SportsPulse: USA TODAY Sports’ Jeff Zillgitt breaks down the key story lines from the 2018 NBA draft, including a big night for big men and Michael Porter Jr.’s fall. USA TODAY Sports

It’s nearly impossible to declare outright winners and losers hours after the draft has concluded (let alone years until players have fully developed), but there are stories and themes within the draft that qualify as positives and negatives. 

What the Atlanta Hawks were able to pull off, with three quality first-round picks, constitutes a win. Even the Los Angeles Clippers, who had the pressure of back-to-back lottery picks to toy with, made out well with two valuable assets.

There were plenty of wins Thursday night and even more that will become apparent throughout next season.

As for the losers, there’s no such thing as getting drafted into the NBA and it being a negative. There were difficult moments — particularly for Michael Porter Jr — but perhaps it works out well in the end. 



Atlanta Hawks

The Hawks have long been linked to Oklahoma’s Trae Young, but it was always a question of whether they felt comfortable passing on Real Madrid’s Luka Doncic or any of the premier big men in order to take him. In trading with Dallas for No. 5 and acquiring another first-round pick, the Hawks got the best of both worlds. They landed their target – the closest thing to Steph Curry in this year’s draft – and got a future asset.

On top of Young, whose offensive potential overshadowed his defensive shortcomings, the Hawks also took Kevin Huerter out of Maryland. Huerter saw his stock rise significantly throughout the draft process, and his game – catch-and-shoot, quick-trigger 3s – should mesh perfectly with Young’s. Pick No. 30, Omari Spellman out of Villanova, is a stretch-4 that knocked down 43 percent of his 3-pointers last season. The Hawks added some valuable pieces.

New York Knicks

The Knicks resisted the temptation to snag Porter Jr. at No. 9 and took Kevin Knox — a versatile wing out of Kentucky who’s still developing. Initially seen as a late-lottery talent, the Knicks stuck to their guns with Knox rather than take someone like Mikal Bridges, a system player without as much upside. Knox can run the floor, lead transition breaks, take the ball off the bounce and hit from outside. There’s always pressure to find an immediate contributor, but Knox’s trajectory fits with the Knicks’ timeline. He should also complement Kristaps Porzingis well as the two can both draw defenders out to the perimeter.

San Antonio Spurs

The Spurs haven’t had a pick higher than 20 since Tim Duncan was drafted in 1997. They owned No. 18 heading into Thursday night, and of course, they found value in Miami’s Lonnie Walker. This is a franchise that has found gold late in the first round, most recently Dejounte Murray (29th in 2016). Walker has great size, above-average athleticism, good scoring instincts and with everything swirling around San Antonio in regards to Kawhi Leonard, it’s no surprise the Spurs were in search of a wing. Walker was viewed as a potential lottery pick by some.


SportsPulse: Go behind the scenes with the best sound from the top players chosen in the 2018 NBA draft. USA TODAY Sports


Michael Porter Jr. 

If Porter Jr. is a “loser” for slipping to No. 14, then we can simultaneously consider the Denver Nuggets winners. Evidently Porter’s medical history scared off enough teams to where he had to sit and watch each lottery pick go by without hearing his name called. The Nuggets are in a smaller market, have loads of young, intriguing talent, have a locker room with veterans like Paul Millsap and nearly made the postseason this year.

If Porter Jr. has to sit out, there will be no immediate pressure to play, and from his perspective, there will be no pressure to be the face of a franchise given that there’s already an established culture. While Thursday may have been tough for him, it could wind up a better situation than if he were to enter a franchise in complete rebuilding mode.

Mikal Bridges

Bridges can thrive in Phoenix, play well off the ball and fit neatly alongside Josh Jackson. The Suns’ foundation is nothing to laugh at. But for a small portion of the draft, we got to entertain the thought of Bridges, a Villanova product and Pennsylvania native, playing in front of 76ers fans. Bridges’ mom is the VP of human resources for the 76ers, and she was beaming in the post-pick interview broadcast before he was traded to Phoenix. Brutal.

Robert Williams

Similar to the Porter Jr. example, draft night is all about fit. If the Boston Celtics can tap into any of Williams’ potential as a rim-running, athletic big man, they may have found a gem to pair with their shifty point guards. Williams fell due to questions about his work ethic and consistency, but if the Celtics can get to him and unlock his potential, it’s the rest of the league that will look like losers for letting the lottery-level talent slip.

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Amid failure to secure new gun laws, Stephen King is urging gun grabbers, “Don’t let up.”

He wants gun control advocates to keep pushing and specifically notes that they should pursue a ban on “semi-auto rifles,” which he calls “school shooter guns.”

King tweeted:

King began his gun control campaign with an essay about new gun laws, written just over a month after the December 14, 2012, shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School. In that attack, the gunman used a stolen rifle to shoot and kill 26 innocents at the school after first shooting and killing his mother, the rightful owner of the rifle.

