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As with everything Brexit, the battle for the City will be messy | Nils Pratley image
....On a cheerful reading for the City, one might say that nothing has been settled immediately. London has avoided an upright Hollande-style land grab. ...
World Bank raises record $75bn to help poorest members image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 15th of December 2016 02:57:29 PM
....“The World Bank is also proposing to dramatically increase the money it gives via the private sector, which would be a bad idea. The bank has a very poor track record in this area, bankrolling corporations that make active use of tax havens and others that have been involved in murderous land grabs. ...
Mandarin lessons image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 16th of November 2016 12:29:40 AM
....Arting Luo from the Sino-Africa Centre of Excellence, a think tank, says this is an unjust representation of Chinese intentions. "Chinese companies often come under scrutiny that they are international land grabbers," she says. ...

Mandelson met loyal Mugabe accomplice as Zimbabwe endured economic meltdown
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.... Another judge later overturned Mr Chinamasa’s criminal conviction. After serving Mr Mugabe so faithfully, Mr Chinamasa duly benefited from the land grab, receiving one farm for himself and another for his wife, Monica. ...

How Mandelson met Mugabe's finance minister months before Zimbabwe's $1.1bn loan plan
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....Mr Mugabe’s mass seizure of white-owned land wrecked Zimbabwe’s biggest export industry. The president’s allies benefited from the land grab, including Mr Chinamasa and his wife, Monica, who received one farm each. ...

China arrests village head who won open election 
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Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Friday 22nd of July 2016 03:57:17 AM
....Thursday's legal action against Lin Zuluan comes one month after he was detained on charges of taking kickbacks on government contracts and places him on track to go to trial where a conviction is all but assured. Lin's detention last month came just before he planned to lead protests against land grabs by local developers, and touched off days of demonstrations in Wukan village, where many residents maintain his innocence. ...
Source : Reuters [Read Article] Friday 8th of April 2016 06:27:04 AM
...."This is about local communities taking control over their own destiny from absentee landlords," Peter Peacock, a former member of the Scottish parliament, campaigner and co-author of a briefing paper on the reforms, told the Thomson Reuters Foundation. "Scotland's land grabs took place a couple of hundred years ago . ...
Can a business ever source responsibly from a war zone? image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 22nd of March 2016 10:41:51 AM
....“Yet what we found in 2010 was that this really fragile post-conflict environment was instead enabling resources to be exploited illegally by businesses. Other supply chains were getting unwittingly caught up in huge human rights issues, such as illegal land grabbing for tourism development and the intimidation of activists, which were being done on the pretext of national security. ...
World's largest palm oil trader criticised for lack of progress on deforestation image
.... “There’s been altogether too much ambiguity about consequences, which has only encouraged some rogue actors to think they can deforest first and apologise later,” he says. So what will help end the ongoing land grab claims and forest fires that engulfed south-east Asia towards the end of last year? Hurowitz believes that governments must step up and take deforestation seriously, although this doesn’t give companies carte blanche to carry on business as usual. ...
Paris climate talks: cosy relationship between politicians and business must end #COP21 image
.... It is supposed to help small farmers adapt to climate change while reducing emissions, but has been hijacked by synthetic fertiliser companies like Yara and Monsanto. The refusal to define what “climate smart agriculture” is has allowed agribusiness to add a new green tint to business as usual, pushing the same practices that have led to deforestation, land grabs, biodiversity loss and soaring emissions. ...
Source : Reuters [Read Article] Tuesday 24th of November 2015 07:13:16 AM
....Columbia Threadneedle Investments CIO Mark Burgess said a vote to leave the EU could endanger London's status as the global capital of foreign exchange trading. "There would be a land grab, and I wouldn't blame Frankfurt for doing that. ...
Capitalism isn’t dead; it can become a force for good in society image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 5th of November 2015 12:39:37 PM
....Such exploitative practices continue today. The most egregious examples have been in so-called land grabs, where companies have taken land in parts of Africa as well as countries such as Cambodia, Guatemala without consent from the communities concerned and without providing compensation. ...
