Global fraud survey ranks South Africa high in economic crimes

first_img BRICS AFD and Eskom commit to a competitive electricity sector Generation Finance and Policy Featured image: Stock Previous articleFive African Utility Week advisory board members speak outNext articleBeyond renewables: the future of power system transformation Nicholas Nhede RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Low carbon, solar future could increase jobs in the future – SAPVIA UNDP China, CCIEE launch report to facilitate low-carbon development Consulting firm PwC has conducted a survey addressing the impact of crime and fraud on global economies.The findings of the survey titled, ‘Global Economic Crime and Fraud Survey 2018 South Africa: The dawn of proactivity’ includes a continuation of economic crimes disrupting businesses.Fraud intensificationAmongst the survey participants, 49% of global organisations say they have experienced economic crimes in the past two years.South Africa has witnessed a steep incline in economic crimes.Seventy seven per cent of organisations in South Africa have experienced economic crimes over the last two years.The survey found that companies are facing fraud risks from various avenues including internal, external, regulatory and reputational.Internal fraud risk is led by senior management ahead of other workers within organisations.Some of the findings of the survey include:Detection of economic crime takes on a more proactive stance: Organisations are taking back control over the detection of economic crime through increasing their spending in efforts to combat economic crime and fraud.Regulatory risk driving corporate behaviour, but reputation has become key: 71% of respondents expect recent geopolitical regulatory changes to result in changes to enforcement whilst only 37% have conducted an anti-bribery anti-corruption risk assessment.True cost of economic crime a cause for great concern: 19% of organisations spend between twice and ten times as much on investigations as the original amount lost to economic crime.The survey participants included 7,228 respondents from 123 countries, 53% respondents representing multinational organisations, 45% publicly traded companies, 11% government owned and 33% industrial companies etc.Two hundred and eighty two respondents have their organisations operating in South Africa, 14% in Africa, 17% in western Europe, 9% North America, 14% eastern Europe, 31% Asia Pacific, 3% Middle East and 12% operating in in Latin America.The survey was conducted between 21 June 2017 and 28 September 2017.Download the survey whitepaper here…last_img read more

The Walk Of Despair : Lockdown and Migrant Crises in India

first_imgThe discomfort in their hearts, the uncertainty in their thoughts, soon transitions into a walk, a walk that never ends for the migrants, a path filled with fear. The walk of despair starts with the tightly knotted ‘boriyas’(cloth bags) on their heads. The firm hold on their ‘boriyas’ is symbolic to the only belongings they are clinging onto in these strange cities. Their staunch determination is ironic to the feeble control they have over this situation.‘The heat inside was more bearable than the hunger’ said, Manoj Yadav.Who is Manoj Yadav? You need not know his name. But start making a list now, as India’s nationwide coronavirus lockdown has sparked a mass exodus of migrant workers. Fortunately, Manoj didn’t die when he set out on the 1,380 km taxing journey in a steel drum of a concrete mixer truck with his other 17 friends to reach home. It makes me wonder, to what extent was Manoj’s desperation that made him vulnerable to take up this arduous task? For them reaching home is symbolic to feeling safe. In their fear-stricken minds, the walk of despair never ends. Their final purpose is somewhere dimmed in the whimsical fantasies of the privileged, which is you and I.My naive mind was not even aware of the consequences of a nationwide lockdown. I was shocked and surprised when I came across the news of thousands of migrants thronging the roads of Delhi, Mumbai Gujrat and various other developed cities of India to set foot on the road of uncertainty. With sweat dripping from their heads, parched throats and empty stomachs, they take a bare step, a step which is then touched by the harshness of the scorching ground, it pricks them yet it gives them comfort, as the realization of heading towards their destination arises. Their desperation has conquered their logic. While I sit back and process this in my tranquil state of mind, I think of my arduous task during the lockdown, which was to merely survive sleeping in a room which had a broken air conditioner. My mind is left astonished. Maybe,  years of comfort have conquered my logic.Now, my curious mind questions, what if the migrants had not come out and spoken about their sufferings, their needs and their issues.? Would India be discussing a problem which engulfs a large part of our urban dwellings? Would these crises be addressed?. No, the agony and misery screaming out from their bones would be silenced amidst the hammering noises of the plates and the spoons. The darkness in their eyes would be shadowed by the candles of the elite.Weaker sections have always been silenced and ignored for years. The value of their life is insignificant, their needs become prevalent in the social order only when it best suits the rulers of our land. From the time they put their step on this earth, suppression and exclusion have been an inseparable part of their lives and this has made them believe that facing harsh treatment and suffering is a usual routine. Where is the voice of society? Why have we forgotten to stand as solace for them?  Are we scared to put responsibility where it lies –  on the shoulders of the government and the privileged?The government needs to execute a consistent long term strategy to uplift the weaker sections. The nationwide coronavirus lockdown in India puts light on a very evident divide that has been a part of our social system. Matching up with other countries in testing capacities to fight the pandemic is a backbreaking and far fetched dream for India but the least we can do as a nation is to provide basic social security and dignity to the people of this strata. We as a society are also responsible to have confirmed to this segregation and yet again we are mere spectators while lives are being teetered around political games.last_img read more

