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A not-so-brief rundown of the letter ‘R’ in Jeffrey Epstein's 'Little Black Book'

Below is a rundown of the letter ‘R’ under Epstein's contacts. Last year, I wrote about letters A-C. You can check that out here (https://www.reddit.com/conspiracy/comments/cpis3n/a_brief_rundown_of_the_first_ten_pages_of_jeffrey/).
I also wrote about letters D-F on July 5, 2020. You can check that out here (https://www.reddit.com/conspiracy/comments/hlrba8/a_notsobrief_rundown_of_letters_df_in_jeffrey/).
I posted letters G-I on July 13, 2020. You can check that out here (https://www.reddit.com/conspiracy/comments/hqko0y/a_notsobrief_rundown_of_letters_gi_in_jeffrey/).
I posted letters J-L on July 15, 2020. You can check that out here (https://www.reddit.com/conspiracy/comments/hrq9bg/a_notsobrief_rundown_of_letters_jl_of_jeffrey/).
I posted letter M on July 20, 2020. You can check that out here (https://www.reddit.com/conspiracy/comments/huw0yt/a_notsobrief_rundown_of_the_letter_m_in_jeffrey/).
I posted letters N-Q on July 27, 2020. You can check that out here (https://www.reddit.com/conspiracy/comments/hyudbz/a_notsobrief_rundown_of_the_letters_nq_in_jeffrey/). There are some misspelled names. Epstein entered their names like this.
I have bolded some of the more interesting connections and information, but there could be much more that I overlooked. I hope something here strikes an interest in someone and maybe we can get more investigations out of this. Please, if you know anything more about any of these people than what is presented here, post below. I am working off of the unredacted black book found here: https://www.coreysdigs.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/Jeffrey-Epsteins-Little-Black-Book-unredacted.pdf
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Rachline, Nicholas: Best friend of Harvey Weinstein for over 30 years (https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/champs-elysees-film-festival-harvey-weinstein-334309), Rachline is a photographer. Rachline was also editor-in-chief of Above, a magazine dedicated to environmental protection, until its final issue a few years later. Contributors to the magazine included David de Rothschild, Robert F. Kennedy Jr, Richard Branson, and other well-known figures. The biannual magazine was distributed by Conde Nast, which also owns Tatler, Vogue, Glamour, GQ, Vanity Fair, The New Yorker, and other influential publications. Jeffrey Epstein’s connections to Conde Nast publications - specifically Tatler and Vogue - continues to grow.
Radziwill, Carole: Journalist for ABC News who also wrote a monthly column for Glamour (owned by Conde Nast). Carole was on the Real Housewives of New York City for 6 seasons. Carole was a good friend of Ghislaine Maxwell’s in the early 2000s. Maxwell even set her up with Prince Andrew after Carole’s husband, Prince Anthony Radziwill, died of cancer in 1999 (https://www.nickiswift.com/224731/the-truth-about-carole-radziwill-ghislaine-maxwell/). Radziwill was the nephew of Jacqueline Kennedy (JFK’s wife) and son of Polish Prince Stanislaw Albrecht Radziwill. He also served as best man at JFK Jr.’s wedding. There are several pictures of Carole and Ghislaine circulating which forced her to make a statement regarding her relationship with Maxwell and Epstein, whom she says she only met once.
Rankin, Mr Gavin: The former Europe, Middle East, and Asia (EMEA) head of managed investments for Citi Private Bank. Now works for HSBC in a similar position. Has ties to the Royal Family. His restaurant, Bellamy’s, is the “only restaurant where the Monarch has ever dined at (https://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-3504185/The-Queen-goes-dinner-Bellamy-s-restaurant.html).” The Queen even celebrated her 80th birthday there. Looking at the menu prices, it seems an odd choice considering it’s not some super high-end eatery. Rankin is also the heir apparent to the Rankin Baronetcy.
Rappaport, Don: Co-founder and CEO of American List Counsel (ALC). The ALC tried to sell personal information on one-million kids (ages 14-17), along with their parents’ names, household incomes, and ethnicities to advertising companies (https://www.mcall.com/news/breaking/mc-nws-data-broker-personal-info-20190319-story.html) just last year. In other words, Mr. Rappaport runs a company that collects data on children and sells this information to whomever is willing to buy it. Who else is Rappaport sharing this information with?
Rattazzi, Isabel: Former model. Isabel is a Countess through her marriage to Lupo dei Conti Rattazzi. Her husband is the son of Susanna Agnelli, former Minister of Foreign Affairs and Member of Parliament in Italy. The Agnelli family are controlling shareholders of Fiat Automobiles.
Raynes, Patty: Daughter of billionaire oil and entertainment mogul, Marvin Davis (1925-2004). Patty is a well-known socialite in the Hamptons. Raynes hung out in the same circles as Ghislaine and Epstein. Her husband is a real estate developer.
Reardan, Kate: Editor of Tatler (another Tatler connection!) magazine from 2011-2017. Previously worked for Vanity Fair, another Conde Nast publication. Reardon was named one of London’s 1000 Most Influential People by the Evening Standard in 2007. She once dated Rupert Fairfax, aide to Prince Charles.
Reynal Michael: International investment banker.
Reynal, Miguel: There are a few Miguel Reynals. I believe it is the investment banker who once worked for Deutsche Bank because of the connection between Epstein and Deutsche Bank.
Reza, Ali: Founder of aviation company Freestream Aircraft Limited. Routinely deals with the wealthy and powerful (https://www.cnbc.com/2018/05/11/sanctioned-russian-tycoon-hands-back-his-private-jets.html).
Ritblat, Nick Rebecca Willis: Nick is the son of John Ritblat, the former Chairman and CEO of British Land, one of the largest property development and investment companies in the UK. Nick has followed in his father’s footsteps, as he is also in the property development game.
Ritson Thomas Rupert: Descendent of James Bond author, Ian Fleming (https://www.henleystandard.co.uk/news/community/136373/james-bond-authors-descendents-win-1-2-million-claim-on-school-land.html). Attends parties with royalty (https://www.tatler.com/gallery/royal-ascot-2000). Brother of famous photographer, Hugo Rittson-Thomas, who supports The National Deaf Children’s Society.
Rivers, Joan (and Melissa Rivers): Joan was a very popular comedian and actress who died in 2014 during surgery. Many think she was murdered because of her comments about Michelle Obama’s gender. Joan was friends with Ghislaine Maxwell and knew her since at least the early ‘90s (https://www.salon.com/2019/07/09/i-was-a-friend-of-jeffrey-epstein-heres-what-i-know/). Joan was also good friends with Prince Charles and had a tight relationship with the Royal Family, as she often attended Royal events (https://www.biography.com/news/joan-rivers-prince-charles-friendship). Melissa is her daughter. She has no discernible talent whatsoever.
Robert, Joseph & Jill: Joseph E. Robert Jr. was an international real estate investor. Robert was known for his philanthropy. He donated $25 million (and raised $150 million more) to finance research on reducing the pain that children experience during surgery. He has been credited with raising nearly $1 billion for children’s charities ((https://www.nytimes.com/2011/12/09/business/joseph-e-robert-jr-investor-in-real-estate-dies-at-59.html). Robert founded Fight for Children, a charity meant to support at-risk children in Washington D.C. (https://www.fightforchildren.org/joseph-e-robert-j). Robert also donated a lot of money to Children’s National Hospital (https://www.bizjournals.com/washington/news/2019/10/24/here-s-what-children-s-national-is-bringing-to-the.html), which has scholarships named in his honor. He died of brain cancer in 2011. Jill was his wife.
Roberts, Deb: 99% sure this is the TV journalist for ABC News and wife of famous weatherman/TV personality Al Roker.
Robilant, Mr Edmondo di Maya: Edmondo is a fine art dealer. His wife, Maya, is a University lecturer, journalist, and television presenter.
Robin: Robin DeMetz is a personal friend of Epstein pal/alleged accomplice Naomi Campbell (https://www.nytimes.com/2003/04/30/nyregion/boldface-names-482374.html). She is married to Hasz DeMetz, who is in the diamond mining business.
Robinski, Kasia/Pod: Kasia is an investor and serves as director for several companies. No clue who/what Pod refers to.
Robinson, Jo & Lisa Shields: Lisa is the Vice President of Global Communications and Media Relations for the Council on Foreign Relations, where Epstein used to serve. No info on Joe, although I believe he is the gentleman on the left in this picture (https://www.patrickmcmullan.com/photo/0361960).
Rocksavage, David: The 7th Marquess of Cholmondeley and the Lord Great Chamberlain of the UK. He is a descendant of the Rothschild and Sassoon families through his grandmother, Sybil Sassoon. He is also the descendant of Britain’s first Prime Minister, Sir Robert Walpole. The Marquess doesn’t keep the best company. The Godfather of his twins bilked L’Oreal heiress, Liliane Bettencourt, out of £850 million in 2010 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1295083/L-Oreal-fraud-suspect-Marquess.html). He was convicted of ‘abuse of weakness’ in 2016. Rocksavage’s wife, Rose Hanbury, is the Marchioness of Cholmondeley. She is a patron of East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH) along with Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, and other royalty. Last year, there were rumors that Rose Hanbury had an affair with Prince William, Prince Charles’s eldest son and husband of Kate Middleton (https://news.yahoo.com/6-things-know-rose-hanbury-164552520.html).
Roedy, Bill: Former Vice President at HBO, former head honcho at MTV Europe, and Global Health Advisor. In 2018, Roedy was named Vice Chair of Gavi, The Vaccine Alliance (https://www.gavi.org/gavi-board-appoints-bill-roedy-as-vice-chair), which was founded in 2000 by… the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (https://www.gavi.org/our-alliance/about)! Roedy not only serves on the Council on Foreign Relations just like Epstein once did (Epstein preceded Roedy), but he also had connections to Robert Maxwell, Ghislaine’s father.
Rolfe, Gail: Freelance journalist and fashion editor who once worked for Tatler (again) and The Times (https://www.hachette.com.au/gail-rolfe/).
Ronson, Lisa: Gerald Ronson’s daughter (see below).
Ronson, Mr & Mrs Gerald: British furniture and property development tycoon. Gerald is a big-time philanthropist. In addition to the number of Jewish groups he gives money to, Ronson also serves as Vice President of the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC). a children’s charity that several others in Epstein’s ‘black book’ (Jemma Kidd, Tim Jeffries, Mary Glanville, Clare Hazell-Ivaegh, Ben Holland-Martin, Manilo Marocco) and Princess Margaret have served. The number of suspected pedophiles and child traffickers that are involved with the NSPCC is mindblowing. As if that weren’t enough, Gerald was also good friends with Greville Janner, ex-Leicester MP who was constantly accused of child abuse before his death, but was able to evade culpability due to police constantly bungling the evidence (https://www.leicestermercury.co.uk/news/leicester-news/ex-leicester-mp-greville-janner-3869479). Gerald’s wife, Gail, is also a philanthropist of Jewish charities. Her first big event in 1983 was attended by Prince Charles and Princess Diana.
Rose, Wendy & Joe: Now divorced, Wendi and Joe are both real estate magnates in New York. Joe worked for Mayor Giuliani from 1993-2001.
Rose, Charlie & Burden, Amanda: Charlie Rose is a (former) famous television journalist who hosted the eponymous talk show, Charlie Rose. Jeffrey Epstein and Charlie Rose were thick as thieves. In fact, Epstein (and his assistant) called Rose many times and would recommend potential young assistants for Charlie Rose to hire (https://nymag.com/intelligence2019/07/jeffrey-epstein-high-society-contacts.html). Epstein frequently lunched with and attended parties with Rose. Rose’s show was cancelled in 2017 when eight women came out and accused him of sexual harassment (https://www.washingtonpost.com/investigations/eight-women-say-charlie-rose-sexually-harassed-them--with-nudity-groping-and-lewd-calls/2017/11/20/9b168de8-caec-11e7-8321-481fd63f174d_story.html). Since then, 27 more women have accused Charlie Rose of sexual harassment (https://www.vulture.com/2018/05/charlie-rose-27-women-new-accusers-sexual-harassment.html), bringing the grand total to 35. Rose also served on the Council on Foreign Relations, although I am unable to find out if his time there coincided with Epstein’s. Charlie’s former love interest, Amanda, has worked for Bloomberg since 2002, first as director of the New York City Department of City Planning, then as chair of the City Planning Commission, and now as a principal at Bloomberg Associates, a consulting service.
Rosen, Andrew: Fashion designer.
Rosen, Denis & Sylvia: Dennis was a well-respected British scientist. Sylvia was his wife and co-writer of London Science.
Rosencrantz, Ms Claudia: British television executive and journalist. She was Controller of Entertainment for ITV for over ten years. Voted one of Britain’s 50 most inspirational women in 2018 by the Daily Mail.
Rosenfield, Donald: Movie producer. Former President of Merchant Ivory Productions from 1986-1998.
Rosenstein, Rob: Co-founder of Agoda. Similar to Expedia, Orbitz, Priceline, etc, Agoda provides its users with information on flights and hotels
Rosenthal, Jane: Co-founder of the Tribeca Film Festival and Tribeca Productions film studio with Robert De Niro. Good friend of Ghislaine Maxwell (https://www.barefootpalmbeach.com/post/epstein) and Peggy Siegal (https://www.gettyimages.com/detail/news-photo/jane-rosenthal-and-peggy-siegal-attend-lunch-in-honor-of-news-photo/591348640), Epstein’s plug into New York celebrity society.
Roth, Peter Thomas & Noreen: Peter Thomas Roth is the founder of the skin care and cosmetics company that bears his name. Roth graduated from Dalton school in 1975, where Epstein taught him during his senior year. Roth has lauded Epstein as a “brilliant teacher.” Epstein later served Roth’s tutor to prepare him for the Wharton School at Penn (http://www.virginislandsdailynews.com/ap/how-epstein-went-from-teaching-to-wall-street/article_59c0234e-cf7d-59c3-96a7-bb8a04dacaa8.html). Roth admits to going to Epstein’s mansion once, although he says only middle-aged people were present (https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/12/nyregion/jeffrey-epstein-dalton-teacher.html). This story would be more plausible if Epstein didn’t have eight phone numbers, two addresses, and an email address listed under Roth’s name. It would also be more believable if they didn’t live two blocks away from each other in NYC. Noreen is Peter’s ex-wife. She serves as Managing Director of his company.
Rothchild, Jessica: Actually Jessica de Rothschild, daughter of billionaire financier Sir Evelyn de Rothschild (https://www.gettyimages.com/detail/news-photo/prince-charles-prince-of-wales-speaks-with-with-sir-evelyn-news-photo/467631086?adppopup=true) and Lynn Forester de Rothschild, close friend of Hillary Clinton. Jessica used to be a writer for Tatler magazine, which Epstein is deeply connected to through his contacts. Runs in the same circles as Epstein and Maxwell.
Rothchild, Hannah: The eldest child of Jacob Rothschild (https://www.gettyimages.com/detail/news-photo/lord-jacob-rothschild-attends-the-launch-of-the-stella-news-photo/972453692?adppopup=true), Hannah is a businesswoman and was the first female Chair of the Board of Trustees of the National Gallery in London. In 2018, Hannah took over as Chair of Yad Hanadiv (https://www.yadhanadiv.org.il/about-yad-hanadiv), a pro-Israel Rothschild organization/charity which has been running in its current form since 1958. The actual history dates back to the late 1800s when Baron Edmond de Rothschild sought to “support Jewish revival in Palestine.” Yad Hanadiv is responsible for building the Knesset (Israeli parliament), the Supreme Court, and is currently working on the New National Library in Israel. Hannah is also a Trustee of the Rothschild Foundation, which has been a long-time patron of… the NSPCC children’s charity (https://www.nspcc.org.uk/globalassets/documents/annual-reports/nspcc-annual-report-2006.pdf), where countless other suspected pedophiles and pedophile sympathizers find themselves orbiting.
Rothenburg, Rich: Former portfolio manager and researcher at Deutsche Bank, which was recently fined $150 million for ignoring Epstein’s suspicious transactions (https://www.cnn.com/2020/07/07/business/jeffrey-epstein-deutsche-bank-fine/index.html).
Rotherwick, Tania & Robin: Tania is an old friend of Ghislaine Maxwell (https://www.tatler.com/article/where-on-earth-is-ghislaine-maxwell) and ex-girlfriend of Prince Andrew. She is also the sister-in-law of Mark Carney, who served as the Governor of the Bank of England from 2013-2020. Her ex-husband, Robin Cayzer, is the 3rd Baron Rotherwick. He has served in the House of Lords since 1996.
Rothschild, Edouard de: Son of Guy de Rothschild, who was the great-great-grandson of Mayer Amschel Rothschild, the person responsible for founding the family’s banking empire in the 18th century. Edouard was head of the family’s Paris-based Rothschild & Cie Banque from 1987-2004, when he stepped down.
Rothschild, Evelyn de: Businessman and banker supposedly worth $20 billion, although many think it’s actually a lot more. In addition to poking Prince Charles (https://www.gettyimages.com/detail/news-photo/prince-charles-prince-of-wales-speaks-with-with-sir-evelyn-news-photo/467631086?adppopup=true), Evelyn has also asserted his dominance of many companies and corporations by acting as Chairman or Director of The Economist (1972-1989), De Beers (1977-1994), IBM, and many others. Evelyn has served as Queen Elizabeth II’s financial advisor for decades (https://www.jewoftheweek.net/2017/11/29/jews-of-the-week-evelyn-de-rothschild-jacob-rothschild/). Evelyn’s wife, Lynn Forester de Rothschild, was completely enamored with Epstein. Before his death, Epstein claimed that he loaned Lynn money when she was going through a divorce in the early ‘90s, before she became a Rothschild (https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2019/08/the-mystery-of-ghislaine-maxwell-epstein-enabler). Lynn was responsible for setting up an introduction between Epstein and Bill Clinton in 1995 (https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8362601/Bill-Clinton-confessed-Jeffrey-Epstein-slept-Monica-Lewinsky.html). Alan Dershowitz wrote an essay earlier this month where he opens by saying that he was introduced to Ghislaine Maxwell by Evelyn and Lynn de Rothschild (https://spectator.us/ghislaine-maxwell-know-jeffrey-epstein-alan-dershowitz/). Ghislaine lived in a NYC townhouse that Lynn (allegedly) sold to one of Epstein’s companies for more than $8 million below market value (https://www.businessinsider.com/ghislaine-maxwell-jeffrey-epstein-father-real-estate-assets-foundation-2019-8#until-2016-maxwell-lived-in-a-5-million-new-york-townhouse-bought-by-a-company-with-the-same-address-as-epsteins-business-office-10). While it is widely believed that Ghislaine introduced Epstein to Prince Andrew, there are conflicting accounts that claim that Lynn was the one who introduced the two (https://nypost.com/2020/07/11/ghislaine-maxwell-didnt-introduce-epstein-to-prince-andrew-pal/). The Rothschilds are also extremely close with the Clintons. They even spent part of their honeymoon in the White House during Bill’s presidency back in 2000 (https://www.politico.eu/article/economist-magazine-shareholders-british-commerce-rothschild/). They remain close to this day, as both Evelyn and Lynn have donated and contributed heavily to Hillary’s past campaigns.
Roumugere, Caroline: Carolyn is a jeweller who makes unique pieces inspired by her upbringing in Kenya (http://www.carolynroumeguere.com/about). Her father was a close friend of artist Salvador Dali.
Royle, Hon Lucinda: Wife of Rupert Ponsonby, 7th Baron de Mauley, a British politician. Daughter of Anthony Royle, Baron Fanshawe of Richmond, a Member of Parliament for Richmond, Surrey (1959-1983) and businessman. Royle coincidentally stepped down as MP shortly after the Elm Guest House scandal (https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/elm-guest-house-abuse-scandal-1857494) became known to the public. It turns out that British politicians and other high-ranking members of society were sexually abusing children. All of this happened in Richmond, where Royle served as MP. Of course, nobody has been charged. Oh yeah, the owner of Elm Guest House, Carole Kasir, who supposedly kept a list of Elm Guest House attendees, died under murky circumstances (https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/secret-files-prove-carole-kasir-11506791). Anthony Royle also famously sided with Michael Heseltine over Margaret Thatcher during the 1985 Westland Affair. Heseltine appeared earlier in the black book (check out the G-I thread for more info). Heseltine invested in Conservative Parliament member Harvey Proctor’s business after Proctor was forced to resign after it was revealed he had sexual relationships with and took nude pictures of male prostitutes aged 17-21 at his home (https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/members-interests-top-tories-lose-on-proctors-shop-the-retailer-1445666.html). At the time, it was illegal to have same-sex relations with prostitutes under the age of 21.
Rucellai, Natalie: PR specialist for Rocco Forte Hotels. Used to do PR for Giorgio Armani. The Rucellai family married into the Medici family in 1461. Although the Rucellais are not a Black Nobility family, the Medici family certainly is.
Rudnick, Della: This is actually Della Rounick, the former CEO of the fashion company HE-RO Group. She is now an artist and sculptor.
Russel, Michelle: A senior executive in asset management.
Rust, Marina & Ian: Marina is a former contributing editor at Vogue (again) magazine. She is the granddaughter of Marshall Field III, an investment banker and heir to the Marshall Field department store fortune. Rust often attended the same parties as Ghislaine Maxwell. She is photographed here with Ghislaine, Tom Ford, and Countess Sally Albemarle (https://www.patrickmcmullan.com/photo/0010136), all of whom are in Epstein’s black book. She is also friends with Lauren du Pont of the billionaire family (https://www.newyorksocialdiary.com/traveling-down-memory-lane/). Her husband, Ian Connor is an investment banker at Lazard Freres, a bank that has repeatedly come up during research of Epstein’s contacts. Marina and Ian literally live around the block from Epstein’s NYC mansion.
Rustow, Tim: Uncertain, but my best guess would be the portfolio manager who is the son of Dankwart Rustow, a famous expert in political science and sociology, and brother of historian Marina Rustow.
Rutland Duke and Duchess: David Manners, the 11th Duke of Rutland, is the owner of Belvoir Castle. His wife, Emma Manners (nee Watkins), the Duchess of Rutland, is pictured here in front of the castle (https://www.gettyimages.com/detail/news-photo/emma-manner-duchess-of-rutland-during-the-launch-event-for-news-photo/1206547435?adppopup=true), enjoying her afternoon tea. She runs the commercial activities at Belvoir Castle. Manners has been (allegedly) entangled with Ghislaine Maxwell since the 1980s.
Now for the controversial stuff. The Duke and Duchess hired former MP Harvey Proctor in 2003 to be their private secretary. Proctor is a disgraced MP who was forced to resign in 1987 after it was revealed that he had sexual relationships with and took nude pictures of male prostitutes aged 17-21 at his home (source: https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/members-interests-top-tories-lose-on-proctors-shop-the-retailer-1445666.html). At the time, it was illegal to have same-sex relations with prostitutes under the age of 21. There is a wonderful and brief expose here (https://theneedleblog.wordpress.com/2015/01/09/blackmail-the-maxwells-harvey-proctor-and-the-marquis-of-granby/) that builds a strong relationship between Proctor, Manners, and Ghislaine Maxwell, and explains why Manners would hire a disgraced pedophile as his personal secretary, which I will quickly sum up: Robert Maxwell’s newspapers were publishing damaging pieces on Harvey Proctor in 1986, when allegations of his sexual improprieties first started to leak. A threat was made by a caller who said if Maxwell continued running these stories on Proctor, they would reveal that Maxwell’s daughter, Ghislaine, was having an affair with the “son of a Duke.” This would be David Manners, who was not yet Duke of Rutland since his father (the 10th Duke of Rutland) was still alive. Manners dismissed the allegation as “nonsense,” but went on to hire Proctor in 2003, three years after Proctor’s shirtmaking business was liquidated. Some may say that Proctor would have the most to gain by threatening Robert Maxwell back in the ‘80s and that maybe he used that information to find a job with Manners once his shirt business went belly-up. This is all speculation, of course.
Ruttenberg, Eric & Perri: Eric is the co-managing partner at Tinicum, the private investment firm his father founded in 1974. His wife, Perri (nee Peltz), is a former broadcast journalist who worked for NBC, ABC (she worked on the show, 20/20, hosted by pedophile protector and friend of Ghislaine, Barbara Walters), and CNN from 1987-2002. Peltz is a member of the “Tennis Girls” (insert roll eyes emoji), a group that includes Epstein helper Peggy Siegal, Tory Burch, Christina Cuomo (Chris Cuomo’s wife), Ariadne Calvo-Platero, Kitty Sherrill, and Renee Rockefeller (https://pagesix.com/2011/12/23/tough-enough-for-jennet/). Everyone in that group is listed in Epstein’s black book except for Sherrill and Rockefeller. Coincidentally, Perri attended Dalton, the exclusive private high school, in the mid-late ‘70s when Epstein taught there.
Ryder, Mr Nicholas: Uncertain. Some info found but couldn’t confirm either way.
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Wall Street Breakfast: The Week Ahead. I read this and thought it interesting. Enjoy from SeekingAlpha

