Malaysia Airlines will be privatised

•September 1, 2014 • 6 Comments

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http://finance.ninemsn.com.au/newsbusiness/8887960/malaysia-airlines-to-be-privatised

The carrier has announced the government-run Khazanah Nasional, which owns just under 70 percent of the airline, will offer 27 sen for each share the company doesn’t own, amounting to $508 million.

The carrier’s share price has dropped 23 percent this year, as a result of two disasters involving the airline.

The airline was already in financial trouble, having lost $1.4 billion from 2011-13, and a further $148 million in the first quarter of this year.

Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 disappeared mysteriously in March with 239 people aboard. No trace of the plane has been found and the airline was widely criticised for its handling of the crisis.

On July 17, another Malaysia Airlines plane MH17 was shot down over Ukraine, with another 298 people killed.

Though it formerly had a solid safety reputation, the carrier’s association with tragedy has pummelled bookings, and analysts said it is burning through its cash reserves at a rate of around $2 million per day as it struggles to survive.

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to be expected..you might be able to overcome one bad PR event but not two..now to me this appears to be nationalised not privatised..or am i reading it wrong?

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Brazil dismantles a criminal organisation they say is “biggest destroyer” of Amazon rainforest

•September 1, 2014 • 2 Comments

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http://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-28961554

The authorities in Brazil say they have dismantled a criminal organisation they believe was the “biggest destroyer” of the Amazon rainforest.

The gang is accused of invading, logging and burning large areas of public land and selling these illegally for farming and grazing.

In a statement, Brazilian Federal Police said the group committed crimes worth more than $220m (£134m).

A federal judge has issued 14 arrest warrants for alleged gang members.

Twenty-two search warrants were also issued and four suspects are being called in for questioning.

The police operation covers four Brazilian states, including Sao Paulo.

Five men and a woman have already been arrested in Para state in the north of the country, Globo news reported.

The BBC’s Wyre Davies in Rio de Janeiro says details are still sketchy, partly because the police operation is focused on one of the most remote and inaccessible parts of the Amazon region.

Political and police corruption is still rife in Brazil’s interior, our correspondent adds.

That problem coupled with alleged ineptitude on the part of the federal government means that loggers and illegal miners are able to operate with impunity, he says.

The police announced the operation in a statement: “The Federal Police carried out today Operation Chestnut Tree designed to dismantle a criminal organisation specialising in land grabbing and environmental crimes in the city of Novo Progresso, in the south-western region of Para.

“Those involved in these criminal actions are considered the greatest destroyers of the Brazilian Amazon rainforest.”

Last year, the Brazilian government said the rate of deforestation in the Amazon increased by 28% between August 2012 and July 2013, after years of decline.

It made a commitment in 2009 to reduce Amazon deforestation by 80% by the year 2020.

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“Those involved in these criminal actions are considered the greatest destroyers of the Brazilian Amazon rainforest.”

no foreign multinational companies were hurt in the making of this story..

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Flashback: Muammar Gaddafi warns that sooner or later “they” will be targeted for elimination

•September 1, 2014 • Leave a Comment

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prophetic and note assad laughing..blind hubris..

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Laser-based space junk tracking site planned in Australia

•September 1, 2014 • Leave a Comment

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http://www.nbcnews.com/science/space/laser-based-space-junk-tracking-site-planned-australia-n189491

Lockheed Martin and Australia-based Electro Optic Systems are partnering up to establish a new laser-based space junk tracking site. Hundreds of thousands of objects, some tiny, some large, float around the Earth, and some occasionally pose a threat to satellites or even (as in “Gravity”) the International Space Station. “Radar-based systems have great capabilities for tracking and cataloguing large numbers of objects,” explained Lockheed Martin’s Matt Kramer in an email to NBC News. “This new site will zoom in on specific objects to provide a richer picture of the debris, including what it might be, what direction it’s spinning, and how fast it’s travelling.”

Lasers have been suggested before as a possible space debris management system — a 2011 proposal from NASA had the system not just tracking objects, but zapping them to to change their orbit. Lockheed’s system would just watch, but it could pave the way for more direct intervention. The site would be located in Western Australia, acting as a more powerful complement to another facility on the other side of the continent, and would provide data to both governments and commercial space enterprises.

