Nate Payne

Nate Payne

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8 years 1 month ago

Sexual voyeur? Eccentric entrepreneur? Predator? Criminal? While the adjectives might seem difficult to swallow, many of those terms are being used to describe American Apparel founder Dov Charney. According to papers filed earlier today, Mr. Charney has been slapped with a $250 million civil lawsuit for allegedly turning a teenage employee into his sex slave. According to the lawsuit, Mr Charney demanded the woman come to his New York City apartment the day she turned 18, answered the door in his underwear, dragged her inside and forced her to her knees so she could pleasure him. He is...


8 years 1 month ago

In the controversial world of pharmaceuticals, drug giant Merck has shown an ability to sustainably manage both risk and reward. What's interesting, is that while one might expect an industry leader like Merck to stand still as the global economy restabilizes, Merck's behavior over the last year has been decidedly different. In fact, just this past week, Merck has announced a number of new exciting initiatives in both the education and research arena; initiatives, that will help improve the company's competitive positioning while positively...


8 years 1 month ago

For the last two weeks, within the dense halls of Wisconsin's Capitol building, a battle has been raging. While originally stirred after Republican Governor Scott Walker introduced a controversial budget bill, the conflict has evolved into a state suffocating brawl; one, that has pitted public sector employees and their union supporters against Republican politicians. Two weeks ago, in a bold maneuver designed to prevent the labor bill from passing, union workers and lay citizens seized the Wisconsin Capitol building, and Democratic senators fled the state. Early this...


8 years 4 months ago

This morning, Swedish construction equipment manufacturer Volvo announced that it will invest more than $100 million in the expansion of products and production capacity in emerging markets. As the company's president Olof Persson explained, most of the investment will be channeled toward new and developing projects in China. During the press briefing, Volvo's president noted that, "Volvo is committed to supporting our capacity and product offerings in China and throughout Asia. We will achieve this by a comprehensive program of investments in our...


8 years 4 months ago

Despite continued global economic uncertainty - uncertainty which is reducing the volume and frequency of announced investment in renewable energy projects - investment in wind farms and wind energy generation projects has remained surprisingly stable. To illustrate the investment potential that wind power markets hold, I have highlighted 3 major international...


8 years 5 months ago

While the last 6 months have seen a reduction in the volume of investment directed toward renewable energy projects, many organizations around the globe continue to dedicate significant resources toward the development of sustainable energy. In an effort to highlight some of the major announcements that have occurred over the last 2 weeks, I...


8 years 5 months ago

As the search for sustainable resource supplies intensifies, a number of companies have turned to partnerships to support their ambitious plans. One company that has recently announced the formation of new partnerships to support its long term growth is Royal Dutch Shell. Recently, Royal Dutch Shell announced that it is deepening ties with China's largest state-run oil and gas operator, PetroChina. In particular, Shell is planning on signing a memorandum of agreement and commercial partnership contract with PetroChina; an agreement that will enable both entities to jointly invest in new...


8 years 5 months ago

Across the globe, leading producers of Palm oil - particularly those situated in Indonesian and Malaysian - continue to face growing challenges. Producers in these nations frequently struggle to meet global demand targets, while also suffering from land shortages and logistical inefficiency. Moreover, many producers in these, as well as similar nations, continue to face environmental-sustainability challenges; issues, that are systematically reducing the attractiveness of their product in various consumer categories. One growing segment that continues to challenge traditional palm oil...


8 years 5 months ago

Haiti, a nation struggling to recover after a devastating summer, has sadly been dealt another blow. Cholera, a disease that feeds off poverty, has slowly begun spreading throughout the nation. The Cholera outbreak, which first began in Haiti's Artibonite River valley in mid-October, was initially deemed contained. Unfortunately, Hurricane Tomas, which struck earlier this month, flooded rivers believed to be contaminated with cholera and submerged refugee communities already struggling to survive. According to officials from the World Health Organization, the death toll as of yesterday was 798,...


8 years 5 months ago

For decades, debates surrounding the costs and benefits of free trade have raged. In both developing and developed nations, opinions remain mixed, particularly because the impact of major international trade agreements means different things to different people. On Wednesday morning, in central Tokyo, thousands of people gathered to stage a rally voicing their opposition to Japan's entry into the U.S.-backed trans-Pacific free-trade agreement. The protesters, representing nearly every layer of the Japanese social spectrum, argued vehemently that the acceptance of such a trade agreement would...


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