National / International News

Oldham job 'at wrong time' - Scholes

BBC - Fri, 2015-03-06 02:17
Paul Scholes rejects the chance to become Oldham Athletic manager, but believes the position will be his in the future.

Chic song to feature Elton and Miley

BBC - Fri, 2015-03-06 02:13
Chic's Nile Rodgers says Miley Cyrus, Elton John, Chaka Khan and Janelle Monae will all feature on a track he's written for the band's first album in 23 years.

Peshawar schools named after victims

BBC - Fri, 2015-03-06 02:04
Pakistani authorities rename 107 schools in honour of the victims of last year's massacre of children and teachers at a school in Peshawar.

Mooney batting in customised helmet

BBC - Fri, 2015-03-06 02:00
Ireland's John Mooney says his self-designed, customised helmet can prevent injuries like the one that killed Phillip Hughes.

The Micky-D ripple effect

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2015-03-06 02:00

Joining the ranks of Chik-filet and Chipotle, fast-food giant McDonald’s is promising us antibiotic free chicken by 2017 in its 14,000 U.S. locations. 

Right now, farmers use antibiotics to keep flocks healthy and grow faster. McDonald's said more health conscious consumers drove their decision to start using chickens that are not given the same antibiotics that are used to treat people. The CDC says ‘superbugs’ lead to 23,000 deaths a year and 2 million illnesses.   

The Pew Charitable Trust's Gail Hansen says, "When you consider in the United States we raise 9 billion chickens a year. Every time you give an antibiotic into a bird, you potentially can get antibiotic resistance." Hansen calls McDonald's shift in policy a game changer. As another source said, when Chik-filet and McDonald’s do something, it’s not some Berkeley, California thing … it's mainstream.

So how much more money will consumers have to fork over to pay for this trend? Raising antibiotic-free chickens is more expensive says University of Georgia Veterinarian Chuck Hofacre: "It’ll take more corn and soybean to be fed to the chickens to get the same amount of chicken meat." The National Chicken Council says that translates into 5 to 7 cents a pound. In other words, if the price of corn goes up, so will your Chicken McNugget.



A bigger iPad on the way?

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2015-03-06 02:00

Apple is reportedly planning to start producing a bigger iPad with a 13-inch screen, and possibly with USB ports, by the second half of 2015.

The move would be aimed at business customers, says Eric Smith of Strategy Analytics, mirroring a strategy that a number of other companies are already employing — including Microsoft and Google's Android.

HP has a line of rugged Android and Windows tablets specialized for in-the-field applications, and anti-microbial surface models for health care use, says Smith. "Other vendors like Lenovo and Dell are also addressing this market." he says.

Microsoft has been selling its Surface Pro 3 tablet as a laptop alternative for both work and leisure use, and plans to release its new Windows operating system that can work on mobile and traditional PCs.

The question is "who can win over the CIOs in reliability, in security, in interoperability," says Smith.

The battle is important because growth in the multi-billion-dollar tablet market is slowing down on the consumer side, says JP Bouchard of the market research firm IDC, but adoption of tablets in business is still nascent and has the potential for more growth.

"People are not replacing tablets every two years or even every three years. So that market is a bit saturated on the consumer space," Bouchard says.

VIDEO: Inside a tank factory in Donetsk

BBC - Fri, 2015-03-06 01:59
The BBC's Tom Burridge visits a factory in Donetsk where rebels say they are repairing tanks seized from the Ukrainian military.

Cole accepts Twitter abuse charge

BBC - Fri, 2015-03-06 01:44
West Ham's Carlton Cole accepts a Football Association charge for making abusive comments on Twitter.

Kim Kardashian games the system

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2015-03-06 01:30

That's how many jobs the U.S. added in February, with the unemployment rate falling to 5.5 percent. 

$8 million

That's what the makers of the Snuggie will pay the Federal Trade Commission to settle charges it made customers pay exorbitant shipping and handling costs on buy-one-get-one-free items, the Associated Press reported.

13 inch

That's the supposed size of the next iPad's screen. It may also come with USB ports. Some speculate that the next iteration of the tablet will be aimed at business customers.

$74 million

That's what "Kim Kardashian: Hollywood" made last year after its summer launch, and the game is on track to reach $200 million this year. The surprise smash has been downloaded 28 million times and players have logged a shocking 11 billion minutes. Adweek's cover story is an interview with Kardashian about her success and her future plans in tech.


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Harris doubts Oscar host return

BBC - Fri, 2015-03-06 01:09
Neil Patrick Harris has said he doubts he will ever present the Oscars again, following on from his much-criticised hosting of the event this year.

Dozens arrested in cybercrime raids

BBC - Fri, 2015-03-06 01:04
The UK's National Crime Agency (NCA) has mounted a "strike week" against suspected hackers resulting in 56 arrests.

Doctor Who: Coleman 'planned to quit'

BBC - Fri, 2015-03-06 00:59
Actress Jenna Coleman planned to quit Doctor Who at the end of series eight, writer Steven Moffat confirms.

Vodafone offers global maternity deal

BBC - Fri, 2015-03-06 00:58
Vodafone is introducing a worldwide maternity policy, offering significantly better terms than the statutory minimum in the countries where it operates.

Gabriel out with hamstring injury

BBC - Fri, 2015-03-06 00:35
Arsenal defender Gabriel has been ruled out for two to three weeks with a hamstring problem.

Labour 'to protect' pensioner income

BBC - Fri, 2015-03-06 00:29
A Labour government would guarantee free TV licences and bus passes for pensioners and protect the value of the state pension, Ed Miliband is to say.

Nadiya Savchenko: Ukraine resistance symbol in Russia

BBC - Fri, 2015-03-06 00:27
Captive Ukraine pilot defiant in Moscow jail

Stolen car in M1 rush hour crash

BBC - Fri, 2015-03-06 00:26
A man is arrested after a stolen car crashed into several vehicles during rush hour on an M1 onslip near Sprucefield.

Kremlin critic Navalny out of prison

BBC - Fri, 2015-03-06 00:25
Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny is released from prison after serving a 15-day sentence for handing out leaflets to promote a protest rally.

Stewards to act on sexist abuse

BBC - Fri, 2015-03-06 00:22
Stewards and safety officers are being briefed on how to tackle sexist abuse in football stadiums as part of a campaign.