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first_img RelatedSix Nations Rugby 2013: cities guideIt’s Six Nations time, so we show you where to sample the big match atmosphere in each of the host cities.The Six Nations 48-hour pub crawl challengeSix flights, six cities, six pubs, the Six Nations: take the ultimate rugby-related pub crawl challenge.World’s 7 best rugby stadiums you have to visitGet set for the Rugby World Cup with our world tour of where to see rugby at its very best. The Six Nations Rugby gets under way this weekend. You may have already made your travel plans but there is still time to grab a bargain last-minute flight to soak up the atmosphere in the host city on a big match day, even if you don’t have a ticket. What’s more, you can find the best deals on somewhere to stay (and sleep off that hangover no doubt) with a massive choice of accommodation on our hotels search.Sat 2 FebWales v. IrelandMillennium Stadium, Cardiff, kick-off 1.30pmFind flights to CardiffFind hotels in Cardiff England v. ScotlandTwickenham, London, kick-off 4pmFind flights to LondonEg: Edinburgh to London, leaving Sat 2 Feb, returning Mon 4 Feb, from £96Find hotels in LondonSat 9 FebFrance v. WalesStade de France, Paris, kick-off 5pmFind flights to ParisEg: Cardiff to Paris, leaving Fri 8 Feb, returning Sun 10 Feb, from £223Find hotels in ParisSun 10 FebIreland v. EnglandAviva Stadium, Dublin. kick-off 3pmFind flights to DublinEg: London to Dublin, leaving Sat 9 Feb, returning Mon 11 Feb, from £67Find hotels in DublinSat 23 FebItaly v. WalesStadio Olympico, Rome, kick-off 2.30pmFind flights to RomeEg: Cardiff to Rome, leaving Fri 22 Feb, returning Mon 25 Feb, from £284Find hotels in RomeSun 24 FebScotland v. IrelandMurrayfield, Edinburgh, kick-off 2.30pmFind flights to EdinburghEg: Dublin to Edinburgh, leaving Sat 23 Feb, returning Mon 25 Feb, from £180Find hotels in EdinburghSat 9 MarScotland v. WalesMurrayfield, Edinburgh, kick-off 2.30pmFind flights to EdinburghEg: Cardiff to Edinburgh, leaving Fri 8 March, returning Mon 11 March, from £225Find hotels in EdinburghSat 16 MarchItaly v. IrelandStadio Olympico, Rome, kick-off 2.30pmFind flights to RomeEg: Dublin to Rome, leaving Fri 15 Mar, returning Mon 18 March, from £147Find hotels in Rome Wales v. EnglandMillennium Stadium, Cardiff, kick-off 5pmFind flights to CardiffFind hotels in Cardiff France v. ScotandStade de France, Paris, kick-off 8pmFind flights to ParisEg: Edinburgh to Paris, leaving Fri 15 Mar, returning Mon 18 March, from £147Find hotels in ParisReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Maplast_img read more

Chatfield House approve plan forming new oversight panel for Line 5 tunnel

first_img11Dec Chatfield, House approve plan forming new oversight panel for Line 5 tunnel Categories: Chatfield News,News State Rep. Lee Chatfield speaks in support of Senate Bill 1197 today before the Michigan House of Representatives.State Rep. Lee Chatfield said a plan approved today in the Michigan House with bipartisan support will protect the Great Lakes by providing the proper oversight for the new underground infrastructure corridor in the Straits of Mackinac.Chatfield, of Levering, said the plan creates a new, independent authority – not the Mackinac Bridge Authority – to provide oversight and take ownership of the new multi-use utility tunnel in the Straits. The new body will be called the Mackinac Straits Corridor Authority.“This is the best solution we need to protect our beautiful Great Lakes and ensure Northern Michigan families continue to have the resources they need to heat their homes,” Chatfield said.  “This has been discussed for years, and doing nothing is not an option. It’s time to move forward.”Chatfield said Enbridge, not taxpayers, will pay for 100 percent of design, construction, operation and maintenance of the tunnel. Once the company reaches an agreement with the newly created Mackinac Straits Corridor Authority, the authority would own the tunnel and provide proper oversight, including a public, transparent process for ongoing operation of the tunnel.“When you consider that Enbridge has agreed to pay for the underground corridor at full cost, this is a no-brainer for the people of Michigan,” Chatfield said.Chatfield said he pushed to create an entity separate from the Mackinac Bridge Authority to oversee the tunnel after weighing feedback from Northern Michigan residents, as well as members of the bridge authority.“By creating an independent authority to oversee the tunnel project, we ensure the bridge authority can continue doing an outstanding job maintaining one of Michigan’s truest gems, the Mackinac Bridge,” Chatfield said. “That was extremely important to me, as well as the residents of Northern Michigan and the Upper Peninsula.”The legislation, Senate Bill 1197, is expected to move to the governor for consideration later today.###last_img read more


