Jozef Imrich, name worthy of Kafka, has his finger on the pulse of any irony of interest and shares his findings to keep you in-the-know with the savviest trend setters and infomaniacs.
''I want to stay as close to the edge as I can without going over. Out on the edge you see all kinds of things you can't see from the center.''
A cotton farmer who has pleaded guilty to pumping over 153-Olympic-swimming-pools-worth of water from the Barwon River in western New South Wales during a dry spell in 2015 says he did so because he was assured by the then NSW minister for water, Kevin Humphries, there was no embargo.
ASIC has announced the launch of the Global Financial Innovation Network
(GFIN) and invited applications from fintech startups to be part of a pilot to
test their innovative financial products, services or business models across
GFIN is a group of 28 international organisations including ASIC, committed
to supporting financial innovation in the interests of consumers. ASIC
Commissioner, John Price, said innovation has the potential to offer consumers
better quality and value products and services and to promote improved risk
management and compliance outcomes by firms through use of regulatory
Applications are due by 28 February 2019. Fintech startups interested in
applying to take part in the pilot cross-border tests should review the list of
participating regulators and submit an application [referrals] .
ASIC said firms must meet the eligibility requirements of all the jurisdictions
in which they would like to test. In Australia, that would mean meeting the
eligibility criteria under ASIC's regulatory sandbox licensing exemption [Innovation] . ASIC expects the pilots will
run from Q2 2019. The pilot tests will run for a 6-month period, unless
regulators agree to extend them.
In addition, ASIC said the GFIN has finalised terms of reference [ASIC GFIN] for governance and
membership of the group, and invited expressions of interest from other
regulators and international organisations interested in joining.
ASIC media release 19-017MR, 1 February 2019 [ASIC presser] GovExec: “A new study released by the Senior Executives Association paints a dire picture of the federal workforce, one that is stretched too thin, hampered by old technology and the target of partisan attacks. Without a significant overhaul, agencies may fail to provide adequate services when they are needed most, the researchers found. The report, released last week, seeks to answer the question in its title: “Are Declines in U.S. Federal Workforce Capabilities Putting our Government at Risk of Failing?” The conclusion of the authors, longtime government observers and practitioners, is not reassuring: “Has the U.S. federal government reached a point where critical operations might fail in stressful events that are likely to occur? This was this project’s animating question. Based on the data collected in this study, it appears the answer to these critical questions is yes.
Lists, of course, are always subjective, and of course you’re meant to quibble. That’s kind of the point. But really? Mohammed bin Salman? And get aload of the “artists and activists” category. Barely an artist to be found. And these are “the big ideas of those who shape our understanding of the world?” –Foreign Policy