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  • 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

  • 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 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 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

  • 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

  • BBC News - Africa

    TV rights deal: Premier League ‘must give more money back’

    February 10, 2015 The Premier League must put more of the £5.14bn raised from the sale of the domestic TV rights back into grassroots football and into reducing ticket prices, say leading politicians. Sky and BT Sport agreed a record deal for live rights for three seasons from 2016-17, a 70% increase on the current £3bn contract. Labour's shadow sports minister Clive Efford told BBC Radio 5 live it would be "nothing short of criminal" if the extra money was not... Read on

  • Globes - Israel business news

    Brenmiller to build unique solar-biomass power plant

    February 10, 2015 The Dimona plant will produce electricity 20 hours a day from solar energy backed up by biomass. Brenmiller Energy will build an advanced 10 megwatt solar energy power station in Dimona. The company was founded three years ago by former Solel CEO Avi Brenmiller. The project, the first of its kind in the world, which will also be able to provide electricity during the night, will cost about NIS 300 million. Read on

  • Globes - Israel business news

    Brenmiller to build unique solar-biomass power plant

    February 10, 2015 The Dimona plant will produce electricity 20 hours a day from solar energy backed up by biomass. Brenmiller Energy will build an advanced 10 megwatt solar energy power station in Dimona. The company was founded three years ago by former Solel CEO Avi Brenmiller. The project, the first of its kind in the world, which will also be able to provide electricity during the night, will cost about NIS 300 million. Read on

  • The Atlantic

    A Better Way to Help the Long-Term Unemployed

    February 10, 2015 One successful program pays for an intensive training class, subsidizes wages for the jobless, and has an 80 percent placement rate. Can it be scaled? LAS VEGAS--Long-term unemployment was a phrase you heard a lot about during the recession. Numerous studies showed that people who were out of work for long periods of time had a hard time finding a new job--and keeping it. Read on

  • The Atlantic

    A Better Way to Help the Long-Term Unemployed

    February 10, 2015 One successful program pays for an intensive training class, subsidizes wages for the jobless, and has an 80 percent placement rate. Can it be scaled? LAS VEGAS--Long-term unemployment was a phrase you heard a lot about during the recession. Numerous studies showed that people who were out of work for long periods of time had a hard time finding a new job--and keeping it. Read on

  • Time

    The World’s 10 Biggest Solar Farms

    February 9, 2015 A study suggests that about 10 percent of the world's electricity could be produced by photovoltaic systems by 2020 Solar power may have its critics, with many pointing out the intermittency limitation compared to traditional energy stalwarts like coal, oil and gas. But there is no denying that the photovoltaic (PV) industry is on the move, with many developed nations - notably China, Japan, Germany and the United States - making huge... Read on

  • Time

    The World’s 10 Biggest Solar Farms

    February 9, 2015 A study suggests that about 10 percent of the world's electricity could be produced by photovoltaic systems by 2020 Solar power may have its critics, with many pointing out the intermittency limitation compared to traditional energy stalwarts like coal, oil and gas. But there is no denying that the photovoltaic (PV) industry is on the move, with many developed nations - notably China, Japan, Germany and the United States - making huge... Read on

  • Reuters

    Bangladesh to get $300-million World Bank loan for child health

    February 9, 2015 (Reuters) - Bangladesh is to get a $300-million loan from the World Bank's International Development Association (IDA) to help improve child nutrition after a deal was signed on Monday. The project will provide financial help to about 600,000 of the country's poorest mothers. "The project will help poor mothers learn how to improve the nutrition of their young children and also provide an income supplement to enable them to better act on that... Read on

  • Reuters

    Bangladesh to get $300-million World Bank loan for child health

    February 9, 2015 (Reuters) - Bangladesh is to get a $300-million loan from the World Bank's International Development Association (IDA) to help improve child nutrition after a deal was signed on Monday. The project will provide financial help to about 600,000 of the country's poorest mothers. "The project will help poor mothers learn how to improve the nutrition of their young children and also provide an income supplement to enable them to better act on that... Read on

  • LA Times

    Strong U.S. jobs report shows best wage growth in six years

    February 6, 2015 With strong employment gains in January, the economy has created more than 1 million new jobs in a three-month stretch for the first time in nearly two decades -- and the hiring surge has spurred the best wage gains in more than six years. The 257,000 net new jobs that employers added last month were spread across high- and low-paying industries, the Labor Department said Friday in a report that economists described as overwhelmingly positive. Read on