first_imgShareTweet POLITICIANS have condemned those who have forced a children’s play park in Derry to shut after it was vandalised yet again.The vandalism is the latest in a long line of attacks at Ballymagowam in the Creggan area.Rubber safety matting was damaged and coping stones smashed with a hammer in the latest incident which happened on Thursday night. Local Sinn Fein councillor Kevin Campbell has condemned those who have children of a safe place to play.“Apex have now closed the play park on the grounds of health and safety until they get these problems rectified.“I am appealing to parents to have a conversation with your children around vandalism of the park.”He added that he will be working with Apex to have the park reopened as soon as possible.” MINDLESS VANDALS FORCE DERRY PLAY PARK TO BE CLOSED DOWN was last modified: October 14th, 2016 by John2John2 Tags: apexballymagowanCOUNCILLOR KEVIN CAMPBELLCRegganMINDLESS VANDALS FORCE DERRY PLAY PARK TO CLOSED DOWNSinn Feinlast_img read more

There is a lot of pornography on the internet The

first_imgThere is a lot of pornography on the internet. There are a lot of teenagers with smartphones. It seems obvious that teens would watch.But maybe it isn’t.In The New York Times magazine, Maggie Jones writes that parents underestimate how much pornography their kids watch on their phones. And many teens who watch porn before taking sex ed or forming sexual relationships end up with skewed ideas about intimacy, consent and pleasure. Combine this with mainstream depictions of sex and relationships, and, as Jones writes:These images confound many teenagers about the kinds of sex they want or think they should have. In part, that’s because they aren’t always sure what is fake and what is real in porn. Though some told me that porn was fantasy or exaggerated, others said that porn wasn’t real only insofar as it wasn’t typically two lovers having sex on film. Some of those same teenagers assumed the portrayal of how sex and pleasure worked was largely accurate. That seems to be in keeping with a 2016 survey of 1,001 11-to-16-year-olds in Britain. Of the roughly half who had seen pornography, 53 percent of boys and 39 percent of girls said it was “realistic.” And in the recent Indiana University national survey, only one in six boys and one in four girls believed that women in online porn were not actually experiencing pleasure: As one suburban high school senior boy told me recently, “I’ve never seen a girl in porn who doesn’t look like she’s having a good time.”Solutions like removing pornography from the internet or smartphones from teenage life are difficult to the point of being technologically or socially impossible. So some educators are trying something new … porn literacy.For this show, we’d like to hear your stories about how pornography has affected you or your children’s ideas about sex. Call us at (855) 236-1212 and share your story. And don’t worry, you won’t have to tell us your name.GUESTSMaggie Jones, Contributing writer for the New York Times Magazine; @maggiepjonesDr. Emily Rothman, Associate Professor in the Department of Community Health Sciences at the Boston University School of Public Health. Co-author of the course, “The Truth About Pornography: A Pornography-Literacy Curriculum for High School Students Designed to Reduce Sexual and Dating Violence”; @emrothmanAl Vernacchio, Sex educator & speaker. Author of “For Goodness Sex: Changing the Way We Talk to Teens About Sexuality, Values and Health”; @alvsexedErika Lust, Adult film director and producer; creator of the pornography education website “The Porn Conversation,” designed to be a resource for parents; @erikalustFor more, visit© 2018 WAMU 88.5 – American University Radio. Copyright 2018 WAMU 88.5. To see more, visit WAMU 88.5.last_img read more

