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The Wall Street Journal alleges Ugandan officials worked with technicians from telecoms company Huawei to infiltrate the politician’s WhatsApp chat group, named Firebase crew after his band. It says authorities then “scuppered his plans to organise street rallies” and arrested Bobi Wine and his supporters. Huawei described the allegations as “unfounded and inaccurate”.
It also dismissed allegations that its representatives were involved in similar intelligence-gathering operations in Zambia and Algeria.
Huawei executives allegedly told Uganda to look at Algeria’s mass monitoring surveillance systems, supplied by Huawei. Ugandan officers spent time in Algeria doing just that, before co-producing a classified report between Uganda and Algeria titled ‘Huawei’s intelligent video surveillance system’.

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François Fillon and his wife Penelope at the Elysée August 14 2019 for a dinner in honor of the Lebanese President

[July 11 2019] French former Prime Minister Francois Fillon and his wife will stand trial between February 24 and March 10, a Paris court said. [March 23 2019] Investigating judges have recommended a trial for the 65-year-old conservative and his British wife Penelope on charges of misusing public money, conspiracy and failing to fully disclose their financial situation to a French watchdog. Under France’s legal system, Fillon can appeal the decision to put him on trial.

warrenjeffs“The trust has received reports that Warren Jeffs has suffered a mental breakdown, and there seems to be a high likelihood that Warren Jeffs is not mentally competent to provide admissible testimony,” lawyer Zachary Shields wrote in the July 8 filing.A judge has set a court date on Aug. 27 in the southern Utah city of St. George to discuss if Jeffs will be ordered to give testimony. This is not the first time issues of mental and physical health have emerged regarding Jeffs, who is 63. He is serving a life sentence in Texas for sexually assaulting girls he considered brides. He tried to hang himself in jail in 2007 in Utah, had to be force-fed in 2009 at an Arizona jail and was put in a medically induced coma in 2011 after fasting in the Texas prison.In recent years, the group has lost hundreds of members and control of the sister cities of Hildale, Utah, and Colorado City, Arizona, amid a major leadership void started by Jeffs imprisonment and exacerbated by the conviction of his brother Lyle Jeffs on food stamp fraud charges.

 

[December 31 2011   No sex until he is freed   ]

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As the year comes to an end and the followers of Warren Jeffs await the apocalypse he has predicted, they’re living under a challenging edict: they’re forbidden to have sex until Jeffs is sprung from a Texas prison.

“He has predicted that the walls in the prison where he’s at will fall and crumble,” said Joni Holm, who has many relatives in the polygamous FLDS faith.

most severe punishment, excommunication, if they conceive a child.

It’s one of the strangest edicts in a season full of them. Jeffs has issued a stream of revelations, prophecies and orders to his congregation in the border community of Hildale, Utah, and Colorado City, Ariz.

The recent edicts from Jeffs’ prison cell seem to be having two contradictory effects. Many are leaving the FLDS faith in disgust. Those who stay are reported to be increasingly devoted to a man who is serving a lifetime sentence for raping underage girls.

According to numerous critics and outside observers, the imprisoned FLDS leader has sometimes acted through his brother Lyle and other times has spoken directly to his congregation over the phone from prison. He recently banned many of the things his followers enjoy: bicycles, ATVs, trampolines, even children’s toys. But the sex edict reaches into the bedrooms of all his devoted followers.

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A court-appointed accountant can threaten eviction to try to get payment from residents of the border towns of Hildale, Utah, and Colorado City, Ariz. Most of the property in the two cities is owned by the United Effort Plan communal land trust, which was once run by Warren Jeffs, the imprisoned leader of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.Those who don’t pay would be evicted and replaced with other qualified trust beneficiaries who are willing to comply with the rules, including paying monthly occupancy fees.

“Our goal is not to evict a single person,” Shields said Thursday. “Our goal is to have the people who are already there to pay. There are more beneficiaries than there are houses … the guy who is willing to pay the taxes ought to be able to get one.”

