National / International News

'I'm just here so I don't get fined'

BBC - Wed, 2015-01-28 03:32
Seattle Seahawks' Marshawn Lynch says the same thing 29 times as he reluctantly fulfils his Super Bowl media duty.

Tesco names 43 UK store closures

BBC - Wed, 2015-01-28 03:28
Tesco names the 43 stores it is closing across the country, a move that will see 2,000 staff lose their jobs.

India cancels child-killer execution

BBC - Wed, 2015-01-28 03:22
An Indian child-murderer convicted in a case dubbed "the house of horrors" escapes execution, as a court commutes his sentence to life in prison.

Day in pictures: 28 January 2015

BBC - Wed, 2015-01-28 03:22
Images from around the world: 28 January

Jordan in pilot exchange offer to IS

BBC - Wed, 2015-01-28 03:21
Jordan says it is ready to free an Iraqi on death row in return for a pilot facing execution by Islamic State alongside a Japanese hostage.

As Nor'Easter Lifts, Life Slowly Gets Back To Normal In Hard-Hit Areas

NPR News - Wed, 2015-01-28 03:05

In Boston, highways started filling up with cars. In Rhode Island, the governor called up 270 national guardsmen to help get the power back on. In New York, the subway resumed regular service.

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Ex-England winger Cueto to retire

BBC - Wed, 2015-01-28 03:00
Sale Sharks and former England winger Mark Cueto announces he will end his playing career at the end of the season.

PODCAST: Resources are few for homeless youth

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2015-01-28 03:00

Three magic money making words: "It's Harvard calling." The ivy league school raised more money last year than any U.S. college ever. But they're not the only ones seeing booms in donations. Plus, there's more money on the way at Yahoo once it transfers ownership of its remaining stake in Alibaba. So what's next for the company? And the next time you're reading a magazine, the article you're perusing could very well be an ad. More on that. Also on the program, we'll talk about how the number of homeless children in the U.S. has grown to an all-time high, but the number of resources allocated to help them has not.

Staff shortage at Trojan schools

BBC - Wed, 2015-01-28 02:59
Schools at the centre of the Trojan Horse allegations in Birmingham are struggling to recruit staff, the Chief Inspector of Schools has told MPs.

Tesco closing three stores in NI

BBC - Wed, 2015-01-28 02:58
Tesco is to close three shops in east Belfast and Ballymena, putting more than 150 jobs at risk

VIDEO: Treasury Committee

BBC - Wed, 2015-01-28 02:52
MPs hear evidence on the press briefing of Financial Conduct Authority information.

NHS backs multimillion pound drug

BBC - Wed, 2015-01-28 02:47
A drug costing millions of pounds per patient has been given the green light for use on the NHS by the medicines watchdog NICE.

First Lady headscarf row - do Saudis really care?

BBC - Wed, 2015-01-28 02:43
What Saudis really think about Michelle Obama's bare head

Kenya Christian broadcaster hacked

BBC - Wed, 2015-01-28 02:41
Suspected hackers briefly hijack a popular Christian radio station in Kenya, and play Islamic verses before it went off air.

US warns of more sanctions on Russia

BBC - Wed, 2015-01-28 02:41
US Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew threatens a possible extension of sanctions on Russia because of the escalation of violence in eastern Ukraine.

TV camera plans for Scottish courts

BBC - Wed, 2015-01-28 02:39
Some court cases could be shown live on television, under proposals put forward by Scotland's judges.

Schools rake in record donations ... unequally

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2015-01-28 02:30

Harvard University raised more money last year than any U.S. school ever: $1.16 billion dollars in the 2013/2014 fiscal year, according to an annual survey from the Council for Aid to Education. That brings the school’s endowment to $36.4 billion as of June; Stanford is runner up with $21.4 billion. 

Part of the explanation is that Harvard kicked off a capital campaign to raise $6.5 billion by 2018, but 2013/14 was a great year for American colleges and universities in the aggregate: they received almost $38 billion dollars, an 11 percent increase over the previous fiscal year and one of the biggest jumps in more than a decade.


Donations of property – largely art or land – have increased dramatically

Council to Aid for Education

The bumper year has to do in part with giant gifts of private art collections, but it also has to do with the stock market. Many gifts to schools come as securities or stocks, and the period saw tremendous gains for markets. Endowments in general grew by around 15 percent in the same period.

But just as with personal income in the United States, there is palpable inequality in this accumulation of wealth. Less than 2 percent of colleges raised 30 percent of the money. Even the percentage of alumni who donate is shrinking, while the amount they gave rose. 

Nearly 44 percent of donations are earmarked for student financial aid.

More money than ever is flowing into the top funded institutions. But how much money are we talking about?

1. Harvard University ($1.16 billion)
2. Stanford University ($928.46 million)
3. University of Southern California ($731.93 million)
4. Northwestern University ($616.35 million)
5. Johns Hopkins University ($614.61 million)
6. Cornell University ($546.09 million)
7. University of Texas at Austin ($529.39 million)
8. University of Pennsylvania ($483.57 million)
9. University of Washington ($478.07 million)
10. Columbia University ($469.97 million)

Attacks on Israeli-Lebanon border

BBC - Wed, 2015-01-28 02:27
An attack on an Israeli military vehicle wounds four solders near the Lebanon border and the Israeli army responds with shellfire.

National Gallery staff go on strike

BBC - Wed, 2015-01-28 02:25
Staff at the National Gallery in London are to stage a five-day strike in a row over plans to hand visitor services to a private company.

Mourinho fined £25,000 over comments

BBC - Wed, 2015-01-28 02:24
Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho is fined £25,000 by the Football Association over comments about a "campaign" to influence referees.