Daily Archive: November 27, 2017

Nov
27

New data tampering scandal hits Japan

Toray becomes the latest Japanese company to admit to lapses in quality control this year.

Nov
27

China partly lifts ban on group tours to South Korea, online curbs stay

SEOUL/BEIJING (Reuters) – China will allow travel agencies in Beijing and Shandong to partly resume sales of group tours to South Korea, in a sign of thawing relations between the nations that have been locked in a year-long diplomatic standoff.

Nov
27

Honduran election unresolved, with television star poised to win

TEGUCIGALPA (Reuters) – The result of Honduras’ presidential election was still in limbo early on Tuesday, even after initial results suggested a flamboyant TV host was on course for a surprise victory over the U.S.-friendly incumbent, Juan Orlando Hernandez.

Nov
27

Keep up, Philip Hammond. The UK’s research lags behind | Martin McQuillan

The chancellor is turning to universities to bail out the economy. But businesses in the UK need to greatly improve their spending on research

The bar for success for Philip Hammond’s budget last week was quite low. In the end it met the basic criteria of not being a disaster – unlike the prime minister’s party conference speech or the recent cabinet resignations. Even though the chancellor said UK growth would not exceed 2% in the next five years, this was not deemed to be a calamity.

With inflation at 3%, growth stalling and the unprecedented economic effects of Brexit not even factored into the figures, this is the sort of performance that in normal times would cost a chancellor their job. But these are not normal times and it is in this context that the government is turning to universities to help bail out the economy.

Related: Universities abroad headhunting 95% of UCL’s top EU researchers, provost says

Related: Brexit threatens UK’s reputation for scientific research, watchdog says

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Nov
27

Japan’s Softbank ‘bids for stake in Uber’

Japan’s Softbank has reportedly made a heavily discounted bid to buy Uber shares.

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