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Trump’s niece says 2001 NDA based on ‘fraudulent’ financial information | US news



Lawyers for Donald Trump’s niece seeking to clear her path to publish a book about the family have cited “bombshell” New York Times reporting on the Trumps’ tax affairs as proof a non-disclosure agreement signed in 2001 was based on “demonstrably fraudulent” financial information and should be held invalid.

Attorneys for Mary Trump made the argument in filings in New York state supreme court in Dutchess county this week.

Simon & Schuster is set to publish Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World’s Most Dangerous Man on 28 July. The president’s brother, Robert Trump, is seeking to block it, citing the NDA which was signed after litigation over a family will.

Earlier this week, a judge in New York granted a temporary restraining order against Mary Trump and the publisher. But in a sign that the book is likely to come out regardless, Simon & Schuster was released from the order, after saying it had printed 75,000 copies and started to ship them to sellers, and had been unaware of the NDA.

Simon & Schuster also published The Room Where It Happened, former national security adviser John Bolton’s tell-all memoir which a federal judge declined to block. It sold nearly 800,000 copies in its first week in stores.

In a statement, Simon & Schuster echoed lawyers for Mary Trump when it cited first amendment guarantees of free speech and said the book was of “great interest and importance to the national discourse that fully deserves to be published for the benefit of the American public”.

It added: “As all know, there are well-established precedents against prior restraint and pre-publication injunctions, and we remain confident that the preliminary injunction will be denied.”

A hearing is scheduled for 10 July.

Mary Trump is the daughter of the president’s elder brother, Fred Trump, who died in 1981. She has rarely spoken publicly but she has expressed dismay over her uncle’s political career on social media.

In publicity material, Simon & Schuster says the trained clinical psychologist will offer both a “revelatory, authoritative portrait of Donald J Trump and the toxic family that made him” and “a nightmare of traumas, destructive relationships … neglect and abuse”.

Mary Trump was reportedly a key source for the Times reporting on the Trump family’s taxes, which won a Pulitzer prize.

In an affidavit filed on Thursday, she said: “The New York Times’s detailed analysis and investigation revealed for the first time that the valuations on which I had relied in entering into the settlement agreement, and which were used to determine my compensation under the agreement, were fraudulent.

“I relied on the false valuations provided to me by my uncles and aunt, and would never have entered into the agreement had I known the true value of the assets involved.”

Donald Trump’s surviving siblings are Robert Trump, a businessman; Maryanne Trump Barry, a retired judge; and Elizabeth Trump Grau, a retired banker.

“I never believed that the settlement agreement resolving discrete financial disputes could possibly restrict me from telling the story of my life or publishing a book,” Mary Trump said, “… including the conduct and character of my uncle, the sitting president of the United States, during his campaign for re-election, my aunt Maryanne, a former federal judge, or my uncle Robert, a prominent public figure.

“Moreover, my uncle, the president, has spoken out about our family and the will dispute on numerous occasions.”

Mary Trump’s lawyers also cited the president’s hunger for media coverage.

“President Trump himself has contributed to his and his family’s notoriety in a variety of ways,” they wrote, “including as the author of nearly 20 books on a variety of topics, including his family, his wealth, his businesses and his own life.

“Among the most notable of all the media coverage of the Trump family is a bombshell investigative piece published in the New York Times on 2 October 2018, describing schemes Donald Trump and his father employed to transfer nearly a half a billion dollars to Donald Trump, Robert Trump and Maryanne Trump Barry, while systematically evading their tax obligations.”

Robert Trump, the lawyers wrote, “is concerned that [Mary] Trump will reveal details about her dealings with the New York Times, her difficult relationship with her family, and the Trump family’s financial dealings. But all of those facts have been made public.

“Contemporaneous news reports surrounding [Mary] Trump’s suit 20 years ago laid bare the rancorous relationship between the Trump family and [Mary] Trump.”

Robert Trump is represented by Charles Harder, a lawyer who has worked extensively for the president.

Responding to the temporary restraining order against Mary Trump, Harder said he would seek the “maximum remedies available” for what he called her “truly reprehensible” actions.

“Short of corrective action to immediately cease their egregious conduct,” he added, “we will pursue this case to the very end.”

Harder has called the New York Times’ reporting on Trump family tax affairs “100% false, and highly defamatory” and said: “There was no fraud or tax evasion by anyone.”

Breaking with precedent, Donald Trump did not release his tax records while running for office. He has not released them since, despite promising to do so.

