BHP Billiton pursuit of Potash over

first_img KCS-content Tags: NULL GLOBAL mining giant BHP Billiton last night killed off its protracted $39bn (£24bn) pursuit of Potash, the world’s biggest deal this year, and said it would return $4.2bn (£2.6bn) to investors through a share buyback.The move comes after Canada blocked BHP’s bid for the world’s largest fertiliser maker on 3 November and gave BHP a month to demonstrate the takeover would benefit Canada.BHP gave up the fight in its third straight failure to seal a major acquisition under chief executive Marius Kloppers, and bowed to calls from some shareholders for a return of capital, signalling it has limited opportunities for other big takeovers.Kloppers has long said the company would prefer to spend its cash pile on development projects and acquisitions rather than giving it back to shareholders.In a statement released late last night, Kloppers said: “Unfortunately, despite having received all required anti-trust clearances for the offer, we have not been able to obtain clearance under the Investment Canada Act and have accordingly decided to withdraw the offer.”BHP said Ottawa was asking for too many concessions beyond the more than $1bn worth of undertakings the company had already offered as benefits to Canada.BHP said it would book $350m (£217m) in costs for the Potash deal. Share Read This NextRicky Schroder Calls Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl ‘Ignorant Punk’ forThe WrapCNN’s Brian Stelter Draws Criticism for Asking Jen Psaki: ‘What Does theThe WrapDid Donald Trump Wear His Pants Backwards? Kriss Kross Memes Have AlreadyThe WrapHarvey Weinstein to Be Extradited to California to Face Sexual AssaultThe WrapPink Floyd’s Roger Waters Denies Zuckerberg’s Request to Use Song in Ad:The Wrap’The View’: Meghan McCain Calls VP Kamala Harris a ‘Moron’ for BorderThe Wrap’Sex and the City’ Sequel Series at HBO Max Adds 4 More ReturningThe WrapNewsmax Rejected Matt Gaetz When Congressman ‘Reached Out’ for a JobThe Wrap2 HFPA Members Resign Citing a Culture of ‘Corruption and Verbal Abuse’The Wrap whatsappcenter_img BHP Billiton pursuit of Potash over by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeTotal PastThe Ingenious Reason There Are No Mosquitoes At Disney WorldTotal PastSerendipity TimesInside Coco Chanel’s Eerily Abandoned Mansion Frozen In TimeSerendipity Timesmoneycougar.comThis Proves The Osmonds Weren’t So Innocentmoneycougar.comTaonga: The Island FarmThe Most Relaxing Farm Game of 2021. No InstallTaonga: The Island FarmAlphaCute30 Rules That All “Hells Angels” Have To FollowAlphaCuteBlood Pressure Solution4 Worst Blood Pressure MedsBlood Pressure Solutionthedelite.comNetflix Cancellations And Renewals: The Full List For 2021thedelite.comReporter CenterBrenda Lee: What Is She Doing Now At 76 Years of Age?Reporter CenterBlood Pressure For LifeWhy Doctors May No Longer Prescribe Blood Pressure MedsBlood Pressure For Life Show Comments ▼ Sunday 14 November 2010 11:32 pm whatsapplast_img read more

