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The Ahsanis, who are British citizens, conspired with others, including multiple companies and individuals, to bribe government officials in Algeria, Angola, Azerbaijan, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Iran, Iraq, Kazakhstan, Libya and Syria from around 1999 to 2016, The U.S. Department of Justice said on October 30 2019 that Cyrus Ahsani, 51, and his 46-year-old brother Saman each pleaded guilty in March to one count of conspiracy to violate the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) on behalf of companies to secure oil and gas contracts. They will be sentenced on April 20, 2020.

Australia, Canada, France, Guernsey, Italy, Monaco, the Netherlands, Portugal, Switzerland and UK provided significant assistance

https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/oil-executives-plead-guilty-roles-bribery-scheme-involving-foreign-officials

Lindsay Lohan platonic

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According to dad Michael, while Lindsay does know MBS, their relationship is “platonic and respectful.” Lindsay Lohan is back stateside.

 
[August 5 2019 working in Australia ]
Now a rep for Lohan, 33, says she met MBS just once — around a year ago [2018] at a Formula One Grand Prix race.

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Is MBS flying Lindsay Lohan around in his private jets, giving her plenty of presents, and even a gift-wrapped credit card.or do they just “know each other.”aka Mohammad bin Salman bin Abdulaziz bin Abdul Rahman bin Faisal bin Turki bin Abdullah bin Mohammed bin Saud

Osher Günsberg says Lindsay Lohan has been a professional on Australian TV set.

[July 15 2019]
Screenshot 2019-07-15 at 10.15.21 PM - EditedLindsay Lohan will join the judges’ panel on the Australian edition of “The Masked Singer.” She most recently appeared on the MTV reality series “Lindsay Lohan’s Beach Club,”a rep for Lindsay announced she cancelled the show after its inaugural season.

When it comes to TV, it’s all about the ratings, so there’s no surprise MTV decided to give Lohan the ax. Sheiresa Ngo

[April 14 2016 stars in ‘The Shadow Within’ ]

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Lindsay Lohan, center, ‘The Shadow Within’

Shown at  Berlinale, the annual festival from 11-21 February, Archstone handles worldwide sales on the Lindsay Lohan horror-thriller The Shadow Within. Tiago Mesquita directed from Mark Morgan’s screenplay about a private investigator forced to reveal her werewolf alter-ego when faced with evil-doers. Filming took place in Belgium, and in addition to Lohan the cast includes Charlotte Beckett and Gianni Capaldi.

In a world where supernatural creatures roam amongst us, KRISTY WOLFE, a tough private investigator, tries desperately to keep her secret hidden. She has descended from a long line of werewolves. When her uncle is brutally murdered, Wolfe must use her natural instinct and risk her secret to unravel the mystery before she becomes the next victim.

It has a certain ring to it. Egor and Lindsay? Egor Tarabasov, 22, , seven years Lohan’s junior, wealthy Russian rich kids in London are often strictly forbidden by their family from drawing attention to themselves on pain of losing their allowance (the ultimate threat).
Tarabasov’s father is said to be less than thrilled with his son’s new love and the light it is shining on the family. He’s a trust-fund kid with a day job as a real estate agent. He has a generous allowance, but doesn’t have his own money yet,” . “His father is a wealthy man who owns a construction firm and a couple of stores similar to Home Depot in the Moscow region, but he is no oligarch.”

[September 29 2014 Lindsay Lohan opens in London in Speed-The-Plough ]

Lindsay Lohan, 28,  was said to have fluffed her lines on her opening night but by her third the Mean Girls actress had been word-perfect, in performance in Speed-The-Plough at  the Playhouse Theatre in London September 26.

Lindsay Lohan, 28, was said to have fluffed her lines on her opening night but by her third the Mean Girls actress had been word-perfect, in performance in Speed-The-Plough at the Playhouse Theatre in London September 26.

[November 13 2009 Heath Ledger Lindsay Lohan]

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Lindsay[ 2007] , who was rumored to have been dating Heath Ledger in Lindsay Lohan ditched snowboarder lover Riley Giles after hooking up with single Oscar-nominated star Heath Ledger, according to reports.

The actress split with Giles–who she met in rehab–last week, supposedly so the actress could concentrate on her career.

