first_img Source:http://www.allelebiotech.com/ Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Oct 15 2018The National Institute of General Medical Sciences of NIH has awarded a Small Business Innovative Research grant to Allele Biotechnology and Pharmaceuticals to develop new single-domain nanoantibody (nAb) therapies for the treatment of sepsis. Sepsis and septic shock are among the leading causes of death in intensive care units (ICUs). The global incidence of sepsis has increased over the years, while the mortality rate, which can reach over 60% for septic shock, has been virtually unchanged for the past three decades due to lack of a cure or effective treatments.Scientists at Allele have focused on how to intervene with so-called “cytokine storm,” an intense inflammatory response that occurs early in the pathogenesis of sepsis and causes vascular endothelial barrier dysfunction. Other companies have attempted to develop sepsis therapeutics using conventional monoclonal antibodies targeting similar upstream cytokines. However, monoclonal antibody drugs failed to meaningfully improve the mortality rate of sepsis in clinical trials, because the antibodies did not produce significant enough benefits to patients within the relevant time window.Related StoriesNew research defines the chain of molecular events that goes awry in sepsisFirst state-mandated sepsis regulation in the U.S. linked to lower mortality ratesKAIST research team finds cause of sepsis-induced lung injuryAllele has engineered novel multi-valent and multi-specific nAbs, originally identified from an immunized llama, to combat cytokine storms. These nAbs have superior therapeutic efficacy over conventional antibody drugs in animal models of sepsis because of their unique structural and functional properties. nAbs, also known as VHH domains, are small fragments of antibodies (12-15 Kd) that are very stable and easy to produce. Allele’s research team has found that this class of antibodies possess an outstanding capacity to penetrate to tissues and tumors. Moreover, nAbs can bind epitopes that are difficult for conventional antibodies to access. The first ever approval of a nAb-based drug—caplacizumab, a von Willebrand factor (vWF) target— has been issued to a Belgian company, Ablynx, which has worked almost exclusively on nAbs for 17 years. Ablynx was recently acquired by Sanofi for $4.8 billion.Allele’s involvement in the nAb field began in 2008. The biotech company has received continued NIH funding since 2011 and private investments since 2013. These funds strengthened Allele’s platform, allowing Allele to drastically enhance its capacity of internal research and outside collaboration. Allele now generates high quality nAbs targeting the most devastating diseases including cancers, inflammation, neurological and ophthalmological diseases, and possesses dozens of exciting nAb drug candidates in its pipeline. With the new funding support from NIH, Allele will aggressively move towards clinical stage in finding a much-needed medicine that reduces death from sepsis.last_img read more

first_imgThe department’s faculty perform research in a host of areas, including electrical power systems, microgrids, power conversion and control, energy storage, sensors and robotics, unmanned vehicle systems, photonics, implantable sensors and systems, radar and wireless sensor networks, human performance and signal processing and machine learning. Source:University of Texas at Arlington Weidong Zhou works with quantum sensors for detecting disease and harmful gases in the air, as well as on-chip systems for use in health care applications. Michael Vasilyev works with quantum optic communications for secure data transmissions and more efficient internet connections. Alice Sun uses lasers to build sensors that detect harmful gases in the air, as well as portable sensors that can be used in a doctor’s office to non-invasively detect cancer and other diseases. We have made many advances in the development of photonic devices over the years, and our methodology can be really useful in this application. There is a need to develop this technology because there is a shortage of optical components in longwave infrared bands. Changing frequency or wavelength to this region requires that we completely change our fabrication methods, and we have already successfully made devices under this new funding.”Robert Magnusson, Electrical Engineering Professor, University of Texas Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Jun 24 2019A research team from The University of Texas at Arlington is working with the Army Research Laboratory to develop nanophotonic devices that could have applications in thermal imaging and resonant filtering.Robert Magnusson, an electrical engineering professor and the Texas Instruments Distinguished University Chair in Nanoelectronics, is the principal investigator for a $1.2 million collaborative agreement with the Army Research Laboratory.Nanophotonic devices are used to shape the spectrum of light via photonic lattices and resonance, but their application generally has been limited to short wavelengths. The research team is trying to develop devices that will work in the longwave infrared spectral region, which is the range in which thermal radiation is emitted. In addition to thermal imaging technology, these devices could be used in sensors for medical diagnostics, chemical analyses and environmental monitoring, among other applications. Photonic lattices are structures–such as nanopatterned silicon films on glass substrates or arrays of nanowires–with differing refractive qualities that are arranged so they can capture, store and release light. For the new, longer wavelength devices, Magnusson will create lattices out of germanium, a metalloid element that has the properties of a semiconductor.Daniel Carney, a recent UTA doctoral graduate, successfully developed longer wavelength devices in the University’s Shimadzu Institute Nanotechnology Research Center while a student in Magnusson’s lab. Magnusson said he plans to adapt these devices to make them tunable to specific wavelengths. By mechanically or electrically altering the device’s structure, selected wavelengths are rejected while useful imaging data passes to detection equipment.”The Shimadzu Institute Nanotechnology Research Center was very important in the development of Daniel’s research and what we’re trying to do with the Army Research Lab,” Magnusson said. “The facility is behind experimental realization of many of the key discoveries we make.”Magnusson, Neelam Gupta of the Army Research Laboratory and Mark Mirotznik of the University of Delaware are collaborating on the research. Their project is an example of data-driven discovery, one of the themes of UTA’s Strategic Plan 2020, said Peter Crouch, dean