Nike (NYSE:NKE) will headline a light roster of earnings reports in the week ahead, while Apple's (NASDAQ:AAPL) WWDC event sets the stage for the company's launch of the first 5G iPhones later this year. On the economic front, reports on existing home sales, jobless claims, consumer spending and a Q1 GDP revision will be the headliners. Fed heads are out in force next week, with virtual speeches on the docket for Raphael Bostic, James Bullard and Charles Evans. In a sign of normalcy, Ford (NYSE:F) and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (NYSE:FCAU) are expected to return to pre-pandemic production levels at U.S. plants, while results of Fed stress tests on major banks will be announced on June 25.
Earnings spotlight: IHS Market (NYSE:INFO) on June 23; BlackBerry (NYSE:BB), KB Home (NYSE:KBH) and National Beverage (NASDAQ:FIZZ) on June 24; Nike (NKE), Darden Restaurants (NYSE:DRI), Accenture (NYSE:ACN) and Rite Aid (NYSE:RAD) on June 25.
IPO watch: U.S. grocery store operator Albertsons (ACI) is expected to price its IPO next week and begin to trade. The company could have a valuation of over $10B if the IPO prices at the midpoint of the expected range of $18 to $20 range. Albertsons, which is looking to raise as much as $2B, is one of the grocery chains seeing a sales boom in business during the coronavirus pandemic. Stakeholders Kimco Realty (NYSE:KIM) and Cerberus Capital are both selling off shares in the offering. No other IPOs are due to price during the week.
M&A tidbits: The walk date for the Caesars Entertainment (NASDAQ:CZR)-Eldorado Resorts (NASDAQ:ERI) merger arrives on June 24, although no surprises are anticipated. Shareholders vote on the Provident Financial (NYSE:PFS)-SB One Bancorp (NASDAQ:SBBX) deal on June 25. On the same date, Delphi Technologies (NYSE:DLPH) shareholders vote on the merger with BorgWarner (NYSE:BWA). It is almost a lock that there will be some more drama in the Taubman Centers (NYSE:TCO)-Simon Property (NYSE:SPG) duel.
Projected dividend changes (quarterly): Kroger (NYSE:KR) to $0.17 from $0.16, John Wiley (NYSE:JW.A) to $0.35 from $0.34, Saul Centers (NYSE:BFS) to $0.27 from $0.53.
Spotlight on Nike: Nike will post its FQ4 report with more uncertainty in the air than almost any time before due to the lack of formal guidance from the company. The two biggest pullouts from the report are likely to be the pace of recovery in China and the momentum of the e-commerce business. Nike is one of the companies seen by Wall Street as in a strong position on the other side of the pandemic. "We see Nike as favorably positioned for both secular fitness/casualization trends and industry structural changes that benefit those with strong direct engagement with consumers," notes bullish-leaning Wells Fargo ahead of the print. Stocks that quite often move right along with Nike on earnings day include Foot Locker (NYSE:FL), adidas (OTCQX:ADDYY), Under Armour (NYSE:UAA) and Dick's Sporting Goods (NYSE:DKS).
WWDC: Apple will hold its annual developers conference on June 22-26 in a virtual format this year. Apple is expected to announce its ARM-based Macs as the company advances its control of chips and architecture away from Intel (NASDAQ:INTC). Enhancements with iOS14, tvOS 14 and watchOS 7 are also anticipated, along with new products/R&D initiatives on the AR headset and wearables/AirPods front. Tim Cook will give the keynote presentation on June 22 at 10:00 Pacific time in what is likely to be his last presentation before the annual September iPhone reveal event.
Healthcare watch: Bristol-Myers Squibb (NYSE:BMY) has an investor series presentation next week covering its early pipeline/immuno-oncology on June 22 and hematology on June 25. PDUFA dates arrive for Karyopharm Therapeutics' (NASDAQ:KPTI) Xpovio on June 23, Zogenix's (NASDAQ:ZGNX) Fintepla on June 25 and Heron Therapeutics' (NASDAQ:HRTX) HTX-011 on June 26. The big event of the week in the sector is the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) Virtual Annual Meeting II running from June 22-24. A large number of potentially market-moving posters and abstracts are due to be released, as well as special sessions on COVID-19 and cancer research. Some of the notable companies due to present include Gilead Sciences (NASDAQ:GILD), AstraZeneca (NYSE:AZN), Phio Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:PHIO), Exicure (NASDAQ:OTC:XCUR), Xencor (NASDAQ:XNCR), ESSA Pharma (NASDAQ:EPIX), ImmunoGen (NASDAQ:IMGN), Molecular Templates (NASDAQ:MTEM), Guardant Health (NASDAQ:GH), CRISPR Therapeutics (NASDAQ:CRSP), Jounce Therapeutics (NASDAQ:JNCE), GlycoMimetics (NASDAQ:GLYC), Seattle Genetics (NASDAQ:SGEN), Provectus Therapeutics (OTC:PVCT), ORIC Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:ORIC), Sanofi (NASDAQ:SNY), aTyr Pharma (NASDAQ:LIFE), TG Therapeutics (NASDAQ:TGTX) and Neoleukin Therapeutics (NASDAQ:NLTX).
Bank tests: The Federal Reserve will release results of the annual bank stress tests on June 25. Fed Vice Chair Randal Quarles noted that the test this year includes running banks up against three possible economic trajectories of varying severity to see how they perform due to the unprecedented uncertainty about the pandemic. The test will see how banks perform against a rapid V-shaped recovery, a slower U-shaped recovery and a rough W-shaped recovery. The test results could factor in to dividend decisions down the road for Bank of America (NYSE:BAC), Citigroup (NYSE:C), Goldman Sachs (NYSE:GS) and JPMorgan (NYSE:JPM), while Capital One (NYSE:COF) and Morgan Stanley (NYSE:MS) are seen being pushed under the scenarios. Traders are making plays based on the results, with a notable amount of bullish options bets being placed on Wells Fargo (NYSE:WFC). Some other bank names to watch when the results roll out are PNC Financial (NYSE:PNC), Truist (NYSE:TFC), Regions Financial (NYSE:RF), Ally Financial (NYSE:ALLY), HSBC North America (NYSE:HSBC), UBS (NYSE:UBS), Credit Suisse (NYSE:CS), Barclays (NYSE:BCS), Bank of New York Mellon (NYSE:BK) and Huntington Bancshares (NASDAQ:HBAN).
Analyst meetings and business updates: Electronic Arts (NASDAQ:EA) will host a fireside chat for the investor community with members of its management team on June 22. The impact of some of the games introduced at EA Play Live 2020 will be discussed. Hewlett Packard Enterprises (NYSE:HPE) is launching the first-ever HPE Discover Virtual Experience on June 23 to showcase the company's pivot to an edge-to-cloud platform-as-a-service company. In the transportation sector, Kansas City Southern (NYSE:KSU) is participating in a Q&A webcast with Cowen on June 23. Also on June 23, Dell Technologies (NYSE:DELL) has an investor call with Morgan Stanley scheduled. Meanwhile, Sanofi is holding a virtual R&D day event on June 23. Bristol-Myers Squibb has an investor event covering immunology and cardiovascular on June 26.
Conferences rundown: The timing looks spot on for the Jefferies Virtual Consumer Conference on June 23-24 with the pandemic shifting shopping habits in the U.S. Companies due to present include Hasbro (NASDAQ:HAS), Planet Fitness (NYSE:PLNT), Nu Skin (NYSE:NUS), Freshpet (NYSE:FPT), Murphy USA (NYSE:MUSA), Sysco (NYSE:SYY), Hostess Brands (NASDAQ:TWNK), Shack Shack (NYSE:SHAK) and Jack in the Box (NASDAQ:JACK). In the healthcare sector, the BMO 2020 Prescriptions for Success Healthcare Conference features virtual presentations by Humana (NYSE:HUM), Halozyme (NASDAQ:HALO), Horizon Therapeutics (NASDAQ:HZNP), Apellis Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:APLS), Amgen (NASDAQ:AMGN) and Replimune (NASDAQ:REPL) on June 23. Other conferences of note include the SVB Leerink CybeRx Series CNS Forum, BMO Chemicals & Packaging Conference, Wells Fargo Bricks to Clicks Digital Conference, Goldman Sachs Leveraged Finance Conference and the Morgan Stanley Zero Trust Architectures Virtual Thematic Conference. On the smaller side of the conference schedule, the mining and metals sectors will be in focus, with John Tumazos Very Independent Research virtual meetings set for June 23-24 on Wheaton Precious Metals (NYSE:WPM), Western Copper and Gold (NYSEMKT:WRN), KORE Mining (OTCQB:KOREF), Amarillo Gold (OTCQB:AGCBF), Sierra Metals (NYSEMKT:SMTS), Foran Mining (OTC:FMCXF), Wolfden Resources (OTC:WLFFF), Trilogy Metals (NYSEMKT:TMQ) and Adventus Mining (OTCQX:ADVZF).
Ford F-150: Ford has a digital reveal event for the all-new F-150 set for June 25. The Ford team is expected to describe innovative features of the all-new F-150, including the new electrical architecture, a flat-lying passenger sleeper seat and over-the-air updates to key modules controlling vehicle performance and user experiences. The new truck is seen as a critical part of Ford's plan to slash $5B in warranty costs and push the automaker's vehicle connectivity platform. As a profit generator, the F-150 launch later this year will also help restore the company's balance sheet. The all-new Ford F-150 will be discussed by execs in detail during a June 26 conference call with Citi Research.
Deurbanization trade: Expect more talk from analysts next week about which sectors and stocks could benefit if the mega-trend of people and businesses moving out of downtowns of major cities becomes a reality. Jefferies got the ball rolling last week by singling out Home Depot (NYSE:HD), Lowe's (NYSE:LOW), Best Buy (NYSE:BBY), Floor & Decor (NYSE:FND), At Home (NYSE:HOME), Williams-Sonoma (NYSE:WSM) and Wayfair (NYSE:W) as retailers that could gain from an uptick in suburban living and more spending on houses than metropolitan apartments. One of the bigger pure plays is Tractor Supply (NASDAQ:TSCO), which has racked up a 64% gain over the last 90 days.
RVs: Keep an eye on the RV sector with May shipment numbers due out from the RV Industry Association. Demand is expected to be on the rebound after RV shipments fell 82% in April. Looking ahead, there is a difference in opinion on Wall Street on the outlook for Winnebago (NYSE:WGO), Thor Industries (NYSE:THO), Patrick Industries (NASDAQ:PATK), LCI Industries (NYSE:LCII) and Camping World Holdings (NYSE:CWH). Some firms like SunTrust Robinson Humphrey expect a RV boom as consumers gravitate toward safer vacations, while Bank of America has warned that the high rate of unemployment and salary cuts could keep discretionary spending in check.
Sports betting: Time is running out for the California Assembly to pass legislation on sports betting to move the issue to the November ballot. The bill has to pass through the legislature before June 25 to become an election issue. Why is it a big deal? California is forecast to have the potential for a +$30B sports betting market through sports books placed at tribal casinos, horse racing tracks and satellite wagering facilities. "California could easily become one of the most productive sports-betting markets in the world," observes gaming analyst Chris Grove. Tax revenue from sports betting would also help the Golden State with its budget issues amid the pandemic and economic downturn. Stocks of interest in relations to how sports betting in California plays out include DraftKings (NASDAQ:DKNG), William Hill (OTCPK:WIMHF), MGM Resorts (NYSE:MGM), Caesars Entertainment, Fanduel (DUEL), Red Rock Resorts (NASDAQ:RRR), Boyd Gaming (NYSE:BYD) and Wynn Resorts (NASDAQ:WYNN).
Casinos: The Nevada Gaming Commission is meeting on June 25 to likely approve amendments to state regulations that would streamline the process for moving to modern payment methods. The casino industry in general wants to quickly adopt cashless payment transactions on the casino floor due to the risk of handling cash during the coronavirus outbreak. The casino reset could have implications for Visa (NYSE:V), Mastercard (NYSE:MA) and American Express (NYSE:AXP), as well as financial apps from Apple (AAPL), Google (NASDAQ:GOOGL) (NASDAQ:GOOG) and PayPal (NASDAQ:PYPL). Casino operators like MGM Resorts, Wynn Resorts, Caesars Entertainment and Penn National Gaming (NASDAQ:PENN) would also welcome the change.
What's not playing: Warner Bros.'s (NYSE:T) feature animated film Scoob! will stream on HBO Max on June 26 after running in a premium video on-demand window. The children's picture was first scheduled for theaters on May 15 before opting for a 48-hour rental PVOD period price of U.S. $19.99. While Scoob! didn't make quite the splash that Trolls World Tour did in the spring when it nabbed $100M in digital sales over three weeks, it's another incremental step away from the traditional studio release format for major studios like Sony (NYSE:SNE), Universal Pictures (NASDAQ:CMCSA) and Disney (NYSE:DIS). As for theater chains, auditoriums are likely to operate at 25% to 50% capacity as AMC Entertainment (NYSE:AMC), Cinemark (NYSE:CNK), IMAX (NASDAQ:IMAC), Marcus Entertainment (NYSE:MCS) and Reading International (NASDAQ:RDI) open back up this summer.
Notable annual meetings: Companies with virtual annual meetings set next week include Ollie's Bargain Outlet Holdings (NASDAQ:OLLI) on June 22, Dave & Buster's Entertainment (NASDAQ:PLAY) on June 23, Keurig Dr Pepper (NYSE:KDP) on June 24, At Home Group and Tailored Brands (NYSE:TLRD) on June 25.
Barron's mentions: The publication digs out four industrial companies whose stocks are called compelling. Midsize manufacturers RBC Bearings (NASDAQ:ROLL) and Wabtec (NYSE:WAB) join large-caps Emerson Electric (NYSE:EMR) and Ametek (NYSE:AME) on the short list of economy recovery picks. Of the four, Wabtec trades with the lowest forward PE ratio at 14.2. Brunswick (NYSE:BC) is also singled out this week as an advantageous product-mix shift and rising boat demand are seen helping to drive shares higher. Most of Brunswick's profit is derived from the high-margin Mercury engine business. The rally in tech names hasn't encapsulated the entire sector. Attractive names still trading at less than 4X sales include Western Digital (NASDAQ:WDC), CACI International (NYSE:CACI), Leidos Holdings (NYSE:LDOS), Seagate Technology (NASDAQ:STX), Amdocs (NASDAQ:DOX), Ciena (NYSE:CIEN), Accenture, MKS Instruments (NASDAQ:MKSI), Intel and F5 Networks (NASDAQ:FFIV). The cover story this week hits on the rising inequality issue in the U.S., noting that it can be a breeding ground for all kinds of concerning things for the market like secular stagnation.
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List of grad job programs

