MoU inked for inter-agency sharing of info

first_imgMoney launderingData gathering and the sharing of information have been deemed two critical components in the fight against money laundering and countering terrorism financing and, therefore, collaborative efforts by several important agencies in Guyana are essential to securing successful prosecutions and convictions.Head of the Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU), Matthew LangevineThis is according to the Head of the Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU), Matthew Langevine, who at a signing ceremony of agreements with seven agencies on Monday stated that the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that each agency inked with the FIU allows for the exchange of information in a timely, safe and secure manner.“The MoU was developed based on recommendations to 29 of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF). Forty recommendations which require that organisations, competent authorities in every country, share information that will allow for the effective execution of its mandate with respect to dealing with the scourge of money laundering,” Langevine said at the brief signing ceremony.The agencies which will be sharing information are Guyana Gold Board, Bank of Guyana, Guyana Geology and Mines Commission, Gaming Authority, Lands Registry, Chief Cooperative Development Officer and Guyana Securities Council.ConfidentialityLangevine explained that the MoU allows for all competent authorities to agree to share information and exchange information in an efficient, safe and secure manner, so that there is confidentiality and protection of the information that is shared.“As well as to share the information in a timely manner so that investigations are conducted efficiently. We have an MoU with the Special Organised Crime Unit (SOCU) and the State Assets Recovery Agency (SARA) already that was done previously and so with all the agencies now coming on board to exchange information in a more structured and efficient manner, it should allow for a more efficient and effective process with respect to all the investigations we are conducting.”According to the FIU Head, such a process is standard for all FIUs globally and all the competent authorities in every country. The fact that Guyana was not a part of this process earlier was highlighted as a weakness within a National Risk Assessment (NRA) that was conducted.Langevine further explained that the inking of such a MoU is one of the recommendations that came out of the NRA that was completed in 2017. It is aimed at ensuring that all measures that were identified in relation to improving the effectiveness of the Anti-Money Laundering/Caribbean Financing Action Task Force (AML/CFATF) regime in Guyana, are in place.“We signed with seven today but we would have signed a couple already. We have a few others that we are hoping to sign with very shortly including the additional registries, the Commercial Registry and the Deeds Registry as well as the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) which is still outstanding which we are going to have signed off very shortly. The Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit (CANU) is also scheduled to sign off with us very shortly as well.”No SOCU successful prosecutionsHe told this publication that over the past few years, since the establishment of the FIU, his agency has continuously been sending cases to SOCU so that it (SOCU) could pursue with the aim of securing successful prosecutions which would lead to convictions.“We are sending cases all the time, we are sending reports to them, sending updated reports to reports submitted previously so it is an ongoing process. The one thing I would like to warn the public is that money laundering investigations are very complex and it takes a lot of time and requires a lot of work and a lot of skilled resources and I think that we have to allow the process to work.”However, he noted that getting to the stage of convictions, prosecutions and seizures of assets cannot happen until there are certain systems properly implemented.last_img read more

Ancelotti not willing to park the bus at Anfield

first_imgCarlo Ancelotti revealed his Napoli team will not park the bus at Anfield in the bid to secure a spot in the knockout rounds of the Champions League.Napoli romped to a 4-0 Serie A triumph against Frosinone thanks to the returning Ghoulam who assisted twice in the game.“I made the decision to start Ghoulam on Tuesday,” the Coach revealed to Football Italia.“This was a dangerous fixture, the kind of classic trap that we can fall into, especially ahead of a Champions League game.”Sacchi explains Sarri, Conte, and Ancelotti Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Arrigo Sacchi talked about how Sarri has a tougher time at Juventus than Conte at Inter; while Ancelotti’s “blood is boiling” at Napoli.Arrigo Sacchi…Alex Meret in goal and Amin Younes off the bench made their full Napoli debuts.“Those who debuted or made their comebacks today should be applauded, as they knew how to wait, prepare and were ready when called upon.“We can start thinking about Liverpool now but must try to be calm and concentrated. We arrive with the right mentality, the players are in good shape and a few rested today.“It is fundamental to have a positive approach in Liverpool, trying to control the initiative, but then we are incapable of any other attitude. We are not suited to parking the bus and this wouldn’t be the right game to do that either.”last_img read more