The president’s financial records have become the subject of legal tussles between the White House, Democrats in Congress and prosecutors in New York. A supreme court ruling on whether they should be released is eagerly awaited.

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City of Kamloops gives update about current financial situation – Kamloops News




Financial update from city

“The property owners of Kamloops have really stepped up to help the city with their cashflow, so we really appreciate that,” says Lewis Hill, financial services manager at the City of Kamloops.

Today, Aug. 4, Hill gave Castanet an update on the City’s financial status as of this month.

“As of July 31, we have 86 per cent of the property tax assessed value in, 96 per cent was residential and 61 per cent is business,” he explains. “We still have $23 million outstanding in taxes.”

“It’s better than what we expected.”

The next important date is Oct. 1, when the total penalty will be assessed against outstanding taxes for both residential and businesses. Residential already has a 5 per cent as of July 31st, the other 5 per cent comes in Oct. 1.

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Pieridae to Hold Conference Call and Webcast For Q2 2020 Financial Results TSX Venture Exchange:PEA





CALGARY, Alberta, Aug. 04, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Pieridae Energy Limited (“Pieridae” or the “Company”) (PEA.TO) will release its second-quarter 2020 results on Wednesday, August 12, 2020 prior to markets opening.

Chief Executive Officer Alfred Sorensen, Chief Financial Officer Rob Dargewitcz and other members of the Pieridae leadership team will discuss the financial results and Company developments at 8:30 a.m. (MDT) / 10:30 a.m. (EDT).

Members of the investment community, shareholders and other interested parties are invited to participate by calling toll-free: 1-888-231-8191, Calgary 403-451-9838, or Toronto: 647-427-7450. Please dial in 10 minutes prior to the start of the call. No pass code is required. A live webcast of the teleconference will be available via the following URL:

A replay of the teleconference will be available two hours after the conclusion of the call until midnight (EDT) on August 19, 2020. Please call 1-855-859-2056 and enter pass code 3652577#.

About Pieridae

Founded in 2011, Pieridae, a majority Canadian owned corporation based in Calgary, is focused on the development of integrated energy-related activities, from the exploration and extraction of natural gas to the development, construction and operation of the Goldboro LNG facility and the production of LNG for sale to Europe and other markets. Pieridae is on the leading edge of the re-integration of the LNG value chain in North America. After completion of all the transactions disclosed in this news release, Pieridae has 162,950,597 common shares issued and outstanding which trade on the TSX (“PEA.TO”).

For further information please contact:

Alfred Sorensen, Chief Executive Officer Rob Dargewitcz, Chief Financial Officer 
Telephone: (403) 261-5900 Telephone: (403) 261-5900 
James Millar, Director, External Relations  
Telephone: (403) 261-5900  

  Neither TSX nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in policies of the TSX) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.

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America First Multifamily Investors, L.P. Announces Second Quarter 2020 Financial Results | 2020-08-04 | Press Releases




OMAHA, Neb., Aug. 04, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — On August 4, 2020, America First Multifamily Investors, L.P. (NASDAQ: ATAX) (the “Partnership” or “ATAX”) announced financial results for the three and six months ended June 30, 2020.

Financial Highlights

As of and for the three months ended June 30, 2020:

  • Total revenues of approximately $14.5 million
  • Net income, basic and diluted, of $0.06 per Beneficial Unit Certificate (“BUC”)
  • Cash Available for Distribution of $0.09 per BUC
  • Total assets of approximately $1.0 billion
  • Total Mortgage Revenue Bond (“MRB”) investments of approximately $787.6 million

For the six months ended June 30, 2020:

  • Total revenues of approximately $28.2 million
  • Net income, basic and diluted, of $0.10 per BUC
  • Cash Available for Distribution of $0.14 per BUC

The Partnership reported the following notable transactions during the second quarter of 2020:

  • Acquired a Governmental Issuer Loan (“GIL”) for $40.0 million and leveraged the investment using $36.0 million of proceeds from a Tender Option Bond (“TOB”) Trust financing
  • Acquired 100% of the first mortgage MRBs on a single project for approximately $7.5 million
  • Received approximately $10.3 million of cash upon the sale of Vantage at Waco
  • Terminated five Term A/B Trust financings totaling approximately $43.7 million with Deutsche Bank and replaced with five new TOB Trust financings with Mizuho totaling approximately $55.4 million
  • Terminated the Master Trust Agreement with Deutsche Bank and is no longer subject to related debt covenants

In addition, in July 2020, the Partnership extended the maturity dates of all its TOB Trust financings scheduled to mature in 2021 to July 2023 and extended the maturity of its two unsecured lines of credit to June 2022.