Hey all! I was pretty lucky to find this a year ago on Whirlpool when I started applying to internships/grad roles. It’s a list of approx 300 employers that offer grad roles (some of which also offer internship programs). It’s not exhaustive but is fairly comprehensive! I hope this is of help to everyone in this stage of their studies/career prep. Best of luck x
ABB Australia Pty Ltd
Abercrombie & Fitch
Abigroup
Accenture Australia Ltd
AECOM
Air Liquide
Ajilon
Alcoa of Australia
Alinta Energy Group Limited
Allens Arthur Robinson
Allianz Australia
AMP Services Limited
Anglicare
Anglo American Metallurgical Coal
ANZ Banking Group Ltd (Aust)
Apple
Arrium Mining & Materials
Arup Pty Ltd
Ashurst
Associated Foreign Exchange (AFEX) Pty Ltd
Atlas Iron Limited
Attorney-General's Department
Auditor-General's Department – SA
Aurecon Australasia Pty Ltd
Aurizon
Austraining International Pty Ltd
Australia Post
Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID)
Australian Bureau of Meteorology
Australian Bureau of Statistics
Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC)
Australian Customs and Border Protection Service
Australian Electoral Commission
Australian Energy Market Operator
Australian Federal Police
Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA)
Australian Government Solicitor
Australian Hearing
Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
Australian Institute of Superannuation Trustees
Australian National Audit Office
Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO)
Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA)
Australian Public Service Commission (APSC)
Australian Secret Intelligence Service (ASIS)
Australian Securities Investments Commission (ASIC)
Australian Taxation Office
AustralianSuper
Baker & McKenzie
Baker Hughes
BankWest Financial Services
Barclays Capital Services Ltd
Barrick Gold Australia Limited
BC Iron
BDO
Bechtel Australia Pty Ltd
Bendigo and Adelaide Bank
Bentleys
BHP Billiton Limited
Blackrock
Blake Dawson
BNP Paribas
BOC Ltd
BP Australia
Brisbane City Council
British American Tobacco Australia Ltd
Buyster Pty Ltd
Cameron Management Services
Campbell Arnott's
Capital Dynamics (Australia) Ltd
Capricorn Society Limited
Cardno
Centennial Coal
Chevron Australia Pty Ltd
Chief Minister's Department (NT)
Citigroup Pty Ltd
City of Sydney
Clayton Utz
Clean Energy Regulator
Clough Engineering Limited Coca-Cola Amatil
Coles
Colonial First State
Comcare
Commonwealth Bank of Australia
Computer Frameworks
ComSuper
Corrs Chambers Westgarth
Credit Suisse
Crowe Horwath
CSBP
Defence Intelligence and Security Group
Defence Materiel Organisation
Defence Science & Technology Organisation
Deloitte
Dental Health Services Victoria
Department for Environment and Heritage (SA)
Department of Agriculture
Department of Agriculture and Food WA
Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency
Department of Commerce (WA)
Department of Communications
Department of Communities (Qld)
Department of Defence
Department of Education
Department of Education and Children's Services (DECS) (SA)
Department of Education and Early Childhood Development
Department of Employment
Department of Employment, Economic Development & Innovation (Qld)
Department of Environment and Heritage Protection (Qld)
Department of Environment and Primary Industries (Vic)
Department of Environment and Resource Management (Qld)
Department of Finance
Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade
Department of Further Education, Employment, Science and Technology (SA)
Department of Health
Department of Health (SA)
Department of Housing (WA)
Department of Human Services
Department of Immigration and Border Protection
Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development
Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research (DIISR)
Department of Justice (Vic)
Department of Lands and Planning (NT)
Department of Mines and Petroleum (WA)
Department of Parks and Wildlife
Department of Primary Industries (NSW)
Department of Primary Industries (Vic)
Department of Public Works (Qld)
Department of Regional Development and Lands (WA)
Department of Resources, Energy and Tourism
Department of Social Services
Department of State Development (WA)
Department of Sustainability & Environment (Vic)
Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water,
Population and Communities
Department of the Attorney General (WA)
Department of the Environment
Department of The Prime Minister and Cabinet
Department of the Treasury
Department of Transport & Main Roads (Qld)
Department of Treasury (WA)
Department of Treasury and Finance (WA)
Department of Veterans' Affairs (DVA)
Deutsche Group Services Pty Ltd
Dimension Data Australia
Disability Services Commission (WA)
Downer EDI Mining
Dulux Group
Dun & Bradstreet Australia
Edwards Marshall
ElectraNet
Energex
Energy Australia
Ergon Energy
Ericsson Australia Pty Ltd
Esso Australia Pty Ltd
ETSA Utilities
Evolution Mining
ExxonMobil
EY
Fair Work Ombudsman
Ferrowest
Fivium Pty Ltd
Flight Centre Travel Group Ltd
Fonterra Co-operative Group Limited
Fordham Wealth Advisors Pty Ltd
Fortescue Metals Group
Freehills
Fuji Xerox Australia
GE Capital Finance Australasia Pty Ltd
Gentrack Ltd
Georgiou Group
Geoscience Australia
GHD Pty Ltd
Glencore
GMK Partners Pty Ltd
Golder Associates
Goldman Sachs & Partners Australia Pty Ltd
Google
Grant Thornton Australia Ltd
Hatch Pty Ltd
Herbert Smith Freehills
Hewlett-Packard Australia
HLB Mann Judd Chartered Accountants
Honeywell Ltd
Hydro Tasmania
IBM Australia Limited
IMC Financial Markets and Asset Management
Imperial Tobacco Australia
Incitec Pivot
Industry & Investment NSW
INPEX
Integral Energy
Integrated Research
IP Australia
Jemena
John Holland Group
Johnson & Johnson
JP Morgan
K Technology
Kellogg Brown & Root Pty Ltd (KBR)
Kiewit Australia
Kinetic IT
KordaMentha
KPMG
L'Oréal Australia
Laing O'Rourke
Landcorp
Lander & Rogers
Leighton Contractors Pty Ltd
LEK Consulting Pty Ltd
Linfox Australia Pty Ltd
Linklaters LLP
Lion
Lloyds Register
Lockheed Martin Australia
Macmahon
Macquarie Group Services Australia Pty Ltd
Main Roads Western Australia
Mainfreight
Mars Australia
McGrathNicol Services Pty Ltd
McKays Solicitors
Melbourne Water
Meltwater Group
MH Carnegie
Millward Brown Asia Pacific – Australia
Minerals and Metals Group (MMG)
Minter Ellison
Mobile Rehab
Momentum Partners
Monadelphous Group Limited
Mondelez International
Moore Stephens
Morgan Stanley
Murray-Darling Basin Authority
MWES Consulting
National Australia Bank Ltd
New Hope Coal
Newcrest Mining Limited
Newmont Asia Pacific
Nexia Australia
Nexia Court & Co Chartered Accountants
NHP Electrical Engineering
Norman Disney & Young
Norton Rose Fulbright
Nous Group
NSW Department of Education and Communities
NSW Department of Education and Training
NSW Trade & Investment
NSW Treasury
O'Connells OBM
Ok Tedi Mining Limited
Orica Australia Ltd
Origin Energy Ltd
PageUp People
Parsons Brinckerhoff Australia Pty Ltd (PB)
PayAus
Pitcher Partners Advisors Pty Ltd
PKF Chartered Accountants and Business Advisers Powerlink QLD
PPB
Probuild
Procter & Gamble Australia Pty Ltd
Protiviti
Public Sector Commission (WA)
Public Service Commission – PSC (Qld)
Public Transport Authority of Western Australia
PwC
Qantas Airways Ltd
QBE Insurance Pty Ltd
Qenos Pty Ltd
QGC – BG Energy Holdings Limited
Queensland Government Chief Information Office Queensland Rail Ltd
Queensland Treasury
RailCorp
Reckitt Benckiser
Redflex Traffic Systems Pty. Ltd.
Reserve Bank of Australia
Rio Tinto Limited
Roads & Traffic Authority NSW
Roads and Maritime Services (NSW)
Royal Automobile Club of Victoria (RACV)
RSL Care
RSM Bird Cameron
SA Power Networks
SA Water Corporation
Saab Systems
Santos Ltd
Schlumberger Oilfield Australia Pty Ltd
Schneider Electric
Sedgman Limited
Shell Company of Australia Ltd
Sinclair Knight Merz
SingTel Optus Pty Limited
SKG Radiology
SMS Management & Technology
Snowy Mountains Engineering Corporation (SMEC)
South East Water
Southern Cross Care (SA & NT) Inc
Stanwell Corporation Limited
Subsea Australia Contracting Pty Ltd
Suncorp Group
SunWater
Susquehanna Pacific Pty Ltd
Sydney Water
Teach for Australia
Technip Oceania Pty Ltd
Telstra Corporation Limited
The Audit Office of NSW
The Boston Consulting Group
The Royal Bank of Scotland
Therapeutic Goods Administration
Therapy Focus Inc
Thiess
ThoughtWorks Australia
Tiwest Pty Ltd
Tonkin Consulting
Toowoomba Regional Council
Tracey Brunstrom & Hammond Pty Ltd
Transfield Services (Australia) Pty Ltd
TransGrid
TransLink Transit Authority
Transport Accident Commission (TAC)
Transport for NSW
Tronox
UBS AG Australia Branch
Unilever Australia Limited
Vale Australia
Van Eyk Research
VicRoads
Victorian Public Service Graduate Recruitment and Development Scheme (VPS GRADS)
Virgin Australia
Viva Energy Australia Pty Ltd
Water Corporation
WesCEF
Wesfarmers Limited
Western Australian Land Information Authority (Landgate)
Western Power
Westpac Banking Corporation
William Buck
Wilmar Sugar
Wood Group PSN
Woodside Energy Ltd
Woolworths
WorkSafe Victoria
WorleyParsons
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Heinlein, Doc Smith and Theodore Sturgeon

