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  2. From: Thomson Reuters Foundation FEB. 14, 2020 CITIZENSHIP First Lady of Namibia Vows to Donate Wealth to Charity After Death "I strongly believe that inheritance is one of the biggest drivers of inequality." By Kim Harrisberg WINDHOEK, Feb 13 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) — Promising to give away all her wealth — estimated at $3 million — to charity when she dies, Monica Geingos is on a mission to change the image of African first ladies and tackle sexism and inequality in Namibia, the world's second most unequal country. Geingos married Hage Geingob on Valentine's Day in 2015 — a month before he was sworn in as president of the southern African desert nation, which gained independence from apartheid South Africa in 1990 but remains starkly unequal. The couple then voluntarily declared their combined assets of some $7.44 million, a popular move in a continent where politicians and their wives, like Zimbabwe's Grace Mugabe, grab headlines over unexplained riches. Brought to you by: WWE Sign Now: Sign the #SheIsEqual Declaration PASA A LA ACCIÓN Más información "I strongly believe that inheritance is one of the biggest drivers of inequality," the 43-year-old lawyer and former head of Namibia's first and largest private equity fund, told the Thomson Reuters Foundation in an interview at the State House. "If I'm telling poor children that they must be well-educated, have the right attitude, and they must stay away from self-destructive behavior and they'll be fine, then surely that message should apply to my kids too?" About 6% of Namibia's 2.5 million people are white. They dominate businesses and land ownership, a legacy of German and South African colonial rule, along with a growing black elite. She and her veteran politician husband, who is about 30 years her senior, both have children from previous marriages. Geingob faced criticism last year over the 'fishrot' scandal involving allegations that two ministers received kickbacks from an Icelandic fishing company in exchange for fishing quotas. Both men were arrested. Privilege While presidents' wives are often portrayed as promiscuous, materialistic, or political meddlers, said Geingos, her contemporaries are in reality doctors, economists, and academics "who ran very productive lives before they became first ladies." Geingos has thrown her weight as first lady behind the One Economy Foundation, which she founded in 2016, and plans to leave all her money to it when she dies. "Of all my achievements, the title of first lady resonates the least with me because it's the one title that I have really done nothing to deserve, that I got by virtue of marriage," said Geingos, whose husband won a second and final term in November. Related StoriesMay 13, 2019Thomson Reuters Foundation'No More': The #MeToo Movement Has Reached Namibia "It is, to me, a form of unearned privilege but...it has changed a lot of my views on socioeconomic issues in the country," she said, adding that it felt "schizophrenic" to witness both wealth and poverty in her life and work. Geingos' parents were only allowed a basic primary education under Namibia's racially segregated regime — an injustice which she said drives her to make the most of her life. Her charity lends money to entrepreneurs, gives grants to students, and supports victims of gender-based violence. Its board members include a security guard and a domestic worker. Geingos offered free legal and psychosocial support to victims of sexual harassment last year when Namibia's own #MeToo movement went viral on social media, with hundreds of women naming and shaming sexual predators. Related StoriesDec. 18, 2018Closing The Gender Gap: The 10 Best and Worst Countries For Women Namibia ranked 12 out of 153 surveyed countries in the World Economic Forum's Global Gender Gap, beating Denmark and France. But Geingos said sexism remains common in Namibia's private sector and media, which is quick to tear down prominent women like Isabel Dos Santos, Africa's richest woman and daughter of Angola's former president, who was recently accused of corruption. "I am not saying she isn't guilty. But there is a lack of consistency (in media coverage)," Geingos said, adding that she and Geingob will soon update their wealth declaration. "You will always be accused of everything under the sun in these kind of roles. But what you can do is put the information out there and let people decide themselves." She denied rumors of her presidential ambitions. "I am not available for any executive political function...I am very convinced that you do not need to be a politician to effect change," she said. "But I do feel this deep need that I can and I must do more." (Reporting by Kim Harrisberg @kimharrisberg; Editing by Katy Migiro. Please credit the Thomson Reuters Foundation, the charitable arm of Thomson Reuters, that covers humanitarian news, women's and LGBTQ rights, human trafficking, property rights, and climate change. Visit http://news.trust.org) TOPICSCitizenshippovertyCharityInequalityWealthNamibiaFirst Lady
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  4. I just hope they meet there first deadline of February for dispatch information and don’t lie to subscribers and hide information like they did with last years gift. But at the moment they’re not behind schedule so nothing to complain about yet....
  5. I'm just hoping that there will be something about the DVD that won't be on the blu ray release, assuming there is one. Whether it's some bonus songs from other nights on the tour that weren't played in Berlin or something. Then I won't be as annoyed with only getting a DVD as the gift. But, yeah, if it's just a lesser version of what I can buy in the stores shortly after, I may have to reconsider re-upping for future subscriptions.
