Cash, $3 million, found in barrels of raw pork

Money laundering meets bacon?

The Cleveland County Sheriff’s Office in Shelby, N.C. say they seized approximately $3 million in cash, wrapped in plastic, which is displayed in this photo near the barrels of raw pork shoulder in which it was discovered.

North Carolina deputies recovered the barrels Saturday, Dec. 7, 2019, from a tractor trailer they pulled over.

“It’s one of the largest U.S. currency seizures in Cleveland County history,” Sheriff Alan Norman told The Shelby Star.

Authorities say they believe the money was headed to drug cartels in Mexico, proceeds from drug sales in North Carolina.

The Department of Justice has been called to assist in the investigation, AP reports.

Approximately $3 million in cash was recovered from the barrels Saturday, the Cleveland County Sheriff’s Office said in a Facebook post Tuesday. The driver of the tractor trailer was accused of failing to maintain his lane and impeding the flow of traffic on Interstate 85.

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This firm gave $10 million in holiday bonus cash to 198 employees

I have but one question. Are they hiring? Sounds like a great place to work.

In Baltimore, a commercial real estate developer is distributing a total of $10 million in holiday bonuses to a total of 198 employees.

On Monday, WTOP TV news in Baltimore reported that St. John Properties was announcing the bonuses at the firm’s holiday party.

From AP:

Edward St. John, the founder and chairman of the company, said the amount of money that each employee gets is based on tenure. The average bonus was $50,000, but some employees will get upward of $250,000.

The company has employees throughout Maryland and northern Virginia. The bonuses celebrate the company’s achievement of developing 20 million square feet of office space, retail and warehouses. That real estate is spread out over eight states.

Edward St. John said that he is “thankful for every one of our employees for their hard work and dedication. I couldn’t think of a better way to show it.”

PHOTO: Edward St. John, the founder and chairman of St. John Properties, IMAGE COURTESY St. John Properties

Trump pays $2 million fine for stealing from his charity

It’s not surprising that Trump used his own charity like a personal piggy bank. Nor is it surprising that his base loves him all the more for stealing the money. What is surprising is that there was still almost $2 million left in the charity’s account. I guess he’ll be heading to Moscow again soon, MAGA hat in hand.

From The Intelligencer:

A judge ordered the payment last month after Trump admitted to abusing the Donald J. Trump Foundation, which he used over the years to buy a portrait of himself and a Broncos helmet autographed by Tim Tebow, among other noncharitable items.

The foundation, which has been shut down, also distributed the $1.8 million left in its coffers to the eight charities, giving them each a total of $476,140.41. The charities are Army Emergency Relief, the Children’s Aid Society, Citymeals on Wheels, Give an Hour, Martha’s Table, the United Negro College Fund, United Way of the National Capital Area, and the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum.

The NY attorney general’s office also said that Don Jr, Eric, and Ivanka, who were officials with the foundation, took “compulsory training to ensure this type of illegal activity never takes place again.” Thank goodness this type of illegal activity will never take place again!

Photo of Trump by Gage, CC BY-SA 2.0, Link. Modified.

The USM team focuses on the most secure and fast payment contracts to create the advantage of good user experience

The USM team focuses on the most secure and fast payment contracts to create the advantage of good user experience

USM smart contracts are developed by USM’s internal engineering team. Focus on creating the most mature and well-tested smart contracts, using multiple secure offline chains instead of ordinary smart contracts to avoid being affected by errors in the Ethereum network.

The USM team focuses on the most secure and fast payment contracts to create the advantage of good user experience 1 

In general, there is often a contradiction between upgradeability and being trusted. And smart contracts need to weigh the two. Because USM must act as a trusted party in the system, it can adopt a strong upgradeable strategy without affecting the trust model. If an error occurs on the Ethereum network, USM can respond quickly. There are countless uncertainties in the blockchain world, and USM will do its best to prevent our smart contracts from being affected. At the same time, it also guides the choice of writing smart contracts that can be upgraded to the greatest extent to cope with unknown changes in the future network.

To be recognized and promoted by the market so quickly is inseparable from USM’s inherent advantages. Due to the wholly-owned mortgage of digital assets and the introduction of instant transfer functions, USM can be regarded as a digital alternative that provides cash flow. USM is based on ERC-20. In addition to reliability and stability, low fees are also a major advantage of USM, with low transaction fees and exchange fees. Any digital transaction on the Ethereum blockchain can be solved by USM, and can be traded online 24 hours, and users can conduct secure, reliable and fast asset flows at USM.

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Giannis Antetokounmpo (quad) out for Wednesday’s game vs. Pelicans

The Milwaukee Bucks will be without star forward Giannis Antetokounmpo for Wednesday’s game against the New Orleans Pelicans due to a quad injury.

The team announced that Antetokounmpo will be sidelined with right quad tendon soreness, it will be the first game he has missed this season.

