National / International News

Desperate search at Turkish mine

BBC - Wed, 2014-05-14 07:07
Rescue teams are searching desperately for dozens of Turkish miners missing after a blast caused a pit to collapse, killing at least 238.

Man admits offensive teacher post

BBC - Wed, 2014-05-14 07:03
A man pleads guilty to posting a grossly offensive Facebook message after the killing of Leeds teacher Ann Maguire.

Factories burnt in Vietnam-China row

BBC - Wed, 2014-05-14 06:56
At least 15 foreign-owned factories are set on fire amid anti-China protests in southern Vietnam over tensions in the South China Sea.

Hundreds of chickens killed on M62

BBC - Wed, 2014-05-14 06:52
More than 1,000 chickens are killed as the lorry carrying them crashes on the M62 in Greater Manchester.

Wednesday's gossip column

BBC - Wed, 2014-05-14 06:52
Arsenal and Manchester City want Real Madrid forward, Lallana could force Southampton exit, Everton chase Remy, plus more.

San Diego County Explains 'Offending Words' In Fire Message

NPR News - Wed, 2014-05-14 06:50

Fire officials hope they've seen the worst of a fire that has burned 1,550 acres. They also say they'll get to the bottom of a message in an alert stating, "fire in your pants."

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UK jobless rate at five-year low

BBC - Wed, 2014-05-14 06:45
The UK's unemployment rate falls to a five-year low of 6.8% while the number of people in work rises to a record high, official figures show.

How the White House calculates infrastructure jobs

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2014-05-14 06:42

President Obama heads to New York's Tappan Zee bridge today. The crumbling, sixty year old span across the Hudson will be the backdrop for a speech on the nation's infrastructure.

Barring action from Congress, a federal fund for building and repairing roads, bridges and transit systems is expected to run dry in August, something the White House says could cost a lot of jobs.

As Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx told a White House briefing on Monday, “Unless Congress acts, up to 700,000 Americans will lose their jobs over the next year and road work, bridge building, transit maintenance – all of these types of projects – may be delayed or shut down completely,”

How did he come up with that 700,000 number?

A Department of Transportation spokesperson directed me to an explanation on the DOT website, which breaks down the calculations a bit. According to the explanation there, the tally includes the number of “direct, indirect and induced jobs” that come from highway infrastructure investment. 

A “direct” job would be the kind of work you see crews with hard hats doing, from laborers to engineers—the folks involved in the construction project itself. Paychecks for those jobs actually come out of federal coffers. 

As for the “indirect” jobs, those involve manufacturing the materials-- the steel, concrete or paint, for example, which are used in an infrastructure project. The “cost of materials” line in the budget for a federal highway project would indirectly fund these sorts of indirect jobs.

And then there are those “induced” jobs—jobs created “elsewhere in the economy as increases in income from the direct government spending lead to additional increases in spending by workers and firms,” according to the DOT. 

I asked Robert Puentes, director of the Metropolitan Infrastructure Initiative at the Brookings Institution, to help translate this one. These jobs, he says could be “everything from the food truck that's getting lunch” for the construction workers themselves, “to the guy that’s cutting their hair.” 

A spokesperson for the DOT would not elaborate on how exactly it estimates the number of induced jobs created, but says that all the numbers are based on research from the White House's Council of Economic Advisers. 

When the Council added up all these jobs-- induced, indirect, and direct—it found that about 13,000 jobs are supported for every $1 billion in federal highway and transit investment.  Recently, the highway trust fund has spent about $50.9 billion dollars annually on infrastructure projects. So, multiply 50.9 by 13,000 and you get a little under 700,000 jobs.

But that may actually be a low estimate, according to research done by Standard and Poor's U.S. Chief Economist Beth Ann Bovino. She recently released a report that found a $1.3 billion investment in infrastructure would likely add 29,000 jobs to the construction sector alone.  Meaning the $50.9 billion annual in federal highway trust fund spending would amount to more than 1 million jobs.

Construction jobs which are, by the way, the kind of “good” jobs that have been largely absent from the economic recovery so far, Bovino points out. 

As her report puts it: “The American middle class, which suffered disproportionately during the recent economic slump, would benefit most from investing in transportation infrastructure because it creates what are traditionally middle-class jobs.” 

MERS 101: What We Do (And Don't) Know About The Virus

NPR News - Wed, 2014-05-14 06:39

Scientists are racing to figure out how the Middle East respiratory syndrome virus infects people. After surfacing in 2012, it has spread to the U.S. and other countries. Here's what we know so far.

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Hall jury 'decide where truth lies'

BBC - Wed, 2014-05-14 06:26
A judge tells jurors they "will decide where the truth lies" in the child sex abuse trial of ex-broadcaster Stuart Hall.

US 'considers Manning transfer'

BBC - Wed, 2014-05-14 06:22
The Pentagon is considering transferring Private Chelsea Manning to a civilian prison in order to treat her gender dysphoria, US media report.

Often dressed in cheese, it never goes out of style

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2014-05-14 06:18

From the Marketplace Datebook, here's a look at what's coming up Thursday, May 15:

In Washington, the Federal Reserve releases its April industrial production report.

Are consumers experiencing inflation in their day-to-day living expenses? The Labor Department releases its monthly Consumer Price Index.

The Senate Health, Education, Labor & Pensions Committee discusses the state of tobacco use in the U.S.

The first woman to be appointed as Secretary of State, Madeleine Albright, turns 77.

And let's build something. How about a big, juicy, burger? May is National Hamburger Month. Now, doesn't that feel productive?

Should men shave their faces up or down?

BBC - Wed, 2014-05-14 06:14
In spite of the beard's current modishness, learning to shave correctly is still a rite of passage for young men. But many never quite get it right, says Jon Kelly.

GB gymnasts target Euro team success

BBC - Wed, 2014-05-14 06:08
Great Britain's women will prioritise team success over individual glory at the European Gymnastics Championships.

Father jailed for baby throw death

BBC - Wed, 2014-05-14 06:01
A father who killed his crying baby by throwing him so violently into his cot that he suffered massive head injuries is jailed.

Doctors Debate Whether Screening For Domestic Abuse Helps Stop It

NPR News - Wed, 2014-05-14 05:54

After your doctor asks you whether you smoke, she might also ask if you feel safe with your partner. But an analysis suggests universal screening may not be helping people who have been abused.

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Press 'trampled' on stag gore victim

BBC - Wed, 2014-05-14 05:50
A stag gore victim who complained that six newspapers had made "inappropriate" references to her transgender status says the press "trampled all over my private life".

Dip in Romania and Bulgaria workers

BBC - Wed, 2014-05-14 05:45
The number of Romanians and Bulgarians working in the UK has fallen since restrictions were lifted in January but is up compared with a year ago, figures show.

Europe Google ruling 'astonishing'

BBC - Wed, 2014-05-14 05:40
A ruling forcing Google to remove search results has been described as "astonishing" by Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales.

Roadworks unearth ancient artefacts

BBC - Wed, 2014-05-14 05:38
A "remarkable" haul of ancient artefacts are discovered during the construction of a £17m bypass project in southern Scotland.
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