  6. You will find updates when the time comes. Not everything can be immediate... as with everything, patience...
  7. not at the moment. No other option but to wait...
  8. They do seem to be on the prowl again. The fake Edge sent me a request not too long ago on Instagram too. Saw some things on Twitter over the weekend too that there was an account making the rounds. Just want to reiterate that the members do not have personal accounts and they will not contact you to make small talk or ask for money; please do not give personal information such as email address or phone number. Glad you recognize that account as a fake. Please report the account to Instagram.
  9. This very same fake bono is trying to chat me up on Instagram. not harmful yet and I haven’t heard from him today. I guess he knows I know he’s fake as I’m not eagerly fast to answer him. He even came back to me when I took my time with a “Hello” message 😅
  10. You get through the needles. The next couple days are the worst for me because my head swells from all the pokes. Lots of people get botox. I have a chronic migraine. It never stops. I go to sleep and wake up with it. I also get all the other types of headaches on top of the migraine, often all at once. It is what it is. I've learned to be happy and have a sense of humor about it all. My main problem is tolerance for stupid people who unnecessarily make life more difficult for others. This brings me to my current mood, which is crabby. I've decided I have to move again. My building seems to have hired another inept manager. I've been waiting, since May, for lights to be replaced in my apartment. I'm stepping in dog poop because two residents do not pick up after their pets. If I take the other stairs out of my building, it smells like dog urine IN THE FRICKING BUILDING. (deep breath). Tenants are too lazy to take out their dogs OR they don't want to go out into the snow and cold. Management keeps telling me, "We're still working on it." . I just responded with, "What is there to work on? Either stop the residents or go pick it up yourself. That's what a manager does.". He was not happy with me. I don't care. The dumb ass doesn't even realize that I just purposely walked into their office so I could scrape the dog poop off my boots and they'd smell it all day. (only after months of reasonable complaints) I can't go into my kitchen at night because the lights flicker and buzz, which causes the headaches to get even worse. I'm not allowed, as a resident, to fx them. It's been ten months. They think I'm just another dumb resident. I'm not. I know people who are very well connected.. I just made several phone calls. Both the owner and manager of this building are going to have very bad days tomorrow. The shi#t is going to hit their fans and hopeully stay off my footwear. until I can find a different place to live. ARGH. I am in no shape to move again. I'm very crabby. Pardon my rant. I needed to get it out and let it go. Time to make some stuffed french toast, listen to some music and find my happy place.
  11. 45, 385 - Lunchtime counting while I start my next library book. I'm very glad I don't live near a river right now. Whole chunks of the county are underwater and some of the flood defence systems are struggling to cope. I don't think I've ever seen it this bad before.
  12. My good thing for today is that I got the loan extended on one of my library books even though I've had all 3 of the renewals that are normally allowed. Said book was due back today, but getting it to one of the specified libraries is impossible. Travel in many parts of Shropshire is being massively affected by flooding Anyone wanting to go to Shrewsbury at the moment should travel in a boat rather than attempting it by car Thank goodness for all of the emergency services, volunteers etc helping to evacuate people and keep them safe.
  13. I think that's very wise of you. No need to apologize but thanks. That line has a good groove to it. . I did not mention what I posted has been published and is protected.. I feared doing so would come across incorrectly. Sad someone might steal but it's reality. Very sad we would have to fear that on U2.com but such is our world. Best of luck to you wrting that story. May your muses inspire you...
