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Tesla tops quarterly

WASHINGTON: Tesla sold more than 25,000 vehicles in the first quarter, a record that beat analysts’ forecasts, the electric carmaker said Sunday.

The Palo Alto, California-based carmaker saw deliveries bounce back by 69 per cent compared to a rough first quarter in 2016. Tesla produced 25,418 vehicles, a bit above its prior record in the third quarter of 2016.

That puts Tesla on track to meet its target of 50,000 units in the first half of the year. In the first quarter it delivered 13,450 of the Model S and 11,550 of the larger Model X.

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London terror: Westminster killer was a Christmas day-born convert with a criminal past Fri, 24 Mar 2017 09:29:38 +0000

THE Westminster attacker was born on Christmas Day and converted to Islam after years of criminality.

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Chris Carter’s number of whiffs are high — even for him Fri, 24 Mar 2017 09:29:38 +0000

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. — Chris Carter arrived with a reputation for striking out at an alarming rate, so Joe Girardi isn’t stunned the right-handed hitter is whiffing in more than half of his at-bats. “I have seen it before,’’ the manager said of Carter, who led the NL in whiffs with 206 last year with…

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]]> 0 Police reveal more details about British Parliament attacker Fri, 24 Mar 2017 09:29:38 +0000

LONDON — Khalid Masood, who attacked Britain’s Parliament, killing four people and wounding some 50, was born Adrian Russell Ajao, London’s top counterterror officer said Friday. Mark Rowley revealed the name in a briefing outside Scotland Yard in which he also announced two more “significant” arrests had been made. That brings the total number of…

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]]> 0 Why Usain Bolt analogy foretells a UCLA win over Kentucky Fri, 24 Mar 2017 09:29:38 +0000

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — If you walk by the Garden, say hi to a scalper. They’re in for a rough night. UCLA (PK) over Kentucky: The Bruins may fall before the Final Four, but not to a team that thinks it can win a race against Usain Bolt. On Dec. 3 in Lexington, UCLA defeated…

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]]> 0 WhatsApp: Neue Funktion soll Kontakte beim Nummernwechsel informieren Fri, 24 Mar 2017 09:29:38 +0000

WhatsApp wird wohl schon in Kürze eine neue Funktion erhalten, mit der Kontakte automatisch benachrichtigt werden, wenn man die eigene Nummer wechselt. Die Funktion ist aber nicht unumstritten.


Themen: WhatsApp für Android: Infos & kostenloser Download , Whatsapp für iPhone , WhatsApp Inc.

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]]> 0 Outlast 2: Australische Behörde zieht Verbot zurück Fri, 24 Mar 2017 09:29:38 +0000

In Australien wird aktuell über das kommende Horror-Spiel Outlast 2 diskutiert: Die zuständige Prüfstelle hat das Spiel aufgrund sexueller Gewalt nicht zugelassen, die Spieler argumentieren jedoch dagegen. Das australische Classification Board hat das Verbot nun zurückgezogen.


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]]> 0 The World’s Most Powerful Women: March 24 Fri, 24 Mar 2017 09:29:38 +0000

Fortune has launched its 2017 World’s Greatest Leaders list that ranks the politicians, sports figures, humanitarians, and business executive who are transforming the world and inspiring others to do the same. Nearly half of the 50 honorees are women, many of whom you’ll no doubt recognize. Philanthropist Melinda Gates is at No. 4, film director Ava DuVernay landed at No. 6, and Taiwan President Tsai Ing-Wen and German Chancellor Angela Merkel came it at Nos. 8 and 10, respectively.

My nominee for the list was Haruno Yoshida, president of BT Japan, who’s at No. 38.

I talked to Yoshida in February when she visited the White House as the leader of an all-female delegation representing the Keidanren, Japan’s powerful business federation. The group met with Dina Powell, President Donald Trump’s economic advisor, to discuss women’s economic advancement. After the meeting, Yoshida told me she hoped Japan could fix its “long working hours habit” by adopting some aspects of the American approach to work-life balance, like relying on technology to work remotely.

Yoshida was named the Keidanren’s first-ever female executive in 2015, a notable milestone for the federation and for Yoshida, now 52.

She scaled the corporate ladder by working abroad for foreign companies like Motorola that promote women more readily than their Japanese counterparts. Back in Japan, she’s now in the unique position of being a female executive in the nation’s male-dominated business culture. Her candor about the difficulties of raising her daughter as a single mom and the sacrifices she’s made to get ahead also stands out.

“I hid the fact that I had a daughter for a long time in my office,” she told the audience at Fortune‘s Most Powerful Women Summit in Hong Kong last year. “In Japanese culture, you don’t want to miss important meetings because that’s [viewed as] a disadvantage. You don’t want to miss that dinner meeting because you have a daughter.”

Yoshida has used her Keidanren megaphone to champion Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s efforts to help more women enter Japan’s economy.

