National / International News

AUDIO: BBC trials Instagram news service

BBC - Mon, 2014-02-10 01:30
Helen Lewis and John Crace discuss the BBC's decision to trial the new Instagram news service, Instafax, to deliver 15-second news bulletins.

Scots' views on immigration probed

BBC - Mon, 2014-02-10 01:27
People in Scotland are less likely to want to reduce immigration than people in England and Wales, a new study says.

In New Orleans, learning music by watching the feet

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2014-02-10 01:26

Of all the industries technology is disrupting, the music business is experiencing some of the biggest changes. One thing that has not changed significantly: Music education. But the inventor of a new tool hopes to change that.

Shannon Powell is one of the best drummers in New Orleans. He’s played on a platinum record with Harry Connick Jr. and studied under the New Orleans legend Danny Barker.

"This is where it all started, right here on St. Phillip Street,” says Powell, standing in front of the house where he’s lived his entire life.  "I roamed along this whole neighborhood."

Powell grew up in the Treme neighborhood, where he learned to play the drums by studying the musicians who passed by his front door every weekend during the second line parades, and by watching the women in church play the tambourine.

"All of the rhythms that I was listening to when I was a kid are assimilated to the street beats of New Orleans," he explains. "It’s all a part of that Habanera,  African rhythms and Spanish melodies."

Powell teaches music occasionally at the University of New Orleans. That’s where he met a student named Darren Hoffman.

"He showed me how to play the tambourine," Hoffman recalls. He was surprised at how the lesson began. Powell told him, "if you want to learn to play the tambourine, watch my feet."

"The reason why I tell him to watch my feet," Powell says, "is because when I play the tambourine up high with my hand, I’m doing rhythm with my feet."

Hoffman realized that much of what he learned in his lessons with Powell came from watching him. "It’s not just in how he sounds, it’s in his style and his personality," says Hoffman.

Before studying music, Hoffman studied film, and he got the idea for a new tool to connect musicians like Powell with music students so they could learn from masters, the same way Powell had as a kid. So he brought Powell into a recording studio and surrounded him with video cameras.

The result is the Tutti music player app. When the program is pulled up on a PC, phone or tablet, the screen displays five different frames, each one focused on a different instrument, all of them being played by Powell.

It allows the user to choose which instruments they can see and hear. So if you want to isolate the vocals, or the tambourine, you can. Or you can mute the drums so you can play along, even slow the speed of the video down by half.

Hoffman and a business partner, Kristen McEntyre, are working with music education programs to get Tutti in schools. “We have 400 high schools that are using this, and a number of universities, including courses at Berklee College of Music, and of course we have our at-home musicians,” McEntyre says.

The app itself is free, but the songs have to be purchased individually. A percentage goes back to the musicians who recorded them.

Hoffman and McEntyre plan to expand the offerings of Tutti to different genres of music, and eventually create a subscription model to generate revenue.

The Life and death of Flappy Bird

BBC - Mon, 2014-02-10 01:20
The short life and death of Flappy Bird

Living Wage 'answer to pay squeeze'

BBC - Mon, 2014-02-10 01:17
Rising living costs and stagnating wages are creating a "double squeeze" on the lowest paid, a senior churchman says as he promotes the Living Wage.

NY police break up cockfighting ring

BBC - Mon, 2014-02-10 01:11
Police in New York say they seized about 3,000 birds during their biggest ever operation against illegal cockfighting.

Toyota to end Australia production

BBC - Mon, 2014-02-10 01:06
Toyota plans to end its car and engine production in Australia by the end of 2017, affecting thousands of jobs.

Two men injured in shooting

BBC - Mon, 2014-02-10 00:58
Police appeal for witnesses to a double shooting at a housing estate in Bangor, County Down.

Fulham draw a new low, says Moyes

BBC - Mon, 2014-02-10 00:47
Manchester United boss David Moyes says conceding an injury-time equaliser to Fulham is "as bad as it gets".

Police club fraud inquiry launched

BBC - Mon, 2014-02-10 00:45
Greater Manchester Police launches an investigation into an alleged fraud of up to £10,000 at its sports and social club.

AUDIO: Environment Agency 'bound by Treasury'

BBC - Mon, 2014-02-10 00:40
Lord Smith discusses the stand-in floods minister Eric Pickles' recent criticism of the Environment Agency.

It Takes More Than A Produce Aisle To Refresh A Food Desert

NPR News - Mon, 2014-02-10 00:26

Residents of a Philadelphia neighborhood that lacked a grocer got a new market brimming with fresh fruit and veggies — but that didn't change what they ate, a survey shows. Additional interventions — such as cooking classes and nutrition education — may be needed.

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Family Planning Squeezed In California By Health Law

NPR News - Mon, 2014-02-10 00:25

As more clients go on Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, some birth control clinics are losing money and looking for creative ways to adapt.

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Hillsborough service tickets issued

BBC - Mon, 2014-02-10 00:23
Tickets for a service to mark the 25th anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster are released.

New Heat Treatment Has Changed Lives For Some With Severe Asthma

NPR News - Mon, 2014-02-10 00:22

About 10 percent of people with asthma aren't able to control it with medicine. The procedure delivers zaps of energy that burn off the outer layer of smooth muscle cells in the lungs' airways. That way there's less muscle to contract.

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Punjab gas hit as pipelines bombed

BBC - Sun, 2014-02-09 23:55
The gas supply to Pakistan's most populous province is mostly cut off after militants in the south-west blow up three pipelines, officials say.

Vigilantes parade in Mexican city

BBC - Sun, 2014-02-09 23:40
Mexican vigilante groups parade through Apatzingan after apparently seizing it from the powerful Knights Templar drug cartel at the weekend.

For China, a new year and a new U.S. ambassador

Marketplace - American Public Media - Sun, 2014-02-09 23:29

Back in the late 90s when ambassador Baucus was Senator Baucus, he traveled to China to promote the country’s inclusion in the World Trade Organization. More than a decade later, China’s a WTO member, Baucus is ambassador, and according to one former U.S. diplomat in China, he’ll have a lot on his plate - including a chill in relations between U.S. businesses and the Chinese government. "These will be trying times for ambassador Baucus," says William McCahill, who served as charge d'affaires at the U.S. embassy in Beijing. "Prominent firms have pulled out of China, in some measures because the Chinese haven’t lived up to the commitments they made when they joined the WTO."

McCahill says Baucus was a great choice for ambassador because he'll engage the Chinese on sensitive issues and because of his experience in the U.S. senate, where many decisions on foreign affairs are debated. On the Chinese side, Fudan University’s Shen Dingli says the Chinese will watch Baucus closely, but he doesn’t think the ambassador will be able to influence relations in a meaningful way between the world’s top two economies. "He’s just a machine - a tool," says Shen. "I think we really should not expect anything from any ambassador from both countries."

Whatever people’s expectations for Ambassador Baucus, he IS expected to move to Beijing later this month.

Masuzoe wins Tokyo governor vote

BBC - Sun, 2014-02-09 22:49
Government-backed pro-nuclear candidate Yoichi Masuzoe wins the election for Tokyo governor, beating two anti-nuclear candidates.

6 Die In Wrong-Way Crash On Southern California Freeway

NPR News - Sun, 2014-02-09 22:49

Olivia Culbreath, 21, was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence and manslaughter in connection with the crash on State Route 60 in Diamond Bar, a suburb east of Los Angeles.

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