Police warns against the use of Bank Accounts to Facilitate Money Laundering

first_imgRelatedPolice warns against the use of Bank Accounts to Facilitate Money Laundering By Garfield L. Angus, JIS Reporter RelatedPolice warns against the use of Bank Accounts to Facilitate Money Laundering FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail The police is cautioning persons against allowing others to use their bank accounts to facilitate the movement of large sums of money, as they could face serious charges. Speaking at a Think Tank hosted by the Jamaica Information Service’s (JIS) Montego Bay Regional Office on Wednesday (June 27), Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP), Devon Watkis, noted that Jamaica is signatory to several international conventions, which seek to combat money laundering. He stated that “all of those conventions bring some obligation on Jamaica and the financial system, which transmits to the responsibility of the individual citizen”. “It means that all banks are required to know who they are doing business with. If you are a person who joined the bank on the basis that you are earning $10 a week…and all of a sudden you start using your bank account to facilitate $200,000, that would indicate a red flag, and the banking sector has a duty by law to make a report,” he stated. He said that persons should be very skeptical when asked to have their accounts used by persons other than a signatory. “When you open your bank account, the intention is, you are entering into a relationship with the institution for you, or the other signatory on the account. For you to use it to facilitate others, you are exposing yourself to serious charges; you are exposing the institution to charges. “Your activity could be deemed as aiding and facilitating, conspiring; all those are serious charges. The issue of money laundering, terrorism financing are things, internationally, that have caused serious problems in terms of helping persons to acquire enough assets to plan activities like 9/11. Worldwide, the financial institutions are called upon to police the system,” he stated. ACP Watkis is also encouraging persons, renting property to be on guard. “I would urge persons involved in the rental of premises to start drawing up formal contracts. That will help you in the event we come and find contraband that allows for forfeiture. Do your own due diligence, check who is renting. It will be very embarrassing when you rent a man, and he is on the international most wanted list. It will damage you,” he said. Police warns against the use of Bank Accounts to Facilitate Money Laundering National SecurityJune 30, 2012 RelatedPolice warns against the use of Bank Accounts to Facilitate Money Laundering Advertisementslast_img read more

1,000 Musicians Gather To Cover Rage Against the Machine’s “Killing in the Name” [Watch]

first_imgYup, it’s another one of those viral videos where (in this case) 1,000 musicians have gathered to deliver an enormous communal performance of a notable rock song. Led by Rockin’ 1000, the same group which organized a viral cover of Foo Fighters “Learn To Fly”, 1,000 musicians from around the world recently gathered in Germany to cover Rage Against The Machine‘s hard-hitting rock classic, “Killing In The Name”.Related: Listen To The Disco Biscuits Cover Rage Against The Machine’s “Killing In The Name”The mass performance took place in front of rock fans at Commerzbank-Arena in Frankfurt, Germany back on July 7th. The video of the musical accomplishment sees one conductor leading 1,000 total musicians made up of guitarists, bassists, keytarists, drummers, and horn players through the 1992 rap/rock hit. It’s not the tightest of performances, but impressive enough to make its way through the clutter of the internet to the ears of rock fans.Watch the latest mass group performance video from Rockin’ 1000 below.Rockin’ 1000 – “Killing In The Name”[Video: Rockin’ 1000][H/T Guitar World]last_img read more

Want to Seem More Likable? Try This

first_img Read the whole story: The New York Times For many of us, meeting new people can be an anxiety-inducing affair.Am I talking too much? Was my handshake too weak? Did I make too much eye contact? Too little? Am I boring? Are they boring, but they’re boring because I’m boring?It can be a mess! All of our worst social paranoias contained in a single interaction.But there’s an easy way to get around this, simultaneously coming off as more likable while working to build a deeper, more genuine connection with someone: Ask questions.—Imagine that! Being a genuine, sincere conversation partner makes people like you more. What a world.Even more good news: Although people generally tend to reflect on an initial conversation with someone as a negative experience — like ruminating on those “Did I make enough eye contact?” type of questions — it’s thankfully all in our heads, according to a new study published in Psychological Science.last_img read more

