OTHER THINGS YOU MAY HAVE MISSED – SEPTEMBER 18

More reports today reports that vector-borne diseases have increased, so that the regional authorities are calling on the population to reinforce cleaning and self-care measures.  For example,  week 35 of 2022 has a total of 1,148 confirmed cases of dengue without warning signs, 153 with warning signs, 4 severe dengue cases, with no deaths – and worryingly, our district has the second-highest number of cases, at 9.1% of the total. For malaria there are 94 confirmed cases – all int eh more remote regions. finally, for  leishmaniasis in the metropolitan region, 69 confirmed cases are reported, and the health authorities recommend wearing long-sleeved shirts and long pants, a mosquito net, repellent, and bug screens on doors and windows to avoid mosquito bites.

This comes as Covid restrictions are reduced…

18 SEPTEMBER 2022

BOEING 747 FREIGHTERS TO BE BANNED FROM FLYING TO TO ISRAEL

On 12 September, Loadstar reported on the effects on the air cargo business of the ban on 4-engine aircraft, such as the 747 Jumbo Jet, from 31 March 2023 – after which date such aircraft will only be admitted under exceptional circumstances, provided the operators obtain a special permission in advance.  It will have no impact on passenger operations, but 98% of 4-engine aircraft departures from Tel Aviv this year have been cargo flights.

https://theloadstar.com/israeli-governments-ban-of-747s-hits-freighter-operators/

1 MILLION CAPTAGON PILLS SEIZED BEING SMUGGLED INTO KUWAIT FROM LEBANON

On 17 September, the Arab Times reported that the pills were professionally hidden inside plastic boxes of grapes.

https://www.arabtimesonline.com/news/1-million-captagon-pills-seized-before-smuggled-into-kuwait-from-lebanon/

GERMANY TAKES OVER ROSNEFT DEUTSCHLAND

On 16 September, EU Observer reported that the German government has put the German subsidiary of Russian oil giant Rosneft under trusteeship, will eliminate all oil imports from Russia and to ensure the refinery, one of Germany’s largest, can continue operations.

https://euobserver.com/tickers/156071

https://www.euractiv.com/section/energy/news/rosneft-subsidiary-in-germany-placed-under-state-trusteeship/

GHANA: UNPOPULAR TAX ON MOMO MOBILE MONEY TRANSFERS IS HITTING THE POOR HARDEST

On 18 September, an article in The Conversation says that a 1.5% levy on mobile money transfers (commonly referred to in Ghana as MoMo) in May 2022 has been watched closely by policymakers across Africa.  Taxes on MoMo, in Ghana and elsewhere, have also been justified as a way to “capture” those working in the informal economy, who are perceived as being untaxed.  Looking at the assumptions behind the levy, the article concludes that data suggests that key decisions about policy design and implementation were founded on assumptions that are not backed by empirical evidence; and that continued research on the impacts of the e-levy would provide a more complete understanding of how the levy affects citizens and workers.

https://theconversation.com/new-data-on-the-e-levy-in-ghana-unpopular-tax-on-mobile-money-transfers-is-hitting-the-poor-hardest-189671

DUBAI COURT ORDERS BRITON TO PAY £1.1 BILLION TO DANISH TAX AUTHORITIES IN FRAUD CASE

On 16 September, the Irish Examiner reported that, in a civil case, a British man, Sanjay Shah, accused by Denmark of masterminding a massive tax fraud (and fighting extradition from Dubai) has been ordered by a Dubai court to pay the Danish tax authority $1.25 billion in a case linked to the Cum-Ex frauds.

https://www.irishexaminer.com/world/arid-40962920.html

GANG RULE ENGULFS HAITIAN CAPITAL

On 18 September, a feature in The Observer said that violence has spread from the poorest slums to Port-au-Prince city centre as up to 200 gangs carve up Port-au-Prince.  It said that violence is rippling out across the capital, reaching once-peaceful provinces, and displacing thousands of families.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/sep/18/haiti-violence-gang-rule-port-au-prince

