REUTERS: Consolidation in the U.S. healthcare industry, which has already witnessed a string of multi-billion dollar deals, is expected to remain a major theme for the rest of 2019.Bristol-Myers Squibb's US$74 billion acquisition of Celgene set the M&A ball rolling in January, and was followed by AbbVie Inc's US$63 billion bid for troubled smaller rival Allergan Plc.Regulators are pressuring companies to cut drug costs and takeovers have become the preferred method of combating looming patent expiries on some of the top-selling medicines they have relied upon in recent years.Following is a list of big healthcare companies and their recent deals and possible future acquisitions.BIOGEN INC:** Since the halt in its development of a promising Alzheimer's therapy wiped US$18 billion off Biogen's stock in March, Wall Street has been calling on the company to beef up its drug development pipeline through acquisitions.** Possible deals would give the company access to drugs for lucrative … [Read more...] about Who is next in big pharma’s merger spree?
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The beautiful music of Carole King SOUNDS FAMILIAR - Baby A. Gil (The Philippine Star) - May 29, 2019 - 12:00am Theater buffs and lovers of pop music are in for a most entertaining treat. Produced by the Atlantis Theatrical Entertainment Group as part of its 20th anniversary celebration, Beautiful: The Carole King Musical is set to open at the Meralco Theater on June 14 and will run until July 7. This is true nostalgia overload. The show presents an inspiring tale of how the memorable songs of Carole King came to be written and her own metamorphosis into one of the biggest stars in the history of popular music. King was a prodigious writer from the onset but she is best known for the album Tapestry that broke sales records when it was released in 1971. It was one of those albums that you took out of its cellophaned package, played on the turntable and then played again and again and again. It was that irresistible. Every … [Read more...] about The beautiful music of Carole King
Just half a dollar. For the whole of this month, when you show your National Trades Union Congress (NTUC) membership card at NTUC Foodfare or Kopitiam, you can buy a cup of hot coffee or tea (or their various c, o, kosong, siew dai, ga dai, po, gau incarnations) for only 50 cents. I believe it has something to do with May Day, celebrating workers and all that. At least I don't have to demean myself by wearing a Liverpool jersey to get the special price. I was delighted to spot the "$0.50 kopi & teh" sign in my neighbourhood Foodfare coffee shop since I go there to buy a packet of teh for myself and a packet of teh-o for my wife to take home practically every morning. It usually costs $1 for the teh and 90 cents for the teh-o, but this month, I need to pay only $1 for both. It's like Thanos snapped half the price away. That will save me $27.90, which I can spend on watching Avengers: Endgame in Imax 3D again with popcorn. Or so I thought. For the first few days of the month, I … [Read more...] about S M Ong: Confusion over 50-cent teh deal at Foodfare
ONE: WARRIORS OF LIGHT saw the best and the brightest stars in martial arts grace the ONE Circle to showcase their incredible skills. In the main event, reigning ONE Bantamweight Muay Thai World Champion Nong-O Gaiyanghadao successfully retained his World Title, defeating game challenger Suzuki of Japan by unanimous decision after five rounds. In the co-main event, Petchdam Petchyindee Academy of Thailand defeated Elias Mahmoudi of Algeria to capture the inaugural ONE Flyweight Kickboxing World Championship. In the main event of the evening, Muay Thai legend and local Thai superstar Nong-O Gaiyanghadaoretained his ONE Bantamweight Muay Thai World Championship with a completely dominant showing over game but overmatched challenger Hiroaki “Kaibutsukun” Suzuki of Japan. Suzuki took the full force of Nong-O’s mighty right lead roundhouse kick for the duration of the five-round bout, and survived the onslaught to the final bell. Nong-O, however, was … [Read more...] about Nong-O remains invincible in One: Warriors of Light
Visitors to Museo de Intramuros’ ongoing two-man exhibition will find themselves in a surreal space. Right by the entrance, Diokno Pasilan’s imposing boat skeleton seems to have run aground in the museum’s sun-bathed courtyard. The main exhibition hall is populated with Ged Merino’s horseless kalesas and dismantled parts of the traditional carriage, all swathed in bursts of colorful yarn and fabric strips. The show might as well be a narcotic-fueled re-staging of an epic war’s aftermath. Except that it’s not. Through their works – Ged’s Kuwentong Kutsero and Diokno’s Boat Recollections – the artists take viewers on a journey through tender remembrances of vanishing traditions. You may also like: This impressive collection of Philippine religious imagery finally sees the light of day How Fernando Zobel saved a dying Spanish city by opening a museum Elmer Borlongan swept floors and erased blackboards to earn the privilege of … [Read more...] about The boat skeleton and horseless kalesas of Museo de Intramuros