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‘Wolf of Wall Street’ producer charged with laundering in connection with $248M – Global News

July 4th, 2019

Malaysia on Friday charged one of the Wolf of Wall Street film producers, and stepson of former prime minister Najib Razak, with money laundering, alleging he misappropriated $248 million linked to state fund 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB).

Riza Aziz, a co-founder of Hollywood production firm Red Granite Pictures that was behind the Oscar-nominated film The Wolf of Wall Street, was charged with five counts of money laundering.

WATCH: June 20, 2016 – Leonardo DiCaprio ordered to testify in ‘Wolf of Wall Street’ lawsuit

Prosecutors alleged Riza received a total of $248 million as a result of misappropriation of 1MDB funds.

Riza pleaded not guilty to all the charges. Each charge carries a financial penalty of up to five million ringgit ($1.21 million), a maximum jail term of five years, or both.

The court granted Riza bail at one million ringgit and asked him to surrender his passports.

READ MORE: ‘The Wolf of Wall Street’ movie producers to pay $60M to U.S. gov’t after financing with stolen funds

After unexpectedly losing an election to Mahathir Mohamad in May last year, Najib has been slapped with a series of corruption charges, mostly tied to losses at now-defunct 1MDB.

Najib, who founded 1MDB in 2009, faces 42 criminal charges related to huge losses at the fund and other state entities. He has pleaded not guilty and has consistently denied wrongdoing.

The U.S. Justice Department has estimated that a total of $4.5 billion was misappropriated by high-level officials at 1MDB and their associates between 2009 and 2014.

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1MDB is being investigated in at least six countries for alleged money laundering and graft.

U.S. prosecutors have said Red Granite had financed three films using funds they suspect were stolen from 1MDB.

Red Granite paid the U.S. government $60 million in September 2017 to settle a civil forfeiture claim over the rights to The Wolf of Wall Street.

READ MORE: Leonardo DiCaprio ordered to testify in ‘Wolf of Wall Street’ lawsuit

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Florida man contracts flesh-eating bacteria without even touching water – KTVQ Billings News

July 4th, 2019

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SANTA ROSA BEACH, Fla. – Tyler King was at work in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida, last week, when he noticed his left bicep starting to swell. He tried taking Benadryl but just a few hours later his arm had nearly tripled in size. He rushed to the emergency room.

“When I was a little bit younger, I probably would have tried to tough it out. Well, that would have been the worst thing that I could do,” King said. “If I had gone to sleep … and had woke up with it at the rate it was spreading, I might not have an arm right now.”

King had contracted vibrio, a bacteria commonly found in warm, brackish water – a mix of salt and fresh water. When exposed to an open wound, vibrio can cause a skin infection. If left untreated, the bacteria can be deadly.

King, who owns a water sports business, says he did not directly touch the water the day he was infected. He still doesn’t know how it happened but he considers himself lucky.

Similar cases of infection have been popping up on beaches along the East Coast. A Maryland woman says her son is healing after he developed open wounds swimming in a bay last week. A 77-year-old woman who was walking along the Gulf died after developing necrotizing fasciitis when she fell in the water and cut her leg.

“Waters are getting warmer and the bacteria love warmer water, so we’re all at higher risk,” explained CBS News medical contributor Dr. David Agus.

He says the key to stopping flesh-eating bacteria is to catch and treat infections with antibiotics quickly. Older people with medical conditions like diabetes, cancer or immune deficiencies are more susceptible.

“Once that bacteria has spread in the bloodstream to the organs, sometimes it’s too hard to treat … but just pay attention. Don’t be afraid of the ocean, but be aware of what’s going on,” Agus said.

Agus recommended people check themselves and children for cuts and to cover any open wounds with waterproof band-aids before getting in the ocean.

If you do get a cut in the water, clean it with hand sanitizer immediately and keep monitoring cuts for any signs of infection like swelling or redness.

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NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER in NVLink Benchmarked – TweakTown

July 4th, 2019

Macy’s Fireworks Spectacular Lights Up The Fourth Of July With Stunning New Display – CBS New York

July 4th, 2019

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – A waterfall of fireworks off the Brooklyn Bridge started this year’s Macy’s fireworks spectacular in New York City.

All part of a 25-minute, jaw-dropping show over the East River.

“I just love all the red, white, and blue, and everyone coming to celebrate Independence Day,” one spectator told CBS2’s Ali Bauman.

“I’ve never seen any fireworks show so big,” another person said.

