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Trans Mountain $1.75-billion IPO comes at awkward time for Kinder Morgan

CALGARY – Kinder Morgan’s plan to raise money for its Trans Mountain pipeline expansion through an initial public offering could not come at a more awkward time. In addition to ongoing protests and federal court challenges, a vote recount in B.C. could tilt the balance of power, giving the Greens or NDP a chance to bog down the $7.
 

Brexit: Lost access to single market in services could cost UK economy up to £36bn, new report concludes

Losing access to the single market in services after Brexit could cost the British economy up to £36bn a year and have a particularly negative impact on financial services, telecoms and transport, a new report concludes. The analysis, conducted by the Centre of Economic Business Research (CEBR) for....

Former Polish president Lech Walesa arrives Cannes comedy

His charisma and leadership skills lead to his heading of the Inter-Plant Strike Committee, coordinating the workers at Gdańsk and at 20 other plants in the region. The organisation went on to sign an accord with the government in 1980 that allowed workers the right to strike and permitted them to form an independent trade union.

Brazilians stage protests, call for President Temer to resign

The accusations against President Michel Temer have plunged Latin America’s largest nation into crisis yet again, sending its currency and stocks plummeting and stalling a series of reforms designed to pull the economy out of a protracted recession. It’s been just a year since Temer took over as....

May 21, 2017 4:27PM EDTpublished: May 21, 2017 4:18PM EDT

As President Donald Trump opened his keynote address in Saudi Arabia, he lavished praise on the "magnificent" kingdom and "the grandeur of this remarkable place." Then he made clear there would be no public lecture from America on Saudi Arabia's abysmal human rights record.

Jan 17, 2017 1:22PM EST - Even in countries with presumed consent, hospitals that have trained, dedicated staff who do ‘the ask’ have the best donation rates | published: Jan 17, 2017 5:00AM EST

More than 4,600 Canadians are on a wait list for transplant. Yet, only about 2,500 organs are transplanted annually. For those in dire need of a kidney, liver, lung or heart, those are not good odds. About 250 patients on the wait list die each year, and many more live greatly diminished lives, tethered to dialysis machines or oxygen tanks.

May 21, 2017 5:01PM EDTpublished: May 21, 2017 5:00PM EDT

10:50 p.m. Spain's Socialists have voted to put Pedro Sanchez back in charge as their general secretary seven months after party heavyweights ousted him from power. Party spokesman Mario Jimenez said that Sanchez "was the clear winner" of Sunday's election by members of the Partido Socialista Obrero Espanol (PSOE.

Crackdown looms on revenge porn

People who share or post sexually explicit images of others without their consent will face tough new penalties if a national proposal to combat revenge porn is passed into law. Image-based abuse, more widely known as 'revenge porn', reportedly affects one in 10 Australians.

Saudi King, Trump Take Turns Attacking Iran as Terror Backer

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman and U.S. President Donald Trump took turns launching scathing attacks on Iran, which the Sunni monarch called the “spearhead of global terrorism,” underscoring a common goal in undercutting the Islamic Republic’s regional influence.

Egypt Unexpectedly Raises Rates as IMF Urges Action on Inflation 44 minutes ago

Egypt’s central bank unexpectedly raised interest rates in an effort to contain one of the highest inflation rates across emerging markets, following the decision to abandon currency controls almost seven months ago. The Monetary Policy Committee raised the benchmark overnight deposit rate by two percentage points to 16.

The Latest: Spain's Socialists reinstate ousted leader

10:50 p.m. Spain's Socialists have voted to put Pedro Sanchez back in charge as their general secretary seven months after party heavyweights ousted him from power. Party spokesman Mario Jimenez said that Sanchez "was the clear winner" of Sunday's election by members of the Partido Socialista Obrero Espanol (PSOE.

26 ways to bring in extra cash each month

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President Donald Trump has gone to Saudi Arabia ready to do business

Ironically, that move has been motivated by the fracking boom in the United States that had depressed the price of fossil fuels and had made the United States , for the first time in many decades, a net oil and gas exporting country. The OPEC states, which once wielded their oil weapon against the....

Sicko Ian Brady confessed he'll come back even more evil after dying

“He said he was communicating with a woman who was a Nazi in a previous life. Brady was certain the same thing would happen to him. “The impression was he wanted to come back to life to be even worse.” The woman Brady was obsessed with thought that she was reincarnated from SS general Reinhard Heydrich.

How tax money is used to protect dairies is important - dairy owner

Dairy owners like the idea of using tax money to make them more secure, but say how it's used will be important. Act Party leader David Seymour wants to take some of the cigarette tax and give it back to owners to make their shops safer. Community Action Group spokesman and dairy owner Sunny Kaushal....

