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Kingdom Holding
08 июня 2016, 19:25

PREVIEW - Brexit or Not: The Future of the European Union

The next test for Europe comes on June 23rd. That’s when the United Kingdom holds a referendum on whether it will leave the European Union.The impact of the Brexit debate is already being felt, but what would a British exit really mean for Europe? And how will markets react? As the world awaits the referendum, join Stratfor and Senior Europe Analyst Adriano Bosoni for a live webcast on what led us to this point and what a potential Brexit signals for the future of the European Union. LINK to Register: http://hubs.ly/H03fcHj0

18 мая 2016, 20:01

After 9/11 Bill, Could Saudi Arabia Really Sell All Its U.S. Assets?

It’s easier to make a $750 billion threat than carry it out. The Senate on Tuesday unanimously passed a bill that would allow families of 9/11 victims to sue Saudi Arabia for its alleged connection to the attacks, pushing the kingdom one step closer to having to follow through on its pledge to sell hundreds of billions of dollars of United States assets that could be frozen by the courts. Carrying out that divestment pledge will be a long, difficult, complicated and likely costly process.  “The idea that they could just flip a switch and sell them all, it just doesn’t compute,” George Pearkes of Bespoke Investment Group, an independent research firm, told HuffPost. “It’s just too much. No one’s going to be able to take that risk off your book,” Pearkes said, using the industry term for a portfolio. "You’re going to lose money doing it because everyone knows you’re going to do it, and ... it immediately has an impact on your currency and balance of payments,” he added, noting that the Saudi currency is pegged to the U.S. dollar and the kingdom continually receives dollars for its oil exports. The exact value of the Saudis' U.S. assets is unclear. The Saudi foreign minister told members of Congress that the kingdom's U.S. assets are worth $750 billion. But the number is likely lower, Edwin Truman of the Peterson Institute for International Economics told The Huffington Post. He puts the number between $360 and $450 billion. The White House reiterated Tuesday that President Barack Obama is “strongly opposed” to the bill and hinted he would veto it if it passed the House, believing it puts American citizens and the U.S. government at legal risk, The Huffington Post's Jennifer Bendery reported. The White House is aware of the Saudis' threat to sell U.S. assets, but even in the most liquid market in the world -- U.S. Treasuries -- they would have trouble simply dumping their American holdings. The kingdom holds $117 billion in U.S. Treasuries in onshore accounts and likely more in European accounts, according to the Treasury Department, which on Monday released the number for the first time, in response to a Freedom of Information Act request by Bloomberg. The Treasuries market is huge at about $500 billion worth of trades a day, but Pearkes pointed out that “so much of that volume is essentially transitory or intermediary-based. It’s people pushing risk through the system and in small chunks at a time. ... The thing you have to remember is that the total risk exchanged between end users is a lot smaller than the total volume.” Trying to find someone who could do one big trade for $117 billion in Treasuries “is just nuts,” Pearkes said. Given enough time, however, a determined seller can unload hundreds of billions of dollars of Treasuries, Bradley Setser, former deputy assistant secretary for international economic analysis at the Treasury Department and now a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, told HuffPost. He pointed to China, which has sold about $200 billion in U.S. government bonds to support its currency and stimulate its flagging economy over the past year. Of course, once you’ve sold something, there’s the question of what to do with the cash, which is a difficult question to answer when the sums are in the hundreds of billions of dollars. It’s possible that the Saudis could strike a deal with banks to deposit the cash. (The kingdom currently has $188 billion on deposit in foreign banks, according to the International Monetary Fund.) But because a deposit is a liability on a bank’s balance sheet, that merely pushes the question of what to buy with the cash onto someone else. A bank is likely to charge a fee to take on that headache. Another option for the Saudi government, Setser said, would be to move its U.S Treasuries and other American assets to a fund manager outside the reach of U.S. courts, creating a sort of index fund. Or they could set up a series of swaps contracts to replicate their current holdings, which would allow the Saudis to sell their U.S. assets while retaining the profits and losses they would get if they still owned them. There’s also the problem we mentioned earlier: The kingdom’s currency is pegged to the U.S. dollar. “It is impossible to get completely out of dollars and to maintain a dollar peg," Setser said. "That’s fairly straightforward.” In other words, the Saudis may sell some assets and move others where the U.S. legal system can’t touch them, but wholesale divestment just isn’t possible. Representatives at the Saudi embassy in Washington did not return a request for comment.  -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

