As much as we all hate to say goodbye to these gorgeous summer nights, there’s not denying that, at least for the little ones, the back to school season is right around the corner.
Just as they are with many other things, a few good DIY projects can be the perfect answer to that particular problem.
Let your little ones pack their supplies around in style with this awesomely colorful backpack. Let your kiddos keep track of important things in style with this adorable donut bulletin board.
This cheap and easy DIY comes with a free printable that makes this entire project even cooler. With the $1 washi tape and simple standing picture frame, it doesn’t get any cuter or any less expensive than this dry erase frame project. Vancouver’s First Quantum Minerals says its mine in the Congo was stolen, so it deserved $1.25 billion in compensation. Katanga, Congo’s southeastern province, is home to some of the world’s richest deposits of copper and cobalt.
The Kolwezi Tailings were off-limits to foreigners during the 31-year rule of the western-backed kleptocrat Joseph-Desire Mobutu. The following year, Kabila’s government declared it would “review” more than 60 mining agreements, including Kolwezi. Granted, the government could rely on Kinshasa’s cowering judges to slap First Quantum around. There seems to be little appetite for another investigation into Congo’s mining transactions. But M’Poko says the government is not worried that First Quantum’s woes will discourage foreign investment.
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By clicking "Create Account", I confirm that I have read and understood each of the website terms of service and privacy policy and that I agree to be bound by them. When it comes to travel quite often those extra costs mount up, which can be really frustrating when you least expect them so check out these gadgets which could potentially save you a lot of cash. Perfect for those beaches where you have to pay for loungers, and they can be really quite expensive if you are hitting the beach for the day. I can say this from the bottom of my heart, you will never get over being told that you are required to pay ?280 on-the-spot or decamp the majority of your luggage. This may not be an obvious choice of travel gadget to save you money but have you ever had a flight that leaves in the early hours of the morning and you decide to catch a few hours before you head to the airport?
Olly started off his travels many years ago as a free-spirited young man and is now well and truly settled in to family life in which he makes it his duty to enforce family holiday fun upon the rest of his tribe.
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It’s a silhouetted PROFILE shot of her, perfectly showing the size and beauty of her fantastic nose. Get me a girl who looks like you Evan and give her a name like Brett and I will deleting every female’s number in my phone. What you need is to date a a semi-chubby boy with a big beard who plays in a band and occasionally gets confused for Jack Black and Toadie from Neighbours. And I’ve got just the way to shake things up a bit AND stop you from being lonely on Christmas, you poor thing.
Hold on am I talking about Lily Allen or one of the chicks off Absolutely Fabulous?She could be the third main character couldn’t she?
I’d heard a far bit about Mad Men before I started watching it, but nothing prepared me for when Christina Hendricks appeared onscreen.
When I was child, I was obsessed with the musical, Annie (c'mon I have a gay Dad, give me a break). I do have another issue with Katy Perry though, if she was to be my girlfriend I would drink a lot more than I do now. Anyway, this blog is meant to be about why I want these girls to be my girlfriend, not why I’d rather kill myself than spend an hour in their time. The other day I heard someone say that Leighton Meester is the hottest girl on Gossip Girl and I almost asked to borrow their bag so I could vomit in it, AND I’D JUST HAD A BIG DINNER!
To be honest, I’m looking at this photo and seeing Blake Lively with some uggo sucking on her finger.
RihannaI was relating to someone not long ago how I had only slept with girls of an Anglo-Saxon background. Now before people start screaming RACISM from their towering soapbox, this is not a racist thing. Welcome to Couponing to Disney where I teach you how to find money in your family's budget to pay for things you thought were out of your reach (like a trip to Disney!). Playset with 2 egg-clusive Shopkins, mini-rides for your Shopkins characters and lots of places to display and play.
Aside from trying your hardest to get grumpy kiddos excited about the ending of summer and the beginning of classroom dwelling, having to spend heaps of money on school supplies can also have a tendency to make any mother want to pull her hair out.
From adorable pencil pouches to notebooks cool enough to make your head spin, these DIY school supplies are just as budget friendly as they are amazing.
Turn a simple white canvas backpack into a rainbow watercolor masterpiece with a few pretty fabric markers and a spray bottle filled with water. These notebooks are created using simple composition books, card stock, and patterned paper. A sheen of spray paint and some colorful polka dots made with acrylic paint are all it takes to transform any simple No. Made using a simple corkboard and a little bit of paint, this DIY is extremely simple to complete and an awesome addition in any locker or bedroom.
