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  • Chicago Tribune

    Workplace wellness programs popular, but do they improve health?

    December 13, 2014 Workplace wellness programs, one of the pillars of the national health care overhaul, are increasingly popular among employers who believe they can help control costs and workers who see them as a perk. But experts caution that wellness programs vary greatly and question whether many versions actually improve health, let alone save money. Some features of successful programs include long-term planning, significant incentives to participate and... Read on

  • The New Zealand Herald

    International students tick all the right boxes

    December 11, 2014 New Zealand's fifth-biggest export allows state-funded schools to deliver quality education and a number of other benefits. Juan Uribe Barros, Claudia Ortiz de Zarate, Evelyn Henriquez and Sergio Gonzalez have been marked as future leaders and are studying here on Chilean state scholarships. Photo / Richard Robinson International students are paying tens of thousands of dollars to attend New Zealand state schools - funding that is crucial to... Read on

  • The New Zealand Herald

    The town that missed the boom

    December 11, 2014 In some parts of New Zealand talk of our rock star economy rings hollow. The Kaikohe Hotel has been adorned with work by three young street artists - Simon Ormerod (Cracked Ink), Misha Uteev (Wert 159) and Cinzah Merkens (Seekayem). Photo / Phil Taylor Big business is buzzing about New Zealand's economic prospects. Confidence is at a 20-year high and only China is more bullish than our captains of industry. Read on

  • The New Zealand Herald

    Switched on to learning

    December 11, 2014 As an international study points to problems in New Zealand's maths and science education, Andrew Patterson visits a school that is pushing all the right buttons Photo / Chris Gorman A fully functioning coffee cart would probably be the last thing you'd expect to find in the reception area at Pt England Primary School. Turn up most weekday mornings before 8.45 and you'll find student baristas producing flat whites and lattes as good as any... Read on

  • The New Zealand Herald

    Editorial: Competition way to reduce inequality

    December 11, 2014 The OECD, often described as a club of rich countries, has produced a report supporting a view that a widening gap between rich and poor within its member states is not only bad for their society but also harms their economic growth. The report is of particular note to New Zealand because it names this country as one of those in which income inequality has widened most since the mid-1980s. Read on

  • New York Times

    Health Care Law Is Not One-Size-Fits-All, and Here’s Why

    December 8, 2014 One criticism of the Affordable Care Act is that it imposes a costly, one-size-fits-all standard, drastically increasing premiums by requiring everyone to buy health insurance that covers the same mandated benefits. This is not so. It's true that the health reform law imposes some requirements -- "essential health benefits" -- on what individual market and small business plans offer. Read on

  • The Christian Science Monitor

    How Schoola makes clothing donations a good fit for school funding

    December 8, 2014 One mom, who happens to be a former school administrator, has created a way to turn gently-used clothing into money for schools, and good deals for shoppers. One mom has become the Rumplestiltskin of school funding by helping parents spin old clothes into money for schools by selling them on a website she named Schoola. A fellow parent recently approached me about doing a story on Schoola as a possible post-holiday idea for what to do with all... Read on

  • CNN

    How Memphis is lowering crime and reviving neighborhoods

    December 8, 2014 In the face dwindling budgets and changing societal needs, the nation's mayors are using innovation to solve their most pressing problems. With support from Bloomberg Philanthropies, five mayors have deployed innovation teams to deliver creative solutions that improve the lives of their citizens. Here, Memphis Mayor A C Wharton, Jr. discusses what the grant meant for his city. Read on

  • The New Zealand Herald

    Project Auckland: Rich ideas flourish along the city’s innovation corridors

    December 8, 2014 Facebook 0 Twitter 0 LinkedIn 0 Google+ 0 Business Industries Project Auckland Auckland is making inroads in its bid to be a crucial innovation hub of the Asia-Pacific, writes Graham Skellern. Auckland's drive to become an innovation hub of the Asia-Pacific region - and subsequently export more value-added, technology-based goods and services - is gaining momentum. Read on

  • The New Zealand Herald

    90 schools sign up for new education scheme – National – NZ Herald News

    December 8, 2014 90 schools sign up for new education scheme Facebook 0 Twitter 0 LinkedIn 0 Google+ 0 Adult Education Education Ministry of Education NZ Government Politics Primary Education Minister 'delighted' with enthusiasm for improvement strategy but unions divided over benefits it will bring. The Government has signed up the first schools to take part in its flagship education scheme, but one union says relatively low interest shows teachers and parents... Read on

