Motorola leaves Spain

Google has decided to close the subsidiary of Motorola in Spain later this year due to the deterioration of the Spanish economy and the unfavorable prospects for domestic consumption, which will affect the mobile device market.

The search company and Internet services, which Motorola acquired last May as part of its business diversification policy, European strategy will focus on three major markets in terms of turnover (Germany, UK and France), increasing share obviating the handset maker was making in the Spanish market, which currently exceeds 3%.

In operators like Orange, Motorola already had a 10% market share, and Vodafone and Movistar also presented new range devices ‘Razr’. In absolute levels, Spain is the European country in which Motorola sells more units .

The retreat from their positions in Europe also mean leaving the company of other markets in the euro periphery, such as Greece, Italy or Portugal, but also in countries such as Poland, Czech Republic and Scandinavia. Motorola’s workforce in Spain consists of about 50 employees.

According to published newspaper Friday ‘Expansion’, this story progresses, the decision means that as of December 31 phones that Motorola Mobility manufactures disappear from the shelves of Spanish distributors, while keeping all aftermarket services.

Google, which completed last August to buy Motorola Mobility for a total of 12,500 million dollars in cash (9,800 million euros), which shall then confirmed the closure or consolidation of the third of the 90 manufacturing that its subsidiary has spread around the world.

This restructuring plan will involve a workforce reduction and affect 4,000 employees, about 20% of the total workforce of Motorola.

Google said that “two thirds of the workforce reduction will take place outside the U.S.”, while pointing out that this decision is related to its plans to simplify telephony devices portfolio company to emphasize the production of those most innovative and profitable mobile.

Google acquired Motorola Mobility last May by 12,500 million dollars (10.245 million euros), after the company co-founder Larry Page is done with the reins of the popular search engine last year.


McDonald’s launches veggie burger

Rod Mc, Mc Chicken, Mc Fish … The fast food giant McDonald’s expands its range for some time burgers to suit everyone. As part of this process, it plans to open two restaurants soon totally vegetarian in India, reports the “Financial Times “.

The famous “M” will be installed in two famous holy cities of country: Amrisar, sacred to the Sikhs and Katra, Hindu shrine dedicated to the worship of the god Vishnu. No beef or pork in the land of sacred cows in these two regions, the population is exclusively vegetarian.

Major crossing points because of their temples, they attract a significant number of visitors. However, the country of the sacred cow, Hindus, which represent 80% of the country’s population, and Sikhs, 2% do not eat beef. Muslims (13%) do not consume pork. In order to please its customers, the chain had already taken the initiative to propose lamb burgers or a revamped version of “BicMac”, this time filled with chicken instead of the traditional hamburger. The latter renamed the “Maharaja Mac” is a huge success, totaling a quarter of sales in the country. Regarding vegetarians, three sandwiches were already used. A market to 12 billion coveted Compared to France, the second largest market for American brand, India is still seen as a beginner. McDonald’s India has only 271 outlets in the country, against 1200 in France. But this is only a matter of time, because the leaders are hoping to double the number of outlets in the next three years, relying in particular on the concept of vegetarian restaurant, very promising. “India is a key focus of our development, and we are preparing to capture the market,” says Rajesh Kumar Maini, one of the leaders of the brand in the columns of the Huffington Post . In India, the market fast food estimated at $ 12 billion is highly coveted. U.S. Subways chain, which has 280 outlets in India, yesterday opened its first restaurant entirely vegetarian in the State of Punjab on a private university campus owned by vegetarians. Domino’s Pizza for its part developed ultra spicy pizza recipes for restaurants in the subcontinent.


Muscle tension, a scourge for 8 out of 10 French

81% of French people suffer from muscle tension. In detail, the French claim to be especially affected by cramps, stiff neck, body aches or back muscle pain.

The survey revealed that all age groups are affected by these muscular tensions, even if seniors are more likely to suffer.

Three-quarters of 18-24 year olds claiming to be affected by these tensions, against 78% of 25-34 years, 79% aged 35-49 and 85% aged 65 and over.

Coping up with the pain, everyone reacts differently. 40% of respondents prefer to wait a day or two before treatment, while 30% choose to take a painkiller quickly. A fifth panel completely ignores the pain.

According to the study, fatigue (86%) and stress (57%) are the main causes of the occurrence of muscle tension.

