Monthly Archives: August 2014

Brazil economy in recession; A third of young workers on low pay; Google’s fleet of package-delivery drones

1 Brazil economy in recession (BBC) Brazil has fallen into recession, just a month before the general election, latest figures show. Economic output, GDP, fell by 0.6% in the three months to June, worse than analysts had predicted, and revised … Continue reading

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Pessimism reigns about US economic ‘recovery’; UK retailers most optimistic in 12 years; Attenborough’s gift to India

1 Pessimism reigns about US economic ‘recovery’ (Andrew S Ross in San Francisco Chronicle) Perhaps the most telling finding in the latest survey of America’s post-Great Recession mood is this: Seven in 10 believe the US economy has changed permanently … Continue reading

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Insurance industry covers $21bn losses for natural disasters this year; Religion, power and the Arab revolution; Five skills for a great boss

1 Insurance industry covers $21bn losses for natural disasters this year (Sean Farrell in The Guardian) The global insurance industry covered $21bn of losses from disasters in the first half of 2014 as fewer natural catastrophes kept claims below their … Continue reading

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Global warming likely irreversible, says UN panel; The US in black and white; Mozilla’s $33 smartphone for India

1 Global warming likely irreversible, says UN panel (Seth Borenstein in San Francisco Chronicle) Global warming is here, human-caused and probably already dangerous — and it’s increasingly likely that the heating trend could be irreversible, a draft of a new … Continue reading

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Growth is no more the enemy of the planet; In tech, Asians are left out at the top; Why Gen Y finds it tough to be hired

1 Growth is no more the enemy of the planet (Chris Huhne in The Guardian) Until now the story of human prosperity has been all about cheap, abundant energy. However, something big has been happening. For the first time in … Continue reading

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Libya capital under Islamist control; India’s Modi struggles to deliver reforms; As transfusions decline, blood industry shrinks

1 Libya capital under Islamist control (Chris Stephen & Anne Penketh in The Guardian) Libya has lurched ever closer to fragmentation and civil war after Islamist-led militias seized the airport in the capital, Tripoli, proclaimed their own government, and presented … Continue reading

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Wanted – A US job market fix; A start-up seeks to crowd fund Ebola cure; Music, math and the school curriculum

1 Wanted – A US job market fix (Khaleej Times) US labour markets remain hampered by the effects of the Great Recession and the Federal Reserve should move cautiously in determining when interest rates should rise, Fed Chair Janet Yellen … Continue reading

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