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Michelle Williams is returning for “Venom 2”

Given the blockbuster success of “Venom” with $856 million worldwide, it stands that Hardy and Williams will earn bigger paychecks for returning in the sequel. Robert Richardson, the three-time Academy Award-winning cinematographer who is coming off of Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, has signed on to shoot Venom 2.

Andy Serkis was tapped last week to helm the sequel to Sony’s 2018 hit, and the move now reunites him with the director of photography of his directorial debut, the 2017 drama Breathe. Richardson’s boarding also shows how fast the studio is moving on the project. Sony hopes to shoot the follow-up to “Venom” in the fall. “Venom 2” is likely to be released in October 2020.

After the Wedding

Total Lifetime Grosses
Domestic: $1,003,349
Domestic Summary
Opening Weekend: $50,264
(#38 rank, 5 theaters, $10,053 average)
% of Total Gross: 5.0%
> View All 4 Weekends
Widest Release: 428 theaters
In Release: 25 days / 3.6 weeks

Total Lifetime Grosses
Domestic: $348,647
Domestic Summary
Opening Weekend: $50,264
(#38 rank, 5 theaters, $10,053 average)
% of Total Gross: 14.4%
> View All 3 Weekends
Widest Release: 81 theaters
In Release: 17 days / 2.4 weeks

After the Wedding (2019)
Stars: Michelle Williams, Julianne Moore, Billy Crudup
Total Lifetime Grosses
Domestic: $159,378
Domestic Summary
Opening Weekend: $50,264
(#38 rank, 5 theaters, $10,053 average)
% of Total Gross: 31.5%
Widest Release: 26 theaters
In Release: 10 days / 1.4 weeks
47%
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[October 23 2019]

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Michelle Williams, Eddie’s love interest and attorney, Anne Weying, who becomes She-Venom in the comics

Off a phenomenal China performance, Sony’s Venom continued to course this frame and has now crossed $800M worldwide. At $822.5M, it is the 2nd highest grossing superhero origin movie ever globally, behind Black Panther. Of $610.8M at the international box office, $242.9M is from the Middle Kingdom.
Total Lifetime Grosses
Domestic: $211,807,482 25.7%
+ Foreign: $611,228,468 74.3%
= Worldwide: $823,035,950

as of Nov. 27, 2018:

[ October 23   ]

In China, “Venom” scored $87.2 million, a drop of just 14% from its opening weekend. Its 10-day cumulative score is $187 million. “Venom” carried the global box office this weekend, thanks to its massive $111 million debut in China.

That ranks as the second biggest opening ever for a superhero film in that territory, behind just “Avengers: Infinity War.” Its performance in the Middle Kingdom powered “Venom” to $673.5 million worldwide, including $467 million internationally. Though its impressive run in the U.S. is largely coming to a close, audience reaction overseas could propel the antihero film past $700 million globally.

[ October 23 2018 ]
Venom is still a record holder after Halloween gave the symbiote a bit of a fright this weekend. Halloween enjoyed an impressive $76.2M opening weekend but fell short of the October record Venom set a couple weeks ago with $80.3M. To date, Venom has earned $171.1M domestic and $461.8M worldwide.

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With the mid-budget Hollywood programmer mostly dead, a supporting role in a comic book flick is the best shot at a major studio payday for most working actors. – Scott Mendelson, Forbes

Venom dropped just 55% in its second weekend.   Venom held on even better than expected, delivering a second weekend at #1.

[October 9 2018]

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“buddy flick/romcom vibe” Scott Mendelson

With an estimated $80 million, Sony’s release of Venom into 4,250 locations not only topped the weekend box office, but it topped the previous October opening weekend record of $55.7 million set by Gravity in 2013 by over $20 million. It’s benefiting from being the shiny new superhero movie in a while. While Sony contends that the production cost was net $100M before P&A, it’s said to be around $116M with Georgia tax credits. Either way, it’s still cheap enough. If Venom had launched to $150M-plus globally –that’s even if the film had broken down stateside with a $55M-$60M opening–Venom would have still been safe. Internationally, Venom delivered $125.2 million from 58 markets for a record October global opening over $205 million. We’re told that a $450M global take ultimately gets Venom to break-even during its theatrical release. China’s Tencent is reportedly covering around a third of the production cost, however, a China release for Venom has yet to be announced. “If Venom is a big hit, maybe it’ll make it easier for a filmmaker like Kelly Reichardt to get her movie made. “

[October 3 2018]

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Anne, who is played by Michelle Williams with no distinguishing characteristics apart from her short tartan skirt and long blonde wig.