But Australian magazine NW claims she dumped Giles after meeting Ledger in a New York club over Thanksgiving. [Lindsay Lohan went home for Thanksgiving November 22, 2007… or out for dinner with them in NY]

The magazine reports, “Lindsay and Heath hit it off straight away. When she left the club she started texting him straight away and they hooked up a few times while she was still in New York. They were meeting late at night for sex. It was purely physical.”

Ledger has been single since splitting from fiancée Michelle Williams in September.

Lindsay Lohan’s Thanksgiving Holiday

Lindsay Lohan leaves her Long Island home and spends time in New York City with her family over the Thanksgiving holiday.

Lindsay, 21, dined at at Nick Deangelo’s in Merrick, Long Island, accompanied by mom Dina, little brother Cody and snowboarder boyfriend Riley Giles.

“Lindsay is home [for the holidays],” Dina told Life & Style recently. “And my son Michael is home from college. We all have so much to be thankful for!”

Saturdays are meant for shopping, and that’s exactly where shopaholic Lindsay Lohan could be found yesterday afternoon (January 19). 08

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Edward Norton, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Seth Rogen, Minnie Driver and more were among the stars to attend the L.A. premiere of “Motherless Brooklyn” on Oct. 28, 2019

 

 

 

[October 13 2019 at New York Film Festival ]

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Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Edward Norton

Motherless Brooklyn was the closing selection at the New York Film Festival and New York premiere in a screening at Alice Tully Hall on October 11, 2019

[March 3 2019 Gugu Mbatha-Raw toplines a dystopian fantasy by Julia Hart ]
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March 29 2019 marks the release of writer-director Julia Hart’s “Fast Color.” Starring Gugu Mbatha-Raw. Writing with her producer husband, Jordan Horowitz (La La Land), Julia Hart has fashioned Fast Color, a tale of matriarchal inheritance.
Opening Night (May 4) guests Gugu Mbatha-Raw (Belle, A Wrinkle in Time) and producer/co-writer Jordan Horowitz (La La Land) with their film Fast Color. It’s a favorite from the SXSW Film Festival, about a woman whose superhero powers send her on the run.

[March 28 2019 Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Bruce Willis star in Motherless Brooklyn (2019) ]

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Set against the backdrop of 1950s New York, Motherless Brooklyn follows Lionel Essrog, a lonely private detective afflicted with Tourette’s Syndrome, as he ventures to solve the murder of his mentor and only friend, Frank Minna. Norton also is listed as director and writer. Willis, Willem Dafoe and Alec Baldwin are also in the cast. Set against the backdrop of 1950s New York, Motherless Brooklyn follows Lionel Essrog, a lonely private detective afflicted with Tourette’s Syndrome, as he ventures to solve the murder of his mentor and only friend, Frank Minna.

“Motherless Brooklyn,” the film being shot in the Harlem building, 773 St Nicholas Ave, New York, NY 10031, that caught fire Thursday night, March 22, has been a passion project for Edward Norton, who spent nearly 20 years trying to get the film off the ground.

The film is an adaptation of Jonathan Lethem’s acclaimed 1999 novel about a detective with Tourette syndrome living in 1950s Brooklyn. In addition to playing the lead role, Norton also wrote the script and serves as producer and director — only his second time behind the camera after the 2000 comedy “Keeping the Faith.” Norton first began trying to adapt Lethem’s novel the year it was published and had announced the project as a go in 2014.

The film, which also stars Bobby Cannavale,  Cherry Jones, began shooting in New York City in February. It also touched down at two Long Island locations — Gold Coast Studios in Bethpage and, earlier this week, the Wantagh State Parkway near Jones Beach.

Norton went on to say in his Instagram message that media reports stating the fire “started on the set” of his movie are incorrect.

St. Nick’s Jazz Pub closed its doors in 2011, but Edward Norton chose to use the Harlem locale as a set for his upcoming movie Motherless Brooklyn.

