Prayer of the day


Infinite Father, my keeper, I have a confession to make for I have sinned. My mind was weak, I was led to believe there was another god besides yourself. Wipe away my sins, allow me to mend my ways. I accept your retribution so I may spread your glory to others.

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“Patriotism is supporting your country all the time and your government when it deserves it”

— Mark Twain

IN A NUTSHELL: MUST READ
The Not-So-Special Relationship

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This just in: the majority of Americans don’t think their government has done a good job of handling the COVID-19 pandemic. The findings, based on the latest Pew Research survey, were released Thursday.

The Washington, DC-based think tank interviewed 14,276 adults in 14 advanced economies in North America, Europe, and Asia between June 10 and August 3. A clear majority of people across the 14 countries said their own nation had handled COVID-19 well: 73 percent agreed, while 27 percent disagreed. But in the UK and the US, the figures were much lower: 46 percent and 47 percent respectively, tying them for last place.

Unsurprisingly, in America there’s a huge chasm between Republican and Democratic views of whether the Trump administration has handled the pandemic well. 76 percent of Republicans and independents leaning Republican said the government has done a good job, while only 25 percent of Democrats and independents leaning Democratic agree.

Economic confidence is also linked to the belief the government is doing well. In all 14 countries surveyed, people who said the current economic situation is good were more likely to say the government was doing a good job on COVID-19.

The US is again the most extreme example of the trend, with a 44-point gap between those who say the current economic situation is bad but the government is handling the crisis well (34 percent) and those who say the economic situation is good and the government is handling the crisis well (78 percent).

The US wasn’t the only country where support for the government’s coronavirus response broke along partisan lines — the same pattern was detected in the UK and Spain. Those results demonstrate it’s not a matter of being on the left or the right of the political spectrum that predicts whether you think your government has done well. The US and UK have right-leaning governments, while Spain’s is left-leaning. In each country, people with the same political bent as the government tend to say it’s done well in the crisis.

Polling experts say that phenomenon is well understood. “Generally speaking, it doesn’t matter what you’re asking: the government in power is more likely to be seen well by people who voted for it than people who didn’t,” one social scientist said. 

MIXED NUTS: QUICK TAKES ON WORLD NEWS
Putin Doesn’t Minsk Words

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  • Belarus’s authoritarian leader, Alexander Lukashenko, has lost legitimacy among broad swaths of the population, after rigging his reelection and ordering a violent crackdown on protests in the aftermath.
  • Lukashenko characterized the recent protests against his rule as part of a NATO plot to carve up Belarus; last week he put his military on full combat alert on Belarus’s western borders.
  • He also asked President Vladimir Putin about the possibility of Russian military intervention; on Thursday Putin said the Kremlin was ready to provide military or other law enforcement assistance should Lukashenko’s standoff with the demonstrators escalate.
  • The remarks alarmed EU leaders who’ve called on the Belarusian dictator to negotiate with the opposition movement rather than try to crush it. On Thursday, Lukashenko said he was ready for dialogue with “labour collectives, student collectives … and farmers,” but not with the leaders of the protests.
  • “Not the rogues who are committing outrages, roaming the streets and shouting that they want dialogue. They don’t want any dialogue. No one from the authorities is sitting down with street protesters,” he said.
  • Putin has been careful in his response to events in Belarus, but he’s apparently backing the dictator for now, offering economic support as well as potential boots on the ground. Lukashenko said he had discussed with Putin the refinancing of $1 billion of Belarusian debt to Russia. (Guardian)

Syria’s Beef Between the US and Russia

  • Several American troops were injured in a collision between Russian and US armored vehicles in northeastern Syria this week. A video of the collision broadcast by a Russian nationalist website was widely retweeted.
  • The video appears to show a Russian military vehicle in a desert convoy ramming a US armored car as a Russian helicopter flies low overhead. A US official said that Russian forces had entered a “security zone” that they had agreed to stay out of, while a Russian official said the US obstructed a patrol.
  • Russia’s Defense Ministry said it had given the US military prior warning it would be patrolling in the area. While there have been numerous past incidents between Russian and US forces, this one was different — it involves a direct confrontation between the official Russian military and US troops.
  • Americans say this is part of a pattern of incidents in which Russia is breaking a variety of local coordination agreements, and essentially harassing US forces. President Trump withdrew the majority of US troops that were operating in support of Kurdish allies in northeastern Syria, leaving a much smaller number in a more restricted area.
  • Putin knows Trump wants to reduce Washington’s overseas military footprint, and he appears anxious to hurry up our departure. (BBC)

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Things Get Noisy in Boise

  • Idaho’s Republican governor Brad Little declared a state of emergency last March due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In June, 15 Republican state legislators met out-of-session to air their grievances over the way the governor had handled the emergency orders, and spending.
  • Republicans wanted him to call a special session, which Democrats opposed due to health concerns. Little faced continual pressure as the state navigated its reopening amid the pandemic. Finally, he announced a special session beginning August 24, with two main topics: the pandemic and the November election.
  • Monday was the first day of the special session, and as Idaho has one of the highest rates of new COVID-19 cases per capita right now — especially in Ada County where the state capital of Boise is located — some precautions were in place; to enforce social distancing the gallery area above the House chamber was restricted with limited seating.
  • But chaos erupted before the session could begin. Dozens of unmasked protesters, some of them armed, shoved their way past state troopers to pack the gallery overlooking the state’s House of Representatives. The group included supporters of a far-right militia and anti-vaccine advocates who came to demand an end to the current state of emergency and blast a proposal that would limit civil liability for businesses, schools, and governments.
  • The bill would also open up those entities to litigation if they don’t follow laws and ordinances, including mask mandates issued by public health districts. The foreboding protesters later made their way into committee rooms, defaced paper signs meant to leave one empty seat between those in the audience and laughed at one Democratic state lawmaker who refused to participate in the hearing because of the lack of social distancing.
  • A Boise resident claimed the bill was insane and added: “We don’t stop our lives, suspend our civil rights and panic each year for the flu.” It’s worth noting that according to the CDC, more than 180,000 people have died of coronavirus in the first eight months of 2020, compared with an estimated 24,000 to 62,000 people who died last flu season. (Idaho Statesman, NPR)

