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Czech president very happy with Trump win, says shares his views

PRAGUE ( ) – Czech President Milos Zeman declared on Wednesday he was “very happy” with Donald Trump’s election victory, saying he cut through political correctness and addressed key issues like migration.

Zeman, who is head of the NATO and European Union member state but does not steer day-to-day policies, endorsed Trump in September.

“I would like to cordially congratulate Donald Trump. I had, as one of few European politicians, declared public support for this candidate… because I agree with his opinions on migration as well as the fight against Islamic terrorism,” Zeman told reporters in a rare press briefing at the ,上海夜网邀请码Cadence,Prague Castle,上海夜生活群Dallas,.

Zeman’s reaction chimed with Hungarian leader Viktor Orban but contrasted with shock in many European capitals.

Unlike the current Czech center-left administration, Zeman shares Trump’s warm relations toward Russian leader Vladimir Putin and opposition to lib,上海夜生活Mace,eral and academic elites.

“I appreciate Donald Trump’s public demeanor, he speaks clearly, sometimes 上海夜生活论坛roughly, but understandably, and avoids what is sometimes called political correctness,” Zeman said.

He said the election showed American voters’ resistance to manipulation by the media, another frequent target of both Trump and Zeman.

The Czech president said he had sent congratulations to Trump and invited him to visit the Czech Republic, the birthplace of Trump’s ex-wife Ivana.

Earlier on Wednesday, Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka said Trump had won on “aggressive populism” but added he believed the United States would remain a reliable partner and ally.

U.S. reaches deal to keep China’s ZTE in business: congressional aide

WASHINGTON ( ) – The Trump administration told lawmakers the U.S. government has reached a deal to put Chinese telecommunications company ZTE Corp back in business after it pays a significant fine and makes management changes, a senior congressional aide said on Friday.

U.S. President Donald Trump appeared to confirm the deal in a tweet late on Friday. “I closed it down then let it reopen with high level security guarantees, change of management and board, must purchase U.S. parts and pay a $1.3 Billion fine.”

The reported deal involving China’s second-largest telecommunications equipment maker ran into immediate resistance in Congress, where Democrats and Trump’s fellow Republicans accused him of bending to pressure from Beijing to ease up on a company that U.S. intelligence officials have suggested poses a significant risk to U.S. national security.

ZTE was banned in April from buying U.S. technology components for seven years for breaking an agreement reached after it violated U.S. sanctions against Iran and North Korea.. After ZTE makes a series of changes,上海夜生活怎么玩Falkner, it would now be allowed to resume business with U.S. companies, including chipmaker Qualcomm Inc.

The deal, earlier communicated to officials on Capitol Hill by the Commerce Department, requires ZTE to pay a substantial fine, place U.S. compliance officers at the company and change its management team, the aide said.

The Commerce Department would then lift an order issued in April preventing ZTE from buying U.S. products. ZTE shut down most of its production after the ruling was announced.

Fox News said Trump told them on Thursday that he had negotiated the $1.3 billion fine with Chinese President Xi Jinping in a phone call.

ZTE, which is publicly traded but whose largest shareholder is a Chinese state-owned enterprise, agreed last year to pay a nearly $900 million penalty and open its books to a U.S. monitor. The penalty stemmed from for breaking an agreement after it was caught illegally shipping U.S. goods to Iran and North Korea, in an investigation dating to the Obama administration.

The company has lost over $3 billion since the April 15th ban on doing business with U.S. suppliers, according to a source familiar with the matter.

Trump on Tuesday floated a plan to fine ZTE up to $1.3 billion and shake up its management as his administration considered rolling back more severe penalties that have crippled the company.

Responding to news of the administration’s deal with ZTE, Republican Senator Marco Rubio tweeted: “Yes they have a deal in mind. It is a great deal … for #ZTE & China. #China crushes U.S. companies with no mercy & they use these telecom companies to spy & steal from us.”

Rubio, as well as Democratic Senators Chuck Schumer and Chris Van Hollen, said Congress should act to stop Trump from letting ZTE get back into business. “If the administration goes through with this reported deal, President Trump would be helping make China great again,” Schumer said Friday on Twitter. “Would be a huge victory for President Xi, and a dramatic retreat by Pres Trump. Both parties in Congress should come together to stop this deal in its tracks.”

U.S. intelligence and U.S. law enforcement agencies have serious concerns that ZTE and other Chinese上海夜生活 telecommunications firms use their equipment to gather intelligence on U.S. citizens.

The U.S. Department of Defense has also stopped selling ZTE’s mobile phones and modems in stores on its military bases, citing potential security risks.

William Evanina, the acting director of the National Counterintelligence and Security Center, said at his May 15 confirmation hearing that he would not use a ZTE phone nor recommend that anyone in a sensitive position in government use one.

Chinese officials sought a pullback on ZTE as part of any broader deal to prevent a trade war between the world’s two biggest economies. U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross is scheduled to visit China next week for another round of talks. White House legislative director Marc Short told PBS Friday that Ross “would be making that announcement in the coming day” of a resolution of the ZTE issue.

ZTE needs U.S. components for its mobile phones and network equipment. U.S. companies provide an estimated 25 percent to 30 percent of components in ZTE’s equipment.

As part of the agreements ZTE ,上海夜哪里艳遇Landon,made last year it dismissed four senior employees.

Shares of ZTE’s U.S. suppliers traded higher on Friday. Optical networking equipment maker Acacia Communications Inc, which got 30 percent of 2017 revenue from ZTE, rose 4.4 percent. Optical component company Oclaro Inc, which received 18 percent of its fiscal 2017 revenue from ZTE, rose 2.7 percent.

reported earlier this week citing sources that a proposed trade deal with China would lift the ZTE ban. In return, China would eliminate tariffs on U.S. agriculture or agree to buy more farm products from the United,上海夜生活Paisley, States.

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Mississippi church burned, vandalized with ‘Vote Trump’

JACKSON, Miss. ( ) – A historic black church in Mississippi was burned and spray-painted with “Vote Trump” and authorities said on Wednesday it was arson and being probed as a hate crime committed one week before the U.S. presidential election.

Greenville Fire Chief Ruben Brown Sr. told a news conference on Wednesday afternoon that investigators had determined the fire at Hopewell Missionary Baptist Church was “intentionally set.”

“Samples and evidence have been collected from inside the church and are being analyzed to determine the accelerant or ignition source,” Brown said.

Earlier in the day he said no one was injured in the Tuesday evening blaze, but the church was exten,上海新夜网龙凤Hadley,sively damaged.

“We’re investigating this as a hate crime,” Greenville Police Chief Delando Wilson told a news conference early on Wednesday. “We feel that the quote on the church is intimidating.

“It tries to push your beliefs on ,上海夜生活网419Naia,someone e,上海夜生活乌托邦Barbara,lse, and this is a predominantly black church and no one has a right to try to influence the way someone votes in this election.”

