National / International News

School rebuilding: £2bn funding

BBC - Thu, 2014-05-01 05:40
A school repair programme in England is allocated £2bn, to fund rebuilding work between 2015 and 2021.

Mystery of YouTube's box clips grows

BBC - Thu, 2014-05-01 05:35
Who is posting thousands of weird shapes and sounds, and why?

VIDEO: Where is inequality gap heading?

BBC - Thu, 2014-05-01 05:20
French economist Thomas Piketty is causing a stir with his new book about the gap between rich and poor. Newsnight policy editor Chris Cook talks you through some of Piketty's analysis and his controversial policy suggestions.

VIDEO: Labour launches election campaign

BBC - Thu, 2014-05-01 05:15
Labour leader Ed Miliband has launched his party's campaign for local council and European elections.

Allardyce vows to carry on at Hammers

BBC - Thu, 2014-05-01 05:09
Manager Sam Allardyce says he is delivering what the West Ham owners want despite unrest among some fans.

Nigeria parents plead for help

BBC - Thu, 2014-05-01 05:04
Parents of the 230 schoolgirls abducted in Nigeria march in their hometown of Chibok to plead for more help to find their daughters, residents tell the BBC.

Woman has Caesarean ordered by court

BBC - Thu, 2014-05-01 04:58
A mentally-ill woman gives birth after a High Court judge ruled doctors could perform a Caesarean section.

Police quiz Adams on woman's murder

BBC - Thu, 2014-05-01 04:50
Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams continues to be questioned by Northern Ireland police in connection with the 1972 murder of widow and mother-of-10 Jean McConville.

McCanns tell of police 'frustrations'

BBC - Thu, 2014-05-01 04:47
Missing Madeleine McCann's parents express frustration at the lack of a joint police inquiry into the case and her mother says she still walks the resort's streets to feel closer to her daughter.

Sinn Fein Leader Questioned In 40-Year-Old Murder Case

NPR News - Thu, 2014-05-01 04:46

Gerry Adams, the political group's longtime president, says he rejects "malicious allegations" tying him to the kidnapping and killing of an alleged British spy in Northern Ireland in 1972.

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Google heads to Hacker School

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2014-05-01 04:44

There's an urban legend in the tech community that goes like this: The School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University used to keep track of how many of their undergraduates were men named Dave versus how many were women. And it was considered an accomplishment when they got the ratio down to one Dave for every woman. Here is the latest installment in our series about the tech industry's diversity challenges called “I am not a Dave”.

Hacker School is not as dangerous as it sounds. In fact, it is a 12 week program based in New York which takes 60 participants who want to learn how to be better programmers. Students work on everything from developing their own operating system, to designing apps, to understanding the tools that make complex integrated circuits. Rose Ames is one such student.

Ames is from a small, rural town in Ontario, Canada with a population of only about 700 people. She found a love of math and programming through MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses), and eventually learned enough to apply and be accepted to Hacker School. Participants attend the program for free, but New York is not an inexpensive place to live. Ames, a mother of four, says she would not have been able to attend were it not for the $5,000 grants given to qualified female programmers by Google. It's part of an effort to address the notorious imbalance of men and women in the tech industry.

For her part, Ames does not think that getting the tech industry to hire more women would drastically change how things are done. To her, it just makes sense that if companies want to have the best programmers, they have to open the field to as many candidates as possible:

"I think you have to judge each person on their own merits. I don’t think you’re going to see a huge difference in tech by getting it to be 50 percent female, except of course overall you’re choosing from a bigger pool so you’re going to have more talent available to you."

VIDEO: Kate McCann's solace from Portugal trips

BBC - Thu, 2014-05-01 04:41
The parents of missing Madeleine McCann have told the BBC of their frustrations over the inquiry into their daughter's disappearance.

Latin America & Caribbean - Part 2

BBC - Thu, 2014-05-01 04:40
Queen's Baton Relay reaches Latin America and the Caribbean

Fashion for Mars shown off by Nasa

BBC - Thu, 2014-05-01 04:36
If you are heading to Mars you may want to get a new outfit and Nasa is showing off potential designs.

Health care for foster youth, if they can find it

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2014-05-01 04:32

Just a few months ago health care navigators wanted desperately to get young people to sign up for the Affordable Care Act. There was an all-out advertising blitz aimed towards young people between the ages of 18 and 34 to get them to sign up for health insurance.

More than 6 hours of Obamacare commercials on YouTube? That smells like desperation. 

But it seems like everybody forgot something. Not LeBron James, not  Zak Galifianakas, and not JLo's mom or the other famous people who made commercials for Obamacare mentioned the part of the law that lets young people who aged out of foster care sign up for extended Medicaid, and keep it until age 26. 

Kimberly Waller researches the ACA and foster care. She says the provision came about as an issue of fairness. "Advocates started realizing hey, what happens when the state's your parent?" she says.

When the state is your parent, you should now be able to get on their plan -- that's Medicaid -- until age 26. But states don't have to do any outreach about the provision. Waller says many young people don’t know they’re eligible, and that, "a right is only empowering if you know about it."

Kamille Tynes aged out of foster care in Michigan. She’s 23 now and in college. She’s good at navigating the ins and outs of government programs. Even she found the process confusing.

"I initially applied through, what is it, the market health care something website," she remembers.

That would be the heathcare.gov. Every state is different, but in Michigan, kids who age out of foster care need to apply for healthcare through the agency that runs foster care. (It's not an intuitive process. If you need it, here are tips and a more detailed walk through the application).

For her part, Tynes just kept trying to apply. "I was told how you mention that you were in the foster care system and you aged out," she says. But, "I got denied."

She's not really sure why that happened, because she does qualify. Tynes just wants to go to the doctor and not rack up debt to do it. Former foster care youth like her have a lot more health care needs than others their age. But Tynes hasn't been to the doctor in over two years.

In Michigan, foster care advocates are working to draw attention to the glitches in the sign up process. Tynes did end up getting some help on her application from an advocate she knows.

It made a difference. Kamille Tynes sighs and says she's "finally!" insured. But she also laughs happily as she mimes holding her new health insurance card up high. She's already made her first doctor's appointment. 

Mercer 'deliberately evaded' rules

BBC - Thu, 2014-05-01 04:30
Patrick Mercer committed the "second worst" breach of transparency rules for MPs since 1947, the Commons standards committee says.

Police 'do not record fifth of crime'

BBC - Thu, 2014-05-01 04:20
A fifth of crimes in England and Wales - including sexual offences and robbery - could be going unrecorded by police, according to a report.

VIDEO: Teaching goldfish how to drive

BBC - Thu, 2014-05-01 04:15
A Netherlands firm has developed a robotic fish tank that can be driven by a goldfish.

Council boss asked to pay back money

BBC - Thu, 2014-05-01 04:07
The chief executive of Pembrokeshire council will be asked to pay back thousands of pounds after salary supplements were ruled unlawful.

Fatal balloon crash was avoidable

BBC - Thu, 2014-05-01 04:00
A hot air balloon crash in Turkey which killed a Welsh space scientist five years ago could have been averted, a coroner says.
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