Dutch chip maker NXP takes over US peer Freescale

Dutch chip maker NXP takes over US peer Freescale

Dutch chip maker NXP is taking over American peer Freescale Semiconductor for almost €10.5bn.The new company will be worth some €40bn, with annual turnover of more than $10bn. The combined company will be industry leader within the auto and industrial semiconductor markets, the companies said in a joint statement.Freescale also has its chips in consumer products such as Amazon's (AMZN.O) Kindle e-reader, Reuters says.[banner]Freescale originated in the Motorola group while NXP is the former Philips semiconductor arm. It was split off and sold to a private equity company 10 years ago. Two years ago it was floated on the stock exchange.NXP is active in 25 countries with a workforce of 25,000. It booked turnover of over €5bn in 2014.Under the terms of the agreement, Freescale shareholders will receive $6.25 in cash and 0.3521 of an NXP ordinary share for each Freescale common share held at the close of the transaction. The companies expect to round off the deal in the second half of this year.  More >

Train services in chaos at Utrecht again

Burglary rate drops, fewer Dutch feel unsafe A broken overhead cable caused chaos again on train services to and from Utrecht on Monday morning.Services to Schiphol, The Hague, Breukelen, Den Bosch and Nijmegen are all being affected and passengers are being advised to avoid Utrecht if possible.Engineers are trying to repair the cable but such work ‘always takes a long time’, an NS spokesman said.Train services to and from Utrecht were disrupted one month ago because of a major signalling and points failure.[banner]  More >