USA Today published excerpts from King’s essay:

No one wants to take away your hunting rifles. No one wants to take away your shotguns. No one wants to take away your revolvers, and no one wants to take away your automatic pistols, as long as said pistols hold no more than ten rounds. If you can’t kill a home invader (or your wife, up in the middle of the night to get a snack from the fridge) with ten shots, you need to go back to the local shooting range.

King also used the essay to admit he owned three handguns.

AWR Hawkins is an award-winning Second Amendment columnist for Breitbart News, the host of the Breitbart podcast Bullets with AWR Hawkins, and the writer/curator of Down Range with AWR Hawkins, a weekly newsletter focused on all things Second Amendment, also for Breitbart News. He is the political analyst for Armed American Radio. Follow him on Twitter: @AWRHawkins. Reach him directly at Sign up to get Down Range at

Seven individuals and a news outlet will receive the Missouri Honor Medal for Distinguished Service in Journalism on Oct. 16 in an awards banquet.

The annual award, given by the Missouri School of Journalism since 1930, honors individuals and organizations “on the basis of lifetime or superior achievement in journalism,” according to a news release. Medalists can include journalists, public relations practitioners, business people and other media organizations.

Medalists will present master classes to MU students on Oct. 16.

This year’s winners are:

  • Fortuna Calvo-Roth: journalist, professor, author, businesswoman, actress and philanthropist
  • Her resume spans a variety of jobs and titles, from president of New York Women in Communications to editor-in-chief of the newsmagazine Vision to a political science professor at New York University. Born in Paris and raised in Lima, Peru, she graduated from the Missouri School of Journalism in 1954, at age 19. Along with her son, she created Coral Communications Group, the first in the U.S. to produce audiobooks, under the Nueva Onda label, exclusively in Spanish. She has been recognized for paving the way for women and Latinas.
  • Vita M. Harris: chief strategy officer at FCB Global
  • Harris won the award for her “business acumen, passion and strategic thinking, (which) have helped transform many blue-chip companies and brands.” Currently an executive vice president and chief strategy officer at FCB Global, she has garnered recognition related to marketing and advertising, including being named to Black Enterprise‘s “Top Women Executives in Marketing and Advertising” he Network Journal‘s “25 Influential Black Women in Business.” She is one of a few African-American women in the ranks of the corporate-suite in the advertising world, according to the journalism school.
  • Peter Hessler: award-winning writer and author
  • Hessler authored four books that have been translated into 13 languages. Originally from Columbia, he joined the Peace Corps in 1996, which sent him to China. Those experiences inspired his books, and his China trilogy series made the New York Times bestseller list and won awards in China. He has been a staff writer at the New Yorker and contributing writer at National Geographic Magazine. He will publish a book next year titled “The Buried: An Archaeology of the Egyptian Revolution.”
  • Kevin Merida: senior vice president at ESPN and editor-in-chief of The Undefeated
  • Merida manages The Undefeated, a digital site exploring intersections of race, sports and culture. He oversees investigative and enterprise journalism at ESPN. worked 22 years at The Washington Post as a congressional correspondent, national political reporter, longform feature writer, magazine columnist and senior editor. The Post won four Pultizer Prizes under his leadership as a managing editor. Past publications that Merida has worked at include The Dallas Morning-News and the Milwaukee Journal.
  • Joel Sartore: photographer, speaker, author, teacher, conservationist and National Geographic Fellow
  • Sartore is the founder of the National Geographic Photo Ark, a project that aims to photograph every species living in the world’s zoos and sanctuaries. The project aims “to inspire action through education and to help save wildlife by supporting on-the-ground conservation projects.” In addition to contributing to National Geographic, he has contributed to Audubon Magazine, Time, Life, Newsweek, Sports Illustrated and numerous book projects. His expertise is in documenting endangered species and landscapes.
  • Trisha D. Scudder: founder of Executive Coaching Group Inc.
  • For 30 years, Scudder researched organizational transformation and leadership, including the relationship between leadership and language. This led Scudder to found Executive Coaching Group Inc., which coaches countless senior executives of marketing agencies, Wall Street firms and tech firms, including PayPal, Google, Citi and others. She graduated from the Missouri School of Journalism in 1966, moving on to work at the Minneapolis Star Tribune. After working at an ad agency, she launched “Swatch” watches, which “Marketing Milestone of the Decade” by The Wall Street Journal.
  • S.K. Witcher: news editor of the international edition of The New York Times in Hong Kong
  • Witcher was a deputy Asia editor of The New York Times before her current role. Her career in Hong Kong started as an intern from the Missouri School of Journalism at the then-new Asian edition of The Wall Street Journal. She later went to work as a correspondent and editor for the Journal, covering international news. Her work, part of a team-effort coverage of the Latin American debt crisis, was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. The past two years, she has been the chair of the Editorial Committee of the Society of Publishers in Asia, which oversees journalism awards “that are regarded as the Pulitzers of Asia.”
  • IndyStar Investigative Team
  • Per the news release, “the IndyStar investigative team demonstrates the critical role that journalism plays in democratic societies. The newspaper’s long-standing commitment to watchdog journalism has uncovered abuse, neglect, fraud, corruption, violations and other wrongdoings that affect citizens at home and at large — all with the goal of giving a voice to the voiceless and to hold those with power accountable.” Most notably, the IndyStar made headlines with its investigation into USA Gymnastics and the sexual abuse allegations of former team doctor Larry Nassar. Because of this work, Nassar is behind bars, executives at USA Gymnastics resigned and a new federal law is changing how national governing bodies respond to sexual allegations.