Wilson told the Wall Street Journal that police on Wednesday evening were interviewing a “person of interest” in connection with the fire but the individual had not been charged.

Wilson did not immediately return a call or email.

Black churches in the U.S. South have long been a base of support for the Democratic Party.

During the U.S. civil rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s, southern black churches were often targets for arson and bombings by white supremacists.

“The FBI Jackson Division is aware of the situation in Greenville, and we are working with our local, state and federal law enforcement partners to determine if any civil rights crimes were committed,” the agency said in a statement.

“This act is a direct assault of people’s right to freely worship,” Greenville Mayor Errick Simmons said in a statement.

The town of some 33,000 people is about 100 miles (160 kms) northwest of Jackson.

“The act that happened left our hearts broken,” Pastor Carolyn Hudson told the news conference, noting that the church has a 111-year history.

The Mississippi Republican Party declined to comment.

In October, the Ora上海夜生活论坛nge County Republican Party’s office in Hillsborough, North Carolina, was set on fire and a graffiti message left nearby said “leave town or else.”

No arrests have been made in that incident, which Indiana Governor Mike Pence, the Republican vice presidential candidate, called “political terrorism.”

Britain clears way for Murdoch to battle Comcast for Sky

LONDON ( ) – Rupert Murdoch faces a 22 billion pound ($29.3 billion) fight with U.S. cable company Com上海夜生活cast for European pay-TV company Sky after Britain cleared his bid providing he sells off its TV news business.

A sale of Sky News to Disney or another third party would be enough to allay concerns over the 87-year-old media mogul’s influence, Britain said on Tuesday.

Murdoch’s Twenty-First Century Fox launched a 10.75 pound-a-share bid to buy all of Sky in December 2016, but the takeover has been held up by politicians and regulators who fear it will give him too much sway when combined with his newspaper interests.

Comcast took advantage of the delay to make its own move on Sky, with a 12.50 pounds-a-share bid in April trumping the long-standing Fox offer.

Shares in Sky rose 0.3 percent to 13.54 pounds, indicating that investors think the drama has a long way to run.

Analysts at Credit Suisse said that with Fox having pursued Sky for 16 months through a long regulatory process, they would expect it to make an increased bid for Sky in excess of the Comcast bid.

“In our view the Sky share price is already anticipating such an outcome with the shares closing on June 4 at 13.50 pounds, 8 percent ahead of the Comcast bid,” they said.

Even if Fox beats Comcast, Murdoch’s control of the whole group is un,上海会所夜网Octavia,likely to last long because he has ,上海021夜网Hadleigh,agreed to sell many of his TV and film assets, including Sky, to Walt Disney Co in a separate $52 billion deal.

Culture Secretary Matt Hancock said Fox’s final proposal made to divest Sky News to Disney, or to an alternative suitable buyer, with funding secured for at least 10 years, was likely to be the best remedy for the public interest concerns that had been identified.

But he said he needed to be sure that Sky News remained financially viable over the long term, was able to operate as a major UK-based news provider and was able to take its editorial decisions independently.

The extra commitments will be the subject of consultation in the next 15 days with a view to agreeing an acceptable remedy, he said.

“I am optimistic that we can achieve this goal, not least given the willingness 21st Century Fox has shown in developing these credible proposals,” he told lawmakers.

Disney,上海夜生活网419Kaiden, said it welcomed the announcement and was ready for any discussions requested by the UK secretary.

COMCAST CLEARED

Comcast announced its firm offer for Sky in April, resulting in Sky’s independent board members withdrawing their recommendation of the offer from Fox, which already owns 39 percent of Sky.

Hancock confirmed on Tuesday that he would not intervene in regards to Comcast, either on the grounds of broadcasting standards or on media plurality.

Sky was formed in 1990 when Murdoch merged his fledgling British satellite TV service with a rival.

The company is chaired by Murdoch’s son James, who played a key role in building the company into a major European broadcaster with operations in Germany, Austria and Italy as well as Britain.

Its customer base now numbers nearly 23 million homes, a major prize for media groups that want to scale up against online groups Netflix and Amazon.

The already complex deal permutations around Sky became even more complicated last month when Comcast said it was preparing a higher, all-cash offer for all of the assets Fox had agreed to sell to Disney.

Fox welcomed Hancock’s announcement, and noted that it had already proposed divesting the platform’s 24-hour news channel to Disney regardless of the fate of its bid for the wider Fox assets.

“We now look forward to engaging with DCMS (Department of Culture, Media and Sport) and we are confident that we will reach a final decision clearing our transaction,” Fox said in a statement.

Sky noted the decision regarding both Fox and Comcast, and said its independent directors were mindful of their fiduciary duties and remained focused on maximising value for Sky shareholders.

Hancock’s decision came after an investigation by the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) into whether controlling Sky would give Murdoch, who also owns the Times and Sun newspapers, too much influence on Britain’s news media.

U.S. Republicans in crisis over Trump’s vulgar video

WASHINGTON/ST. LOUIS ( ) – The U.S. Republican Party on Sunday confronted its biggest crisis in more than 40 years when its presiden,上海夜生活群Gabrielle,tial nominee, Donald Trump, faced a storm over sexually aggressive comments he made about women in a newly uncovered 2005 video.

Only a month before the Nov. 8 election and on a day when Trump was due to debate Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, Trump took to social media to squelch any speculation that he would leave the race.

“Tremendous support (except for some Republican leadership”). Thank you,” Trump w,上海夜生活乌托邦Barney,rote on Twitter.

Then in a last-minute surprise in St. Louis, host city for the town-hall debate, Trump called journalists into a hotel room to witness a meeting he held with four women who revived accusations of past sexual misdeeds by Clinton’s husband, former President Bill Clinton.

The party turmoil recalled past party crises, including the Watergate scandal that led to Republican President Richard Nixon’s resignation in 1974.

A businessman-turned-politician previously best known to Americans as a reality TV show host, Trump, 70, faced his latest crisis when on Friday the 2005 video emerged in which he was heard talking on an open microphone about groping women and trying to seduce a married woman. The video was taped only months after Trump married his third wife, Melania.

The controversy pitched Trump, 70, into the biggest crisis of his 16-month-old campaign and deepened fissures between him and establishment Republicans. On Sunday, he struck a defiant tone in the face of calls for him to abandon the race.

A source close to the campaign of Trump’s vice presidential running mate, Mike Pence, dismissed talk among some political analysts the Indiana governor might bolt the ticket in the uproar over Trump’s comments.

“Absolutely not,” the source told .

At a Democratic campaign event in Chicago, President Barack Obama weighed in on the controversy, saying Trump had been degrading not only to women, but to minorities, immigrants, people of other faiths, and the disabled.

Obama said that “tells you he is insecure.”

“He pumps himself up by putting other people down,” Obama said.

