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  • Knoxville News Sentinel

    Zoo experience unlocks new life for girl with disabilities

    March 27, 2015 CHICAGO -- In her 18 years, Zinyra Ross has lived two distinct lives. In one, she was isolated by severe cognitive disabilities, stigmatized by teachers as stubborn and uncooperative, and bullied and beaten by classmates. In the other, more recent life, she's a public speaking ambassador, outstanding student, role model and mentor. A determined single mom and a suburban school with strong special-education resources helped shepherd her from... Read on

  • Scientific American

    Cord-Blood Research Sits Poised for Therapeutic Discovery

    March 27, 2015 Blood is extracted from an umbilical cord. (Blood and Tissue Bank/Flickr) Whenever one examines any area of scientific inquiry, there are two important things to understand: where the science is today, and where it may lead us in the future. To examine only the former is to engage in half an inquiry and create the perception that things in this particular area have reached a dead end or are in some way, static. Read on

  • The New Zealand Herald

    Tourism lifts with airline capacity

    March 26, 2015 Tourism has returned to strong international growth for the first time since the global financial crisis, boosted by an increase in airline capacity. Figures show tourism generates $65 million a day across New Zealand - $37 million in domestic expenditure and $28 million in international spending. The tourism industry was now in a strong position to take advantage of growth opportunities, according to a report released by the Tourism Industry... Read on

  • The Christian Science Monitor

    With big growth for the sharing economy, has it become selfish?

    March 21, 2015 The idealism of the sharing economy is coming up against profit-driven tendencies, and firms like Uber and Airbnb are encountering backlash. Now, a discussion is taking place about what the industry's moral underpinnings should be. Los Angeles -- When it began, the so-called sharing economy was all about the idealistic use of technology to connect people with other people's underused stuff - everything from cars to spare bedrooms to even LEGOs. Read on

  • The Nation

    Nine Billionaires Are About to Remake New York’s Public Schools–Here’s Their Story.

    March 19, 2015 A Nation investigation reveals how a group of hedge funders are about to get exactly what they paid for. Hedge-fund manager Whitney Tilson stands at a Harvard club podium in midtown Manhattan, facing a room full of investors eating eggs and bacon, and eager to learn more about charter schools. The walls of the wood-paneled room are lined with the portraits of Tilson's Harvard forefathers. Read on

  • BBC News - Africa

    Welfare reform: Villiers says Sinn Féin’s withdrawal of support ‘unhelpful’

    March 11, 2015 Northern Ireland Secretary of State Theresa Villiers has said Sinn Féin's withdrawal of support for a welfare reform bill was "unhelpful and hugely disappointing". Sinn Féin withdrew its support for the bill on Monday after accusing the DUP of reneging on commitments made in the Stormont House Agreement. Ms Villiers said she hoped to get NI party leaders together soon. However, she said the agreement would not be reopened. Read on

  • BBC News - Africa

    Tories consider limiting child benefit to three children

    March 4, 2015 The Conservatives are considering limiting child benefit to three children, BBC Newsnight has learned. The Treasury is "softening" to the idea and is examining the details, Newsnight political editor Allegra Stratton said. It would save an estimated £300m a year - but Tory MP Dominic Raab said it was not purely about cost but could "send a message about personal responsibility". Read on

  • Toronto Star

    Why this Ontario pension plan can afford to boost its benefits: Mayers

    March 4, 2015 While many plans are struggling, nurses and other hospital staff can cheer. Their Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan has just increased its benefits for its 295,000 members. Here's why. Jim Keohane, CEO of the Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan (HOOPP), says the fund had a record year. By: Adam Mayers Personal Finance Editor, Personal Finance, Published on Wed Mar 04 2015 Read on

  • The Age

    Voters prioritise more money for childcare and preschools over business tax cut: poll

    March 2, 2015 Date March 3, 2015 - 12:15AM 24 reading now Read later Judith Ireland National political reporter View more articles from Judith Ireland Follow Judith on Twitter Tweet Pin It submit to reddit Email article Print Reprints & permissions EXCLUSIVE Childcare Photo: Peter Braig Australian voters think increased funding for childcare and preschools is more important than a tax cut for big businesses, a new poll has found. Read on

  • The New Zealand Herald

    ‘My confidence in Grant Dalton is total’

    February 28, 2015 'My confidence in Grant Dalton is total' - Team New Zealand's billionaire Matteo de Nora comes out swinging Team New Zealand's billionaire backer has come out swinging in defence of syndicate boss Grant Dalton. Matteo de Nora, the Swiss-Italian who has poured millions into Team NZ, has given his full backing to Dalton and the troubled America's Cup syndicate's board. Read on

