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Tatsumi Hishikawa is the suspected shooter in yakuza slaying, a 41-year-old member of the Yamaken-gumi, the key subordinate gang of the Kobe Yamaguchi-Yumi, police have confirmed that one of two pistols found inside a bag left along a footpath near a bus stop in Kobe’s Kita Ward on September 16 were used in shooting. The path is located about 10 kilometers from the road where the shooting took place. From Hyogo Prefectural Police.

 

 

[September 22 “If you’re going to shoot, then try and do it.” wanted: Tatsumi Hishikawa ]

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Police have placed Tatsumi Hishikawa, a 41-year-old member of the Yamaken-gumi, the key subordinate gang of the Kobe Yamaguchi-Yumi, on a nationwide wanted list on suspicion of murder.

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According to Hyogo Police, at around 10:05 a.m. in Kobe’s Nagata ward, as three cars left the residence of the leader, a black vehicle driven by rival gang members crashed into one of the cars, approximately 320 feet from the residence where the street met with a highway.
Yuhiro Kusumoto, age 44, part of Oda’s security detail and considered to be Oda’s main bodyguard, got out of his car, the second in the procession of three, to see what was going on. He got into a shouting match with the man driving the black vehicle and several others in the car. At one point, eyewitnesses reportedly said that Kusumoto challenged the men saying, “If you’re going to shoot, then try and do it.” One of the men, estimated to be between 40 and 50 years old, pulled out a gun and shot Kusumoto in the head at almost point-blank range. The group then fled the scene, leaving the car behind, taking the gun with them. There were also eyewitness reports of a man on a motorcycle in the area who was apparently scouting for the shooters, and a bike helmet was found left behind at the scene.

[September 12 Classic hit by Yakusa ]

KOBE – A man believed to be a bodyguard of the head of a yakuza splinter group linked to the largest crime syndicate in the country was shot dead during a violent ambush September 12 in Kobe, police said.

The man, identified as Yuhiro Kusumoto, 44 , was shot on a street in Nagata Ward at around 10 a.m. in an incident believed to be connected to an apparent feud with the Yamaguchi-gumi, according to police.

The man was taken to a hospital but pronounced dead about 75 minutes later.

The splinter group, Ninkyo Yamaguchi-gumi, was formed in April after separating from the Yamaguchi-gumi.

On Tuesday, several cars apparently belonging to the new group tried to enter a main street and were forced to stop by another vehicle in an ambush, where gunshots were heard, the police said.

A suspect who carried out the shooting, believed to be in his 40s or 50s, fled after leaving a vehicle at the scene of the incident, they said.

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Kunio Inoue

Kunio Inoue is the leader of the Kobe Yamaguchi-gumi syndicate and Yamaken-gumi subsidiary gang. Inoue declared the formation of the Kobe Yamaguchi-gumi by issuing a statement validating the departure of dissident factions from the Yamaguchi-gumi as a movement to protect the will of past Yamaguchi-gumi leaders. The Yakuza has relationships with criminal affiliates in Asia, Europe, and the Americas, where it uses front companies in legitimate industries, including construction, real estate, and finance, to launder money and hide illicit proceeds. In the United States, the Yakuza has been involved in drug trafficking and money laundering.

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Maia Deguito takes her oath prior to the start of the Philippine Senate probe.

The Swift attack began the day before, the last day of the workweek in Bangladesh. Sums ranging from $6,000,039.12 to $30,000,039.12 went zipping from the New York Fed through Citibank, Wells Fargo, and the Bank of New York-­Mellon to a series of accounts at the branch, which sits below a bridal shop. Kim Wong, president of Eastern Hawaii Leisure, which operates a number of VIP rooms in Manila-area casinos, including the Solaire, testified that he’d set up Jupiter Street branch of Rizal Commercial Banking Corp accounts along with Ding’s business partner, Gao, and the Jupiter branch manager at the time, Maia Deguito.
All the accounts created at the RCBC branch lay dormant until Friday, Feb. 5, 2016.

 

 

[March 29 NORTH KOREAN responsibility in Bangladesh Bank’s SWIFT theft? ]

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“We are very close to it.”

FBI believes North Korea was responsible for the heist $81 million from the Bangladesh central bank’s account at the New York Federal Reserve last year.

U.S. prosecutors were building potential cases that would accuse North Korea of directing the heist, and would charge alleged Chinese middlemen.

[December 12]

“Bangladesh Bank’s SWIFT network was made insecure by some bank employees in connivance with some foreign people,” Dhaka police investigator said. “They knew what they were doing.”

He said investigators were now trying to find out how the mid-ranking officials were connected to the hackers and whether they benefited financially from the heist. Asked if the officials would be arrested, Alam said: “We are very close to it.” $81 million was successfully transferred purportedly for payments in relation to Bangladeshi infrastructure projects, including bridges, a power station and the Dhaka metro to four fake accounts in a branch of Rizal Commercial Banking Corp (RCBC) (RCB.PS) in the Philippines. A dollar account is opened at RCBC in the name of William So Go, who denies involvement. Funds transferred via that account and via Philrem, a remittance company: About $29m then made its way into accounts held by Bloomberry Resorts and $21m to Eastern Hawaii Leisure Company, with another $31m delivered in cash by Philrem to an individual by the name of Weikang Xu, described by one Bloomberry representative as a “junket agent” organising trips for gamblers. The four RCBC accounts that initially received funds were frozen, as well as the accounts of Eastern Hawaii; Kam Sin Wong, one of the signatories to the account of Eastern Hawaii; Mr Go, and his Centurytex Trading business. On February 29 the story of the scam was broken by the Philippine Daily Inquirer.Cyber security experts do not think such inside persons would have been essential for a crime that could have been committed from outside by sophisticated criminal hackers from eastern Europe or elsewhere.

[March 12 $81 million stolen by hackers, an internal investigation is ongoing ]


Bangladeshi Finance Minister Abul Maal Abdul Muhith March 8 accused Federal Reserve Bank of New York of “irregularities” that led to the unauthorized transfer of $100 million from the account of Bangladesh central bank. The funds had been stolen by hackers and some had been traced to the Philippines. The money was converted into pesos and deposited through a branch of Rizal Commercial Banking Corp.in the account of an unidentified Chinese-Filipino businessman who runs a business flying high net worth gamblers to the Philippines. Four requests to transfer a total of about $81m to the Philippines went through, but a fifth, for $20m, to a Sri Lankan non-profit organisation was held up because the hackers misspelled the name of the NGO, Shalika Foundation, leaving $81 million unaccounted for. Initially, the Sri Lankan transaction reached Pan Asia Banking Corp, which went back to Deutsche Bank for more verification because of the unusually large size of the payment, a Pan Asia official said.
Hackers misspelled “foundation” in the NGO’s name as “fandation”, prompting a routing bank, Deutsche Bank, to seek clarification from the Bangladesh central bank, which stopped the transaction, one of the officials said. The hacking of Bangladesh Bank happened sometime between 4-5 February, over the Bangladeshi weekend, which falls on a Friday, the officials said. The bank’s offices were shut.
You have to admit that stealing a hundred million bucks — and attempting to steal almost a billion — is pretty impressive! And all they needed was a SWIFT code. It makes all that hard work in heist flicks like “Ocean’s 11” and “The Italian Job” seem pretty silly by comparison.

The ECB had to resort to negative deposit rates to scare European banks into taking cash out of the Eurosystem and putting it to work elsewhere. Maybe when a hundred million bucks vanishes into thin air from under the nose of the U.S. central bank, it will have an even greater effect!

 

[October 30 2013 Fines for corporate wrongs cost of business?   Brother Circle gangster apparatchiks and Yamaguchi-gumi yakuza group ]

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Ken Shinoda – Yamaguchi Yakusa

Executive-suite alterations, docked pay and company fines need to be paired with criminal prosecutions

Executive-suite alterations, docked pay and company fines need to be paired with criminal prosecutions

A consumer finance company affiliated with Mizuho, made at least $2 million in small loans to buyers with links to Japan’s organized crime syndicates without properly vetting their backgrounds. The syndicates use the loans to help finance their activities.

Mizuho Bank, which bought and bundled these loans from its affiliate, found gangster-linked loans on its books in 2010 but failed to inform the authorities, according to a report by outside lawyers appointed by the bank to investigate the case.
But the lawyers said they could find no evidence that Mizuho officials intentionally tried to hide the loans from investigators.

Mizuho’s management instead simply “failed to appreciate the gravity of collaborating with organized crime,” Hideki Nakagomi, who headed the panel of lawyers, said on Monday. He acknowledged that many officials at the bank had told the investigators “they did not remember what happened.”

Mizuho, based in Tokyo, announced late on Monday that its president and chief executive, Yasuhiro Sato, would keep his job, though he and 53 other current and past executives will take a pay cut for up to six months. Mr. Sato also serves as president and chief executive of the bank’s parent, the Mizuho Financial Group.

“I apologize from the bottom of my heart,” Mr. Sato said at a news conference, bowing deeply in front of cameras. “I take very seriously the fact that we find ourselves in this situation.”

The group’s chairman, Takashi Tsukamoto, who plays a mostly advisory role at Mizuho, will step down.

The scandal has done little damage to the company’s stock, which actually rose 2.45 percent on Monday after news of the report.

The shady lending came to light after the Japanese banking regulator, the Financial Services Agency, censured Mizuho last month over its handling of the loans. The loans underscore how organized crime groups continue to draw money from the financial system here despite efforts to shut them out.

Used-car loans have long been known to be part of illicit fund-raising schemes run by gangsters. In one often-used method, gang members conspire with a dealer to buy a car — like a slick, black Mercedes-Benz of the type favored by gangsters here — for a far higher amount than the usual asking price, then apply for a used-car loan to cover the inflated price. The scheme gives gangsters access to easy financing; the car can be sold or fitted with new license plates so it can be used to apply for further loans, according to local news reports.

Members of organized crime groups are not supposed to have such access to financing from big banks like Mizuho as a result of a 1991 law that made money-laundering illegal. Since then, the Japanese authorities have bolstered rules requiring that banks more vigorously scrutinize potential clients to check for any ties to organized crime. Mizuho said its loan officials typically checked applications against its nationwide database of known members of organized crime groups and their associates.

But the auto loans in question, about 230 transactions totaling about $2 million, were made by the Orient Corporation, a much smaller consumer financing company affiliated with Mizuho that carried out far less stringent background checks on potential buyers, the report from the outside panel said. Last week, an investigation by the daily Mainichi Shimbun said used-car loans from Orient, known as Orico, were typically approved in about 15 minutes with minimal identification checks that were conducted by fax.

Mizuho periodically bought up bundles of these loans from Orico and did not stringently check each loan, the report said. When some gangster-linked loans came to light during a routine internal inspection, Mizuho instructed Orico not to give further loans to those gangsters. But it did not cut off existing loans or inform the authorities.

The bank initially said that knowledge of the matter went only as far as the bank’s compliance officers but later acknowledged that Mr. Sato and other members of Mizuho’s board had been aware.

Mizuho Financial Group Inc. President Yasuhiro Sato gave up six months of pay for failing to stop loans made to yakuza crime syndicates. Takashi Tsukamoto will also forgo a half year’s compensation and give up his role as chairman of Mizuho Bank Ltd., keeping his post at the parent company.
Pain, Shame
No leading bank executives have been jailed since the global financial crisis. The largest lenders are so big that criminal charges could threaten the global economy, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said in a Senate hearing this March, saying that made it “difficult for us to prosecute.”
Executive-suite alterations, docked pay and company fines need to be paired with criminal prosecutions, according to Jennifer Taub at Vermont Law School.
“You have to have some kind of pain,” she said, “and some kind of shame.”

