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  • Environmental News Network

    Sustainability Study Reveals Green Revolution Blooming at America’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities

    August 22, 2014 Atlanta, GA - The 2014 HBCU Green Report released today provides clear evidence that there is significant activity underway on historically black colleges and university (HBCU) campuses to promote sustainable living and adopt energy efficient practices despite their absence in major national green surveys. A collaborative project of the Building Green Initiative (BGI) at Clark Atlanta University (CAU) and the North Carolina Institute of... Read on

  • The Christian Science Monitor

    White House could announce world’s largest marine reserve soon

    August 22, 2014 If the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument becomes a marine reserve, it would double the area globally subject to tight fishing restrictions. Other countries are also working to expand the area of such ocean havens. If all goes as planned, before the year is out as much as 700,000 square miles of the south-central Pacific Ocean could be off limits to fishing, resource exploration, and other economic activities - courtesy of the... Read on

  • Mirror News

    Terminally-ill dad takes daughter on dream holiday

    August 22, 2014 Terminally-ill dad takes daughter on dream holiday thanks to generous community Terminally-ill dad was provided a chance to enjoy one last family holiday with his five-year-old thanks to the people of Southport. Damien Myles, 42, was diagnosed with terminal cancer just weeks ago. His daughter, Ruby, said that she wanted to spend their last holiday in Disneyland ''before the angels came for him''. Read on

  • The Wall Street Journal

    Chinese Gadgets Signal New Era of Innovation

    August 21, 2014 One dreams of making bathroom scales offering fitness advice. Another hopes to sell devices that track and analyze bat swings to players on Major League Baseball teams. A third wants to make bracelets for tracking missing children. In laboratories and startups across China, tinkerers with big dreams are pushing what many in the industry see as a potential new wave of Chinese innovation. They see smart gadgets--wearables and... Read on

  • The New Zealand Herald

    Steady hand up against a wider vision – National – NZ Herald News

    August 21, 2014 Steady hand up against a wider vision Nats want to stay on present path but opponents say it's too narrow. New Zealand's economic recovery is tentatively under way, albeit with a few wobbles. The path out of recession has been built largely on commodity exports and the rebuild of Christchurch in the wake of its earthquakes. In its six years in charge, the National-led Government has championed dairy and aimed to encourage newer industries such... Read on

  • Scotsman

    £14M boost for Scotland’s innovation centres

    August 20, 2014 Innovation centres are set to benefit from the investment. Picture: Callum Bennett AN EXTRA £14 million is being invested in Scotland's innovation centres to further improve links between education and industry, the Scottish Government has announced. The funding builds on the £110 million already committed to the centres which are partnerships between universities and businesses to enhance innovation in Scotland's key economic sectors. Read on

  • BBC News

    Family firms boost Indonesian wealth

    August 20, 2014 Family businesses are an integral part of developing economies and it's no different in South East Asia's largest economy - Indonesia. Read on

  • Chicago Tribune

    More billionaires born in Chicago than anywhere in U.S. except New York

    August 19, 2014 Chicago is a hotbed for billionaires, firms report More billionaires are born in Chicago than in any other U.S. city apart from New York, according to reports from two firms that investigate wealth. In fact, one in every 200 billionaires in the world is born in Chicago, according to wealth research firms Spear's Magazine and consultancy WealthInsight. Read on

  • Scientific American

    How Dust Could Solve California’s Drought

    August 19, 2014 With 80 percent of California in a state of extreme drought, you wouldn't think dust would be the answer to the state's water woes. New research presented in San Francisco yesterday suggests, however, that dusty air blown across the Pacific Ocean from Asia and Africa could be influencing precipitation in the region. In a presentation at a national meeting of the American Chemical Society yesterday, Kim Prather from the University of California... Read on

  • The Hindu

    Veggies are important for adults too

    August 19, 2014 A new research highlights a significant shortfall of key ingredients in people's diets New global research has revealed that most adults need to double their fruits and vegetables intake to get key nutrition benefits. The new research featured in the just released Global Phytonutrient Report highlights a significant shortfall of these key ingredients in people's diets throughout the world. Read on

  • The Boston Globe

    Pope Urges Korean Reconcilliation

    August 19, 2014 Thousands of people gathered outside a cathedral in Seoul on Monday hoping to catch a glimpse of Pope Francis. The pope was celebrating mass at the cathedral as he wrapped up a five-day visit to South Korea. Among those attending the service -- South Korean president Park Geun-Hye. Defectors from North Korea and relatives of South Koreans abducted by the north had been invited as well. Read on

