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  • Mirror News

    Reddit reacts after starving soldier dies when benefits stopped

    July 30, 2014 Killed by benefits cuts: Readers' reaction as starving soldier dies after his benefits were stopped The story of diabetic ex-soldier David Clapson, who died after his Jobseeker's Allowance was axed, has provoked debate online over welfare reform The story of David Clapson, a diabetic ex-soldier who died starving and penniless after his benefits were stopped has caused fierce debate online. Read on

  • Mercury News

    2013 was stronger year for U.S. economy than previously reported

    July 30, 2014 Fueled by healthier consumer spending, the U.S. economy grew in the second half of last year at the strongest pace in a decade and more than previously estimated, new government data show. Revised data released Wednesday also suggest a possible factor behind the pickup: Americans saved much more in 2012 than previously thought, leaving more to spend in 2013. Read on

  • The Boston Globe

    Joint Family Weight Control Could Help Both Parents and Children

    July 30, 2014 Losing weight as a family can help both parents and children, study finds. Read on

  • The Wall Street Journal

    Life is getting easier for 17 million freelancers

    July 29, 2014 Companies such as TaskRabbit Inc., which matches freelance helpers with odd jobs, boast they are transforming the world of work, giving people the freedom to do what they like when they like. Yet that flexibility comes at a cost: such work typically lacks the safety net of benefits, wage protections or job security that are afforded to those with more permanent arrangements. Read on

  • BBC News

    More than five-a-day ‘no effect’

    July 29, 2014 Fruit and veg: More than five-a-day 'no effect' New research backs the five-a-day target for fruit and vegetables, but suggests eating more may have no added benefits. An analysis of 16 worldwide studies suggested that for every portion of fruit and vegetables consumed, there was a lower risk of premature death. But after five portions a day, there was no further impact, researchers report in The BMJ. Read on

  • Reuters

    France to earmark 10 bln euros of funding to promote renewable energy use

    July 29, 2014 (Reuters) - France will mobilise about 10 billion euros ($13.41 billion) for a package of tax breaks, low-cost loans and bonuses to boost investment in renewable energy and cut the country's oil and gas bill, Energy Minister Segolene Royal said on Tuesday. Royal, President Francois Hollande's fourth energy minister in two years, is tasked with reducing the country's reliance on nuclear energy - the highest in the world - to 50 percent of its... Read on

  • The Hindu

    Energy efficient lighting in households soon

    July 29, 2014 The Energy Department will soon launch several pilot projects for replacement of the conventional lighting with energy efficient lighting systems. A pilot project for installing demand side management based efficient lighting programme (DELP) will be launched in Srikakulam, West Godavari, Guntur and Anantapur districts shortly. The initiative was taken after Energy Efficiency Services Limited, a public sector energy services company, evinced... Read on

  • BBC News

    A new disability minister to take on the reforms

    July 28, 2014 Guest blogger Britain has a new Minister of State for Disabled People - Mark Harper, MP for the Forest of Dean. As he gets to grips with his new brief - the fourth person to do so in this government - Kate Ansell outlines some of the responsibilities he has inherited. The coalition is making substantial reductions to welfare spending, as well as making significant budget cuts elsewhere, as part of its reforms. Read on

  • The Hindu

    Indian techie to drive solar-powered auto to Britain

    July 28, 2014 Rabelli Naveen, an Indian techie, will soon embark on a trans-national expedition riding on a self-built solar-powered autorickshaw to Britain to promote a sustainable low-cost alternative-transport solution and check air pollution in towns and cities across the country. "The objective of this 10,000 km adventure through ten countries is to demonstrate the environmental and economical benefits of using a solar-powered autorickshaw, a popular... Read on

  • The Hindu

    Investing in health through hygiene

    July 27, 2014 An improvement in sanitation and cleanliness will eliminate much of the difference in malnutrition between India and the rest of the world, and across Indian States Historically the greatest advances in longevity and mortality reduction have come not from treatment of individual disease but from public health. This includes modern drainage and sewerage systems (sewage treatment plants), drinking water systems that produce and deliver... Read on