18 мая 2016, 20:01

After 9/11 Bill, Could Saudi Arabia Really Sell All Its U.S. Assets?

It’s easier to make a $750 billion threat than carry it out. The Senate on Tuesday unanimously passed a bill that would allow families of 9/11 victims to sue Saudi Arabia for its alleged connection to the attacks, pushing the kingdom one step closer to having to follow through on its pledge to sell hundreds of billions of dollars of United States assets that could be frozen by the courts. Carrying out that divestment pledge will be a long, difficult, complicated and likely costly process.  “The idea that they could just flip a switch and sell them all, it just doesn’t compute,” George Pearkes of Bespoke Investment Group, an independent research firm, told HuffPost. “It’s just too much. No one’s going to be able to take that risk off your book,” Pearkes said, using the industry term for a portfolio. "You’re going to lose money doing it because everyone knows you’re going to do it, and ... it immediately has an impact on your currency and balance of payments,” he added, noting that the Saudi currency is pegged to the U.S. dollar and the kingdom continually receives dollars for its oil exports. The exact value of the Saudis' U.S. assets is unclear. The Saudi foreign minister told members of Congress that the kingdom's U.S. assets are worth $750 billion. But the number is likely lower, Edwin Truman of the Peterson Institute for International Economics told The Huffington Post. He puts the number between $360 and $450 billion. The White House reiterated Tuesday that President Barack Obama is “strongly opposed” to the bill and hinted he would veto it if it passed the House, believing it puts American citizens and the U.S. government at legal risk, The Huffington Post's Jennifer Bendery reported. The White House is aware of the Saudis' threat to sell U.S. assets, but even in the most liquid market in the world -- U.S. Treasuries -- they would have trouble simply dumping their American holdings. The kingdom holds $117 billion in U.S. Treasuries in onshore accounts and likely more in European accounts, according to the Treasury Department, which on Monday released the number for the first time, in response to a Freedom of Information Act request by Bloomberg. The Treasuries market is huge at about $500 billion worth of trades a day, but Pearkes pointed out that “so much of that volume is essentially transitory or intermediary-based. It’s people pushing risk through the system and in small chunks at a time. ... The thing you have to remember is that the total risk exchanged between end users is a lot smaller than the total volume.” Trying to find someone who could do one big trade for $117 billion in Treasuries “is just nuts,” Pearkes said. Given enough time, however, a determined seller can unload hundreds of billions of dollars of Treasuries, Bradley Setser, former deputy assistant secretary for international economic analysis at the Treasury Department and now a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, told HuffPost. He pointed to China, which has sold about $200 billion in U.S. government bonds to support its currency and stimulate its flagging economy over the past year. Of course, once you’ve sold something, there’s the question of what to do with the cash, which is a difficult question to answer when the sums are in the hundreds of billions of dollars. It’s possible that the Saudis could strike a deal with banks to deposit the cash. (The kingdom currently has $188 billion on deposit in foreign banks, according to the International Monetary Fund.) But because a deposit is a liability on a bank’s balance sheet, that merely pushes the question of what to buy with the cash onto someone else. A bank is likely to charge a fee to take on that headache. Another option for the Saudi government, Setser said, would be to move its U.S Treasuries and other American assets to a fund manager outside the reach of U.S. courts, creating a sort of index fund. Or they could set up a series of swaps contracts to replicate their current holdings, which would allow the Saudis to sell their U.S. assets while retaining the profits and losses they would get if they still owned them. There’s also the problem we mentioned earlier: The kingdom’s currency is pegged to the U.S. dollar. “It is impossible to get completely out of dollars and to maintain a dollar peg," Setser said. "That’s fairly straightforward.” In other words, the Saudis may sell some assets and move others where the U.S. legal system can’t touch them, but wholesale divestment just isn’t possible. Representatives at the Saudi embassy in Washington did not return a request for comment.  -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

