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Chipmakers drove corporate growth in South Korea last year

Chipmakers drove corporate growth in South Korea last year

World
SEOUL, Feb. 25 (UPI) -- South Korea's largest companies saw a 35 percent jump in operating profit last year, on the back of a stronger global economy.According to industry tracker Chaebol-dot-com on Sunday, the country's top 100 listed companies gained $ 154 billion in operating profit last year, up 34.7 percent from 2016.Sales rose 10.5 percent to $ 1.7 trillion.Semiconductor manufacturers accounted for much of the growth, boosted by the global supercycle of memory chips.South Korea's number one tech giant Samsung Electronics and chipmaker SK Hynix saw their margins surge by record figures -- 83.5 percent and 319 percent respectively.Samsung is currently leading the global market for NAND Flash and DRAM.Excluding the two firms, earnings growth averaged 9 percent on-year.Automobile compani...
Wildlife secrets of Nigeria's last wilderness

Wildlife secrets of Nigeria's last wilderness

Science
The world's rarest chimpanzee has been captured on camera in the remote forests of Nigeria.The Nigeria-Cameroon chimp was seen at various locations within Gashaka Gumti National Park, raising hopes for its future survival.Conservationists also recorded the first sighting in the country of a giant pangolin.The park is regarded as a national treasure, but its wildlife is under threat from pressures such as poaching.Researchers from Chester Zoo, working with the Nigeria National Park Service, surveyed over 1,000 square kilometres of the national park.Known for its mountain rainforests, savannah woodlands and rolling grasslands, it is home to some of West Africa's most endangered animals.The cameras spotted some animals that have never been recorded before in the area and others, like chimps, ...
16 new reports of child deaths from flu since last week

16 new reports of child deaths from flu since last week

Health
The rate of hospitalizations for the flu has hit the highest levels seen since health officials started recording this data in 2010, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention -- another sign that this flu season could be among the worst in more than a decade. CDC officials said today there are likely several weeks to go in this killer season, in which the deaths of 53 children from the flu have already been reported. Sixteen of those deaths were reported in this week’s update. “This season is a somber reminder of why flu is one of the nation’s greatest public health challenges,” acting CDC director Dr. Anne Schuchat said in a press briefing today. “This week, we have seen increased [influenza-like illness] activity, more hospitalizations and more flu-associated de
The last decade was hotter than the previous 11,000 years, study shows

The last decade was hotter than the previous 11,000 years, study shows

Science
Jan. 31 (UPI) -- A new survey of temperature variability in North America and Europe during the Holocene Epoch suggests the string of record-setting temperatures over the last decade is truly an exception. During the last 11,000 years, it's never been this hot for this many years in a row."I would say it is significant that temperatures of the most recent decade exceed the warmest temperatures of our reconstruction by 0.5 degrees Fahrenheit, having few -- if any -- precedents over the last 11,000 years," Jeremiah Marsicek, who recently earned his doctoral graduate in geology and geophysics at the University of Wyoming, said in a news release. "Additionally, we learned that the climate fluctuates naturally over the last 11,000 years and would have led to cooling today in the absence of huma...
Arsenal FC transfer news: Gunners and Tottenham will fail with any last minute bids Malcom, say Bordeaux

Arsenal FC transfer news: Gunners and Tottenham will fail with any last minute bids Malcom, say Bordeaux

Sports
Bordeaux star MalcomMonday, January 29, 2018Arsenal and Tottenham target Malcom will not leave Bordeaux before Wednesday's transfer deadline.That is according to the French club's president, Stephane Martin, who is adamant the side's star forward will not be sold this month.Malcom has been attracting interest from both Arsenal and Tottenham after putting in some eye-catching performances in France.The 20-year-old has struck eight times in Ligue 1 this season and it looked as though he could be heading to either one of the Premier League's north London clubs for around £40million.But now Martin has revealed that any deal for the Brazilian is off the table and he will not be sold during the current transfer window."There is no shadow of ambiguity, Malcom stays at Bordeaux," Martin told Frenc