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WHAT THE OTHER PAPERS SAY THIS MORNING

first_img by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStoryTotal PastThe Ingenious Reason There Are No Mosquitoes At Disney WorldTotal PastMoneyPailShe Was Famous, Now She Works In {State}MoneyPailSerendipity TimesInside Coco Chanel’s Eerily Abandoned Mansion Frozen In TimeSerendipity TimesDrivepedia20 Of The Most Underrated Vintage CarsDrivepediaBetterBeDrones Capture Images No One Was Suppose to SeeBetterBeautooverload.comDeclassified Vietnam War Photos The Public Wasn’t Meant To Seeautooverload.comElite HeraldExperts Discover Girl Born From Two Different SpeciesElite HeraldSenior Living | Search AdsNew Senior Apartments Coming Nearby Scottsdale (Take a Look at The Prices)Senior Living | Search Ads Tags: NULL whatsapp whatsapp FINANCIAL TIMESBOSCH WARNS JAPAN CRISIS WILL SLOW GLOBAL GROWTHThe impact of last month’s Japanese earthquake will cut global economic growth by a quarter of a percentage point and could put a big dent in planed increase in car production this year, the head of the world’s largest car parts supplier warned. Franz Fehrenbach, chief executive of Bosch, said damage to Japan’s industrial base would slow momentum of the world economy. SWISS JULIUS BAER PAYS BERLIN €50M TO SETTLE TAX EVASION CASEJulius Baer became the first Swiss private bank to reach a settlement with the German authorities over its potential role in helping rich customers to evade taxation with a one-off €50m (£44m) payment. German tax authorities have gone to great lengths to track down tax evaders, including the purchase of stolen client information. LIBERTY SELECTED AS PREFERRED QUINN BIDDERLiberty Mutual, the US insurance company, has been selected as preferred bidder for Quinn Insurance, Ireland’s second largest general insurer, which was placed in administration by the Irish regulator last year over breaches of insolvency rules. The deal is one of several announced yesterday as creditors closed the net on founder Sean Quinn. LISTING THREAT TO PLANS FOR NEW UBS BASEPlans by UBS to build a new headquarters in the City of London’s Broadgate estate could be under threat from English Heritage, which is considering a historic listing for parts of the 25-year-old Arup-designed office campus. The conservation group is considering recommending a Grade II listing.THE TIMESBURGER INVESTORS EAGER FOR A TASTE OF LATIN AMERICAAmerican investors rushed to take advantage of a rare opportunity to gain blue-chip exposure to the growing Latin American economies when the world’s biggest McDonald’s franchisee started trading in New York yesterday. Shares in Arcos Dorados rose nearly 25 per cent above their IPO price of $17 (£10.40) on the New York Stock Exchange yesterday.DIXONS PULLS OUT OF SPAINDixons Retail, the owner of Currys and PC World, confirmed that it was pulling out of the Spanish market yesterday. The company said that the decision was made “due to a continuing weak consumer environment and continuing losses of the business, together with the group’s plans to focus on combined electrical and computing stores”.The Daily TelegraphSIR RICHARD BRANSON TO MAKE BID TO BUY BACK FORMER VIRGIN RADIO Sir Richard Branson is attempting to buy back the former Virgin Radio 14 years after selling the UK radio group. The Daily Telegraph understands Sir Richard’s Virgin Radio International will make a bid today for Absolute Radio. The radio group is being sold by its Indian owner TIML Radio, part of Bennett Coleman.BRICS warn over commodity pricesThe roller-coaster path of commodity prices threatens the global recovery, the BRICS group of new economic powers warned. “Excessive volatility in commodity prices, particularly those for food and energy, poses new risks for the ongoing recovery of the world economy,” they said in a joint statement, released as the nations met for their third summit.THE WALL STREET JOURNALENI SEEKS TO SHIP LIBYA OIL TO ITALYEni, Italy’s biggest energy company by market value, said yesterday it plans to transport as much as possible of its own oil stored in a Western Libyan terminal to Venice for safety reasons. “We are trying to lift as much equity oil as possible” from the Mellitah terminal via a tanker to Venice, said Eni. “No specific time frame is available, but we hope to have one [tanker] in a few days.”SPAIN MOVES TO CLAMP DOWN ON HIGH-INTEREST DEPOSITSSpain’s ailing savings banks are rushing out a slew of aggressively priced products for savers ahead of an initiative by the government and the Bank of Spain to limit money-losing deposits. The Finance Ministry has outlined new draft rules aimed at limiting the interest rates that banks can pay for deposits. Thursday 14 April 2011 9:28 pm Share Show Comments ▼ KCS-content WHAT THE OTHER PAPERS SAY THIS MORNING last_img read more

