quarta-feira, 29 de junho de 2011

Newton Lins vende a Delba Maritima para a Bourbon

O grupo francês Bourbon, especialista em serviços de offshore marítima moderna, adquiriu os remanescentes 50% que ainda não detinha da sociedade brasileira Delba Maritima Navegação, passando a ser o seu único accionista. Com 6 300 profissionais, o grupo opera uma frota de 335 navios. Iniciou a actividade nos anos 40, a partir de uma sociedade familiar com interesses na distribuição alimentar. Desde o ano 2000 passou a dedicar-se apenas à fileira marítima ligada ao petróleo (inspeção, manutenção e reparação de campos de petróleo offshore). O grupo Bourbon está presente em mais de 28 países.

A francesa Bourbon, proprietária da segunda maior frota de navios de abastecimento para a indústria petrolífera, projecta aplicar 2 mil milhões de dólares (1,6 mil milhões de euros) para duplicar a sua frota até 2015, financiada em parte pela venda de 16 cargueiros à Genco Shipping and Trading, por 545 milhões de dólares, pela sua filial Setaf. As actividades não estratégicas serão vendidas, e a empresa contarirá um empréstimo de 400 milhões de dólares pagável em doze anos. Os novos navios - cerca de 80 "supply vessels" de diversos tipos e 64 transportadores de tripulações - serão pagos em 25% no acto de encomenda e o restante contra a entrega. Desta forma, a empresa terá 600 navios em 2015.
O grupo Bourbon está presente em mais de 28 países, tendo adquirido, há cerca de mês e meio, os remanescentes 50% que ainda não detinha na brasileira Delba Maritima Navegação. A Bourbon é hoje um dos armadores que mais investe na renovaçao da frota

Peace in Bahrain

HIS Royal Highness Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, Crown Prince and Deputy Supreme Commander, yesterday emphasised the role of the security forces in maintaining stability. This came as he received BDF Commander-in-Chief Marshal Shaikh Khalifa bin Ahmed Al Khalifa at Riffa Palace.

He said security is vital to revitalise the economy and trade, get the tourism sector back on track and create favourable conditions for the National Dialogue to succeed.

HRH the Crown Prince also paid tribute to security forces for their efforts in defending national security and stability.Fonte /Daily News

Vince Camuto: Nine West's founder sign of sucess

Fonte? Fortune.

I started sketching shoes in my early twenties, and I met Ted Poland, founder of Sudbury Shoe Co., who became my mentor. I was hired as a fashion merchandiser in Miami for National Shoe, then took over a Sudbury factory that wasn't doing well. I designed, produced, and sold the collection, and the factory went into the black. Then I became president of the import division for Beck Industries, a footwear retailer.

In 1969 I was getting several offers when Bank of Sumitomo in New York asked me to start a business in Brazil, designing and importing private-label shoes. The bank wanted to diversify its investments, and Brazil had an incredible factory base. I liked the idea of building something new, so I took it.

In the '70s I met Jerome Fisher, who was also a contractor for Sumitomo. We started our own company and marketed ourselves as having Japanese financing, Italian design, and Brazilian manufacturing. In 1979 we moved to 9 West 57th Street and were trying to decide on a name for our label. I looked out the window, saw the number 9, and said, "Let's call ourselves Nine West."

We wanted to give women shoes with great style while keeping prices low. We became a hot brand, opened retail stores, and owned the entry-level customer. Ten years later we repositioned the brand to attract a higher-level customer.

We were among the first to offer department stores the opportunity to put a brand concept shop within their store. We made acquisitions and were opening 125 stores a year under Nine West, Easy Spirit, and various outlets. Nine West was valued at $2 billion in 1999, when we decided to sell to Jones Apparel Group. It wasn't easy being CEO, the creative director, and handling Wall Street. Still, selling Nine West was the hardest decision of my career because I was so committed to what we had built.

A week after my two-year noncompete period ended with Jones Apparel, my friend Alex Dillard [president of Dillard's Inc. (DDS, Fortune 500)] asked me to help with their brands, so we developed seven labels for Dillard's department stores.

We're now the Camuto Group. The first footwear license we bought was for fashion line BCBG. Then, in 2005, we paid $15 million for the master license to Jessica Simpson. Today the revenue for that line is about $750 million, and we've expanded it to 22 categories. In the last year we had at least 35 celebrities ask us to design their brands, but we're on to the next wave.