Several months after she secretly married indie musician Phil Elverum, Michelle Williams, 38, is finally showing off her wedding ring to the world.

[January 22 2011]

Michelle Williams, Golden Globes

Michelle Williams, Golden Globes

In order to be nominated, a film or actor doesn’t need to be considered “good” by everybody, but instead “the best” by a few: academy members are essentially voting for one movie; each member’s ballot is counted towards one film, their number one vote. If that film receives the fewest amount of number one votes, then it’s the second pick that counts, and so on down the ballot so that the ballot is attributed to exactly one movie or performance.

This year, Blue Valentine and Michelle Williams could benefit from this rule. The film itself hasn’t had a huge box-office take, but those who have seen it are rapturous in their praise, particularly for the gutting performances by Gosling and Williams.
Buzz Buzz
For the fifth spot? Ms. Bening’s co-star Julianne Moore? Michelle Williams for “Blue Valentine”? Lesley Manville for Mike Leigh’s “Another Year”? Fourteen-year-old Hailee Steinfeld, a long shot for “True Grit”?
I’d say Williams is in by virtue of her campaign presence and Weinstein’s wiles;
Michelle Williams for Blue Valentine (it just got bluer) Falling off the list somehow
Williams being in a tough-to-watch indie …each of them seems equally vulnerable–
I’m thinking that Michelle Williams (Blue Valentine) have Oscar nominations in their future.

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Houssein Bajjadi and the 10 other accused identified by Belgian authorities are due to be retried at the end of 2019 or early 2020 after the prosecution appealed their acquittal last year.

June 26, 2018 brussels – The Public Prosecution Service appeals against the acquittal last month of eighteen suspects of the diamond robbery at Brussels airport in 2013.

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BRUSSELS — Five years after a brazen multimillion-dollar diamond heist on the tarmac of Brussels Airport, the Brussels Criminal Court on Thursday, May 17, cited a lack of evidence as it acquitted 18 suspects in the case.“They made a very wide sweep. They focused on some famous names,” said defence lawyer Nathalie Gallant, who claimed the investigators “worked with blinkers” on. She said the verdicts were not a surprise to those in the courtroom.
In its judgment, the Brussels court found that “the elements are not sufficiently precise and concordant to establish the guilt of the defendants,” . It lifted all confiscations of their property which had been seized as a precautionary measure. “The Brussels Criminal Court drew conclusions on a case that began with rumors,” said one of the defense lawyers, Pierre Monville,

 ‘Dr. Fantástico’ 6 minutes yields $5M in Brink robbery at Brazil airport   ]

Criminals stormed into the apron of the International Airport of Viracopos, in Campinas, a city some 100 km from São Paulo, Sunday evening, 9:30 pm local time, said Aeroportos Brasil Viracopos, which controls the airport. The criminals used a Hilux truck

[March 6 ]

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The Lufthansa jet landed at Viracopos, Brazil’s largest freight airport, from nearby Guarulhos airport in Sao Paulo. The plane was stopping over before flying to Zurich, Switzerland.
The robbers drove a pickup truck plastered with the logo of a local security company into the airport grounds.
Five of the robbers held up guards from the security company Brinks, loaded the money on the truck and drove off, according to Brazilian newspaper Folha de Sao Paulo.
The heist lasted six minutes and none of the guards were hurt.

earlier Brink Antwerp diamond robbery

[May 15 2015 Cannes robbery yields $20066375.00, €17.5 million (£13 million) worth of jewellery and watches ]

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the Cartier jewelery shop on the Croisette in Cannes has been holded up by four armed men who fled with a large amount of jewelry One robber in an old-man mask carrying a pistol burst into a Cartier boutique, letting in two accomplices with scarves around their faces, while a fourth man stood guard outside.
Two employees and a shopper were in the store at the time.
The robbers stuffed jewellery and watches into a leather satchel and jewellery bag. In their rush to make a getaway, they dropped several expensive watches onto the pavement, later recovered by the store.
The thieves made off in a Mercedes reported stolen in March that was later found burned out in a residential part of the town.
The Cartier store lies next to the luxury Carlton hotel – the scene of another daring jewellery raid in July 2013 that saw a lone thief make off with more than €140 million of gems, after breaking into the hotel through a door on the ground floor.

