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The stale classroom with yellow paint on the cinderblock walls and tan carpeting was a world away from their glossy offices in the San Francisco Bay area and New York City. A local delegation led by Mayor Michael C. Butler sat on stage for the investors -- all eager for their dozen or so guests to inject money into their small city. The VCs, who generally buy a piece of early technology startups, sat still for a while, until one said he didn’t know.
(Bloomberg) -- Growing security concerns surrounding Huawei Technologies Co. may help Samsung Electronics Co. challenge the Chinese behemoth in the market for fifth-generation wireless communications, an executive at the South Korean giant said.
KATOWICE, Poland (AP) — A growing fleet of satellites is monitoring man-made greenhouse gas emissions from space, spurred by the need to track down major sources of climate changing gases such as methane and carbon dioxide.
United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is due to attend final talks in Sweden on Thursday to support his envoy's efforts and meet delegates from the Iran-aligned Houthi group and the Saudi-backed government of Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi. Ambassadors from countries that are permanent members of the Security Council - China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States - joined talks with delegation heads on Tuesday, sources said. Western nations, some of which supply arms and intelligence to the Saudi-led coalition that intervened in Yemen in 2015, want an end to nearly four years of war that have killed tens of thousands of people and pushed millions to the brink of famine.
Japan on Wednesday selected the Chinese character for "disaster" as its "defining symbol" for 2018, a year that saw the country hit by deadly floods, earthquakes and storms. "Many people experienced the threat of natural disasters such as earthquakes, heavy rain, typhoons and heatwaves," the Japan Kanji Aptitude Testing Foundation, which organises the event, said in a press release.
Starting before dawn has even broken, Afghanistan's army of saffron pickers shift their way across sun-baked fields to pluck brightly the coloured crocuses that are providing the country's farmers with a new means of income. Joma Khan is one of the 156,000 seasonal workers who help harvest the spice, earning about $1 an hour. "We start our field work before sunrise and each of us can collect about four to five kilograms of saffron flower," the 16-year-old said.
The incident is one of dozens highlighting the cost of a rapidly changing climate across Europe. From German steelmaker Thyssenkrupp AG to British food retailer Greggs Plc, companies are warning that unexpected fluctuations in the weather events are hurting production and sales.“The weather has been changing for years,” said Arvonen, who is chief executive officer of the company based in Solna just north of Stockholm.
The Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) released a new report on Tuesday into a massive California wildfire that ignited near one of its damaged towers, offering new details of the incident but stopping short of accepting blame. The Camp Fire broke out on the morning of Nov. 8 near the Northern California mountain community of Paradise, sweeping through the town and killing 86 people in the deadliest and most destructive wildfire in state history. The Butte County Sheriff's Office announced late on Tuesday that a man who was severely burned while trying to put out the fire that engulfed his car had died from his injuries.
Virgin Galactic says it’s beginning a series of SpaceShipTwo test flights that could cross the edge of the space frontier as early as Thursday — amid a debate over where exactly that edge kicks in. The company has been flight-testing its VSS Unity rocket plane for more than two years, with its most recent rocket-powered flight rising to a height of 32 miles (52 kilometers) in July. The plan for the next stage of testing at California’s Mojave Air and Space Port was laid out in a statement issued today. “During this phase of the flight program we will be… Read More
With parliament set to approve the legislation as early as next month, Thai businesses and activists have raised concerns that a raft of patent requests filed by foreign firms could allow them to dominate the market and make it harder for researchers to access marijuana extracts. "Granting these patents is scary because it blocks innovation and stops other businesses and researchers from doing anything related with cannabis," said Chokwan Kitty Chopaka, an activist with Highlands Network, a cannabis legalization advocacy group in Thailand. Opposition to foreign firms has threatened to stall the legalization process, with researchers and civic networks threatening to sue the government if the patents are granted, according to media.
SoftBank Ventures Korea and other existing backers joined the round, Tokopedia said in a statement without detailing its valuation. The funding, which Bloomberg first reported last month, underscores the Jakarta-based company’s ambition to broaden its business by investing in logistics, fulfillment, payments and financial services.
The company, which is backed by billionaire Pony Ma, and current holders sold 82 million American depositary shares at $13 apiece, according to a statement. Tencent Music opted to price lower after initially guiding fund managers that orders were coming in around the midpoint of the marketed range. Tencent Music’s final pricing implies a valuation of about $21.3 billion for the company.
Justice William Ehrcke of the British Columbia Supreme Court agreed to release Meng on the condition she post bail of C$10 million ($7.5 million), including at least C$7 million in cash, and submit five people who would act as “sureties” -- guarantors to ensure she complies with the bail terms who would lose the cash or other assets they put up if she were to flee. Meng broke into tears and wiped her eyes upon the announcement from the judge.
During an extraordinary spacewalk, two Russian cosmonauts used sharp objects today to cut away layers of protective insulation on a Soyuz capsule and take samples of sealant plugging up a mysterious drill hole. The hole, measuring just a tenth of an inch wide, was the source of an alarming air leak detected on the International Space Station in August. Soon after discovering the breach, the station’s crew managed to plug the hole in the Soyuz’s habitation module with epoxy and gauze, and the Soyuz has since been judged safe for next week’s return trip to Earth. Three returning spacefliers will… Read More
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