National / International News

Indian media facing a backlash in Nepal

BBC - Mon, 2015-05-04 03:20
Many in Nepal feel Indian media's coverage of the earthquake has been insensitive and jingoistic, writes Soutik Biswas.

VIDEO: 'It's about the experience you offer'

BBC - Mon, 2015-05-04 03:17
The Chief Executive of the hotels group Six Senses, Neil Jacobs, tells the BBC how his company has adapted to the economic downturn.

Scuffles as Jim Murphy campaigns

BBC - Mon, 2015-05-04 03:12
There have been scuffles on the streets of Glasgow involving Labour party supporters and their opponents as election campaigning continues.

Greece's undeclared domestic default

BBC - Mon, 2015-05-04 03:09
Greece has paid wages and pensions and is in talks with the eurozone for more bailout money, but for many Greeks the government is already out of cash.

Has Miliband said a proper sorry?

BBC - Mon, 2015-05-04 03:07
Has Ed Miliband's denial that Labour overspent been underwritten by the Treasury's top civil servant saying that the "2008 crisis was a banking crisis pure and simple"?

Why Chelsea won the league - Shearer

BBC - Mon, 2015-05-04 03:00
MOTD2 pundit Alan Shearer looks at the reasons why Jose Mourinho's Chelsea side won the title race by such a large margin.

PODCAST: Obama announces a new non-profit

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2015-05-04 03:00

Airing on Monday, May 4, 2015: Back in March, just 126-thousand jobs were added to payrolls. But what about April? For that we consult Drew Matus, senior US economist at UBS Securities. Next, President Obama is scheduled to announce not a new government agency but a new non-profit today. It's an extension of the "My Brother's Keeper Initiative" the President started last year to help minority young people stay in school, do well, and graduate readt for college. And the new organization might be a sign of what the president has planned for his future. The price of crude oil is up from its lows of the last year, but at $59 a barrel this morning, that still about half what it was 11 months ago. This is great for consumers of oil, drivers, businesses and beyond.  But it's a challenge for many who work in the oil industry, including what are called "landmen," people paid by oil companies to get rights to drill. We check in with one land person in Eddy County, New Mexico. 

 

U.S. Marines Arrive In Nepal To Aid Earthquake Victims

NPR News - Mon, 2015-05-04 02:49

Western countries complained that Nepal's bureaucracy was keeping goods at warehouses. The Marines come with MV-22 Osprey aircraft, which should make reaching remote areas easier.

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Facebook opens Internet.org amid row

BBC - Mon, 2015-05-04 02:48
Facebook is to allow more organisations to join its free mobile data scheme, but net neutrality campaigners remain opposed.

Suicide blast rocks central Damascus

BBC - Mon, 2015-05-04 02:42
A suicide bomber blows himself up in the centre of the Syrian capital, Damascus, in an attack apparently aimed at the army's logistics division.

Migrants 'blamed for policy failure'

BBC - Mon, 2015-05-04 02:40
Green Party leader Natalie Bennett claims migrants are being blamed "for failures" in government policy to stave off 'the perceived threat from UKIP'.

Narendra Modi joins China's Weibo

BBC - Mon, 2015-05-04 02:35
India's PM Narendra Modi joins China's main microblogging service Weibo, gaining thousands of followers by the hour and plenty of comments.

Name of man killed in crash released

BBC - Mon, 2015-05-04 02:35
The name of a 59-year-old man killed in a car crash in County Antrim is released.

Somalia bans al-Shabab name in media

BBC - Mon, 2015-05-04 02:22
Somalia bans journalists from using the name al-Shabab - instead they have to refer to it as Ugus "the Group that Massacres the Somali People".

VIDEO: 'No support' for Nepal quake survivors

BBC - Mon, 2015-05-04 02:16
The BBC's Neha Sharma met a couple who explained how they were coping after the deadly Nepal earthquake

Price rise slows eurozone factories

BBC - Mon, 2015-05-04 02:02
Eurozone factory activity has slowed after manufacturers raise prices for the first time in eight months, figures show.

Meet the woman leading the EU's case against Google

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2015-05-04 02:00

Google has its hands full in Europe, where antitrust regulators have accused it of abusing its power to, among other things, favor its business partners in search results.

Google denies wrongdoing.

The European Union Commissioner for Competition  Margrethe Vestager is leading the charge against the company. We talked with her about the case, another high-profile investigation and more. The conversation has been lightly edited for clarity.

This EU complaint against Google comes after a five-year investigation, give me a sense of what you're concerned about.

It is pretty simple. The concern is that Google, which is a huge, successful company in Europe, is using its very dominant position in general search to favor its own services in related markets. You can't do that, due to European competition law.

So when I look up something on Google in Europe, it might turn up whatever the search finds, but it might sometimes favor some of the people it has business relationships with, and that would violate your rules?