Appetite for disruption: Part Two

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter In the second part of iGamingBusiness.com’s analysis of Trustly’s Pay N Play, we look potential barriers to growth when expanding the solution beyond its core Northern European markets, as well as work being done to enhance customer onboarding for land-based gaming. Topics: Casino & games Tech & innovation Tags: Mobile Online Gambling OTB and Betting Shops Payments In the second part of iGamingBusiness.com’s analysis of Trustly’s Pay N Play, we look potential barriers to growth when expanding the solution beyond its core Northern European markets, as well as work being done to enhance customer onboarding for land-based gaming. Read part one here.Pure or hybrid Lekovic says a lot hinges on how operators use Pay N Play.“There are two ways operators can integrate the solution,” he says. “Using the hybrid model, which is the best solution for existing brands that want to enhance their player experience, or the pure model, which is used for the launch of new brands.“The hybrid model works well, but it’s the pure implementation we’re seeing the most success with.”However, Madsen doubts that Pay N Play alone will encourage new demographics to gamble, beyond appealing to certain demographics of existing players. “If you look at all operators in general, you see a relatively uniform offering,” he says.“If you are a slot player and absolutely in love with Starburst, I don’t think this will change just because of the onboarding solution. We don’t really see anything that differs significantly compared to the rest of the market.“Most content providers tend to have similar games anyway with some adaptions or exceptions. It’s more about how we communicate to players – that’s obviously different.”GIG’s Parker disagrees, arguing instead that the preferences of the players that adopt Pay N Play, and the general preferences of the market they are in, will have a bearing on what is offered on the site.“With every one of our brands, the player type dictates the most popular games and their lobby positioning,” he says. “It is important to get this right not only between brands but between the different countries within those brands.”Work in Progress It could also be argued that Pay N Play is a product that serves a few markets well but will need to be adapted for others. Currently it is widely used in the Nordics.This isn’t a coincidence: governments there maintain a centralised electronic registry of their citizens, such as Sweden’s Statens personaddressregister (SPAR). This provides a secure and accurate database to ensure players’ identities can be verified.However, in markets such as the UK, the Netherlands or Germany, no such central registry exists, removing a key element of the KYC solution that ensures the success of Pay N Play. Madsen, for his part, says that Pay N Play’s importance to Global Gaming is linked to the operator’s Nordic focus.“In the future, depending on which markets we look at, it could just become one part of a wider solution,” he says. “If we solely focused on Pay N Play, it could limit our future growth, but for us it’s obviously [a product] we’ve been using to support us in our current markets,” Madsen says. “In practice, we see it as a tool we can use to onboard customers quickly. If this solution isn’t there in a market we’re interested in, we’ll find an alternative solution to player onboarding and payment processing.”Lekovic, though, argues that the lack of the central registry in a market does not necessarily close it off to Pay N Play.“There are similar sources of information [to the national registries] in different territories,” he says. “How Trustly collects the necessary data is partially from the bank, and we’re combining this with the third party provider data.“So this could be SPAR. But this could also be provided by third party companies, KYC providers, in markets such as the Netherlands or Germany,” he says. “Integration with these companies is an ongoing process which will help us enhance our product.”Future Innovation Lekovic makes this clear: Pay N Play is constantly being enhanced to ensure it is available to as wide a range of markets as possible – and in as many forms. For example, Trustly is currently working on in-banner Pay N Play.This takes the Pay N Play technology and integrates it into banner ads. These can be used by operators to redirect punters to betting sites or by affiliates to boost conversion rates. It’s also targeting the retail sector, with a solution recently rolled out in Sweden.“You have a lot of restaurant casinos or venues with gaming machines [in Sweden], and these guys were struggling to verify or perform KYC on players,” Lekovic explains. “This was not a simple task, which was made harder by an inefficient depositing system.”Trustly has tackled this issue by deploying Pay N Play on gaming machines, allowing players to scan a QR code to deposit from their bank, and set up an account.“So that again solves [several] different problems: speed of payouts, onboarding and KYC,” Lekovic says.Ultimately this, he says, is part of Trustly’s overarching vision to enhance the importance of payment providers, by providing potentially crucial services to improve the operational elements of gaming operators’ sites.After all, this has already happened with content. The shift to external trading is well underway. Why not customer registration?“I think we’re going to increasingly see payment providers support operators in more than just processing payments,” Lekovic says.“That’s very evident from Pay N Play. A payment company is going to become much more than that going forward.”GIG chief marketing officer Tim Parker agrees: “I see this type of payment technology as core to our business both now and in the future,” he says.Currently Trustly has first-mover advantage with Pay N Play – and has done since the solution launched in 2015 – though Lekovic is under no illusions that, as with any innovation, competitors will release rival products.“There are different companies in the payments space trying in different ways to simplify the registration process – and of course there are, and there will be, companies trying to do something similar.”However, this could be seen as a validation of Pay N Play as a concept, and as Lekovic says, providing additional impetus for Trustly to continue to enhance and develop the solution.Key to such enhancements and developments succeeding will be showing that the solution can work beyond its core markets. It’s not unheard of; online invoicing service Klarna, for example, has successfully grown beyond the Nordics to establish a foothold in the UK. Whether Pay N Play can follow remains to be seen. Casino & games Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Regions: Europe UK & Ireland Baltics Central and Eastern Europe Nordics Southern Europe Estonia Germany Denmark Sweden Malta Email Address Appetite for disruption: Part Two 3rd April 2019 | By contenteditorlast_img read more

