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MPs assess detainee abuse claims

BBC - Wed, 2014-06-25 02:12
MPs are to visit Yarl's Wood Immigration Centre over allegations of improper sexual contact with detainees, a parliamentary committee says.

Is Merkel damaged by Juncker row?

BBC - Wed, 2014-06-25 02:09
Why Merkel is suffering in the EU's Juncker row

Newport Nato summit logo revealed

BBC - Wed, 2014-06-25 02:05
The logo for the Nato summit to be held at Newport's Celtic Manor Resort in September features the city's iconic Transporter Bridge.

VIDEO: 'Not extremist to wear a headscarf'

BBC - Wed, 2014-06-25 02:01
Myriam Francois-Cerrah says Britain tolerates fascists because of free speech, as she examines extremism claims.

PODCAST: Oakland's Silicon Valley

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2014-06-25 02:00

The Obama administration is moving to remove a 40 year ban on oil exports. We take a look at what that means for gas prices. Plus, with the tech industry's notorious gender and diversity issues, Google has donated $50 million to "Made with Code," which is meant to inspire young girls. But change might mean more than just money for education. Plus, why Oakland may be the next Silicon Valley, but with more diversity than its counterpart across the bay.

Parking apps under scrutiny from city governments

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2014-06-25 02:00

Parking in a big city is one of those tasks that seem to often inspire annoyance. Just as well, plenty of apps have stepped in to improve the experience.

But San Francisco's City Attorney sent a cease and desist letter to one such app maker this week.

MonkeyParking tries to match people looking for parking spots and people willing to leave them, and does so for a price. The app allows people to inform others that they are leaving a spot, thus opening it up for bids. The evacuator can be paid as much as $10 by the seeker, a prospect the city is not enthused with.  

San Fransico says the app involves the buying and selling of city property. The app maker counters that it it simply selling information. 

Mike Billings, who covers tech and venture capital for the Wall Street Journal, notes that the city itself has experimented with creating parking apps, thus adding an element of public-private competition to the story. 

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The new growth engine for airports: cargo

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2014-06-25 02:00

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport holds the honor of “world’s busiest” when it comes to passengers. But it doesn’t crack the top 30 in terms of cargo; something Louisville, Anchorage, and Indianapolis all do.

Airport officials, and even Atlanta mayor Kasim Reed, want to change that. But it’s not necessarily an easy proposition. Nor is it a sexy one, admits Ilona Zimmer, a coordinator for Lufthansa Cargo.

Inside the German airline’s cargo warehouse at Hartsfield-Jackson, Zimmer watches as a pair of forklifts lift pallets onto storage shelves. 

“I would say machinery parts and, at the moment, textiles, make up the majority of shipments coming in," Zimmer says.

Come fall, Zimmer says case after case of French Beaujolais will take up most shelf space.   

Activity inside the warehouse is constant, but Hartsfield Jackson general manager Miguel Southwell wants to see more. Lots more.

“We have some work to do,” he admits.  

The traditional cargo market is stagnant, so the airport is building facilities to go after a different sector. Their interested in perishable goods, like pharmaceuticals and fresh flowers. That will help revenues.

But Southwell says all the focus on cargo is really about employment.  

“The main purpose of an airport is to be any community’s chief jobs driver,” he says. “That’s why an airport exists.”

But airports are limited in what they can do to attract new cargo, says Enno Osinga. He’s in charge of cargo operations at Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport, and Vice Chair of Vice-Chair of The International Air Cargo Association.

“An airport, if you look at it unkindly, is a bit of concrete. It’s got runways. It’s got aprons,” Osinga says. “They’re all the same.”

The key to bolstering cargo operations, Osinga says, is to convince industry to build nearby.

Atlanta’s doing that.

It’s also constructing more cargo warehouses on-site.

And to sweeten the pot further, Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson is offering a few million dollars in incentives for new cargo service. 

VIDEO: 'I don't get right to die ruling'

BBC - Wed, 2014-06-25 01:49
Right to die campaigner Paul Lamb says he does not understand why Supreme Court judges have decided against him.

Sex charge head teacher 'predatory'

BBC - Wed, 2014-06-25 01:37
A head teacher accused of using a vulnerable teenage boy for her own sexual gratification was "predatory", Durham Crown Court hears.