SA processes 5 000 land claims in one month

first_img31 July 2014 The Department of Rural Development and Land Reform has processed close to 5 000 new applications since President Jacob Zuma signed a law re-opening South Africa’s land claims lodgement process. Zuma signed the Restitution of Land Rights Amendment Act of 2014 at the end of last month, allowing people who were removed from their land under apartheid rule, but who missed an earlier deadline for lodging claims for compensation, to do within the next five years. It is estimated that at least 3.5-million South Africans were forcibly removed from their land as a result of the Native Land Act of 1913, which effectively reserved 87 percent of land in the country for the white minority. To date, an estimated 1.7-million people have benefitted from the country’s restitution programme. Briefing members of Parliament’s portfolio committee on rural development and land reform at the department’s regional office in Mowbray, Cape Town on Wednesday, Chief Land Claims Commissioner Nomfundo Gobodo said the process had gone smoothly since re-opening. “As at 25 July 2014, the claims captured over the past four weeks increased to 4 917. The electronic lodgement system has been stable and all 14 lodgement sites are fully operational.” Gobodo said it was difficult to anticipate how many claimants would lodge new claims going forward, but that her office had the capacity to facilitate all claims. Most new claims are expected to come from individuals and communities who were left out of the previous claims round – between 1994 and 1998 – but have since become aware of their rights. Claims that could not be finalised during the pre-1998 round would be prioritised, Gobodo said. The department will deploy mobile offices to rural areas to help people who might not be able to afford transport to prepare their claims. The offices will ensure that claimants have everything they need to lodge a valid claim – including information on the people on whose behalf they may be claiming – to insure their claims are not disqualified for technical reasons. Phumzile Ngwenya-Mabila, the chairperson of the portfolio committee, said the MPs’ had decided to visit the Mowbray centre in order assess the lodgement process and the progress made since the second phase was opened. Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

The State of Mozilla and Open Source in Asia

first_img8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#Trends#web Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting richard macmanus One of the speakers at the LIFT conference – where Kevin Marks from Google also presented – was Gen Kanai, Mozilla’s Director of business development in Asia. In his presentation Kanai talked about Mozilla’s market share in Asia, plus the perception that Asia isn’t contributing enough to open source projects. Firstly there were some interesting factoids about Firefox market share. Firefox now has almost 28% market share in Eurpoe, 16-17% in US, and lower market shares in Asia — it’s 16.5% according to a recent post on Mozilla Links. See graphs below:Firefox Global Market Share; Chart via Mozilla LinksKanai said that Mozilla is “seeing a lot of growth in China”, after opening their China office last year (it’s being run by the former leader of MSN at Microsoft China). In Japan, Kanai said, there are more mobile users of the Internet than PC users, so it is a unique market for them. It currently has a 10-12% market share in Japan. Mozilla structure in AsiaIn Korea, Kanai told an interesting story about how the market for Firefox has been restricted by Korean govenment encyrption protocols, which make people use Windows and Internet Explorer! So Microsoft has a “de-facto monopoly” in Korea in the browser space.Kanai then addressed the question of how strong the open source movement is in Asia, a topic recently explored by Victoria Ho on ZDNet Asia and by Mat Asay on CNET. The story so far is that Asia corporations are using open source, but (it’s claimed) are not giving back to the open source community. Linux founder Linus Torvalds recently said that the barriers are: culture (possibly the largest barrier), language, education. Kanai has more details on his blog.Kanai believes there is actually a lot of participation in open source in Asia; he cited the Ruby language, which was developed in Japan by Yukihiro Matsumoto. However he acknowledged that cultural and language barriers are significant – e.g. he thinks the open source community in the West can be very forthright in their opinions, which is a cultural thing that open source developers in the East may not like. He also cited economic factors.Here is the video presentation:last_img read more

TED Talks Now Mind Blowing in 40+ Languages

first_imgTED, the Technology, Entertainment and Design conference made up of short talks by brilliant people from around the world, is now making its archives available with subtitles in more than 40 languages. This is the kind of news that could make a real impact in a lot of peoples’ lives.TED Talks are brain stretching, tear-jerking, 18 minute nuggets of emerging wisdom. The new translation project is sponsored by Nokia and uses the awesome volunteer-powered translation service DotSub.Unfortunately, the multi-lingual subtitles aren’t available in the embedded TED video players. They are in DotSub’s usual players, though that service uses an iframe. (Update: June Cohen from TED drops by in comments to let us know that this will change. “We’ll actually have subtitles available on our embeddable player, in around a week’s time. We’ll follow that with subtitled MP4s you can download (maybe 6 weeks later). Watch this space…” Thanks June!) If you speak languages other than English, the rest of the DotSub site is quite worth a visit as well. So far 306 translations have been completed, hopefully more will be performed soon. Bringing these TED videos to more people around the world is a big win for humanity. It is truly remarkable how TED has gone from a closed gathering for the global elite to becoming far, far more publicly available. Andy Carvin has some more details over at NPR. Tags:#international#news#NYT#web A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostingcenter_img marshall kirkpatrick Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts last_img read more

