A billboard announces discounts on cosmetic treatments in a street of Cali, Valle del Cauca department, Colombia. In recent years the country has been building facilities specifically designed for medical tourists.
International medical tourism is big business worldwide. Countries like India and Thailand lead the way as top destinations for people looking for high quality care at a fraction of the cost back home.
Lately, countries closer to the U.S. are also trying to break into the market — such as Colombia — which until recently was better known for drug trafficking than nose jobs.
Many Filipinos living in the United States are frantically trying to get in touch with loved ones in some of the areas hardest hit by the typhoon. California, with about a million Filipino immigrants, is the center for a large fundraising effort.
Los Angeles is home to one of the largest concentrations of Filipino immigrants in the U.S. Many across this city are glued to the local Asian TV stations' nightly news broadcasts. Some are turning their worry and stress into action, pounding the pavement to raise money for typhoon victims.
Joyce spoke with storm surge expert Carl Drews, of the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Colorado. Dawes says the surge was greatest at Tacloban City, where the Leyte Gulf narrows into the San Pedro and San Pablo Bay.
"That is about the worst path and the worst place for surge," Drews says.
This map from the NOAA Environmental Visualization Laboratory shows the amount of heat energy available to Typhoon Haiyan between Oct. 28 and Nov. 3. Darker purple indicates more available energy. Typhoons gain their strength by drawing heat out of the ocean. The path of the storm is marked with the black line in the center of the image.
Originally published on Mon November 11, 2013 5:21 pm
In a move that took many fans by surprise, the Atlanta Braves announced Monday that the team will move to the city's suburbs, where it will build a new stadium. The team's lease on Turner Field, the Braves' home since 1997, will expire in 2016.
The new stadium will be located "just outside Atlanta's city limits," reports Atlanta Daily World.
Georgia Public Broadcasting's Jane Hammond reports:
The Coachella Valley High School mascot gives the thumbs up at a 2010 football game. Image courtesy of <a href="http://www.mydesert.com/article/20131106/NEWS04/311060001/Coachella-Valley-High-School-Arabs-mascot-change-petition">MyDesert.com</a>.
Last week, Coachella Valley High School came under fire for the name of its mascot — the Arab. The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee sent a letter to the school, complaining about the way the mascot depicts people of Arab descent. The complaint made the school national news.
Originally published on Tue November 12, 2013 6:14 am
Two drugmakers you may have never heard of just agreed to a big deal.
Ireland's Shire says it's paying $4.2 billion for ViroPharma, which makes a drug to treat a rare condition called hereditary angioedema. People with the inherited condition are prone to swelling that can be life-threatening. About 1 in 50,000 people have the genetic mutation that causes the problem.
While large-scale government IT contracts have a terrible track record, Amazon is a company that has made its reputation for delivering on time. And it's always looking for more ways to shorten the time between online ordering and delivery. Well, today, Amazon announced it's partnering with U.S. Postal Service to expand Sunday delivery options.
NPR's Jim Zarroli reports that for the financially strapped Postal Service it's an opportunity to take a bigger role in the lucrative online retailing market.
The phrase "Who Dat" is ubiquitous in New Orleans. A Texas-based company says it owns the rights to the phrase, and while homemade signs don't run afoul of its trademark, it says merchandise like T-shirts is another matter.
During pro football season, New Orleans becomes " 'Who Dat' Nation." Fans open New Orleans Saints games with the signature chant and use it to rattle the eardrums of opponents during play.
Since the Saints' Super Bowl win in 2010, the phrase has popped up everywhere, from T-shirts to business names. Even people who don't watch football call themselves "Who Dats." But a messy legal question keeps rearing its head here: Who owns "Who Dat"?
There's been a rare bit of good news in Eastern Congo this month. One of the rebel groups that have terrorized civilians in the mineral rich part of the the Democratic Republic of Congo agreed to end its rebellion. There's still a lot of work to do to disarm the M23 and to keep other rebel movements in check. But this small victory is a boost for U.N. peacekeepers, who are under a new, tougher mandate to protect civilians in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Some experts wonder if this could be a new model for peacekeeping.
