National / International News

World facing cancer 'tidal wave'

BBC - Mon, 2014-02-03 22:33
The globe is facing a "tidal wave" of cancer, and restrictions on alcohol and sugar must be considered, says the World Health Organization.

No apology to Allister over letter

BBC - Mon, 2014-02-03 22:31
The Sinn Féin education minister is refusing to say sorry to the TUV leader for taking 57 days to answer a letter.

Pensioners 'plot' and castaway doubts - the papers

BBC - Mon, 2014-02-03 22:13
Mixed news for pensioners on the front pages, while papers scrutinise "castaway" Jose Salvador Albarengo's story and the deselection of Tory MP Tim Yeo.

Man held over six shot dead in China

BBC - Mon, 2014-02-03 22:10
Police in China arrest a man accused of shooting six people dead last week because he suspected two men of having affairs with his wife.

Bill of rights for cancer patients

BBC - Mon, 2014-02-03 22:09
A world-renowned cancer specialist from Queen's University in Belfast leads the fight to improve cancer survival rates in Europe.

VIDEO: Five questions from 10 years of Facebook

BBC - Mon, 2014-02-03 21:56
The social media website Facebook is 10 years old. Vice President Nicola Mendelsohn answers five key questions about the company's first past, present and future.

Ten killed in India bus accident

BBC - Mon, 2014-02-03 20:19
At least 10 people are killed after the bus they were travelling overturned in India's western state of Maharashtra, media reports say.

US teacher charged with child abuse

BBC - Mon, 2014-02-03 20:11
A teacher in the US state of California has been arrested on sexual abuse charges after a former student aired allegations in a YouTube video.

Clegg calls for new drugs approach

BBC - Mon, 2014-02-03 19:31
The UK should abandon its current drugs policy because the war on drugs is not being won, Nick Clegg says on a visit to Colombia.

VIDEO: A decade of Facebook: By the numbers

BBC - Mon, 2014-02-03 19:26
Facebook by the numbers at year 10

Hair tongs and mugs top burns list

BBC - Mon, 2014-02-03 18:35
Hair straighteners and hot mugs are the leading causes of childhood scalds and burns, and one year olds are at greatest risk, data reveals.

VIDEO: Who were the real 'Monuments Men'?

BBC - Mon, 2014-02-03 18:22
As 'The Monuments Men' film starring George Clooney premieres in New York, an exhibit in Washington DC, showcases the real men and women who fought to save art from the Nazis during World War II.

Suspended sentence for cat killer

BBC - Mon, 2014-02-03 18:04
A Derbyshire man is given a suspended sentence for strangling his family's pet cat.

Michigan escaped murderer captured

BBC - Mon, 2014-02-03 18:02
A multiple murderer who escaped from a Michigan prison is captured after a manhunt that ends in a car chase.

Yum plays down China bird flu fears

BBC - Mon, 2014-02-03 18:00
Yum Brands, the owner of fast food chains KFC and Pizza Hut, says that fresh concerns of bird flu in China have not impacted on its sales.

Tube strike: Walkout talks end

BBC - Mon, 2014-02-03 17:46
Talks intended to avert strikes on the London Underground end with no agreement.

What does it mean to be Scottish?

BBC - Mon, 2014-02-03 17:34
What does it mean to be Scottish?

What it's like to be (well, voice) a Disney Princess

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2014-02-03 17:06

The Disney hit "Frozen" continues to rake in millions in ticket sales, this weekend coming back to the No. 2 spot in the box office rankings -- and not just in the U.S. 

The film's success has reached Taiwan*, where moviegoers can see the movie dubbed over in Mandarin. In the U.S., Kristen Bell plays the charming protaganist Princess Anna -- but in Taiwan, instead you'll hear the slightly accented voice of an American TV host named Janet Hsieh.

She's not a professional voiceover artist -- and she says this job was a special treat.

"Somebody from Disney called and said that they would love for us to be the voice of Anna," she says. "They thought that my personality was very similar to her. Our first reaction was, 'Are you sure you want me to do this in Chinese?'"

Hsieh is from Houston, and she laughs as she remembers worrying about her accent. She wrote out the entire script in romanization (pinyin) and worked with a voice coach, perfecting her pronunciation and timing her read to the animation on the screen.

The work was much different than hosting a TV show.

"Physically, you're just in the studio, and you're not speaking with anybody else," she says. "So you're acting with yourself and the microphone."

After the film came out, she was curious to know if her voice was recognizable, so she asked her Facebook friends. "They don't hear the accent. Once you get into the character, you don't hear Janet, per se. You see Princess Anna, and you think this is just a Mandarin-speaking Princess Anna."

Beyond her performance, "Frozen" might have an extra reason to be glad they cast Hsieh: Video sales.

"I'm seriously going to buy an entire truckful of Frozen DVDs to pass out to everybody and anybody who wants one."

*CORRECTION: The original version of this story incorrectly referred to a location where "Frozen" has had success. The movie has done well in Taiwan. The text and audio have been corrected.

What it's like to be (well, voice) a Disney Princess

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2014-02-03 17:06

The Disney hit "Frozen" continues to rake in millions in ticket sales, this weekend coming back to the No. 2 spot in the box office rankings -- and not just in the U.S. 

The film's success has reached Taiwan, where moviegoers can see the movie dubbed over in Mandarin. In the U.S., Kristen Bell plays the charming protaganist Princess Anna -- but in Taiwan, instead you'll hear the slightly accented voice of an American TV host named Janet Hsieh.

She's not a professional voiceover artist -- and she says this job was a special treat.

"Somebody from Disney called and said that they would love for us to be the voice of Anna," she says. "They thought that my personality was very similar to her. Our first reaction was, 'Are you sure you want me to do this in Chinese?'"

Hsieh is from Houston, and she laughs as she remembers worrying about her accent. She wrote out the entire script in romanization (pinyin) and worked with a voice coach, perfecting her pronunciation and timing her read to the animation on the screen.

The work was much different than hosting a TV show.

"Physically, you're just in the studio, and you're not speaking with anybody else," she says. "So you're acting with yourself and the microphone."

After the film came out, she was curious to know if her voice was recognizable, so she asked her Facebook friends. "They don't hear the accent. Once you get into the character, you don't hear Janet, per se. You see Princess Anna, and you think this is just a Mandarin-speaking Princess Anna."

Beyond her performance, "Frozen" might have an extra reason to be glad they cast Hsieh: Video sales.

"I'm seriously going to buy an entire truckful of Frozen DVDs to pass out to everybody and anybody who wants one."

Mourinho's tactical triumph stuns Man City

BBC - Mon, 2014-02-03 16:58
How Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho masterminded a famous victory over Manchester City

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