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Sep 7, 2014

The Economist | Insights Weekly Digest on Friday , September 5, 2014.

The Economist

The Economist
Weekly Digest
Issue #43
This week we examine how manufacturers are using data; we set out a few lessons for undervalued employees; and we invite you to Beijing to explore the progress of China’s reforms and prospects for their success.
Analysis
86% of manufacturers in US and Europe report major increases in shop-floor data collection over the past two years but 62% are not sure they have been able to keep up with larger data volumes. Manufacturing and the data conundrum: Too much? Too little? Or just right?, an EIU report commissioned by Wipro, examines how manufacturers are using integrated data collection and analysis to improve production throughput, reduce costs and improve quality.

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Opinion
logoShould undervalued employees be more Scottish and less Welsh?
Scotland is the noisy, foot-stomping, malcontent always threatening to leave. By contrast, Wales—the longest serving “employee” of the Union—is content to have a regular whinge around the water cooler.

James Chambers, senior editor, The Economist Intelligence Unit
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YouTube | VOAvideo has uploaded Obama to Outline Campaign against Islamic State Militants on September



VOAvideo has uploaded Obama to Outline Campaign against Islamic State Militants



Obama to Outline Campaign against Islamic State Militants
VOAvideo
President Barack Obama says the United States will go on the offensive against Islamic State militants that could one day pose a threat to America’s homeland. VOA’s Michael Bowman reports Obama will address the nation Wednesday as Congress gets back to work after a five-week recess.
Originally published at - http://www.voanews.com/media/video/obama-to-outline-campaign-against-islamic-state-militants/2441819.html

YouTube | RT has uploaded 'Russia not threatened by NATO, new members wouldn't host hardware' – ex US ambassador



RT has uploaded 'Russia not threatened by NATO, new members wouldn't host hardware' – ex US ambassador



'Russia not threatened by NATO, new members wouldn't host hardware'...

YouTube | RT has uploaded SpaceX Launch Close-Up: Falcon 9 propels AsiaSat satellite into space.



RT has uploaded SpaceX Launch Close-Up: Falcon 9 propels AsiaSat satellite into space


SpaceX Launch Close-Up: Falcon 9 propels AsiaSat satellite into space


GATA | THE GATA DISPATCH - September 7, 2014: Koos Jansen: Another week of strong gold demand in China, and silver gets scarcer

Koos Jansen: Another week of strong gold demand in China, and silver gets scarcer

Submitted by cpowell on  Sunday, September 7, 2014. 
 Sunday, September 7, 2014
Chinese gold demand remained strong for the most recent week reported by the Shanghai Gold Exchange, gold researcher and GATA consultant Koos Jansen reports today. He adds that silver inventories on the Shanghai Futures Exchange have dropped to a record low. His analysis is posted at Bullion Star here:
CHRIS POWELL, Secretary/Treasurer
Gold Anti-Trust Action Committee Inc.

NYT I Today's Top Headlines - September 7, 2014: Top News: As the election draws closer, some nervous Senate Democrats have told White House officials that President Obama's actions could cost them victory at the polls. Obama Delays Immigration Action, Yielding to Democratic Concerns.

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Today's Headlines

Sunday, September 7, 2014


Top News
As the election draws closer, some nervous Senate Democrats have told White House officials that President Obama's actions could cost them victory at the polls.
Obama Delays Immigration Action, Yielding to Democratic Concerns

By MICHAEL D. SHEAR

In putting off action until after the November elections, President Obama was acting out of concern for Senate Democrats on the ballots, White House officials said on Saturday.
. In Remote Detention Center, a Battle on Fast Deportations
Borge Brende, the foreign minister of Norway, in June at the Brookings Institution in Washington.
Foreign Powers Buy Influence at Think Tanks

By ERIC LIPTON, BROOKE WILLIAMS and NICHOLAS CONFESSORE

Prominent Washington think tanks, nonprofits known for their impartiality, have received tens of millions of dollars from foreign governments while pushing United States government officials to adopt policies that often reflect the donors' priorities, an investigation by The New York Times has found.
Children played in a plaza in Al Fawwar, West Bank. Public spaces like the plaza are almost unheard-of in West Bank camps.

CRITIC'S NOTEBOOK

Refugees Reshape Their Camp, at the Risk of Feeling at Home

By MICHAEL KIMMELMAN

The construction of a public square in a deeply conservative Palestinian refugee camp has made some there feel more at home, a provocative concept in camps conceived as temporary.
For more top news, go to NYTimes.com »
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Interactive Feature INTERACTIVE FEATURE: Fall Arts Preview - Times 100
How to wade through the crush of culture coming your way this season? Here's a guide to 100 events that have us especially excited, in order of appearance.

| THE UPSHOT

Why Democrats Can't Win the House

By NATE COHN

Thanks to demographics, the Republicans have a virtual stranglehold on the House of Representatives.
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World
A family prepared to flee their home in the southeastern Ukrainian village of Lebedinskoye after hearing explosions nearby.
Cease-Fire in Ukraine Holds, but Soldiers and Residents Doubt It Will Last

By CARLOTTA GALL and NEIL MacFARQUHAR

The cease-fire between the Ukrainian government and Russian-backed separatists held on Saturday, but some violations were reported, and soldiers and civilians doubted that calm would prevail.
The body of a man killed in Raqqa on Saturday by what residents said was an air attack by Syrian government forces.
Syrian Bombs Hit ISIS-Held Territory