“Helmin Wiels is neither the first nor the last they killed”
By Nardy Cramm, blogger and chief editor of Knipselkrant Curacao

The popular politician Helmin Wiels died because he hit the world’s largest secret money laundering, terrorism financing and underground banking infrastructure (via government body UTS and data center CTEX (Blue Nap)) | NRC

WILLEMSTAD – Recently it is exactly 25 years ago that the then prime minister Maria Liberia-Peters and the minister of Justice Suzanne “Suzy” Camellia-Romer put their signature under the Netherlands Antilles Ordinance called: ‘Landsverordering Buitengaatse Hazardspelen’ (National Ordinance Offshore Gambling) of June 8th, 1993. Five years after the death of Helmin Wiels they still have not picked up the commissioners while there are at least two people in hiding for already more than 5 years. Closely related cases. RST, please read with me?

Vermeend gives consent for shadow offshore Finance sector1995 01 10 – Amigoe | Finance Secretary of State Willem Vermeend: offshore finance is a common responsibility and interest of the whole Kingdom of the Netherlands In 1995, Finance Secretary of State in the Netherlands, Willem Vermeend, came on stage to Curaçao to terminate the infamous Antillean-route. Only to give his blessings through the back door to the Offshore Association of the Netherlands Antilles (VOB) for a new Antillean Route 2.0. Gregory Elias’s renewed E-zone ordinance, KPMG/PwC’s new Fiscal Framework (NFR), Christoffel Smeets’ new anonymous legal persons regulation for the Foundation Private Funds (SPF) for Ultimate Beneficiary Owners (Citco’s Aruba AVV replacement for Curacao) Netherlands Antilles Ordinance, and a Dutch adjustment of it’s BRK agreement to connect its Caribbean islands to the rest of the world, received the green light.

These pillars became the framework, in which the largest anonymous unregulated offshore gambling, money laundering and terrorism finance and underground banking infrastructure ever known to mankind, was going to flourish. Lieutenant governor Stanley Betrian arranged the first E-gaming permits for Elias and Dos Santos in 1996 and then for 5 years looked away and did not monitor the permit holders and sublicense ring. On 26 November 2012, he signed as interim minister-president (on the advice of first policy responsible SG Stella van Rijn) a new lottery license for a money laundering and criminal organization suspect Robbie Dos Santos | Extra In 1996, the Lieutenant Governor of the island Curacao, mr. Stanley Betrian, put the then Minister-President Miguel Pourier of the country of the Netherlands Antilles under pressure to give the first offshore permit to ………….Intertrust king Gregory Elias (video). Issuing of this offshore gambling license was factually against good governance because supervision was not (yet) legally anchored. The supervision part of the ordinance, Camelia Romer and Liberia-Peters had “forgotten” to submit. Betrian suggested however that deals were already made for revenue distribution. And Elias appeared to be in a hurry because the MBL sports betting season was about to start. And besides that, Francesco Corallo (Saint Martin), Eduardo de Veer (Aruba) and Rudy Pizziolo (from out the Holiday Beach Hotel & Casino on Curacao) had already started running their first illegal online casinos and sports betting. Discretion and swiftness were imminent.

Between the country, Netherlands Antilles and the island of Curaçao agreements were made that the government of the Island Territory of Curacao would supervise the compliance of the Curacao E-gaming license holders. After Elias (TISS/Staten Management/MeesPierson Intertust) permit, permits for Robbie dos Santos (Millionaire’s Club) Herman Behr (E-management) Robert Vermeulen (Antillephone) Steve Vanenburg (PwC, Curacao Interactive gaming Licensing) Rudy Pizziolo (Gaming Services Provider) and the anonymous Cyberluck (presumably a consortium of Citco, KPMG and ABM-AMRO/MeesPierson UBO’s?) quickly followed.