SUPPORT WOBBLING

With Republican Party leaders in crisis mode and doubts emerging over Trump’s ability to draw support from crucial undecided voters, there were nonetheless some early signs many of his core supporters would remain loyal.

A public opinion poll by POLITICO/Morning Consult, taken just after news broke of the video, found 39 percent of voters thought Trump should withdraw, and 45 percent said he should stay. Of those who said Trump should leave, only 12 percent identified themselves as 上海夜网Republicans.

As of Sunday afternoon, at least 160 of the United States’ 332 sitting Republican governors, senators and House of Representatives members had condemned Trump’s remarks, according to a review of official statements and local news coverage.

At least 30 had called for him to withdraw from the race and three other officeholders said he should consider doing so. Eight of those said they were withdrawing their endorsement as well.

Those facing a difficult re-election were more likely to speak out. All but six of the 40 Republican officeholders whose races are considered competitive had condemned Trump’s comments on the video, although only three members of that group called for him to drop out.

Any attempt to replace Trump on the ballot would face huge legal and logistical hurdles.

The Trump campaign was battling back, circulating “talking points” to a core of high-profile Republicans who promote Trump in the news media. The points sought to undermine establishment Republicans who have abandoned Trump.

“They are more concerned with their political future than they are about the future of the country,” said a copy of the talking points, described to by two sources close to the campaign.

A real estate developer making his first run at public office, Trump has made his battle against the establishment a central campaign theme.

“Phones have been blowing up for the pa,上海夜生活网419Kade,st 24 hours,” said a prominent Republican political operative in Washington, referring to a heavy volume of calls among party officials and Republican members of Congress.

DOWN-BALLOT RACES

The operative, who did not want to be identified, said Trump’s troubles could steer campaign donations away from him and to Republican candidates for Congress and other down-ballot offices.

The source said Trump could help himself most during the presidential debate – the second of three before the election – if he addressed the video and an Oct. 1 New York Times report that he took so substantial a tax deduction on a declared $916 million loss in 1995 that he could legally have avoided paying any federal income taxes for up to 18 years.

Despite having recovered from a string of setbacks, Trump had an uphill battle to win the White House. Before the video surfaced, a /Ipsos poll had Clinton leading by 5 points on Friday. The question now is whether Trump’s quest for the presidency has been dealt a lethal blow.

Rising exports push U.S. trade deficit to seven-month low

WASHINGTON ( ) – The U.S. trade deficit fell to a seven-month low in April as exports rose to a record high, lifted by an increase in shipments of industrial materials and soybeans.

Wednesday’s report from the Commerce Department was the latest sign of robust economic growth in the second quarter.

But a protectionist trade policy being pursued by President Donald Trump, which has seen the United States slapping tariffs on imports from a host of countries including China, Mexico and Canada, as well as those in the European Union, poses a threat to the otherwise rosy economic outlook.

“One is hard-pressed as to not concur that the U.S. economy not only remains on solid footing, but is likely to show an accelerated pace of growth in the second quarter,” said Sam Bullard, a senior economist at Wells Fargo Securities in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Still, “trade tensions remain a threat to the outlook and clearly have the potential to derail economic growth,” he said.

The Commerce Department said the trade gap narrowed 2.1 percent to $46.2 billion, the smallest since September. Data for March was revised to show the trade deficit falling to $47.2 billion, instead of the previously reported $49.0 billion.

Economists polled by had forecast the trade deficit unchanged at $49 billion in April. When adjusted for inflation, the trade gap narrowed to $77.5 billion from $78.2 billion in March. The so-called real trade deficit is below its $82.5 billion average in the first quarter.

If the trend in the real trade deficit is maintained, trade could contribute to gross domestic product in the second quarter after having a neutral impact in the January-March per,上海夜生活网419Dalton,iod.

Prices for U.S. Treasuries were trading lower. The dollar fell against a basket of currencies while stocks on Wall Street rose.

Trump in March announced tariffs on steel and aluminum imports to protect domestic industries from what he says is unfair competition from foreign producers. Last week he extended the duties to steel and aluminum imports from Canada, Mexico and the European Union.

Mexico has retaliated with measures targeting a wide range of U.S. farm and industrial products. Canada has said it would slap tariffs on imports from the United States, including whiskey, orange juice, steel, aluminum and other products.

Exports to Mexico, Ca,上海夜网邀请码Tamara,nada and the European Union have recorded double-digit growth so far this year.

RISKY TRADE STRATEGY

“We fail to understand the strategy of risking a trade war with Europe, Canada, and Mexico particularly at a time when the U.S. appears to be expanding strongly in these markets,” said John Ryding, chief economist at RDQ Economics in New York.

A trade war is also brewing with China. Washington and Beijing have threatened tit-for-tat tariffs on goods worth up to $150 billion each. Trump claims the United States is being taken advantage of by its trading partners, but economists warn that tariffs will undercut the economy, raising prices and destroying jobs for Americans.

Economists say tariffs will do little to shrink the trade deficit, partly because of the dollar’s status as the global reserve currency and the low U.S. saving rate, including a fiscal deficit that has been blown up by a $1.5 trillion tax cut package.

The politically sensitive goods trade deficit with China increased 8.1 percent to $28.0 billion in April. The United States had a $0.8 billion goods trade deficit with Canada and a $5.7 billion shortfall with Mexico.

Exports of goods and services rose 0.3 percent to a record $211.2 billion in April. It was the third monthly increase in exports. They were in April supported by a $1.3 billion increase in deliveries of industrial supplies and materials such as fuel oil and petroleum products.

Exports of industrial supplies and materials were the highest on record in April. Soybean exports increased $0.3 billion and corn shipments also rose by a similar am,上海仙霞路夜生活Radley,ount. But exports of commercial aircraft tumbled $2.8 billion.

Imports of goods and services slipped 0.2 percent to $257.4 billion in April. Imports of consumer goods dropped $2.8 billion, weighed by a $2.2 billion decline in imports of cellphones and other household goods.

Motor vehicle imports fell $1.0 billion. Economists said the drop in imports was likely temporary given strong domestic demand. Crude oil imports rose $1.0 billion in April, with prices averaging $54.50 per barrel.

“American consumers’ love affair with exotic foreign goods remains ongoing,” said Chris Rupkey, chief economist at M上海夜生活论坛UFG in New York. “Many U.S. companies are also hooked on foreign goods to help make their own finished products as well.”

Airlines struggle with global pilot shortage

SYDNEY/BANGKOK/MONTREAL ( ) – A growing shortage of airline pilots is putting the industry’s recent growth at risk as planes sit idle, higher salaries cut into profits and unions across the globe push for more benefits.

Carriers such as Emirates and Australia’s Qantas Airways (QAN.AX) have poured resources into hiring, but struggled in recent months to use their jets as often as their business plans dictate because of training bottlenecks.