“It appears to have started in the basement cellar of the building we were working in. We were filming in a bar and an apartment within the building and our crew noticed smoke rising up into where we were working,”

Many of you know that the crew of our film ‘Motherless Brooklyn’ experienced a dramatic and ultimately tragic event on Thursday night, in which a fire engulfed the building we were working in and an FDNY firefighter died fighting the blaze. Thanks to the many, many people who have written to us supportively. Our team’s formal statement on the event is here in the slideshow. It has been reported in some news outlets that the fire ‘started on the set’. This is incorrect. It appears to have started in the basement cellar of the building we were working in. We were filming in a bar and an apartment within the building and our crew noticed smoke rising up into where we were working. It has been reported that I was the one who smelled smoke and raised an alarm. This is incorrect. I was outside setting up a shot outside the building. Our fantastic 1st AD was the first to notice the smell of smoke before anyone even saw it and it was he and others on the crew who acted decisively and quickly to try to locate the source of the smoke, evacuate cast and crew, call the fire department and then rapidly move our equipment and vehicles away so that the FDNY had clear access. I cannot praise the professionalism of our crew highly enough. Had our team not noticed the situation and responded and alerted the fire department with the speed they did, I believe the residents of the building above would have perished. And though we described what we saw the FDNY do in our statement and articulated our feelings, it’s worth doubling down. I have never witnessed firsthand that kind of bravery. I’m in awe of that kind of selfless courage. It’s devastating to contemplate that one of the men we watched charging in there lost his life. Please send a prayer of thanks for the spirit and courage of Michael Davidson. Our team is committed to honoring him and assisting his family and, in due course, when we can determine with his family what form they’d like that to take, I’ll pass along any information I have about a verified way people can contribute.

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[March 6 2018 Elisabeth Shue in Death Wish, “really about family” ]

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Elisabeth Shue “Death Wish” (2018)

“I wanted to really make it about family, and stick to the central issue of what would you do if this happened to your family,” director Eli Roth said. “The movie for me really is about family and protecting your family and what do you do when you can’t get justice for your family?”
Death Wish (MGM), 2,847 theaters / $4.2m Fri (includes $650K previews)/$5.2M Sat/ $3.5M Sun/3-day: $$13,025,000 /Wk 1(+23% on Saturday)

Domestic Total as of Mar. 21, 2018: $31,104,759

Domestic Total as of Mar. 16, 2018: $27,533,685

Domestic Total as of Mar. 11, 2018: $23,856,431

Domestic Total as of Mar. 9, 2018: $19,012,301
Elisabeth Shue gets killed off early in the film. “I get shot in the head, they have special effects to stop your eyes and to stop your breathing,” she says of the film, which centers on a man avenging the brutal murder of his wife. Willis’s last official movie, “Extraction,” made $16,775 domestic so “Death Wish” can only go up from there.

Donald Trump cited the 1974 vigilante film ‘Death Wish’ to defend the Second Amendment at a Nashville rally, October 3, 2015. Trump encouraged the Nashville crowd to repeatedly chant “Death Wish!” before alerting them, “Today you can’t make that movie because it’s not politically correct.”

Death Wish given MGM’s TV deals is in the black after ancillaries.

Based on early Friday, March 2 returns, Death Wish is projected to open in the $12 million-$13 million range from 2,847 theaters after earning $650,000 in previews.   The movie, cost a reported $30 million to produce after tax rebates and incentives.

[March 3 Elisabeth Shue stars in Splat Pack remake of Death Wish, March 2 ]

Releases March 2 (Friday)
Death Wish
Red Sparrow
Foxtrot (Limited)
Souvenir (Limited)
Submission (Limited)
The Vanishing of Sidney Hall (Limited)

Death Wish is MGM’s first self-distributed title in a while, complete with roaring Lion logo and credits. eOne is handling Canada with this $30M production booked at 2,750 locations with Thursday previews at 7PM counting 2,000 locations.

Elisabeth Shue is cast opposite Bruce Willis in Death Wish{2018). In June 2017, it was announced Annapurna Pictures would distribute the film on behalf of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and release it on November 22, 2017. However, in October 2017, it was announced it was being delayed until March 2, 2018 “in order to evacuate the crowded Thanksgiving season”.

[June 27 2017 Was scheduled to open November 22 ]

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Megan Ellison’s Annapurna Pictures distribution operation has set MGM’s “Death Wish” reboot for a Nov. 22 launch.   The new “Death Wish” stars Bruce Willis, Vincent D’Onofrio, Kimberly Elise, Mike Epps, and Elisabeth Shue. It will open against Disney-Pixar’s animated family comedy “Coco” and Broad Green’s comedy “Villa Capri,” starring Morgan Freeman and Rene Russo.

