One day I'll write my own stuff, but for now: More headlines
With all of the uncertainty in the Middle East, the U.S. government is continuing to cozy up to its important oil supplier to the north.
DOE Secretary Bodman was in Alberta last week, touring oil sands facilities where "current oil sands production is over 1 million barrels per day, and is expected to double by 2010 and reach 3 million barrels per day by 2015," according to the agency. Canada accounts for more than 16 percent of our total imported crude oil and petroleum products, and with 175 billion barrels of proven oil sands reserves, Canada ranks second only to Saudi Arabia in global oil reserves.
(Hey Canada, consider joining us. We've got 2 Disney parks, more NHL teams, and lower taxes.)
Canada offers guest worker scheme
Fiji citizens have been welcomed to work in tourism centres in Canada, however existing conditions may not be profitable. The job opportunity for Fiji Islanders was offered by authorities and companies in the British Columbia province, which Fiji's High Commissioner to Canada Jesoni Vitusagavulu visited last June.
Canada Urged To Grant Visa-Free Treatment For Taiwan Tourists
Mainland Affairs Council Chairman Joseph Wu urged Canada Monday to grant visa-free privileges to Taiwan tourists to boost bilateral civilian exchanges.
Wu made the call while meeting with a Canadian parliamentary delegation, headed by Jay Hill.
A&O loses 170,000 files in warehouse inferno
A huge warehouse blaze in East London has destroyed hundreds of thousands of legal documents belonging to a number of top City firms.
Allen & Overy (A&O), Norton Rose and Simmons & Simmons lost a huge number of files in last Wednesday night's (12 July) fire at a document storage warehouse belonging to Canada's Iron Mountain, on Twelvetrees Crescent in Bromley-by-Bow.
The Media Is Helping Bush Scare the Populace
What I'm saying is that there has been fear-mongering, the likes of which we have not seen in a long time in this country. It happened early in the cold war. We got accustomed to it, we learned to live with it, we learned to understand what it was about and get in proportion. We haven't done that yet with terrorism.
And this administration is really capitalizing on it and using it for its political advantage. No question, the academic testing shows, the empirical evidence shows, that when people are frightened, they tend to go to these authority figures, they tend to become more conservative. So it's paid off for them politically to do this. -- John Dean, author of "Conservatives Without Conscience," on MSNBC's "Countdown with Keith Olbermann," July 10, 2006.
AP Erases Video of Israeli Soldier Shooting Palestinian Boy
In the midst of journalism’s “Sunshine Week” – during which the Associated Press and other news organizations are valiantly proclaiming the public’s “right to know” – AP insists on conducting its own activities in the dark, and refuses to answer even the simplest questions about its system of international news reporting.
Most of all, it refuses to explain why it erased footage of an Israeli soldier intentionally shooting a Palestinian boy.
Bush's faith and the Middle East aflame
So, as the world spins on a dime, where exactly are we? As a man who is no fan of fundamentalists of any sort, let me offer a proposition that might make some modest sense of our reeling planet. Consider the possibility that the most fundamental belief, perhaps in all of history, but specifically in these last catastrophic years, seems to be in the efficacy of force - and the more of it the merrier. That deep belief in force above all else is perhaps the monotheism of monotheisms, a faith remarkably accepting of adherents of any other imaginable faith - or of no other faith at all. Like many fundamentalist faiths, it is also resistant to drawing any reasonable lessons from actual experience on this planet.
Bush Counting on Israel to Quash Influence of Islamic Militants
The U.S. is banking on Israel achieving in Lebanon what years of diplomacy and conflict have so far failed to do: limit the ability of Syria and Iran to use Islamic radicals to undermine regional stability.
President George W. Bush and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice have signaled that Israel largely has a free hand in attacking the militant group Hezbollah in Lebanon. They have declined to set limits on Israeli action, and Rice says she won't engage in personal diplomacy until there is a clear path toward ending the extremist threat.
``We have a full understanding with the U.S. about the need to restore calm and stability in the region, and the only way to do it is to neutralize Hezbollah's capabilities,'' Daniel Ayalon, Israel's ambassador to the U.S., said yesterday in a telephone interview.
Cargill to Boost Canola Crushing in Canada for Fuels
Cargill Inc., the largest U.S. agricultural company, will expand a plant in Canada that processes canola seeds to meet rising demand for vegetable oil and fuels made from crops.
The plant in Clavet, Saskatchewan, will increase capacity by 36 percent to 3,000 metric tons a day from 2,200 tons, Wayzata, Minnesota-based Cargill said today in a statement.
Ghana: VRA Expansion in Danger
The desire by the country's energy giant, Volta River Authority (VRA), and its partners to expand their facilities to meet the increasing demand of electricity in the country seems to be suffering some setbacks.
Available information indicates that the government of Ghana has still not appended its signature to guarantee a $215-million-loan being sourced from the International Finance Corporation (IFC) by Takoradi International Company (TICO) to put up another generating plant at Aboadze to increase the total capacity of the Takoradi power plant to its projected 660 megawatts. VRA owns 10% shares in TICO.
The government of Ghana apparently does not want to be saddled with any debt secured for a private company. But the IFC, a private wing of the World Bank, is reportedly insisting that until the government guaranteed the loan, the $215 million would not be released to carry out the expansion of the plant.
Nigeria: Clinton, World Bank President, 15 Heads of State for Nigeria Next Week
Former President of the United States of America, William Jefferson Clinton, President of the World Bank, Dr Paul Wolfowitz and 15 presidents and heads of government are among dignitaries who have confirmed their participation at the 7th Leon Sullivan Summit scheduled for Abuja from July 17 to 20.
Clinton is billed to attend the opening luncheon of the Summit and deliver a speech at the occasion, while Wolfowitz will address leaders of the corporate world who have also confirmed their participation.
Fifteen presidents and heads of government have also confirmed their acceptance of Obasanjo's invitation for the Summit, expected to bring investors and corporate leaders from across the world to explore business opportunities in Africa.