  • LA Times

    Strong U.S. jobs report shows best wage growth in six years

    February 6, 2015 With strong employment gains in January, the economy has created more than 1 million new jobs in a three-month stretch for the first time in nearly two decades -- and the hiring surge has spurred the best wage gains in more than six years. The 257,000 net new jobs that employers added last month were spread across high- and low-paying industries, the Labor Department said Friday in a report that economists described as overwhelmingly positive. Read on

  • IPSNews

    Asia to Drive Strong Growth in Global Tourism

    February 4, 2015 Lakshman Ratnapala is Emeritus President & CEO of the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA). Global tourism, which stood at a mere 25 million international travelers in 1950 has, over the past decades, experienced such phenomenal growth and diversification that today it has become one of the fastest growing economic sectors in the world. The resilience of the global travel industry to face calamities is well known. Read on

  • IPSNews

    Asia to Drive Strong Growth in Global Tourism

    February 4, 2015 Lakshman Ratnapala is Emeritus President & CEO of the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA). Global tourism, which stood at a mere 25 million international travelers in 1950 has, over the past decades, experienced such phenomenal growth and diversification that today it has become one of the fastest growing economic sectors in the world. The resilience of the global travel industry to face calamities is well known. Read on

  • IPSNews

    Asia to Drive Strong Growth in Global Tourism

    February 4, 2015 Lakshman Ratnapala is Emeritus President & CEO of the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA). Global tourism, which stood at a mere 25 million international travelers in 1950 has, over the past decades, experienced such phenomenal growth and diversification that today it has become one of the fastest growing economic sectors in the world. The resilience of the global travel industry to face calamities is well known. Read on

  • IPSNews

    Asia to Drive Strong Growth in Global Tourism

    February 4, 2015 Lakshman Ratnapala is Emeritus President & CEO of the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA). Global tourism, which stood at a mere 25 million international travelers in 1950 has, over the past decades, experienced such phenomenal growth and diversification that today it has become one of the fastest growing economic sectors in the world. The resilience of the global travel industry to face calamities is well known. Read on

  • BBC News - Africa

    Seven big myths about top-performing school systems

    February 3, 2015 OECD director of education and skills Disadvantaged students in Shanghai are better at exams than rich students in the US Knowledge economy Education Secretary Nicky Morgan says she wants England to get into the top five of the international Pisa tests for English and maths by 2020. The man in charge of the Pisa tests, Andreas Schleicher, says the evidence from around the world reveals some big myths about what makes for a successful education... Read on

  • BBC News - Africa

    Seven big myths about top-performing school systems

    February 3, 2015 OECD director of education and skills Disadvantaged students in Shanghai are better at exams than rich students in the US Knowledge economy Education Secretary Nicky Morgan says she wants England to get into the top five of the international Pisa tests for English and maths by 2020. The man in charge of the Pisa tests, Andreas Schleicher, says the evidence from around the world reveals some big myths about what makes for a successful education... Read on

  • BBC News - Africa

    Seven big myths about top-performing school systems

    February 3, 2015 OECD director of education and skills Disadvantaged students in Shanghai are better at exams than rich students in the US Knowledge economy Education Secretary Nicky Morgan says she wants England to get into the top five of the international Pisa tests for English and maths by 2020. The man in charge of the Pisa tests, Andreas Schleicher, says the evidence from around the world reveals some big myths about what makes for a successful education... Read on

  • New York Times

    Closing Education Gap Will Lift Economy, a Study Finds

    February 2, 2015 Study after study has shown a yawning educational achievement gap between the poorest and wealthiest children in America. But what does this gap costs in terms of lost economic growth and tax revenue? That's what researchers at the Washington Center for Equitable Growth set out to discover in a new study that concluded the United States could ultimately enrich everybody by improving educational performance for the typical student. Read on

  • New York Times

    Closing Education Gap Will Lift Economy, a Study Finds

    February 2, 2015 Study after study has shown a yawning educational achievement gap between the poorest and wealthiest children in America. But what does this gap costs in terms of lost economic growth and tax revenue? That's what researchers at the Washington Center for Equitable Growth set out to discover in a new study that concluded the United States could ultimately enrich everybody by improving educational performance for the typical student. Read on

