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US government set to give up net oversight powers
By March 23, 2014 Read More →

US government set to give up net oversight powers

The US government has declared it wants to stop being in charge of how the internet is run. The US Commerce Department has announced its “intent” to hand control over to the wider net community. It has asked net overseer Icann to work out how to shift control from the US government to an alternative […]

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Obama, Nobel Laureates Urge Rise in U.S. Minimum Wage
By January 19, 2014 Read More →

Obama, Nobel Laureates Urge Rise in U.S. Minimum Wage

WASHINGTON- Seventy-five economists, including seven Nobel Prize laureates, sent an open letter to President Barack Obama and the U.S. Congress on Tuesday, urging them to raise the federal minimum wage. By Bryant Harris The same day, the president formally endorsed legislation that would incrementally raise the minimum wage to 10.10 dollars by 2016. “I think […]

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Wal-Mart recalls donkey meat in China
By January 3, 2014 Read More →

Wal-Mart recalls donkey meat in China

Wal-Mart has recalled a donkey meat product in China after tests showed that it contained DNA of other animals. Wal-Mart says it will reimburse customers who bought the “Five Spice” donkey meat and the US firm is also helping local authorities with an investigation into its local supplier. The Shandong Food and Drug Administration said […]

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Will Bloom Fade on South Africa Hops Revolution?
By December 31, 2013 Read More →

Will Bloom Fade on South Africa Hops Revolution?

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA — Stylish young men and women sit on vintage wooden chairs beneath a large brick wall bearing a mural of sprinting wolves. Some of the men sport neatly trimmed goatees and fedoras on their heads; others are in designer suits, ties and waistcoats. Most of the women display expensive dresses on their […]

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By December 29, 2013 Read More →

South Africa’s First Black-Owned Brewery Opens for Business

JOHANNESBURG — South Africa is a country that loves its beer. It’s a product that has blossomed into a multi-billion dollar industry for commercial beverage companies. But now there’s a growing popularity for craft beers made by smaller microbreweries which are opening across the country. By Chris Simkins There’s a new offering for South Africa’s […]

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Walgreens, CDC Team Up On New HIV Care Model Program
By December 18, 2013 Read More →

Walgreens, CDC Team Up On New HIV Care Model Program

Walgreens, the national pharmacy giant, and the federal Centers for Disease Control (CDC) are joining together to create a new HIV care model, the retailer announced today. By Nathan James The program, aimed at “advancing clinical integration and medication therapy management”, seeks to improve HIV-positive patient care across the board. “Our approach to improving HIV […]

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By November 10, 2013 Read More →

Experts Say Leave Twitter IPO to Professionals

Another social media giant is going public. Twitter, the online micro-blogging service, launches its initial public offering (IPO) of stock on the New York Stock Exchange Thursday. Interest in owning a slice of the popular social networking site has been high – helping to boost share prices nearly 25 percent higher ahead of its launch. […]

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Venezuela’s government seizes electronic goods shops
By November 10, 2013 Read More →

Venezuela’s government seizes electronic goods shops

Hundreds of bargain hunters in Venezuela flocked to the Daka chain of electronics shops after President Nicolas Maduro ordered their seizure. President Maduro accused the Daka chain of overcharging and said it would now be forced to have “fair prices”. He later announced the seizure of the JVG store in eastern Caracas, saying it was […]

Corporations Rewriting U.S. Labour Laws
By November 4, 2013 Read More →

Corporations Rewriting U.S. Labour Laws

Mekhredze Telman (left) pushes Amanda Arthur’s (right) cart of dry and canned goods at Tukwila Pantry, Tukwila, Washington on Oct. 20, 2011. The pantry provides monthly food bank services to individuals and families in need. Credit: USDA/cc by 2.0 WASHINGTON – U.S. state legislators and corporate lobbies have engaged in an unprecedented attack on minimum […]

Cuba’s Dual Currency System: A Death Foretold
By October 26, 2013 Read More →

Cuba’s Dual Currency System: A Death Foretold

The convertible peso or CUC, above, and the Cuban peso below. Credit: Jorge Luis Baños/IPS HAVANA – An end to the country’s dual-currency system is one of the reforms most anxiously-awaited by Cubans, who nevertheless reacted with skepticism and doubt to the announcement of a timeline for eliminating the system, blamed for exacerbating social inequalities […]