Articles by Simon Romero



Hugo Chavez's Comic Relief

  • 15 August 06
  • NEW YORK TIMES SERVICE
Just when laughter seemed in short supply in the political opposition's dreary struggle to unseat Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, along came Benjamin Rausseo, Venezuela's best-known stand-up comedian.

U.S. Power Giants Ink $11Bln Deal

  • 20 December 05
  • NEW YORK TIMES SERVICE
The parent of Florida Power and Light agreed to acquire the Constellation Energy Group for about $11 billion on Sunday, according to people involved in the talks.

Old Ways of Life Are Fading as the Arctic Thaws

  • 25 October 05
  • NEW YORK TIMES SERVICE
Freed by warming, waters once locked beneath ice are gnawing at coastal settlements around the Arctic Circle.

As Polar Ice Melts, Dreams of Treasure Abound

  • 11 October 05
  • NEW YORK TIMES SERVICE
Russia made the first move in 2001, staking out virtually half the Arctic Ocean, including the North Pole.

Halliburton Probed for Illegal Payments

  • 15 June 04
  • NEW YORK TIMES SERVICE
Halliburton, the big oil-services company, sought to distance itself Sunday from a report that investigators in France were close to completing an inquiry into payments on a project in Nigeria that might have enriched a former executive.

Terror Target Was Oil Industry

  • 01 June 04
  • NEW YORK TIMES SERVICE
The latest attack on foreign residential and office complexes in Saudi Arabia has ratcheted up concern over the nation's ability to increase oil production at a time when global petroleum supplies are becoming increasingly sensitive to any disruptions.

OPEC Members Go Cool on Production Cutbacks

  • 24 March 04
  • NEW YORK TIMES SERVICE
Some OPEC members are signaling their reluctance to proceed with announced cuts in petroleum production after crude oil prices climbed in the last week to their highest level since the 1991 Persian Gulf War.

Saudi Arabia Woos Both Russia, China

  • 10 March 04
  • NEW YORK TIMES SERVICE
Saudi Arabian officials said Sunday that they were seeking to strengthen ties with China and Russia after allowing energy companies from those countries to be among the first foreign businesses to explore Saudi natural gas reserves in more than three decades.

War Could Benefit American Telecoms

  • 26 February 03
  • NEW YORK TIMES SERVICE
The telecommunications equipment industry is quietly pinning its hopes on a quick Iraqi war that would be followed by a U.S.-led effort to rebuild the country after the ouster of Saddam Hussein.

Qwest Admits $1.1Bln Mistake

  • 30 July 02
  • NEW YORK TIMES SERVICE
Qwest Communications International, the dominant provider of local telephone service in 14 U.S. states, said late Sunday that it had incorrectly accounted for more than $1.1 billion of transactions from 1999 to 2001 in the latest revelation of accounting irregularities at a telecommunications company.

Financial World Reels From WorldCom Fiasco

  • 28 June 02
  • NEW YORK TIMES SERVICE
The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filed fraud charges against WorldCom and President George W. Bush vowed to ""hold people accountable"" for the bookkeeping scandal at the company, the nation's second-largest long-distance provider and a major carrier of Internet traffic.

Qwest Head Axed Over Accounting

  • 18 June 02
  • NEW YORK TIMES SERVICE
Joseph Nacchio, the chairman and chief executive of Qwest Communications International, was forced to resign Monday night by the company's board, executives involved in the decision said.

IMG Implicated in Global Sales Inflation

  • 04 June 02
  • NEW YORK TIMES SERVICE
Bankruptcy court documents indicate that Global Crossing altered a deal last year with IMG Worldwide, the sports marketing company.

Insiders Milked Global Crossing

  • 12 February 02
  • NEW YORK TIMES SERVICE
Even as the U.S. government looks for evidence of accounting fraud at the troubled communications company Global Crossing, some analysts are shaking their heads over the apparently legal ways the company's executives were able to walk away with personal fortunes.

WorldCom, Sprint Deal Disconnected

Skyscraper Would Send Sao Paulo to the Top

SAO PAULO, Brazil -- From Mario Garnero's penthouse office in the skyscraper he built, the view invokes the way Mario de Andrade, Brazil's modernist writer, once described this city - ""a great mouth with a thousand teeth."" In almost every direction, crops of steep structures jut out of the concrete in a show of the magnitude of Sao Paulo, the third largest metropolis in the world, after Tokyo and Mexico City. But Garnero, 61, a business tycoon with interests ranging from waste treatment to telecommunications, plans his newest and grandest venture for a spot eclipsed by this jagged skyline, in the decrepit, neglected downtown district where the city's first high-rises were built in the 1920s. There he hopes to build the world's tallest skyscraper, 486.6 meters high. Modeled on the Vedic temples of India, it would surpass the 444.9-meter Petronas Twin Towers of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Telecom Scandal Rattles Brazil Market