[earlier]
The US has targeted organised crime by freezing the financial assets of two groups – Japan’s Yamaguchi-gumi yakuza group and the Brothers’ Circle.
The Brothers’ Circle (f.k.a. Family of Eleven; f.k.a. The Twenty) is a Transnational Criminal Organization, multi-ethnic criminal group composed of leaders and senior members of several Eurasian criminal groups largely based in countries of the former Soviet Union

The Department of the Treasury said it was also freezing the assets of key members, including Yamaguchi-gumi leaders Kenichi Shinoda.and Kiyoshi Takayama

Identifiers

KHRISTOFOROV, Vasily Alexandrovich (a.k.a. KHRISTOFOROV, Vasiliy; a.k.a. “VASYA”; a.k.a. “VOSKRES”), Murjan 6 Sector, Tower D01-T03.1, Apartment 401, Dubai 39409, United Arab Emirates; DOB 12 Mar 1972; POB Gorky Oblast, Russia; National ID No. 76481815 (United Arab Emirates); Passport 63-7186356 (Russia) (individual) [TCO]

KOLBAYEV, Kamchybek Asanbekovich (a.k.a. KOLBAEV, Kamchibek; a.k.a. KOLBAYEV, Kamchy; a.k.a. KOLBAYEV, Kamchi; a.k.a. KOLBAYEV, Kamchibek; a.k.a. “KAMCHI BISHKEKSKIY”; a.k.a. “KOLYA-BISHKEKSKIY”; a.k.a. “KOLYA-KYRGYZ”), Bahar 1 Sector, C09-T02 Tower, Apartment 3203, Dubai 31672, United Arab Emirates; Volokolamskoye Shosse, House 15/22, Moscow, Russia; DOB 3 Aug 1974; alt. DOB 1 Jan 1973; POB Cholpon-Ata, Kyrgyzstan; citizen Kyrgyzstan; Passport A0832532 (Kyrgyzstan) expires 17 Mar 2009 (individual) [SDNTK] [TCO]
LEONTYEV, Vladislav Vladimirovich (a.k.a. LEONTIEV, Vladislav; a.k.a. LEONTIEV, Vlantislav; a.k.a. LEONTYEV, Vyacheslav; a.k.a. LEONTYEV, Vadim; a.k.a. LEONTYEV, Vadik; a.k.a. “BELOBRYSYY”; a.k.a. “BELYY”), Al-Fattan Building, Dubai, United Arab Emirates; DOB 5 Jul 1971; POB Gorky, Russia; alt. POB Caracas, Venezuela; National ID No. 60229551 (United Arab Emirates); Passport AB4065216 (Greece); alt. Passport H2214925 (Ghana); alt. Passport C1602418 (Venezuela) (individual) [TCO]

MANUYLOV, Aleksandr Leonidovich (a.k.a. MANUILOV, Alexander; a.k.a. MANUYLOV, Alexander; a.k.a. “SASHA SAMARSKIY”); DOB 3 Mar 1962; POB Russia; Passport 3056306 (Russia) (individual) [TCO]
RAKHIMOV, Gafur Akhmedovich (a.k.a. RAKHIMOV, Gofur-Arslonbek; a.k.a. RAKHIMOV, Gafur-Arslanbek Akhmedovich), The Meadows, Villa Number 64, Sheikh Zayed Road, near Emirates Hills, Dubai, United Arab Emirates; DOB 22 Jul 1951; POB Tashkent, Uzbekistan; National ID No. 03101200302034752 (United Arab Emirates); Passport CA1804389 (Uzbekistan); alt. Passport CA1890392 (Uzbekistan) (individual) [TCO]
SHAYBAZIAN, Lazar Gurgenovich (a.k.a. SHAYBAZYAN, Lazar); DOB 1 Apr 1966; Passport CA2485930 (Uzbekistan); alt. Passport CA2179793 (Uzbekistan) (individual) [TCO]

SHINODA, Kenichi (a.k.a. TSUKASA, Shinobu); DOB 25 Jan 1942; POB Oita Kyushu, Japan (individual) [TCO]
TAKAYAMA, Kiyoshi ; DOB 5 Sep 1947; POB Tsushimasi, Aichi Prefecture, Japan (individual) [TCO]

ZAYTSEV, Aleksey Alekseyevich (a.k.a. ZAITSEV, Alexei; a.k.a. ZAYTSEV, Alexey); DOB 7 Sep 1965; POB Leningrad, Russia; National ID No. 74914883 (United Arab Emirates); Passport 63-4604880 (Russia); alt. Passport 4103417473 (Russia); alt. Passport H2029462 (Ghana) (individual) [TCO]
YAMAGUCHI-GUMI (a.k.a. ROKUDAIME YAMAGUCHI-GUMI; a.k.a. SIXTH YAMAGUCHI-GUMI), 4-3-1 Shinohara-honmachi, Nada-Ku, Kobe City, Hyogo, Japan [TCO]

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FLDS: end of Short Creek?

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Their life in the hardscrabble region, where unpaved roads predominate, has always been half a century behind the rest of the US.

With the outside world descending on fundamentalist Mormons in Utah and Arizona, families struggle for basic needs: ‘Everything just shut down’

[August 1 2011 Warren Jeffs: Last four prosecution witnesses ]

 

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Warren Jeffs 2011 in Utah

In the trial of the State of Texas versus Warren Jeffs, the leader of the breakaway Fundamentalist sect of the Mormon Church known as the FLDS, [Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints FCLDS]
On Friday, mostly due to the unanticipated divine revelations of the defense, prosecutors were unable to get through the 10 witnesses they had hoped would testify. The testimony of the remaining four will start the day’s proceedings on Monday at 10 a.m. ET. cnn law blog

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Credit Suisse Managing Director Dan Seabolt, Site Lead Jim Captain and Wilson Ervin, vice chairman of Credit Suisse’s group executive office in New York,

Financial Services Superintendent Maria T. Vullo today announced that Credit Suisse AG agreed to pay a $135 million fine as part of a consent order “Certain Credit Suisse executives in the bank’s foreign exchange unit deliberately fostered a corrupt culture that failed to implement effective controls in its foreign exchange trading business, which allowed the bank’s foreign exchange traders and others to violate New York State law and repeatedly abuse the trust of their customers over the course of many years,” said Superintendent Vullo.

[January 10 Tough case against Chat Room guys ]

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The imminent criminal charges are against members of ‘The Cartel’ chat group, would make good on the government’s long-running promise it would hold individuals to account in the case.   The men are located outside of the U.S., meaning they would have to be extradited, a process that can take months, if not years.  The senior dealers who participated in The Cartel were Richard Usher, formerly of JPMorgan Chase & Co., Rohan Ramchandani, formerly of Citigroup Inc. and Chris Ashton, formerly global head of spot trading at Barclays Plc. Another member, Matt Gardiner, formerly of UBS Group AG, has been helping prosecutors build cases against the traders.   Citigroup, Barclays, JPMorgan and Royal Bank of Scotland Group Plc pleaded guilty in the U.S. in May 2015 to conspiring to rig currency rates.

[March 24 2016 Credit Suisse Group AG triggered $258 million of writedowns 2016 through March 11, after $495 million of losses in the fourth quarter 2015. ]

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Credit Suisse Group AG announced that a buildup of illiquid trading positions means the bank will probably post a second straight quarterly loss as it unwinds the trades and deepens cuts at that business.   Mark Williams, “Either trades were fraudulent and traders should be fired or senior management should take responsibility for allowing excessive risk-taking to happen.The CEO’s admission that he wasn’t aware of the bank’s exposures to securitized products and distressed debt is “somewhat alarming,”    The stock has tumbled about 39 percent so far this year, almost twice as much as the index.   The Zurich-based lender’s holdings of distressed debts, leveraged loans and securitized products, including collateralized loan obligations, triggered $258 million of writedowns this year through March 11, after $495 million of losses in the fourth quarter, according to a presentation.

[January 31 Barclays, Credit Suisse pay up for ‘Dark Pools’ ]

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Barclays, Credit Suisse are expected to pay a combined total of $154.3 million o settle federal and state charges that they misled investors in their dark pools and an additional $24.3 million by Credit Suisse in disgorgement to the SEC for executing 117 illegal sub-penny orders out of its dark pool known as “Crossfinder.”.

 

[January 23 2015 High-frequency trading operations listed in complaint against Barclays]
Dark pools , where ‘high frequency trade’ firms traded, accounted for 15 percent of total U.S. volume in the third quarter. New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman filed his suit against Barclays under the Martin Act, an almost century-old law that gives him broad powers to root out corporate fraud. Barclays was misleading its dark pool customers that it was monitoring and suppressing “predatory” trading by such firms, while simultaneously soliciting business from those firms, according to the complaint.
Almost a year after he made a splash with subpoenas of six high-frequency trading operations, the names of some of these firms, Jump Trading LLC, Chopper Trading LLC and Tower Research Capital LLC, cropped up in documents filed this week in the state court in Manhattan. The firms aren’t defendants, though. They are listed as part of Schneiderman’s proposed updated complaint against Barclays, which ran the private trading venue, or dark pool, where these firms traded.

[January 22 BOE “bully the fix”: wrong to interpret that they were talking about “illegal manipulation”]

Anthony Grabiner, the lawyer who led the probe

Anthony Grabiner, the lawyer who led the probe

A global probe of foreign exchange dealings has exposed cozy relations between the BOE and banks. “The fix” is a benchmark for currencies rates. Traders are executing unnecessarily large transactions to move rates around in their own favor. In March 2014, The Bank’s governor, Mark Carney, told MPs this week that the scandal had the potential to be bigger than the rigging of Libor, which has resulted in big-name banks being fined billions of pounds on both sides of the Atlantic.
The Bank of England’s Oversight Committee commissioned Grabiner to investigate whether BOE staff knew currency traders shared confidential client information with counterparts at other firms to rig key currency benchmarks. His report found the central bank’s chief currency dealer, Martin Mallett, had concerns about the practice and didn’t escalate them, but hadn’t acted “in bad faith.” It was published Nov. 12, the same day six banks were fined $4.3 billion by U.S. and U.K. regulators who found senior dealers colluded with one another to rig currency markets. Traders, some of whom were subsequently fired for their activity, interpreted the central bank’s silence as an indication that it regarded their behavior as acceptable, according to people familiar with the traders’ thinking.
The central bank separately announced that day that it fired Mallett, saying it wasn’t related to Grabiner’s report. Anthony Grabiner, the lawyer who led the probe, refused to comment on Mallett’s dismissal.

Norman took issue with Grabiner’s interpretation of a telephone call in October 2011 between Mallett and an unidentified currency trader that was included in his report.

The trader asked whether trying to “bully the fix” was problematic. “Well that’s market manipulation isn’t it?” Mallett responded.

“Yep absolutely,” the trader said, according to the report. Mallett asked the trader to follow up with him about the practice. The trader never did, and Mallett kept it to himself.

Grabiner then said it was wrong to interpret that they were talking about “illegal manipulation,” and said there were instances where market manipulation could be legitimate.

Norman disagreed, saying it was clear that he was talking about illegal manipulation. He also questioned why Grabiner relied on the written transcript rather than listen to the actual call to hear any nuances in the exchange.
Grabiner said Norman was “wrong” and not equipped to form that judgment, saying that his own interpretation following interviews with Mallett was “right.” No one he spoke with challenged whether the transcripts gave a full picture of the exchanges, Grabiner said, so he didn’t need to hear recordings.
Treasury Select Committee members quizzed, on whether he too readily accepted a former central bank employee’s version of key events. They also questioned the depth of his knowledge of the currency market and how long he spent on the report.

[January 13 Paul Nash arrested by SFO, but not charged, in rigging the $5.3tn-a-day foreign-exchange market]

The Serious Fraud Office, UK’s top fraud prosecutor, has arrested a currency trader Paul Nash in relation to its criminal investigation into whether individuals rigged the $5.3tn-a-day foreign-exchange market, Criminal investigations, including that of the SFO, are ongoing. The arrest is not linked to former traders who were members of a chat room dubbed “the cartel”, according to people familiar with the situation. Nash emigrated to Canada on Christmas Day and has rented out his family home. His arrest was not by appointment, as is typical in such cases, but was an “arrest and raid”
Nash, who has not been charged with any offence, appeared at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on Dec. 23 over variations to his bail conditions. These included that he would reside at a specified address in British Columbia.

 

 

 

November 17, 2014 Britain’s big five will incur another £21bn – with other European banks and US firms taking that total to £45bn.]

“It’s inconceivable that the odour of what was going on did not reach the noses of those at the top.”-t former City minister Lord Myners[Economic Secretary to the Treasury ][Paul Myners, Baron Myners].

“It’s inconceivable that the odour of what was going on did not reach the noses of those at the top.”-t former City minister Lord Myners[Economic Secretary to the Treasury ][Paul Myners, Baron Myners].

So far £150bn in fines and legal costs have already been incurred by big-name banks, according to analysts at Morgan Stanley, who reckon that in the next two years Britain’s big five will incur another £21bn – with other European banks and US firms taking that total to £45bn. Last week’s revelations of the free-for-all culture in the dealing rooms of the City also look set to be repeated soon. Other regulators are still investigating the foreign exchange markets and US attorney general Eric Holder expects his department to finish the investigation “relatively soon” – a development that could lead to both civil and criminal charges. . Some 13 individuals face charges linked to Libor rigging. The SFO’s investigation into the foreign exchange markets is in the early stages; and Chancellor George Osborne on Friday promised resources for action by the Serious Fraud Office.