Hulu and Annapurna Pictures have an output-licensing agreement that grants Hulu pay-one window streaming rights following their theatrical release.

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Bruce Willis will play the role originated by the late Charles Bronson. He will star alongside Elisabeth Shue and Vincent D’Onofrio.
In Chicago,Eli “Hostel” Roth has directed the filming of some action sequences in the Loop and in the Pilsen neighborhood. Most of the picture is being shot in cost-effective and versatile Montreal. Originally released in 1974, the Michael Winner-directed picture relaunched then-53-year-old Charles Bronson’s career and drove the vigilante craze during the ’70s and ’80s. Death Wish spawned four sequels and a reboot has circled Hollywood since Sylvester Stallone expressed interest in the series back in 2006. The first major efforts, though, crystallized in 2012, when a script from Scott Alexander and Larry Karazewski was optioned, with Joe Carnahan to direct. However, after several sets of directors, the MGM/Paramount remake’s future still remained questionable.

Now that Roth is attached, he’ll likely bring his own sensibilities to the reboot. Known for hyperstylized elements similar to those of pop-auteur Quentin Tarantino (a clear influence, citing his NYU student film, Restaurant Dogs), Roth brings his own bloody aesthetic – which got him named as a member of the modern horror influencers, known as the Splat Pack – to Death Wish. Beyond his gruesome methods, though, the filmmaker clearly has a deep appreciation for gritty, grindhouse-style films of the era.

[March 29 2012 House at the End of the Street: releasing after Hunger Games, natch ]

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Jennifer Lawrence & Elisabeth Shue

A mother [Elizabeth Shue[and daughter [Jennifer Lawrence] move to a new town and find themselves living next door to a house where a young girl murdered her parents. When the daughter befriends the surviving son, she learns the story is far from over. House at the End of the Street, which just released its first trailer. (Days after Hungers Games’ record-breaking opening weekend. Coincidence? We think not.)

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Before Meng was formally arrested on 1 December, she was questioned for nearly three hours by Canadian border agents. She was also asked to surrender her electronic devices, which border agents searched.

By leading her to believe her detention and questioning were immigration-related – and not the result of a US arrest warrant – police in effect violated her rights under Canada’s charter, her legal team said in court filings.

[July 15 2010 Huawei’s 5G equipment in play ]

OTTAWA (Reuters) – Canada is likely to postpone a decision on whether to allow China’s Huawei Technologies Co Ltd to supply 5G network equipment until after the October federal election. The question of whether Huawei’s 5G equipment could contain backdoors allowing access to spies is dividing Canada and its partners in the Five Eyes intelligence-sharing network. The United States, Australia and New Zealand have bans in place while Britain is taking a less firm line, indicating Huawei’s 5G products could be used in less sensitive areas.

Canada is watching what Britain does very closely, Ottawa could take a similar decision. Huawei has repeatedly insisted Beijing has no influence over it.

[June 26 2019 Canada should drop extradition proceedings? ]

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Canada should drop extradition proceedings argued a statement signed by the four legal heavyweights preparing Meng’s defence in the lead-up to her B.C. Supreme Court extradition hearing, which is expected to begin next January. Their argument speaks to the principle of “double criminality” at the heart of extradition law: that a crime in the country seeking extradition should also be considered a crime in Canada.
Besides — Meng’s legal team says the lies she is accused of making allegedly took place in Hong Kong in the presence of non-Canadian bankers. The Department of Justice said “Canada is a country that respects the rule of law”

[June 7 2019 extradition hearing January 20 2020 ]
British Columbia’s Supreme Court on June 6 3019 accepted a proposal by Meng Wanzhou’s defense team to start her hearing January 20, more than a year after she was taken into custody at Vancouver’s airport.

Defense lawyer David Martin said the schedule could allow the case to wrap up within two years, which he says would be a “record” for such a complicated case.