In case it should be of interest:
Larger Than Life: A Memoir in Tribute to Dr. Edward E. Smith
August 1940 - aback road near Jackson, Michigan - a 1939 Chevrolet sedan:
"Doc" Smith is at the wheel; I am in the right-hand seat and trying hard to appear cool, calm, fearless - a credit to the Patrol. Doc has the accelerator floor boarded ... but has his head tilted over at ninety degrees so that he can rest his skull against the frame of the open left window - in order to listen by bone conduction for body squeaks.
Were you to attempt this position yourself - car parked and brakes set, by all means; I am not suggesting that you drive - you would find that your view of the road ahead is between negligible and zero.
I must note that Doc was not wearing his Lens.
This leaves (by Occam's Razor) his sense of perception, his almost superhuman reflexes, and his ability to integrate instantly all available data and act there from decisively and correctly.
Sounds a lot like the Gray Lensman, does it not?
It should, as no one more nearly resembled (in character and in ability - not necessarily in appearance) the Gray Lensman than did the good gray doctor who created him.
Doc could do almost anything and do it quickly and well. In this case he was selecting and road - testing for me a secondhand car. After rejecting numberless other cars, he approved this one; I bought it. Note the date:
August 1940. We entered World War Two the following year and quit making automobiles. I drove that car for twelve years. When I finally did replace it, the mechanic who took care of it asked to be permitted to buy it rather than have it be turned in on a trade... because, after more than thirteen years and hundreds of thousands of miles, it was still a good car. Doc Smith had not missed anything.
Its name? Skylark Five, of course.
So far as I know, Doc Smith could not play a dulcimer (but it would not surprise me to learn that he had been expert at it). Here are some of the skills I know he possessed:
Chemist & chemical engineer - and anyone who thinks these two professions are one and the same is neither a chemist nor an engineer. (My wife is a chemist and is also an aeronautical engineer - but she is not a chemical engineer. All clear? No? See me after class.)
Metallurgist - an arcane art at the Trojan Point of Black Magic and science.
Photographer - all metallurgists are expert photographers; the converse is not necessarily true.
Lumberjack
Cereal chemist
Cook
Explosives chemist - research, test, & development
Blacksmith
Machinist (tool & die maker grade)
Carpenter
Hardrock miner - see chapter 14 of FIRST LENSMAN, titled "Mining and Disaster." That chapter was written by a man who had been there. And it is a refutation of the silly notion that science fiction does not require knowledge of science. Did I hear someone say that there is no science in that chapter? Just a trick vocabulary - trade argot - plus description of some commonplace mechanical work - So? The science (several sciences!) lies just below the surface of the paper.. . and permeates every word. In some fields I could be fooled, but not in this one. I've been in mining, off and on, for more than forty years.
Or see SPACEHOUNDS OF IPC, chapters 3 & 4, pp. 40 - 80... and especially p.52 of the Fantasy Press hardcover edition. Page 52 is almost purely autobiographical in that it tells why the male lead, "Steve" Stevens, knows how to fabricate from the wreckage at hand everything necessary to rescue Nadia and himself. I once discussed with Doc these two chapters, in detail; he convinced me that his hero character could do these things by convincing me that he, Edward E. Smith, could do all of them... and, being myself an experienced mechanical engineer, it was not possible for him to give me a "snow job." (I think he lacked the circuitry to give a "snow job" in any case; incorruptible honesty was Dr. Smith's prime attribute - with courage to match it.)
What else could he do? He could call square dances. Surely, almost anyone can square - dance ... but to become a caller takes longer and is much more difficult. When and how he found time for this I do not know - but, since he did everything about three times as fast as ordinary people, there is probably no mystery.
Both Doc and his beautiful Jeannie were endlessly hospitable. I stayed with them once when they had nine houseguests. They seemed to enjoy it.
But, above all, Doc Smith was the perfect, gallant knight, sans peur et sans reproche.
And all of the above are reflected in his stories.
It is customary today among self - styled "literary critics" to sneer at Doc's space epics - plot, characterization, dialog, motivations, values, moral attitudes, etc. "Hopelessly old - fashioned" is one of the milder disparagements.
As Al Smith used to say: "Let's take a look at the record."
Edward Elmer Smith was born in 1890, some forty years before the American language started to fall to pieces - long, long before the idiot notion of "restricted vocabulary" infected our schools, a half century before our language was corrupted by the fallacy that popular usage defines grammatical correctness.
In consequence Dr. Smith made full use of his huge vocabulary, preferring always the exact word over a more common but inexact word. He did not hesitate to use complex sentences. His syntactical constructions show that he understood and used with precision the conditional and the subjunctive modes as well as the indicative. He did not split infinitives. The difference between "like" and "as" was not a mystery to him. He limited barbarisms to quoted dialog used in characterization.
("Oh, but that dialog!") In each story Doc's male lead character is a very intelligent, highly educated, cheerful, emotional, enthusiastic, and genuinely modest man who talks exactly like Doc Smith who was a very intelligent, highly educated, cheerful, emotional, enthusiastic, and genuinely modest man.
In casual conversation Doc used a number of cliches ... and his male lead characters used the same or similar ones. This is a literary fault? I think not. In casual speech most people tend to repeat each his own idiosyncratic pattern of clich?s. Doc's repertory of clich?s was quite colorful, especially so when compared with patterns heard today that draw heavily on "The Seven Words That Must Never Be Used in Television." A 7 - word vocabulary offers little variety.
("But those embarrassing love scenes!") E. E. Smith's adolescence was during the Mauve Decade; we may assume tentatively that his attitudes toward women were formed mainly in those years. In 1914, a few weeks before the war in Europe started, he met his Jeannie - and I can testify of my own knowledge that, 47 years later (i.e., the last time I saw him before his death) he was still dazzled by the wonderful fact that this glorious creature had consented to spend her life with him.
Do you remember the cultural attitudes toward romantic love during the years before the European War? Too early for you? Never mind, you'll find them throughout Doc Smith's novels. Now we come to the important question. The Lensman novels are laid in the far future. Can you think of any reason why the attitudes between sexes today (ca. 1979) are more likely to prevail in the far future than are attitudes prevailing before 1914?
(I stipulate that there are many other possible patterns. But we are now comparing just these two.)
I suggest that the current pattern is contrasurvival, is necessarily most temporary, and is merely one symptom of the kaleidoscopic and possibly catastrophic rapid change our culture is passing through (or dying from?).
Contrariwise, the pre - 1914 values, whatever faults they may have, are firmly anchored in the concept that a male's first duty is to protect women and children. Pro survival!
"Ah, but those hackneyed plots!" Yes, indeed! - and for excellent reason: The ideas, the cosmic concepts, the complex and sweeping plots, all were brand new when Doc invented them. But in the past half century dozens of other writers have taken his plots, his concepts, and rung the changes on them. The ink was barely dry on SKYLARK OF SPACE when the imitators started in. They have never stopped - pygmies, standing on the shoulders of a giant.
But all the complaints about "Skylark" Smith's alleged literary faults are as nothing to the (usually unvoiced) major grievance:
Doc Smith did not go along with any of the hogwash that passes for a system of social values today.
He believed in Good and Evil. He had no truck with the moral relativism of the neo - (cocktail - party) Freudians.
He refused to concede that "mediocre" is better than "superior."
He had no patience with self - pity.
He did not think that men and women are equal - he would as well have equated oranges with apples. His stories assumed that men and women are different, with different functions, different responsibilities, different duties. Not equal but complementary. Neither complete without the other.
Worse yet, in his greatest and longest story, the 6volume Lensman novel, he assumes that all humans are unequal (and, by implication, that the cult of the common man is pernicious nonsense), and bases his grand epic on the idea that a planned genetic breeding program thousands of years long can (and must) produce a new race superior to h. sapiens ... supermen who will become the guardians of civilization.
The Lensman novel was left unfinished; there was to have been at least a seventh volume. As always, Doc had worked it out in great detail but never (so far as I know) wrote it down... because it was unpublishable - then. But he told me the ending, orally and in private.
I shan't repeat it; it is not my story. Possibly somewhere there is a manuscript - I hope so! All I will say is that the ending develops by inescapable logic from clues in CHILDREN OF THE LENS.
So work it out for yourself. The original Gray Lensman left us quite suddenly - urgent business a long way off, no time to spare to tell us more stories.
http://www.lettersofnote.com/2012/10/help-from-heinlein.html
Theodore Sturgeon wrote:
"I went into a horrible dry spell one time. It was a desperate dry spell and an awful lot depended on me getting writing again. Finally, I wrote to Bob Heinlein. I told him my troubles; that I couldn't write—perhaps it was that I had no ideas in my head that would strike a story. By return airmail—I don't know how he did it—I got back 26 story ideas. Some of them ran for a page and a half; one or two of them were a line or two. I mean, there were story ideas that some writers would give their left ear for. Some of them were merely suggestions; just little hints, things that will spark a writer like, 'Ghost of a little cat patting around eternity looking for a familiar lap to sit in.'
This mechanical, chrome-plated Heinlein has a great deal of heart. I had told him my writing troubles, but I hadn't told him of any other troubles; however, clipped to the stack of story ideas was a check for a hundred dollars with a little scribbled note, 'I have a suspicion your credit is bent.'
It is very difficult for words like 'thank you' to handle a man that can do a thing like that."
Broadmoor Colorado Springs, Colorado
11 Feb 1955
Dear Ted,
What this job really calls for is a meeting of the defunct Mañana Literary Society. Almost all writers need cross-pollenation—myself most certainly! (I am at present stuck on p.148 of the best set-up for a novel I ever had in my life and I cannot get the Goddam thing to gel!) The M.L.S. used to give ideas such a kicking around that a man went out of there with notes enough for three months; when Jack Williams, Anthony Boucher, Cleve Cartmill, Mick McComas, and several others all got to snarling over the same bone, something had to give.
My only regret at living in this idyllic ivory tower surrounded by snow-covered mountains, deer, Chinese pheasants, tall pine trees, and silence is that while a writer needs a lot of silence, he also needs stimulating talk.
But I will do the best I can at this distance. I must say that I am flattered at the request. To have the incomparable and always scintillating Sturgeon ask for ideas is like having the Pacific Ocean ask one to pee in it. By the way, did I tell you that I bought a copy of MORE THAN HUMAN in Singapore? Or that I didn't get home with it because a Dutch ship's captain borrowed it from me? If you happen to have a spare around you might send it to us, inscribed.
Mmm...Sturgeonish ideas—Well, here's one that might be Campbellish: a society where there are no criminal offences, just civil offences, i.e., there is a price on everything, you can look it up in the catalog and pay the price. You want to shoot your neighbor? Go ahead and shoot the bastard. He has a definite economic rating; deposit the money with the local clearing house within 24 hrs.; they will pay the widow. Morality would consist in not trying to get away with anything without paying for it. Good manners would consist in so behaving that no one would be willing to pay your listed price to kill you. Of course if your valuation is low and your manners are crude, your survival probabilities are low, too. Down in Paraguay murder is a private matter, the government figuring that either his friends and relatives will avenge the deceased, or he was a nogoodnick and who cares? There is another culture in which if a man kills another man, accidentally or on purpose, he must replace the other man, even to taking his wife and his name. Obviously our own pattern is not the only way of looking at crime; maybe we are prejudiced.
This idea, developed, should appeal to JWC. He hates all government, all authority, even though he is not fully aware of it—and he thinks money can do no wrong.
Here is another Campbell-type culture: why should government enforce private contracts at all? At present you can go into court and sue—and (sometimes) force another man to conform to his contract or wrest damages from him. Is there good reason for this to be a function of government? Should it not be a case of let the contractor beware? Why should society as a whole give a hoot whether or not the private, civil promises between two men are kept?
What are the minimum, indispensable functions of government? What functions are present in all human societies? Is it possible to name anything which obtains in one society which is not differently just the reverse in another? Or not done at all? Has there ever been a truly anarchistic society? The Eskimos, perhaps? We have an anarchist running a newspaper in this town, who is opposed to public roads, public schools, public anything—he maintains that it is not ethical for a majority to do anything collectively which each individual did not already have the right to do as an individual. This is an explosive notion; a corollary is that all taxation is wrong, all zoning laws are wrong, all compulsory education is wrong, all punishment by courts is wrong. In the mean time he lives in a well-policed society, his own considerable wealth protected by all these things he deplores. But one thing is sure: many of the things we take for granted are not necessary to a stable society, but we take them for granted. You could get a Campbell-style story out of doubting the most sacred of sacred cows—except big business, of course; John does not tolerate outright heresy.
We know very little about multiple personality, despite the many case records. Suppose a hypnoanalyst makes a deep investigation into a schizoid...and comes up with with the fact that it is a separate and non-crazy personality in the body, distinct from the nominal one, and that this new personality is a refugee from (say) 2100 A.D., when conditions are so intolerable that escape into another body and another time (even this period) is to be preferred, even at the expense of living more or less helplessly in another man's body.
Or do it this way: hypnoanalyst hypnotizes patient; second personality emerges and refuses to go away. Original-owner personality is a nogood, a bastard, a public enemy, a wifebeater, etc.; new personality is a real hero-type, good, smart, hardworking, etc. What is the ethical situation? Should the analyst try his damnedest to suppress and wipe out the false personality and give the body back to its owner? Or should he accept that the world is improved by the change? This could be made quite critical.
What is a personality? A memory track? A set of evaluations? A set of habit patterns? What happens to a soul in a transorbital lobotomy? Is it murder to kill a man's personality, sick though it may be, in order to make his body a bit more tractable for ward nurses and relatives?
The central problem of philosophy, of religion, of all psychology is one so pervasive and so hard to come to grips with that it is largely ignored, just as fish ignore water. The solipsists deal with it and so did you in ULTIMATE EGOTIST (and so did I, quite differently, in THEY). It is the problem of the individual ego, the awareness of "I." There you sit, inside your skull. How long have you been there? Always. How long will you be there? Always. Environment changes—even your body, even your penis and balls, are nothing but environment. The "I" remains, the one unchangeable thing...and a thing utterly unaccounted for in all philosophy, all religion. Of, the double-talk on the subject has endless, but but that is what is has been: double-talk. Until we know how consciousness hooks onto matter and why and where it comes from, we don't know anything. And we don't. But the problem permits infinite variation in fiction.
I have had a dirty suspicion since I was about six that all consciousness is one and that all the actors I see around me (including my enemies) are myself, at different points in the record's grooves. I once partly explored this in a story called BY HIS BOOTSTRAPS. I say "partly" because I touched on one point only—and the story was mistaken by the readers (most of them) for a time-travel paradox story...whereas I was investigating whether "the wine we thought we swallered could make us dream of all that follered...but we was only simple seamen so of course we couldn't know."
But it still is no solution of the problem of ego to discover (as we may, or may not) that the snake eternally eats its own tail. We still haven't accounted for the snake. Korzybski has pointed out that a fact needs no "why." This gives rational adjustment to the world we are in...but it does not solve philosophical problems.
Nor does it do any good to dive into your own belly button, like JWC and Ron Hubbard. It is sane to state the questions; it is not good to kid yourself about the answers. Incidentally, all of the respectable religions these days are founded on point: that it is virtuous and obligatory to kid oneself about the answers, i.e., you must have "faith."
Merde!—squared and cubed. The answers are not to be found by singing hymn number forty-six, with the Young Men's Bible Class coming in on the chorus. Not yet by the battles with straw men that the formal theologians indulge in. How did I get inside my skull?
You could have a hell of a hassle in a society in which there were a group, large or small, of illuminati who really do know what happens after death (as compared with the fakers we now have) and who in consequence have different motivations and different purposes from the others who are the way we are now. Just for a touch, they might try a man in absentia for suiciding to avoid his obligations...then maybe have some one else suicide to go after him and carry out the sentence. (But hell, Bill, I don't have to tell you—just some of your usual hoke that Dick Burbage can get his teeth into. We start rehearsals Wednesday. Quote and unquote).
Science explains nothing. It merely formulates observed data.
A statistician in the Department of Commerce is fiddling with the new digital computer, running some data from the last census. No doubt about it; the machine says that there are more red-headed babies than there ought to be. Must be some mistake in the data; the machine can't be wrong. The enrollments in dental schools are down, too. And appendectomies have decreased. Should the reports of parthenogenesis be rejected as impossible? Why so many of them?
"June 28—The new bull calf looks better all the time. Met a leprechaun today. Nice little guy. I'm going to have to drain the south forty."
This character is absent-minded. When he day dreams his reveries are very real. He is especially likely to do this in public transportation; he can be riding a bus, catch a glimpse of a house which reminds him of one he knew in another city. Trouble is that when he gets off the bus he is like as not, if he is still absent-minded, to get off in the city he has been day-dreaming about, instead of the one he was in. When he was a kid and had not been anywhere, this simply got him scolded and he had a reputation for being too dopy to notice that streetcar he was getting into. But now that he is grown and knows many cities (instead of just neighborhoods in one city) it is downright embarrassing, as he is likely to get on a bus in Cincinnati and wind up three-quarters of an hour later in Seattle with one dollar and thirty-seven cents in his pocket.
One day his ability to recapture other places moves him not only to another city but back to the Taft administration. Well, maybe it is all for the best.
The bloke sells dreams, in pills. Euphoria, along with your fantasy, is guaranteed. The pills are not toxic, nor are they harmful the way narcotics are, but they are habit-forming as the euphoria dreams are much better than reality. Can the Pure Foods & Drugs people act?
This guy sells soap and cosmetics, door to door like the Fuller Brush man. She tries their beauty soap; she becomes beautiful. So she tries their vanishing cream...
A little cat ghost, padding patiently around in limbo, trying to find that familiar, friendly lap...
Story about two countries fighting not with men, not with robots, but with mutated-animal soldiers. Fighter-pilot cats (all the gadgetry automatic, but the piloting done by the supercat), Rhino tanks, ape paratroopers, sea lion "frogmen" etc.
Fundamentalist congregation, convinced that faith can move mountains, concentrates on Mt. Rushmore in the Black Hills—and the greatest neo-Egyptian sculpture ever carved disappears, mountain and all. Should the Public Works Administration sue the church? Or is that suing God? Or should they ask them to pray it back? Or should they systematize this into a new form of theo-engineering? If so, civil engineers will have to have divinity degrees as well in the future. What is faith without (public) works?
A Hollywood stunt man kills himself getting a really fine effect. They cut it out of the picture. Will he haunt the producer?
A man is troubled by gophers in his garden. He digs into their burrow, finds a nest with baby gophers in it, kills them. The gophers really move in on him now, undermine his house, flood it, wreck it completely, while he tries to save it.
A seeing-eye dog growing too old to do his work...
There is something important other than rest in the notion of sleep. In sleep we almost catch the secret, almost understand what it is all about. It might be possible to abolish sleep; we might develop a race of able, smart, hard, efficient people who never need to sleep. Only they wouldn't have any souls.
Once there was a man who could not stand it. First he lost the power to read and then the headlines did not bother him any longer. Then he lost the power to understand speech and then the radio could not bother him. He became quite happy and the wrinkles smoothed out of his face and he quit being tense and he painted and modelled in clay and danced and listened to music and enjoyed life.
Then a clever psychiatrist penetrated his fugue and made him sane again. Now he could read and listen to the radio and he became aware again of the Cold War and juvenile delinquency and rapes and rapacity and et cetera ad nauseam.
He still couldn't stand it. He killed quite a number of people before they got him.
There was this man Flammonde who came to our town and grandly borrowed what he needed. Edward Arlington Robinson has dealt well and fully with Flammonde in verse but he has not been described in prose. The power that Flammonde had was to make everyone around him happier, richer in experience, greater in his own self-esteem. Naturally a man like that would not have to work. It is a neat trick.
What exact knowledge of how human beings work can enable a man always to make other people happier simply by his own presence?
Cats have made a racket and a good thing out of this knowledge for seven thousand years without even bothering to flatter the recipient of the pleasure.
Ted, I have about run dry and Ginny has just announced dinner. We hope to take a freighter for Constantinople about the first of May. We don't know whether we will be sailing from New York or from New Orleans; we have applied both ways and have no firm booking as yet. One way we might see you soon; the other way we would not. But let us hear from you when pressure permits; it has been too long and the short visit in New York last spring merely whetted my appetite.
Best to you, your wife, and kids—
Bob
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2019 is looking to be a really, really exciting year for film. I’ve compiled a comprehensive list of 50+ upcoming original/adapted films that are showing real promise, and 25+ major franchise/sequel films. Includes summaries, links, and details. Enjoy!