  • The Hindu

    Spanish city pushes for peace and quiet

    July 27, 2014 Anyone having an 'excessively loud' conversation on streets now faces fines, as do bar owners who set up televisions on their terraces As the heat of the day gives way to the evening breeze, Seville comes to life. Distant wails of flamenco singers mix with hearty cheers of seniors engrossed in a game of dominoes. Bar patrons spill onto the sidewalk as they noisily recount the day's events over a round of canas. Read on

  • The New Zealand Herald

    New Zealand’s first Chief Education Scientific Advisor sees room for improvement – National – NZ Herald News

    July 27, 2014 New Zealand's first Chief Education Scientific Advisor sees room for improvement Helping close achievement gaps in our classrooms will be a priority for a leading academic appointed to a major new science education role. Professor Stuart McNaughton, New Zealand's first Chief Education Scientific Advisor, told the Herald he saw room for improvement in science in our education sector. Read on

  • The Boston Globe

    Mobile App Helps Small Farmers Turn a Profit

    July 27, 2014 Farmers in Ghana are finding a way to cultivate their crops in a more cost-effective way, thanks to a new mobile app called mFarms. Farmer Bawa Yamusah says his produce is bringing in more money, helping to pay for his family's education and health needs. Read on

  • BBC News

    Six seconds ‘can transform health’

    July 26, 2014 Six seconds of exercise 'can transform health' Short six-second bursts of vigorous exercise have the potential to transform the health of elderly people, say researchers in Scotland. A pilot study involving 12 pensioners showed going all-out in very short bursts, reduced blood pressure and improved general fitness over time. The team at Abertay University believe it could help avert the "astronomical" costs of ill health in elderly people. Read on

  • The Wall Street Journal

    Matt Ridley on the five best ways to help poor countries

    July 26, 2014 In September next year, the United Nations plans to choose a list of development goals for the world to meet by the year 2030. What aspirations should it set for this global campaign to improve the lot of the poor, and how should it choose them? In answering that question, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and his advisers are confronted with a task that they often avoid: setting priorities. Read on

  • National Post

    Robert Fulford: The triumph of the optimists

    July 26, 2014 The headlines crowd in from Gaza, Ukraine, Iran and many other places, filling us with dread. They bring news that hits us like heart-stopping blows. If we ignore them we deny our humanity. If we give them our full attention, we invite depression and defeat. The words and images sent by the global news-gathering industry make us better informed about events of the moment than any earlier generation. Read on

  • BBC News

    UK economy back at pre-crisis level

    July 25, 2014 The UK economy grew by 0.8% in second quarter of 2014, official figures show The figures, from the Office for National Statistics (ONS), show the economy is now 0.2% ahead of its pre-crisis peak, which was reached in the first quarter of 2008. The ONS said the economy had grown 3.1% since the second quarter of last year. Chancellor George Osborne said: "Thanks to the hard work of the British people, today we reach a major milestone in our... Read on

  • Scotsman

    Don’t rush to judgment over renewables

    July 24, 2014 Technologies like wind power, hydro and solar are having a positive impact in Scotland today. Picture: Ian Rutherford New film summarises ecological issues, says Niall Stuart Renewables is the new kid on the block in the UK's energy mix, meaning every penny invested in green energy is scrutinised in minute detail. Sometimes, that means we can lose sight of the ultimate objective of renewables - reducing carbon emissions and tackling climate... Read on

  • The Hindu

    Food processing is the thrust area, says expert

    July 24, 2014 The demand for processed food is all set to grow, as rapid urbanisation and globalisation are changing the lifestyle and food habits of people, and hence the focus should shift towards the food processing sector, Associate Director of Research, Regional Agricultural Research Station (RARS), Anakapalle, K. Veerabhadra Rao, has said. He was delivering the keynote address at the inaugural of the two-day national-level conference on 'Emerging... Read on

  • Los Angeles Times

    Weekly unemployment claims plunge to post-recession low of 284,000

    July 24, 2014 Initial unemployment claims plunged last week to an eight-year low of 284,000 in a fresh sign that the recent labor market recovery is solidifying. The number of people filing for first-time unemployment benefits was down 19,000 from the previous week's revised level, the Labor Department said Thursday. It was just the second time since the Great Recession that new weekly claims fell below 300,000 and bested the recovery's previous low of 298... Read on