Pilots at Ireland’s Ryanair (RYA.I) are forming unions across Europe seeking better working conditions, and those at Air France (AIRF.PA) are striking over pay.

In the United States, pilots who took pay cuts when carriers went bankrupt a decade ago are receiving big raises under new contracts now that airlines are posting strong profits.

The surge in employee costs, which rival fuel as the biggest strain on an airline’s finances, comes as higher oil prices are already squeezing margins. Airlines say ticket prices have not kept pace with costs.

“These cost pressures are not about to stop imminently,” International Air Transport Association (IATA) chief economist Brian Pearce said at the trade group’s annual meeting in Sydney, where IATA lowered its airline profit forecast by 12 percent, citing higher fuel and labor costs.

“It’s the symptom of a wider issue. If we look at developed economies, unemployment in the OECD has fallen to lows and we are starting to get wage pressures, of which pilot shortages are a symptom in our industry,” he told airline bosses, many of whom expressed concern about a shortage on the sidelines of the IATA annual meeting this week.

Inflation is beginning to take hold in OECD economies after years of lying dormant, and pilot wages also reflect that, Pearce added.

The high cost of pilot training and several years of earlier hiring freezes in markets like the United States and Australia have deterred potential aviators from entering an industry that Boeing says will need 637,000 more pilots over the next 20 years.

IATA estimates airline traffic will nearly double during that period, so companies like Ca,上海夜生活男人好去处Tabitha,nadian training group CAE Inc (CAE.TO) and L3 Technologies LLL.N are building new flight simulators to cash in on training demand.

Planemakers Airbus and Boeing are also expanding into services like training, where margins are potentially higher than building jets.

And some airlines are planning to expand in-house training programs. Qantas says it will invest A$20 million ($15.26 million) in a new flying school to ensure a supply of pilots amid high turnover in its regional arm QantasLink. Emirates opened a $135 million fight training academy in November for up to 600 cadets.

“We have a social responsibility,” Qantas Domestic CEO Andrew David sai上海夜生活d. “We can continue to take pilots from smaller players in this country and elsewhere but we need to give back and that is part of what we are doing here as well.”

BIDDING WAR

Other airlines are having to look outside their home markets, competing with China, where experienced foreign captains are in high demand and airlines offer annual salaries of up to $314,000 – tax free.

“There is not so much a shortage of pilots as a rising cost of attracting and retaining the pilots you need, particularly the experienced ones,” said Andrew Herdman, director general of the Association of Asia Pacific Airlines. “There is a bidding war going on.”

In countries where average wages are relatively low, pilots ,上海夜生活服务Hadleigh,are being offered much cushier pay packages than other professions because they are internationally mobile and must speak English, the global language of aviation.

SriLankan Airlines has lost a “steady trickle” of pilots to Gulf carriers, SriLankan CEO Suren Ratwatte, who was an Emirates pilot, told .

“We pay pretty well because the pilots going (away from the company) go mainly to the Middle East, and we tend to get very close to Gulf salaries except (we are) living in Sri Lanka,” ,上海夜网官方网站Dakota,he said. “Your lifestyle is pretty decent.”

Thailand’s Bangkok Airways PCL (BA.BK) is raising pilot salaries and benefits and hiring foreigners for international flying, President Puttipong Prasarttong-Osot said.

Pilot unions are taking advantage of shortages to ask for better conditions for their members.

Dan Adamus, president of the Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA) Canada, said Canadian pilots are generally getting pay raises, although salaries at U.S. mainline carriers are higher than at Air Canada (AC.TO).

“It’s certainly harder for airlines to recruit qualified pilots,” he said, which has led carriers to raise pay. “The pilots are going to go where there is better pay.”

He estimates that about 1,000 Canadian pilots are flying for carriers overseas such as Emirates.

Airlines considered top employers in their home country, such as Qantas and IAG-owned British Airways, are not yet facing shortages of qualified applicants.

IAG (ICAG.L) Chief Executive Willie Walsh, a former pilot at Ireland’s Aer Lingus, said that there were signs of “pinch points” within the broader industry but that he did not believe there was a shortage.

“The day you see me back flying is the day you know there’s a pilot shortage,” he said.

($1 = 1.3106 Australian dollars)

Microsoft to take on Amazon with $7.5 billion GitHub deal

( ) – Microsoft Corp (MSFT.O) said on Monday it would buy privately held coding website GitHub Inc for $7.5 billion in an all-stock deal to beef up its cloud computing business and challenge market leader Amazon.com Inc (AMZN.O).

The deal is a big bet上海夜生活论坛 on Azure, the company’s fast-growing cloud business, as it will be able to lure more code developers who use GitHub and drive more business to Microsoft.

By pulling off its largest acquisition since the $26 billion acquisition of LinkedIn in 2016, Microsoft gets a platform universally known by developers. ,夜上海论坛Cain,GitHub calls itself the world’s largest code host with more than 28 million developers using its platform.

After reports of a likely deal between Microsoft and GitHub emerged on Sunday, some users of the software development platform raised doubts on social network Reddit here that GitHub would “eventually favor Microsoft products over competing alternatives.”

But Chief Executive Officer Satya Nadella downplayed those concerns by saying on a conference call that GitHub will continue to be an open platform that works with all public clouds.

He said Microsoft will use GitHub to promote company’s own developer tools and use its sales team to speed up adoption of GitHub by its big business customers.

The deal reflects the company’s ongoing pivot to open source software and seeks to further broaden its large and growing development community, Moody’s analyst Richard Lane said.

It’s also a smart move by Microsoft, which has seen scorching growth in its cloud business over the past few years. Azure posted a 93 percent jump in revenue in the third quarter ended March 31.

Last year, the software giant shut down CodePlex, its own rival for GitHub, saying the latter was the dominant location for open source sharing and that most such projects had already migrated there.

After closing the acquisition, expected by the end of the calendar year, GitHub will become a part of Microsoft’s Intelligent Cloud unit.

Microsoft’s Nat Friedman will ,上海新夜网龙凤Babette,take over as the Chief Executive Officer of San Francisco-headquartered GitHub, whose current CEO Chris Wanstrath will become a Microsoft technical fellow.

On an adjusted basis, Microsoft expects the deal to ad,上海夜网推油Landon,d to its operating income in fiscal 2020 and reduce earnings per share by less than 1 percent in 2019 and 2020.

Microsoft shares rose nearly 1 percent to hit a record high of $101.79.

Daimler threatened with recall of over 600,000 diesel models: Spiegel

BERLIN ( ) – Daimler上海夜生活网 faces a recall order for more than 600,000 diesel-engine vehicles including C-Class and G-Class models because of suspected emissions manipulation, German magazine Der Spiegel reported on Friday. ,夜上海论坛Barbara,

Germany’s KBA vehicle authority is probing concrete suspicions that the affected cars were fitted with illicit defeat devices designed to manipulate emissions levels, the magazine said, without citing sources.