Living With Hypochondria

first_imgImagine waking up at 8 am in the morning, you go to your balcony to get a peaceful view. You hear the chirping of birds, enjoy the freshness of the air. You stretch your arm to remove all the laziness but then you see a very tiny, faded, perfect black mole on the back of your thumb and BAM! All your melodious morning turns into a dark nightmare from which you want to wake up as soon as possible.You think of all possibilities starting from the worst to the worst. You try to scratch off the mole. You search all the causes of moles, scientific discoveries about moles, medical research about moles and your mind absorbs only the worst cause, melanoma. For the next two to three days, you search for more moles in front of the mirror or search for more symptoms or just cry that soon you are going to die. Then when you finally get exhausted, you go to the doctor, get it checked, it’s nothing! You are going to live and you again be all the sweet person who thinks life is so good!The next day, you cough a little and the first thing that comes to your mind is throat cancer and the cycle continues. This is what my friend is living with health anxiety aka hypochondria. This was just an example. Different people can experience different things, feel different things and can have different fears. But the main common symptom is worrying excessively about their physical health.Health anxiety is more common than we think. Every year, there are more than 10 lakh cases in India and there must be more undiagnosed cases too. Most of the time, health anxiety can be found in people who are also going through anxiety disorder but it is not a compulsion.The symptoms of health anxiety can be checking your body again and again for a sign of disease, being in distress that you have an undiagnosed terminal illness, having thoughts of the worst things happening to your body, getting easily scared as you hear something about a disease, sometimes you wash your hands again and again in fear of infection, going for check-ups frequently, you may come back unconvinced, surfing repeatedly on the internet for physical symptoms, avoiding going to a doctor in fear and much more. They can also vary from person to person.Worrying about our health is okay, but it is not okay when it interferes with our day-to-day living, causing a lot of stress and affecting our overall mental health. Proper treatment, sharing your thoughts or fears with someone you trust, taking care of yourself, adopting good habits, eating well, managing stress effectively, relaxing meditation can really help this condition. You can also spend your time doing what you like or pursuing a hobby.Living with health anxiety is not easy. It takes a lot of courage to be in a war with it daily. But you don’t deserve this. Try taking little steps for yourself. Ask for help from someone who understands you if you want. Hypochondria can be defeated and you have that potential. Just keep one foot ahead and you will see!last_img read more