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“Lockheed’s system would just watch, but it could pave the way for more direct intervention.”

starwars by another name?

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Images 31/8/14

•August 31, 2014 • 1 Comment

FKA Twigs

this is some clown called FKA twigs..whatever that means..

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yaya deng is a finalist of the australian reality show “the face”..the eye..

Model Yaya Deng is a finalist of the Australian reality show The Face

yeah we get the picture..

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the theories are not a danger..establishing them as truth is the danger for the ruling class..

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a parody of course but..guilt based religion..no not christianity..global warming actually..

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debunk it if its not true..wake up america!

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rip it up gaddafi..its ass paper anyway..

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twin peaks making a come back..quite a bit going on in that image..

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hmmm..cool numbers as well..

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truth is always embarrassing in hindsight..

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thats correct..and when you see foreigners driving a “revolution” then you know its fake..

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Sandhurst’s sheikhs: Why do so many Gulf royals receive military training in the UK?

•August 31, 2014 • 1 Comment

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http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-28896860

Generations of foreign royals – particularly from the Middle East – have learned to be military leaders at the UK’s Sandhurst officer training academy. But is that still a good idea, asks Matthew Teller.

Since 1812, the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, on the Surrey/Berkshire border, has been where the British Army trains its officers.

It has a gruelling 44-week course testing the physical and intellectual skills of officer cadets and imbuing them with the values of the British Army.

Alongside would-be British officers, Sandhurst has a tradition of drawing cadets from overseas. Many of the elite families of the Middle East have sent their sons and daughters. Perhaps the most notable was King Hussein of Jordan.

Four reigning Arab monarchs are graduates of Sandhurst and its affiliated colleges – King Abdullah of Jordan, King Hamad of Bahrain, Sheikh Tamim, Emir of Qatar, and Sultan Qaboos of Oman. Past monarchs include Sheikh Saad, Emir of Kuwait, and Sheikh Hamad, Emir of Qatar.

Sandhurst’s links have continued from the time when Britain was the major colonial power in the Gulf.

“One thing the British were excellent at was consolidating their rule through spectacle,” says Habiba Hamid, former foreign policy strategist to the rulers of Dubai and Abu Dhabi. “Pomp, ceremony, displays of military might, shock and awe – they all originate from the British military relationship.”

It’s a place where future leaders get to know each other, says Michael Stephens, deputy director of the Royal United Services Institute, Qatar. And Sandhurst gives the UK influence in the Gulf.

“The [UK] gets the kind of attention from Gulf policy elites that countries of our size, like France and others, don’t get. It gives us the ability to punch above our weight.

“You have people who’ve spent time in Britain, they have… connections to their mates, their teachers. Familiarity in politics is very beneficial in the Gulf context.”

“For British people who are drifting around the world, as I did as a soldier,” says Brigadier Peter Sincock, former defence attache to Saudi Arabia, “you find people who were at Sandhurst and you have an immediate rapport. I think that’s very helpful, for example, in the field of military sales.”

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sandhurst..finishing school for dictators..who runs the world?

“you find people who were at Sandhurst and you have an immediate rapport. I think that’s very helpful, for example, in the field of military sales.”

really?

“It’s a place where future leaders get to know each other”

cute..

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Monsanto and Ukraine

•August 31, 2014 • 2 Comments

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http://www.counterpunch.org/2014/08/22/70838/

Finally, a little-known aspect of the crisis in Ukraine is receiving some international attention.  On July 28, the California-based Oakland Institute released a report revealing that the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF), under terms of their $17 billion loan to Ukraine, would open that country to genetically-modified (GM) crops and genetically-modified organisms (GMOs) in agriculture.  The report is entitled “Walking on the West Side: the World Bank and the IMF in the Ukraine Conflict.”

