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UK's first potash mine unveils £2.5-bln investment plan amid concerns

Sirius Minerals has decided to execute a potash mine, Britain's first potash mine in 40 years, at an investment of £2.5-billion. Sirius is planning to raise funds from investors and banks. Environmentalists are raising concerns , however, about the project as it would have underground network of tunnels underneath North York Moors National Park.

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Solar Power, South Africa's Answer to Energy Crisis

South Africa's energy crisis will now be answered by the launching of the largest solar farm built in Northen Cape. It could generate power that could supply electricity from renewable energy to 75,000 households yearly.

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JPMorgan Board Approves Repurchase of $1.88 Billion In Stock

JPMorgan board has announced the approval of $1.88 billion buy-backs in stock. The recent buy back decision follows its earlier precedence of repurchasing stock for $6.4 billion. The board has allowed flexibility in timeframe and quantity of purchased shares or even pulling out from the decision at company’s own discretion.

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Spotify Agrees to Pay $21 Million for Music Royalties

The streaming service company on Wednesday reached the deal over music royalties with the National Music Publisher's Association (NMPA). Spotify will pay $21 million worth of royalty to publishers and songwriters.

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TransCanada Acquires Columbia Pipeline For $13 Billion To Dominate Energy Sector In North America

TransCanda has announced on Thursday its acquisition of Columbia Pipeline for $13 billion in total, enabling the energy giant to represent itself as a dominant player in the businesses of natural gas across the North America. The deal appears following a series of announcement for merger in the energy sector including $2.3 billion deals in 2016.

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Boeing picks London as its European base

Boeing has chosen London as its home for new European headquarters. Boeing's decision came soon after a joint pronouncement of a host of businessmen in favor of Britain staying in Europe.

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French Government Green Signals EDF To Go Ahead With Hinkley Point C Power Project

EDF has been witnessing a stretched balance sheet mainly due to lower power tariff. The French utility’s CFO has resigned this month protesting go ahead with the Hinkley project citing its indebted status. However, French government has assured of financial bailout for EDF to go ahead with the project considering future business prospect.

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US Automakers, NHTSA To Announce Automatic Emergency Braking Systems As Standard Equipments

Automatic emergency braking systems have proved their efficiency in preventing car accidents. The systems may reduce the number of rear-end collisions by up to 40%. Considering the efficacy level, almost all US automakers and NHTSA have reached an agreement to make the system a standard equipment on most cars by 2022.

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UK's data office keen on quality, considers Charlie Bean's suggestions

The UK government and Office for National Statistics (ONS) have decided to enhance data quality. Taking central bank Governor Charlie Bean's suggestions into consideration, the British government has earmarked GBP 17 million ($24 million) investment for creating new centers of excellence.

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Family Profiles: Customer Feedback Induced New Feature For Uber App

Uber has announced another new feather of its app, Family Profiles which enables customers to pay for the rides of their family members. The person, organizing the' Family Profiles' will be served a detailed report of the rides they are paying for. The feature is primarily available in select cities of the US.

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Moody's cuts Houston's $3-bln debt to Aa3 after oil price drop

Citing drop in revenues, Moody's Investors Service has lowered Houston's $3 billion of general obligation debt by one level to Aa4. Lower oil prices and restrictions on raising taxes are keeping further pressure on Houston's economy.

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Coherent To Acquire Rofin-Sinar Eyeing Global Dominance Over Laser and Photonics Technology

Coherent has announced acquiring Rofin-Sinar through a deal for $942 million. The deal is expected to close by the coming six to nine months. Through the acquisition, Coherent eyes to represent itself as a global leader in the area of laser and photonics technology.

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LivingSocial Cuts Jobs By 50% While Focusing On Card Linking Discount Business

LivingSocial, partly owned by Amazon, has represented itself as a foe in ecommerce business. Gautam Thakar, the new CEO has gone through a massive workforce reduction since his inception 18 months back. Beside job cuts, Thakar has transformed its business focus from daily deals to card linked discount business which is now being tested in three US cities and seems to be popular.

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Frankfurt and London Stock Exchange Has Reached a Merger Agreement

Two of the most prominent European stock exchange, Frankfurt and London has agreed to merge on Wednesday. The merger between them will create a new European trading powerhouse.

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Ivanpah Solar Plant possible shutdown; The $2.2 bln power plant in Mojave performs lower than expected

Federally backed $2.2 billion solar plant in California may be forced to close. The solar plant failed to supply electricity to Pacific Gas and Electric Co as promised.

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