Cim Financial Services Ltd (CIM.mu) 2015 Annual Report

first_imgCim Financial Services Ltd (CIM.mu) listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius under the Financial sector has released it’s 2015 annual report.For more information about Cim Financial Services Ltd (CIM.mu) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Cim Financial Services Ltd (CIM.mu) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Cim Financial Services Ltd (CIM.mu)  2015 annual report.Company ProfileCim Financial Services Limited (Cim Group) is headquartered in Mauritius that is regulated by the bank of Mauritius as a non-banking deposit taking institution and licenced by the Financial Services Commission as a credit financing institution offering a range of credit.  The company avails individual consumers, SMEs and large corporates with financial services such as consumer finance, crediLimited t card, forex, leasing and factoring. Cim Financial Services is listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius.last_img read more

The Union Sugar Estates Co Ltd (UNSE.mu) HY2015 Interim Report

first_imgThe Union Sugar Estates Co Ltd (UNSE.mu) listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius under the Agri-industrial sector has released it’s 2015 interim results for the half year.For more information about The Union Sugar Estates Co Ltd (UNSE.mu) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the The Union Sugar Estates Co Ltd (UNSE.mu) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: The Union Sugar Estates Co Ltd (UNSE.mu)  2015 interim results for the half year.Company ProfileThe Union Sugar Estates Co. Limited specialises in growing and cultivating sugarcane amongst other agricultural products. The company has, however, diversified into agro-industry, tourism, IT services and trading. The Union Sugar Estates Co. Limited is listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius.last_img read more