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  15. TRANSPARENCY 11 of the biggest heists in history 29 January 2020 1:21PM UTC | By: ANDREW MARSHALL JOIN Join the fight against extreme poverty EmailJoin Share on Facebook Save on Facebook Share on Twitter Share by Email Forget Bonnie and Clyde and Jesse James. The real pros steal money in super-massive amounts, on an industrial scale. And for really big thefts, you need to be organized and connected — meaning businesses and politicians rank high on the list of the world’s greatest heists. But one heist dwarfs all these, and you probably don’t even know about it. More than US$1 trillion — that’s $1,000,000,000,000 — is siphoned out of developing countries every year, often with the help of anonymous shell companies, which are secretive entities that hide the identities of the real owners. They have become favorite vehicles of the criminal and corrupt. It’s a Trillion Dollar Scandal. 1. The Great Mining Robbery In the Democratic Republic of Congo, anonymous shell companies purchased mines for as little as 1-16th of their actual value, and then resold them at full price, siphoning off money that should have accrued to the state. Between 2010 and 2012, the DRC lost at least US$1.36 billion in revenues from just five such deals. That amount was nearly double the country’s combined annual budgets for health and education in 2012. The DRC ranks at the bottom of the UN’s Human Development Index, has some of the world’s worst malnutrition, the world’s sixth highest child mortality rate, and over 7 million children out of school. 2. Great Train Robbery The theft of £2.6 million (US$3.4 million) doesn’t sound that much these days, but that was big money when thieves stole mailbags from a Royal Mail train in England in 1963. Accomplished using only a metal bar, the tale of the theft has entered British history. Most of the 17-strong gang were captured and imprisoned, but Ronnie Biggs and Charles Wilson notoriously both escaped. 3. Ferdinand Marcos Former Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos was a greedy man. He is widely believed to have taken between US$5 billion and US$10 billion, through government loans, bribes, embezzlement, taking over private companies and outright theft. The proceeds were put in foreign bank accounts and invested in real estate in the US. He was toppled by massive protests, and died in exile in Hawaii in 1989. Authorities have so far recovered more than US$4 billion of stolen assets. 4. Sani Abacha By the time he died of a heart attack in 1998, General Sani Abacha had reportedly stolen between US$3 billion and US$5 billion in his five years of governing Nigeria. He got money through dodgy bond deals, but also by simply taking tens of millions in cash from the Central Bank for “national security” projects. Nigerian officials have managed to reclaim a small part of the money through smart sleuthing and hard-fought legal battles. But the bulk of it remains missing, in part because he used anonymous shell companies to hide the money in countries around the world. 5. Jean-Claude Duvalier Former Haitian President “Baby Doc” Duvalier may top the list here, given how much money he is believed to have stolen from a small, poor country. “Duvalier allegedly stole the equivalent of 1.7% to 4.5% of Haitian GDP for every year he was in power,” according to the World Bank. The search for his money is still going on, decades after he lost power in 1986. 6. Saddam Hussein Iraq’s dictator took money the easy way: he asked. He sent his son and personal assistant with a hand-written note to the bank’s governor, telling him to hand over US$920 million and €90 million. It was probably hard to say “no.” 7. UK bonds At 9.30 a.m. on May 2, 1990, messenger John Goddard was walking down a side street in the City of London when someone pulled a knife on him and stole his briefcase. It goes down as the most lucrative mugging in history: the case contained £292 million in bonds that were as good as cash. The suspected thief was later found shot dead. 8. Aleksandr Andreevich Panin Also known as “Gribodemon” and “Harderman,” this Russian cyberthief was responsible for malicious software known as “SpyEye,” which infected more than 1.4 million computers and collected bank accounts, credit card numbers and passwords. “He commercialized the wholesale theft of financial and personal information,” said a US official. How much was stolen as a result? No one really knows, but estimates run into the hundreds of billions. 9. Bernie Madoff Bernie Madoff conned investors out of US$65 billion, making most of the others on our list look like small-time amateurs. He used a Ponzi scheme — convincing people he could deliver high returns, bringing in new investors and using their money to pay off older ones — all while pocketing his own share. When investors started asking for their money back, the house of cards structure collapsed. He was sentenced to 150 years in prison. 10. The Great Oil Heist In 2011, subsidiaries of Shell and ENI paid US$1.1 billion to the Nigerian government for an offshore block with estimated oil reserves of 9 billion barrels. The government transferred exactly the same amount to an account earmarked for Malabu Oil & Gas, an anonymous shell company whose hidden owner was Dan Etete. Etete then secretly awarded the oil block to himself while he was Nigeria’s petroleum minister in 1998. After years of legal battles, the oil block was taken from Malabu Oil & Gas and awarded to Shell and ENI, who then paid the money to the Nigerian government, allegedly with knowledge that it would be forwarded to Etete’s company. That US$1.1 billion could have been used to fully immunize every single child under 5 in the country. Both Shell and ENI are the focus of corruption investigations in Italy, Netherlands and the UK. 11. Siemens One of the largest companies in the world was also one of the largest corrupters. Siemens, a German electrical company, paid hundreds of millions in bribes in at least a dozen countries. “Bribery was nothing less than standard operating procedure at Siemens,” said a US official, using “the time-tested method of suitcases filled with cash.” It paid the largest-ever corporate fines related to foreign bribery, in the US and Germany. If you add up all of the money from these heists, it doesn’t come close to $1 trillion. But if you add up how much gets taken out of developing countries every year — in cons, thefts, bribes, corporate schemes, tax dodging and other scams, many of them involving anonymous shell companies — you’ll get $1 trillion. Tell your US Senator it’s time to put an end to the use of anonymous shell companies: take action now.
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  17. AIDS isn’t a disease of the past, it’s still a crisis of now. Find out what it will take to #endAIDS by 2030. https://www.red.org/reditorial/what-will-it-take-to-end-aids-by-2030?fbclid=IwAR1msorV08FERlOKMr9XdrVrG1N7_esZ-ri0oLOpx9oOp4OAOBayXLjflHo
  18. JT is going to cinema this year last time I heard. Probably will be a dvd release to follow as well.
  19. He’s movin on up now and his light shines on 😢 RIP to a great producer Andrew Weatherall https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-51535685
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