  • Los Angeles Times

    Beyond profits: Millennials embrace investing for social good

    December 7, 2014 Once she gets her MBA degree from UC Berkeley in May, Leigh Madeira's dream is to help find funding for young companies devoted to improving the lives of the world's poor. That isn't quite what her family had in mind. When she told her 90-year-old grandfather about her plans, "He gave me this look," she says, laughing. For 29-year-old Madeira and others in her generation -- the millennials -- the goal of a high-priced business degree isn't a... Read on

  • New York Times

    How Technology Could Help Fight Income Inequality

    December 6, 2014 Rising income inequality has set off fierce political and economic debates, but one important angle hasn't been explored adequately. We need to ask whether market forces themselves might limit or reverse the trend. Technology has contributed to the rise in inequality, but there are also some significant ways in which technology could reduce it. For example, while computers have improved our lives in many ways, they haven't yet done much to... Read on

  • Common Dreams

    Locally-Controlled, Renewable Energy Championed as Key to Climate Justice

    December 5, 2014 Locally-Controlled, Renewable Energy Championed as Key to Climate Justice Policies that support feed-in tariffs and decentralized power sources should be embraced by both the most- and least-developed nations, say campaigners "Act for the Climate! Go Solar" was the message Greenpeace activists projected onto Huayna Picchu, the mountain that overlooks the ancient city of Machu Picchu earlier this week. (Photo credit: Thomas Reinecke/Greenpeace) Read on

  • The Age

    Love me don’t: the West African online scam using US soldiers

    December 5, 2014 Date December 6, 2014 - 12:00AM 615 reading now Read later Julie Power American soldiers have become unwitting stooges for West African online scammers, who are using dreamboat images of GIs to lure Western women looking for love. Tweet submit to reddit Email article Print Online romance scam epidemic US soldiers, alive and dead, have been fodder for one of the internet's most enduring rip offs. Videographer: Edwina Pickles. Video feedback Read on

  • CNN

    Giving Tuesday the new Black Friday (Opinion)

    December 2, 2014 And there's another group -- people like you -- who can also make an important difference. Often, people say they don't believe they can really have an impact on big, global issues. The truth is, they can. In the 15 years that I've been doing this work, I've seen time and again that when lots of individuals take action it adds up to a movement that can achieve impact for women and children on a grand scale. Read on

  • The Age

    Educators say: let the children play

    November 30, 2014 Date November 30, 2014 - 11:45PM Read later Josh Jennings Twitter submit to reddit Email article Print Switched on: North Fitzroy Primary School teacher Rebecca Martin has embraced gaming technology in her class. Students Eamon, left, and Hemi, enjoy building worlds in "Minecraft". Photo: Simon O'Dwyer Students crack codes needed for future success Read on

  • Scientific American

    Movies Can Boost Solar Power

    November 28, 2014 The pattern that stores a film on a Blu-ray disc also can help improve photovoltaics. Ever looked at the etching of a Blu-Ray disc? It's oddly beautiful, refracting light like a rainbow while also offering copious digital storage. Turns out that pattern isn't just beautiful in the light, it's also useful when it comes to the light. Because the particular structure of a typical Blu-ray disc happens to be one that boosts the light absorbing... Read on

  • Scientific American

    Movies Can Boost Solar Power

    November 28, 2014 The pattern that stores a film on a Blu-ray disc also can help improve photovoltaics. Ever looked at the etching of a Blu-Ray disc? It's oddly beautiful, refracting light like a rainbow while also offering copious digital storage. Turns out that pattern isn't just beautiful in the light, it's also useful when it comes to the light. Because the particular structure of a typical Blu-ray disc happens to be one that boosts the light absorbing... Read on

  • Scientific American

    Movies Can Boost Solar Power

    November 28, 2014 The pattern that stores a film on a Blu-ray disc also can help improve photovoltaics. Ever looked at the etching of a Blu-Ray disc? It's oddly beautiful, refracting light like a rainbow while also offering copious digital storage. Turns out that pattern isn't just beautiful in the light, it's also useful when it comes to the light. Because the particular structure of a typical Blu-ray disc happens to be one that boosts the light absorbing... Read on

  • Daily News Egypt

    International bonds issued in all markets, country minus guarantor: Dimian

    November 25, 2014 Following the announcement of the growth rate registered in the first quarter (Q1) of fiscal year (FY) 2014/2015, Daily News Egypt sat down with Finance Minister Hany Kadry Dimian to discuss the economic progress, taxation laws and the future of issuing international bonds. What's your comment on the first quarter of the fiscal year's growth rates? Read on