[March 13 Hatton Garden, London: USD $ 298, 570,000.00 in jewels and gold stolen]

Daily Mirror scoop

London Diamond Bourse (LDB) stated that the value of stolen goods has not yet been confirmed, so it will not fuel media speculation by commenting in that respect. London’s media has placed the value of stolen goods at anywhere from $50 million to $300 million.

We are currently one of London’s most successful and leading safe deposit company aiming to provide our clients a secure and cost-effective solution to store and protect important and irreplaceable personal belongings

We are currently one of London’s most successful and leading safe deposit company aiming to provide our clients a secure and cost-effective solution to store and protect important and irreplaceable personal belongings

Over the Easter weekend. burglars used heavy equipment to break into a vault used mainly by jewellers and gold dealers, Hatton Garden Safe Deposit. “The amount of money and the goods that are taken is never fully revealed… and there’s a good chance that not everybody would declare.
“I would not be surprised, given where this one is in Hatton Garden, if £200m is around about the amount stolen.”
In 2003 jewellery, cash and valuables worth an estimated £1.5m were stolen when a criminal, posing as a customer, emptied a number of boxes at the Hatton Garden Safe Deposit company

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[March 14 9525150 Dollar jewel hijack on French highway]

Just after midnight two trucks were passing through a motorway toll at Avallon, in Burgundy, when they were targeted. Four cars surrounded the lorries – laden with valuable goods – as up to 15 robbers wearing balaclavas and brandishing automatic weapons jumped out.
“The trucks were full of jewels and other valuable goods,” said a judicial source involved in the investigation. “They were driven away along with the four cars being used by the robbers.” [March 14 Difficult, however, to know what the robbers can concretely collect for the loot. “The ratio rarely exceeds 40% of the value for concealment. It is rather on the order of 20%. In all cases, in my opinion, having regard to the manner in which the robbery took place, we will not find the loot. »

[May 39 2014 Diamond heisters were expecting to find a large cash shipment instead of diamonds and were unprepared to deal with what they found]

the men were expecting to find a large cash shipment instead of diamonds and were unprepared to deal with what they found

the men were expecting to find a large cash shipment instead of diamonds and were unprepared to deal with what they found

Authorities in Morocco have reported the arrest of four men wanted in connection with a number of armed robberies, including the diamond robbery that took place at Brussels Airport in February of last year.

The four are wanted for “attempted murder, armed robbery at goods transport warehouses, a major jewel theft at a European airport and an armed attack on a Belgian hospital with the intention of helping a prisoner escape.
[January 3 2014]The man thought to be the brains behind the operation, Frenchman Marc Bertoldi, was released on bail last month. No trace of the stolen diamonds has been found, and investigators have speculated that the men were expecting to find a large cash shipment instead of diamonds and were unprepared to deal with what they found.

The latest suspect is a 43-year-old man identified only as Nordine A. He was arrested on 13 December but released after questioning and after giving a DNA sample. He was arrested a second time on 23 December and formally imprisoned the next day, a spokesman for the prosecutor’s office said. The prosecutor would not confirm that the arrest was related to DNA evidence found at the scene of the robbery.
The robbery at Zaventem took place on 18 February 2013, when eight armed and masked men in police uniforms attacked a Swiss airlines flight.

[July 26 2013]

Marc Bertoldi, the 'criminal mastermind' behind the heist

The grouinds for arrest were based “on anything,” according to his Metz lawyer , M e Olivier Rondu. Or more precisely a document fifty pages in which the Moroccan authorities say they have captured a conversation between Marc Bertoldi and his wife established in Casablanca. After connecting on his cell on 18 and 19 February, the masteremind said he had made a big hit, and if she was watching TV she would understand

Marc Bertoldi, the criminal mastermind behind the heist of at least tens of millions of dollars worth of rough diamonds from an airport in Belgium, has been deported to that country to stand trial. The 43-year-old suspect has a lengthy criminal record. Bertoldi is a French citizen and he was captured in France. Bertoldi admitted that he had sold some of the loot. However, he said he did not participate in the robbery. According to a report from Moroccan intelligence services, he called his wife to tell her to watch the news, saying he had done something big. Dimitri de Beco, his lawyer said that his phone had been left off for two days before the robbery, “This report not, more than five pages and is not signed . The Moroccan intelligence report is that he said to his wife, one day before the robbery, he would not be reachable. “these claims are questionable because Moroccan intelligence services do not specify how or where they got this information.”
Moreover, “the investigators of the Belgian police, who went to Casablanca as part of a commission, had never heard of this report,” says the lawyer, who said that “this information can not under no circumstances be used to keep my client in jail.” The judge Marc Bertoldi ruled that Bertoldi is suspected of being the author or, at least, to have participated in the spectacular robbery.