01 апреля 2016, 17:39

The Growth of The Muslim Economy and Its Worth

Muslims are by nature enterprising individuals, and the rate at which the burgeoning yet steady Muslim economy is growing is at most, double the global rate. According to a report by Dinar Standard, Muslim consumers spent approximately $1.8 trillion on food and lifestyle in 2014 alone and the numbers are expected to increase to approximately $2.6 trillion by the year 2020. The current global assets of Islamic banks exceed the $1.3 million mark and are expected to more than triple by the year 2020. Muslims have been making landmark strides in all categories of business including Islamic finance, travel, fashion, online e- commerce etc. Both male and female Muslim entrepreneurs are breaking the usual stereotypes and are coming up with enterprising ventures. In fact, the past years have seen the rise of more women entrepreneurs dealing in Islamic businesses such as Islamic fashion, which is expected to be worth $327 billion by the year 2020. We believe that while the Islamic economy has a huge potential for further growth and improvement, the synergistic opportunities for growth and investment show even more potential. With the steady strides and leaps technology, wealth acquisition has become an even more automated process with the rise of internet millionaires. Several Muslim businesses are gaining momentum due to the internet and we are witnessing a surge of internet millionaires. In addition to that, we cannot underestimate the worth of Muslim entrepreneurs in the rise of the global economy. A few top Muslim entrepreneurs and their business interests include: Prince Al-Waleed Bin Talal Alsaud With a net worth of over US $ 26.1 billion, Prince Waleed is one of the wealthiest men on earth. He is the CEO and founder of the famous investment firm, the Kingdom Holding Company, also a Forbes Global 2000 company. He has varied interests in different sectors including banking, technology, petroleum, hotels and so on. Azim Premji Azim has been listed more than once among "The 100 Most Influential Men" in Times magazine. With a net worth of approximately $ 17.5 billion, Premji is a force to reckon with. Azim is the chairman of Wipro Limited, which deals in hydrogenated cooking fat company. The company was valued at a mere US $ 2 million but turned into a goldmine under the skilled leadership of Premji whose influence led the company to achieve a US $ 7 billion turnover. He also has major stakes in IT companies. Mohammed Al Amoudi The African/Arab business mogul originally started off from real estate and construction, and from there, expanded his wealth to other sectors. He has major holdings in oil refineries in Sweden and Morocco. Additionally, he holds large stakes in two conglomerates Corral Petroleum holdings and MIDROC. Al Amoudi is worth US $ 11 billion. Iskander Mukhmodov Mukhmodov is well worth over US $ 3.3 billion. He initially began with a business position in Russia's largest metal manufacturer and later switched to an industrial finance company JSC Alice as the CEO. He currently owns UGMK Holdings which is a metallurgical company and major copper producer. Suleiman Kerimov Suleiman is features among the top 10 Muslim businessmen in the world. He is also a Russian politician. Suleiman began his career as a simple accountant at an electrical plant and was promoted to the position of Deputy Director General within a short span of time. His fortunes took a turn for the better when he was appointed to lead Soyuz-Finans, a banking and trading company from where he got more influence and power. He also has business interests in the aviation industry, other than banks. Suleiman Kerimov's net worth is estimated to be at US $ 6.5 million. Also among the notable Muslim entrepreneurs of today is Com Mirza who is dubbed "the $ 500 million man" because his net worth is well over half a billion. Com is an embodiment of hard work and perseverance. He started a lemonade business at the age of seven and has since then donned various hats including that of a serial entrepreneur, venture capitalist and investor. His business interests vary from real estate to hotel franchises, agriculture, tourism and several online businesses. With companies spanning over 27 countries, Mirza is a prime example of a successful Muslim entrepreneur. Furthermore, more and more Muslims are finding success with online ventures including e-commerce stores and affiliate marketing. With several courses and materials like podcasts, learning the methods employed by the rich and successful entrepreneurs can be emulated by everyone. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

01 февраля 2016, 18:30

How Would A Saudi Aramco IPO Affect Global Crude Oil Reserve Estimates?