Robbie dos Santos was the first license holder to request the government to allow a sublicensing structure. E-gaming specialist and lobbyist from the first hour, mr. Karel Frielink admittingly is of the opinion that sublicensing is legal, but nothing could be further from the truth. It is not only legally forbidden by article 3 lid 1 offshore Hazardspelen, it is also contrary to the spirit of the law, as put in its explanatory memorandum. Besides that, Pourier expressly forbade sublicensing by policy when giving the first permit to Elias because the ‘span to control’ for the government in a high-risk sector like the online casino and sports betting, would be too big. It is even mentioned in the conditions of their permits. Elias tried again through his friend, Finance Minister Harold Henriquez, but Pourier’s staff stopped that fast: he got the same answer as Robbie. But what is an interdict without supervision or enforcement? The offshore financial services sector turned offshore gambling sector had already since the 50’s the local media, politics and the church in its pocket. Smeets, Elias and KPMG determine what you read locally in the papers, see on TV, or hear on the radio. Subsequently, the ‘main’ E-gaming permits were kept secret, even for their sublicensees. Soon thereafter, dubious Dutch-Italian clients with dubious Latin American contacts were provided with illegal ‘sublicenses. Pourier yelled “mafia”, but it fell into deaf men’s ears. Government-owned telecom companies Antelecom and Setel (by KPMG/BearingPoint (hijacked and merged as United Telecom Services-UTS) and it’s datacenters IDG and CTEX plus the private E-commerce park and Hoogstraat became the operational spearheads of world’s largest unregulated and illegal gambling sector.

New structures for such a shadow sector were required. One with less liability for the Netherlands and more space on its islands for a money laundering infrastructure. According to some smart brains in the Netherlands and at VOB. When the offshore gambling dollar flows started to take a giant leap from 2002 onwards, the Dutch AFM (Authority Financial Markets) quickly transferred supervision of the new shadow trust sector to the small and inexperienced Bank Netherlands Antilles (BNA). At the end of 2002, Elias sold Intertrust with its suspicious gambling portfolio and went on to work for a number of years at MeesPierson Intertrust. By doing this, he assured himself of Dutch immunity. VOB became CIFA for a while but resurrected in 2005 under the name International Financial Group (IFG). IFG consisted of E-gaming actors KPMG, Citco, United Trust, Fortis and MeesPierson Intertrust, chairman became mr. Ralph Palm. In order to ensure that a state restructures process, without the so evidently needed extra control layer, to proceed as smooth as possible, the Kingdom Council of Ministers appointed KPMG chairman Raymond Begina and offshore gambling ordinance founder Suzy Camelia Romer as chairmen of the Round Table Conference. Standing right behind Begina and Camelia-Romer, were Gregory Elias, Christoffer Smeets, Peter Grootens, Ralph Palm, Eduardo de Veer and Rodolfo Pizziolo. These people understand offshore gambling.

Lieutenant Governor Stanley Betrian then looked in all directions, except for the good one, until 2000, his successor Liza Dindial did exactly the same until 2010. No politician or top government official on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean wondered whether the E-gaming sector also needed to put a penny in the tax treasury, in relation to all their projects financed by the government for this sector. Such as a creation of a payment system, the purchase of a high-tech data center on Mahuma (Ctex) or a fast sea data cable between Aruba and Curacao. If you want to keep something a secret, registration is a main point of concern. So for 20 years, KPMG has been providing its own secret UTS annual accounts. We received them, nothing is in it. KPMG has a truck special for this type of business. But as long as supervisors such as the Dutch Financial Supervision Commission (CFT) looks away from tax and dividend revenues from Curacao government-owned public companies, the Council of State of Curacao (ARC), supported by the Curacao government and certain judges, is no longer allowed to conduct its checks & balances, whilst Sopi group member Geomaly Martis from the Government Accountants Bureau (SOAB) neatly continues to approve the submitted KPMG annual financial reports with an official government rubber stamp. KPMG continues to slowly drain the government-owned telecom provider, to benefit IFG, Cyberluck and Radcomm illegal gambling activities. Win-win? The Netherlands is happy with less responsibility – IFG board and its Sopi network management on the islands glad about more room for money laundering and terrorism financing | Rene Roodheuvel | Rene Roodheuvel State restructure of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in 10-10-2010 became a fact, but again Begina and Camelia-Romer forgot to legally anchor the most important – the supervision of the licensees. Did it pass from Lieutenant Governors to Prime Ministers? Twenty-five years after June 8, 1993, all Dutch islands in the Caribbean still lack supervision and enforcement on money laundering, terrorism financing and offshore games of chance. We estimate the network with the number of illegal VPN casino pillars of Aruba and Sint Maarten, plus the Curacao offline offshore casinos on the World Wide Web between 3000 and 4000 currently. All of them suggesting to be legal and regulated, in order to establish illegal and unregulated offshore companies and bank accounts in foreign countries, in order to account for large black cash flows with a ‘legal’ Curaçao / Aruban / Saint Martin Egaming declaration of origin. Especially to circumvent tax registration, MOT/FUI reports and difficult questions. And to avoid security screening of its UBO’s and shareholders, other than some meaningless self-regulation from the ‘main’ E-gaming license holders.