Investment Updates and Management Remarks

The Partnership announced the following updates regarding its investment portfolio:

  • Properties securing the Partnership’s mortgage revenue bond portfolio have reported average rental collections rates of 93% for July 2020 rental payments.
  • All MRBs are current on contractual principal and interest payments as of July 31, 2020.
  • The Partnership has received no requests for forbearance of contractual principal and interest payments from borrowers associated with multifamily MRBs.
  • All Vantage investments achieved increased occupancy during the second quarter.
  • No Vantage project under construction has experienced material supply chain disruptions for either construction materials or labor during the second quarter.
  • The universities associated with our owned student housing properties (“MF Properties”) have announced their fall semester plans. The University of Nebraska-Lincoln, adjacent to The 50/50, has currently announced it will resume on-campus in-person classes. San Diego State University, adjacent to the Suites on Paseo, currently will hold limited on-campus in-person classes with residence halls open but with decreased density and a waiver of the requirement that first and second year students live on campus.

“We are very pleased with the performance of our investment portfolio in the second quarter,” said Chad Daffer, the Partnership’s Chief Executive Officer. “Our MRB investment portfolio has continued to perform well in the face of challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, which is representative of the strength of our business partners and the strong credit of our overall portfolio. We continue to be fully operational and are focused on navigating these uncertain times in the best interest of our unitholders.”

Disclosure Regarding Non-GAAP Measures

This report refers to Cash Available for Distribution (“CAD”), which is identified as a non-GAAP financial measure. We believe CAD provides relevant information about our operations and is necessary, along with net income, for understanding our operating results. Net income is the GAAP measure most comparable to CAD. There is no generally accepted methodology for computing CAD, and our computation of CAD may not be comparable to CAD reported by other companies. Although we consider CAD to be a useful measure of our operating performance, CAD is a non-GAAP measure and should not be considered as an alternative to net income that is calculated in accordance with GAAP, or any other measures of financial performance presented in accordance with GAAP. See the table at the end of this press release for a reconciliation of our net income as determined in accordance with GAAP and our CAD for the periods set forth.

Earnings Webcast & Conference Call

The Partnership will host a Webcast & Earnings Call for Unitholders on Wednesday, August 5, 2020 at 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time to discuss the Partnership’s Second Quarter 2020 results. Participants can access the Earnings Call in one of two ways:

  • You can register for access to the live broadcast in listen-only mode using the following link:
  • Participants wanting to ask questions may dial toll free 1-855-854-0934, (International Participants may dial 1-720-634-2907), using Conference ID# 2278486. To ensure a timely connection, please place your call at least 15 minutes prior to the start of the earnings call. At the conclusion of management’s presentation, the operator will open the lines for questions.

    Following completion of the earnings call, a recorded replay will be available on the Partnership’s Investor Relations website at

About America First Multifamily Investors, L.P.

America First Multifamily Investors, L.P. was formed on April 2, 1998 under the Delaware Revised Uniform Limited Partnership Act for the primary purpose of acquiring, holding, selling and otherwise dealing with a portfolio of mortgage revenue bonds which have been issued to provide construction and/or permanent financing for affordable multifamily, student housing and commercial properties. The Partnership is pursuing a business strategy of acquiring additional mortgage revenue bonds and other investments on a leveraged basis. The Partnership expects and believes the interest earned on these mortgage revenue bonds is excludable from gross income for federal income tax purposes. The Partnership seeks to achieve its investment growth strategy by investing in additional mortgage revenue bonds and other investments as permitted by the Partnership’s Amended and Restated Limited Partnership Agreement, dated September 15, 2015, taking advantage of attractive financing structures available in the securities market, and entering into interest rate risk management instruments. America First Multifamily Investors, L.P. press releases are available at

