(GULF OF GUINEA-BISSAUS) JUST IN: Pirates have kidnapped at least 19-crew members from a Hong Kong flagged c rude oil tanker off Nigeria, on Dec.03: an official with the ship’s operator said on Thursday, in an other sign of worsening piracy in the region #AceNewsDesk reports

#AceNewsReport – Dec.05: The loaded vessel, the Nave Constellation, was attacked 77 nautical miles off Bonny island late on Dec. 3 and the crew – 18 Indians and one Turk – were seized, the official said: Another seven crew members remain on board the vessel. Neither the vessel nor the cargo were damaged, the official said.

The shipping industry has warned in recent months about the increasing dangers faced by seafarers sailing through the Gulf of Guinea region, particularly around Nigeria, with a greater focus on kidnappings by pirate gangs:

The International Maritime Bureau watchdog said in October the Gulf of Guinea accounted for more than four fifths of crew kidnappings globally: Maritime security officials say over the past year there has been a growing shift by pirate gangs in the Gulf of Guinea and especially Nigeria toward kidnapping crews rather than stealing cargoes, aiming to extract ransom from ship owners for crews being held and subjected to violence.

The Hong Kong-flagged supertanker, capable of carrying up to 2 million barrels of oil, is operated by Greek shipping company Navios Tankers Management: “We are doing everything necessary to make sure that the 19 crew members will return safe,” the official at Navios said, adding that their families have been informed.

An Indian government source said its mission in Nigeria had taken up the matter of the kidnappings of with the Nigerian government and security agencies: The vessel was carrying crude for Indian refiner Hindustan Petroleum Corp, a source at the company said.

Nigerian Navy commander Kolawole Oguntuga said: The vessel which loaded Shell Bonny Light, was hijacked soon after leaving the terminal adding that the ship did not request a navy escort to provide them with adequate protection.

#AceNewsDesk reports ………….Published: Dec.05: 2019: Reuters: Reporting by Renee Maltezou in Athens, Jonathan Saul in London, Nidhi Verma and Devjyot Ghoshal in New Delhi and Tife Owolabi in Yenagoa, Editing by Alison Williams

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(PARIS, France.) JUST IN: Macron has more problems with Railway workers, teachers and emergency room medics launched one of the biggest public sector strikes in decades on Thursday, determined to force him to abandon plans to overhaul generous pension system putting it all under one roof ..HIS #AceNewsDesk reports

#AceNewsReport – Dec.05: Transport networks in Paris and beyond ground to a near halt as unions dug in for a protest that threatens to paralyse France for days and poses the severest challenge to Macron’s reform agenda since the “yellow vest” protests erupted: Riot police in Nantes, western France, fired tear gas at masked protesters who hurled projectiles at them.

In Lyon and Marseille, thousands more protesters carried banners that read: “Macron get lost” and “Don’t touch our pensions”. “What we’ve got to do is shut the economy down,” Christian Grolier, a senior official from the hard-left Force Ouvriere union, told Reuters. “People are spoiling for a fight.” ……………..Commuters in Paris dusted off bicycles, turned to carpooling apps or worked from home to avoid the crush on the limited train and metro services that operated in the morning rush hour.

Airport workers, truck drivers and police are joining the strike at a time of widespread discontent toward Macron’s drive to make France’s economy more competitive and cut public spending: French law requires minimum public services are maintained during a strike.

In this case, unions representing millions of staff are unhappy about a plan to overhaul the country’s pension system, which they say will force people to work longer or face reduced payouts when they retire: One opinion poll put public support for the latest strike action at 69%, with backing strongest among 18-34 year-olds.

So why is Mr Macron looking to implement such unpopular new measures – and just how controversial are they?

