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Bitcoin could break the internet, central banks’ overseer says

LONDON, June 18 — The Bank of International Settlements (BIS) just told the cryptocurrency world it’s not ready for prime time — and as far as mainstream financial services go, may never be. In a withering 24-page article released yesterday as…


Dutch MP calls for Shell dividend tax probe

THE HAGUE, June 16 — A Dutch MP called today for a parliamentary enquiry into how oil giant Royal Dutch Shell has been paying billions in share dividends through the British Channel islands without tax. GroenLinks MP Jesse Klaver, who leads the…


Shell Malaysia gives out tenth round of grants for sustainable development

KUCHING: Shell Malaysia yesterday awarded financial grants to six non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and community based organisations (CBOs) who will undertake sustainable development projects that will benefit communities across Malaysia. On hand to officiate the award giving ceremony in Kota Kinabalu was Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Seri Panglima Wilfred Madius Tangau, who is also the State […]


Colombia vote worries oil, mining investors

BOGOTA: Investors in Colombia’s oil and mining sectors have much at stake in Sunday’s presidential race with the frontrunner pledging business-friendly measures to revive production while his leftist rival wants to end reliance on petroleum and coal, the country’s top exports. Leftist candidate Gustavo Petro, a former member of the M-19 guerilla group, has promised […]


VW to give up to US$1,000 payments to polluting diesel owners in Vermont, Arizona

WASHINGTON, June 13 — Volkswagen AG is paying owners of polluting diesel-powered vehicles up to US$1,000 in additional payments to settle state lawsuits in Vermont, the state’s attorney general said today. VW agreed to a US$6.5 million…


MAHB welcomes Vincent Tan’s proposal to extend Tioman airport runway

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB) said it welcomes Berjaya Group executive chairman Tan Sri Vincent Tan's proposal to extend the airport runway on Tioman Island.

MAHB managing director Datuk Badlisham Ghazali said today a similar proposal was raised during the previous government's administration but it was not possible as there was no suitable site.

“There is no suitable location unless we work on land reclamation … as far as we know this was not done because of its significant impact on the environment and from the Environmental Impact Assessment report it would not be approved.

“However, I welcome the proposal. An entrepreneur may be more innovative (building the landing strip) in getting bigger aircraft to land in Tioman,” Badlisham said when met by reporters after a meeting with the Council of Eminent Persons here.

Tan reportedly said the group was submitting an application to the government to construct a bigger runway on the island resort estimated to cost between RM1.1 billion and RM1.2 billion. which would be financed by the company.

A proposal for the runway construction on Tioman Island was raised in 2003 but the plan was cancelled in 2009 for fear that the project would have adverse impact on the environment. – Bernama


Germany orders Daimler to recall 774,000 diesels in Europe

BERLIN, June 12 — Daimler AG was ordered to recall 774,000 vehicles in Europe after two meetings with Germany’s top regulator failed to allay concerns about irregularities in the Mercedes-Benz maker’s diesel emissions. The carmaker will…


11/06/2018 20:48:37

Straw bales blocking the access of French oil giant Total's La Mede refinery in Chateauneuf-les-Martigues, southern France.
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PARIS: Dozens of French farmers blocked access to 13 refineries across the country on Monday to protest plans to import palm oil for use in biofuels, a move they denounce as unfair competition which jeopardises their livelihood.
Energy giant Total wants to import up to 300,000 tons a year of palm oil, which environmental advocates say has caused massive deforestation chiefly in southeast Asia.
French rapeseed and sunflower growers, who say they will lose out due to Total's imports, accuse foreign palm oil producers of failing to respect the regulatory requirements European producers must follow.
Farmers parked tractors in front of refinery gates while dumping piles of haystacks, dirt, manure and potatoes.
“France imports several products that don't respect the rules applied to French farmers. It concerns South American meat and Spanish wine as well as palm oil,” said Damien Greffon, who leads the FRSEA farmers' union in the Paris region.
The protests are a sign of growing anger in France's farming communities which have so far not mobilised in large numbers against the government of President Emmanuel Macron since his election.
Public sector workers and railway staff have held regular demonstrations and strikes against the pro-business reforms introduced by the new centrist government since May 2017.
The farmers' protests began late Sunday and have been called for three days because “dialogue has broken down” with the government, Greffon said.
Agriculture Minister Stephane Travert said Monday that the government would not back down, adding that he would meet soon with unions as well as biofuels producers to discuss supplies and pricing. – AFP


French farmers block access to 13 refineries in palm oil biofuels protest

PARIS: Dozens of French farmers blocked access to 13 refineries across the country today to protest against plans to import palm oil for use in biofuels, a move they denounce as unfair competition which jeopardises their livelihood.

Energy giant Total wants to import up to 300,000 tons a year of palm oil, which environmental advocates say has caused massive deforestation chiefly in Southeast Asia.

French rapeseed and sunflower growers, who say they will lose out due to Total's imports, accuse foreign palm oil producers of failing to respect the regulatory requirements European producers must follow.

Farmers parked tractors in front of refinery gates while dumping piles of haystacks, dirt, manure and potatoes.

“France imports several products that don't respect the rules applied to French farmers. It concerns South American meat and Spanish wine as well as palm oil,” said Damien Greffon, who leads the FRSEA farmers' union in the Paris region.

The protests are a sign of growing anger in France's farming communities which have so far not mobilised in large numbers against the government of President Emmanuel Macron since his election.

Public sector workers and railway staff have held regular demonstrations and strikes against the pro-business reforms introduced by the new centrist government since May 2017.

The farmers' protests began late Sunday and have been called for three days because “dialogue has broken down” with the government, Greffon said.

Agriculture Minister Stephane Travert said today that the government would not back down, adding that he would meet soon with unions as well as biofuels producers to discuss supplies and pricing. – AFP


French farmers block refineries over palm oil imports

PARIS, June 11 — Dozens of French farmers blocked access to 13 refineries across the country today to protest plans to import palm oil for use in biofuels, a move they denounce as unfair competition which jeopardises their livelihood. Energy giant…