This survey was conducted online between September 11 and October 13, 2011, among a sample of 1,027 people representative of the French population aged 18 and over.


SnoopLion for Obama

Americans “should give four more years to Obama,” sidelines SnoopLion at the International Festival of Film in Toronto, Canada last Friday, where he presented “Reincarnated”, a documentary on reggae. The rapper most fluid phrasing of an entire generation, ex-sidekick Dr. Dre, dropped his name from Snoop Dogg to embrace a new career in Jamaican music. 

Snoop Lion takes two terms

The quadra now, with 40 million records sold, look carefully into the campaign in the United States. Away from promoting his film, he took the opportunity voice out his opinions. Former Republican President George W. Bush “fucking mess for eight years, so we must give eight years to Obama,” he firmly told before adding: “Barack has cleaned half of this mess in four years. It is not as if you had given him a clean house”. They left him a house with a TV that did not work, clogged toilets, and nothing worked, he added with images of flowers. artist attended the national convention of the Democratic Party. “You heard what Bill Clinton said? Do you like it? “He asked the audience in reference to the much applauded speech of former Democratic president Wednesday. These are the stars behind Obama. Finally, the singer welcomed the elimination of Bin Laden. “Obama came and found, that George Bush could not catch who vanished 11 September 2001. Now if everyone can live in peace, and have a good time, it is because he has done it. ” Without any mystery, Snoop Lion joined battalions connected artists, young and glamorous that support Democrats like Eva Longoria, Scarlett Johansson, Beyonce, Angelina Jolie and many others.


With 114 million dollars in donations, Obama did better than Romney in August

U.S. President Barack Obama has collected in August, $ 114 million of contributions to finance the campaign for reelection, beating  the first time Republican rival Mitt Romney, said his campaign manager on Monday.

“More than one million one hundred thousand Americans – including 317,000 new contributors – paying on average $ 58 gave $ 14 million in total,” the largest amount of his 2012 presidential campaign, said Jim Messina. “The key to respond to the great interests who sign checks unlimited for Mitt Romney’s campaign is to expand our donor base, and this is what we actually did in August,” said M . Messina. These payments are significant because they occur after the appointment of Paul Ryan very conservative as a running mate for Romney.vAccording to the journal of the Congress, Hill, Mitt Romney has raised 111 million for his part in August ahead for the first time by Mr. Obama the collection of money, so he was largely heading in the previous months. The Republican candidate in July maintained a net financial benefit with a reserve of 186 million against only 124 million into the coffers of Barack Obama, according to the official accounts of the Federal Election Commission.

These figures did not include the payments in August or substantial advertising expenditures made in the same month by the two candidates. Advantage should continue to Mr. Romney, who has accumulated considerable sums of money waiting to be officially designated by the Republican convention in August before legally disposing. The money paid by Obama supporters will therefore only recover a little bar. In this chapter, the campaign team of the outgoing president said that in some states the television spots Romney and activism groups his supporters are twice as large in terms of expenditure than his Democratic rival. The outgoing president nevertheless on the rise, according to a Gallup daily poll, which gave him Sunday five points ahead of his challenger in the polls.


The Government is considering reducing margins on fuel oil and petrol stations

The government “will consider measures” that allow lower profit margins earned by operators in the price of fuel , and this could apply to “tax measures” being passed on businesses and not consumers, announced the vice Government, Soraya Sáenz de Santamaría, after the Council of Ministers.

Alongside this, the government is “studying contracts flagging service stations with distributors” in order to proceed to liberalize and thereby “allow easier changes” and “remove barriers to entry,” he said.

Saenz de Santamaria said that the prices of petrol and diesel have reached “a peak in recent weeks” and that in the fuel sector of the energy price increases on international markets move quickly to the supplier, which does not happen with the decreases, so that prices “go up like a rocket and fall like a feather.”

The measures “not yet decided” and go to “speak to the sector,” said the Deputy Prime Minister, after explaining that the decision to study them has been adopted after the Council of Ministers on Friday a report analyze Ministry of Industry, Energy and Tourism on the matter.

In this report, he said, shows that the margins earned by operators in both petrol and diesel exceeds the European average and raise the price of fuel, although in Spain the tax burden is lower than the rest of the continent .

