Local Chinese Regulator Develops Anti-Bribery Management System Based On ISO 37001:

The FCPA Blog | By: Jianwei (Jerry) Fang | July 31, 2017: In June this year, the Market Supervision Commission of the Shenzhen Municipality published an instructive standard document named Anti-bribery Management System Shenzhen Standard to help companies and other organizations prevent bribery, and detect and deal with any bribery that does occur. Carved from ISO 37001, the Anti-bribery Management…

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China’s Next Target ~ U.S. Microchip Hegemony:

The Wall Street Journal | By Bob Davis and Eva Dou | July 27, 2017: The semiconductor industry, a stalwart of the global economy, is succumbing to fierce nationalistic competition. At a muddy construction site the size of 12 baseball stadiums, globalization is turning into nationalism. Truck after truck delivers steel rods to China’s Tsinghua Unigroup Ltd., a state-owned firm…

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Digital Currency Start-Ups Shrug Off SEC Warning On Fund Raising:

Reuters | By: Gertrude Chavez-Dreyfuss and Anna Irrera | July 28, 2017: Technology companies looking to raise money by issuing digital coins are moving forward with their plans despite a U.S. regulator’s decision that their offerings may be subject to tough securities laws. Such initial coin offerings, or ICOs, have allowed startups to raise $1 billion so far this year,…

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California Survey Shows High Cost Of Sewer Service For Small Utilities:

Circle Of Blue | By: Brett Walton | July 26, 2017: Fewer people, higher rates, a state report shows. Customers of the smallest utilities in California pay more than twice as much for sewer service than residents of the state’s largest cities, according to a rates survey conducted by the State Water Resources Control Board, a state agency. Median monthly…

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SEC Must Improve How It Protects Against Cyber Attacks:

Reuters | By: Sarah N. Lynch | July 27, 2017: Wall Street’s top U.S. regulator needs to improve the way it protects its own computer networks from cyber attacks, according to a new report by a congressional watchdog office. The 27-page report by the Government Accountability Office found the Securities and Exchange Commission did not always fully encrypt sensitive information,…

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The Ick Factor ~ Dutch Project Making Bike Lanes And Bottles From Used Toilet Paper:

The Guardian | By: Senay Boztas | July 27, 2017: A pilot scheme in the Netherlands is sifting sewage for cellulose, which it says can be recycled into valuable products. When you flush the toilet, you’re probably not thinking about bike lanes or home insulation. But that’s where your used loo roll could one day end up if a Dutch…

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China’s Greening Of Vast Kubuqi Desert ~ Model For Land Restoration Projects Everywhere:

Time | By: Charlie Campbell / Baotou | Jul 27, 2017: With hands stretched wide, Meng Baoyindaogetao backs the ewe into a corner, seizes it by the horns and swings his leg over its back. A farmhand then approaches cradling an emaciated lamb, barely a few days old. The little creature’s tail begins to wag as it latches onto the…

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Pennsylvania’s Watersheds Contaminated With Radioactive Materials & Endocrine-Disrupting Chemicals From Release Of Treated Fracking Wastewater, Study Finds:

Clean Technica | By: James Ayre | July 27, 2017: The release of “treated” wastewater from hydraulic fracturing (fracking) operations in Pennsylvania has led to regional watersheds being contaminated with radioactive materials, endocrine-disrupting chemicals, and heavy metals, according to a new study from researchers at Penn State, Colorado State, and Dartmouth. To be more specific, the analysis of sediments and…

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North Korea Hacking Increasingly Focused On Making Money More Than Espionage ~ South Korea Study:

Reuters | By: Christine Kim | July 28, 2017: North Korea is behind an increasingly orchestrated effort at hacking into computers of financial institutions in South Korea and around the world to steal cash for the impoverished country, a South Korean state-backed agency said in a report. In the past, suspected hacking attempts by North Korea appeared intended to cause…

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Nearly 18K At Risk As Detroit Water Shutoffs Begin:

The Detroit News | By: Christine Ferretti | GPE – July 27, 2017: Detroit — The city’s water department began the controversial practice of shutting off water service on Wednesday to some of the nearly 18,000 residential customers with delinquent accounts. Originally published April 19, 2017: The Detroit Water and Sewerage Department shutoffs resumed after notices went out 10 days…

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More Than Half UK International Airports Lack Free Drinking Water Fountains:

The Guardian | By: Rebecca Smithers | July 26, 2017: Travellers are left to buy expensive and wasteful plastic bottles of water after passing through security, says consumer website MoneySavingExpert.com More than half of the UK’s international airports do not have free drinking water fountains installed in their departure lounges, a leading consumer website has revealed. As a result, thirsty…

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China To Speed Up Bullet Trains In September:

Reuters | By: Brenda Goh | July 27, 2017: China to speed up bullet trains in September: state media. China plans to raise the speed of its bullet trains back up to 350 kph (217 mph), state media reported on Thursday, six years after a deadly high-speed rail crash prompted authorities to slow trains across the country. Trains on China’s…

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Droughts and Blackouts ~ How Water Shortages Cost India Enough Energy To Power Sri Lanka:

World Resources Institute | By: Tianyi Luo | July 26, 2017: India is making great strides to aggressively expand its renewable energy capacity. But the country’s power sector remains highly reliant on thermoelectric plants, with high demand for water for cooling. That means that droughts, like the one caused last year by weak monsoons, can shut off the power, hampering…

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The Morning Risk Report: New U.K. Law Prods Greater Financial Intel Sharing:

The Wall Street Journal | By: Mara Lemos Stein | Jul 26, 2017: Provisions in the U.K.’s Criminal Finances Act of 2017 allowing for greater information sharing by financial institutions are unlikely to spur a flurry of joint reports of suspected money laundering activity, as the new procedures are more burdensome than existing rules and could delay a transaction, said…

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U.S. Indicts Suspected Russian ‘Mastermind’ Of $4 Billion Bitcoin Laundering Scheme:

Reuters | By: Jack Stubbs, Karolina Tagaris and Anna Irrera | July 26, 2017: A U.S. jury indicted a Russian man on Wednesday as the operator of a digital currency exchange he allegedly used to launder more than $4 billion for people involved in crimes ranging from computer hacking to drug trafficking. Alexander Vinnik was arrested in a small beachside…

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SEC Says It Will Patrol Red-Hot Virtual Coin Offerings:

The Wall Street Journal | By: Paul Vigna and Dave Michaels | Updated July 25, 2017: At issue is sector where more than $1 billion has been raised this year but which has been criticized for lacking standards. The Securities and Exchange Commission on Tuesday moved to restrain a hot new fundraising method involving sales of digital coins, saying rules…

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