Now we're building Vince Camuto into a lifestyle brand that's about affordable, beautiful luxury. We've got nine categories, from footwear to jewelry, with more coming. In 2010 we took in $2.5 billion at retail across all brands and categories. We also provide design and production services for 5,400 department stores and retailers throughout the world. We attract young designers and put the right teams together to design a line. The business is a love affair for me. I love the shoes, the fashion, and the people

quinta-feira, 16 de junho de 2011

Dr Ivo Pitanguy vai falar sobre a relação entre o sol e a pele na ABL

O CHÁ das quintas-feiras, de amanhã, na Academia Brasileira de Letras, tem tudo para ser concorrido. Haverá a palestra Sol: Cura ou Mata?, com os palestrantes imortais e cirurgiões Ivo Pitanguy e Raul Cutait, o também imortal da Academia Luso-Brasileira de Letras, astrônomo Rogério Mourão, e o dermatologista Fábio Cuiabano. Como convidado, o navegador Amyr Klink...fonte/Hildegardes Angel

Iran's economic policies helped trim inflation to 12.4

fonte/ Tehran Times
Iran successfully addressing inflation, subsidy reform: IMF
Tehran Times Economic Desk

TEHRAN -- Iran's economic policies helped trim inflation to 12.4 percent for 2010-11 from 25.4 percent two years earlier, the International Monetary Fund said in a statement on Monday following talks in Tehran.

Statement by IMF Article IV Mission to the Islamic Republic of Iran has published after an International Monetary Fund (IMF) mission led by Mr. Dominique Guillaume visited the Islamic Republic of Iran from May 28 to June 9, 2011 to conduct discussions for the Article IV Consultation.

Article IV Consultations are an important part of the IMF’s regular surveillance activity with all member countries and are usually conducted every year. At the conclusion of the visit, the mission issued the statement.

IMF declared in the statement: “The mission reviewed recent economic developments and revised its macroeconomic estimates and projections in light of new data and discussions with the authorities. Real GDP growth recovered to an estimated 3.5 percent in 2009/10 despite the drop in oil prices, reflecting strong non-oil growth and an exceptional agriculture crop”.

“The positive growth momentum continued in 2010/11. The authorities’ monetary policy successfully brought down annual average inflation from 25.4 percent in 2008/09 to 12.4 percent in 2010/11. Gross external reserves also remain comfortable with improved prospects for the external sector on the back of higher oil prices”, it said.

“The mission commended the authorities for the early success in the implementation of their ambitious subsidy reform program. The increases in prices of energy products, public transport, wheat, and bread adopted on December 19, 2010, are estimated to have removed close to US$60 billion (about 15 percent of GDP) in annual implicit subsidies to products”, IMF declared.

At the same time, the redistribution of the revenues arising from the price increases to households as cash transfers has been effective in reducing inequalities, improving living standards, and supporting domestic demand in the economy. The energy price increases are already leading to a decline in excessive domestic energy consumption and related energy waste, it added.

The report stated that while the subsidy reform is expected to result in a transitory slowdown in economic growth and temporary increase in the inflation rate, it should considerably improve Iran’s medium term outlook by rationalizing domestic energy use, increasing export revenues, strengthening overall competitiveness, and bringing economic activity in Iran closer to its full potential.

“The authorities have been successful in containing the initial impact of the energy price increases on inflation. Despite the very large price increases of up to 20 times, consumer price inflation has only increased from 10.1 percent in December to 14.2 percent at end-May 2011”,the statement added.

“Maintaining macroeconomic stability in the near term through coordinated and adequately tightened monetary and fiscal policies is essential to preserve the benefits of the subsidy reform. Equally challenging will be the restructuring of enterprises through the adoption of more energy-efficient technologies, and the broader reorientation of the economy towards less energy-intensive products and services, and production technologies. The authorities should actively pursue their efforts to improve the business environment to support the creation of new enterprises and jobs, IMF said.

The mission also reviewed developments in Iran’s financial sector, which has been a key driver of economic growth. Iran has the largest Islamic financial sector in the world, with a deep banking sector, and rapidly growing financial markets. The recent strong performance of the stock market largely reflects high international commodity prices and Iran’s large-scale privatization program, which has contributed to the development of a shareholding culture.

The mission underscored the importance of the ongoing banking sector reform program embodied in the 5th Five-Year Development Plan to strengthen the soundness of the financial sector.

“The mission team would like to thank the Iranian authorities for their hospitality, as well as constructive and open discussions”, IMF said finally

Sharm El Sheik For a week in summer

Sharm El Sheikh Desert Safari
Make your visit to Sharm El Sheikh something really special!
Desert Safaris are the best way to experience the mystery of Desert. There are specialised desert safari packages and tour itineraries available for those interested in desert adventure travel. Enjoy camel and buggy safari in the dawn and witness the panoramic view of the sunrise over the mountains...

quinta-feira, 9 de junho de 2011

Patrice de Colmon ouvre l'été au Club 55

De trop’ means over-the-top in French. Which makes the abbreviated 'Saint Trop' for the ritzy Cote d’Azur seaport seem aptly originated by bemused gods. For each day during high season from May through October—and especially in July and August--60,000 visitors invade the tiny fishing village of Saint-Tropez--melding into a Chagall-like picture. Tattooed teens with spiked green hair. Palm Beach matrons with little white dogs tizzied-up in pink. Russian billionaires driving their mega-yachts--cocktails aloft in hand like Thurston Howell. Those juxtaposed scenes reawaken a sense of mirth and exalting spirits.