  • New York Times

    Closing Education Gap Will Lift Economy, a Study Finds

    February 2, 2015 Study after study has shown a yawning educational achievement gap between the poorest and wealthiest children in America. But what does this gap costs in terms of lost economic growth and tax revenue? That's what researchers at the Washington Center for Equitable Growth set out to discover in a new study that concluded the United States could ultimately enrich everybody by improving educational performance for the typical student. Read on

  • CNN

    This ‘eco stove’ does more than cook your dinner

    January 30, 2015 Saving the planet one startup at a time 8 photos Volcanic rocks + sunlight = oven! - Inspired by the desire to use energy more efficiently and to help save the environment, Rose Twine, pictured, conceived the "eco stove" with her brother in 2009. The Kampala-based startup hopes to offer a more eco-friendly cooking solution to homeowners, who frequently suffer from respiratory issues as a result of using wood and charcoal for cooking indoors. Read on

  • CNN

    This ‘eco stove’ does more than cook your dinner

    January 30, 2015 Saving the planet one startup at a time 8 photos Volcanic rocks + sunlight = oven! - Inspired by the desire to use energy more efficiently and to help save the environment, Rose Twine, pictured, conceived the "eco stove" with her brother in 2009. The Kampala-based startup hopes to offer a more eco-friendly cooking solution to homeowners, who frequently suffer from respiratory issues as a result of using wood and charcoal for cooking indoors. Read on

  • CNN

    This ‘eco stove’ does more than cook your dinner

    January 30, 2015 Saving the planet one startup at a time 8 photos Volcanic rocks + sunlight = oven! - Inspired by the desire to use energy more efficiently and to help save the environment, Rose Twine, pictured, conceived the "eco stove" with her brother in 2009. The Kampala-based startup hopes to offer a more eco-friendly cooking solution to homeowners, who frequently suffer from respiratory issues as a result of using wood and charcoal for cooking indoors. Read on

  • CNN

    This ‘eco stove’ does more than cook your dinner

    January 30, 2015 Saving the planet one startup at a time 8 photos Volcanic rocks + sunlight = oven! - Inspired by the desire to use energy more efficiently and to help save the environment, Rose Twine, pictured, conceived the "eco stove" with her brother in 2009. The Kampala-based startup hopes to offer a more eco-friendly cooking solution to homeowners, who frequently suffer from respiratory issues as a result of using wood and charcoal for cooking indoors. Read on

  • CNN

    This ‘eco stove’ does more than cook your dinner

    January 30, 2015 Saving the planet one startup at a time 8 photos Volcanic rocks + sunlight = oven! - Inspired by the desire to use energy more efficiently and to help save the environment, Rose Twine, pictured, conceived the "eco stove" with her brother in 2009. The Kampala-based startup hopes to offer a more eco-friendly cooking solution to homeowners, who frequently suffer from respiratory issues as a result of using wood and charcoal for cooking indoors. Read on

  • CNN

    This ‘eco stove’ does more than cook your dinner

    January 30, 2015 Saving the planet one startup at a time 8 photos Volcanic rocks + sunlight = oven! - Inspired by the desire to use energy more efficiently and to help save the environment, Rose Twine, pictured, conceived the "eco stove" with her brother in 2009. The Kampala-based startup hopes to offer a more eco-friendly cooking solution to homeowners, who frequently suffer from respiratory issues as a result of using wood and charcoal for cooking indoors. Read on

  • The Irish Times

    John Bruton calls for increased support for preschool education

    January 29, 2015 Former taoiseach says it is essential to give every educational advantage to small children Former taoiseach John Bruton has called for increased support for preschool education, saying such a measures may prove to be "the most important economic stimulus" of all. In a speech last night in which he warned that solving Europe's unemployment problem was essential to the euro's survival, Mr Bruton said it was essential to give every educational... Read on

  • The Irish Times

    John Bruton calls for increased support for preschool education

    January 29, 2015 Former taoiseach says it is essential to give every educational advantage to small children Former taoiseach John Bruton has called for increased support for preschool education, saying such a measures may prove to be "the most important economic stimulus" of all. In a speech last night in which he warned that solving Europe's unemployment problem was essential to the euro's survival, Mr Bruton said it was essential to give every educational... Read on

