National / International News

The most dangerous job in sport?

BBC - Tue, 2015-02-17 03:37
Why Englishman Andy Moles ignored his brother's advice and chose to coach war-torn Afghanistan in the World Cup.

Digital skills crucial, says report

BBC - Tue, 2015-02-17 03:32
Children should be taught "digital literacy" as a core skill alongside maths and English, says a report by a House of Lords committee.

Federal Judge Blocks Obama's Executive Actions On Immigration

NPR News - Tue, 2015-02-17 03:26

The day before the first of President Obama's executive actions on immigration were to take effect, the new rules have been put on hold by a federal judge's ruling in south Texas.

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Sony takes orders for smart glasses

BBC - Tue, 2015-02-17 03:15
A developer edition of Sony's augmented reality glasses will go on sale in ten countries in March, the tech giant has announced.

Pity For Penguins: They Can't Taste Their Dinner

NPR News - Tue, 2015-02-17 03:03

Savory fish are a staple for penguins, but the poor birds lack the ability to taste the umami flavor of their meals. One hypothesis? The genes at play got frozen out of commission.

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Blues owners call in receivers

BBC - Tue, 2015-02-17 03:01
The company that owns Birmingham City Football Club, BIHL, announces it has gone into receivership.

PODCAST: An impasse in Greece

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2015-02-17 03:00

A fog of uncertainty creeps across financial markets as negotiations over Greece's debt hit an impasse. More on that. Plus, Vice President Joe Biden is expected to visit Baltimore this afternoon to talk about the troubling backlog of rape kits around the country that have never been analyzed. Hundreds of thousands of these kits containing potential DNA evidence from sexual assaults. The White House has proposed new funding to help clear that backlog. And there's talk (not confirmed) that Etsy might try to sell stock to the public sometime this winter. We look at new competitors that are jumping in.

Scots lose forwards Gray and Reid

BBC - Tue, 2015-02-17 02:55
Richie Gray and Gordon Reid miss the rest of the Six Nations through injury as Scotland call on Tim Swinson.

Captain, 16, praised for saving crew

BBC - Tue, 2015-02-17 02:53
A 16-year-old ship's captain is praised for saving his crew as his fishing boat sank in high seas.

Danish officials warned about gunman

BBC - Tue, 2015-02-17 02:47
Denmark's intelligence agency says it was warned that the gunman suspected of carrying out the Copenhagen attacks was at risk of radicalisation.

Syrian army 'blocks key Aleppo road'

BBC - Tue, 2015-02-17 02:36
Syrian government forces have captured several villages north of Aleppo as they seek to cut a key supply route for rebels inside the city, activists say.

Farc 'will discharge child fighters'

BBC - Tue, 2015-02-17 02:27
A senior Farc leader tells Colombian radio the Marxist guerrilla group will demobilise fighters who are younger than 15 years of age.

Blues flanker Watts-Jones retires

BBC - Tue, 2015-02-17 02:27
Cardiff Blues back row Rory Watts-Jones says he is devastated after having to retire following a concussion-related injury.

Cipriani eyes long England future

BBC - Tue, 2015-02-17 02:25
Danny Cipriani admits he probably took international rugby "for granted a bit" but vows to never lose his England place again.

Nigeria's ex-leader quits party

BBC - Tue, 2015-02-17 02:19
Nigeria's former President Olusegun Obasanjo quits the ruling party ahead of the 28 March elections, tearing up his membership card in public.

Boy and girl held in terror probe

BBC - Tue, 2015-02-17 02:16
Two 16-year-olds are arrested in a counter-terrorism operation in Greater Manchester.

What if Greece quits the euro?

BBC - Tue, 2015-02-17 02:02
Neither the Greek government nor its eurozone partners want to see a "Grexit". But if they cannot agree a way forward it could come to that - so what might the consequences be?

Haiti carnival accident 'kills 18'

BBC - Tue, 2015-02-17 02:00
Reports from the Haitian capital Port au Prince say that at least 18 people have been electrocuted by a power line while on a carnival float.

Holding calls for Ireland Test status

BBC - Tue, 2015-02-17 02:00
Ex-West Indies bowler Michael Holding says the International Cricket Council should grant Ireland Test status immediately.

To get to Hollywood, make a left at YouTube

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2015-02-17 02:00

For the second edition of From the Hills to the Valley - our series comparing Hollywood and Silicon Valley - we spoke to someone who belongs to both worlds. Issa Rae created and stars in Awkward Black Girl, an award-winning web series on YouTube, and she’s also working on a pilot for an HBO show. Last week, she released a memoir of sorts: The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl.

Rae believes it was her success on YouTube that brought her the opportunity with HBO.  

“HBO would never have heard of me or even seen any of my stuff had it not been for YouTube,” she says.

Why YouTube? Rae had pitched a few shows to networks, but she soon realized that they had a different perception of what the audience wanted to see on TV. She found that her ideas, especially those that involved “content of color,” were often met with reluctance or a lack of enthusiasm.

“I wanted to create a show about black people in college, and they were saying that’s too segmented,” she says. “When I wanted to make 'Awkward Black Girl,' I knew if they didn’t want to see a show about something as mainstream as black people in college, they would never go for 'Awkward Black Girl.' They would never believe they exist even.”

Rae thinks Silicon Valley companies, such as Netflix or Amazon, are good for creativity because they produce show they respect and believe audiences will like. And this, she says, will lead to more diverse programming, because online content is so closely tied to social media, which itself is very diverse.

But the biggest challenge to creating online content, Rae says, is the pressure to produce consistently.  

“Had I been consistently releasing content on a weekly basis, I would have had a much bigger following,’ she says. “People will forget about you if you're not on their radar constantly. Audiences are just really fickle. There’s no formula online outside of being consistent.”