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16 Dec 07. Somali premier dissolves cabinet. The newly appointed prime minister of Somalia’s transitional government, Nur Hassan Hussein, has said he is dissolving the cabinet. Speaking in Baidoa, he said he meant to appoint new ministers, half of them from outside the transitional parliament set up three years ago. The new cabinet would have much fewer than the current 30 members, he added. Correspondents say Mr Hussein faces the difficulty of placating Somalia’s main clans and sub-clans. Many of them insist on being represented in the government. Somalia has been politically fragmented since 1991, and the transitional government, faced with an insurgency, is dependent on international aid and Ethiopian military support to function. (Source: BBC)

Dec 07. Fears of significant job losses at one of Airbus’s British plants were growing this weekend amid mounting speculation that it would be sold to an American group, Spirit Aerosystems. Spirit is vying with GKN, the UK engineering group, to be chosen as the “strategic investor” for part of Airbus’s complex at Filton, near Bristol. Senior industry sources said last night that Spirit was edging ahead, with an announcement from EADS, Airbus’s parent company, expected by the end of the year. The industry sources said union leaders had been told that up to 600 of the 1,500 staff could be made redundant if Spirit were to win. Separate union sources also said some wing work on Airbus’s planned new plane, the A350, could move to a Spirit plant in America. (Source: The Sunday Times)




18 Dec 07. Curtiss-Wright Controls Embedded Computing announced the promotion of Tom Quinly to the position of Senior Vice President, Curtiss-Wright Controls. In addition to this new role, Mr. Quinly will also continue as President for the Embedded Computing Division. Mr. Quinly reports directly to David Adams, President, Curtiss-Wright Controls.

18 Dec 07. John M. Mitnick has joined Raytheon Technical Services Company LLC, a subsidiary of Raytheon Company, as vice president and general counsel. Mitnick is responsible for the delivery of legal services to RTSC. He is also responsible for the Environmental, Health, and Safety function and leads the RTSC legal team as it collaborates with its business partners to develop legal, ethics, and compliance solutions while facilitating business growth.

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