National / International News

Why China and Vietnam are bumping boats

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-05-09 02:32

There's a battle brewing in the South China Sea. Ownership of territory near the Paracel Islands is disputed, and after China moved an oil drilling rig into the area, Vietnam sent ships to investigate.

The Chinese rammed the Vietnamese crafts and shot them with water cannons, but this fight is a lot bigger than one Chinese oil rig.

"It involves not just China and Vietnam, but also Taiwan, the Philippines, Brunei and Malaysia," says Taylor Fravel, a professor of political science at MIT. Fravel notes that border disputes in the area have been going on for decades and this is China's way of trying to demonstrate its claim to the territory.

"China is desperate for domestic sources of energy," says Ernie Bower, senior adviser for Southeast Asia Studies at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

Bower says there's potentially more gas under the waters in the disputed territories than in the Gulf of Mexico, and more oil than in Alaska. The U.S. Geological survey says it's likely there are 2.5 billion barrels of oil, yet to be tapped in the area.

"People have been shot at and killed before between these two countries on these very waters," Bower says, noting the fight is also about fish, a source of protein to feed enormous populations.

It's a very real dispute for the Vietnamese, says Bowers, with the location where the Chinese attacked the Vietnamese ships just 120 miles off its shore.

"And the Vietnamese are rightly concerned about their sovereignty."

Allardyce not expecting West Ham sack

BBC - Fri, 2014-05-09 02:24
West Ham boss Sam Allardyce says there is "no indication" from co-owner David Sullivan his position is under threat.

VIDEO: Floatels: Hotels for the open sea

BBC - Fri, 2014-05-09 02:20
How do you build a floating hotel that can withstand 100ft waves? The BBC's Sharanjit Leyl gets a tour of the technology behind the latest 'floatel'.

Pressure mounts over US net rules

BBC - Fri, 2014-05-09 02:19
A group of more than 50 venture capitalists add their voice to growing opposition for US plans to change net-neutrality laws

VIDEO: Tech review: This week's headlines

BBC - Fri, 2014-05-09 02:15
The fridge, washing machine and cooker that can be controlled by text message, plus other tech news.

'Skull Cracker' in court over raid

BBC - Fri, 2014-05-09 02:14
A man known as the "Skull Cracker" appears in court accused of committing an armed robbery while being unlawfully at large from an open prison.

Warm Texas wind blows green for Mars

BBC - Fri, 2014-05-09 01:59
Warm Texas wind blows green for Mars

Ferry relatives protest in S Korea

BBC - Fri, 2014-05-09 01:57
Relatives of passengers aboard a ferry that sank last month try to make their way to South Korea's presidential office to demand a meeting.

Sex attack boys enticed into cars

BBC - Fri, 2014-05-09 01:56
Two boys are enticed into cars in Leicester and sexually assaulted in two separate incidents which could be linked, police say.

'Wee Oscar' dies after cancer battle

BBC - Fri, 2014-05-09 01:56
Oscar Knox, the County Antrim boy whose long battle against an aggressive form of cancer captured the hearts of many people in Northern Ireland, has died.

Jones and Rooney fit for World Cup

BBC - Fri, 2014-05-09 01:49
Manchester United interim boss Ryan Giggs says England's Phil Jones and Wayne Rooney will be fit for the World Cup in Brazil.

Hamilton edges Button in practice

BBC - Fri, 2014-05-09 01:42
Lewis Hamilton sets the fastest time in first practice for the Spanish Grand Prix, almost a second ahead of Jenson Button.

Wenger wants FFP rule-breakers banned

BBC - Fri, 2014-05-09 01:41
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger says Uefa should exclude clubs that break financial fair play regulations from European competition.

The best conversations happen over brunch

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-05-09 01:37

Here in the New York Bureau of Marketplace, we're getting ready for brunch. We even have the fixings for mimosas.

Yes, in the middle of the week. And, yes, in the middle of a work day.

But brunch, or really "Marketplace Brunch" is one of the segments we're trying out for our new show, Marketplace Weekend. The idea is to take some of the really smart and creative people inside the Marketplace family, and have the kind of conversation you might have over a meal with your friends... but do it on the radio.

So I'll be gathering in the studio with people like Stacey Vanek Smith, Sabri Ben-Achour and Mark Garrison, to talk about what they're covering. And probably more importantly: what's on their mind as they look ahead to the week that's coming up.