Facebook Caught Off Guard

  • New evidence suggests that Facebook had been given ample warning about a militant account and posts by a self-proclaimed militia group called Kenosha Guard, which issued a “call to arms” in advance of a protest in Kenosha, Wisconsin over the shooting of a black man by a white police officer.
  • A 17-year-old youth from Illinois — a police admirer and group member —  took his semi-automatic rifle and went to the protest. He was later arrested and charged with killing two people and wounding a third. While Facebook took down the Kenosha Guards Facebook page on Wednesday, at least two separate users had reported the account for inciting violence prior to the shooting.
  • In each case, the group and its counter-protest event were examined by Facebook moderators and found not to be in violation of the platform’s policies. One user said she had reported the Kenosha Guards event in advance of the protest.
  • Facebook moderators said the event itself was not in violation of platform policy, but specific comments could be reported for inciting violence. She reported a specific comment threatening to put nails in the tires of protesters’ cars but it was found to be within the bounds of Facebook policy. “There were lots of comments like that in the event,” she says. “People talking about being ‘locked and loaded.’ People asking what types of weapons and people responding to ‘bring everything.’”
  • Facebook said the company’s investigation had produced no direct links between the shooting and the Kenosha Guards accounts. “We’ve designated this shooting as a mass murder and have removed the shooter’s accounts from Facebook and Instagram,” a representative said. (The Verge, USNews)

Additional USA News

LOOSE NUTS: FASCINATING NEWS
Elon Musk Wants to Put a Computer in Your Brain

  • Elon Musk says his secretive neurotech firm, Neuralink, will demonstrate a working “device” at 6 pm ET Friday, August 28. The device is presumably a brain-machine interface (BMI). Musk has said often he believes the BMI devices are needed to help humans keep up with artificial intelligence (AI) by supplementing a human’s brainpower.
  • Right now, however, his goal is simpler: to create an implantable device that lets people control phones or computers with their minds. His vision for the future is more ambitious. Musk wants to connect to the brain using flexible electrodes, thinner than a human hair, that he calls “threads.”
  • Current BMI devices use stiff electrodes for this job, which can cause damage. Musk says Neuralink will focus on building a “sewing machine” like robot to implant the threads. Eventually, Neuralink hopes to make the installation process for BMIs as non-invasive as Lasik eye surgery; it wants to start clinical trials by the end of 2020. Keep an eye on the company’s YouTube channel for more news about Friday’s event. (The Verge)

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Anti Corruption Digest


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Anti Corruption Digest is the most comprehensive source for global risk & compliance related news, insights, and best practices.

Readers are welcome to research the Anti Corruption Digest’s curated database of over fifteen thousand risk and compliance related articles, offer comments on any article as well as submit material for publication.

Below are some recent stories from the Anti-Corruption Digest

Ex-UAW President Charged With Corruption in Federal Probe

By Anti-Corruption Digest on Aug 28, 2020 12:13 pm

DETROIT (AP) — A former president of the United Auto Workers union was charged with corruption Thursday, accused of conspiring with his successor and others to embezzle money for golf, vacation villas and fine dining.
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Covid-19 corruption — Ending the most hated type of evil 

By Anti-Corruption Digest on Aug 28, 2020 12:08 pm

JUST as the spread of the coronavirus is proving difficult to stop in countries around the world, so corruption has proven equally difficult to end worldwide over the years.
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Council of Europe Urges Russia to Up Anti-Corruption Efforts 

By Anti-Corruption Digest on Aug 28, 2020 12:05 pm

The Council of Europe’s anti-corruption council on Tuesday urged Russia to boost efforts against graft among members of its parliament, judges and prosecutors.
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Ford remains under federal investigation regarding union corruption

By Anti-Corruption Digest on Aug 28, 2020 11:59 am

DETROIT — Ford Motor remains under federal investigation as part of a multi-year corruption probe into the United Auto Workers union, according to the lead prosecutor on the investigation.
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SEC’s New Whistleblower Rules: Weakening Dodd-Frank?

By Anti-Corruption Digest on Aug 28, 2020 11:54 am

After two years of debates, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission will finally meet and vote on new rules governing its highly successful whistleblower reward program.  The public meeting and formal vote on the proposed whistleblower rules are set for September 2, 2020.
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Poor Corporate Governance Creates Risks at Banks Like Baoshang

By Anti-Corruption Digest on Aug 28, 2020 11:33 am

Zhou Xuedong is the leader of the Chinese government’s takeover team for Baoshang Bank, and a former director of the general office of the People’s Bank of China.
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Deloitte Introduces Trustworthy AI Framework to Guide Organizations in Ethical Application of Technology in the Age of With 

By Anti-Corruption Digest on Aug 28, 2020 11:24 am

Deloitte’s recent AI in the Enterprise, 3rd Edition studyof enterprise AI adopters found that 95% of respondents have concerns about ethical risks of the technology. Further, more than 56% of study respondents agree that their organization is slowing adoption of AI technologies because of emerging risks. To help companies proactively address AI ethics and integrity, theDeloitte AI Instituteannounced its Trustworthy AI™ framework. The framework aims to guide organizations on how to apply AI responsibly and ethically within their businesses.
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Time to reset our ethical compass and appoint a new deputy president 