[November 12 I trust you implicitly :Examples of Misconduct in Private Chat Rooms]
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Regulators fined six major banks including Citigroup (C.N) and UBS (UBSN.VX) a total of $4.3 billion for failing to stop traders from trying to manipulate the foreign exchange market, following a year-long global investigation.

HSBC (HSBA.L), Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS.L), JP Morgan (JPM.N) and Bank of America (BAC.N) also face penalties resulting from the inquiry that has put the largely unregulated $5 trillion-a-day market on a tighter leash, accelerated the push to automate trading and ensnared the Bank of England.

[November 11 HSBC sets aside £237m for FCA forex investigation , Group pre-tax profits rose to £2.89bn in Q3

HSBC Stuart Gulliver to get 70% pay rise - taking his salary to £4.2m a year [ 25 February 2014]

HSBC Stuart Gulliver to get 70% pay rise – taking his salary to £4.2m a year [ 25 February 2014]

HSBC has set aside £237m to cover the costs of an FCA investigation into the manipulation of foreign exchange markets. “Discussions are ongoing with the FCA regarding a proposed resolution of their foreign exchange investigation with respect to HSBC Bank’s systems and controls relating to one part of its spot FX trading business in London.

“Although there can be no certainty that a resolution will be agreed, if one is reached, the resolution is likely to involve the payment of a significant financial penalty. We continue to co-operate fully with regulatory and law enforcement authorities in the UK and other jurisdictions.”

Group pre-tax profits rose 2 per cent from £2.84bn in Q3 2013 to £2.89bn in the three months to 30 September.

[december 11 2012 U.S. decides HSBC too big to Indict?]

HSBC’s Gulliver and friend

HSBC has agreed to pay $1.9bn in settlement of U.S. money-laundering charges.
State and federal authorities decided against indicting HSBC in a money-laundering case over concerns that criminal charges could jeopardize one of the world’s largest banks and ultimately destabilize the global financial system.

While the settlement with HSBC is a major victory for the government, the case raises questions about whether certain financial institutions, having grown so large and interconnected, are too big to indict.
After months of discussions, prosecutors decided against a criminal indictment, but only after securing record penalties and wide-ranging sanctions.

The HSBC deal includes a deferred prosecution agreement with the Manhattan district attorney’s office and the Justice Department. The deferred prosecution agreement, a notch below a criminal indictment, requires the bank to forfeit more than $1.2 billion and pay about $700 million in fines, according to the officials briefed on the matter. The case, officials say, will claim violations of the Bank Secrecy Act and Trading with the Enemy Act.

Prosecutors found that HSBC had facilitated money laundering by Mexican drug cartels and had moved tainted money for Saudi banks tied to terrorist groups.

On November 11 HSBC said it had “reached agreement with United States authorities in relation to investigations regarding inadequate compliance with anti-money laundering and sanctions laws.” The bank is also expected to reach a settlement over the matter with Britain’s Financial Services Authority, according to a person with direct knowledge of the matter.

November 10, federal and state authorities also won a $327 million settlement from Standard Chartered, a British bank. The bank, which in September agreed to a larger settlement with New York’s top banking regulator, admitted processing thousands of transactions for Iranian and Sudanese clients through its American subsidiaries. To avoid having Iranian transactions detected by Treasury Department computer filters, Standard Chartered deliberately removed names and other identifying information, according to the authorities.

“HSBC has signed a Deferred Prosecution Agreement for breaches of the US Bank Secrecy Act, the Trading with the Enemy Act and assorted money laundering offences. This is in effect putting the bank on probation,” he said.

“But if HSBC had been indicted for these offences, that would have meant that the US government and others could no longer have conducted business with it, which would have been humiliating and highly damaging.”
The bank is the biggest in Europe by market capitalisation, and made pre-tax profits of $12.7bn for the first six months of 2012.

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A class-action lawsuit on behalf of dozens of women accusing co-founder Harvey Weinstein of sexual assault, battery and lewd conduct has been filed in federal court in Los Angeles. The suit also names Miramax, the independent film studio Weinstein and his brother Bob founded and operated before selling it Disney in 1993. More suits are almost certainly in the works.   Warner Bros. has acquired North American distribution rights to Paddington 2, the company announced November 15 from The Weinstein Company.

[November 13 Goldman Sachs stake to zero in the Weinstein Company]

Goldman Sachs has written down to zero the value of its stake in the Weinstein Company, the movie studio whose co-chairman Harvey Weinstein stepped down last month following sexual assault allegations, a person familiar with the matter said on November 13.

November 11 Harvey Weinstein employs firm of fixers and flacks ]

Weinstein Co. has been sued for defaulting on a $45 Million Loan. AI International Holdings, an affiliate of billionaire Len Blavatnik’s industrial group Access Industries,  had loaned Weinstein and the company $45 million on September 29, 2016.“Weinstein’s termination and the facts and circumstances leading to and surrounding that dismissal” says the November 10 filing, “constitute a Material Adverse Change as defined in the Note.”

https://theblast.com/harvey-weinstein-sued-defaulted-loan/

 

 

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The crisis-management firm Sitrick and Company, was hired by Weinstein on October 8, four days after the scandal broke. Sitrick and Company was founded in 1989, and employs fixers and flacks in five cities across the country. Their past and present client list includes Rush Limbaugh, Chris Brown, Johnny Depp, R. Kelly, Kobe Bryant, Michael Vick, Joe Francis, Hulk Hogan, the whole of Mötley Crüe. They’ve steered loathed corporations like Exxon, Wells Fargo, and Papa John’s, American Apparel, and the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles after their respective accusations of sexual abuse, and the insurance corporation AIG. Founder Michael Sitrick himself gave up on journalism in pursuit of a better paycheck; he told the Financial Times in a 2010 profile, “I love journalism but I’d rather eat.”

[November 9 Harvey Weinstein in Paradise Papers ]

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Harvey Weinstein shows up in the Paradise Papers [leak of offshore corporations] in the now-defunct Bermuda-based medical venture capital firm Scientia Health Group Ltd. Weinstein took out 2,000 shares in the company in November 2001.

He gave as his contact point the name of Richard Koenigsberg, one of the directors of the Weinstein Company.

The Fortress Investment Group is in ongoing talks to grant a bridge loan of $35 million that will enable The Weinstein Company to meet payroll and its commitments on television projects through January.
That may enable the company to complete an asset sale or restructure. Colony Capital was offering to buy TWC assets at a price well below that which the remaining board members think they are worth. Lionsgate, MGM, and Killer Films — potential bidders— would prefer that the company undergo bankruptcy, because that would indemnify them from legal obligations related to Harvey Weinstein’s alleged harassment and assaults.

 

[October 27 Harvey Weinstein redux: fighting over TWC bones – Masayoshi Son in? ]

The Weinstein Co film company on October 26 was sued by its founder and former co-chairman Harvey Weinstein who is seeking to investigate whether the board is pursuing a “fire sale” of the company, the Delaware Court of Chancery has jurisdiction over suits involving the Delaware-incorporated company.

Colony Capital—run by Donald Trump’s close friend Tom Barrack—is witholding the cash infusion. The equity firm Fortress Investment Group, could offer a financial package valued at $35 million. It would be enough of a bump to help the company operate through January.    Japanese conglomerate SoftBank and its founder, Masayoshi Son, is buying Fortress Investment Group, the deal is currently expected to close in the second half of this year, but remains subject to “certain regulatory approvals and other customary closing conditions.”

The company secured a $400 million senior credit facility last year from Union Bank and Opus Bank, which are likely growing concerned about their investment. So is Goldman Sachs Group (NYSE: GS), which is reportedly looking to sell its $1 million stake.

 

 

[ October 21 Blavatnik in? ]

On October 19, the Financial Times reported that Harvey Weinstein is working with

3e11b4bdc381e3f5da4d17544d073147-lauren-celebritiesbillionaire Len Blavatnik [Sir Leonard “Len” Blavatnik is a Soviet-born British-American ] and investor Ron Burkle on a purchase plan. The company’s remaining assets are now in perilous condition. TWC’s financial situation, and particularly its debt load, are more dire than was previously known.

Harvey Weinstein resigned from the board of The Weinstein Company, the board announced on October 17. Toyota Motor Corp’s Lexus unit, a sponsor of reality TV show “Project Runway,” said it is evaluating its partnership with TWC.

 

 

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Thomas J. Barrack, Jr., founder and executive chairman of Colony Capital,, “We are pleased to invest in The Weinstein Company and to help it move forward.”   The head of Amazon Studios, Roy Price, has resigned from the streaming company he started following claims he had dismissed the allegations that Harvey Weinstein had raped the actor Rose McGowan.

 

 

 

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DEADLINE: …There is a feeling around town right now that Harvey feels he was rolled under the bus by his brother in those press reports, and he’s eager to return the favor. Is that what we’re talking about here?

GLASSER: I can’t say specifically…
The scenario sounds almost like a brother trying to burn his brother’s baseball card collection and realizing he might have burned down the whole house. The feeling is a feud between the brothers was exacerbated by the passing of their mother [November 16 2016], and this is going to be a scorched earth feud that continues. Maybe your experience today is shrapnel from that?

GLASSER: Look, I can’t say exactly what happened or didn’t.

Glasser was never charged with a crime. Glasser investor Roy Ageloff, pleaded guilty to securities fraud and was sentenced to eight years in prison. His partner, Robert Catoggio, it was charged, funneled millions of dollars in proceeds to a captain in the Genovese crime family.

Goldman Sachs took a 5 percent stake in TWC during the private-equity placement that got the brothers going again after they left Disney, which in 1993 bought their original studio, Miramax.

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The 2010 Olympic downhill champion will not race earlier World Cup giant slaloms in Killington, Vt., on Thanksgiving weekend.

Instead, Lindsey Vonn will wait to enter the first speed races (downhill, super-G) at Lake Louise, where she has won 18 times in 41 World Cup starts. — dubbed “Lake Lindsey” because of her dominance at the Canadian resort — LADIES DOWNHILL December 1 – 2 and LADIES SUPER-G December 3 2017.

[October 30 Tiger Woods in his own Hero World Challenge ]

 

The Hero World Challenge runs from 30 November to 3 December.

[October 29 Lindsey Vonn no second run in the opening race of the World Cup season ]vonn oct17

Lindsey Vonn failed to qualify for the second run in the opening race of the World Cup season in Austria, but was just pleased to be back on skis in as she gears up for the 2018 Winter Olympics.

Vonn’s first run in the giant slalom, which is not her strongest discipline, was not quick enough to ensure a second descent as Germany’s Viktoria Rebensburg won from Tessa Worley of France and Italy’s Manuela Moelgg, with American Mikaela Shiffrin fifth.

[August 23  Lindsey Vonn phone pics hacked “outrageous and despicable” ]

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Lindsey Vonn, who won a gold medal at Vancouver 2010, issued a statement blasting the “outrageous and despicable invasion of privacy” of having “private intimate photos” stolen from her mobile phone.
Her spokesman said: “Lindsey will take all necessary and appropriate legal action to protect and enforce her rights and interests. She believes the individuals responsible for hacking her private photos as well as the websites that encourage this detestable conduct should be prosecuted to the fullest extent under the law.”   Mike Francesa, WFAN, voiced some heavy Vonn shaming — the images were hacked from her phone — and implications that she may have leaked the pictures,

 

[April 20 Wood`s new book, Cline`s inaugural ]

 

imagesContribution records from President Trump’s inaugural committee, released by the Federal Election Commission, show Christopher Cline, a billionaire coal magnate who owns Foresight Energy Partners, gave $1 million. Trump has vowed to bring back coal jobs.

[March 18 Vonn: No Squaw Valley]

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PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (March 4, 2017) – Lindsey Vonn (Vail, CqO) finished second to lead four American women into the top 11 in Saturday’s downhill at the Audi FIS Ski World Cup test event for the 2018 Olympic Winter Games. Vonn , who is still progressing on her comeback after breaking her arm last November, has not won a Super-G at a World Cup event since January last year. World Cup overall leader Mikaela Shiffrin skipped the South Korean speed races to prepare for next week’s giant slalom and slalom in Squaw Valley, Calif.

 

[January 28]

CORTINA D’AMPEZZO, Italy (AP) — Lindsey Vonn avoided more serious injury when she fell and crashed into the safety netting during a World Cup downhill training session Friday.
Italian veteran Elena Fanchini fell in the same spot, also without serious consequences.
♦Vonn lost control and slammed into the safety netting in the same spot where she crashed in Friday’s training run. in the final downhill before the world championships in St. Moritz.. After collecting herself, Vonn skied down to the finish area. She had already had a small bobble earlier in her run but was 0.18 seconds ahead of winner Lara Gut at the first checkpoint just before her crash.   Vonn had asked the International Ski Federation’s race director to smooth out a small lip that gave her trouble in training.   “They changed it, but I still caught air,” Vonn said. “I just caught my edge and did the splits. It happens, unfortunately.”