Daimler said on Friday it had not received a formal summons from KBA regarding its C-Class and G-Class models, a precursor to a recall, but declined to comment in detail on the Spiegel report.

The report comes a day after the KBA ordered Daimler to recall the Mercedes Vito van model fitted with 1.6 liter diesel Euro-6 engines because of engine control features to reduce exhaust emissions which KBA said breached regulations.

Daimler has said it is appealing the KBA findings on the Vito,上海夜生活Eden, and will go to court if necessary.

Since rival Volkswagen (VOWG_p.DE) admitted in 2015 to cheating U.S. emissions tests, German carmakers including VW, Daimler and BMW have faced a backlash against diesel technology in which they have invested billions of euros.

After news of the Vito recall emerged, German Transport Minister Andreas Scheuer summoned Daimler Chief Executive Dieter Zetsche to a meeting on Monday, a spokeswoman for the ministry said.

He also asked the KBA to pursue any further,上海夜网千花Eason, leads related to emissions at Daimler’s Mercedes-Benz premium brand.

The KBA declined comment.

Written by shyw on April 20, 2019 Categories: fcpqgpsj Tags: , , ,

Icahn sells 10.5 million Herbalife shares back to company

BOSTON ( ) – Billionaire investor Carl Icahn, who sparred for years with short-seller William Ackman over the future of Herbalife Nutrition Ltd (HLF.N), on T,上海仙霞路夜生活Kade,hursday said he sold roughly $552 million worth of Herbalife stock back to the company, trimming his stake to 21 percent.

Icahn said in a regulatory filing that he sold 10.5 million shares back to the company, for $52.50 a share, after having announced last week t,上海夜生活怎么玩Dahlia,hat he was ready to part with 11.4 million shares.

The 82-year-old investor remains the nutrition and supplements company’s biggest owner after cutting his stake to 35.2 million shares from 45.7 million, which represented a 26.2 percent stake.

Herbalife shares were trading at $50.72, up 2.3 percent, on Thursday shortly before the market close.

Icahn said he was selling because the position had become too large within his portfolio. The sale comes roughly three months after Ackman ended his campaign against th,上海夜生活群Rae,e company.

In late 2012, Ackman unveiled a $1 billion short position and predicted Herbalife’s share price would eventually fall to zero. Icahn, however, was convinced that the company’s future was bright and began buying. In February 2013 Icahn said in a filing that he paid an average $21.03 for his shares. He continued to buy Herbalife shares after that.

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Clinton, Trump clash over economy in final campaign stretch

CLEVELAND/HERSHEY, Pa. ( ) – Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republica上海夜网n Donald Trump battled over the strength of the economy in the final stretch of their race for the White House on Friday, with Clinton praising the latest U.S. jobs report and Trump dismissing it as a fraudulent disaster.

With four days left in an often bitter contest that has tightened in the last week, each candidate attacked the other as unfit to be president in a late push for votes in battleground states that could decide the outcome in Tuesday’s election.

Clinton leads Trump by 5 percentage points, according to a /Ipsos tracking poll released on Friday, maintaining her advantage in the national survey even as the race tightens in several crucial swing states.

In the Oct. 30-Nov. 3 opinion poll, 44 percent of likely voters supported Clinton while 39 percent supported Trump.

Clinton wrapped up her day of campaigning with a nighttime concert in Cleveland headlined by rapper Jay Z. He was joined by rappers Big Sean, Chance the Rapper, and J. Cole, and by his wife, popular singer Beyonce, as a surprise guest.

“We have unfinished work to do, more barriers to break, and with your help, a glass ceiling to crack once and for all,” Clinton said at the concert.

At his final rally of the day in Pennsylvania, Trump mocked Clinton for her celebrity supporters. “I am here all by myself. Just me, no guitar, no piano, no nothing,” he said.

Earlier in the day at a rally in Pittsburgh, Clinton cited the government’s latest jobs report as evidence of the economy’s strength. The report showed higher wages for workers as well as the creation of 161,000 jobs in October and a dip in the unemployment rate to 4.9 percent from 5 percent.

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“I believe our economy is poised to really take off and thrive,” Clinton told the gathering, after being introduced by billionaire investor Mark Cuban. “When the middle class thrives, America thrives.”

Trump disputed Clinton’s rosy view, telling a crowd in New Hampshire that the jobs report was “an absolute disaster” and was skewed by the large number of people who have stopped looking for jobs and are no longer in the labor market.

“Nobody believes the numbers anyway. The numbers they put out are phony,” he said, referring to the figures released by the U.S. Labor Department.

The economy and the candidates’ competing visions for the future could be critical in swaying voters in ailing Rust Belt states like Ohio, Pennsylvania and Michigan.

Both candidates made stops in Ohio and Pennsylvania on Friday, with Trump adding a stop in New Hampshire and Clinton adding one in Michigan. Each of those states is key in the state-by-state quest for the 270 electoral votes needed to win the White House.

TIGHTENING POLLS

The race has tightened significantly in the past week, as several swing states that are considered must-wins for Trump shifted from favoring Clinton to toss-ups, according to the /Ipsos States of the Nation project.

The two candidates are now tied in Florida and North Carolina, and Clinton’s lead in Michigan has narrowed so much that the state is too close to call. Ohio remains a dead heat, and Clinton has a slight lead in Pennsylvania.

Clinton is still the favorite to win Tuesday’s election, with a clearer path to winning of the Electoral College. But Trump now has a plausible route to victory, especially if there is a sharp fall in turnout among African-Americans from the levels of the 2012 election.

Trump, a New York businessman and former reality TV star, has made a pitch for blue-collar workers who have been angered by free-trade deals and feel abandoned by Washington. But his protectionist rhetoric – he has promised to review trade agreements – appears to be having mixed success in the Rust Belt.

/Ipsos polling from mid-October found a majority in both Ohio and Pennsylvania believe that international trade benefits Americans by keeping the cost of goods low, although they also think it hurts “average Americans” by depressing wages and causing job losses at home.

Clinton appears to be leading among labor union households in both states, the poll found. She has a double,上海晚上耍女人的地方Cadence,-digit lead with women in both, while Trump has a more modest lead with men. Among whites, Trump has a 7-point lead over Clinton in Ohio and a 3-point lead over Clinton in Pennsylvania. ,上海夜网千花Landon,

In the final stretch, the two candidates continued to paint a dire scenario of life in the United States if their opponent captures the White House. Trump said the FBI’s fresh examination of emails that may be related to Clinton’s use of a private email server for government work while she was secretary of state could lead to “a constitutional crisis.”

“Aren’t we tired of all this stuff?” he asked. “America deserves a government that can go to work on Day One.”

GET-OUT-THE-VOTE PUSH

Clinton suggested the volatile Trump, who has feuded with and insulted a wide array of people and groups including Muslims, Mexican immigrants and women, was too unpredictable to trust.

