Orange turns up heat in Iraq legal battle

first_img Related Las grandes operadoras europeas ponen condiciones a las RAN abiertas Orange makes secure cloud pact for French market Author Español Saleha Riaz Saleha joined Mobile World Live in October 2014 as a reporter and works across all e-newsletters – creating content, writing blogs and reports as well as conducting feature interviews…More Read more AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 05 NOV 2018 center_img Previous ArticleBaidu pushes Alibaba, Xiaomi in China smart speakersNext ArticleSoftBank profit jumps, Vision Fund continues growth Orange and a Kuwaiti company with which it formed a joint venture in Iraq to invest in operator Korek Telecom, expanded a US lawsuit with an allegation there was corruption among local shareholders, Financial Times (FT) reported.The France-based operator and Agility Public Warehousing petitioned the Southern District of New York to subpoena financial information from five banks including Citibank and HSBC, in the hope of proving there was “self-dealing, material misappropriation and mismanagement” by local shareholders, led by businessman Sirwan Barzani.Orange’s lawsuit relates to a $150 million loan taken out by Korek Telecom from a Lebanese bank in December 2011, which was arranged without the knowledge of the Iraq Telecom joint venture. The JV acquired a 44 per cent stake in Korek Telecom the same year for $810 million, as part of a broader plan to eventually take over the company.Iraq Telecom said Barzani profited from the loan at Korek Telecom’s expense after the funds were apparently moved between various accounts belonging to the operator and businessman.Agility and Orange also claim regulatory officials were bribed to block Iraq Telecom’s plans to take control of Korek Telecom.A Korek Telecom representative branded the new filing part of a “scorched earth” campaign to destroy the company, adding Iraq Telecom was “grossly misrepresenting and mis-characterising facts”.Meanwhile an Orange representative told FT: “Orange takes the issues raised in the petition very seriously…Iraq Telecom has pursued various means by which to further reveal and rectify the self-dealing and misappropriations that Barzani and others are engaged in”.Separately, Agility last month filed an international arbitration claim, seeking damages of $600 million. Subscribe to our daily newsletter Back Tags Orange Ventures injects €30M into new fund Home Orange turns up heat in Iraq legal battle IraqKorekOrangelast_img read more

CU Grow Garden Reflections: Success in digital requires a farmer’s mentality

first_img 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr by. James Robert LayIt has been a busy April for all of us here at CU Grow.It began with us attending the Financial Brand Forum as the official media sponsor. The event kicked off with a video that we produced; we now invite you to use it to help spark conversation within your credit union or bank.I also had the opportunity to speak at two different events and share our latest digital marketing and lead generation insight with financial executives.A couple of recurring discussions have emerged from my travels over the past two weeks, one being:“We know we need to evolve and prepare for the humanized digital economy but how do we convince our board of directors or get all our executive team onboard?”I took the past week to reflect on these ideas as I worked in the CU Grow Garden. And it’s through this little side project that it became clear that we can learn from nature even in a humanized digital economy. continue reading »last_img read more

New recruit unveiled at conference

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“Sesame Street” creators sue Melissa McCarthy-led film “The Happytime Murders” over marketing campaign

first_imgSTXfilms(NEW YORK) — The creators of Sesame Street are quite grouch-y about one summer movie. Variety reports that the show’s creators have sued STX Entertainment to stop referencing Sesame Street in its marketing campaign for the upcoming movie The Happytime Murders, starring Melissa McCarthy.The R-rated film’s tagline, “No Sesame. All Street,” appears in the trailer and on the movie poster. Sesame Street creators claim the film and advertisements will harm the educational and child-friendly brand of their show. “While the trailer at issue is almost indescribably crude, Sesame is not trying to enjoin defendants’ promotion or distribution of their movie,” the suit reads. “It is only defendants’ deliberate choice to invoke and commercially misappropriate Sesame’s name and goodwill in marketing the movie — and thereby cause consumers to conclude that Sesame is somehow associated with the movie — that has infringed on and tarnished the Sesame Street mark and goodwill.”The Happytime Murders follows McCarthy’s character as she investigates the multiple murders of puppets. The trailer claims viewers can see what puppets do when the “children aren’t around” and depicts them drinking, using drugs, and having sex. Brian Henson, the son of the late Muppets creator Jim Henson, directed the film, and the Jim Henson Company helped produce. A puppet lawyer for the company, Fred Esq., responded with a statement:“STX loved the idea of working closely with Brian Henson and the Jim Henson Company to tell the untold story of the active lives of Henson puppets when they’re not performing in front of children.”The puppet attorney added that the company is not apologizing for using the show’s name in its marketing. “While we’re disappointed that Sesame Street does not share in the fun, we are confident in our legal position. We look forward to introducing adult moviegoers to our adorably unapologetic characters this summer.”The Happytime Murders hits theaters Aug. 17.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