A plain white pencil case and a few supplies like scissors and iron are all that’s needed to finish this DIY. The tutorial is relatively simple and the results make it easy for your kids to remember important dates and assignments all year long. Written in French and bearing official-looking stamps in red and black ink, the 56-page contract detailed a joint venture between a collection of mysterious shell companies and the government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Founded in the mid-1990s, Vancouver-based First Quantum developed a reputation for mining in difficult frontier countries. Governments in resource-rich underdeveloped countries often bend over backward to attract foreign investment. Aiming to regain control or get compensation, First Quantum retaliated with an aggressive, multi-faceted campaign on three continents. In the early 1950s, the state-owned mining giant La Generale des Carrieres et des Mines (Gecamines) began operating an open-pit copper-cobalt mine just north of the town of Kolwezi. Kabila’s advisers warned that AMF might sell Kolwezi to a bigger company, pocketing profits that ought to wind up in government coffers.
The panel claimed it had documents demonstrating the company had made improper payments to the Congo’s national security minister, the director of the national intelligence agency, and other officials. Evidently undeterred by its earlier experience, this time it negotiated a 65% stake in Kolwezi Tailings. Soon after winning a 2006 election, his officials once again began rethinking relations with foreign companies. Bene M’Poko, the Congo’s ambassador to South Africa, became Kabila’s official spokesman on the issue.

At first nobody seemed to know; corporate records revealed that it was incorporated in the British Virgin Islands in September 2009, the same month Kolwezi was seized.
Despite Vulis’s bravado, “I don’t think they would be so naive as to believe that a company in First Quantum’s situation wouldn’t fight back,” says Philippe de Pontet, an analyst at the Eurasia Group.
Tucked away in a regulatory document were the barest details: it acquired its stake in Kolwezi from an entity called the Gertler Family Trust. Under international law, the Canadian government is obliged to protect its citizens and corporations from unlawful abuse abroad.
The Congo was crippled by billions of dollars in national debts, which Kabila wanted forgiven. If one accepts the UN Panel’s untested allegations from 2002, then the manner in which it lost Kolwezi bears resemblance to the manner in which it was acquired. Now pursuing projects in Finland and Australia, First Quantum seems eager to put its Congo woes behind.
But Congolese officials are certain to continue exploiting the country’s mineral wealth for personal gain. No need to buy new bottles of water every day, get yourself a Steripen and sterilise the tap water so it is safe enough to drink. If she doesn’t know, someone on her management team has a nose thing just like me and made sure of that cover.
You may not know that, as usually in movies she doesn’t look like Lily Fucking Munster of The Munsters fame. Say, for example, you were somehow friends with Kate Moss (another future Be My Girlfriend girl, I’m sure) and you were at some fancy London bar waiting for Lily. I thought you were pretty great, but then you went and got a fake upper-sleeve tattoo for Stranger Than Fiction (here and here) and I fucking lost my shit.
As I previously mentioned, I used to have this weird thing where I felt like I had to reach out to girls who were a bit damaged. She looks like EXACTLY like Zooey Deschanel (stay tuned for that one) except QAF (quirky as fuck) and she dresses like a 14-year old going to a school dance. Gossip Girl is awesome and even with your dumb Mischa Barton-esque voice you’re still the best thing on that show. Blake is scared, screaming, obviously terrified of this unidentified brunette monster sucking her blood.
WHO THE FUCK WEARS CLOTHES LIKE THAT WHEN THEY’RE NOT PLAYING FANTASY DRESS UP IN THE BEDROOM FOR THEIR SIGNIFICANT OTHER? When she first arrived on the scene I thought she was just a Beyonce rip off, sure her songs were catchy and shit but ahh whatever.
If you're new here, or you just want to keep up with all the latest posts, be sure to sign up for my FREE daily email newsletter (it contains all the hottest deals and advice from the past 24 hours). The supplies are perfectly cheap and the actual project is easy enough that the kids can even help you make them. If I'm not writing, I'm probably trying to think up weird pizza recipes or watching Property Brothers. The happy new partners had agreed to harvest a valuable collection of mining scrap heaps called the Kolwezi Tailings.
This exhibited deft use of political pressure, international law and the powerful weapon of shame.
Gecamines converted the area into a hellish wasteland of abandoned pits and rock dumps; it discarded tailings behind a massive dam and deposited them along an 11-km stretch of a nearby river valley.
