With thousands of press releases published each week, it can be difficult to keep up with everything on PR Newswire for Journalists. Here are some of this week’s most newsworthy releases you might have missed.
Acting NASA Administrator Robert Lightfoot issed a statement on the passing of visionary physicist Stephen Hawking, who died at his home in Cambridge, England, early Wednesday morning. “Today, the world lost a giant among men, whose impact cannot be overstated. Our condolences go out to the family and friends of Stephen Hawking. Stephen’s breakthroughs in the fields of physics and astronomy not only changed how we view the cosmos, but also has played, and will continue to play, a pivotal role in shaping NASA’s efforts to explore our solar system and beyond. Along with groundbreaking and inspiring work came another attribute that made Stephen a hero not just to younger generations, but also to his peers. A longtime friend to NASA, Stephen was a passionate communicator who wanted to share the excitement of discovery with all. His loss is felt around the world by all he inspired with his work and his personal story of perseverance,” Lightfoot said.
Toys”R”Us Inc. announced on March 15 that it has filed a motion seeking bankruptcy court approval to begin the process of conducting an orderly wind-down of its U.S. business and liquidation of inventory in all 735 of the company’s U.S. stores, including stores in Puerto Rico. Toys”R”Us will provide more details about the plans for the liquidation of its U.S. stores and going out of business sales in the near term. Toys”R”Us also announced that it is pursuing a going concern reorganization and a sale process for its Canadian and international operations in Asia and Central Europe, including Germany, Austria and Switzerland.
Qualcomm Inc. on March 12 received a presidential order to immediately and permanently abandon the proposed takeover of Qualcomm by Broadcom Limited. Under the terms of the presidential order, all of Broadcom’s director nominees are also disqualified from standing for election as directors of Qualcomm. Qualcomm was also ordered to reconvene its 2018 annual meeting of stockholders on the earliest possible date, which based on the required 10-day notice period, is March 23. Stockholders of record on Jan. 8 will be entitled to vote at the meeting.
The USGA and the R&A have unveiled the new Rules of Golf, to be implemented Jan. 1, 2019. The USGA and the R&A finalized golf’s new rules this month after an extensive review that included a request for feedback from the global golf community on the proposed changes. Golfers can now access the official 2019 Rules of Golf by visiting RandA.org or usga.org/rules. The process to modernize the rules began in 2012 and was initiated to ensure that the rules are easier to understand and apply for all golfers and to make the game more attractive and accessible for newcomers.
Scientists report the existence of 15 new planets — including one “super-Earth” that could harbor liquid water — orbiting small, cool stars near our solar system. These stars, known as red dwarfs, are of enormous interest for studies of planetary formation and evolution. A research team led by Teruyuki Hirano of Tokyo Institute of Technology’s department of earth and planetary sciences has validated 15 exoplanets orbiting red dwarf systems. One of the brightest red dwarfs, K2-155 that is around 200 light years away from Earth, has three transiting super-Earths, which are slightly bigger than our own planet. Of those three super-Earths, the outermost planet, K2-155d, with a radius 1.6 times that of Earth, could be within the host star’s habitable zone.
Jay-Z and Beyoncé are joining forces for the newly announced OTR II stadium tour. Kicking off Wednesday, June 6 in Cardiff, Wales, the international outing will stop in 15 cities across the U.K. and Europe and 21 cities in North America. The full itinerary can be found below. The tour is presented by Live Nation Global Touring in association with Parkwood Entertainment and Roc Nation. Tickets will go on sale to the general public starting Monday, March 19 at LiveNation.com and all usual outlets. On-sale dates and times vary, and are included in the press release.
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Larry Grady is online content manager at PR Newswire for Journalists. He has worked in business media for nearly 30 years and enjoys reality TV and daydreaming about travel and wine.