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Africa's first education tablet

BBC - Mon, 2014-09-15 15:01
How Africa's first education tablet computer was created

Build your Martian dream home

BBC - Mon, 2014-09-15 15:00
Is this how the cities of Mars will be built?

Tech firms want 'digital ministers'

BBC - Mon, 2014-09-15 15:00
An influential group of major technology firms is calling on the UK to appoint "digital ministers" in every government department.

Tommy Boggs, Influential Lobbyist, Dies At 73

NPR News - Mon, 2014-09-15 14:55

Boggs changed the lobbying profession by recognizing how power in Washington was becoming more diffuse.

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'One punch' death CCTV released

BBC - Mon, 2014-09-15 14:50
CCTV images of men wanted in connection with the death of a man after a "single punch" on a night out in Manchester are released.

Allardyce eyes defensive improvement

BBC - Mon, 2014-09-15 14:48
West Ham boss Sam Allardyce wants his side to improve defensively after twice coming from behind to draw at Hull.

Alibaba raises price of share sale

BBC - Mon, 2014-09-15 14:48
Chinese online giant Alibaba increases the price range of its initial public offering, meaning it could raise more than $25bn when it lists in New York.

Move to cut Bangladesh marriage age

BBC - Mon, 2014-09-15 14:43
The Bangladeshi cabinet proposes measures to lower the marriageable age for men and women, while toughening the penalty for violating the limits.

Hurricane Odile stuns Mexico resorts

BBC - Mon, 2014-09-15 14:32
Hurricane Odile causes devastation in the beach resorts of Mexico's Baja California peninsula, triggering looting in some areas.

VIDEO: Phones 4U shops closing for business

BBC - Mon, 2014-09-15 14:15
Retailer Phones 4U has gone into administration putting 5,596 jobs at risk.

Who makes your favorite beer? Probably one of these 5 companies.

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2014-09-15 14:09

Update: CNBC reporter David Faber is reporting that his sources at AB InBev say that rumors the company is seeking finance in preparation to acquire SABMiller are false.

The rumors had swirled this week that Anheuser-Busch InBev, the brewer of Budweiser beer was seeking financing for a possible deal to purchase rival beer-maker SABMiller, reports the Wall Street Journal. If it were to happen, the deal would combine the two largest beer producers in the world.

From the Wall Street Journal: 

The talks about financing come on the heels of an approach by SABMiller to buy Dutch brewer Heineken NV, which Heineken said Sunday it had rejected. The U.K. brewer hasn't been discouraged by Heineken's initial rejection and would consider another bid, according to another person familiar with the discussions.

Police job panel 'not compromised'

BBC - Mon, 2014-09-15 13:53
Northern Ireland's Policing Board has rejected Sinn Féin claims that the process to recruit a new deputy chief constable was compromised.

Welsh politicians debate Scots vote

BBC - Mon, 2014-09-15 13:45
Extra powers for Wales, how it is funded and whether it would be weaker if Scotland left the union are the subject of a debate on the impact of the independence referendum.

China creates a texting lane

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2014-09-15 13:41

I don't known whether it's this week's sign the apocalpypse is upon us, or simply an acknowledgement of reality, but officials in Chongqing, China have created an entirely separate section of sidewalk just for pedestrians using cellphones.

That is, people walking along with their noses down in their phones.

It should help with those awkward near-collisions, but the signs do have a disclaimer: "Walk in this lane at your own risk."

Chongqing City has set up China's 1st "exclusive sidewalk for mobile phone users ” to avoid possible crashes on Fri pic.twitter.com/jFiCbbE1yk

— People's Daily,China (@PDChina) September 13, 2014

 

VIDEO: Preacher releases church collapse video

BBC - Mon, 2014-09-15 13:34
Preacher TB Joshua believes the church collapse in Nigeria is linked to a plane being seen overhead shortly before the building fell.

Alert halts Queen's drug conference

BBC - Mon, 2014-09-15 13:33
Army bomb experts attend a security alert at Queen's University Belfast after a suspicious package was found on the main campus.

Microsoft founders commit $59 million to fight Ebola

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2014-09-15 13:33

Last week, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation committed $50 million “to support the scale up of emergency efforts to contain the Ebola outbreak,” and Paul Allen has pledged $9 million. 

On Tuesday, President Obama will travel to Atlanta, where he will visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC has been overseeing the U.S. government’s response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, but Gilbert Burnham, co-director of the Center for Refugee and Disaster Response at Johns Hopkins University, gives a lot of credit to philanthropists like Gates and Allen.

"This is going to be the thing that turns the tide, the concern of individuals, rather than just the concern of government here,” he says.

The field of public health has changed, and, according to UNC medical anthropologist Peter Redfield, foundations and non-governmental organizations are more important than ever. “I think we now have a different set of expectations of what will happen in response to a kind of crisis or outbreak, and who will be the primary actors involved.”

Governments and the United Nations used to take the lead, but Dan Bausch, an expert on infectious diseases at Tulane University, says budgets took a hit after the financial crisis. “We probably would be on top of this more than we are if we hadn’t seen some dwindling of those funds in recent years.”

The Gates Foundation plays an outsize role in public health these days, but Rebecca Katz, a public health professor at George Washington University, says this pledge of support is kind of out of character. “They haven’t traditionally been engaged in disaster response,” she says. “But this outbreak is precedent-setting in all sorts of ways.”

Katz hopes some of that money will help with personnel. She says there are fewer than 250 doctors in all of Liberia.

“In Sierra Leone, you’re looking at a ratio of one physician for 30,000 people,” Katz says.

That is not nearly enough to combat an outbreak  that- as she and other experts say - is still out of control.

Dress like Olivia Pope with help from 'The Limited'

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2014-09-15 13:33

In the ABC drama “Scandal,” Kerry Washington plays the fiercely stylish Olivia Pope, a crisis manager in the nation’s capital. Just in time for the show's fourth season premiere later this month, The Limited is unveiling a line of clothing inspired by the show.  

While kids shows are no strangers to merchandising, the “Scandal” collection is hardly the first TV licensing deal for grownups. Duck Dynasty-themed products brought in an estimated $400 million last year. And have you seen the Game of Thrones-branded beers?

Sometimes it happens in less obvious ways,” says Marty Brochstein with the Licensing Industry Merchandisers' Association. “There is a furniture line connected to 'The Good Wife,' for example.”

Yes, you can sit on Alicia’s Guest Chair or Cary’s Office Sofa, from furniture retailer Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams.

For the networks, Brochstein says, the goal isn’t just selling products, but getting more butts on those sofas, watching their shows.

“It is reminding you that the show is on and that you love it and wow, isn’t that a great look?” he says.

Fans of the AMC hit “Mad Men” may have had that thought walking by Banana Republic at the mall a while back. A line of clothing inspired by that show sold well for a while, says analyst Wendy Liebmann with WSL Strategic Retail.

“Then it faded pretty quickly,” she says. “For fashion, you know, it’s all fast and furious.”

One the other hand, demand for the products can outlast the shows, says the licensing association’s Marty Brochstein. Thanks to Netflix, people just getting into AMC’s “Breaking Bad” may still want a licensed hazmat suit for Halloween, even though the show ended a year ago.

What Obama Should Say And Do About Ebola

NPR News - Mon, 2014-09-15 13:32

The president is expected to announce a new U.S. effort to help stop the Ebola outbreak. What kind of help should the U.S. provide? We asked two specialists.

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Hull City 2-2 West Ham United

BBC - Mon, 2014-09-15 13:30
West Ham produce a spirited fightback as they twice come from behind to deny Hull City victory at the KC Stadium.
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