I think Im coming down with somethingUsually tha

first_imgI think I’m coming down with something.Usually that means I prepare a mug of tea, add a spoonful of honey kept solely for such occasions, and add a dash of lemon juice. This elixir, I’ve been told, will soothe my sore throat and coax my raspy voice back to normalcy. But does it actually work?”I have to say, when I have patients that are sick, I often ask them to sip hot tea,” says Dr. Edward Damrose, chief of laryngology at Stanford Health Care. “But I’m not sure that it’s the tea itself that has the beneficial property, or that the warm water cuts through the phlegm and makes patients feel good.”To figure out whether the classic tea drink alleviates a sore throat, it helps to know what causes a sore throat in the first place. As Damrose explains, the throat is divided into two parts: a pharynx and a larynx, and both can be infected at the same time or separately. We use our pharynx when we swallow food or liquid. Bacterial or viral infections can cause the pharynx to swell and lead to a sore throat.When we speak, on the other hand, we use our larynx, the part of the throat that contains our vocal cords. Viral infections make it more difficult for the vocal cords to vibrate, causing us to lose our voices.How exactly this happens is something of a mystery. “We have a lot of ideas but not a definite answer,” says Dr. Jennifer Long, assistant professor of head and neck surgery at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. One theory suggests that white blood cells storm the vocal cords, causing them to swell and preventing vibration. Another theory is that viruses injure the surface of the vocal cords, making it difficult to vibrate. “For being a common problem, it’s surprising how little we know,” Long says.On top of this uncertainty, there’s not a lot of good research on whether tea or honey can help a sore throat or lost voice, according to Dr. Maya Sardesai, an associate professor of otolaryngology and surgery at the University of Washington School of Medicine. High-quality health studies typically use placebos, but that’s difficult in this case, Sardesai explains. Most people can tell whether they’re drinking tea and honey, so creating placebos for study participants is challenging.These difficulties aside, all three doctors are willing to speculate about whether tea, honey and lemon help a sore throat and voice loss.Let’s start with tea. Because liquids and food go down our pharynx, not our larynx, Damrose points out that any beverage is unlikely to have a direct effect on our vocal cords. But tea could still help a sore throat that results from a swelled pharynx. Research has shown green tea has anti-inflammatory properties, which could help decrease a sore throat’s swelling. Perhaps more importantly, according to Damrose, when people drink a liquid like tea, the act of sipping and swallowing prevents irritating coughing. Warm liquid can also help remove throat phlegm. Long and Sardesai recommend teas with low caffeine, because caffeine may lead to greater acid production and irritate the throat further.As for honey, “it’s really very speculative” whether honey helps throat pain, according to Long. Honey might be a natural anti-coughing agent, but so far research is inconclusive. On the other hand, none of the doctors suggest that honey might harm the throat.That’s not the case for lemon. “I actually worry about too much lemon because it’s so acidic, and acids can be irritating” to the throat, says Long. Sardesai agrees, though she notes that “lemon does have vitamin C, and vitamin C is thought to be helpful early in some infections.” Damrose notes another plus: Lemon has antibacterial properties, which could fight off bacterial sore throat.The tea-honey-lemon trifecta has a mixed report card. For more tested treatments, the doctors recommend resting, inhaling steam and — in the case of voice loss — speaking as little as possible (yes, that includes cutting back on whispering). Symptoms should subside within two weeks, and if not, a trip to the doctor is warranted.I’ll do my best to follow the doctors’ advice. Just as soon as I finish my cup of tea.Natalie Jacewicz is a science writer based in New York City. You can find more of her work here. Gnawing Questions is a semi-regular column answering the food mysteries puzzling us and our readers. Got a question you want us to explore? Let us know via our contact form. Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit read more