 

[November 12 2016  humerus bone in my right arm compound fracture ]

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Lindsey Vonn arm fracture

Unfortunately, [November 10] I crashed while training in Copper and severely fractured the humerus bone in my right arm. I had successful surgery last night in Vail and everyone took great care of me.
While I am beyond frustrated by this latest setback, at least my knees are ok and I will return to the slopes as soon as possible, as I always do!

 

 

[October 11 Tiger Woods abandons Safeway: “my game is vulnerable” ]

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“After a lot of soul-searching and honest reflection I know that I am not yet ready to play on the PGA Tour or compete in Turkey,” Woods said. “My health is good, and I feel strong, but my game is vulnerable and not where it needs to be.

Sir Nick Faldo. “Tiger has been having problems getting out of his golf cart this week,” Faldo said at the conclusion of the 2016 Ryder Cup. “So I don’t know how he’s going to go out and play 72 holes.”

 

[October 8 Tiger Woods officially commits to Safeway ]

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Vonn has new video

Tiger Woods confirms participation in Safeway Open

 

[October 2 Tiger Woods in 2016 Safeway Open, Oct. 13-16? ]

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47-year-old Tiger Woods battling a 30-year-old Jordan Spieth for major championships?    Cal Berkeley sophomore Collin Morikawa, 19, has received a sponsor’s invitation to play in the Safeway Open, The Safeway Open will be Morikawa’s second PGA Tour-sanctioned event of 2016, as he lost in a playoff at the Web.com Tour’s Air Capital Classic.

 

[October 2]

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Lindsey Vonn buys 4,000 sq ft home near Hollywood

Woods, 40, announced on Wednesday that he hopes to make his long-awaited return to golf at the 2016 Safeway Open, Oct. 13-16, at Silverado Resort and Spa in Napa, Calif.
“My rehabilitation is to the point where I’m comfortable making plans, but I still have work to do,” Woods said on tigerwoods.com. “Whether I can play depends on my continued progress and recovery. My hope is to have my game ready to go.” Woods’ long absence from the game – which will have reached nearly 14 months by the time the Safeway Open comes around.
I’m hoping we can get paired together,” Mickelson remarked. “That would be really fun. I would love it. It’s great to have him back, and hopefully he’s physically able to practice the way he needs.”
Olympic alpine ski racer Lindsey Vonn has dropped $3.55 million on a contemporary-style home for sale in Los Angeles, CA. Vonn’s new home, built in 2016, is a four-bed, five-bath custom home Measuring 4,018 square feet,

September 12 Woods and Nordegren have a solid relationship ]

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Elin Nordegren brought her ex-boyfriend Chris Cliner reunited about a month ago after the 57-year-old coal tycoon’s split from Kelly Crosby Heyniger.   Kelly Crosby Heyniger is the CEO of Age Reverser LLC .   The duo dated for a year before calling it quits in August 2014. It was Nordegren’s first serious relationship since her 2010 divorce from Woods, 39, in the wake of his cheating scandal.

In a recent interview with Time, Woods gushed over Nordegren, his ex-wife, revealing they currently have a solid relationship. The parents of daughter Sam, 8, and son Charlie, 6, are “best friends” now, Woods revealed. “Having the relationship that I have now with her is fantastic,” he added. “We’re able to pick up the phone, and we talk to each other all the time. We both know that the most important things in our lives are our kids. I wish I would have known that back then.”

 

[May 11 Elin Nordegren’s Cline needs $23.6 million before May 17 ]

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Both of Tiger Woods’ exes, Elin Nordegren and former girlfriend Lindsey Vonn, were making the rounds over Kentucky Derby weekend — and party organizers were ordered to keep the two blondes apart.

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A rep for Vonn insisted that she didn’t ask to be seated away from Nordegren, adding the two women are on “great terms” and spoke at different events over the weekend.

Chris Cline’s St. Louis-based coal miner Foresight Energy LP said it lost $41.7 million in the first quarter, or about 32 cents per common unit. That compared to profit of $42.3 million, or 33 cents per common unit, in the same quarter last year. It announced a tentative plan last month to restructure its debt but last week extended the deadline to finalize the agreement to May 17.

[May 2]

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10 March Elin Nordegren back with Cline. Wall Street will be paying particular attention when Foresight Energy LP (NYSE:FELP) issues their next quarterly report which is anticipated to go out on or about 2016-05-05 for the period ending on 2016-03-31.

 

Tiger Woods has registered for the U.S. Open, which is to be played at Oakmont Country Club June 13-19, 2016.   But that doesn’t necessarily mean he will tee it up at the Pennsylvania course where he tied for second in 2007.   Woods was required to register by Wednesday’s deadline if he wants to play. According to the United States Golf Association, he registered at 4:33 p.m. on April 4 — three weeks ago.   All 51 players who are fully exempt for the 116th U.S. Open have registered, including defending champion Jordan Spieth and Jason Dufner.

 

[April 13

Foresight Energy Lp  Extended term of forbearance agreement that was entered into on Dec 18 with certain holders of issuers’ 7.875 pct senior notes due 2021 . As a result of extension, forbearance period runs through April 15, 2016, unless further extended – SEC filing. FELP and bondholders are near a deal in which billionaire founder Chris Cline would inject cash to repay the creditors. FELP, which is attempting to resolve the dispute with bondholders who claim they are owed more than $600M, needs an agreement to help stave off bankruptcy.

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Champion’s Dinner April 5

 

[March 14] Billionaire Christopher Cline, 57, hailed as the savior of the Illinois coal industry, is the founder of Foresight Energy LP, which has until March 15 to pay $23.6 million of overdue bond interest.

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[February 29 Vonn injury ]

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[February 16 Lindsey Vonn perfect weekend is the first after her return to racing ]
[April 21 2015 Tiger wins $155,000 for Masters 2015]

Tiger Woods 17th place finish at the Masters 2015

Tiger Woods 17th place finish at the Masters 2015 Apr 9 The Masters T17 $155,000

Amanda Boyd Dufner purchased a Jupiter, Florida, three-bedroom, three-bathroom, 3,000 sq.-ft. home for $675,000 in May 2015 nine miles from Tiger Woods estate.
Woods, who won only $610,775 in an injury-plagued 2014 season, topped the list with $55.1 million in earnings.

[December 10 2015]
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The indisputable speed queen, Lindsey Vonn scored World Cup career wins 68, 69 and 70 at the FIS World Cup speed season opening at Lake Louise, her perfect weekend is the first after her return to racing from a long series of injuries. Only in October, she opted out of the season kick-off on the Austrian glacier to give her ankle – injured in a training crash at a snow camp – more time to heal. With her three wins, Vonn now leads the overall World Cup rankings after six races so far this season.

Friday, Dec. 4 – Audi FIS Ski World Cup ladies’ downhill 1
Saturday, Dec. 5 – Audi FIS Ski World Cup ladies’ downhill 2
Sunday, Dec. 6 – Audi FIS Ski World Cup ladies’ Super G

[October 27 2015 Tiger Woods had back surgery on Sept. 16 and is hopeful to return to competitive golf early in 2016.]

[August 24 Tiger Woods 10th-place finish — his first since 2013 at Wyndham]

Jason Dufner and Tiger Woods playing a practice round  July 13

Jason Dufner and Tiger Woods playing a practice round July 13

The 10th-place finish — his first since 2013 …a triple bogey at the 11th and a bogey at the 12th [earlier]For the first time in more than two years, Tiger Woods is in the lead at a golf tournament, Wyndham Championship. He shares the top spot — with a rookie pro, Tom Hoge

[August 20 Lindsey Vonn breaks ankle, back home]

[August 17 returning from practice in New Zealand]

” crashed today and have a small fracture in my ankle. Headed home”

[July 20 Tiger Woods:Exits british open]
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Woods.more‘ odds on Bovada were moved from 40-1 after the US Open to 20-1 after the Greenbrier. That’s what a 7-under score of 273 will do for you.

[Juiy 4 Greenbrier Classic July 4. Tiger in the mix – Lindsey in makeup]
Tiger Woods will play the weekend at the Greenbrier. Tiger Woods followed up his 66 in the first round with a 69 in the second at the Greenbrier Classic in round two. He’s now had as many rounds in the 60s this week as he had all season up to this point.

Lindsey Vonn nominated for two ESPY awards, July 15

Amanda Boyd (left) and Lindsey Vonn (right) watch their other halves in The Presidents Cup in 2013.

Amanda Boyd (left) and Lindsey Vonn (right) watch their other halves in The Presidents Cup in 2013.

July 3

Tiger Woods dropped a 4-under 66, his lowest round of tournament golf since March 2014 at the Greenbrier Classic July 2.

[July 2 Tiger to take another endorsement slide?]

University of Alabama student Amanda Boyd of Millbrook, Ala. and husband

” They are not even acquaintances.” -Woods’ agent Mark Steinberg
Amanda Boyd of Millbrook, Ala. and groom

Woods, 39, is said to be dating Amanda Boyd, 27, Jason Dufner’s ex-wife
They began seeing each other after they ‘flirted’ on the tour circuit
Pair have now developed a ‘serious relationship’ according to one source
He reportedly flew her to Seattle as he prepared for last month’s US Open
But Woods’ agent Mark Steinberg says the allegations are a ‘complete lie’
In May DailyMail.com revealed Vonn dumped Woods because he cheated
Boyd and Dufner divorced in April after ‘irretrievable marriage breakdown’
Woods allegedly cheated in February, Dufner and Boyd split same month

Tiger Woods still made the most money in golf in 2014, according to the Golf Digest 50, an annual ranking of those making the most in the game.

Woods earned $55,110,775 in 2014, according to the magazine, with endorsements making up an astounding 98.8 percent of his take.

It’s the least money Woods has earned in a single year since 2000, when the magazine says he made $49 million.

Woods, who has been at the top of the list for all 12 years it has been published, had three years — from 2007 to 2009 — where he made more than double what he made last year. He pulled in $121.9 million in 2009 but took a huge slide after his extramarital affairs were revealed late that year.

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May 3 Woods splits with Vonn, Elin Nordegren gets Florida award]

Place of Hope welcomed more than 600 guests to its 2015 Hope Bash, which honored local philanthropist and child advocate Elin Nordegren with the inaugural Harris L. Weinstein Hero of Hope award. Elin Nordegren and Chris Cline May 2015

Place of Hope welcomed more than 600 guests to its 2015 Hope Bash, which honored local philanthropist and child advocate Elin Nordegren with the inaugural Harris L. Weinstein Hero of Hope award.
Elin Nordegren and Chris Cline May 2015

Place of Hope is a faith-based, state-licensed child welfare organization.
The Lindsey Vonn-Tiger Woods relationship that began about three years ago has ended, with each athlete citing their hectic schedules as a contributing factor. Woods’ 2010 split with Elin Nordegren cost him handsomely

[April 21 Tiger wins $155,000 for Masters 2015]
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[March 16 Nordegren’s Chris Cline sells out for $1.4 Billion]
In exchange for $1.4 billion cash, billionaire Chris Cline, 57, is selling 50% of publicly traded Foresight Energy LP and an 80% interest in Foresight’s general partner. The buyer is Murray Energy, the largest privately held coal miner in the country, controlled by cantankerous, 75-year-old Robert Murray. “This is a great day for American coal,” said Cline, in a statement.
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February 24 Vonn crashes at Marbor, her surgically repaired right knee wasn’t hurt]

MARIBOR, SLOVENIA (Feb. 21, 2015)— In Vonn’s first giant slalom back on the World Cup circuit, she ran 18th and was leading in the first split by nearly six tenths before going down on her right hip and crashing back-first into the b-net.    Vonn, the most successful woman skier of all-time, lay on the snow for a while, raising fears that she might be in trouble but the U.S. Ski Team later said she was alright.   “She hit her back on the B-net poles pretty hard but should be all good,” Riml said after Vonn had a medical checkup, adding her surgically repaired right knee wasn’t hurt either.

MARIBOR, SLOVENIA (Feb. 21, 2015)— In Vonn’s first giant slalom back on the World Cup circuit, she ran 18th and was leading in the first split by nearly six tenths before going down on her right hip and crashing back-first into the b-net. Vonn, the most successful woman skier of all-time, lay on the snow for a while, raising fears that she might be in trouble but the U.S. Ski Team later said she was alright. “She hit her back on the B-net poles pretty hard but should be all good,” Riml said after Vonn had a medical checkup, adding her surgically repaired right knee wasn’t hurt either.