of the College of Engineering.Related StoriesAMSBIO offers new, best-in-class CAR-T cell range for research and immunotherapyComplement system shown to remove dead cells in retinitis pigmentosa, contradicting previous researchSchwann cells capable of generating protective myelin over nerves finds research”As engineers, we always want to have an impact on society,” Crouch said. “Dr. Magnusson’s research has been at the leading edge of his field for many years, and his findings have contributed a great deal to our knowledge of photonics. This agreement with the Army Research Lab is an excellent opportunity to create devices that will make an impact for years to come.”Magnusson has worked in photonics throughout his career and pioneered a host of device technologies, many of which are patented. He leads UTA’s Nanophotonics Device Group, which pursues theoretical and experimental research in periodic nanostructures, nanolithography, nanophotonics, nanoelectronics, nanoplasmonics and optical bio- and chemical sensors. His research established new transformative biosensor platform technology that is in commercial use by Resonant Sensors Inc., a company he co-founded.Magnusson has garnered more than $12 million in research funding and endowments for UTA since becoming the Texas Instruments Distinguished University Chair in Nanoelectronics in 2008, published more than 450 journal and conference papers and secured 35 issued patents and pending patents.He is a charter fellow of the National Academy of Inventors–one of 15 NAI fellows among the UTA faculty–and a Life Fellow of the prestigious Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. The IEEE has singled out Magnusson for his contributions to the invention of a new class of nanophotonic devices that employ light at a nanometer scale. His devices are used as biosensors, lasers, tunable filters and optical components.UTA’s Department of Electrical Engineering boasts several leading researchers in the field of photonics in addition to Magnusson:last_img read more

first_imgThe study was led in collaboration with Nicholas Arpaia, assistant professor of microbiology & immunology at CUIMC, and co-senior author on the publication. The team combined their expertise in synthetic biology and immunology to engineer a strain of bacteria able to grow and multiply in the necrotic core of tumors. When bacteria numbers reach a critical threshold, the non-pathogenic E. coli are then programmed to self-destruct, allowing for effective release of therapeutics and preventing them from wreaking havoc elsewhere in the body. Subsequently, a small fraction of bacteria survive lysis and reseed the population, allowing for repeated rounds of drug delivery inside treated tumors. The proof of concept in programming the bacteria in this way was originally developed a few years ago (Din & Danino et al. Nature 2016). In the current study, the authors chose to release a nanobody that targets a protein called CD47.Related StoriesUsing machine learning algorithm to accurately diagnose breast cancerNew protein target for deadly ovarian cancerStudy reveals link between inflammatory diet and colorectal cancer riskCD47, a “don’t-eat-me” signal, protects cancer cells from being eaten by innate immune cells such as macrophages and dendritic cells. It is found in abundance on a majority of human solid tumors and has recently become a popular therapeutic target.”But CD47 is present elsewhere in the body, and systemic targeting of CD47 results in significant toxicity as evidenced by recent clinical trials. To solve this issue, we engineered bacteria to target CD47 exclusively within the tumor and avoid systemic side-effects of treatment,” adds Sreyan Chowdhury, the paper’s lead author and a PhD student co-mentored by Arpaia and Danino.The combined effect of bacterially induced local inflammation within the tumor and the blockade of CD47 leads to increased ingestion, or phagocytosis of tumor cells and subsequently to enhanced activation and proliferation of T cells within the treated tumors. The team found that treatment with their engineered bacteria not only cleared the treated tumors but also reduced the incidence of tumor metastasis in multiple models.”Treatment with engineered bacteria led to priming of tumor-specific T cells in the tumor that then migrated systemically to also treat distant tumors,” Arpaia says. “Without both live bugs lysing in the tumor and the CD47 nanobody payload, we were not able to observe the therapeutic or abscopal effects.”The team is now performing further proof-of-concept tests, as well as safety and toxicology studies, of their engineered immunotherapeutic bacteria in a range of advanced solid tumor settings in mouse models. Positive results from those tests may lead to a clinical trial in patients. They are also collaborating with Gary Schwartz, CUIMC’s chief of hematology/oncology and deputy director of the Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center, on clinical translation aspects of their work, and have started a company to translate their promising technology to patients. Source:Columbia University School of Engineering and Applied Science Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Jul 4 2019The emerging field of synthetic biology- designing new biological components and systems- is revolutionizing medicine. Through the genetic programming of living cells, researchers are creating engineered systems that intelligently sense and respond to diverse environments, leading to more specific and effective solutions in comparison to current molecular-based therapeutics.At the same time, cancer immunotherapy- using the body’s immune defenses to fight cancer- has transformed cancer treatment over the past decade, but only a handful of solid tumors have responded, and systemic therapy often results in significant side effects. Designing therapies that can induce a potent, anti-tumor immune response within a solid tumor without triggering systemic toxicity has posed a significant challenge.Researchers at Columbia Engineering and Columbia University Irving Medical Center (CUIMC) announced today that they are addressing this challenge by engineering a strain of non-pathogenic bacteria that can colonize solid tumors in mice and safely deliver potent immunotherapies, acting as a Trojan Horse that treats tumors from within. The therapy led not only to complete tumor regression in a mouse model of lymphoma, but also significant control of distant, uninjected tumor lesions. Their findings are published today in Nature Medicine. Seeing untreated tumors respond alongside treatment of primary lesions was an unexpected discovery. It is the first demonstration following a bacterial cancer therapy of what is termed an ‘abscopal’ effect. This means that we’ll be able to engineer bacteria to prime tumors locally, and then stimulate the immune system to seek out tumors and metastases that are too small to be detected with imaging or other approaches.”Tal Danino, assistant professor of biomedical engineeringlast_img read more