Goldman’s Blankfein to testify at insider trading trial

first_img Show Comments ▼ Goldman’s Blankfein to testify at insider trading trial Ad Unmute by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStoryUndoTotal PastThe Ingenious Reason There Are No Mosquitoes At Disney WorldTotal PastUndoMoneyPailShe Was Famous, Now She Works In {State}MoneyPailUndoSerendipity TimesInside Coco Chanel’s Eerily Abandoned Mansion Frozen In TimeSerendipity TimesUndoBetterBe20 Stunning Female AthletesBetterBeUndoPeople TodayNewborn’s Strange Behavior Troubles Mom, 40 Years Later She Finds The Reason Behind ItPeople TodayUndoDrivepedia20 Of The Most Underrated Vintage CarsDrivepediaUndoElite HeraldExperts Discover Girl Born From Two Different SpeciesElite HeraldUndoautooverload.comDeclassified Vietnam War Photos The Public Wasn’t Meant To Seeautooverload.comUndo Share whatsapp Wednesday 23 March 2011 11:43 amcenter_img whatsapp alison.lock More From Our Partners Police Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comMatt Gaetz swindled by ‘malicious actors’ in $155K boat sale boondogglenypost.comPuffer fish snaps a selfie with lucky divernypost.comSidney Crosby, Alex Ovechkin are graying and frayingnypost.comBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comSupermodel Anne Vyalitsyna claims income drop, pushes for child supportnypost.comMark Eaton, former NBA All-Star, dead at 64nypost.comUK teen died on school trip after teachers allegedly refused her pleasnypost.com980-foot skyscraper sways in China, prompting panic and evacuationsnypost.comKamala Harris keeps list of reporters who don’t ‘understand’ her: Lloyd Blankfein, chief executive of Goldman Sachs, is to testify as a government witness at the trial of hedge fund manager Raj Rajaratnam today, intensifying the focus on the biggest insider trading case in decades.Blankfein is expected to tell Manhattan federal court jurors about a former Goldman board member who has been accused by regulators of leaking confidential information about the bank to Rajaratnam, the founder of Galleon Group.Goldman has not been accused of wrongdoing. The appearance of Blankfein on the witness stand is expected at least temporarily to take attention away from Rajaratnam and shine a spotlight on the workings of Wall Street’s most powerful bank.Prosecutors have accused the Sri Lankan-born Rajaratnam, a one-time billionaire, of illegally making $45m (£27.5m) from 2003 to 2009 based on tips from insiders, some of whom were highly placed executives in corporate America.Rajaratnam, 53, has said his trades were based on his own research and publicly available information. He has vowed to clear his name at trial.Prosecutors plan to call Blankfein to testify about Rajat Gupta, a former Goldman director accused this month by the US Securities and Exchange Commission of passing confidential information about the Wall Street bank to Rajaratnam.They had asked US District Judge Richard Holwell to block Rajaratnam’s lawyers from cross-examining Blankfein on whether Goldman bears responsibility for the 2008 financial crisis, or is the subject of any Department of Justice or SEC probes.They said such information is irrelevant to the trial, and could create unfair prejudice against Blankfein’s testimony. Tags: NULLlast_img read more

RITA reveals calendar for NZ racing return

first_img Regions: Oceania New Zealand 1st May 2020 | By contenteditor Horse racing RITA reveals calendar for NZ racing return The New Zealand Racing Industry Transition Agency (RITA) has confirmed the transitional calendar for the remainder of the 2019-20 horse racing season, and also announced that greyhound racing will return next week. The New Zealand Racing Industry Transition Agency (RITA) has confirmed the transitional calendar for the remainder of the 2019-20 horse racing season, and also announced that greyhound racing will return next week.Harness racing will resume on 29 May, with thoroughbred racing to follow on 3 July. However, the revised calendar will feature racing at a reduced number of tracks to ensure racing is run in line with government measures designed to stop the spread of novel coronavirus (Covid-19).Racing has been suspended in the country since 25 March when the government implemented Alert Level 4, which resulted in a nationwide lockdown. Last week, this was lowered to Alert Level 3, allowing racing staff to recommence trialling and training.Prior to this, RITA had set out a draft plan for a resumption of racing following the pandemic, including proposals to restart harness and thoroughbred racing on the now-confirmed dates.Meanwhile, RITA has also announced that greyhound racing will recommence on 5 May, almost a week earlier than the proposed 11 May restart date set out in its draft plan last month.Other major changes to RITA’s draft proposal include eight additional greyhound meetings, as well as an additional harness meeting on 7 June. Start times for both greyhound and harness dual meetings and kennelling time will be adjusted due to coronavirus restrictions.In addition, all New Zealand Metropolitan Trotting Club Friday licences in June will revert to night meetings in line with current measures.WorkSafe, New Zealand’s primary workplace health and safety regulator, has approved the return-to-racing protocols, with implementation to be managed directly between the racing code and the stakeholders. Codes will also address any regional travel restrictions with participants.Confirmation of the calendar comes after Lotto New Zealand yesterday (30 April) announced that its counters in dairies and convenience stores are being allowed to reopen after temporarily closing due to the coronavirus outbreak, but other stores will remain closed for the foreseeable future.Alert Level 4 resulted in the lottery suspending all retail sales from 27 March, including Lotto NZ counters in pharmacies, dairies, petrol stations and supermarkets, though customers were still able to purchase tickets online.Approved locations are due to open by tomorrow, but all other stores such as supermarkets, pharmacies and petrol stations will not be able to reopen until Alert Level 2 comes into effect. New Zealand’s government expects to downgrade to Alert Level 2 in two weeks’ time. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Tags: Race Track and Racino Topics: Sports betting Horse racing Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Email Addresslast_img read more