The Kingdom Tower, operated by Kingdom Holding Co., left, stands alongside the King Fahd highway, illuminated by the light trails of passing traffic, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, on Saturday, Jan. 9, 2016. Saudi Arabian stocks led Gulf Arab markets lower after oil extended its slump from the lowest close since [...]

23 мая 2014, 08:03

JD.com: крупнейшее IPO китайцев в США

Капитализация JD.com, китайского интернет-магазина, достигла $29 млрд по итогам IPO в США. Акции компании в первый день торгов выросли до $21,75, что значительно выше ориентиров.

23 мая 2014, 00:32

JD.com: крупнейшее IPO китайцев в США

 Капитализация JD.com, китайского интернет-магазина, достигла $29 млрд по итогам IPO в США. Акции компании в первый день торгов выросли до $21,75, что значительно выше ориентиров. Крупнейшее размещение китайцев в США Американские депозитарные акции JD.com оценила выше изначально заданного диапазона $16-18. Продавали акции по $19, а в итоге ажиотажный спрос позволил поднять котировки еще выше. JD.com, как и многие другие интернет-магазины, выходит на биржу, не добившись рентабельности бизнеса. За спиной команды, создавшей портал, стоит холдинг Kingdom Holding, который контролирует саудовский принц Аль-Валид Бин Талал. Размещение стало крупнейшим в истории китайских компаний в США. У JD.com, в отличие от других крупных игроков интернет-пространства КНР, узкая специализация, поэтому ей гораздо сложнее сбалансировать доходы и издержки. Но резкое увеличение числа компьютеров и гаджетов, подключенных к сети, обеспечило бизнесу хорошие перспективы. По словам генерального директора JD.com Ричарда Лю, ежемесячная активная аудитория его сайта превышает 35 млн человек. В прошлом году JD.com удалось продать товары на $27 млрд, после чего компания объявила себя крупнейшим игроком на местном рынке, который продает продукцию напрямую китайским потребителям. JD.com - новый ориентир для Alibaba? Недавно мы писали о биржевом фиаско одного из интернет-игроков КНР, попытавшегося провести IPO в Америке. Главный вопрос был таким: можно ли считать неудачу Weibo тревожным сигналом для Alibaba, первичное размещение которой может стать одним из крупнейших в истории? Может быть, в США китайцев не понимают и не ждут? Сегодня есть повод утверждать, что проблемы Weibo - это проблемы конкретно Weibo, и каждая компания, пытающаяся завоевать биржу Америки, должна обращать внимание только на свои слабые и сильные стороны. Ждем IPO AlibabaКрупнейший китайский интернет-холдинг Alibaba подал в Федеральную комиссию США по ценным бумагам и биржам заявку на первичное размещение акций. Сумма, которую компания намерена привлечь в ходе размещения, составляет $1 млрд, однако эксперты и аналитики предполагают, что спрос будет ажиотажным и операция может стать крупнейшей в истории интернет-компаний. Сумма в размере $1 млрд в нормативных документах предоставляется заполнителем для расчета взимаемой с компании платы за регистрацию. Количество выпущенных акций в компании планируют сообщить ближе к дате непосредственного выхода на IPO. Потребители используют Alibaba для онлайн-шопинга, продажи б/у вещей, а также для электронных платежей. У Alibaba имеется два сайта розничной торговли: это Taobao, предназначенный для продажи небрендованной продукции, и Tmall, где покупателям предлагаются товары под определенной торговой маркой от более крупных производителей. По данным The Wall Street Journal, совокупный объем транзакций обоих сайтов превысил 1 трлн юаней ($163 млрд). Это больше доходов Amazon и eBay, вместе взятых. Alibaba является крупнейшей в Китае интернет-компанией. К тому же она ведет свою деятельность на самом масштабном интернет-рынке в мире. Помимо Ханчжоу, основанная Джеком Ма компания имеет офисы в США, Великобритании, Индии, Японии и Корее. В Китае насчитывается порядка 560 млн интернет-пользователей (это в два раза больше, чем в США), которые проводят в сети в среднем по 20 часов в неделю. В Alibaba работает 24 тыс. сотрудников, и это больше, чем суммарное число сотрудников Yahoo! и Facebook. В 2012 г. на сайте было зарегистрировано почти 37 млн пользователей, а Taobao.com входит в двадцатку самых кликабельных порталов в мире, по данным Business Insider. По информации The Wall Street Journal, в прошлом году принадлежащая Alibaba система мобильных платежей Alipay обеспечила 70% всех транзакций такого типа на территории Поднебесной. Перспективы китайского рынка электронной коммерции Чтобы подогреть интерес к IPO, JD.com опубликовала исследование, согласно которому лишь 50% китайцев в настоящий момент могут пользоваться интернетом. Это говорит об огромных перспективах, которые открываются не только перед компаниями, но и перед инвесторами, вкладывающими деньги в IPO этих игроков. По оценкам iResearch Consulting Group, которая специализируется на оценке интернет-сектора Китая, рынок онлайн-коммерции в этом году вырастет на 27%. Европа против США После того как китайский гигант Alibaba решил провести первичное размещение в Нью-Йорке, появляются основания сказать, что США - основной рынок для IPO. Однако Европа в последнее время демонстрирует впечатляющие результаты. Этот год США начали блестяще, после того как провели первичное размещение нескольких высокотехнологичных компаний, таких как крупнейший игрок на рынке доставки еды в США GrubHub и King Digital Entertainment Plc., производитель игр Candy Crush (KING). По данным Dealogic, с начала 2014 г. было продано акций на сумму $19,7 млрд, это на 81% выше по сравнению с аналогичным периодом годом ранее. И тем не менее это меньше $22,5 млрд, зафиксированных в Европе, что в 4 раза больше в пересчете на годовые темпы. Если Европа сохранит свое лидерство в течение года, это будет впервые с 2007 г., когда в Старом Свете объем размещений превысит американский.