TL;DR: this year is insane.

Let me dive right in - hopefully I hit the 300 character minimum.

Original/adapted/stand-alone films:


Midsommar
A horror film from break-out director Ari Aster (Hereditary).
A young couple travels to Sweden to visit their friend’s rural hometown and attend its mid-summer festival. What begins as an idyllic retreat quickly descends into a bizarre and violent competition at the hands of a pagan cult.
Directed by Ari Aster. Starring Florence Pugh, Jack Reynor, Will Poulter and William Jackson Harper.

Ad Astra
A sci-fi film with Brad Pitt - I’m itching for a trailer.
Army Corps engineer Roy McBride embarks on a mission across the galaxy to discover the truth about his father, who disappeared in space 20 years ago while searching for signs of alien life.
Directed by James Gray. Starring Brad Pitt, Tommy Lee Jones and Ruth Negga.

Knives Out
Rian Johnson is a touch controversial after The Last Jedi, but he's undeniably very talented. He directed the best Breaking Bad episode after all.
Modern-day murder mystery in the classic Agatha Christie whodunit style.
Directed by Rian Johnson (The Last Jedi, Ozymandias). Starring Daniel Craig, Lakeith Stanfield, Chris Evans, Michael Shannon, Christopher Plummer, Ana de Armas, Jamie Lee Curtis and Toni Collette.

The Irishman
A Scorsese film with Netflix that’s gone seriously over-budget, bound to be enjoyable.
A mob hit man recalls his possible involvement with the slaying of Jimmy Hoffa.
Starring Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, Harvey Keitel, Joe Pesci and Ray Romano.

Little Women
A Greta Gertwig film with an outstanding cast. I’m excited. I also have a feeling this will have some play in the 2019 Oscars
Four sisters come of age in America in the aftermath of the Civil War.
Directed by Greta Gertwig. Starring Saoirse Ronan, Emma Watson, Eliza Scanlen, Florence Pugh, Laura Dern, Meryl Streep, Timothée Chalamet, James Norton, Louis Garrel and Bob Odenkirk.

Velvet Buzzsaw
You’ve probably already seen the trailer. An art-world horror-satire from Dan Gilroy, on Netflix in Feb.
Big money artists and mega-collectors pay a high price when art collides with commerce. After a series of paintings by an unknown artist are discovered, a supernatural force enacts revenge on those who have allowed their greed to get in the way of art.
Directed by Dan Gilroy. Starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Rene Russo and Toni Collette.

Uncut Gems
Adam Sandler taking on a serious role by the directors of Good Time (2017). If it has any of the same intensity or grit as Good Time this could be awesome.
Set in the diamond district of New York City, Howard Ratner, a jewelry store owner and dealer to the rich and famous, must find a way to pay his debts when his merchandise is taken from one of his top sellers and girlfriend.
Directed by the Safdie brothers. Starring Adam Sandler, Idina Menzel, Lakeith Stanfield and The Weeknd.

The Report
This got pretty great reviews at Sundance, I’m excited.
The story of Daniel Jones, lead investigator for the US Senate’s sweeping study into the CIA’s Detention and Interrogation Program, which was found to be brutal, immoral and ineffective. With the truth at stake, Jones battled tirelessly to make public what many in power sought to keep hidden.
Directed by Scott Z. Burns. Starring Adam Driver, Annette Bening, Jon Hamm and Jennifer Morrison.

Ford v. Ferrari
Awesome cast, great story, and directed by the guy behind Logan.
Follows an eccentric, determined team of American engineers and designers, led by automotive visionary Carroll Shelby and his British driver, Ken Miles, who are dispatched by Henry Ford II with the mission of building from scratch an entirely new automobile with the potential to finally defeat the perennially dominant Ferrari at the 1966 Le Mans World Championship.
Directed by James Mangold. Starring Christian Bale, Matt Damon, Jon Bernthal and Tracy Letts.

Late Night
This got some pretty great reviews at Sundance.
Legendary late-night talk show host’s world is turned upside down when she hires her only female staff writer. Originally intended to smooth over diversity concerns, her decision has unexpectedly hilarious consequences as the two women separated by culture and generation are united by their love of a biting punchline.
Directed by Nisha Ganatra. Starring Emma Thompson Mindy Kaling.

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
Holy shit.
A faded TV actor and his stunt double embark on an odyssey to make a name for themselves in the film industry during the Helter Skelter reign of terror in 1969 Los Angeles.
Directed by Quentin Tarantino. Cast includes Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie, Al Pacino, Timothy Olyphant, Tim Roth, Kurt Russell, Michael Madsen, Bruce Dern, Dakota Fanning,James Marsden, Damian Lewis, Luke Perry, Emile Hirsch, Damon Herriman and Scoot McNairy.
jesus christ i cannot wait

Us
If this is as spoopy as the trailer uh oh.
Husband and wife Gabe and Adelaide Wilson take their kids to their beach house expecting to unplug and unwind with friends. But as night descends, their serenity turns to tension and chaos when some shocking visitors arrive uninvited.
Directed by Jordan Peele. Starring Lupita Nyong'o, Winston Duke, Elisabeth Moss and Tim Heidecker.

The Lighthouse
Next film from the guy behind the VVitch
The story of an aging lighthouse keeper named Old who lives in early 20th-century Maine.
Directed by Robert Eggers. Starring Willem Dafoe and Robert Pattinson.

High Life
Really good reviews, sci-fi that looks like it could be pretty trippy.
A father and his daughter struggle to survive in deep space where they live in isolation.
Directed by Claire Denis. Starring Robert Pattinson.

Radegund
A Terrence Mallick movie, so it's going to be divisive, but the plot does have potential.
Told through real wartime letters, this love story finds a couple in conflict with the members of their close-knit town, their church, their government, and even their friends — all of which brings them to a dramatic choice.
Directed by Terrence Mallick. Starring August Deihl and Valerie Pachner.

Luce
I know every movie is called a sign of the times, but this one seems particularly geared towards the current politics. Really good Sundance reviews.
A star athlete and top student, Luce’s idealized image is challenged by one of his teachers when his unsettling views on political violence come to light, putting a strain on family bonds while igniting intense debates on race and identity.
Directed by Julius Onah. Starring Kelvin Harrison Jr., Naomi Watts, Tim Roth and Octavia Spencer.

The Souvenir
This one just got rave reviews at Sundance.
A quiet film student begins finding her voice as an artist while navigating a turbulent courtship with a charismatic but untrustworthy man.
Directed by Joanna Hogg. Starring Honor Swinton-Byrne, Tom Burke, Tilda Swinton and Richard Ayoade.

Untitled Noah Baumbach Project
This one is obviously a bit unknown. But the cast looks amazing, and if it turns out as good as The Meyerowitz Stories, I can't wait to watch. Will be a Netflix film.
Directed by Noah Baumbach. Starring Adam Driver, Scarlett Johannsen, Laura Dern and Greta Gertwig.

Honey Boy
Great reviews from Sundance, 100% on RT as of now.
The story of a child star attempting to mend his relationship with his law-breaking, alcohol-abusing father over the course of a decade, loosely based on Shia LaBeouf’s life.
Directed by Alma Har’el. Starring Shia LaBeouf, Lucas Hedges and yada yada.

Queen & Slim
Very interesting premise, and Daniel Kaluuya.
The film centers on a black man and black woman who go on a first date that goes awry after the two are pulled over by a police officer at a traffic stop. They kill the police officer in self-defense and rather than turn themselves in, they go on the run.
Directed by Melina Matsoukas. Starring Daniel Kaluuya and Jodie Turner-Smith.

The Farewell
Another film with good reviews out of Sundance.
A headstrong Chinese-American woman returns to China when her beloved grandmother is given a terminal diagnosis. Billi struggles with her family’s decision to keep grandma in the dark about her own illness as they all stage an impromptu wedding to see grandma one last time.
Directed by Lulu Wang. Starring Awkwafina.

Long Shot
A comedy with a cool cast by Jonathan Levine.
A political journalist tries to hook up with his old babysitter, who now holds an important government position.
Directed by Jonathan Levine. Starring Seth Rogen, Charlize Theron and Alexander Skarsgård.

Rocketman
I was disappointed with Bohemian last year, so I'm reminding myself to be sceptical, but I hope this is excellent. Trailer here.
The story of Elton John's life, from his years as a prodigy at the Royal Academy of Music through his influential and enduring musical partnership with Bernie Taupin.
Directed by Dexter Fletcher. Starring Taron Egerton (as Elton), Jamie Bell, Richard Madden and Bryce Dallas Howard.

The Goldfinch
Based on the bestselling book. Director of Brooklyn.
A boy in New York is taken in by a wealthy family after his mother is killed in a bombing at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. In a rush of panic, he steals ‘The Goldfinch’, a painting that eventually draws him into a world of crime.
Directed by John Crowley. Cast includes Ansel Elgort, Finn Wolfhard, Aneurin Barnard, Oakes Fegley, Ashleigh Cummings, Willa Fitzgerald and Nicole Kidman.

Big Time Adolescence
It's a little too early to tell from the Sundance reviews, but I really hope this is good. Pete Davidson and the guy who plays Sam in American Vandal star.
A 16 year old virgin with a growth hormone deficiency slowly gets corrupted by his hero, an aimless college dropout.
Directed by Jason Orley. Starring Pete Davidson and Griffin Gluck.

Triple Frontier
The cast for this Netflix action thriller is awesome. If the trailer and director is anything to go by though, this looks really promising.
Struggling to make ends meet, former special ops soldiers reunite for a high-stakes heist: stealing $75 million from a South American drug lord.
Directed by J.C. Chandor (Margin Call). Starring Ben Affleck, Oscar Isaac, Charlie Hunnam and Pedro Pascal.

Chaos Walking
I hope this is amazing, but the premise sounds incredibly difficult to pull off. Good cast and director, so fingers crossed. I'm using the book description here.
A dystopian world where all living creatures can hear each other's thoughts in a stream of images, words, and sounds called Noise.
Directed by Doug Liman (Edge of Tomorrow). Starring Tom Holland and Daisy Ridley.

The Rosie Project
Few details are out. Ryan Reynolds, based on a good book.
An unlucky-in-love university professor creates an elaborate questionnaire in an effort to find a wife and meets an unconventional woman who doesn’t match any of his “requirements”, but might be the perfect woman for him.
Directed by Ben Taylor. Starring Ryan Reynolds.

The Beach Bum
The trailer looks completely wack. Make sure you watch it:
An irreverent comedy about the misadventures of Moondog, a rebellious stoner and lovable rogue who lives large.
Directed by Harmony Korine (Spring Breakers). Starring Matthew McConaughey, Snoop Dogg, Zac Efron and Isla Fisher.

Parasite
I don't know much about this one, but the director previously made Snowpiercer, Okja and my favourite, Memories of Murder. I'm excited.
All unemployed, Ki-taek’s family takes peculiar interest in the Parks for their livelihood until they get entangled in an expected incident.
Directed by Bong Joon-Ho. Starring Song Kang-ho, Lee Sun-kyun, Jo Yeo-jeong and Choi Woo-shik.

I Am Mother
This one comes from nowhere. An indie sci-fi with with an interesting plot, and good Sundance reviews.
A teenage girl is raised underground by a robot “Mother”, designed to repopulate the earth following an extinction event. But their unique bond is threatened when an inexplicable stranger arrives with alarming news.0
Directed by Grant Sputore. Starring Hillary Swank , Clara Rugaard-Larsen and Rose Byrne.

Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile
You’ve more than likely heard of this one. Ted Bundy film starring Zac Efron. I’m not sure how excited I am for the film, but Efron’s performance is apparently very good.
A chronicle of the crimes of Ted Bundy, from the perspective of his longtime girlfriend, Elizabeth Kloepfer, who refused to believe the truth about him for years.
Directed by Joe Berlinger. Starring Lily Collins, Zac Efron and John Malkovich.

