National / International News

CWU asked to fund Green candidate

BBC - Mon, 2015-02-16 04:38
The Labour-supporting CWU union has been asked to fund a Green Party candidate standing against a shadow minister.

Brexit 'disaster for UK and EU'

BBC - Mon, 2015-02-16 04:34
The UK's withdrawal from the European Union would be a "disaster" for both sides, a European commissioner says.

Missing cat found after 8 years

BBC - Mon, 2015-02-16 04:33
A cat is reunited with his owner after going missing for eight years.

Billboards surprise motorists with art instead of ads

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2015-02-16 04:33

Driving across the middle of the country, you see billboards everywhere, for things like diners, casinos and adult bookstores. The sign advertising industry is actually worth $7 billion dollars nationwide.

Missouri averages three billboards per mile – more than any of its neighboring states. But when you get to Hatton, Missouri, there’s one sign that’s not like the others. It’s sandwiched between an ad for a strip club and an ad for more billboards in the middle of a muddy soybean field.

The billboard was designed by artist Kim Beck. It has the words “next exit” written in cloud letters gainst a blue backdrop. The background of the sign bleeds into the actual sky today. There are no logos or branding identification on the artwork.

The billboard towers above Anne Thompson, who teaches art at the University of Missouri. This piece is part of her I-70 Sign Show public art project. Thompson says this sign is meant to subtly confront billboards that ask drivers if they are going to heaven or hell.

“I think the words ‘next exit’ are probably the most [commonly found] along the interstate,” she says. “But when you see them written in clouds as this kind of displaced piece of sky in the sky, it takes on a different kind of poetic meaning, like where is your next exit?”

She picked six artists to create pieces that compete in the shouting match of anti-abortion, gun-rights and political campaign signage along the highway. One piece shows the words “blah blah blah” scrawled across the billboard that tackles the confusion of language. Another sign has the word “Blurred” written half in blue and half in red as a comment on the divided politics of Missouri.

More than 45,000 cars cruise I-70 each day with the chance to catch the socially engaging art.  In a city like Chicago, a sign might run you thousands of dollars a month. Here in rural Missouri? It’s only about $900.

One sign has caught the attention of Jessica Baran, the director of the Fort Gondo Compound for the Arts in St. Louis.

“To have a large, powerful, very assertive African American female figure flanking the exit that’s leading to where the recent unrest in Ferguson has taken place, certainly has a psychic value,” she said.

Indeed, Thompson says when that sign by artist Mickalene Thomas moved from a soy bean field to five miles from where Michael Brown was shot, the conversation changed from gender politics to race politics.

Ultimately, Thompson says she hopes the project continues stirring up more conversations about contentious issues seen from the road.


Colombian soldiers killed by bomb

BBC - Mon, 2015-02-16 04:32
Three soldiers are killed in north-eastern Colombia in an attack blamed by the army on the country's second-largest rebel force, the ELN.

Schools reopen in Ebola-hit Liberia

BBC - Mon, 2015-02-16 04:24
Many schools in Liberia reopen six months after the world's deadliest Ebola outbreak forced their closure.

VIDEO: Washing machine 'vandalism' deadlock

BBC - Mon, 2015-02-16 04:23
Three executives from LG electronics are due to stand trial in South Korea after being accused of vandalising washing machines made by rival firm Samsung.

Renewed fears over Longannet future

BBC - Mon, 2015-02-16 04:10
There are renewed fears for the future of the huge coal-fired power station at Longannet in Fife, BBC Scotland has learned.

Police 'thank' Facebook taunt man

BBC - Mon, 2015-02-16 04:08
Police issue their own message to an on-the-run criminal who taunted them on Facebook, as he is arrested and returned to prison.

What would happen if prices started going down?

BBC - Mon, 2015-02-16 04:06
Britain is heading for its first period of falling prices since 1989.

Hadi allies clash with Yemen police

BBC - Mon, 2015-02-16 04:04
Clashes erupt in the Yemeni city of Aden as militiamen loyal to President Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi seize buildings guarded by pro-rebel police forces.

Racecourse bans punter picnics

BBC - Mon, 2015-02-16 03:59
"Trip hazard" picnics face ban at Newcastle Racecourse for health and safety reasons.

Saturday Night Live marks 40 years

BBC - Mon, 2015-02-16 03:37
Saturday Night Live celebrates its 40th birthday with a three-hour special featuring guests including Jack Nicholson and Robert De Niro.

Soyinka on Nigeria's 'cycle of evil'

BBC - Mon, 2015-02-16 03:29
Ahead of Nigeria's presidential election, Nobel-Prize winning author Wole Soyinka tells the BBC's Will Ross that both main candidates have serious flaws.

Villa job a 'no brainer' - Sherwood

BBC - Mon, 2015-02-16 03:15
New Aston Villa boss Tim Sherwood says he did not need to think long about the opportunity to replace Paul Lambert.

US drone rules impact Amazon plans

BBC - Mon, 2015-02-16 03:03
New rules on drone flights proposed by the US aviation authority would prevent Amazon's drone delivery plans.

Ex-Union president rape case review

BBC - Mon, 2015-02-16 03:02
The CPS is to review the decision to drop the case against a former president of the Oxford Union, after the alleged victim appeals.

Pape cited for challenge on Heaslip

BBC - Mon, 2015-02-16 02:48
France lock Pascal Pape is cited for allegedly kneeing Jamie Heaslip in the back during Ireland's Six Nations win over France.

In pictures: Rio samba schools fight for title

BBC - Mon, 2015-02-16 02:47
Carnival battle in Rio

Rolls 'does not tolerate' bribes

BBC - Mon, 2015-02-16 02:40
Rolls-Royce says it does not "tolerate improper business" after the Financial Times reports that the firm has been accused of being involved in the Petrobras bribery scandal.