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De E.C.B. eindigt ‘Deposit’ Bescherming

Aangeleverd door: Ed Vries

Covered deposits no longer need to be protected, according to the European Central Bank (ECB), which has proposed this month to stop withdrawals when a bank is on the verge of failing.

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“Covered deposits and claims under investor compensation schemes should be replaced by limited discretionary exemptions to be granted by the competent authority in order to retain a degree of flexibility,”  said the bank’s proposal.

It has suggested the current €100,000 (£85,000) deposit level currently protected in the event of a bail-in would no longer be available.


Kan het nóg gekker: Overstoming in de provincie MEKKA, in Saoedi Arabië

Flash Flood in Saudi Arabia on November 21 2017 01:59 PM (UTC).

Common Alerting Protocol information

Category Met Meteorological (inc. flood)
Certainty Observed Determined to have occurred or to be ongoing
Scope Public For general dissemination to unrestricted audiences
Severity Extreme Extraordinary threat to life or property
Urgency Past Responsive action is no longer required

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EDIS Number FF-20171121-60706-SAU
Event type Flash Flood
Date/Time November 21 2017 01:59 PM (UTC)
Last update November 21 2017 02:01 PM (UTC)
Cause of event
Reliability of information Authentic source : Information from trusted source (newspapers, emails, websites). Reliability: at least 70%
Damage level Is not or not known Damage level
Affected area Local event : The affected area up to a few kilometers

Geographic information

Continent Middle-East
Country Saudi Arabia
County / State Province of Makkah
Settlement Jiddah
Coordinate 21.29, 39.24

Once inside Kim Jong Un’s inner circle, top aide’s star fades


Once inside Kim Jong Un’s inner circle, top aide’s star fades

SEOUL (Reuters) – When Kim Jong Un sat down in September to order the sixth and largest of North Korea’s nuclear tests, Hwang Pyong So sat by his side, his khaki military uniform conspicuous among the suits at the table, photos released by state media at the time showed.

Now Hwang, once one of Kim’s most-trusted advisers, is facing unspecified punishment on the orders of another man who also sat at that exclusive table in September, Choe Ryong Hae, South Korean intelligence officials believe.

Information on North Korea is often difficult to obtain, and with few hard details and no official confirmation from Pyongyang, analysts said it was too soon to draw any firm conclusions from the unspecified punishments.

But the moves, which appear to involve two of Kim’s top four advisers, are being closely watched for indications of fractures within his secretive inner circle, and come as North Korea faces increasing international pressure over its nuclear weapons program.

Having his advisers compete with each other suits Kim just fine, said Christopher Green, an analyst with the Crisis Group.

“It is hardwired into autocracy to have underlings in competition,” he said.

Hwang, a shy, bespectacled general in his mid-60s, is a close confidant of Kim Jong Un and has had an unprecedented rise to the top rungs of North Korea’s leadership in the space of a few years.

In 2014, he became one of the most powerful people outside the ruling Kim family when he was named chief of the General Political Bureau of the army, a powerful position that mobilizes the military for the leader.

His apparent punishment takes on additional meaning as it was orchestrated by Choe who has competed with Hwang in the past and stands to gain from any demotion, according to South Korea’s spy agency.


The two men were last seen in public together early last month as they watched a gymnastics gala, according to state media.

Hwang has since faded from public view, whereas Choe was the ranking official who met with a senior envoy from China in Pyongyang last week.

Kim has not shied away from removing or punishing even favored leaders who could become powerful enough to threaten his grip on power, said Michael Madden, an expert on the North Korean leadership at 38 North, a project of the U.S.-Korea Institute at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced Studies in Washington.

“Vice Marshal Hwang Pyong So could not have continued in the capacity that he was operating in, without it coming back to bite him,” he said.

Both Hwang and Choe came to South Korea during the Asian Games in 2014 – the highest such visit by North Korean officials to the rival South.

Dressed in a drab, olive army uniform and his large officer’s cap, Hwang, who had been promoted to the No.2 spot behind Kim just one week earlier, had tea and lunch with Choe and South Korean officials and waved to crowds at the games’ closing ceremony.

The trip had been announced just one day in advance and took many South Korean observers by surprise. Some suggested there may have been a power struggle between the two men, neither wanting to yield the high-profile visit to the other.