first_img This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Explore further An artist’s view of the PrandtlPlane shows what future commercial aircrafts could look like. Credit: Vittorio C/ University of Pisa, Italy, licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 “The theoretical results can be used to define a new configuration, our configuration,” he said.Instead of two separate wings extending either side of the fuselage, our familiar concept of an airplane, the Prandtl-inspired aircraft has one wing which loops and closes back on itself in a closed-wing design with no wingtips. This reduces the amount of drag acting on the aircraft, meaning that less fuel is burned. This is especially important for take-off and landing, as these are the phases of airplane flight that usually guzzle the most fuel and expel most emissions.”These aircraft will be much more convenient from the point of view of fuel consumption, noise pollution and emissions,” said Prof. Frediani.The team has developed a small model of their plane but the idea is to focus on medium-sized aircraft, with the goal of increasing the number of passengers being transported per flight from around 180 to 310. The researchers estimate that the plane could be in the air in 10-15 years’ time, depending on safety checks and the interest of aircraft manufacturers. Their next steps are to refine the aerodynamics, engine position and controls, while the University of Pisa’s economics department is working with PARSIFAL to determine the projected economic performance of the aircraft. “This solution could completely change the air transport of the future,” said Prof. Frediani.Meanwhile, other engineers are taking inspiration from nature to develop 3-D printed aircraft components that could reduce weight by up to 30%. The less a plane weighs, the less fuel is required, resulting in a significant reduction of CO2 emissions.Honeycomb structureMelanie Gralow is a biomimetic design engineer for the Bionic Aircraft project, which is taking the lessons of nature to improve parts for making aeroplanes. “Thin surfaces or rods tend to deform very easily throughout the manufacturing process,” she explained. “You can stiffen them by applying a certain surface structure. The honeycomb structure is one of those bio-inspired structures that can be utilised to stiffen the wall without adding too much weight.” The project also takes inspiration from grass stalks, which are subject to bending loads by the wind in the same way as struts in aircraft components. Bending loads are forces that act upon a structure laterally and hence can result in it bending.”The stalk is hollow inside and it has a double wall system,” said Gralow. “It needs to resist wind forces in nature, but struts in the technical world also have to resist bending. By applying the double-walled system to the struts, we can make them more lightweight, but at the same time just as stiff as they need to be.”To make these intricate, highly-detailed, lightweight parts, the team uses 3-D printers with laser beam technology. Although ideal for small precision work, the researchers say that printing an entire aircraft in this way is still a long way off.”For now, the goal is really to focus on smaller parts because the build spaces of the current printers are restricted. The biggest commercial printers are about 40—50 centimetres in width, so that sets the maximum size limit for current 3-D-printed metal parts,” said Gralow. Provided by Horizon: The EU Research & Innovation Magazine Citation: Radical closed-wing aircraft design could see greener skies take flight (2018, May 16) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-05-radical-closed-wing-aircraft-greener-flight.html Aviation is one of the most environmentally harmful forms of transportation, accounting for 3% of all EU greenhouse gas emissions. But new aircraft designs inspired by the work of an early 20th-century aviation engineer and natural substances such as honeycomb and grass could help to cut the environmental footprint of flying. Research examines wing shapes to reduce vortex and wake With nearly 1 billion passengers taking to European skies in 2016 and the numbers still increasing, the growth in European aviation has been staggering. The effect is that even as many other industries are reducing greenhouse gas emissions through efficiency and new technology, aviation’s are on the increase.One person flying from London to New York and back generates roughly the same level of emissions as one year’s home heating for the average European. At the recent Transport Research Arena conference in Vienna, Austria, a high-level event covering all modes of European transport, Professor Hans Joachim Schellnhuber, director of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research in Germany, said avoiding air travel completely was the best option for protecting the environment.But as Sergio Barbarino, chairman of the Alliance for Logistics Innovation through Collaboration in Europe (ALICE) responded, that’s an unlikely scenario. “We can’t just tell people they can’t take their holidays in the Canary Islands anymore,” he said.Air travel may be here to stay, but there’s no doubt that engineers need to find new ways to make it cleaner and greener. One idea is to radically redesign an aircraft’s wing so that it requires significantly less operational fuel, an approach that’s currently under development by a project called PARSIFAL.Father of aerodynamicsFor their design, the team sought inspiration from the renowned German aviation engineer Ludwig Prandtl, often considered the father of aerodynamics. In 1924, Prandtl had an idea for a plane with an unusual wing that reduced the drag coefficient and improved the aerodynamic efficiency but the idea was largely ignored at the time.In the late 1990s, Professor Aldo Frediani of the University of Pisa, Italy, and coordinator of the PARSIFAL project, used mathematics to prove that Prandtl’s wing theory was plausible. Prof. Frediani and his team began to work on the design of a new closed-wing airplane based on Prandtl’s original concept.last_img read more

