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Brain injury birth mum awarded £5m

BBC - Wed, 2015-03-11 03:22
A Lanarkshire woman whose baby suffered brain damage during birth has won a 16-year fight for £5.25m compensation.

Sangakkara scores record ton in win

BBC - Wed, 2015-03-11 03:17
Kumar Sangakkara scores a record fourth successive one-day international century as Sri Lanka beat Scotland by 148 runs.

UK industrial output falls 0.1%

BBC - Wed, 2015-03-11 03:11
UK industrial output fell by 0.1% in January compared with a month earlier, official figures show.

VIDEO: High spirit tax 'holding industry back'

BBC - Wed, 2015-03-11 03:08
Authors Joel Harrison and Neil Ridley put the case for the economic benefit of a cut in tax on spirits in the Budget.

Happy World Plumbing Day! We Celebrate By Interviewing ... A Plumber

NPR News - Wed, 2015-03-11 03:03

To mark this august occasion, we talk to Fred Schilling, a Florida master plumber who traveled to Haiti after the earthquake to help create a way to deliver clean water.

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Happy World Plumbing Day! We Celebrate By Interviewing ... A Plumber

NPR News - Wed, 2015-03-11 03:03

To mark this august occasion, we talk to Fred Schilling, a Florida master plumber who traveled to Haiti after the earthquake to help create a way to deliver clean water.

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Hillsborough chief stressed 'safety'

BBC - Wed, 2015-03-11 03:03
The man in charge of policing on the day of the Hillsborough disaster said he told officers "safety was paramount" at a briefing prior to the match, the inquest hears.

Banks prepare for round two of stress tests

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2015-03-11 03:01

Each year, the Federal Reserve puts the nation’s biggest banks through stress tests. It wants to make sure they can keep lending even in scenarios where home prices plummet and unemployment spikes. Thirty-one banks passed a round of tests last week. 

“The results last week were purely quantitative. How the banks do under each of the scenarios,” says Karen Petrou, managing director with Federal Financial Analytics.

The next round takes a more qualitative look at the individual banks and their capital planning—how they plan to distribute capital to shareholders through, say, dividends, and whether that leaves them with enough of a capital buffer to cover potential losses.

Petrou says some banks might fail this time.

“The Fed looks at the bank and says no, your mortgage loans are a lot riskier than other bank mortgage loans and you should know that,” Petrou says.

The Fed could tell those banks to keep more capital on hand. Duke University law professor Lawrence Baxter says that could mean share buybacks and dividends are forbidden. Stock repurchases benefit stockholders, because they increase the value of an individual share, but they cut into capital.

“The view is that if they don't maintain sufficient capital to deal with these adverse circumstances, the rest of us are exposed,” he says.

Scotland lags UK on public finances

BBC - Wed, 2015-03-11 02:56
Scotland's public finances have improved but they remain worse than the UK average, according to Scottish government figures.

VIDEO: Siblings chase toddler snatcher

BBC - Wed, 2015-03-11 02:53
Two US children are praised for their swift action in pursuing a man who attempted to kidnap their 22-month-old sibling.

11 Missing In Black Hawk Helicopter Crash In Florida

NPR News - Wed, 2015-03-11 02:41

Seven Marines and a crew of four were aboard the helicopter, which had been on a training exercise at Eglin Air Force Base in the Florida Panhandle, according to the base's public affairs office.

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Black Hawk Helicopter Crashes In Florida With 11 Aboard

NPR News - Wed, 2015-03-11 02:41

Seven Marines and a crew of four were aboard the helicopter, which had been on a training exercise at Eglin Air Force Base in the Florida Panhandle, according to the base's public affairs office.

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VIDEO: SA reporter mugged on camera

BBC - Wed, 2015-03-11 02:39
A South African news reporter is mugged while preparing for a live broadcast.

VIDEO: The world's most expensive ham

BBC - Wed, 2015-03-11 02:36
The BBC's Gabriela Torres visited a farm in Extremadura in south west Spain to find out how pigs behind the world's most expensive ham - Iberico - are reared.

Court backs ex-wife over divorce cash

BBC - Wed, 2015-03-11 02:18
A former New Age traveller whose ex-husband became a millionaire a decade after they separated has won a divorce cash fight in the Supreme Court.

S Africa TV crew mugged on camera

BBC - Wed, 2015-03-11 02:17
One of South Africa's best known TV reporters is mugged on camera as he waited to go on air in Johannesburg.

Motorway thieves steal French jewels

BBC - Wed, 2015-03-11 02:15
Armed thieves seize a reported €9m (£6m) euros' worth of jewels from two high security vans at a French motorway toll booth.

India ex-PM summoned in coal scandal

BBC - Wed, 2015-03-11 02:09
A court in India summons former prime minister Manmohan Singh over a corruption scandal involving coal mining licenses.

Social and emotional learning emerges at SXSWedu

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2015-03-11 02:08

Marketplace reporter Adriene Hill has been in Austin this week, covering SXSWedu with the LearningCurve team. She spoke with Tech's Ben Johnson about the emergence of social and emotional learning as a trend at this year’s event.

Hunter Gehlbach, associate professor at Harvard Graduate School of Education, says "human skills" are a trending topic at SXSWedu because, “at our core, we are fundamentally social creatures," he says.

"So if students are preoccupied with this fundamental need that they don’t feel like they belong, that they’re being bullied, those kinds of things, there’s no way that they’re going to pay attention to what’s going on in the classroom," Gehlbach says.

More research is finding that strengthening social and emotional skills can help kids learn. The focus stems from digital citizenship, and a desire to encourage kids to take a step back from their constantly connected, tech-infused, app-filled world.

Mindfulness instructor and former teacher Erin Sharaf says social and emotional learning can look different depending on how students learn best:

“It might look like students sitting on the floor doing postures that look like yoga; it might look like a bell ringing and their task right now is just to listen to the bell. It might look like eating a raisin, and really being fully present with that raisin, and actually noticing what it tastes like instead of thinking about the math lesson that they have to do next or the fight that they had at home before they came into the classroom,” she says.

Erin Sharef / Hunter Gehlbach

But there are applications of technology in this social and emotional space as well. Gelhbach brings up a virtual reality project in the works that allows kids to experience multiple perspectives of a bullying situation, and says tech is helping researchers like him get better data — and use it in better ways — to help show these social skills can improve learning.

Facebook removes 'fat' status update

BBC - Wed, 2015-03-11 01:58
The social network says it's listening to criticism that the "feeling fat" status could reinforce negative body image.

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