  • The Hindu

    Hope Indian youth take up research in sciences: Fields Medal winner

    August 18, 2014 Manjul Bhargava is one of the four recipients of the Fields Medal, officially known as the International Medal for Outstanding Discoveries in Mathematics, this year. In this email interview, Prof. Bhargava about mathematics, music and more. How does it feel to have won the Fields Medal? You are the first person of Indian origin to be getting it... Read on

  • Toronto Star

    Canadian students buoyant about job prospects

    August 15, 2014 Post secondary students also expect to pay back student loans in a 'reasonable time frame', says D+H study In Ontario, 77 per cent of students surveyed report they feel positive about job prospects in their field of study while 28 per cent figure they will experience less stress at work than they do at school, according to a new survey. TORONTO STAR FILE PHOTO Read on

  • Scientific American

    Sierra Nevada’s Space Plane in the Chase with SpaceX and Boeing to Win NASA Nod

    August 15, 2014 NASA ended its space shuttle program in 2011, in part to focus on other goals such as putting humans in deep space and on Mars. But the agency still needs a reliable and cost-effective way to get astronauts to and from the International Space Station (ISS). For the past several years it has been paying Russia to do just that. But soon, it will no longer have to do so. Read on

  • Mirror News

    Children with cerebral palsy being helped all over the world thanks to Mirror campaign

    August 15, 2014 The case of Ben Baddeley - whose selective dorsal rhizotomy (SDR) treatment was paid for by Mirror readers - has led to families abroad getting help A Mirror campaign to highlight Tory cuts to vital operations for cerebral palsy sufferers has helped children around the world. The case of Ben Baddeley - whose selective dorsal rhizotomy (SDR) treatment was paid for by our readers - has led to families as far afield as Holland, America, New... Read on

  • Dominica News Online

    PHOTO OF THE DAY: Enjoying nature

    August 15, 2014 Photo depicts Lia Shillingford who recently visited Dominica and the Trafalgar Falls Photo submitted by Lia Shillingford Photographers - novice, amateur or professional - in Dominica are asked to submit photos, photographer credit and caption to dominicanewsonline@gmail.com for consideration for the Photo of the Day feature, daily on dominicanewsonline.com or news.dm. Read on

  • Chicago Tribune

    Fish-eaters may keep more gray matter in old age

    August 15, 2014 Eating baked or broiled fish at least once a week may preserve parts of the brain that are hit hard by aging, according to a small new study. Brain scans showed that people over age 65 who regularly ate fish had 14 percent more gray matter in brain regions associated with memory and 4 percent more in areas devoted to cognition than people who didn't consume fish regularly. Read on

  • Slate Magazine

    U.S. solar industry: Lots of energy, not many panels.

    August 14, 2014 The solar industry is positively booming in the U.S. The annual installation of solar systems rose from 1.265 megawatts in 2008 to 4.75 gigawatts in 2013. From nowhere, America has emerged as the third-largest market for solar. Installers are carpeting the nation’s deserts, parking lots, and rooftops with polysilicon panels that convert sunlight into electrons. Read on

  • BBC News

    New film shows daily life in the North Korean capital

    August 14, 2014 A new film called Enter Pyongyang chronicles daily life in the North Korean capital. Filmmaker Rob Whitworth had access to a city which is rarely covered by Western media outlets. However he admitted that they were constantly accompanied while filming and there were restrictions on what they could shoot. He described the chance to film as "an amazing opportunity" and insisted regulations did not "restrict the story". Read on

  • Scientific American

    China Outpaces U.S. in African Energy Investment

    August 13, 2014 President Obama's appeal for greater U.S. investment on the African continent was not major news in this booming East African capital where economic progress can be measured by glassy new office towers built for Chinese energy firms and the recent opening of Kampala's upscale Acacia Mall, where the main imprint of U.S. culture and business is a Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant. Read on

  • The Christian Science Monitor

    Wealth inequality is slowing economic growth, S&P study finds

    August 12, 2014 The wealth gap has complicated the US rebound from the Great Recession, economists have long argued. Now, an analysis by the rating agency Standard & Poor's lends its weight to the argument: The widening gap between the richest Americans and everyone else has made the economy more prone to boom-bust cycles and slowed the recovery from the recession. Read on