Choe, who was subjected to political “reeducation” himself in the past, now appears to be gaining more influence since he was promoted in October to the party’s powerful Central Military Commission, according to South Korean officials.

The National Intelligence Service indicated Choe now heads the Organisation and Guidance Department (OGD), the secretive body which oversees appointments within North Korea’s leadership.


The punishment represents the first time Hwang has faced any major blow to his standing, said Lee Sang-keun, a North Korea leadership expert at Ewha Woman’s University’s Institute of Unification Studies.

Hwang had a reputation of playing a respectful and careful role around the notoriously unpredictable Kim. Photos released by state media often showed him covering his mouth as he politely laughed with the supreme leader.

The punishment may not reflect any specific mistakes on Hwang’s part but could be part of a wider effort by Kim to ensure that the ruling party retains its control over the military, Lee said.

The moves are part of a sweeping ideological scrutiny of the political unit of the military for the first time in 20 years, according to Kim Byung-kee, a lawmaker on South Korea’s parliamentary intelligence committee.

They could also be an effort to prevent a repeat of a major purge in 2013, 38 North’s Madden said.

Kim’s uncle and second most powerful man in the secretive state, Jang Song Thaek, was executed during that purge after a special military tribunal found him guilty of treason.

Preemptively putting Hwang in his place now meant Kim might prevent him from becoming so powerful he could only be dealt with in a similar way, Madden said.

“What (Kim‘s) doing can be described as clipping wings.”

Additional reporting by James Pearson; Editing by Lincoln Feast

Een kijkje in de boeken van prins Bernhard jr.

Aangeleverd door: Cor van Ruitenbeek

Vastgoedprins Bernhard jr. verdient € 4.114.531,00 per jaar, is € 16.844.916,00 aan stenen waard

Met het gedeelde bezit in 590 panden is men zeker miljonair, prins of niet. Maar met de in opspraak geraakte Bernhard jr. gaat het wel heel erg crescendo.

‘Maar hoe rijk is hij dan’, horen we u vragen. Het is verleidelijk om hem die € 16,8 miljoen toe te schrijven (en daarmee een salaris van dik € 4 miljoen) en dat is ook terecht. De hele kerstboom aan bv’s is onderaan ingevoegd. We zijn het aan het uitpluizen, komen we nog op terug. Maar hoe zit dat met die € 4 miljoen?Bernard jr. koopt en verkoopt panden en hij verhuurt ze: in totaal verdient hij aan in totaal 590 objecten in vooral Amsterdam en Den Haag. Sinds 2017 mag een vennootschap de microstructuur gebruiken, wat betekent dat de jaarrekening bijzonder summier is. Daarom moeten we de vorige balansen extrapoleren.

De oudste, nog beschikbare is 2009 (en daarmee 2008). Vanaf dat jaar groeit het aandelenkapitaal niet en geeft de prins wel leningen aan zichzelf. Dat is fiscaal vriendelijk, maar het is vooral een indicatie dat ‘Geen Woorden Maar Daden b.v.’ een koninklijke pinautomaat is, gedekt met winst op vastgoedspeculatie. Anders zou hij er zelf niet uit lenen en hadden we ook een toename van het aandelenkapitaal kunnen zien. Daar is geen sprake van. 

Tot 2011 gaat het maar zo zo. Dan neemt Prins Bernhard jr. een belang in Pinnacle, het bedrijf waar Het Parool expliciet naar verwijst. Dan gaat het een stuk beter. In 2015, de laatste keer dat hij wettelijk verplicht is een toelichting op zijn eigen vermogen te geven, zien we naast de herwaarderingsreserve ook een toename van de uitkeerbare reserve van dik € 4 miljoen. De wettelijke reserve betreft overigens de ingehouden winsten van de vastgoedbedrijven in de kerstboom onderaan. 

Kennelijk mogen we de toename in de vrije reserve als minimale jaarwinst rekeken (het betreft immers ingehouden winst, dus de jaarwinst kan groter zijn). Dan ontstaat het beeld van de prins dat we bepaald crisisproof mogen noemen. 

Als we de jaarwinsten eruit filteren, dan blijkt dat jr. een van de best betaalden van het land is. Dik € 4 miljoen per jaar, dat doet u hem vast niet na. Maar niet afgunstig worden, arm geboren worden is geen keuze, rijk trouwen wel. 

En voor de volledigheid: de lijst met bv’s. Wordt vervolgd. 

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