first_img Provided by University of East Anglia Proposals to extend the role played by politicians in scrutinising mergers and investments in the UK could discourage foreign investment, according to new research from the University of East Anglia (UEA). This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Canada blocks China purchase of construction firm Aecon As part of preparations for life after Brexit, the UK government has introduced wide-ranging plans for strengthening its scope to scrutinise mergers, acquisitions and investments that raise national security concerns in specific sectors.The proposals, the result of the government’s review of the Enterprise Act 2002, seek to extend the powers that the government currently has to intervene in transactions in order to safeguard the national security of the UK, while simultaneously attempting to minimise any adverse effect these reforms may have on predictability and procedural transparency.However, while the Green Paper on National Security and Infrastructure Investment (NSII) makes “all the right noises” with regard to investor certainty, researcher Dr. David Reader argues that the “resurrection” of ministerial decision-making could yet deter foreign investment by creating perceptions of an assessment process based on furthering the UK’s new Industrial Strategy, rather than protecting national security.The reforms, which have been consulted on and will be set out in a White Paper later this year, follow a traditionally ‘open for business’ stance adopted by successive governments in order to aid the UK’s recovery in the wake of the 2007-08 global financial crisis. They also come in the wake of controversial foreign bids for so-called ‘crown jewel’ firms such as Cadbury, AstraZeneca and ARM Holdings, as well as the all-British tie-up between Melrose and Armed Forces supplier GKN earlier this year.Published in the journal Competition Law International, Dr. Reader’s evaluation of the proposals argues for restraining the role of ministerial decision-making under the new regime.”At a glance, the Green Paper’s repeated emphasis of the need to maintain a regime that promotes business certainty and procedural transparency would seem to be music to the ears of potential investors,” said Dr. Reader, of UEA’s Centre for Competition Policy.”However, the proposals are also set to resurrect a central role for ministerial decision-making in the UK investment landscape. In the light of a new industrial strategy and the shadow of impending Brexit, this carries the risk of creating a suspicion that politicians will base their decisions on industrial policy grounds under the guise of national security.center_img Citation: Government reforms could deter foreign investment (2018, June 25) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-06-reforms-deter-foreign-investment.html “With the implementation of these reforms likely to coincide with the UK’s departure from the EU, the true impact of the reforms on the level of foreign investment may not be discernible. But, as attracting foreign investment will play a key role in the government’s industrial strategy, understanding the long-term impact of these proposals is paramount.”The government is already pressing ahead with the Green Paper’s short-term proposals to amend the turnover threshold and share of supply tests for mergers within the Enterprise Act 2002. This allows the government to examine and potentially intervene in mergers that currently fall outside the thresholds in two areas, namely the dual use (items used for both civil and military applications) and military use sector, and parts of the advanced technology sector.The Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) currently has powers to intervene in merger assessments on national security grounds, but will seek formal advice from the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA), often in consultation with either the Ministry of Defence or the Home Office, before deciding whether to refer the transaction for further in-depth assessment.Under the proposed ‘national security intervention’ procedure, however, the Green Paper suggests that—where non-merger specific transactions (such as greenfield investment) raise concerns—the Secretary of State will undertake their evaluation without receiving advice from the CMA or any other independent body.Dr. Reader said there are doubts as to whether a foreign investment review regime based solely on the assessments and decision-making of politicians or government departments would create an environment that instils confidence in prospective investors.He also highlights a potential conflict of interest, given that the BEIS Secretary has also been tasked with heading up the government’s industrial strategy, a key component of which is to target specific companies to invest in the UK as part of individual sector deals and to ensure that the regulatory process is easier for these companies to navigate.”This raises the potential for a scenario where the BEIS Secretary is having to rule on the national security implications of a foreign takeover or investment in the advanced technology sector, while also negotiating to attract a separate foreign company to invest in the same sector,” said Dr. Reader.”The allocation of extensive decision-making powers to politicians and, specifically, the BEIS Secretary, risks undermining the certainty and transparency that the Green Paper’s other proposals strive to deliver. It is imperative that the forthcoming White Paper outlines specific safeguards that would remove the risk of industrial policy considerations entering into the decision-making process.”One option for negating perceptions of political bias during a ‘national security intervention’ process would be to establish an independent national security review body, which would—in effect—assume the role that the CMA plays in the context of public interest mergers.”‘Extending ‘National Security’ in Merger Control and Investment: A Good Deal for the UK?’, David Reader, is published in Competition Law International, volume 14, number 1, June 2018. Explore furtherlast_img read more

first_imgYouth unemployment, particularly among university graduates, is a central problem across the Arab world, in part because of a demographic “youth bulge.” Last year, unemployment among Palestinian college graduates under the age of 30 reached 56 percent, including 41 percent in the West Bank and 73 percent in the Gaza Strip, according to the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics. In this Thursday, Aug. 2, 2018 photo, Wassan al-Sayyed,17, right and Massa Halawa, 16 run the team’s virtual reality game “Be a Fire Fighter” in the West Bank city of Nablus. Four Palestinian high school friends are heading to California this week to pitch their mobile app about fire prevention to Silicon Valley’s tech leaders. They made it to the finals of a worldwide app competition among more than 19,000 teens. For the 11th graders from the Israeli-occupied West Bank, the ticket of admission to the World Pitch Summit signals a particularly dramatic leap because of the limited opportunities at home. (AP Photo/Nasser Nasser) In this Thursday, Aug. 2, 2018 photo, Wassan al-Sayyed,17, uses a 3D glasses headset