Feb 20, 2017

02/20/17: The massive food and soap marriage that never was

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Unilever has turned down Kraft Heinz's $143 billion proposal, a move that lowered its stock. What went wrong? Next, we'll look at a pilot program that will allow some food stamp users to purchase groceries online, and then explore the market for locally produced comics in Africa.

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Waking up achy? Good thing it’s mattress season

Feb 20, 2017
It’s Presidents Day – the day we celebrate the birthdays of George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. Also, big sales. Retailers know consumers will have just paid off their bills from the holidays and many are anticipating tax refund season. Among other items, mattresses are being heavily promoted. But why this day? It has a lot to do with our […]

In Africa, locally produced comic books are starting to catch on

Feb 20, 2017
Many artists self-publish runs of 200 to 500 copies of their work.
Emmanuel Nyakwada, an artist who goes by the name Point Blank Evumbi, works on a sketch using a digital drawing tablet.
Greg Presto

Amazon could be seeking competitive edge in low-income areas through SNAP pilot

Feb 20, 2017
E-commerce giant Amazon is one of seven retailers entering a pilot program allowing some food stamp users to order groceries online. The first states to participate with Amazon starting this summer are New York, New Jersey and Maryland, though other states are working with different participating companies. Last year, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program provided […]

A Houston woman makes a split decision for home sharing

Feb 20, 2017
Her townhome is designed with two units to host short- or long-term paying guests.
Lydia Afeman’s townhouse in Houston is flexible on the inside, to allow for short or long-term paying guests. 
Florian Martin

02/20/17: The connection between mattresses and Presidents Day

Feb 20, 2017
Unilever has shot down Kraft Heinz's $143 billion proposal to merge the two companies. We'll explore why it may have to do with an election in the Netherlands. Afterwards, we'll look at the reason mattresses are being heavily promoted today; Canada's reliance on immigrants to bolster its workforce; and an architectural design aimed at making your home ideal for AirBnb-like pursuits.

Canada increases immigration to build its workforce

Feb 20, 2017
The country uses a point system to evaluate immigrants' job potential

Unilever has turned down Kraft Heinz’s $143 billion proposal, a move that lowered its stock. What went wrong? Next, we’ll look at a pilot program that will allow some food stamp users to purchase groceries online, and then explore the market for locally produced comics in Africa.

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Stephen Ryan Producer, BBC

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