FCA discusses improved Renault merger bid to win French backing

PARIS (Reuters) – Fiat Chrysler is discussing a Renault special dividend and stronger job guarantees in a bid to persuade the French government to back its proposed merger between the carmakers, sources close to the discussions said.

The improved offer, if formalized and accepted, would also see the combined company’s operations headquartered in France and the French state granted a seat on its board, two people with knowledge of the matter told Reuters on Sunday.

FCA spokeswoman Shawn Morgan declined to comment. The French government, Renault’s biggest shareholder with a 15 percent stake, also declined to comment. A Renault spokesman did not return calls and messages seeking comment.

Italian-American FCA is engaged in intensive discussions with Renault and the French government over the $35 billion merger proposal it pitched last Monday to create the world’s third-biggest carmaker.

The concessions being discussed are not definitive and depend on other aspects of an emerging compromise deal, both sources cautioned.

They nonetheless increase the chances that the merger plan will be approved by Renault’s board, on which the French state has two seats. The board meets again on Tuesday.


Batman Existed in Mesoamerican Mythology

As social media is abuzz with who might be cast in the next Batman movie, with concerns that some of the candidates might not be menacing enough to fill those big black boots, it might be time to look again at one of the bat figures that featured as an imposing power in Mesoamerican mythology – Camazotz.

Camazotz, (meaning ‘death bat’ in the Kʼiche’ Mayan language of Guatemala) originated deep in Mesoamerican mythology as a dangerous cave-dwelling bat creature. A cult following for the creature began amongst the Zapotec Indians of Oaxaca, Mexico and the figure was later adopted into the pantheon of the Maya Quiche tribe and the legends of the bat god were later recorded in Maya literature.

Bats are considered to be menacing creatures in many cultures. They are nocturnal and thus associated with the night, which is also often associated with death. Many common species also have a relatively bizarre appearance, which makes them all the more off-putting for humans. It doesn’t help that there is a species that actually sucks blood (the vampire bat, Desmodus Rotundus ).


Romano Pisciotti: smile & like



On Saturday the 27th of April 2019 through to Sunday 28th April 2019, delegates from the BIG DUTCHMAN AGRICULTURE NIGERIA COMPANY LTD, guided by the MD/CEO, Mr. Ogundiran Thomas, were hosted in the Rome Business School’s campus in Nigeria for a Specialized Training on “The Art of Selling”. Big Dutchman is the recognised market leader in the entire Agricultural industry. Across five continents and in more than 100 countries, the company name stands for long-lasting quality, rapid service and unsurpassed know-how.

The Art of Selling course is designed for the medium and senior sellers. The course is based on two blocks of four hours each. Each block is divided into about three hours of lessons and one hour for the debate and the development of some cases. The training sessions dealt with topics such as: Creating value for your customers and for your company, How to earn customer trust, Needs detection of the customer and his final market, Understanding marketing programs, Understanding the budget and contributing to the definition, Invest the right amount of resources in terms of visits and promotions, Direct marketing, Understanding the competitors, Defending against the dangers of social attitudes (animal rights), Promotion & Strategy, Awareness of one’s professionalism, etc.

The training was contextualized from an international perspective.

As always, the Rome Business School had the great opportunity of having the lectures held by one of the best experts in the field, in person of

Capt. Romano Pisciotti, who after an important experience as a naval officer, Romano worked on behalf of important international companies (Pirelli, for example) in Italy (his country of origin), Argentina, Brazil, Egypt and Nigeria with full responsibility, in a managerial position.

Join us in our journey as we work together to producing Better Managers for a Better World!

Romano Pisciotti

Romano Pisciotti
Rome Business School

“Nascondete soldi sotto il letto”

di Alessandra Caparello


Accumulare “contanti in piccoli tagli” per le emergenze anche sotto il materasso: Sembra una prassi di altri tempi e invece è quella che la moderna Svezia consiglia suoi cittadini.

L’Agenzia nazionale per le emergenze civili ha pubblicato una guida per ogni famiglia su cosa fare in caso di emergenze. Il timore più grande per le autorità è che le reti informatiche possano essere interrotte da attacchi terroristici o dalla guerra informatica e hanno espresso la forte preoccupazione che gli svedesi possano vedersi negato l’accesso informatico alle banche del paese….

….l’avvertimento che lancia oggi l’Agenzia svedese per le emergenze civili potrebbe far scattare l’allarme in tutto il mondo, visto che le nazioni sviluppate stanno attuando il passaggio ad una società senza contanti. Quali sono queste situazioni di emergenza individuate dal governo svedese?

C’è un po’ di tutto, dalle interruzioni di corrente elettrica, al black out delle reti informatiche, fino al terrorismo e alla guerra informatica. Da qui il governo svedese raccomanda che ogni cittadino tenga i soldi sotto il letto.

IVECO M250 Military trucks

The IVECO M250 is an Italian series of tactical military trucks. These trucks are branded ASTRA for domestic market while the M250 is its export designation. This military truck is in service with Italy. It seems that deliveries to the Italian Army commenced in 2003. These tactical trucks fulfill logistic roles both for frontline and rear echelon units. These military vehicles have been exported to Belgium and Spain. It is worth mentioning, that Spanish trucks are badged as IVECO-Pegaso.

   The IVECO M250 series trucks are available with various wheelbase lengths. Payload capacity also varies depending on the version. The M250.45WM has a payload capacity of 8 000 kg. It can also tow trailers or artillery pieces. The baseline version is a cargo/troop carrier. This military truck is fitted with a standard drop side cargo body, with bows and tarpaulin cover. Also it can accept a variety of other bodies. Specialized versions are available, such as artillery tractor, dump truck, load handling system and tractor truck which hauls Centauro fire support vehicles.

   The IVECO M250 series trucks are fitted with a purpose-designed military cabs. The cab has sleeper berths. It accommodates driver and up to three passengers. Cabs of the Belgian trucks are protected against landmines. An add-on armor kit, which features internally-mounted replacement panels, can be installed. It provides protection against small arms fire and artillery shell splinters.

   Belgian trucks are powered by IVECO Cursor 13 turbocharged diesel engine, developing 450 hp. Another engine model, developing 400 hp is available. A number of automotive components are from IVECO EuroTrakker range of commercial trucks. Vehicle has a full-time all-wheel drive and is fitted with a central tyre inflation system.

   The M250 military trucks can be airlifted by the C-130 Hercules tactical airlifter after a short preparation.   IVECO also produced the M170 4×4 and M320 8×8 versions. There is a 66% commonality of components across the range of these tactical military trucks.


Presented by Romano Pisciotti

MPI ( Motor Parts Industry )  –  Lagos , Nigeria