did you know


Did you know…

… that today is Typing Speed Record Day? On this day in 1918, Margaret Owen set a typing speed record of 170 words per minute on a manual typewriter. Can you imagine what her speed would’ve been if she’d had access to an electric one?!

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Today’s Inspirational Quote:

“One tree can start a forest. One smile can begin a friendship. One hand can lift a soul. One word can frame the goal. One candle can wipe out darkness. One laugh can conquer gloom. One touch can show you care. One life can make the difference. Be that one today.”

— Author Unknown

Did you know…. and today’s inspirational quote


Did you know…

… that today is First Passenger Train Day? On this day in 1825, George Stephenson operated the first locomotive that hauled a passenger train. The engine, later called Locomotion, took 450 people 25 miles from Darlington to Stockton at 15 miles per hour. The railway age had begun and George Stephenson was its guiding spirit!

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Today’s Inspirational Quote:

“The difference between perseverance and obstinacy is, that one often comes from a strong will, and the other from a strong won’t.”

— Henry Ward Beecher

True Self-knowledge


To arrive at true self-knowledge is to arrive at God-realization. God-realization is a unique state of consciousness.It is different from all the other states of consciousness because all the other states of consciousness are experienced through the medium of the individual mind whereas the state of God-consciousness is in no way dependent upon the individual mind or any other medium.A medium is necessary for knowing something other than one’s own self: for knowing one’s own self no medium is necessary.

——-AVATAR MEHER BABA[GEMS FROM THE DISCOURSES OF MEHER BABA By Meher Baba. An Avatar Meher Baba Trust eBook June 2011. Copyright © 1945 by Circle Productions, Inc. (a New York Corporation), Copyright © Adi K. Irani, 1967 Copyright © 2007, Avatar Meher Baba Perpetual Public Charitable Trust, Ahmednagar, India.]

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Learning Body language from Vanessa van edwards – her newsletter i subscribe


I found Vanessa Van Edwards on Udemy when I was learning and beginning my Toastmasters Pathways journey. In one of the exercises we have there, we have to research a topic and speak. I found Apart from Content, it was Vocal variety, Gestures and Body Language, Personality which had important place in a Public Speaker’s repertoire.

Her focus and Special Expertise lay in BODY LANGUAGE. You can see the newsletter below, go to her website and take her Udemy courses if you are so inclined.

Are you ready for some interesting science facts? Me too!
As you might know, once a month I gather all of my favorite studies and tips into one fascinating, interesting, unique little newsletter. My goal is to share facts with you that you can then share with others. So then they say,
That’s so interesting!
…I also like to make them a game for you. Here’s what I got for you today:
1. Republicans prefer politicians with…

  1. deep voice and a square jaw
  2. big eyes and a longer than average face
  3. above average height
  4. small ears and bushy eyebrows

Seriously, research looked at this. This study found Republicans prefer politicians with 1. deep voice and a square jaw! I am gearing up for a big US election season. In fact, please mark your calendars to watch the US Presidential debate with me on September, 29th! My Watch Guide will help you look for interesting cues. I also analyzed the last five Presidential Debates for your amusement!

Presidential Debate Analysis + Watch Guides

I also analyzed of Kamala Harris’ body language. It’s going to be an interesting election year…



2. In conversation we tend to…

  1. Overestimate how much people like us
  2. Underestimate how much people like us

Does she like me?! Is a refrain I constantly say in my head. Good news! This study finds we tend to 2. Underestimate how much people like us!
Remember: You are likable. You are worthy.
3. Research says you should trust your…

  1. dog
  2. horoscope
  3. aha moments
  4. nightmares

You have a problem. You have been trying to solve it for hours. You go to sleep. You wake up at 2:00 a.m. thinking….”aha! I know the answer.” Turns out that you should trust that 3. aha moment! If you have taken any of our courses you know I am obsessed with aha moments. So I’m thrilled this study found when a solution to a problem seems to have come out of thin air, it’s most likely right.