  • Daily News Egypt

    International bonds issued in all markets, country minus guarantor: Dimian

    November 25, 2014 Following the announcement of the growth rate registered in the first quarter (Q1) of fiscal year (FY) 2014/2015, Daily News Egypt sat down with Finance Minister Hany Kadry Dimian to discuss the economic progress, taxation laws and the future of issuing international bonds. What's your comment on the first quarter of the fiscal year's growth rates? Read on

  • Daily News Egypt

    International bonds issued in all markets, country minus guarantor: Dimian

    November 25, 2014 Following the announcement of the growth rate registered in the first quarter (Q1) of fiscal year (FY) 2014/2015, Daily News Egypt sat down with Finance Minister Hany Kadry Dimian to discuss the economic progress, taxation laws and the future of issuing international bonds. What's your comment on the first quarter of the fiscal year's growth rates? Read on

  • New York Times

    Solar and Wind Energy Start to Win on Price vs. Conventional Fuels

    November 23, 2014 For the solar and wind industries in the United States, it has been a long-held dream: to produce energy at a cost equal to conventional sources like coal and natural gas. That day appears to be dawning. The cost of providing electricity from wind and solar power plants has plummeted over the last five years, so much so that in some markets renewable generation is now cheaper than coal or natural gas. Read on

  • New York Times

    Solar and Wind Energy Start to Win on Price vs. Conventional Fuels

    November 23, 2014 For the solar and wind industries in the United States, it has been a long-held dream: to produce energy at a cost equal to conventional sources like coal and natural gas. That day appears to be dawning. The cost of providing electricity from wind and solar power plants has plummeted over the last five years, so much so that in some markets renewable generation is now cheaper than coal or natural gas. Read on

  • New York Times

    Solar and Wind Energy Start to Win on Price vs. Conventional Fuels

    November 23, 2014 For the solar and wind industries in the United States, it has been a long-held dream: to produce energy at a cost equal to conventional sources like coal and natural gas. That day appears to be dawning. The cost of providing electricity from wind and solar power plants has plummeted over the last five years, so much so that in some markets renewable generation is now cheaper than coal or natural gas. Read on

  • The Age

    Election special: future of education in Victoria

    November 23, 2014 Date November 24, 2014 - 12:15AM Be the first to comment Read later Twitter submit to reddit Email article Print Education is a key election issue. Photo: Dean Osland All participants were asked the following three questions. 1. What have been the Napthine government's education successes and failures this term of government? 2. What should be the key educational priorities for the Napthine or Andrews government during the next term? Read on

  • The Age

    Election special: future of education in Victoria

    November 23, 2014 Date November 24, 2014 - 12:15AM Be the first to comment Read later Twitter submit to reddit Email article Print Education is a key election issue. Photo: Dean Osland All participants were asked the following three questions. 1. What have been the Napthine government's education successes and failures this term of government? 2. What should be the key educational priorities for the Napthine or Andrews government during the next term? Read on

  • The Age

    Election special: future of education in Victoria

    November 23, 2014 Date November 24, 2014 - 12:15AM Be the first to comment Read later Twitter submit to reddit Email article Print Education is a key election issue. Photo: Dean Osland All participants were asked the following three questions. 1. What have been the Napthine government's education successes and failures this term of government? 2. What should be the key educational priorities for the Napthine or Andrews government during the next term? Read on

  • The Hindu

    Govt effort needed to boost tourism sector in Hampi

    November 21, 2014 There appears to be a big gap between the thoughts and the deeds of the State government as far as boosting to tourism is concerned. A classic example is the world famous Hampi, the erstwhile seat of Vijayanagar empire, enjoying the status of world heritage site and on the map of international tourist destination. The State government and Tourism Minister R.V. Deshpande have been chalking out plans to tap the tourism potential in the State... Read on

  • The Hindu

    Govt effort needed to boost tourism sector in Hampi

    November 21, 2014 There appears to be a big gap between the thoughts and the deeds of the State government as far as boosting to tourism is concerned. A classic example is the world famous Hampi, the erstwhile seat of Vijayanagar empire, enjoying the status of world heritage site and on the map of international tourist destination. The State government and Tourism Minister R.V. Deshpande have been chalking out plans to tap the tourism potential in the State... Read on