[February 5 Elin’s Swedish island from Woods on the block]

Tiger Woods never completed the purchase of a Swedish island that was being developed for him and Elin Nordegren.

Tiger Woods never completed the purchase of a Swedish island that was being developed for him and Elin Nordegren.

62-acre island has six private tees for golf practice and ultimate privacy, about an hour by boat from Stockholm.
The property in Lake Malaren features a 2,500 square-foot main house, a 900 square-foot hunting lodge, and a landing strip for a propeller plane
The Florida Woods family home near Orlando was sold to golfer Bubba Watson in 2012.

[January 25 Lindsey Vonn gets 64th World Cup victory in super-G at St. Moritz]

Lindsey Vonn won the Super-G in St. Moritz with 0.24 seconds ahead of Austrian Anna Fenninger, her 64th World Cup victory.

Lindsey Vonn won the Super-G in St. Moritz with 0.24 seconds ahead of Austrian Anna Fenninger, her 64th World Cup victory.

Lindsey Vonn won the super-G on January 19 to stand alone atop the list with win No. 63.

Lindsey Vonn won the super-G on January 19 to stand alone atop the list with win No. 63.

[ January 18 ]

Lindsey Vonn of the U.S. is airborne as she clears a gate to win the women's World Cup Downhill skiing race in Cortina D'Ampezzo January 18, 2015..

Lindsey Vonn of the U.S. is airborne as she clears a gate to win the women’s World Cup Downhill skiing race in Cortina D’Ampezzo January 18, 2015..

[January 15 Lindsey Vonn 10th in Cortina d’Ampezzo]

Lindsey Vonn struggled with the thick fog and finished 10th in the World Cup downhill event in Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy.

Lindsey Vonn struggled with the thick fog and finished 10th in the World Cup downhill event in Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy.

[December 22 2014 Lindsey Vonn lands on elbow in a World Cup Super-G]

Lindsey Vonn of the USA after her crash during the Audi FIS Alpine Ski World Cup Women's Super-G on December 21, 2014 in Val d'Isere, France

Lindsey Vonn of the USA after her crash during the Audi FIS Alpine Ski World Cup Women’s Super-G on December 21, 2014 in Val d’Isere, France

The four-time World Cup champion crashed out of December 21’s super-G race after entering a gate slightly too wide in Val d’Isere, France.

Although Vonn did no damage to her troublesome right knee, she landed heavily on her right elbow.
December 7

Lindsey Vonn finished second in a World Cup super-G in Lake Louise, Alberta, on Sunday, completing her first weekend of races this year with two podium results.

Vonn was .37 of a second slower than Swiss winner Lara Gut on Sunday, one day after Vonn won her first race in nearly two years in a downhill.

Slovenia’s Tina Maze finished third, increasing her World Cup overall lead. Tiger Woods shot 72, finished at even par in first tournament back.

[December 6 Lindsey Vonn won the downhill at Lake Louise in one minute 50.48 seconds]

American skier Lindsey Vonn claimed victory in just her second race back after almost a year out through injury.
The four-time overall World Cup champion won the downhill at Lake Louise in Alberta, Canada, in a time of one minute 50.48 seconds.
The 30-year-old’s time was nearly half a second quicker than USA team-mate Stacey Cook, with another American, Julia Mancuso, in third.

[December 6 Tina Maze wins Lake Louise Ladies Downhill December 5 -Lindsey Vonn finishes 8th]

Lindsey Vonn finished eighth in her first race in nearly one year, a World Cup downhill in Lake Louise, Alberta, on December 5.“I skied really well in the technical parts,” Vonn said. “I definitely can clean up some turns for tomorrow (another downhill in Lake Louise), but I think it was a really solid start. I’m happy with it.”

Alpine ski racer Lindsey Vonn of US restarts to ski during a training session on the Oetztal glacier in Solden, Austria on Oct 4, 2014. US speed queen Lindsey Vonn makes her return to the World Cup circuit this season

Alpine ski racer Lindsey Vonn of US restarts to ski during a training session on the Oetztal glacier in Solden, Austria on Oct 4, 2014. US speed queen Lindsey Vonn makes her return to the World Cup circuit this season

Vonn is skipping a World Cup giant slalom race in Aspen November 29,30 to focus on training for the speed events, two downhill races and one super-G,

next week.

~2014~
LADIES DOWNHILL/DAMES DESCENTRE
December 5 – 6 Decembre
LADIES/DAMES SUPER-G December 7 Decembre

[November 14]
For months, the four-time overall World Cup champion had planned to return around the races in Lake Louise, Alberta, during the first week of December. After some solid training days, Vonn said she is considering coming back for the events in Aspen, Colo., over Thanksgiving weekend. “I’m a little more tentative still on the more difficult terrain,” said Vonn, who will wear a knee brace this season. “That just comes with time. With more training and more confidence, I’ll be good.”
FIS Alpine World Cup Ski Racing: Women’s World Cup ski racing returns to its regular spot on the Aspen events calendar this year. The giant slalom is on November 29 and the slalom is on November 30, with both events held at Aspen’s historic ski racing venue on the Lift 1A side of the mountain. The top female ski racers in the world, including Mikaela Shiffrin and Anna Fenninger, are expected to make starts over the weekend.

[September 15 Coal in doldrums, Elin splits]
Speculation of Elin-Woods get riposte:

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Elin Nordegren 34, and 54-year-old coal tycoon Chris Cline have split after one year of dating,

Chris Cline, owner of The Cline Group, is the majority owner of Foresight Reserves, which is part of the Carlyle Group, a global assent management firm.
Foresight Energy Partners,is a subsidiary of Foresight Reserves

Murray Energy Corp. sued a Foresight Energy LP (FELP) unit, claiming it used confidential information to acquire property and mineral rights directly in the path of Murray’s operations in southern Illinois.The tracts “provide no mining potential to Williamson,” Murray said. “The only economic value of these purchases to Williamson is to frustrate MEC’s ability to execute its mining plans.”In 2008, Murray disclosed its longwall strategies to Williamson as it considered selling off operations in three Illinois counties, according to the complaint. Williamson was allowed to see the information only after agreeing to not disclose it or otherwise use it to acquire mineral or property rights related to Murray’s operations for eight years, according to the complaint.

When the companies failed to reach a deal, Williamson and its affiliates allegedly started overpaying for mineral rights in Murray’s planned longwall path in 2009 and continued to do so as recently as 2013. Murray said in the complaint that the tracts aren’t sufficient to support independent mining.

Murray said those purchases have forced it to pay more for its own acquisitions, caused it to relocate equipment and threaten its ability to meet production contract requirements.

[April 25 Tiger Woods with Elin Nordegren and Lindsey Vonn]

Tiger Woods (in blue) with Elin Nordegren and Lindsey Vonn (in pink)

Tiger Woods (in blue) with Elin Nordegren and Lindsey Vonn (in pink)

[January 15]

first day recovering from knee surgery

first day recovering from knee surgery

Florida for Vonn

Florida for Vonn

Vonn, the reigning Olympic and World Cup downhill skiing champ, will not compete in next month’s Winter Olympics, according to a post Tuesday on her official Facebook page.
January 07, 2014
I am devastated to announce that I will not be able to compete in Sochi. I did everything I possibly could to somehow get strong enough to overcome having no ACL but the reality has sunk in that my knee is just too unstable to compete at this level. I’m having surgery soon so that I can be ready for the World Championships at home in Vail next February. On a positive note, this means there will be an additional spot so that one of my teammates can go for gold. Thank you all so much for all of the love and support. I will be cheering for all of the Olympians and especially team USA! XO Lindsey

[January 5]

For the moment, there’s no question of thinking about skiing,” US women’s team head coach Alexander Hoedlmoser told the Austrian APA news agency.

[Earlier]
Vonn had another scary run during the World Cup downhill in Val d’Isere, clutching her knee in pain after losing her balance and missing a gate on December 21. But shortly afterward, she said no new damage had been done to the surgically repaired knee and her plans for the Sochi Olympics were still intact.

“I didn’t hurt myself more than I’m already hurt,” said Vonn, the reigning Olympic downhill champion. “It was a small compression, and it was fully loaded on the right ski and my knee just completely gave out. I tried to pressure the ski again and it gave out again. I had no chance of making that gate, unfortunately.”

With boyfriend Tiger Woods watching from the bottom of the slope, Vonn skied out after her left ski came up in the air, putting all her weight on the troublesome right leg. There are three downhill races on the World Cup circuit in January. Her appearance in at least one of those would seem essential to Vonn the competitor. Vonn the brand, however, may be impervious.
[December 12]

Lindsey Vonn will skip December 14 World Cup stop at St. Moritz, Switzerland, and is planning to return to the circuit in a downhill at Val d’Isere, France, Dec. 21.
The 29-year-old American returned to competition at Lake Louise, Alberta, December 6, ten months after tearing two ligaments in her right knee and breaking a bone in that leg during a crash at the world championships. She also had a setback when she partially re-tore one of those surgically reconstructed ligaments in a fall during practice Nov. 19.

Vonn finished 40th in a downhill December 6 in her World Cup season debut, then 11th in another downhill December 7, and fifth in a super-G on December 8.

Asked after that last event what those 72 hours of racing told her, Vonn replied: ‘‘It tells me that I do need a couple more starts. I want to make sure that I get on the podium at least once, if not win, before . . . Sochi. For me, mentally, I really want to have that in my back pocket.’
[ December 4]

LAKE LOUISE, Canada – The U.S. Ski Team says Lindsey Vonn has been cleared to begin World Cup downhill training. Olympic gold medalist

[Earlier]

Lindsey Vonn is skipping the Alpine Skiing World Championships in Austria this weekend, giving herself some extra time to get back into competing form ahead of the Sochi games.

[earlier]
2010 Olympic downhill gold medalist, coming off a knee injury suffered in a crash at the World Championships last season, on September 16, Lindsay Vonn said she felt good training on snow in South America recently, is ahead of schedule with her rehab and may be able to race later this month at the World Cup opener Oct. 26-27 in Soelden, Austria.
In Chile, she eased her way back with two gentle and relaxed training runs. The next day, she revved it up a little more, taking a few gradual turns along the course in Portillo, Chile.

[May 20]

Skier takes Golfer's kids to school

Skier takes Golfer’s kids to school

Vonn married fellow 2002 Olympian, and former U.S. Ski Team athlete, Thomas Vonn on September 29, 2007, at the Silver Lake Lodge in Deer Valley, Utah.[43] In November 2011, it was announced that the couple had begun divorce proceedings after four years of marriage.[44] Their divorce was finalized on January 9, 2013.

[May 12]

Lindsay Vonn attends Players

Lindsay Vonn attends Players

Lindsay Vonn is following Tiger Woods’ group at the Players Championship on May 12 as she watches him try to pick up win No. 4 on the season.

Vonn and Woods, who have confirmed they are dating, made an appearance at the Met Ball earlier this week, and Vonn was spotted every day at the Masters earlier this year.

[April 11]
Lindsay Vonn gets the Enquirer spotlight [April 22]here

Lindsay Vonn at Masters 2013

Lindsay Vonn at Masters 2013

[March 24]

Meanwhile, Lindsay vows to return to ski team by Sochi

Soccer Mom Elin Nordegren

Meanwhile, Tiger is back Number 1

Meanwhile, Tiger is back Number 1

Elin Nordegren, now a soccer mom

Elin Nordegren, now a soccer mom

Parents Elin & Tiger

Miners Games, 164 feet, owned by Chris Cline, Elin's beau, Privacy, 155 feet, Tiger's similar motor yacht

Miners Games, 164 feet, owned by Chris Cline, Elin’s beau, Privacy, 155 feet, Tiger’s similar motor yacht

Elin Nordegren, billionare's wife never thought he might be cheating

Elin Nordegren, billionare’s wife never thought he might be cheating

Tiger’s wife never had a clue, never hit him.Tiger Woods’ 33-year-old ex-wife has been dating 53-year-old billionaire Chris Cline since the holidays.

Age: 55
Source of Wealth: coal, self-made
Residence: North Palm Beach, FL
Country of Citizenship: United States
Education: Drop Out, Marshall University
Marital Status: Divorced
Children: 4

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Both Nordegren and Cline — a coal magnate worth a reported $1.2 billion dollars — own homes in a North Palm Beach, Fla. oceanfront community called Seminole Landing.

The reports of Nordegren’s new romance come nearly two months after The National Enquirer claimed that Woods was trying to win back his ex by offering her a $200 million pre-nup. Woods refused to comment on the reports.

In February, the ex-couple was photographed together for the first time in years at a local youth sporting event with their two young children.

Nordegren and Woods — who were married for nearly six years — divorced in August 2010 in the wake of the golfer’s heavily publicized cheating scandal.