Super Computing: New Chips Simulate the Architecture of Human Brains

first_imgA new type of computer chip architecture called neuromorphic computing is beginning to be used that is inspired by the way the human brain works.Dharmendra Modha, IBM chief scientist for brain-inspired computing, said that “the brain has a very different computational structure.  Our goal was to take Mother Nature’s blueprints and translate them to a computer.”IBM has developed a neuromorphic computer chip that they’re calling TrueNorth.  Each chip is about the size of a stamp and is packed with one million neurons, 256 million synapses and 4096 parallel cores.  But despite all the circuitry each chip draws only 70 milliwatts of power, or about the amount of power needed to run an iPad.Michel McCoy, LLNL program director for Weapon Simulation and Computing, said that “the low power consumption of these brain-inspired processors reflects the industry’s desire and a creative approach to reducing power consumption in all components for future systems as we set our sights on exascale computing.”Jim Brase, LLNL’s deputy associate director for Data Science, said that “neuromorphic computing opens very exciting new possibilities and is consistent with what we see as the future of the high performance computing and simulation at the heart of our national security missions.”Modha, said of the IBM TrueNorth chip, that “there’s no CPU, there’s no GPU, no hybrid computer that can come within even a couple of orders of magnitude of where we are.  The chip is designed for real-time power efficiency. Nobody else can deliver this in real time at the vast scales we’re talking about… It’s a new machine for a new era. We really think this is a new landmark in the history of brain-inspired computing.”last_img read more

New York Times Juices Up Its Document Viewer

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… curt hopkins Related Posts Tags:#crowdsourcing#New Media#web Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostingcenter_img A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… The New York Times’ new Doc Viewer 2.0 is, depending on what you value, either a pasted-on ornament of no real use to a typical news consumer, or it’s an open-source, crowd-sourcing game changer. With information-taming technologies like search engines already at a reader’s fingertips, there is debatable value in the Doc Viewer’s ability to annotate a story with “raw” information. However, the fact that the Doc Viewer’s code is due to be released on an open-source basis introduces an additional value to it. It is not just the back-end that a media source, of whatever size, will have access to, but the whole megillah.Want annotated source materials embedded in your kitty blog without having to churn code until the tears flow? You can do it. This latest viewer by the New York Times is the latest iteration of a two year development process. The viewer allows reporters to augment stories by including evidentiary documentation and providing context to news stories. The viewer keys documents to words or phrases in the source story, allowing viewers to pursue the process to the depth they prefer. These “annotations” are similar to an old-fashioned “hot link” but with a new-fangled dynamic delivery. Future versions will open up the annotation process to readers, instead of just the writers and editors. Additional features may include an embeddable version for blogs, a search-friendly version without JavaScript, variable image file type control and the ability to create custom annotation shapes. The open-source software behind Version 2.0 will be released “in the very, very near future,” according to the newspaper, and will be available on the Times’ Github page.The key criticism to this undertaking, of course, is: so what? BayNewswer quoted Aron Pilhofer, the paper’s editor for interactive newsroom technologies, as “recognizing that news organizations are slowly but gradually becoming more and more like technology companies.” They are, that is, more likely to triumph if they leverage a wider distribution of invested community members. Alan McLean, interface engineer at the Times, says his focus is on the Doc Viewer as a reporting tool. “Fundamentally what we are trying to do here is get as many tools in the belts of reporters as we can to assist them in telling stories online,” he told RWW. “Seeing it as a publishing platform is somewhat limited. It really depends on the kind of content that is being published.”However, Chris Heisel, in a post on an earlier version of this viewer, said, “In a world where I can easily find more infor­ma­tion than I can ever pos­si­bly use does the public really need more access to raw infor­ma­tion.”We read news in a politically and socially polarized environment. The most common charge against the NY Times – this most mainstream of MSM – is bias, that there is nothing more than a writer’s unexamined feelings or political secret sauce to support the angle of a given story. With foundational documents appended to the story itself, the reasonableness of the reporter’s approach should prove easier to determine. But that is posited on the not-altogether-likely notion that reason and reality will overpower the desire to froth. The New York Times is a syndication partner of ReadWriteWeb. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Amazon Fire TV Gets USB Support And Travel-Friendly Features