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first_imgThe number of staff working in the government’s Office for Disability Issues (ODI) has plummeted by more than two-thirds under the coalition and Conservative governments, new figures released under the Freedom of Information Act have revealed.In March 2010, just before the Tory-led coalition came to power, there were the equivalent of 48 full-time staff working in ODI.By March 2012 that had fallen to 29 full-time equivalent staff.Although there are no figures for 2013, 2014 and 2015, by 1 January 2016 there were just 20 full-time equivalent staff working at ODI.DWP insists that part of the reason for the fall is that “elements of the work that was carried out by ODI is now being taken forward by specialist units across government”, such as the Work and Health Unit (WHU), jointly set up with the Department of Health in 2015.But following the launch of WHU, the numbers continued to fall, to 13.65 in January 2017 and just 11.5 in January this year, although they rose again slightly to 15.45 by May this year.The numbers were released to Disability News Service by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) in response to a freedom of information request.Meanwhile, the ODI website has not been updated in more than six months.In all of 2017, the website was updated just three times, compared with five updates in 2016, and 17 in 2015.Only last month, DWP admitted that none of the bodies it set up to engage with disabled people and their organisations as part of its disability strategy had met in nearly a year.And earlier this month, DWP refused to say whether it still followed the Fulfilling Potential strategy, which was supposed to describe the government’s commitment to “a society where disabled people can realise their aspirations and fulfil their potential”.A DWP spokeswoman said: “ODI remains the focal point for cross-government disability issues, working on a range of issues to empower disabled people and enable them to participate fully in society, but their team is [by] no means the only people working on disability issues.“ODI has an oversight role to provide advice and facilitate engagement, as departments focus upon disability as part of their policy.”She also pointed to this week’s announcement by Sarah Newton, the minister for disabled people, of a new “interdepartmental ministerial group on disability and society”, which “will include ministers from a wide range of departments to oversee and drive forward the work of government in tackling the barriers faced by disabled people and to ensure their voice is heard in policy development and legislation”.No further details of how the group will operate and who will be involved have yet been released.But there was confusion following the announcement because the coalition had previously announced it was setting up an “inter-departmental ministerial group on disability” in February 2014.Successive governments have failed to explain what happened to that group, and why it appears to have been scrapped at some point in the last four years.But the DWP spokeswoman said: “The IMG in 2014 was set up and run under a previous parliament.“It is normal practice for different governments to set up new structures and protocols.”She had not confirmed by 9am today (Thursday) when the previous IMG was scrapped.The DWP spokeswoman added: “This government is determined to build an inclusive society that enables everyone to realise their full potential and as such remains committed to ODI facilitating the work across government for disability issues.”DWP’s admission of the cuts to ODI staff since 2010 will cast further doubt on the government’s commitment to disability rights and equality, and its pledge in 2013 to make the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) “a living reality for disabled people in Britain”.Last August, the UN’s committee on the rights of persons with disabilities told a UK government delegation – led by ODI – that its cuts to social security and other support for disabled people had caused “a human catastrophe”, which was “totally neglecting the vulnerable situation people with disabilities find themselves in”.The committee later told the UK government to make more than 80 improvements to the ways its laws and policies affect disabled people’s human rights.In its “concluding observations” on the progress the UK has made in implementing UNCRPD, the committee raised concerns and made recommendations on all but three of the 33 treaty articles it could have breached.It was, said the committee, the highest number of recommendations it had ever produced for a country undergoing the review process.last_img read more

