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Foxconn cuts 50,000 contract jobs in China: Nikkei

FILE PHOTO: The logo of Foxconn, the trading name of Hon Hai Precision Industry, is seen on top of the company’s building in Taipei, Taiwan March 30, 2018. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu (Reuters) – Apple Inc’s (AAPL.O) biggest iPhone assembler Foxconn Technology Group (2317.TW) has let go around 50,000 contract workers in China since October, months earlier than normal, Nikkei reported on Friday. The scale of the cuts is not necessarily deeper than previous years, it is simply significantly earlier, the report said, citing an industry source familiar with the situation. “It’s…

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Andy Robertson: Liverpool & Scotland defender signs new contract until 2024

Glasgow-born Robertson has also played for Queen’s Park and Dundee United Liverpool defender Andy Robertson has signed a new contract keeping him at the club until the summer of 2024. The 24-year-old Scotland captain joined the Reds from Hull in July 2017 for an initial fee of £8m. Joe Gomez and Sadio Mane have recently agreed new deals at Liverpool, while Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah signed contract extensions last summer. Liverpool have a four-point lead at the top of the table as they bid to win the Premier League…

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Grayling defends no-deal Brexit ferry contract

Image copyright Getty Images Transport Secretary Chris Grayling has defended the government’s choice of a UK company with no ships as one of the providers of extra ferry services in the event of a no-deal Brexit. Mr Grayling told the BBC he would make no apologies for “supporting a new British business”. The firm, Seaborne Freight, won a £13.8m contract to run a freight service between Ramsgate and Ostend. But a BBC investigation discovered it had never run a ferry service before. Mr Grayling told the Today programme that the…

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No-deal Brexit ferry contract sparks concerns

Image copyright Getty Images Concerns have been raised over the readiness of a British firm contracted by the government to run extra ferries in the event of a no-deal Brexit. Seaborne Freight was awarded a £13.8m contract this week to run a freight service between Ramsgate and Ostend. The firm has never run a ferry service and a local councillor said it would be impossible to launch before Brexit. The government said it had awarded the contract in “the full knowledge that Seaborne is a new shipping provider”. The Department…

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A’s sign veteran catcher Herrmann to 1-year contract

Aug 11, 2018; Houston, TX, USA; Seattle Mariners catcher Chris Herrmann (26) hits an RBI double to center field against the Houston Astros during the fourth inning at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Erik Williams-USA TODAY Sports The Oakland Athletics have signed veteran catcher Chris Herrmann to a one-year contract, the team announced Tuesday. Herrmann, 31, is expected to compete with returning catcher Josh Phegley in a backup role, although the team has not acquired a starter. Last year’s primary catcher, Jonathan Lucroy, is a free agent. In 340 games…

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Johnny Sexton: Ireland and Leinster fly-half signs new IRFU contract

Sexton has scored 738 points in 78 appearances for Ireland Lions fly-half Johnny Sexton has signed a new deal with the Irish Rugby Football Union that means he will play for Ireland and Leinster until 2021. Sexton, 33, was named 2018 World Rugby player of the year after helping Ireland to a Six Nations Grand Slam. The two-time British and Irish Lions back was contracted to the IRFU until the end of the 2019 Rugby World Cup. “It is where I have always wanted to play so I am delighted…

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Nylander, Leafs agree to 6-year contract at deadline

Mar 24, 2018; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Maple Leafs forward William Nylander (29) celebrates after scoring against Detroit Red Wings in the third period at Air Canada Centre. Mandatory Credit: Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports Forward William Nylander and the Toronto Maple Leafs agreed to a six-year contract extension on Saturday. The pact was just before the league deadline to sign players and have them be eligible for the season. The contract extension will pay him $10.2 million this season and an average of $6.9 million in years two through six.…

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Microsoft wins $479.2 million contract from U.S. Army

A Microsoft store is pictured in New York City, New York, U.S., August 21, 2018. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri (Reuters) – The U.S. Army said on Wednesday that it has awarded Microsoft Corp (MSFT.O) a $479.2 million contract to supply prototypes for the Army’s augmented reality systems helping soldiers in training and combat missions. The Army posted the contract award on its website. “Augmented reality technology will provide troops with more and better information to make decisions,” a Microsoft spokesperson said in an emailed statement. Bloomberg, which earlier reported the deal, said…

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‘Love contract’ stalker Lina Tantash jailed

Image copyright Eddie Mitchell Image caption Lina Tantash stalked her ex-boyfriend Jarlath Rice for 10 years sending thousands of abusive messages A “vicious, manipulative” stalker who turned her ex’s life into a “living nightmare” after he broke a so-called love contract has been jailed for four years. “Devious” Lina Tantash, 44, waged a 10-year harassment campaign against Jarlath Rice, Lewes Crown Court heard. She bombarded him with 20,000 abusive texts, hacked his voicemails and sent £200 worth of pizza to his work. Tantash was convicted of stalking at an earlier…

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Germany, France eye first contract for new fighter jet in early 2019

BERLIN (Reuters) – Germany and France said they would sign a contract with Airbus and Dassault Aviation to start work on a next-generation fighter jet in early 2019, with next steps on a joint tank program due by the end of 2018. A Dassault Aviation logo is pictured on the company booth during the European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE) at Cointrin airport in Geneva, Switzerland, May 24, 2016. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel first announced plans for the two big arms program…

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