From the study:
“A series of experiments conducted by a team of researchers determined that a person’s sudden insights are often more accurate at solving problems than thinking them through analytically.”Bottom line: Trust yourself.
4. Some of Beethoven’s famous works may have been inspired by…

  1. His cat
  2. His daughter
  3. His view of the ocean
  4. His heartbeat

A cardiologist, medical historian, and a musicologist teamed up to analyze Beethoven’s famous works. They found some of his rhythms may in fact reflect the irregular rhythms of his own heart, caused by cardiac arrhythmia! 4. his heartbeat might be what inspired his work!

…you never know what can be your spark of inspiration! Be sure to check out our post:

40 Productive Things to Do When You’re Bored

5. True or False: How much you worry can change over time.
I have come out publicly as a neurotic. And it turns out science has found that the worrying part of our brain can change over time (true!). AND this is different for men and women.
“Women high in neuroticism tended to have thinner cortex in the anterior cingulate with increasing age, while men high in neuroticism tended to have thicker cortex in the anterior cingulate with increasing age, compared to those with lower levels of neuroticism.”
So… don’t get mad at your partner, friend, spouse for worrying too much–they can’t help it!
To your success,
Vanessa

The Beacon Newsletter I subscribe to


The Beacon
It’s Tuesday, September 15, and a new bill is paving a path to employment for California’s incarcerated firefighters.Inmate firefighters have battled some of California’s most destructive wildfires, including the Thomas Fire, the Mendocino Complex Fire, the Ferguson Fire, and the Camp Fire. But for years, most former inmates who had received firefighting training were ineligible to become professional firefighters; their criminal records prevented them from getting the state license necessary for employment.That changed on Friday, when Governor Gavin Newsom signed Assembly Bill 2147 into law. The bill, which was sponsored by Democratic Assemblymember Eloise Reyes, makes it easier for former inmates who have received training as firefighters to have their criminal records expunged. With a clean record, former inmates can obtain the emergency medical technician (EMT) certification that is needed to work in a municipal firefighting department.“CA’s inmate firefighter program is decades-old and has long needed reform,” Newsom tweeted after signing the bill. “Inmates who have stood on the frontline, battling historic fires should not be denied the right to later become a professional firefighter.”With the passage of AB 2147, some former inmates have said they are eager to apply to a firefighting job. “The news is huge,” said Michael Gebre, a former incarcerated firefighter, in an interview with NPR. “With me being an EMT, I could do more for the community that I serve.”— Joseph WintersSmog cloudsTHE SMOGNeed-to-know basisYesterday, in a visit to California to meet with Governor Gavin Newsom and other state officials, President Trump confirmed once again that he does not understand or believe in climate change. After blaming this year’s historic wildfires on forest management practices alone, the president assured them that “it’ll start getting cooler.” When the state secretary for natural resources quipped back, “I wish science agreed with you,” Trump responded, “Well, I don’t think science knows, actually.”A natural buffer that is helping to prevent two important glaciers in Antarctica from flowing out into the sea is deteriorating, according to a new analysis of satellite imagery. If one of these, the Thwaites glacier, collapsed, it could trigger the collapse of the entire West Antarctic ice sheet, which could raise sea levels by about 10 feet.Meanwhile, on the other side of the earth, temperatures in the Arctic have skyrocketed, likely changing the climate there for good. In fact, the Northern Hemisphere as a whole just had its hottest summer on recordthe National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced on Monday.— Emily PontecorvoThe post Firefighters beyond bars appeared first on Grist.MORE GRIST FOR YOUR MILL Right-wing conspiracists falsely linked antifa to wildfires. Then the Russian media gave them a boost.How overlapping false claims about the wildfires ricocheted around conservative social media thanks to a bogus story from Russia. What oil executives say when they think no one’s listeningSecret recording shows they still think they can advertise their way out of the climate crisis. Google plans to power your searches with carbon-free energy by 2030Google’s announcement comes as historic fires linked to climate change have burned millions of acres across the Western U.S. ‘Climate arsonist’: Biden slams Trump’s wildfire response with a new insultThe presidential candidates just had their first scuffle on climate. Will the West’s giant fires spark a climate awakening?“If this doesn’t open people’s eyes, I don’t know what will.”

A SPECIAL DAY TOMORROW – 12TH SEPTEMBER 2020.