“Think about what it would mean to entrust the nuclear codes to someone with very thin skin who lashes out at anyone who insults him,” she said.

Clinton has deployed high-profile supporters to campaign for her in the final days of the long race.

President Barack Obama praised her work as his first-term top diplomat during an appearance in North Carolina.

“She was outstanding in her job. She was loyal to me,” he said. Obama is trying to energize African-Americans, with whom he is very popular, and young people to turn out for Clinton the way they did for him in 2008 and 2012.

Hispanic groups in swing states cranked up their get-out-the-vote efforts for the final stretch of the race on Friday, hoping to push the contest Clinton’s way.

S&P, Nasdaq fall as tech rally loses steam; Dow rises

NEW YORK ( ) – The S&P and Nasdaq fell on Thursday as the technology sector snapped a rally while investors turned to safer bets as they kept an eye on global trade tensions and waited for U.S. and,上海夜生活论坛Caden, European central bank meetings.

U.S. Treasury prices rose on Thursday, as trade disputes between the United States and its major trade partners were in focus ahead of the Group of Seven (G7) summit.

Investors worried about a showdown at the meeting, set for Friday and Saturday in Charlevoix, Quebec after U.S. President Donald Trump signaled that he would stick to his tough stance on trade after imposing tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from Canada, Mexico and the European Union last week.

“There’s caution associated with the G7 meeting which historically is neutral for the market. This G7 meeting doesn’t fit the template particularly with regard to trade,” said Quincy Krosby, chief market strategist at Prudential Financial.

Canada and Mexico have retaliated against a range of U.S. exports and the EU has promised to do so as well.

“Equally there’s a European Central Bank meeting and a Federal Reserve meeting next week. Both are paramount for the market’s direction,” said Krosby.

The Fed is widely expected to announce an interest rate hike on Wednesday but investors are looking for clues on whether the U.S. central bank will raise rates a fourth time in 2018.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 95.02 points, or 0.38 percent, to 25,241.41, the S&P 500 lost 1.98 points, or 0.07 percent, to 2,770.37.

The Nasdaq Composite dropped 54.17 points, or 0.7 percent, to 7,635.07 after registering three straight closing record highs in the previous sessions.

“The Nasdaq has had an incredible run this week so it may be some profit-taking,” said Bill Callahan, investment strategist at Schroders in New York.

The S&P technology index fell 1.1 percent, led by heavyweights Microsoft Corp, ending 1.6 percent lower, and Facebook Inc, which fell 1.7 percent. The losses followed a six-day rally that had pushed the index to record levels.

The Dow was boosted on Thursday by a 4.4 percent jump in McDonald’s Corp shares after a report that the company was planning a new r,上海夜生活乌托邦Nadia,ound of layoffs.

The S&P 500’s Energy index was the biggest gainer out of the ben,上海夜生活Radcliff,chmark’s 11 major sectors, with a 1.6 percent advance helped by rising oil prices. [O/R]

Brent crude was up almost 2 percent on concerns of a plunge in exports from Venezuela and worries OPEC may not raise production at its meeting this month.

Defensive sectors such as consumer staples, Utilities and telecommunications were also up on the day as investors looked for some safer bets in areas which have recently been out of favor due to rising rates.

Advancing issues outnumbered declining ones on the NYSE by a上海夜生活网 1.14-to-1 ratio; on Nasdaq, a 1.26-to-1 ratio favored decliners.

The S&P 500 posted 52 new 52-week highs and seven new lows; the Nasdaq Composite recorded 223 new highs and 36 new lows.

Volume so far on U.S. exchanges was 7.25 billion shares, compared with the 6.64 billion average for the last 20 days.

Canada faces significant risks from U.S. tax, trade policy: IMF

OTTAWA ( ) – The International Monetary Fund (IMF) said on Monday that while Canada’s economy has performed well, it faces significant risks including trade tensions an,上海夜玩网论坛Lake,d a potential hit to competitiveness from lower U.S. corporate taxes.

In the preliminary findings of its annual review of the Canadian economy, the IMF said that interest rates should be raised only gradually, even as inflationary pressures are building and that the Bank of Canada’s approach appears to be broadly appropriate.

The Bank of Canad,上海夜网Tallulah,a has raised rates three times since July 2017 and there are growing expectations that the central bank will hike again this July.

Canada’s once-hot housing market is showing signs of cooling in the wake of higher borrowing costs and a number of policy measures, which has helped moderate a key domestic risk, the IMF said.

“However, economic anxiety is high due to trade tensions, uncertainty about the outcome of NAF,上海足浴夜网联系方式Earl,TA negotiations, and the impact of the U.S. Tax Cuts and Jobs Act on Canada’s medium-term competitiveness,” the IMF said in a statement.

Economic growth is expected to slow to 2.1 percent this year after racking up a 3 percent pace last year, the highest growth rate among its Group of Seven peers, the IMF said.

Canada should be supported in the short-term by higher oil prices and strong U.S. growth that should bolster exports.

Still, there is “considerable” uncertainty over what impact U.S. tax reform will have on Canada, which could make Canada a less attractive place for investment in the medium-term, the IMF said.

As well, the prolonged renegotiat上海夜网ion of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) could dampen investment. If NAFTA talks fail and tariffs revert to World Trade Organization rules, Canada’s long-run economic growth could be 0.4 percent lower than it would be otherwise, the IMF said.

The economy is also still vulnerable to a sharp correction in the housing market as the banking sector is heavily exposed to household debt, the statement said.

U.S. record oil exports bite into Russia, OPEC market share in Asia

SINGAPORE ( ) – Record crude oil volumes exported from the United States will be heading to Asia in the next couple of months to take another piece of the market away from Russia and producers in the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC).

The United States is set to export 2.3 million barrels per day (bpd) in June, of which 1.3 million bpd will head to Asia, estimated a senior executive with a key U.S. oil exporters.

Data from the Energy Information Administration shows U.S. oil exports peaked at 2.6 million bpd two weeks ago. [EIA/S]

The record outbound volumes come as U.S. crude production hit all-time highs, depressing U.S. prices to discounts of more than $9 a barrel below Brent crude futures on Monday, the widest in more than three years and opening an arbitrage for excess supplies to other markets. WTCLc1-LCOc1

The difference in the key benchmarks was a chance for Asian refiners to reduce light crude imports from the Middle East and Russia after Brent and Gulf prices touched multi-year highs, traders in Asia said.

“We’re diversifying a lot to other regions. If Saudi Aramco still doesn’t reduce prices next month and ADNOC (Abu Dhabi National Oil Company) follows, we will increase our U.S. crude purchases,” a Southeast Asian oil buyer said.