  • The Irish Times

    John Bruton calls for increased support for preschool education

    January 29, 2015 Former taoiseach says it is essential to give every educational advantage to small children Former taoiseach John Bruton has called for increased support for preschool education, saying such a measures may prove to be "the most important economic stimulus" of all. In a speech last night in which he warned that solving Europe's unemployment problem was essential to the euro's survival, Mr Bruton said it was essential to give every educational... Read on

  • The Irish Times

    John Bruton calls for increased support for preschool education

    January 29, 2015 Former taoiseach says it is essential to give every educational advantage to small children Former taoiseach John Bruton has called for increased support for preschool education, saying such a measures may prove to be "the most important economic stimulus" of all. In a speech last night in which he warned that solving Europe's unemployment problem was essential to the euro's survival, Mr Bruton said it was essential to give every educational... Read on

  • The Irish Times

    John Bruton calls for increased support for preschool education

    January 29, 2015 Former taoiseach says it is essential to give every educational advantage to small children Former taoiseach John Bruton has called for increased support for preschool education, saying such a measures may prove to be "the most important economic stimulus" of all. In a speech last night in which he warned that solving Europe's unemployment problem was essential to the euro's survival, Mr Bruton said it was essential to give every educational... Read on

  • The Irish Times

    John Bruton calls for increased support for preschool education

    January 29, 2015 Former taoiseach says it is essential to give every educational advantage to small children Former taoiseach John Bruton has called for increased support for preschool education, saying such a measures may prove to be "the most important economic stimulus" of all. In a speech last night in which he warned that solving Europe's unemployment problem was essential to the euro's survival, Mr Bruton said it was essential to give every educational... Read on

  • Scientific American

    How Medical Marijuana’s Chemicals May Protect Cells

    January 29, 2015 As more states legalize treatment, scientists are learning how the plant's chemicals may help conditions ranging from brain injuries to cancer But a few years ago, when the neurologist and epilepsy specialist surveyed his patients about their use of alternative medicines, he discovered that more than a third had turned to marijuana to try to control their seizures. Read on

  • Scientific American

    How Medical Marijuana’s Chemicals May Protect Cells

    January 29, 2015 As more states legalize treatment, scientists are learning how the plant's chemicals may help conditions ranging from brain injuries to cancer But a few years ago, when the neurologist and epilepsy specialist surveyed his patients about their use of alternative medicines, he discovered that more than a third had turned to marijuana to try to control their seizures. Read on

  • Scientific American

    How Medical Marijuana’s Chemicals May Protect Cells

    January 29, 2015 As more states legalize treatment, scientists are learning how the plant's chemicals may help conditions ranging from brain injuries to cancer But a few years ago, when the neurologist and epilepsy specialist surveyed his patients about their use of alternative medicines, he discovered that more than a third had turned to marijuana to try to control their seizures. Read on

  • Scientific American

    How Medical Marijuana’s Chemicals May Protect Cells

    January 29, 2015 As more states legalize treatment, scientists are learning how the plant's chemicals may help conditions ranging from brain injuries to cancer But a few years ago, when the neurologist and epilepsy specialist surveyed his patients about their use of alternative medicines, he discovered that more than a third had turned to marijuana to try to control their seizures. Read on

  • Scientific American

    How Medical Marijuana’s Chemicals May Protect Cells

    January 29, 2015 As more states legalize treatment, scientists are learning how the plant's chemicals may help conditions ranging from brain injuries to cancer But a few years ago, when the neurologist and epilepsy specialist surveyed his patients about their use of alternative medicines, he discovered that more than a third had turned to marijuana to try to control their seizures. Read on

  • Scientific American

    How Medical Marijuana’s Chemicals May Protect Cells

    January 29, 2015 As more states legalize treatment, scientists are learning how the plant's chemicals may help conditions ranging from brain injuries to cancer But a few years ago, when the neurologist and epilepsy specialist surveyed his patients about their use of alternative medicines, he discovered that more than a third had turned to marijuana to try to control their seizures. Read on

  • Daily News Egypt

    Government encourages Luxor, Aswan trips to promote domestic tourism

    January 28, 2015 The Ministry of Tourism has launched promotional campaigns to encourage trips to Luxor and Aswan in order to boost domestic tourism, according to Ahmed Moustafa, the manager of the Egyptian Tourism Authority's Red Sea office. Moustafa explained since the 25 January Revolution Luxor and Aswan saw a very deteriorating tourist flow, which was a big reason for the government to launch a new tourist campaign titled " Egypt in our hearts" to motivate... Read on

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