AMSTERDAM (Reuters) – Dutch navigation device maker TomTom said on Wednesday it was broadening its revenue base faced with competition from free navigation on smartphones and declined to comment on possible takeover bids.
The company said its third-quarter net profit took a hit due to a currency charge but maintained its full-year outlook despite increased competition from free navigation software from Google and Nokia smartphones.
AMSTERDAM, Oct 20 (Reuters) – Dutch navigation device maker
TomTom (TOM2.AS: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) said on Wednesday it was broadening its revenue
base faced with competition from free navigation on smartphones
and declined to comment on possible takeover bids.
The company said its third-quarter net profit took a hit due
to a currency charge but maintained its full-year outlook
despite increased competition from free navigation software from
Google (GOOG.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) and Nokia (NOK1V.HE: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) smartphones.
PARIS (Reuters) – France repatriated hundreds more Roma on Thursday as an opinion poll showed President Nicolas Sarkozy’s crackdown on crime and immigration enjoyed solid public support despite criticism from the church and rights groups.
Under mounting pressure from Paris, Romanian representatives met French ministers and promised to do more to improve the lot their large Roma population, many of whom quit Romania in search of a better life in wealthier western Europe.
PARIS (Reuters) – The first flights took off on Thursday carrying Roma home from France after President Nicolas Sarkozy announced a crackdown on crime and immigration condemned by rights groups and the opposition.
The French government said 79 Roma would be repatriated on flights to Bucharest on Thursday under a plan that foresees sending 700 people to Romania and Bulgaria by the end of the month. Flights were leaving from airports in Paris and Lyon.
CLICHY-SOUS-BOIS, France (Reuters) – Aroua Hamdane nervously eyed a group of teenagers ambling across the street from his home in one of Paris’ tinderbox high-rise suburbs and let out a sigh, shaking his head disapprovingly.
“Look at them. They do not work. They hang around like that all day. Always smoking grass and getting into trouble with the police,” said the 66-year-old retired salesman.
PARIS (Reuters) – President Nicolas Sarkozy vowed on Monday to punish al Qaeda’s north African wing for killing a 78-year-old French hostage after a commando raid in Mali failed to free him.
Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) said on Sunday it had killed Michel Germaneau in response to the raid against the group last week, according to a recording aired on Al Jazeera.
JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – FIFA’s disciplinary committee will meet to decide whether Uruguay striker Luis Suarez should face extra punishment for a deliberate handball on the goalline in their quarter-final against Ghana.
He will already be banned for one match but a two-game suspension — if FIFA take that course of action — could rule him out of the July 11 World Cup final should Uruguay win their semi against Netherlands.
JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – Ghana defender John Pantsil choked back tears as he bemoaned a decision to award a last-minute penalty instead of a goal which would have seen the Africans qualify for the semi-finals of the World Cup on Friday.
Uruguayan striker Luis Suarez handled the ball on the line in the dying seconds of the quarter-final, denying Ghana a goal while both teams were tied at 1-1.
JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – Nigeria has until Monday evening to reverse a decision to withdraw the national soccer team from international competition or its football federation will be suspended, FIFA said on Friday.
Soccer’s world governing body, which does not tolerate government interference in football matters, said a failure to comply with its ultimatum would mean the Nigerian Football Federation would be barred from all FIFA-related activities.
JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – Ghana will stick to the tactics that have proved successful so far in the World Cup when they take on Uruguay for a place in the semi-finals, defender John Pantsil said on Monday.
The team, which became only the third African nation ever to advance to the quarter final stage of the World Cup, also had no fears about dealing with the attacking qualities the South Americans had shown so far in the tournament, players said.