Mr Lenihan had been speaking for less than two minutes on Friday before a mistake by Citigroup meant that the bank's clients were all able to be heard on the line.
Between 200 and 500 investors are understood to have been on the call, and as they realised their lines were not muted many began to heckle Mr Lenihan.
Some traders began making what one banker on the call described as "chimp sounds", while another cried out "dive, dive". A third man said "short Ireland" before adding "why not short Citi too?"
As the call descended into chaos, with one participant heard to say "this is the worst conference call ever", Citigroup officials shut down the line.CONTINUES HERE
UPDATE: Darn, knew it was too good to be totally true. Fergus in the comments section leaves this link. (y'see what I mean about the Telegraph? ugh). Still doesn't change my view about what ConfCalls should allow me to do to BSing CEOs...
Some Capital Gold (CGC) (CGC.to) shareholders are clearly pissed with the Gammon (GAM.to) (GRS) deal
Law Offices of Howard G. Smith Announces Investigation On Behalf of Shareholders of Capital Gold Corporation in Connection with the Proposed Acquisition of the Company by Gammon Gold Inc.BENSALEM, Pa.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Law Offices of Howard G. Smith announces that it is investigating potential claims against the board of directors of Capital Gold Corporation (“Capital Gold” or the “Company”) (AMEX:CGC) related to the Company’s agreement to be acquired by Gammon Gold Inc. (“Gammon”). The proposed transaction is valued at approximately $288 million.Under the terms of the definitive merger agreement entered into by the parties, Gammon will acquire all of the outstanding common shares of Capital Gold for a cash payment of $0.79 and 0.5209 common shares of Gammon for each Capital Gold share. The proposed transaction implies a value of $4.57 per Capital Gold share, based on Gammon’s September 24, 2010 closing price on the NYSE. If the transaction is completed, it is expected that current Capital Gold shareholders will own approximately 20% of Gammon. The transaction is expected to close in late 2010. The investigation concerns possible breaches of fiduciary duty and other violations of law related to approval of the proposed transaction by Capital Gold’s board of directors.If you are a shareholder of Capital Gold, if you have information or would like to learn more about these claims, or if you wish to discuss these matters or have any questions concerning this announcement or your rights or interests with respect to these matters, please contact Howard G. Smith, Esquire, of Law Offices of Howard G. Smith, 3070 Bristol Pike, Suite 112, Bensalem, Pennsylvania 19020 by telephone at (215) 638-4847, Toll Free at (888) 638-4847, or by email to howardsmit AT howardsmithlaw.com, or visit our website at http://www.howardsmithlaw.com.
Today's OT is getting posted in the wee hours of Saturday due to a local power cut, but it's here all the same.
All-time iconic video and a kickin' tune from the Beastie's prime era. Impossible not to love this
TORONTO, and NEW YORK, NY, Oct. 1 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ - Gammon Gold Inc. ("Gammon Gold") (NYSE: GRS, TSX: GAM) and Capital Gold Corporation ("Capital Gold") (TSX and NYSE AMEX: CGC) have entered into a definitive merger agreement pursuant to which Gammon Gold will offer to acquire all of the issued and outstanding common shares of Capital Gold in a cash and share transaction (the "Acquisition"). The total consideration for the purchase of 100% of the fully diluted in-the-money shares of Capital Gold is approximately US$288 million or US$4.57 per Capital Gold share based on Gammon Gold's closing price on September 24, 2010 on the NYSE.
The Acquisition has the unanimous support of both companies' Boards of Directors and Officers and strengthens Gammon's position as a leading Mexico focused, growing gold producer.
Under the terms of the Acquisition, each common share of Capital Gold will be exchanged for 0.5209 common shares of Gammon Gold and a cash payment in the amount of US$0.79 per share. Based on the yada yada continues here
"Yes, Otto. Well we were fed up with you poking fun at us and pointing to the fact that we couldn't make a profit to save our skins, so we just went ahead and did the obvious thing. We bought a profitable mine."
Then this is the place for you.
Directly translated from this copy of the communique by this author.
The Heads of State and government of Unasur, meeting in the San Martín Palace, Buenos Aires, Argentina, 1 October 2010:UPDATE: This comes to mind.
1) Reaffirm their strong commitment to the preservation of democratic institutionality, the State, constitutional order, social peace and the unrestricted respect for human rights, essential conditions for the process of regional integration.