By Anti-Corruption Digest on Aug 28, 2020 11:20 am

In 2017, David Mabuza, then premier of Mpumalanga, was appointed deputy president of South Africa. Mabuza was a dark horse who had the support of camps within the ANC that were loyal to former president Jacob Zuma. However, in the ensuing years, Mabuza appears to have committed himself to his administrative duties instead of solidifying his leadership role.
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African Development Bank reelects Nigeria’s Adesina after controversy

By Anti-Corruption Digest on Aug 28, 2020 11:18 am

African Development Bank (AfDB) head Akinwumi Adesina was reelected on Thursday, August 27, for a second 5-year term, after a prolonged storm about governance that was resolved by an independent inquiry.
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Ethics classes for teachers are one way districts are trying to prevent abuse 

By Anti-Corruption Digest on Aug 28, 2020 11:17 am

ECTOR COUNTY, Texas — We are learning more details on how school districts here in Texas train teachers when it comes to child abuse and teacher-student relations.
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Banks Biggest Money Laundering Threat 

By Anti-Corruption Digest on Aug 28, 2020 08:16 am

Banks in Mexico are the most attractive to money launderers in the country, a new report has claimed. As originally reported by Mexican daily El Economista, the largest banks in Mexico—the G7—are at the most risk of being used for money laundering.
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PHL banking sector ups defense against money laundering 

By Anti-Corruption Digest on Aug 28, 2020 08:12 am

THE Philippine banking industry is committed to investing in technology for financial crime compliance in the year ahead as most of the local financial institutions believe that artificial intelligence (AI) can help counter money laundering.
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Trio to appear after police officers’ accounts linked to alleged R692K UIF fraud, money laundering

By Anti-Corruption Digest on Aug 28, 2020 08:07 am

Durban – Three suspects – including two SAPS sergeants – are expected to appear in the Durban Specialised Commercial Crimes Court on Tuesday for alleged fraud and money laundering worth over R692 000.
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Kuwait suspends 7 judges over possible link to money laundering network

By Anti-Corruption Digest on Aug 28, 2020 08:05 am

The Supreme Judicial Council of Kuwait has suspended seven judges and referred them for investigation over their potential association to a money laundering network run by the Iranian citizen, Fuad Salehi.
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Czech Republic strengthens anti-money laundering measures, but shortcomings remain

By Anti-Corruption Digest on Aug 28, 2020 08:03 am

Since the adoption of its mutual evaluation report in December 2018 the Czech Republic is reporting to MONEYVAL on an expedited timetable (MONEYVAL’s enhanced follow-up procedure) due to the high number of deficiencies identified in several key areas. The follow-up carried out by MONEYVAL has examined a range of legislative, regulatory and institutional measures implemented by the Czech Republic to address these deficiencies.
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‘Need strategic investments in redesigning anti-money laundering compliance in banking’ 

By Anti-Corruption Digest on Aug 28, 2020 08:01 am

Increased regulatory expectations and enforcing Anti-Money Laundering (AML) compliance pose key operational challenges to banks in South Asia, a new Deloitte survey on AML preparedness in South Asia has revealed.
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Banks need to overhaul anti-money laundering mechanism

By Anti-Corruption Digest on Aug 28, 2020 07:59 am

Banks and financial institutions across South Asia need to redesign their processes to deal with cases of money laundering even as they are facing increased challenges in meeting heightened regulatory expectations, consultancy firm Deloitte said in its latest South Asia Anti-Money Laundering Preparedness Survey.
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Bitcoin exchanges might soon share money laundering data in the UK

By Anti-Corruption Digest on Aug 28, 2020 07:56 am

In the latest proposal concerning Bitcoin and crypto businesses, the UK’s top financial regulator, the Financial Conduct Authority, said all firms would be compelled to share reports on potential money laundering.
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FCA eyes extending money laundering obligations for digital currency firms

By Anti-Corruption Digest on Aug 28, 2020 07:54 am

New proposals from the U.K.’s financial regulator could see more firms required to report on managing the risks of financial crimes, in a move likely to impact digital currency firms based in the country.
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Hacking Cyber Space

By Anti-Corruption Digest on Aug 28, 2020 07:40 am

Today satellites provide basic communications—from personal phone calls to televised events. So it’s not too surprising that hackers are turning their attention toward this “Final Frontier.” Talks and events at Black Hat USA 2020 and DEF CON 28 held earlier this month highlight the urgent need to secure basic satellite systems.
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TikTok CEO quits following backlash from US president 

By Anti-Corruption Digest on Aug 28, 2020 07:36 am

Former Disney executive Kevin Mayer was hired as a CEO of TikTok back in mid-May, and he is already stepping down. In a memo to employees, quoted by CNN Business, he details the reasoning behind the move less than four months after being appointed into the position.
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Cyber Attacks on Schools: How to Protect Schools from Ransomware

By Anti-Corruption Digest on Aug 28, 2020 07:34 am

Seth Godin Newsletter


Far away is difficult

Humans are bad at understanding things that are very far away in scale or time.

Atoms aren’t actually made up of tiny particles that are like rocks, but smaller. And planets aren’t simply very large billiard balls. We can only understand the behavior of things big and small by realizing that they’re not actually different versions of something of the size that we can easily see.

Things that happened a million years ago are hard to visualize, and we can’t reliably make many guesses about how the world is going to be a thousand years from now (and even fifty is difficult–lately, four weeks is a stretch).

Physics is straightforward–except when it comes to things that are very small and those that are very large, when it all gets weird. Different rules apply.

Extrapolation is far easier to claim than it is to do. That person across the counter or the web from you probably has very different experiences, beliefs and expectations than you do. Starting with your experience and assuming it matches their own is a trap.

Most everyone is very far away. And most feelings act like they are very small (or very large).

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Pompeo and Circumstance

(2020 Republican National Committee via Getty Images)

Mike Pompeo wanted to make sure his employees at the State Department didn’t breach the long-standing rule of remaining politically impartial — not engaging in any “partisan political activity” — while abroad.