Raymond Begina -Jan-Peter Balkende 20100910 _ Rene Roodheuvel-RWN

And so, within our financial offshore sector, BRK, E-zones and SPF’s, the most successful illegal multi-billions of money laundering, terrorism financing and underground banking infrastructure was born. The lion’s share of corruption and money laundering on the islands is found here. These offshore financial services providers are the same companies in the Netherlands that realize tax avoidance for multinationals, which, through its Kingdom islands, arrange tax evasion for organized crime and (hedge) funds elsewhere in the world. Therefore not just a Kingdom affair, but a world affair. That is to say, if there is no proper governance locally, and the legal chain supports the E-gaming sector with a carte blanche. But the Kingdom Council of Ministers intervenes on all the islands, except the one where it is really necessary. That is why the (six?) E-gaming licensees are also called: ‘The Untouchables’. Is the Dutch government also a captured state, in the hands of organized crime? Or are the E-gaming/coke funds from its Kingdom islands the source of the Dutch financial water head? Anyway, we seriously doubt whether Rutte will instantly agree to have the islands declared independent with one phone call. Remarkable is that de biggest E-gaming provider Antillephone uses the coat of arms of Curacao with all typical Dutch symbols as the logo of their company. Coincidence or Dutch Ultimate Beneficiary.

Logo Egaming provider Antillephone

Owners? Dutch Antilles or British Caymans?

Whoever thought that London was the money laundering capital of the world, had only been informed by our trust sector media. Money laundering is certainly conducted through the Cayman Islands, but mainly through our own Kingdom Islands. The power centre of the Kingdom Islands is therefore not in Forti (Fort Amsterdam in Willemstad), but in Brakkeput, at Spanish Water. To be precise within the modest beach property of the ‘Grupo Sopi’ (Soup group).Brakkeput, home of Grupo Sopi, the E-gaming management network of the International Financial Group, (IFG) consisting of trust bosses, accountants, tax lawyers and the international organised crime (mafia, arm dealers & coke kingpins) | Bea Moedt Next to Robbie’s, and a stone’s throw from Smeets ‘country house at Santa Barbara and Elias’ Isla Palm y Tam. But its real epicentre lies within the European narco capital with the heaviest drug history in the world: the Netherlands. For mafia, drug and arms traders, money laundering through its Dutch Caribbean islands, money laundering infrastructure, with that beautiful Dutch logo, it’s lax Dutch legal system and the European connection is the best USP (Unique Selling Proposition) imaginable. Black money easily explained as a legal and regulated ‘win’ on the most renowned and dubious banks in the world has been a Dutch speciality for 25 years. Thanks to heavyweights like Elias, Smeets and KPMG, the Kingdom of the Netherlands just knows how to conceal this better than its British competitor. But the business model is the same.
So that is why Raymond Begina warned family and friends on the eve just before Helmin Wiels won the elections on 19 October 2012, that if a new cabinet formation with Wiels would not turn out well for them (IFG, red), they would move the whole ‘toko’ to the Caymans. Wiels was determined to reveal the corruption within UTS/CTEX and had a large base. See video 1 and video 2 of the last days before his execution. The most popular politician of Curacao just wasn’t aware that a much larger illegal IFG E-gaming iceberg was right beneath Robbie’s illegal SMS-lotteries. That if Wiels would shine the light on Robbie and UTS/CTEX, he would expose the world’s largest underground banking infrastructure. Because who knew in 2011 and 2012 that innocent-looking government telecom activities would form a legal front window for bulk money laundering through illegal offshore gambling? That CTEX (now Blue Nap) should become the hub through which all of the criminal ‘big data’ is flowing? *

On the 26th of November 2012, interim premier Stanley Betrian signed as representative of the Sopi Group, a new lottery permit for Robbie dos Santos, a suspect accused of large-scale money laundering and belonging to a criminal organization A couple of months later Helmin Wiels died of acute lead poisoning. The rest is history. Mafia style: 9 bullets in broad daylight on a crowded beach Helmin Wiels, RST informant and the most popular politician of the island was shot to death. A video was released within 1 hour after the killing stating more would follow. Who would be safe? KPMG, Cyberluck and Pinnaclesports.

Helmin Wiels moord 20130505 Marie Pampoen

Real interests that play (played), one rarely reads in our offshore finance media. Like the multi-billion sale of Pinnaclesports, by far the largest company in the Antilles. Pizziolo and Cocochi Prins’s largest online casino with tens of billions of annual revenue was under fire in America in 2011 due to alleged ties with the Mafia. Some of his American co-founders were convicted in the U.S.A. for money laundering. Pizziolo, Prins, their loyal accountant/sales supervisor KPMG and their ‘main’ E-gaming licensee Cyberluck apparently thought it was time to cash in. To this end, Ivar Asjes went with his wife Tara Asjes-Prins (daughter of) and Finance Minister Jose Jardim to China in 2014. This is the actual moment, the world’s largest money laundering machine was sold to Pinbet888. However, in the due diligence, a corpse fell out of the closet: sublicense. Via Malta, a real license was quickly obtained because years of Cyberluck’s sub-license for Pinnacle and related gambling business on Curacao would speak for itself. Right. In 2015 this new Curacao-Malta license hub became a fact, but the sale of Pinnacle was not finished yet. Because a hitch came up.

