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April, 2014

Public-private funding for Hubway paying off

For some bike-share programs in North America, it was a winter of discontent. In January, Montreals bike-share program Bixi filed for bankruptcy. Then, last month, reports surfaced that the operators of New Yorks Citi Bike had asked for tens of millions of dollars in aid from the City of New York. Continue reading below

Cash lacking for memorial to serial killer’s victims

CLEVELAND –Construction of a memorial at the Cleveland site where the remains of 11 women were found in a serial killer’s home has been delayed because its funding is short by $250,000. WOIO-TV in Cleveland reported that construction at Anthony Sowell’s former property won’t start as planned on Mother’s Day. Public and private funding would […]

Are we entering a golden era of private science funding?

Last week, the BICEP2 experiment dropped a bombshell in the physics world by announcing potential evidence for gravitational waves from inflation as well as support for the quantization of gravity. The news was all over the place. What was less appreciated was the fact that BICEP2 was prominently funded by the Keck Foundation and the […]

Payday loans now just a click away

Payday loan companies are increasingly offering mobile apps and easy online access, leaving vulnerable borrowers with no barrier between them and high interest rates. Borrow $100-$1,000 fast, explains the mobile app, Easy Cash Advance-Canada, which promises to connect you with more than 50 different lenders. Easy 2-minute form. Instant results. Cash wired directly to your […]

A tough sell: insurance against a China financial crisis

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Selling insurance against a financial crisis should not be difficult, five years after the last one nearly wrecked the global economy. But when it comes to China, the worlds second-largest economy, the probability of a full-blown crisis is apparently so remote that hardly anyone will buy an insurance policy against it, no […]

Will Bad Credit Stop You From Getting Cable?

You know that your credit will be checked if you apply for a loan. But did you know a credit review may also be required to get cable, Internet or television service? In fact, a credit check is routine when you apply for these services and it’s just another example of why it’s so important […]

ZDNetGovWeek: Lavabit, NSA, financial services on the front lines, and Mt. Gox …

ZDNets worldwide team provides global 24/7 technology news and analysis. In addition to my own coverage analysis here in the ZDNet Government column and on ZDNets DIY-IT, every week Ill bring you a selection of the best government-related articles posted by our intrepid reporters and analysts. Here are some of the most interesting from the […]

Private political party funding ‘a threat to democracy’

Cape Town, March 27 – Private funding of political parties has politicians hot under the collar. At a seminar in Cape Town opposition parties raised concern over the so-called ‘corrupting effect’ of money in local politics. eNCA

CM resignation will not affect Sarawak rating: S&P

SINGAPORE: Standard amp; Poors Ratings Services said the rating on Sarawak (A-/Stable/–; axAA/–) would not be affected by the imminent resignation of the states long-serving Chief Minister, Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud. Taib recently announced his intention to retire by the end of February 2014. The ruling party in Sarawak has given the chief minister […]

Evansville zoo considers increase in private funding

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – Supporters of Evansville#39;s nearly 90-year-old zoo are pushing for a public-private funding model that would bring in sponsors to help the zoo upgrade and expand. Generations have flocked to Mesker Park Zoo and Botanic Garden since it opened, but attendance has fallen since 2009. Officials hope to add a penguin exhibit, a […]

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