Excelsior United Development Companies Limited ( HY2021 Interim Report

first_imgExcelsior United Development Companies Limited ( listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius under the Retail sector has released it’s 2021 interim results for the half year.For more information about Excelsior United Development Companies Limited reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations visit the Excelsior United Development Companies Limited company page on AfricanFinancials.Excelsior United Development Companies Limited Interim Results for the Half Year DocumentCompany ProfileExcelsior United Development Companies Limited engages in the production, distribution and sale of alcoholic products such as rum, alcohol and vinegar products, in Mauritius and the Reunion island. The company operates through five segments which are, investments, property rental, beverages, commerce, and tourism segments. The Investments segment includes investments held in shares, the beverages segment is engaged in the production, import and sale of alcoholic products, the commerce segment is engaged in the import and distribution of tires, automotive lubricants and fire protection equipment and the Tourism segment is engaged in operating a hotel and provides travel and tourism services. Excelsior United Development Companies Limited operates through its subsidiaries Medine Distillery Company Limited, International Distillers (Mauritius) Limited, New Goodwill Company Limited, Concorde Tourist Guide Agency Limited, Southern Investments Limited and Compagnie Mauricienne de Commerce Limitee. Excelsior United Development Companies Limited is listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius.last_img read more

Stock market crash – is now a good time to invest in FTSE 100 stocks?

first_imgSimply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. Enter Your Email Address I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool. “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! After falling more than 30% in the stock market crash, the FTSE 100 staged something of a comeback last week, rising 12% over just three days. Even after sharp falls at the end of the week, the UK stock index still finished the week up 6%.There were some huge gains for individual stocks. The likes of Prudential, JD Sports, M&G, Whitbread, and Intercontinental Hotels Group all saw their share prices rise by over 30% across the week.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…Dead cat bounce?The big question is: is this the start of a recovery in stock prices or is it just a brief respite? I believe it’s the latter. Despite a host of government pledges and initiatives, we simply don’t yet have enough clarity on the likely impact of the virus or how long it’s going to last.Simply put, this level of uncertainty isn’t supportive of stock prices in the short term. For stock prices to return to normal, we need clear indications that things are going to quickly improve. The message from politicians is clear, that things will get worse before they get better.I don’t claim to be any sort of expert on viruses or medical matters, but my prediction is that stock markets will continue to be volatile in the near term. Share prices will rise on good news, and fall on bad news, often erratically. It’s likely that there will be more days of 5%+ moves for the major indices. What’s more, this volatility could last a while.But this needn’t be all bad news. Rather, a prolonged bear market following a stock market crash, provides more opportunities for investors to buy quality stocks at attractive prices. So, don’t panic if you missed last week’s bounce, there will be plenty more opportunities to get into the market.More haste, less speedOne thing we shouldn’t be doing is simply reacting to erratic moves in the stock market. We shouldn’t be chasing the market back on its way up, through fear of missing out. Any decisions taken at this point are likely to be made in the heat of the moment, without thinking things through rationally.When investing for the long term, it’s more important to make sure that you are investing in a company that you actually believe in. Don’t just buy a stock because it has lost a lot of value in a short space of time. As Warren Buffett says ”it’s far better to buy a wonderful company at a fair price, than a fair company at a wonderful price”.My advice would be to carry on identifying stocks that look like they could do well in the long term, without rushing to invest. Stock prices are unlikely to just shoot back up to where they were before the stock market crash, so be patient and don’t invest until you are ready. Some of my worst investing mistakes have been where I have rushed to buy or sell, solely in response to stock market movements.We also need to be aware that things could get even uglier in the short term. But despite this risk, I firmly believe that stock prices in five years time will be well above where they are now, rewarding investors who choose to invest in these uncertain times.center_img Image source: Getty Images Thomas Carr | Monday, 30th March, 2020 See all posts by Thomas Carr Thomas has no position in any of the shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has recommended InterContinental Hotels Group and Prudential. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. Stock market crash – is now a good time to invest in FTSE 100 stocks? Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shareslast_img read more

How tough is it to follow an executive nursing career pathway?

