Apple stock hits highest since December on Samsung Note 7 fire crisis

Apple stock hits highest since December on Samsung Note 7 fire crisis

Apple stock hits highest since December on Samsung Note 7 fire crisis

SAN FRANCISCO: 

Apple Inc’s stock on Monday jumped 2.3 per cent, reaching a high not seen since December, after rival Samsung Electronics Co Ltd suspended production of its flagship Galaxy Note 7 smartphones following reports of fires in replacement devices.

Fires in the smartphones that were meant to replace devices that had been recalled because of their propensity to explode could be a disaster for Samsung and a potential boon to Apple.

Apple’s stock was up $2.66 at $116.72 in afternoon trading and was the largest contributor to gains on the S&P 500. Earlier, Samsung’s stock dipped 1.5 per cent.

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Samsung’s ongoing problems suggested the world’s largest smartphone maker has failed to fix a problem that has already damaged its brand and threatened to derail a recovery in its mobile business.

Following the reports of fire in replacement devices, Verizon Communications Inc, AT&T Inc and other wireless carriers suspended sales and exchanges of Note 7s.

Best Buy Co Inc will no longer sell the Note 7 and said customers could return their smartphones or exchange them for a different device.

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“We believe the Note 7’s ongoing issues could help market share shifts for Apple,” Credit Suisse analyst Kulbinder Garcha said in a note to clients on Monday. He estimated that a 5 per cent gain in high-end smartphone market share would increase Apple’s earnings per share by as much as 7 per cent.

Apple’s stock has rallied 13 per cent since mid-September on optimism about demand for the recently launched iPhone 7.

Shares are up 30 per cent from lows hit in May, when fears about weak iPhone demand allowed Google parent Alphabet Inc to briefly eclipse Apple as the world’s largest company by market capitalisation.

Samsung is the world’s largest seller of smartphones by volume, with about 23 per cent market share, followed by Apple with 12 per cent, according to market research firm IDC.

Facebook launches intra-office 'Workplace' network

Facebook launches intra-office ‘Workplace’ network

 

Facebook launches intra-office ‘Workplace’ network

LONDON: 

Social network giant Facebook on Monday launched new global product Workplace, a platform that it hopes will replace intranet, mailbox and other internal communication tools used by businesses worldwide.

It is intended to compete with similar office communication products including Microsoft’s Yammer, Salesforce’s Chatter and Slack.

The Silicon Valley company developed the concept, hitherto called “Facebook at Work”, two years ago in its London office and has since tested the product on 1,000 companies worldwide.

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It is the first Facebook product launched outside the United States.

“We combined the things that already exist into a single tool that will allow employees to display a wall of information, like on their private profiles,” Julien Codorniou, director of Workplace, told AFP.

Workplace was developed outside of the Facebook ecosystem and remains completely separate from the social network, being accessible without a Facebook account.

The service will only enable the transfer of intra-office data, which will remain fully owned by the business.

“We’ve brought the best of Facebook to the workplace – whether it’s basic infrastructure such as News Feed, or the ability to create and share in Groups or via chat, or useful features such as Live, Reactions, Search and Trending posts,” said the company.

“This means you can chat with a colleague across the world in real time, host a virtual brainstorm in a Group, or follow along with your CEO’s presentation on Facebook Live.”

Subscribers will pay between one to three euros per connected employee, depending on the size of the business, while NGOs and educational establishments will receive the service for free.

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“At the moment we have 1,000 companies that have already switched to Workplace before the worldwide launch, creating 100,000 groups,” said Codorniou.

Early adopters include multinationals Danone and Booking.com, financial institutions such as the Royal Bank of Scotland and NGOs including Oxfam and Save the Children, said Facebook.

The top five countries using Workplace so far are Britain, France, India, Norway and the US.

“There is a potential worldwide market of 2.5 billion employees, who have no similar product to choose from,” said Codorniou.

“Our ambition is to connect the world, which has to happen through the world of business,” he added.

Father's last embrace saves girl in China building collapse

Father’s last embrace saves girl in China building collapse

Father’s last embrace saves girl in China building collapse

A little girl protected by the embrace of her dead father was the last survivor pulled out of the rubble of collapsed multi-storey buildings in China, reports said Tuesday.

She was found deep in the debris of four six-storey residential buildings more than 12 hours after they crumbled in Wenzhou in the eastern province of Zhejiang, killing at least 22 people, state broadcaster CCTV said.

