Surprise call at Norway headquarters: Borneo natives take Norconsult to task

Norwegian consultancy group Norconsult refuses to receive a Malaysian NGO delegation in Oslo –  Indigenous spokesman Peter Kallang: “We ask Norconsult to stop assisting Sarawak Energy in destroying our livelihoods” – Bruno Manser Fund condemns Norconsult’s arrogant stance

SANDVIKA, Norway, May 21, 2014 –/WORLD-WIRE/– A delegation of dam-affected natives from the Malaysian state of Sarawak have today made a surprise call at the Oslo headquarters of Norconsult, the Norwegian energy consultancy group.… More…

EXCLUSIVE: Norwegian chief prosecutor reports Sarawak Energy CEO to Malaysia’s corruption watchdog

Økokrim classifies allegations against Torstein Dale Sjøtveit and the Taib family as “gross corruption” – Bruno Manser Fund calls on Malaysia’s Anti Corruption Commission MACC to act swiftly and eradicate corruption in the Sarawak hydropower sector
 
OSLO, Norway, May 19, 2014 –/WORLD-WIRE/– Økokrim, Norway’s National Authority for Investigation and Prosecution of Economic and Environmental Crime, have approached the Malaysian Anti Corruption Commission (MACC) over a major corruption case involving a Norwegian energy manager.… More…

Norwegian energy company refuses dialogue with Sarawak natives over dams

Norconsult CEO & President John Nyheim refuses to meet with a Malaysian NGO delegation that is currently in Norway – Nyheim: our partners in Sarawak have “not been convicted on any allegations of corruption or malpractice” – Save Rivers Chairman Peter Kallang: “Norconsult’s conduct is a disgrace”
 
OSLO, Norway, May 18, 2014 –/WORLD-WIRE/– John Nyheim, the CEO & President of Norconsult, a leading Norwegian energy consultancy firm, refuses to meet with a delegation of Borneo natives who are currently in Norway to protest against the displacement of over 20,000 people and the flooding of hundreds of square miles of tropical forests in the Malaysian state of Sarawak.… More…

ABB to review Malaysia business

Swedish-Swiss power technology provider meets indigenous delegation from Sarawak – Bruno Manser Fund demands USD 1,5 million indemnization for indigenous communities from ABB

ZURICH, Switzerland, May 15, 2014 –/WORLD-WIRE/– The Swedish-Swiss multinational ABB has announced it would review its Malaysia business in a meeting with NGOs held yesterday in Zurich.… More…

Borneo natives take anti-dams campaign to Europe

NGO delegation from Sarawak visits Switzerland and Norway to meet government officials and European energy corporations’ headquarters – ABB and Norconsult to be held accountable for their Malaysia business

ZURICH, Switzerland / OSLO, Norway, May 14, 2014 –/WORLD-WIRE/– Malaysian natives have just arrived in Europe to confront European companies and the public with the human rights abuses and environmental destruction taking place in Sarawak, Malaysia.… More…

Parents: What Will Your Teen Do This Summer – Text From the Couch or Travel Abroad?

Walking_Tree_Travel_logoDENVER, Colorado, May 12, 2014 –/WORLD-WIRE/– U.S. high school students who are nearing the end of school in May can still create an unforgettable experience this summer by traveling overseas, rather than spend the time texting their friends from the living room couch.… More…

Panel Report Says There’s No Proven Need for the Site C Dam

Governments must abandon plans to build Site C, says Wilderness Committee

WILDERNESSCOMMITTEE_LOGOVANCOUVER, BC, Canada, May 8, 2014 –/WORLD-WIRE/– Today’s release of the joint federal-provincial environmental assessment report on the Site C dam states that there is no demonstrated need for the project, and that the project poses a “significant adverse effect” on traditional uses of the land by First Nations, some of which “cannot be mitigated.”

In its 471-page report, the Joint Review Panel made 50 recommendations and many conclusions about the risks and impacts associated with the $8-billion megaproject.… More…

Manulife shareholders witness Taib family protest

Sarawak campaigners rally in Toronto, speak at shareholder assembly to protest against the Canadian finance giant’s deals with Politically Exposed Foreign Persons (PEFPs) from Malaysia
 
TORONTO, Canada, May 1, 2014 –/WORLD-WIRE/– The top management and close to 200 shareholders of Manulife Financial, the Canadian insurance and finance services provider, have today witnessed a protest against the company’s deals with the family of Malaysian politician-cum-businessman, Taib Mahmud.… More…

Teen Summer Travel Abroad Programs Create Global Citizens

Walking_Tree_Travel_logoDENVER, Colorado, April 30, 2014 –/WORLD-WIRE/– In honor of April, National Volunteer Month, Walking Tree Travel, a Denver, Colorado–based company whose mission is to inspire young people to become global citizens, will be taking teens abroad this summer on community service programs in Latin America, South Africa, Europe and Asia.… More…

EXCLUSIVE: Manulife Financial under fire over loans to Malaysian potentate’s family

Canadian insurance giant arranged CAN$ 146 million in mortgages for a real estate group with links to Sarawak Governor Abdul Taib Mahmud.
Extremely high annual interest rates alarm observers over money-laundering compliance.
 
TORONTO, Canada, April 30, 2014 –/WORLD-WIRE/– Donald A.… More…