The Nightingale
The second film from the director of the Babadook. Really promising (and slightly divisive) reviews out of Sundance. Fun fact: you can kinda measure the divisiveness of a film on RT by comparing the percentage meter with the average rating. If the percentage is high but the average rating is low, it shows that the film is all-round solid and inoffensive. If the percentage rating is lower but the average rating is still high/moderate, it means there’s a large gap between those who loved and didn’t like it. Anyway, back to the Nightingale. I’m excited - doubly so since it’s an Aussie film.
In 1829, Claire, a 21-year-old Irish convict, chases a British soldier through the rugged Tasmanian wilderness, bent on revenge for a terrible act of violence he committed against her family. She enlists the services of an Aboriginal tracker named Billy, who is also marked by trauma from his own violence-filled past.
Directed by Jennifer Kent. Starring Aisling Franciosi, Sam Claflin, Damon Herriman and Ewen Leslie.

The Dead Don't Die
Another awesome cast, definitely one to look forward to. The plot summary isn’t out, but it’s a comedy zombie flick.
Directed by Jim Jarmusch. Starring Bill Murray, Adam Driver, Selena Gomez, Chloë Sevigny, Austin Butler, Steve Buscemi and Tilda Swinton.

Memoria
Tilda Swinton seems to be working a lot, woah.
Memoria revolves around a character (portrayed by Tilda Swinton) who suffers from exploding head syndrome, a psychological condition in which a person experiences loud noises when falling asleep or waking up.
Directed by Apichatpong Weerasethakul. Starring Tilda Swinton and Jeanne Balibar.

Where'd You Go, Bernadette
The trailer for this, particularly the music, wasn’t good. The content of the trailer shows a lot of potential though, and the book is apparently really good. Also: Richard Linklater.
When architect-turned-recluse Bernadette Fox goes missing prior to a family trip to Antarctica, her 15-year-old daughter Bee goes on a quest with Bernadette’s husband to find her.
Directed by Richard Linklater. Starring Cate Blanchett ,Emma Nelson, Billy Crudup, Kristen Wiig, Judy Greer and Laurence Fishburne.

A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood
Tom Hanks seems made for this role. Should be good.
The story of Fred Rogers, the honored host and creator of the popular children’s television program, Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood (1968).
Directed by Marielle Heller. Starring Tom Hanks, Matthew Rhys and Chris Cooper.

High Flying Bird
I’ll make this quick: Excellent reviews so far. Netflix in Feb. Steven Soderbergh. Shot on an iPhone. Moonlight writer.
During an NBA lockout, a sports agent, Dean, presents his rookie client, Erick Scott, with an intriguing and controversial business opportunity.
Directed by Steven Soderbergh (Ocean’s 11). Starring André Holland Zazie Beetz Jeryl Prescott Kyle MacLachlan Caleb McLaughlin Zachary Quinto.

The Cradle
I don’t know much about this one but the plot intrigues me. For some reason it reminds me of Denis Villeneuve's early film, Incendies (if you haven’t watched yet, make it your next film - it’s incredible.)
A young couple not ready to expect their first baby track down a cradle, only to make a discovery that will change their family forever.
Directed by Hope Dickson Leach. Starring Jack O'Connell and Lily Collins.

The Woman in the Window
A Rear Window-esque movie with a great cast and director. Really hoping this is great, cos I love these kind of plots.
An agoraphobic woman living alone in New York begins spying on her new neighbors only to witness a disturbing act of violence.
Directed by Joe Wright. Starring Amy Adams, Gary Oldman, Julianne Moore and Wyatt Russell.

Gemini Man
The plot is crazy, but the cast and director can definitely pull it off.
Henry Brogen, an aging assassin tries to get out of the business but finds himself in the ultimate battle: fighting his own clone who is 25 years younger than him and at the peak of his abilities.
Directed by Ang Lee. Starring Will Smith, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Clive Owen and Benedict Wong.

The Last Black Man in San Francisco
Yet another film with great reviews from Sundance.
Jimmie Fails dreams of reclaiming the Victorian home his grandfather built in the heart of San Francisco. Joined on his quest by his best friend Mont, Jimmie searches for belonging in a rapidly changing city that seems to have left them behind.
Directed by Joe Talbot. Starring Jimmie Fails, Jonathan Majors, Rob Morgan and Tichina Arnold.

Blinded by the Light
Sundance musta been real great this year, cos once again we have another movie with good reviews out of it. Apparently wholesome and inspiring.
In 1987, during the austere days of Thatcher’s Britain, a teenager learns to live life, understand his family, and find his own voice through the music of Bruce Springsteen.
Directed by Gurinder Chadha. Starring Viveik Kalra, Nell William and Hayley Atwell.

Before You Know It
Good reviews. Sundance. Family comedy.
A long-kept family secret thrusts codependent, thirty-something sisters Rachel and Jackie Gurner into a literal soap opera. A journey that proves that you really can come of age, at any age.
Directed by Hannah Pearl Utt. Starring Hannah Pearl Utt, Jen Tullock and Judith Light.

Little Monsters
SUNDANCE. GOOD. ZOMBIES. COMEDY.
A washed-up musician teams up with a teacher and a kids show personality to protect young children from a sudden outbreak of zombies.
Directed by Abe Forsythe. Starring Lupita Nyong'o, Josh Gad, Alexander England and Nadia Townsend.

Jojo Rabbit
I'll watch anything Taika makes, but this looks insane - one of my most hyped. (I accidentally deleted this from the list while editing!!)
Jojo Rabbit is about a young boy living during World War II. His only escapism is through his imaginary friend, an ethnically inaccurate version of Adolf Hitler, who pushes the young boy’s naive patriotic beliefs. However, this all changes when a young girl challenges those views and causes Jojo to face his own issues.
Directed by Taiki Watiti. Starring Taiki Watiti (as Adolf Hitler), Roman Griffin Davis, Thomasin McKenzie, Scarlett Johansson, Sam Rockwell, Rebel Wilson and Alfie Allen.

The Lodge
A spoopy film that was well received at Sundance.
Two siblings spend the night alone with their new stepmother. Stuck in a remote mountain cabin, the trio are terrorised by a supernatural force.
Directed by Veronika Franz, Severin Fiala. Starring Riley Keough, Jaeden Lieberher and Lia McHugh.

1917
World War I film. Plot unknown.
Directed by Sam Mendes. Cinematography by Roger Deakins.

Dragged Across Concrete
Two policemen, one an old-timer, the other his volatile younger partner, find themselves suspended when a video of their strong-arm tactics becomes the media’s cause du jour. Low on cash and with no other options, these two embittered soldiers descend into the criminal underworld to gain their just due, but instead find far more than they wanted awaiting them in the shadows.
Directed by S. Craig Zahler. Starring Mel Gibson, Vince Vaughn, Don Johnson and Jennifer Carpenter.

I’m Thinking of Ending Things
A Charlie Kaufman film, set for Netflix.
An unexpected detour causes a woman who is trying to figure out how to break up with her boyfriend to rethink her life.
Directed by Charlie Kaufman. Starring Brie Larson and Jesse Plemons.

My thoughts

Feel free to ignore lol
After finally managing to finish this compilation, reading plots and wikis and watching trailers, I cannot believe how many good films there are coming out. This is reminding me of 2017, when I made a similar post - and 2017 was an absolutely amazing year overall, especially in light of the relative disappointment of 2018. There’s just so much promise in every category - horror, thriller, biopics, drama, action, comedy… and if you count zombie films as a genre unto themselves, then yeah, that too.
Of course, I cannot wait for Tarantino’s flick. But after that it’s hard to pick ordered favourites - Knives Out, The Dead Don’t Die, Us, The Report and Luce are films I cannot wait for, but there are so many others I’m pumped for - and I haven’t even gone into the blockbusters.

Speaking of…
For the franchise and sequel films, I haven’t gone to the effort of adding plot and cast details. They’re huge, you’ll hear all about them anyway.

Franchise/Sequel/Remake films

Godzilla: King of the Monsters
Star Wars: Episode IX
Zombieland 2: Double Tap
Pokémon: Detective Pikachu
The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part
Avengers: Endgame
Captain Marvel
Joker
Toy Story 4
Shazam!
It: Chapter Two
John Wick Chapter 3: Parabellum
Spider-Man: Far from Home
Lion King
Dumbo
Aladdin
The New Mutants
Alita: Battle Angel
Hellboy
Dark Phoenix
Men in Black International
Fast & Furious presents: Hobbs & Shaw
Artemis Fowl
Charlie’s Angels
Kingsman 3
Sonic the Hedgehog
Frozen 2

I’m genuinely delirious. I told myself I would get this post done before I went to sleep and I am now totally exhausted. There were far more movies than I anticipated. This year is ridiculous and it has been mean to me. Of course, if I missed anything let me know and I’ll add it once I’ve woken up!
Oh, and if you want to follow me on Letterboxd: https://letterboxd.com/xaviertobin/
Hope you enjoy! :)
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Roman Catholic Wall Street Titan, Thomas Fortune Ryan, was financing Roman Catholic King Leopold II's Genocide in the Belgian Congo

The Genocide in Congo overseen by Roman Catholic King Leopold II, and the Belgian military authorities killed at least 10 million Congolese men woman and children! All in a pursuit of a Crusade to harvest as much rubber as possible from the Belgian Colony. Much alike how the Pope remained silent during the atrocities of Hitler, Pavelic, Mussolini, and Franco etc., the "Holy Father" had more important things to be occupied with--he couldnt find anytime to condemn his loyal son of the Church King Leopold II for his barbaric savagery.
"There is no denying his grim legacy.Yet, Leopold enjoyed a great deal of international support and managed to keep his personal so-called État Indépendant du Congo(EIC) for decades.Governments across Europe and the United States of America took a very long time to raise opposition to the atrocities perpetrated by the Leopoldian regime. The Holy See and the leading Catholic authorities in Belgium showed even greater lethargy in that regard. They never truly opposed the regime...... Besides, Leopold had given clear signs that he never entertained the possibility of consolidating his colonial rule in the Congo without the assistance of Catholic missionaries."--- The Catholic Church and the Early Stages of King Leopold II’s Colonial Projects in the Congo (1876–1886), Jairzinho Lopes Pereira, Social Sciences and Missions 32(1-2):82-104, May 2019 https://archive.org/details/churchandleopoldsearlyyearsinthecongossm322019

King Leopold II himself wrote to Belgian Colonial missionaries in 1883 that : " Convert always the blacks by using the whip. Keep their women in nine months of submission to work freely for us. Force them to pay you in sign of recognition-goats, chicken or eggs-every time you visit their villages. And make sure that niggers never become rich. Sing every day that it's impossible for the rich to enter heaven. Make them pay tax each week at Sunday mass. Use the money supposed for the poor, to build flourishing business centres. Institute a confessional system, which allows you to be good detectives denouncing any black that has a different consciousness contrary to that of the decision-maker. Teach the niggers to forget their heroes and to adore only ours." http://www.fafich.ufmg.bluarnaut/Letter%20Leopold%20II%20to%20Colonial%20Missionaries.pdf

Quoting from the Encyclopedia Britannica, we get a sense of the level of depravity :
" Leopold II, French in full Léopold-Louis-Philippe-Marie-Victor, Dutch in full Leopold Lodewijk Filips Maria Victor, (born April 9, 1835, Brussels, Belgium—died December 17, 1909, Laeken), king of the Belgians from 1865 to 1909. Keen on establishing Belgium as an imperial power, he led the first European efforts to develop the Congo River basin, making possible the formation in 1885 of the Congo Free State, annexed in 1908 as the Belgian Congo and now the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Although he played a significant role in the development of the modern Belgian state, he was also responsible for widespread atrocities committed under his rule against his colonial subjects....... By the early 1890s a new source of riches had appeared. A worldwide rubber boom was under way, kicked off by the invention of the inflatable bicycle tire and spurred on by the rise of the automobile and the use of rubber in industrial belts and gaskets, as well as in coating for telephone and telegraph wires. Throughout the tropics, people rushed to sow rubber trees, but those plants could take many years to reach maturity, and in the meantime there was money to be made wherever rubber grew wild. One lucrative source of wild rubber was the Landolphia vines in the great Central African rainforest, and no one owned more of that area than Leopold. Detachments of his 19,000-man private army, the Force Publique, would march into a village and hold the women hostage, forcing the men to scatter into the rainforest and gather a monthly quota of wild rubber. As the price of rubber soared, the quotas increased, and as vines near a village were drained dry, men desperate to free their wives and daughters would have to walk days or weeks to find new vines to tap. Other parts of the Congo economy, from road building to chopping wood for steamboat boilers, operated by forced labour as well. The effects were devastating. Many of the women hostages starved, and many of the male rubber gatherers were worked to death. Tens, possibly hundreds, of thousands of Congolese fled their villages to avoid being impressed as forced labourers, and they sought refuge deep in the forest, where there was little food and shelter. Tens of thousands of others were shot down in failed rebellions against the regime. One particularly notorious practice grew out of the suppression of those rebellions. To prove that he had not wasted bullets—or, worse yet, saved them for use in a mutiny—for each bullet expended, a Congolese soldier of the Force Publique had to present to his white officer the severed hand of a rebel killed. Baskets of severed hands thus resulted from expeditions against rebels. If a soldier fired at someone and missed, or used a bullet to shoot game, he then sometimes cut off the hand of a living victim to be able to show it to his officer. With women as hostages and men forced to tap rubber, few able-bodied adults were left to hunt, fish, and cultivate crops. Millions of Congolese then found themselves suffering near-famine, which made them vulnerable to diseases they otherwise might have survived. Furthermore, as in any society where men and women are separated, traumatized, or in flight as refugees, the birth rate dropped precipitously. No one will ever know the precise figures, but, from all these causes, demographers estimate that between 1880 and 1920 the population of the Congo may have been slashed by up to 50 percent, from perhaps 20 million people at the beginning of that period to an estimated 10 million at the end."

For a background of Papist fiancier Thomas Fortune Ryan, I quote from the book The Roman Catholic hierarchy : the deadliest menace to American liberties and Christian civilization , Thomas E. Watson (1915) pg. 31/32 https://archive.org/details/romancatholichi00watsgoog1removed1

:" You doubtless remember who Thomas F. Ryan is : you can doubtless recall some of his unsavory record. His career as the looter of the traction lines of New York City, the looter of the Seaboard Air Line Railway, the corrupter of courts and legislature, the purchaser of political nominations, and the debaucher of Virginia politics, smells to Heaven. Incidentally, the Virginia delegation was carried to the National Convention in 1904 by Ryan himself, in his private car. They voted for Judge Parker, of course, whose nomination Ryan and Belmont bought. These facts are recapitulated in order that you may have some idea of what it means to this country when the vast accumulations of money and the enormous annual revenues of the Catholic Church are placed in the custody of a man who has demonstrated his ability to control the municipality of New York, the State Legislature of New York, the politics of Virginia, and the National Convention of the Democratic Party. Tammany Hall is a Catholic organization, organized for political plunder, and dividing the loot with the priests. Ryan is the master of Tammany also, and this was what gave him immunity from punishment while he was robbing the people through his traction deals. If he becomes the Pope's financial agent, with the almost unlimited financial resources of Rome at his disposal, the campaign for the political control of America' by the Italian Hierarchy will begin, in earnest. For years and years, the American priesthood has been preparing the minds of the people to take orders from Rome on matters political. For years and years, they have been concentrating their energies on America. For years and years, they have been steadily advancing on New York and Washington City, two strategic points of the greatest importance. From the city of New York, the business world is controlled. From that great metropolis issue the magazines and the newspapers of the largest circulation. From that city the transportation companies are controlled. He who rules in New York is the king of this nation. The financial interests of that city dominate those of all others. Wall Street expands and contracts the currency, precipitates panics and checks them, dictates Governmental policies overawes administrations, beats Congress into submission to its will, uses the National treasury as a branch bank of its own, compels the Government to withdraw from circulation $150,000,000 of its own gold, gets another mortgage on the Republic whenever it needs one in its business; and, upon occasion, can practically suspend the circulation of the nation's own money, send prices and fortunes crashing downward, while the President of the United States, the officers of the law, the army and the navy, and a nation of nearly a hundred million people look helplessly on. With the colossal riches of the Roman Catholic Church at his command, Thomas F. Ryan could absolutely dominate New York and Wall Street; and, through the instrumentalities already indicated, control American commerce, American politics, American legislation, American politics at home and abroad, and — worst of all — poison the American mind, and thus do for our country what the Italian hierarchy has done for Catholic Ireland, Catholic Portugal, Catholic Spain, and Catholic Central and South America."