In late 2013, the then president of Ukraine, Viktor Yanukovych, rejected a European Union association agreement tied to the $17 billion IMF loan, whose terms are only now being revealed.  Instead, Yanukovych chose a Russian aid package worth $15 billion plus a discount on Russian natural gas.  His decision was a major factor in the ensuing deadly protests that led to his ouster from office in February 2014 and the ongoing crisis.

According to the Oakland Institute, “Whereas Ukraine does not allow the use of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in agriculture, Article 404 of the EU agreement, which relates to agriculture, includes a clause that has generally gone unnoticed:  it indicates, among other things, that both parties will cooperate to extend the use of biotechnologies.  There is no doubt that this provision meets the expectations of the agribusiness industry.  As observed by Michael Cox, research director at the investment bank Piper Jaffray, ‘Ukraine and, to a wider extent, Eastern Europe, are among the most promising growth markets for farm-equipment giant Deere, as well as seed producers Monsanto and DuPont’.”

Ukrainian law bars farmers from growing GM crops.  Long considered “the bread basket of Europe,” Ukraine’s rich black soil is ideal for growing grains, and in 2012 Ukrainian farmers harvested more than 20 million tonnes of corn.

In May 2013, Monsanto announced plans to invest $140 million in a non-GMO corn seed plant in Ukraine, with Monsanto Ukraine spokesman Vitally Fechuk confirming that ‘We will be working with conventional seeds only” because “in Ukraine only conventional seeds are allowed for production and importation.”

But by November 2013, six large Ukrainian agriculture associations had prepared draft amendments to the law, pushing for “creating, testing, transportation and use of GMOs regarding the legalization of GM seeds.” The president of the Ukrainian Grain Association, Volodymyr Klymenko, told a Nov. 5 press conference in Kiev that “We could mull over this issue for a long time, but we, jointly with the [agricultural] associations, have signed two letters to change the law on biosecurity, in which we proposed the legalization of the use of GM seeds, which had been tested in the United States for a long time, for our producers.” (Actually, GM seeds and GMOs have never undergone independent, long-term testing in the U.S.)

The agricultural associations’ draft amendments coincided with the terms of the EU association agreement and IMF/World Bank loan.

The website sustainablepulse.com – which tracks GMO news worldwide – immediately slammed the agricultural associations’ proposal, with director Henry Rowlands stating: “Ukraine agriculture will be seriously damaged if the Ukrainian government legally allows GM seeds in the country.  Their farmers will find their export markets reduced due to consumers’ anti-GMO sentiments both in Russia and the EU.”  Rowlands said that Monsanto’s investment in Ukraine “could rise to $300 million within several years.  Does Ukrainian agriculture want to totally rely on the success or failure of one U.S.-based company?”

On December 13, 2013, Monsanto’s Jesus Madrazo, Vice President of Corporate Engagement, told the U.S.-Ukraine Conference in Washington, D.C. that the company sees “the importance of creating a favorable environment [in Ukraine] that encourages innovation and fosters the continued development of agriculture.  Ukraine has the opportunity to further develop the potential of conventional crops, which is where we are currently concentrating our efforts.  We also hope that at some point biotechnology is a tool that will be available to Ukrainian farmers in the future.”

Just a few days before Madrazo’s remarks in Washington, Monsanto Ukraine had launched its “social development” program for the country, called “Grain Basket of the Future.” [7] It provides grants to rural villagers so they can (in Monsanto’s words) “start feeling that they can improve their situation themselves as opposed to waiting for a handout.”

Actually, the real “handout” is the one going to Big U.S. Agribusiness through the terms of the IMF/World Bank loan, which besides opening the country to GM crops, will also further lift the ban on the sale of Ukraine’s rich agricultural lands to the private sector.

As Morgan Williams, president and CEO of the U.S.-Ukraine Business Council, told International Business Times in March, “Ukraine’s agriculture could be a real gold mine.” But he added that there are “many aspects of the [Ukraine] business climate that need to be changed.  The major item would center around getting the government out of business…”

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oh..i see..

“Monsanto Ukraine had launched its “social development” program for the country, called “Grain Basket of the Future.”

another bunch of dots to connect..

“Ukraine agriculture will be seriously damaged if the Ukrainian government legally allows GM seeds in the country.”

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