Court of Appeal faces new road blocks in its attempts to get normal

President Ian Khama will this coming week find his back against the wall as the Government Manual Workers Union turns up its antennae in the long running dispute over the appointment of judges. At contention this time around is the decision by the Judicial services Commission to appoint a new batch of expatriate Court of Appeal Judges.

Some SMEs that have stood the test of time

SUNDAY STANDARD reporter TLOTLO LEMMENYANE recently joined other business reporters in a media site visit of Small to Medium Enterprises (SMEs) that have previously received assistance from the Local Entrepreneurial Authority (LEA). She profiles some of the central district-based entities. LALLA VILLA GUEST HOUSE It is worth P1.

Contribution of mining to GDP on the decline in Botswana – Report

A new report compiled by researchers at University of Johannesburg-affiliated research and capacity development group, the Centre for Competition Regulation and Economic Development (CCRED) has shown that the relative contribution of mining to GDP in Botswana has been on the decline since 1990, and....

De Beers confident diamonds will recover

De Beers Group of Companies says it is optimistic on the group’s outlook of the diamond industry market globally as there are signs of recovery. Speaking recently at the Botswana-France Business Forum at the Diamond Trade Centre (DTC) Botswana, Vice President Corporate Affairs & Government Relations....

AON skating on thin ice by refusal to localize CEO post

Botswana’s biggest short-term insurance company, AON Insurance is still without a Chief Executive Officer more than a year after the departure of Dr Thapelo Matsheka. AON Insurance had interviewed Thuli Johnson, Cross Kgosidiile and Lorato Morapedi as potential replacements for Matsheka.

IEC showpiece on EVMs descends into circus

The integrity of Electronic Voting Machines got a further hit when a supposed showpiece organised by the Independent Electoral Commission descended into chaos. Also on the line was the integrity of Gabriel Seeletso, a veteran senior public servant who has been the public face of attempts to sell machines to a doubting public.

Govt ‘plans’ to stifle public servants’ spending

The government is secretly planning to “starve” public servants by slowing down the pace of spending on their wages and salaries, information pieced together by the Sunday Standard shows. While the government has already admitted that it is considering adjusting some taxes and levies, on the other....

Khama, Mosisili collide on mighty fallout

Documents passed to Sunday Standard detail how the relationship between President Ian Khama and Lesotho Prime Minister Pakalitha Mosisili has hit rock bottom with Botswana warning that the region has spent millions of on efforts aimed at restoring stability and peace in the kingdom but to no avail.

Formal sector employment up by a measly one percent

The number of jobs in the formal sector increased by one percent from 341 115 in September 2015 to 344 490 in September 2016 according to the latest Bank of Botswana (BoB) Annual Report. The growth, according to the bank, is attributable to a slight increase in the number of private sector employees, especially in the construction sector.

IEC left to carry the can as political parties disown EVMs

The Independent Electoral Commission has been left alone to carry the can as questions intensify on the efficacy of the machines. As questions surrounding Electronic Voting Machines get more pointed the issue of just who first came up came up with the idea is beginning to gain traction. And the IEC has been left naked with no one defending them.

After favoritism revealed in school lottery, D.C. parents wait on apology

The fallout from findings that a former schools chancellor misused her authority to place children of top city officials in coveted schools seemed clear. From city hall, where council members were inundated with calls last week, to neighborhood email groups, where parents fumed, there was outrage....

Notre Dame students walk out of VP's commencement speech

Pence was chosen to give the commencement address at the nation's most prominent Catholic university - even though the school ordinarily invites newly inaugurated presidents to give the address in their first year of office. Thousands of students and faculty members signed a petition asking Notre Dame's president, the Rev.

US and GCC sign agreement to cut off terrorism funding

RIYADH // The United States and the GCC have signed an agreement to work more closely to choke off funding for extremist groups and prosecute donors. The memorandum of understanding was signed during talks between Donald Trump and Gulf leaders in Riyadh on Sunday, on the final day of the US president’s visit to Saudi Arabia.

Trump lavishes praise on Saudis, but silent on human rights

By JULIE PACE and VIVIAN SALAMA Associated Press. RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) - As President Donald Trump opened his keynote address in Saudi Arabia, he lavished praise on the "magnificent" kingdom and "the grandeur of this remarkable place." Then he made clear there would be no public lecture from....

DHS hopeful Clarke denies plagiarism in master's thesis

MILWAUKEE (AP) - Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke, who says he's been appointed an assistant secretary in the Department of Homeland Security, has denied he plagiarized content in his master's thesis on homeland security, while the Naval Postgraduate School confirmed Sunday that it's reviewing the allegations.

The Latest: Trump asks Mideast to extinguish extremism

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) - The Latest on President Donald Trump's first trip abroad (all times local): 11:15 p.m. President Donald Trump is imploring Middle Eastern countries to extinguish what he calls "Islamic extremism" emanating from the region. Speaking Sunday to Arab leaders in Saudi Arabia,....
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