#AceNewsDesk reports…….Published: Dec.05: 2019: What’s Macron up to? Well, France currently has a complex system of 42 different pension schemes for its private and public sectors, with variations in retirement age and benefits. Mr Macron wants to create a unified system. Pension benefits are largely calculated using an employee’s 25 highest-paid years of work in the private sector, while: Read Full Report Here: Ace Daily News, [Dec 5, 2019 at 13:06 via Ace Worldwide News Group https://ift.tt/2PfikVF OR Telegram: https://t.me/acenewsdaily/206439

#AceNewsDesk reports…………..Published: Dec.05: 2019:

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(KIEV, Ukraine.) JUST IN: Independent lawmaker Andriy Derkach has stated on Thursday he had met Rudi Giuliani in the capital to discuss us of U.S Taxpayer money for creation of a group to fight corruption #AceNewsDesk reports

#AceNewsReport – Dec.05: An independent Ukrainian lawmaker said on Thursday he had met U.S. President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer in Kiev to discuss the alleged misuse of U.S. taxpayer money by Ukrainian state bodies Reuters reports

In a statement on Facebook accompanied by photos of the meeting: Andriy Derkach said the two had discussed the creation of an interparliamentary group to fight corruption.

As first reported by the New York Times: Giuliani has traveled to Budapest and Kiev this week to meet current and former Ukrainian officials for a documentary series amid the ongoing impeachment inquiry into the president.

#AceNewsDesk reports …………Published: Dec.05: 2019:

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(POLAND) JUST IN: At least 8-people including 4-children were killed when a three-story building in the southern ski resort of Szczyrk collapsed on Wednesday following a gas explosion, local authorities said on Thursday #AceNewsDesk reports

#AceNewsReport – Dec.05: The bodies of four children and four adults, most likely from two families, have been found in the rubble, authorities said: Roughly 200 people, including fire fighters and police, took part in the rescue efforts: The search operation would be scaled down on Thursday, officials said, with heavy machinery brought in to sift through the rubble: It was not expected that more victims would be found.

“It is a very difficult operation: I don’t remember such a high number of casualities in a gas explosion,” Jacek Kleszczewski, a regional fire fighters’ chief, said: A local gas utility said the explosion was likely caused by a hole drilled into an installation.

#AceNewsDesk reports ………..Published: Dec.05: 2019: Reuters: Reporting by Pawel Florkiewicz; Editing by Frances Kerry

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(CAIRO, Egypt.) JUST IN: El Sisi Sells off half of the land to ‘ Private Company Owned by Military a nd Housing Ministry ‘ in preparation for building his ‘ New Unnamed Capital City ‘ l ooking to capitalise on providing for the chosen wealthy and leaving the poorer citizens out in the cold #Ac eNewsDesk reports

#AceNewsReport – Dec.05: Egypt has sold almost half of the land earmarked for the first phase of a huge project to develop a new capital 50 km east of Cairo, an official at the state-owned company building it said: The as-yet unnamed city is being built in the desert by a company owned 51% by the military and 49% by the Housing Ministry.

The government has said it wants to start running Egypt from the new city as soon as the middle of next year: But the $58 billion project has struggled to raise funds and faced other challenges after some investors pulled out.

The first phase is “40,000 feddans (168 square km), of which 17,500 feddans have been sold so far: We plan to sell 6,000 feddans (more) by June 2020,” said Magdy Amin, head of the real estate sector at the company, called the Administrative Capital for Urban Development (ACUD).

“ Much of the land has been sold to real estate developers: Known for now as the New Administrative Capital, the government expects the city to be 700 square km upon completion, about the size of Singapore: The first phase will include ministries and other government buildings, diplomatic and business districts and residential neighbourhoods “

Announced at an economic conference in 2015, the new city is envisioned to replace Cairo, the existing capital on the Nile that has become a traffic-clogged, urban sprawl of more than 20 million people: Launched a year into Abdel Fattah al-Sisi’s presidency, the project aims to offer a clean and efficient base for the government and finance industry, as well as homes for at least 6.5 million people.

#AceNewsDesk reports …………..Published: Dec.05: 2019: Reuters: Reporting by Afaf Amer; Writing by Yousef Saba; Editing by Patrick Werr and Mark Potter

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(HILLSBORO, Ore.) Court Report: The man accused of killing and dismembering an Aloha mother in January 2018 pleaded guilty to murder, kidnapping, and abuse of corpse in Washington County court Wednesday #AceNewsDesk

#AceNewsReport – Dec.04: Several other charges against Jeremiah Johnston were dismissed: Deputies took Johnston into custody on Jan. 25, 2018, several hours after they found the body of 25-year-old Sara Zghoul inside a black BMW parked in an Aloha neighbourhood.