We also get the following insights into Thomas Fortune Ryan's financial prowess in the book Real Lace: America’s Irish Rich, Stephen Birmingham(1973), pg. 127/128 : https://archive.org/details/RealLace1/mode/2up
" It wasn’t long, working with men like Whitney and Peter A. B. Widener, before T. F. Ryan’s affairs were a complicated—but hugely successful network of railroads and street railroads, lighting systems and coal companies, life insurance companies and diamond mines. With Whitney, he consolidated and soon controlled the New York City transit system, and presently Ryan was ready to invade the tobacco empire of James Duke. Duke was no easy man to tangle with, but, using men like Baruch as his chief lieutenants, Ryan embarked upon what became known on Wall Street as “The Great Tobacco War.” Ryan put together a syndicate which purchased the National Cigarette Company. National Cigarette was then artfully merged with the Union Tobacco Company, which, though independently chartered and organized, was actually controlled by Ryan, Whitney, Widener, and Anthony N. Brady. By 1898 Liggett & Myers remained the only tobacco company in the country not controlled by either Mr. Duke or Mr. Ryan. Ryan had ordered Baruch to “get Duke,” and at one point became so alarmed at the possibility that he would actually succeed that he rushed into Baruch’s office, saying, “I want to annoy them, not ruin them.” (“But I knew he was pleased,” Baruch commented.) The result of the “Tobacco War,” with stocks in the various companies being driven up and down by the two opponents and their hired manipulators, was that both Duke and Ryan ended up making huge profits, and both men were pleased. “As hard as I fought the dissolution of the Tobacco Trust,” Duke commented cheerfully afterward, “I’d fight even harder any effort to put it back together again. We made more money after we were broken up and had competition.” In fact, it was rumored at the time that there had been no real war at all, and that Duke and Ryan had acted in secret collusion to achieve just such a result---more money. If true, it was a successful strategy for both operators. Ryan’s operations went on to extend into coke, coal, oil, lead, and typewriters. His activities spread from New York City to Ohio, Virginia, West Virginia, and Illinois, and into the Belgian Congo, where he was asked to reorganize the diamond mines by none other than King Leopold of Belgium himself. By 1905 Thomas Fortune Ryan, at the age of fifty-four, was worth fifty million dollars. A few years later, he was worth a hundred million. In 1924 he paid $791,851 in income tax—the tenth largest in the country. He built a huge mansion on Fifth Avenue, in which an area equal to one-third of a city block was devoted entirely to statuary—mostly busts of himself, three of them by Rodin—and in which almost as much acreage was given over to his private chapel. He was a heavy contributor to the Democratic Party and to the Catholic Church (giving the Church, all told, some $20,000,000, including New York’s Church of St. Jean Baptiste). Like Estelle Doheny, Ida Ryan was made a Countess of the Holy Roman Empire by Pope Pius X. Not all of his operations, of course, may have been entirely within the law. After William Whitney’s death in 1904, and an investigation into the pair’s consolidation and complete takeover of New York’s rapid transit system, and the accompanying collapse of the Metropolitan Street Railway Company, a grand jury found that with such tactics as stock-watering and franchise-buying Mr. Ryan had done “many things deserving of severe condemnation ... dishonest and probably criminal.” Still, as so often happens after investigations into the affairs of rich American businessmen, no action was taken against Mr. Ryan."


Ryan was very pleased with U.S. President Woodrow Wilson when he signed off on the creation of a private corporate monopolistic trust, known as the "Federal" Reserve System. (See LEWIS V. UNITED STATES : https://www.casemine.com/judgement/us/5914910cadd7b0493458150c )
" After the passage of the Federal Reserve Act, Thomas Fortune Ryan commended Wilson in one of his rare public statements: "He is a great man and a great President.""-- Ferdinand Lundberg, America's 60 Families, Vanguard Press ( 1937), pg. 123.https://archive.org/details/ferdinandlundbergamericas60familiesvanguardpress1937 Jesuit trained Richard Syron, former vice-president of Boston Federal Reserve Bank says that the Federal Reserve System is just like the Catholic Church : https://www.reddit.com/Jesuitworldordecomments/dlk83y/jesuit_trained_richard_syron_former_vicepresident/
" Thomas Fortune Ryan, (born Oct. 17, 1851, Lovingston, Va., U.S.—died Nov. 23, 1928, New York, N.Y.), American financier who played a key role in numerous mergers and business reorganizations that took place about the turn of the 20th century, including those resulting in the creation of the Metropolitan Street Railway Company and the American Tobacco Company." https://www.britannica.com/biography/Thomas-Fortune-Ryan-American-financier

Papist Thomas Fortune Ryan was the owner of the Intercontinental Rubber Company--who along with its subsidiary, the American Congo Company were a primary financiers of King Leopold II's efforts to massacre and enslave as many Congolese as possible in order to make sure the GDP of Catholic Belgium would increase. Ryan made sure to get the Rockefeller's on board with the project as-well. This is very natural as in 1913, John D. Rockefeller Sr. was golfing with Catholic Priest Father J.P. Lennon when the double Jesuit trained Chief Justice Edward Douglass White "broke up" Standard Oil, allowing it to become even bigger! https://www.reddit.com/Jesuitworldordecomments/d8vzkl/john_d_rockefeller_sr_was_golfing_with_catholic/ We get this insight of the RockefelleRyan investment into the Congo in the book Thy Will Be Done : The Conquest Of The Amazon, Nelson Rockefeller And Evangelism In The Age Of Oil ,Gerard Colby, Charlotte Dennett, pg 844 : https://archive.org/details/GerardColbyCharlotteDennettThyWillBeDoneTheConquestOfTheAmazonNelsonRockefellerA

" In 1900 the Standard Oil Trust had invested $75 million in the International Crude Rubber Company, headed by, among others, Standard Oil’s William Rockefeller. Rockefeller later switched to the U.S. Rubber Company, a firm set up in 1892 by an official of W R Grace & Company. By 1903, U.S. Rubbers purchasing agent General Rubber Company was doing a thriving business in Indian-produced rubber in Para and Manaus. The other wing of the Rockefeller family, led by Nelsons father John D Rockefeller. Jr, and Nelson's maternal grandfather, Senator Nelson Aldrich, also jumped into the rubber boom. They invested in the Intercontinental Rubber Company, a venture of Thomas Fortune Ryan. Bernard Baruch, and the Guggenheims Senator Aldrich also followed Ryan into the Amazon of Africa, the Congo. There they gained a forest monopoly in the Belgian Congo known as the American Congo Company. The groups major concern, Intercontinental Rubber, soon developed a soiled reputation for its association with Belgium’s King Leopold, whose atrocities against Africans in the Congo rivaled the Peruvian Amazon Company's infamy in the Putumayo in the Peruvian Amazon. To force the rubber collectors to work, Leopold raised taxes as a pretext for unleashing troops on villages, holding women and children as hostages, If production fell, that was taken as proof of rebellion, and villages were burned and looted. In one district, 6,000 Africans were killed and mutilated every six months, by 1908 an incredible 8 million people had perished. The horrors perpetrated by King Leopold in the Belgian Congo made headlines throughout Europe and the United States, but the Rockefeller association with Intercontinental Rubber was ignored in the American press, despite the wiling presence of Edward Aldrich on Intercontinental's board as late as 1918. "

The Nation in a October 10 2017 article titled America’s Early Role in the Congo Tragedy : How US financiers helped Belgium's King Leopold rape the homeland of some 20 million Africans discloses that : https://www.thenation.com/article/archive/americas-early-role-congo-tragedy/
" J. P. Morgan met {King}Leopold at Dover. Thomas Fortune Ryan and John D. Rockefeller, Jr., saw him at Brussels. In November, 1906, Ryan’s and Daniel Guggenheim’s American Congo Company obtained a ninety-nine-year option to collect rubber “and other vegetable products” over 4,000 square miles, plus a ten-year option to buy 2,000 square miles of territory. (In 1921 the company traded the forest monopoly rights for full title to 386 square miles and ninety-one years’ exclusive rights to mines discovered in additional territory–where it found diamonds.) American financiers also organized the Société Internationale Forestière et Minière du Congo, known as Forminiére, which obtained a ninety-nine-year monopoly on all mines discovered within six years in a district covering half the Congo Free State. King Leopold and his Belgian bankers and collaborators cut themselves in for big slices in every concession and option. Hearst’s New York American of December 10-14, 1906, printed the whole story, along with exposés of Belgian bribes to Representatives and Senators, of Belgian academic front-men sent on lecture junkets to hoodwink American professors, of the use of the Roman Catholic hierarchy–including Cardinal Gibbons, who later recanted–to dignify the racket. August Belmont had represented Leopold for a while but apparently missed out on the big thing. According to the American , the principal members of the United States group were Ryan, James D. Stillman, Edward B. Aldrich (son of Nelson W. Aldrich, Republican leader in the Senate, and brother of Winthrop W. Aldrich, Mr. Eisenhower’s ambassador to the Court of St. James’s), the Guggenheim brothers, J. P. Morgan, and John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Rockefeller denied membership. Another source adds John Hays Hammond and Harry Payne Whitney to the participants. “Ryan and his associates, by the mere purchase of stock,” said the American , “thus became part rulers over an empire larger than all of New England, New York, New Jersey, Delaware, and half of Pennsylvania. ""

Styleweekly has a very detailed biography of the Papal Wall Street financier Thomas Fortune Ryan titled, The Tycoon : The story of Thomas Fortune Ryan, and his legacy in Richmond. The incredible generosity of Thomas Fortune Ryan to his Church (Rome) is well documented in this write-up, and its even shown that Ryan would lend his "expertise" in financial and industrial matters to Belgian King Leopold II, while the massacres in the Congo were taking place. https://www.styleweekly.com/richmond/the-tycoon/Content?oid=1378337
" King Leopold of Belgium sought Ryan's financial and industrial expertise to develop and maximize the resources of colonial Belgian Congo before World War I. Ryan, who had rubber investments in other countries, determined that similar production in the Congo wasn't profitable, but organized impressive gold-, copper- and diamond-mining operations. The endeavor made Ryan the world's major owner of Congo diamond mines. In 1918 the Vatican sought Ryan's expertise to reorganize its finances. But fittingly for a Virginian, Ryan's most profitable lifelong investment was tobacco. He'd invested in tobacco stocks in the 1890s and in 1898 formed The Union Tobacco Company..... There would also be Ryan-funded churches, convents and hospitals in Manhattan, including the spectacular St. Jean-Baptiste on the Upper East Side. In Washington, D.C., she {Ida Ryan} paid for a gymnasium and dormitory at the Jesuit-founded Georgetown University...... In 1901 Pope Leo XIII sanctioned her conversion of a railcar to a chapel for her private devotions. Ida Ryan christened the railcar "Pere Marquette," honoring Jacques Marquette {S.J.} (1637-1675), the French explorer and {Jesuit} missionary who also traveled North America doing good works. The pope had granted only one other chapel-on-wheels — to Maria Christina, the dowager queen of Spain. Ida Ryan moved around the country dispensing checks for Catholic charities that eventually totaled $20 million ($210 million adjusted for inflation). The pope honored her with an extremely rare honor, designating her a countess of the Catholic church."
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Some news you may have missed out on part 109.