[May 5 2019 extradition process could take years ]

Meng Wanzhou, who is under house arrest at her Vancouver mansion, next appears in court on May 8 ahead of an extradition hearing, in a process that could take years. Canada says the United States is obliged to help, given that the U.S. arrest warrant triggered the crisis with Beijing. U.S. negotiators have rejected Chinese proposals to include the Huawei issue in their current trade deal discussions. Trump has previously suggested the charges against her could be dropped if that would help the trade talks. Officials in Ottawa have not forgotten that the president blew up last year’s Group of Seven summit in Canada by describing Trudeau as very dishonest and weak.

[April 16   Meng extradition ‘is a serious political incident’ -China   ]

The foreign ministry in Beijing and the Chinese embassy in Ottawa both issued strongly worded statements after Canada’s announcement on April 12 2019 .
“China strongly opposes Canada’s insistence to proceed with the so-called extradition of Ms Meng Wanzhou, and it has made a solemn representation,” the ministry said in a statement released on April 13 2019.
“It is a serious political incident. We again urge the US to rescind its request for the extradition of Ms Meng and call for Canada to release her immediately.”

Meng faces 13 charges of bank and wire fraud, violating US sanctions against Iran, and obstructing justice. When arrested she was carrying a iPhone 7 Plus, a MacBook Air, and an iPad Pro,

[March 22 2019 RCMP must show what was found on Sabrina Meng Wanzhou ]

The RCMP to provide copies of the content on seven electronic devices, an iPhone, an iPad, a Macbook Air, a Huawei phone, two SIM cards and a flash drive, on Meng Wanzhou when she was arrested at Vancouver’s airport. Within three days a representative of the Mounties must provide the electronics to the force’s technical crime unit so content can be extracted onto devices provided by Meng. Justice Heather Holmes of the British Columbia Supreme Court

[March 4 2019 sues about her arrest ]
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Extradition could be a long process, and Meng’s lawsuits could draw it out further.

[March 1 2019 Sabrina Meng Wanzhou’s extradition to proceed March 6 2019 ]
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An extradition hearing against a Huawei Technologies Co Ltd executive can proceed, a court in the Pacific province of British Columbia to start a formal extradition hearing. “The United States is a country with which we share a legal culture” and which Canada trusts, said Joanna Harrington, a law professor at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, an international human rights law specialist.

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The judge moved the start of her extradition hearing to March 6, a month later than previously scheduled, in order to allow the defense time to review the evidence.

https://www.justice.gov/opa/press-release/file/1125021/download

https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/chinese-telecommunications-device-manufacturer-and-its-us-affiliate-indicted-theft-trade

A spokesman for Canada’s justice department confirmed receipt of the extradition request. A copy of the request wasn’t immediately available.

United States will proceed with the formal extradition from Canada of Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou, David MacNaughton, Canada’s ambassador to the United States said.

[December 13 2018 , arrested as she travelled to Mexico ]
December 20 2018: Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying identified the third Canadian as Sarah McIver, who was serving “administrative punishment” due to “illegal employment”.

Michael Spavor is a businessman based in Dandong, near the Chinese border with North Korea. He has ties to the North Korean government and has met its leader Kim Jong-un many times. Canadian foreign ministry spokesman Guillaume Bérubé confirmed that Mr Spavor had contacted them earlier in the week because “he was being asked questions by Chinese authorities”.

https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/doj-tool-trade-chinese-exec-case-official-vows/story?id=59775531

“If I think it’s good for the country, if I think it’s good for what will be certainly the largest trade deal ever made – which is a very important thing – what’s good for national security – I would certainly intervene if I thought it was necessary,” Trump

The US has until January 8, 60 days from the arrest date to turn over its full extradition case with supporting evidence.

A British Columbia justice granted bail of $10 million Canadian (US$7.5 million) to Meng, but required her to wear an ankle bracelet, surrender her passports, stay in Vancouver and its suburbs and confine herself to one of her two Vancouver homes from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m.

Former Canadian diplomat Michael Kovrig was detained. Kovrig works for the International Crisis Group, an independent conflict resolution think-tank. Saying he was “deeply concerned,” Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale confirmed that Canada was aware a Canadian citizen was detained in China.

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Shi Yinhong, director of Renmin University’s Centre for American Studies and an adviser to the State Council, said that the Meng incident put China in a bind between the need to show it can protect its business people abroad without spooking other advanced industrial nations with a strong response against Canada.

