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The U.K.’s planned exit from the EU will have a “small” negative impact on the bloc’s economy, although it will prove more damaging to countries such as Ireland, the Netherlands and Belgium that have closer links with Britain, the IMF said.
www.wsj.com | 7/19/18

Donald Trump seemed to ruffle quite a few feathers at the G7 Summit.

While attending the annual meeting with America’s closest allies in Charlevoix, Canada, Trump didn’t appear to be on the friendliest footing with many of his fellow world leaders.

On Friday, after vigorously shaking hands with French President Emmanuel Macron — with whom he’s previously held hands, sparking bromance speculation — visible white marks could be seen on the 71-year-old commander in chief’s hand.

During the interaction, Trump commented that Macron would be “very tough” to beat at “arm wrestling,” according to CNN.

However, Trump also seemingly dismissed any rumors of bad blood between the pair, adding, “He’s my friend. We’ve had a great relationship right from the beginning.”

RELATED: French President Emmanuel Macron Says His Now Infamous Handshake with Trump Was a ‘Moment of Truth’

Of course, the two leaders are no strangers to sharing complicated handshakes. In May 2017, when the pair met in Belgium ahead of a NATO summit, they locked hands for several seconds, with each man appearing to refuse to be the first to let go.

Confirming there was more going on in that moment than just shaking hands, according to the Associated Press, Macron later told a French newspaper, “My handshake with him, it wasn’t innocent.”

“One must show that you won’t make small concessions, even symbolic ones, but also not over-publicize things, either,” Macron said of the now viral moment, adding that it was “a moment of truth.”

RELATED: Ivanka Trump & Jared Kushner Party with Stanley Cup as President Heads to High-Stakes Nuclear Summit

Trump also arrived late on Saturday’s breakfast gender equality meeting, prompting several of the guests who had arrived earlier — including International Monetary Fund director Christine Lagarde and German Chancellor Angela Merkel — to give him critical looks.

According to a pool report, during his opening remarks, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau seemingly referenced Trump’s absence when he said that “any stragglers will come in as they arrive,” CNN reported.

Trudeau also subtly highlighted Trump’s absence in a series of photos he posted of the event, in which the president’s empty chair at the table is visible.

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Although Trudeau has been critical of Trump in the past, during the prime minister’s first meeting at the White House in 2017, he expressed his commitment to having “a constructive working relationship with the incoming American administration.”

Trudeau has also spent some time with the president’s daughter Ivanka Trump, who serves as an adviser to the president, attending summits together and even taking in Broadway shows. The pair have also created a women’s business group together: the Canada-United States Council for Advancement of Women Entrepreneurs and Business Leaders.

Much was also made of a photo showing Merkel leaning on a table while speaking with Trump, who was sitting on the other side with his arms crossed.

Although she described the photo as a “spontaneous meeting between two working sessions,” on Instagram, many social media users have taken the photo as proof that tensions exist between Trump and the other world leaders.

Wrote one social media user, “Our president, the petulant child.”

Taking a more humorous approach, actor Patton Oswalt added, “When you smelt it but you won’t admit you dealt it.”

When you smelt it but won’t admit you dealt it. pic.twitter.com/dfKO7BjbMj

— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) June 10, 2018

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Our president, the petulant child. pic.twitter.com/TkhuKNcsje

— John Dingell (@JohnDingell) June 9, 2018

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My God, this G7 is producing a hell of a set of images.
Has Angela Merkel placed Trump on the naughty seat? pic.twitter.com/yMIJr1nE1U

— John O'Brennan (@JohnOBrennan2) June 9, 2018

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Seemingly referencing comments Trump made during the summit about how the U.S. was “not going to deal” with other leaders who refused to lower their trade barriers with the U.S., Sen. John McCain also spoke out against Trump.

“To our allies: bipartisan majorities of Americans remain pro-free trade, pro-globalization & supportive of alliances based on 70 years of shared values. Americans stand with you, even if our president doesn’t,” he said.

To our allies: bipartisan majorities of Americans remain pro-free trade, pro-globalization & supportive of alliances based on 70 years of shared values. Americans stand with you, even if our president doesn’t.

— John McCain (@SenJohnMcCain) June 10, 2018

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While Trump landed in Singapore on Sunday to attend a second political meeting — the highly anticipated summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un about the nation’s potential denuclearization — Ivanka Trump and her husband Jared Kushner dined in Washington D.C. on Saturday night and happened to run into Washington Capitals captain Alexander Ovechkin, who strolled in with some teammates and their recently won Stanley Cup.

people.com | 6/10/18

Discovery and the PGA Tour have struck a massive $2 billion deal for tournament rights outside of the United States through 2030. That’s a lot of green — and we’re not just talking about the putting surfaces.