  • The Christian Science Monitor

    Wealth inequality is slowing economic growth, S&P study finds

    August 12, 2014 The wealth gap has complicated the US rebound from the Great Recession, economists have long argued. Now, an analysis by the rating agency Standard & Poor's lends its weight to the argument: The widening gap between the richest Americans and everyone else has made the economy more prone to boom-bust cycles and slowed the recovery from the recession. Read on

  • Africa Business Daily

    Farmers to benefit from cheap loans

    August 12, 2014 Cash crop farmers are set to benefit from low-interest loans after the government cleared a legal hurdle that has delayed the establishment of a commodity fund to finance the segment largely shunned by commercial banks. The fund automatically came into existence after the State published the Agriculture Fisheries and Food Acts (AFFA) in a gazette notice on August 1. Read on

  • Africa Business Daily

    Farmers to benefit from cheap loans

    August 12, 2014 Cash crop farmers are set to benefit from low-interest loans after the government cleared a legal hurdle that has delayed the establishment of a commodity fund to finance the segment largely shunned by commercial banks. The fund automatically came into existence after the State published the Agriculture Fisheries and Food Acts (AFFA) in a gazette notice on August 1. Read on

  • Toronto Star

    Affordable housing gets $801-million pledge from Ottawa, Queen’s Park

    August 12, 2014 Joint funding extends an existing agreement to assist in building and renovating existing housing. Good affordable housing, like that in the redeveloped Regent Park, is extremely scarce. On Monday, the federal and provincial governments announced renewed support for building more under a joint agreement. The federal and provincial governments Monday announced $801 million over the next five years for affordable housing in Ontario. Read on

  • Toronto Star

    Affordable housing gets $801-million pledge from Ottawa, Queen’s Park

    August 12, 2014 Joint funding extends an existing agreement to assist in building and renovating existing housing. Good affordable housing, like that in the redeveloped Regent Park, is extremely scarce. On Monday, the federal and provincial governments announced renewed support for building more under a joint agreement. The federal and provincial governments Monday announced $801 million over the next five years for affordable housing in Ontario. Read on

  • BBC News

    Social recovery ‘matching economy’

    August 12, 2014 The government is matching economic recovery with social recovery, Iain Duncan Smith is due to say in a speech. Changes to the benefits system have had a key role in getting people back into work and ending the culture of welfare dependency, the work and pensions secretary will say. It comes as centre-right think tank Policy Exchange says the benefit cap should be lowered for people living outside London and the South East. Read on

  • BBC News

    Social recovery ‘matching economy’

    August 12, 2014 The government is matching economic recovery with social recovery, Iain Duncan Smith is due to say in a speech. Changes to the benefits system have had a key role in getting people back into work and ending the culture of welfare dependency, the work and pensions secretary will say. It comes as centre-right think tank Policy Exchange says the benefit cap should be lowered for people living outside London and the South East. Read on

  • BBC News

    How football is improving the lives of Denmark’s homeless

    August 12, 2014 Danish sports scientists are calling on authorities around the world to help the homeless play football as a way of improving their health and general well being. Studies carried out at Copenhagen University show that playing football for three months significantly boosted aerobic fitness, muscularity and sense of balance, and reduced cholesterol and fat. Read on

  • BBC News

    How football is improving the lives of Denmark’s homeless

    August 12, 2014 Danish sports scientists are calling on authorities around the world to help the homeless play football as a way of improving their health and general well being. Studies carried out at Copenhagen University show that playing football for three months significantly boosted aerobic fitness, muscularity and sense of balance, and reduced cholesterol and fat. Read on

  • The Christian Science Monitor

    Wealth inequality is slowing economic growth, S&P study finds

    August 12, 2014 The wealth gap has complicated the US rebound from the Great Recession, economists have long argued. Now, an analysis by the rating agency Standard & Poor's lends its weight to the argument: The widening gap between the richest Americans and everyone else has made the economy more prone to boom-bust cycles and slowed the recovery from the recession. Read on

  • BBC News

    How football is improving the lives of Denmark’s homeless

    August 12, 2014 Danish sports scientists are calling on authorities around the world to help the homeless play football as a way of improving their health and general well being. Studies carried out at Copenhagen University show that playing football for three months significantly boosted aerobic fitness, muscularity and sense of balance, and reduced cholesterol and fat. Read on