The Global Times’ editor-in-chief, Hu Xijin,

“It is also one of China’s core interests to improve China’s relations with the U.S. and the West, and not to lead Sino-U.S. relations to the direction of a Cold War,” Hu said, at one point holding up his iPhone.

Meng Wanzhou, Huawei’s chief financial officer, John Gibb-Carsley, the lawyer representing Canada’s attorney general told a Vancouver bail hearing ,refused to visit the US, where her son attends school, which was evidence of a sustained effort to evade a criminal investigation.

Meng was arrested on December 5 as she travelled to Mexico.

[December 7 CFO of Huawei arrested while changing planes   ]

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Sabrina Meng Wanzhou, chief financial officer of China’s Huawei Technologies, 46, faces “unspecified charges in the Eastern District of New York” and was arrested when she was transferring flights in Canada.
In April, the U.S. Department of Justice opened an investigation into whether Huawei, which manufactures smartphones and other electronics, sold equipment to Iran despite sanctions on exporting to the region.  The Trump administration urged America’s allies to stop using Huawei telecommunications equipment because the Chinese company poses a security threat,    Last month New Zealand blocked Huawei from rolling out 5G mobile coverage over national security fears, following scrutiny of the firm by the UK, Japan and others.   CFO Sabrina Meng Wanzhou allegedly told employees in an earlier internal talk on compliance that there are scenarios where the company can weigh the costs and accept the risks of temporary non-compliance.

[December 3   Rise of China’s technology: 5G fearmongering?   ]

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5G development has become a bogeyman for the Trump administration .

If “big data” is the new oil of the digital era, then 5G is the next set of pipes that will deliver it – and unlike previous generations, China is determined to own more of this infrastructure, giving it mastery of its own industrial future. This not only sets it up a competitive technology clash, it also raises a number of national security issues for Western governments concerned about the integrity of 5G networks.
Phones, tablets, computers – devices such as home appliances, cars, dog collars, and many more are getting connected via the Internet of Things. 5G, which stands for “fifth generation,” is an upcoming standard for mobile telecommunications service. 5G technology will utilize a higher-frequency band of the wireless spectrum called millimeter wave that allows data to be transferred much more rapidly than the lower-frequency band dedicated to 4G. The downside is that millimeter wave signals don’t travel as far: The new 5G networks will require many more (albeit smaller) antennas spaced closer together than previous wireless generations. 5G home broadband, is essentially broadband without the cable. Of course, 5G is also much faster.

“Basically, power, money and politics is going east,” Younger said. “That’s a new political reality we need to adjust to.”

He said 5G reliance on Chinese technology was something Britain needed to discuss, though a bigger issue was the likely Chinese future dominance of emerging technologies.

Younger said he had been struck by President Xi Jinping’s “made in China” ambitions and that Beijing could within decades dominate all of the key emerging technologies, particularly artificial intelligence, synthetic biology and genetics.

“This is something we really need to think about,” Younger said. “The future of knowledge is in play.” The head the Secret Intelligence Service, or MI6, Alex Younger.
Huawei dismisses American fears about its intentions as nationalistic fearmongering. It says it has no more connection to the Chinese government than Apple or Google and that installing backdoors for spies in its network hardware or software would be tantamount to market suicide.

[ July 29 2011  China Oil corruption: Zhou Yongkang, the backer of Bo Xilai, now ensnarled   ]

China’s ruling Communist Party has put former security chief Zhou Yongkang — one of its most powerful men — under investigation.
Zhou had been a patron of Bo Xilai, who he is said to have backed for a slot on the PSC. Bo was jailed for life in September 2013 for corruption and abuse of power. Bo’s fall from grace, and that of his convicted murderer wife Gu Kailai, was China’s most dramatic political scandal since the trial of the Gang of Four after the Cultural Revolution. It was inevitable the Bo investigation would soon ensnarl Zhou too.

Zhou, 71, was born in the eastern industrial city of Wuxi in 1942, the son of a senior Communist defence procurement bureaucrat. Three years after entering Suzhou Middle School in 1958, he enrolled in the Beijing Petroleum Institute, now called the China University of Petroleum. He got his start in the 1970s as a technician for the Liaohe Oil Exploration Bureau in the northeastern province of Liaoning, home to China’s third-largest oil field.