The fact that Pinnacles’ very anonymous ‘main’ licensee Cyberluck (Egaming Curacao) holds deep roots in the Netherlands became obvious when Dutch MP Ronald van Raak (SP) – unsuspecting about an imminent sale to China in early 2016 – began to ask several parliamentary questions in the Netherlands. Just after submitting his questions to the secretary of the Dutch House of Representatives they censored his questions. After that, Cyberluck immediately withdrew its license to Pinnaclesports after 20 years of (illegal) sublicensing. At the same time, the Royal Dutch Family said goodbye to its faithful accountant and legal advisor KPMG after more than 50 years of dedicated services, without a bouquet of flowers or stating any reason. Finally, by the end of 2016, the Knipselkrant Curacao was held liable by KPMG and Begina personally for unspecified alleged unlawful acts. During all this time, Rutte’s government obstructed answers of almost all 80 questions, until the absurd. It was not until October 2017, when investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia was blown into the air with Semtex in Malta, Tara Asjes-Prins made a touch down from Panama, together with somewhat less than a billion dollars. Now we are curious if the taxable part of the whole sum of those pennies of heritor’s Prins, Pizziolo, Cyberluck and KPMG are neatly declared and paid to Curaçao tax authorities from up 1995 till now. * *
Article New York Times chasing ghosts: PBS/Frontline video from up minute 17 is the story about Curacao and Pinnaclesports.

So now?

To this day, the in 2016 once more convicted delinquent Robbie’s murder reward (lottery license) and silence money (SMS-lotteries) are being upheld by the local Ministry of General Affairs. The same applies to the world’s largest terrorist financing money laundering (gambling) infrastructure of IFG by the Netherlands. We would like to see our Citco Prime Minister and Sopi Cabinet explain this to us, the citizens. We shouldn’t count on the Netherlands and its responsibility under Article 43 of the Statute. The fact that the Dutch government exposes its Caribbean politicians, citizens and the media to continuing danger in favour of the closely connected Dutch Antillean financial sector is more than sufficient reason to doubt a just and legitimate Kingdom policy. In view of our world championship tax evasion, drug trafficking, terrorism financing and money laundering, the assassination of Helmin Wiels, the safety of all Dutch citizens and independent media (and security all over the world), we all have an interest in a clear and complete answering of all included 44 LOB requests.E-gaming mastermind Gregory Elias is already many steps further ahead in the crypto and foreign (Chinese) exchange trade business Let it be clear: the LOB’s attached underneath are not there to create unnecessary work. Knipselkrant Curacao informs its readers voluntarily every day for 8 years to its best honour and conscience, by yarning as independently as possible articles and opinions that do justice to a truer image than our gambling-financial offshore-sponsored media. These LOB requests may not be perfectly formulated and grammatically 100%, the focus is on the content. We ask for an explanation about policy and implementation of the law within the framework of the Curacao Ordinance Public Access to Governance. Especially now that the Dutch Rutte III government for years has been sending Van Raak systematically into the woods for years with ‘it’s a Curacao affair’, while our financial offshore sector and money laundering infrastructure, in reality, is so much larger than a Kingdom of the Netherlands affair. If some officials and members of government do not want to provide us with clear/complete/timely answers, we will debate this in court. We will also regard silence or misleading answers as an answer. After all, we may expect our government officials and policymakers to serve the law and the people in good honour and conscience.

Gregory Edward Elias Intertrust _ Amigoe

On a personal noteDutch premier Mark Rutte: “independence is just one phone call away!” Believe it or not: In the meantime, we have experienced personally that the Dutch government carefully covered our filing of a complaint within the Netherlands due to serious threats from this sector. Furthermore, this complaint only led to more threats, bribery attempts and the fact that the largest press group in the Netherlands had us taken offline through a back door, while in the meantime, new threats and our emergency signals are largely and systematically ignored. The complaint even led to numerous actions by civil servants from various Dutch government bodies, who instead of helping us, cross-cutting us, even putting us in danger. Unaware, naïve or unknowingly? Some willingly and knowingly. While we are protected by the word of the Dutch government, we still have to stay in hiding. While meanwhile there is enormous pressure on our forum for free media, discussion and expression, which is structurally being ignored by Dutch and Antilles authorities. To our great surprise, a possible premature death of your editor-in-chief and blogger is even made possible by her own Dutch government. By doing so, the Dutch Government shows the same behaviour as Malta, where IFG has the same interests. Ignorance? The series of unlawful government actions that happened to us (accurately recorded, archived, backed up and distributed) so far, have all been in favour of the E-gaming actors mentioned above. Without exception. Therefore, we had to take further measures than to call the Dutch Public Prosecution offices in vain, or to leave 5 letters with proof like Wiels did. That is why we ensured that if something happens to us, a number of a large international investigation, surveillance and inspection bodies will monitor any murder or ‘accident’ investigations as well as some do with Daphne. And more of such, what we do not want to share here. And all of that to keep an Antilles online cut-and-paste news blog in the air. We would rather live quietly and safely in order to continue to do our work better. But that appears to be impossible:

“The ones who are standing trial right now, are the ‘small criminals’ hired by the ‘big ones’ with large money. Those ‘big ones’, who gave the assignment to kill, are ‘safe home’, Helmin Wiels is not the first nor the last one that this group has killed. They will keep murdering as long as their fortune or position in the community is being threatened.” Aubert Wiels (younger brother of Helmin Wiels)
We know. We also initially thought that the Schottes, Robbies, Jamaloodin’s, Corallo’s and the Peppies of this time were the seed of all evil on our paradise island. They turned out to be the criminal vanguard. Bush robbers. Their function is to create smoke curtains, conducting spin-doctoring. Creating hit lists. Bread & Games for the people. All derivation of the secret E-gaming infrastructure. Puppets, who, in the meantime, support their puppet masters unconditionally. And there will always be new scum, as long as coke and weapons yields from Latin America continue to flow into the world through our small captured islands. Big money launderer Robbie dos Santos perpetrator but not the author. Regarding how a delinquent smuggling lottery manages to maintain a new status-quo-concept-tolerance policy after 1 November 2013, it is best to ask the Secretary General of General Affairs Stella van Rijn, who is also primarily responsible for his lottery license. November 26, 2012| Photo Vigilante Wiels hired assassinators, the late Luigi “Pretu” Florentina and the convicted Elvis “Monster” Kuwas already knew the reasons behind their assignment. They already discussed the motive days before Helmin Wiels’s execution on May 5, 2013, according to Pretu’s former lawyer Marije Vaders. Pretu also indicated to Monster that the people that gave the order were no “payasos” (clowns) and that they were filthy rich. Pretu, who, 4 months later on September 6, 22013, supposedly committed suicide in his prison cell in Barber under suspicious conditions, explained to Kuwas:

“Wiels has to be killed, he has a lot of information that could be damaging to a lot of rich people. If this information comes out, it is not only the end of these rich people but also the end of Curacao.”

Therefore, we are not talking about “payasos” like the Robbies, Wilsoes, Peppies, Jamalodins, Nini’s and Schottes now. They are ‘only’ executors. Perpetrators. They all assisted in the murder. But they are not the commissioners.
The fact that the Dutch government exposes its Caribbean politicians, citizens and its free media to continuing danger, in favour of the closely connected Dutch Antillean financial sector, is more than sufficient reason to doubt a just Kingdom policy. With regarding to our world championship tax evasion, tax avoidance, drugs trade, money laundering, terrorism financing and underground banking infrastructure, the murder of Helmin Wiels, the safety of Dutch and all citizens worldwide, and a safe and free future for our children, we all have a motive to aim for a clear and rapid answer to attached LOB-questions.

Aren’t we scared to be assassinated? Sure, as long as this giant underground banking infrastructure of unregulated E-gaming licenses and illegal (SMS)lottery policies are being upheld by our governments, murder rewards and silence money will remain, no critical voice will be heard on our islands, or in the Netherlands. Aren’t you afraid to be legally prosecuted? We hear that a lot. Not any longer. We have already received so many court case threats from these people. The financial offshore gambling sector knows that we have not shown all we know here and they did not offer, or even allow us, a stage in the courtroom (yet?). If we are not afraid of all the mafia PR and the large marketing agencies that will be put on us, not in the last place by the Dutch government in the sense of “damage control”, protecting her enormous and continuing source of black money. Not really. If you have lived in fear like us, for so long, one day there is a day that you say: “It’s enough.” Besides that, the question is if businesses knowingly want to be associated with the mafia, money laundering and terrorism financing, now that we have clearly shown what it is all about, and that there are several large, international, independent entities keeping a close eye on us.

That this blog will be sliced, diced and scrutinized, and that we will receive new attacks, we have no doubt. This even happened with fiction writer Conny Braam who wrote a novel, based on her revealing discoveries of the Dutch Cocaine Factory (now Akzo Nobel). The hard facts, however, are multinationals, banks and hedge funds all over the world use the same Dutch-Antillean financial offshore service providers as the Mafia, weapon and drug cartels. The Dutch-Antilles financial offshore services sector therefore is the black box where the underworld and meets the upper world. A little trust is all you need? It’s no coincidence that the Netherlands and Malta in the financial offshore services area together lead the coalition of the unwilling.