In a July 24 directive Pompeo sent to diplomatic and consular posts regarding political activities, the Secretary of State wrote that presidential and political appointees, as well as career Senior Executive Service officials “may not engage in any partisan political activity in concert with a partisan campaign, political party, or partisan political group, even on personal time and outside of the federal workplace.”

Pompeo reiterated to State Department employees that its policy “is that U.S. citizen employees and family members may not engage in partisan political activity while posted or on [temporary duty] abroad, even on personal time.” His cable referenced a December 2019 memo from the Office of Legal Adviser that told all political appointees they were prohibited from “engag[ing] in political activity in concert with a partisan candidate, political party, or partisan political group,” and specifically said that “Senate-confirmed presidential appointees,” like Pompeo, “may not even attend a political party convention or convention-related event.”

Regardless, the US Secretary of State chose to throw precedent, his own rules, and possibly the law out the window Tuesday night when he appeared in a Republican National Convention speech praising President Trump’s foreign policy record. Pompeo spoke in a recorded video from a Jerusalem rooftop during an official trip through the Middle East and Africa. A State Department spokesperson said while the speech was filmed on an official overseas trip, Pompeo had delivered it “in his personal capacity,” and no State Department resources or staff were involved.

The Hatch Act forbids federal employees from engaging in political activities unless they’re off duty, outside a federal facility, and not using federal property. News of the Secretary’s upcoming speech unleashed a tidal wave of criticism. Representative Joaquin Castro (D-Tex), chair of the House Foreign Affairs Committee’s oversight subcommittee, announced he was launching an investigation into Pompeo’s speech hours before it aired.

MIXED NUTS: QUICK TAKES ON WORLD NEWS
Calling Their Bluff

  • Transsion is a Chinese company that makes low-priced smartphones and basic handsets for the developing world. It released its first smartphone in 2014; since then it’s become Africa’s top handset seller. Although it’s largely unknown outside of Africa and in developing countries, Transsion is the fourth-biggest handset maker in the world, behind Apple, Samsung, and Huawei.
  • It’s also the only manufacturer in that group to exclusively focus on low-income markets. But those cheap Chinese-made phones actually come at a much higher cost. They have preinstalled malware that has stolen data and money from some of the world’s poorest people.
  • One customer who bought a Tecno W2 smartphone in Johannesburg, South Africa for about $30 discovered pop-up ads were interrupting his calls and chats. He would wake up to find his prepaid data mysteriously used up and messages about paid subscriptions to apps he’d never asked for. He thought it was his fault, but a mobile security service, Secure-D, found software already in the phone pre-sale.
  • The Tecno W2 was infected with xHelper and Triada, malware that secretly downloaded apps and attempted to subscribe the owner to paid services without his knowledge. Between March and December 2019, Secure-D’s system, which mobile carriers use to protect their networks and customers against fraudulent transactions, blocked 844,000 transactions connected to preinstalled malware on Transsion phones.
  • “Transsion traffic accounts for 4% of the users we see in Africa. Yet it contributes over 18% of all the suspicious clicks,” said Secure-D’s managing director. Besides South Africa, Tecno W2 phones in Ethiopia, Cameroon, Egypt, Ghana, Indonesia, and Myanmar were infected. (Buzzfeed)

Bolsonaro’s Buoyancy

  • Brazil’s right-wing president Jair Bolsonaro has been a disaster inside and outside his country. He has encouraged the destruction of the rainforest by farmers and land-grabbers, turned a blind eye to the murder of indigenous peoples, thumbed his nose at the coronavirus that has infected more than 3.6 million, killed over 114,000, and devastated the country’s health system, and failed to forestall the economic collapse that’s driven the unemployment rate to 14 percent.
  • He’s been abandoned by allies, pilloried by critics, and caught up in numerous corruption scandals. Just weeks ago people of all political stripes were clamoring for Bolsonaro’s impeachment, and he was growing more erratic by the day. Yet through all this — stunningly — new polling data shows he’s gotten more popular. In the last eight weeks, his approval has risen from 32 to 37 percent, and his disapproval rating has dropped from 44 to 34 percent.
  • Bolsonaro has never been a politician of the poor. His supporters have largely been members of the middle and upper classes — fiscal conservatives, evangelicals and the military. But when the pandemic hit, businesses closed and people were urged to stay home, his government began sending $110 every month to the poorest citizens.
  • And despite the fact that the virus has been far deadlier among the ranks of the poor, they’re receiving emergency financial aid; in return, they’re giving the president their support and broadening his base. “The benefit reached many people long before the disease did,” said a political scientist, adding “it’s income they’re not used to making.” (WaPo)

If you’d like to take a deeper look at President Bolsonaro and his vision for Brazil, please check out this Daily Pnut essay: WHO IS: Jair Bolsonaro. The essay examines the military rise of the right-wing politician and his handling of the COVID-19 crisis.

Additional World News

COVID-19

NUTS IN AMERICA
Americans Overstay Their Welcome

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  • Canada is deadly serious about controlling the spread of COVID-19. It closed its borders to Americans on March 21st, but there is a loophole for those traveling to and from Alaska. At the border, the Canada Border Services Agency directs Americans to take the most direct route through Canada to get to Alaska or back to the lower 48 states.
  • Americans are prohibited from visiting Canada’s national parks, leisure sites and tourist attractions, and they must undergo quarantine if they stay in a hotel. Visitors must also display a hang tag in their vehicle with a mandatory departure date. However, some Americans decided they wanted to stay in Canada this summer regardless of the restrictions.
  • One man, John Pennington of Walton, Kentucky, didn’t take the hint when he was fined $1,200 Canadian on June 25, after an employee at a Banff hotel where he was staying suspected he was violating Alberta’s COVID-19 regulations. Pennington was told to stay in his hotel until leaving the next day. Instead, Pennington opted to do some sightseeing in Banff National Park.
  • When someone saw a car with Ohio license plates in the parking lot police were called. The car turned out to be Pennington’s. He was arrested and charged with violating Canada’s Quarantine Act. He’s scheduled to appear in court in November, where he could face a fine of $750,000 Canadian and a six-month stint in prison.
  • That may seem a little harsh. On the other hand, fewer than 10,000 Canadians have died from COVID-19, compared to 180,000 in America. (NPR)

Salt Bowl or Petri Dish?