Return of Myanmar’s smiling turtle is reason to be cheerful | Life and style | The Guardian


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The Master serves. Mastery in servitude


The Master serves the whole universe out of the finality of his infinite consciousness, and those who serve the Master and obey him also have their share in his universal work. Their service has the advantage of his wisdom and insight.Willing participation in the work of the Master not only raises the value of service, but creates the best opportunities for spiritual enlightenment. In importance, service originating in the instructions of the Master is second only to the service rendered by the Master himself.-

——AVATAR MEHER BABA

[GEMS FROM THE DISCOURSES OF MEHER BABA By Meher Baba. An Avatar Meher Baba Trust eBook June 2011. Copyright © 1945 by Circle Productions, Inc. (a New York Corporation), Copyright © Adi K. Irani, 1967 Copyright © 2007, Avatar Meher Baba Perpetual Public Charitable Trust, Ahmednagar, India.]

Beside the point? Punctuation is dead, long live punctuation | Aeon Essays


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Punctuation is dead – or is it? If you’ve ever texted ‘im here’ or ‘its in the car’, you’re in good company. Most of us have, at some point since the dawn of texting, transgressed the boundaries of good grammar, and swallowed one apostrophe or another in the name of speed or convenience. Studies have shown that such textisms as deliberate spelling mistakes, abbreviations and omission of apostrophes don’t deteriorate language skills, but boost them – provided such texting goes hand in hand with ‘proper’ grammar education.

Suppressing the little typographical hook that is the apostrophe might, however, pose graver issues when it occurs in public, such as in ads or pub signs, or even street names. Is it different if the state flaunts language rules? Enter the international Apostrophe Protection Society, with its attempts to call out misuse and spread good practice. But November 2019 saw the announcement of the society’s demise, and owing not only to the highly respectable age of its founder John Richards (96): it would close, the society said, because of the ‘ignorance and laziness present in modern times’. The announcement made global news, sky-rocketing the traffic on the charmingly old-school website some 600 times, which led to its temporary disappearance from the web, and an outcry against the society’s closure. Punctuation habits might be changing, but we still care.

Are prescribed grammar rules necessary, though, or a relic of some fussy conservatism and elitist era? Do we really need apostrophes (or any other mark of punctuation for that matter) or could we get rid of them for the sake of brevity? Is Princes Street rather than Prince’s or even the formidable Princes’ Street really a sign of our careless inattention to detail today? If punctuation can fall away and the words still make sense, why did we need it in the first place? Punctuation, like any other cultural production, has a tumultuous history full of public good and personal interest.

EU STARTups NEWSLETTER


It’s Charlotte here again, with an update from EU-Startups. Despite Thomas officially being still on paternity leave, last month we’ve been working on some very exciting new projects for you at EU-Startups. Can’t wait to find out? Read on!

Startup PR: In the next addition of the EU-Startups podcast we’ll be interviewing ourselves (!) and bringing you some tips and tricks on how to get press coverage for your startup at EU-Startups, as well as other tech publications. Think of it as a ‘How to get noticed by the press’ edition. Coming soon!

EU-Startups CLUB: Next Monday, 7th September, we will be launching our CLUB Membership programme. Although it’s still in the works, we can already tell you there will be different packages for our readers, startups, and investors/corporates, each with a cool tailored list of benefits. This will be a HUGE step for EU-Startups, and we hope we can count you in when we’ll be finally launching soon. Stay tuned! 🙂

Europe’s Google competitors: Google has too much market power. Would you agree? This week, our contributor Bojana is introducing you to 5 European Google competitors to watch.

Job Board opportunity: Don’t forget that until next Monday you can still upload job postings on the EU-Startups Job Board at no cost. With this little initiative we aim to support startups and job seekers during the current pandemic – we hope it helps a bit!

Italy’s COVID recovery: Our Italian contributor Claudia has been doing some in-depth interviews with startups, hubs, incubators and stakeholders to ask: How will the startups from the South of Italy recover from the pandemic? In this piece she dives into the challenges, possibilities and future startup landscape.

Founder Interview: Our contributor Floraidh has been focusing on the experience of BAME (Black, Asian, Minority, Ethic) founders, and just interviewed Kenny Alebge, founder of Home Hero, on their recent funding round, company culture, diversity and the power of mentoring.

