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Philippines: Makabayan Bloc seeks probe on Meralco electric bills spike

By Anti-Corruption Digest on May 20, 2020 02:17 pm

Progressive lawmakers from the House of Representatives filed a measure seeking an inquiry into the sudden spike in electricity rates and bills of Manila Electric Company (Meralco) customers.
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Feds Charge 2 with COVID-19 Business Relief Frau

By Anti-Corruption Digest on May 20, 2020 02:12 pm

Federal authorities have charged two people, including a reality TV star, in separate cases of fraud involving government programs set up to help businesses that have suffered financially because of the coronavirus lockdown.
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Prepare for corruption spike over coronavirus aid

By Anti-Corruption Digest on May 20, 2020 02:10 pm

Pandemic-hit nations in the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe's (OSCE) 57-member bloc will be further overwhelmed by corruption in coming months, Thomas Greminger told Austria's APA news agency Sunday.
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Surbana Jurong refutes talk of corruption over Covid-19 facilities

By Anti-Corruption Digest on May 20, 2020 02:08 pm

"These allegations are not only untrue, they are disrespectful of our colleagues who have made enormous sacrifices, including putting their health at risk, to deliver the projects under challenging conditions for the benefit of our community," the Temasek-owned company said in a statement yesterday.
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Son of Mexican official probed over ventilator sales to government 

By Anti-Corruption Digest on May 20, 2020 02:06 pm

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexico will investigate a report that a company owned by the son of a top official sold overpriced ventilators to the government during the coronavirus crisis, President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said on Monday.
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Killer Corruption 

By Anti-Corruption Digest on May 20, 2020 02:04 pm

WASHINGTON, DC – COVID-19 is a ticking time bomb in Africa. Some of the risks are widely documented. Health-care systems are weak and overburdened, with ten African countries reportedly having no ventilators at all. Food supplies are unstable, and have already suffered major disruptions. And over 18 million people are refugees or internally displaced, leaving them especially vulnerable.
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Democracy Delayed: COVID-19’s Effect on Latin America’s Politics

By Anti-Corruption Digest on May 20, 2020 02:03 pm

This article is not about the coronavirus.  Or at least not directly. It’s about the elections, political processes and protests in Latin America and the Caribbean that only a few months ago seemed destined to shape many countries’ democratic futures.  In Bolivia, Chile and the Dominican Republic, public health concerns over COVID-19 have forced the postponement of critical elections; in all three countries social and political upheaval preceded the delays.
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Germany Loves Whistleblowers 

By Anti-Corruption Digest on May 20, 2020 02:02 pm

Julian Assange, Chelsea Manning and Edward Snowden were nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize by 17 Bundestag members last month – in recognition of their “immense personal sacrifices.” The German Green Party sponsored the Anything to Say? statue of the three bronzed heroes, which premiered at Berlin’s Alexanderplatz before being displayed at Dresden’s Theaterplatz.
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Governance that never sleeps 

By Anti-Corruption Digest on May 20, 2020 01:52 pm

MORE so in times of crisis is a demonstration of Himamaylan City’s well and good governance.
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The Ethics of Plastic Waste During the Pandemic 

By Anti-Corruption Digest on May 20, 2020 01:49 pm

I had a bit of an existential crisis in my rural Walmart recently. I am not ashamed to admit it was not my first Walmart-induced existential meltdown, but this one was brought on by the lettuce. I weighed my options: I could put a naked head of romaine into my mesh produce bag, or I could grab the shrink-wrapped three-pack.
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Australian Bishops to study report on governance in the Church 

By Anti-Corruption Digest on May 20, 2020 01:48 pm

Australia’s Bishops have welcomed a report on “Promoting Co-responsible Governance in the Catholic Church in Australia” presented on the eve of their recent plenary assembly.
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Covid-19 is strengthening UAE family businesses’ corporate governance structure 

By Anti-Corruption Digest on May 20, 2020 01:47 pm

Family firms are the backbone of the UAE’s economy. Accounting for a significant segment of the non-oil gross domestic product and employing 70–80 per cent of the workforce in the private sector, family firms’ contribution is crucial and valuable to the local economy.
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Norway’s sovereign wealth fund drops major Brazil miner, utility from its portfolio

By Anti-Corruption Digest on May 20, 2020 01:46 pm

Norway’s Government Pension Fund Global (GPFG) has excluded two of Brazil’s largest energy companies from its portfolio, the fund’s executive board said last week. The decision to divest from mining giant Vale and Eletrobras, Latin America’s largest utilities company, follows a recommendation by GPFG’s ethics council, which found that the two companies had violated the fund’s environmental and human rights rules.
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AfDB’s president Akinwumi Adesina cleared by Ethics Committee

By Anti-Corruption Digest on May 20, 2020 01:44 pm

According to our information, this report was transmitted to the AfDB governors on 5 May by Kaba Nialé, the Ivorian Minister of Planning and Development. It exonerates Akinwumi Adesina of all charges against him.
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German panel, industry, assess ethics of FCAS technology