  • Los Angeles Times

    Weekly unemployment claims plunge to post-recession low of 284,000

    July 24, 2014 Initial unemployment claims plunged last week to an eight-year low of 284,000 in a fresh sign that the recent labor market recovery is solidifying. The number of people filing for first-time unemployment benefits was down 19,000 from the previous week's revised level, the Labor Department said Thursday. It was just the second time since the Great Recession that new weekly claims fell below 300,000 and bested the recovery's previous low of 298... Read on

  • Los Angeles Times

    Weekly unemployment claims plunge to post-recession low of 284,000

    July 24, 2014 Initial unemployment claims plunged last week to an eight-year low of 284,000 in a fresh sign that the recent labor market recovery is solidifying. The number of people filing for first-time unemployment benefits was down 19,000 from the previous week's revised level, the Labor Department said Thursday. It was just the second time since the Great Recession that new weekly claims fell below 300,000 and bested the recovery's previous low of 298... Read on

  • New York Times

    Texas Is Wired for Wind Power, and More Farms Plug In

    July 23, 2014 By any standard, the scale is enormous. Anywhere else, a big transmission project is a few hundred miles long and costs a few hundred million dollars; this is a network of 3,600 miles built at a cost of $7 billion, which is more money than the whole country has spent on transmission in some recent years. It comes to about $300 per person served by the Texas grid. Read on

  • New York Times

    Texas Is Wired for Wind Power, and More Farms Plug In

    July 23, 2014 By any standard, the scale is enormous. Anywhere else, a big transmission project is a few hundred miles long and costs a few hundred million dollars; this is a network of 3,600 miles built at a cost of $7 billion, which is more money than the whole country has spent on transmission in some recent years. It comes to about $300 per person served by the Texas grid. Read on

  • New York Times

    Texas Is Wired for Wind Power, and More Farms Plug In

    July 23, 2014 By any standard, the scale is enormous. Anywhere else, a big transmission project is a few hundred miles long and costs a few hundred million dollars; this is a network of 3,600 miles built at a cost of $7 billion, which is more money than the whole country has spent on transmission in some recent years. It comes to about $300 per person served by the Texas grid. Read on

  • New Scientist

    Give forests to local people to preserve them

    July 23, 2014 For similar stories, visit the Climate Change Topic Guide The best way to protect rainforests is to keep people out, right? Absolutely not. The best way to keep the trees, and prevent the carbon in them from entering the atmosphere, is by letting people into the forests: local people with the legal right to control what happens there. Given the chance, most communities protect rather than plunder their forests, says a new study by the World... Read on

  • New Scientist

    Give forests to local people to preserve them

    July 23, 2014 For similar stories, visit the Climate Change Topic Guide The best way to protect rainforests is to keep people out, right? Absolutely not. The best way to keep the trees, and prevent the carbon in them from entering the atmosphere, is by letting people into the forests: local people with the legal right to control what happens there. Given the chance, most communities protect rather than plunder their forests, says a new study by the World... Read on

  • New Scientist

    Give forests to local people to preserve them

    July 23, 2014 For similar stories, visit the Climate Change Topic Guide The best way to protect rainforests is to keep people out, right? Absolutely not. The best way to keep the trees, and prevent the carbon in them from entering the atmosphere, is by letting people into the forests: local people with the legal right to control what happens there. Given the chance, most communities protect rather than plunder their forests, says a new study by the World... Read on

  • New Scientist

    Give forests to local people to preserve them

    July 23, 2014 For similar stories, visit the Climate Change Topic Guide The best way to protect rainforests is to keep people out, right? Absolutely not. The best way to keep the trees, and prevent the carbon in them from entering the atmosphere, is by letting people into the forests: local people with the legal right to control what happens there. Given the chance, most communities protect rather than plunder their forests, says a new study by the World... Read on

  • New Scientist

    Give forests to local people to preserve them

    July 23, 2014 For similar stories, visit the Climate Change Topic Guide The best way to protect rainforests is to keep people out, right? Absolutely not. The best way to keep the trees, and prevent the carbon in them from entering the atmosphere, is by letting people into the forests: local people with the legal right to control what happens there. Given the chance, most communities protect rather than plunder their forests, says a new study by the World... Read on

  • New Scientist

    Give forests to local people to preserve them

    July 23, 2014 For similar stories, visit the Climate Change Topic Guide The best way to protect rainforests is to keep people out, right? Absolutely not. The best way to keep the trees, and prevent the carbon in them from entering the atmosphere, is by letting people into the forests: local people with the legal right to control what happens there. Given the chance, most communities protect rather than plunder their forests, says a new study by the World... Read on

