Tuesday , 30 June 2015


Norwegian Consultant Admonished Over Sarawak Dams

World-Wire Press Release Template Last year, Norconsult refused to talk to dam-affected indigenous people from Malaysia waiting at their door – following a NGO complaint, Norconsult admits lack of due diligence in OECD mediation OSLO, NORWAY June 24, 2015 –/WORLD-WIRE/– The Norwegian consultancy company, Norconsult, has promised to become more transparent on its involvement in dam planning in Sarawak, a ...

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Malaysian politician’s son admits US$315 million fortune

Mahmud Abu Bekir Taib, the son of Sarawak Governor Taib Mahmud, declared in court he owns 50 companies worth MYR 1.185 billion (US$315 million) – Taib son was given 70,000 hectares of state land by Sarawak government “to pay for bridge constructions” – Bruno Manser Fund demands that Sarawak state government publishes all land transfers to senior politicians’ family members ...

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Roger Federer encourages rainforest campaigners

Tennis star asks Credit Suisse to review the bank’s business relationship with Indonesian pulp and paper group RGE/APRIL BASEL, Switzerland / PULAU PADANG, Riau, Indonesia, May 19, 2015 –/WORLD-WIRE/– Tennis star Roger Federer is calling on Credit Suisse, the Swiss bank, to review their business relationship with RGE/APRIL, an Indonesian pulp and paper group that is responsible for the wide-spread ...

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Medical Marijuana Changing Times III

New York, NY, May 18, 2015 –/WORLD-WIRE/– “BE THE FIRST IN THE KNOW,” Author Max Beau picks up where his last book left off with this new RED HOT extraordinary book, Medical Marijuana Changing Times III. Medical Marijuana Changing Times III is much more than just another medical book with a lot of boring technical information. The interaction with people ...

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BPI, USCC Announce Increased Focus on Compostable Products for International Compost Awareness Week

BETHESDA, Maryland, May 6, 2015 –/WORLD-WIRE/– Healthy soil and global food security are intertwined, as are composting and diversion of food residuals. The US Composting Council and Biodegradable Products Institute (BPI) are solidifying their partnership to facilitate increased food scrap collection, diverting valuable materials from the waste stream for high quality compost manufacturing. BPI will become a benefactor member of ...

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Sarawak Chief Minister surprises London with forest pledge

Adenan Satem uses first official overseas visit to reach out to NGOs and call for international support to transform the Sarawak timber industry – Penan delegation meets the Chief Minister to present a memorandum for the Penan Peace Park LONDON, UK, May 5, 2015 –/WORLD-WIRE/– Adenan Satem, Chief Minister of Sarawak since March 2014, surprised the public last night in ...

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Malaysian Authorities Seize Book on Timber Corruption

Malaysia’s Home Ministry confiscates „Money Logging: On the Trail of the Asian Timber Mafia“ by Lukas Straumann at the Kuala Lumpur International Book Fair – Bruno Manser Fund protests against the arbitrary seizure and demands the immediate release of all seized copies KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA, May 1, 2015 –/’WORLD-WIRE/– Malaysia’s Home Ministry has seized an explosive book on timber corruption ...

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Tennis Star Roger Federer Urged to Help Stop Credit Suisse From Funding Deforestation in Indonesia

Sumatra rainforest communities send a cry for help ahead of crucial meeting with Swiss bankers – Credit Suisse asked to stop funding Indonesia’s RGE / APRIL pulp and paper group ZURICH, SWITZERLAND / PULAU PADANG, RIAU, INDONESIA, April 22, 2015 –/WORLD-WIRE/– Indonesian rainforest community representatives have sent an urgent appeal to Tennis star Roger Federer, asking him for help to stop ...

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Sarawak Chief Minister’s Credibility at Stake Over Taib Family Telecom Deal

Basel, Switzerland April 16, 2015 –/WORLD-WIRE/– The Bruno Manser Fund would like to draw your attention to a developing scandal in Sarawak, Malaysia, under its “new” and supposedly “clean” Chief Minister, Adenan Satem. While Adenan publicly pledged not to grant contracts to his family members, his government is about to sell off another lucrative state company to the family of ...

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Composting Council Members Gear Up for Compost Awareness Week during International Year of Soil

      Bethesda, Maryland, April 6, 2015 –/WORLD-WIRE/– Compost manufacturers and sellers around the United States are preparing for the annual week marking the increasing importance of compost as a benefit to world soil and smart resource management with the approach of International Compost Awareness Week May 3-9, 2015. The winning poster, one of 226 entries from around the ...

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Asian Development Bank to Review Sarawak Energy Loan

Malaysian NGOs score victory in visit to ADB headquarters in Manila – Proposed loan to power supplier Sarawak Energy delayed in order to undergo enhanced due diligence MANILA, Philippines, March 15, 2015 –/WORLD-WIRE/– The Asian Development Bank (ADB) will review a proposed US$ 45 million loan to Sarawak Energy Berhad (SEB) for a power transmission line over allegations of corruption ...

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Taib aide confirms family’s cement monopoly in Sarawak

Richard Curtis, the CEO of Cahya Mata Sarawak (CMS), says the Taib-family owned company has “sole supplier status” for cement in Sarawak KUCHING, Malaysia, March 12, 2015 –/WORLD-WIRE/– A construction conglomerate controlled by the family of Sarawak Governor Taib Mahmud is the sole supplier of cement in Sarawak, Malaysia’s largest state. This was confirmed on Wednesday in a radio interview ...

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