In fact, of the three elements of the fuel prices, which are the product cost, taxes and margin, the first is similar to the European average, while the tax burden is lower and the benefit to the operator is higher, he said.

“Spain is the eurozone countries that less gravel road and fuel tax, however, is one of the states where the margin, the gain is greater,” said Saenz de Santamaria.

Petrol and diesel.

To illustrate this fact, pointed are the Super 95 unleaded, in which the taxes in Spain are of 69.3 euro cents per liter, up from 66.9 cents in energy costs and 15 cents range.

As the area euro, taxes are higher for the same product, from 92.6 cents, while the cost is similar and the margin is less, from 13.3 cents. In France, the margin is even lower, at 9.8 cents.

In the case of diesel, the tax amounts to 58.5 cents per liter, compared to the area average euro to 71 cents, while the profit margin amounted to 15.1 cents, compared to 13.3 in the countries of environment.


Central Banks Won’t “Stack Up More Austerity” in Europe

Countries applying a program of buying bonds of the European Central Bank will not necessarily be at the request of making more cuts, as some governments have already taken solid steps in that direction, said Saturday Coeuré Benoit, a member of the governing council ECB.

In remarks that could allay some fears in Spain on ECB support request to reduce the performance of its sovereign bonds, Coeuré said the idea of the central bank’s program “is not stacking up more austerity”.

“The ECB’s intervention can only work if countries are on the way back to growth that will enable them to reduce their debt,” said Coeuré to France Inter in a radio.

“That does not necessarily mean more austerity. Certain countries, as we have already taken many steps in the right direction and therefore would not be necessarily more demands,” he added.

The ECB agreed Thursday to possibly launch an unlimited bond purchases to lower financing costs for members of the area euro in trouble, despite the resistance of the German Bundesbank , an announcement that triggered actions in European financial markets.

The ECB President Mario Draghi said the plan to buy short-term sovereign debt in the secondary market was subject to “strict and effective conditions” as that countries aspiring first request an aid program of rescue funds zone euro EFSF and ESM, which could involve further reform commitments.

This aggravated the debts over whether the government of President Mariano Rajoy, who is fighting a deep recession and unemployment of around 25 percent, would seek help. Rajoy has insisted that Spain has already taken the necessary and painful steps that were needed to restore public finances.

“This is a conversation that must take place not between Spain and the ECB, but between Spain and other eurozone members (…) It is a political decision,” said Coeuré.

The Spanish Deputy Prime Minister, Soraya Saenz de Santamaria, said that Spain will address the conditions that lead the ECB program with its partners in the area euro at a meeting of finance ministers of the EU to be held in Cyprus next week .

Coeuré said the ECB’s bond purchases will not solve the crisis of the block and that growth will remain weak in 2012 and 2013.

Reducing debt levels is a condition to return to growth, he said, but we also need policies to implement economies of the euro area, as the stimulus program of 120,000 million euros this year agreed by leaders of the region.

“Today we are in a situation in which the single market is no longer working, especially in the capital market,” said Coeuré, pointing also to fragmentation in the services and labor markets.

He also indicated that a pan-European plan Dole allow workers to move more freely through the region.

“There is a wide range of policies to restore economic dynamism in Europe that have not been explored enough,” he said. “It is urgent because this social crisis has lasted many months and the more you drag Europe into it, the worse the social and economic consequences,” he added.


Earthquake in China caused 89 dead and over 700 injured

The earthquake that struck on Friday, the provinces of Yunnan and Guizhou in southwest China, has already left at least 89 dead and over 700 injured, according to official figures.

The Department of Civil Affairs of Yunnan expects the number to rise as rescue teams able to reach inaccessible mountain villages , where communications infrastructure and electricity supply has been badly damaged by the earthquake.

More than 100,000 people were evacuated, while others require 100,000 new housing after the quake destroyed 6,650 homes in the province and damaged 430,000 others, according to data released by the official Xinhua news agency. In Guizhou, according to these data, two people were injured and more than 10,000 houses have been damaged by earthquakes.

The economic losses, according to the Department of Social Services of Yunnan, and reach 3,500 billion yuan (551 million dollars).

The Department has begun sending relief assistance to the affected by disasters, including thousands of tents, blankets and coats for those affected.