20 апреля 2014, 19:19

Saudi's Kingdom Holding Q1 net profit up 15 pct on investment income

DUBAI, April 20 (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia's Kingdom Holding , the investment firm owned by billionaire Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, reported a 14.8 percent increase in first-quarter net profit on Sunday, citing higher income from investments.    

21 января 2014, 09:41

Saudi's Kingdom Holding posts 10.3 pct rise in Q4 profit

DUBAI, Jan 21 (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia's Kingdom Holding , the investment firm of billionaire Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, posted a 10.3 percent increase in fourth-quarter net profit on Tuesday, mainly due to a rise in the value of its investments.    

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30 ноября 2013, 13:16

UPDATE 1-Prince Alwaleed's CFO to leave investment firm Kingdom - sources

DUBAI, Nov 30 (Reuters) - The chief financial officer of Prince Alwaleed bin Talal's investment vehicle, Kingdom Holding , is to leave the firm, two banking sources aware of the matter said.    

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21 ноября 2013, 02:52

Prince Alwaleed Warns Shale Revolution Threatens Saudi Economic Stability

Whilst Saudi Arabia continues to state that it is not at all worried by the increasing production driven by the US shale revolution, Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal, the billionaire businessman who is CEO and owner of the Kingdom Holding Company, has told Canada’s The Globe and Mail newspaper that growing shale output in the West poses a genuine threat to his country’s economic stability and future survival.He states that not only are new shale discoveries a threat to Saudi Arabia, but to “any oil-producing country in the world,”…Read more...

