Tuesday, July 28, 2009
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Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Gazprom seals $2.5bn Nigeria deal
Russia's energy giant Gazprom has signed a $2.5bn (£1.53bn) deal with Nigeria's state operated NNPC, to invest in a new joint venture.
The new firm, to be called Nigaz, is set to build refineries, pipelines and gas power stations in Nigeria.
Analysts say the move could further strengthen Russia's role in supplying natural gas to Europe.
The agreement comes during a four-day African tour by Russian President Dmitry Medvedev.
As well as forming Nigaz, Russia is keen on developing a trans-African pipeline to transport Nigerian gas to Europe.
This could further reinforce Gazprom's already-strong influence over Europe's energy supplies.
"Russia has a number of goals [in Africa], one of which would be to take part in a growing competition for resources and markets on the continent - mainly with China," said Yaroslav Lissovolik, head economist with Deutsche Bank in Moscow.
Sergei Novikov, a spokesman for Rosatom, Russia's state-run civil nuclear energy agency, said the Nigaz deal would lay the foundations for building nuclear power reactors in Nigeria.
Nigeria has previously said it would like to develop a nuclear power plant to address its energy shortages.
Before visiting Nigeria, Mr Medvedev spent time in Egypt.
He is also visiting Namibia and Angola - which are rich in natural resources - during his trip, as he seeks to promote Russian business interests.
"Part of the agenda is to push Russia's credentials as a representative of commodity-rich developing countries with such forums as the G8 and the G20," said Ural Sib bank's chief strategist Chris Weafer in a note to investors.
Russia is not alone in seeking to secure energy deals overseas with commodity-rich nations.
Separately on Thursday, Chinese oil refiner Sinopec has made a $7.2bn bid to acquire oil exploration and producing firm Addax, which focuses on Africa and the Middle East.
If the deal is approved by regulators it would be the biggest foreign takeover by a Chinese firm.
Harvard Professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. was arrested last week on a charge of disorderly conduct.
In a joint statement, Cambridge and the police department said they made the recommendation to the Middlesex County district attorney and the district attorney's office "has agreed to enter a nolle prosequi in this matter," meaning that it will not be pursued.
Gates was arrested last week on a charge of disorderly conduct after a confrontation with an officer at his home, according to a Cambridge police report.
Charles Ogletree, a professor at Harvard Law School who is Gates' lawyer in this case, told CNN on Tuesday that Gates -- the director of Harvard's W. E. B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research -- had returned from China on Thursday to his Cambridge home and discovered his front door jammed.
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He opened his back door with his key and tried unsuccessfully from inside his home to open the front door. Eventually, Gates and his driver forced the door open from the outside, Ogletree said.
The professor was inside for several minutes when a police officer, Sgt. James Crowley, appeared at his steps and asked him to step outside, the lawyer said.
According to his lawyer, Gates told the officer he lived there and showed him his Massachusetts driver's license and Harvard University identification card. The officer followed him into his house and said he had received a report of a possible break-in, the lawyer said. Gates grew frustrated that the officer was continuing to question him in his home and asked for the officer's name and badge number, Ogletree said.
The police report offers a different account of the incident.
Gates refused to step outside to speak with the officer, the police report said, and when Crowley told Gates that he was investigating a possible break-in, Gates opened the front door and exclaimed, "Why, because I'm a black man in America?" the report said.
"While I was led to believe that Gates was lawfully in the residence, I was quite surprised and confused with the behavior he exhibited toward me," he said, according to the report.
The report said Gates initially refused to show the officer identification, but eventually produced a Harvard identification card, prompting Crowley to radio for Harvard University Police.
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Gates followed the officer outside and continued to accuse him of racial bias, the report said. After Crowley warned the professor twice that he was becoming disorderly, the officer wrote he arrested Gates for "loud and tumultuous behavior in a public space."
Ogletree said the professor was "very frustrated" but never touched or pointed at the officer.
He was released from police custody Thursday evening after spending four hours at the police station, Ogletree said
Monday, July 20, 2009
Saw this on AGENCYSPY today. Wow. Three decades apart. Two refreshing beverages. One way to sell. It never gets old. But it certainly has gotten just a bit more lewd. Crazy Europeans. It being Obama's sixth month in office, I wonder how much the FCC's policies will change over the next 3.5 years, especially since they've tightened up so much during the Bush administration.
Sunday, July 19, 2009
Can't remember if I've mentioned this guy before or not, but I was listening to the album today and it put me in a good mood to share. HERE is more for listening pleasure. Happy weekend!
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Monday, July 13, 2009
Sunday, July 12, 2009
It shall be hard to follow along with this post considering it is not about media, technology, or music. I apologize from the outset. So for the second time I watched a man beat the fuck, and I mean beat the fuck, out of a woman as they drove down 5th street, a very popular tourist street in San Diego (think 6th street in austin texas, broadway in NYC, or even Howard St in Omaha). As this is my second instance of watching domestic abuse inside a car take place while I casually walk down the street, I feel as though I am an old hand in my response. I ran to the street, tried to catch the license but was unable so all i was able to tell the cops was a white ford suv heading away from the convention center. Men, it was horrible, i can still hear the fearful screams of anguish emanating from that car as it erratically drove away. Scott, you too unfortunately know the emotional effect that this has on a witness. What was worse for me the second time, though was the bystander effect in full display. As I along with at least 100 other pedestrians take notice I was the only one to take action, to give more than a passing glance. most people looked and then continued walking. i do believe i was the only person that called the police, that was outwardly disturbed by this scene, and otherwise gave it more than a passing moments' consideration. I'd like to think that I saved another Kitty Genovese, i doubt, but calling the police helped me sleep easier at night and wash out those wretched screams I still can recall.
Saturday, July 11, 2009
Friday, July 10, 2009
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
Many thanks to Monica for pointing this one out! In 1945, Walt Disney began production on Destino. To this day, it's unclear as to why exactly the children's cartoon giant chose to later collaborate with the Spanish surrealist Salvador Dali in 1946. The project itself was never actually completed by the two; financial difficulties suffered by the animation studios during World War II forced Disney and Dali to put the project away.