The earthquake occurred just after 11:00 pm (0300 GMT) on Friday in the border area between the provinces of Yunnan and Guizhou, according to the Control Center of China Earthquake.

The quake, whose epicenter was located about 15 miles from the center of Yiliang at a depth of 14 kilometers, was followed by up to 16 replicas.


Eurovegas in Madrid

Las Vegas Sands Corp., the group of American tycoon Sheldon Adelson, announced this evening the choice of the Community of Madrid to build the Eurovegas project for leisure and gaming. 

Through a statement in Las Vegas (USA), the company indicates that selection of Madrid gives way to a new phase in which both choose “specific location” in which the project will stand as the definition its final extension. ”

Localities Paracuellos Jarama Madrid / Torrejon, and Valdecarros Alcorcon ( Madrid ) were the municipalities that pushed for the location of the leisure center .

The project Eurovegas, as previously indicated its promoters, will involve an investment of 17,000 million euros, will create 260,000 jobs and could open in 2022.

Las Vegas Sands appreciates both Madrid and Barcelona “time and effort” dedicated to this process.

“We’ve had great support in both cities and are grateful for the friendships that have developed,” said Sheldon Adelson, chairman of the company.

The regional government of Madrid “has been a strong advocate for this potential project,” Adelson said “the selection of Madrid to Barcelona was not an easy choice. ”

“We express our deepest gratitude to the people, both within the Catalan government and those who have served as consultants or advisors for us during the assessment process,” concludes Adelson.


Zuckerberg slows the sale of shares in Facebook after the crash in the stock market

The CEO of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, will not sell shares in the social network over the next twelve months. The announcement of the company, in a document submitted to the Securities and Exchange Commission in the U.S., matches that of shares on Tuesday. The stock has reached a new low: $ 17.55 each, below the psychologically important $ 18.

The billionaire Zuckerberg “has no intention of carrying out any transaction with our shares for at least twelve months,” the document that has been filed with the SEC. Data from the company on the floor on Tuesday are far from the $ 38 with which it debuted the popular social network last May.

Zuckerberg’s decision is aimed at reducing the number of shares available in the market , and adds to the announcement of two of its directors Marc Andreessen and Donald Graham, that it will only sell the necessary to meet the payment of taxes.

Last month, Peter Thiel, an early investor in Facebook, and one of its co-founders Dustin Moskovitz sold part of their shares in the company.

Also, the social network has explained its plans to buy back 101 million shares, about 4% of the shares available , and that could be sold as deadlines expire following restriction for current employees. In fact, bring forward the completion of this limit from 14 November to 29 October. According to current prices, Facebook spend about 1,900 million dollars to keep these shares out of the market.


Apple will introduce the iPhone 5 on September 12

Apple introducing iPhone 5 this year was a secret that ran like wildfire through the Internet and the media, and that any analyst discounted. Although there is no official confirmation, as is customary in each time Apple has any of its devices, the media has been a call for September 12 where the phrase “is almost here” and the number 12 below, accompanied by the shadow of a 5.

The buzz created by the rumor of a new model launch in autumn has achieved a milestone in the bag: the company got, on Monday August 20, pass a value of 503.845 million euros before the announcement of new products which, obviously, will be a success .

According to FBR Capital Markets analyst Craig Berger, Apple will beat all its records with the iPhone 5. Berger Mashable has insured that the new “smartphone” will sell 250 million units in what is considered its lifetime and will report to the company a profit of 144,000 million dollars (116.072 million euros).

Given that Apple has launched five models of iPhone on the market and they have obtained 50 000 million (EUR 40.228 million), the new iPhone will be, according to Berger, “a veritable tsunami” because throughout its lifecycle The iPhone 5 would sell the same number of units as other phone models so far.


Kate Middleton: Royal supporter of Paralympics

Even with sneakers on his feet, Kate Middleton has a breakneck pace. And the rain did not scare the princess from supporting the English athletes at the Paralympic Games. Sunday, she moved unceremoniously in the stands to watch the rowing. An enthusiast, this sportswoman who married Prince William last year did not hide her joys, raising her fist and cheering without break.

Sheltered under the hood of his jacket Adidas, the Duchess of Cambridge has taken the game of rowers. Later in the day, she donned her navy blue suit to recover the gold medal in the launcher Aled Davies British records.