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Obama will see problems on reservations first hand

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-06-13 02:47

President Barack Obama's visit to the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in North Dakota Friday will let him get a first-hand look at the challenges facing Native Americans. And there are many.

The Census Bureau says 27 percent of Native Americans are poor. Helen Oliff of National Relief Charities says on the reservations her organization serves, the poverty rate is actually higher, which exacerbates another problem: many Native Americans have little access to fresh, healthy food.

“You have a lot of convenience stores on the reservations," Oliff explains. "Many people are 30 to 60 miles away from the nearest regular grocery store.”

That leads many people to eat the pre-packed foods the convenience stores sell. 

Unemployment is also problematic, partly because it's hard to reach jobs from remote reservations.

“When our reservation area was created, back in the day, it really put us in a box, literally," says Scott Davis, a Lakota Sioux and head of the North Dakota Indian Affairs Commission.

Davis says the Obama administration has given tribes more autonomy, and President Obama has included the Choctaw Nation in his Promise Zone program, which helps impoverished communities access federal resources. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Iraq militants seize new towns

BBC - Fri, 2014-06-13 02:45
Islamist-led militants in Iraq seize two new towns, as the US says it is looking at all options to help embattled Prime Minister Nouri Maliki.

Hillary Clinton opposes 'Yes' vote

BBC - Fri, 2014-06-13 02:39
Former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton tells the BBC she would "hate" for Britain to "lose Scotland".

Missing cruise worker new probe call

BBC - Fri, 2014-06-13 02:37
The parents of a cruise worker who went missing on a Disney-owned ship in 2011, call for police to re-interview two people about their daughter's disappearance.

Setback for Cameron in Juncker fight

BBC - Fri, 2014-06-13 02:32
The main European Parliament groups back Jean-Claude Juncker as David Cameron steps up his campaign for an alternative candidate for the top EU job.

Data on our data: 100,000 malware implants

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-06-13 02:30

This month marks the first anniversary of the Edward Snowden leaks that changed our understanding of online privacy. Just like the subject matter of the leaks, the reporting over the last year has offered a deluge of information. So this week, we're posting a short series about all that data. Every day we'll bring you another number that reminds us how much we have learned in the last year about online surveillance and the reach of the NSA.

85,000-100,000

malware implants

This number refers to the bits of malicious software that the National Security Agency has put onto computers around the world. The software allows the government to conduct surveillance, but it's also essentially building a network of weaknesses in our vast system of computing devices.

“This often introduces vulnerabilities to computer systems, and can have far-reaching effects if criminals are able to learn from some of this highly advanced code being deployed by the government,” says Chester Wisniewski of the cybersecurity firm Sophos.

I think this last data point is really profound. No matter how we conduct war, it’s important to remember that when we build new weapons, we run the risk, and the threat, of those weapons being used against us. The question is when and if it's worth it.

VIDEO: Could hairdryers get girls to do PE?

BBC - Fri, 2014-06-13 02:25
The head of Sport England Jennie Price says providing girls with hair drying facilities at school could encourage the more image-conscious to get involved in PE.

Rooney wants to be England's Suarez

BBC - Fri, 2014-06-13 02:25
Rooney wants a partnership with Sturridge at the 2014 Fifa World Cup that emulates his colleague's success with Suarez.

Rate rise hint sends pound higher

BBC - Fri, 2014-06-13 02:15
The pound nears a five-year high after the governor of the Bank of England, Mark Carney, signalled interest rates may rise this year.

US to sell seized Silk Road Bitcoins

BBC - Fri, 2014-06-13 02:03
The US government will auction $18m worth of the virtual currency Bitcoin, seized by the FBI when it raided the notorious Silk Road online marketplace last year.

Silicon Tally: NSA my name

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-06-13 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 Glenn Greenwald, a journalist with The Intercept, and the author of "No Place to Hide: Edward Snowden, the NSA and the U.S. Surveillance State".

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Obama will see problems on reservations first hand

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-06-13 02:00

President Barack Obama's visit to the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in North Dakota Friday will let him get a first-hand look at the challenges facing Native Americans. And there are many.

The Census Bureau says 27 percent of Native Americans are poor. Helen Oliff of National Relief Charities says on the reservations her organization serves, the poverty rate is actually higher, which exacerbates another problem: many Native Americans have little access to fresh, healthy food.

“You have a lot of convenience stores on the reservations," Oliff explains. "Many people are 30 to 60 miles away from the nearest regular grocery store.”

That leads many people to eat the pre-packed foods the convenience stores sell. 

Unemployment is also problematic, partly because it's hard to reach jobs from remote reservations.

“When our reservation area was created, back in the day, it really put us in a box, literally," says Scott Davis, a Lakota Sioux and head of the North Dakota Indian Affairs Commission.