first_img9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… Cord-cutters have plenty of streaming-TV options, but Amazon just upped the stakes.The company revealed several new upcoming features for its Fire TV products on Tuesday, including support for external USB storage and the sort of wireless networks found in hotels. The announcements seem strategically designed to set Amazon’s TV devices apart, as few competitors—and none of its top rivals—offer similar options. See also: Amazon’s Fire TV Stick Aims To Compete With ChromecastThe timing is impossible to ignore. The Amazon news lands just after a report claiming that Apple wants to reinvigorate its TV initiatives. But with the iPhone company likely waiting for its Worldwide Developers Conference in June to reveal its intentions, there’s plenty of time for contenders to put up a fierce fight—and Amazon looks like it’s coming out swinging. Amazon Beefs Up Its Streaming PowersCurrently, on the Amazon e-commerce site’s list of bestselling TV products, the company’s own $39 Fire TV stick sits at number one. The small unit wrested the top spot from the $30 Chromecast, which was the reigning champ on and off for more than a year.According to Peter Larsen, vice president of Amazon Devices, the company has been working at breakneck speed to satisfy all the demand for both the Fire TV set-top box and the streaming stick. In a press statement, he said Amazon has been “working hard to build more of both as quickly as possible.” But as it lines up its hardware, it’s also clearly pushing to advance the software—primarily by addressing travel, one of the most vexing problems for streaming fans. See also: Have Chromecast, Will Travel … Er, Maybe NotSome customers buy compact TV sticks expressly so they can take them on trips. But none of the most popular streaming devices—specifically Chromecast, Apple TV and Roku—work with complex logins or the multi-screen setups often used in hotels and other public locations. But Amazon’s upcoming update will.Both the $39 Fire TV stick and the squarish $99 set-top box will work with hotel Wi-Fi, airport hotspots, university networks and other “captive portals” requiring secondary authentication or acceptance of other terms. That alone positions Amazon’s Fire TV product line as the only choice for business travelers or vacationers who want to take their Amazon Prime, Netflix, Hulu or other streams on the go. Amazon’s TV box will also get support for external USB storage, so users can store and play their own games, apps and media, instead of solely relying on streaming. The set-top will soon work with Bluetooth headphones, too, so people who use wireless earbuds with their smartphones can use the same headsets for TV audio. Of the top TV streaming devices, the only other product that offers private listening is Roku, which comes courtesy of a headphone jack in the remote for the Roku 2 and 3. See also: HBO Go Hits Amazon Fire TV, May Bring Cord-Cutting Service TooOther changes coming to both the Fire TV box and stick include hidden PIN code entry, so the numbers won’t show up onscreen when you input them for purchases, new Prime Music playlists and remote control shortcuts. In addition, the company announced that the Fire TV Stick orders will open immediately in the UK and Germany, with a ship date beginning on April 15. Amazon’s new features will arrive as free over-the-air software updates some time in the “coming weeks.” It’s Going To Be A Hot Summer Amazon’s streaming gadgets also likely benefitted from key partnerships—in particular, the company’s latest deal with Sling TV.The service adds live television streaming to Fire TV’s feature list, similar to the new service expected from Apple this summer. Speaking of Apple, its next-generation Apple TV will also reportedly offer voice features. Voice was a distinguishing factor for Amazon’s first Fire TV set-top product when it debuted last year. Though limited, Amazon’s voice search has slowly begun to expand beyond its Instant Watch catalog to include Hulu Plus, HBO Go and Showtime Anytime, among others. Television may only scratch the surface of Apple’s ambitions, but when it comes to standalone TV products, Amazon’s devices could wind up holding their own—partially due to the new additions coming soon, but also because of price. See also: Apple’s Small iOS 8.3 Updates Speak Volumes About Where It’s HeadedAmazon’s compact device is currently the least expensive streaming TV product that offers the combination of live online TV programming, travel-readiness and, at the very least, a foundation for growing voice features. Roku also works with Sling TV, though it offers no voice features and no support for captive portal networks yet. Chromecast, the second most popular option, offers no voice support and does not work with hotel Wi-Fi networks, though it’s capable of some live television streaming through individual third-party services or providers, like ABC. To make its Chromecast more appealing, Google announced several promotions last week for streaming subscriptions and a free Google Play movie rental. But the battle for the living room isn’t over yet. There’s more than two months to go before Apple’s WWDC conference, with Google’s I/O developers conference falling in between, so more announcements are likely on the way. Stay tuned. Amazon Fire TV Stick lead photo and Game Of Thrones photo by Adriana Lee for ReadWrite; Amazon Fire TV set-top box product shot courtesy of Amazon 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout adriana lee 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People… Related Posts last_img read more