  • Toronto Star

    Ontario’s new sex education curriculum is long overdue: Editorial

    February 23, 2015 Ontario's new sex-education curriculum is long overdue and very welcome. Education Minister Liz Sandals presents the revised Health and Physical Education curriculum at a press conference at Queen's Park in Toronto Feb. 23. The Ontario government can hardly be accused of rushing its new sex education curriculum into schools willy nilly. The curriculum, made public on Monday, has been eight years in the making. Read on

  • Toronto Star

    Ontario’s new sex education curriculum is long overdue: Editorial

    February 23, 2015 Ontario's new sex-education curriculum is long overdue and very welcome. Education Minister Liz Sandals presents the revised Health and Physical Education curriculum at a press conference at Queen's Park in Toronto Feb. 23. The Ontario government can hardly be accused of rushing its new sex education curriculum into schools willy nilly. The curriculum, made public on Monday, has been eight years in the making. Read on

  • The Hindu

    President Pranab Mukherjee speech to the joint session of parliament

    February 23, 2015 New Delhi : 23.02.2015 Honourable Members, 1. In this New Year full of aspirations and hope, I welcome you to the Joint Sitting of the Two Houses of the Parliament with the belief that your deliberations will be productive and useful. 2. Dr. Shyama Prasad Mukherjee had said, "the greatest strength of India is her rich spiritual and civilizational heritage". The core values of our civilization emphasize universal good - welfare of all human beings. Read on

  • The Hindu

    President Pranab Mukherjee speech to the joint session of parliament

    February 23, 2015 New Delhi : 23.02.2015 Honourable Members, 1. In this New Year full of aspirations and hope, I welcome you to the Joint Sitting of the Two Houses of the Parliament with the belief that your deliberations will be productive and useful. 2. Dr. Shyama Prasad Mukherjee had said, "the greatest strength of India is her rich spiritual and civilizational heritage". The core values of our civilization emphasize universal good - welfare of all human beings. Read on

  • The Atlantic

    Virtual Education: Genuine Benefits or Real-Time Demerits?

    February 20, 2015 Twenty-six states operate publicly funded online schools, many of which don't have safeguards that prevent kids from cheating. Last August, Dalia Ahmed, a former student of mine, was eager to begin her final year at Miami Arts Charter School in Miami, Florida. As a talented young poet who had already won numerous national awards for her work, she was on track to graduate as one of the top five members of her class. Read on

  • The Atlantic

    Virtual Education: Genuine Benefits or Real-Time Demerits?

    February 20, 2015 Twenty-six states operate publicly funded online schools, many of which don't have safeguards that prevent kids from cheating. Last August, Dalia Ahmed, a former student of mine, was eager to begin her final year at Miami Arts Charter School in Miami, Florida. As a talented young poet who had already won numerous national awards for her work, she was on track to graduate as one of the top five members of her class. Read on

  • The Wall Street Journal

    Pinterest Seeks $11 Billion Valuation With New Funding

    February 18, 2015 Scrapbooking website is in talks to raise $500 million Investors in Pinterest Inc. are doubling down on the image-bookmarking site with a new round of funding at a rich valuation. Pinterest is in talks to raise $500 million in a round of funding expected to value the five-year-old company at around $11 billion, according to people familiar with the matter. Read on

  • The Wall Street Journal

    Pinterest Seeks $11 Billion Valuation With New Funding

    February 18, 2015 Scrapbooking website is in talks to raise $500 million Investors in Pinterest Inc. are doubling down on the image-bookmarking site with a new round of funding at a rich valuation. Pinterest is in talks to raise $500 million in a round of funding expected to value the five-year-old company at around $11 billion, according to people familiar with the matter. Read on

  • Common Dreams

    Feds Propose to Protect 39,655 Square Miles for Endangered Whales Along East Coast

    February 17, 2015 For Immediate Release Feds Propose to Protect 39,655 Square Miles for Endangered Whales Along East Coast WASHINGTON - In response to the efforts of conservation and wildlife protection groups, the National Marine Fisheries Service today proposed to protect 39,655 square miles as critical habitat for North Atlantic right whales. Only about 450 of the critically endangered whales exist today, and without additional protections the species faces... Read on