“The defendant’s vehicle was seized as evidence in this case. As an instrumentality of the crime we would ask that forfeited for destruction,” the District Attorney’s Office said. “There was $220 seized from the defendant’s wallet. We would ask that be applied to any court ordered financial obligations, and I believe defense is agreeing to that as well.”

Johnston was found injured and down an embankment behind a Beaverton home: He was taken to the hospital for several days before being booked into jail. His booking photo shows apparent lacerations to his neck.

Johnston pleaded guilty to first-degree murder, second-degree kidnapping, first-degree abuse of corpse, and conspiracy to commit murder: “This social parasite who so selfishly took Sara’s life clearly did not think of anything other than his own motives,” a family member said during the victim impact statement.

Sara Zghoul – Photo from the Washington County Sheriff’s Office

Sara loved her family very dearly: “ We’re missing a big part of us now. But mostly she loved her son. Her eight-year-old son who will spend the rest of his life without his mom by his side,” said Sara’s sister and a family spokesperson, Eman Noble.

“All we ask is prayers for Sara’s soul, prayers for my parent’s heartache, prayers for her son. May God protect him and … we hope that this never has to happen to any of family in this community ever again,” she continued “

Below is a statement from Washington County District Attorney Kevin Barton: “I am hopeful that the resolution of this case brings some amount of closure to the family of Sara Zghoul: “Jeremiah Johnston committed a horrific and brutal murder of a young Washington County mother and his continued refusal to provide her family with the location of the rest of her body speaks to his level of depravity and his lack of remorse……………….”While the knowledge that her killer will never be free may provide some finality for Sara’s family, the ongoing flaws in Oregon’s new murder laws provide no such finality for the families of other crime victims or our community as a whole.

“The decision to weaken Oregon’s murder laws by replacing them with poorly drafted substitutes that apply retroactively directly hampers our ability to prosecute murders: While the rushed passage and enactment of SB 1013 was an end-run around the express will of Oregon’s voters and extraordinarily disappointing, the refusal to convene a special legislative session to fix the known problems created by SB 1013 is entirely inexcusable. Crime victims, their families and our communities deserve a system that prioritizes the safety of Oregonians over the goals of special interest groups.

“Looking forward, I am hopeful the legislature will not rush future changes to our criminal laws without full consideration and will work with prosecutors to fix the problems in SB 1013.”

#AceNewsDesk reports …………Published: Dec.04: 2019: KATUNews

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(LOS ANGELES, Calif.) FEATURED: Jeffrey Epstein’s private wealth banker, who brokered and sig ned off on untold multiple millions of dollars in controversial Deutsche Bank and Citibank loans spanning tw o decades for the convicted pedophile, has died from a reported suicide just before FBI interview #AceNewsDe sk reports

#AceNewsReport – Dec.04: The news of yet another mysterious Epstein-linked death comes shortly after the FBI was seeking to interview the bank executive about loans he approved for Epstein and the indicted child trafficker’s labyrinth of US-based and offshore companies.The Los Angeles County Medical Examiner confirmed Thomas Bowers died by an apparent suicide by hanging at his home before Thanksgiving: Epstein likewise died from a reported suicide by hanging, according to the New York City Medical Examiner.

Bowers headed the private wealth banking division for Deutsche Bank and signed off on millions in loans to Epstein. Bowers, prior to taking over the private banking arm at Deutsche Bank, served in the same top position at Citibank, as the head of the bank’s private wealth arm. Citigroup also made massive loans to Epstein, according to records and banking sources who spoke to True Pundit.

True Pundit founder Mike “Thomas Paine” Moore previously headed anti-money laundering for a major Citigroup division during the time frame Citi commenced large loans to Epstein.

