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Millions of gloves to fight Ebola

BBC - Mon, 2014-09-15 07:01
Malaysia is to donate more than 20 million rubber gloves to alleviate shortages among health workers tackling the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.

Do you tip hotel housekeepers?

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2014-09-15 06:59

Checking out of a Marriott hotel this week? For the first time, you might see an envelope inviting you to leave a tip for the housekeeper. The company is adding the envelopes to 160,000 rooms in the U.S. and Canada to remind guests that even though they might not see the person who cleans their room, that doesn’t mean they shouldn’t tip. 

“I think they want someone to know that the room isn’t cleaned by Rosie the robot,” says Henry Harteveldt, the founder of the travel research company Atmosphere Research Group. “There is a human who is working there.”

The program, called "The Envelope Please," launched in partnership with the nonprofit "A Woman's Nation," run by Maria Shriver, a journalist and the former first lady of California.

Hartevelt says some hotels already encourage tipping with a small sign in the room or include it as a fee on the bill.

“It’s a more widespread practice outside the United States, akin to how restaurants, for example, will include a service charge of 10 percent or more on the bill when you dine there,” he explains.

“Particularly for domestic travelers, that idea that you should leave some sort of a tip is something not many people consider,” says Doug Stallings, a senior editor at Fodor’s Travel.

Stallings recommends leaving a few dollars on the pillow each morning, since the same person may not clean the room during the entire length of a stay. He’s in favor of Marriott’s move, provided the hotel doesn’t base future wage rates on the fact that workers will be earning tips.

Typically, housekeepers and maids in this industry make about $9.20 an hour, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

However, critics argue that if Marriott was really concerned about how much their housekeepers are making, it could simply give them a raise.

“It’s [Marriott’s] responsibility to pay their workers enough so that tips aren't necessary,” Barbara Ehrenreich told the Associated Press. She worked in various low-paying jobs for her book called “Nickel and Dimed."


Trial deal for German 'IS fighter'

BBC - Mon, 2014-09-15 06:55
A man on trial in Germany on charges of fighting for the Islamic State group in Syria is offered a shorter jail term in exchange for a confession.

VIDEO: Exploding pavement CCTV released

BBC - Mon, 2014-09-15 06:48
CCTV footage of a pavement exploding in Westminster has been released ahead of a meeting where energy bosses will be quizzed about the issue.

An English Champions League winner?

BBC - Mon, 2014-09-15 06:45
The Champions League group stage starts on Tuesday, with English teams looking stronger than in recent seasons.

Child heart surgery views sought

BBC - Mon, 2014-09-15 06:42
A consultation begins into the future of children's heart surgery in England after a review last year was dismissed by the government as flawed.

Teenager stab killing 'preventable'

BBC - Mon, 2014-09-15 06:17
The death of 16-year-old Christina Edkins could have been prevented if her killer had received mental health treatment, a report finds.

VIDEO: Indian launch for Android One phone

BBC - Mon, 2014-09-15 06:06
Google launches the first Android One branded smartphones in India.

Chinese Teacher Is Busted After Demanding Gifts From Students

NPR News - Mon, 2014-09-15 06:04

In China's extremely competitive school system, families often buy presents for teachers. But a teacher has been suspended after she was caught on tape demanding gifts and insulting her students.

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Who Determines Whether Someone Has A 'Latino Heart'?

NPR News - Mon, 2014-09-15 05:46

New Mexico gubernatorial candidate Gary King has lost support among Latino voters in the state after questioning the Latino bona fides of incumbent Gov. Susana Martinez.

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VIDEO: Scottish deal: Fair or unfair to UK?

BBC - Mon, 2014-09-15 05:38
Will any post-referendum settlement for Scotland be fair to people in the rest of the United Kingdom?

Mother jumped to death with son

BBC - Mon, 2014-09-15 05:28
A woman jumped to her death from rocks at Dartmoor with her five-year-old son, an inquest has heard.

US gas leaks not caused by fracking

BBC - Mon, 2014-09-15 05:16
A new study suggests that the contamination of drinking water by shale gas is due to faulty wells and not hydraulic fracturing.

Amateurs to Anfield in four years

BBC - Mon, 2014-09-15 05:13
Liverpool's Champions League opponents have had a meteoric rise, partly thanks to their penalty-saving defender Cosmin Moti.

Microsoft buys Minecraft for $2.5bn

BBC - Mon, 2014-09-15 05:10
Mojang, the Swedish firm behind the popular video game Minecraft, is bought by Microsoft for $2.5bn (£1.5bn).

Mexican Resort Town Pummeled By Powerful Hurricane Odile

NPR News - Mon, 2014-09-15 05:10

The Category 3 cyclone, the strongest on record to hit the region, slammed the tourist destination of Cabo San Lucas and will weaken as it moves up the Baja California peninsula, forecasters say.

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VIDEO: Cancer doctor abused child patients

BBC - Mon, 2014-09-15 05:06
A child cancer specialist has admitted a series of sexual assaults on young boys in his care.

M&S offers online education courses

BBC - Mon, 2014-09-15 05:03
The High Street retailer is entering online education with the launch of a business course with Leeds University.

Pistorius Could Still Compete For South Africa In Olympics

NPR News - Mon, 2014-09-15 04:59

Despite a conviction for culpable homicide and the looming possibility of a jail term, Oscar Pistorius would be free to compete, says the head of South Africa's Olympic committee.

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VIDEO: Stormont pays tribute to Ian Paisley

BBC - Mon, 2014-09-15 04:56
First and deputy first ministers pay tribute to former first minister and DUP leader Ian Paisley at Stormont
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