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Al-Jazeera journalist held in Egypt

BBC - Fri, 2014-05-30 09:41
A female freelance journalist working for the satellite news network al-Jazeera in Egypt is under arrest, the interior ministry says.

Djokovic and Federer battle through

BBC - Fri, 2014-05-30 09:28
Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer both have to work hard for wins in the third round of the French Open.

Brazil economy slows before World Cup

BBC - Fri, 2014-05-30 09:21
Brazil's economy grew 0.2% in the first quarter of 2014, official statistics show, ahead of the football World Cup and presidential elections in October.

Weekendish: Skyscrapers and sticky footballers

BBC - Fri, 2014-05-30 09:19
Some of the best reads from the BBC News website this week, with your comments.

A pep talk for the self-employed

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-05-30 09:17

Trust exercises, after work softball games, the obligatory happy hour. It’s all part of everybody’s favorite office activity: team building.

But what do you do if you work in an office of one?

The freelance writer Anne Brinser Shelton has some tips. Here’s an excerpt from her recent post on McSweeney’s: Team Building for the Self-Employed.

I bet I’m wondering why I’ve called this meeting today. As CEO of this business, it is my responsibility to ensure that all of our employees are working efficiently in their day-to-day operations and finding their roles fulfilling. It has come to my attention, as I review the figures from our last profit-and-loss statement (which seems to be written on the back of a Wendy’s receipt? Come on, me in Accounting, can’t we at least try to make these things look professional?), that perhaps morale is a little low around here, which might be impacting the bottom line.

While I hate to pick on any one individual, I’ve noticed some patterns of behavior in a number of key areas. Our manager of operations (me) is not doing a great job motivating her direct reports (also me). To be frank, I am a pushover, and I allow myself to get away with a lot that might not fly at other, more professional organizations. For instance, while I’m impressed with my progress in Candy Crush Saga, when I took me on as administrative assistant, I was expecting some actual administrative work to get done, but I’m clearly not taking this role very seriously. I’m still waiting for me to get around to drafting those emails I promised to send out two weeks ago.

 

 

VA And Military Health Care Are Separate, Yet Often Confused

NPR News - Fri, 2014-05-30 09:17

The health systems serving veterans and military members are different. But both are being scrutinized closely amid allegations of access and quality problems.

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Protesters read US books at DfE

BBC - Fri, 2014-05-30 09:11
A small group of protesters has occupied part of the Department for Education to protest at the removal of American books from English GCSEs.

Health Advocates Lament GOP Move To Relax School Lunch Rules

NPR News - Fri, 2014-05-30 09:10

A House committee Thursday approved a measure that would give schools a way to opt out of new, federal healthy school lunch standards. But advocates say kids' health should take precedence.

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Richard III: Not The Hunchback We Thought He Was?

NPR News - Fri, 2014-05-30 09:08

Scientists say 3-D skeletal modeling shows the English monarch had a common form of scoliosis. The physical condition of King Richard III has been a subject of debate for centuries.

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Cancer waiting time targets slip

BBC - Fri, 2014-05-30 09:03
A key government target for treating people diagnosed with suspected cancer has been breached for the first time since it was introduced in 2009

New Orleans District Moves To An All-Charter System

NPR News - Fri, 2014-05-30 09:03

Charter schools have lifted test scores and graduation rates in New Orleans, but racial disparities remain a problem as charters are given responsibility for nearly all the city's children.

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Saracens' Vunipola misses England tour

BBC - Fri, 2014-05-30 08:53
Saracens prop Mako Vunipola misses England's tour of New Zealand following knee surgery and is out until next season.

'Google should forget me'

BBC - Fri, 2014-05-30 08:48
One BBC reader's plea for a second chance

Monaco's royal couple expecting baby

BBC - Fri, 2014-05-30 08:36
Monaco's Prince Albert II and his South African wife Princess Charlene have announced that they are expecting their first child.

Nigeria traditional leader shot dead

BBC - Fri, 2014-05-30 08:28
A northern Nigerian traditional leader, the emir of Gwoza, is shot dead after his convoy comes under from suspected Boko Haram militants.

VIDEO: Could the way we move be a password?

BBC - Fri, 2014-05-30 08:10
The way we move, talk and even how we interact with our computer could be used as an alternative to passwords.

VIDEO: The handheld cancer detector

BBC - Fri, 2014-05-30 08:08
A device consisting of a smartphone, lens and some lights could help detect tumours.

Democrats Plan Ad Buys In Some Rather Blue Places

NPR News - Fri, 2014-05-30 08:03

Part of the $44 million that House Democrats plan to spend on TV ads this fall is allocated to places like California, Illinois and Massachusetts.

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VIDEO: The migrant horror behind white walls

BBC - Fri, 2014-05-30 08:00
The BBC's Quentin Sommerville found illegal immigrants being held in squalor in Libya, after they were captured trying to make the crossing to Europe.

Embattled Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki Resigns

NPR News - Fri, 2014-05-30 07:57

VA Sec. Eric Shinseki resigned Friday after meeting with President Obama. Obama praised Shinseki, but said the retired general feels that new leadership is needed to address the department's problems.

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