[May 8]

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Brink’s of Belgium truck robbed of lots of diamonds

Police in Belgium, Switzerland and France have arrested 31 people in connection with one of the world’s largest robberies of diamonds.

Belgian prosecutors say they have recovered large sums of money and some of the diamonds that were taken in a raid at Brussels airport in February.

Query: why was Brink’s the shipper for a portion of the diamonds going from Antwerp to Switzerland [not the other way around]? Exports of rough diamonds in February fell to 7.49 million carats from 9.10 million carats last year, while declining to US$1.12 billion from US$1.16 billion last year. Global miners such as De Beers and Rio take the entire quantity of rough diamonds directly to major hubs like Belgium, assort them and sell to global processors, to avoid taxes.
Brink’s of Belgium, whose truck was robbed on the airport tarmac of lots of diamonds, has a nasty legal battle with its unions ongoing. An inside job seems likely. They took 120 parcels of diamonds weighing 22lbs . They were uncut, with no certificate. “The perpetrators knew very clearly, ” said Caroline Wolf.

Faced with a complicated labor dispute in 2010, Brink’s cut its losses. Brink’s of Belgium, the cash-delivery business, declared bankruptcy. Its workers were laid off without severance. Brink’s moved management to the Netherlands, while keeping the lucrative Antwerp-based jewelry-delivery business. “We didn’t have a choice, we were losing too much money,” said Mr. Candel.

The unions filed suit in a Belgian court challenging the change in job status and lack of severance. “Brink’s acted as if we wouldn’t be vigilant, but we have lawyers,” said Valerie Van Waregem, a delegate for the socialist union.

Labor experts say Brink’s probably erred in not negotiating a compromise with unions over severance, something that is required in the event of bankruptcy by a 2008 EU directive. “We never refused a dialogue with the unions,” said Mr. Candel. “They refused to work.”

In Europe, “one cannot do what one would be able to do in the United States with a bankruptcy,” said Thomas Kohler, a professor of labor law at Boston College. “In U.S. law, employees are unsecured creditors. It’s a very different situation in Europe.”

The insurance for air transport – handled sometimes by airlines themselves or external insurance companies – is usually relatively cheap because it’s considered to be the safest way of transporting small high value items, logistics experts say.

Exports of rough diamonds in February fell to 7.49 million carats from 9.10 million carats last year, while declining to US$1.12 billion from US$1.16 billion last year. Global miners such as De Beers and Rio take the entire quantity of rough diamonds directly to major hubs like Belgium, assort them and sell to global processors, to avoid taxes.
Brink’s Co., a provider of armored cars to transport valuables, said a diamond robbery at Brussels airport will have a “significant impact” on first-quarter earnings.
A portion of the gems stolen two days ago was being shipped by Brink’s, the Richmond, Virgina-based company said today in a statement.
“The total loss exposure has not been verified, and the loss exposure for Brink’s has not been disclosed,” the company said. Brink’s “has a longstanding insurance program in place to cover its losses.”
Brink’s said that while the loss will hurt first-quarter earnings, the robbery won’t “materially affect” it’s full- year profit forecast.

But a robbery of this size also catches the eyes of people who study the illegal diamond trade. A decade ago, concern over so-called “blood diamonds,” which are diamonds mined in conflict zones, led to industry participation in a regulatory process designed to clarify a precious stone’s place of origin. The goal was to make it harder to use illegal diamond sales to finance armed conflicts.
In effect since 2003, the Kimberley Process is a voluntary system that combines compliance from industry, government, and non-government monitors. This morning’s stolen diamonds should fall under the Kimberly Process rules, which cover “rough” or uncut diamonds, not finished ones. This morning’s stolen diamonds were rough.
If they were going from Belgium to Switzerland, and they were rough, they would have needed a Kimberley certificate

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Mozambique sued Lebanese-French billionaire Iskandar Safa on July 31 in the High Court of Justice’s commercial court in London. Represented by Peters & Peters Solicitors LLP, Mozambique last month sued Safa, following the guilty plea from Andrew Pearse to wire fraud in federal court in Brooklyn, New York.
The legal action is the latest in a saga that has seen arrests including the son of Mozambique’s ex-president, former Finance Minister Manuel Chang, and two other former Credit Suisse staff. The U.S. has accused Mozambique government officials, the banker and Privinvest of setting up the project as a front to pay themselves more than $200 million in bribes and kickbacks.

