Putins Banker Sergei Pugachev on Interpols Wanted List

first_imgPutin’s one time close friend and banker, Sergei Pugachev, is on Interpol’s “Wanted Persons” list for “misappropriation or embezzlement”.Pugachev, who was once close to the Russian President, is wanted by the government for prosecution on allegations of swindling money from banks for his personal use. The government accuses Pugachev of large scale fraud but he maintains that the allegations are “politically motivated.””Mr Pugachev faces a formidable challenge if he is to successfully argue that the case is politically motivated. Interpol is an unaccountable organisation that is slow to act and any appeal that he makes will take months, if not years, to reach a conclusion,” Richard Elsen, reputation management expert at Byfield Consultancy – a specialist legal PR agency, told The Daily Mail.The Interpol warrant means great personal and business damage for Pugachev. He will be under constant media and he will be unable to conduct any business dealings.Pugachev fled Russia soon after claiming some forces were trying to seize his business. He went to live in London and presumably splits time between London and Monaco, according to The Associated Press.The 51-year-old businessman was once worth $2 billion. He was close to former President Boris Yeltsin and later became an associate of Putin. He would give the president advice on a wide range of portfolios like construction, shipbuilding and banking as well.Pugachev also became a senator in the Russian cabinet but things started to go downhill from 2010 when his bank defaulted on debts and lost its license.Pugachev has since been critical of Putin and his ways. In several interviews he has ridiculed Putin’s frugal understanding of economics.”Vladimir Putin does not understand economics. He does not like it. It is dry. It’s boring to hear these reports, to read them. He likes clear things: Russia’s moving ahead; how great everything is. He does not have a deep understanding of what is happening,” Pugachev said in an interview with Time Magazine.According to The Guardian, Pugachev’s bank account was frozen in July this year by a London court after a dispute with a Russian liquidator and since then, he has been flying under the media radar.last_img read more

Houstons Michaela Abam Says Playing In The World Cup Was Eye Opening

first_img 00:00 /07:02 Share Houston native Michaela Abam played in the recently concluded FIFA Women’s World Cup for her parents’ native country of Cameroon.Abam was born and raised here in Houston and plays forward. She picked up the game watching her siblings play, and she competed in leagues around the city before playing collegiately for West Virginia University.West Virginia AthleticsHouston native Michaela Abam played collegiately for West Virginia University.Then, she played professionally in both the U.S. and abroad, and, most recently, she just completed a stint with the French club team Paris FC.And so while playing in France, where the World Cup was held, was nothing new to her, she tells Houston Matters producer Michael Hagerty the level of play at the World Cup was “eye-opening.”In the audio above, Abam tells him about her experience in the tournament and how it will affect her game going forward. X center_img Listen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Michel Spingler/APHouston native Michaela Abam (right) playing for her parents’ home country of Cameroon against the Netherlands in the 2019 World Cup.last_img read more

Thames Water 2OC will deliver power from Londons fatbergs

first_img Explore further Wastewater and water services provider, Thames Water, has signed a 20 year agreement with 2OC. That plant is set to produce 130 Gigawatt hours (GWh) a year of renewable electricity, enough to run 39,000 average-sized homes. (130 GWh is equivalent to the amount of electricity used by 39,394 households in a year based on an average household consumption. Thames Water will buy 75 GWh of this output to run its sewage works and a desalination plant. Remaining power will be available for the national energy supply grid. Other fuel sources include oil wastes from food manufacturers, processors and tallow.Andrew Mercer, chief executive of 2OC, said that when Thames does not need the output, it will be made available to the grid. The power, he said, “will be sourced, generated and used in London by Londoners.” Mercer told the BBC that there would be no smoke and no smell. The plant should be up and running by 2015.Thames water each year removes 80,000 blockages in 109,000km of sewers. Clearing these blockages costs £1 million a month. Credit: Blue Sky Biofuels (Phys.org) —From fish and chips to pork pies, some of London’s tastiest foods create unappetizing and costly fat and oil buildups in drains. These fatbergs, as they are dubbed, end up in the city sewers system. A fatberg is a hefty clump of congealed fat and cooking oil, but also intertwined with other materials passing through the sewers. Leaders at two companies have a plan that, while not making lemonade out of lemons, will do even better, making energy out of leftover fat. Fat and oil from restaurants and build-ups in drains will find re-use as a result of an ambitious plan, it was announced on Sunday. The grease will be fed into what is claimed to be the world’s largest fat-fueled power station, at Beckton in east London, to be run by energy company, 2OC. Britain unveils desalination plant for London reservoirscenter_img © 2013 Phys.org Citation: Thames Water, 2OC will deliver power from London’s fatbergs (2013, April 9) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-04-thames-2oc-power-london-fatbergs.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Bahia Principe kicks off new agent loyalty program with official launch party

first_imgTags: Bahia Principe Hotels & Resorts, Transat Thursday, March 9, 2017 Share Travelweek Group Bahia Principe kicks off new agent loyalty program with official launch partycenter_img TORONTO — Bahia Principe officially launched its new Bahia Principe Rewards program last night in Toronto to an audience filled with travel agents, media and Transat representatives. Transat also received an award from Bahia Principe as an appreciation for their continuous support.Travel agents enrolled in the loyalty program will have the opportunity to select from a variety of rewards and experiences. These include free stays at any of Bahia Principe’s properties, spa treatments, golf, entries for destination parties and transportation and excursion vouchers throughout 2017. Plus, registered agents will receive special travel rates and discounts at all Bahia Principe properties in Mexico, Jamaica and the D.R.“We’ve like to get as many travel agents to experience Bahia Principe for themselves,” said Sal Buccellato, National Accounts Director for Bahia Principe Hotels and Resorts. “This is finally an opportunity for them to earn points that they can redeem towards a free stay at any one of our Bahia Principe hotels.”More news:  Flights cancelled as British Airways hit by computer problemJust for registering, agents will receive 250 points as a welcome to the program. Afterwards, 100 points will be rewarded for each room night booked at a Grand Bahia Principe Hotel and 125 points awarded for each room night booked at a Luxury Bahia Principe Hotel.“They experience the hotels, when they come back and a client asks for it, it’s the confidence that they have in selling the Bahia Principe product,” said Buccellato. “Once you’ve experience it, you’ll see everything the resorts have to offer. It makes it that much easier for an agent to sell it to the consumer.”“Travel agents are trusted by our customers and on the front lines of our business,” said Lluisa Salord, VP of Global Sales and Contracting at Bahia Principe Hotels & Resorts. “The launch of this new program is our way of saying ‘thank you’ to the travel agent community and rewarding them with carefully designed experiences so they can become expert sellers of the Bahia Principe brand. Canada is our main market and we have become what we are now thanks to the Canadian market, who has supported us since we opened our first Bahia Principe Hotel in Dominican Republic, nearly 22 years ago.”More news:  Sunwing ready to launch Mazatlán-Quebec City direct this winterTo register agents can visit bahia-principe.com/b2b and gain access to the Bahia Principe B2B Portal. Here they can also access the latest information on all Bahia Principe properties and receive updates on services and products. A specific section will allow members to report, track and manage the number of bookings made for the brand. For more information, visit bahia-principe.com. Posted by << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more