News Burst 28 August 2020
News Burst 28 August 2020 – Live Feed. By Disclosure News.
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News Burst 28 August 2020 – Featured News
- The Danish-born business consultant Corinna Larsen, who was the former monarch’s lover between 2004 and 2009, has said she received a significant amount of money from Juan Carlos in 2012: 65 million euros ($77 million) according to Swiss daily La Tribune. During an interview broadcast Thursday on the BBC, she said he made this “enormously generous gift” out of “gratitude for looking after him” and because he valued her son. Corinna Larsen zu Sayn Wittgenstein is one of three people under investigation in Switzerland over $100 million which Juan Carlos received from late Saudi king Abdullah in a Swiss bank account. Swiss prosecutors suspect the 65-million-euro gift she received from Juan Carlos served to hide what was left of the money he received from the Saudi royal. If that is the case, and if the money came from illegal activities, she could be liable for the crime of money laundering, which she denies. Swiss prosecutors are investigating her 2015 purchase of the property, Chyknell Hall Estate. In conversations with a retired police officer which were apparently recorded without her knowledge that were leaked to online Spanish newspaper OK Diario, Larsen accused Juan Carlos of graft, saying he regularly flew to the Middle East and “returned with bags of money”.
- Kevin Mayer formerly a Disney executive, has quit his top post at TikTok, months after becoming chief executive of the Chinese video-sharing app accused by the Trump administration of jeopardising national security, according to a letter to employees seen by the Financial Times. Mayer informed employees at TikTok and its parent company ByteDance of his decision to leave on Thursday, people briefed about the matter said. The former Disney executive’s decision came shortly after President Donald Trump threatened a ban on TikTok in the US unless ByteDance sold its US assets to an American company in the next three months “as the political environment has sharply changed”, the top manager addressed his staffers.
- The UK armed forces are providing military training to at least 17 of the 30 countries the UK government has put on a watch list for alleged human rights violations, the newsparer The Independent reported. According to a report by the paper published on Wednesday, the countries whose soldiers have been trained by the UK military are: Afghanistan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, China, Colombia, Egypt, Iraq, Israel, Maldives, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, and Zimbabwe. The alleged training is said to have taken place from 2018 to 2020. “Other countries with poor human rights records not on the UK’s watch list were also given training, including Oman, Qatar, Turkey, the UAE, and the Philippines”, it added.
- A Hong Kong news website said on Thursday that authorities had rejected a visa for an Irish journalist working there without providing a reason, stoking concerns about media freedoms under Beijing’s new national security law for the city. Aaron McNicholas, who covered the city’s sometimes-violent anti-government protests last year for Hong Kong Free Press (HKFP), waited almost six months before being told his visa had been denied, the outlet said. “It seems we have been targeted under the climate of the new security law and because of our impartial and fact-based coverage,” HKFP editor-in-chief Tom Grundy said in a statement. The Hong Kong government and immigration department did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Media groups said the move reflected an acceleration in the decline of press freedoms under the security law which punishes what Beijing defines as subversion, secession, terrorism and collusion with foreign forces with up to life in jail. “Denial of a work visa to a thriving local news operation bashes the most basic promise of press freedom given repeatedly by the Hong Kong government,” said Steven Butler, Asia Program Coordinator of the Committee to Protect Journalists.
- In the eyes of pro-royalists, Anon Nampa, Panusaya Sithijirawattanakul and Parit Chiwarak have become leading voices in the ongoing student-led protests calling for reform of the monarchy, a move seen as breaking deeply entrenched taboos in Thailand. Their open challenge puts them at risk of arrest for lese-majeste, the penalty for which is up to 15 years in prison. However, Anon was arrested over sedition charges on Wednesday in relation to the speech on monarchy reform he delivered on August 3 at a Harry Potter-themed rally. The role of the monarchy – a taboo topic in Thailand – was first raised at a rally early this month by Anon Nampa, a human rights lawyer and pro-democracy activist. At an anti-government demonstration dubbed “Harry Potter versus You-Know-Who or He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named”, held at Bangkok’s Democracy Monument on August 3, the activist delivered an almost unprecedented public speech on the role of Thailand’s monarchy. Amid protesters dressed as characters from JK Rowling’s stories, the 35-year-old speaker took the stage and called for the power of the monarchy to be curbed. He claimed legislation issued by the post-coup Prayut government had given the monarch a free hand to manage the Crown’s property. An emergency decree issued at the time had also transferred two military units under HM the King’s direct supervision. Anon stressed he was seeking reform of the constitutional monarchy, not its abolition.
- Congressional negotiators are considering whether NASA contracts awarded to Elon Musk’s SpaceX represent a potential national security risk due to Chinese financial support for the billionaire owner’s electric car company, Tesla. China’s penchant for intellectual property theft has created uncertainty even around federal government contracts awarded to American captains of industry such as Musk, a pioneer of private sector spaceflight and electric cars. “I’m concerned that companies in China could come into the U.S., make a sweetheart deal, take sensitive information, take proprietary technologies, and use it to enrich their own space program, their own national security efforts in China,” Colorado Sen. Cory Gardner, a Republican member of the Commerce Committee, told the Washington Examiner. Gardner’s proposals put a spotlight not only on aerospace companies that have a direct connection to China-linked cash, but even on “United States companies that share ownership with NASA contractors” — language that broadens the scope of the review to ensure that China can’t establish American “shell companies” to escape scrutiny. Such legislation could put SpaceX at a disadvantage given that Musk’s Tesla secured a line of credit worth approximately $1.4 billion from Chinese state-owned banks in December. Small wonder then that United Launch Alliance, one of SpaceX’s main rivals for contracts to launch federal government satellites and spacecraft, urged Gardner to introduce the bill, according to congressional sources familiar with the process.
