E Back In Blighty And Trading Stocks

Back in blighty and the joys of summer are over. Pouring rain greeted us at Gatwick. Then our reserved taxi did not show up and we had to take the train to Victoria to proceed on our journey. We were surrounded by a mother who was breast-feeding three children, the eldest of whom was about 7. Then, despite promises, the internet wifi connection at our Mudchute Manor has still not been activated by BT, the local phone company despite 4 months for doing so having gone by. My company is billed monthly and pays of course. And then a former reporter from South Africa emailed that he needs my banking account details to become a vendor with Amazon and I could not figure out why he would do this. So I tried a simple way to get him to prove he was the man he said he was, asking for his daughter's name. She was born when he worked for me. The note was from an imposter who did not get her name right.

I am not the smartest knife in the drawer but I can spot thieves and scamsters. This is the second such episode in the last few months. Earlier I got emails allegedly from a Texas reader seeking my help to fund treatment of her non-existent relative in the Philippines. Fake as a 2 dollar bill that one was.

Users of the internet beware: look at the nature of what they are being asked to believe. More from Mongolia, Brazil, Portugal, The Netherlands, Ireland, Britain, Switzerland, Canada, and Mexico today.

*Eduardo Garcia writes that Fibra Uno, the Mexican REIT, is paying $90 mn to buy the Hilton Hotel in Mexico City's Centro Historico, of which $31 mn is the assumption of debt. He writes in www.sentidocomun.mx.co that the hotel will be substantially restored by FBASF.

*Paddy Power plc is again on the rise in Dublin, presumably because it made book on the Soccer World Cup. The stock barely trades in the US but it is a favorite in Ireland whenever people look for an alternative to Ryannair among Irish global companies.

*CAE managed to sell marginally more civil aviation flight training and simulators under contract to airlines than it sold to governments for military planes, C$120 mn vs C$110 mn in its Q1 to end June. Its sales were for BombardierBoeing, and Airbus aircraft for Middle East AirlinesTurkish, and Lion Air.

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