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19 сентября 2013, 18:59

Training Saudi businesswomen: Managing under the abaya

TEACHING management skills to Saudi women might seem rather futile. Few women in the kingdom hold positions of power, and there are few industries in which they are allowed to pursue careers. But a leadership-development programme for Saudi women, initiated by the British Council and run by academics from Durham University business school, nevertheless hopes to make a difference.The programme, in Riyadh, has proved popular. It aims to build women’s confidence in business situations and to help them form networks, so that they can exert more influence as a group. The skills they need are not straightforward. It is very rare for a Saudi woman to be a man’s boss, and women in leadership positions usually have a male sponsor. So women cannot make and implement decisions themselves, says Julie Hodges, one of the Durham teachers. They must learn to influence men without seeming to direct them.There are also practical difficulties running such a programme. One of the courses was sponsored by the Saudi chamber of commerce. It is keen on promoting women. Yet when two female teachers visited its offices to discuss details, the rules of segregation meant that all the men had to leave the building. The tutors have yet to meet any Saudi men of influence.Some leadership techniques are difficult to impart. The women wear an abaya, a full-length cloak. Some also use...

16 сентября 2013, 19:10

FDA to hold first public hearing on GM babies

Rady Ananda Actvist Post Next month, the US Food and Drug Administration will hold a two-day public meeting to discuss genetic modification within the human egg, which changes will be passed on generationally. Human gene therapy has been ongoing since 1990, but most of that involved non-heritable genes, called somatic (non-sex cell) gene therapy. Somatic modifications only affect the individual and are not passed on, and so do not affect the human genome. The game changed with the successful birth of at least 30 genetically modified babies by 2001. Half of the babies engineered from one clinic developed defects and so the FDA stepped in and asserted jurisdiction over “the use of human cells that receive genetic material by means other than the union of gamete nuclei” (sperm and egg). Now the FDA is considering going forward with “oocyte modification” which involves genetic material from a second woman, whereby offspring will carry the DNA from three parents. These kinds of genetic changes (“germline modification”) alter the human genome. This is the first such meeting ever to be held in public by the FDA, reports Biopolitical Times (BPT), speculating that the meeting will likely include discussing a mitochondrial replacement technique developed by Shoukhrat Mitalipov at Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU).  google_ad_client = "pub-1897954795849722"; /* 468x60, created 6/30/10 */ google_ad_slot = "8230781418"; google_ad_width = 468; google_ad_height = 60;  Notes the BPT, “mitochondrial replacement is a form of inheritable genetic modification.” This type of gene therapy is the source of much controversy, because it permanently changes the human genome and risks unforeseeable changes in growth and development, and aging. As late as 2008, all germline modification therapies and enhancements were banned in 83% of the 30 nations making up the OECD (Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development), including the US and UK, reports the Center for Genetics and Society (CGS). Testifying before the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation and Trade in 2008, CGS Executive Director Richard Hayes advised:  Most people strongly support therapeutic applications of genetic science, but they also realize that the manipulation of inheritable genetic traits crosses a consequential barrier. In the great majority of instances, couples at risk of passing on a serious genetic disease can ensure that their child is disease-free by means of medically-related trait selection, thus obviating the need for the far more complex and risk-prone intervention that germline modification would entail. Making humans better, smarter, stronger has long been the goal of eugenicists. Hayes warns:  Germline enhancement has also been seriously proposed as a means of creating people with such novel cognitive, psychological, and behavioral traits that they would constitute a new, ‘post-human’ species, incapable of interbreeding with ‘normal’ humans. With ooplasmic transfer, the technique injects healthy mitochondrial DNA from a donor into the egg of an infertile woman. Mitochondrial DNA floats outside a cell’s nucleus which contains the regular DNA, and is only inherited from the mother. In June, the United Kingdom reversed its long-standing policy against germline modification, and decided to go ahead with three-parent babies. Regulations on the procedure are now being drafted and Members of Parliament are expected to vote on the issue in 2014. Paul Knoepfler, Associate Professor of Cell Biology and Human Anatomy at the University of California, Davis School of Medicine, commented that:  Moving one oocyte nucleus into the enucleated oocyte of another person could trigger all kinds of devastating problems (most likely through epigenetic changes) that might not manifest until you try to make a human being out of it. Then it’s too late. BPT shares in this opposition:  If the FDA gives the OHSU researchers a green light to move towards human clinical trials, it will be the first instance of regulatory approval for human germline modification ever, anywhere in the world.  Given the current regulatory void in the United States and the paucity of safety data, allowing scientists to experiment with creating permanent changes to the human genome is a genie that must be kept in the bottle. As with genetically modified crops, a host of unforeseen and deleterious consequences may develop when we begin modifying humans with genes their children will inherit. GM feed is linked with infertility and spontaneous abortions in livestock, and crops modified to be insecticidal are linked to declining pollinator populations, especially bees, moths and bats. But another argument against germline modification is that it will lead to designer babies and a new class of underdogs – those who cannot afford genetic enhancement. Eugenicists and futurists like Ray Kurzweil (The Singularity Is Near, 2006) foresee and welcome the convergence of the NBIC fields that can improve human performance: nanotechnology, biotechnology, information technology and cognitive science. In 2001, over 50 policy makers and scientists from a range of fields contributed to a National Science Foundation-sponsored workshop on converging NBIC technologies. Within the individual, group and societal level discussions, they addressed key areas of human activity: working, learning, aging, group interaction and human evolution. The consensus reached was to focus a national R&D priority on human enhancement. In re-opening the allowance for GM babies, whose genetic changes will be passed on to future generations, the FDA is taking the next steps toward toeing the line on genetic human enhancement. In addition to accepting written comments, the FDA, in collaboration with the Office of Cellular Tissue and Gene Therapies Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research, will also provide a free webcast of the two-day discussion. The meeting may be rescheduled without notice, the FDA warns.  Rady Ananda is the creator of Food Freedom News and COTO Report, Rady Ananda's work has appeared in several online and print publications, including four books. With a B.S. in Natural Resources from Ohio State University’s School of Agriculture, Rady tweets @geobear7 and @RadysRant . 