  • New Scientist

    Give forests to local people to preserve them

    July 23, 2014 For similar stories, visit the Climate Change Topic Guide The best way to protect rainforests is to keep people out, right? Absolutely not. The best way to keep the trees, and prevent the carbon in them from entering the atmosphere, is by letting people into the forests: local people with the legal right to control what happens there. Given the chance, most communities protect rather than plunder their forests, says a new study by the World... Read on

  • New Scientist

    Give forests to local people to preserve them

    July 23, 2014 For similar stories, visit the Climate Change Topic Guide The best way to protect rainforests is to keep people out, right? Absolutely not. The best way to keep the trees, and prevent the carbon in them from entering the atmosphere, is by letting people into the forests: local people with the legal right to control what happens there. Given the chance, most communities protect rather than plunder their forests, says a new study by the World... Read on

  • New Scientist

    Give forests to local people to preserve them

    July 23, 2014 For similar stories, visit the Climate Change Topic Guide The best way to protect rainforests is to keep people out, right? Absolutely not. The best way to keep the trees, and prevent the carbon in them from entering the atmosphere, is by letting people into the forests: local people with the legal right to control what happens there. Given the chance, most communities protect rather than plunder their forests, says a new study by the World... Read on

  • Financial Post

    In Canada’s economy there’s Alberta, and there’s everywhere else

    July 23, 2014 Alberta's growing power is doing more than putting energy ahead of manufacturing exports such as Ontario's cars and Quebec's aircraft. It's drawing tens of thousands of young people to the province, seeking energy jobs with some of the country's highest salaries. It's also posing a challenge to policy makers: Oil wealth has led to a stronger Canadian dollar, squeezing Ontario and Quebec manufacturers. Read on

  • Financial Post

    In Canada’s economy there’s Alberta, and there’s everywhere else

    July 23, 2014 Alberta's growing power is doing more than putting energy ahead of manufacturing exports such as Ontario's cars and Quebec's aircraft. It's drawing tens of thousands of young people to the province, seeking energy jobs with some of the country's highest salaries. It's also posing a challenge to policy makers: Oil wealth has led to a stronger Canadian dollar, squeezing Ontario and Quebec manufacturers. Read on

  • Financial Post

    In Canada’s economy there’s Alberta, and there’s everywhere else

    July 23, 2014 Alberta's growing power is doing more than putting energy ahead of manufacturing exports such as Ontario's cars and Quebec's aircraft. It's drawing tens of thousands of young people to the province, seeking energy jobs with some of the country's highest salaries. It's also posing a challenge to policy makers: Oil wealth has led to a stronger Canadian dollar, squeezing Ontario and Quebec manufacturers. Read on

  • Financial Post

    In Canada’s economy there’s Alberta, and there’s everywhere else

    July 23, 2014 Alberta's growing power is doing more than putting energy ahead of manufacturing exports such as Ontario's cars and Quebec's aircraft. It's drawing tens of thousands of young people to the province, seeking energy jobs with some of the country's highest salaries. It's also posing a challenge to policy makers: Oil wealth has led to a stronger Canadian dollar, squeezing Ontario and Quebec manufacturers. Read on

  • Financial Post

    In Canada’s economy there’s Alberta, and there’s everywhere else

    July 23, 2014 Alberta's growing power is doing more than putting energy ahead of manufacturing exports such as Ontario's cars and Quebec's aircraft. It's drawing tens of thousands of young people to the province, seeking energy jobs with some of the country's highest salaries. It's also posing a challenge to policy makers: Oil wealth has led to a stronger Canadian dollar, squeezing Ontario and Quebec manufacturers. Read on

  • Financial Post

    In Canada’s economy there’s Alberta, and there’s everywhere else

    July 23, 2014 Alberta's growing power is doing more than putting energy ahead of manufacturing exports such as Ontario's cars and Quebec's aircraft. It's drawing tens of thousands of young people to the province, seeking energy jobs with some of the country's highest salaries. It's also posing a challenge to policy makers: Oil wealth has led to a stronger Canadian dollar, squeezing Ontario and Quebec manufacturers. Read on