Welcome to new London: the areas where affluent U35s have moved in image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Friday 16th of October 2015 06:17:49 AM
. In a land grab by the affluent U35s, reminiscent of the game of Risk, the wave of gentrification continues to sweep across London, leaving very few spots untouched and pushing up house prices. ...
How developing countries are paying a high price for the global mineral boom image
....While the spot price of gold and other minerals has recently seen its greatest annual decline in more than 30 years, the legacy of the global mineral boom is social conflict, human rights violations and environmental devastation across Asia, Latin America and Africa, says a global investigation into hundreds of the world’s mineral mines. As angry communities in Colorado last week counted the cost of a toxic spill from an old gold mine, a new atlas of 600 international mining and oil companies has identified more than 1,500 ongoing conflicts raging over water, land, spills, pollution, ill-health, relocations, waste, land grabs, floods and falling water levels. ...
Beyond organic: promoting Indonesia’s indigenous farming cultures image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 24th of June 2015 11:07:24 AM
....According to Indonesia’s national indigenous people’s organisation, Aliansi Masyarakat Adat Nusantara (AMAN), around one fifth of the country’s 250 million people classify as indigenous. With statutory efforts to establish collective rights to customary lands yet to be officially sanctioned, rural communities remain vulnerable to the frequent land grabs made by palm oil producers and other forest users. ...
Ryanair profit rises as softer approach widens customer base image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Tuesday 26th of May 2015 06:26:16 AM
.... Ryanair, which raised its guidance for 2015 earnings five times, is targeting major European airports and looking to tempt passengers away from network airlines such as Deutsche Lufthansa and Air France-KLM Group. With low-cost carriers approaching the end of a what chief executive Michael O’Leary has described as a “land grab” for market share, the Irish airline is extending efforts to broaden its customer appeal into a third year. ...
A Tale of Several Cities image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 19th of May 2015 11:22:19 PM
.... Other hilly neighbourhoods have escalators. And the municipal authorities have built libraries, parks and local enterprise centres in the slums: public spaces in places which lacked everything but private hell-for-leather land grabs. ...
Multinationals cannot prevent palm oil deforestation on their own image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 13th of May 2015 11:56:16 AM
.... Last month, vice-president Jusuf Kalla called on the international community to partner with Indonesia on investing in green development at The Tropical Landscapes Summit (TLS) in Jakarta. Related: Banks and pension funds continue to bankroll deforestation and land grabs. ...
Banks and pension funds continue to bankroll deforestation and land grabs image
....This is not an isolated example. Campaign group Global Witness, which works extensively on tropical deforestation and land grabbing issues, drew attention to how European banks and pension funds financed Wilmar – the world’s biggest palm oil company - to acquire, or “grab”, land in Uganda. ...
Supermarkets need to be smaller and smarter  image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Wednesday 15th of April 2015 07:45:54 PM
.... The problems J Sainsbury is facing are similar to that of the other major supermarket retailers. Following a major land grab throughout the 1990s and 2000s, the large grocers have finally realised that big is not always beautiful. ...
Budget 2015 as it happened: George Osborne cuts taxes for savers and introduces 'help-to-buy' Isa image
.... . Vicious #Budget2015 rumour circulating that Osborne will attempt a massive Labour land grab and pinch a big left wing policy. ...
Saudis risk playing with fire in shale-price showdown as crude crashes image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Sunday 30th of November 2014 04:49:05 PM
.... . Mr Morse says the “full cycle” cost for shale production is $70 to $80, but this includes the original land grab and infrastructure. ...
Soaring Santander must treat its new customers right to keep them image
Source : Independent [Read Article] Tuesday 4th of November 2014 11:27:50 PM
....They might operate in very different sectors, but its success in Europe is not dissimilar to the success Aldi and Lidl are having over here. “Magnificent,” is how owner Associated British Foods described its most recent results, with the discount clothes seller’s growth driven by its continental land grab. ...