Shields said letters detailing the plan and its consequences should go out before the end of the year. The effort to collect has to begin now, so that money can be collected well before the 2013 deadline, he said.

Salt Lake City attorney Rod Parker, who represents the FLDS, agrees that taxes should be paid, but objects to the plan.
A judge has rebuffed the Utah attorney general and affirmed a ruling ordering the state to pay more than $5 million to the court-appointed administrator of a polygamous sect’s property trust to cover outstanding debt.

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GENEVA, Aug 12 (Reuters) – Israeli billionaire Beny Steinmetz and two others will be tried for suspected corruption for allegedly paying $10 million in bribes linked to allocation of mining licenses in Guinea to his BSGR Group between 2005 and 2010, Geneva prosecutors said.

In a saga that dates back to the 1990s when Rio Tinto, the Anglo-Australian miner, won the rights to develop Simandou during Mr Conté’s dictatorship, in 2008 the regime stripped Rio of half those rights, saying it had missed a deadline to start mining. It handed them to BSGR, which subsequently struck its $2.5bn deal with Vale, the world’s biggest producer of iron ore, the key ingredient in steelmaking.
Mr Conté’s successor, Alpha Condé, later launched an inquiry into how BSGR came to obtain the rights, which concluded in 2014 that they had been won through bribery and cancelled its claim on Simandou as well Zogota. Vale filed its arbitration against BSGR shortly after that decision.
BSGR was placed into administration in Guernsey to protect itself from the outcome of litigation, including the Vale arbitration.
. One payment of at least $2 million was made to Touré through Matinda, a company incorporated in the British Virgin Islands that she owned, and which in turn had received that cash from a company called Pentler Holdings Ltd. Onyx was the company that helped incorporate Pentler .Onyx is a company that provides administrative and management services for BSGR. Onyx’s chief executive is also a director on the board of BSGR.

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Tiger Woods withdrew from The Northern Trust before his second-round tee time (12:33 p.m. ET) on August 9 2019 with “a mild oblique strain.”  Woods shot a first-round, 4-over 75.

 

[July 19 2019   British Open: Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson miss cut   ]

British Open: Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson will miss same major cut for first time ever

Lindsey Vonn and P.K. Subban were two of the best dressed at the 2019 ESPYs. The hockey player took a risk with wide-leg pants while the skier showed off her incredible legs with a waist-grazing slit.

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Malaysia filed criminal charges against 17 current and former directors of Goldman Sachs Group Inc. in a case linked to 1MDB.
Those charged include Goldman Sachs Group Vice-Chairman Richard J. Gnodde, who served as co-chief executive officer at Goldman Sachs International, and Brian Griffiths, once an adviser to former U.K. Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. John Michael Evans, who retired from the U.S. bank to become president of Alibaba Group Holding Ltd., was also charged.
Other Goldman directors charged include Michael Sydney Sherwood, Robin Antony Vince and Claes Ake Gustaf Dahlback from Goldman Sachs International; and Goh Boon Leng and Liow Chang Lee from Goldman Sachs (Singapore) Pte.
Ten Goldman Sachs (Asia) LLC officials were also charged, including Dimitrios Kavvathas, John Michael Evans, Amol Sagun Naik, Keith Leslie Hayes, Richard Mark Campbell-Breeden, Ronald Suk Bae Lee, Archie William Parnell, Frederick Towfigh, Matthew Thayer Freemont-Smith and Oliver Robert Morgan Bolitho. The charges say the Goldman Sachs units omitted material facts in the bond offerings, among them that Malaysian financier Low Taek Jho was the operator and key intermediary for 1MDB.    Three subsidiaries charged: Goldman Sachs International, Goldman Sachs (Asia) LLC and Goldman Sachs (Singapore) Pte.
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June 21 2019: Juno Temple turns 30 (1989)