French protesters railing against Macron block roads

PARIS: Thousands gathered on motorways across France on Saturday to protest against higher fuel taxes and President Emmanuel Macron’s economic policies, in a campaign of road blockades in which one protester was accidentally killed and dozens were injured. Dubbed the “yellow vests”, protestors took to motorway sliproads and tunnel entrances, causing major back-ups at some …

Gibraltar's promotion dream over after Armenia drubbing

MADRID: Gibraltar’s hopes of a fairytale promotion from their Nations League group ended as they slumped to a 6-2 home defeat by Armenia on Friday after a disastrous second-half performance. The result means Macedonia, who beat Liechtenstein 2-0, will be guaranteed promotion if they avoid losing to Gibraltar in Skopje on Sunday. Armenia must beat …

Veritas Capital, Elliott to buy Athenahealth for US$5.7 billion

REUTERS: Private equity firm Veritas Capital and hedge fund Elliott Management are buying Athenahealth Inc for about US$5.7 billion, the U.S. healthcare software maker said on Monday. The all-cash deal values Athenahealth at US$135 per share, representing a premium of 12.2 percent to the stock’s closing price on Friday. Reuters reported on Sunday that Athenahealth …

German parliament approves procurement of new heavy-lift helicopter

BERLIN: The German parliament on Friday approved a big spending boost of 5.7 billion euros (£4.9 billion) for major weapons programmes in coming years, including plans to buy a new U.S.-built heavy-lift helicopter that had run into trouble. Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen welcomed the move during a visit to troops at the Holzdorf …

Amazon hiring thousands of delivery drivers for holiday season

LOS ANGELES: Amazon.com Inc wants to hire thousands of seasonal delivery drivers to supplement services provided by the U.S. Post Office, United Parcel Service Inc , FedEx Corp and its own delivery partners, the company said on Monday. The move comes as the online retailer is recruiting new delivery service partners, or DSPs, to help …

Rare 5655-carat emerald discovered in Zambia to be auctioned in Singapore

SINGAPORE: A one-of-a-kind, 5,655-carat emerald crystal weighing a whopping 1.1kg has been discovered in Zambia, Gemfields announced on Monday (Oct 29).  The London-based supplier of sustainably sourced gemstones described the precious jewel as having “remarkable clarity and a perfectly balanced golden green hue”. The crystal was unearthed in October in Kagem, the world’s largest mine, which is 75 per …

Tennis: Wozniacki struggles in WTA title defence in Singapore

SINGAPORE: Karolina Pliskova issued a warning to her opponents at the WTA Finals with a convincing straight-sets victory against defending champion Caroline Wozniacki. The dynamic 26-year-old’s easy 6-2, 6-4 triumph in Singapore was sweet revenge for Pliskova, who lost to Wozniacki in the semis at last year’s WTA Finals. Pliskova had strapping on her lower right …

Schlumberger profit rises, fueled by higher oilfield services demand

REUTERS: Schlumberger NV’s third-quarter profit rose 18.2 percent on higher oilfield services demand and the company said it expects the current pipeline bottlenecks in the Permian basin to be addressed within the next 12 to 18 months. U.S. crude prices are up about 40 percent from a year ago, but service companies which help operators …