Is AIG's former boss the $180bn bailout victim? image
Source : Independent [Read Article] Friday 24th of October 2014 10:30:06 PM
....It features Hank Greenberg, once the largest shareholder in the insurer AIG, and a former chief executive, suing the US government over its $180bn (£112bn) bailout of the company back in 2008. Mr Greenberg, whose shareholding was held through his company Starr International, is in effect alleging that the bailout amounted to an unconstitutional land grab of AIG’s assets by the government. ...
Just Eat drops on worries about future growth image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 20th of October 2014 12:05:37 PM
....Land grab presents risks. There is a fierce land grab in the online takeaway aggregator market, with the four leading players all raising money in the last year. ...
Timeshare owners accuse Macdonald Resorts of land grab image
Source : Independent [Read Article] Friday 19th of September 2014 11:00:00 PM
.... They are all long-term owners of properties with Macdonald Resorts and have accused the company of forcing through changes that have left them worse off. "We are a group of around 200 owners, and growing, who are enraged at Macdonald Resorts' attempts to effectively land grab real estate from our timeshare clubs that they do not own and, in the process, are taking advantage of many elderly owners needing to exit 'in perpetuity' timeshare agreements," says Marianne Fusi, one of those affected by the changes. ...
Forget the Knee Defender, here are the dos and donts of aeroplane etiquette image
....Space negotiation in confined seating is a balancing act between comfort and good relations. This is not to pretend you’re involved in anything other than a zero-sum land grab – this is a literal arms race, but we’re discussing etiquette. ...
Owning your share of a place in the sun has just got so much easier image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Wednesday 6th of August 2014 12:01:00 AM
....Many Britons remain sceptical about fractional ownership schemes overseas, says Steve Goldstraw, property expert at Crosslane Group. “Unsuspecting British buyers abroad have been caught out by timeshare scams, local authority land grabs in Spain and even some unfinished developments in countries such as Bulgaria and Croatia. ...
Gucci’s profit hit by fashion for exclusivity image
Source : Independent [Read Article] Wednesday 30th of July 2014 11:43:14 PM
.... He also announced the purchase of Swiss watch maker Ulysse Nardin. Mr Sharma added: “The land grab for bling-tastic watch brands by luxury conglomerates goes on… Ulysse Nardin -think ultra-shiny, huge watches. ...
Taxes on holiday cottages would require 'Stasi-like police force' monitoring people's homes, Eric Pickles says image
.... . Speaking at the Local Government Association Mr Pickles added that although the Government technically had the powers to confiscate second properties in a “Che Guevera” style land grab the Conservatives would also be “reluctant” to consider that option. ...
Thailand's seafood industry: a case of state-sanctioned slavery? image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 10th of June 2014 10:59:34 AM
.... These are the people excluded from the growth created by globalisation, which has sucked wealth upwards and offshore. Some have been dispossessed by land grabs, others by plantation agriculture or expansionist aquaculture. ...
World Cup 2014: at the Brazil finals a goggle-eyed man will be king image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 28th of May 2014 03:00:09 PM
. Perhaps the creepiest thing about the Sochi Winter Olympics – apart from the bit where it turned out they’d just been a curtain raiser for a land grab – was the use of a security system called VibraImage, which is a programme that analyses live images of people to assess whether they pose a security risk. ...
Mortgage lending leap fuels housing market debate image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 21st of May 2014 09:38:09 AM
....The move, primarily for new borrowers but also to those taking out additional borrowing or those remortgaging to move, applies to lending through Halifax, Lloyds Bank, Bank of Scotland and Scottish Widows Bank. The question now is whether this will be matched by other lenders, or give others the chance to make a land grab for this custom. ...
British expats in Portugal face losing homes image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Tuesday 6th of May 2014 02:03:52 PM
.... . The situation is being compared to Spain's notorious "land grab" law, under which hundreds of expatriate Britons lost homes on the Costa Blanca in the early 2000s. ...
Co-op report shows need for change image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Wednesday 30th of April 2014 08:05:49 PM
.... . A financial transaction tax is an extraterritorial land grab by the European Union and for that reason it should be resisted. ...

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