National / International News

SA man 'chained children for years'

BBC - Tue, 2014-06-03 03:14
A South African man accused of keeping his children chained in a hostel room for eight years has been remanded in police custody until his bail hearing.

NHS border choice on waits backed

BBC - Tue, 2014-06-03 03:14
First Minister Carwyn Jones says he would rather patients be treated outside the Welsh NHS than wait, as rising numbers of patients die waiting for heart surgery at two south Wales hospitals.

VIDEO: Jonah on making his dreams come true

BBC - Tue, 2014-06-03 03:13
Actor Jonah Hill talks about fulfilling his acting dreams and why he wanted to be in The Simpsons.

Tom Jones to receive lifetime award

BBC - Tue, 2014-06-03 03:03
Sir Tom Jones is to be presented with a lifetime achievement award at this year's Silver Clef Awards.

'Funding cuts put music at risk'

BBC - Tue, 2014-06-03 02:59
Successive funding cuts are putting the government's National Plan for Music Education at risk say musicians including cellist Julian Lloyd Webber.

Poison theory father wants answers

BBC - Tue, 2014-06-03 02:43
The father of a seven-year-old boy who died in floods in Surrey says he believes the authorities are trying to stop him finding out what happened.

Mad Men creator to get Emmy honour

BBC - Tue, 2014-06-03 02:37
Mad Men creator and executive producer Matthew Weiner is to be honoured with the 2014 International Emmy Founders Award.

Eurozone inflation rate falls again

BBC - Tue, 2014-06-03 02:36
The eurozone inflation rate fell to 0.5% in May, figures show, adding to the pressure on the European Central Bank to take steps to ward off deflation.

Staff leave Sierra Leone over Ebola

BBC - Tue, 2014-06-03 02:28
British firm London Mining announces the departure of some staff from Sierra Leone following an Ebola virus outbreak in the west African country.

VIDEO: Ambulance drones on the battlefield

BBC - Tue, 2014-06-03 02:24
An air ambulance drone, known as Air Mule, is being developed to help make evacuations on the battlefield safer.

Reduce carbon, create jobs?

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2014-06-03 02:18

New carbon-emission targets proposed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency this week will put some coal-fired power plants out of operation, and could eventually squeeze employment in the coal-mining industry as well.

The EPA is calling for a 30 percent reduction in CO2 emissions by 2030, from 2005 levels. They also predict that meeting the new target will cost electric utilities $8 billion per year, but says it will ultimately save the U.S. economy $50 billion a year or more in health care costs, as pollution from power plants and fossil fuel production falls.

The EPA’s fact-sheet and press release provided no firm numbers on projected job creation from meeting the new carbon standards, though. A lengthy “Regulatory Impact Analysis” report, however, provided tentative estimates from peer-reviewed labor-economics research, predicting net job increases totaling 105,000 a year.

That figure takes into account coal-mining jobs that would be lost, offset by new renewable-energy and energy-efficiency jobs: retrofitting power plants, pumping cleaner natural gas, upgrading the electricity grid, installing solar and wind generation capacity, and deploying energy-saving appliances.

But green-energy job predictions can vary widely — the Natural Resources Defense Council recently predicted more than 200,000 new jobs per year, based on slightly different carbon targets and date benchmarks.

Job predictions can also be highly politicized, says Ron Pernick, managing director at Clean Edge, an energy research firm.

“There are a lot of variables,” says Pernick. “It’s part art, part science.”

Pernick says the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics has stopped collecting and crunching data on green-economy jobs due to sequester-related budget cuts. Though, he points out that jobs in renewable energy have been growing strongly for years, and tougher carbon regulation can only help.

Marty Rosenberg, editor-in-chief of the trade magazine EnergyBiz, says the EPA’s plan to let states develop their own plans and energy mixes for hitting the new carbon targets will help drive innovation, and promote new green-energy startups. 

“Each state, if you will, will become a laboratory,” says Rosenberg. “There are men and women out there testing new ideas. I do think this will be an economic stimulant.”

Opponents of the EPA's carbon targets, including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, disagree, arguing that shunning coal will destroy jobs and raise operating costs for American businesses.

 

 

Harley Davidson's fastest growing market? Women

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2014-06-03 02:11

Harley-Davidson is branching out.

The iconic motorcycle manufacturer plans to roll out leaner and lighter bikes into showrooms by the end of the month.

Good-bye hogs, hello street bikes?

“An interesting way for Harley to expand its business is to cater to a wider audience,” says Moringstar analyst Jaime Katz.

Katz says 30 percent of last year’s sales went to what Harley calls its "outreach market" -- anyone other than white men over the age of 35. The company hopes its "Street" models -- bikes that are lower, lighter, and easier to handle -- will create a higher demand, especially among the fastest growing demographic groups: women.

“Women are climbing corporate ladders, they own a lot of small businesses and so they have money and time,” says Genevieve Schmitt, founder and editor of Women Riders Now.com. Schmitt says in a sign that the female bikers market is growing, she expects Harley’s new line to attract new female riders.

Boy critical after being hit by car

BBC - Tue, 2014-06-03 02:08
A four-year-old boy is in a critical condition in hospital after being hit by a car in Ayr.

VIDEO: EU advice to UK adds to tensions

BBC - Tue, 2014-06-03 01:58
BBC News channel chief political correspondent Norman Smith explains the wider political impact of the EU's critique of UK economic policy.

Man and woman hurt in dog attack

BBC - Tue, 2014-06-03 01:47
Two people, a man aged 70 and a woman aged 41, suffer serious injuries in a dog attack in Boston, Lincolnshire.

Brazil federal police given pay rise

BBC - Tue, 2014-06-03 01:39
Federal police officers in Brazil are offered a 15.8% pay rise in an effort to stop them from going on strike during the football World Cup.

VIDEO: Inside Asia's biggest technology show

BBC - Tue, 2014-06-03 01:30
Computer makers are trying to recover lost revenue from declining PC sales, but also stay ahead of the ever-changing trends in technology

Apple takes on Dropbox and WhatsApp

BBC - Tue, 2014-06-03 01:28
At its annual conference for software developers in San Francisco, Apple has taken on rivals Dropbox and WhatsApp with a series of upgrades that mimic the apps' services.

Justice Department Renews Focus On Homegrown Terrorists

NPR News - Tue, 2014-06-03 00:59

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder is drawing new attention to the threat from homegrown, lone-wolf radicals. He's pulling together a group of prosecutors and FBI agents to address domestic terrorism.

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China tightens Tiananmen crackdown

BBC - Tue, 2014-06-03 00:46
Chinese authorities restrict the activities of dissidents and ramp up security a day before the 25th anniversary of the Tiananmen massacre.
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