It’s Official: Mott files for City Commission Seat #1

first_img Truth be told It will take a lot to successfully fill the large shoes of retiring “icon” Apopka Commissioner Billie Dean, who along with former Apopka Commissioner Alonzo Williams, both, who are long time legends here in Apopka. Apopka needs to elect a new city commissioner who understands the deep cultural roots of this area, and who has been here throughout our city’s transition, and who hasn’t just learned the history of our city by reading history books, or hearing the stories, but by living here a long time, and experiencing our town’s morphing from small town into big city firsthand. Gene Knight, Theresa Mott, and Alexander Smith, all qualify! I wish you all the best….good luck on Seat 1, Gene, Alexander, and Theresa…..!!! Reply Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate October 26, 2017 at 10:15 pm Mama Mia October 20, 2017 at 11:26 am Please enter your comment! The VOICE of Apopka PoliticsJoins three other candidates in the raceTheresa MottTheresa Mott, an Apopka business owner and member of the Apopka Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, has officially filed to run for Seat #1 on the Apopka City Commission. Mott joins Suzanne Kidd, Gene Knight, and Alexander Smith in the race to succeed six-term Apopka City Commissioner Billie Dean on the City Commission. Dean announced in May that he will not seek a seventh term.Mott wrote on her personal Facebook page, and on a “Theresa Mott for Apopka City Commissioner Seat #1 page this statement:“IT’S OFFICIAL, Facebook Family!!! Today, I filed for Apopka City Commissioner, Seat #1. This was after extensive prayer, family support and years of community encouragement.I am a proud Native, Mother, 19-yr. Business Owner (created in Apopka), and actively involved Business Leader, with 25+ years of civic engagement. I have witnessed and contributed to our substantial growth over the years. However, there is more work required to ensure a trajectory beneficial to ALL citizens. Once elected, I pledge to LISTEN to your ideas, thoughts and concerns, and then be a STRONG VOICE FOR YOU on the council. Additionally, I will deliver positive solutions for the betterment of Apopka. Therefore, I respectfully ask for your vote, Tuesday, March 13th…thank you.” Mott’s filing ends several months of speculation about her political intentions for the 2018 Apopka elections. In 2014, Mott ran unsuccessfully for Seat#3 against Linda Laurendeau, and the eventual winner Sam Ruth.She is the former Chairman of the Board of the Apopka Area Chamber of Commerce, and the owner and founder of Professional Executive Services in Apopka, which is an administrative support company that provides secretarial services to small and medium-sized businesses. Mott founded Professional Executive Services in 1998. Please enter your name here I noticed that Theresa respectfully asks for your vote, Tuesday, March 13th….thank you. ( that is what she writes above) Now, that is the way it is suppose to be, she respectfully asks for our votes! She doesn’t tell us what to do….like, vote for me, she respectfully asks for our votes…… October 19, 2017 at 8:22 pm Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter I’m voting for integrity and knowledge. Suzanne Kidd gets my vote March 13th. TAGSApopka City CommissionTheresa Mott Previous article40,000 cubic yards of debris collected in ApopkaNext articleA “Bear” necessity: Orange County residents embrace bear resistant carts Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR truth be Told 5 COMMENTScenter_img Reply Mama Mia October 20, 2017 at 11:51 am Reply October 15, 2017 at 11:49 pm LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here The Anatomy of Fear A vote for Ms. Kidd for the Apopka City Council, is a vote cast FOR A TAX INCREASE ON THE CITY OF APOPKA CITIZENS, make no mistake about that, meaning your annual property tax bill. She has been very clear about that. It is well documented on the city council meeting audios that are kept on record by the city, and available for your listening pleasure at Apopka.net under the meeting icon….please check it out, if you are not aware of her pro-tax millage rate increase position. I will not knowingly vote for a candidate for Apopka City Council who wants to impose a property tax increase on our citizens. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Mama Mia Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 Reply Reply Janice Rapplast_img read more