The message

This is a public complaint against attacks on politicians and the free press within the Royal Kingdom of the Netherlands. After 25 years of functioning as gambling, drugs and money laundering center of the world, it should stop right now. Let them move, the rotten part of our financial offshore sector with their mafia, drugs cartel, weapons trade clients. Better poorer and honest than rich, corrupt and with bloody hands. Than to finance our gangs. Then to be involved in the next 20 years in a drugs war with Venezuela. Then to facilitate terrorist attacks in the USA or Europe. Then to facilitate illegal arms trade between Venezuela and the Middle East. Or do we aim to continue to do massive money laundering of a Venezuelan narco regime that oppresses and starve its own people in its coming up drugs war, in front of our islands? Behind each successful criminal is an unscrupulous financial service provider | Quote Revoke those (six?) E-gaming ‘main’ licenses and (SMS) lottery permits. For reasons of mega-abuse. Every day maintaining these is to make international organized crime every day twice as rich. And immediately afterwards, introduce anti-mafia, anti-money laundering and anti-terrorist financing ordinances. Have international organizations prosecute these criminals. Because hold this U.S.A. perception of the Kingdom of the Netherlands honestly against the mirror:
“The Netherlands comes equipped with built-in island laundromats – Aruba, Sint Maarten and Curacao – and the Dutch speak English. Best of all, lax Dutch law means even if they get caught, there isn’t much anybody could do.“ (From The Sink – Crime, terror and dirty money in the offshore world – Jeffrey Robinson, 2003).

We all know this is true. We hereby call upon all European-Dutch and Dutch-Caribbean ministers, members of all parliaments, public servants and our 85.000 loyal readers within the Kingdom of the Netherlands to help our island to answer all LOB requests below and to support us in our requests. To free our island from the stranglehold and captivity of the international organized crime. To make our world a little safer. To help the RST to gather the proof for Robbie’s motive for the murder of Helmin Wiels. To prevent the assassination or ‘accidents’ of your blogger and editor-in-chief. And also to dry the source of many criminal millions and the endless efforts to take this forum offline.
As soon as answers come in, we will be publishing them here. Till hat time this article will stay on top of our front page. So that our readers, supporters and government policies and execution regarding the gambling sector can read or question can determine which ministries are transparent. We have no other agenda than to fight for the media and the freedom of expression, democracy, government transparency and the truth.

Thank you for your help and support!
Kind regards,
Nardy Cramm

(* star) In addition to IFG members and their core Sopi members, it is rather likely that UTS CFO Leila Matroos-Lasten (ex-KPMG) and Finance State secretary (and later minister of Finance, afterwards KPMG managing director) Jose Jardim who was responsible for supervising the Central Bank for many years, taxes and FUI reports of the secret activities within UTS/CTEX knew about this. We think both persons became not without coincidence directors of the current Central Bank of Curacao and Sint Maarten (CBCS). Last year (former) UTS board chairman, Sopi member – now Finance Minister – Kenneth Gijsbertha appointed even co-Sopimember Etienne Ys as chairman of the Supervisory Board. After taking over UTS/CTEX, now the Central Bank of Curacao and Sint Maarten has become the domain of KPMG/IFG. Opening de doors for further expansion of money laundering through anonymous (now largely Chinese) crypto- and exchange trade of IFG partner Gregory Elias. From 1986 – 2003 Elias has served as Chairman of the Offshore Association of the Netherlands Antilles and is the special council to the Government of the Netherlands Antilles and Ministers of Finance. And since 10-10-2010, for the country of Curacao.
(* * star) Another example of the profound involvement of Dutch and Curacao government in this infrastructure from that period is the incident of the Venezuelan ex-intelligence service chief Hugo ‘Pollo’ Carvajal, who, after his government career became a key player in the Latin American international arms and cocaine trade. The remarkable career switch was a result of his knowledge and extensive use of this infrastructure. In July 2014 both the Netherlands and Curacao politically intervened in a judicial extradition at the request of the U.S.A. at the Court of Justice in Aruba. The essence of the case in this fact, was, that if Aruba had actually deported the international arms dealer and drug cartels to America, he would have ‘sung’ to the FBI as a major user of this infrastructure. Minister of Foreign Affairs Frans Timmermans, Prime Minister of the Netherlands Mark Rutte and Prime Minister of Curacao Ivar Asjes, therefore, did everything to prevent the extradition and had the Court send the man home to Venezuela as ‘non-grata’ on Aruba. With the trick, Dutch and Curacao ministers and the Court of Aruba together prevented exposure of the infrastructure. Leaving the U.S.A. assuming it was Venezuelan threats from the islands. Now Pollo lives (partly) on Aruba again, a 5-minute walk from ‘his’ consulate. Three years later Timmermans ‘successor, Dutch Foreign Affairs minister Stef Blok, personally freed the way for Carvajals’ promised position as a Venezuelan (drug) consul on Aruba, to his pupil, the former general and the drug dealer suspected of drug trafficking in the USA by Carlos Mata Figuero. Once again, the Dutch parliament was misled. The appointment of a straw man leaves nothing to be unclear about the fact that the Dutch government serves the interests of IFG and its – Venezuelan – clients.

Nardy Cramm is blogger and author of blogseries ‘KKC blog | Machtsstrijd Curaçao ontbrandt en VDC blog | De lotgevallen van Veiligheidsdienst Curacao (VDC).

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