Around 70,000 shells and effects were launched from barges along the river and more than 100 positions on the Brooklyn Bridge – which was a particularly big hit with the crowd.

This year’s theme, American cinema, synchronized fireworks with a musical medley of scores from the most beloved movie classics.

“Fireworks are emotional. Music is emotional. We wanted big sound to complement the fireworks… I want everyone to feel a sense of pride and be happy to celebrate here with us,” Susan Tercero, executive producer of the Macy’s Fireworks Show said.

Thousands of uniformed and plain-clothes police officers were also patrolling the public viewing areas.

New this year, two NYPD drones kept an eye over crowds as nearby officers monitor the feeds in real time on their cell phones.

MORE: NYPD To Deploy Drone Technology To Keep City Safe On Fourth Of July

The celebration started hours before the show, with spectators filling a two-mile stretch of the FDR Drive.

The Wainwright family flew all the way from California to see the legendary New York fireworks.

“We’ve seen stuff on the west coast, so wanted to check them on the the east coast,” the family said.

“I’m from Jersey and I always watch it on TV or whatever so I decided to come over to New York and see it for myself,” Karen Timley added.

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Salmonella outbreak linked to pig ear dog treats: CDC – WSIL TV

July 4th, 2019

(WSIL) — A treat for dogs could be making their owners sick, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Researchers at the CDC are investigating the cases of 45 people who have been infected with salmonella. 

45 people in 13 states have been diagnosed with the illness, including 3 in Illinois and 3 in Missouri. 12 people have been hospitalized but no one has died.

Officials said 34 people who have been diagnosed with salmonella had contact with a dog before they got sick. Of that group, 17 had contact with pig ear dog treats or were in contact with dogs that had received the treats.

No common supplier has been identified.

The CDC has some safety tips to help you stay healthy while feeding your pet:

  • Always wash your hands with soap and water right after handling pet food or treats; this is the most important step to prevent illness.
  • When possible, store pet food and treats away from where human food is stored or prepared and away from reach of young children.
  • Don’t use your pet’s feeding bowl to scoop food. Use a clean, dedicated scoop, spoon, or cup.
  • Always follow any storage instructions on pet food bags or containers.
     

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New Animated Pokemon Movie Revealed for 2020 – IGN

July 4th, 2019

Samsung may launch new Email Plus app on Android – Phone Arena

July 4th, 2019

Valley residents rattled by 6.4 earthquake – KESQ

July 4th, 2019

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Major earthquake strikes near Death Valley shakes felt as far as the valley

COACHELLA VALLEY, Calif. – A magnitude 6.4 earthquake was felt throughout Southern California Thursday morning, shaking up those celebrating Fourth of July here in the valley. 

The quake struck just after 10:30 a.m., with the epicenter in the Mojave Desert near the town of Ridgecrest. It was the strongest recorded earthquake in the area since a 7.1 quake in 1999. 

In a video sent to News Channel 3 by a viewer, one woman was heard narrating the waves of water seen in her pool. “We just had an earthquake that sent our pool splashing overboard… It’s still sloshing. Wow!”

The earthquake caught many by surprise. “I never felt nothing like it before and I was just thinking, ‘Lord, I hope there’s no sinkhole under us,” said Valerie Lott, visiting the valley from South Carolina. 

Hanging lamps and chandeliers were sent swinging. “I looked at my lamp at the top and it started shaking really, really bad, and I’m like, ‘Oh no, this is an earthquake,” said Conseulo Zepeda, a Thousand Palms resident.

The shaking was felt at home and on the roads. “My car was rocking side to side and I looked at my daughter and said, ‘Are you feeling that? My car is shaking — it’s not even windy out!'” said Nina Galanti, visiting Palm Desert.

“The actual street light itself was kind of moving and I was like, ‘Oh wow, maybe something is going on,'” said Galanti’s daughter Catherine.

Some people reported having vertigo from the shaking, nauseated by the rolling waves. 

And for others, the earthquake served as a real life reminder on emergency readiness. 

“I would like to think that I’m prepared and ready, but who is to say who really is?” said David Baker. “You never know until it really happens.”

“I just know to get under a table but I can’t walk too well,” said 93-year-old Erma Hipp. “If I get under a table, I can’t get up! … Honey, at my age, we don’t worry about anything.”