  • High school football is really big in the South. And what’s a sporting event without screaming fans in the stands, even if it could be a COVID-19 super-spreader event? Arkansas will be the test case when the Benton Panthers and Bryant Hornets face off in Little Rock’s War Memorial Stadium for the annual Salt Bowl Saturday night.
  • It’s traditionally the most-attended high school game in the state, and for this pandemic showdown, officials have taken some precautions. There won’t be the usual tailgate parties this year, no hot dog giveaways or pregame luncheons or game day ticket sales. And the 12,000 some odd fans expected to stream into the stadium this Saturday will have to wear masks, so there’s that.
  • One organizer has a custom face mask featuring both schools’ logos for Republican Governor Asa Hutchinson to wear — he’ll be flipping the pregame coin toss. But there’s more at stake here than just high school rivalry.
  • The match — which promoters say will be the state’s largest outdoor event since the pandemic began — is also a survival test for fall sports. If fans leave the stands and carry the virus back to their communities, it could crush any hope for attending crowded sporting events in the US this year.
  • If a super-spread doesn’t happen, it could keep the dream alive for other big gatherings, and give President Trump and others searching for signs of normal times a major boost. (Politico)

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  • The Tanpopo mission is a Japanese astrobiology experiment studying the effects of the space environment on simple organisms. The mission, which set out several years ago to address fundamental questions on the origin of terrestrial life, hoped to test the panspermia hypothesis, a long-standing hypothesis suggesting the interplanetary transport of microbes.
  • It also aimed to test the possible origin of organic compounds carried from space by micrometeorites before the terrestrial origin of life. The tests were carried out with space experiments at the Exposed Facility of the Japanese Experiment Module of the International Space Station (ISS).
  • The team captured any orbiting microparticles, such as micrometeorites, space debris, and terrestrial particles carrying microbes as bioaerosols, by using blocks of silica aerogel. It then tested the survival of microbial species and organic compounds in the space environment for up to 3 years. The final samples (colonies of bacteria) left the ISS in 2018 in a spacecraft bound for earth.
  • On Wednesday, the Tanpopo team published its new research in Frontiers in Microbiology. The research details how multiple species of Deinococcus bacteria survived three straight years of exposure to the hostile space environment, providing scientists with vital insight into how other living organisms might endure in a hostile environment. (Wired)

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1-Sentence-Summary: Own Your Everyday shows you how to let go of comparison, stress, and distractions so you can find your purpose and live a more fulfilling life by sharing inspiring lessons from the experiences of author Jordan Lee Dooley.

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Own Your Everyday Summary

Do you ever fell like the pressure to follow your dreams and do amazing things is just too much? Sometimes it’s overwhelming, especially when it seems like you’re getting it from every angle.

Those who are crushing it make “finding your calling” sound easy. But the reality is it’s not so easy to figure out your life.

The burden of this too often makes you try the wrong paths to get things together and reach your full potential. You might be looking to Instagram, your degree, or getting a good job as ways to show everyone, including yourself, that you’re a success.

But these only lead to temporary satisfaction and more stress. But you don’t have to stay stuck here forever. You’ll discover how to truly find your purpose and live a life you’re proud of in Jordan Lee Dooley’s Own Your Everyday: Overcome the Pressure to Prove and Show Up for What You Were Made to Do.

Here are 3 inspiring lessons from this one:

  1. Always dive deep enough to find the root of your problems if you really want to solve them.
  2. Let go of the pressure to perform by eliminating the habit of comparing yourself to others.
  3. To beat distractions, look at their future consequences with the 10-10-10 rule.

Are you ready for some motivational life lessons?! Let’s get into this book and get some!

If you want to save this summary for later, download the free PDF and read it whenever you want.Download PDF

Lesson 1: If you want to finally solve your problems, dive deep enough to uncover their true roots.

Have you ever felt embarrassed by a huge zit on your forehead? Maybe this was a common occurrence for you as a teenager. The author had acne too, even into adulthood.

Her outbreaks were embarrassing and presented a problem when she needed to get on camera for her job. It was so bad that she tried to cover these imperfections with makeup. Slowly, it got worse, eventually resulting in painful breakouts deep in her skin.

Although it was tough to get over the embarrassment enough to go to a doctor, Dooley eventually made it only to find the truth about her acne. Unexpectedly, she also got an even more profound truth about life.

The doctor told her that smothering the acne with makeup was just making things worse. The true root of the problem wasn’t something she could just hide like that.

Dooley quickly realized that her acne is like our imperfections. Her covering it with makeup is like when we try to hide our flaws. And just like with acne, your habit of doing this only makes your insecurities about yourself worse and keeps you from reaching your full potential.

The real you has weaknesses, and that’s okay. Only by discovering who you really are, imperfections and all, can you truly find your purpose.

Start by taking a 30-day challenge during which you don’t criticize yourself. As a standard, avoid saying things about yourself that you wouldn’t say to a friend.

Lesson 2: Stop comparing yourself to others and you’ll be less stressed.

How often do you scroll through social media only to feel depressed afterward? Everyone you see is doing amazing things and you’re left wondering why you aren’t doing the same. You feel anxious wondering how your life could be better if you’d just work a little harder.