Serenity returns to the sleepy arts community after the annual Les Voiles Regatta festivities. Over 300 sailing yachts converge from around the globe to participate--then vanish at the end of the first week of October--along with the vivid contrasts.

But while in Saint-Tropez, visitor ‘must dos’ include AM pastry at Sénéquier—where at the adjacent table Cindy Crawford or Leonardo DiCaprio might be munching a croissant. The colorful Farmer’s Markets in the square on Tuesday and Saturday mornings are de rigueur. A stroll of old Port illuminated by slanting gold, pink and tangerine rays of sunset--steals your breath away. And a meal at Club 55—or Cinquante-cinq—the most famous beach club in the world--restores a sense of common humanity in this party of life together.

Club owner, Patrice de Colmont was a child when his parents purchased a fisherman's house on the white sand crescent beach of Pampelonne--six-miles from town. They’d offer hospitality to passing tourists they deemed simpatico. Then in 1955, as Brigitte Bardot and hubby-director Roger Vadim filmed ‘And God Created Woman’ on the beach—Patrice’s mother was engaged to prepare meals for the crew. When the project wrapped~Club 55 was born.

segunda-feira, 6 de junho de 2011

Persident Saleh will return from medical treatment in Saudi Arabia to Yemen

Fonte? Arab News/ Wikipédia
RIYADH/SANAA: Yemen’s President Ali Abdullah Saleh will return from medical treatment in Saudi Arabia in days, the acting leader said on Monday as thousands celebrated what they hope will be a new era without him.

Vice President Abu-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, who is now the acting leader, was quoted as saying on the Saba state news agency that Saleh’s health was improving and he “would return to the homeland in the coming days.”

Saleh, 69, was flown to Riyadh on Saturday night for treatment for injuries he suffered when a rocket struck his Sanaa palace on Friday. Five other high officials were injured and several guards were killed in the attack.

Word that surgery on Saleh for shrapnel wounds was successful sparked celebrations by his supporters on Monday in the provinces of Ibb and Dhamar with song, dance and shooting into the air.

Youthful protesters, interpreting Saleh’s absence as potentially permanent, also continued to celebrate in Sanaa where they have staged anti-government demonstrations since January.

“It’s impossible for us to let (Saleh) come back. And those of his people who are still here had better follow him to Saudi,” one of those attending a Sanaa rally.

An opposition party coalition, which joined months of street protests to end Saleh’s three-decade rule, said it backed transferring power to Vice President Hadi.

Diplomats and analysts feel Saleh’s stay in Riyadh might be prolonged as Saudi officials try to broker a power transition deal to prevent the implosion of its neighbor.

“I don’t think the Saudis or his people want him back. He doesn’t have regional support,” said a diplomat in the region.

International pressure has mounted on all parties to find a way to end clashes bringing Yemen to the brink of civil war due to worries it could become a failed state home to an Al-Qaeda wing.

A Saudi-brokered truce was holding in Sanaa after two weeks of fighting between Saleh’s forces and a powerful tribal group in which more than 200 people were killed and thousands fled.

But there was fresh fighting in the flashpoint southern city of Taiz, where the United Nations said it was investigating reports that as many as 50 have been killed in the past week.

Yemenis have awaited word on whether Saleh would sign a Gulf-brokered transition deal he has so far rejected.

In a joint statement, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Nicolas Sarkozy, and the Prime Ministers of Britain, Spain and Italy, thanked Saudi Arabia for receiving Saleh for treatment, and called on all parties in Yemen to “find a means of reconciliation on the basis of the GCC initiative.”

Saudi influence

The Saudi-led Gulf Cooperation Council urged all parties to work to end violence and said it was continuing its efforts to negotiate a power-transfer deal.

Yemen , which relies on oil for 60 percent of its economy, has been dealt a heavy blow by the closure of an oil pipeline that trade sources said have caused fuel shortages.

But the future of Yemen, riven by complex rivalries among tribal leaders, generals and politicians, remains uncertain.

“Saleh’s departure to Saudi Arabia isn’t just courtesy from the Saudi ruling family,” said Egyptian political analyst Nabil Abdel-Fattah. “The security of Saudi Arabia and the Gulf is linked to security in Yemen.”

Saleh’s departure could make it hard for the veteran president to retain control, although his close relatives still command key military units and security forces.

Other contenders in a possible power struggle include the well-armed Hashed tribal federation, breakaway military leaders, Islamists, leftists and an angry public seeking relief from crippling poverty, corruption and failing public services.

Saleh, a political survivor, has defied global calls to step down and survived the defection of top generals, ministers and ambassadors who left the government after troops killed many demonstrators in March. More than 450 people have been killed in the unrest shaking the nation of 23 million since late January.

Saleh has exasperated his former US and Saudi allies, who once saw him as a key counter-terrorism partner, by repeatedly reneging on the transition plan, even though it offered him immunity from prosecution — something opposed by protesters.