  • The Hindu

    Govt effort needed to boost tourism sector in Hampi

    November 21, 2014 There appears to be a big gap between the thoughts and the deeds of the State government as far as boosting to tourism is concerned. A classic example is the world famous Hampi, the erstwhile seat of Vijayanagar empire, enjoying the status of world heritage site and on the map of international tourist destination. The State government and Tourism Minister R.V. Deshpande have been chalking out plans to tap the tourism potential in the State... Read on

  • Scientific American

    A New Pathway to Reach Totally Carbon-Free Hydrogen Fuel

    November 20, 2014 Fuel cell vehicles produce zero tailpipe emissions, but the entire hydrogen production stream needs to be low-carbon Last of a three-part series. To see the first two parts, click here and here. As plug-in electric vehicle sales continue to putt along, automakers are increasingly pinning their hopes on hydrogen fuel cells as the clean vehicle technology of the future. Fuel cell vehicles (FCVs) produce zero tailpipe emissions. Read on

  • Scientific American

    A New Pathway to Reach Totally Carbon-Free Hydrogen Fuel

    November 20, 2014 Fuel cell vehicles produce zero tailpipe emissions, but the entire hydrogen production stream needs to be low-carbon Last of a three-part series. To see the first two parts, click here and here. As plug-in electric vehicle sales continue to putt along, automakers are increasingly pinning their hopes on hydrogen fuel cells as the clean vehicle technology of the future. Fuel cell vehicles (FCVs) produce zero tailpipe emissions. Read on

  • Scientific American

    A New Pathway to Reach Totally Carbon-Free Hydrogen Fuel

    November 20, 2014 Fuel cell vehicles produce zero tailpipe emissions, but the entire hydrogen production stream needs to be low-carbon Last of a three-part series. To see the first two parts, click here and here. As plug-in electric vehicle sales continue to putt along, automakers are increasingly pinning their hopes on hydrogen fuel cells as the clean vehicle technology of the future. Fuel cell vehicles (FCVs) produce zero tailpipe emissions. Read on

  • Scientific American

    A New Pathway to Reach Totally Carbon-Free Hydrogen Fuel

    November 20, 2014 Fuel cell vehicles produce zero tailpipe emissions, but the entire hydrogen production stream needs to be low-carbon Last of a three-part series. To see the first two parts, click here and here. As plug-in electric vehicle sales continue to putt along, automakers are increasingly pinning their hopes on hydrogen fuel cells as the clean vehicle technology of the future. Fuel cell vehicles (FCVs) produce zero tailpipe emissions. Read on

  • New York Times

    Malaysia’s Prime Minister Says Fast-Growing Nations Have Role in Curbing Warming

    November 19, 2014 KUALA LUMPUR -- In the opening talk at a two-day meeting here on Asia's clean energy options, Prime Minister Najib Razak of Malaysia provided fresh evidence of a shift in the longstanding diplomatic tussle over who does what to slow global warming. Building on the new commitments on greenhouse gas emissions pledged by China and the United States, Razak laid out a strategy for his country (facilitated by wealth derived from abundant oil and gas... Read on

  • New York Times

    Malaysia’s Prime Minister Says Fast-Growing Nations Have Role in Curbing Warming

    November 19, 2014 KUALA LUMPUR -- In the opening talk at a two-day meeting here on Asia's clean energy options, Prime Minister Najib Razak of Malaysia provided fresh evidence of a shift in the longstanding diplomatic tussle over who does what to slow global warming. Building on the new commitments on greenhouse gas emissions pledged by China and the United States, Razak laid out a strategy for his country (facilitated by wealth derived from abundant oil and gas... Read on

  • New York Times

    Malaysia’s Prime Minister Says Fast-Growing Nations Have Role in Curbing Warming

    November 19, 2014 KUALA LUMPUR -- In the opening talk at a two-day meeting here on Asia's clean energy options, Prime Minister Najib Razak of Malaysia provided fresh evidence of a shift in the longstanding diplomatic tussle over who does what to slow global warming. Building on the new commitments on greenhouse gas emissions pledged by China and the United States, Razak laid out a strategy for his country (facilitated by wealth derived from abundant oil and gas... Read on

  • New York Times

    Malaysia’s Prime Minister Says Fast-Growing Nations Have Role in Curbing Warming

    November 19, 2014 KUALA LUMPUR -- In the opening talk at a two-day meeting here on Asia's clean energy options, Prime Minister Najib Razak of Malaysia provided fresh evidence of a shift in the longstanding diplomatic tussle over who does what to slow global warming. Building on the new commitments on greenhouse gas emissions pledged by China and the United States, Razak laid out a strategy for his country (facilitated by wealth derived from abundant oil and gas... Read on