Natya Shastra to come alive

first_imgThe rich cultural heritage of India is visually soothing and enriching to the dance and music connoisseurs, who come from all across the world to catch a glimpse. Different dance forms that have originated from various parts of the country and have been practiced accordingly, can only be witnessed at once, under one roof when a festival organises for a perfect blend of classical dance forms for enthusiasts.To make the enthusiasts come together for two days of excitement, Pracheen Kala Kendra is organising its 5th quarterly Baithak programme under the series ‘Legends of Tomorrow’ in the national Capital.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The festival which will be held on April 15 and 16 at Triveni Kala Sangam will feature well known talented artists of the country such as Dr Samira Koser (Kathak); Ankita Kaushik and Himanshu Srivastava (Bharatnatyam Jugalbandi); Vasu Krishna Maharaj and Vaibhav Krishna Maharaj (Kathak Duo) and Meenu Thakur & troupe (Kuchipudi Dance).With a view to create more awakening about salient features of the Indian classical dances of various forms, the Kendra has ventured to organise a two-day feast of classical dances at Triveni Kala Sangam studded with young artists. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixPracheen Kala Kendra is one of the organisations engaged in the promotion of classical musical and dance in the region. With the kind patronage of the public, the Kendra has emerged as an institute of multidimensional excellence. With an aim to promote and nourish the young talented artists, the Kendra is working hard towards its goal. Pracheen Kala Kendra having its headquarters in Chandigarh, enormous sister set-ups in Mohali and Kolkata, besides liaison offices at Ludhiana and Bhubaneswar, and newly setup regional office at New Delhi, is one of the premier organisations dedicated to the promotion, preservation and dissemination of Indian classical art and culture. Established in 1956, it is the only organisation of its kind which was founded by the artists, run by the artists and which is working for the promotion of artists. It is a pioneer and professionally equipped examining and affiliating institution of national importance with a network of more than 3500 training and examination centres functioning as its affiliates all over the country and abroad including USA, Canada, United Kingdom, Mauritius, Singapore, Dubai, South Africa, Bangladesh, Nepal, Kuwait, etc.  The student strength of 2.6 lakh makes it the largest organisation of its kind in the field of arts education. The certificates and diplomas awarded by the Kendra in the subjects of Indian Classical music (vocal and instrumental), classical dances and fine arts (painting) are not only recognised by various Education Boards, Universities and state governments for employment purposes as teachers/lecturers in schools/colleges but the same are treated as equivalent to degrees under their respective jurisdictions. WHEN: April 15-16WHERE: Triveni Kala SangamTIME: 6:30 pmlast_img read more

Children too catch poll fever play votevote game

first_imgKolkata: The children have trespassed into the domain of the adults but their parents do not mind, at least in this case. As the lion’s share of reports in media, particularly television, and discussions among people in public transport and at home revolves around the on-going Lok Sabha elections, children take note and improvise it in their own way. They have invented a new game — the “vote-vote game” — that they play in their pool car while going to or returning from school. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: Mamata”Our parents say vote is very important. But we cannot vote till we grow up. So we are playing vote-vote game,” said Samadrita, a 10-year-old girl who studies in class 5. She plays this new game with her friends in the pool car — Trisrota, Nabanita, Ayush, Vidissa, Soumili and others — who are students of two-three schools in the north eastern part of Kolkata. Asked to whom people vote, they said in unison: “Parties”. They do know names of parties. “Trinamool… BJP… Congress..,” said Nabanita, a class 4 student. They came to know from their parents that someone becomes the prime minister after election. So, how is this vote-vote game? Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in state”We divide ourselves into two parties and elect a prime minister. All of us has to listen to the prime minister,” 7-year-old Soumili was serious. Trisrota said they elect the prime minister by raising their hands and counting them. And in case of a tie, the “driver uncle” of the pool car is entitled to a casting vote. “Even I have to listen to the prime minister. I play the song the prime minister wants to listen to. The prime minister also gets the first share of tiffin,” Prabir Haldar, 30, who drives a pool car, said with a smile. Parents of these children said their wards get excited to inform them about the result of the game. “My son was very excited after returning from school the other day. He was elected the prime minister,” said Shrabani Dutta, mother of Ayush, a class 3 student. “He asked a lot of questions about elections and political parties. He even asked to which party I am going to vote,” she said. Psychologist Shreya Ghosh said children are by nature curious and they learn from their surroundings. “But parents must take care that the game remains as such. Children try to emulate what they see. They should not indulge in the ugly sides of elections like fights,” she said.last_img read more

ACM honors the three Pioneers in Artificial Intelligence with 1 million Turing

first_imgThe Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) announced Yoshua Bengio, Geoffrey Hinton, and Yann LeCun, the three pioneers in Artificial Intelligence, as winners of the 2018 Turing Award. The Turing Award was presented to the researchers for their ‘conceptual and engineering breakthroughs’ that resulted in deep neural networks become a critical component of computing. The ACM Turing Award, named after the great Alan M. Turing, a British Mathematician, is often referred to as the “Nobel Prize of Computing”. The award brings along with it a $1 million prize which will be split between the winners. Financial support is being offered by Google. ACM states that Hinton, LeCun, and Bengio, worked independently and together to develop conceptual foundations for the field. These researchers worked diligently to identify surprising phenomena via various experiments and also contributed engineering advances that effectively shows the practical advantages of deep neural networks. These deep learning methods have led to many astonishing breakthroughs in the fields of computer vision, speech recognition, natural language processing, and robotics among others. LeCun, Hinton, and Bengio stayed committed to the approach of using artificial neural networks as a tool to help computers recognize patterns and simulate human intelligence. Researchers also faced much criticism initially and their ideas were often met with skepticism. But, the researchers were determined and their ideas have resulted in major technological advances. “At the heart of this progress are fundamental techniques developed starting more than 30 years ago by this year’s Turing Award winners, Yoshua Bengio, Geoffrey Hinton, and Yann LeCun”, said Jeff Dean, Google Senior Fellow, and SVP, Google AI. Dr. Hinton now works as VP and engineering fellow at Google; Dr. LeCun works as the Chief AI Scientist for Facebook, and Dr. Bengio has inked deals with IBM and Microsoft. Read Next NGI0 Consortium to award grants worth 5.6 million euro to open internet projects UC Davis students bag $500k award and the 2018 Amazon Alexa prize for creating a social conversational system Mozilla funds winners of the 2018 Creative Media Awards for highlighting unintended consequences of AI in Soceitylast_img read more