Tiger Woods, 33, was unconscious after he struck a fire hydrant and a neighbor’s tree about 2:30 Friday morning,November 29, 2009.
The wife of the world’s No.1 golfer Tiger Woods used one of his tools — a golf club — to smash open a window of his crashed SUV and then pulled him out of the damaged vehicle after an early-morning accident Friday outside their Isleworth mansion.

By the time a Windermere police officer arrived about 2:25 a.m., Elin Nordegren Woods had dragged her husband out of his 2009 Cadillac Escalade. He was lying on the ground, dazed and bleeding from his lips and with blood in his mouth.

Elin Nordegren, the Swedish former nanny, purchased a $12.2 million beachfront mansion in North Palm Beach’s Seminole Landing enclave. Coal mogul Christopher Cline owns the property next door to Nordegren’s new digs.
Nordegren took a job in a Stockholm clothing store called Champagne, where she met Mia Parnevik, wife of Swedish golfer Jesper Parnevik, who hired Nordegren as the nanny to their children, a job that required her to move to the U.S.[5] He introduced her to Woods during the 2001 Open Championship. After Woods’s subsequent infidelity was revealed, Parnevik was quoted as having said, “I’m kind of filled with sorrow for Elin since me and my wife are at fault for hooking her up with him, and we probably thought he was a better guy than he is.” [People Magazine] Previously, Woods had asked for a year to be introduced to Nordegren, who was seeing someone else at the time In November 2003, Woods and became officially engaged.

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The happy couple

Lindsay Vonn's injured knee

Lindsay Vonn’s injured knee

Surgery went well

SURGERY WENT WELL

Lindsay Vonn had surgery on her right knee on February 10 after she shredded two ligaments during a crash last week at the world championships.
The U.S. Ski Team said Dr. William Sterett, a physician for the squad, operated on the four-time overall World Cup champion in Vail, Colo., on Sunday morning.
Sterett was optimistic at a full recovery and said of Vonn: “She will do everything in her power to return as quickly as possible to competitive skiing.”

[February 9]
Lindsay Vonn may be changing her plans for knee surgery to repair the damage caused by her crash at the world alpine championships.
U.S. Ski Team physician Bill Sterett would do her surgery February 10 in Vail. Sterett has treated her since she was 13 years old.
But it was looking like she would seek a second opinion.
“I think there’s a real possibility that she’s going to have it done someplace else,” Vonn had never had a serious knee injury, which is rare for ski racers.
Lindsay Vonn’s father says she may get second opinion before surgery
Vonn tore her anterior cruciate ligament and medial collateral ligament in her right knee. The broken bone was described as a lateral tibial plateau fracture.

“The fracture is called an impaction fracture,” Sterett said. “It should not require any surgery. It just needs to be non-weight on crutches.”

The accident happened after Vonn landed a jump in the opening super-G race at the championships. As she hit the ground, her right leg gave way and she spun forward, throwing an arm out to protect herself. She ended up on her back as she smashed through a gate.

Tiger Woods owns a Gulfstream G550. It is a perfect business jet aircraft. Its unique feature is that it is capable of carrying up to 16 people in standard seating configurations and can fly up to 6,500 nmi (12,000 km). It is the longest range business jet ever made. Chris Cline owns one too,

[December 3, 2009]

General Motors Corp., 24 November, agreed to discontinue a marketing accord with Tiger Woods, the world’s top-ranked golfer, at year’s end as plummeting sales spur cost cuts at the automaker. The golfer was driving a Cadillac Escalade, made by General Motors, when he crashed into a fire hydrant and then a tree at 2am 27 November. A spokesman for GM said that Woods received the car as a prize for winning the Buick Open golf tournament, which was sponsored by GM.

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Silvio Berlusconi, an 81-year-old, arrived at his political homecoming party on the posh island of Ischia last month aboard a fancy yacht alongside his 30-year-old live-in girlfriend Francesca Pascale and his closest advisors. The Sicilian election held on Nov. 5 marked a strong political comeback for Silvio Berlusconi, handing government of the island to a center-right bloc backed by the four-times prime minister. Berlusconi brought his Forza Italia party to a somewhat astonishing victory in regional elections in Sicily when his candidates outperformed expectations on a platform for change which, for the longest-serving elected prime minister in modern Italian history, is a curious promise. But he also embraced an anti-immigration stance promising that Italy would no longer be the welcome mat for migrants. He promised his party would cut taxes and renegotiate some key trade deals, which, as a businessman only he has the smarts and the power to do. “It’s time to put Italy first again,”

[February 28 2016 Silvio Berlusconi and 21-year old Roman Lavinia Palombini and a furious Francesca Pascale ]

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Karima El Mahroug

Karima El Mahroug

[June 21 $6.3 billion from Italy shipped to China for sneakers ]

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More than 4.5 billion euros ($6.3 billion) in proceeds from counterfeiting, prostitution, labour exploitation and tax evasion had been sent to China in less than four years though a money-transfer service called Money2Money. Close to half the €4.5bn, transferred between 2007 and 2010, went through Bank of China branch in Milan. The Bank of China received €758,000 in commission for the transfers. The bank had an exclusive contract with Money2Money. Investigators said they got nowhere when they tried to appeal to Chinese authorities for help. Once the money left Italy, it vanished behind China’s great legal firewall. The case is now stalled in Italian courts, as prosecutors try to notify nearly 300 hard-to-find defendants, most of them Chinese. Prosecutors in Florence have filed a 170-page document to be reviewed by a judge, who will decide whether to file formal charges.
Money laundered through Money2Money was used to buy counterfeit goods in China, which were then smuggled back to Europe, a large import-export firm called the Wenzhou Cereals Oils and Foodstuffs Foreign Trade Corporation, sent tens of thousands of fake Converse sneakers to the United States and Croatia is suspected.

[March 12 Silvio Berlusconi’s acquittal in “bunga bunga” final – Francesca thumbs up]

Berlusconi's friend Francesca Pascale hears the news

Thumbs up Berlusconi’s friend Francesca Pascale hears the news

Signorina Pascale

The President of the  current session of the Court of Cassation Antonio Esposito reads the judgment

The President of the current session of the Court of Cassation Antonio Esposito reads the judgment

The Rome court Corte Suprema di Cassazione, in a ruling that is now definitive, rejected an appeal by Milan prosecutors to overturn the acquittal and to hold a new trial. It upheld Silvio Berlusconi’s acquittal in his infamous “bunga bunga” case.

[February 12 Berlusconi raises 392 million euros ($447 million)]

The empire of former prime minister is under pressure, while his political influence has been waning. His family wealth has been halved from 2007 to 2013, and Fininvest posted a net loss of €428.4 million in 2013, the most recent year for which data is available.

The empire of former prime minister is under pressure, while his political influence has been waning.
His family wealth has been halved from 2007 to 2013, and Fininvest posted a net loss of €428.4 million in 2013, the most recent year for which data is available.

– Fininvest, the holding company controlled by the family of former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi ,78 years (September 29, 1936), said February 12 it will sell a 7.8% stake in broadcaster Mediaset SpA.. The firm controls a 30% stake in bank Mediolanum , a 50% stake in publishing firm Mondadori and will continue to be the largest investor in Mediaset, with a 33.4% stake. It also controls soccer team A.C. Milan and other activities. But both Mediaset and Mondadori have been struggling with their finances.
The stake is worth 392 million euros ($447 million) at February 12’s closing price. Fininvest said the profits from the sale could also contribute to “investments aimed at portfolio diversification.” In 2005 the company had cut its stake in Mediaset to 34.3 percent from 51 percent.

[February 6 Berlusconi good behavior allows a higher-profile role]

The friends of Gianpaolo Tarantini

The friends of Gianpaolo Tarantini

Silvio Berlusconi will not have to serve the final 45 days of a one-year community service on good behaviour grounds. Berlusconi will also regain his freedom of movement, which was restricted under the order, enabling him to resume a higher-profile role in national politics, despite still being banned from public office.
In a trial in Bari this week, businessman Gianpaolo Tarantini and six other people are charged with having promoted prostitution because, between 2008 and 2009, they organised for 26 different young women to attend parties in various Berlusconi residences.
To a certain extent, this trial involves a replay of the infamous Rubygate trial which in June 2013 found Mr Berlusconi guilty of “abuse of office” and having underage sex with Karim “Ruby” El Mahroug, then aged 17.

That judgment was later overturned by a January 2014 appeal court ruling which acquitted the media tycoon.
At issue then and now is the exact nature of Mr Berlusconi’s parties. Were they, as his defence always claimed, “elegant dinner parties” or were they, as various participants have reported, “bunga, bunga” nights of multiple sexual encounters?

[January 31 Berlusconi’s Forza Italia party in disarray]
former shop assistant

Former Prime Minister and current friend Francesca Pascale

Former Prime Minister and former friend Francesca Pascale

  1/27/2015-Francesca Pascale: vip guest of the motorcycle exhibition in Verona, the companion of Silvio Berlusconi, who has a great passion for two wheels


1/27/2015-Francesca Pascale: vip guest of the motorcycle exhibition in Verona, the companion of Silvio Berlusconi, who has a great passion for two wheels

Silvio Berlusconi’s Forza Italia party appeared in disarray after the vote for President on January 31, a political victory for Prime Minister Matteo Renzi.. Berlusconi ordered his party to cast blank ballots after accusing Renzi of betraying what he said was a promise to give him a role in choosing the candidate. Instead, more than 30 refused, opening a wound in the party.

[December 31 Passion spent: Francesca Pascale, in Madrid, to study languages, Berlusconi in Arcore]
All is not well between the media mogul and Francesca Pascale, a former shop assistant and member of the Berlusconi fan club.The couple spent Christmas apart, with Mr Berlusconi at his principal home, Villa San Martino in Arcore. Ms Pascale, meanwhile, was settling into her a new apartment in Madrid, where she hopes to study languages. His legal travails continue as he faces charges of inducing a pimp to commit perjury and of bribing a senator to swap sides in parliament, which he denies.
[September 24 Berlusconi redux, tax case appeal granted]

The Prime Minister met with predecessor Silvio Berlusconi

The Prime Minister met with predecessor Silvio Berlusconi

The European Court of Human Rights has agreed to hear an appeal by former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi against his conviction for tax fraud in August 2013, to examine Berlusconi’s argument that he had been denied a fair trial in the case. A date had been set for the appeal to begin.

[August 6]
Rome, August 6 – Former premier Silvio Berlusconi met August 6 with Premier Matteo Renzi to discuss reforms to Italy’s discredited electoral law, now being debated in parliament. The session in the premier’s office marked the third such meeting between Berlusconi, head of the center-right Forza Italia (FI) political party, and Renzi, who leads the center-left Democratic Party (PD).
The Prime Minister met with predecessor Silvio Berlusconi August 6 in a bid to rally parliamentary support for his reform bill, which was presented with nearly 8000 amendments on its first day in parliament.

“Italy never got out of the recession. If you look at the figures it has stagnated for years,”.

[July 18 Ruby case overturned: Silvio Berlusconi sentence can be restored on appeal]

Karima El Mahroug

Karima El Mahroug

A Milan appeals court overturned a conviction of former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi of paying for sex with an underage girl and then abusing his power in trying to cover it up. Italian prosecutors can appeal the July 18 decision to Italy’s highest appeals court. The final decision by the country’s highest appeals court isn’t likely to come before next year.
Mr. Berlusconi—who was then prime minister—phoned a Milan police station asking for information about a Moroccan woman, Karima El Mahroug, an underage nightclub dancer nicknamed Ruby Heart-Stealer, who had been detained for allegedly stealing cash. Ms. El Mahroug has always denied the allegations

The billionaire politician was sentenced to seven years in prison as a result of the guilty verdict last year. Mr. Berlusconi, who was also banned from public office and ousted from Italy’s Senate as a result of the tax fraud conviction, has always denied the charges in the sex case, which dates back to May 2010.

Prosecutors alleged that Mr. Berlusconi pressed the police to release the woman, thus constituting abuse of power. They also argue that Mr. Berlusconi sought to have her released to cover up the fact that he had paid her for sex when she was 17. Berlusconi claims that he never had sex with her and that, anyway, she told him she was twenty-four. He admits that he gave her thousands of euros at the end of her first evening at Arcore, and tens of thousands more later, but insists that these were innocent acts of generosity. He instructed the police to release her from custody, he says, because he thought that she was a niece of the former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, and he wanted to avoid straining diplomatic relations. (Mahroug, who was born in Morocco and grew up in Sicily, is not related to Mubarak.)

http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2011/06/06/110606fa_fact_levy?currentPage=all
http://online.wsj.com/articles/silvio-berlusconi-underage-sex-conviction-overturned-1405682830

[June 13]

Arriving at   Fiumicino airport in Rome, former senator of Forza Italy was assigned to the medical facility inside the prison

Arriving at Fiumicino airport in Rome, former senator of Forza Italy was assigned to the medical facility inside the prison

Marcello Dell’Utri was arrested last month on an Interpol warrant in Beirut

Marcello Dell’Utri was arrested last month on an Interpol warrant in Beirut

Marcello Dell’Utri, 72, landed at Rome’s Fiumicino airport on June 13 accompanied by Interpol officials and was handed over to the Italian police, airport authorities said.

