Essent is sold to RWE.[Link to article]
The Netherlands only has four major energy companies. Essent is one of the biggest.
Every country in Europe understands the importance of being not to dependant on other countries when it is about energy. The Dutch government is going another path and is selling the fire of it’s economy. Next in line for being sold, within a couple of weeks, is Nuon which is the second biggest energy company.
The Netherlands seems to be in the European top of the number of men and women working part time. A poll also showed that a large part of the Dutch women (married and single, with and without children) did not want to work more than 3 days.
What does that say?
In response to the FAI proposal to standardize the engines used in Formula 1 Ferrari released a statement in which they indicated the they would review their position in Formula 1. More of less threatening to leave the Formula 1.
I’m not a real fan of Ferrari but in this case I agree with them although I come from another angle. For Ferrari participating in a Formula 1 call in which they were forced to use third party engines or in which they could not distinguish themselves from other brands because everybody uses the same hardware is not commercially interesting.
For me the cutting edge technology used in Formula 1 is part of the appeal. Forcing teams to use the engine en gearbox for more than one race is a good idea. Limiting the competitiveness by restricting the technological developments is a bad idea.
Last statement from Mugabe: “Only God can remove me from power“.
Could somebody give this old man a big push, please!
This week their were two ‘interesting’ items in the Dutch news.
- Some top executives warned that they they would move the company headquarter to another country if the upheaval in the Dutch society, the Dutch press and Dutch politics about the level of their salary would continue,
- A Dutch cartoonist was picked up by ten men of the Dutch police and was held in custody for almost two days. In 2005 somebody complained about some cartoons which were published on his website. Now, after almost three years, the Dutch police decided to act on the complains. The cartoonist was ‘asked’ to remove eight cartoons from his website. Rather strange when you consider that no judge has ruled on the case up to now.
This sounds like good news.
Is China getting the message?
Finally, the BBC news reports that Mugabe rival was the ‘clear victor’ of the ellections. Something we allready knew.
As many of us use more devices/computers than one, this looks like a good development. I will try and sign up to the Beta.
Today the Olympic flame was shown in Paris. The flame was extinguished three times before it was rushed to the relay’s endpoint [link to BBC article].
I don’t think it will change the method of economic imperialism used by the Chinese government. Maybe it will make them more careful but it won’t change them.
The chairman of the organisation VNO-NCW, Bernard Wientjes, has said in an interview that any cost (loss of revenue) due to the publication of “Fitna the movie” should be paid by Geert Wilders. He actually is going to look into this and see if this is possible.