Exams finished yo!
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Daily posts now that I'm free.
-Lahore surpasses Karachi, Islamabad in crime control
The provincial capital Lahore surpasses Karachi and Islamabad in controlling crime and moves 36 steps down from the 138th position with crime index 46.9 in 2018 to 174th (42.06) this year. The World Crime Index for 2019 released the periodically updated crime status of 319 mega cities of the world, including three of Pakistan – Karachi, Lahore and Islamabad.
Karachi and Islamabad dropped 11 and six notches, respectively, in the list of the cities reporting bad crime rate. According to the periodically updated Crime Index 2019, Islamabad ranks 232 with crime index of 32.88 and Karachi 61 with 58.43 crime index.
-Archaeologists discover '2,200-year-old workshop from Indo-Greek era' in Peshawar
Archaeologists from the University of Peshawar (UoP) said on Thursday that they have discovered remains of metal workshops from the Indo-Greek period dating back to the 2nd century BCE, DawnNewsTV reported on Thursday.
The discovery has been made from a site in the Hayatabad neighbourhood of Peshawar, located close to the border of the Khyber district, said professor Gul Rahim, adding that excavation work at the site had been going on for the past three years. He said that they have recovered coins dating back to the Indo-Greek period and estimated to be about 2,200 years old.
-National University of Technology inaugurated in Islamabad
The Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa has inaugurated the National University of Technology (NUTECH) in Islamabad. The NUTECH is a public sector university which is run by a department of Pakistan Army called the Frontier Works Organization (FWO). The Army Chief of Pakistan during the launching ceremony appreciated the hard work of the NUTECH management to successfully launch the university in a short span of two years. He appreciated the unique concept of the university and advised the management to maintain high standards of education at the institute.
COAS assured that the university will receive full support from the Pakistan Army, in building its main campus on the outskirts of Rawalpindi and Islamabad. These campuses will accommodate 30 to 50 thousand students at the same time. He lauded the effective linkages between university and industry, which will help to produce tech leaders and skilled workforce for the economic development of Pakistan.
-Police force welcomes transgender recruits in Pakistan province
The police force in Pakistan’s Sindh province has announced that they will now allow transgender people to serve as regular duty police officers. The police chief said that it was time to offer more opportunities to transgender people, who are often relegated to “menial jobs” in Pakistan, according to NBC News.
We will make them part of Sindh police,” Syed Kaleem Imam, Inspector General of the Sindh police told Reuters today. “They are good God-gifted people. Citizens like us. We should stand by them,” he added.
-Japan provides $32 million grant to PIMS hospital
The Japanese government has provided $32 million grant for the extension of intensive care at maternal and child health care centre and children’s hospital at the Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS).
According to a press release issued on Wednesday by the Japanese Embassy in Islamabad, the PIMS will receive a grant of $32m. Moreover, under the economic and social development programme, another grant of $17m will be given to support cargo inspection facility at dry ports of Pakistan.
In this regard, Special Secretary (Asia-Pacific) at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Ahmad Imtiaz and Japanese Ambassador to Pakistan Kuninori Matsuda signed the agreements on behalf of their respective governments in Tokyo on Tuesday in the presence of Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi and his Japanese counterpart Taro Kono.
-Renault keen to set up manufacturing plant in Pakistan: French senator Allizard
French Senator Pascal Allizard on Wednesday said French automobile manufacturer Renault was keen to set up a manufacturing plant in Pakistan and with its arrival more French business would come to the country. Senator Allizard, who is leading a three-member French Parliamentary Group, was addressing a press conference here.
He said they had a meeting with the Board of Investment (BoI) chairman where a presentation was given to them about the areas where the French companies could invest in various sectors in Pakistan.
-PTI government revealed the date for the FY 2019-20 Budget
The government will be presenting the Federal Budget 2018-19 by May 26, a government official revealed on Wednesday. Talking to media after the meeting of National Assembly’s Standing Committee on Finance, Revenue and Economic Affairs, Finance Secretary Younus Dagha said that his ministry has expedited its work with regard to the next fiscal budget as well as the amnesty scheme.
“The assets declaration scheme, which has already been discussed in the cabinet, will be finalized by the next week with the amendments directed by Adviser to Prime Minister on Finance Dr Hafeez Shaikh,” he stated.
-Imports reduced by $3.5bn in FY19, PM’s aide tells NA
Adviser to Prime Minister on Commerce Abdul Razak Dawood said on Wednesday that imports into the country reduced by up to $3.5 billion during the current fiscal year (FY19). Responding to a question in the National Assembly, the PM’s adviser said that import duty was increased on finished goods, resulting in an overall decrease in imports.
He claimed that the trade gap has been reduced due to the prudent policies of the government, hoping that the reduction in imports would reach $6 billion by the end of this fiscal. The adviser said the government formulated import and export policies specifically to address the issues pertaining to current account deficit. He admitted that the country’s exports neither increased nor decreased during the previous months, but hoped that they would rise in the coming months.
-World Bank may lend Pakistan up to $8bn: sources
Pakistan is expected to receive financial assistance of up to $8 bn from World Bank after the former has already reached an understanding with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) for a bailout package, ARY News reported. In this regard, it was learnt that Prime Minister Imran Khan is scheduled to meet the CEO of World Bank Kristalina Georgieva during his visit to China on April 26. During the meeting, the premier would discuss country’s economic outlook with the Bank’s top executive.
-High level South Korean delegation arrives in Pakistan
A Parliamentary Delegation of South Korea called on President Dr Arif Alvi in Islamabad today. Talking on this occasion, the President said bilateral trade between the two countries is not commensurate with its real potential.
He welcomed continuous increase in investment by the Korean companies in various sectors of Pakistani economy. The President urged Korean companies to take full advantage of Pakistan’s liberal investment regime and to invest in Mining, Agro-industry and IT sectors.
Update -Pakistan, South Korea sign framework arrangement worth $500m
Adviser to Prime Minister on Finance Dr Abdul Hafeez Shaikh on Wednesday witnessed the signing of a $500 million framework arrangement between Pakistan and Republic of Korea. Economic Affairs Division Secretary Noor Ahmed and Ambassador of the Republic of Korea Kwak Sung-Kyu signed the framework arrangement on behalf of their respective governments.
Under the signed Framework Arrangement (2018-20), South Korea will provide long term concessional financing up to $500 million for the execution of various development projects in health, information technology, communication, agriculture, and energy etc. Earlier, the ambassador called on the adviser and discussed matters pertaining to the enhancement of bilateral cooperation between the two countries. The adviser informed the envoy that Pakistan attached significant importance to its ties with the Republic of Korea which had so many layers of cooperation with Pakistan in both the public and private sectors.
More developments -Pakistan and South Korea Sign Various Development Agreements
South Korea will provide long-term concessional financing of up to $500 million for the execution of various development projects in Health, Information Technology, Communication, Agriculture, and Energy sectors.
To this end, a Framework Arrangement was signed in Islamabad today in the presence of Prime Minister’s Adviser on Finance Dr. Abdul Hafeez Shaikh. Secretary Economic Affairs Division Noor Ahmed and Korean Ambassador Kwak Sung-Kyu signed the Framework Arrangement.
-CDWP clears two projects worth Rs17.2bn
The Central Development Working Party (CDWP) on Tuesday accorded approval to a project worth Rs202.412 million and recommended a project worth Rs17 billion to Executive Committee of National Economic Council (ECNEC). The meeting of the committee was held with Planning, Development and Reform Minister for Makhdoom Khusro Bakhtiar in the chair. Planning Secretary Zafar Hasan and senior officials from federal and provincial governments were also present on the occasion.
Projects related to mass media and water resources were presented in the meeting. The first project related to mass media was the Rs17 billion ‘Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Integrated Tourism Development Project (KITE)’, which was presented by the KP government. The project aimed at developing the tourism sector in KP, which would subsequently help generate employment and revenue, reduce poverty and develop infrastructure in the area. It also envisioned creating an enabling environment for private sector operations.
-Current account deficit may shrink to $7bn in FY19: APTMA
The All Pakistan Textile Mills Association (APTMA) Patron-in-Chief Gohar Ejaz has expressed hope that the current account deficit would be down to zero within two years if the monetary policy remains tight and exports are encouraged through new investments. He said the overall imports may end up at $53 billion while exports at $24 billion, adding that this would reduce the trade deficit to $29 billion at the end of the current fiscal year.
“Remittances worth $22 billion would further reduce the current account deficit to $7 billion by the end of the current fiscal, down from $17 billion last year,” he maintained. He said exports were recorded at $17.1 billion while imports at $40.7 billion in March 2019.
-South Punjab province bill tabled in National Assembly of Pakistan
The legislation bill of South Punjab province from Punjab on Tuesday was presented in National Assembly (NA). According to the details garnered, the legislation bill of South Punjab province tabled in the NA, however, the federal government also supported the bill. Pakistan Muslim League-N (PML-N) and the Pakistan Muslim League-Q backed the bill tabled in the lower house of the parliament.
-Pak-China FTA to be Signed on April 28: Chinese Envoy
During an upcoming visit to China, Prime Minister Imran Khan would hold meetings with the Chinese leadership to discuss interventions under China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) besides regional and international issues, said the Chinese Ambassador to Pakistan Yao Jing on Monday.
Speaking at a press conference at the Chinese embassy on the upcoming Second Belt and Road Forum to be held in Beijing from April 25 to 27, he said the FTA had finally been finalized after eight years of negotiations and it would be inked by commerce ministers of the two countries. Under the FTA-Phase II, Jing said, China would provide market access to 90% of Pakistani commodities at zero rated duty, while Pakistan would give China market access to 65% tariff lines.
-Govt Removes Officials for Not Resolving Complaints Shared on Citizen Portal
Pakistan Citizen Portal has been actively collaborating with the ministries and government departments to address the grievances of bereaved people.
The success rate for the portal is very high, and many people have praised the problem-solving application on social media. But, in the last few months, many complaints surfaced on several online platforms about the fake redressal of grievances.
Citizens blamed that a few government officials were falsely categorizing their complaints as ‘Resolved’ while they didn’t do anything to solve it. These complaints might have fallen on deaf ears in any other government but they were taken very seriously by Prime Minister Imran Khan-led PTI government and an inquiry was launched against the concerned officials.
-Cement exports rise by 33pc in first 3 quarter
The exports of cement from the country witnessed an increase of 32.81 percent during the first three quarter of the current fiscal year against the export of the corresponding period of last year.
The cement exports were recorded at $ 221,258 million during July-March (2018-19) against the export of $166,597 million during July-March (2017-18), showing positive growth of 32.81 percent , according to the latest data of Pakistan Bureau of Statistics (PBS). In terms of quantity, the export of the cement also witnessed an increase of 55.44 percent by ongoing up from 5,188,661 metric ton to 3,338,065 metric ton, according to the data.
-Karachi’s Ranking Improves Drastically in World Crime Index
According to the World Crime Index for 2019 (Current), Karachi has moved down in this year’s rankings, reaching the 77th position, as of April 23 2019. The cities with the top spots are the ones with the most crimes, which means that Karachi has improved its control over criminal activities during 2019.
The periodically updated Numbeo World Crime Index lists Karachi at 61st while the daily updated index currently lists Karachi at 77th which means that Karachi’s situation is improving with each passing day.
Further -Karachi moves from 6th to 68th position on crime rate on World Crime Index, tweets DG ISPR
Director General (DG) Inter Service Public Relations (ISPR) Major General Asif Ghafoor on Monday appreciated the efforts of civil administration and security forces for massively improving the security situation of Karachi .
From DG ISPR’s official Twitter account, Ghafoor tweeted a picture of Karachi’s ranking on the world crime index from 2012 until 2019. The comparison marks a mammoth achievement as the metropolis stood at number six in 2012 which gradually turned better the following years, finally making it to 70th position on the crime index.
-Over 20 international companies keen to invest billions in gas sector of Pakistan
The All Pakistan CNG Association (APCNGA) on Monday said over twenty multinational and local companies are keen to invest billions in the gas sector of Pakistan which should be welcomed. These companies are inclined to invest in construction of new gas terminals, gas supply to consumers and laying down new gas pipelines, it said.
This will reduce the price of electricity and gas, improve environment, end energy crisis and tame down circular debt, said Ghiyas Paracha, central leader of the APCNGA. In a statement issued here today, he said that local and foreign investment in the gas sector will help the government save over one billion dollars in oil import bill, provide affordable gas and electricity to domestic, commercial and industrial consumers and ensure smooth supplies.
-Pakistan, Iran agree to set up joint border 'reaction force'
Iran's President Hassan Rouhani and visiting Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan agreed on Monday to set up a joint border "reaction force" to counter terrorism. "We agreed to create a joint rapid reaction force at the borders for combating terrorism," Rouhani said, following months of increased tensions over attacks on both sides of the two countries' frontier.
Addressing a joint press conference with Rouhani, Prime Minister Imran Khan, who is on his maiden official two-day visit to Iran, said Pakistan has resolved not to allow any militant group to operate from its soil. "We have been facing [impact] of terrorism since long. In Pakistan, we have suffered more terrorism than probably any other country. In the past [few years] we have lost around 70,000 people. Full appreciation must be made for our security agencies, with the way they tackled terrorism in Pakistan," the premier said.
-Pakistan to export 200.000 tons rice to China by June: Dawood
Advisor to Prime Minister on Commerce, Textile, and Industry Abdul Razak Dawood Tuesday informed that under the duty-free incentive package of $1 billion offered by China, Pakistan has so far exported 150,000 tons of sugar to China while the export of 200,000 tons of rice would be completed by June this year.
Briefing the Senate Standing Committee on Commerce and Textile here at the parliament house, Dawood said China had extended a duty-free package for export of rice, sugar, and 350,000 tons of cotton yarn to Pakistan. Chairman of the committee Mirza Muhammad Afridi was of the view that local textile industry would be affected with exports of such a high amount of yarn as the price of the product would go high as a result.
-Pakistan gets $551 million IDB loan for oil, LNG import
Pakistan and the Islamic Development Bank (IDB) on Monday signed a loan agreement for a $551-million financing facility for liquefied natural gas (LNG) and oil imports, which will help reduce pressure on the foreign exchange reserves.
The government has contracted the loan at 12-month London Interbank Offered Rate (Libor) plus 2.22%, which at the current Libor rate translates into 4.96%, making it a relatively expensive deal. The loan has been obtained from the International Islamic Trade Finance Corporation (ITFC), the trade arm of the IDB which extends credit for the import of oil and LNG.
The signing ceremony was witnessed by newly appointed Adviser to Prime Minister on Finance Dr Abdul Hafeez Shaikh. This facility will be utilised by Pakistan State Oil Company Limited (PSO), Pak-Arab Refinery Limited (Parco) and Pakistan LNG Limited (PLL).
-Tech Quest gives women the opportunity to fight career stigmas
In an attempt to increase women engagement in the tech sector, 10Pearls University hosted the third Women Tech Quest giving women an opportunity to compete, network and showcase their talent in the field of technology.
The full-day marathon witnessed more than 150 women attendees who came from all backgrounds including professionals, students as well as home-makers. The event gave them an opportunity to network within the community, encouraging them to come to the forefront and show their role in the tech industry.
-Pakistan Navy Test Fires Locally Developed Anti-Ship Missile
Pakistan Navy has successfully test-fired a locally developed missile which can hit targets on both land and sea. The missile was launched from the Fast-Attack Missile Craft in North Arabian Sea which successfully hit its target, a statement from the Navy said on Tuesday. Pakistan Navy termed this successful test a ‘landmark development’ which will reinforce the country’s policy of credible minimum deterrence through indigenization and self-reliance.
-‘Rs51bn recovered from power sector in four months’
Power Division Minister Omer Ayub Khan said on Tuesday that recovery in the power sector has witnessed an overall increase of Rs51 billion throughout the country during the last four months. He stated this while responding to a calling attention notice (CAN) in the National Assembly, which was sponsored by lawmakers Fazal Muhammad Khan, Malik Anwar Taj and Shahid Ahmed.
The minister said owing to efforts of the incumbent team, line losses have been reduced up to 2.4pc during the last four months while the overall recovery has increased by 1.3pc. There are 8,610 electric feeders in the country out of which 6,061 feeders have been placed in category-I and category II, he informed, adding that there has been zero load management in Islamabad, Faisalabad, Lahore and Gujranwala while only five to eight per cent load management is being carried out in the feeders of Multan.
-China welcomed Pakistan PM Imran Khan at 2nd Belt and Road Forum in Beijing
China welcomed Prime Minister Imran Khan’s scheduled participation in the second Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation, which is now finished, as it ended on April 27, 2019 in Beijing.
Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Geng Shuang, during a routine press briefing on Tuesday, said that the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), a flagship project of Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) had delivered benefits to the people of two countries with concrete outcomes.
-‘Pakistan can boost growth to 8%’
Globalisation of Pakistan’s economy is the only solution to survive in the coming decades and in this endeavour the World Bank will assist Pakistan through technology enhancement, skill development and by creating conducive climate for the manufacturing sector.
Addressing a meeting at the Faisalabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FCCI) on Wednesday, World Bank Equitable Growth Finance and Institutions Chief Economist William F Maloney pointed out that Pakistan possessed the potential to boost growth to 8% but still its growth rate remained around 2.3%, whereas its neighbours recorded historic growth rates of around 17%. He said that the World Bank would assist Pakistan in fully exploiting its growth potential by linking its economy with the global markets.
-Govt urged to make road map to boost exports to $30b
Economic growth is the key to generate employment opportunities, counter inflation and steer economic prosperity, said Pakistan Textile Exporters Association (PTEA) Chairman Khurram Mukhtar.
Speaking at a meeting on Friday, he urged the government to set a road map for the next four years to produce robust economic activity and boost exports to $30 billion in a bid to fulfil prime minister’s vision of economic prosperity.
Terming entrepreneurs and the business community invaluable asset of the country, he pointed out that no meaningful economic development was possible without their involvement, co-operation and active input in formulation of economic policies.
-Safeguard mechanism to be part of China-Pak FTA phase-II
Unlike phase-l of the China-Pakistan Free Trade Agreement (CPFTA), a comprehensive safeguard mechanism has been put in place for phase-ll. The agreement is scheduled to be signed on April 28 in Beijing and is expected to protect the local industry of the country, said Adviser to Prime Minister on Commerce, Textile, and Industry Abdul Razak Dawood.
“There were no safeguard measures in the proper sense in CPFTA-I, now these have been put in place to protect the local industry,” remarked the adviser, who is accompanying the prime minister in his visit to China. Under CPFTA-II, a ‘sensitive list’ comprising 1,700 items has been provided to safeguard the local industry, as export access into the Chinese markets and import protection were hallmarks of the new trade agreement, Dawood told APP.
-Pakistan to begin talks with IMF from Apr 29
Pakistan and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) will begin discussing the aid package for Islamabad from April 29. The IMF mission, headed by Ernesto Ramirez Rigo, will reach Pakistan on April 29 and will be in the country till May 7. The mission will also visit various institutions during their time in the country. According to the sources, the Ministry of Finance issued a notification to all relevant ministries and institutions and sought data from concerned ministries, including the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR). Nine-month economic data is also being compiled for discussion with the IMF mission.
-Pakistan’s New Visa Policy Gives 48 Countries Visa on Arrival
Pakistan has updated its new visa policy which allows visitors from 48 countries to receive a visa on arrival. The Ministry of Interior has issued a notification in this regard which reveals that the new policy had come into effect from April 15. The policy has relaxed the visa requirements for 48 countries, including Brazil, Germany, Iran, Malaysia, Russia, Turkey, China, Sri Lanka, Australia, and Denmark. Travelers from the listed countries will receive visas for a period of three months initially.
-Pakistan to Sign Long-Term LNG Deal with Qatar Soon
The government is likely to strike a long-term gas supply agreement with Qatar in the coming weeks to deal with Pakistan’s chronic energy shortage. As the country is running out of domestic gas, it has opted for liquefied natural gas (LNG) as an alternative. An LNG supply deal was under discussion with 8 different countries over the past few months.
-PSX gains 334 points to close at 37,130
The Pakistan Stock Exchange (PSX) Friday witnessed bullish trend as KSE-100 index bounced by 334.60 points (0.91 per cent) to close at 37,130.63 points.
-FAO trains 400 Baloch women in agri-entrepreneurship
Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations, in collaboration with the Australian government’s Department of Foreign Aid and Trade (DFTA), provided entrepreneurial skills and agribusiness training to 400 women belonging to three most underprivileged districts of the Balochistan under a project titled ‘Empowering women in Balochistan through agri-entrepreneurship initiatives’.
The project, comprising on 24 months, aimed at empowering the Baloch women financially and addressing the issues pertaining to malnutrition in women and children by involving a large majority of the population in economic and livelihood activities. The project started in April 2017 and concluded in March 2019.
“Women from the districts of Nushki, Chaghai and Quetta where imparted training of agribusiness and entrepreneurial skills,” said an FAO official while talking to APP on Thursday. “In next phase, the scope of the project will be extended to other districts of the province under a public-private partnership.”
-Chinese heavy transport manufacturers to make entry into Pakistan
The Rawal Industrial Equipment and Malik Group of Companies have signed an MoU which will bring manufacturing of Chinese heavy transport vehicles and other technology to Pakistan. The MoU was signed by Malik Khuda Bakhsh, Chairman and CEO of Malik Group of Companies and Farrukh Kamal, CEO of Rawal Industrial Equipment.
Kamal, addressing the occasion, said that his company had been established with an eye on boosting trade between China and Pakistan. The assembly plant will be set up at Daudkhel, District Mianwali and will start production later this year. The plant is on a CPEC route and will manufacture heavy transport vehicles and other tech indigenously.
Initially, the unit will help create 5,000 jobs and will also produce luxury buses, whose demand is set to rise due to increased tourism prospects in Pakistan. The products will include trucks, tankers, excavators, prime movers, earth moving machinery, and related tech.
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