Also, as many schools re-open across Europe and many of you return from summer holidays (maybe even to your real office or co-working space), my colleague Thomas will also start to come back from paternity leave soon (part-time). This means that the next newsletter edition might already be sent out by him again.

If you have any urgent questions in the meantime, please direct them to me for now, as this would help his inbox from overflowing too much! 🙂

Saludos from Barcelona,
Charlotte

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WORD OF THE DAY


WORD OF THE DAY
Logomachy
lo-GAH-me-kee
Part of speech: noun
Origin: Greek, mid-16th century
1

An argument about words.

Examples of Logomachy in a sentence

“A logomachy might seem silly, but it’s important to get your message across.”

“We had a bit of a logomachy over what our new team slogan should be.”

Nik’s Book Summaries Newsletter I like


Hi, it’s Nik again with 3 more free and life-changing book summaries just for you!

Do you like audiobooks? We do! It’s an extra way of learning from great books anytime, anywhere. But if you bought 300 full audiobooks, that’d take you 100 days of straight listening – and $6,000.

To speed all that up for you, we put together 300 audio recordings of our short summaries. For just $49, you’ll get 900 great lessons from the world’s best non-fiction books, available through an exclusive SoundCloud playlist and for you to download offline and take wherever you go!

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And now, on to our books of the week!


Own Your Everyday by Jordan Lee Dooley

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.

  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.

If you need some powerful lessons to motivate and inspire you, this book is for you.


Resisting Happiness by Matthew Kelly

1-Sentence-Summary: Resisting Happiness shows you how to get more joy in your life by exploring the roadblocks you unknowingly put in the way of it, explaining why it’s a choice, and giving specific tips to help you make the decision to be content.

  1. Remember to read and that money isn’t everything if you want more meaning in life.
  2. Learn the joy of being alone.
  3. Practice delaying gratification and make sure you keep good friends close to reach your full potential.

If you want to become happier, this book is for you.


The Art of the Start by Guy Kawasaki

1-Sentence-Summary: The Art Of The Start is your guide to beginning a company and explains everything from getting the right people on board to writing a winning business plan and building your brand.

  1. Your first goal as an entrepreneur must be to create meaning, not make money.
  2. Prepare your Milestones, Assumptions, and Tasks to have direction and purpose right from the start.
  3. Set yourself up for success by creating a business plan.

If you want to start a company that gets off on the right foot, this book is for you.


That’s it for this week, have a great weekend!

Happy reading,
-Nik

Random Paragraph


The red ball sat proudly at the top of the toybox. It had been the last to be played with and anticipated it would be the next as well. The other toys grumbled beneath. At one time each had held the spot of the red ball, but over time they had sunk deeper and deeper into the toy box.

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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.

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If you enjoy these, check out our reading guide. It’ll help you learn and remember more from everything you read.

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1-Sentence-Summary: The Art Of The Start is your guide to beginning a company and explains everything from getting the right people on board to writing a winning business plan and building your brand.

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Favorite quote from the author:

The Art Of The Start Summary

You’ve heard that “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” This is sound advice, but too frequently we get stuck before we even make the initial push forward.

This is especially true if you’re thinking about starting a company. And who can blame you? With such a momentous task at hand, it’s no wonder you’d get stuck in the planning stages.

But if you don’t ever start, you’re not going to experience the success that becoming an entrepreneur will bring you.

That’s why you’re going to love Guy Kawasaki’s tips in The Art of The Start: The Time-Tested, Battle-Hardened Guide for Anyone Starting Anything. It’ll teach you all the planning you need to do and just what your first steps need to be so you can build a winning company.

Here are the 3 biggest lessons I’ve learned from this book:

  1. Your first goal as an entrepreneur must be to create meaning, not make money.
  2. Prepare your Milestones, Assumptions, and Tasks to have direction and purpose right from the start.
  3. Set yourself up for success by creating a business plan.

Got your winning business idea ready? Let’s jump into these lessons and discover how to make it happen!

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

Lesson 1: Making money isn’t as important as creating meaning.

Before I began my entrepreneurial journey, I was apprehensive about it. I’d see corrupt billionaires and guys advertising their get rich quick scheme with flashy cars and big houses. I wanted nothing to do with any of that stuff. And I definitely didn’t want to become that kind of person.