2) Strongly condemn the attempted coup d'etat and subsequent holding of President Rafael Correa Delgado, as occurred in the sister Republic of Ecuador on September 30.
3) Celebrate the liberation of President Correa Delgado as well as the quick return to institutional and democratic normality in the sister Republic. We express the need that those responsible for the coupmongering actions be judged and condemned. In this context we reiterate the fullest and most decided support for the constitutional government and highlight the role of those institutions in the re-establishment of constitutional order.
4) Affirm that our respective governments energetically reject and do not tolerate under any circumstance any new challenge to the institutional authority nor any attempted coup against the civil power elected legitimately and warn that in the case of new outbreaks again the constitutional order will adopt concrete and immediate measures such as the closure of borders, suspension of commerce, suspecnsion of air traffic, suspension of energy provision, services and other.
5) Decide that their chancellors will travel today to the city of Quito to express their full support for the constitutional President of the Republic of Ecuador, Rafael Correa Delgado, and for the people of Ecuador, indispensible participants in the full restauration of democratic institutionality in that country.
6) Agree to adopt in the fourth ordinary summit meeting of Heads of State and government of Unasur, to take place on 26 November in Guyana, an additional protocol to the constituent treaty of Unasur that establishes the democratic clause.
Just askin' and that, cos what with the S&P 500 putting in a pretty dismal performance so far this year.....
However, we here at IKN are doing really quite nicely, thanks for asking:
Considering today's events, this Machetera post can be classed as more than interesting.
"(New elections) could be the constitutional solution to avoid the possibility of bloodshed in the country", said Guitierrez.
Interesting stuff. Here's AP in English, but Spanish language readers should check out Comercio
QUITO, Ecuador – Hundreds of soldiers and police protesting a new law that cuts their benefits have seized the main airport in Ecuador's capital and shut off highway access to it.
The rebellious troops fired tear gas and burned tires after taking over bases in Quito, Guayaquil and other cities
The protests do not appear to threaten to topple the government.President Rafael Correa has gone to speak with a group of protesters.
UPDATE 2: Here's a quote from a defiant Correa to the military protestors; "If you want to kill me, kill me if you're brave enough, instead of being in the crowd, hiding like cowards". There's also talk of Correa dissolving parliament to deal with this situation.
UPDATE 3: 11:07am local time and Ecuador TV is reporting that Correa is meeting with his cabinet in the Presidential Palace.
UPDATE 4: 11:12am Defense Minister Carbajal says that the situation has been caused by disinformation and people who wanted to propagate the falsehood that the new law would cut armed forces and police pay and benefits. He states that he expects the situation to calm and come under control in the very near term today. TV is also reporting that the protests at the barracks are now much calmer.
UPDATE 5: A good observation from a reporter on the scene. He says that the banners being carried and displayed by the police and army personnel protesting the government and the law passed yesterday are very well elaborated and suggest some fairly sophisticated preparation for this protest.
UPDATE 6: It sounds like things are getting worse, not better. Newsflow isn't easy to follow and is rather confused, but it seems that "nearly all barracks" up and down the country have joined the protest, that the Minister of Eduacation has asked all schools and colleges to keep students inside their buildings until the situation is calmer and that Correa was taken to hospital for a while (now discharged) because when he went to talk/negotiate with the police and army members at the Airport he was greeted by teargas and inhaled too much gas. However we reiterate that he's now fine and meetin gwith his cabinet in the Presidential Palace.
UPDATE 7: IMPORTANT. The head of Ecuador's armed forces has just (11:34am local time) expressed his full support for President Rafael Correa and his Government. A significant declaration and one that is likely to calm things greatly.
UPDATE 8: Ecuador's Vice President Moreno says that the main protest is coming from police officers, with some lesser protests from some army personnel, but the main protest is from the police forces. He says that all high ranking officials have reaffirmed their loyalty to the President and the government. In the live phone covnersation Moreno sounded very calm and relaxed and wa clearly aiming to calm the waters.
UPDATE 9: Interior Minister Carbajal (not defence minister as stated earlier) says that the situation is delicate that has been brought about by a systematic program of disinformation from unknown sources. He affirms that the main protest is from the police force and NOT the army. He says that police officers are being mislead and they will not lose pay or benefits from the law passed yesterday. When asked to identify the destabilizing elements, he pointed at the oligarchy elements of Ecuador who oppose the changes brought about by Correa. He affirms that Correa is not in hospital, he is in the Presidential palace and is being protected by the military. He was keen to emphasize that violent episodes have happened but are relatively minor. Three banks have seen raids in Guayaquil and are getting headlines, but so far looting has been sporadic, despite the lack of police on the streets.