first_img Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate According to a recent guide in America, there has been a huge increase in the number of executive nurses over the past few years. They are now considered as one of the most important professionals in our health care system, and this will continue for years to come.Executive nurses are the most senior nurses in a healthcare organization. These nurses are responsible for the paperwork side of the health care system, and they play an important part in helping organizations follow through and deliver outstanding services by making sure that the facilities and teams under their control are working effectively. If you want more information on jobs for nurses, and specifically executive nurses, keep reading below to find out some more information and learn how easy it is to become an executive nurse:What Duties Does an Executive Nurse Carry Out?Executive nurses have a number of duties that they are expected to undertake, including:Undertaking financial responsibilityHiring staffTraining staffResolving issues in the organization they’re working withinDeveloping networks and partnershipsCollaborating and working alongside other healthcare professionalsWhat Skills are Crucial to the Success of a Nurse Executive?The American Organization for Nurse Executives (AONE) has said that there are five skills that are needed for a nurse executive to be successful. These are:Communication and relationship building – executive nurses need to be able to clearly and effectively communicate with their team. They must understand conflict resolution, create a trustworthy environment and facilitate discussions.Leadership – executive nurses need to be able to be assertive with their colleagues and senior management.Knowledge of healthcare – executive nurses need to have a background in clinical practice, health care economics, governance, healthcare policy and analysis of data and research. Executive nurses need to be able to comply with numerous policies.Professionalism – executive nurses are expected to demonstrate high standards of professionalism in their work. Their role expects a sense of professional and personal accountability, coaching others, setting standards for colleagues, maintaining ethics and following corporate policies to the letter.Business skills – executive nurses need to be able to understand health care from a business view. They are expected to hire, train and manage staff, manage financial resources, conduct SWOT analysis and keep up to date with changes in technology.Executive nurses are a critical part of a health care team due to their knowledge of medicine and administrative skills.Becoming an Executive NurseTo be successful as an executive nurse, you need to have a good understanding of business and the healthcare sector. Nurse executives usually need to have had a number of years of work experience within a nursing environment, and they also need an advanced degree in the subject. To become an executive nurse, you could undertake one of these online DNP nurse executive programs. They will give you all the knowledge and guidance you need to become an executive nurse.Becoming a nurse executive can take a long time, but it is well worth the time and effort you put in. After training as a nurse, you will need to spend time working in this environment for a number of years before you’re able to apply for an executive nursing program.Here are some of the requirements and degrees you need to complete before becoming an executive nurse:A bachelor’s degree – A bachelor’s of science is the first step to becoming a nurse. The admission requirements to undertake this course are usually to complete science and math prerequisites, submission of a personal statement and a minimum GPA of 3.0.Become a licensed registered nurse – In order to gain the clinical knowledge that you require, you will need to register and obtain a license.Get some experience as an RN – Once you’ve got your license, you will need to work as a registered nurse where you will gain the relevant experience you need.Complete a master’s degree – Once you’ve got enough experience, you’ll be able to apply for a master’s degree in nursing. You could apply for a masters in nursing, business administration or healthcare administration. These degrees can take anywhere from 2-4 years to complete.Get the right certifications – Nurses who want to gain the title of nurse executive can get credentials such as nurse executive board-certified, nurse executive advanced board certified or certified in executive nursing practice.Stay in education – It’s important that nurse executives continue their education in order to keep up to date with current research, practices, and technologies as well as to maintain credentials.Where Do Executive Nurses Work?There are a number of different health care settings that employ executive nurses. Well-qualified executive nurses can find employment in:Healthcare clinicsHospitalsHome health agenciesRehabilitation centersSchools of nursingOther healthcare organizationsExecutive nurses can also choose to work as a consultant for different healthcare facilities.The job of an executive nurse has altered considerably, from delivering basic nursing services to providing care to patients as a whole. This has led to an increase in the career prospects for executive nurses. There are numerous nursing schools and healthcare organizations looking for executive nurses who have advanced training to take up management roles. Nurse executives are also sought after by insurance companies.Salaries for Executive NursesYou may be under the impression that it’s not worth the hassle of undertaking all the training to become an executive nurse, but this isn’t the case. Executive nurses can earn a large amount of money because of the wide number of administrative responsibilities they have. It is hard to come up with an exact figure of how much an executive nurse earns, as it varies depending on location, qualifications, and experience, but according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, executive nurses roughly earn an annual salary of $98,350. This is much higher than a registered nurse would earn.The number of executive nurses working in American has certainly increased over the past few years. Today, executive nurses must be competent in a number of different areas including leadership, data analysis, and communication. Training to become an executive nurse can take time and cost money, but it is certainly worth it in the long term. 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House Rehabilitation / BAST

