Thursday’s Chelsea quiz

first_imgFernando Torres continues to struggle in front of goal. See how many of these five questions about the troubled Chelsea striker you can answer correctly.[wp-simple-survey-83]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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

After assault allegations, Trent Brown may be Gruden’s third strike of last offseason

first_img Raiders Straight Talk: Derek Carr speculation won’t stop any time soon Jon Gruden’s Oakland Raiders are a playoff-contending team at 3-2, and on Sunday in Green Bay, they can cement that status with a road win over one of the NFL’s best teams, the Packers.Yes, the Raiders are on a nice run, one that’s even more remarkable when you consider the absences the team has been forced to overcome and the team’s chaotic preseason.Related Articles Raiders’ …last_img

Russian investment bank expands in SA

first_img“BJM Securities’ high calibre team, market-leading research franchise and client-centric approach make it a perfect business and cultural fit for Renaissance Capital,” Sacks said in a statement this week. 4 May 2010 Russian-based emerging markets investment bank Renaissance Capital is to acquire the whole of BJM Securities, the brokerage business of South Africa’s Barnard Jacobs Mellet group, for about R207-million. “This transaction is a strategic quantum leap for BJM Securities, presenting it with a strong and enviable growth path into frontier markets,” said BJM group CEO Andile Mazwai. “We believe that Renaissance represents a best-fit for BJM Securities for its unique geographic footprint, its winning culture and adventurous spirit.” SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material “When completed, the acquisition will mark a major step in building the first truly pan-African investment banking franchise stretching from the Cape to Cairo.” It entered Africa in 2007, and today maintains offices in Nigeria, Kenya, Zambia and Ghana, and was one of the most active dealmakers on the continent last year, executing 18 transactions in 10 countries, and has carved out a particular niche in natural resources transactions in the oil, gas, mining and agricultural sectors. Renaissance Capital announced its entry into South Africa in February this year and appointed Clifford Sacks, former South Africa co-CEO at Merrill Lynch, to lead its South African and pan-African equities businesses, and the acquisition will significantly increase the firm’s presence in the country.center_img Founded in 1985, BJM Securities is the leading independent full service broker-dealer in South Africa, and is known for its outstanding research franchise, having been ranked first in South African research surveys. The transaction is still subject to BJM regulatory and shareholder approvals, although Renaissance Capital has already obtained irrevocable undertakings from 68% of shareholders that they will vote in favour of the deal. National resources transactions In 2009, Renaissance Capital topped the league tables on London’s AIM market, acting on more equity capital markets and merger and acquisition transactions than any other investment bank. Renaissance Capital is a leading investment bank focused on the emerging markets of Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan and sub-Saharan Africa. It provides the full range of investment banking products and services, including equity and debt sales and trading, corporate advisory, capital raising, research, structured solutions and derivatives. Over the last 12 months it has raised US$5.8-billion in equity and debt capital for clients in those sectors globally.last_img read more

Biofuel Waiting Game Continues

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Chris ClaytonDTN Ag Policy EditorKANSAS CITY, Mo. (DTN) — The waiting continues for the biofuels industry after meetings on the Renewable Fuels Standard continued last week at the White House, but no new details have emerged.Steve Censky, deputy secretary for USDA, said at an agribusiness conference Monday in Kansas City that the Trump administration at the moment was not ready to release any new details on what might come from changes in volume obligations for ethanol and biodiesel to offset lost demand due to EPA’s approval of small-refinery exemptions. Censky did indicate the administration is looking to ensure that policy changes would meet the blend levels spelled out in the RFS law.“If we did have a deal, it probably wouldn’t be me announcing it,” Censky said. “It would probably be something that the president himself might like to announce.”Censky spoke at the Ag Outlook Forum, hosted by the Agricultural Business Council of Kansas City and AgriPulse.Censky said the next steps for any plan coming from the White House would be taken by the White House Economic Council and Director Larry Kudlow. Censky said he does not have a timeframe for any kind of announcement.“I would love to have it sooner rather than later,” he said. “I think the farmers as well as the biofuel community would love to have that kind of certainty announced soon, and certainly that’s what we’re advocating.”Brett Frevert of CFO Systems, which provides financial support for the ethanol industry, told Censky he was at the event in June at the Southwest Iowa Renewable Energy (SIRE) ethanol plant when President Donald Trump announced year-round E15. But Frevert said the small-refinery exemptions can eliminate roughly 15% of the demand for corn, which is forcing ethanol plants to idle. Frevert said the ethanol industry cannot wait for a solution that would not kick in until possibly next summer.“Putting something in place next summer will be awfully late,” Frevert said.Speaking to DTN, Frevert said he is “Very concerned the government will come out with something that they think feels pretty good and addresses the issue, but it’s going to be very late.”The 31 small-refinery exemptions granted by EPA in August took about 1.6 billion gallons away from ethanol and biodiesel use. Farmers and biofuel advocates have been calling on President Trump since then to reverse the EPA policy or reallocate the lost gallons to other petroleum refiners.Ken McCauley, a Kansas farmer and former president of the National Corn Growers Association, said farmers have not gotten a lot of satisfaction out of the meetings other than the fact the oil companies are upset that there are any talks at all.“We think the oil company guys with the exemptions just need to do the right thing and the president just tell them this is the way it’s going to be,” McCauley said. “That hasn’t happened yet.”McCauley added, “Reallocate is the word and I’ve stressed that from the beginning. I was involved in writing that bill (the RFS), and reallocation is in the bill. They just haven’t used it yet.”Censky did suggest the administration’s plan will be looking at building on E15 with investment incentives for infrastructure at service stations.“We also need to make sure we are meeting the RFS levels and they are not being diminished, and one of the things we are doing and taking a look at is how can we partner with the industry and build out some of that infrastructure that is needed to switch retail stations that are just offering E10 to offer E15,” Censky said.Censky said USDA is looking at some of its resources, such as Rural Development funds, to boost E15 pumps and other related infrastructure.A bipartisan group of 25 congressmen from 11 states sent a letter to EPA expressing concern about the agency’s “continued abuse of small-refinery exemption authority, the uncertainty involved in a possible reset of statutory volumes and the negative economic implications these realities are having on our rural communities.”The lawmaker stated the last round of 31 small-refinery exemptions (SRE) announced by EPA “continues to cast serious doubt on the agency’s ability to administer the RFS consistent with congressional intent,” the lawmakers wrote. They cited at least three ethanol facilities have permanently closed and 14 others have idled, “affecting nearly 3,000 jobs and hundreds of millions of bushels of corn on an annual basis.”The lawmakers asked EPA to account for the SREs by reallocating waived gallons when approving RFS volume obligations. “Our farmers and rural communities are hurting, and we need the EPA to stop undermining the RFS,” the congressmen wrote.A full copy of the letter to EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler from members of Congress can be viewed here: https://www.scribd.com/…Chris Clayton can be reached at [email protected] him on Twitter @ChrisClaytonDTN(AG/CZ)© Copyright 2019 DTN/The Progressive Farmer. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Windows Phone 7 Positioned as Most “Operator Friendly” OS

