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Mediation needed to save Georgia’s #Anaklia port opportunity

Mediation needed to save Georgia’s #Anaklia port opportunity

| October 17, 2019

A consortium planning to build a major port on Georgia’s Black Sea coast has been given until the end of the year to secure financing for the project, writes Martin Banks. The deadline was announced by Georgia’s Regional Development and Infrastructure Minister Maia Tskitishvili. It extends a deadline originally set for earlier this week. Anaklia Development […]

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#Clinclowns cocktail festival comes to #Belgium

#Clinclowns cocktail festival comes to #Belgium

| October 12, 2019

Belgian bartenders have joined forces to organize a two-week cocktail festival across the country from 14-31 October, writes Martin Banks. The aim is to show that drinking a good (non) alcoholic cocktail in a cocktail bar can be fun for everyone. But there’s a more serious side to the event too: all the participating bars […]

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Brussels sees launch of new #Monopoly

Brussels sees launch of new #Monopoly

| September 27, 2019

Here’s an offer you might find hard to resist – buying the European Parliament and NATO’s new state-of-the-art HQ in Brussels, writes Martin Banks. Both are up for grabs – at least on the new Monopoly board which has just been launched. A brand new Brussels version of the kids’ favourite  features some of the city’s […]

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Seaside birth of a new #Georgia political movement

Seaside birth of a new #Georgia political movement

| September 16, 2019

Mamuka Khazaradze, founder of TBC Bank and the Anaklia Development Consortium, this week launched a new political movement called “Lelo” in Anaklia , a coastal down in Georgia. The movement is drawing comparisons with President Macron’s French ‘En Marche’ initiative and is tipped to have a similar momentum and cause a similar upset in the […]

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#Khazaradze #Japaridze – Concern grows over ‘politically motivated’ case against leading Georgian businessmen

#Khazaradze #Japaridze – Concern grows over ‘politically motivated’ case against leading Georgian businessmen

| September 11, 2019

International concern has been voiced about criminal charges brought against two leading businessmen in Georgia, with claims that the case is “political motivated”, writes Martin Banks. The case involves the founder and former chairman of the board of TBC Bank, Mamuka Khazaradze and his deputy, Badri Japaridze (pictured). In July 2019, Khazaradze and Japaridze were […]

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A ‘must visit’ eatery at heart of Brussels’ tourist trap

A ‘must visit’ eatery at heart of Brussels’ tourist trap

| May 22, 2019

The Place Sainte Catherine area is full of places to eat but one “must visit” restaurant among them is L’Huitriere, serving some of the best fish dishes to be found in Brussels – and all in a historic setting, writes Martin Banks. One clue as to the quality is offered directly outside with a particularly […]

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The “full story” of Mukhtar Ablyazov

The “full story” of Mukhtar Ablyazov

| April 8, 2019

It has been described by some as “fraud on an epic scale” and, now, the “full story” of Mukhtar Ablyazov has been put in print. To those unfamiliar with the said Mr Ablyazov, he is an individual who has certainly attracted his share of attention in recent years. The problem for him is that a […]

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