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Ukraine Central Bank Chief Cites “Systematic Political Pressure” In Shock Protest Resignation

Ukraine Central Bank Chief Cites “Systematic Political Pressure” In Shock Protest Resignation Tyler Durden Fri, 07/03/2020 – 06:55 Ukraine’s business community and investors are reeling — not to mention a presidential office eager to present itself as driving a longtime clean-up of the corrupt banking sector — over the Wednesday shock resignation of Ukraine’s highly respected central bank chief Yakiv Smolii. His tenure was supposed to go until 2025, but President Zelensky accepted the resignation Thursday. The timing couldn’t be more suspect: the National Bank of Ukraine (NBU) governor announced he resigned due to “systematic political pressure” which many believe came directly from Zelensky and his lawmakers, but also oligarchs said to be close to the young ‘reformer’ president.  It was only last month that Kiev secured a crucial $5 billion eighteen-month loan to help weather the economic slump due to the COVID-19 crisis, $2.9 billion of which has already been distributed.  Ukraine’s now former National Bank Governor Yakiv Smolii, via Reuters. Smolii’s letter of resignation submitted to President Volodymyr Zelensky said as follows: “For a long time, the National Bank of Ukraine has been under systematic political pressure,” the surprise statement catching the entire nation off guard began.  “This makes it impossible for me, as the Governor, to effectively carry out my duties as the head of the National Bank of Ukraine and interact with other government agencies,” according to the statement posted prominently on the NBU’s official site....

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Ghislaine Maxwell Arrested, May Be Sent To Same Jail Where Epstein ‘Killed Himself’

Ghislaine Maxwell Arrested, May Be Sent To Same Jail Where Epstein ‘Killed Himself’ Tyler Durden Fri, 07/03/2020 – 06:44 Update (1455ET): MSNBC’s Ayman Mohyeldin reports that multiple federal law enforcement officials say that depending on what the judge overseeing today’s detention & removal hearing & the Bureau of Prisons determine, Ghislaine Maxwell could be housed at MCC in New York – the same jail where Jeffrey Epstein killed himself. “We will be seeking detention,” Acting U.S. Attorney Audrey Strauss in Manhattan said in a press conference announcing charges. Prosecutors said Maxwell helped Epstein entice girls as young as 14 into sex from 1994 through 1997, then lied about it under oath in 2016. As Bloomberg adds, unless the judge in New Hampshire releases her on bail, “Maxwell will either be held overnight in a local jail there or transported immediately back to New York, said Jack Donson, a consultant who formerly worked for the federal Bureau of Prisons. In New York, she would likely be transferred to one of two federal lockups, the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Lower Manhattan or the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn.“ Of course, Manhattan’s MCC is where Epstein was found dead in his cell in August after committing “suicide” by hanging himself using his bed sheets. How he was permitted to do so remains a mystery. Two MCC guards are facing charges for falsifying records and...

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College Students Busted Throwing “COVID-19 Parties” To Infect All Their Friends

College Students Busted Throwing “COVID-19 Parties” To Infect All Their Friends Tyler Durden Fri, 07/03/2020 – 06:44 Many older millennials might remember the furor over “Rainbow Parties” back in the late 1990s/early 2000s. We’re not going to get into all the details of this peculiar-sounding “youth culture trend” – the only thing that’s really relevant to our discussion is that these lurid stories horrified parents and – as it turns out – were completely, entirely made-up. And so it is with the latest COVID-19 related outrage: comments from Tuscaloosa City Councilor Sonya McKinstry, who warned that bored college and high school students in her district were throwing “COVID Parties” where everybody hangs out with somebody who has the virus, and they all place bets on who tests positive first. Thanks to the Internet, teenagers and young adults have been caught doing many extremely dumb things, like eating tidepods and whatnot. But even those trends were massively overblown and largely the work of a few trolls. This too stretches credulity. So, what kind of evidence does McKinstry have to support this claim? Actually, quite a bit. State officials have confirmed that 8 cases have been linked to a house party full of 20 year olds somewhere in New York. The host was already symptomatic during the event, and officials heard about two other parties. McKinstry told ABC that students have...

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