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The differences between Iran and the six world powers it's negotiating with over its nuclear program remain big enough to have prevented an agreement from being signed in Geneva over the weekend. And the differences between the so-called Five Plus One Group and Israel are also significant. The Five Plus One are the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council, that includes the U.S. plus Germany.
For another kind of gridlock, we turn now to Nigeria. The city of Lagos is on the fast track to being the most populous in Africa, but the city is often stuck in traffic. Buses, taxis and overloaded trucks are held hostage to a road network that hasn't been updated in decades. The locals call them go-slows. Reporter Rowan Moore Gerety rode along with a Lagos cab driver to see for himself.
As we mentioned earlier, the Philippines is no stranger to big storms. When it comes to typhoons, it's much like Tornado Alley in the American Midwest. Over the past 60 years, the region has seen an average of almost 20 typhoons a year.
As NPR's Christopher Joyce reports, the country is nonetheless hard-pressed to prepare for something as big as this.
From Manila in the north, now to Cebu in the hard-hit central Philippines. We're going to hear about the aid situation there. Earlier we reached Aaron Aspi. He's with World Vision, a Christian humanitarian organization, and Aspi described mass devastation, especially in the northernmost part of the island.
AARON ASPI: Ninety percent of the structures have been damaged and whole communities are obliterated by storm surges with giant waves as high as seven meters.
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I'm Audie Cornish. And we begin this hour in the Philippines, where thousands of people are feared dead in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan. In the city of Tacloban, utter devastation; cars tossed, the bodies of the dead yet to be buried and survivors clamoring for food and water.
French Minister for Industrial Renewal Arnaud Montebourg attends the Made in France fair in Paris on Saturday. According to a poll, more than 70 percent of the French say they would pay more for goods made at home.
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People walk past a Citroen 2CV vintage van at the Made In France fair in Paris on Sunday.
The French economy suffers from many ailments: weak growth, high unemployment, poor competitiveness and a general sense of economic gloom. And every proposed government remedy seems to be met by protests from one corner or another.
Yet no one seems to be arguing with a little injection of economic patriotism.
More than 16 million American's fought in World War II. There's only about a million of them who are still alive and they're all older than 80. Hundreds are dying each day. A non-profit group has made it their mission to honor these remaining veterans by flying them to Washington, D.C., to visit the World War II memorial. The trip isn't something many veterans at this age can do — or afford — on their own. Since the first "Honor Flight" in 2005, groups in almost every state have followed suit and more than 100,000 vets have taken the journey.
Americans are marking Veterans Day in a variety of ways Monday, from public ceremonies to proud notes on social media and quiet remembrances in homes and offices. Photos of husbands and grandfathers, mothers and sisters popped up on Facebook as a way to honor military veterans; on Twitter, the top four tags Monday afternoon revolved around veterans.
Here's a rundown of events and stories about those who served:
The federal government is sitting on $18 billion in unclaimed money — money that's owed to ordinary people and businesses who never swung by to pick it up. This is a tiny fraction of the federal budget. But it's still, you know, a lot of money.
Police say three musicians, two from an Iranian-American indie rock group, were shot and killed early Monday and a fourth person was wounded in the East Williamsburg area of Brooklyn, New York. The alleged assailant, who took his own life, was also a musician, they said.
Originally published on Tue November 12, 2013 2:19 pm
As often as we can, your tech team is focusing our reporting into themes over the course of a week, and this week, we're all about the sharing economy, or collaborative consumption. (Check out the series page where we'll archive all the stories from the week.)
A cross adorned with a poppy was among the ways Harold Percival was remembered Monday. Poppies have been a symbol of remembrance for veterans since <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2011/11/11/142235639/we-pause-for-veterans-day-to-reread-in-flanders-fields">the poem <em>In Flanders Fields</em> was written in 1915</a> by a Canadian military doctor.