that is running the team’s virtual reality game “Be a Fire Fighter” in the West Bank city of Nablus. Four Palestinian high school friends are heading to California this week to pitch their mobile app about fire prevention to Silicon Valley’s tech leaders. They made it to the finals of a worldwide app competition among more than 19,000 teens. For the 11th graders from the Israeli-occupied West Bank, the ticket of admission to the World Pitch Summit signals a particularly dramatic leap because of the limited opportunities at home. (AP Photo/Nasser Nasser) Citation: Palestinian teens reach finals of Silicon Valley app pitch (2018, August 5) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-08-palestinian-teens-silicon-valley-app.html Unemployment is particularly high among female university graduates, in part because young women are expected to marry and raise children, while young men are considered the main breadwinners. However, employers also complain that graduates studying outdated or irrelevant courses often lack the needed skills for employment.Saidam said Palestinian schools have received 15,000 computers in the last couple of years. His ministry has also established 54 bookless “smart schools” for grades one to six where students use laptops and learn by doing, including educational trips and involvement with their society.Meanwhile, the Technovation Challenge has already been a life-changing experience for al-Sayed and her teammates, Zubaida al-Sadder, Masa Halawa and Tamara Awaisa.They are now determined to pursue careers in technology.”Before this program, we had a vague idea about the future,” said al-Sayed, speaking at a computer lab at An Najah University in her native Nablus, the West Bank’s second largest city. “Now we have a clear idea. It helped us pick our path in life.”The teens first heard about the competition a few months ago from an IT teacher at their school in a middle-class neighborhood in Nablus, where IT classes are a modest affair, held twice a week, with two students to a computer. Four Palestinian high school friends are heading to California this week to pitch their mobile app about fire prevention to Silicon Valley’s tech leaders, after winning a slot in the finals of a worldwide competition among more than 19,000 teenage girls. In this Thursday, Aug. 2, 2018 photo, Tamara Awaysa, 17, left, Wassan al-Sayyed,17, center and Massa Halawa,16, right, pose for a photo with their mentor Yamama Shakaa in the West Bank city of Nablus. The four Palestinian high school friends are heading to California this week to pitch their mobile app about fire prevention to Silicon Valley’s tech leaders. They made it to the finals of a worldwide app competition among more than 19,000 teens. For the 11th graders from the Israeli-occupied West Bank, the ticket of admission to the World Pitch Summit signals a particularly dramatic leap because of the limited opportunities at home. (AP Photo/Nasser Nasser) The girls, friends since 10th grade, each had a laptop at home though, and worked with Yamama Shakaa, a local mentor provided by the competition organizers. The teens “did everything by themselves, with very few resources,” said Shakaa.The team produced a virtual reality game, “Be a firefighter,” to teach fire prevention skills.The subject is particularly relevant in some parts of the Palestinian territories, such as the Gaza Strip, where a border blockade by Israel and Egypt—imposed after the takeover of the Islamic militant group Hamas in 2007—has led to hours-long daily power cuts and the widespread use of candles and other potential fire hazards.The teens now hope to expand their app to include wildfire prevention. They will also present a business and marketing plan at the California pitching session.After the competition, they will give the app to the Palestinian Education Ministry for use in schools.”This prize has changed our lives,” said al-Sayed. Explore further Israel grants Palestinian mobile carriers 3G frequency For the 11th graders from the Israeli-occupied West Bank, the ticket of admission to the World Pitch Summit signals a particularly dramatic leap.They come from middle class families that value education, but opportunities have been limited because of the omnipresent Israeli-Palestinian conflict, prevailing norms of patriarchy in their traditional society and typically underequipped schools with outdated teaching methods.”We are excited to travel in a plane for the first time in our lives, meet new people and see a new world,” said team member Wasan al-Sayed, 17. “We are excited to be in the most prestigious IT community in the world, Silicon Valley, where we can meet interesting people and see how the new world works.”Twelve teams made it to the finals of the “Technovation Challenge” in San Jose, California, presenting apps that tackle problems in their communities. The Palestinian teens compete in the senior division against teams from Egypt, the United States, Mexico, India and Spain, for scholarships of up to $15,000.The competition, now in its ninth year, is run by Iridescent, a global nonprofit offering opportunities to young people, especially girls, through technology. The group said 60 percent of the U.S. participants enroll in additional computer science courses after the competition, with 30 percent majoring in that field in college, well above the national rate among female U.S. college students. Two-thirds of international participants show an interest in technology-related courses, the group said.Palestinian Education Minister Sabri Saidam counts on technology—along with a new emphasis on vocational training—to overhaul Palestinian schools, where many students still learn by rote in crowded classrooms. © 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This document is subject to copyright. 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first_imgMusk late last week announced that the company would continue to be publicly traded, weeks after suggesting that he would take the pioneering electric carmaker private A lawsuit filed Thursday accuses Tesla chief Elon Musk of trying to “burn” short-sellers by falsely tweeting that funding had been secured to take the electric car maker private. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Explore further Automaker Tesla to remain a public company, CEO Musk sayscenter_img © 2018 AFP Citation: Lawsuit accuses Tesla of trying to ‘burn’ short-sellers (2018, September 7) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-09-lawsuit-accuses-tesla-short-sellers.html The law firm of Labaton Sucharow said in a release that it filed a suit in US federal court in San Francisco on behalf of short seller Andrew Left and that it is asking for class action status to represent anyone who bought or sold Tesla shares between August 7 and August 17.”This appears to be a textbook case of fraud,” law firm partner Michael Canty said in the release.”We believe Musk attempted to manipulate the price of Tesla securities with false and misleading tweets, in a directed effort to harm short-sellers.”Musk late last week announced that the company would continue to be publicly traded, weeks after suggesting that he would take the pioneering electric carmaker private.Musk met Tesla’s board of directors “and let them know that I believe the better path is for Tesla to remain public. The Board indicated that they agree,” he wrote on the company blog.Musk surprised markets on August 7 by announcing on Twitter he wanted to take Tesla private at $420 a share, causing the stock price to jump. Short-sellers bet on share prices dropping.After the announcement the controversial entrepreneur came under extensive scrutiny over his Twitter statements related to the proposal, especially a claim that Tesla had “secured” funding for the move.Tesla shares tumbled on reports that the US Securities and Exchange Commission has subpoenaed Musk to talk about the tweet.Normally such a major announcement—taking a huge company private—would be explained in detail beforehand to regulators.Musk has described the infamous privatization tweet—including his assurance that funding for going private was secured—as an attempt to be transparent.The news shocked investors, market analysts and even Tesla board members.Musk explained on the company blog that his much-scrutinized statements about financing were based on his conversations with Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund and other investors.The lawsuit listing the company and its chief as defendants contends that funding to take Tesla private was not in place, and that Musk’s false tweets to the contrary were intended to “burn” short-sellers, whom he has taunted.last_img read more

first_imgAlleged fraudsters are presented before media at a police station in Noida, a suburb of New Delhi, India, Thursday, Nov. 29, 2018. Indian police said Thursday that they have arrested nearly two dozen people on suspicion of defrauding people around the world by sending fake pop-up messages warning them that their computers were infected with a virus and offering to rectify the problem at a price. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri) Police officer Ajay Pal Sharma said those arrested Tuesday and Wednesday posed as representatives of Microsoft and other companies and used their logos.The arrests were made after input from the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation and Interpol, Sharma said. Microsoft was the complainant in the case.He said those arrested have been running the scam out of call centers in the Indian capital and the neighboring states of Haryana and Uttar Pradesh for months.The pop-up messages prompted victims in the United States, Britain, Australia and other countries to call a phone number shown on their computer screens, he said. They would then be scammed out of money in exchange for supposedly fixing the problem.Those arrested were mostly people in their 20s and early 30s who quit their jobs in call centers. Police recovered hard drives, servers, laptops, cellphones and computers from them, Sharma said.In 2016, Mumbai police arrested 70 people for allegedly cheating thousands of Americans. They would call their victims from call centers in Mumbai and tell them that they owed unpaid taxes and should buy prepaid cash cards to settle the debts or face jail. Indian policemen carry seized computer hardware and other items after a press conference at a police station in Noida, a suburb of New Delhi, India, Thursday, Nov. 29, 2018. Indian police said Thursday that they have arrested nearly two dozen people on suspicion of defrauding people around the world by sending fake pop-up messages warning them that their computers were infected with a virus and offering to rectify the problem at a price. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri) Indian policemen escort alleged fraudsters to be presented before media in at a police station in Noida, a suburb of New Delhi, India, Thursday, Nov. 29, 2018. Indian police said Thursday that they have arrested nearly two dozen people on suspicion of defrauding people around the world by sending fake pop-up messages warning them that their computers were infected with a virus and offering to rectify the problem at a price. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri) Indian police said Thursday they have arrested nearly two dozen people on suspicion of defrauding people around the world by sending fake pop-up messages warning them that their computers were infected with a virus and offering to fix the problem at a price. Indian policemen escort alleged fraudsters to be presented before media in at a police station in Noida, a suburb of New Delhi, India, Thursday, Nov. 29, 2018. Indian police said Thursday that they have arrested nearly two dozen people on suspicion of defrauding people around the world by sending fake pop-up messages warning them that their computers were infected with a virus and offering to rectify the problem at a price. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri) © 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.center_img Citation: Indian police break up international computer virus scam (2018, November 29) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-11-indian-police-international-virus-scam.html Explore further Man arrested in UK over alleged computer hacking This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Indian policemen carry seized computer hardware and other items after a press conference at a police station in Noida, a suburb of New Delhi, India, Thursday, Nov. 29, 2018. Indian police said Thursday that they have arrested nearly two dozen people on suspicion of defrauding people around the world by sending fake pop-up messages warning them that their computers were infected with a virus and offering to rectify the problem at a price. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri)last_img read more