The pricey (and lengthy) alliance, which tees off next year, will result in about 2,000 hours of content annually and nearly 150 tournaments, including The Players Championship, the FedExCup Playoffs, and the Presidents Cup. It will grant Discovery the exclusive non-U.S. television and multiplatform rights to all PGA Tour golf events by 2024 — here is a timetable for implementation:

Date
Markets
2019
Australia, Canada, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, Portugal, Russia, Spain
2020
Poland, South Korea
2021
Belgium, China, Germany, South Africa
2022
Denmark, Finland, India, Norway, Sweden, UK
2024
France

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About those multiplatform rights: Together, Discovery and the PGA Tour will develop a new PGA Tour-branded OTT video streaming service to serve 220 markets and territories.

“Today is a fantastic day for golf fans around the world as Discovery proudly partners with the PGA Tour to create something that has never been done before,” David Zaslav, president and CEO, Discovery, said. “The long-term partnership between the PGA Tour and Discovery will create the new global Home of Golf, including delivering over 2000 hours of live content year-round and this prestigious sport’s greatest moments, stories and athletes. Following our successful first Olympic Games in PyeongChang, Discovery will contribute its strong global distribution and promotional infrastructure, in-market relationships, global sports expertise with direct-to-consumer platforms and brands to create a valuable new long-term Home of Golf offering in every market outside the U.S.”

“This is an exciting next step for the PGA Tour, which presents a tremendous opportunity to accelerate and expand our media business outside the United States, better service our international broadcast partners, and drive fan growth with a deeply experienced strategic global partner,” added Jay Monahan, commissioner, PGA Tour. “This partnership aligns very well with the opening of PGA Tour offices in London, Tokyo and Beijing in recent years and will support our long-term objectives of growing the game of golf. It also will deliver more value to our sponsors as it presents a tremendous opportunity to engage new and diverse audiences around the world.”

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The partnership will be led by Discovery’s Alex Kaplan, who is president and general manager of the new Discovery and PGA Tour venture. His management team will include the PGA Tour’s Thierry Pascal as head of distribution.

Kaplan previously was an executive vice president at Eurosport Digital, where he helped grow the Eurosport D2C business to over 1 million subscribers. Prior to joining Discovery, Kaplan was a senior vice president of global media distribution for the NBA.

“I am incredibly excited to work with David Zaslav and JB Perrette to take international coverage of PGA Tour golf to the next level,” Kaplan said. “We can’t wait to get started and build a world-class global platform and long-term distribution strategy to turn the vision of this partnership into a reality. By joining forces with the outstanding PGA Tour team, led by Jay Monahan and Rick Anderson, we have a unique opportunity to build an amazing product that will serve the fans with the golf content they love on every screen.”

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www.thewrap.com | 6/4/18
[New Era] Windhoek -The classification of Namibia as a tax haven by the European Union (EU) last year can have serious repercussions, such as sanctions, for the local economy. For this reason, government has engaged EU to have Namibia delisted as a tax haven as soon as possible and in this regard, a team of officials from the Ministry of Finance have just returned from consultative engagements from the EU headquarters in Brussels, Belgium.
allafrica.com | 5/23/18