Smoking Flower Without the Smoke The New Technology Making This Possible

first_img Free Green Entrepreneur App 5 min read –shares May 24, 2019 Next Article The American consumer can be a demanding sort: We want beer without all the calories, chewing gum that cleans your teeth, and veggie burgers that don’t taste like carpeting. But what about the cannasseur who wants the joy of old-fashioned flower without all that tell-tale smoke?A company called Omura has just launched a vape system that uses dose-controlled cannabis cartridges and heat-not-burn technology, basically giving consumers a full flower experience that’s virtually odorless and smokeless. We sat down with BJ Carretta, Omura’s Head of Marketing, to find out more about this little marvel of marijuana technology and how it came to be.Give us a quick sketch of your background.I’ve been in the cannabis space for almost 2 yrs now. I was the original CMO of MedMen, took them from medical to recreational, launched Ember magazine, and then I started my own marketing consultancy. I ran into the founders of Omura, through my children actually, and when they told me about the heat-not-burn technology I was fascinated; I told them to let me know when they had a prototype, and when I saw it I was blown away. They had helped developed the heat-not-burn technology in the tobacco industry, and from my perspective on cannabis, this did not exist.  As the market moves more into vape pens, edibles, etc, the one thing that’s constant is flower. It’s going to be around forever. What are the advantages of heat-not-burn technology?It helps bridge the gap between whole flower and the vape market; you’re combining two ends of the spectrum and bringing them together. There’s nothing purer than whole flower. It’s a better experience than the oils, and there are no additives to it. But if you’re a new consumer or you’re re-entering the market, you tend to stay away from flower — and I don’t disagree, no one wants to get too high.Each cartridge that goes into Omura has .125g of whole flower, so it’s controlled usage, it just gives you a proper lift. If you consume an entire stick, which could be 10-12 hits, it’s not like smoking a joint, it’s not even close. And to be able to do it with very minimal smell, very minimal vapor, you can do it while you’re walking down the street, you can put it back in your pocket and throw the stick away, it’s biodegradable…Plus you’re pulling all the terpenes through, what we call the Entourage Effect, because you’re not burning off anything and having it literally go up in smoke. There’s a medical angle as well, which is that most doctors don’t like to prescribe flower because of the smoke, but there’s no smoke here, you’re not getting any combustion inside of your lungs.Do you think a device like this can change the stigma around cannabis?I think publicly there’s still a negative connotation to weed, and people associate that with bongs and smoke. If we can deliver cannabis in a more discreet, controlled manner, it’ll help drive the narrative; I view it as a fun challenge for the industry. I’m from Indiana, they only decided last year that they’re gonna look into medical. So this was really interesting to me  —  we’re not launching another vape pen, we’re not selling flower, we’re trying to change the narrative.What was your thinking behind the packaging?We consider ourselves a design brand, so the packaging was very important. We wanted it to be clean, we wanted it to be simple, we wanted to lead our consumers to water and not confuse them. It was done through that lens: make it feel high-end, but keep it simple. What brands, either inside or outside the cannabis space, have inspired you?I think everyone looks up to Apple and how they position their products, but at the end of the day the device is the device. We also looked to Away, and how they made luggage feel cool and creative. If you look at their Instagram it’s all curated photography, it’s really good and with cannabis, you have to give people room to want to talk about it — how they consume it and why. Any advice for other entrepreneurs looking to carve out their niche in the industry?Step outside the box a little bit. There’s nothing wrong with developing and launching a product, a flower, an edible, a vape pen, but first, determine the “why?” Image credit: Omura Eric Weinberg Guest Writer Keep up with the latest trends and news in the cannabis industry with our free articles and videos, plus subscribe to the digital edition of Green Entrepreneur magazine. Add to Queue Download Our iOS App Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Writer/Producer Tech Smoking Flower Without the Smoke? The New Technology Making This Possible. The Omura Series 1 seeks to bridge the gap between the flower and vape markets.last_img read more