Privinvest and some of its units were the sole suppliers for the project that included a tuna fishing operation, shipyards, and a coastal security system. The deals were signed in 2013 and 2014. The company and Safa ,the chief executive officer and founder of the shipbuilding company, have denied any wrongdoing. “Pearse’s allegations against Privinvest and Safa are entirely unfounded” and were obtained after several months of pressure, which diminishes their value as credible evidence.

[July 31 2019 guilty Mozambique and tuna fishing fleet scam ]
Andrew Pearse, who head Credit Suisse’s Global Financing Group at the time, entered his plea to one count of wire fraud conspiracy before U.S. District Judge William Kuntz in Brooklyn, New York federal court, admitting that he took millions of dollars in kickbacks in connection with the loans.
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-mozambique-credit-suisse-gp-charges/second-ex-credit-suisse-banker-pleads-guilty-in-mozambique-loan-scheme-idUSKCN1UE2OJ

[January 13 2019 U.S. steps into London scam ]

https://assets.documentcloud.org/documents/5674459/Boustani-Et-Al-Tuna-Bonds-Indictment-EDNY-Redacted.pdf

A 47-page US indictment against banker Andrew Pearse reads like a script to a Hollywood movie. Pearse and the other defendants created maritime projects as fronts to raise money to enrich themselves and intentionally divert portions of the loans’ proceeds to pay at least US$200m in bribes and kickbacks to themselves, officials and others.

[January 7 2019]

Jean Boustany, the top salesman for Privinvest, was arrested on January 2 2019 at New York’s John F Kennedy airport. The scam used loans to Privinvest , which is registered in the UAE, for three maritime projects. According to the indictment, Privinvest representatives were also accused of “inflating the prices of equipment and services” provided to Mozambique, thereby freeing the money for the bribe system.

“It is scandalous that it has required action from the U.S. authorities for this investigation and arrests to be made in London,” said Tim Jones, a policy officer at the British-based Jubilee Debt Campaign.

“It was the London branches of Credit Suisse and VTB which lent the $2 billion, yet there has been a shocking lack of action taken by UK authorities in holding them to account.”

Britain’s finance industry watchdog, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), started looking at Credit Suisse’s involvement in Mozambique in 2016. The FCA declined to comment on the latest events.

Former Credit Suisse bankers Andrew Pearse, Surjan Singh, and Detelina Subeva, were arrested in London on January 4 2019. They were charged with conspiring to violate US anti-bribery law, money laundering and securities fraud in an indictment issued in Brooklyn, New York US District Court, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York.

Prosecutors say that through a series of financial transactions between approximately 2013 and 2016, they created fraudulent maritime projects and used state-owned companies in Mozambique as fronts to raise $2bn. The men have been released on bail in London while the US seeks their extradition.

An inquiry into the loan scandal surrounding Mozambique’s default shows that the money procured via Credit Suisse and VTB Bank served many purposes – just not helping the African nation to develop its economy.

Credit Suisse (CS) so far has flatly denied being at fault for Mozambique’s failure to repay its debt, including in a recently-published inquiry by New York-based Kroll economic research agency. The report by the agency suggests that some questions remain to be answered.

Kroll says that CS and Russia’s VTB, which together organized credit worth more than $2 billion to three state-owned companies in Mozambique, had received $200 million in fees, a claim CS rejects. The loans were intended for a tuna fishing fleet, patrol boats, nautical equipment, maintenance and training.

Bonds Awarded, Fees Distributed

CS in a statement said that it had received $23 million, or roughly 2.3 percent of the loans, a sum in line with market prices. A further $140 million from the $200 million in fees had been so-called contractor fees, passed onto members of the syndicate and investors, intended to boost their return.

CS and VTB had emitted bonds with a coupon of 8.5 percent for parts of the loans granted to Mozambique. CS had not told investors that the bank had granted further loans to the country.

Investors only found out after agreeing to a refinancing in March 2016. The deal had become necessary because Mozambique hadn’t been able to finance the loans. Switzerland’s banking regulator Finma is looking into the transaction, as is the U.K.’s Financial Conduct Authority, or FCA.

The Role of Abu Dhabi Mar

The Kroll Report shows in detail who received how much of the money provided to the African country. Apart from the banks, it includes officials in the African nation and Abu Dhabi Mar, a company based in the Middle East. Abu Dhabi Mar delivered tuna fishing boats, other vessels and nautical equipment and infrastructure as well as an aircraft. The company received $1.8 billion for the goods and services, paid with money borrowed by Mozambique.