Football round-up: PSV finally beaten

Burglary rate drops, fewer Dutch feel unsafe In an Eredivisie weekend littered with late goals, Ajax become the first team to take all three points away from the Philips Stadium, AZ climb above Feyenoord and Vitesse record a fifth win in five, writes Neil Adderley. FC Dordrecht 2 - 1 Go Ahead Eagles: Battling Dordrecht refuse to give up the fight A last minute Sean Klaiber header secured all three points for Dordrecht and caretaker manager Dennis de Nooijer. Go Ahead striker Glynor Plet had given the visitors a deserved lead on the half hour mark, but a deflected Jeffry Fortes strike brought the sides level on the stroke of half time. It seemed Dordrecht, who took the game to Go Ahead in the second half, would have to settle for a point. However, with 91 minutes on the clock, Sean Klaiber connected with a hopeful deep cross to beat Eagles keeper Mickey van der Hart. Vitesse Arnhem 2 - 1 PEC Zwolle: Five in a row for flying Vitesse Goals from Bertrand Traore and Davy Propper gave in form Vitesse a fifth win in a row but not before falling behind to an early Mustafa Saymak diving header. Traore’s 35th minute volley brought the sides level and Vitesse should have gone into the break ahead, however, Marko Vejinovic could only fire a penalty over Warner Hahn’s bar. PEC almost restored a lead when Bert van Hintum struck the bar but it was left to Davy Propper, making his 125th appearance, to seal the win for the home side. AZ Alkmaar 2 - 0 Willem II: AZ climb to third with sixth win in seven games Goals in each half from Steven Berghuis and Dabney dos Santos ensured AZ’s rich vein of form continued at the AFAS Stadion. Willem II had the better of the opening exchanges but couldn’t find a way past Esteban Alvarado. The AZ keeper denying both Terell Ondaan and Jerson Cabral before a Ali Messaoud header came back of the bar. Willem II were left ruing those missed opportunities when, on the stroke of halftime, Steven Berghuis’ low left foot drive gave the home side the lead against the run of pay. A second half Guus Hupperts header almost doubled AZ’s advantage but his effort struck the bar, and it was left to dos Santos to finally wrap up the points with a goal deep into injury time. AZ climb above Feyenoord and into third, while Willem II remain in a very respectable tenth in the table. FC Twente 1 - 1 NAC Breda: Twente’s form crisis continues FC Twente have now gone five games without a win as relegation haunted NAC Breda secured a vital point at the Grolsche Veste. Despite a 6th minute Luc Castaignos strike, the lack of confidence from both the players and home supporters allowed NAC a foothold in the game. And only a tremendous Sonny Stevens save from Mats Suetjens denied the visitors a deserved first half equaliser. There were chances for both teams after the break with Stevens again denying NAC before Castaignos failed to convert when faced with Breda keeper Jelle ten Rouwelaar. NAC eventually secured a deserved point with just a minute on the clock as Erik Falkenburg beat defender Robbert Schilder before firing past Stevens. Twente remain in a disappointing eighth place as the pressure builds on trainer Alfred Schreuder, while a point leaves NAC just four point above bottom side Dordrecht. Cambuur Leeuwarden 1 - 0 Heracles Almelo: European play-offs back on the Cambuur agenda Cambuur, who had lost five of the last six, stopped the rot with a tight win over struggling Heracles. The home side started brightly and were denied an early opener after a smart stop from Bram Castro before striker Sander van de Streek struck the Heracles upright. And it was van de Streek who gave Cambuur the lead with a curling effort after good work from Etienne Reijnen. Heracles failed to test Cambuur until Bryan Linssen’s header was kept out by Leonard Nienhuis. Cambuur’s European play-off dream remains intact, while Heracles find themselves only two points clear of the danger zone. Excelsior 3 - 0 Heerenveen: Dominant Excelsior continue to progress Luigi Bruins struck after only five minutes and Excelsior never looked back at Stadion Woudestein. Heerenveen travelled to Rotterdam with an injury hit squad and Dwight Lodeweges’ side couldn’t recover from a poor start. Dutch cup semi-finalists Excelsior dominated throughout and should have doubled their lead when Daryl van Mieghem was denied by Kristoffer Nordfeldt. The Swedish international keeper was eventually beaten by in-form Tom Van Weert, whose excellent near post strike left Nordfeldt helpless. Heerenveen rarely threatened and Excelsior secured all three points with a Kevin Vermeulen piledriver in injury time. FC Utrecht 0 - 0 Feyenoord: Hectic week takes its toll on Feyenoord Coming on the back of a Europa League exit at the hands of Roma, and with news breaking of manager Fred Rutten’s end of season departure, a chaotic week for Feyenoord came to an end with a scoreless draw at Stadion Galgenwaard. Unsurprisingly, the visitors failed to lift themselves, and it was Utrecht who came closest to breaking the deadlock in the second half. Christian Kum should have done better than firing over before Feyenoord defender Terence Kongolo cleared off the line from Sebastian Haller. A point means Utrecht remain in twelfth, while Feyenoord, with huge question marks concerning manager Rutten, slip down to fourth in the Eredivisie. FC Groningen 1 - 1 ADO Den Haag: Last ditch ADO rescue point at the Euroborg Groningen missed a host of chances, including a penalty, and ADO substitute Xander Houtkoop made the home side pay with the very last kick of the game. ADO more than held their own in a poor first half in which both sides failed to threaten. The second half exploded into action as referee, Jeroen Manschot, infuriated the ADO players by giving the softest of penalties after minimal contact between Vito Wormgoor  and Groningen’s Tjarron Chery. However, Nick van der Velden’s woeful effort was easily stopped by ADO keeper Martin Hansen. The travelling ADO fans barely had a chance to celebrate the save as, within two minutes of the first penalty kick, referee Manschot again pointed to the spot after Timothy Derijk was harshly adjudged to have handled in the area. Unlike van der Velden, Chery made no mistake from 12 yards to give Groningen the lead. Both Chery and Mimoun Mahi then failed to convert glorious opportunities for the home team, and with 95 minutes on the clock, Xander Houtkoop fired a low shot through a forest of legs to earn ADO an unlikely point. PSV Eindhoven 1 - 3 Ajax: Ajax restore pride with impressive victory The Eredivisie title was all but in the hands of PSV before this one, however, Ajax showed they are willing to fight to the death before handing the title over to Eindhoven. PSV began in the style of champions elect, with only Ajax keeper Jasper Cillessen coming between them and an early lead. Cillessen denying Luciano Narsingh, Memphis Depay and Georginio Wijnaldum in quick succession. But when Anwar El Ghazi found Ricardo Kishna at the far post, the Ajax winger made no mistake to give the Amsterdammers an unlikely lead. PSV pushed for the equaliser but it was Ajax who almost doubled their lead when Lasse Schoene rattled the crossbar with a 30 yard free kick. PSV immediately countered and when Jetro Willems found Luuk de Jong, the striker powered a header past Cillessen to level the scores. Depay went close with a curling effort as PSV looked the more likely but when another Schoene free-kick deflected off Jurgen Locadia and past Jeroen Zoet, it was Ajax who restored their lead.And in injury time, El Ghazi sealed an excellent Ajax victory after beating Nicolas Isimat Marin before leaving Zoet helpless in the PSV goal.  More >