China building collapse death toll rises to eight

Three-year-old Wu Ningxi survived with only minor injuries thanks to the protection offered by her young father, who was found dead after shielding her from falling rubble, it added.

“The child was able to survive entirely thanks to the fact that her dad used his own flesh and blood to prop up a life-saving space for his daughter,” a rescuer told the China Youth Daily.

The 26-year-old shoe factory worker was found under a thick cement pillar, draped over his daughter.

The family had been buried alive in their living room and the body of Wu’s mother was discovered not far from the pair.

Photos showed hard-hatted rescuers lifting the girl’s half-naked body from the mess of cement and fallen bricks late Monday, her hair matted with dust as they carried her out and gingerly placed her onto a stretcher.

The search through the three-storey-high debris concluded early Tuesday, the Lucheng district government said at a press conference, with 22 confirmed dead and only five survivors other than the girl rescued. The cause of the disaster was still under investigation, CCTV said.

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Recent heavy rainfall combined with the poor quality of construction and age of the buildings, built by the villagers themselves, were probable contributing factors, it cited a preliminary analysis as saying.

Neighbouring buildings constructed in the 1970s were being demolished to prevent further collapses, the official Xinhua news agency reported.

The buildings had been packed with migrant workers, among them Wu’s parents, hundreds of millions of whom have moved from China’s countryside to its towns and cities in recent decades, their labour fuelling the country’s economic boom.

Many remain poorly paid and face restrictions on buying homes in the areas where they work.

China has seen several building collapses in recent years, with some blamed on low-quality construction.

In May 16 people were reported dead after a residential building in Guizhou province in the southwest collapsed due to landslides.

source The Express Tribune news

At least 10 people killed in blast in northern Syria: Observatory

At least 10 people killed in blast in northern Syria: Observatory

At least 10 people killed in blast in northern Syria: Observatory

At least 10 people were killed when an Islamic State suicide bomber blew himself up in a village in northern Syria in the early hours of Tuesday, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group said.

The blast took place in al-Mashi, which is in the countryside around the city of Manbij and wounded another 20 people, it said. US-backed forces captured Manbij and its surrounding areas from Islamic State in August.

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The militant group is launching attacks against those forces in the Manbij area, the British-based Observatory says. Since the Manbij operation, a Kurdish contingent of the US-backed Syria Democratic Forces has withdrawn from the city, the Pentagon said last month, but non-Kurdish forces from the SDF-allied Manbij military council remained.

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Turkey, which has fought against the Kurdish YPG militia in Syria, is supporting Syrian insurgents in a separate push against Islamic State further west of Manbij.

Al-Mashi is currently under the control of the Manbij Military Council, the Observatory said.

source The Express Tribune news

Australia: Pakistani cleric caught preaching ‘Jews are enemies of Islam and peace’

Australia: Pakistani cleric caught preaching ‘Jews are enemies of Islam and peace’

“All the troubles that exist around the world are because of the Jews. When the Jews are wiped out, then the world would be purified.”

A Pakistani scholar on a speaking tour across Australia has had his events cancelled and has been asked to leave the country after an anti-Semitic video emerged in which the man says global peace will only be established when the last Jew is killed.

Muhammad Raza Saqib Mustafai spoke at Ghausia Masjid (Blacktown Mosque), and Al-Madinah Masjid in Liverpool on Monday, and was due to speak in Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth and Adelaide in the coming weeks. He has since been asked to leave by the imam who organised the tour, Hafiz Raza from Blacktown Mosque.

Fairfax Media reports the Pakistan Association of Australia was alerted to the video – called “Jews are the enemies of Islam and peace” – which was passed onto the organisers of the speaking tour who cancelled the remaining dates.

“Muslims are not terrorists; they are the lovers of peace and preachers of peace. And all the troubles that exist around the world are because of the Jews. When the Jews are wiped out, then the world would be purified,” Mr Mustafai says in the video, according to a translation by a pro-Israel media monitor, the Middle East Media Research Institute.

The head of the Pakistan Association of Australia, Abbas Rana, said he was shocked by the video.

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UK: MP meets Ahmadi Muslim youth raising funds for flood victims

UK: MP meets Ahmadi Muslim youth raising funds for flood victims

UK: MP meets Ahmadi Muslim youth raising funds for flood victims

Tim met the group on Saturday morning, before setting the group off on their two-day trip. Their route started at Sandylands Methodist Church in Kendal, and headed to Keswick before ending up in Appleby.

South Lakeland MP Tim Farron met with members of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association this Saturday, to set off their charity cycle ride across Cumbria to raise money for flood victims.

The Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association are raising money for the Cumbria Community Foundation as part of their ongoing charity work. A group of around 50 young people from the group took part in the charity cycle ride around Cumbria, whilst others did a sponsored walk. The route taken by the cyclists was designed to take in a number of the areas across Cumbria that were affected by the floods.

Last winter, around 350 members of the group travelled from across the country during the floods to help flood victims in Kendal and other areas of the north of England. A few months ago, the group were given the Spirit of Cumbria award, in recognition of their efforts during this time.

Tim met the group on Saturday morning, before setting the group off on their two-day trip. Their route started at Sandylands Methodist Church in Kendal, and headed to Keswick before ending up in Appleby.

Tim Farron commented: “The Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association did fantastic work here in Cumbria during the devastating floods last winter. It was a real boost to our community to see people coming from across the country to help us in our time of need.

“The group has now continued its efforts to support flood victims through this charity cycle ride. It was great to meet the group on Saturday, and to thank them personally for their efforts. They are fantastic ambassadors for young people and for their faith.”

Speaking previously on the role of young Muslims in British society, the Caliph and worldwide Head of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community His Holiness Mirza Masroor Ahmad said: “We must prove to the world that our words are not hollow. Rather, we must prove that we are living our lives as true ambassadors of peace and beacons of the true teachings of Islam.”

Farooq Aftab, spokesperson for AMYA said: “This event is the perfect way to not only highlight the peaceful message of Islam, but also go one step further and be proactive in helping charities serve the most vulnerable in society.”

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Canada: Qadian resident honoured at Ahmadiyya Annual Convention

Canada: Qadian resident honoured at Ahmadiyya Annual Convention

Canada: Qadian resident honoured at Ahmadiyya Annual Convention

The awards were conferred during the concluding session of the Ahmadiyya Convention which was held in International Convention Hall in Mississauga near Toronto. 

Toronto: Abdul Basit Qamar who hails from Qadian was honored by the 5th Caliph of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, Hadhrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad, here in Toronto yesterday.

The awards were conferred during the concluding session of the Ahmadiyya Convention which was held last weekend at the International Convention Hall in Mississauga near Toronto.

Qamar wrote a thesis which stood at first position in Canada.

Qamar said that the honor given by His Holiness is the ‘honor of Qadian and India.’

Abdul Basit Qamar is the son of Maulana Abdul Hafeez Bakhapuri, Derwaish Qadian.

— Canada: Qadian resident honoured at Ahmadiyya Annual Convention

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UK: Former Imam of London Mosque Bashir Ahmad Rafiq passes away

UK: Former Imam of London Mosque Bashir Ahmad Rafiq passes away

UK: Former Imam of London Mosque Bashir Ahmad Rafiq passes away

We copy below the email received from Munir A. Rafiq, son of the former Imam of the London Mosque (Fazl Mosque), Bashir Ahmad Rafiq, informing about the passing of his beloved father earlier this evening.

On behalf of The Times of Ahmad and our 7.5 million visitors, we offer out deepest and most sincere condolences to the Rafique family.

Imam Bashir Ahmad Rafiq was affectionately known as Imam BA Rafique to many young and old.

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“It is with deep sadness that I wish to inform you that my beloved father Bashir Ahmad Rafiq, the former Imam of the London Mosque passed away this evening إِنَّا للهِ وَإِنَّـا إِلَيْهِ رَاجِعونَ‎‎

He was devoted servant of the jamaat and remained loyal to the institution of khilafat throughout his 86years on this earth.

He faced triumph and adversity with dignity and courage and accepted with total equanimity the will of Allah the almighty.

He was my beloved father, but he was also my best friend and guide and mentor. When I let him down he never gave up on me, but instead enveloped me in his love and prayers-I will miss him a great deal.

He lit up any company that he sat in and left you with a store of knowledge and spiritual sustenance. Most of all he was a happy jovial raconteur who left you with a smile on your face.

Please pray for my brother Mahmood who was blessed that he was able to take care of my father throughout these years and who had a particularly close bond with my father.

My mother and father were a very close and loving couple, and as my father was older than my mother he always threatened to go before her, and said use to tease her and say “You will miss me when I am gone”.

Today he is gone  and she is heartbroken as are all of us, Jamila, Neeno, Bushra and Mahmood.

Please remember my father in your prayers and pray that he is granted a lofty station in paradise (Ameen)

Munir”

– UK: Former Imam of London Mosque Bashir Ahmad Rafiq Mosque passes away

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