Magnificent Seven star Wallach dies

BBC - Wed, 2014-06-25 01:34
US actor Eli Wallach, whose best-known films included The Magnificent Seven and Sergio Leone's The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, dies aged 98.

May wants more surveillance powers

BBC - Wed, 2014-06-25 01:29
Home Secretary Theresa May renews her call for new surveillance powers - dubbed a "snooper's charter" by critics.

Hacking jury considers final verdicts

BBC - Wed, 2014-06-25 01:27
The PM is due to face questions about hiring Andy Coulson as the jury in the phone-hacking trial considers two outstanding counts against the former tabloid editor.

Can Facebook innovate?

BBC - Wed, 2014-06-25 01:19
Profits roll in to Google and Facebook but pressure on for ideas

Cook's determination buys him time as England captain

BBC - Wed, 2014-06-25 01:17
Despite defeat by Sri Lanka, Alastair Cook has shown the desire to lead England, says cricket correspondent Jonathan Agnew.

Murdered Voting Advocate's Brother Wants Protections Back

NPR News - Wed, 2014-06-25 01:04

David Goodman says last year the Supreme Court gutted the civil rights law that Andrew Goodman and other Freedom Summer activists gave their lives for.

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Murdered Voting Advocate's Brother Wants Protections Back

NPR News - Wed, 2014-06-25 01:04

David Goodman says last year the Supreme Court gutted the civil rights law that Andrew Goodman and other Freedom Summer activists gave their lives for.

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Teachers feel undervalued by public

BBC - Wed, 2014-06-25 01:03
An international survey by the OECD shows a widespread pattern of teachers feeling a lack of respect for their profession.

Google addresses the white male culture of tech

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2014-06-25 01:00

Google kicks off its big developer conference Wednesday. Less than a month after admitting it has a diversity problem, the company is taking measures to address the white male culture of the tech world. Google committed $50 million to a project called Made With Code, meant to inspire girls to get into coding.

Education is crucial, says Alaina Percival, who heads the group Women Who Code. But she says tech culture also contributes to the problem, like when industry people talk about hiring, say, a new iOS specialist.

“They’ll say, oh we need a great iOS guy,” Percival says -- not a great iOS person.

“Little things like that, that happen over and over again, that if you complained about any one of them, you would sound crazy,” she adds.

Lisa Cook is an economist at Michigan State University who researches the participation of women and minorities in the basic research and commercialization of inventions. She points out that culture plays into recruitment as well. Cook says people tend to recruit from the schools and labs they themselves experienced. The problem is that those social networks might leave out places like historically black colleges and universities.

“While HBCUs are responsible for a declining number of bachelor’s degrees, they’re responsible for an increasing number of STEM graduates,” she says.

Cook says those are the places that recruiters who want to increase diversity should target.

The business opportunity that is climate change

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2014-06-25 01:00

Climate change is a business opportunity.

There. I said it. Also? It's true. And kind of a paradox.

Global warming's been a bit buzzy this week, what with former Treasury Secretary — and current Republican — Henry Paulson in the New York Times this past weekend coming out in favor of a tax on carbon as the best way to control global warming, and a report from Paulson and others laying out the economic risks of climate change (Although, honestly, couldn't they have come up with a better name for the report than 'Risky Business?').

Six or seven years ago we sent Stephen Beard and Sam Eaton off to do a series we called 'Frozen Assets' — an exploration of the ways in which businesses would be able to take advantage of a warming planet. Back then, we concentrated on the areas that were (and mostly still are) literally frozen — Norway, Arctic Canada, and Greenland — and what would happen up there; oil exploration, fishing opportunities and shipping routes through the Northwest passage.

Since then, as the Paulson report and countless others have made clear, the obvious downsides have been mounting: decreased productivity, coastal property damage, infrastructure problems, lower crop yields and growing public health concerns. I could go on, but it'd be easier if you just have a look at the report, which I highly recommend.

Here — at long last — is my point. There's a way that capitalism — arguably the root cause of global warming — can help us find a way out. Or, at least, a way to mitigate the looming apocalypse. If companies, governments and people realize that market forces can work to our advantage in this — without resorting reflexively to well-entrenched positions — well, then maybe we've got a chance.

Or, to paraphrase Ezra Klein, maybe we're just screwed.

T in the Park to leave Balado venue

BBC - Wed, 2014-06-25 00:52
T in the Park festival is to be held at Balado for the last time next month before moving to a new venue next summer.
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