Police: Hoboken man arrested after cutting lock to steal bicycle on…

first_img Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Bayonne By John Heinis – February 12, 2020 10:24 am 0 Bayonne CarePoint Health reaches deal for Cigna Health Insurance to join their network Bayonne man busted with cocaine, heroin, semi-automatic handgun after fleeing from cops CrimeHoboken Previous articleUnion City employee awarded nearly $559k by jury in age discrimination caseNext articleNorth Bergen issues proclamation honoring high school’s 1st eSports team John Heinis Bayonne Police: Hoboken man arrested after cutting lock to steal bicycle on Harrison Street Bayonne man pepper sprayed, arrested after punching cop in the face, authorities say Facebook Twitter TAGSbicycle theftburglar toolshoboken police SHARE A Hoboken man was arrested after an investigation determined that he cut a lock to steal a bicycle on Harrison Street last week, police said.By John Heinis/Hudson County ViewAngelo Gomez, 43, of Hoboken, was charged with theft, possession of burglar tool, and possession of drug paraphernalia, according to Police Det. Lt. Danilo Cabrera.On February 4th, Officer Marc Lombardi took information from a victim who reported his bicycle was stolen from the area of 600 Harrison St. The victim said he had his bike secured with a bike lock.The victim said the next time he went to unchain the bike he only found the cut lock. After Lombardi took down all the necessary information, the case was assigned to Detective Paul Quinn of the Hoboken Police Department Street Crimes Unit.Through the course of his investigation, Quinn was able to identify Gomez as the actor. Quinn also confirmed Gomez had four open warrants for his arrest collectively issued by Hoboken and Jersey City.Then, yesterday, at about 4:09 p.m., Quinn stopped and arrested Gomez in the area of 12th and Madison Streets.Gomez was not in possession of the bike at the time of the stop, however, during a search incident to arrest he was in possession of drug paraphernalia, authorities said.His charges were placed on a warrant and Gomez was transported to the Hudson County Correctional Center after being arrested and processed, officials said. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORlast_img read more

Tropical Storm Fay path heading toward NYC, NJ, CT coast

first_imgABC NewsBy MAX GOLEMBO, ABC News(NEW YORK) — A tropical storm warning for the entire New Jersey coast, New York City, Long Island and all of the Connecticut coastline has been issued as Tropical Storm Fay’s path moves north Friday.Fay has winds of 50 mph Friday morning and is moving north at 10 mph, according to the 5 a.m. National Hurricane Center advisory.On the radar and satellite composite map, Fay looks better organized Friday than it did Thursday.Tropical Storm Fay’s forecasted path shows it making landfall somewhere along the New Jersey coast in the next 12 hours.As the center of Fay makes landfall Friday, it will move right over or near New York City late Friday evening and then head north up the Hudson Valley and into Vermont on Saturday.Fay will bring heavy rain into the Philadelphia area later Friday morning and into New York City by the afternoon.The biggest threat with Fay will not be damaging winds, but will be flash flooding. Some areas could see 3 to 5 inches of rain by Friday night. In some areas, 7 inches of rain is possible.Winds will be gusty along the coast, 40 to 50 mph, but no major wind damage is expected from this weak tropical storm.There are flash flood watches from Maryland to Massachusetts. Also, tornadoes cannot be ruled out in the Mid-Atlantic and the Northeast Friday and Saturday with this tropical system.Tropical Storm Fay is already the sixth named storm of 2020 Hurricane Season, which is the earliest at this point in the year ever. In 2005, the busiest hurricane season on record, the sixth named storm was recorded on July 22.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Marco Oneto will miss the World Championship in Spain

first_imgRelated Items:chile, Chile handball, lesion, lesion oneto, Marco Oneto, oneto Click to comment ShareTweetShareShareEmail Recommended for you Leave a Reply Cancel replyYour email address will not be published.Comment Name Email Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Chile beat Brazil for the “60 minutes for Tokyo”! ShareTweetShareShareEmailCommentsThe Chilean national team received bad news after Marco Oneto‘s injury meant that he will be out for at least a month. With the left-leg injury taken during a training session, Oneto won’t be able to play at the World Championship that starts in about 15 days. This is going to be a serious blow to the team that hoped for a victory at the Championship. Oneto is currently playing for MKB Veszprem.Chile plays in a group against Denmark, Iceland, Qatar, Russia and Macedonia. Games are to be played in the city of Sevilla. AAU UnC Concórdia are the new South-Central America champions Marco Oneto to play his last match in career at Panamerican Gameslast_img read more