All this is part of how you create a new show: You come up with ideas for segments, try them out, and see how they sound. Earlier, we tried a segment that took responses from Twitter and Facebook, and folded them into a personal finance conversation. I'll let you into a secret: it sounded awful! Nobody (even my mother) wants to listen to me reading a bunch of tweets. So we reworked it, with a listener calling in to talk about her student loan debt. And that version was great!

We want to make sure that Marketplace Weekend is fun and dynamic, and that we never lose sight of where human experiences fit in economic stories.

A while back, we did a story on Marketplace Money that examined gentrification. It's a model for where we want to go with the new show.

We introduced listeners to Britty Krone, a lifelong Harlem resident. She took me on a tour of her neighborhood and told about the changes that were happening, and what it felt like to live through them.

Gentrification is a huge story: it touches on policy, politics, housing prices, race, and the changing nature of our cities. But at its heart, it's really a story about human beings. Brittny's example was a good reminder of that.

As we create this new show, we want to keep doing stories like that: complex, multi-layered, and demanding a little extra thought and care.

We also want your input. So keep it coming! Tell us what you want in Marketplace Weekend. The kinds of stories and sounds that you want to listen to when you have your own... well... brunch. 

Publisher in £360m refinancing plan

BBC - Fri, 2014-05-09 01:35
Newspaper and online publisher Johnston Press unveils a £360m refinancing plan in a bid to pay off debt and fund future growth.

Crowdfunding Can Help Build Business, But At What Cost?

NPR News - Fri, 2014-05-09 01:35

The Securities and Exchange Commission is poised to let small businesses get financed by the masses. Investing in startups is risky, though. Meanwhile, critics are wary of regulation.

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'Boys never beat me at arm wrestling'

BBC - Fri, 2014-05-09 01:29
Meet the 15-year-old schoolgirl who dreams of Olympic gold from her world of chalk dust, leotards & bar-bending weights.

Tear gas fired at Thai protesters

BBC - Fri, 2014-05-09 01:02
Police in Thailand fire tear gas at anti-government protesters in Bangkok, two days after a court ousted PM Yingluck Shinawatra.

A very tech-y Mother's day! A new Silicon Tally

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-05-09 01:00

It's time for Silicon Tally. How well have you kept up with the week in tech news?

This week we're joined by Adrienne LaFrance, an editor and technology reporter at The Atlantic. var _polldaddy = [] || _polldaddy; _polldaddy.push( { type: "iframe", auto: "1", domain: "marketplaceapm.polldaddy.com/s/", id: "silicon-tally-may-9", placeholder: "pd_1399585051" } ); (function(d,c,j){if(!document.getElementById(j)){var pd=d.createElement(c),s;pd.id=j;pd.src=('https:'==document.location.protocol)?'https://polldaddy.com/survey.js':'http://i0.poll.fm/survey.js';s=document.getElementsByTagName(c)[0];s.parentNode.insertBefore(pd,s);}}(document,'script','pd-embed'));

The tech of DJ-ing with DJ Rekha

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-05-09 01:00

If you head downtown to (le) Poisson Rouge on the first Thursday of the month, you'll find yourself transported to another country. The Punjab region of South Asia, to be exact.

That's because Rekha Malhotra, a.k.a. DJ Rekha, has spent her entire career as a DJ championing the sounds of Bhangra and Bollywood in the states.

These days, you can find her at Basement Bhangra, a monthly dance party that celebrates the music and dance of Bhangra.

Bhangra music is, in and of itself, a kind of remix - a melding of folk tunes with Western styles of music.

It just so happens that the style and form of the music lends itself to having a dance beat added underneath. 

It is this kind of embrace of the new as it relates to the old that Malhotra remembers as being a significant part of the Indian-American community she knew growing up:

“Every Indian American household had a VCR first, because the movies were important, watching the Bollywood films. And in the 90s there was a huge Indian Bollywood remix scene. Taking Bollywood records without getting the original parts and putting beats on them.”

For her part, Malhotra says technology is both a help and a hinderance to her life as a DJ.

She laments the loss of craft when it comes to the art of physically picking out records and matching the rhythms of tracks for seamless transitions. She also points out, however, that the ability to quickly purchase and download a requested song that she doesn't have on a record or a CD is a blessing, and allows her to better serve her audience.

At the end of the day, Malhotra says being a DJ is about being able to read an audience and react, and no amount of technology can give you that talent.

Listen to a Spotify playlist built by Ben Johnson featuring artists from our Playing With Machines series, and others: 

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