National / International News

Bruce Jenner: why are some people painting their nails?

BBC - Mon, 2015-04-27 04:09
How people are coming out in support of transgender Bruce Jenner

Bridge 'more a sport than shooting'

BBC - Mon, 2015-04-27 04:05
The card game Bridge is "arguably" a sport and could qualify for lottery funding, a High Court judge finds.

Pepsi to ditch artificial sweetener

BBC - Mon, 2015-04-27 03:59
A controversial artificial sweetener is being removed from Diet Pepsi in the US following consumer concerns about its safety.

Real best team in world - Hernandez

BBC - Mon, 2015-04-27 03:54
Manchester United's Javier Hernandez says his loan club Real Madrid are the "best team in the world".

How are climbers being evacuated from Everest?

BBC - Mon, 2015-04-27 03:53
Rescue teams are racing to get to climbers who survived avalanches on Mount Everest after Nepal's earthquake before their supplies run out.

Serious fire in Londonderry

BBC - Mon, 2015-04-27 03:46
Police and Fire crews are dealing with a serious fire at De Burgh Square in Londonderry.

Motorists warned on car hire abroad

BBC - Mon, 2015-04-27 03:45
Motorists going abroad after 8 June are being warned they will need to take a special code with them if they want to hire a car.

VIDEO: Man rescued two days after quake

BBC - Mon, 2015-04-27 03:34
A team of Turkish rescue workers have pulled a man alive from the rubble of a building in Kathmandu, two days after the earthquake

Bashir re-elected Sudan leader

BBC - Mon, 2015-04-27 03:24
Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir, accused of war crimes in Darfur, is re-elected with 94% of the vote, official results say.

Wife's joy at India climber's Everest escape

BBC - Mon, 2015-04-27 03:22
Indian climber Sangeeta Bahl speaks to the BBC's Geeta Pandey about her joy at mountaineer husband Ankur Bahl's escape from Saturday's earthquake in Nepal.

Silk Road 'link' to six drug deaths

BBC - Mon, 2015-04-27 03:17
Six people who died from overdoses bought their drugs via the Silk Road marketplace, claims the US government.

More Than 3,700 Dead In Nepal As Earthquake's Toll Rises

NPR News - Mon, 2015-04-27 03:17

Aftershocks are rattling survivors' nerves and making the recovery even more challenging. In one district, 400,000 people were affected by the quake and more than 4,000 homes are now unsafe.

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Juventus boss angry over violence

BBC - Mon, 2015-04-27 03:15
Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri says "only a madman" would bring children to games after trouble in the Turin derby.

A-level economics to include crash

BBC - Mon, 2015-04-27 03:15
Students will learn about the global financial crisis in a new economics A-level to be taught from September.

Tory suspended over Miliband Jew slur

BBC - Mon, 2015-04-27 03:15
A Conservative local election candidate who said she could never support "the Jew" Ed Miliband is suspended.

St Mirren captain 'spears' team-mate

BBC - Mon, 2015-04-27 03:11
St Mirren captain Steven Thompson says he is "mortified" after 'spearing' team-mate John McGinn in a training ground prank

The essential role of surgery

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2015-04-27 03:00

When we think about a global health crisis, we often think about specific diseases. But a new report out Monday in the Lancet challenges that view.

Authors point out a lack of adequate, timely and affordable surgical care resulted in a third of all deaths worldwide in 2010, or nearly 17 million lives—HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria combined for less than 4 million.

This paper reflects the shifting attitudes towards addressing global health problems. In a concrete way, we now have numbers that help get our arms around the essential role surgery plays.

First, the Lancet Commissioner on Global Surgery, which had input from 110 countries, found that 5 billion people don’t have access to surgery when they need it. Only a tiny sliver of all surgeries occur in the poorest countries.

The bottom line is that many easily treatable conditions effectively become death sentences. For example, 90 percent of maternal deaths could be averted—That’s 100,000 women a year. In the past, a lot of time and money has been devoted to a particular disease like malaria or TB.

But Dr. David Barash, Chief Medical Officer of the GE Foundation, says through combating Ebola, governments, philanthropists and industry are learning that tackling one disease in isolation is limited. Barash says what’s needed is a more robust public health infrastructure.

The awareness of what happened with Ebola really catalyzed everyone’s thinking that ‘Yes, it’s about the system, we need to invest in the system. Industry needs to be a part of that. Foundations need to be part of that. Academics need to be part of that,” he says.

Barash is optimistic this report will lead to action in part because it sets targets.

To improve global access to by 2030, 143 million more surgeries are needed each year, the health workforce must double, and there’s even a price tag: $350 billion.

Of course, the real hope is if you build infrastructure for surgeries, that same infrastructure will serve the public well during the next epidemic.

PODCAST: Aid in Nepal

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2015-04-27 03:00

An update on aid after the earthquake in Nepal. Plus, President Obama is due to report to Congress today, the initial recommendations of the Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission. What’s at stake for military personnel and for the federal budget? And just a few years ago, the Tennessee Valley Authority made waves with plans to complete at least three mothballed reactors. After billions in cost overruns and a slowdown in power demand because of the economic downturn and increased efficiency, TVA says the single reactor being completed this year will be enough.

Woman denied $41.8m jackpot payout

BBC - Mon, 2015-04-27 02:59
A 90-year-old woman is denied a $41.8m (£27.6m) penny slot machine bonus after the casino blames it on a computer error.

VIDEO: CCTV captures devastating earthquake

BBC - Mon, 2015-04-27 02:59
New footage has emerged of the moment the devastating earthquake struck Nepal, after several Chinese photographers arrived home on Sunday.