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Around the company in Helmond, Toxic substances in the soil & surface water

In the soil, groundwater and surface water around the company Custom Powders in Helmond, increased concentrations of the toxic substances GenX and PFOA were found, according to an exploratory study commissioned by the municipality of Helmond.

The highest concentrations of potentially carcinogenic substances have been found in the vicinity of the farm, at a number of vegetable gardens and in a fish pond.

Acute measures for the protection of public health or the environment are not necessary, but the municipality does have extra research into the exact extent of the pollution.

The hardly degradable substances left the factory mainly via the chimney. That is why especially places that are under the smoke of the factory are examined. The follow-up research focuses on locations in other wind directions.

Fabrics can be used as a protective layer

Custom Powders processed GenX and PFOA for the acclaimed Dordrecht company Chemours. After GenX was found in sewage treatment, the company stopped earlier this year. GenX was used by the company as a replacement for the more harmful PFOA.

GenX and PFOA can be used as a protection layer for, for example, pans, cardboard packaging and clothing.

Both substances are harmful to the liver and possibly carcinogenic, reports the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM).

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Logitech wants to take over Plantronics the headphone makers

Gadgetmaker Logitech would have discussions to take over the American Plantronics.

Sources let the Reuters news agency know that this would be “the biggest acquisition” of Logitech. The company would like to pay 2.2 billion dollars (1.9 billion euros) for the purchase of Plantronics.

It is not clear how far the discussions between the two companies have progressed. The initiates report that an agreement can be reached next week. The companies have not yet responded to the rumors of Reuters.

Logitech makes accessories in areas such as gaming, music and smart home solutions. The company paid 85 million dollars last year for the acquisition of Astro Gaming, to expand into the gaming sector.

Earlier this year, Logitech bought the American microphone manufacturer Blue Microphones for $ 117 million. Logitech already makes microphones for consumers, but with Blue the company would have the means to build more professional equipment.

Plantronics publishes communication systems, among other things. The company is also known for its (wireless) headsets.

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No robbery at Takkebijsters





At a company at the Takkebijsters in Breda, contrary to a previous message, Tuesday morning no robbery committed.

On Tuesday around 9 am, the robbery was reported at 112, but the police announced fifteen minutes later that there had been an erroneous press alarm.

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Three growth stocks to buy & long hold

It is easy to invest in growth stocks if the stock markets continue to rise, but the recent setback reminds investors that even strong companies must stand the ups and downs of the markets.

That wisdom also applies to growth investments. Companies that can innovate, adapt to and shape the market demand will increase their income and reward shareholders. With that in mind, investment site The Motley Fool has listed three growth stocks that are worth buying and keeping for the next 25 years.

1. MercadoLibre: learn lessons from eBay

MercadoLibre is a fast-growing company, with a turnover that has more than doubled in the past two years, and which is expected to double again in the next two years. Stockbroker BTIG recently released an interesting growth forecast for MercadoLibre, explaining how only part of the company could quadruple in value in the next few decades.

BTIG pointed to the rapid growth of PayPal, which was once part of eBay. The payment company now has a market capitalization of 100 billion dollars. That is four times more than the value of $ 27 billion from eBay. BTIG expects that something similar will happen in the relationship between MercadoLibre, the Latin American eBay, and its online payment service MercadoPago that could potentially become the Latin American PayPal.

Payments processed via MercadoPago are growing even faster and support BTIG’s claim that MercadoPago could be worth more than the rest of MercadoLibre together.

2. Nike

There is a refreshing predictability of Nike’s sales growth that investors have appreciated for decades. The company owns many of the most valuable footwear and sportswear brands in the world, supported by product innovation and heavy marketing spending. Nike then sells its products at attractive prices through its network of retail partnerships and rewards its shareholders.

However, the powerful business model of Nike has been tested in recent years, because shifting trends in consumer demand have depressed sales in the American home market. But Nike has come out of the competition stronger because of the changes the company has made in response to the market challenges.

Because a larger part of the business is directly related to consumers, Nike can significantly increase profitability in the coming years. The innovation platform has become faster and also reacts better to changing tastes, which should make it easier to avoid building up large stocks. Thanks to these victories, Nike can benefit from growing global demand in the coming decades – both at home and in emerging markets such as China.

3. Activision Blizzard

The recent achievements of Activision Blizzard may make it hard to believe, but the maker of video games remains one of the most important growth stocks for long-term investors. The stock is currently more than 40 percent below the highest price ever reached earlier this year, and although investors need to be aware of the threats and risk factors behind the downturn, the recent sales wave is a great opportunity for anyone looking for an investment position in the video game industry.

The company unveiled a mobile version of its Diablo franchise in early November, but the game received a very negative reception from the fans and caused fear that the company would lose contact with its audience. These concerns were reinforced by the quarterly results of the company that were issued a week later. Sales fell 12 % in the third quarter and profits fell 10.5 %. There was also a significant decrease in the number of monthly active users of the company’s games.

Although the response to the mobile version of Diablo was not really encouraging, the company is expected to broaden its user base by bringing more mobile versions of its popular games to market. Het zien is also uniquely positioned to benefit from the growth of e-sports and potentially ground-breaking technologies such as mixed reality. Activision Blizzard can remain under negative pressure in the short term, but long-term investors now have the opportunity to buy a good company in a growth sector at a discount.

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