Ecole Normale House / FABRE/deMARIEN Architects

first_imgArchDaily Houses “COPY” Architects: FABRE/deMARIEN architectes Area Area of this architecture project Area:  210 m² Area:  210 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/435326/ecole-normale-house-fabre-demarien-architects Clipboard France Year:  photographs:  Stéphane ChalmeauPhotographs:  Stéphane Chalmeau+ 31 Share “COPY”center_img ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/435326/ecole-normale-house-fabre-demarien-architects Clipboard Photographs Ecole Normale House / FABRE/deMARIEN ArchitectsSave this projectSaveEcole Normale House / FABRE/deMARIEN ArchitectsSave this picture!© Stéphane ChalmeauHouses•Bordeaux, France 2012 2012 Ecole Normale House / FABRE/deMARIEN Architects Projects CopySave this picture!© Stéphane ChalmeauRecommended ProductsDoorsLinvisibileLinvisibile Curved Hinged Door | AlbaDoorsECLISSESliding Pocket Door – ECLISSE LuceDoorsEGGERWood Laminate Doors in Molecular Plant Science InstituteDoorsAir-LuxPivoting DoorText description provided by the architects. A house as a filter between a busy street and a quiet garden. Save this picture!© Stéphane ChalmeauFrom the street, some steps and a brick façade as a protection. Light is coming from the slits. From the garden, an open façade with two generous windows of 10 meters wide. Inside, a large patio as a lantern and green lung brings light and natural ventilation to all rooms. Facing the house the long swimming pool cross the garden coming from the renovated annex. Save this picture!© Stéphane ChalmeauThe construction is simple using concrete and glass as main materials. Beam-column system, floor slab, steps, seat, and concrete shelves are sheltered by large window frames in aluminum giving all spaces an inside-out feeling. Save this picture!First Floor PlanProject gallerySee allShow lessAn Interview with Magda Mostafa: Pioneer in Autism DesignArticles’London As It Could Be Now’: Reconnecting Londoners with the Tidal ThamesArchitecture News Share CopyAbout this officeFABRE/deMARIEN architectesOfficeFollowProductsWoodConcreteBrick#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesBordeauxHousesFrancePublished on October 08, 2013Cite: “Ecole Normale House / FABRE/deMARIEN Architects” 08 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

Return £425m of Olympics underspend to good causes, urges DSC

first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Tagged with: Funding Law / policy Olympics www.biglotteryrefund.org.uk  22 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.center_img The Directory of Social Change (DSC) is calling on the government to return hundreds of millions pounds that will not be spent on the London Olympics to the Big Lottery Fund and ultimately to charities and community organisations.The Department of Culture, Media and Sport today announced that “The overall funding package for the Games remains at £9.298 billion with £476 million of uncommitted contingency available.”Speaking on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme this morning, Hugh Robertson MP, Minister for Sport and the Olympics said that “all being well we should be able to hand half a billion pounds back to the Treasury”.The DSC’s Big Lottery Refund campaign aims to get £425 million of the money that was taken from the Big Lottery Fund to pay for the Olympics refunded to the Big Lottery Fund.Jay Kennedy, Head of Policy at the Directory of Social Change, said: “It will be an utter outrage – and verging on money laundering – if lottery revenues raided by the Government to fund the Olympics go back to the Treasury. This money was taken away from supporting vulnerable people and communities across this country at a time when they needed it most. Government needs to keep its promises and do the right thing – any underspend must be used to refund the Lottery as soon as possible.”@BigLotteryRfnd on TwitterThe campaign has been busy using Twitter to promote its argument. Some of the tweets referred to Dame Suzi Leather’s valedictory speech on leaving the Charity Commission where she said that the biggest risk facing charities was financial shortfalls. Return £425m of Olympics underspend to good causes, urges DSC Howard Lake | 13 June 2012 | Newslast_img read more