This is known as comparison-induced pressure, and it’s something you need to get rid of. The angst and insecurity that you experience while checking what everyone else is posting on social media isn’t good for you. But it’s hard not to get sucked in.

The author knows about this, especially when she visits the gym. While on the treadmill, she’s often comparing her speed to that of those around her. But just like running on a treadmill gets you nowhere, so does this habit.

Instead, you need to beat the comparison-induced stress by recentering yourself on your purpose.

Ask yourself why you’re going to the gym in the first place. Is it to “race” the people around you? Of course not, you’re there to become fit and reach your goals!

If you’re starting a business, consider whether you’re doing it for the Instagram pictures or for a more meaningful reason. Maybe you really just want to make a living, be financially free, or improve the world.

Also focus on joyful thoughts each time you’re tempted to be jealous. You might think about how impressive the jogger next to you is for running so fast, for instance. Or even better, about how you’ve improved your own speed recently.

Lesson 3: Use the 10-10-10 rule to uncover the hidden consequences of distractions so you can beat them.

In the last couple of years I’ve found a dozen or more different graduate programs that I could do. I also purchased multiple online courses, most of which I haven’t finished yet.

It seems nice to live in a time when we have so much information available to us, but there’s a hidden danger in it. All of these opportunities make it really difficult to make the right choices, which also makes it harder to live a life of purpose.

To beat this, begin by listing the things that most often distract you. What do you have a hard time saying no to after a long day? These are important to know about because the more distracted you are, the less meaning your life will have.

Once you know all your go-to time-wasters, utilize the 10-10-10 rule that author Suzy Welch first came up with. Whenever you have to figure out what you should prioritize, think of the consequences of that choice in the following time-periods:

  • 10 minutes
  • 10 weeks
  • 10 years

This is an easy way to make better choices immediately.

Consider, for instance, the effects of putting off your blog post to scroll through social media. In 10 minutes it might not even make you happier, and in 10 weeks or 10 years you’ll wish you’d written it and started building your business!

Own Your Everyday Review

What an empowering and encouraging book! Own Your Everyday really got me pumped up, especially because I can relate to so many of the situations the author speaks about. I’m certain that this will be a game-changer for your life!

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Who would I recommend the Own Your Everyday summary to?

The 31-year-old mom of three kids that feels overwhelmed and wants more purpose, the 53-year-old that wonders if there’s more to life than the daily grind, and anyone that gets tired of the emptiness they feel after endlessly scrolling through social media.

The post Own Your Everyday Summary appeared first on Four Minute Books.

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Corruption Charges at Venezuela’s US Oil Subsidiary Fuel Tensions

By Anti-Corruption Digest on Aug 27, 2020 09:30 am

Both Venezuela and the United States are advancing legal cases against former officials from Citgo, a subsidiary of Venezuelan state oil company PdVSA, signaling that longstanding accusations of corruption at the company may finally be coming to a head.
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Vietnam’s ruling party should step up fight against graft

By Anti-Corruption Digest on Aug 27, 2020 09:27 am

At the end of December 2019, Vietnamese President Nguyen Phu Trong, concurrently general secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV), stated that the government’s anti-corruption campaign would continue in 2020. Despite the Covid-19 outbreak, he has been stepping up the campaign with disciplinary actions against high-ranking party members since the beginning of this year.
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The long history of corruption in Spanish politics

By Anti-Corruption Digest on Aug 27, 2020 09:27 am

Visiting Spain in 2015, when the country’s unemployment rate was still a quarter of the workforce and higher than the US experienced at the deepest point of the Great Depression, I wondered aloud what so many people were doing with themselves all day. “Er, that?” said my wife, pointing over my shoulder. Behind me, 30 or 40 men were making a sport of balancing stones from the beach on top of one another. The tallest effort could not have reached more than eight or nine inches before it collapsed, but this occupied them for perhaps half an hour before they went back to shaking empty beer cans to see if any dregs were left.
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Icare whistleblower speaks out on culture of corruption at workers’ compensation insurance agency 

By Anti-Corruption Digest on Aug 27, 2020 09:25 am

A senior insider who worked at the scandal-plagued NSW insurance agency icare has broken his silence about a culture of corruption at the organisation.
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Ramaphosa Addresses South Africa’s Corruption 

By Anti-Corruption Digest on Aug 27, 2020 09:18 am

South Africa’s president has delivered a withering description of the corruption that plagues the ruling African National Congress.
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South Africa Publishes Virus Contracts as Corruption Fury Mounts

By Anti-Corruption Digest on Aug 27, 2020 09:16 am

South Africa published the names of all companies that won coronavirus-related government contracts in a bid to crack down on corruption, making it the first country on the continent to do so.
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Australian Government Spending Nearly $3 Million on Cases Against Four Whistleblowers 

By Anti-Corruption Digest on Aug 27, 2020 08:58 am

According to a report by The Guardian, the Australian government has spent nearly $3 million on three ongoing court cases against four whistleblowers.  For whistleblower advocates, the Australian government’s costly pursuit of these whistleblowers, who exposed government wrongdoing, underscores the need for stronger whistleblower laws, including whistleblower reward laws.
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Taiwan FSC Releases Corporate Governance, Sustainability Roadmap

By Anti-Corruption Digest on Aug 27, 2020 08:56 am

Taiwan’s FSC (Financial Supervisory Commission) has announced the release of a new corporate governance and sustainable development roadmap for the capital market.
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Asked by City Council to clarify report, Board of Ethics says ‘read it again’

By Anti-Corruption Digest on Aug 27, 2020 08:54 am

Asked by the Sioux Falls City Council to clarify their report on an ethics complaint against a city councilor, a clearly-frustrated Sioux Falls Board of Ethics added nothing to a report except a note saying that the City Council should read it again.
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Balancing ethics and privacy rights amid COVID-19