first_imgGermany’s top court is siding with owners of VW cars against the company This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. “In the case of a vehicle delivered to the buyer with an illegal defeat device… the presence of a material defect can be assumed,” the Federal Court of Justice (BGH) said in a statement.VW fitted millions of vehicles worldwide with so-called “defeat devices”, shorthand for software that reduces output of harmful emissions like nitrogen oxides (NOx) during testing—only to allow it to increase many times over once on the road.When a car is equipped with the cheating technology, “there is a danger that the authorities could forbid its operation,” preventing the owner from using it for its intended purpose, the judges said.VW has always insisted that since the cars remain functional, there is no legal requirement for it to replace them or pay compensation.The opinion did not say what action the carmaker should take to correct the “defect” represented by a defeat device, such as replacing or refitting vehicles or compensating drivers.But it is the first hint of their thinking at a time when tens of thousands of VW owners’ cases are working their way through the justice system.Judges issued their “preliminary legal view”, which is not binding on lower courts but could guide their deliberations, after an owner of a VW car appealed a ruling in favour of the auto giant.While the driver has since withdrawn his case after reaching a settlement with the Wolfsburg-based group, the top judges decided to publish anyway.Of the 11 million vehicles VW and its subsidiaries sold worldwide with defeat devices, some 2.4 million were bought by German customers.Since admitting to “dieselgate” in 2015, the scandal has cost VW some 28 billion euros ($31.75 billion) for fines, compensation, buybacks and refits.Much of that sum has poured out to 500,000 customers in the United States, with European buyers so far going without reimbursement or compensation.In Germany the group has paid only two fines, worth a combined 1.8 billion euros. Explore further 372,000 German drivers join legal action against Volkswagencenter_img Citation: Top German court backs VW owners in ‘dieselgate’ opinion (2019, February 22) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-02-german-court-vw-owners-dieselgate.html Germany top court on Friday backed Volkswagen owners’ claims against the firm over cars rigged to cheat regulatory emissions tests, in an opinion that could guide lower courts’ rulings. © 2019 AFPlast_img read more

first_imgThe housing initiative by the Spanish start-up company Haibu, which means beehive in Japanese, is made up of around 20 tiny living pods, which include a bed and nightstand. © 2019 AFP Residents are housed side by side in a building with a shared kitchen, bathroom and terrace—all for around 200 euros ($225) a month For the past few weeks Harry Kajevic has been sleeping in a 2.4-square-metre capsule flat in a clandestine location. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. “We agree that there must be affordable housing but there are limits,” she added.Haibu presents the project as a social initiative. The company says it will offer residents professional counselling and that it will not exceed a five-percent profit.”The goal is for people to come for just a brief period, get on their feet financially and move on,” said Marc Oliver, one of Haibu’s founders.The company cannot sign rental contracts, so instead it sells a monthly membership fee in a legal association which gives people the right to live in the housing.Haibu is registered as a foundation in the Netherlands. It says it has 1.2 million euros to invest and employs 40 people.Despite the risk of legal action, Oliver said the company was “charging ahead”.”We have opened this beehive and we are going to open 17 beehives in total in Barcelona. “As they close them, we will open more,” said Oliver, who plans to set up similar projects in Paris, Washington or Copenhagen. “If it wasn’t for this, I don’t know what I would do. I survived by dipping into my savings, but they ran out. This is better than being on the streets,” said Hector Cabanol, who got divorced last year and almost all of his salary goes to his children and ex-wife. But 30 percent of all workers in Spain earn less than 1,230 euros a month, making it hard for many to find a place to live even if they work full-time.Last year, more than 37,000 evictions were carried out in Spain due to unpaid rent, nine percent more than two years ago, according to court figures.Several charities in Barcelona say that the city’s homeless figures have risen since 2015 as rents have soared.’Not dignified’But the capsules violate the law, which states that a person must live in at least five square metres (54 square feet).Not even the largest pods aimed for couples are that size.The smallest are two metres long, 1.2 metres wide and just 1.2 metres in height, meaning an adult cannot stand up in them.The monthly rent varies between 125 and 325 euros depending on the size, number of residents and location.”They are slums, they are not dignified housing,” said Barcelona’s councillor in charge of urban planning, Janet Sanz. The smallest pods are two metres long, 1.2 metres wide and just 1.2 metres in height, meaning an adult cannot stand up in them. “If it wasn’t for this, I don’t know what I would do. I survived by dipping into my savings, but they ran out. This is better than being on the streets,” said Cabanol.At the end of last year, the average rent in Barcelona was 954.29 euros, a 40-percent jump over the end of 2013, according to figures from the regional government of Catalonia.Real-estate websites rarely list rooms for rent in a shared apartment for less than 300 euros a month. Explore further Urban planners look to Vienna to solve housing crises For fear of being spotted, entry to Haibu’s first “beehive” is through a shop. The blinds of the building, which is still undergoing work, are drawn to hide the tenants’ presence.And promoters of the housing project switch their mobile phones to flight mode when they go to the building because they are afraid of being tracked.’Better than the streets'”It’s alright for a while, until I find something better,” said Hector Cabanol, boiling water in a microwave in the communal kitchen to prepare an instant coffee for lack of a stove.The 36-year-old electrician, who got divorced last year, earns 800 euros per month at his part-time job.Almost all his salary, 600 euros ($900), goes to pay child support for his daughters and a mortgage he still shares with his ex-wife. Citation: Contested ‘beehive’ housing arrives in Barcelona on the sly (2019, March 13) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-03-contested-beehive-housing-barcelona-sly.html He is one of the first residents of a “beehive”-style housing project, inspired by those in Japan or Hong Kong, which has opened in Barcelona despite not having a permit from the city authorities.The initiative by the Spanish start-up company Haibu is made up of around 20 tiny living pods, which include a bed and nightstand.They are housed side by side in a building with a shared kitchen, bathroom and terrace—all for 200 euros ($225) a month, at least in Kajevic’s case.Furniture is sparse, limited in the communal area to a few tables, chairs and a wardrobe for each resident which is too big for the rooms. Haibu, which means beehive in Japanese, argues that the project is a solution to a shortage of affordable housing in the Spanish city.But Barcelona’s left-wing city hall says that such tiny accommodation is unfit for humans and violates local building laws.”For me, this is decent housing. I go out into the streets clean and fed, I rest when I sleep,” said Kajevic, a 42-year-old burly Austrian truck driver, who just moved back to Barcelona after a previous period in the city.Faced with the opposition of city hall, which forced Haibu to close its showroom, the project’s promoters are cautious. last_img read more

