National / International News

Koala survives speedy ride under car

BBC - Mon, 2014-07-28 04:17
A koala has had an extraordinary escape clinging to the bottom of a car on a busy Australian highway.

Russia offers $110,000 Tor bounty

BBC - Mon, 2014-07-28 04:15
Russia offers 3.9m roubles ($110,000; £65,000) in a contest for ways to crack the identities of users of the Tor network.

VIDEO: Amateur video of Sussex storms

BBC - Mon, 2014-07-28 04:11
Torrential rain and hail storms across England have led to major travel problems and flash flooding across parts of England.

SNP considers Scottish minimum wage

BBC - Mon, 2014-07-28 03:58
An independent Scotland would consider introducing a minimum wage that would rise in line with the cost of living, the SNP says.

Review after NI ambulance shortage

BBC - Mon, 2014-07-28 03:56
The Northern Ireland Ambulance Service (NIAS) is reviewing its operations after staff shortages led to delays in its 999 response times over the weekend.

Hacker McKinnon turns search expert

BBC - Mon, 2014-07-28 03:52
Gary McKinnon, the computer hacker who was the subject of a 10-year legal battle over US extradition, reinvents himself as a search expert.

Lawmakers Announce $17 Billion Deal Intended To Fix VA System

NPR News - Mon, 2014-07-28 03:42

The package would overhaul the Department of Veterans Affairs and provide extra funding to hire more doctors and nurses. Lawmakers unveiled the plan on Monday.

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VIDEO: Marvel stars on appeal of superheroes

BBC - Mon, 2014-07-28 03:41
Actors Samuel L Jackson and Chris Hemsworth have been talking about the enduring appeal of superheroes at Comic-Con

Villiers condemns arson attack

BBC - Mon, 2014-07-28 03:24
Secretary of State Teresa Villiers condemns arsonists who attacked a Sinn Féin constituency office.

Burma Top Gear breached Ofcom rules

BBC - Mon, 2014-07-28 03:00
Top Gear's Burma special in which Jeremy Clarkson used a racial term broke broadcasting guidelines, Ofcom rules.

PODCAST: Turning over a new Leaf

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2014-07-28 03:00

More on the news that Dollar Tree will purchase Family Dollar for $8.5 billion, and what it means for both businesses moving forward. Plus, Nissan is hoping to turn over a new Leaf; While the company most likely loses money on its electric car, it hopes that it will see profits in the longrun. Also, the Muslim American community adds billions to the U.S. economy, especially during Eid Al Fitr, which follows Ramadan. So why haven't marketers caught on?

Conflict In Gaza: Here's What You Need To Know Today

NPR News - Mon, 2014-07-28 02:55

Despite a demand from the United Nations Security Council for an immediate and unconditional cease-fire, fighting continued in Gaza, where the death toll has surpassed 1,000.

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Wonder Woman unveiled at Comic Con

BBC - Mon, 2014-07-28 02:40
The first picture of actress Gal Gadot in costume as Wonder Woman is unveiled to coincide with this year's Comic Con.

Anti-Semitism comes back to haunt Europe

BBC - Mon, 2014-07-28 02:36
Anti-Semitism has come back to haunt Europe, says Gavin Hewitt

Three nurses bailed by magistrates

BBC - Mon, 2014-07-28 02:29
Three nurses appear at Bridgend magistrates court charged with wilful neglect of patients.

House price growth 'starts to slow'

BBC - Mon, 2014-07-28 02:27
Seven out of 10 regions of England and Wales recorded month-on-month falls in house prices in June, according to the Land Registry.

VIDEO: What price for free wi-fi?

BBC - Mon, 2014-07-28 02:25
How businesses hope to learn more about us by offering free wi-fi.

VIDEO: Airshow attracts '500,000 visitors'

BBC - Mon, 2014-07-28 02:00
Around 500,000 visitors are estimated to have descended on Sunderland for its 26th airshow.

Mobile payments app offers a window on intimacy

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2014-07-28 02:00

Venmo is an app that allows users to exchange money easily with the click of a few buttons, which makes it particularly useful when it comes to everything from going to the movies to splitting the dinner check. The app is also a kind of social network, where both the parties involved in a transaction and the purpose of that transaction can be publicly available, sometimes in humorous ways. Freelance writer and author Chiara Atik recently published an article in Medium’s “Matter" on the topic.

One of the major issues with using more established platforms to see what people are doing is that users are pretty savvy at this point to social media — they know not to post about things they don’t want publicly consumed. However, Venmo currently exists outside of that frame of mind.

“Because Venmo has this utilitarian aspect to it, people are a little bit looser,” Chiara said. 

Even so, money has the power to be a large window into how people interact.

Said Chiara, "It’s a snippet of people’s relationships with each other."

However, as with Facebook and other social networks, this period won’t last. Once enough people are using the app — especially parents — most users will likely make their transactions private. 

Marketing remains largely untapped for Eid Al Fitr

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2014-07-28 02:00

Muslims around the world are celebrating Eid Al Fitr Monday -- It follows the month of Ramadan, a holy month in which Muslims fast from sunrise to sunset. For the last week or so, Muslims have been shopping for presents and new outfits for Eid.

Rafi-uddin Shikoh, CEO and Managing Director of consulting firm DinarStandard and lead author of State of the Islamic Economy, puts Muslim spending in the U.S. as high as $124 billion.

But you probably haven’t seen ads calling on American Muslims to spend their holiday money. Shikoh says capitalizing on that spending has not been a priority for marketers, because the American Muslim demographic is not as big as Hispanic, Asian or African American spending blocs.

The lack of attention is suprising, given that when it does happen, it’s a party. A Macy’s in Orange County, for example, put up decorations including ornate towers that stand tall with a message: “Happy Ramadan.”

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“If you think about it, it's just these two bella tower displays in the women's store, and we had so many people coming in taking pictures with it like it's a tourist attraction,” says Jomana Siddiqui, the graphic designer hired by Macy’s to create the decorations.

Some people were so excited, they spontaneously started doing a dabke, an Arab line dance.

Siddiqui, who also founded online boutique ModernEid, says it’s not about having others validate your holiday. She says if retailers are smart, they'll pay more attention to the American Muslim demographic.

“Say you’re looking it from a retail perspective, making your customers happy and making them feel like, 'Hey, this is a store I want to stay loyal to.' -- That’s what retail is all about,” Siddiqui says. “You want customers to stay loyal to you.”

She says store managers quickly realized the opportunity they stumbled upon.

“I remember this comment stuck out in my head: ‘I'm kind of surprised nobody has done this before.’ It wasn't a question of ‘should we do this?’ It was a question of ‘why shouldn't we?’” Siddiqui says.

It’s estimated there are between 2 and 7 million Muslims in the United States. Mennah Ibrahim, with global marketing firm JWT, argues advertisers should spend more money to target Muslims, especially during Ramadan.

And many do -- just not here in the States.

“Brands like Chanel here in the Middle East provide longer variations of their outfits; brands like Hermès come in larger sizes so Muslims wear them as headscarves,” Ibrahim says.

Google launched the Ramadan hub and DKNY announced a Ramadan-inspired like called “Head Turners,” but the latter can only be found in the Middle East. The companies simply adjust their brand to the location.

Here in the U.S., though, Ibrahim says the same companies tread more cautiously because they're still getting to know the American-Muslim consumer.

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