While specifics on the injury haven’t been provided, Antetokounmpo is likely day-to-day as the team plays it cautious with its star player.

The 25-year-old is averaging 30.9 points, 13.2 rebounds, 5.5 assists and 1.3 steals per game this season. Now without Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee will need its secondary players to step up in order to extend its current winning streak to 16 games.

The Bucks have an off day on Thursday, so the All-Star forward will have additional time to rest before Friday’s game against the Memphis Grizzlies.

New World Record for Automobilia: Collector spends 127,600 Euro on a rare Ferrari brochure

New World Record for Automobilia: Collector spends 127,600 Euro on a rare Ferrari brochure

New World Record for Automobilia: Collector spends 127,600 Euro on a rare Ferrari brochure

Ni-Cola Classics – Ladenburg Automobilia Auktion & Classic Cars
In a spectacular auction, auctioneer Tobias Friedrich of Ni-Cola Classics knock down a rare Ferrari brochure for 127,600 Euro

Ladenburg, Baden-Württemberg – December 11, 2019 – For three thrilling minutes the prices were climbing without limits, bidders in the room competed against bidders on the telephone, then the gavel went down: Last Saturday, at a spectacular price of 110.000 Euro (including premium: 127,600 Euro), auctioneer Tobias Friedrich of Ni-Cola Classics [] was able to knock down a rare Ferrari brochure from early days. With a starting bid of 25,000 euros, the entry bid was already at a high level. The buyer, a collector from the USA, wants to stay anonymous.


“This automobile brochure is by far the most expensive that has ever been auctioned,” says Automobilia expert and auctioneer Tobias Friedrich about the achieved price: “This world record sets a new benchmark”. The auction house Ni-Cola Classics is specialized in Automobilia.

The English brochure (lot 799) was published in 1954 and only comprises four pages. It features the Ferrari 250 Europa, one of the early successful models of the legendary sports car brand from Modena. Today Automobilia experts are aware of only three versions of these brochures. “It is said that Enzo Ferrari had stomped down the edition because he didn’t like the brochures,” explains Tobias Friedrich. At that time only a few copies had already been sent to interested parties – the reason for their rarity today.

Last time a brochure from this series appeared was in 2007 at a Ferrari specialised auction in Gstaad. At that time, the highest bid was 17,000 Euros, which was considered impressive. In the past 12 years, the value has increased by 650 percent.

About Ni-Cola Classics

Since early 2018, Ladenburg-based Ni-Cola Classics Automobilia Auctions & Classics Car Sales has been pooling years of auctioneering experience, detailed expertise, exclusive service and personal consultation.

Every year, Ni-Cola Classics holds two automobilia auctions in Ladenburg. Exclusive pieces and rarities from all over the world attract collectors and fans to the charming medieval town, which is easily accessible in the Rhine-Neckar region. Many bidders also participate by telephone or internet.

In addition to the auctions in Ladenburg, Ni-Cola Classics also runs an exclusive online shop providing access to all kinds of automobilia and vintage car parts, which can be ordered directly and easily at any time.

Another of Ni-Cola Classics specialities is the trading of unusual vintage cars, often sought after rarities. The company understands itself as a reputable platform which, through neutral consultation and expertise, lays the foundations for a secure and fair purchase or sale.

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Official: Cruise ship could house 1,000 Oakland homeless

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The president of the Oakland City Council in the San Francisco Bay Area is proposing bringing a cruise ship to the city’s port to house up to 1,000 homeless people.

Rebecca Kaplan told a city council meeting Tuesday she has been contacted by cruise ship companies about providing a ship for emergency housing.

She said she plans to bring a proposal to the council in January that will be at “no or low” cost to the city because residents of the cruise ship would pay for rooms based on their income. The city would not buy the cruise ship.

Homelessness has spiked in Oakland in the past two years with an increase in the number of unsheltered people from 1,902 to 3,210 people.

“It could be a great way to house a lot of people quickly,” Kaplan said. “Cruise ships have been used for emergency housing after natural disasters and for extra housing for things like Olympics.”

She said the cruise ship companies are reaching out to the Port of Oakland about what options exist to park a ship at the port. The Port of Oakland would have to approve a contract before a ship could use the port.

Kaplan compared her vision for an Oakland cruise ship to something like the Queen Mary in Long Beach in Southern California. The 1936 ocean liner is now floating hotel with 347 rooms. A room with two twin beds rents for $141 a night and $146 a night for a full-size bed.

“It could be like that,” Kaplan said. “But as affordable housing instead of hotel.”

AWS opens the Fargate to Kubernetes

AWS opens the Fargate to Kubernetes

AWS opens the Fargate to Kubernetes 2
Cloud computing and containers go hand in hand. The mobility associated with the cloud is based on the ability for applications to run consistently across different environments. Containers make it possible to develop, maintain and troubleshoot apps in an isolated environment, reducing overall downtime and increasing security and portability. “It’s the right way to build […]

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