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The SWIFT system, which ensures the transfer of financial messages between all banks of the world, will not disconnect Russia despite Western sanctions. In the political conflict between Russia and the West, SWIFT takes a neutral position, SWIFT CEO Gottfried Leibbrandt said. The SWIFT system will thus stay neutral in the conflict between Russia and the West and will not disconnect the country from the system of financial payments because of the sanctions, CEO Gottfried Leibbrandt said at the SWIFT business forum in Moscow, RBC reports. "The question of disconnecting Russia from the SWIFT financial reporting system is not worth it, and our position remains unchanged: we are a neutral party that provides for the interconnection of users and whose purpose is to service the global financial industry," Mr. Leibbrandt said. SWIFT declared its neutrality back in 2014, when the question of disconnecting Russia from the system was raised for the first time following the coup in Ukraine and Russia's reunification with the Crimea. "Our mission is to be a global and neutral service provider," the company said in a statement back then. The European Parliament and the EU Council discussed such a possibility against the backdrop of sanctions in connection with the Ukrainian crisis, but the SWIFT management considered Russia's possible disconnection highly challenging to the reputation of the company and stressed that it would not make such decisions under the influence of political pressure. Nevertheless, the West still believes that disconnecting Russia from the interbank messaging system is possible. In August 2017, the Russian National Commercial Bank (RNCB) and Tempbank were disconnected from SWIFT, after the owner of the relevant software refused to cooperate with them because of US sanctions. RNCB, which works in the Crimea, said that the move would not affect its work as the bank operated only inside Russia. In January, Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich acknowledged that disconnection from SWIFT could create great problems for the Russian banking system. If it happens, he said, Russian banks would have to switch to an outdated technology, but Western companies would face serious problems too. In early April 2018, the United States adopted a new package of anti-Russian sanctions, which has become the most stringent one since 2014. Shortly thereafter, Washington announced its readiness to prepare new sanctions in the near future to punish Russia for supporting the Syrian authorities. It was said that Moscow was getting ready for a series of tough measures, including disconnection from SWIFT. The financial reporting system itself is based in Belgium and does not comply with US law. However, chances for Washington to succeed in cutting Russia off remain high.To counter such a threat, Russia has been developing its own analog to SWIFT that would be used inside the country. The system is called the Financial Communications System of the Bank of Russia (known for the Russian initials as SPFS). On April 13, Roste? (State Corporation for Assistance to Development, Production and Export of Advanced Technology) announced that it was switching to SPFS. SWIFT stands for the Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunications. The system was established in 1973. Today, SWIFT unites more than 10,000 banking and financial organisations in 210 countries and processes about 1.8 billion messages a year.Pravda.Ru
[EA Business] Kampala -The French Ambassador to Uganda H.E Stéphanie RIVOAL has said as part of the program line-up to celebrate the second edition of the France-Uganda friendship week due for 17th to 24th March 2018 in Kampala, her government will flow in a team of ten Journalist from France and Belgium to market Ugandan tourism in the two countries.
allafrica.com | 3/5/18

WHOIS access and development of an interim GDPR compliance model remains THE hot topic within the ICANN community. Developments are occurring at a break-neck pace, as ICANN and contracted parties push for an implementable solution ahead of the May 25, 2018 effective date of the GDPR.

To quickly recap:

  • Between November 11, 2017 and January 11, 2018, various ICANN community participants submitted different proposed interim GDPR compliance models to ICANN;
  • On January 12, 2018, ICANN published a set of three proposed interim GDPR compliance models of its own design for community input;
  • On January 24, 2018, the ICANN Intellectual Property and Business Constituencies (IPC and BC, respectively) held a community-wide webinar, with in-person attendees in Washington, DC and Brussels, to discuss the ICANN and community models, and key issues and concerns in developing an interim compliance model while preserving access to WHOIS data for specific legitimate purposes, including law enforcement, cybersecurity, consumer protection, and intellectual property enforcement, among other business and individual user needs;
  • On January 29, 2018, ICANN formally closed its community input period on the compliance models;
  • On February 1, 2018, the IPC and BC sent a joint letter to the Article 29 Working Party, with a copy to ICANN, providing an overview of WHOIS uses and needs for law enforcement, cybersecurity, consumer protection and intellectual property enforcement, and how these legitimate purposes fit within the framework of the GDPR;
  • On February 2, 2018, ICANN published a matrix of all the proposed interim compliance models, and a draft summary of discussion and comments regarding the models;
  • On February 7, 2018, the European Commission provided additional input to ICANN regarding the various proposed compliance models; and
  • Between February 10 and February 16, 2018, ICANN provided updates to various community leaders regarding a compliance model that ICANN had begun to coalesce around, based on the prior models, community input, and community discussions (the "convergence model").

ICANN is now poised to formally publish the convergence model, although the community continues to discuss and seek a solution that is acceptable for all stakeholders. As part of those continued discussions, the IPC and BC will be hosting another cross-community discussion, following up on their co-hosted event on January 24. This second event will take place on Thursday February 22, 2018 from 9 am to 12 pm Eastern (US) (1400 – 1700 UTC), with in-person participation in the Winterfeldt IP Group Offices in Washington, DC and the ICANN office in Brussels, Belgium. There will also be remote participation available through Adobe Connect.

We invite all readers to participate in this important ongoing conversation. Please RSVP to denise@winterfeldt.law if you or your colleagues would like to join in person in Washington, DC or Brussels, or via remote participation.

Written by Brian Winterfeldt, Founder and Principal at Winterfeldt IP Group

www.circleid.com | 2/20/18

In “A Ciambra,” Italian filmmaker Jonas Carpignano’s sort-of sequel to 2015’s “Mediterranea,” the lines between documentary and fiction are blurred to the point of non-existence.

The director follows a Romani family who play versions of themselves, and specifically focuses on a 14-year-old boy named Pio (Pio Amato), whose petty crime apprenticeship with his father and older brothers leads to adult responsibilities before he’s ready, as well as a potentially devastating moral crisis.