UPDATE 10: A Flash update has been sent to subscribers on today's events and how they might affect Ecuador exposed companies. We're signing off on our updating now, as the mainstrea media now find this interesting. So follow it via the professionals.
Here's the updated table, which shows....
Even more telling is this next chart, that shows the percentage of MDD gold to the total produced in Peru every month. Because of the drop in gold production in the big mines in the North of the country (as noted yesterday) Peru's mining industry and exports statistics are evermore dependent on the gold coming out of MDD. Last month the percentage of gold from MDD to the total shot up to a new all-time record of 13.02%, over a full percentage point higher than the previous record and a mile above the typical 10% range.
"This is not small or artisanal mining. This is large-scale mining camouflaged as small mining and these dredgers generate destruction in the ecosystems of rivers, impede the reproduction of fish and dump mercury and waste into the rivers."
"We want to stop informal mining from poisoning the rivers of our country, from destroying the environment, from enslaving young people and child labour. (This makes us) look like a backwards nation in the eyes of the world.""What's happening in Madre De Dios is atrocious, the rivers are the colour of mercury, of arsenic. This is dramatic and this is not only registered in our country but it also reaches Brazil. We may at any moment be judged internationally because of allowing a chaotic activity."
"One day Brazil may organize a protest against us because everything that leaves Madre De Dios ends up in Brazil and finishes in the Amazon River in some way or another. How will be able to defend ourselves for having allowed such savage mining?"
"What we will do with Minister Brack is show that the State wears the pants and can decommission these dredgers to stop them working in the worst of these manners".
This is Peru 2010, ladies and gentlemen. Ruining the world for the sake of its desperation for growth. When the subject is "growth at all costs" there really is no better example than this scandalous industry in MDD and the equally scandalous government that allows it to continue.IKN leaves you with a few photos of what used to be Amazon basin jungle:
BUENOS AIRES, Sept 30 (Reuters) - Argentina's Senate passed a law on Thursday that curbs mining on the nation's glaciers, a measure praised by environmentalists but criticized by supporters of the industry as a deterrent to investment.
Senators approved the law with 35 votes in favor and 33 against after hours of debate, eventually agreeing to accept changes made in the lower house that pro-mining provinces had opposed.CONTINUES HERE
Meanwhile, the world is not going to end, but it is realigning. Capital is frightened because much of this capital knows that it has been created out of thin air by a system that depends on the implied confidence zone between the i and d poles to continue the great inflation (there's my big picture view). Making things all the more intense is the fact that Mr. Bernanke outwardly admits that the Fed is manipulating the treasury bond market, in essence ginning up the safety zone and the perception that "there is no current inflation problem", which the MSM dutifully eats up and feeds back to the herd. Get it?
The full text of the letter follows:
John J. DeGioia
Georgetown UniversitySeptember 27, 2010
Concerning former Colombian President Álvaro Uribe’s appointment at Georgetown’s Walsh School of Foreign Service as “Distinguished Scholar in the Practice of Global Leadership,” we would like to signal our agreement with the basic thrust of the open letter Father Javier Giraldo Moreno, S.J., wrote to peace activist Father John Dear, S.J., on September 6, 2010, and add our support for Father Dear’s efforts to have Mr. Uribe removed from his post.
We reproduce the text of the letter from Father Giraldo to Father Dear:
I send you fraternal, loving greetings.
I write to you with great concern regarding the fact that our Jesuit university, Georgetown, has hired former president of Colombia Álvaro Uribe Vélez, as a professor. I am constantly receiving messages from individuals and groups who have suffered enormously during his term as president. They are protesting and questioning the mindset of our Company, or its lack of ethical judgment in making a decision of this kind.
It is possible that decision makers at Georgetown have received positive appraisals from Colombians in high political or economic positions, but it is difficult to ignore the intense moral disagreements aroused by his government and the investigations and sanctions imposed by international organizations that try to protect human dignity. The mere fact that, during Uribe’s political career, while he was governor of Antioquia Department (1995-1997), he founded and protected so many paramilitary groups, known euphemistically as “Convivir” (“To Live Together”), who murdered and “disappeared” thousands of people and displaced multitudes, committing many other atrocities, would imply a need for moral censure before entrusting him with any future responsibility.