The reason these things are so tacky and obnoxious is that they go against everything that business should be. It’s more about the money than making a difference, which is what winners focus on before cash.

Your company does this by making a product or service that makes the world a better place. And the more what you do or sell improves the lives of your customers, the more successful your business will be.

This happens because when your primary focus is money, the main motivation is greed. That attracts dishonest people that make your customers feel uncomfortable, just like the guys with sports cars.

Contrast this with a company that focuses on creating value and truly helping people. If you’ve ever worked at such a place then you know the powerful motivation that trying to make a difference brings.

You can build this meaning into your company from the start by identifying a mantra that supports it. This is different than a mission statement but is also a short and powerful phrase that reminds everyone of your why.

Nike’s, for example, is “Authentic athletic performance.” And Disney uses the mantra of “Fun family entertainment” to remind themselves of their purpose.

Lesson 2: If you want purpose and direction from the beginning, prepare your Milestones, Assumptions, and Tasks with the MAT framework.

Have you ever worked at a place that seems like it’s going nowhere? I’ve been there before and it’s not really fun. You don’t want to create this kind of environment for your employees. To avoid this, use the MAT framework to get direction:

  1. Milestones
  2. Assumptions
  3. Tasks

The initial step is to identify milestones, which are the big events on your way to accomplishing your business goals. This is vital because it lets you see clear steps in the path to success and review how well you’re doing at each of them.

You might, for example, set a milestone of establishing a “proof of concept” for your product to make sure it will actually work. A good follow-up step would be to finish the prototype. And last, you’d want to track the milestone of getting funding to make it.

Next, you must review the assumptions you’re making about your business. Brainstorm a list of everything that you think is true about your idea that might not actually be accurate. You want to look specifically for thoughts that you have no data to back up. Keep track of them to see whether or not you were right about them.

Last comes listing the tasks that you need to do on a daily or weekly basis to meet your milestones. These can be anything from setting up insurance policies for your employees to acquiring office space.

Lesson 3: A business plan will set you up for success.

In the words of Benjamin Franklin:

“If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail!”

A plan is anything that identifies our objectives and the steps we’re going to take to reach them, and this is no different for a business. Although it might sound formal and even maybe useless for a startup that has a lot of unknowns, but this is a vital step on your path to profit.

Think about your stakeholders, for example. They might not ever read it, but you’d better bet they’ll ask for it. And you’re never going to get funding from investors unless you have a business plan.

Having one is great, but the steps you’ll take to make it are also helpful for many reasons. The process of writing it gives your team a chance to work together more efficiently, for example. 

It might even tell you how much you don’t want to work with the people you’ve got on board. That’s a really important piece of information to have as early as possible!

Additionally, the process of reviewing all that you need for a good plan will show you gaps in your thinking. For instance, you might have nobody on your team preparing for customer service.

The trick to making an effective business plan is making sure the executive summary is spot on. It’s a four-paragraph abstract of the entire plan and is the first thing anyone reads. Make it good and you’ll attract attention and success!

The Art Of The Start Review

It’s funny, with all the talk The Art Of The Start had of iPods and Hummers, I definitely got a big 2004 vibe from it and guess when it came out? 2004! I think that’s also a big reason why I struggled with many of these ideas-because they’re already outdated! Luckily he recently released version 2.0 which we’ll have to summarize soon. I’m looking forward to it too because I felt like this version makes starting a business more difficult than it needs to be!

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Who would I recommend The Art Of The Start summary to?

The 24-year-old who is thinking that they want to become an entrepreneur, the 56-year-old CEO that has a new idea for a product but needs some help planning it out, and anybody that wants to know how to start a business.

The post The Art Of The Start Summary appeared first on Four Minute Books.

Keep learning,
-Nik

PS: Want to get more out of everything you read? Check out our guide!

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Colors bounced around in her head. They mixed and threaded themselves together. Even colors that had no business being together. They were all one, yet distinctly separate at the same time. How was she going to explain this to the others?

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Take a Stance – Stand Up to it!