By Anti-Corruption Digest on May 20, 2020 01:43 pm

Germany has initiated an independent process to consider the ethical and legal implications of using autonomy and artificial intelligence (AI) as part of a multinational Future Combat Air System (FCAS), to enter use by around 2040.
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Australian bank Westpac admits breaching money-laundering laws 

By Anti-Corruption Digest on May 20, 2020 01:28 pm

Westpac Banking has admitted to millions of breaches of anti-money laundering and counter-terrorism laws in a filing in Australia’s Federal Court.
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M’sian PM Muhyiddin says he has nothing to do with Najib stepson Riza Aziz’s discharge 

By Anti-Corruption Digest on May 20, 2020 01:26 pm

KUALA LUMPUR — Malaysia’s Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) said on Monday (May 18) that Mr Muhyiddin Yassin was not involved with the controversial decision to let Mr Riza Shahriz Abdul Aziz go from his money-laundering charges over US$248 million (S$352 million) in funds linked to the 1MDB scandal.
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Cash-flashing rapper charged with money laundering for BTC-e 

By Anti-Corruption Digest on May 20, 2020 01:25 pm

A 29-year-old Russian rapper who loved to do what rappers do – as in, post photos of himself on social media as he made kissy-kissy with wads of cash or swigged pricey champagne – will be appearing in court in Pennsylvania this week to face charges of money laundering for cybercrooks.
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SEB and banks intensify cooperation with police in fight against money laundering 

By Anti-Corruption Digest on May 20, 2020 01:25 pm

The SAMLIT project (Swedish Anti-Money Laundering Intelligence Initiative) was initiated by SEB’s President and CEO Johan Torgeby last summer in his role as chairman of the Swedish Bankers’ Association.
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Head of Latvia’s FIU Says Gambling Industry has also been Used for Money Laundering 

By Anti-Corruption Digest on May 20, 2020 01:22 pm

Ilze Znotina, Head of Latvia’s Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU), has revealed in an interview that the Latvian gambling industry has also been used for money laundering.
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Mauritius: EU Lists Country as High Risk Country for Money Laundering 

By Anti-Corruption Digest on May 20, 2020 01:18 pm

Companies operating in Mauritius face a test of integrity after the European Union included the island on its revised list of high risk jurisdiction for money laundering and terror funding.
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Chihuri up for diverting US$32m 

By Anti-Corruption Digest on May 20, 2020 01:17 pm

Former Police Commissioner-General Augustine Chihuri is suspected of diverting US$32 million of public funds into family companies and buying a large swathe of property, which the State now wants frozen pending the final outcome of possible criminal cases and civil suits.
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Iran sentences couple to death over money laundering

By Anti-Corruption Digest on May 20, 2020 01:15 pm

TEHRAN: A special anti-corruption court in Iran has sentenced a couple to death on money laundering and other charges, the judiciary said Tuesday.
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EU issues formal notice to 17 member states over money laundering directive

By Anti-Corruption Digest on May 20, 2020 01:14 pm

The EC, the EU's executive arm, said 17 countries had missed the official deadline of 10 January 2020.
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Coronavirus’ business impact

By Anti-Corruption Digest on May 20, 2020 01:12 pm

Transportation restrictions and stringent government policies are causing a downturn in the growth scale of the Anti-Money Laundering Software market amidst the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) lockdown period. Hence, analysts at Market Research Reports Search Engine (MRRSE) have collated a research study that provides an in-depth outlook on Coronavirus and how the novel virus can leave long-term effects in trade practices post lockdown period in the Anti-Money Laundering Software market.
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My Health Record system hit by hack attempt 

By Anti-Corruption Digest on May 20, 2020 01:01 pm

The My Health Record system was the subject of an attempted hack is September last year, the Australian Digital Health Agency has revealed.
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Bail for allegedly angered shopper accused of Chadstone cyber attack

By Anti-Corruption Digest on May 20, 2020 12:57 pm

Mr Hu allegedly attacked the Chadstone centre in November during the busy lead-up to Christmas, two weeks after the attack on the broadband provider.
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EasyJet says millions affected by cyber hack 

By Anti-Corruption Digest on May 20, 2020 12:54 pm

London (CNN Business)Hackers have stolen the data of millions of EasyJet customers, including thousands of credit card numbers, the budget airline said in a statement on Tuesday.
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Coronavirus: Security flaws found in NHS contact-tracing app

By Anti-Corruption Digest on May 20, 2020 12:51 pm

The security researchers involved have warned the problems pose risks to users' privacy and could be abused to prevent contagion alerts being sent.
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Iran struck first. Then ‘Israel’ retaliated massively. Behind the cyber war rattling the Middle East 

By Anti-Corruption Digest on May 20, 2020 12:49 pm

About a month ago, Iranian intelligence launched a cyberattack on water installations in Israel. Perhaps because of the coronavirus crisis, the incident was greeted here with some indifference by the media and the general public, and seemed to pass nearly unnoticed. However, among cyber experts and organizations responsible for national security and infrastructure institutions, it aroused deep concern and intense discussion.
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