Yes, because as a consumer you would expect to get the best answer to your query. And if, systematically, you get the Google service as the answer to your query, that may not be the best thing. Then other companies may wonder, "Should we invest in new and innovative products if we can never be found by Google?" And therefore the risk is, as a consumer, you get less choice and fewer innovative products to look at.

In an internal memo to Google's own employees, the company claimed it's competing on its merits, in Europe and elsewhere, offers good search service, and that competition to Google is really just a click away and that it hasn't actually harmed its competition. I know, Commissioner, that you use Google, and you think its a good service. Are you just trying to penalize a company for being very good at what it does?

Oh, no. On the contrary, I and others should congratulate any successful company, because this is great for jobs creation and for growth. But ... you need to compete on your merits. To a large extent, Google can just go and do their business and innovate and find new things, but when it comes to being very dominant — in many European countries almost 90 percent of all search is Google search — that requires you to not misuse this position.

Moving on from Google, you're also leading the effort to investigate the Russi's state-owned energy firm, Gazprom, for overcharging, especially in Eastern Europe. Are you worried that investigation is going to disrupt international relations at a tense time?

Well, it's strictly a law-enforcement effort. I'm being very careful, because we have no grudge or anything like that with the Russian state or with Gazprom as a company. Again, it's a certain conduct. What we see in our preliminary findings, is that Gazprom has enabled themselves to charge maybe 40 percent more for gas in five countries. For the consumer that makes the cost of heating the home, or cooking or any other use of electricity much more expensive than it maybe ought to be.

I have one last question that's a bit off-point but before we go: there is a Danish television series a bit like the show we know here as "The West Wing". It's called "Borgen." I keep seeing articles suggesting you are the inspiration for the main character, the party leader who becomes Prime Minister. When you watch "Borgen," do you see yourself in any way?

Of course, it's always hard to tell when it's fiction. But you know, she has more or less the same family relations (as me), her husband is also a teacher. The party is very much like the party I belong to, the Social Liberal Party. So there's a lot of things that look alike. And anyway, I'd recommend it if someone wants to see how Nordic politics work.

A conversation with Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2015-05-04 02:00

Microsoft is having an interesting moment.

People are getting more excited about its hardware, and some recent moves by CEO Satya Nadella and others seem to be helping to grow its cloud computing business. Nadella joins us to talk about what the company is trying to do with businesses and information technology workers around the world, including employees of the city of Chicago.

“We worked with the city of Chicago to create this hub where they are not only bringing employees who work for the city to the cloud with Office 365, but they are also figuring out how to connect everything that makes up city of Chicago — every traffic light and piece of equipment they have in the city — and tackle some of the bigger challenges, like energy consumption.” Nadella says. 

When we ask him where Microsoft is now, he says "to me, Microsoft is about empowerment...we are the original democratizing force, putting a PC in every home and every desk." The core of the company remains "user software." But that doesn't exclude the company from having a success, "like the Xbox," he adds. 

Click on the multimedia player above to hear more and tune in tomorrow for our second installment of our conversation. 


Obama's plan to keep up with My Brother's Keeper

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2015-05-04 02:00

President Obama is scheduled to speak Monday at the launch of a new nonprofit organization — the My Brother's Keeper Alliance. 

If that sounds familiar, it's because it's a spinoff of the My Brother's Keeper Initiative launched by the President in 2014 as a White House program aimed at helping minority boys and young men stay in school and graduate prepared for college. 

Michael Casserly, executive director of the Council of the Great City Schools and one of the Initiative's first partners, says, "The fact that he is setting this up now is important in signaling what a major priority this is for him personally."

Perhaps the President will continue to be involved after he leaves office in January 2017. Last week, he told a group of school children that he will "go back to doing the kinds of work I was doing before," leading some to speculate he may return to community organizing.

A conversation with the CEO of Microsoft

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2015-05-04 02:00

Last week we got some Microsoft news about new products from the company's BUILD conference for developers. This week in Chicago the company's Ignite conference gets under way. Microsoft is having an interesting moment. People are getting more excited about its hardware, and some recent moves by CEO Satya Nadella and others seem to be helping to grow its cloud computing business. Nadella joins us to talk about what the company is trying to do with businesses and information technology workers around the world, including employees of the city of Chicago.

“We worked with the city of Chicago to create this hub where they are not only bringing employees who work for the city to the cloud with Office 365, but they are also figuring out how to connect everything that makes up city of Chicago - every traffic light and piece of equipment they have in the city - and tackle some of the bigger challenges, like energy consumption.” Mr. Nadella says. 

When we asked him where Micrsoft is now, he said "to me, Microsoft is about empowerment...we are the original democratizing force, putting a PC in every home and every desk." The core the company, Mr. Nadella reiterated, remains "user software." But that doesn't exclude the company from having a success, "like the X Box," he adds. 

Click on the multimedia player above to hear more and tune in tomorrow for our second installment of our conversation. 


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