Establishing a Significant Footprint in 100Gb Top500

first_imgBy John Beck, General Manager Intel Omni-Path Architecture Business GroupOn November 14, 2016, at Supercomputing 2016 in Salt Lake City, Utah, Intel shared exciting updates on the continuing market momentum of Intel® Omni-Path Architecture, Intel’s 100Gb fabric for high performance computing. The Intel® Omni-Path Architecture connects 28 systems in the current Top500 list, double the number of InfiniBand’s EDR, clearly proving that Intel®  Omni-Path Architecture is becoming the preferred 100Gb fabric for major deployments as a result of its strong performance and scalability. Intel® Omni-Path Architecture commands a total of 43.7 petaflops in the 100Gb Top500 arena, which is over 2.5x the total peak FLOPs for Infiniband EDR systems (17.1 petaflops). The high-speed, low latency and scalability of Intel OPA is critical to better performance and balanced cluster delivery for HPC applications.What a Difference Five Months Can MakeThe graphs below illustrate the tremendous improvements in the number of systems and total performance that have propelled Intel® Omni-Path Architecture to a leadership position in 100Gb fabric.We’re also very excited that Intel OPA is the first 100Gb fabric to appear in the Top 10!     The 8,208-node Oakforest-PACs cluster (University of Tokyo and Tsukuba University), which is based on the Intel® Omni-Path Architecture, has broken into the #6 spot in the recently-published Top500list. Delivering 25 petaflops of peak performance and a measured 13.5 petaflops (Rmax), the Oakforest-PACS cluster supports over 500,000 Intel® Xeon Phi™ processor cores (formerly codenamed Knights Landing).  The Intel® Omni-Path Architecture is specifically designed for large scale HPC deployments to offer the bandwidth, low latency and efficiency required for today’s biggest supercomputers.  The #6 listing on the Top500 list for the Oakforest-PACS cluster demonstrates the ability for Intel® Omni-Path Architecture to deliver top performance and scalability.Following the Oakforest-PACS cluster in the #12 spot is the 3,556-node CINECA Marconi-A2 cluster, sporting a peak performance of 10.8 petaflops and a measured ~6.2 petaflops.These are significant accomplishments, given that volume shipments started just nine months ago.  Intel’s high-speed, low-latency fabric for high-performance computing has quickly established its presence around the world as the 100Gb HPC fabric of choice, primarily due to its performance, price/performance, scalability, and the customers’ satisfaction with their initial experiences after deployment.   The vast majority of major HPC system OEMs integrating large and scalable machines have adopted the Intel fabric for their deployments. These include Dell, Lenovo, HPE, Cray, SGI, and Supermicro in the United States; Bull Atos and Clustervision in Europe; Fujitsu in Japan; and Sugon, Inspur, and Huawei in China.Integrators and customers cite that competitive performance is not the only compelling reason to choose Intel® Omni-Path Architecture. The increased port density afforded by Intel technology’s 48 radix switch silicon (compared to InfiniBand’s 36-port switch) reduces the complexity and costs in the network’s design required to enable large clusters. For Penguin Computing, who deployed Intel® Omni-Path Architecture for the first Commodity Technology System program (CTS-1) for the U.S. government’s National Nuclear Security Agency (NNSA), said Intel’s switch was very beneficial for the CTS-1 design.  Please check out what Sig Mair of Penguin has previously said about Intel® Omni-Path Architecture benefits in the following Top500.org articleOpens in a new window. There are now eight NNSA/CTS1 clusters on this Top500, a number of which are in the top 50 on the list.The Proof is in the PerformanceThe proven quality and stability of Intel® Omni-Path Architecture allowed MIT to deploy their HPC system in record time this fall.   Jeremy Kepner, MIT Lincoln Laboratory Fellow and head of the Lincoln Laboratory Supercomputing Center, shares that  “Dell EMC and Intel have been great partners in enabling us to dramatically increase the capabilities of our supercomputing center. The Dell HPC and Intel teams were very knowledgeable and responsive and able to deliver, install, and benchmark our Petaflop-scale system in less than a month. This was a great example of a well-coordinated and dedicated organization that was able to allocate the appropriate resources to exceed customer expectations.  We are very pleased with the efficiency and performance of our Dell EMC Networking H-Series fabric based on Intel® Omni-Path Architecture, which enabled our #106 ranking on the November Top500 list.”All accomplished in just the second Top500 list featuring Intel® Omni-Path Architecture, Intel’s leap in both number of solutions represented in the Top500 list and overall performance proves its commanding presence in the 100Gb fabric market.  Intel OPA is a pillar of Intel®’s Scalable System Framework, a consolidated strategy to bring highly integrated solutions to high performance computing.To learn more about Intel® Omni-Path Architecture visit: http://www.intel.com/omnipathOpens in a new windowlast_img read more