An Italian court has sentenced Dell’Utri, who comes from Sicily, to seven years in jail for acting as a go-between for the mafia and the Milan business elite, including Berlusconi’s companies, from 1974 to 1992.
Lebanon extradited Dell’Utri to Italy on June 13 who fled to Beirut in April just before being found guilty of dealings with the Sicilian mafia.

Shares in Berlusconi’s Mediaset rose 3.5 percent on June 12 after reports that Telefonica (Madrid: TEF.MC – news) would make an offer to buy the Italian broadcaster’s stake in Spanish pay-TV group Digital Plus.
[May 13]
Supreme Court of Cassation in Rome has confirmed the sentence imposed on 72-year-old Marcello Dell’Utri by Palermo’s Court of Appeal in March last year.
The longtime ally of ex-premier Silvio Berlusconi is facing extradition to Italy after his arrest last month on an Interpol warrant in Beirut for allegedly fleeing a likely conviction from the supreme court for Mafia association.
“In the period of time we’re talking about a continuous crime,” said prosecutor Aurelio Galasso. Silvio Berlusconi – Italy’s former Prime Minister and one of the world’s most recognisable politicians – did business with the mafia for nearly two decades via his conduit and former senator Marcello Dell’Utri. Judges sentenced Dell’Utri to seven years for mafia association. Three-time premier Berlusconi, 77, has always denied rumours that mob links were behind the large and opaquely sourced investments used to kickstart his construction and media businesses in the 1970s and 1980s. But Supreme Court judges accepted prosecutor Aurelio Galasso’s claim that “for 18 years, from 1974 to 1992, Marcello Dell’Utri was the guarantor of the agreement between Berlusconi and Cosa Nostra”.

[April 15]

Former Prime Minister and current friend Francesca PascaleFormer Prime Minister and current friend Francesca Pascale

 

In the first sentence against him ever confirmed by Italy’s highest court, former Premier Silvio Berlusconi must spend at least four hours a week in the service of the elderly to repay society for his tax fraud convictionBerlusconi was sentenced to four years for tax fraud, reduced to one year for a general amnesty. The one-year community service order may eventually be reduced by 45 days.

The state prosecutor supported the petition for community service, but asked the court to consider revoking it if Berlusconi insults judges while serving — something he has frequently done as he has fought numerous prosecutions over the years, mostly related to his business dealings.

The media mogul is on trial for political corruption in Naples and under investigation in Milan for witness tampering in trials relating to sex-fueled parties at his villa near Milan. His appeals trial for a conviction for having paid for sex with a minor and using his influence to cover it up is scheduled to open in June. He was sentenced to seven years in jail and given a lifetime political ban, but that has yet to be confirmed.

[December 4 2013]

Marcello Dell'Utri was the

Marcello Dell’Utri was the ” contract broker” of an agreement between Cosa Nostra and Silvio Berlusconi,

Italian Finance Minister Fabrizio Saccomanni says the sidelining of the longtime conservative leader leaves the government led by Prime Minister Enrico Letta “more cohesive and…more determined in the implementation of our program.”
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Mr. Berlusconi—whose threats earlier this fall to bring down the Letta government made it exceedingly hard for the young coalition to govern—was stripped of his Senate seat because of a conviction for tax fraud.
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Mr. Letta is under intense pressure to step up the pace of reforms aimed at freeing up Italy’s sclerotic economy.
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The premier is hoping the government will survive until 2015, giving it time to cut taxes, ease labor laws and lower unemployment.
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Mr. Saccomanni said Italy’s economy is slowly on the mend after what he described as a “deep depression.” The Italian economy has contracted for nine quarters in a row, and the government expects little more than anemic growth next year.
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With a stronger majority in Parliament, the government should “operate with a more medium-term perspective than the one we have been obliged to have until now,” .

After months in which the Letta government teetered on the brink of collapse, European policy makers have publicly fretted over the ability of Rome to enact serious overhauls and keep its debt—currently more than 130% of gross domestic product—under control. Some regard chronic instability in Italy, the euro one’s third-largest economy, as the major threat to the currency bloc.

EU Economic and Monetary Affairs Commissioner Olli Rehn said that Italy has “no margins [to] maneuver.” He also expressed skepticism as to whether Mr. Letta’s government would manage, for instance, to achieve its ambitious privatization program.

[November 5]

Italian Senators will vote on November 27 on whether to expel center-right leader Silvio Berlusconi from parliament following his conviction for tax fraud, officials from the main parties said on Tuesday.

[October 23]
Italian ex-PM Silvio Berlusconi has been ordered to stand trial for the alleged bribery of a senator.
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Berlusconi is accused of paying the left-wing senator 3m euros ($3.9m) to defect to his party in 2006 and help bring down the government.

The senator, Sergio De Gregorio, was sentenced to 20 months on October 23 at a plea bargain hearing in Naples.

[October 19]

Former Prime Minister and current friend Francesca Pascale

Former Prime Minister and current friend Francesca Pascale

The Court of Appeal of Milan ruled on October 19 that former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi should be barred from holding public office for two years following a conviction for tax fraud.

However, since Berlusconi is a senator, the court’s decision will have no immediate effect and his expulsion from the Senate will depend on a separate vote in the upper house of parliament, expected to take place next month.

Bulgarian actress, producer and director Michelle Bonev has described her nights at his Arcore home. “This is how it works. At the end of the party, each girl has a request to make to him because she came to get something – a part in a film, a python handbag, a… to pay the rent, the electricity, the gas. He would stay in the room. We all went out and sat on the sofas. Then he would listen to what we wanted, one by one like the godfather”

The appellate court was ordered by Italy’s highest court to determine the length of the political ban accompanying his tax fraud conviction and four-year jail term after prosecutors conceded sentencing errors in the original five-year ban.

[October 3]

Prime minister Enrico Letta, the centre-left leader of the government won the Italian senate confidence vote with a sweeping majority. Only 70 of 305 MPs voted against; 235 MPs voted for. Berlusconi – the man who triggered the crisis and spent days clamouring for the government’s downfall – was one of them. Berlusconi been forced into a humiliating climbdown by a rebel faction of his own MPs, 32 senators voting with their leader, 24 absenting themselves, and 25 against him. He is scheduled for expulsion from the senate and the enforcement of his commuted one-year sentence, at the moment.
[September 29]
“In the end it’s all up to the PDL, I think there’s a deep debate taking place within the PDL.” Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta
20 senators of Berlusconi’s People of Liberty, or PDL, are ready to form a breakaway group if the ex-premier doesn’t back down on his confrontation with Letta, perhaps. Letta needs 24 votes in the Senate to secure a new majority without Berlusconi. To do so, the 47-year-old premier must win over opposition lawmakers or convince members of Berlusconi’s People of Liberty party to abandon their leader.
[September 23]
Silvio Berlusconi was forced from office at the height of the euro zone debt crisis in November 2011. 54th Prime Minister of Italy Mario Monti ‘s efforts to deregulate services and labor laws were squashed by the parties that propped up his government before Italians gave him a resounding thumbs down at an election in February 2013 which produced no clear winner.

The resulting left-right coalition government led by Enrico Letta has bickered from the moment it took office and prospects for both growth and the debt have continued to worsen.

The economy shrinking 1.7 percent this year, down from a 1.3 percent contraction forecast in April, and it cut 2014 growth to 1.0 percent from 1.3 percent. Most analysts see growth of 0.7 percent at best next year.

Italy’s political situation has made no more progress than its economy, dimming prospects for the reforms needed to turn things around.

Italy’s medium term growth potential is now close to zero due to its failure to reduce costs and bureaucracy, tackle corruption or reform the justice system.
Since the days of the deepest crisis (in 2011) Italy has done nothing to improve its competitiveness, As a result its prospects for sustained debt reduction are non-existent.

Letta cuts a far more sober and reassuring figure than Berlusconi, but his ruling coalition is just as unruly and is deeply divided on economic policy.

Speculation has risen that there will be a new election in spring and on September 22 Economy Minister Fabrizio Saccomanni threatened to resign as the government squabbled over whether to suspend a hike in sales tax due to take effect in October.

[September 17]

Fininvest, The family holding company of former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi was ordered on Tuesday to pay 494 million euros in damages stemming from the disputed purchase of publisher Mondadori.
The final ruling by Italy’s top appeals court was a fresh blow to Berlusconi, 76, already reeling from a supreme court verdict which confirmed a four-year jail sentence last month, commuted to one year, for massive fraud at his Mediaset television empire.

[september 7]

Marcello Dell'Utri was the

Marcello Dell’Utri was the ” contract broker” of an agreement between Cosa Nostra and Silvio Berlusconi,

The judges of the Third Criminal Chamber of the Court of Appeal of Palermo in the written judgment in which the former senator of the PDL was sentenced on March 25 to seven years in prison for collusion with the Mafia. The Court has also found payments solicited by the Mafia to Berlusconi “as the price of protection,” and that according to the judges began in 1974, with a request for 100. million lire

Disgraced ex-premier Silvio Berlusconi made a 20-year pact with Mafia bosses to whom he paid millions of euros in exchange for protection and help with his business empire, according to a judicial report.

The tycoon’s deal with the mob was described by judges of the Palermo Appeals Court as part of their 476-page reasoning, released on September 5, behind the jail sentence for his Mafia association given to Berlusconi’s close friend Marcello Dell’Utri.

The judges say that Dell’Utri, a Palermo-born former senator in Berlusconi’s PDL (People of Freedom) Party, was the mogul’s go-between with the Cosa Nostra for 20 years, up until 1992, the year in which the Mafia assassinated two prosecutors in bomb attacks.

[August 24]

How was the play, Mrs. Lincoln

How was the play, Mrs. Lincoln

But while the crisis is leaving the Letta government’s prospects dim, Berlusconi’s Mediaset seems to have shrugged off the news. The shares have been on a tear so far this year, nearly tripling in value from their all-time low of €1.16 ($1.52) set in December by the end of July (the Supreme Court ruling was Aug. 1). They’ve been mostly flat since then, but they have still outperformed the Italian Stock Exchange’s blue chip index over that period, closing trading Friday at €3.36 ($4.40). Several investment banks have upgraded Mediaset’s ratings in recent weeks, judging that the tycoon’s political and legal woes are likely to have limited impact on the company’s day-to-day operations.
[August 14]
“Any definitive sentence, and the subsequent requirement to apply it, must be accepted,” Italian President Giorgio Napolitano said August 13 in an e-mailed statement. “That goes for the case at the center of attention today as with every other one.”
Napolitano noted that Silvio Berlusconi would not be expected to go to jail. Because of his age, the billionaire businessman is likely to serve the sentence under house arrest or doing community service.
Five Star Movement Founder Beppe Grillo, head of the biggest opposition party in parliament, said Napolitano was too lenient with Berlusconi and called on the president to resign.

[August 6]

Silvio's stand-in: his daughter

Silvio’s stand-in: his daughter

Berlusconi already has a successor lined up — his daughter Marina. Marina is Berlusconi’s oldest daughter from his first marriage and has always been her father’s favorite. Despite having dropped out of university, Marina was installed as the chief executive of her father’s media company at the tender age of 30, making her — according to Forbes — the most influential woman in Italy.
On Facebook and fansites, she presents herself as a friend of Silvio’s fiancée Francesca Pascale. Marina, who is approaching her 47th birthday, doesn’t seem to mind the age gap. Her father’s new belle is only 27. In recent days, Marina has been a part of all high-level party meetings, a noticeable change from the past. Indeed, Berlusconi used to be fond of saying that he didn’t want his daughter to have to suffer as he has. Now, according to various Italian media outlets, Berlusconi has confided in a select few that his daughter should stand in the upcoming election. Berlusconi-owned “Il Giornale” has also predicted that Marina would perhaps throw her hat into the ring in her father’s place. The affection between father and daughter is clearly mutual. Despite marrying a ballet dancer and having two children of her own, Silvio remains his daughter’s main man. She refuses to tolerate even the slightest criticism of him. And there are other similarities as well: Marina and Silvio both enjoy a good dye job and the occasional surgical intervention. She is the daughter of Silvio Berlusconi with his first wife Carla Elvira Lucia Dall’Oglio, and is the elder sister of the businessman Pier Silvio Berlusconi. She is married to Maurizio Vanadia.