At the Fortune event, she acknowledged the strides Abe has made, but admitted the need for more work toward gender equality. She regards the next generation as a barometer of progress: “[I hope] my daughter can have a happy family and business life,” she said.



[bs-title]Rudd pays respects[/bs-title][bs-content]U.K. Home Secretary Amber Rudd attended a vigil in honor of police officer Keith Palmer, who was stabbed to death by the Westminster attacker on Wednesday. “He was courageous, he was brave, and he was doing his duty,” Rudd said. In an interview with BBC political editor Laura Kuenssberg, Rudd cautioned against blaming intelligence agencies for the attack; she said the assailant had spent time in jail and was “someone known to them but that he was on the periphery of the intelligence agencies.”[/bs-content][bs-link link=”” source=”The Guardian”][bs-seperator]

[bs-title]Diamond anniversary dispute[/bs-title][bs-content]Polish Prime Minister Beata Szydlo has said she will refuse to sign a symbolic declaration of European priorities at the EU’s 60th anniversary summit in Rome on Saturday unless her country’s demands are met. Poland wants the symbolic declaration to reflect the government’s position on issues like defense, trade, and competition. The summit is meant to be a display of European unity ahead of Brexit.[/bs-content][bs-link link=”” source=”Bloomberg”][bs-seperator]

[bs-title]Pill problems[/bs-title][bs-content] A shortage of contraception in Egypt has led women to turn to the black market for birth-control pills. Egypt has fixed the price of medicine since 1955, but the policy now means that drug companies can no longer afford to produce their products domestically. The country’s population is growing at 2.4% a year, faster than other developing nations, and the state lacks enough food and water to feed its growing citizenry. [/bs-content][bs-link link=”” source=”The Economist”]


[bs-title]Making moms work[/bs-title][bs-content]An amendment to the GOP’s health care plan will allow states to rescind Medicaid coverage to unemployed mothers who do not find a job within 60 days of giving birth. If the amendment makes it into the final version of the legislation, it risks putting “women in the difficult position of finding work soon after delivery and needing to find childcare, or staying home and being uninsured,” as Alina Salganicoff of the Kaiser Family Foundation, told Fortune. A vote planned for yesterday was scrapped because there was not enough support for the bill yet. President Donald Trump has demanded a vote on it today. [/bs-content][bs-link link=”” source=”Fortune”][bs-seperator]

[bs-title]Mind the gap[/bs-title][bs-content]The gender pay gap is widening in the United States’ top higher ed institutions, where men outnumber women two to one and occupy the vast majority of full professorships, according to new data from the Chronicle of Higher Education. A separate survey of U.S. museums found that much the same is true in the art world; in museums with budgets of $15 million or higher, only 30% of directors are women. “Female representation decreases as budget size increases,” the study found.[/bs-content][bs-link link=”” source=”Fortune”][bs-seperator]

[bs-title]Maternity care crisis[/bs-title][bs-content]Hundreds of Venezuelan women are crossing the border into Colombia to deliver their children in functioning maternity wards. Desperate to avoid giving birth in their country’s deteriorating facilities where the infant-mortality rate is higher than Syria’s, they make the journey on foot along with thousands of others seeking medical help. The Venezuelan economic crisis has led to shortages of food and medicine, and many doctors have fled the country; Colombia’s public health system is straining to accommodate the influx of patients from its neighbor.[/bs-content][bs-link link=”″ source=”Wall Street Journal”]


[bs-title]Hong Kong’s hardliner[/bs-title][bs-content]Career civil servant Carrie Lam is the favorite to become Hong Kong’s next chief executive. The city’s 1,194-person legislative committee will select a leader for the semi-autonomous territory on Sunday. Lam, who served as No. 2 in the previous administration, has the backing of 600 committee delegates and has been described as “a hardliner who is not a good listener, especially when someone criticizes her.” Politicians say China has been lobbying in her favor behind the scenes.[/bs-content][bs-link link=”″ source=”Financial Times”][bs-seperator]

[bs-title]What they call love[/bs-title][bs-content]India’s “phone Romeos” are notorious for dialing wrong numbers at random in the hopes of hearing a woman’s voice and striking up a romantic relationship. In countries like India, Papua New Guinea, Bangladesh, and Morocco, cheap mobile technologies are coming into conflict with traditional gender boundaries. Reports of phone stalking have risen exponentially in India, but successful matches in the form of “wrong-number relationships” have also emerged.[/bs-content][bs-link link=”” source=”New York Times”][bs-seperator]

[bs-content]News summaries by Linda Kinstler @lindakinstler [/bs-content]


[bs-title size=”small”]Britain has the answer to defunding Planned Parenthood[/bs-title][bs-link link=”” source=”Bloomberg”]

[bs-title size=”small”]Startup WayUp wants to be the Netflix for jobs[/bs-title][bs-link link=”” source=”Fortune”]

