Monday, June 17, 2019



‘Men in Black: International’ leads box office with muted $28 million


Franco Zeffirelli, Italian film and opera director, dies at 96

ROME (Reuters) – Franco Zeffirelli, who directed the world’s greatest opera singers and brought Shakespeare to the cinema-going masses, has died. He was 96. In a statement, his foundation said he died in Rome on Saturday. “Ciao Maestro,” said the announcement. Often appreciated more by the public than critics, Zeffirelli was the last of a…


‘The Dead Don’t Die’ stars on the environment

(Reuters) – Flesh-eating zombies terrorize a small town in Jim Jarmusch’s “The Dead Don’t Die”, a comedy horror in which polar fracking sets off strange reactions and raises the dead. Reuters spoke with Bill Murray and Chloe Sevigny, who portray police, and Tilda Swinton, who plays a mysterious funeral parlor worker, about the film’s albeit…


Founder of K-pop label YG resigns amid drugs and sex scandals

SEOUL (Reuters) – Yang Hyun-suk, founder of South Korea’s YG Entertainment which manages top K-pop performers, stepped down on Friday from his duties as chief producer, in the aftermath of drug and sex scandals involving his artists. In March, a member of YG’s boyband Big Bang quit showbiz over sex bribery accusations, prompting police investigations…



Pharmacies may not stock naloxone, despite statewide orders

(Reuters Health) – More than three years after Pennsylvania issued a statewide order expanding access to the life-saving opioid antidote naloxone, the product was still hard to purchase in Philadelphia pharmacies, researchers found. In 2017, two-thirds of pharmacies in Philadelphia either did not stock naloxone, or they still insisted on a physician’s prescription, which the…


Enanta’s lung infection therapy succeeds in mid-stage trial

(Reuters) – Enanta Pharmaceuticals Inc said on Friday its treatment for a highly contagious respiratory infection met the main goal of reducing virus levels in the body in a mid-stage study. The therapy, EDP-938, developed for treating respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) infection which currently has no available treatment, also helped improve symptoms in patients compared…


Got an antibiotic prescription from your dentist? Chances are, it might be unnecessary

(Reuters Health) – More than three-quarters of antibiotic prescriptions written by dentists before dental procedures are unnecessary and might do more harm than good, a new U.S. study found. Dentists write one of every ten antibiotic prescriptions in the United States, and despite national declines, antibiotic prescribing by dentists has held steady over the years,…

New Technology


Huawei prepares for 40%-60% fall in international smartphone shipments: Bloomberg

(Reuters) – Huawei Technologies Co Ltd is preparing for a 40% to 60% decline in international smartphone shipments, Bloomberg reported on Sunday. The Chinese technology company is looking at options that include pulling the latest model of its marquee overseas smartphone, the Honor 20, according to the article, which cited people familiar with the matter.…


U.S. chipmakers quietly lobby to ease Huawei ban: sources

SAN FRANCISCO/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Huawei’s American chip suppliers, including Qualcomm and Intel, are quietly pressing the U.S. government to ease its ban on sales to the Chinese tech giant, even as Huawei itself avoids typical government lobbying, people familiar with the situation said. Executives from top U.S. chipmakers Intel and Xilinx Inc attended a meeting…


UK PM front-runner Johnson pledges to ‘end the digital divide’ by 2025

LONDON (Reuters) – Boris Johnson, the front-runner to replace Prime Minister Theresa May, pledged on Sunday to “end the digital divide” in Britain with the rollout of full fiber broadband by 2025. Using his column in the Telegraph newspaper, Johnson, who was criticized for missing the first television debate on Sunday with the other contenders…


Intel launches project to help Israeli tech start-ups

TEL AVIV (Reuters) – Intel Corp launched a project on Sunday to help start-ups in Israel develop technologies in artificial intelligence (AI) and autonomous systems, and said it planned to bring the scheme to other countries as well. The 20-week program, called Ignite, will offer business and technical support to up to 15 start-ups, the…


China launches inquiry into FedEx parcel delivery errors: Xinhua

BEIJING (Reuters) – Chinese authorities have launched an investigation into FedEx Corp over parcels delivered to the wrong addresses, China’s official Xinhua news agency reported on Friday. The report did not give details about the deliveries in question. FedEx did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Xinhua previously reported that China would investigate…



Canada backs startup to boost data on space debris

PARIS (Reuters) – The Canadian government’s contracting arm is backing a proposed new satellite system that will use big data analytics to provide commercially available data about the Earth and its orbit amid growing concerns about the risks posed by space debris. Support from the Canadian Commercial Corporation (CCC) will allow Canadian startup NorthStar Earth…


Russia uncovers 40,000 year-old wolf head, preserved in ice

MOSCOW (Reuters) – About 40,000 years ago, a wolf died in what we know as Siberia. Now its severed head has been found, and because of the freezing conditions, it is so well preserved that its fur, teeth, brain and facial tissue are largely intact. A Yakutia resident, Pavel Yefimov, found the head last summer…