16 сентября 2013, 18:56

Принц Twitter'а не хочет делиться акциями

Принц из Саудовской Аравии останется крупным акционером микроблогового сервиса Twitter после размещения бумаг компании на бирже, сообщает агентство Reuters. Напомним, что Twitter на прошлой неделе объявил о намерении провести IPO, по итогам которого общая капитализация компании может быть оценена в $14,5 млрд. Узнав об этом, Альвалид Бин Талал сообщил, что свою долю отдавать открытому рынку не собирается. Речь идет о крупном пакете акций, за которые в конце 2011 г. саудит заплатил $300 млн. Принц готов защищать свою долю. По мнению принца, решение о проведении IPO было очевидным. "Скорость, с которой они двигаются вперед, говорит о том, что они проведут IPO рано или поздно. Думаю, это произойдет в этом году или в самом начале следующего года", - рассказал Альвалид Бин Талал. По его словам, полмиллиарда сообщений в день и 300 млн клиентов обеспечивают сервису отличную почву для биржевого роста. Принц подчеркнул, что продавать свои бумаги не будет, но не уточнил, собирается ли участвовать в IPO в роли покупателя. Через свой холдинг Kingdom Holding Альвалид Бин Талал инвестировал крупные суммы в акции западных компаний, среди которых Citigroup и News Corp. Если говорить о капитализации Twitter, то инвестор из Саудовской Аравии утверждает, что она значительно превысит $10 млрд, а может превзойти и самые смелые оценки.

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12 сентября 2013, 00:25

UK Unemployment Data Holds Promise of Economic Recovery

The United Kingdom has witnessed another piece of positive economic news.