- A Federal judge has denied Ghislaine Maxwell’s request to be moved to the general prison population, saying changes to the confinement of the former Jeffrey Epstein girlfriend are unnecessary at this time. Maxwell lawyers on Monday asked the court to transfer their client out of her high-security cell in the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn, New York, to allow her to better prepare for her defense. U.S. District Court Judge Alison Nathan noted that the Bureau of Prisons has allowed Maxwell access to legal materials 13 hours a day, seven days a week, but left the door open to revisit the issue. Nathan denied Maxwell’s bail finding her to be a flight risk. Maxwell has pled not guilty to the charges. Her trial is scheduled to being in July 2021.
- The authorities decided to sink the bow of the vessel last week. The Government of Mauritius revealed that the operation to deliberately sink the forward section of the Wakashio was finally completed on 24 August, having had to be paused the previous day due to weather conditions. It is now 30 days since the Panama-flagged, Japanese-owned vessel, hit the pristine coral reefs of Mauritius amid a network of national parks after carrying an almost full tank of over 1 million gallons of heavy engine oil. In the subsequent efforts to clean up the spill, the vessel split in two and the oil slick spread to ten times its original size within 5 days, spreading 14 miles North along the coast given the strong winds in that location. On Friday 21 August, the UN satellites revealed that over 30km of Mauritius’ beaches, mangroves and coastlines were ‘heavily impacted.’ In a statement on Friday 19 August, Greenpeace Africa’s Senior Climate and Energy Campaign Manager, Happy Khambule, had strongly criticized the decision to sink the Wakashio, saying, “Out of all available options, the Mauritian government is choosing the worst one. Sinking this vessel would risk biodiversity and contaminate the ocean with large quantities of heavy metal toxins, threatening other areas as well, notably the French island of La Réunion. Mauritians had nothing to gain from the MV Wakashio crossing their waters and are now asked to pay the price of this disaster. More pollution further risks their tourist-based economy and fish-based food security.”
News Burst 28 August 2020 – Bonus IMG
Mystery Location – Vessel Heading In South Easterly Direction
Despite seven official Government press releases between Tuesday 18 August – when the Wakashio was first dragged off the coral reefs – and Monday 24 August – when the bow finally sunk under water – not one of the press releases revealed any co-ordinates or location of the final sinking of the vessel. This has made it impossible to independently verify the location of the sinking, despite media pressure for this location.
At a time when trust in the authorities is at an all time low, following repeated assurances at every stage of the grounding that things were under control, civil society remain angry with the secretive decision to sink the forward section of the Wakashio without a full exploration of all other options.
News Burst 28 August 2020 – Bonus Video
Hurricane Laura – NEIOH
Lightning in Hurricane Laura WRWY These are Frequencies to assist in slowing and removing toxins in many places that would have settled over the population. NEIOH
News Burst 28 August 2020 – Solar Activity
Solar wind flowing from these coronal holes could hit Earth’s magnetic field on Aug. 29-30.
Sunspot number: 0
Current Stretch: 6 days
2020 total: 162 days (68%)
2019 total: 281 days (77%)
News Burst 28 August 2020 – Active Weather
In the last 12 hours Hurricane Laura weakened considerabli passin from wind gusting at 160 knots to ‘only’ 80 kts. The pressure is rising quite quickly and Laura stpped spinning. The forecast is to power down to 40-50 kts wind in the next few hours returning to the Tropical Storm intensity.
Tropical Storm Hernan and Tropical Storm Iselle
Both located in the Eastern Pacific off the coast of Central Mexico, pressure is still above 100 hPa and widns are 40-50 kts. They are both forecast to steer westward and weaken.
An almost stationary area of low pressure is brewing east of the northern Philippines. Wind 35-45 kts – Pressure 995 hPa – Slowly intensifying – Moving West.
News Burst 28 August 2020 – Earthquakes
27 August 2020
Europe – M4.5 Svalbard islands
North America – M3.5 California
Central America – M4.3 South Mexico
South America – M4.0 North Chile
Asia – M5.3 East India
Pacific – M4.8 – Macquarie Island
Deepest EQ – M3.1 248 km North Chile
Here we see the earthquakes in Europe on 27 August, we had previously mentioned central-north Italy for a possible movement up to M4 as an intermediate point between the movements of the past days and here is a swarm of M2 and M3 appearing in central Italy. The strongest EQ was of M3.5.
The seismic force that transited through Europe has once again ‘regrouped’ at the Svalbard Islands, final release point, with a movement of M4.5.
Further east on the eastern shores of the Pacific we see (in the video below) the numerous movements on the high M4 that we expected after the deep earthquakes of few days ago. In India and Myanmar border area, on the west side of the seismic wave flow, we see movements above the M5.
Tech giants Facebook, Twitter, and Amazon have been summoned by a joint committee of the Indian parliament to discuss the issue of data protection and privacy over the Personal Data Protection Bill, 2019. While Amazon refused to appear before an Indian parliamentary panel for a scheduled meeting on Friday, Facebook’s public policy head (India, South and Central Asia) Ankhi Das was grilled for two hours on the issue of data security by the panel.
The FBI has declassified documents mentioning flying saucers and “multidimensional beings”, it follows from an almost 70-page report penned by an unnamed professor and recently leaked online, reportedly on the FBI’s online vault. According to Alienstar and the Daily Star, the files dubbed Memorandum 6751 by UFOlogists discuss alien encounters dating back to 1947, mentioning extraterrestrial ray wielding “disks” and other Alien Objects.
Russian President Vladimir Putin saying that he expected his presidency to end at some point. “The presidency will undoubtedly end at some point, I realise this perfectly”, Putin said at the Valdai Discussion Club.
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