National / International News

Border drink-drive advice issued

BBC - Thu, 2014-11-13 16:37
A health board issues advice to motorists crossing from England into Scotland ahead of new drink-driving limits starting north of the border.

Service to be held for fishermen

BBC - Thu, 2014-11-13 16:34
A memorial service will be held in Fraserburgh later for three fishermen who died when their boat sank off the coast of Northumberland.

Sturgeon to be appointed SNP leader

BBC - Thu, 2014-11-13 16:33
Nicola Sturgeon will formally take over the leadership of the SNP from Alex Salmond as the party's annual conference gets under way in Perth.

Bottoms return to Rik Mayall TV bench

BBC - Thu, 2014-11-13 16:11
A roadside bench matching the one that featured at the start of BBC sitcom Bottom is due to be officially installed after an online campaign by fans of Rik Mayall.

How a bear became a national treasure

BBC - Thu, 2014-11-13 16:09
How a teddy became the face of Children in Need

Youth parliament to meet in Commons

BBC - Thu, 2014-11-13 16:08
The UK Youth Parliament meets in the House of Commons to begin Parliament Week, as one Commons committee offers proposals to increase political participation.

Baseball's Best, A Hitter And A Pitcher, Are From LA

NPR News - Thu, 2014-11-13 16:06

For the Angels' Mike Trout, the third time was the charm. And Clayton Kershaw of the Dodgers is just the 11th player to win MVP and Cy Young in the same season.

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S&P gives Twitter debt 'junk' status

BBC - Thu, 2014-11-13 15:56
US ratings agency Standard and Poors gives social media giant Twitter's debt "junk" status, which is three notches below investment grade.

BBC gears up for Children in Need

BBC - Thu, 2014-11-13 15:49
The BBC is gearing up for its annual Children In Need fundraising gala, which will feature performances from a host of celebrity names.

Cancer rate to 'push NHS to limit'

BBC - Thu, 2014-11-13 15:40
The NHS will be "pushed to its limit" by a 1,000 new cancer patients per day within two years, says charity Macmillan.

NHS has repeated data breaches

BBC - Thu, 2014-11-13 15:39
There are nearly 2,500 breaches of patient confidentiality by the NHS each year, according to an investigation by a privacy campaign group.

Australia 'violated Fifa bid rules'

BBC - Thu, 2014-11-13 15:37
A Fifa report into claims of corruption in the bidding process for the 2018 and 2022 football World Cups accuses Australia of breaking its rules.

Polish woman 'returns from the dead'

BBC - Thu, 2014-11-13 15:32
A 91-year-old Polish woman who spent 11 hours in cold storage in a morgue after being declared dead has returned to her family, complaining of feeling cold.

Come on feel the noise?

BBC - Thu, 2014-11-13 15:19
The bike saddle that plays music

VIDEO: How one man saved the 'sheep-pig'

BBC - Thu, 2014-11-13 15:18
How a woolly breed of porker was brought back from the brink

Brazil's downturn fails to put off investors

BBC - Thu, 2014-11-13 15:16
Brazil's downturn fails to put off foreign investors

Gwynne Shotwell and Franklin Leonard talk creativity

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2014-11-13 15:15

 To celebrate Marketplace’s 25th anniversary, we hit the road with a series of live events across the country. The final stop on the “How I Learned…” tour brought us back to Los Angeles, where we talked about creativity in business with Gwynne Shotwell, the President and COO of SpaceX, and Franklin Leonard, founder and CEO of The Black List.

Leonard on the business of The Black List:

I think of what we do less as a business than as a mission.

We see our role as identifying and celebrating great screenwriting and facilitating that writing making it to the screen. I think it’s an ongoing process for us in terms of making it a viable business. I think we have something that sort of functions now, there are a lot of other things we want to do with it. But really the mission is far more important for us that the business model is right now.

Shotwell on the mission of Space X:

We have these crazy audacious goals. The company was founded fundamentally to change the value proposition of human transport into space. Really what we’re focused on now is doing a great job for our customers but building up enough revenue and having enough money to develop the capability to take people to Mars.

But would Shotwell go to Mars, if she had the chance? That’s a different story.

Well, I don’t like to camp. Early on, Mars is going to be camping. I think there are people far better suited to do that than me. But when the first Holiday Inn Express shows up, maybe I’ll go.

I’d love to go to space. I would love to peek out a giant window and look back at the blue marble. There’s no question, I’d love to do that. But that’s different from an eight-month trip in a bus with the same hundred people, not stopping by 7-11 for a Slurpee. You’re on that bus and you’re headed to mars. And what happens if you get there and you don’t like it? It’s eight months back. There’s no Uber back. Well you can get back on the spaceship and go back.

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Leonard says he learned a lot about creativity in the workplace from some of his previous jobs:

I’ve never been one to be so dogmatic about ‘Oh well the way things have always been done is the way things should be done.’ I think I’ve probably brought a lot of different approaches from previous jobs into the environments and jobs I have now and said, ‘well what if we do things this way? Why aren’t things done this way?’ And sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t. Sometimes there is a reason things are always done this way.

All kids are really creative. I’ve never met a child who is not creative. On some level, as we get older we take certain things for granted, assume certain things, assume things are impossible, and that things can only be done a certain way. I think a lot of it is getting back to being more childlike and sort of allowing yourself to believe that anything is possible.

Translation tech talking business

BBC - Thu, 2014-11-13 15:13
How language services are turning to tech to improve

Tempting packaging 'tricks shoppers'

BBC - Thu, 2014-11-13 15:11
Packaging tactics run the risk of misleading shoppers about products and deals, according to consumer group Which?.

Jihadist 'ban' and immigration on front pages

BBC - Thu, 2014-11-13 15:09
Plans to restrict the return of UK-born jihadists who have joined Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria make headlines, while immigration is again in the news.