Davis says the Obama administration has given tribes more autonomy, and President Obama has included the Choctaw Nation in his Promise Zone program, which helps impoverished communities access federal resources. 

Is Friday 13th an economic drag? Probably not

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-06-13 02:00

When Friday the 13th rolls around, we often hear reports that the date is unlucky for the economy. Superstitious employees, we're told, call out sick from work, frightened flyers cancel plane tickets and more than a few of us won't leave the house to go shopping. So, is it true? 

Dan Ilves, senior vice president of leisure at Travel Store, is inclined to call it bunk.

"I've never heard of a client or had a client tell me they will absolutely not fly on Friday the 13th," Ilves said. 

Lisa Hale, who directs the Kansas City Center for Anxiety Treatment, says that while 25 percent of the population cops to being superstitious, only about 1 percent identify as "very superstitious." Those folks might avoid the workplace on Friday the 13th, but, Hale points out,  superstitious people help pump money into the economy, too. Someone, after all, is buying all those lucky rabbit foot keychains. 

Illegal catches hurt fishermen and fish populations

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-06-13 02:00

Almost all the seafood Americans eat -- 90 percent, to be exact -- is imported. A new study from the Fisheries Centre at the University of British Columbia found that as much of a third of wild-caught, imported seafood is caught illegally or without proper documentation.

The United States has one of the largest seafood markets in the world with these illegal imports potentially adding up to $2 billion dollars; a huge bite out of the pockets of American fishermen.

To understand why illegal catches are such a big deal just ask a fishermen.

“Well, it’s a lot harder because of the damage done to the stock,” says Willy Hatch, who runs a charter and commercial fishing boat in Falmouth, Mass. Hatch fishes for tuna and says a combination of fewer fish to catch, and cheap, illegal tuna imported from countries like Thailand and the Philippines drives the price down for fishermen like him.

“America is an expensive country to live in and operate and we’re held to the highest levels of conservation and we have to compete against other countries where they’re pretty much allowed to go hog wild,” he says.

“It's hugely more expensive,” says Logan Kock, vice president of strategic purchasing & responsible sourcing for Santa Monica Seafood, a distributor. He says limits on fishermen are important but the restrictions can cut into their profits. Kock points to one local fishery in particular.

"They had to design nets where the top edge is down about 30 feet -- that's to allow marine mammals and turtles to go above it. It has to have pingers on it, in case at night marine mammals come by, they'll be able to sense the presence of a net. Those guys can't fish within three miles because that's where young threshers are growing -- it's a nursery. They can't fish offshore at other times of the year because that's when other fish are breeding. They can't fish in the non-marine protected areas. There's an abundance of restrictions that are on them, that not only restrict the areas where they can fish but it also drives the cost of their fishing practices way up."

Kock notes illegal imports squeeze fishermen the most -- those working under the table drop prices to unload their catches, so law-abiding fishermen are often forced to drop their prices to compete. But he says the practice creates ripples.

“There’s the collateral fix because that fisherman has a boat, the boat needs ice, the boat needs fuel, the boat needs repairs. And so it's a community thing.”

Megahn Brosnan, manager of the Pew Charitable Trusts’ Ending Illegal Fishing project, says this is neither a problem for the United States to fix on its own, nor one that other countries should tackle independently.

“This is a global problem -- it really is," she says.

Brosnan notes that almost a third of all fish populations in the world have been overfished. She says the supply chain needs more oversight, all fishing vessels should receive unique identification numbers, and ports should have more inspectors. Otherwise, resources will continue to be depleted:

“If at a certain point, if you take too many mom and dad fish, then there’s just not going to be enough to go around.”

Brosnan says that with big oceans where even aircraft carriers look tiny, trying to stop illegal fishing needs to be an international effort.

VIDEO: Comic Djalili's World Cup effort

BBC - Fri, 2014-06-13 01:54
With no official England song, comic Omid Djalili has penned his own World Cup chant

Somali militants impose dress code

BBC - Fri, 2014-06-13 01:52
Somalia's al-Shabab militants round up around 100 women and order them to comply with a strict Islamic dress code or risk being whipped.

Pandas denied World Cup pundit role

BBC - Fri, 2014-06-13 01:46
A panda centre in western China has pulled out of an attempt to get its giant bears to predict the scores of World Cup matches.

Mortgage cap 'won't be used soon'

BBC - Fri, 2014-06-13 01:37
Mortgage lenders say that a cap on the size of mortgage loans is unlikely to be "the first tool in the box" to cool the housing market.

Morgan shows 'signs of improvement'

BBC - Fri, 2014-06-13 01:27
Comedian Tracy Morgan is showing signs of improvement following his accident on Saturday, according to his publicist.

VIDEO: Forced into marriage, pregnant by 13

BBC - Fri, 2014-06-13 01:26
New laws are coming into effect which will make forced marriage a criminal offence.
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