CHINA BUYS AMERICAN

In Asia, China – led by Sinopec (600028.SS), the region’s largest refiner – is the biggest lifter of U.S. crude. The company, after cutting Saudi imports, has bought a record 16 million barrels (533,000 bpd) of U.S. crude, to load in June, two sources with knowledge of the matter said.

India and South Korea are the next biggest buyers in Asia, each lifting 6 million to 7 million barrels in June, sources tracking U.S. crude sales to Asia said. Indian Oil Corp (IOC.NS) bought 3 million barrels,上海夜网官方网站Dahlia, earlier this month via a tender, while Reliance Industries (RELI.NS) purchased up to 8 million barrels, the sources said, although it wasn’t clear if Reliance’s cargoes would all load in June.

The sources declined to be named due to company policies.

South Korea’s purchases are driven by its top refiners,上海夜网邀请码Cain, SK Energy [SKENGG.UL] and GS Caltex [GSCAL.UL].

Taiwanese state refiner CPC Corp [CHIP.UL],上海夜生活网419Caitlin, has also snapped up 7 million barrels to be lifted in June and July.

U.S. exports to Thailand will increase to at least 2 million barrels. State oil company PTT PCL (PTT.BK) is 1 million barrels of WTI Midland, while Thai Oil (TOP.BK) and Esso Thailand (ESSO.BK) bought at least 500,000 barrels of Bakken crude each, said traders with knowledge of the country’s crude deals.

Reliance declined to comment. PTT, Thai Oil and Esso Thailand all did not respond to requests for comment.

But even if Asia and Europe are keen to take more U.S. crude, the record volumes are straining export infrastructure in the上海夜生活 United States, limiting its ability to pump and ship more oil.

“Tight (shale) oil’s been eating OPEC’s lunch for the last few years. The lack of infrastructure will temporarily cede market share back to OPEC,” R.T. Dukes, head of U.S. Lower 48 oil supply at Wood Mackenzie said in a note last week.

Ex-Volkswagen CEO summoned to testify in emissions lawsuit: Bild

FRANKFURT ( ) – Former Volkswagen (VOWG_p.DE) Chief Executive Martin Winterkorn has been asked to testify before a German court in connection with a lawsuit seeking damages from the carmaker over its emissions cheating scandal, a German paper reported on Thursd,上海夜网Nadia,ay.

Judge Fabian Reuschle of the Stuttgart regional court has summoned 28 individuals to tes上海夜生活tify at a trial which starts in mid-September, Bild said, explaining that Bosch [ROBG.UL] CEO Volkmar Denner and Audi (NSUG.DE) CEO Rupert Stadler were among those facing questions.

Bild, citing a letter it had obtained, also said that Reuschle has asked the Germ,上海夜网千花Cain,an Transport Minister Andreas Scheuer to appear.

Martin Winterkorn could not be reached for comment. A lawyer for Winterkorn declined to comment, but confirmed his client has been summoned.

A spokeswoman for Bosch declined to comment. Audi, the Transport Ministry and the Stuttgart regional court could not immediately be reached for comment outside business hour,上海夜哪里艳遇Gabriella,s. Volkswagen declined to comment.

Shareholders represented by law firm Tilp are seeking compensation from Volkswagen and major shareholder Porsche SE (PSHG_p.DE) for not informing markets quickly enough about the scale of potential liabilities VW faced over its use of illegal software to cheat U.S. emissions tests.

Volkswagen has admitted to deliberately cheating diesel emissions tests but denies it failed to inform investors in a timely fashion about the scope of liabilities being faced by its shareholders.

German carmakers morally obliged to refit dirty diesels: minister

BERLIN (,上海夜玩网论坛Jace, ) – German carmakers have a moral obligation to refit heavily polluting diesel vehicles on the country’s roads, environment minister Svenja Schulze said, but conceded that the government had no legal means to make them do so.

In an interview published in Die Welt newspaper on Monday, Schulze said refits could first be carried out on cars on the road in particularly polluted cities. By targeting areas most affected, the costs of such refit上海夜网s need only be “in the low single-digit billions”, she said.

Revelations in the wake of the Volkswagen (VOWG_p.DE) emissions scandal that nitrogen oxide emissions of diesel cars were much higher than previously thought have weighed on Germany’s big carmakers for over a year, with some hit by heavy fines from regulators around the world.

Diesel emissions have also led to several German cities exceed,上海夜网官方网站Radley,ing European Union air pollution limits, which has triggered enforce,上海足浴夜网联系方式Tallulah,ment action by the European Commission.

“As far as I’m concerned it’s not about immediately refitting all diesels in Germany,” Schulze said. “I advocate a step-wise plan to refit diesels where the air is particularly bad… The total costs would then be in the low single-digit billions.”

While she conceded the government had no legal means to force carmakers to follow her plan, she said they were under a moral obligation to do so.

“Without refits, consumer confidence will fall even further,” she said. “Neither drivers nor taxpayers should be asked to pay. Carmakers are under an obligation!”

Germany’s second largest city, Hamburg, will ban the most polluting diesel vehicles from two major streets from May 31, a move that could spur others to follow suit and raise pressure on carmakers to consider vehicle refits.

French industrialist Serge Dassault dies at 93

PARIS ( ) – French billionaire industrialist Serge Dassault, whose group builds the Rafale war planes and owns上海夜生活 Le Figaro newspaper, died in Paris on Monday aged 93, a spokesman for Dassault Group said.

Dassault, a former conservative senator and mayor, was the fifth richest person in France according to Challenges magazine.

,上海会所夜网Kade,The Dassault group which his father had created controls Dassault Aviation (AVMD.PA) and Le Figaro, and holds major stakes in Dassault Systemes (DAST.PA) and Thales (TCFP.PA).

Dassault had passed on leadership of Dassault Aviation in 2000 but he was still chairing Dassault Group.

The family-owned Dassault Group had in 2014 appointed Charles Edelstenne as eventual successor to Serge Dassault, saying at the time that the succession would be automatic. Edel,上海夜哪里艳遇Jace,stenne is currently CE,上海夜网官方网站Tamara,O of the group.

Dassault, a father of four, died in his Paris office around 4 pm (10.00 a.m. ET), the spokesman said.

Dassault had a number of run-ins with the law. Last year he was fined two million euros ($2.32 million) after a court found him guilty of money laundering and failing to disclose fully his wealth to authorities.

Dassault’s legal team said, in his defense, he had inherited many of the financial tax structures at the center of the case from his father, and had since rectified his situation with French tax authorities.

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Clinton adds pop of celebrity in homestretch of campaign

MIAMI ( ) – Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, whose buoyant posit上海夜生活论坛ion in opinion polls has been threatened by a surprising new twist in the saga over her emails, on Saturday harnessed some celebrity star power she hopes will help win the battleground state of Florida on Nov. 8.

Musician and actor Jennifer Lopez headlined a free concert in Miami as ,上海夜生活男人好去处Octava,part of a star-studded effort to get out the vote and energize volunteers.