Bitdefender antivirus software now available to charities via software donation programme

first_img Howard Lake | 22 April 2014 | News Tagged with: Charity Trust Donated goods Technology AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis3 About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. Technology Trust has made Bitdefender antivirus software available to eligible charities through its software donation programme. Charities can now acquire the cloud-based software at up to 90% off the retail price at tt-exchange.The softare, voted antivirus software of the year for 2014 by PCmag.com, is available in a range of packages. Charities can choose from:unlimited number of Bitdefender Antivirusunlimited number of Bitdefender Internet Security25 Bitdefender Client Security and Management Server100 Bitdefender Small Office SecurityTechnology Trust selected say that, because it was “originally designed with consumers in mind”, it “does not require IT or security experts to implement or use, making it ideal for charities of all sizes to run”.It can be installed onto an unlimited number of Windows or Mac desktops and protects against malware and web threats. It also secures online payments and protects organisations’ internet connections via its firewall.Catalin Cosoi, chief security strategist at  Bitdefender®, said:“Up-to-date antivirus software is essential for keeping any IT system safe. The charity sector is no exception to this and we are pleased to be able to offer our award winning solution to charities through tt-exchange”. Advertisementcenter_img Image: antivirus padlock by Brian A Jackson on Shutterstock.com  140 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis3 Bitdefender antivirus software now available to charities via software donation programmelast_img read more

Venezuela in Big Oil’s crosshairs

first_imgAnti-war activists will vividly recall how Bush set the stage for invading Iraq by falsely claiming that the Hussein government possessed “weapons of mass destruction.”  But it was clear that the real reason for the war was to control Iraq’s vast reserves of oil. Millions of Iraqis and thousands of U.S. soldiers lost their lives because of Big Oil’s greed.“Before the 2003 invasion, Iraq’s domestic oil industry was fully nationalized and closed to Western oil companies. A decade of war later, it is largely privatized and utterly dominated by foreign firms. From ExxonMobil and Chevron to BP and Shell, the West’s largest oil companies have set up shop in Iraq.” (cnn.com, April 15, 2013)For more than a decade, Washington has targeted the government of Venezuela for an Iraq-style regime change. Venezuela has now the largest confirmed oil reserves in the world. Venezuela first nationalized a portion of its oil industry in 1976, but giant companies like Exxon and BP retained control of huge portions of oil production, and U.S. and Western European companies owned much of Venezuela’s other industries.That all changed under the leadership of Venezuela’s Presidents Hugo Chávez and Nicolás Maduro. Big oil companies like Exxon have been kicked out.  The telecommunications, electric and many other industries have been nationalized.Revenue from selling oil, which makes up 95 percent of Venezuela’s exports, began to be distributed among the poor. The poverty rate fell from 50 percent to 30 percent. With the assistance of revolutionary Cuba, health care and education became free. Venezuela now has the highest literacy rate in the region.The Venezuelan government, through its oil company CITGO, helped many poor people in the U.S. survive the cold winter months for several years.And most importantly, a powerful mass movement was created among the poor called Bolivarianism, named after Simon Bolivar, the 19th-century revolutionary who led the independence movement in Latin America against Spain. Time and again the poor have poured into the streets to back their leaders facing relentless attacks from the right.This has earned the Venezuelan government the wrath not only of the rich in Venezuela but also of U.S. imperialism, which engineered a failed coup attempt against Chávez in 2002. The collapse of oil prices in 2015 has caused Washington to step up its campaign to create a counterrevolution in Venezuela to let the wealthy take back “their” oil from the Venezuelan people.In March 2015, Washington declared Venezuela to be a “national security threat” and issued sanctions against prominent leaders of the country.Citibank closed down its operations in Venezuela in July last year. President Maduro called this an economic “blockade.” He announced, “No one stops Venezuela!” (reuters.com, July 12)In March of this year the main leader of the Venezuelan right-wing “opposition,” ignoring the fact that President Maduro’s term of office does not expire until next year, repeated his call for the Venezuelan military to conduct a coup d’état against the government, while also mobilizing armed gangs to attack government institutions and security forces.Wall Street think tanks like the Council on Foreign Relations and the Center for Strategic and International Studies falsely proclaimed that Venezuela is undergoing a “humanitarian crisis,” complete with medicine shortages and mass starvation. Their solution? “The current U.S. administration should lead a regional coalition to halt the implosion in Venezuela.” (csis.org, April 11)The CSIS is even calling on the Venezuelan government to drop its own currency and accept “dollarization.”In April, Admiral Kurt W. Tidd, the Pentagon’s top official for Latin America, issued an ominous report to the Senate Armed Services Committee.  He stated, “The growing humanitarian crisis in Venezuela could eventually compel a regional response.”Both Russia and China have recently made large bank loans to Venezuela.  Echoing the infamous “Monroe Doctrine,” Adm. Tidd continued, “Over the past decade, China, Russia and Iran have established a greater presence in the region. These global actors view the Latin American economic, political and security arena as an opportunity to achieve their respective long-term objectives and advance interests that may be incompatible with ours and those of our partners.” (telesur.net, April 6)That same Senate committee has sponsored legislation from both Republicans and Democrats. Accusing the Venezuelan government of corruption and participating in the drug trade, it calls for more sanctions against Venezuela. The groundwork for a U.S. invasion is being laid step-by- step.But the Venezuelan people are strong. When the rich organized a “women in white” demonstration in Caracas May 6, they were met by thousands of “women in red” ready to defend their government against the wealthy oligarchs and U.S. imperialism’s threats. (reuters.com, May 7) The anti-war movement here must stand by them and defend Venezuela from Big Oil and its Pentagon henchmen.Hands off Venezuela!FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Updated: China to Start Purchasing Ag Products “Immediately” After G20 Meeting…