New study finds infrequent helmet use among bike share riders

first_imgReviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Jan 16 2019People riding free-floating bike share rentals in Seattle are wearing helmets infrequently, according to a new analysis conducted by University of Washington researchers. Only 20 percent of bike share riders wore helmets in the study, while more than 90 percent of cyclists wore helmets while riding their own bikes.Different research on the free-floating bike share systems showed that bikes were usually available in all Seattle neighborhoods across economic, racial and ethnic lines. However, more bikes were located in more-advantaged neighborhoods.”There’s nowhere that was systematically ignored during the first six months of the program,” said Stephen J. Mooney, an epidemiologist at the Harborview Injury Prevention & Research Center and professor at the UW’s School of Public Health. He’s the lead author of both studies.The helmet study shows that bike share riders may be adopting a casual approach to cycling that doesn’t include helmet usage.”What we’re concerned about is: What are the implications of casual riders not wearing helmets?” Mooney said. “What’s the risk for them and for other people?”Researchers counted the number of cyclists – noting helmet use -at four strategic locations around Seattle: the Fremont bridge, the Burke-Gilman Trail, Broadway Bike Lane and NW 58th Street at 22nd Avenue NW. Researchers found that only one in five people riding bike shares wore helmets.So far, researchers haven’t seen an increase in head injuries among free-floating bike share riders, but they’re watching. It’s important to observe and better understand rider behavior in addition to looking at crash data, Mooney said. The ways people ride free-floating bikes, and where they ride them, and how they fall from them when they crash may lead to a very different risk profile than that of private bike riders. Still, an overwhelming amount of research shows that wearing a helmet helps to prevent serious head injury in a bike crash.The researchers observed fewer cyclists wearing helmets — both on private bikes and on bike share rentals — in areas where there were lots of bike shares.The research finding may be an indication that the adoption of free-floating bike shares may support more casual use, different from commuting or training, in which helmet use is less part of the culture.Related StoriesSimple precautions to stay safe while cyclingSafe sex an elusive target; STIs continue to rise in EnglandScientists develop universal FACS-based approach to heterogenous cell sorting, propelling organoid researchThat’s troubling, but not yet cause to take action, Mooney said.”There’s a lot of nuance in bike safety – we know that helmets protect heads, but we also know that places where more riders cluster usually have lower risk per rider. Obviously, we’d love to see more riders with helmets. But we recognize that not everyone wants to lug a helmet around just in case they decide to ride casually later in the day. So we’re monitoring both ridership and injuries,” he said.Other studies have found similarly low statistics of bike helmet use in other bike share systems, with about 15 percent helmet use in New York and about 39 percent in Boston compared with Seattle’s estimated 20 percent use of helmets. However, Vancouver’s system, Mobi, provides helmets and boosts usage there as much as three times Seattle, at 64 percent.The helmet study, published last month in the Journal of Community Health, was co-authored by Bella Lee and Allyson O’Connor of the UW. Funding was provided by a grant from the Eunice Kennedy Shiver National Institute for Child Health and Human Development.In a separate study, published recently in the Journal of Transport Geography, Mooney again looked at bike share programs. This time the research team wanted to see if the benefits of bike share — such as improved health and reduced travel times — were available to all neighborhoods regardless of economic status, race and ethnicity.”Free-floating bikes went everywhere. Pretty much everyone has some access,” Mooney said.Prior studies showed that docked bike share systems, which are geographically constrained by station locations, tended to favor advantaged neighborhoods. There were not stark differences in availability of the free-floating systems, the research found.Researchers used the aggregate data collected from all the free-floating bike share operators in Seattle and combined that with neighborhood based census data. While the distribution of bike shares was broad, they reported, there was a higher concentration of the rentals in more affluent areas of the city.”If you look a little bit deeper, there is some inequity in where the bikes go,” Mooney said. “But bikes were usually available throughout the city.” Source: read more