  • Belfast Telegraph

    Integrated education: Hands up if you can spot blatant policy bias

    August 12, 2014 The Executive has a legal duty to encourage integrated education. So why does it persist in promoting shared education at integrated's expense, asks Lindsay Fergus. Integrated education is both incredibly popular with the electorate, and a legal obligation for the Executive, yet the department of John O'Dowd displays little appetite for the issue Also in this Section Noel McAdam: Office of John O'Dowd a law unto themselves Read on

  • Belfast Telegraph

    Integrated education: Hands up if you can spot blatant policy bias

    August 12, 2014 The Executive has a legal duty to encourage integrated education. So why does it persist in promoting shared education at integrated's expense, asks Lindsay Fergus. Integrated education is both incredibly popular with the electorate, and a legal obligation for the Executive, yet the department of John O'Dowd displays little appetite for the issue Also in this Section Noel McAdam: Office of John O'Dowd a law unto themselves Read on

  • Belfast Telegraph

    Integrated education: Hands up if you can spot blatant policy bias

    August 12, 2014 The Executive has a legal duty to encourage integrated education. So why does it persist in promoting shared education at integrated's expense, asks Lindsay Fergus. Integrated education is both incredibly popular with the electorate, and a legal obligation for the Executive, yet the department of John O'Dowd displays little appetite for the issue Also in this Section Noel McAdam: Office of John O'Dowd a law unto themselves Read on

  • Belfast Telegraph

    Integrated education: Hands up if you can spot blatant policy bias

    August 12, 2014 The Executive has a legal duty to encourage integrated education. So why does it persist in promoting shared education at integrated's expense, asks Lindsay Fergus. Integrated education is both incredibly popular with the electorate, and a legal obligation for the Executive, yet the department of John O'Dowd displays little appetite for the issue Also in this Section Noel McAdam: Office of John O'Dowd a law unto themselves Read on

  • Mercury News

    Wish You Were Here: Vacation tips from fellow travelers

    August 11, 2014 CROATIA: Nick and Hae Young Buscovich, of San Leandro, visited family in Italy and Croatia, a three-week trip that included a stop in Dubrovnik, the Croatian city known as the Jewel of the Adriatic. Travel tips: "Cavtat," Nick says, "is 20 minutes from Dubrovnik and a fabulous resort town for Europeans. It seems most Americans haven't heard about it yet. Friendly people, good food and a beautiful area. Relax and enjoy the Adriatic coast. Read on

  • Mercury News

    Wish You Were Here: Vacation tips from fellow travelers

    August 11, 2014 CROATIA: Nick and Hae Young Buscovich, of San Leandro, visited family in Italy and Croatia, a three-week trip that included a stop in Dubrovnik, the Croatian city known as the Jewel of the Adriatic. Travel tips: "Cavtat," Nick says, "is 20 minutes from Dubrovnik and a fabulous resort town for Europeans. It seems most Americans haven't heard about it yet. Friendly people, good food and a beautiful area. Relax and enjoy the Adriatic coast. Read on

  • The Hindu

    Liver transplants give new lease of life to three Iraqi siblings

    August 11, 2014 Doctors at Fortis Hospital, Noida have given a new lease of life to three Iraqi siblings suffering from a rare genetic disorder by performing liver transplants on the children. Life for the Ibrahim family from Iraq had come to a standstill when they realised that their three children -- Ibrahim (4) Sozan (10) and Lozan (11) -- were suffering from a rare genetic disorder called Progressive Familial Intrahepatic Cholestasis (PFIC). Read on

  • The Hindu

    Liver transplants give new lease of life to three Iraqi siblings

    August 11, 2014 Doctors at Fortis Hospital, Noida have given a new lease of life to three Iraqi siblings suffering from a rare genetic disorder by performing liver transplants on the children. Life for the Ibrahim family from Iraq had come to a standstill when they realised that their three children -- Ibrahim (4) Sozan (10) and Lozan (11) -- were suffering from a rare genetic disorder called Progressive Familial Intrahepatic Cholestasis (PFIC). Read on

  • com.sg

    Global recovery filtering through to S’pore firms, Top Stories Premium News & Headlines – THE BUSINESS TIMES

    August 11, 2014 Global recovery filtering through to S'pore firms BT-UniSIM Business Climate poll shows businesses more sanguine about H2 prospects Growing optimism [SINGAPORE] The global economic recovery - while still uneven - is slowly being felt here, going by the leading indicators of the latest BT-UniSIM Business Climate Survey. Business activity picked up in the second quarter with better sales and orders made, and profits were unchanged. Read on

