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JinkoSolar overtook Trina Solar as top solar PV module shipment provider in 2016, says GlobalData

JinkoSolar Holding overtook Trina Solar in terms of solar photovoltaic (PV) module shipments in 2016, as the company had shipments of 6.6-6.7 Gigawatts (GW) of PV modules compared to Trina’s 6.3-6.55 GW, relegating it to second place, according to research and consulting firm GlobalData.The company, which estimates that the global solar PV market...

A Peronist on the Potomac

A PRESIDENT is swept into office after whipping up a wave of grievance and resentment. He claims to represent “the people” against internal exploiters and external threats. He purports to “refound” the nation, and damns those who preceded him. He governs though confrontation and polarisation. His language is aggressive—opponents are branded...

The blacklisting of Venezuela’s vice-president

THE statement by the United States Treasury Department was blunt. It alleges that Tareck El Aissami, Venezuela’s vice-president, is a “prominent” drug trafficker, who amassed great wealth through his connections to gangs across Latin America, including Mexico’s vicious Zetas. Among the now-frozen American assets linked to him are three...

What to expect from Ecuador’s elections

WHEN Rafael Correa first ran for Ecuador’s presidency in 2006, supporters at his rallies brandished belts in homage to their candidate, whose surname means “belt” or “strap”. “Dale correa,” or “give them a whipping,” the crowds roared. It was a demand to punish what they regarded as the corrupt elites who had governed Ecuador...

Justin Trudeau charms Donald Trump

A good hombre, apparently GIVE Justin Trudeau credit for emotional intelligence. Paying his first visit to Washington after Donald Trump took office, on February 13th, the Canadian prime minister brought his host the perfect gift: a photograph of the president in his youth with Mr Trudeau’s father, Pierre, a glamorous prime minister of the 1970s....

Finance

GLC Advisors Strengthens Advisory and M&A Expertise with Addition of Senior Bankers

Addition of Several Industry Bankers Including Former St. Charles Capital Professionals Deepens Firm’s Expertise and Relationships Across Technology, FIG, Consumer, Retail and Energy IndustriesGLC Advisors & Co., LLC (“GLC Advisors”) is pleased to welcome nine seasoned M&A professionals, including former Partners and professionals of Denver based...

Columbia Threadneedle opens office in Chile

Columbia Threadneedle Investments has opened its first Latin American office in Santiago, Chile. As its first proprietary distribution hub for the Andes (Chile, Peru and Colombia), the new office will serve the asset manager’s institutional and wholesale clients in the region. Columbia Threadneedle has also appointed Santiago Zarauza Riestra...

TCA Fund Management Group Seeks New Opportunity Among Under-Served Small And Middle Market Developing Companies

Specialist finance and advisory firm TCA Fund Management Group Corp. (‘TCA’) announced its intention to launch a small-cap private equity fund to invest in under-served growth stage companies, primarily in the US and UK. TCA Opportunities Fund I, LP, registered with the Guernsey Financial Services Commission will seek just to target 15 to...

Baird and BR Partners announce investment banking alliance

Baird, an employee-owned, international financial services firm, and BR Partners, a leading independent investment bank in Brazil, today announced a strategic alliance for investment banking services, with an initial focus on cross-border mergers & acquisitions (M&A) between Brazil and Europe, and Brazil and the U.S. Through the alliance, the...

​Despite positive outlook, new research from State Street reveals asset owners, managers lack readiness for blockchain

New research from State Street Corporation (NYSE:STT) on blockchain, the distributed ledger that maintains a continuously growing list of data records which are hardened against tampering and revision, unveils that while a majority of asset owners and asset managers (57 percent) expect it to be widely adopted in the investment industry in the next...

Legal

You Have a First Amendment Right to Film Police, 5th Cir. Rules

The First Amendment includes the right to videotape police officers, subject only to reasonable time, place, and manner restrictions, the Fifth Circuit ruled last Thursday.The ruling comes after Fort Worth, Texas police officers detained a man for filming their police station from the sidewalk. And it's not terribly shocking. Every circuit court to...

5 Lessons From Failed Law Firms

They say if we don't learn from the mistakes of the past, we are doomed to repeat them.So let's look at some of the biggest law firm fails to see what we can learn. Why did they fail? The simple answer would be: they weren't making enough money. But that's like saying the car stopped because it ran out of gas. Let's get into the specifics of why these...

U.S. Agent's Cross-Border Shooting of Child Comes Before Supreme Court

Sergio Hernandez died in Mexico, but the bullet that killed him was fired from the United States. The 15-year-old child was shot in the head by Jesus Mesa, a Border Patrol agent, in 2010. Mesa contends that the teen was throwing rocks to distract agents from smugglers. His family says he was simply playing with friends.Officials declined to prosecute...

Young Lawyer Wants to Be the ACLU for Campus Rape Survivors

When you've got an environmental lawsuit, you call Earthjustice. Civil rights? The ACLU. And if you've experienced sexual assault in high school or college, you go to SurvJustice.At least that's how 31-year-old attorney Laura Dunn wants it to be. An activist, lawyer, and survivor of campus sexual assault herself, Dunn founded SurvJustice to represent...

iPad Pro and Apple Pencil Enable Lawyer to Go Completely Paperless

"A chorus of angels started singing in my head!" attorney Eric Cooperstein said. "Scales fell from my eyes! "It was not the second coming of the Messiah, but it was a close second for the paperless attorney. Cooperstein, like many lawyers, went paperless in his law practice a decade ago. Drafting and saving pleadings on his computer; scanning letters...

Acq Lite

General Dynamics gets enterprise communications contract

Feb. 22 (UPI) -- The U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency awarded General Dynamics with a $155 million contract to manage enterprise communications for combatant commands.The contract, referred to as The Enterprise Communications Services 2, was awarded under the agency's Enhanced Solutions for the Information Technology Enterprise program, or E-SITE.The...

Oil prices move lower after testing new water

Feb. 22 (UPI) -- Crude oil prices moved lower early Wednesday after running into a wall in the midst of the euphoria surrounding OPEC's latest rhetoric.Crude oil prices moved sharply higher in Tuesday trading after the secretary-general of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries boasted of the strong support from an agreement to limit total...

U.S. renewables a job engine, trade groups say

Feb. 22 (UPI) -- A consortium of U.S. clean-energy groups said it was growth in the industries tied to renewable energy that were the ones creating more jobs.Business groups supporting the renewable energy sector in the United States said data compiled from federal reports find the low-carbon industry supported more than 3 million jobs last year.While...

Report: Rosneft builds Middle East portfolio with Kurdish deal

Feb. 22 (UPI) -- Russian oil company Rosneft continued building its Middle East portfolio by signing an agreement with the Kurdish government of Iraq, media reports said.An official from the Kurdistan Regional Government of Iraq "with knowledge of the deal" told news group Rudaw an agreement was signed with Rosneft on the sidelines of an international...

U.S. shale company Whiting expecting more production

Feb. 22 (UPI) -- More than $1 billion in spending will go to developing U.S. shale basins where production is on pace to increase this year, Whiting Petroleum said."In 2017, we are focused on increasing production, reserves and net asset value through a capital efficient plan that further enhances our balance sheet metrics through growth," CEO, Chairman...