Lobbyists for Citigroup, one of the country's largest banks, offered lawmakers draft language for a bill that was obtained by <em>New York Times</em> and <em>Mother Jones</em> reporters. And 70 of the 85 lines in the final House bill reflected Citigroup's recommendations.
A remarkably illustrated setlist for musician Dan Wilson.
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Coco Rosie at the 9:30 Club (Washington, D.C.), Jan. 29, 2005. They followed Tilly And The Wall in our first live concert webcast.
The Flaming Lips at The Belmont (South by Southwest Festival - Austin, TX), Mar. 14, 2013.
Lou Reed at the 9:30 Club (Washington, D.C.), Apr. 23, 2008.
Metric at the 9:30 Club (Washington, D.C.), Jun. 18, 2009.
Nickel Creek at the 9:30 Club (Washington, D.C.), Nov. 2, 2007.
Olivia Tremor Control at the Bottom Lounge (Chicago, IL), Oct. 27, 2008.
Spoon at the 9:30 Club (Washington, D.C.), Oct. 23, 2007.
St. Vincent at the 9:30 Club (Washington, D.C.), Nov. 1, 2011.
Tilly And The Wall at the 9:30 Club (Washington, D.C.), Jan. 29, 2005. This one, scribbled on a paper plate, was from the very first live webcast we ever did.
Tim Kasher at the Rock and Roll Hotel (Washington, D.C.), Nov. 5, 2013.
Wilco at the Tiny Desk, Oct. 17, 2011.
<p>Brand New at the Live Music Hall (Köln, Germany), Feb. 1, 2007.</p><p>Check out this massive setlist collection <a href="https://www.facebook.com/strassencowboy/media_set?set=a.749086685118009.1073741827.100000500527399&type=3" target="_blank">on reader Olf Spleen's Facebook album</a>.</p>
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Bon Iver at the Wilbur Theatre (Boston, MA), Dec. 12, 2008.<br /><em><br />"Got it from the sound guy. Bri?" - @kevinmccaul</em>
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<p>Yeah Yeah Yeahs at the House of Blues (Boston, MA), May 12, 2003.</p><p><em>"Waited years to see them, my favorite band, and had to fight off some drunk girl as she tried to grab it from me. Snagged some Y confetti as well just for fun." </em>- ssophia</p><p></p>
<p>The Lone Bellow at Kean University's Enlow Hall (Union, NJ), Oct. 19, 2013.</p><p><em>"Got to meet them after the show and they signed the set list. Most people asked for [a] CD or Vinyl or poster to be signed, but when they saw I snagged a set list, they all lit up. Like they were thinking, 'Someone cared enough to take our set list, we made it.'" </em>- M00nmaster</p>
<p>Wolf Parade at The Warsaw (Brooklyn, NY), Aug. 19, 2007.</p><p><em>"Love the nicknames (for the songs)."</em> - @kevinmccaul</p>
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<p>Randy Newman at the Sheldon Concert Hall (St. Louis, MO), May 4, 2008.</p><p></p>
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<p>Ra Ra Riot at Funk 'n Waffles (Syracuse, NY), Mar. 4, 2008.</p><p><em>"They apparently recycled the setlist from their 3/2/08 show."</em> - Travis B.</p><p></p>
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<p>Sufjan Stevens at the Beachland Ballroom ("Surfjohn Stevens' Christmas Sing-A-Long Tour" - Cleveland, OH), Dec. 16, 2012.</p><p></p>
<p>Left: Morrissey at The Fillmore (San Francisco, CA), Sept. 26, 2007.<br />Right: Johnny Marr at The Fillmore, Nov. 1, 2013.</p><p><em>"I'm very lucky. I work at a music venue, so I get setlists often (but only for bands I really love!)." </em>-Dina Marie</p>
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<p>Devenda Banhart at the Bowery Ballroom (New York City, NY), Oct. 28, 2012.</p><p><em>"[He] opened for Swans </em><em>on the eve of Hurricane Sandy."</em> - @oh_starship</p>
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<p>Dan Wilson at Joe's Pub (New York City, NY), Nov. 7, 2013.</p><p><em>"I'm usually going home with set lists to use as a reference for writing up concerts ... but I was recently impressed [that] Jagwar Ma had none (it was just in their heads!) Plus, now many bands are using laptops or iPads for this purpose ... I worry this is going to be a lost art/souvenir." </em>- Anonymous</p>
<p>Derek Trucks Band at The Vogue (Indianapolis, IN), Sept. 8, 2008.</p><p><em>"Handwritten on a printer's test page." </em>- @cyrilwood</p><p></p>
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The Avett Brothers at UIC Pavilion (Chicago, IL), Apr. 25, 2011.
