Monday, 31 January 2011


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New reality for retailers.

CNN's Felicia Taylor seeks out experts to assess some of the new trends in retail.

The need to innovate.

CNN's Monita Rajpal reports on the need for luxury brands needing to innovate and push boundaries to retain their healthy hue.

Insomnia and relationships.

Insomnia damages relationships, according to study.
Lack of sleep needs to be treated as a major health issue, according to a report published by the Mental Health Foundation.

The report, Sleep Matters, suggests a link between insomnia and poor relationships, low energy levels and an inability to concentrate.

Poor sleep has already been linked to depression, immune deficiency and heart disease.

The report calls for GPs to have more training to recognise the symptoms.

The number of adults suffering from insomnia in the UK has previously been estimated at around 30%.

Nearly 6,800 people took part in an online survey, believed to be the largest of its type in the UK, for this report.

It was more likely to attract participants concerned about their sleep and is not representative of the whole of the UK.

However, it does show a gulf in the experiences of good sleepers and insomniacs.

It showed people with insomnia were four times as likely to have relationship problems, three times as likely to feel depressed and three times as likely to suffer from a lack of concentration.

Dr Dan Robotham, senior researcher at the Mental Health Foundation and lead author of the report, believes people can get stuck in a spiral where poor sleep leads to mental health problems which leads to even worse sleep.

He said: "It is crucial that people are aware of the effective ways of breaking that spiral by improving the quality of their sleep.

"Employers, schools and public health bodies also need to know how they can identify and support people suffering from sleep disorders."

Professor Colin Espie, director of the Glasgow University Sleep Centre, said: "We can no longer just ignore the impact of sleep problems in this country. They are affecting our health, our economy, and our everyday happiness."


Can EU countries meet their renewable energy targets?

An announcement is due to be made about which countries of the European Union are on target to produce 20% of their energy from renewable sources such as solar, wind and hydro-electric power.

Later this week, the topic of energy will be discussed at the EU summit, with some important decisions expected.

The BBC's Europe business correspondent Nigel Cassidy reports.

Tod Machover on music technology.

A composer and professor at MIT on creating tools that make music richer for virtuosos, children and disabled people .

on the cutting edge:
the leading position in any field; forefront on the cutting edge of space technology.

to enhance:
to improve, to make better.

a person who leads a musical ensemble by way of visible gestures.

Foreign direct investment.

According to the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), global inflows of foreign direct investment (FDI) in 2010 totalled $1.12 trillion, a shade more than the $1.11 trillion recorded during 2009. Last year was the first, UNCTAD reckons, in which rich countries received less than half of global FDI. More than $100 billion of FDI poured into China, making it the world’s second-largest recipient of such investment. Net flows into India contracted by nearly a third, to $23.7 billion. America remained the world’s biggest destination for FDI, attracting $186 billion in 2010, 43% more than a year earlier. Flows of FDI to rich countries as a group fell by nearly 7%, whereas those to the rest rose by almost 10%.

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