Kroll indicated that there had been a number of conflicts of interest in the provision of the loan, and that a large amount of information had been withheld by authorities and companies in Mozambique that would have helped shed light on the affair.

Where Are the Missing $500 Million?

This included the whereabouts of several hundred million dollars, information about which had not been forthcoming from sources in Mozambique. What is known is that Mozambique had changed the end purpose of some of the loans and attributed them to the budget of the country’s military.

Kroll said that it was unclear where some $500 million of the loan intended for the tuna fishing project went to.

Overpaid?

The agency says that Mozambique paid too much for the boats, further equipment and services. Kroll compared the money the country paid with estimated market prices of the equipment and services and came up with a delta of $713 million.

Abu Dhabi Mar is controlled by Privinvest, an investment company partly controlled by Iskandar Safa, a Lebanese billionaire. A spokesperson for Privinvest told finews.com that Kroll in its calculations had not taken into account a number of elements of the deliveries agreed in the contract.

A Lot of Additional Technology

Privinvest hadn’t delivered individual pieces of equipment, but an integrated system, whose individual elements had been adjusted to the needs and complemented with additional technology.

Privinvest also holds a stake in Palomar, an offshore firm. Andrew Pearse, a former CS banker, is a partner at Palomar.

Role of the Former CS Banker

During his time at Credit Suisse, Pearse is said to have contributed to the awarding of part of the Mozambique loans. He had told finews.com that there had been no conflict of interest between his work at CS and his stake at Palomar.

Kroll says that Palomar had received fees of $30.6 million. More than CS and VTB together. Kroll isn’t able to say why this was the case because of the information that had been withheld.

The report alludes to the conflict of interest of a person only named as «B» who had owned a stake in Palomar and had been a former member of a participating company. The report doesn’t specify whether person «B» is Andrew Pearse, and whether the company involved is Switzerland’s second-largest bank.

A spokesperson for Palomar told finews.com that the Kroll-report contained errors and was misleading. Kroll never had contacted Palomar. Still, Palomar was ready to provide the necessary information at any time.

Projects That Don’t Work Properly

The inquiry also found that Abu Dhabi Mar, Privinvest and Palomar had had leading roles in all the Mozambique projects. They structured the projects, introduced CS as a provider of financing, agreed payments of contractor fees and restructured the credits – which led to the payment of further fees.

The report also says that Privinvest had provided financial support. The projects hadn’t taken off as had been expected, partly because of a lack of infrastructure for fish processing, but also because personnel had been unsuitable.

Palomar Capital Advisors Liquidated

Zurich-based Palomar Capital Advisors was liquidated in November 2016. Pearse was chairman of the company, which had been a key actor in the Mozambique deal and received the fees mentioned. The fees still outstanding will now go to VR Global Partners, a company based in the Caribbean.

Kroll has kept the report neutral and refrained from making assumptions or pointing fingers. Still, the inquiry repeatedly showed that some of the payments and transactions could not be explained on the basis of the information available.

CS Agreed to the Deal Even as Conditions Weren’t Met

Credit Suisse is being cleared by the report’s findings. It says that CS had demanded a number of conditions to be met for it to agree to the deal. They included an agreement from the central bank of the country, an examination of local courts as well as a report to the International Monetary Fund.

The documents Kroll had at its disposal showed that the conditions set out by CS had not been met. Further information would need to be made available to explain why the bank had agreed to providing the finance despite its conditions hadn’t been met.

https://www.finews.com/news/english-news/27878-moza

https://zitamar.com/revealed-credit-suisse-banker-now-pay-ematum-ship-builder/

 

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Kevin Burke

The SEC charged Deutsche Bank with violating the FCPA’s books-and-records and internal accounting controls provisions and ordered it to pay $16 million. This amount includes $10.7 million in disgorgement, a $3 million penalty to the SEC, and prejudgment interest of $2.4 million.
In August 2015, the Bank of New York Mellon reached a $14.8 million settlement with the SEC for FCPA violations over its hiring practices;
In March 2016, digital telecommunications maker Qualcomm reached a $7.5 million settlement with the SEC for FCPA violations for hiring relatives of Chinese government officials;
In November 2016, JPMorgan Chase was charged with FCPA violations concerning its overseas hiring practices and ordered to pay $264 million in total penalties; and
In June 2018, Credit Suisse Hong Kong was ordered to pay a $47 million penalty and entered a non-prosecution agreement with the Department of Justice concerning its hiring practices in the APAC region.
Other banks that have disclosed FCPA-related investigations due to questionable hiring practices include HSBC, Citigroup, Barclays, UBS, Morgan Stanley, and Goldman Sachs.
https://www.complianceweek.com/anti-corruption/deutsche-bank-to-pay-16m-in-fcpa-case-over-hiring-practices/27601.article