There’s a New $1,250 T-Shirt That Has an Entire Button Down Shirt Sewn to It?

first_imgMost of high fashion looks weird to normal people.  But this takes it to a whole new level of weirdness. A company called Balenciaga just introduced a new t-shirt.  And the gimmick is . . . it’s got an entire long-sleeve button-down shirt SEWN to the front.  So, basically, your t-shirt has another, nicer shirt hanging off of it. And for the privilege of wearing this Frankenstein monster, you’ll pay . . . $1,250.last_img

National Forests in North Carolina to temporarily close some roads ahead of Hurricane Florence

first_imgThe U.S. Forest Service, Forest Supervisor, having closely tracked the forecast models of Hurricane Florence, has decided to temporarily close National Forest roads, today, Thursday September 13th at noon.The Forest Service will close gates on roads listed below to protect public safety. We strongly request that, due to expected wind and rainfall, the public not use trails or general forest areas. Emergency response times will be longer than usual if an incident or medical emergency were to occur.The health, safety, and well-being of the public and visitors to our National Forests is of our number one priority. Roads will be evaluated for health and safety and reopened as conditions allow following the storm passage.The following sites will close as listed until cleared and deemed safe:Pisgah National ForestGrandfather Ranger DistrictFS 4096- Carroll Creek RoadFS 482- Curtis Creek RoadFS 197- Raven Cliff RoadFS 228- Steeles Creek RoadFS 99- Table Rock Road Paved SectionFS 4071- Thunderhole RoadAppalachian Ranger DistrictFS 74- Big IvyFS 278- Flat Top (Both ends)FS 467- Hurricane GapFS 467A- Rich MountainFS 465- Hickey ForkFS 113- Mill RidgeFS 3549- CataloocheePisgah Ranger DistrictFS 477- Avery CreekFS 1206- Yellow GapFS 5000- Wash Creek RdFS 479- Bent Creek RdFS 475B- HeadwatersFS 140- CourthouseFS 97- LickstoneTR#101-Investor Gap TRFS 475- Davidson River RoadFS 471- Cathys Creek RdNantahala National Forest Tusquittee Ranger DistrictFS 340- Fires CreekFS 423- Tatham Gap RDFS 440- Tuni RDFS 351- Nelson Ridge RdFS 307- Beech Creek RDFS 85- Panthertop RDCheoah Ranger DistrictFS 340- Big Fat (Slick Rock)FS 407- Farley CoveFS 423- Tatham GapFS 81- SanteetlaFS 75- SnowbirdFS 2586- Long Hungry BranchUwharrie National ForestFS 6507- Beaver Dam RoadFS 6720- West Polly BranchFS 6652- Polly PlaceFS 6653- Cattail BranchFS 518- River RoadFS 6756- Yates Placelast_img read more

Best of Instagram

first_imgNo question, Disney memories last a lifetime. My first memory of Walt Disney World was around age 5 when my parents, who had been very firm about me NEVER talking to strangers tried to get me to go off with Tweedledee and Tweedledum for a picture, who were two of the strangest strangers I had ever seen!What’s your favorite…or not so favorite… Disney memory? Let me know in the comments.Should this post inspire you to give our Instagram page a follow, I’ll leave the link right here: Share This!Looking for a bit of sunshine for your Monday? These pictures are sure to bring a smile to your face.If you’re new to this series, we post highlights from our Instagram page, along with a top comment or photo featuring YOU, our subscriber.Enjoy!February 24, 2019February 25, 2019February 26, 2019March 1, 2019March 2, 2019March 3, 2019Top Follower of the Week!This week, I couldn’t choose–there were two awesome comments I had to share.last_img

