niño can mean prices double for staples like rice and corn. That’s because not all countries get their food on big global markets.

"Bangladesh gets rice from India," he says. "It doesn’t matter that rice in Uruguay or Argentina is growing strongly. Bangladesh really cares about what’s happening in India."

GIF: The sea surface temperature in the equatorial Pacific Ocean.El Niño is characterized by warm temperatures, which you can see appearing in red regions:


NOAA

Here is NOAA's official description of an El Niño and La Niña: "Sea surface temperature in the equatorial Pacific Ocean (above). El Niño is characterized by unusually warm temperatures and La Niña by unusually cool temperatures in the equatorial Pacific." 

Two held after body found on beach

BBC - Wed, 2014-03-12 00:57
Two people are arrested following the discovery of a missing man's body on a beach in the south of Scotland.

VIDEO: My fight to be a woman priest

BBC - Wed, 2014-03-12 00:23
The day the first woman priest was ordained

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