first_imgShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard House Rehabilitation / BAST Houses France Year:  Photographs Area:  120 m² Area:  120 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project 2013 “COPY” Save this picture!Courtesy of BAST+ 13 Share ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard Photographs:  BASTSave this picture!Courtesy of BASTText description provided by the architects. In the landscapes of Toulouse´s suburbs, this construction reinterprets the characteristic typology of the streets in Brickyard. In contrast to the conserved masonry base texture that is deliberately highlighted by a limewash, the new construction, made entirely of a lightweight metal frame structure, tends towards abstraction. Save this picture!Courtesy of BASTThe new gear is deformed in order to enjoy the interior lightened by the northern sun. Part of the history of this street, this whole existing masonry base with the new metal top construction is changing the types of living to the current issues of urban renewal and adaptation of old buildings to new ways of living.Save this picture!AxonometricProject gallerySee allShow lessBeyond the Tent: Why Refugee Camps Need Architects (Now More than Ever)ArticlesPublic School 158 Bayard Taylor Library / A*PT ARCHITECTUREArticles Share 2013 House Rehabilitation / BASTSave this projectSaveHouse Rehabilitation / BAST CopyHouses•Toulouse, France Year:  Projects ArchDaily Architects: BAST Area Area of this architecture project “COPY” CopyAbout this officeBASTOfficeFollowProductsSteelConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesToulouseHousesFrancePublished on October 14, 2013Cite: “House Rehabilitation / BAST” 14 Oct 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Read commentsBrowse the CatalogPartitionsSkyfoldChoosing the Skyfold Wall for Your SpaceGlass3MGlass Finish – FASARA™ GeometricShower ColumnshansgroheShoulder ShowersPanels / Prefabricated AssembliesMorin Corp.Metal Wall Systems – ExposedStonesCosentinoSurfaces – Dekton® Stonika SeriesConcrete FloorsSikaIndustrial Floor CoatingsHanging LampsLouis PoulsenPendant Lights – KeglenDoorsSky-FrameInsulated Sliding Doors – Sky-Frame SlopeThermalSchöckMinimizing Thermal Bridges in BalconiesWindowspanoramah!®ah! Ultra MinimalistEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesAlucoilStructural Honeycomb Panels – LarcoreWork ChairsDynamobelWork Chair – SLAT 16More products »Read commentsSave世界上最受欢迎的建筑网站现已推出你的母语版本!想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my streamlast_img read more