first_imgRelated Posts sarah perez How Soon Will We See Nokia Windows Phones?With the ink still drying on the Microsoft deal, the question now is how fast can Nokia actually ship a product (or products) running Windows Phone 7 on its hardware? Elop says he’s trying to get Windows Phone 7 out this year. And the company will have a “significant volume” in the market by 2012. The company won’t speculate much beyond that, however. But 2011 is shaping up to be an interesting year.Image credit: EngadgetDisclosure: The author’s travel, hotel and conferences expenses were paid for by Qualcomm. Tags:#Microsoft#mobile#news#Nokia “The world is shifting from a battle of devices to a battle of ecosystems,” Nokia CEO Stephen Elop stated during his keynote speech at this week’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. What he means is that it’s no longer going to be about what manufacturer’s device or model you use – it’s going to be about what mobile operating system it runs. Will it be Apple’s iOS or Google Android? Or will it be, as Elop certainly hopes, a Microsoft phone? What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech …center_img Microsoft/Nokia Deal Shakes Up Mobile Industry“Microsoft and Nokia represent a natural partnership,” Elop explained. “And people are getting it.”With Nokia’s announcement before the start of the annual event, the mobile industry has seen a major shakeup – the company announced it would scrap its plans to continue work on its own smartphone operating system (OS) called MeeGo and instead license Microsoft’s new Windows Phone 7 software for its devices. Although there will be one MeeGo phone to ship this year, the technology will remain an open source R&D project, and not the future of Nokia’s smartphone compete strategy, as had been planned.For Microsoft, of course, the deal was a no-brainer. Its newly launched mobile OS received favorable press and reviews, but has had a slow start in consumer adoption. Microsoft isn’t releasing actual consumer sales numbers, a telling sign that it doesn’t have a number worth bragging about yet. However, it will talk about licenses sold – 2.1 million, by last count. The number represents the faith the mobile operators have in Microsoft’s OS.For the record, Microsoft’s official statement on handset sales is that it “doesn’t know” the numbers – that’s data the operators have, not it.  “But returns are low,” Microsoft’s mobile director Brandon Watson claims. And based on exit surveys done by a third party outfit, Microsoft found that 93% of new Windows Phone 7 customers are reporting that they’re either “satisfied” or “very satisfied” with their new devices.An “Operator-Friendly” OSMicrosoft and Nokia are positioning their partnership as the most operator-friendly mobile ecosystem. “It is our belief that this is good news for operators,” said Elop. “Nokia has a long-standing relationship with operators all over the world. We understand what it means to be the most friendly partner for operators.”Because of its close ties to operators, Nokia has been able to work out billing arrangements with 103 operators in 32 countries. For Nokia end users, that means the apps they download can be paid for via their next mobile bill, a practice known as “operator billing.” It’s expected that this same feature will come to Nokia’s Windows Phone 7 devices, too, at some point in the future.Stephen Elop wasn’t the only one talking up the operator-friendly relationship this week, either. Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, whose keynote speech preceded Elop’s, also used the part of his time on stage to express similar sentiments. Microsoft, said Ballmer, is “working to ensure that the mobile operators can add value over and above connectivity, distribution and customer service.”Operators Fear Being “Dumb Pipes”What Ballmer is referring to is operators’ fears that the other mobile players – namely Google, whose disruptive Android OS was dominating in terms of shipments and market share – just want to turn their services into “dumb pipes.” That is, Google wants operators to simply exist as the movers of data from point A to point B, without letting them also take part in mobile ecosystem themselves.Now, with Microsoft’s deep pockets and Nokia’s distribution, not to mention its excellent hardware designs (yes, those were real designs leaked to Engadget Elop confirmed), combined with the pitch to operators that this is the OS for them, it’s clear that the market has shifted – it will now be a 3-horse race between Google, Apple and Microsoft. And maybe RIM too, although that’s looking less likely these days. Even though RIM’s shipments are high enough to put it in the #2 position, its respective market share has been declining – 19.5% in Q4 2009 to 13.7% in Q4 2010. It looks like Apple, #4 in market share, may one day soon take over RIM’s position – especially now that it’s on another U.S. carrier. Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more