“Sometimes you must agree with someone’s opinion for the sake of being polite and modest, but within you, you know that you are not foolish and crazy.”
― Michael Bassey Johnson

Strategy+business Newsletter I like


 

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Ideas that work
August 25, 2020
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Targeted marketing campaigns are the key to capturing the at-home consumer

Brand manufacturers and retailers will have to work together in response to long-lasting shifts in consumer behavior produced by COVID-19.

by Derek Baker and Matt Egol

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How businesses can fast-track innovation to help during a crisis

“Unrealistic” timelines can actually work. Here’s how.

by Chris Foster

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Sustaining productivity in a virtual world

Maintaining productivity levels among remote employees is an enduring challenge. Here are five ways to help people and businesses thrive in the post-pandemic world of work.

by Nele Van Buggenhout, Soraya Murat, and Tom de Sousa

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Reflections on emerging business models and key trends resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

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Four questions to ask before you plan your next meeting

Good meetings need to be designed, whether they are virtual or face-to-face.

by Elizabeth Doty

Seven myths of business experimentation

Disciplined, rigorous testing of ideas and strategies is fundamental to innovation, but businesses are often held back by misconceptions.

by Stefan H. Thomke

Why corporate purpose statements often miss their mark

Analysis of nearly 2,000 CEOs’ description of their company’s purpose reveals that most omit a critical detail: why their company is in business.

by Christopher Michaelson, Douglas A. Lepisto, and Michael G. Pratt

Seth Godin Newsletter


The relativity of time

Two things are true simultaneously:

We’re running out of time.

We have too much time on our hands.

How can we be at a deadline and bored at the same time?

We always are.

Our experience of time relates to engagement, fear, opportunity, and culture.

Anti-Corruption Daily Newsletter for 08/25/2020


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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

Clooney anti-corruption group blasts N Korea contracts in DR Congo

By Anti-Corruption Digest on Aug 25, 2020 08:10 am

The Sentry anti-corruption group co-founded by Hollywood star George Clooney urged Congolese authorities Wednesday to “annul” contracts with local companies controlled by North Korean citizens apparently flouting international sanctions.
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Invoice Fraud Strikes Amazon In $19M Scam 

By Anti-Corruption Digest on Aug 25, 2020 08:10 am

In a case that highlights how anybody — truly, anybody — can be a victim of invoice fraud, federal officials have reportedly charged two brothers in New York State for an alleged $19 million scam targeting Amazon.
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Corruption at All Levels – German Media Says Croatia is Europe’s Problem Child

By Anti-Corruption Digest on Aug 25, 2020 08:10 am

“Violations of the law and corruption are much more common in the EU than is generally known. And this phenomenon is spreading, regardless of whether the heads of the government belong to conservative, social democratic or liberal parties,” writes the conservative newspaper Die Welt, as reported by DW.
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Not a whiff but a cesspool of corruption at PhilHealth

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The Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) no longer sends out a whiff of corruption. The stink there comes from one, big cesspool.
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Arrested Japanese lawmaker Tsukasa Akimoto’s fingerprints found on bribe cash

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Japanese prosecutors have found new fingerprint evidence suggesting that a lawmaker charged with
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Major corruption scandal in Mexico targets two former presidents and construction giant Odebrecht 

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A corruption scandal shaking Mexico’s political elite intensified on Thursday as a leaked document containing a raft of allegations raised pressure on several former presidents and senior officials.
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Ethics must not be ignored when testing COVID-19 vaccines

By Anti-Corruption Digest on Aug 25, 2020 08:09 am

The grassroots organization 1Day Sooner has been asking people to indicate their willingness to volunteer for human challenge studies of COVID-19. Challenge studies, in which healthy people are intentionally exposed to infection, may, they believe, speed vaccine development.
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PwC resigns as auditor of miner Petropavlovsk on governance concerns 

By Anti-Corruption Digest on Aug 25, 2020 08:08 am

PwC has resigned as the auditor of under-fire gold miner Petropavlovsk due to concerns over the firm’s corporate governance after a long-running boardroom battle.
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Money ‘laundering’ also a crime, says BSP

By Anti-Corruption Digest on Aug 25, 2020 08:06 am

The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) warned the public to refrain from washing or soaking banknotes in detergent soaps, bleach, alcohol, and other chemicals that may damage them.
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Ireland Will Transpose Latest EU Anti-Money Laundering Rules Into National Law