IVORY COAST: Oil workers strike as economy weakens

first_imgHundreds of oil workers from a state-owned petroleum corporation in the West African state of Ivory Coast walked off the job in a three-day strike on Feb. 2. They were protesting layoffs of nearly 10 percent of the firm’s employees.Some accounts of the situation say that as many as 200 workers could lose their jobs, out of a workforce of approximately 600. Company officials are offering a severance package that has been rejected by the union.Reuters reported, “Petroci offered to pay 10 dismissed managers six months of their salaries while the 40 other laid-off employees were to receive eight months. However, a member of the company’s management said the union was demanding 20 months.” (Feb. 5)“That’s not possible. We don’t have all that money,” an unnamed company official said.Workers at Petroci announced Feb. 5, after three days of striking, that they would extend the strike another 72 hours in the hope that their demands would be met.Petroci is a relatively small oil and natural gas producer but controls 36 percent of domestic petroleum distribution in French-speaking West Africa’s largest economy, along with 30 filling stations. It has joint operations with companies engaged in production and exploration operations and manages a base for logistical support for offshore production blocks. The union, SYNTEPCI, represents workers at 16 companies in addition to Petroci.Efforts are underway by the union leadership to win the cooperation of workers at other companies who could be called upon to strike out of solidarity. This includes workers at the state-owned Societe Ivoirienne de Raffinage, which manages a refinery with the production capacity of 65,000 barrels per day.Ivory Coast is suffering from the overproduction of oil globally, which is also impacting other developing states in Africa. After substantial direct foreign investment in the oil and natural gas exploration industries, prices have drastically declined, driving down currency values and bond prices in so-called emerging economies not only on the continent but in the Middle East, Asia and Latin America as well.In the aftermath of the war of regime-change led by France resulting in the overthrow of former President Dr. Laurent Gbagbo and the installation of the current leader, Alassane Ouattara, transnational oil and gas firms began to increase their investment in production. Ouattara is a former functionary of the International Monetary Fund based in Washington, D.C.International Criminal Court serves imperialistsThis oil workers’ strike is taking place while former left-leaning President Laurent Gbagbo and youth leader Charles Ble Goude are standing trial in the Netherlands at the pro-imperialist International Criminal Court at The Hague.Gbagbo and Goude have pleaded not guilty to a host of charges which their defense lawyers say have no merit. The leader of the Popular Front of Ivory Coast (FPI) is the highest-ranking government official ever tried by the ICC.Illustrating the incompetency of the ICC, the names of witnesses who may be called against Gbagbo were inadvertently released to the press, further complicating the political atmosphere surrounding the legal proceedings. The ICC claims that the protection of witnesses’ identities is essential to their prosecutorial conduct.An article in Daily Nation noted, “[A] closed session of Gbagbo’s … trial was mistakenly broadcast on the court’s public channel;” the incident “will be investigated,” according to the ICC’s director of public information. (Feb. 7)The article continued, “A clip of the hearing, widely circulated on social media … shows ICC Judge Cuno Tarfusser calling for the trial to go into a closed session at the request of lead prosecutor Eric MacDonald. But the microphones are left open and MacDonald can be heard saying that he wanted to raise the issue of witness protection.”On Feb. 3, the prosecution’s initial witness, labelled “P547,” accidentally blurted out his name. Tarfusser suspended proceedings and ordered reporters not to use the witness’s name. Journalists were then required to give their names to ICC security agents.Reeling from pressure generated from inside the African Union and other organizations, Western-installed President Ouatarra told French President François Hollande that Ivory Coast was now capable of handling its own legal issues.During the course of a brief visit to Paris, Ouattara told Hollande, “The ICC has played the role it should. Coming out of the electoral crisis, we did not have justice, the country was completely in tatters. Now we have a justice system that is operational and has begun to judge everyone without exception.” (, Feb. 5)Nonetheless, Simone Gbagbo, spouse of the former president, was sentenced to 20 years in prison under biased and legally questionable conditions. The former first lady is a political figure in her own right, having served as president of the Parliamentary Group for the FPI.Simone Gbagbo was arrested alongside the former president in April 2011. She was tried and convicted of “undermining state security” for defending the country against the Western-backed seizure of power.Although Ivory Coast has been lauded for its foreign direct investment from the capitalist states, economic problems persist, prompting workers’ unrest. The trial of Gbagbo could destabilize the state since the former president maintains broad support inside the country.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

#newmusic 40HURTZ – Dwindling Light EP

first_imgLinkedin WhatsApp Advertisement Facebook Print Emailcenter_img Twitter News#newmusic 40HURTZ – Dwindling Light EPBy Eric Fitzgerald – January 30, 2015 556 DEBUT EP from Clare/Limerick producer 40hurtz. Released on System UK Digital Dwindling Light is four tracks of chilled atmospheric downbeat dub. Fine production skills and strong memorable melodies are evident on the tracks, ‘Nature Of Life Full Circle’, and ‘Canyons Of Caledonia’. The EP will be available on Beatport System UK Digital [SUKD065] from Friday February 6. up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Previous article€500,000 payout to Limerick TDs – because they’re worth it?Next articleLimerick Council pledges support for industrial action at hospital Eric Fitzgeraldhttp://www.limerickpost.ieEric writes for the Entertainment Pages of Limerick Post Newspaper and edits the music blog where you can watch and listen to music happening in the city and beyond.last_img read more

Letterkenny 400 event launched

first_img Pinterest WhatsApp WhatsApp 70% of Cllrs nationwide threatened, harassed and intimidated over past 3 years – Report Twitter Google+ Facebook Google+ Facebook The Letterkenny 400 event has been officially launched, with a series of events to commemorate the history and development of the town since it’s emergence during the plantationThe genesis of the commemoration came last year, and Mayor Cllr Tadhg Culbert made it a priority of his term to have 1611 recognised as the year Letterkenny came into being.Cllr Culbert says the dedication of a large number of people means they have been able to put together a very good series of events for relatively little money…………..[podcast][/podcast] Dail hears questions over design, funding and operation of Mica redress scheme Previous articleDurkan concerned for services after Derry bus hijackNext articleUlsterbus promise to retain Derry services after Glengalliagh Rd hijacking News Highland center_img HSE warns of ‘widespread cancellations’ of appointments next week Twitter PSNI and Gardai urged to investigate Adams’ claims he sheltered on-the-run suspect in Donegal RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR By News Highland – May 17, 2011 Letterkenny 400 event launched Man arrested in Derry on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences released Dail to vote later on extending emergency Covid powers Pinterest Newsx Advertslast_img read more