  • com.sg

    Global recovery filtering through to S’pore firms, Top Stories Premium News & Headlines – THE BUSINESS TIMES

    August 11, 2014 Global recovery filtering through to S'pore firms BT-UniSIM Business Climate poll shows businesses more sanguine about H2 prospects Growing optimism [SINGAPORE] The global economic recovery - while still uneven - is slowly being felt here, going by the leading indicators of the latest BT-UniSIM Business Climate Survey. Business activity picked up in the second quarter with better sales and orders made, and profits were unchanged. Read on

  • Mercury News

    Wish You Were Here: Vacation tips from fellow travelers

    August 11, 2014 CROATIA: Nick and Hae Young Buscovich, of San Leandro, visited family in Italy and Croatia, a three-week trip that included a stop in Dubrovnik, the Croatian city known as the Jewel of the Adriatic. Travel tips: "Cavtat," Nick says, "is 20 minutes from Dubrovnik and a fabulous resort town for Europeans. It seems most Americans haven't heard about it yet. Friendly people, good food and a beautiful area. Relax and enjoy the Adriatic coast. Read on

  • The Hindu

    Liver transplants give new lease of life to three Iraqi siblings

    August 11, 2014 Doctors at Fortis Hospital, Noida have given a new lease of life to three Iraqi siblings suffering from a rare genetic disorder by performing liver transplants on the children. Life for the Ibrahim family from Iraq had come to a standstill when they realised that their three children -- Ibrahim (4) Sozan (10) and Lozan (11) -- were suffering from a rare genetic disorder called Progressive Familial Intrahepatic Cholestasis (PFIC). Read on

  • com.sg

    Global recovery filtering through to S’pore firms, Top Stories Premium News & Headlines – THE BUSINESS TIMES

    August 11, 2014 Global recovery filtering through to S'pore firms BT-UniSIM Business Climate poll shows businesses more sanguine about H2 prospects Growing optimism [SINGAPORE] The global economic recovery - while still uneven - is slowly being felt here, going by the leading indicators of the latest BT-UniSIM Business Climate Survey. Business activity picked up in the second quarter with better sales and orders made, and profits were unchanged. Read on

  • Mercury News

    Wish You Were Here: Vacation tips from fellow travelers

    August 11, 2014 CROATIA: Nick and Hae Young Buscovich, of San Leandro, visited family in Italy and Croatia, a three-week trip that included a stop in Dubrovnik, the Croatian city known as the Jewel of the Adriatic. Travel tips: "Cavtat," Nick says, "is 20 minutes from Dubrovnik and a fabulous resort town for Europeans. It seems most Americans haven't heard about it yet. Friendly people, good food and a beautiful area. Relax and enjoy the Adriatic coast. Read on

  • The Hindu

    Liver transplants give new lease of life to three Iraqi siblings

    August 11, 2014 Doctors at Fortis Hospital, Noida have given a new lease of life to three Iraqi siblings suffering from a rare genetic disorder by performing liver transplants on the children. Life for the Ibrahim family from Iraq had come to a standstill when they realised that their three children -- Ibrahim (4) Sozan (10) and Lozan (11) -- were suffering from a rare genetic disorder called Progressive Familial Intrahepatic Cholestasis (PFIC). Read on

  • com.sg

    Global recovery filtering through to S’pore firms, Top Stories Premium News & Headlines – THE BUSINESS TIMES

    August 11, 2014 Global recovery filtering through to S'pore firms BT-UniSIM Business Climate poll shows businesses more sanguine about H2 prospects Growing optimism [SINGAPORE] The global economic recovery - while still uneven - is slowly being felt here, going by the leading indicators of the latest BT-UniSIM Business Climate Survey. Business activity picked up in the second quarter with better sales and orders made, and profits were unchanged. Read on

  • The Christian Science Monitor

    Wealth inequality is slowing economic growth, S&P study finds

    August 8, 2014 The wealth gap has complicated the US rebound from the Great Recession, economists have long argued. Now, an analysis by the rating agency Standard & Poor's lends its weight to the argument: The widening gap between the richest Americans and everyone else has made the economy more prone to boom-bust cycles and slowed the recovery from the recession. Read on

  • The Hindu

    Now, college students can intern in government

    August 7, 2014 As part of a government effort to make governance more participatory, the Union Human Resource Development Ministry has evolved an internship scheme that will allow students from the undergraduate level upwards to work with officials in various departments dealing with education. According to officials, the scheme is designed to involve students in formulating policies and implementing projects. Read on

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