In Monday's Americas papers

04 February 2008 11:00  [Source: ICIS news]

THE WALL STREET JOURNAL

Front Page

Obama closes in on Clinton as McCain lengthens lead
On the eve of tomorrow's near-national contest for each party's presidential nominee, Democrat Hillary Clinton has lost much of her long-time polling lead over Barack Obama both nationally and in grand prize California, while Republican John McCain has surged ahead for a potentially decisive edge.

Rising cost of Iraq war may reignite public debate
The cost of US military operations in Iraq is rising rapidly, and could reignite the national debate about the war, which has taken a back seat to the economy as an issue for most voters this election year.

Giants stun Patriots in Super Bowl win
The Giants had the perfect answer for the suddenly imperfect Patriots: A big, bad defence and an improbable comeback led by quarterback Eli Manning.

Money & Investing

Google offers to help Yahoo fight off Microsoft
Google chief executive Eric Schmidt called Yahoo CEO Jerry Yang to offer his company's help in any effort to thwart Microsoft's unsolicited $44.6bn bid for Yahoo, say people familiar with the matter.

France faults Societe Generale's controls in report
A French government probe into Societe Generale SA's rogue-trading scandal said Monday that control over the bank's trading operations was too lax, putting renewed pressure on Chairman Daniel Bouton to explain how the bank lost €4.9bn ($7.25bn).

Studios set stage for TV's return
The prospect of a settlement in the three-month strike by film and television writers is setting off a scramble to restart Hollywood's stalled production engine and get key TV series back on the air quickly.

THE NEW YORK TIMES

Front Page

Giants stun Patriots in Super Bowl XLII
The Giants were not even supposed to be here, taking an unlikely playoff path through the behemoths of their conference and regarded, once they alighted on Super Bowl XLII, as little more than charming foils for the New England Patriots’ assault on immortality.

McCain looks confident; Democratic race tightens
Senator John McCain, buoyed by new polls and endorsements, appeared in an increasingly commanding position on Sunday as he headed toward coast-to-coast contests that could effectively hand him the Republican presidential nomination, party officials said.

Business Day

Google works to torpedo Microsoft bid for Yahoo
Standing between a marriage of Microsoft and Yahoo may be the technology behemoth that has continually outsmarted them: Google. In an unusually aggressive effort to prevent Microsoft from moving forward with its $44.6bn hostile bid for Yahoo, Google emerged over the weekend with plans to play the role of spoiler.

Another difficulty for a Microsoft-Yahoo marriage: Recruiting
The crowds of engineering students stood as many as six deep at the recruitment table Google set up at a job fair at Stanford last fall. Facebook’s representatives faced a similarly thick crowd clamouring for a few minutes of their time.

THE WASHINGTON POST

Front Page

Park police rebuked for weak security
The US Park Police have failed to adequately protect such national landmarks as the Statue of Liberty, the Lincoln Memorial and the Washington Monument and are plagued by low morale, poor leadership and bad organisation, according to a new government report.

US concern over economy is highest in years
Public views of the national economy are now more negative than at any point in nearly 15 years, and few people believe that the kind of stimulus plan being devised by President Bush and Congress is enough to stave off or soften a recession, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.

Business

Should this marriage be saved?
Not long ago, Booz Allen Hamilton pioneered the concept of Organizational DNA, a way to assess a company's or government agency's personality. In Booz Allen's case, that genetic code has two distinct strands, and the split personality is at the heart of talks to divide the company in two.

Creative closure
Robert Schattner's office off Rockville Pike is filled with the mementos of a long career. There are pictures of his mild-mannered self next to pinup actress Jayne Mansfield and a basketball autographed by Julius Erving. But what catches the eye is his shrine to two everyday products.

GLOBE AND MAIL, Canada

Front Page

A Giant of an upset
No one will ever accuse them of being the greatest team in football history. Yet somehow this remarkable NFL season ended Sunday night with the New York Giants holding the Vince Lombardi Trophy, while the New England Patriots walked off the field losers for the first time in more than 12 months.

Ottawa targets hospital superbugs
The federal government is launching a national effort targeting the superbug methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus in its bid to reduce the number of hospital-acquired infections that kill thousands of Canadians each year.

Business

Google fires back at Microsoft
As Yahoo weighs its options after receiving a hostile $44.6bn takeover bid from software giant Microsoft, reigning Internet king Google blasted the deal Sunday as "troubling" and a threat to the Web's "openness and innovation".

Bond market bets BCE deal is on
When it comes to the chances of the $35bn BCE Inc buyout falling through, the bond market isn't buying what the equity market is selling. Many stock market investors clearly believe the deal is likely to fail.

BUENOS AIRES HERALD

Front Page

20 points & docking
PRO Deputy Martín Borrelli yesterday said that there "will be a radical change" regarding driver’s licences once the bill that will apply a scoring system is approved this Thursday.

Secret wedding in Elysee Palace
They had a glitzy, jet-setting courtship, but when it came time for the wedding, French President Nicolas Sarkozy and former supermodel Carla Bruni opted for a simple, classic ceremony - and the bride wore white.

Carnival revelry
Right and clockwise: Brazilians as Geishas in Sao Paulo dance the samba in paying tribute to the centennial of Japanese immigration, Bolivians in Oruruo perform the traditional devil dance and a masked rider throws beads during New Orleans’ Mardi Gras parade yesterday amid worldwide celebrations.


By: Staff Reporter
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