Broadcom raises hostile bid for Qualcomm to 121 bn Update

Broadcom CEO Hock Tan is seen at a November 6 White House meeting with President Donald Trump, at which Tan announced plans to move the chipmaking company back to the United States Broadcom raised its bid for rival computer chipmaker Qualcomm on Monday to $121 billion, offering the richest-ever takeover effort in the tech sector in an effort to become the dominant player in the fast-growing market for connected devices. Qualcomm CEO Steve Mollenkopf, seen in December. has said he sees “no path to value” in a tie-up with rival chipmaking giant Broadcom Explore further Qualcomm to reviewQualcomm said in a statement it had received the new proposal and would evaluate it “consistent with its fiduciary duties” and “in consultation with its financial and legal advisors.”Up to now, Qualcomm has rejected the tie-up, with CEO Steve Mollenkopf arguing last year there was “no real path to value” with Broadcom.Mollenkopf, in comments in December, maintained that Qualcomm, the leading global supplier of smartphone chips, is well-positioned for emerging technologies for connected devices and 5G, or the fifth generation of wireless networks.If completed, the deal would be the largest-ever in the tech sector and create a powerful player in the booming sector fueled by growth in smartphones and an array of connected devices from cars to wearables. Any merger deal would need to pass muster with Qualcomm shareholders and could face regulatory scrutiny in the United States and other markets.Broadcom said its offer stood whether Qualcomm’s $47 billion bid for Dutch rival NXP was completed or is terminated. European regulators this month said they had approved the merger subject to conditions.The Singapore-based firm said it was prepared to pay a “significant” fee to Qualcomm if the two companies agree but the deal is blocked by regulators.It also said it would offer a “ticking fee” giving Qualcomm shareholders extra cash if the deal is not consummated within a year.Broadcom’s November 6 proposal followed a visit by its CEO to the White House, where he met President Donald Trump and announced plans to move the tech company back to the United States from Singapore.Broadcom moved from California in 2015 after a merger with rival Avago Technologies.The move by Broadcom comes with Qualcomm facing a series of investigations by antitrust authorities around the world over its dominance in the market for smartphone chips, and a legal tussle with Apple over royalties. Qualcomm rejects Broadcom’s nominees to board Singapore-based Broadcom, which has begun a process to reincorporate in the United States, called the hostile bid its “best and final offer.”The price hike steps up the pressure on California-based Qualcomm, the dominant producer of chips for mobile devices, which is set to hold its annual shareholders meeting next month.In a letter to Qualcomm board members, Broadcom chief executive Hock Tan called the offer “extremely compelling compared to any other alternative available to Qualcomm” and called on the board to open talks on the proposal. But he said the deal would be off the table if it fails to win approval next month by shareholders.The new bid represents $82 per Qualcomm share, up from a previous offer of $70 a share, and was said to be 50 percent higher than Qualcomm’s share price before the tie-up was proposed in November.With Qualcomm’s debt included, the deal’s value would be some $146 billion.”We continue to hope you choose to engage with us for the benefit of your stockholders,” Tan said.”However, we will withdraw this proposal and cease our pursuit of Qualcomm immediately following your upcoming annual meeting unless we have entered into a definitive agreement or the Broadcom-nominated slate is elected.”Broadcom last year proposed a slate of 11 new Qualcomm board members as part of its effort to win approval. © 2018 AFP Citation: Broadcom raises hostile bid for Qualcomm to $121 bn (Update) (2018, February 5) retrieved 18 July 2019 from This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. read more

Memory chip maker Micron announces 3B expansion in Manassas

first_imgOne of the world’s largest semiconductor companies is making a $3 billion investment in northern Virginia to expand its manufacturing facility and add 1,100 jobs. © 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. Explore further Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam announced the expansion plans for Micron Technology at an event Wednesday in Manassas.Boise, Idaho-based Micron decided to expand its existing facility in Manassas after considering offers from competing domestic and international locations, including Singapore.State economic development officials say Micron’s expansion is one of the largest manufacturing investments in modern Virginia history.Micron’s decision comes as northern Virginia continues to court Amazon as it seeks a location for a $5 billion headquarters that could employ as many as 50,000.About 1,200 people currently work at the Manassas plant, which builds memory chips and other digital storage devices. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Micron And Intel Create New Company To Manufacture NAND Flash Memory Citation: Memory chip maker Micron announces $3B expansion in Manassas (2018, August 29) retrieved 18 July 2019 from read more