A 23-Year-Old Accused of Stealing $1.3M in a Return Fraud Crime Spree

first_imgMINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERALast week, Thomas Frudaker was arrested on suspicion of returning a computer without all of its components to a Walmart in Yuma, Arizona. But, turns out, it wasn’t Frudy’s first rodeo… the 23-year-old had pulled the same stunt at about 1,000 other Walmarts across the country, authorities say. This would make Frudaker a modern day Butch Cassidy and an obviously exceptional bandit, but this type of thievery (return fraud) is an increasingly common problem for retailers… both on and offline.Authorities later stated that Frudaker had defrauded more than 1,000 Walmart stores across the country over 18 months, which (if accurate) means Frudaker swindled more than 20% of Walmart’s 4,761 American locations. By repeating a simple pattern 1.) Buy hardware 2.) Secretly remove valuable components.  3.) Return the gear for full price. Frudaker cost Walmart an estimated $1.3M, police say.Walmart isn’t the only retailer wrestling with this problem. Across the industry, retail fraud is a $17B problem. Just this month, a couple was sentenced to nearly 6 years in jail for stealing $1.2M worth of electronics from Amazon, claiming false defects to receive free replacements. Now, Footloose-Frudaker may face a similar fate. After he was booked on 6 felony charges by Yuma police, Frudaker was being held on $40K bail and appeared in court yesterday afternoon. [Source: The Hustle]- Sponsor – Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

Three arrests after violent Boone County assault

first_imgThree men have been arrested after an attack and robbery that left one person unconscious in downtown Columbia.Police say Kyle Johnson, 23; Emory Montie, 23; and Alexander Nolan, 19, are behind the assault on Seventh Street near Cherry at about 2 a.m. Sunday.One of the two victims was hit a bunch of times, and had to go to the hospital for what authorities call extensive injuries. A necklace was stolen too.The three suspects were booked into jail early Wednesday.last_img

Throwback Thursday: My Favorite Oklahoma State-Texas Tech Game Ever

first_imgHere is the scoring drive chart which is just completely ludicrous (especially at the time).screen-shot-2016-11-10-at-8-51-25-amAnd the full highlights. The Holland pick, which is fabulous, comes at the 12:15 mark.Symons, by the way, lives in Houston now. And looks exactly like I remembered him.Happy New Year!! Wishing everyone a blessed 2013 #LetsRide— BJ Symons (@BJSymons) January 1, 2013 Jon Holland.A mere footnote in the history of Oklahoma State football. He was also the author of the play that capped one of my favorite Oklahoma State-Texas Tech games ever (and there have been a lot of them). The Pokes took the Raiders 51-49 in 2003 despite an absurd day from my least-favorite of all of Mike Leach’s QBs: B.J. Symons.Here’s the AP with the recap.The teams combined for 1,334 total yards. Oklahoma State was third in the nation in scoring coming in, averaging 40.6 points. Texas Tech had averaged 46.8.Symons actually still holds the single-season NCAA record for total yards with 5,976 that year. He also holds the records for most passes in a season (719) and most 400-yard games (11!) Look at these numbers from the OSU game.screen-shot-2016-11-10-at-8-51-33-amWes Welker had 10 catches for 129 yards and a pair of TDs. OSU countered with 28 carries and 238 yards plus three TDs from Tatum Bell. The Woods bros added nine catches for 217 yards.“The offense came out quickly with big plays by Tatum Bell and Rashaun Woods,” Les Miles told the AP. “It gave us the opportunity to score and score repeatedly. We understood that this would be a four-quarter game. The clock just doesn’t seem to run when you play Texas Tech.”But the biggest catch of the day definitely came from Holland. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more