https://www.sec.gov/litigation/admin/2019/34-86740.pdf

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India’s former finance minister, Palaniappan Chidambaram, has been remanded in police custody by a federal investigative court. The four-day remand enables him to be interrogated by officers from the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and the Enforcement Directorate (ED).
Officers from the CBI scaled the walls of his Delhi home on August 21 2019 to arrest him. He is being questioned over allegations that he cleared foreign direct investment worth tens of millions of dollars to INX Media in 2007 when he was finance minister. Karti Chidambaram allegedly received kickbacks from INX at the time that the investment was cleared by the finance ministry.

The CBI arrested Karti Chidambaram in 2018, but he was later released on bail. He is a Congress MP from the southern state of Tamil Nad

https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/davidmack/rick-perry-instagram-hoax-meme

[July 30 2019]

 
Oversight Committee Democrats say they fear that the administration is allowing the founders of IP3, an energy consulting firm with close ties to former Trump National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, to sell nuclear technology to the Saudis with no non-proliferation safeguards. DOE has approved 37 “Part 810” authorizations for U.S. companies to discuss sale of civil nuclear technology overseas, including seven to Saudi Arabia. Emails indicate IP3 had at least two meetings with Rick Perry; he met with IronBridge, an IP3 subsidiary, three weeks after taking his own oath of office, on March 23, 2017. The collaboration was an effort to avoid forcing the Saudis to sign a so-called Section 123 agreement, a strict non-proliferation accord designed to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons, referred colloquially as the “gold standard.”

https://oversight.house.gov/news/press-releases/multiple-whistleblowers-raise-grave-concerns-with-white-house-efforts-to

[Apeil 17 2019 to Texas? ]
Rick PerryBloomberg News reports that Rick Perry is preparing to leave his post as Energy Secretary.
A department spokesperson says “There is no truth that Secretary Perry is departing the administration any time soon.”

[January 11 2019 George P. Bush, future face of the Texas Republican party? ]

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George Prescott Bush 2016

“George P. Bush ran ahead of Ted Cruz, got more votes and a higher percentage of the vote than Ted Cruz,” He was the first statewide elected official to call for the Tarrant County Republican Party to stop efforts to remove a Muslim vice chairman from his post. Jeb’s son, George P. Bush, was elected Texas land commissioner in 2014. Bush, whose mother is a Mexican immigrant, was touted as a future face of the party who could help diversify it and make inroads with the growing Latino population in Texas.

The current Attorney General Ken Paxton is facing three felony indictments and is widely seen by Texas Republicans as a political liability who adversely affects the party’s image among general election voters.

If Paxton is forced to resign prior to 2022, Republican Gov. Greg Abbott could appoint Bush to fill the vacancy, or, if not, Bush could file to run in the 2022 election.

[  Sen. Dianne Feinstein: Rick Perry deciding on A-bomb “very dangerous”   ]

Rick Perry

U.S. House of Representatives passed the Fiscal Year 2019 National Defense Authorization Act on May 24, approving their funding plan for the military and mapping out some policy priorities.
The bill, known as H.R. 5515, passed the House with bipartisan support in a 351-to-66 vote. The Senate Armed Services Committee voted overwhelmingly, 25-2, to advance the legislation to the Senate floor.

Proposed National Defense Authorization Act for 2019 [ndaa 2019] will allow the Secretary of Energy to pursue development of a low-yield nuclear weapon without first receiving specific authorization from Congress, the matter will be unilaterally decided by Secretary of Energy Rick Perry. The bill would grant the energy secretary new authority to carry out the weapon’s energy development phase, or any subsequent phase, without Congress’ specific approval. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., authored the bill’s language. Sen. Dianne Feinstein alerted colleagues to the Cotton amendment, reading it at the Democratic Caucus lunch meeting.

She has expressed objection to a Cabinet-level secretary being able to initiate the advanced engineering a new nuclear weapon without Congress’ specific approval.