  • The Hindu

    Growth in export of agri products slides

    February 17, 2015 TOPICS agriculture Growth in exports of agricultural products is seen sliding, causing a concern. Decline in commodity prices, glut in global markets, and import ban by several countries have led to a slowdown in agri exports, after registering a consistent growth.. According to available data, the year-on-year growth in agricultural exports has reduced considerably in 2012-13 and 2013-14. Read on

  • The Hindu

    Growth in export of agri products slides

    February 17, 2015 TOPICS agriculture Growth in exports of agricultural products is seen sliding, causing a concern. Decline in commodity prices, glut in global markets, and import ban by several countries have led to a slowdown in agri exports, after registering a consistent growth.. According to available data, the year-on-year growth in agricultural exports has reduced considerably in 2012-13 and 2013-14. Read on

  • The Hindu

    Growth in export of agri products slides

    February 17, 2015 TOPICS agriculture Growth in exports of agricultural products is seen sliding, causing a concern. Decline in commodity prices, glut in global markets, and import ban by several countries have led to a slowdown in agri exports, after registering a consistent growth.. According to available data, the year-on-year growth in agricultural exports has reduced considerably in 2012-13 and 2013-14. Read on

  • The Hindu

    Growth in export of agri products slides

    February 17, 2015 TOPICS agriculture Growth in exports of agricultural products is seen sliding, causing a concern. Decline in commodity prices, glut in global markets, and import ban by several countries have led to a slowdown in agri exports, after registering a consistent growth.. According to available data, the year-on-year growth in agricultural exports has reduced considerably in 2012-13 and 2013-14. Read on

  • The Hindu

    Growth in export of agri products slides

    February 17, 2015 TOPICS agriculture Growth in exports of agricultural products is seen sliding, causing a concern. Decline in commodity prices, glut in global markets, and import ban by several countries have led to a slowdown in agri exports, after registering a consistent growth.. According to available data, the year-on-year growth in agricultural exports has reduced considerably in 2012-13 and 2013-14. Read on

  • The Hindu

    Growth in export of agri products slides

    February 17, 2015 TOPICS agriculture Growth in exports of agricultural products is seen sliding, causing a concern. Decline in commodity prices, glut in global markets, and import ban by several countries have led to a slowdown in agri exports, after registering a consistent growth.. According to available data, the year-on-year growth in agricultural exports has reduced considerably in 2012-13 and 2013-14. Read on

  • The Hindu

    Growth in export of agri products slides

    February 17, 2015 TOPICS agriculture Growth in exports of agricultural products is seen sliding, causing a concern. Decline in commodity prices, glut in global markets, and import ban by several countries have led to a slowdown in agri exports, after registering a consistent growth.. According to available data, the year-on-year growth in agricultural exports has reduced considerably in 2012-13 and 2013-14. Read on

  • Common Dreams

    Feds Propose to Protect 39,655 Square Miles for Endangered Whales Along East Coast

    February 17, 2015 For Immediate Release Feds Propose to Protect 39,655 Square Miles for Endangered Whales Along East Coast WASHINGTON - In response to the efforts of conservation and wildlife protection groups, the National Marine Fisheries Service today proposed to protect 39,655 square miles as critical habitat for North Atlantic right whales. Only about 450 of the critically endangered whales exist today, and without additional protections the species faces... Read on

  • The Hindu

    Growth in export of agri products slides

    February 17, 2015 TOPICS agriculture Growth in exports of agricultural products is seen sliding, causing a concern. Decline in commodity prices, glut in global markets, and import ban by several countries have led to a slowdown in agri exports, after registering a consistent growth.. According to available data, the year-on-year growth in agricultural exports has reduced considerably in 2012-13 and 2013-14. Read on

  • The Independent

    Ed Miliband: Boosting the prosperity of working families is the key to Britain’s industrial revival

    February 15, 2015 Mr Miliband will insist it is essential for all social groups to become better-off in order for their wealth to ripple outwards and drive economic growth Drawing inspiration from Barack Obama's pledge to build the American economy from the "middle out", Ed Miliband will today insist that boosting the prosperity of working families on average incomes is the key to Britain's industrial revival. Read on

  • The Independent

    Ed Miliband: Boosting the prosperity of working families is the key to Britain’s industrial revival

    February 15, 2015 Mr Miliband will insist it is essential for all social groups to become better-off in order for their wealth to ripple outwards and drive economic growth Drawing inspiration from Barack Obama's pledge to build the American economy from the "middle out", Ed Miliband will today insist that boosting the prosperity of working families on average incomes is the key to Britain's industrial revival. Read on

  • The Independent

    Ed Miliband: Boosting the prosperity of working families is the key to Britain’s industrial revival

