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AUDIO: Businesses face 'political uncertainty'

BBC - Mon, 2014-05-12 01:53
"Political uncertainty" is the biggest risk facing businesses, CBI director-general John Cridland tells the BBC's Simon Jack.

'Boris buggies' for babies?

BBC - Mon, 2014-05-12 01:53
A new idea for the baby about town

130 jobs boost for NI bus company

BBC - Mon, 2014-05-12 01:52
Wrightbus, the Ballymena bus company, is creating 130 jobs.

Pension age plan 'not fair on Scots'

BBC - Mon, 2014-05-12 01:49
Holyrood's new pensioners' rights minister Shona Robison believes UK-wide plans to raise the retirement age are not fair on Scots.

Yemen drone strike 'kills militants'

BBC - Mon, 2014-05-12 01:48
At least six suspected militants are killed in a drone strike in eastern Yemen, as the army continues an offensive against al-Qaeda strongholds.

Dewani condition 'has improved'

BBC - Mon, 2014-05-12 01:41
The condition of Shrien Dewani, accused of arranging his wife's killing on their honeymoon in South Africa "has improved", the South African Press Association reports.

VIDEO: 'Flashbacks of bullets overhead'

BBC - Mon, 2014-05-12 01:32
Jake Wood, a former Lance Sergeant in the Territorial Army who served in Afghanistan and suffers from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, explained the flashbacks that he has experienced apart of his condition.

Eurovision splits juries and public

BBC - Mon, 2014-05-12 01:30
The latest Eurovision figures reveal the differences between the public phone vote and the jury vote at Saturday night's competition.

VIDEO: On the campaign trail with Farage

BBC - Mon, 2014-05-12 01:23
Giles Dilnot with UKIP leader Nigel Farage on the campaign trail for the local and European elections.

Did David Miliband ignore Gordon Brown on Chagos?

BBC - Mon, 2014-05-12 01:17
Why did Foreign Office ignore No 10 over the Chagos islands?

Freddie Starr angered by TV interview

BBC - Mon, 2014-05-12 01:11
Comedian Freddie Starr stops an interview with ITV's Susanna Reid after the Good Morning Britain host asked him about allegations of sex offences.

Aston Villa put up for sale by owner

BBC - Mon, 2014-05-12 01:06
Aston Villa owner Randy Lerner announces that the Premier League club is being put up for sale.

Rocket Wars: Will A Suit By SpaceX Get Off The Ground?

NPR News - Mon, 2014-05-12 01:03

The California-based maker of the Falcon 9 is hoping to break up a monopoly on the launch market for national security satellites.

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The other iPhone contract

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2014-05-12 01:00

You may have heard of author Janell Burley Hofmann and her iPhone contract. Last year, on Christmas morning, she gave her then 13-year-old son a smartphone, which he quickly used to snap photos, text his friends and generally disappear into the internet.

Taken aback by his response, Hofmann sat down that night and wrote out a contract outlining rules for her son. He was restricted to using the phone during certain hours, was not allowed to bring it to school, and was required to use proper phone etiquette (among other things).

What followed was a media storm, sparking a conversation on technology and how teenagers and adults use it.

With her experience in writing about technology and how it relates to the modern family, Hofmann has published a book, entitled "iRules: What Every Tech-Healthy Family Needs to Know About Selfies, Sexting, Gaming and Growing Up." In it, she shares anecdotes about her families' experiences, as well as how restricing her son caused her to reflect on her own use of smart phones and devices.

Hofmann says that now her entire family enjoys limiting their use of technology.

"We have device free day. We’ll go to the beach, and all devices have to stay at home. And that includes the adults."

Though, opening up about her kids' relationship to the internet can be dangerous territory.

Hofmann says that the general agreement in selecting material for the book was that if her kids were old enough to feel the story reflected only on their younger selves, then it was alright to include. Still, it can be difficult to share personal stories, especially those that are embarrassing.

Hofmann points out, though, that her knowledge comes from being honest about her experiences.

"In no way do I think that I have all the answers for everybody else or my own family. I had to make myself look human, which I was happy to do, but you have to share some of those struggles."

 

 

 

Charger likely cause of fatal fire

BBC - Mon, 2014-05-12 00:54
A fire which killed five people was most likely caused by an "electrical fault involving a faulty charging device", investigators say.

Better supply teacher support call

BBC - Mon, 2014-05-12 00:50
More needs to be done to ensure children's education does not suffer when teachers are absent, it is claimed.

Man held over Belfast reg car bomb

BBC - Mon, 2014-05-12 00:45
A man in his 50s is arrested after a bomb is found in a Belfast registered car at a hotel in County Dublin at the weekend.

Iran's President Gets Tepid Reception In First Year On The Job

NPR News - Mon, 2014-05-12 00:31

The wave of expectations that marked Hassan Rouhani's rise to power has given way to impatience from his supporters and attacks from his critics.

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Sterling admits 'terrible mistake'

BBC - Mon, 2014-05-12 00:22
The owner of the Los Angeles Clippers basketball team apologises for making widely-reported racist remarks, but says he was "baited" into the comments.

For Two Ozarks Communities, A Stark Contrast In Culture

NPR News - Mon, 2014-05-12 00:21

The hilly, rural Ozarks have a history of attracting white supremacists, but the area's strong live-and-let-live ethic has taken a modern turn in an Arkansas town where a large gay community thrives.

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