Suedzucker sees no turnaround yet in tough sugar market

first_imgHAMBURG (Reuters) – Suedzucker (SZUG.DE), Europe’s largest sugar refiner, said on Thursday that trading conditions remained intensely difficult with low sugar prices and no turnaround likely for the company’s current financial year. FILE PHOTO: A company logo of Suedzucker Group is pictured at the headquarters in Mannheim, Germany March 12, 2019. REUTERS/Ralph Orlowski“Our group forecast for the current financial year still shows no visible turnaround,” CEO Wolfgang Heer told the annual meeting of Suedzucker shareholders. “Sugar prices remain at a low level which does not cover costs.” He said in an advance release of his speech that a restructuring plan in the company’s sugar business, which includes closures of sugar factories in Germany, France and Poland, was on schedule. But the first financial benefits will be seen in the second half of the company’s 2020/21 financial year. Suedzucker had on July 11 reported a 40% drop in first-quarter earnings due to low global sugar prices. Global sugar prices hit their lowest in 10 years in late 2018 amid heavy world oversupply and have only stabilised at depressed levels in 2019. Suedzucker said in January it would close sugar factories in Germany, France and Poland and cut production capacity by 700,000 tonnes per year to save about 100 million euros annually. Despite the tough current market, Heer said Suedzucker remained optimistic for the future. The sugar business restructuring will focus production on the most cost-effective regions, he said. Other European sugar producers have also announced output cuts. “The moves to reduce volumes of sugar in the EU should reduce the excess supply and so reduce pressure on prices,” Heer said. “The global trend of rising sugar demand speaks for higher world market prices in future.” Suedzucker’s Polish factory in Strzyzow will close at the end of the current 2018/2019 sugar production season, Heer told shareholders. The Brottewitz and Warburg factories in Germany and the Cagny and Eppeville factories in France will close at the end of the next 2019/2020 sugar season, he said. Heer defended the company’s decision to reject a plan from French farmers to buy the two French factories, owned by Suedzucker unit Saint Louis Sucre. The sale would have hindered efforts to cut the over-production of sugar in the EU, Heer said. It would have created a new competitor for beet supplies to Suedzucker’s remaining French plants. The two French sites are also still needed for sugar storage and the group’s animal feed business, he said. Reporting by Michael Hogan; Editing by Michelle Martin and Jane MerrimanOur Standards:The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.last_img read more

Sabarimala Many arrested as flash mobs protestSabarimala Many arrested as flash mobs

first_img SHARE SHARE EMAIL COMMENTS Published on A series of arrests and instant protests held centrestage as flash mobs of devotees took to streets even as lack of basic minimum facilities turned the Sabarimala pilgrimage into a nightmare during the weekend and on Monday.The High Court of Kerala on Monday warned the Director-General of Police (DGP) against persisting with unwarranted security measures at the shrine which causes difficulties for the devotees, especially the aged and children.While agreeing that the Supreme Court verdict on the entry of women of all age groups into the temple has to be complied with, it observed the restrictions should be just and reasonable. Adequate drinking water should be ensured and toilets rendered usable. All pilgrims should be able to enter the temple. The court asked if the police officers put in charge were experienced in mob controlling.The court also ordered the DGP to file an affidavit explaining the circumstances under which the action, including arrests of pilgrims, was initiated at the shrine on Sunday. It however agreed with the timetable for darshan.The State saw impromptu collection of devotees staging protest demonstrations at many places over the last couple of days, including in Ernakulam and Pathanamthitta on Monday.Intensifying campaignThe police had a tough time ensuring security to three young women who emerged out of the Press Club after explaining to the newspersons how they were being subjected to threats for declaring their intention to take up the pilgrimage. At Pathanamthitta, in whose district jurisdiction Sabarimala falls, hundreds of Sangh Parivar activists gathered to show solidarity with two bus-loads of pilgrims detained by the police.Meanwhile, the BJP proposed to intensify the protest campaign against ‘diluting the culture and traditions’ at the shrine and vowed to bring leaders from neighbouring States as well as Central Ministers and party national office-bearers to Sabarimala.A purported circular from the State headquarters of the party requested district units to take turns and send in volunteers every day to Sabarimala, but at least one district unit denied having received any such circular.The Travancore Devaswom Board on Monday moved to the Supreme Court seeking more time to implement its verdict allowing women of all age groups to enter the temple. COMMENT BJP Mahila Morcha activists burning an effigy of Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan in protest against the the arrest of devotees in Thiruvananthapuram on Monday   –  S GOPAKUMAR November 19, 2018center_img HC warns DGP against unwarranted security measures Kerala politics religion and belief SHARElast_img read more