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Siemens to slash thousand jobs

FRANKFURT—German engineering giant Siemens, which is increasingly feeling the effects of the economic downturn, is to axe “thousands” of jobs, the financial daily Boersen Zeitung reported on Tuesday.

Last month, Siemens chief executive Peter Loescher said the company was drawing up a program to cut costs, boost productivity and efficiency.

 While the program would not primarily be implemented by reducing the headcount, job cuts could not be ruled out completely, Loescher said at the time.

 At the end of July, Siemens warned that it would be harder to achieve its annual profit targets, as the gloomy global economic mood weighs on orders, especially in the field of renewable energy.

 It was the second time Siemens had been forced to revise down its targets this year.

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Peter Thiel cashes out investment from Facebook

Peter Thiel, Facebook’s first big investor, has sold off most of his stake.

Thiel is a Facebook investor in 2004. Thiel and his associated investment funds held more than 44 million shares of Facebook when the company went public. He sold off 16.8 million shares in the IPO, netting $640 million.

Thiel took advantage. He and his funds sold off 20 million shares, worth a total of $395.8 million, according to a regulatory filing. The stock sales, made at per-share prices that ranged from $19.27 to $20.69, took Thiel’s total Facebook cash-out to just over $1 billion.

The stock sales represent a near-exit for Thiel, who has now liquidated almost all of his Facebook holdings. He and his funds are still sitting on around 5.6 million shares, worth $112 million at Monday’s closing price.

Current price as of today is $20.01 Which has an IPO price at $38 in May 18, 2012. Shares have been sliced in half, hitting a low of $19.01 in Friday trading (August 17, 2012)

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Phyllis Diller dead at 95

Queen of comedy Phyllis Diller died this morning while at sleep in her Brentwood home surrounded by family.

Diller was 95. Recently he had falle, hurting wrist and hip but this injury has nothing to do with her death according to her agent Fred Wostbrock.

In 1999 she had suffered a heart attack and was later fitted with a pacemaker.

As a professional comedian, Diller was a late bloomer: The Ohio native was an Alameda, Calif., mother of five when she made her nightclub debut at the Purple Onion in San Francisco in 1955 — at age 37.

Known for her adept timing and precisely structured jokes, Diller took pride in being able to deliver as many as 12 punch lines per minute.

She also had a stint starring in “Hello, Dolly!” during its original 1964-1970 run on Broadway. But the outlandish Diller always shined best in nightclubs, showrooms and concert halls, where one of her favorite targets was her domestic life, including her fictional husband “Fang.”

Good bye Phyllis Diller.

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Good bye Secretary Jesse Robredo

MANILA, Philippines – The remains of Secretary Jesse Robredo of DILG (Department of Local and Government) was found today.

At 8:15AM was declared found and his remains has been brought back to his hometown Naga City Tuesday, a few hours after technical divers found and recovered his body in the waters off Masbate.

President Benigno Aquino III personally saw the return of Robredo, considered to be one of the most powerful of his cabinet officials, to his wife Leni and daughters Aika, Patricia and Jillian.

Robredo’s body has been placed in a metal coffin and television reports said that it will be brought to the Archbishop’s Palace where a public viewing is expected to start at 5 p.m.

Rest in peace Secretary Jesse Robredo.

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Director Tony Scott committed suicide

Best known for his films “Top Gun”, “Beverly Hills Cop II”, “Days of Thunder”, “Enemy of the State”, “Unstoppable” died in an apparent suicide Sunday after jumping from the Vincent Thomas Bridge in San Pedro, California told by an official from Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office.

Scott who is 68, jumped from the bridge at about 12:30pm.

Many send their condolences and comments through Twitter. Like, Adam Shankman, Joe Carnahan, Ron Howard, Jeanne Wolf, Martha Plimpton, Michael Rapaport and many more.

Rest in peace Director Tony Scott.

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HTC losing $40 Million from OnLive

HTC, a Taiwanese smartphone maker said on Monday it will book a $40 million loss from its investment in U.S. cloud gaming service OnLive.

HTC made its $40 million investment in OnLive in February of last year, in what was seen as a move to eventually bring more online games to its company smartphones. OnLive, which streams games over the Internet through PCs, also started hosting games for Android tablets and smartphones at the end of 2011.

Due to high infrastructure costs associated with running its gaming service the U.S.-based company has been forced to restructure. On Friday, the company said, an unknown company OnLive had been acquired. And as part of the restructuring a number of unknown company’s employees have been laid off.

 

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Olympic Gold medal resale value

 

The United States will pay 15,000 pounds ($25,000) to gold medallists while Australians will receive A$20,000 ($20,900), feature on an Australia stamp and get a flight upgrade home.

Russia, battling Britain to keep its third place in the gold medal table, has promised athletes 85,000 pounds ($135,000) for golds while there are reports Italy has offered 116,000 pounds ($182,000).

China, which is jostling with the United States for top of the gold medals tally, has not released details of financial incentives but the Chinese language Sports Weekly reported they were likely to hand gold winners $51,000.

Singaporean athletes are being offered one of the biggest incentives with an offer of 1 million Singapore dollars ($800,000) for a gold. Singapore has never won gold at the Olympics.

India has promised coaching jobs to athletes who win medals.

British athletes, however, will have to settle for national glory and their image on a stamp rather than cash.

British Olympic chiefs are of the view that financial rewards do not significantly impact the motivation of athletes to reach the podium and it is their desire to compete at the Olympics that is their main driving force.

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Some Asian stock markets are closed

August 20, 2012. Stock markets in Indonesia, Malaysia, India, Singapore and the Philippines are closed on Monday for public holidays.

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Joey Kovar found dead

Joey Kovar found dead on Friday, August 17 in his native Chicago. He was only 29. This news was confirmed by MTV News.

Kovar was found at his friend’s house and it’s believed his death is linked to drugs, according to a report on TMZ. A representative for Kovar told the site that he was discovered by a female friend who called 911 after she saw him bleeding. Authorities arrived at the scene, where he was pronounced dead.

Joey Kovar was known for casting on “Real World Hollywood” show. In the year 2008 Kovar needs to leave the show season midway to enter a rehabilitation. He returned to the production, but then left again for fear that he might relapse. On one of the season of Koey Kovar “Reunion Special” Kovar shared that he had been sober for a year.  However, he continued to battle demons, later appearing on the VH1 reality show “Celebrity Rehab” in 2009, after he relapsed and began using cocaine and ecstasy again.

Do not hesitate to share your condolences with Joey Kovar’s friends and family in the comments below.

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Reunion of Spice Girls at London 2012 Olympics

A show-stopper performance by English pop and rock super stars Spice Girls brought the closing ceremony of the London 2012 Olympics in high spirit.

An estimated 300 million views around the world and 80,000 fans at the Olympic Stadium, for most of the viewers it is actually the reunion of the Spice Girls that made it more splashy.

Melanie Chisholm (“Sporty Spice”), Emma Bunton (“Baby Spice”), Melanie Brown (“Scary Spice”), Victoria Beckham (“Posh Spice”), and Geri Halliwell (“Ginger Spice”) arrived via multicolored taxis into the center of the stadium, the floor of which was arranged to resemble the Union Jack.

At the end of the ceremony, London Mayor Boris Johnson passed the Olympic Flag to Mayor Eduardo Paes of Rio de Janero, Brazil. And you heard and saw it right, Brazil will host the 2016 Summer Olympics

 

 

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