Burglary rate drops, fewer feel unsafe

Burglary rate drops, fewer Dutch feel unsafe Police received reports of almost 71,000 burglaries and attempted burglaries at private homes last year, a drop of 16,000 on 2013, justice minister Ivo Opstelten said on Monday.There were also fewer muggings and armed robberies, down 400 to 1,267 and down 1,500 to 5,500, the minister said.These ‘fantastic results’ are due to the way everyone within the security chain had worked together, Opstelten is quoted as saying by news agency ANP.[banner]Figures released on Monday by the national statistics office CBS also show that people in the Netherlands are less likely to feel unsafe than they did 10 years agoCommon crimes such as vandalism, theft and assault have dropped by over 30% since 2005 and just 19% of people were the victim of such a crime last year. In 2005, almost 50% of the population said they felt unsafe at times, but that fell to 36% in 2014.People aged 18 to 34 are most likely to feel unsafe and they are most likely to be the victims of crime, the CBS said.  More >

Integrity issue hits anti-Islam PVV

Integrity issue hits PVV as provincial campaigns start Campaigns for the March 18 provincial elections kicked off this weekend, with both the right-wing Liberal VVD and the anti-immigration PVV wrestling with integrity issues.The PVV, which hopes to emerge as the biggest party after the vote, was hit by revelations that its senate campaign leader Marjolein Faber employed her son’s company to run the Gelderland PVV website.The NRC reported on Saturday his company was paid €8,500 of taxpayers' money to maintain the website. The situation is particularly noteworthy because Faber has made political integrity a major issue and campaigned for the dismissal of junior minister Co Verdaas over his expenses in 2012, the paper says.ClumsyThe revelations forced party leader Geert Wilders onto the defensive at the launch of the PVV campaign on Saturday, the Financieele Dagblad reports. He described Faber’s actions as ‘clumsy’ but said she had solved the problem properly by paying back the money from her own pocket.Meanwhile, the VVD is still coping with the fall-out from the resignation of parliamentarian Mark Verheijen over his expenses claims. Prime minister and party leader Mark Rutte put a positive spin on the issue on Saturday by saying the issue shows the VVD has ‘the highest standards’ when it comes to integrity issues.Opinion polls show the VVD, PVV and Liberal democratic party D66 are current campaign leaders. The 12 provincial governments go on to elect the 75 members of the upper house of parliament and the ruling coalition is set to fall far short of an overall majority.PVV sidelinedLocal government website Binnenlands Bestuur said on Saturday the PVV is set to be sidelined in all 12 provincial council coalitions, even if it emerges as the biggest party.The website’s researchers say the Christian Democrats and D66 are likely to form the core of nearly all the new provincial executives and these parties are ‘most negative’ about the PVV.The VVD and the Christian fundamentalist SGP are least negative about the PVV but the VVD is losing support and the SGP is only competing in seven provinces, the website said. The PVV’s best chance of taking part in a provincial council is in Flevoland and Zeeland.  More >