Did Citi bend its lending rules for Epstein? Paine said that appears “quite likely,” with Bowers and other Citi executives he later recruited to work for him at Deutsche all working to secure the approvals regardless of compliance-related red flags.

And sources said Citi loaned Epstein much more money, eclipsing $100 million and also allowed Epstein to use the bank to send thousands of wire transfers from his accounts. Bowers, who turned up dead just days ago, brokered the loans for Epstein, sources said.

Bowers was the chief of Deutsche Bank’s Private Wealth Management division and worked from the bank’s Park Avenue offices in New York City. At Citi, Bowers served as the chief of the The Citi Private Bank and previously ran Citigroup’s Global Markets and Wealth Management businesses.

And when Bowers left Citi for Deutsche Bank, Epstein followed: Meanwhile, Epstein stopped making payments on his millions in outstanding Citi loans. But that mattered little because Bowers approved new high-risk loans and credit lines from Deutsche Bank, sources said.

And that relationship with Epstein continued until Bowers left Deutsche Bank in 2015. By that time, Epstein had chalked up untold millions in loans with the help of Bowers who recruited many of his top private wealth top bankers from Citi to Deutsche Bank.

The FBI who was interested in interviewing Bowers, sources confirm. The FBI subpoenaed Deutsche Bank in May for all loans and accounts linked to Epstein and there were many unanswered questions. Deutsche Bank closed out Epstein’s accounts weeks after the bank was served federal subpoenas.

Federal law enforcement officials said the FBI planned to interview all Wall Street wealth fund managers who worked for Epstein. Bowers included:

How much money did Deutsche broker for Epstein? That number to this point has proven elusive. The FBI is not talking, but one executive divulged Epstein had secured more than $60 million from Deutsche Bank’s U.S. and German arms. Likely that number is larger, but at this point the bank is keeping its exposure quiet.

Just like Bowers had brokered for Epstein at Citi, Deutsche also set the convicted pedophile up with over a dozen bank accounts that Epstein employed to receive and send wires and funds.

One banking executive said Bowers had visited Epstein on his private island at least once: Bowers had also visited Epstein in New York and attended social events at his mansion. Federal law enforcement sources did not comment about these new revelations. However, Citi executives who worked with Bowers said the bank executive maintained an active night life and enjoyed the party circuit.

Epstein also helped bring in a plethora of new business from wealthy associates to Bowers at both Deutsche Bank and Citi, sources said.

“Epstein made Bowers and his financial institutions hundreds of millions of dollars,” one executive said. “It really didn’t even matter that Epstein stiffed Citi for $30 million in defaults because he brought so much new money, new blood in. Citi made far more than it lost.”

Seems like a pattern The American Banker reports: Epstein brought lucrative clients into JPMorgan’s private-banking unit and was close to former head Jes Staley, who visited Epstein’s private island as recently as 2015. Leon Black, Apollo Global Management’s billionaire chairman, met with the financier from time to time at the company’s New York offices, and used Epstein for tax and philanthropic advice: https://www.americanbanker.com/articles/td-bank-took-epstein-money-after-deutsche-bank-kicked-him-out

Police reportedly found Bowers hanging from a rope in his California home: He was 55: Previous press releases detailing Bowers’ role with the private wealth arm of Deutsche, detailed the division and its target clientele:

Deutsche Bank Private Wealth Management has been serving the interests of wealthy individuals, families and select institutions for more than a century: With offices across the U.S., Deutsche Bank’s Private Wealth Management business division provides a variety of customised solutions to private clients worldwide including traditional and alternative investments, risk management strategies, lending, trust and estate services, wealth transfer planning, family office services, custody and family and philanthropy advisory. Private Wealth Management includes the U.S. Private Bank and Deutsche Bank Alex. Brown, the private client services division of Deutsche Bank Securities Inc., the investment banking and securities arm of Deutsche Bank AG in the United States and a member of NYSE, FINRA and SIPC.

This story is developing.

Jeffrey Epstein’s Private Banker at Deutsche & Citi Found Swinging From a Rope; Executive ‘Suicide’ Before FBI Questioned Him

#AceNewsDesk reports …………………Published: Dec.04: 2019:

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