As the rebels advanced, a few bold foreign companies began negotiating with them for mineral concessions. So Kabila cancelled the deal and held talks with other foreign companies to form a new consortium. The panel concluded that a cabal of about 30 businessmen, politicians and military officers transferred the Congo’s mineral assets (notably those of Gecamines) into joint ventures. First Quantum elected to “await a stable political climate,” chairman Philip Pascall explained to shareholders.
He did that frequently, and lived in constant fear that western corporations would conspire to assassinate him. With the security situation greatly improved, Kabila’s government no longer needed cash from junior or mid-tier companies.
In an interview with Canadian Business, he explained that many existing mining contracts contained “irregularities.” “Some of these companies were created,” he says, “when people were fighting.
As M’Poko tells it, all of First Quantum’s contracts featured irregularities that could have been resolved easily. Maybe it was in early 2008, when the Congo’s mining minister declared the Kolwezi contract null and void. But as spectators pondered this mystery, the picture changed yet again: Eurasian Natural Resources Corp.
That pointed to Daniel Gertler, a shadowy Israeli diamond tycoon known to have close ties to the Kabila dynasty. And the rancour wasn’t helping the country’s already dismal image as a place to do business.
It specified that any disputes be resolved not in the Congo, but rather before a tribunal of the International Chamber of Commerce in Paris—an institution over which Kinshasa had no control. Much of First Quantum’s communications with the Canadian government remain shrouded in secrecy; documents obtained under the Access to Information Act were heavily censored. But to accomplish that he needed co-operation from the Paris Club, an informal group of senior government officials from 19 major developed economies.
In January, ENRC agreed to pay First Quantum US$1.25 billion in return for uncontested title to the DRC mines and a legal ceasefire. In January, Newall indicated he’d be willing to discuss the company’s Congo experiences following the settlement, but did not respond to later interview requests. Transparency International, an NGO that ranks the perceived corruption of nations annually, consistently ranks the Congo among the worst.
The kinda girl who would walk up to another girl you were talking to in a bar, spit in her face and rip her dress before screaming that her brother is gonna knock you around until you learn to treat her like a woman.
PLUS her brother is Jake Gyllenhaal and I’m sure he would be the best brother-in-law in the world. I know that’s creepy, especially seeing how I was watching it all by myself therefore not qualifying it as a conversational gasp but seriously LOOK AT HER. My parents reckon that for one whole year when I was about 4, I watched Annie at least 2 times a day.
No, I would drink a lot more  as a way to put up with the hours of inane bullshit that would most definitely spew out of her mouth at every given opportunity. Then, bitch went awesome, started getting fucking great haircuts (see: above), releasing songs like Umbrella and dumping Chris Brown. But for executives at First Quantum Minerals, the implication seemed clear: its crown jewel had just been stolen. Since Belgium’s King Leopold II ran the country as a private fiefdom in the late 19th century, a dominant theme of Congolese history has been plunder of this abundant natural endowment by those in power. And that’s why, a couple of months ago, the first instalment of a $1.25-billion peace offering arrived in the company’s bank accounts. This waste contaminated surrounding areas, but it contained significant concentrations of copper and cobalt.
Conducted through offshore companies and secret contracts, these transfers allowed Kabila’s inner circle to swap mining licences and export permits for private gain.

In 2001, the company wrote off its Congo tailings projects, then valued at just $1.3 million. It bought AMF in 2006 after a protracted takeover battle, thus acquiring Kolwezi a second time. Major multinational companies were now prepared to pay top dollar to access the Congo’s riches. For example, Kolwezi’s permit had been awarded to a corporate entity that was not properly registered in the Congo. Maybe it came the following year when the government seized control of the half-built mine. Last November, he published a series of documents identifying 45 different shell companies (some linked to Gertler) that acquired Congo mining properties since the contract revisitation process began.
They reveal, however, that First Quantum sent the contract between Highwind and Gecamines to Sigrid Anna Johnson, Canada’s ambassador to the Congo.
Although that sum does not compensate for the full market value of the expropriated mines, the company at least recovered its costs.
Stripped EVERYTHING else, replaced as much as possible with new, repolished, repainted, re-chromed the rest.
I’ve seen you in True Blood as the Vampire Queen with red fucking hair and I screamed at the television.
Sure, girls can get jealous but the issue here is that the other girl was your sister and you’d introduced them twenty minutes earlier. But as the song suggests, any time you’re feeling lonely, just call me and we’ll make it happen ok? I have this thing for upper-sleeve tattoos on girls and as soon as I saw one on you, I started looking around everywhere I went for cameras and listening devices. I’m sure you’re both pretty busy making movies and shit so maybe I just am like the third wheel that takes over when needed?