[bs-title size=”small”]Marine Le Pen, no longer enemy of the euro[/bs-title][bs-link link=”” source=”Politico”]

[bs-title size=”small”]Americans agree on paid leave, but not on who should pay[/bs-title][bs-link link=”” source=”New York Times”]

[bs-title size=”small”]Ina Garten just announced a brand new cooking show[/bs-title][bs-link link=”” source=”Fortune”]

[bs-title size=”small”]New York City just made it so much easier to be a female entrepreneur[/bs-title][bs-link link=”” source=”Fortune”]


[bs-quote link=”” author=”–New York City Deputy Mayor Alicia Glen, in an interview about how women can help each other get ahead in the workplace.”]”I need to have my roots done so that I can do my job, so that I can sit in meetings and look professional. [It’s] no different than what these guys were doing going to Pebble Beach. So it went on my schedule. And people were shocked.”[/bs-quote]

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]]> 0 Apple Is Under Fire For Not Paying Taxes in New Zealand. But That’s Not Entirely True Fri, 24 Mar 2017 09:29:38 +0000

A treaty between Australia and New Zealand allowed Apple


to pay taxes to the former, but not the latter for a decade.

The tech giant is facing scrutiny for the arrangement that saw its New Zealand unit pay $26 million in taxes to Canberra instead of Wellington since 2007, but Apple has said that it was entirely legal, according to the New Zealand Herald .

Green Party of Aotearoa New Zealand co-leader James Shaw told the newspaper it was “absolutely extraordinary” that Apple was “able to get away with paying zero tax” in the country. “It looks like their tax department is even more innovative than their product designers,” he added.

In a statement issued from Australia, Apple said they “follow the law and pay tax on everything [they] earn” and “appreciate and respect the role taxes play as necessary and important.”

For more about Apple, watch Fortune’s video:


University lecturer and Labour Party candidate Deborah Russell also came to the company’s defense, telling the Herald that Apple was “operating completely legally” and that outcry over the tax arrangement disputed the morality rather than legality of the arrangement.

This isn’t the first time that the world’s second most valuable brand has faced criticism for its tax policies.

In 2014, Apple was slammed for moving much of its international profits offshore to Ireland, where the corporate tax rate is 12.5%.

New Zealand’s Revenue Minister Judith Collins recently announced plans to bolster the country’s tax laws and crackdown on tax avoidance by international corporations.

[New Zealand Herald ]

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]]> 0 Samsung Holds Off on Adopting a Holding Company Structure Fri, 24 Mar 2017 09:29:37 +0000

Samsung Electronics


said on Friday it will be difficult to adopt a holding company structure at this time, rejecting U.S. activist hedge fund Elliott Management’s proposal and ruling out for now a long-anticipated succession move.

Investors had expected the global leader in smartphones and memory chips to adopt a holding company structure, as the founding Lee family tries to solidify its control of the Samsung Group flagship ahead of a leadership succession.

But Chief Executive Kwon Oh-hyun told the annual shareholder meeting this was unlikely at this stage, giving investors their first insight into how the South Korean tech giant is approaching a potential restructuring amid a political scandal that has embroiled Samsung Group chief Jay Y. Lee.

“There are negative effects that would arise from transitioning to a holding company so it does not appear it will be easy to do so at present,” Kwon said, without elaborating what those negatives were.

The comments sent shares of Samsung C&T


down nearly 7%. As Samsung Group’s de facto holding company, it was seen as a likely beneficiary if Samsung Electronics adopted a holding structure.

Some analysts believed Samsung’s Lee family members would seek to merge C&T, which they firmly control, with the Samsung Electronics holding company as the final succession step.

“Investors have been hoping for change for Samsung Electronics and more broadly Samsung Group, but this suggests that process will be delayed,” said CJ Heo, a fund manager at Alpha Asset Management.

Elliott in October called for the firm to adopt a holding company structure by splitting itself in two and paying out a 30 trillion won ($26.75 billion) special dividend.

Samsung announced a review in November but until now has maintained a neutral stance on the holding structure issue.

An Elliott spokesman declined to comment.


Some investors said the mooted restructuring appears to have been delayed with Lee’s arrest on charges of bribery, embezzlement and other offenses in a corruption scandal that has already led to the removal of President Park Geun-hye from office.

The 48-year-old leader of Samsung Group and Samsung Electronics’ vice chairman could face more than 20 years in prison. He denies the allegations.

For more on the Samsung bribery trial, watch Fortune’s video:


Samsung Group patriarch Lee Kun-hee remains incapacitated following a May 2014 heart attack. His children face a multi-billion dollar inheritance tax when he dies, providing an impetus to quickly strengthen their grip on key affiliates such as Samsung Electronics.

Investors believe a restructuring could streamline the company, improve its governance and boost its value.

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