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Eid: How to handle the tough questions at family gatherings

BBC - Fri, 2017-06-23 13:26
A guide on how to deal with "uncomfortable questions" during family gatherings after Ramadan.

US woman, 66, is oldest to swim English Channel

BBC - Fri, 2017-06-23 13:25
Pat Gallant-Charette, 66, becomes the oldest woman to make the 21-mile swim across the English Channel.

Building society's account deadline axed

BBC - Fri, 2017-06-23 13:01
Current accounts at the Norwich and Peterborough had been earmarked to close by the end of August.

The Wall Street Journal made a phone for just 70 bucks

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2017-06-23 13:00
The $600 to $800 price tag on the latest Apple or Samsung smartphone could create some serious sticker shock, especially compared to the much cheaper models from Chinese competitors. Chinese smartphone brands from the Pearl River Delta region and the city of Shenzhen are gaining market share fast. They can contract with manufacturers in Shenzhen who are already tapped into the region's vast smartphone supply chain and pump out low-cost phones under their own brands, no designing or engineering necessary. The Wall Street Journal went to Shenzehn to find out what it would take to make their own smartphone brand. Wall Street Journal reporter, Liza Lin, talked to Marketplace host Kai Ryssdal talked to about how she and some of her colleagues created their smartphone, the WSJ 1, for just $70. The following is an edited version of their conversation.Kai Ryssdal: So were you guys just sitting around the Journal bureau in Hong Kong one day and said, "Hey, listen, let's make a phone"?Liza Lin: We are looking for a way to tell the story of Shenzhen and the Pearl River Delta, which is pretty much the area that makes all the smartphones in the world. And the Asia editor came up, and he's like, "Why don't you guys make a smartphone?" And that was when we were like, "What? OK." So a colleague of mine made some calls to Shenzhen, we looked on, found a couple, narrowed it down and that was it, we went down.Ryssdal: And you wind up making a phone that costs $70. I'm going to say that again, 70 bucks — the WSJ 1 — and it works, and it's got some small amount of bells and whistles. And all of a sudden, you guys were in business. It was crazy.Lin: So given the fact that we were making 20 phones, I figured the phone costs $200, $300 U.S. at least. And when I asked her the total and she said, "It's $70 a phone." And I was like, "Whoa, are you kidding me?" So we did it.Related How Apple's technology affects the smartphone repair business Building a better smartphone for blind users How much would an all-American iPhone cost? Ryssdal: There's a great phrase that one of the folks in your video uses, and he talks about technology as a commodity, and I wonder really if what's going on in south China now is technology manufacturing as a commodity? They have this thing that everybody wants.Lin: Indeed. When China started to open up its economy to the world, and that was back in 1980, Shenzhen was earmarked as a special economic zone. So a lot of foreign companies came in — think of guys like Nokia, Motorola — and the economy just built up from there. So now you have a thriving supply chain for any sort of electronic product that you can think of.Ryssdal: Not that the Wall Street Journal is going to get into the telephone manufacturing business — you guys are not a competitor — but what does sort of the larger lesson of you making the WSJ 1 mean for companies like Apple and Samsung, who are right now the giants?Lin: So in 2012, the Chinese brands had a global market share of 20 percent. As of the first quarter of 2017, Chinese brands have doubled their market share. So you're looking at a market share globally of 40 percent. Basically, they're eating Apple and Samsung for lunch. They're expanding in India. They're expanding in Indonesia. Africa in some cases, too. And these are the emerging markets that Apple and Samsung will have to go into.Ryssdal: So you've got these 20 WSJ 1s. What are you going to do with them?Lin: Yeah, good question.Ryssdal: Because I bet everybody wants one, right?Lin: Yeah, there was a bit of a tussle in the office about who would get those phones.

Where’d you get that beef? Rancher groups sue USDA over labels

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2017-06-23 13:00
Two industry groups that represent cattle ranchers have filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Agriculture. They want the USDA to reinstate country-of-origin labeling for beef, because they say consumers want to purchase meat from animals born, raised and slaughtered in the U.S. For example, pieces of beef from Canada can come across the border to a U.S. processing plant, get ground into hamburger, and that hamburger then sold without any indication of its origin. The previous COOL rules were repealed in 2015, after the World Trade Organization found they were unfair to cattle producers in Canada and Mexico. Click the audio player above to hear the full story.

Wall Street had a busy day reshuffling popular trading benchmarks

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2017-06-23 13:00
It was a busy day on Wall Street today, and there was good reason for that. It was the annual reshuffling of the popular trading benchmarks known as the FTSE Russell Indexes. Those indexes track the largest U.S. companies in the U.S. stock market, and they determine what’s in a bunch of securities mutual funds. Click the audio player above to hear the full story.

Women's cricket makes 2017 World Cup declaration of intent

BBC - Fri, 2017-06-23 12:58
The Women's Cricket World Cup gets under way, on a mission to grow as a sport and a business

Brexit: Andrea Leadsom says broadcasters need to be patriotic

BBC - Fri, 2017-06-23 12:55
Tory MP Andrea Leadsom says broadcasters need to be more patriotic while reporting the UK's Brexit negotiations.

Radiohead take to the Pyramid Stage

BBC - Fri, 2017-06-23 12:47
They are headlining Glastonbury for the third time, as they celebrate 20 years of OK Computer.

Ontario First Nation declares state of emergency over suicide

BBC - Fri, 2017-06-23 12:40
Wapekeka First Nation is calling for more mental health funding following three suicides.

Ahmad Musa Jabril: Radical US preacher beyond FBI's reach

BBC - Fri, 2017-06-23 12:40
His sermons on jihad are popular with extremists - and they're protected by the First Amendment.

Natasha Jonas: British Olympian wins first professional fight in 92 seconds

BBC - Fri, 2017-06-23 12:34
Natasha Jonas takes just 92 seconds to win her first professional fight as she stops Monika Antonik in Newcastle.

Tesco is raising store staff pay by 10.5% over two years

BBC - Fri, 2017-06-23 12:29
Hourly pay rates will rise to £8.42 an hour by November 2018 but Sunday pay will be reduced.

England v South Africa: Tourists level T20 series with dramatic three-run win

BBC - Fri, 2017-06-23 12:09
England's Twenty20 series with South Africa goes to a decider as the Proteas level the three-game contest with a dramatic three-run victory.

WATCH: It's Been A Long Week. So Here's A Gorilla Dancing In A Pool

NPR News - Fri, 2017-06-23 11:59

We'd explain further, but really, the headline kind of speaks for itself.

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Glastonbury 2017: Johnny Depp apologises for Trump comment

BBC - Fri, 2017-06-23 11:56
The actor says his remarks were in "poor taste" and did not "come out as intended".

What The Man Who Ran Obamacare Thinks About the Republican Health Plan

NPR News - Fri, 2017-06-23 11:50

Andy Slavitt was acting administrator of the the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services until January. He calls the new Senate health care bill "the ugly step-sibling" of the House bill.

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'Goran's ball girl' returns to Queens court 20 years on

BBC - Fri, 2017-06-23 11:24
Amy Denton Clark recalls taking the racket during the 1997 final.

England v South Africa: Jason Roy given out obstructing the field

BBC - Fri, 2017-06-23 11:12
England batsman Jason Roy is controversially given out for obstructing the field against South Africa during the second Twenty20 at Taunton.

In North Carolina, No Is Not Always No, If The Sex Has Already Started

NPR News - Fri, 2017-06-23 11:12

A 1979 state supreme court ruling said it's not rape if a person changes their mind during sex and their partner doesn't stop. A North Carolina lawmaker wants to make it a crime.