You can reach Jake on TwitterFacebook or email him at jake.ingrassia@kesq.com

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Samsung expects another big slump in profits – Engadget

July 4th, 2019

Samsung expects another big slump in profits  Engadget

Samsung isn’t about to leave the doldrums any time soon. The company warned that its profits were likely to slump in the second quarter, dropping about 56 …

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LISTED: Stampede breakfasts for Friday, Saturday – Calgary Herald

July 4th, 2019

Megan Christen, 7, tucks into a pile of pancakes at the CF Chinook Centre stampede breakfast on July 7, 2018. Darren Makowichuk/Postmedia

Friday, July 5

Mustard Seed Stampede Barbecue: Family-friendly event featuring barbecue lunch, live entertainment, a petting zoo, face painting, dunk tank, games and activities and more. At The Mustard Seed, 102 – 11th Ave. S.E. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.; theseed.ca.

Rise & Shine Stampede Breakfast: Presented by Sunrise Community Link Resource Centre, The Alex Community Food Centre, Eastside Victory Outreach, and The Community Hubs Initiative. Featuring face painting, door prizes, community resource fair and performances by Danny Nix and WD and the 40s. At The Alex Community Food Centre, 4920 – 17th Ave. S.E.; 403-455-5792; sunriselink.org.

Stampede Parade Gourmet Breakfast: Presented by The Calgary West Rotary Club. Tickets include gourmet breakfast and bleacher seating for the Stampede parade. 840 – 9th Ave. S.W. 7 a.m.; $55.; 403-280-1093; calgarywestrotaryclub.org.

Saturday, July 6

Calgary Co-op Stampede Breakfast: Enjoy breakfast, pancakes and activities. At Auburn Bay Co-op, 100 Auburn Meadows Blvd. S.E. 8:30-10:30 a.m.; calgarycoop.com.

Calgary Vegan Pancake Breakfast: At Bridgeland Riverside Community Association, 917 Centre Ave. N.E. 9 a.m. to noon; facebook.com/calgaryvegan1.

CF Chinook Centre Stampede Pancake Breakfast: The city’s largest free Stampede breakfast. Rain or shine. Hearty breakfast of pancakes, sausages and all the fixings plus bouncy castle and musical entertainment by Lyndsay Butler, Jake Mathews, and Michelle Wright. At CF Chinook Centre, 6455 Macleod Tr. S.W. 7-11 a.m.; 403-259-2022; cfshops.com.

Chinatown Stampede Breakfast: Free pancake breakfast with entertainment for everyone. At Calgary Chinatown. 8-10 a.m.; visitcalgarychinatown.com.

Hope Mission Stampede Breakfast: Celebrating the Stampede with a breakfast. At Hope Mission Hub, 4869 Hubalta Rd. S.E. 9-11 a.m.; hopemission.com.

Ismaili Muslim Community Stampede Breakfast: In partnership with Inn from the Cold. At Ismaili Jamatkhana and Centre, 1128 45th Ave. N.E. 7:45-11 a.m.; ismailimail.blog.

Legacy Residents Association Stampede Breakfast: Meet your neighbours while they flip pancakes. Anyone welcome. Entertainment includes DJs, hayrides, Calgary Library book truck, kids’ play zone, pet entertainment and giveaways. At Legacy Residents Association, 307 Legacy Mount S.E. 9-11 a.m.; legacyresidents.ca.

Sage Hill Bottle Depot Stampede Breakfast: Free pancake breakfast and free root beer float, while supplies last. At Sage Hill Bottle Depot, 70 Sage Hill Plaza N.W. 9 a.m. to noon; sagehillbottledepot.ca.

SCAN Centre Stampede Breakfast: Serving pancakes and sausages, orange juice and coffee. Plus entertainment from the Hi-Land Square Dancers. At Scandinavian Cultural Society, 739 – 20th Ave. N.W. 8:30-10:30 a.m.; 403-284-2610; scancentre.ca.

Stampede Caravan: At Marlborough Mall, 433 Marlborough Way N.E.; and at Westside Recreation Centre, 2000 – 69th St. S.W. 9-11 a.m.; caravan.calgarystampede.com.

Thornhill Baptist Church Stampede Breakfast: With pancakes, sausages, juice and coffee. Plus kids’ activities including face painting, bouncy house, nine-square and more. At Thornhill Baptist Church, 128 Tache Ave. N.W. 9-11 a.m.; 403-274-6555; thornhillbaptistchurch.com.

Ultimate Stampede Breakfast: Pancake breakfast for the first 1,000 people, live performances, petting zoo, a movie and more. At Tomkins Park, 820 – 17th Ave. S.W. 9:30 a.m. to noon; 587-356-4106; 17thave.ca.

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