This means I watched this film with the red, curly-haired orphan a minimum of 730 times in one year. Remember when they go into the hardware store and that creepy guy they went to school with tries to get them involved in a pyramid scheme?
Smoosh-faces are those girls who have the kind of face where it looks like if you poked their cheek with your finger, the indentation would stay there for at least 10 seconds. I’m sorry if anyone reading this was home-schooled and is normal but holy fuck most of those kids are fucking mental. Then again, I have an anchor tattoo on my wrist so maybe she’ll think we have something in common? Well I have learned how to use the money I save by couponing to pay for my yearly trips to Disney World. Beneath its soils lie some of the world’s richest reserves of copper, cobalt, uranium, gold, diamonds and other resources.
This is the story of how the company got taken for a ride in one of the world’s most corrupt countries, fought back and won. In April 1997, just months before Kabila took Kinshasa, it signed a joint venture agreement with Kabila to exploit the tailings. Then a nascent, junior mining company, it acquired a 51% stake in four tailings dumps, including two at Kolwezi.
They were never tested in any court—and Freedman says the document that supported them has since gone missing. By then, First Quantum’s executives should have understood that Congolese contracts weren’t worth the paper they were printed on; capricious autocrats like Kabila might tear them up if more attractive partnerships appeared.
Maybe it arrived when an appeals court in Kinshasa ruled First Quantum should pay Gecamines and the government an astounding US$12 billion.
ENRC director Richard Sykes, former CEO of pharmaceuticals giant GlaxoSmithKline, was left to explain why the board felt the Congo acquisitions were appropriate. Federal lobbying records show that Daniel Brock, a lawyer at Fasken Martineau DuMoulin, lobbied the departments of Finance, Foreign Affairs and the Prime Minister’s Office on the company’s behalf. Some in Ottawa were hesitant to get involved, possibly owing to the optics of interfering in debt relief to one of the world’s poorest countries. Canada’s Finance and Foreign Affairs departments would not make any officials available to discuss their roles.
Alloy rims, electronic ignition, K&N filters, 4 into 4 exhaust, crash bars, new seat, all new brakes, vented discs. I can’t even imagine what it would be like to be 21 and not have a partner over Christmas. That shit is fucking weird and she seems too good at playing the slightly deranged crazy girl and as you may have previously read, I’m not into that.
Point is, Annie has red curly hair and if you get me red hair on a woman and make it curly, she’s in trouble. Like, seriously, their parents are the kind of people who decided that how everyone else goes to school is wrong and they could do it better. First Quantum coveted the copper- and cobalt-rich scrap heaps; it invested years and billions of dollars building the necessary infrastructure to harvest them.
The younger Kabila’s prime accomplishment was restarting a stalled peace process, and by 2003 the conflict had ebbed.
Joyce agreed to be interviewed, but before that happened his political career imploded following his involvement in a bar-room brawl in London.
Someone decided that MAGGIE GYLLENHAAL should have an UPPER-SLEEVE TATTOO in this film and it was purely a COINCIDENCE? SORRY EDUCATION SYSTEM, I’M A CRAZY PARENT WITH AN AXE TO GRIND MY KIDS WON’T BE MEETING YOU ANYTIME SOON! And some operators, they were doing everything they could to grab these assets.” This amounted to what the panel called a multi-billion-dollar theft of the Congo’s mineral assets.
His government drew up a new mining code aimed at attracting foreign investment, and the scramble for the Congo’s riches resumed. By 2010, First Quantum had little choice but to write Kolwezi off for the second time and evacuate its foreign workers. ENRC, which is controlled by Kazakh owners but listed on the London Stock Exchange, seemed unconcerned. He claimed First Quantum had behaved badly, and that ENRC’s due diligence determined its transaction was entirely legal.
Among other things, the ICC eventually issued an order prohibiting the Congo from transferring the Kolwezi permit to new owners.
Even so, Johnson, the ambassador, personally forwarded documents regarding First Quantum’s dispute to World Bank and IMF officials. As for Gertler, “We came up with nothing that suggested we shouldn’t deal with him,” Sykes told The Sunday Times.
I was excited to see her; she was one of the main attractions for me so I fought my way to the front of the crowd.
Possibly even a marijuana cigarette would be passed around between the chilled out crowd members and we would all settle into a nice stoned-guy haze swaying softly to her sweet voice.What faced me was a she-devil, wailing and crashing about onstage wearing a bright yellow jumpsuit.
A girl with a large beak walks past a bar we’re sitting at and we silently turn to each other and nod with mutual admiration.

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