But not only did he continue to sponsor those paramilitary groups, but he defended them and he perfected them into a new pattern of legalized paramilitarism, including networks of informants, networks of collaborators, and the new class of private security companies that involve millions of civilians in military activities related to the internal armed conflict, while at the same time lying to the international community with a phony demobilization of the paramilitaries.
In addition, the scandalous practice of “false positives” took place during Uribe’s administration. The practice consists in murdering civilians, usually peasants, and after killing them, dressing them as combatants in order to justify their deaths. That is the way he tried to demonstrate bogus military victories over the rebels and eliminate the activists in social movements that work for justice.
The corruption during his administration was more than scandalous, not just because of the presence of drug traffickers in public positions, but also because the Congress and many government offices were occupied by criminals. Today more than a hundred members of Congress are involved in criminal proceedings, all of them President Uribe’s closest supporters.
The purchase of consciences in order to manipulate the judicial apparatus was disgraceful. It ended up destroying, at the deepest level, the moral fabric of the country. Another disgrace was the corrupt manner in which the ministers closest to him manipulated agricultural policy in order to favor the very rich with public money, meanwhile impeding and stigmatizing social projects. The corruption of his sons, who enriched themselves by using the advantages of power, scandalized the whole country.
In addition, Uribe used the security agency directly under his control (the Department of Administrative Security) to spy on the courts, opposition politicians, and social and human rights movements, by means of clandestine telephone tapping. The corrupt machinations he used to obtain his re-election as President in 2006 were sordid in the extreme, with the result that ministers and close collaborators have almost been jailed.
He manipulated the coordination between the Army and the paramilitary groups that resulted in 14,000 extrajudicial executions during his term of office. His strategies of impunity for those who, through the government or the “para-government,” committed crimes against humanity will go down in history for their brazenness.
The decision by the Jesuits at Georgetown to offer a professorship to Álvaro Uribe, is not only deeply offensive to those Colombians who still maintain moral principles, but also places at high risk the ethical development of the young people who attend our university in Washington. Where are the ethics of the Company of Jesus?
I am writing these lines to you because I am sure that you will share our concerns and perhaps you can forward them to the Jesuits at Georgetown and to other circles of thoughtful persons you know and to those who are in sympathy with justice.
With a fond embrace,Javier Giraldo Moreno, S.J.
We hope you will reconsider your decision to appoint Álvaro Uribe at Georgetown in light of the concerns noted above. His presence there is an affront to scholars and their educational mission.
Sincerely,Osama Abi-Mershed, Assistant Professor of History, Georgetown UniversityRodolfo Acuña, Professor of Chicano/a Studies, California State University, NorthridgeSonia E. Alvarez, Leonard J. Horwitz Professor of Latin American Politics and Society, University of Massachusetts, AmherstMark Anderson, Associate Professor of Anthropology, University of California, Santa CruzTim Anderson, Senior Lecturer in Political Economy, University of SydneyJuan Manuel Arbona, Associate Professor and Chair, Growth and Structure of Cities Department, Bryn Mawr CollegeBenjamin Arditi, Professor, Centro de Estudios Politicos, Facultad de Ciencias Politicas y Sociales, UNAM, MexicoArturo Arias, Professor of Spanish and Portuguese, University of Texas, AustinRobert Austin, Ph.D, Fellow, School of Historical Studies, University of Melbourne
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But of course, reason prevailed. I'll leave it to Brel to explain why:
Alors pour un instantDYODD, dude.
Pour un instant seulement
Alors moi je la crois Monsieur
Pour un instant
Pour un instant seulement
Parce que chez ces gens-là
Monsieur on ne s'en va pas
"I'm anti-spending and anti-government," crows David, as scooter-bound Janice looks on. "The welfare state is out of control."
"OK," I say. "And what do you do for a living?"
"Me?" he says proudly. "Oh, I'm a property appraiser. Have been my whole life."
I frown. "Are either of you on Medicare?"
Silence: Then Janice, a nice enough woman, it seems, slowly raises her hand, offering a faint smile, as if to say, You got me!
"Let me get this straight," I say to David. "You've been picking up a check from the government for decades, as a tax assessor, and your wife is on Medicare. How can you complain about the welfare state?"
"Well," he says, "there's a lot of people on welfare who don't deserve it. Too many people are living off the government."
"But," I protest, "you live off the government. And have been your whole life!"
"Yeah," he says, "but I don't make very much."
The article is right here. Go read about the people trying to shape your (and my, sadly) future.