    February 15, 2015 Mr Miliband will insist it is essential for all social groups to become better-off in order for their wealth to ripple outwards and drive economic growth Drawing inspiration from Barack Obama's pledge to build the American economy from the "middle out", Ed Miliband will today insist that boosting the prosperity of working families on average incomes is the key to Britain's industrial revival. Read on

  • The Independent

    Ed Miliband: Boosting the prosperity of working families is the key to Britain’s industrial revival

    February 15, 2015 Mr Miliband will insist it is essential for all social groups to become better-off in order for their wealth to ripple outwards and drive economic growth Drawing inspiration from Barack Obama's pledge to build the American economy from the "middle out", Ed Miliband will today insist that boosting the prosperity of working families on average incomes is the key to Britain's industrial revival. Read on

  • The Independent

    Ed Miliband: Boosting the prosperity of working families is the key to Britain’s industrial revival

    February 15, 2015 Mr Miliband will insist it is essential for all social groups to become better-off in order for their wealth to ripple outwards and drive economic growth Drawing inspiration from Barack Obama's pledge to build the American economy from the "middle out", Ed Miliband will today insist that boosting the prosperity of working families on average incomes is the key to Britain's industrial revival. Read on

  • The Independent

    Ed Miliband: Boosting the prosperity of working families is the key to Britain’s industrial revival

    February 15, 2015 Mr Miliband will insist it is essential for all social groups to become better-off in order for their wealth to ripple outwards and drive economic growth Drawing inspiration from Barack Obama's pledge to build the American economy from the "middle out", Ed Miliband will today insist that boosting the prosperity of working families on average incomes is the key to Britain's industrial revival. Read on

  • The Independent

    Ed Miliband: Boosting the prosperity of working families is the key to Britain’s industrial revival

    February 15, 2015 Mr Miliband will insist it is essential for all social groups to become better-off in order for their wealth to ripple outwards and drive economic growth Drawing inspiration from Barack Obama's pledge to build the American economy from the "middle out", Ed Miliband will today insist that boosting the prosperity of working families on average incomes is the key to Britain's industrial revival. Read on

  • The Independent

    Ed Miliband: Boosting the prosperity of working families is the key to Britain’s industrial revival

    February 15, 2015 Mr Miliband will insist it is essential for all social groups to become better-off in order for their wealth to ripple outwards and drive economic growth Drawing inspiration from Barack Obama's pledge to build the American economy from the "middle out", Ed Miliband will today insist that boosting the prosperity of working families on average incomes is the key to Britain's industrial revival. Read on

  • Common Dreams

    Beyond the Market-State: Decentralizing Power in a Sharing Society

    February 14, 2015 Beyond the Market-State: Decentralizing Power in a Sharing Society At a time when governments are failing abysmally to mitigate climate change, reduce inequality or end poverty, the key to creating a more equal and sustainable world is establishing participative forms of political engagement at all levels of society--from the local to the global. In an era of politics characterised by unconstrained corporate lobbying, a well-oiled 'revolving... Read on

  • Common Dreams

    Beyond the Market-State: Decentralizing Power in a Sharing Society

    February 14, 2015 Beyond the Market-State: Decentralizing Power in a Sharing Society At a time when governments are failing abysmally to mitigate climate change, reduce inequality or end poverty, the key to creating a more equal and sustainable world is establishing participative forms of political engagement at all levels of society--from the local to the global. In an era of politics characterised by unconstrained corporate lobbying, a well-oiled 'revolving... Read on

  • Common Dreams

    Beyond the Market-State: Decentralizing Power in a Sharing Society

    February 14, 2015 Beyond the Market-State: Decentralizing Power in a Sharing Society At a time when governments are failing abysmally to mitigate climate change, reduce inequality or end poverty, the key to creating a more equal and sustainable world is establishing participative forms of political engagement at all levels of society--from the local to the global. In an era of politics characterised by unconstrained corporate lobbying, a well-oiled 'revolving... Read on

  • Common Dreams

    Beyond the Market-State: Decentralizing Power in a Sharing Society

    February 14, 2015 Beyond the Market-State: Decentralizing Power in a Sharing Society At a time when governments are failing abysmally to mitigate climate change, reduce inequality or end poverty, the key to creating a more equal and sustainable world is establishing participative forms of political engagement at all levels of society--from the local to the global. In an era of politics characterised by unconstrained corporate lobbying, a well-oiled 'revolving... Read on