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Jason Bartell, a guitarist in Fang Island, collects set lists from bands the group tours with, and makes them into charcoal drawings. This is a drawing for a setlist from the band Like Pioneers.
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Mazzy Star at Greenstreet's (Columbia, SC), 1990.
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Neutral Milk Hotel's first live show in 15 years; at Space 2640 (Baltimore, Maryland), Oct. 11, 2013.
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<p>Beach House at the Variety Playhouse (Atlanta, GA), Sept. 16, 2012.</p><p><em>"[The] setlist [was] split four ways, all of them signed [by the band]."</em> -@kevfbrownn</p>
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<p>City and Colour at Passionkirche (Berlin, Germany), Jan. 4, 2008.</p><p>Check out reader Olf Spleen's massive setlist collection <a href="https://www.facebook.com/strassencowboy/media_set?set=a.749086685118009.1073741827.100000500527399&type=3" target="_blank">on his Facebook album</a>.</p>
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<p>Broken Social Scene at the Aspen Spring Jam 2011 (Aspen, CO), Mar. 18, 2011.</p><p><em>"Amazing show, but most of the family vacationers had no clue who they were." </em>- @shelosaurus</p>
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<p>Superchunk at City Plaza (Hopscotch Music Festival - Raleigh, NC), Sept. 10, 2011</p><p></p>
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<p>The Lumineers at the Magic Bag (Ferndale, MI), Jun. 9, 2012.</p><p><em>"Before they were headlining festivals, [The Lumineers'] Neyla Pekarek gave me this handwritten setlist." </em>- @taylorhornecker</p>
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<p><em></em>Ben Folds at the University of Chicago's Mandel Hall (Chicago, IL), Mar. 1, 2008.</p><p><em>"First song they play? NOT EVEN ON THE THING. I had to write it on. Hence all the crazy numbering on the side. Nothing was in order."</em> - Allison S.</p>
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<p>Arcade Fire at the Troubadour (Hollywood, CA), Jan. 16, 2005.</p><p><em>"It was a performance that could be described as life-changing without being hyperbolic, and I wanted a souvenir to commemorate the occasion, and have been collecting ever since."</em> - Frank Mojica</p>
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Elliott Smith at the Sapphire Supper Club (Orlando, FL), Mar. 15, 1999.
<p>Soundgarden at the Newport Music Hall (Columbus, OH), Mar. 14, 1990.</p><p><em></em><em>"They were the first band of the night. Second band was Faith No More and Voi Vod was the headliner. Tickets were $12.50. Seems like last week."</em> - Ryan Hamler</p>
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Bright Eyes at 9:30 Club (Washington, D.C.), Jan. 29, 2005. This was the headliner for our first-ever live concert webcast.
Originally published on Fri November 15, 2013 1:33 pm
Earlier this week we asked you to submit photos of the setlists you've collected over the years. We got a lot of amazing pics. Some, such as the Elliott Smith setlist from 1999, felt like rare treasures. We've added some of our favorites to the gallery below. Click the info icon or mouse over the images for captions and explanations for each one.
The botched start of HealthCare.gov is just the latest big federal tech system to fail at launch, but information technology research group Standish found that during the last decade, 94 percent of the large-scale federal IT projects have been similarly unsuccessful.