By Anti-Corruption Digest on Aug 27, 2020 08:53 am

While the right to privacy is enshrined in South Africa’s constitution, the role of ethics is forcing a change in mindset – from not only strict compliance with regulation, but also consideration of whether or not the data subject is being adequately protected.
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Three Steps To Strengthen Data Ethics At Your Company 

By Anti-Corruption Digest on Aug 27, 2020 08:51 am

It’s no secret that data privacy and data ethics are gaining more attention. As data has become fundamental to our business and our daily lives, ensuring data privacy has become a global movement. The General Data Protection
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Lithuania has better understanding of money laundering and terrorism financing risks, new Council of Europe report says 

By Anti-Corruption Digest on Aug 27, 2020 08:40 am

In a report published today, the Council of Europe’s anti-money laundering body MONEYVAL concludes that the Lithuanian authorities have improved their understanding of national money laundering and terrorism financing risks and have taken appropriate countermeasures. As a result, MONEYVAL has assigned Lithuania a higher international compliance rating in this area.
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Czech Republic strengthens anti-money laundering measures, but shortcomings remain 

By Anti-Corruption Digest on Aug 27, 2020 08:36 am

Since the adoption of its mutual evaluation report in December 2018 the Czech Republic is reporting to MONEYVAL on an expedited timetable (MONEYVAL’s enhanced follow-up procedure) due to the high number of deficiencies identified in several key areas. The follow-up carried out by MONEYVAL has examined a range of legislative, regulatory and institutional measures implemented by the Czech Republic to address these deficiencies.
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Abington man charged with wire fraud, money laundering for $600k embezzlement 

By Anti-Corruption Digest on Aug 27, 2020 08:34 am

BOSTON — Federal investigators on Wednesday charged an Abington man with wire fraud and money laundering for what they say was the embezzlement of $600,000 from a Texas company while he worked for Bank of America.
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Bitcoin exchanges might soon share money laundering data in the UK

By Anti-Corruption Digest on Aug 27, 2020 08:32 am

In the latest proposal concerning Bitcoin and crypto businesses, the UK’s top financial regulator, the Financial Conduct Authority, said all firms would be compelled to share reports on potential money laundering.
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Police charge three after money laundering and identity theft investigation 

By Anti-Corruption Digest on Aug 27, 2020 08:30 am

Cybercrime Squad detectives have laid more than 70 charges against three people as part of an ongoing investigation into a criminal syndicate allegedly involved in money laundering and identity theft across NSW.
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How could asset recovery work for Lebanon? 

By Anti-Corruption Digest on Aug 27, 2020 08:28 am

These criminal acts drain economic development initiatives, contribute to further impoverishment, and come with other societal costs, such as the negative impact on education and public health services. One way of combating these practices is through recovering assets siphoned from the public sector by public servants—elected, or nominated—and their accomplices. How does this process work, and could it work in the Lebanese context?
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Three properties in Bangor sold off by crime agency 

By Anti-Corruption Digest on Aug 27, 2020 08:27 am

Three properties in Co Down have been seized and sold as part of a National Crime Agency investigation carried out over almost a decade into a notorious organised crime group.
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EU trade chief Phil Hogan quits over Ireland Covid-19 ‘golfgate’ controversy

By Anti-Corruption Digest on Aug 27, 2020 08:18 am

DUBLIN/BRUSSELS (REUTERS) – Phil Hogan quit as the EU’s Trade Commissioner on Wednesday (Aug 26) after days of pressure over allegations he breached Covid-19 guidelines during a trip to his native Ireland, saying it had become clear the controversy was a distraction from his work.
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Ransomware Has Gone Corporate—and Gotten More Cruel 

By Anti-Corruption Digest on Aug 27, 2020 08:16 am

WE CREATED DARKSIDE because we didn’t find the perfect product for us,” reads the launch announcement. “Now we have it.” It’s a line that could come out of any number of VC-friendly pitch decks, but DarkSide is no startup. It’s the latest strain of ransomware built to shake down big-game targets for millions—with attacks that are couched in an uncanny air of professionalism.
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Cyber attacks: Several Canadian government services disrupted 

By Anti-Corruption Digest on Aug 27, 2020 08:14 am

Cybercriminals set their sights on the Canadian government at the beginning of August, when several government services were disabled following a series of cyberattacks. On August 15, the Treasury Board Secretariat announced that approximately 11,000 online government services accounts, originating from the Government of Canada Key service (GCKey) and Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) accounts, had been victims of hacking attempts. The GCKey allows Canadians
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Instead of banning Chinese apps, practice cyber hygiene 

By Anti-Corruption Digest on Aug 27, 2020 08:12 am

Professor of IT at Tallinn University of Technology (TalTech) Tanel Tammet said it is inevitable that smart phone applications use collected data for more than just that which is described in the terms of use. Still, since spying on individuals is not profitable, the data is general, he said.
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Iran-Israel cyberwarfare: A new dimension of the Middle East crisis

By Anti-Corruption Digest on Aug 27, 2020 08:11 am

Cyberwar is a new phenomenon and dimension of war among countries. It has emerged in the postmodern era with the advancement of information technology in the pursuit of power, influence, and security. This method of war is more menacing and threatening than conventional physical conflict. Cyberwar is a state-sponsored attack which is carried on against other countries and military network. It aims to disrupt vital computer systems with malware, hold it hostage with ransomware, disable it with the flood of the message, or hack data for espionage.
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New Zealand stock exchange halted by cyber-attack

By Anti-Corruption Digest on Aug 27, 2020 08:07 am

The New Zealand stock exchange was knocked offline two days in a row due to a cyber-attack.
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North Korean hackers ramp up bank heists

By Anti-Corruption Digest on Aug 27, 2020 08:03 am

WASHINGTON: North Korean hackers are tapping into banks around the globe to make fraudulent money transfers and cause ATMs to spit out cash, the US government warned on Wednesday (Aug 26).
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CBN set to punish exporters who refuse to repatriate export proceeds to Nigeria

