National / International News

Muslim schools 'set for criticism'

BBC - Thu, 2014-11-20 16:11
Reports highly critical of "safeguarding" at seven east London schools, including six Muslim schools, are set to be published by Ofsted.

HMRC 'hasn't investigated tax scheme'

BBC - Thu, 2014-11-20 16:06
HM Revenue and Customs has not properly investigated why a tax relief scheme has cost £2bn more than expected, according to the National Audit Office.

Car lifted to end tram 'stand-off'

BBC - Thu, 2014-11-20 15:56
A group of bystanders lift a car out of the way after the driver leaves it parked on a city centre tramline.

When Arsenal hated Van Nistelrooy

BBC - Thu, 2014-11-20 15:47
Hatred, a red card, a missed penalty and a record fine - Arsenal's furious visit to Old Trafford in 2003 revisited.

How immigration reform can change immigration

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2014-11-20 15:45

On Thursday evening, President Obama announced his executive order for immigration reform:

We’re going to offer the following deal: If you’ve with been in America more than five years. If you have children who are American citizens or illegal residents. If you register, pass a criminal background check and you’re willing to pay your fair share of taxes, you’ll be able to apply to stay in this country temporarily without fear of deportation. You can come out of the shadows and get right with the law. That’s what this deal is.

Now let’s be clear about what it isn’t. This deal does not apply to anyone who has come to this country recently. It does not apply to anyone who might come to America illegally in the future. It does not grant citizenship or the right to stay here permanently, or offer the same benefits that citizens receive. Only Congress can do that. All we’re saying is we’re not going to deport you.

To get a little context on how the President's plans might affect some of the various immigration constituencies in this country, we spoke with Barbara Hines, Co-Director of the Immigration Clinic and professor at the University of Texas, and Emily Lam, vice-president of the Silicon Valley Leadership Group for Health Care & Federal Issues.

VIDEO: Whelan sorry for offensive comments

BBC - Thu, 2014-11-20 15:33
Wigan owner Dave Whelan apologises for comments about Jewish and Chinese people made in a controversial newspaper interview.

Ukraine's year of chaotic events

BBC - Thu, 2014-11-20 15:29
Making sense of Ukraine's year of chaotic events

Bin Hammam 2022 bid role questioned

BBC - Thu, 2014-11-20 15:27
Mohamed Bin Hammam's role in Qatar's successful World Cup bid is questioned by Fifa whistleblower Phaedra Al-Majid.

VIDEO: Ferguson decision: A timeline of events

BBC - Thu, 2014-11-20 15:24
Protesters and police in Ferguson are all part of a tense waiting game, wondering if a police officer will be indicted for the death of Michael Brown. A look at the events that lead to these circumstances

VIDEO: The drone that fights fires

BBC - Thu, 2014-11-20 15:23
BBC Click looks at some of the week's technology highlights.

Major security operation in Belfast

BBC - Thu, 2014-11-20 15:21
Part of the Grosvenor Road in Belfast is closed in a major security operation.

'No fertility help for cancer young'

BBC - Thu, 2014-11-20 15:18
Young women with breast cancer are not being told about the possibility of freezing eggs or embryos ahead of potentially damaging chemotherapy treatment, says charity Breast Cancer Care.

How did immigration debate get so toxic?

BBC - Thu, 2014-11-20 15:16
Barack Obama's executive action on immigration riles up Republicans and immigration activists for different reasons.

NHS 'should use cancer drug for eyes'

BBC - Thu, 2014-11-20 15:13
A drug that prevents elderly people losing their sight should be routinely available on the NHS, says the Royal College of Ophthalmologists.

McDonald's is not lovin' GMO potato

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2014-11-20 14:58

The United States Department of Agriculture has approved a new genetically-modified potato.

Among other things, the new spud is supposed to give off fewer carcinogens when cooked at high temperatures, like when it's french-fried. Still its biggest potential customer, McDonald’s, is not lovin’ it.  The burger-and-fries giant seems to be listening to the many consumers out there who worry GMOs are bad for them.  Never mind the Big Mac itself. 

New York University food researcher Marion Nestle has seen this kind of thing before in England. Supermarket chains opted out of carrying tomato paste made from genetically-modified tomatoes.

"The retailers said, ‘You know, we don’t have a dog in this fight. We don’t need to be in the middle of this,’" Nestle says. "Similarly, McDonald’s has plenty of potatoes."

So the company doesn’t need these new potatoes, just like it doesn’t need any new grief from consumers about serving unhealthy food.

Meanwhile, consumer attitudes have changed about what makes food healthy or not. Analyst Harry Balzer has been tracking Americans' eating habits for decades, at consumer-research company NPD.

"I think the move is to, 'I want natural foods' — whatever natural, means to you," he says. "Now, I think part of that process is, 'I don’t want you to make my foods better for me. So, don’t remove the fat, don’t remove the sugar. That way you’re changing the food — you’re altering the food.’"

Balzer says sales of foods designed to be healthy — lower in fat, or lower in sugar — have been declining for years.

He also says the three most-ordered restaurant items are still soda, a burger and fries.

But even if that’s what we’re ordering, health is still — well, call it an aspiration.

Mary Chapman is with the food-industry consulting group Technomic, which polls consumers about their preferences. "We asked specifically, 'Do you want restaurants to offer healthy items, even if you’re not going to eat them?'" she says. "They still want them offered."

So is it the presence of the salad on the menu that makes us feel better about the Big Mac that we're actually ordering?

"It’s true," she says.

As long as the salad isn’t genetically modified.

Rochester vote and NHS 'eviction' threat - papers

BBC - Thu, 2014-11-20 14:57
With deadlines passing before the declaration of the Rochester by-election result, the papers still find UKIP leader Nigel Farage in buoyant form.

VIDEO: Is Ukraine on verge of another war?

BBC - Thu, 2014-11-20 14:55
BBC News analyses the prospect of a return to full-scale war in eastern Ukraine, where pro-Russian rebels control broad swathes of territory and a fragile ceasefire could end at any time.

VIDEO: Cairollers: Roller derby Cairo style

BBC - Thu, 2014-11-20 14:53
Roller derby changing lives for Egyptian women

'Title bid has not been about luck'

BBC - Thu, 2014-11-20 14:45
Lewis Hamilton on his title fight with Nico Rosberg, inspirational people and how his form with Mercedes has not happened through luck.

VIDEO: 'Childbirth pain' lessons for men

BBC - Thu, 2014-11-20 14:39
A hospital in China is trying to teach fathers-to-be about the experience of giving birth.