  • IPSNews

    Latin America Moves Towards Decarbonising the Economy

    November 18, 2014 When the advances made towards curbing global warming are analysed in the first 12 days of December in Lima, during the 20th climate conference, Latin America will present some achievements, as well as the many challenges it faces in “decarbonising development”. Experts consulted by IPS said that during the 20th session of the Conference of [...] Read on

  • IPSNews

    Latin America Moves Towards Decarbonising the Economy

    November 18, 2014 When the advances made towards curbing global warming are analysed in the first 12 days of December in Lima, during the 20th climate conference, Latin America will present some achievements, as well as the many challenges it faces in “decarbonising development”. Experts consulted by IPS said that during the 20th session of the Conference of [...] Read on

  • IPSNews

    Latin America Moves Towards Decarbonising the Economy

    November 18, 2014 When the advances made towards curbing global warming are analysed in the first 12 days of December in Lima, during the 20th climate conference, Latin America will present some achievements, as well as the many challenges it faces in “decarbonising development”. Experts consulted by IPS said that during the 20th session of the Conference of [...] Read on

  • BBC News - Africa

    Prince William shows support for Ebola education video

    November 18, 2014 Prince William has said he is watching with "great concern" the Ebola situation in West Africa and has expressed support for an educational video about Ebola. The film is by Sierra Leonean filmmakers Future View Film Group who have been making films and music videos to try to stop the spread of Ebola. Read more Guide: What is Ebola? Read on

  • BBC News - Africa

    Prince William shows support for Ebola education video

    November 18, 2014 Prince William has said he is watching with "great concern" the Ebola situation in West Africa and has expressed support for an educational video about Ebola. The film is by Sierra Leonean filmmakers Future View Film Group who have been making films and music videos to try to stop the spread of Ebola. Read more Guide: What is Ebola? Read on

  • BBC News - Africa

    Prince William shows support for Ebola education video

    November 18, 2014 Prince William has said he is watching with "great concern" the Ebola situation in West Africa and has expressed support for an educational video about Ebola. The film is by Sierra Leonean filmmakers Future View Film Group who have been making films and music videos to try to stop the spread of Ebola. Read more Guide: What is Ebola? Read on

  • The Hindu

    Financial inclusion agenda: all households in Kerala, Goa get bank accounts

    November 18, 2014 TOPICS Giving a boost to the Centre's financial inclusion agenda, Kerala and Goa have become first states in the country with every household having at least one bank account. "Kerala was declared as 100 per cent saturated State (in terms of coverage of all households with at least one bank account) on November 11," the Finance Ministry said in a statement. Read on

  • The Hindu

    Financial inclusion agenda: all households in Kerala, Goa get bank accounts

    November 18, 2014 TOPICS Giving a boost to the Centre's financial inclusion agenda, Kerala and Goa have become first states in the country with every household having at least one bank account. "Kerala was declared as 100 per cent saturated State (in terms of coverage of all households with at least one bank account) on November 11," the Finance Ministry said in a statement. Read on

  • The Hindu

    Financial inclusion agenda: all households in Kerala, Goa get bank accounts

    November 18, 2014 TOPICS Giving a boost to the Centre's financial inclusion agenda, Kerala and Goa have become first states in the country with every household having at least one bank account. "Kerala was declared as 100 per cent saturated State (in terms of coverage of all households with at least one bank account) on November 11," the Finance Ministry said in a statement. Read on

  • The Hindu

    Financial inclusion agenda: all households in Kerala, Goa get bank accounts

    November 18, 2014 TOPICS Giving a boost to the Centre's financial inclusion agenda, Kerala and Goa have become first states in the country with every household having at least one bank account. "Kerala was declared as 100 per cent saturated State (in terms of coverage of all households with at least one bank account) on November 11," the Finance Ministry said in a statement. Read on

  • The Hindu

    Financial inclusion agenda: all households in Kerala, Goa get bank accounts

    November 18, 2014 TOPICS Giving a boost to the Centre's financial inclusion agenda, Kerala and Goa have become first states in the country with every household having at least one bank account. "Kerala was declared as 100 per cent saturated State (in terms of coverage of all households with at least one bank account) on November 11," the Finance Ministry said in a statement. Read on

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