By Anti-Corruption Digest on Aug 27, 2020 07:39 am

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) is set to go tough on exporters who are guilty of forex non-repatriation. This is part of the CBN’s ongoing efforts to resolve the prevalent forex crisis in the country by increasing forex liquidity.
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The head of Denmark’s spy program has been fired for snooping on citizens and lying about it

By Anti-Corruption Digest on Aug 27, 2020 07:38 am

The government in Denmark has fired 3 top officials from the country’s foreign intelligence agency, the Forsvarets Efterretningstjeneste (FE), following revelations from a whistleblower. The officials, including the head of the agency, Lars Finden, have been “relieved of duty for the time being” following the release of a trove of documents. The documents detailed that the FE has been illegally spying on Danish citizens in the last six years and were released by an unnamed whistleblower to the independent regulator of Danish security services which is known as Tilsynet med Efterretningstjenesterne (TET).
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Covid-19 counterfeiters: Faking it till they make it

By Anti-Corruption Digest on Aug 27, 2020 07:32 am

The World Health Organisation (WHO) explains that a growing volume of fake medicines are on sale in developing countries, while Interpol has seen an increase in fake medical products. Seizures of fake Covid-19 tests and personal protective equipment (PPE) have been reported by both the US CBP and the World Customs Organisation.
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Philippine army may seek martial law return after suicide attacks

By Anti-Corruption Digest on Aug 27, 2020 07:27 am

MANILA: Twin blasts that killed 15 people in the volatile southern Philippines could both have been suicide bombings, the military said on Tuesday, representing an escalation of violence that the army chief said may require martial law to be re-imposed.
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Strengthening global cooperation on counter-terrorism must remain a priority

By Anti-Corruption Digest on Aug 27, 2020 07:26 am

Vladimir Voronkov, Head of the UN Office of Counter-Terrorism, said the global coronavirus crisis underscored the challenges involved in eliminating terrorism, as he presented the UN Security Council with the latest report on ISIL’s impact on international peace and security.
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United States: Harvest Natural Resources drops lawsuit against ex-Venezuelan oil minister
Aug 27, 2020 06:00 pm
U.S. oil company Harvest Natural Resources has dropped a lawsuit against former Venezuelan oil minister Rafael Ramirez for allegedly demanding bribes to approve the company’s sale of its Venezuelan assets, a U.S. court document showed on Wednesday. Harvest had won a $1.4 billion judgment against Ramirez, but the U.S. District
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South Africa: South Africa Publishes Virus Contracts Amid Corruption Fury
Aug 27, 2020 05:30 pm
South Africa published the names of all companies that won coronavirus-related government contracts in a bid to crackdown on corruption, making it the first country on the continent to do so. The move comes as a graft scandal related to the procurement of medical equipment that implicated staff in President
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World: Coronavirus impact underscores need for sustainable investment, experts say
Aug 27, 2020 05:00 pm
The impact of the coronavirus has reinforced, for both executives and investors, the need for companies to develop sustainable operations that can withstand major shocks, experts say. The pandemic has slowed the pursuit of sustainability goals based on the three ESG principles – environment, social, and governance – because of
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Czech Republic: Czech Republic strengthens anti-money laundering measures, but shortcomings remain
Aug 27, 2020 04:30 pm
In a follow-up report on the Czech Republic, the Council of Europe’s anti-money laundering body MONEYVAL concludes that the country has improved measures to combat money laundering and terrorist financing, but still needs to make progress in certain areas. Since the adoption of its mutual evaluation report in December 2018, the Czech Republic is reporting to MONEYVAL on
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Malaysia: Second biggest direct negotiation deal under Pakatan involved firm linked to Zahid’s corruption trial
Aug 27, 2020 04:00 pm
After the Ministry of Transport’s RM4.48 billion double-tracking deal, the second-biggest item in Ministry of Finance’s list of direct negotiations under the Pakatan Harapan (PH) government involved Datasonic Technologies Sdn Bhd (DTSB). The firm awarded a RM270 million deal on procurement of biodata polycarbonate page, is the supplier of biodata
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Philippines: Sandiganbayan convicts Floirendo of graft
Aug 27, 2020 03:30 pm
A former member of the House of Representatives and a businessman was convicted by the Sandiganbayan anti-graft court. The court’s sixth division, voting 4-1, sentenced former Davao del Norte 2nd District Rep. Antonio Floirendo Jr. from six years and a month up to eight years in prison with perpetual disqualification
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WORD OF THE DAY


WORD OF THE DAY
Quark
kwɑrk
Part of speech: noun
Origin: German, 20th century
1

Any of a number of subatomic particles carrying a fractional electric charge, postulated as building blocks of the hadrons.

2

A type of low-fat curd cheese.

Examples of Quark in a sentence

“The physics professor’s research was devoted to observations of the quark.”

“I enjoy a bowl of quark and fresh fruit every morning for breakfast.”

Random Acts of Kindness


1. Admit when you’re in the wrong (it helps other people feel better about their mistakes!)
2. Go caroling.
3. Run errands for elderly/widows in your area.
4. Tell a joke to make someone laugh.
5. leave diapers and wipes at a changing station

Wisdom Quotes


There’s no greater risk that the one that comes from trying something without knowing what you’re doing.
Risk comes from not knowing what you’re doing. (Warren Buffett)
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It’s not how many years you’ve lived in your life, but how much life you’ve lived in your years.
In the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years. (Abraham Lincoln)

Random Paragraph – writing prompt


Sometimes it’s simply better to ignore the haters. That’s the lesson that his dad had been trying to teach him, but he still couldn’t let it go. He latched onto them and their hate and couldn’t let it go, but he also realized that this wasn’t healthy. That’s when he came up with his devious plan.