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Philips will lay off 4,000 people. A mistake in the production of a sleep respirator cost the company 1.3 billion euros – Executive Digest

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Philips will lay off 4,000 people.  A mistake in the production of a sleep respirator cost the company 1.3 billion euros - Executive Digest

Philips will begin layoffs of 4,000 employees in connection with the decisions of a complex of lawsuits related to errors in the production of medical devices. The company will have to pay compensation in the amount of 1,300 million euros, which will significantly affect the balance sheet for the third quarter.

The group said the layoffs, which make up 5% of the workforce, will have a direct impact on its global network in an attempt to save around 300 million euros a year, according to the Financial Times.

Philips was forced to withdraw from the market and call for the return of 5.5 million respirators for people with sleep apnea in the US. According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration FDA, they put users at risk by inhaling toxic foam that contributes to “a wide range of injuries including cancer, pneumonia, asthma and other respiratory illnesses, infections, headaches, coughing, breathing difficulties.” , dizziness, lumps, and chest pain.”

The controversy forced the departure of CEO Frans van Houten, who spearheaded Philips’ recent move into healthcare technology. New CEO Roy Jacobs said the decision to cut jobs was not an easy one.

“My first priority is… to improve execution so we can start to rebuild the trust of patients, consumers and customers, and shareholders.” Jacobs also said that Philips is taking steps to “improve patient safety and quality management.”

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This house in the middle of a village in Braga costs 1.8 million (and even the maid’s room is luxurious)

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This house in the middle of a village in Braga costs 1.8 million (and even the maid's room is luxurious)

It has “only” four rooms, but it costs 1.8 million euros. The family home, located in União de Freguesias de Escudeiros e Pensamento, five minutes from the center of Braga, is the most expensive family property for sale at luxury real estate agency Engel&Volkers, but it comes with some “add-ons” that, for some of them, may worth the investment.

The villa is located on a plot of 3800 square meters (m2), has six rooms, four bedrooms, four bathrooms, a swimming pool, a “small grass football field and a vineyard plot”, parking, central heating, air conditioning and wooden floors.

According to Engel & Volkers, the increase in the cost of housing, in addition to the already described, is also “modern architecture, with highly detailed and refined finishes”, which fits into the policy of the agency, one of the main in the premium segment worldwide, which in 2020 earned about billion euros.

Photo: Engel & Volkers

Photo: Engel & Volkers

Photo: Engel & Volkers

Photo: Engel & Volkers

The ground floor has an entrance hall, a double living room separated by a fireplace, also double sided, overlooking the street, overlooking a small vineyard and with an outdoor pool.

The real estate agency also says that the house is surrounded by a “green and harmonious environment offering unique peace and privacy.”

Consulting the company’s website held this Saturday by O MINHO, and out of curiosity, managed to verify that there is an additional room on the first floor, also with luxurious touches, called the “maid’s room”. division into luxury villas that served to accommodate domestic workers without moving them to the owners’ sleeping area, although its existence is now common for people with less mobility.

Photo: Engel & Volkers

Photo: Engel & Volkers

Photo: Engel & Volkers

Photo: Engel & Volkers

Photo: Engel & Volkers

“On the same floor, we also have a large dining room, gym, kitchen with laundry room and maid’s room, as well as a garage for 2 cars,” emphasizes the real estate agency. On the ground floor, he adds, there are three “large suites” connected by a “shared balcony.”

Photo: Engel & Volkers

Photo: Engel & Volkers

Photo: Engel & Volkers

Photo: Engel & Volkers

Photo: Engel & Volkers

For those who are interested, and with a “full wallet”, a house “in the arms of nature, with enviable south exposure and complete privacy” is guaranteed.

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Bankers demand 6.25% pay rise at ‘breaking point’ and refuse further layoffs – ECO

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Woman with fake belly caught smuggling hundreds of semiconductors (already worth 500 times more)

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Woman with fake belly caught smuggling hundreds of semiconductors (already worth 500 times more)

Sanctions and supply chain issues have created a parallel market in China, where these chips are sold for 500 times the market value.

Chinese customs officials caught a woman trying to smuggle semiconductors inside a prosthetic belly while pretending to be pregnant. This arrest sheds light on the reality of smuggling that has emerged in the world’s second-largest economy following the sanctions imposed by the United States of America.

According to bloomberg, a woman was caught by the authorities while trying to enter Zhuhai via Macau on November 25. According to customs authorities, the suspect had more than 202 processors and nine smartphones.

The woman came to the attention of the authorities when she was asked what month she was pregnant. “She said she was five or six months pregnant but she had a big belly that looked like she was in her third trimester,” Chinese officials explained.

The economic crisis caused by covid-19 and all the problems that have arisen in the supply chain have opened the door to the emergence of a black market in semiconductors in a country that needs these advanced chips to produce millions of products.

The situation has worsened recently as the Joe Biden administration tightened sanctions on China, focusing on developing advanced technologies, especially for military use.

According to the North American economic publication, the situation is so serious that the prices of these devices reach values ​​up to 500 times their market price, which creates ideal conditions for creating an entire parallel market with telecom operators and resellers.

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