first_img Updated: China to Start Purchasing Ag Products “Immediately” After G20 Meeting with Trump President Donald Trump met with Chinese President Xi Jinping at the G20 Summit in Buenos Aires, Argentina on Saturday. Trump agreed that on January 1, 2019 he will leave the tariffs on $200 billion worth of product at the 10% rate and not raise it to 25% as he previously committed. China will agree to purchase a not yet agreed upon, but very substantial, amount of agricultural, energy, industrial, and other product from the United States to reduce the trade imbalance between the two countries. China has agreed to start purchasing agricultural product immediately.President Trump and President Xi agreed to immediately begin negotiations on structural changes with respect to forced technology transfer, intellectual property protection, non-tariff barriers, cyber intrusions and cyber theft, services and agriculture. Both China and the U.S. have placed a 90 day timeframe on completing a deal. Once that 90 days is up, the 10% tariffs will increase to 25% if no agreement has been reached.In a release from White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, Trump said, “This was an amazing and productive meeting with unlimited possibilities for both the United States and China. It is my great honor to be working with President Xi.”John Heisdorffer, a soybean grower from Keota, Iowa, and American Soybean Association president said, “This is the first positive news we’ve seen after months of downturned prices and halted shipments. If this suspension of tariff increases leads to a longer-term agreement, it will be extremely positive for the soy industry. We want to begin repairing damage done to our trade relations with China, which has been essential to successful soybean exports for years.”In a statement from Angela Hoffman, Executive Director for the group Farmers for Free Trade, she said, “Any signal, even if temporary, that this trade war may de-escalate is welcome news for farmers. While farmers are cautiously optimistic about this development, they are also keenly aware that they are still subject to the existing painful retaliatory tariffs and lost markets that have hurt their recently harvested crops and income.”The African Swine Fever outbreak may be a driver in moving negotiations along. China, the world’s biggest pork producer and consumer, placed its largest order for U.S. pork since the trade war began. A Reuters article says the purchase seems to signal that China has serious concerns about supply shortages due to the disease outbreak. China has imposed a tariff of 62 percent on imports of American pork. For the week ending November 22nd, China bought more than 3,200 tons of pork to be shipped this year. USDA data shows that’s the biggest purchase of the season since February.China also bought close to 4,000 tons of pork to be delivered in 2019. Brett Stuart, President of Global AgriTrends, says pork is abundant in China right now and prices are low. However, he adds “that doesn’t mean there will be plenty of pork in China next year.” Home Indiana Agriculture News Updated: China to Start Purchasing Ag Products “Immediately” After G20 Meeting with… By Eric Pfeiffer – Dec 2, 2018 Facebook Twitter SHARE Previous articleNAFTA Replacement USMCA Signed at G20Next articleRyan Martin’s Indiana Ag Forecast for December 3, 2018 Eric Pfeiffer SHARE Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

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