Sunday, August 13, 2017

1MDB Criminal Investigation

I am rejoicing to read that the US of A is conducting a criminal investigation into money stolen from 1MDB that allegedly was used to buy more than $1 billion in real estate and other assets – court filings by the Department of Justice on Thursday showed.

DoJ officials asked a Los Angeles, California judge to put on hold civil forfeiture lawsuits against assets acquired by Malaysian financier Low Taek Jho (also known as Jho Low), because pursuing these may have “an adverse effect” on its ability to conduct the criminal investigation.

In its civil cases, the US has alleged that from 2009 through 2015, more than $4.5 billion belonging to 1MDB had been unscrupulously diverted to the privileged pockets of a few. You know who you are!

In the Scottish Premiership game on Friday, defending champions Celtic earned a 1-0 win over Partick Thistle when Olivier Ntcham took his chance and scored from a deflection off captain Scott Brown in the twenty-fifth minute.

Yesterday, Watford held Liverpool to a 3-3 draw in the Reds’ opening game of the EPL season.

The former scored through Stefano Okaka's header in the eighth minute. Sadio Mane equalized for the Reds in the twenty-ninth minute – only for Abdoulaye Doucoure to restore the lead from close range within three minutes. Roberto Firmino's penalty in the fifty-fifth minute made it 2-2 before Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah thought he had won it with the third goal two minutes later – only for Miguel Britos to bundle in a controversial 93rd-minute equalizer for Watford.

Not exactly a good start for Liverpool!

For two days (August 10-11, 2017), I was at the EcoWorld Development Group Berhad office in Setia Alam in Selangor for a SpeechCraft workshop. Thanks to Kimberley Yeoh, president of Taman Indrahana Toastmasters Club for the invite.

I presented on Vocal Variety and I was also a mentor for one of 4 groups. 'Twas a good session and I enjoyed it very much!
More Toastmasters stuff: I attended Division P’s COT 1 training on Saturday and also did a 6-minute presentation on D51’s Annual Conference 2018.

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