In ordering the investigation of Mr. Zhou, Xi has broken with an unwritten understanding that members of the Standing Committee will not be investigated after retirement.
Two of Zhou’s former secretaries – Yu Gang and Ji Wenlin – and one of his former security guards, Tan Hong, faced charges over accepting bribes. Xinjiang’s former No 2 party official, Yang Gang, faced similar charges.
Mr. Zhou’s son, a sister-in-law and his son’s mother-in-law held assets worth some $1 billion, much of it in the oil and gas sector that was Mr. Zhou’s political fiefdom.
3/31/2014 China has seized at least $14.5 billion of assets from family and associates of the country’s former security chief Zhou Yongkang in the biggest corruption scandal since the Communist Party came to power in 1949
More than 300 of Zhou’s relatives, political allies and staff have been taken into custody or questioned.
The amount of money involved vastly exceeds the $2.7 billion of assets said in 2012 to be controlled by the family of former Chinese Premier Wen Jiaobao.
If the reported $14.5 billion of assets were ultimately owned by Zhou and excluded debt, his fortune would rank at No. 69 on Forbes magazine’s latest tally of the world’s billionaires.
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1 September 2013 Jiang Jiemin is also the subject of a corruption investigation. Until March Mr Jiang was head of the China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC), which has faced a number of corruption allegations. Another four CNPC executives were under investigation for corruption.

Historian Zhang Lifan said the investigation into Zhou showed factional struggles within the party were intensifying.

“We need to watch whether the struggle stops with Zhou. Xi might have won the ultimate victory, and it could stop there,” Zhang said. “After all, such a struggle is hurting the party, too, because it reveals to the public so many ugly things.”

[October 4 2011 Financial contagion from Chinese export dip

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Now Beijing is expanding the use of the RMB in other financial centers, to allow for foreign holdings of the currency to be used for direct investment in China. According to Arvin Subramanian of the Financial Times, “the process is micro-managed, interventionist, and enclave-based – not a day seems to pass without some foreign entity, or country being granted greater but selective access to the renminbi.” Last week, the Financial Times reported that “China is for the first time to give formal backing to moves by British banks to turn the City of London into an offshore trading center for the renminbi.” Furthermore, the Economist reports that “in Singapore, banks now offer yuan deposits and bond funds. Its central bank is one of a dozen that have agreements with the Peoples Bank of China to swap their currencies for yuan.” here

As Premier Wen Jiabao famously put it back in 2007, the country’s growth is “unstable, unbalanced, uncoordinated and unsustainable.” In such a crisis, China’s economic weight would become a liability. The IMF estimates that the impact of Chinese demand on the world’s largest economies has more than doubled over the past decade. A deteriorating outlook for Chinese imports could send commodity prices plummeting, precipitating heavy losses for investors and risking financial contagion. more

With a wire-to-wire victory at the inaugural ZOZO Championship, Woods notched career win No. 82 to tie Sam Snead for the most in PGA TOUR history.

Woods pocketed $1.75 million

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Sports Illustrated Fashionable 50 – Arrivals

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[Ocrober 26 2019 PGA season early lead ]

Woods tops the leaderboard at 12 under par, leading American’s Gary Woodland (-10) and Keegan Bradley (-8). Japan’s Hideki Matsuyama is tied with Bradley for third place. Rory McIlroy — the No. 2 golfer in the world — is tied for 21st at 3-under par. World No. 1 Brooks Koepka is not playing in the tournament.

[August 9 2019    Northern Trust, “a mild oblique strain.”    ]

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

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Malaysia’s finance minister said the government would be ready to discuss dropping the charges against Goldman if it agreed to pay $7.5 billion in reparations. Goldman has not commented on any figure but said last year it had set aside $1.8 billion to cover potential losses related to 1MDB legal proceedings.

Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad was keen to reach a deal with Goldman this year itself as the government grapples with a high debt burden.

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It is the 10th day of the 1MDB trial in Malaysia (Sept 19). the DoJ has not yet brought criminal charges againstGoldman Sachs.
[August 9 2019]
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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