  • Common Dreams

    Beyond the Market-State: Decentralizing Power in a Sharing Society

    February 14, 2015 Beyond the Market-State: Decentralizing Power in a Sharing Society At a time when governments are failing abysmally to mitigate climate change, reduce inequality or end poverty, the key to creating a more equal and sustainable world is establishing participative forms of political engagement at all levels of society--from the local to the global. In an era of politics characterised by unconstrained corporate lobbying, a well-oiled 'revolving... Read on

  • Common Dreams

    Beyond the Market-State: Decentralizing Power in a Sharing Society

    February 14, 2015 Beyond the Market-State: Decentralizing Power in a Sharing Society At a time when governments are failing abysmally to mitigate climate change, reduce inequality or end poverty, the key to creating a more equal and sustainable world is establishing participative forms of political engagement at all levels of society--from the local to the global. In an era of politics characterised by unconstrained corporate lobbying, a well-oiled 'revolving... Read on

  • Common Dreams

    Beyond the Market-State: Decentralizing Power in a Sharing Society

    February 14, 2015 Beyond the Market-State: Decentralizing Power in a Sharing Society At a time when governments are failing abysmally to mitigate climate change, reduce inequality or end poverty, the key to creating a more equal and sustainable world is establishing participative forms of political engagement at all levels of society--from the local to the global. In an era of politics characterised by unconstrained corporate lobbying, a well-oiled 'revolving... Read on

  • Common Dreams

    Beyond the Market-State: Decentralizing Power in a Sharing Society

    February 14, 2015 Beyond the Market-State: Decentralizing Power in a Sharing Society At a time when governments are failing abysmally to mitigate climate change, reduce inequality or end poverty, the key to creating a more equal and sustainable world is establishing participative forms of political engagement at all levels of society--from the local to the global. In an era of politics characterised by unconstrained corporate lobbying, a well-oiled 'revolving... Read on

  • Common Dreams

    Beyond the Market-State: Decentralizing Power in a Sharing Society

    February 14, 2015 Beyond the Market-State: Decentralizing Power in a Sharing Society At a time when governments are failing abysmally to mitigate climate change, reduce inequality or end poverty, the key to creating a more equal and sustainable world is establishing participative forms of political engagement at all levels of society--from the local to the global. In an era of politics characterised by unconstrained corporate lobbying, a well-oiled 'revolving... Read on

  • Common Dreams

    Beyond the Market-State: Decentralizing Power in a Sharing Society

    February 14, 2015 Beyond the Market-State: Decentralizing Power in a Sharing Society At a time when governments are failing abysmally to mitigate climate change, reduce inequality or end poverty, the key to creating a more equal and sustainable world is establishing participative forms of political engagement at all levels of society--from the local to the global. In an era of politics characterised by unconstrained corporate lobbying, a well-oiled 'revolving... Read on

  • The Christian Science Monitor

    Learning God’s love through loving

    February 11, 2015 Valentine's Day is often linked with romantic love, although many people all over the world make it a special day to show friends, family, colleagues, and even pets the love and affection they feel for them. But sometimes love seems palpably absent. Maybe it has turned sour or fizzled out; maybe hurt feelings are running the show. Most of us at one time or another have yearned to find a more lasting sense of comfort - a love that doesn't come... Read on

  • The Christian Science Monitor

    Learning God’s love through loving

    February 11, 2015 Valentine's Day is often linked with romantic love, although many people all over the world make it a special day to show friends, family, colleagues, and even pets the love and affection they feel for them. But sometimes love seems palpably absent. Maybe it has turned sour or fizzled out; maybe hurt feelings are running the show. Most of us at one time or another have yearned to find a more lasting sense of comfort - a love that doesn't come... Read on

  • The Christian Science Monitor

    Learning God’s love through loving

    February 11, 2015 Valentine's Day is often linked with romantic love, although many people all over the world make it a special day to show friends, family, colleagues, and even pets the love and affection they feel for them. But sometimes love seems palpably absent. Maybe it has turned sour or fizzled out; maybe hurt feelings are running the show. Most of us at one time or another have yearned to find a more lasting sense of comfort - a love that doesn't come... Read on

  • The Christian Science Monitor

    Learning God’s love through loving

    February 11, 2015 Valentine's Day is often linked with romantic love, although many people all over the world make it a special day to show friends, family, colleagues, and even pets the love and affection they feel for them. But sometimes love seems palpably absent. Maybe it has turned sour or fizzled out; maybe hurt feelings are running the show. Most of us at one time or another have yearned to find a more lasting sense of comfort - a love that doesn't come... Read on

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