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Daily Archives: January 30, 2008

TV pirates pull the plug

Image  Television pirates (illegal cable companies) last night pulled the plug on their
channels leaving several locals throughout the SAR without a television signal for more
than two hours. 

Tony Blair to advise Zurich Financial on climate change

Former British prime minister Tony Blair will advise Zurich Financial Services (ZFS) on a range of issues including climate change, the Swiss company said on Monday. Blair, who stepped down as Prime Minister last June after 10 years in office, will advise CEO James Schiro and provide "general guidance on developments and trends in the international political environment," the company said in a statement. He will also work with ZFS's recently-launched climate change advisory council, which will focus on the business risks posed by global warming. "There is a consensus now that the challenge of climate change is real, and what we need now are the policy solutions to turn that concern into action," Blair said. ZFS did not disclose how much Blair would be paid in his advisory role. Earlier this month, it was announced that Blair will serve as a part-time advisor to Wall Street bank JP Morgan Chase on political and strategic issues. Blair declined to say how much he would be paid for his work with the bank, although British media reports put the figure as much as one million dollars (511,000 pounds, 681,000 euros) a year. The former prime minister was named Middle East peace envoy for the 'Quartet' of the US, EU, UN and Russia upon leaving Downing Street, despite continued acrimony over his decision to support Washington in its invasion of Iraq in March 2003. Blair has also undertaken a series of lucrative speaking engagements, and plans to set up an inter-faith foundation later this year.