National / International News

England beaten by Smith's century

BBC - Fri, 2015-01-23 02:49
Captain Steve Smith makes a composed century to lead Australia to a thrilling three-wicket tri-series win over England.

India's air pollution problem

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2015-01-23 02:30

The last time President Barack Obama made a major state visit to Asia was last year when he met with Chinese president Xi Jinping and announced a broad-reaching climate change deal.

We shouldn't expect the same thing from his visit to India, even though its cities have air that's four times deadlier than in Beijing. But how does India’s environmental pollution stack up, and what might the U.S. do to curb greenhouse gas emissions there?

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Eurozone growth picks up, survey says

BBC - Fri, 2015-01-23 02:29
A key survey of eurozone business activity reached a five month high in January, but firms are cutting prices at their fastest rate in five years.

VIDEO: Economic crisis in Greek town of Drama

BBC - Fri, 2015-01-23 02:28
The BBC's Chris Morris visited the town of Drama in Greece to find out how cafe owner Yiannis Tsakiris is coping with a new business in during the Greek economic crisis

Twitter battles Instagram links

BBC - Fri, 2015-01-23 02:23
The social network encourages celebrities and other high-profile users to share photos directly to Twitter.

The cigarettes that worry tobacco firms

BBC - Fri, 2015-01-23 02:22
Tobacco companies warn smuggling could rise if the UK removes branding from cigarette packets - when Australia did this the biggest rise was in sales of brands known as "illicit whites".

Paris attacker Coulibaly is buried

BBC - Fri, 2015-01-23 02:20
An Islamist militant shot dead by French commandos after he attacked a Jewish supermarket two weeks ago is buried near Paris.

Corrie star admits drink-driving

BBC - Fri, 2015-01-23 02:07
Coronation Street actress Barbara Knox is banned from driving for a year after admitting a charge of drinking-driving.

Emergency patch fixes Flash flaw

BBC - Fri, 2015-01-23 02:04
Adobe has released an emergency patch for a flaw in its Flash software that was being widely exploited by thieves.

New effort ranks drug-makers by impact

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2015-01-23 02:00

Pharmaceutical companies have one very obvious reason to avoid developing drugs and vaccines for infectious diseases like malaria and tuberculosis: There’s basically no money in it.

That’s because most people with those conditions are poor and have little means to pay. So what kind of incentive do you need to get drug makers to take on global health epidemics? The answer may be a new index that ranks companies by who has the most effective drugs.

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Silicon Tally: A bird? A plane? No, it's Crystal Meth!

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2015-01-23 02:00

It's time for Silicon Tally! How well have you kept up with the week in tech news.

This week, we're joined by Harry Campbell, whose experience as a driver for Lyft, Uber and Sidecar fuels both his blog and podcast known as The Rideshare Guy.

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Greece prepares to vote; Eurozone worries

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2015-01-23 02:00

Voters casting their ballots in this weekend's general election in Greece know that much is at stake. A radical, far-left party called Syriza is leading in the polls. It's promising to roll back the deep public spending cuts imposed by the outgoing government and renegotiate Greece’s $280 billion bailout deal. Such moves would have big repercussions for the European economy and the global economy, too.

Despite the high stakes, the campaign here has lacked razzmatazz and the mood is subdued. Conservative politician Adonis Georgiadis, however, doesn't pull his punches when he talks about  the possibility of a Syriza victory. 

"If they win, we will be bankrupt within a month, maybe," he says.

Georgadis, a former minister in  the outgoing government, warns that Syriza’s plans to unpick the carefully-negotiated deal on Greece’s bailout would lead to the country defaulting and being expelled from the Eurozone:

"Unfortunately, it's a big possibility and it will destroy us. Two months. I have totally no doubt about it." he says.

