National / International News

African states agree Ebola strategy

BBC - Thu, 2014-07-03 18:56
Health ministers from 11 West African states agree a common strategy to fight an Ebola outbreak that has killed more than 400 people.

Wild chimp language translated

BBC - Thu, 2014-07-03 18:40
Researchers say they have worked out the meaning of the gestures that wild chimpanzees use to communicate.

Dying need 'free social care'

BBC - Thu, 2014-07-03 18:33
Free social care at the end of life is needed to help the NHS in England save money and improve patient care, cancer campaigners say.

Children's TV 'unhealthy food' worry

BBC - Thu, 2014-07-03 18:30
High levels of unhealthy food appearing in children's television programmes has been highlighted by researchers.

'False hope' of Honduras mine rescue

BBC - Thu, 2014-07-03 17:04
Honduras says 11 men remain trapped in a small gold mine, as officials apologise for false reports that most of them had been rescued.

Why did hacking case take so long to crack?

BBC - Thu, 2014-07-03 16:55
Why did hacking case take so long to crack?

The true cost of HMS Queen Elizabeth

BBC - Thu, 2014-07-03 16:35
The rising costs of new aircraft carriers

VIDEO: Electric Formula E car ready to race

BBC - Thu, 2014-07-03 16:31
Cars competing in the first ever international motor racing series for electric vehicles have been running in anger for the first time.

Colorado marijuana dispensaries have nowhere to put their money

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2014-07-03 16:28

Let’s say you’re a new retail business owner, and you’ve hit the sales jackpot. The product you’re offering is moving faster than snow-cones in the Sahara, and the cash just keeps coming in.

But there’s one hiccup: You can’t deposit said cash into a bank.

That’s the problem recreational marijuana vendors in Colorado are facing. Because the federal government considers marijuana illegal, and because that same federal government regulates banks, THC retailers in Colorado are sitting on piles of cash they can’t do anything with. These vendors are keeping the mounds of cash in backrooms, specially designed vaults, and specially created security firms to hold the money. Yet, there are still significant security concerns about keeping all that cash on hand (not to mention the hassle when it comes to paying taxes, bills and fees).

The IRS, meanwhile, is so opposed to the cash payments on federal taxes, that they’ve begun charging penalties to businesses that pay in greenbacks.

So to help fix the problem, the Colorado legislature has created a co-op that would act very similar to a bank. It would allow pot vendors to make deposits, withdrawals and even electronic transfers.

The problem is that in order to have the co-op function fully, it needs to get approval from – wait for it – the federal government.

Mike Elliot from the Marijuana Industry Group says the regulatory hurdle with the co-op has to do with the Automated Clearing House (ACH), the same system used to make direct deposits for employees.

As Elliot explains to Lizzie O’Leary, most people in Colorado’s marijuana industry think the chance of this co-op passing federal muster are about the same as finding one of those snow-cones in the Sahara Desert.

VIDEO: Chimpanzee gestures translated

BBC - Thu, 2014-07-03 16:26
Researchers work out the meaning of the gestures that wild chimpanzees use to communicate.

The long struggle of the English Democrat

BBC - Thu, 2014-07-03 16:24
Meet the English nationalist politician who refuses to give up

VIDEO: The Tiger who came to the stage

BBC - Thu, 2014-07-03 16:23
As it returns to London's West End, director David Wood explains how he went about adapting children's classic The Tiger Who Came To Tea for the stage.

As Ebola Cases Spike, WHO Asks For More Money And Help

NPR News - Thu, 2014-07-03 16:19

The deadliest Ebola outbreak in history continues to grow in West Africa. Even as health leaders met to figure out how to stop the virus, the number of cases surged — by nearly 20 percent in a week.

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NI police 'to uphold parade ruling'

BBC - Thu, 2014-07-03 16:16
Northern Ireland's new chief constable says his officers will enforce a controversial Belfast parade ruling and warns young people they risk arrest if they are involved in violence.

VIDEO: HS2 'about people, not trains'

BBC - Thu, 2014-07-03 16:03
Sir David Higgins, chairman of HS2, says the rail project will help "a growing disparity in wealth, jobs and opportunity" in the UK.

Quiz of the week's news

BBC - Thu, 2014-07-03 15:57
Why was this man crying so much?

VIDEO: On new UK aircraft carrier's bridge

BBC - Thu, 2014-07-03 15:49
A guided tour of some of the key features of the Royal Navy's new aircraft carrier.

VIDEO: The man who lives in 1946

BBC - Thu, 2014-07-03 15:36
Despite working in the very modern job of cabin crew for British Airways, in his home life Ben Sansum has everything set up as if it is 1946.

Dad 'killed toddler left in hot car'

BBC - Thu, 2014-07-03 15:35
A man accused of killing his son by leaving him inside a hot car will stand trial, a judge rules, as police say evidence suggests intent.

Big Ideas: Jeremy Rifkin and the internet of everything

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2014-07-03 15:34

Now and then we like explore some of the big ideas changing our world.

Like the so-called "internet of everything."

In 2014, it's fair to say that most of us think of capitalism as one of the planet's default economic systems. Markets around the world are interconnected, and even communist countries like China buy and sell internationally.

Jeremy Rifkin is one of the people behind our big idea this week, and he argues that capitalism is, in effect, eating itself. That, thanks to the internet, we've gotten so good at making things cheaply, that everyone can.

Rifkin is an economic theorist who has advised the European Union, and he lays out those ideas his latest book is called the "Zero Marginal Cost Society," which is, he explains,

"The emergence of a news economic system called the 'collaborative commons.' This is actually the first new economic system to emerge since the advent of capitalism and socialism."

On profit motive:

"There's another whole institution that everyone on this planet relies on every day. It's called 'the social economy...' we have millions of organizations that provide all sorts of goods and service from health care to school systems...they're not considered by economists because they create social capital, not market captial."

Listen to the full innterview in the player above.

 

 

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