RUSSIA’S SECRET GEM SALES DIVIDING THE DIAMOND WORLD

On 17 September, the Deccan Herald carried a Bloomberg article about the secretive sale of Russian diamonds, worth hundreds of millions of dollars every month, and a handful of Indian and Belgian buyers who are snapping up large volumes at lucrative terms.

https://www.deccanherald.com/business/business-news/russias-secret-gem-sales-dividing-the-diamond-world-1145904.html

SOUTH KOREAN PROSECUTORS APPLY TO REVOKE TERRA EMPLOYEES’ PASSPORTS

On 15 September, the Coin Telegraph reported that prosecutors will be contacting the country’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs to nullify the passports of Terra Luna co-founder Do Kwon and 5 other project developers.  Amongs those said to be targeted are Mo Han and Mo Yu, both of whom are Terra Luna employees staying with Do Kwon in Singapore and a Greek national, Nicholas Platias, a founding member of Terraform Labs.

https://cointelegraph.com/news/south-korean-prosecutors-apply-to-revoke-do-kwon-and-other-terra-employees-passports

ILLEGAL GAMBLING SCHEME INVOLVING THE MAFIA BUSTED IN NEW YORK

On 15 September, Gambling News reported that police busted an illegal gambling scheme allegedly connected to one of New York mafia family Lucchese. 6 people have been arrested and charged with running illegal gambling operations, racketeering, and money laundering.   It is said that the scheme ran an offshore gambling website on servers in Costa Rica with a large number of bookmakers operating locally in New York, and was active from 2004 until December 2020.

https://www.gamblingnews.com/news/illegal-gambling-scheme-involving-the-mafia-busted-in-new-york/

MISSOURI MAN INDICTED IN $27.1 MILLION DOLLAR BANK FRAUD SCHEME

A US DoJ news release on 15 September advised that Tod Ray Keilholz, 59, had been indicted by a federal grand jury for a more than $27.1 million fraud scheme that included more than $12.4 million in Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Covid-related loans for 4 businesses, as well as a fraudulent loan for a development in Indiana.

https://www.justice.gov/usao-wdmo/pr/jefferson-city-man-indicted-271-million-dollar-bank-fraud-scheme

LEBANESE ANTIQUITIES DEALER PUBLICLY CLAIMS INNOCENCE

On 15 September, OCCRP reported that, in August, US officials issued an arrest warrant for Georges Lotfi, a 81-year-old Tripoli-based antiquities dealer, for his role in trades that resulted in looted antiquities from Egypt and elsewhere in the Middle East ending up in notable museums, including the Louvre, Paris, to New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art.

https://www.occrp.org/en/daily/16770-following-warrant-lebanese-antiquities-dealer-publicly-claims-innocence

JAPAN: CHAIRMAN OF FROMSOFTWARE’S PARENT COMPANY KADOKAWA ARRESTED ON SUSPICION OF PAYING $481,000 TOKYO OLYMPICS BRIBE

On 14 September, Game World Observer reported that Tsuguhiko Kadokawa is suspected of giving several bribes in connection with the Tokyo Games case.  He is a Japanese businessman and the board member of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics committee. He is also a former executive of advertising agency Dentsu, where he worked for over 40 years.  Prosecutors suspect he paid a consulting firm led by another former Dentsu employee between September 2019 and January 2021 in exchange for making Kadokawa Corporation an official sponsor of the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympics. 

https://gameworldobserver.com/2022/09/14/tsuguhiko-kadokawa-arrested-bribery-fromsoftware-parent-company

IS THE US RUNNING OUT OF WEAPONS TO SEND TO UKRAINE?

On 16 September, a Commentary from CSIS says that the amounts given to Ukraine are relatively small compared to US inventories and production capabilities. However, some inventories are reaching the minimum levels needed for war plans and training. The key judgment for both munitions and weapons is how much risk the US is willing to accept.