Pick Szeged with +4 to Veszprem

first_imgTelekom Veszprem announce 2021/2022 squad Related Items:handball, Hungarian handball, Pick Szeged, Telekom Veszprem Veszprem beat Motor on Cupara’s wings – Barca beat Nantes in thriller Leave a Reply Cancel replyYour email address will not be published.Comment Name Email Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Recommended for you Telekom Veszprém: Mikler, Alilovic – Manaskov 6, Schuch, Ilic 4, Tonnesen 2, Gajic 4 (3), Nagy 3, Marguc 1, Terzic, Blagotinsek 1, Sulic 3, Nenadic 3, Jamali 1 MOL-Pick Szeged: Sego, Sierra – Srsen 1, Kallman 3, Bodó 5, Sigurmannsson 6 (2), Gorbok 1, Goncalves 1, Balogh 1, Skube 4, Blazevic, Gaber 2, Sostaric 4, Zhitnikov, Fekete, Bánhidi 4 HUNGARIAN CUP: Veszprém defeated Szeged in the great battle ShareTweetShareShareEmailCommentsPick Szeged have nice chance to win the first Hungarian Championship title since 2007! The team from the South won the first match of the Play-Off final against Telekom Veszprem 32:28 (16:13) in front of home fans.Team of Ljubomir Vranjes has to beat rivals over four goals in the second match to keep the crown and save the season.MOL-Pick Szeged – Telekom Veszprém 32:28 (16:13) Click to comment ShareTweetShareShareEmaillast_img read more

ThisSongIsSick.Com SoundCloud Channel Suspended

first_imgThe SoundCloud channel belonging to ThisSongIsSick.com has been shut down due to outstanding copyright claims. A statement from the site blamed the SoundCloud staff for not divulging these copyright claims, and ThisSongIsSick.com is working with artists to quickly restore the popular SoundCloud channel.For sevreral years, ThisSongIsSick.com operated a highly successful SoundCloud feed, with an average of 2 million listens per day. The blog shared new and popular music from electronic and hip hop artists, preferring the simple style of the SoundCloud player to the more bulky YouTube player.However, SoundCloud is changing their system, and is forcing music sharing sources like ThisSongIsSick to resolve any takedown orders. The blog was able to address most of the outstanding orders, but their efforts were not strong enough, and the blog’s SoundCloud channel was indeed suspended.The suspension should be temporary, as ThisSongIsSick is verifying their working relationship with numerous artists and labels. In the meantime, the blog points to their YouTube channel, where they will still be able to share music.As for the SoundCloud update, it seems that the music hosting website is taking strides to abide by the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). How will this affect artists? Only time will tell.The website’s full statement can be read here.last_img read more

Listen To Soundcheck From The Grateful Dead’s First Reunion Show in Santa Clara

first_imgWhile Grateful Dead fans are gearing up for a massive five night reunion stint in Santa Clara and Chicago, the band is armed and ready, having soundchecked and rehearsed with production and all for two hours last night at Santa Clara’s Levi’s Stadium. Some dedicated fans sat outside to record the entire thing. Download it here: Part One, Part Two, Part Three.The Complete Guide To Grateful Dead Chicago Pre- And Post-PartiesSetlist: Althea, Brown Eyed Women, Truckin’, Uncle John’s Band, Alligator, Cumberland Blues, Born Cross-eyed, Cream Puff War (many times), St. Stephen > William Tell Bridge > The Eleven (many attempts at WT > The 11), Lovelight, Space, Drums[Via The Barn Presents]last_img

Father John Misty Shares New Live Album, Benefits MusiCares’ COVID-19 Relief Fund [Listen]

first_imgFather John Misty has surprise-dropped a new live album on Bandcamp, titled Off-Key in Hamburg. The singer-songwriter, born as Joshua Michael Tillman, will donate all proceeds from the album to MusiCares‘ COVID-19 Relief Fund, which benefits the musicians and music industry professionals who have been most impacted by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.Related: How Organizations Are Offering Relief To Struggling Musicians During The COVID-19 PandemicOff-Key in Hamburg sees FJM and his band joined by the Neue Philharmonie Frankfurt Orchestra during their August 8th, 2019 performance at the Hamburg Elbphilharmonieon in Hamburg, Germany. Though the album does not contain any new material, it marks Father John Misty’s first release since 2018’s God’s Favorite Customer.The album contains tracks from the 2018 release, as well as older tracks as well. “Nancy From Now On”, for example, appears on the first Father John Misty release, 2012’s Fear Fun. Stream the entire album below and click here to purchase directly from the Father John Misty Bandcamp page.Father John Misty – Off-Key in Hamburg<a href=”http://fatherjohnmisty.bandcamp.com/album/off-key-in-hamburg-2″>Off-Key In Hamburg by FATHER JOHN MISTY</a>Father John Misty is scheduled to perform this summer at Beach Road Weekend in Vinyard Haven, MA on July 24th. Due to the ongoing global crisis, however, the status of all live events is in question. Head to his website for the latest information.last_img read more