Marina Berlusconi Vanadia, 47 year-old university dropout

[August 4]

Karima El Mahroug

Karima El Mahroug

On August 1 Berlusconi was ordered to serve four years in prison, a sentence that has been commuted to one year under a 2006 amnesty and will consist, due to his age, of detention under house arrest or community service rather than jail.

The five judges of the court of cassation ordered another part of the previous sentence – a ban on public office – to be re-evaluated by a lower court. “If there is not a reform of the justice system we are ready for elections,” he told his followers. “This alliance is now unsustainable. The PD should draw up an exit strategy,” Pippo Civati, a centre-left MP, was quoted as saying. “Let’s pass the electoral law, then go straight back to the polls.” Whatever the government’s fate, Mr. Berlusconi isn’t about to start serving his sentence or lose his seat. He has until mid-October to decide whether to serve the year’s sentence at home or perform some socially useful service. And Senate procedures to strip him of his post will likely take months.

[July 10]
The Court of Cassation has decided to schedule an appeal in the media mogul’s tax fraud trial for July 30, months earlier than expected. The high court said it moved up the date to prevent the statute of limitations from expiring on one of the charges on Aug. 1. A high court decision could see former Premier Silvio Berlusconi banned for years from public office.
Although Berlusconi isn’t in the government himself, steady support from his center-right People of Freedom party is necessary to keep Premier Enrico Letta’s 10-week-old government alive, since Letta’s center-left Democratic Party doesn’t have enough support in Parliament to control both houses.
[June 25]
On June 19, Italy’s Constitutional Court rejected a procedural challenge related to Berlusconi’s October conviction for tax fraud. The tax-fraud conviction, upheld on appeal last month, carries a four-year prison sentence and five-year ban from public office. The final appeal for that case, involving Berlusconi’s related to the acquisition by his media company Mediaset SpA of television and film rights almost a decade ago., is underway. Mediaset, Italy’s dominant private television broadcaster, bought U.S. film and television rights at inflated prices, allowing the company to fraudulently lower its tax bill. Mediaset itself wasn’t charged. Separately, Mr. Berlusconi has appealed his conviction and the four-year jail term handed down by the lower court. Both were upheld last month by an appeals court, but a standard second appeal is pending.
Berlusconi has, according to his own estimate, been the subject of some 2,500 court hearings. But, incredibly enough, the former prime minister has yet to serve a sentence:
• 1990: Berlusconi is found guilty of perjury for providing false testimony regarding his membership in Propaganda Due, a subversive and illegal Masonic lodge. Amnesty granted in 1989 saves him from actual sentencing.
• 1994: Berlusconi faces corruption charges over subsidiaries of his company Fininvest paying bribes totaling $240,000 to tax inspectors. In 1998, he is sentenced to 33 months in prison, which he never serves because the statute of limitations expires during an appeal.
• 1995: Berlusconi is found guilty of falsifying documents during Fininvest’s acquisition of the Medusa film company. In 2001 he is acquitted, and thus never serves a mandated 16-month prison sentence.
• 1998: In his second conviction in a week, Berlusconi is sentenced to 28 months in jail for using an offshore company to bribe former Italian Prime Minister Bettino Craxi. An appeals court throws out the charges a year later because the statute of limitations has expired.
• 2002: The Italian Parliament passes a bill allowing defendants to appeal for a change of venue if there is “legitimate suspicion” that the judge involved in a case is biased. Berlusconi uses the legislation to his advantage by dragging charges out past the statute of limitations (he will go on to evade false accounting charges through other laws passed by his government).
• 2013: An appeals court upholds charges of tax fraud against Berlusconi after he is initially sentenced to four years in prison and banned from public office for five years in 2012. Berlusconi is now appealing the verdict to Italy’s highest court, which has yet to issue a final verdict.

aka Ruby

aka Ruby

A Milan court on June 24 convicted former Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi of paying for sex with an underage prostitute during infamous “bunga bunga” parties at his villa and then using his influence to try to cover it up.

Berlusconi, 76, was sentenced to seven years in prison and barred from public office for life — a sentence that could mean the end of his two-decade political career. However, there are two more levels of appeal before the sentence would become final, a process that can take months.

[October 14 2011]

Law and Order Special Victims Unit

Law and Order Special Victims Unit

Le Monde publishes excerpts from DSK explanation
Given the “lack of sufficient elements of proof” uncovered by the police, “an investigation into attempted rape cannot be undertaken,” the public prosecutors’ office said.
The leader of the UMP Jean-Francois Cope held Monday “pathetic and sad” the intervention of Dominique Strauss-Kahn yesterday on TF1, saying “shocked” hints at a possible conspiracy. 7sur7
The leader of majority party said he was “deeply” shocked by the assumption of a trap that could have been stretched to DSK. figaro
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Sky Ferreira:

12 November, 2017

 

Screenshot 2017-11-12 at 10.49.49 AM - EditedSky Ferreira and others will join John Cale for His Velvet Underground 50th Anniversary Shows at the Brooklyn Academy Of Music on 11/16 and 11/17, as part of the Next Wave Festival.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

[July 19 Twin Peaks ]

1216542Sky Ferreira is one of the 217 actors (or 238 actors, if other reports are to be believed) who will be appearing in the new season of Twin Peaks. Sky Ferreira hasn’t put out any new music on her own since 2013, and instead, has been appearing on the reboot of Twin Peaks. Sky Ferreira can hardly believe that Twin Peaks is happening again—let alone that this time around she’s a cast member. A self-described super-fan of David Lynch’s oeuvre, Ferreira learned that Lynch would develop an original character for her after she auditioned for the revival, which returns to Showtime on May 21 season three.

[November 5 2016  “Night Time, My Time,” debuted at No. 45 on Billboard 200 chart. ]

 

Sky Ferreira’s long-delayed debut album, “Night Time, My Time,” debuted at No. 45 on last week’s Billboard 200 chart. The “Everything Is Embarrassing” singer, who has hung out and posted wacky selfies with Cyrus before, recently opened for Vampire Weekend on tour. Miley Cyrus will be opened by Icona Pop and Sky Ferreira on ‘Bangerz’ Tour Feb. 14, 2014 in Vancouver.

 

[June 14 Sky Ferreira: film buff (fɪlm bʌf) and thespian ]

Sky Ferreira and Alex Pettyfer in a scene from “Elvis & Nixon.”

Actress-singer Sky Ferreira is set to reteam with the Oscar winner on Edgar Wright‘s “Baby Driver,” Sky Ferreira is boarding the Sony/MRC crime movie starring Jamie Foxx, Jon Hamm, Lily James and Jon Bernthal, After working with Kevin Spacey on “Elvis & Nixon” ” Release: Tribeca Film Festival April 15, 2016 (USA)
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[February 13 2015]

Sky Ferreira has signed to star with Oscar winner Nicolas Cage and Elijah Wood in the indie crime thriller “The Trust,” currently shooting in Las Vegas

Sky Ferreira has signed to star with Oscar winner Nicolas Cage and Elijah Wood in the indie crime thriller “The Trust,” currently shooting in Las Vegas

Singing sensation Sky Ferreira has signed on to join Oscar winner Nicolas Cage and Elijah Wood in the indie crime thriller “The Trust,” .
Benjamin and Alex Brewer are directing from a script that Benjamin Brewer co-wrote with Adam Hirsch.
Story follows two corrupt cops, Jim Stone (Cage) and David Waters (Wood), who are stuck working in the evidence room of the Las Vegas Police Department. When Stone discovers a vault holding drug money sealed in the back of a convenience store, he and Waters team up to pull off a bold heist.
“The Trust” is a Hassell Free Production in association with financier Electric Shadow Fund and Prettybird Pictures. Highland Film Group is handling international sales, while Saban Films acquired North American rights at last year’s AFM.
Braxton Pope and Molly Hassell are producing the film, which is currently shooting in Las Vegas. Mike Nilon is executive producing along with HFG’s Arianne Fraser and Delphine Perrier.

[May 16 2014 New York Times places Ferreira “squarely at the center of contemporary female pop”]

The New York Times places Ferreira “squarely at the center of contemporary female pop”.

Notwithstanding its happiness or lack thereof, Night Time, My Time has done pretty well, bagging big reviews everywhere from online hipster music site Pitchfork (which gave it an 8.1 out of 10) to The New York Times, which placed Ferreira “squarely at the centre of contemporary female pop”. Its sound is smart and unpolished – Courtney Love meets Saint Etienne meets the Jesus and Mary Chain – with bold hooks, gnashing guitars and squelching synths.

March 20]

Sky Ferreira covers Miss Vogue Australia wearing a Marc Jacobs sweatshirt and a belt that reads “Good Girl.” Styled by Stevie Dance and photographed by Christian MacDonald in New York, Sky Ferreira covers the second print issue of Miss Vogue.

Sky Ferreira covers Miss Vogue Australia wearing a Marc Jacobs sweatshirt and a belt that reads “Good Girl.” Styled by Stevie Dance and photographed by Christian MacDonald in New York, Sky Ferreira covers the second print issue of Miss Vogue.

Sydneynynyny show. So fun 👻

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Sky Ferreira has now arrived in Australia.
Her London gig lasted just six songs before collapsing under the weight of its own incompetence, but since then things have been bolstered and tightened up. Her band of skinny boys with undercuts may be a drummer short – they had to borrow one from a band in Melbourne – but they’re tight and confident.

Nearly every song starts with a buzzsaw synth before Ferreira plunges in. She does air-punching hedonism (24 Hours), angsty self-destructiveness (I Blame Myself) and pouty, pedal-to-the-metal pop (You’re Not the One) in equally convincing style. As the gig wears on and Ferreira gets more confident – she even takes her shades off – you have the feel of a project, long mired in difficulties, finally starting to fly.

[October 27 2013]

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Sky Ferreira has hit out at her record label for not making her new album available on vinyl and says she’ll make them herself.
Ferreira’s long-awaited new album Night Time, My Time is due to be released digitally on October 29th, however she took to Facebook yesterday to express her anger over her record label not being able to produce the album on vinyl. The singer has since deleted the post and it’s unknown as to what will actually be happening in regards to the vinyl print

[October 3]

But she will appear with Cole in commemoration, an Elliott Smith tribute has been planned at Brooklyn’s Glasslands on October 21. The bill includes Cat Power, DIIV’s Zachary Cole Smith performing alongside Sky Ferreira,

Sky Ferreira, 21-year-old ascendant pop star is on doctors’ orders not to sing for a little while due to an illness affecting her vocal cords, according to a Facebook post. “Sadly, the timing will force me to miss this week’s shows with Vampire Weekend,” Ferreira wrote. She apologized to the band and her fans.

But.”People have always said I’m a drug addict, just based on the fact that I have dark circles around my eyes— which I’ve had since I was a kid— or because I come across a certain way or dress a certain way. So that’s not something that’s new. But I would be in rehab; I would not be on this Vampire Weekend tour. And I wouldn’t be able to go on stage everyday and deal with this. ”

No one actually knows what happened besides Cole and I and the Saugerties police.
Long-delayed debut album “Night Time, My Time,” out Oct. 29 from Capitol and filled with smart, self-aware, unpolished pop songs, will likely enhance her reputation further.

[September 17]

Sky Ferreira and her boyfriend, DIIV’s Zachary Cole Smith, were arrested for drug possession after allegedly being found carrying ecstasy and heroin. Police in Saugerties, New York state, slapped the couple with a litany of misdemeanour charges, including driving without a permit and possessing stolen property. According to Hudson Valley news site the Daily Freeman (via Pitchfork), police stopped their 1990 Ford pickup truck after observing numerous traffic infractions early Saturday morning. A registration check allegedly uncovered that Smith was wanted on outstanding traffic warrants and that the truck’s licence plates were stolen. The officers then found a bag containing “42 decks [small bags] of heroin” (reportedly about $400 worth), apparently owned by Smith, and a quantity of ecstasy, carried by Ferreira. She is also accused of resisting arrest. The two musicians were taken to the nearby Ulster County jail and eventually released on bail. On Saturday night, Smith performed as scheduled at the BasilicaSoundScape music festival: Ferreira joined DIIV for a rendition of Cat Power’s Nude as the News.

 

Ferreira, 21, of 66 North 4th St., Apt. A, Brooklyn, faces misdemeanor charges of criminal possession of a controlled substance and resisting arrest. . Her debut album, “Night Time, My Time,” was officially announced on Friday morning — less than 24 hours before the arrest — after years of delays.