https://www.csis.org/analysis/united-states-running-out-weapons-send-ukraine

SIGNIFICANT CYBER INCIDENTS: AUGUST UPDATE

CSIS has updated the list of significant cyber attack incidents that starts in 2006.  Incidents in August include a DDoS attack to temporarily take down the website of Taiwan’s presidential office; the Finnish Parliament being targeted with a DDoS attack that rendered the Parliamentary website inaccessible; hackers targeted the website of Ukraine’s state energy agency responsible for the oversight of Ukraine’s nuclear power plants; hackers targeted the website of the Latvian Parliament with a DDoS attack; and hackers used phishing emails to deploy malware in government institutions and defence companies throughout Eastern Europe in January 2022, with this being linked to a Chinese hacking group.

https://www.csis.org/programs/strategic-technologies-program/significant-cyber-incidents

https://csis-website-prod.s3.amazonaws.com/s3fs-public/220906_Significant_Cyber_Incidents.pdf?OSKTnneXKCxI_Qx1Y7An4JGjm6DiTB0_

CHINA ACCUSES NSA OF SPYING ON STATE AERONAUTICS UNIVERSITY

On 6 September, the Gov Info Security website reported that the Chinese government renewed accusations of cyberespionage by the US in what it described as an ongoing campaign attempting to reframe the international narrative about China’s own cyber activities.  It is said that China has publicised multiple instances of hacking it says originate with the US National Security Agency.

https://www.govinfosecurity.com/china-accuses-nsa-spying-on-state-aeronautics-university-a-20002

PODCAST: US DoJ RENEWED APPROACH ABOUT CORPORATE CULTURE, INCLUDING THE PROSECUTION OF COMPANIES AND INDIVIDUALS FOR THEIR SPECIFIC CRIMINAL VIOLATIONS AND MISCONDUCT

On 7 September, Guidepost Solutions released a 24-minute podcast containing a discussion with Alixandra Smith, a deputy chief of the Criminal Division at the US Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York.  She discusses the importance of compliance in the context of the successful prosecutions of Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and money laundering violations by Goldman Sachs.

https://guidepostsolutions.com/guidepost-in-motion-state-of-compliance-2022-with-alixandra-smith-part-1/

https://guidepostsolutions.com/guidepost-in-motion-state-of-compliance-with-alixandra-smith-part-2/

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DoJ ANNOUNCES NEW POLICIES ON CORPORATE PROSECUTION

On 16 September, an article from Allen & Overy reported on a speech and memo in which US DoJ Deputy Attorney General Lisa Monaco announced several new policies and issued several directives regarding the DoJ prosecution of corporate crime.

https://www.allenovery.com/en-gb/global/news-and-insights/publications/doj-announces-new-policies-on-corporate-prosecution

POLAND: NEW CANAL SO SHIPS DO NOT HAVE TO GET PERMISSION FROM RUSSIA TO PASS FROM THE BALTIC SEA TO THE PORT OF THE VISTULA LAGOON

On 18 September, the Anadolu Agency reported that, built for around $420 million, the canal will allow ships to go from the Baltic Sea and the Gulf of Gdansk to Elblag and the lagoon’s smaller ports without Russia’s permission to pass through the Pilawa Strait.  The unfinished canal also shortens the Baltic-Elblag route by about 100 km (62.1 miles).

https://www.aa.com.tr/en/politics/poland-opens-new-canal-from-baltic-sea-to-port-of-vistula-lagoon/2687891

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MALTA GAMING AUTHORITY (MGA) ANNUAL REPORT: HEIGHTENED AML/CFT DUTIES

On 16 September, SBC News reported that the MGA Annual Report provides a breakdown of its supervisory activities, regulatory objectives and policy initiatives undertaken during the financial year ending 31 December 2021.  Supervisory activities saw the MGA issue 64 warnings, leading to a cancellation of 7 licences, as its compliance audits registered 31 administrative penalties and 3 regulatory settlements that summoned collective fines totalling €176,000.  Monitoring by the Financial Intelligence Unit (FIAU) led to enforcement measures being applied on 10 licensees who were further reprimanded with MGA-sanctioned penalties of €863,000; and a total of 13 individuals and companies were deemed to have failed ‘fit and proper assessments, ‘mainly on the basis of mitigating the risks of money laundering or funding of terrorism’.

https://sbcnews.co.uk/europe/2022/09/16/mga-2021-agenda/

https://www.mga.org.mt/the-mga-publishes-its-2021-annual-report-and-financial-statements/

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