Safe Harbor Statement

Certain statements in this press release are intended to be covered by the safe harbor for “forward-looking statements” provided by the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements generally can be identified by use of statements that include, but are not limited to, phrases such as “believe,” “expect,” “future,” “anticipate,” “intend,” “plan,” “foresee,” “may,” “should,” “will,” “estimates,” “potential,” “continue,” or other similar words or phrases. Similarly, statements that describe objectives, plans, or goals also are forward-looking statements. Such forward-looking statements involve inherent risks and uncertainties, many of which are difficult to predict and are generally beyond the control of the Partnership. The Partnership cautions readers that a number of important factors could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed in, implied, or projected by such forward-looking statements. Risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to: general economic conditions, including the current and future impact of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) on business operations, employment, and government-mandated mitigation measures; current maturities of the Partnership’s financing arrangements and the Partnership’s ability to renew or refinance such financing arrangements; defaults on the mortgage loans securing the Partnership’s mortgage revenue bonds; the competitive environment in which the Partnership operates; risks associated with investing in multifamily and student residential properties and commercial properties; changes in interest rates; the Partnership’s ability to use borrowings or obtain capital to finance its assets; recapture of previously issued Low Income Housing Tax Credits in accordance with Section 42 of the Internal Revenue Code; geographic concentration within the mortgage revenue bond portfolio held by the Partnership; appropriations risk related to the funding of federal housing programs; changes in the Internal Revenue Code and other government regulations affecting the Partnership’s business; and the other risks detailed in the Partnership’s SEC filings (including but not limited to, the Partnership’s Annual Report on Form 10-K, Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q, and Current Reports on Form 8-K). Readers are urged to consider these factors carefully in evaluating the forward-looking statements.

If any of these risks or uncertainties materializes or if any of the assumptions underlying such forward-looking statements proves to be incorrect, the developments and future events concerning the Partnership set forth in this press release may differ materially from those expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements. You are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these statements, which speak only as of the date of this document. We anticipate that subsequent events and developments will cause our expectations and beliefs to change. The Partnership assumes no obligation to update such forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date of this document or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events, unless obligated to do so under the federal securities laws.

Cash Available for Distribution (“CAD”)

The following table shows the calculation of CAD (and a reconciliation of the Partnership’s net income, as determined in accordance with GAAP, to CAD) for the three and six months ended June 30, 2020 and 2019.

For the Three Months Ended June 30, For the Six Months Ended June 30,
2020 2019 2020 2019
Net income $ 4,588,348 $ 3,886,190 $ 7,570,105 $ 10,338,003
Change in fair value of derivatives and interest rate derivative amortization (93,647 ) 83,217 (118,848 ) 389,808
Depreciation and amortization expense 712,081 819,804 1,421,519 1,640,612
Reversal of impairment on securities (1) (1,902,979 )
Provision for credit loss 464,675 1,822,356
Impairment charge on real estate assets 25,200 25,200
Amortization of deferred financing costs 432,118 369,701 791,026 731,006
RUA compensation expense 296,268 186,230 335,336 370,414
Deferred income taxes (960 ) (15,472 ) (31,881 ) (56,164 )
Redeemable Series A Preferred Unit distribution and accretion (717,762 ) (717,763 ) (1,435,525 ) (1,435,526 )
Tier 2 Income distributable (Loss allocable) to the General Partner (2) 80,501 (753,025 )
Bond purchase premium (discount) amortization (accretion), net of cash received (5,761 ) (1,486 ) (19,567 ) (40,438 )
Total CAD $ 5,700,560 $ 4,610,421 $ 8,537,243 $ 11,184,690
Weighted average number of BUCs outstanding, basic 60,545,204 60,426,177 60,649,692 60,426,177
Net income per BUC, basic $ 0.06 $ 0.05 $ 0.10 $ 0.13
Total CAD per BUC, basic $ 0.09 $ 0.08 $ 0.14 $ 0.19
Distributions declared, per BUC $ 0.060 $ 0.125 $ 0.185 $ 0.250
(1) This amount represents previous impairments recognized as adjustments to CAD in prior periods related to the PHC Certificates. Such adjustments were reversed in the first quarter of 2020 upon the sale of the PHC Certificates in January 2020.
(2) As described in Note 3 to the Partnership’s condensed consolidated financial statements, Net Interest Income representing contingent interest and Net Residual Proceeds representing contingent interest (Tier 2 income) will be distributed 75% to the limited partners and BUC holders, as a class, and 25% to the General Partner. This adjustment represents the 25% of Tier 2 income due to the General Partner.

For the six months ended June 30, 2020, Tier 2 loss allocable to the general partner related to the sale of the PHC Certificates. For the six months ended June 30, 2019, Tier 2 income consisted of $3.0 million of contingent interest realized on redemption of the Vantage at Brooks, LLC property loan.


Chad Daffer

Chief Executive Officer


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