  • Financial Post

    In Canada’s economy there’s Alberta, and there’s everywhere else

    July 23, 2014 Alberta's growing power is doing more than putting energy ahead of manufacturing exports such as Ontario's cars and Quebec's aircraft. It's drawing tens of thousands of young people to the province, seeking energy jobs with some of the country's highest salaries. It's also posing a challenge to policy makers: Oil wealth has led to a stronger Canadian dollar, squeezing Ontario and Quebec manufacturers. Read on

  • Financial Post

    In Canada’s economy there’s Alberta, and there’s everywhere else

    July 23, 2014 Alberta's growing power is doing more than putting energy ahead of manufacturing exports such as Ontario's cars and Quebec's aircraft. It's drawing tens of thousands of young people to the province, seeking energy jobs with some of the country's highest salaries. It's also posing a challenge to policy makers: Oil wealth has led to a stronger Canadian dollar, squeezing Ontario and Quebec manufacturers. Read on

  • Financial Post

    In Canada’s economy there’s Alberta, and there’s everywhere else

    July 23, 2014 Alberta's growing power is doing more than putting energy ahead of manufacturing exports such as Ontario's cars and Quebec's aircraft. It's drawing tens of thousands of young people to the province, seeking energy jobs with some of the country's highest salaries. It's also posing a challenge to policy makers: Oil wealth has led to a stronger Canadian dollar, squeezing Ontario and Quebec manufacturers. Read on

  • Financial Post

    In Canada’s economy there’s Alberta, and there’s everywhere else

    July 23, 2014 Alberta's growing power is doing more than putting energy ahead of manufacturing exports such as Ontario's cars and Quebec's aircraft. It's drawing tens of thousands of young people to the province, seeking energy jobs with some of the country's highest salaries. It's also posing a challenge to policy makers: Oil wealth has led to a stronger Canadian dollar, squeezing Ontario and Quebec manufacturers. Read on

  • Jerusalem Post

    Kerry says making some progress in Gaza truce efforts

    July 23, 2014 US Secretary of State John Kerry said on Wednesday some progress had been made in efforts to bring an end to 16 days of fighting between Israel and the Islamist group Hamas. "We have certainly made some steps forward. There is still work to be done," Kerry said shortly after arriving in Jerusalem for a meeting with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. He declined to give any details. Read on

  • Jerusalem Post

    Kerry says making some progress in Gaza truce efforts

    July 23, 2014 US Secretary of State John Kerry said on Wednesday some progress had been made in efforts to bring an end to 16 days of fighting between Israel and the Islamist group Hamas. "We have certainly made some steps forward. There is still work to be done," Kerry said shortly after arriving in Jerusalem for a meeting with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. He declined to give any details. Read on

  • Jerusalem Post

    Kerry says making some progress in Gaza truce efforts

    July 23, 2014 US Secretary of State John Kerry said on Wednesday some progress had been made in efforts to bring an end to 16 days of fighting between Israel and the Islamist group Hamas. "We have certainly made some steps forward. There is still work to be done," Kerry said shortly after arriving in Jerusalem for a meeting with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. He declined to give any details. Read on

  • Jerusalem Post

    Kerry says making some progress in Gaza truce efforts

    July 23, 2014 US Secretary of State John Kerry said on Wednesday some progress had been made in efforts to bring an end to 16 days of fighting between Israel and the Islamist group Hamas. "We have certainly made some steps forward. There is still work to be done," Kerry said shortly after arriving in Jerusalem for a meeting with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. He declined to give any details. Read on

  • Jerusalem Post

    Kerry says making some progress in Gaza truce efforts

    July 23, 2014 US Secretary of State John Kerry said on Wednesday some progress had been made in efforts to bring an end to 16 days of fighting between Israel and the Islamist group Hamas. "We have certainly made some steps forward. There is still work to be done," Kerry said shortly after arriving in Jerusalem for a meeting with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. He declined to give any details. Read on

  • Jerusalem Post

    Kerry says making some progress in Gaza truce efforts

    July 23, 2014 US Secretary of State John Kerry said on Wednesday some progress had been made in efforts to bring an end to 16 days of fighting between Israel and the Islamist group Hamas. "We have certainly made some steps forward. There is still work to be done," Kerry said shortly after arriving in Jerusalem for a meeting with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. He declined to give any details. Read on

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