By Anti-Corruption Digest on Aug 25, 2020 08:04 am

Cryptocurrency firms in Ireland will soon be regulated in line with the latest European legal framework for the prevention of money laundering and terrorism financing.
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Over a Billion Android Phones Turned Into Perfect Spying Tools by Security Flaws  

By Anti-Corruption Digest on Aug 25, 2020 07:55 am

Over a billion smartphones are affected by a set of 400 security flaws, turning them into perfect spying tools, Check Point has revealed. The recently discovered vulnerability affects over 40% of Android phones around the world — 90% of them are currently in the US market.
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Firms serve up assistance to UAE food security mission 

By Anti-Corruption Digest on Aug 25, 2020 07:55 am

The UAE has implemented a range of policies, measures and strategies to ensure constant food supplies from abroad and scaled up agricultural production at home – and this is evident as businesses come forward and share their roles in aligning their strategies to boost food and water security.
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Former Uber chief security officer charged with covering up hack 

By Anti-Corruption Digest on Aug 25, 2020 07:49 am

Joe Sullivan, the former head of security at Uber has been charged with obstruction of justice and concealing a felony by US prosecutors.
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A Security Flaw In ‘Manage Versions’ Feature Of Google Drive Could Allow Malware Attackers Trick Victims Into Installing Rogue Code

By Anti-Corruption Digest on Aug 25, 2020 07:48 am

Google Drive may have a way that can allow malware attackers to trick victims to install malware. Malware attackers can exploit an unpatched security flaw in Google Drive to distribute malicious files disguised as legitimate files that will allow attackers to perform spear-phishing attacks. Security researcher A. Nikoci told The Hacker News that a flaw in the manage versions feature in Google Drive can enable threat actors to swap a file with malware. He also reported this
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U.S. judge dismisses lawsuit against Danske Bank over money laundering scandal 

By Anti-Corruption Digest on Aug 25, 2020 07:41 am

NEW YORK (Reuters) – A U.S. judge on Monday dismissed a lawsuit accusing Denmark’s Danske Bank A/S (DANSKE.CO) and four former top executives of defrauding shareholders by hiding and failing to stop widespread money laundering at its former Estonian branch.
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Wife of Ex-California Congressman Sentenced for Corruption

By Anti-Corruption Digest on Aug 25, 2020 07:40 am

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The wife of former California Republican Rep. Duncan Hunter was sentenced Monday in U.S. court to eight months of home confinement after pleading guilty to misusing more than $150,000 in campaign funds in a corruption case that ended her husband’s career.
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Iran Leader Calls US Model of Governance ‘Utter Failure’

By Anti-Corruption Digest on Aug 25, 2020 07:38 am

Ayatollah Khamenei made the remarks during a video-conference with the Iranian administration on Sunday, at the beginning of the Administration Week in Iran.
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TikTok Sues Trump To Block U.S. Ban 

By Anti-Corruption Digest on Aug 25, 2020 07:37 am

TikTok has filed a federal lawsuit against the Trump administration arguing that the president’s executive order taking aim at the Chinese-owned app is unconstitutional and should be blocked from taking effect.
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Protests across Latin America reflect a toxic cocktail of pandemic and recession 

By Anti-Corruption Digest on Aug 25, 2020 07:32 am

(CNN)The impact of Covid-19 in Latin America is igniting protests in several countries, as the economic fallout from the pandemic aggravates existing social tensions from the streets of Buenos Aires and Panama City to remote parts of Brazil and Bolivia.
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 The return of rigged elections in Latin America 

By Anti-Corruption Digest on Aug 25, 2020 07:30 am

In 1955 the armed forces overthrew Juan Perón, Argentina’s populist president, driving him into exile. They banned him and his party from the election that eventually followed, a prohibition which remained in effect until 1973. A doddery Perón was then re-elected, but military rule soon returned. Apra, a Peruvian party with tendencies akin to Peronism, was similarly banned for decades. So, during the cold war, were many Communist parties. But with the spread of mass
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How to Tackle Coronavirus Corruption in Latin America

By Anti-Corruption Digest on Aug 25, 2020 07:29 am

Latin America as a region has long had a problem with public corruption, and the coronavirus pandemic has made things worse. As governments shovel public funds to fight the pandemic and its economic fallout, public officials are
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Former Oil Executive Indicted in Bribery Scandal Linked to Venezuela

By Anti-Corruption Digest on Aug 25, 2020 07:27 am

HOUSTON (CN) — A former Citgo executive received bribe payments of $2.5 million, World Series and Super Bowl tickets from two business partners who have pleaded guilty for their roles in the scam, federal prosecutors claim in an indictment unsealed Thursday.
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Is Daniel Hernandez Colombia’s most corrupt prosecutor in history?