By ANNE BARNARD

At least 25 people, mostly civilians, were killed in the northeastern province of Raqqa as government forces attacked territory controlled by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.
Like Japan itself, pachinko is attempting a comeback.
To Draw in New Crowds, an Industry Bets on Itself

By MARTIN FACKLER

With new halls that are bigger, cleaner, more luxurious and friendlier, the pachinko industry is trying to reinvent itself by appealing to new customers and by cleaning up its image.
For more world news, go to NYTimes.com/World »

U.S.
Riverside Plaza in the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood of Minneapolis, which is home to the country's largest Somali population.
For Jihad Recruits, a Pipeline From Minnesota to Militancy

By JACK HEALY

The intertwined journeys of two friends toward militancy offer a sharp example of how the allure of Islamist extremism has evolved, enticing similar pools of young Americans to conflicts in different parts of the world.
Redactions in U.S. Memo Leave Doubts on Data Surveillance Program

By CHARLIE SAVAGE

Questions persist after the release of a newly declassified version of a legal memo approving the National Security Agency's Stellarwind program, a set of warrantless surveillance and data collection activities secretly authorized after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.
Martha Coakley in Medford on Friday. After saying she would
Lessons From Losses Drive Massachusetts Candidates

By KATHARINE Q. SEELYE

Martha Coakley, a Democrat, and Charlie Baker, a Republican, were stung in 2010, but both are favored to win in the primary for governor on Tuesday.
For more U.S. news, go to NYTimes.com/US »

Politics
Marvin Nicholson has played golf 140 times with the president.
Challenging the President ... but Only on the Golf Course

By JASON HOROWITZ

Marvin Nicholson, the White House travel director, who has played golf with the president about 140 times, rounds out the president's foursomes and soothes his frayed feelings.
President Obama during a news conference in Tallinn, Estonia, on Wednesday.

WHITE HOUSE MEMO

As Crises Pile Up, a President Sticks to His Deliberative Approach

By JULIE HIRSCHFELD DAVIS

President Obama's determination to move deliberately and line up support from allies before confronting threats means that he has sometimes appeared to be a spectator to events outside his control.
Members of Congress may have as few as four full workdays before Election Day, an unusually short calendar.
Light Pre-Election Schedule in Congress Matches Legislative Goals

By JONATHAN WEISMAN

Passing a stopgap spending bill and keeping the Export-Import Bank open are among the modest objectives that lawmakers have set this month.
For more political news, go to NYTimes.com/Politics »

Business
Saray Cambray Alvarez, 13, tries to avoid nicotine dripping from plants in fields where she works.
Just 13, and Working Risky 12-Hour Shifts in the Tobacco Fields

By STEVEN GREENHOUSE

Public health experts say hundreds of children under 16 continue to work in America's tobacco fields, where they are exposed to harmful chemicals like nicotine.

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The Motherhood Penalty vs. the Fatherhood Bonus

By CLAIRE CAIN MILLER

A study finds that having a child helps your career, if you are a man. For women, it does the opposite.
Prime Minister Antonis Samaras of Greece explained his plans for lowering taxation at an annual trade fair in Thessaloniki.
Greek Leader Promises Cuts in Oil and Income Taxes

By NIKI KITSANTONIS

Prime Minister Antonis Samaras announced a 30 percent cut to a heating oil levy and a reduction to a so-called solidarity tax on income.
For more business news, go to NYTimes.com/Business »

Technology
The Jack Ma Way

By DAVID BARBOZA

Alibaba, started by Jack Ma in 1999, is about to sell shares in the United States that could value the company at about $160 billion.
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Christian Rudder, who oversees OkCupid's in-house research, argues for more social-science studies by websites in his new book

TECHNOPHORIA

OkCupid's Unblushing Analyst of Attraction

By NATASHA SINGER

Christian Rudder, president of the online dating service OkCupid, says websites like his should conduct more research, not less, on users' habits.
Box has a gesture-based screen to examine things such as who from different companies in a film production is working on what parts of a project.

BITS BLOG

How Big Companies and Their Tech Suppliers Are Changing Together

By QUENTIN HARDY

Moves this week by companies like Google and Box illustrate how much the cloud and mobility are reshaping the workplace, as well as the tech companies themselves.
For more technology news, go to NYTimes.com/Technology »

Sports
Marin Cilic defeated Roger Federer, 6-3, 6-4, 6-4, in a U.S. Open semifinal on Saturday.
U.S. Open 2014: Roger Federer Is Ousted by Marin Cilic in Semifinal

By HARVEY ARATON

Marin Cilic, seeded 14th, beat second-seeded Roger Federer in straight sets and will face Kei Nishikori, who upset top-seeded Novak Djokovic, in Monday's final.
Kei Nishikori, who left Japan at 14 to train in Florida, after defeating top-seeded Novak Djokovic in four sets on Saturday at the U.S. Open.
A First for a Player, Who's One Win Away

By CHRISTOPHER CLAREY

Kei Nishikori became the first man from Asia to reach a Grand Slam singles final by defeating top-seeded Novak Djokovic, 6-4, 1-6, 7-6 (4), 6-3.
Kei Nishikori's match against Novak Djokovic finished just after 4 a.m. in Japan.
In the Wee Hours, Japan Erupts in Celebration

By HIROKO TABUCHI

In Japan, tennis fans rejoiced as Kei Nishikori became the first man from Japan, and Asia, to reach a Grand Slam final.
For more sports news, go to NYTimes.com/Sports »

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