“We’re at a crossroads and we have to take the right road to the future,” Lopez shouted to screaming fans in rain gear who danced through rain and a shower of red, white and blue confetti.

The concert provided some visual counter-programming to the latest email snafu to roil Clinton’s race to win the White House.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation said on Friday it is investigating more emails as part of a probe into Clinton’s use of a private email system – a late-breaking surprise that will likely continue to get extensive media play leading up Election Day.

Clinton’s campaign has said she is taking the news in stride, and on Saturday she lashed out at FBI Director James Comey over the review.

The JLo event was the first of three high-profile concerts in states Clinton wants to keep from Republican rival Donald Trump, and it gave the former secretary of state a chance to connect with the key demographic of millennials she has sometimes struggled to reach.

“If we turn out, we win,” Clinton told the crowd.

Celebrity-driven events like the concert “can serve as a bit of a distraction” from the controversy, said Eric Kasper, a political scientist at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

“It is a way to kind of take the edge off things because it tends to be more positive,” Kaspe,上海夜网邀请码Idaline,r said.

Next week, Clinton will take the stage with Jay Z in Cleveland, and then with Katy Perry in Philadelphia on Nov. 5.

A Harvard University poll this week showed that among likely voters aged 18 to 29, Clinton is leading Trump, a celebrity in his own right who starred in the reality television show “The Apprentice.”

But turnout is a con,夜上海论坛Eden,cern. The exceptionally negative tone of this year’s race for the White House has turned off young Americans, /Ipsos polling shows.

Presidential candidates have long sought to create buzz with help from celebrity pals, said Tevi Troy, who chronicled the strategy in his book “What Jefferson Read, Ike Watched, and Obama Tweeted: 200 Years of Pop Culture in the White House.”

“Campaigns do it to reach out to people who are not necessarily interested in politics but are interested in pop culture,” said Troy, a presidential historian who worked in the George W. Bush White House.

The events are like a larger version of a campaign yard sign, a way to show a “groundswell” of support behind a candidate – and a way to appeal to fans of the musicians, Kasper said.

“It can create a kind of psychological connection that we otherwise might not have when a politician endorses a presidential candidate, for instance,” Kasper said.

Japan Tobacco to cut heated tobacco prices in battle with Philip…

TOKYO ( ) – Japan Tobacco Inc (2914.T) is set to slash prices on its heated tobacco products early next week after a similar move by bigger rival Philip Morris International Inc (PM.N), signaling increased competition in Japan’s nascent market for alternative cigarettes.

Japan, where regular e-cigarettes with nicotine-laced liquid are effectively banned, has become the main market for “heat not burn” (HNB) products which e,上海夜玩网论坛Caitlin,mit less smoke and smell less than conventional cigarettes. The country accounts for over 90 percent of the $5 billion HNB market, according to Euromonitor.

Tobacco makers initially struggled to keep up with strong demand as they began introducing HNB products in l,上海高端夜生活在那里Rachel,imited Japanese markets a few years ago. But they ,上海新夜网龙凤Naia,have since ramped up production, with investors now worried about slowing growth.

Japan Tobacco said it would cut the price of its Ploom TECH device to 3,000 yen ($27.61) from 4,000 yen, timed with the official start of nationwide sales on Monday.

“We are finally prepared and confident that we can reverse our position and go on the offensive,” said Chito Sasaki, president of the company’s domestic tobacco business, told .

The company, while a dominant player in Japan’s cigarette market with a 60 percent share, has been lagging rivals in the HNB category. Philip Morris, which was first to start selling HNB products in Japan in 2014, claims iQOS has a 16.8 percent share in Japan’s overall tobacco market, including conventional cigarettes.

IQOS DISAPPOINTMENT

Philip Morris has said it will cut the price of its tobacco-heating device iQOS by about 30 percent to 7,980 yen from Friday. It said the move was designed to encourage more smokers who are considering switching from conventional cigarettes.

British American Tobacco PLC (BAT) (BATS.L) started to sell its “glo” device at 2,980 yen earlier this month, from 5,980 yen as a time-limited offer through late December. The cuts come as analysts said the industry may need catalysts for more growt上海夜生活h after an initial surge in sales to those eager to try out HNB products.

Philip Morris in April reported weaker-than-expected growth of iQOS devices in Japan in the first quarter, prompting a dive in company’s share price.

Industry officials, however, still see strong growth ahead, with Japan Tobacco forecasting HNB products accounting for 23 percent of Japan’s overall tobacco market in 2018, nearly double last year’s 12 percent.

A investigation in December described irregularities in the clinical trials that supported Philip Morris’ iQOS application to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

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Japan Tobacco, a former state monopoly, is still one-third owned by the government.

Japan’s tobacco regulation is among the least strict among developed economies. Cigarettes command prime spots at cash registers at the country’s ubiquitous convenience stores while glossy packaging carries health warnings but no graphic photos.

The government is trying to introduce an indoor smoking ban but critics say it has been watered down due to opposition from small restaurant and bar owners.

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More than 300 scientists warn over Trump’s climate change stance

WASHINGTON ( ) – Hundreds of top scientists warned on Tuesday against Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s vow to pull the United States out of the Paris climate-warming accord if elected in November.

The 375 members of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, including 30 Nobel Prize winners, said in an open letter that a U.,上海仙霞路夜生活Kailani,S. abandonment of the agreement would make it far harder to develop global strategies to lessen the impact of global warming.

“Thus it is of great concern that the Republican nominee for President has advocated U.S. withdrawal from the Paris Accord,” the letter said.

“A ‘Parexit’ would send a clear signal ,上海夜网后花园Quay,to the rest of the world: ‘The United States does not care about the global problem of human-caused climate change. You are on your own.’”

Among the signers are biologist E.O. Wilson, physicists Stephen Hawking and Claude Canizares, astrophysicist Simon D.M. White, and Nobel winners Thomas Steitz, Michael Levitt and William Daniel Phillips.

The National Academy of Sciences is a private society of scholars who advise the United States on science and technological matters. The signers of the letter said they did so as individuals and not on behalf of the Academy or their institutions.

In Paris last December, almost 200 countries agreed to slash greenhouse gases and keep global temperature rises to “well below” 2 degrees Celsius. The United States and China, the two上海夜生活论坛 largest producers of carbon emissions, ratified the accord this month.

Trump will speak at a natural gas industry conference in Pennsylvania on Thursday. A Trump spokeswoman did not respond to a request for comment.

Trump has dismissed manmade climate change as a hoax invented by the Chinese and says he will abandon the Paris agreement if elected.

He has vowed to reverse much of the work the administration of President Barack Obama has done to ad,上海夜网千花Mace,dress climate change, including rules to curb greenhouse gas emissions.

The Republican Party platform also questions the legality of Obama’s executive order ratifying the Paris deal.

Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton is a strong supporter of the Paris accord.