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Apple Powerbeats headphones in 'sweat-proof' legal action

Apple Powerbeats headphones in 'sweat-proof' legal action

Technology
A US judge has ruled legal action against Apple over its Powerbeats headphones can go ahead "in part".Seven customers, from various US cities, say the headphones do not hold their charge for as long as Apple advertises and they are not as water- or sweat-proof as claimed.The judge said the sweat-proof claims "require amendment" but the challenge regarding battery life could proceed.Apple had asked for all claims to be dismissed.District judge Richard Seeborg said the case could go ahead but some amendments were required to the allegations the headphone failed when in contact with sweat despite being marketed as activity wear.He wrote that while the customers had not explicitly specified whether they had sweated while wearing the ...
Bardem wants more action on plastic pollution

Bardem wants more action on plastic pollution

Entertainment
Actor Javier Bardem has told Sky News in an exclusive interview that more companies should follow its Ocean Rescue campaign to try to cut plastic pollution in the sea. The Spanish star, best known for his roles in the Bond movie Skyfall and No Country For Old Men, was speaking from Port de Blanes in the north of Spain where he had been out with early morning fishermen who had started sorting the plastic collected in their nets for recycling."I was there for an hour and we took out so much plastic, only in one hour," he said."It was outstanding to see how much dirt you can find here with a net." Image: Javier Bardem joined a Spanish fishing boat to see the scale of pollution He added: "We are creating a whole chaos in t...
Allahabad Bank board to meet Tuesday to take action on CEO

Allahabad Bank board to meet Tuesday to take action on CEO

Finance
KOLKATA: Allahabad Bank has called an emergency board meeting on Tuesday following Finance Ministry's direction to take away all executive powers from bank's chief executive officer Usha Ananthasubramanian while Reserve Bank of India has put fresh business restrictions on the bank for poor financial results. The government said it has initiated action for removal of Allahabad Bank chief executive officer and two executive directors of Punjab National Bank after Central Bureau of Investigation filed chargesheet against them in connection to fraud at PNB involving diamond trader Nirav Modi. Ananthasubramanian was the managing director at PNB between 2015 and 2017, before she was appointed as head in Allahabad Bank. Allahabad Bank called the board meeting late Monday, two people in the kno...
RBI puts Dena Bank under prompt corrective action

RBI puts Dena Bank under prompt corrective action

Finance
NEW DELHI: Reserve Bank has initiated prompt corrective action against public sector lender Dena Bank in view of high non-performing loans, restricting the bank from giving fresh credit and new hiring. The public sector lender yesterday reported widening of its net loss to Rs 1,225.42 crore in the March quarter on mounting bad loans and higher provisioning to cover them. The net loss stood at Rs 575.26 crore in the January-March quarter of 2016-17. Sequentially, the loss widened from Rs 380.07 crore in December quarter of 2017-18. "Reserve Bank of India, vide their letter dated May 31, 2017, has initiated Prompt Corrective Action for Dena Bank and imposed certain restrictions, in view of high Net NPA and negative RoA ( return on assets)," the bank said in a regulatory filing. In continuati...
France strike: Rail misery as three-month action tests Macron

France strike: Rail misery as three-month action tests Macron

World
France's rail network has been severely disrupted, as a wave of strikes against President Emmanuel Macron's labour reforms gets under way.The start of the strike has been dubbed "Black Tuesday", but the action will spread over three months, affecting two days in every five.Staff at state railway SNCF are leading the strike, but the energy and waste collection sectors are also affected.The unrest presents Mr Macron's biggest challenge since his election last May.How is the strike taking hold?With the four main rail unions observing the strike, services have been severely curtailed. Some 77% of SNCF drivers are on strike, and 48% of all staff.Only one in eight high-speed TGVs are scheduled and only one in five regional trains.Commuter lines into Paris have also been slashed and bus services ...