Pio lives with his large, extended family in a run-down apartment complex on the abandoned outskirts of Gioia Tauro, a small southern Italian port city known for its part in international drug movement and for the way its city government collapses every time organized crime groups like ‘Ndrangheta step in to take over. The family exists outside of the larger crime mechanics of the town, but close enough to scrounge a subsistence living from it. At home, they loudly talk over one another, the toddlers smoke cigarettes, and the local cops routinely show up to harass whoever happens to be standing outside.

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Though it’s only the crumbs of criminal enterprise left to families like Pio’s, they make ends meet stealing this and that, at least until Pio’s father and older brother wind up with short stretches in prison. Appointing himself breadwinner, the charismatic boy works overtime to prove his manhood. He steals cars and sells them back to their owners for 300 euros each, he makes off with tech equipment when he can and, in a moment of teenage overreach, he cases the home of an Italian crime family with disastrous, reverberating results.

Pio’s one friend and older brother substitute, Aviya (Koudous Seihon), is an immigrant from Burkina Faso, whose own struggle for survival was the subject of “Mediterranea.” That film featured a younger Pio making noise on the narrative sidelines, and here Aviya’s steady presence provides the tenderness and wisdom that balances the chaotic rough-love delivered by Pio’s clan. Yet their relationship will be tested by Pio’s dive into dangerous situations that call for unwinnable adult decisions.

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Plot details like these make “A Ciambra” sound tailor-made for an executive producer like Martin Scorsese, a filmmaker well acquainted with the workings of families whose business is crime. But Carpignano — an Independent Spirit Award nominee for directing — is far less interested in the epic mechanics of how the flat screen TV falls off the truck, and far more on the personal daily details of the people inhabiting this world. The structural conditions keeping Pio and his family poor, marginalized, and too often imprisoned are suggested but not explicitly shown, communicated through familial bickering and weathered, exhausted faces.

Working with first time cinematographer Tim Curtin, Carpignano’s choice to go small, to calmly detail the life of a boy born into a neighborhood that feels like an entire world, one that’s locked from the outside, recalls both “Mediterranea” and the social justice-minded films of Belgium’s Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne. “A Ciambra” is intimate and documentary-like, approaching and then backing away from larger issues of marginalized and immigrant communities, showing rather than preaching, and most importantly, prioritizing Pio’s adolescent face and the way his eyes scrutinize his surroundings as they constantly look for opportunity, weak spots to break through.

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Occasionally, though, a dreamlike image of a silver horse wanders into the frame — the animal is also seen in an opening flashback sequence featuring Pio’s grandfather as a young man — momentarily interrupting Carpignano’s realist approach and distracting the boy with the promise of escape.

It’s a tactic that complicates “A Ciambra” only long enough to create a sense of undefined longing in the young man, and to remind the audience that for all his assertions of adulthood, this is still a child in need of a safer place to grow, one that doesn’t come with a built-in promise of lifetime poverty and turns behind bars.

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www.thewrap.com | 2/2/18

The modern, private enterprise economy of Belgium has capitalised on its central geographic location, highly developed transport network, and diversified industrial and commercial base. The first country to undergo an industrial revolution on the continent of Europe in the early 19th century, Belgium developed an excellent transportation infrastructure of ports, canals, railways, and highways to integrate its industry with that of its neighbors. Industry is concentrated mainly in the populous Flanders in the north, around Brussels and in the 2 biggest Walloon cities, Liège and Charleroi, along the sillon industriel. Belgium imports raw materials and semi-finished goods that are further processed and re-exported. Except for its coal, which is no longer economical to exploit, Belgium has virtually no natural resources. Nonetheless, most traditional industrial sectors are represented in the economy, including steel, textiles, refining, chemicals, food processing, pharmaceuticals, automobiles, electronics, and machinery fabrication. Despite the heavy industrial component, services account for 74.9% of GDP, while agriculture accounts for only 1% of GDP. With exports equivalent to over two-thirds of GNP, Belgium depends heavily on world trade. Belgium's trade advantages are derived from its central geographic location and a highly skilled, multilingual, and productive work force. One of the founding members of the European Community, Belgium strongly supports deepening the powers of the present-day European Union to integrate European economies further. About three-quarters of its trade is with other EU countries. Belgium's public debt is about 99% of GDP. The government succeeded in balancing its budget during the 2000-2008 period, and income distribution is relatively equal. Belgium began circulating the euro currency in January 2002. Economic growth and foreign direct investment dropped in 2008. In 2009 Belgium is likely to have negative growth, growing unemployment, and a 3% budget deficit, stemming from the worldwide banking crisis.


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