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A Balanced Diet For World Food Day: Bugs, Groundnuts And Grains

NPR News - Thu, 2014-10-16 09:41

Termites and mung beans are among the ingredients that can bring better nutrition to the 800 million undernourished people in the lower-income world.

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What has Kobane battle taught us?

BBC - Thu, 2014-10-16 09:40
Five key lessons of the battle against IS in Kobane

Baghdad attacks leave dozens dead

BBC - Thu, 2014-10-16 09:39
More than 40 people have been killed and dozens wounded in a series of attacks in mainly Shia areas of the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, officials say.

College-based degrees fail inspection

BBC - Thu, 2014-10-16 08:48
Inspectors failed almost a third of further education colleges offering higher education courses that were checked this year.

VIDEO: UN chief backs LGBT community

BBC - Thu, 2014-10-16 08:13
UN chief shows off a purple tie and socks at news briefing, highlighting support for lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgender community.

'Dead gran' text message stuns family

BBC - Thu, 2014-10-16 08:10
A woman is horrified to receive a text message from her grandmother's number - three years after she was buried along with her mobile phone.

Mexico missing: New graves found

BBC - Thu, 2014-10-16 07:27
More graves have been found near the southern Mexican town of Iguala, where 43 students went missing last month, people searching for them say.

The numbers for October 16, 2014

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2014-10-16 07:05

Apple unveiled the iPad Mini 3 and the iPad Air 2 at a big media event Thursday, though the basics of the new tablets were already leaked by Apple itself. IPad sales have been falling or staying flat for the past several quarters, as the market gets more crowded and iPhones get more popular (and larger).

Quartz has a good look at Apple's iPad conundrum and some suggestions for giving the device a more distinct place in their product line.

Here's what we're reading — and some numbers we're watching — Thursday.

1 in 4

The portion of millennials who have cut the cord or never had a cable subscription at all, TechHive reported. That's especially important as HBO and now CBS have announced they'll uncouple streaming from pay TV packages, and offering their online-only services.

300

The number of companies that signed a pledge earlier this year to reduce hiring barriers for the 3 million job seekers who have been unemployed 27 weeks or longer. It's why some companies are exploring with getting rid of resumes, and opting instead for video applications.

72 percent

That's how many Airbnb listings in New York violate zoning or other laws, according to a new report from the city's attorney general. The start-up, valued at $10 billion, blamed a lack of clear laws for home sharing,  the New York Times reported. Nearly all of the rentals are in Manhattan, and many are from individual hosts with a high number of listings: Six percent of renters take in 37 percent of Airbnb revenue in the city, which amounts to about $168 million.

Caf enquires about 2015 host options

BBC - Thu, 2014-10-16 06:56
The Confederation of African Football asks Ghana and South Africa if they could replace Morocco as 2015 Nations Cup hosts.

VIDEO: European Parliament

BBC - Thu, 2014-10-16 06:22
The Foreign Affairs Committee approves the EU trade deal with Moldova

What was on TV on the day you were born?

BBC - Thu, 2014-10-16 05:27
A digital archive of the Radio Times has launched.

Caption Challenge: Looking good

BBC - Thu, 2014-10-16 04:29
It's the Caption Challenge. Oh yes it is.

Day in pictures: 16 October

BBC - Thu, 2014-10-16 04:20
24 hours of news images: 16 October

VIDEO: Wealth report - in 60 seconds

BBC - Thu, 2014-10-16 04:07
The richest 1% own nearly half the world's wealth, a Credit Suisse report estimates - the BBC investigates in 60 seconds.

Kosovo 'jihad' boy rescued in Syria

BBC - Thu, 2014-10-16 03:08
A young boy from Kosovo is reunited with his mother after being freed from his jihadist father in Syria in a secret operation.

PODCAST: Here's my video resume

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2014-10-16 03:00

First up, the Fed released new data on industrial production this morning. How will the markets react? Plus, Americans who've been out of work for months face an uphill battle getting hired. That's why 300 companies signed a White House pledge earlier this year to bring down some of the barriers faced by the long-term unemployed in this country. One company's approach is to forget resumes and turn to videos. And Mexico's been trying to attract foreign investment to help boost its economy, but the country's facing challenges. Corruption is big one. Violence is another. More on that.

Your pictures: Laundry

BBC - Thu, 2014-10-16 02:56
Readers' photos on the theme of "laundry"

Venezuela murder blamed on Colombia

BBC - Thu, 2014-10-16 02:35
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro says Colombian paramilitaries ordered the murder of a governing party lawmaker in his home in Caracas.

AUDIO: MPs 'should end Climate Change Act'

BBC - Thu, 2014-10-16 02:24
Parliament should scrap the Climate Change Act and MPs should stop "exaggerating" the effects of climate change, says Owen Paterson.

A push to hire the long-term unemployed

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2014-10-16 02:00

People who’ve been out of work for months often face an uphill battle getting hired. That’s why some 300 companies signed a White House pledge earlier this year to reduce hiring barriers for the three million job seekers who’ve been out of work 27 weeks or longer.

One company’s approach: Forget resumes; turn to videos.

Frontier Communications Corp. sells things like high speed internet and phone service. The company realized that resumes can’t always predict who’ll be good at selling its triple play packages. Jim Oddo was looking for soft skills.

Like the ability to delight the customer,” says Oddo, senior vice president of human resources. “How do you read that on a resume?”

So this year, Frontier has been moving from a resume-first hiring model to a video-first model. To do so, the company teamed up with a group called HireVue. As the system rolled out, applicants started answering a few questions on videos they could submit from their smartphones.

“So the very first evaluation that we would have of someone is how they communicated," Oddo says. "And then we would look at their resume."

Frontier’s needs dovetailed with the Obama Administration’s push to decrease employment barriers for the long-term unemployed. Oddo says Frontier hired more unemployed people this year, half of whom were long-term unemployed.

The White House is touting this strategy and others.

Mitchell Hirsch with the National Employment Law Project says otherwise qualified jobless applicants are sometimes rejected by automatic filters.

“So they’re being unfairly screened out,” he says. “Often without the direct knowledge of the hiring managers themselves.”

A new guide to hiring the long-term unemployed recommends removing those filters. 

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