But Syriza’s chief economist Yiannis Milios argues that austerity measures and crippling loan repayments are already destroying Greece. He says some 60 percent of young Greeks are without work and that has to change. He doesn't believe recent reports saying the Germans would rather see Greece default and leave the euro than renegotiate the bailout.

"They're bluffing" he says.

Former minister Adonis Georgiadis thinks Syriza is making a dangerous mistake. The Germans, he warns, never bluff.

Bluffing or not, Germany must respect the democratic will of the Greek people, says Syriza candidate and economist Yanis Varoufakis. He predicts that if  Greece is forced out of the Eurozone, the currency union will ultimately fragment and collapse.

"When one third of the world economy—that’s Europe—implodes in this way as the result of the fragmentation of the Eurozone, we’re going to be facing a post-modern 1930’s," he says.

Right now, the prospect of a euro collapse, let alone a 1930’s Depression, still seems remote. But the potentially massive repercussions of this weekend's election in a small corner of Europe is one more risk for the world to worry about.

 

Henson to join Bristol from Bath

BBC - Fri, 2015-01-23 01:58
Championship leaders Bristol sign Wales international Gavin Henson from local rivals Bath for next season's campaign.

Greek elections: Europe waits on voters' verdict

BBC - Fri, 2015-01-23 01:58
The BBC's Europe editor Gavin Hewitt says Greek voters will not just be choosing a new government but delivering a verdict on Europe.

Congo senate amends census law

BBC - Fri, 2015-01-23 01:54
The Democratic Republic of Congo senate amends a controversial census bill following four days of violent nationwide protests.

'Bludgeoned deer' PCs disciplined

BBC - Fri, 2015-01-23 01:45
Two police officers who bludgeoned an injured deer to death are removed from firearms duties after being found guilty of gross misconduct.

Four imaginary hung parliament scenarios

BBC - Fri, 2015-01-23 01:43
The various scenarios that could follow a hung parliament

VIDEO: Jellyfish reveal swimming secrets

BBC - Fri, 2015-01-23 01:42
Jellyfish tagging study reveals the creatures' ability to swim against the current, researchers say.

I was fearful of Seppi tie - Federer

BBC - Fri, 2015-01-23 01:33
Roger Federer admits he was worried he would struggle in his Australian Open tie with Andreas Seppi, which he lost in four sets.

The income gap is widening faster than you think

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2015-01-23 01:30
$280 billion

That's the amount of Greece's bailout deal, which the radical, far-left party called Syriza, promises to renegotiate should they win the upcoming elections. Such moves would have big repercussions for the European economy and the global economy, too.

$106 million

Abercrombie and Fitch's expected profits from last year, less than half of what they made in 2012. The flagging sales eventually lead to longtime CEO Mike Jeffries ouster late last year. Jeffries made Abercrombie his life, at times quite literally, and a new Businessweek feature shows Jeffries' uncompromising vision and eccentricities built one of the top brands in the world, but also lead to its downfall.

6.5 pounds

That's how many pounds of Crystal Meth a drone attempted to carry over the Mexico/U.S. border before crashing. But you already knew that didn't you? So why not prove your knowledge of the week in tech news by taking our quiz over at Silicon Tally?

$11,000

That's how much more money the bottom 80 percent of the population would have per household if today's economy had the income distribution it had in 1979, the Financial Times reported. Meanwhile, the top 1 percent would have $750,000 less per household. Further evidence that the rich are getting richer, and fast.

$40,000 to $80,000

That's the range of incomes of those most likely to lose their health insurance as a result of a Supreme Court decision on King v. Burwell against federal subsidies in states that don't run marketplaces for healthcare exchanges. As reported by the New York Times, other characteristics of this group include being predominantly white, Southern, employed and middle-aged.

162,000

The approximate number of drivers working for Uber, quadruple the amount from just a year ago. That's according to new data released by the company, which shows Uber drivers are a rapidly growing and diverse group, but one with very high turnover: 11 percent of drivers quit after a month, and half stop driving after a year.

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