“The amendment, I think, is very dangerous,” she said June 6.   The 1,140-page 2019 National Defense Authorization Act, which still faces months of congressional debate before becoming law,

[March 7   George P Bush clears 50 percent in Texas primary   ]

Bush relied heavily on his support from both Trump and Donald Trump Jr. to clear 50 percent in a race against a field that included former Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson.

[March 3 2018]

[ July 7 2017 Perry economics “pretty simple”]

Rick Perry

Rick Perry gave an ‘economics lesson’ where he got the basic concept of supply and demand completely wrong

‘You put the supply out there and the demand will follow,’ Donald Trump’s Energy Secretary. said.

“I mean, that’s really pretty simple.” Mr Perry said, responding to a question about a shale gas boom,

[Martch 4 Perry confirmed]

Rick and Anita Perry

Rick and Anita Perry

The Senate has confirmed former Texas governor Rick Perry to serve as Energy secretary under President Trump.
The vote was 62-37 on Thursday.
Perry — who once pledged to eliminate the department — has repeatedly promised be an advocate for the agency and to protect the nation’s nuclear stockpile. Perry also has said he’d rely on federal scientists, including those who work on climate change.
Perry has said he’ll work to develop American energy in all forms — from oil, gas and nuclear power to renewable sources such as wind and solar power.

[August 8 2016 President George Prescott Bush]

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George P. Bush urges Republicans to back Trump. “The guy probably wasn’t his 10th choice. But he is the nominee we have, and George P. is doing what he needs to do, and I’m sure his father has absolutely no trouble with it.”

sp_bush   Samuel P. Bush

[June 2015 Rick Perry: candidacy for the 2016 Republican nomination for president ]

Hunting lodge of Gov Rick Perry  Texas,  Image is Photoshopped,

Hunting lodge of Gov Rick Perry Texas, Image is Photoshopped

“It was the weakest Republican field in history, and they kicked my butt,” Perry said in a self-deprecating speech at the 2012 Gridiron Club dinner. Rick Perry formally announced his candidacy for the 2016 Republican nomination for president at an event in Addison, Texas, June 4, 2015 Perry, 65, has worked tirelessly to shed his image as a failed presidential candidate. Though he left office on Jan. 20, Perry has unfinished business back home in Austin. He was indicted last year on felony counts of abusing his power as governor by threatening to veto funding for a district attorney unless she resigned because of a drunk-driving arrest. Perry has denounced the case as a political witch hunt, and conservatives have rallied to his cause. Perry served as lieutenant governor of Texas before becoming the 47th governor of the state in 2000, when George W. Bush resigned from the position to assume the presidency.

[August 23 2014 Republican judge, prosecutor got indictment from Grand Jury]

Many reporters in Texas know Perry and are much more familiar with the details in this case, the fact that these are Republicans investigating this and that Perry has a history of hardball politics in forcing people out. This is a much more nuanced story than some in the Beltway understand.” Forrest Wilder, who is covering the story for the Texas Observer, noted in a recent piece that the criminal complaint against Perry filed in June 2013 by Texans for Public Justice was assigned to a Republican judge who then appointed a former prosecutor in the George H.W. Bush administration as special prosecutor.
“There is nothing about this indictment process that suggests partisan bias,” said Wilder. “You had a Republican judge who appointed a special prosecutor who has largely a Republican pedigree who presented testimony from 40 individuals. There were hundreds of documents reviewed and the grand jury decided to indict.”

He also called much of the national coverage “mystifying.”
Mike Norman, editorial director of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, said
“The indictment is not the case and the national analysis is attacking the indictment and they don’t seem to see how this can be anything other than politics,” “If you’re saying that that process which our legal system set up produced only a political result, then you are saying the whole justice system is corrupt and I don’t believe that is the case.”

[August 16 Rick Perry indicted in Austin ]

Rick and Anita Perry

Rick and Anita Perry

A potential 2016 presidential candidate, Texas Gov. Rick Perry, was indicted in Austin on August 15 for improperly withholding money from a state prosecutorial unit because its Democratic district attorney refused to resign after pleading guilty to drunken driving last year.
He faces felony counts of abuse of official capacity and coercion of a public servant. The first charge carries a maximum punishment of five to 99 years in prison, while the second could lead to two to 10 years behind bars

[October 2 2011 Rick Perry’s West Texas ranch lease documents]

Rick Perry's hunting lease

Rick Perry’s hunting lease

The hunting camp was simple in the 1980s, just a cabin with a long table for cleaning fish and deer, a few bunks and a porch set along a riverbank
A second story was added to the old cabin, along with brown wood siding and an outdoor staircase.

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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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