By Anti-Corruption Digest on Aug 25, 2020 07:24 am

Prosecutor Andres Hernandez must be adored by Colombia’s mafia and corrupt politicians for arresting policemen, losing evidence, allegedly wiretapping at will and not solving one corruption case.
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Damaging Breaches Hit 96% of UK Businesses Last Year

By Anti-Corruption Digest on Aug 25, 2020 07:12 am

Cyber attacks have hit almost all organisations across the UK in the last year, with 96% of companies reporting that a breach has negatively impacted their business.
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Uber ex-security boss accused of covering up hack attack 

By Anti-Corruption Digest on Aug 25, 2020 07:10 am

Uber’s former chief security officer Joseph Sullivan has been charged with obstruction of justice in the US.
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UK regulator wants crypto firms to share money laundering data 

By Anti-Corruption Digest on Aug 25, 2020 07:09 am

he UK’s top financial regulator wants to force all cryptocurrency exchanges and wallet providers operating in the country to produce reports about potential money laundering.
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Halyna Chyzhyk: Is Zelensky involved in covering up corrupt judges? 

By Anti-Corruption Digest on Aug 25, 2020 07:08 am

On July 17, the detectives of the National Anti-corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU) conducted searches on the premises of the notorious District administrative court of Kyiv (OASK). The same day NABU published a new portion of the recordings of the head of court Pavlo Vovk. The recordings reveal large-scale crimes supposedly committed by judges. However, instead of immediate suspension of judges from the office and public condemnation of such behavior,  the High Council of Justice (HCJ), which is the main judicial governance body in Ukraine, stands up for dubious judges. Moreover, Prosecutor General Iryna Venediktova sabotages the investigation, while the Office of President Volodymyr Zelensky makes very poor statements on the case.
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Egypt to join AU anti-corruption convention

By Anti-Corruption Digest on Aug 25, 2020 06:53 am

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi yesterday ratified a decree under which Cairo would join an African Union (AU) agreement to combat corruption.
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Saudi sacks officials over corruption at tourism projects 

By Anti-Corruption Digest on Aug 25, 2020 06:52 am

Senior Saudi security commanders were among a string of officials sacked over graft allegations at tourism projects, state media said Friday, in the government’s latest anti-corruption purge.
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‘End of the world’: The countdown to Beirut’s devastating blast

By Anti-Corruption Digest on Aug 25, 2020 06:49 am

BEIRUT (AP) — The 10 firefighters who received the call shortly before 6 p.m. — about a big fire at the nearby port of Beirut — could not know what awaited them.
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  • In 2021, 750 million genetically modified (GM) mosquitoes are set to be released in the Florida Keys and a string of surrounding islands. The Environmental Protection Agency granted permission in May to the British-based but US-operated company, Oxitec, to produce the genetically engineered, male Aedes aegypti mosquitoes, known as OX5034.
  • Aedes aegypti mosquitoes spread deadly diseases like dengue, Zika, chikungunya, and yellow fever to humans. Only female mosquitoes bite humans because they need blood to produce eggs. So the plan is to release the GM male mosquitoes who will then hopefully breed with wild female mosquitoes.
  • However, the male mosquitoes now carry a protein that will kill off any female offspring before they reach mature biting age. The males, which only feed on nectar, will survive and pass on the genes. Over time this will reduce the population of Aedes aegypti mosquitoes in the area and thereby reduce the spread of disease to humans.
  • Green-lighting the pilot project, which has been debated for years, drew a swift outcry from environmental groups, who warned of unintended consequences. One group condemned the plan as a public “Jurassic Park experiment.” Activists warn of possible damage to ecosystems, and the potential creation of hybrid, insecticide-resistant mosquitoes. (BBC)

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