Saturday, 7 June 2014

Snowden leaks

Ouch. Don't think a lot of people in the NSA / SAS / anywhere top secret are going to like this.

"The secret British spy base is part of a programme codenamed “CIRCUIT” and also referred to as Overseas Processing Centre 1 (OPC-1). It is located at Seeb, on the northern coast of Oman, where it taps in to various undersea cables passing through the Strait of Hormuz into the Persian/Arabian Gulf. Seeb is one of a three site GCHQ network in Oman, at locations codenamed “TIMPANI”, “GUITAR” and “CLARINET”. TIMPANI, near the Strait of Hormuz, can monitor Iraqi communications. CLARINET, in the south of Oman, is strategically close to Yemen."

More here

Thursday, 5 June 2014

Leadership traits

Interesting one from Forbes.

I particularly like the first and the eighth!

1.) The Commitment Not To Lead A Little Life: “Like many people, I was going through life getting caught in little details. But then I thought, do I really want to live my life in a comfortable apartment, taking care of myself and just earning money, when instead I could perhaps change the future of my nation, a country where there is a desperate, aching, yearning need with thousands of kids nearby in starvation?”
These are the words of Taddy Blecher, Founder and former CEO of CIDA City Campus, who also co-founded the Branson School of Entrepreneurship with Sir Richard Branson.

8.) Emotional Intelligence: “When I meet someone, I instinctively know if I like the person, if we have the same values and if this is someone with whom I’d like to have dinner and talk about things other than business. If the answer is yes, then my gut tells me to do the deal.”
Robert Johnson is the founder, and former Chairman and CEO of Black Entertainment Television (BET), which he sold to Viacom in 2001.

Mediating between Japan and South Korea

Good views... and a good analysis, IMO. There is an intense need for a "multi-lateral" solution to check mate and check point Chinese aggressive stance.

As the old saying goes, United we stand, divided we fall. That's always the stratagem to be followed in cases like this. Different horses for different courses. that's the need of the hour.

Through Forbes

Wednesday, 4 June 2014

Quick notes on Infrastructure and Energy Sector

Just been very quickly looking at the Infrastructure and Energy sectors and how those stocks have shaped up in the markets over the last few months. It does leave me with the impression that it has risen secularly... pretty much across the board, if you will.

Pleasant days. Will this mean there will be a rise in the infrastructure capacity levels and energy security needs too? Time should tell