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Gross failures over meningitis death

BBC - Tue, 2014-07-01 02:50
A hospital made "gross failures" over the death of schoolboy given paracetamol instead of antibiotics for meningitis, a coroner rules.

Cow in harbour sparks rescue effort

BBC - Tue, 2014-07-01 02:47
A rescue effort is launched after a cow got into the water at Aberdeen Harbour.

Murray Mound renamed on Google Maps

BBC - Tue, 2014-07-01 02:43
The unofficially-named Murray Mound at Wimbledon reverts back to Henman Hill on Google Maps as defending champion Andy Murray reaches quarter-finals.

School bans playground football

BBC - Tue, 2014-07-01 02:36
A school bans children from playing football at lunchtime after some pupils broke rules and used "inappropriate language".

Charges dropped in Black murder case

BBC - Tue, 2014-07-01 02:35
Charges have been dropped against a man charged with the murder of County Tyrone prison officer David Black.

Carbs boost tree drought resilience

BBC - Tue, 2014-07-01 02:34
Higher levels of a compound known as non-structural carbohydrates boost tropical trees' chances of surviving droughts, a study suggests.

'Cheat' Vincent is banned for life

BBC - Tue, 2014-07-01 02:28
Former New Zealand batsman Lou Vincent is banned for life and admits he is a "cheat" who "shamed" the sport by match-fixing.

VIDEO: Maggie: 'I am a complete Anglophile'

BBC - Tue, 2014-07-01 02:24
Hollywood actress Maggie Gyllenhaal talks about her latest role in a British television series

German Schulz to lead MEPs again

BBC - Tue, 2014-07-01 02:24
New MEPs meeting for the first time elect German Socialist Martin Schulz to lead the European Parliament again.

VIDEO: Heathrow sorry for baggage backlog

BBC - Tue, 2014-07-01 02:21
The new Chief Executive of Heathrow John Holland-Kaye apologises to passengers affected by a problem with the airport's baggage handling.

BNP Paribas to pay $9bn to US

BBC - Tue, 2014-07-01 02:17
France's largest bank BNP Paribas agrees to a record $9bn (£5.1bn) settlement with US prosecutors over allegations of sanctions violations.

AUDIO: Trident 'an effective deterrent'

BBC - Tue, 2014-07-01 02:15
Sir Menzies Campbell says it is in the UK's national interest to maintain its nuclear capability.

EU roaming fees fall for phone users

BBC - Tue, 2014-07-01 02:08
Charges for surfing the internet on smartphones while travelling in the EU have been cut by half as new rules come into force.

Facebook's psychology study under scrutiny

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2014-07-01 02:00

Facebook has been at the center of controversy in the tech world after it was revealed that the social network manipulated the feeds of its users to examine how they react to changes in the tone of their friends' posts. 

The main finding of the study, according to Karen North, professor of social media and psychology at USC, is that Human beings are social animals — People saw that their friends were posting positive or negative things, and leaned towards doing what their friends were doing. 

As for the motivations behind the study, improving Facebook's core business was likely the key. 

“This is probably a combination of how to get people to buy things but also how to drive up engagement with Facebook,” says North. 

She also noted that the mining of consumer data in such a manner is fairly common. The reaction here, she argues, might speak to the nature of the business Facebook is in. 

She adds, "This is nothing new, it's just that it feels a little more invasive here because it feels like it is infiltrating our private conversations."

The most popular crowd at the public library?

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2014-07-01 02:00
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Green cards pay for new hotels

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2014-07-01 02:00

A new hotel just opened in downtown Los Angeles, with most of the money to pay for it originating outside the country – 95 percent of the financing came from 320 immigrant investors from 14 countries.

The sleek, modern lobby is unusual because it serves two hotels in one building: a Marriott Courtyard and Residence Inn.

General manager Erik Palmer says the two-in-one model appeals to investors.

“From an owners’ lens, it makes the hotel a lot more efficient. We have one front desk team, one housekeeping team and one engineering team," he says.

Almost all the financing came through what are called EB-5 visas, otherwise known as investor visas. In return for a $500,000 investment that creates at least ten jobs, foreigners get a green card.

One hotel investor – William Jeffcock – is a British citizen by way of Monaco.

“Because my home and residence was Monaco, there were very few paths which I would have qualified for. So the EB-5 really was the only way for me to come,” says Jeffcock.

He says his hotel investment was not primarily to buy a green card for the U.S.

“I hope to make money on this,” says Jeffcock. “I believe in the next two or three years I’ll be making 2 to 6 percent on my money.”

But other businesses using EB-5 money don’t always deliver what’s promised. In several states, the visa program has been used to defraud investors. Some observers dispute the number of jobs created.

Plus, there’s the issue of who collects the money. Even though the U.S. government is giving away the green cards, it’s the private sector that collects the half-million dollar payment.

“If you really want to create jobs, why not do it directly, by having the money come to the government? And then the government can decide how to allocate that to create jobs,” says John Vogel, who teaches at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth.

Vogel says the government could use money from investment visas for hiring workers to repair our infrastructure or expand internet access; the kind of economic development that benefits more of society than new hotels.

Bacon triptych sells for £26.7m

BBC - Tue, 2014-07-01 01:52
A small-format Francis Bacon triptych of his lover George Dyer sells for £26.7m at a London auction.

VIDEO: Humans outsmarted by clever rooks

BBC - Tue, 2014-07-01 01:51
The British Trust for Ornithology wants members of the public to report their observations to help study the behaviour of some of our cleverest garden birds, rooks.

Stars gather for Cameron arts bash

BBC - Tue, 2014-07-01 01:29
David Cameron hosts famous names from the arts, entertainment and media to celebrate their contribution to British life.

New ISA savings accounts take effect

BBC - Tue, 2014-07-01 01:27
Savers will be able to set more money aside tax-free and have more flexibility between cash and investments, under new rules now taking effect.
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