first_imgBut if we are interested in treating sentient beings right, we may not have to wait until the arrival of an AGI. One of Singer’s points is that many sentient beings fall far short of human intelligence. By that argument, AI doesn’t have to be as intelligent as a human for it to be sentient.The problem is there is no straightforward test for sentience. Sending a human crewed mission to Mars is very challenging, but at least we’ll know when we’ve done it.Making a machine with feelings is challenging in a more philosophically perplexing way. Because we lack clear criteria for machine sentience, we can’t be sure when we’ve done it.Look to science fictionThe ambiguity of machine sentience is a feature of several science fiction presentations of AI.For example, Niska is a humanoid robot, a synth, serving as a sex worker in the TV series Humans. We are told that, unlike most synths, she is sentient.When Niska is questioned about why she killed a client she explains: “He wanted to be rough.”The human lawyer Laura Hawkins responds: “But, is that wrong if he didn’t think you could feel? … Isn’t it better he exercises his fantasies with you in a brothel rather than take them out on someone who can actually feel?”From a human perspective, one could think sexual assault directed against a non-sentient machine is a victimless crime. But what about a sex robot that has acquired sentience? Niska goes on to explain that she was scared by the client’s behaviour towards her. “And I’m sorry I can’t cry or … bleed or wring my hands so you know that. But I’m telling you, I was.”Humans is not the only science fiction story to warn of revenge attacks from machines designed to be exploited by humans for pleasure and pain.In the TV remake of Westworld, humans enter a theme park and kill android hosts with the abandon of Xbox massacres, confident their victims have no hard feelings because they can’t have any feelings. But here again, some hosts have secretly acquired sentience and get payback on their human tormentors.We’re only humanIs it only science fiction? Are sentient machines a long way off? Perhaps. Perhaps not.But bad habits can take a while to unlearn. We – or rather animals – are still suffering the philosophical hangover of the 17th century French thinker Rene Descartes’ terrible idea that animals are mindless automata – lacking in sentience.If we are going to make machines with human psychological capacities, we should prepare for the possibility that they may become sentient. How then will they react to our behaviour towards them?Perhaps our behaviour towards non-sentient AI today should be driven by how we would expect people to behave towards any future sentient AI that can feel, that can suffer. How we would expect that future sentient machine to react towards us?This may be the big difference between machines and the animals that Singer defends. Animals cannot take revenge. But sentient machines just might. Artificial intelligence (AI) systems are becoming more like us. You can ask Google Home to switch off your bedroom lights, much as you might ask your human partner. We might not like the way future AI responds to us. Credit: Shutterstock/Mykola Holyutyak Explore further This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article. Provided by The Conversationcenter_img Citation: Careful how you treat today’s AI: It might take revenge in the future (2019, March 13) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-03-today-ai-revenge-future.html When you text inquiries to Amazon online, it’s sometimes unclear whether you’re being answered by a human or the company’s chatbot technology.There’s clearly a market for machines with human psychological abilities. But we should spare a thought for what we might inadvertently create.What if we make AI so good at being human that our treatment of it can cause it to suffer? It might feel entitled to take revenge on us. Machines that ‘feel’With human psychological abilities may come sentience. Philosophers understand sentience as the capacity to suffer and to feel pleasure.And sentient beings can be harmed. It’s an issue raised by the Australian philosopher Peter Singer in his 1975 book Animal Liberation, which asked how we should treat non-human animals. He wrote: “If a being suffers, there can be no moral justification for refusing to take that suffering into consideration. No matter what the nature of the being, the principle of equality requires that its suffering be counted equally with the like suffering – insofar as rough comparisons can be made – of any other being.”Singer has devoted a career to speaking up for animals, which are sentient beings incapable of speaking up for themselves.Speaking up for AIResearchers in AI are seeking to make an AGI or artificial general intelligence – a machine capable of any intellectual task performed by a human being. AI can already learn, but AGI will be able to perform tasks beyond that for which it is programmed.The experts disagree on how far off an AGI is. The US tech inventor Ray Kurzweil expects an AGI soon, maybe 2029. Others think we might have to wait for a century. In an Australian first, the ACT may legally recognise animals’ feelings This document is subject to copyright. 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first_img Citation: Apple to host WWDC developers event with first peek at new iOS on June 3 (2019, May 23) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-05-apple-host-wwdc-event-peek.html Credit: CC0 Public Domain Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Apple’s Jobs to give keynote at developers conferencecenter_img Apple sent media invites on Wednesday for its annual Worldwide Developers Conference, which will take place in San Jose on June 3.Apple typically uses the keynote for WWDC to share the first details of its next operating systems for iOS, likely called iOS 13, and for Mac computers.The image on the invite features a black backdrop with emoji-like images displayed like neon lights. The invite includes images of an Animoji unicorn, a rocket ship and the Apple logo, of course. Other published reports show different Animoji including a monkey and a robot.There is speculation that the black background could hint at Apple plans to introduce a Dark mode in iOS, allowing users to better navigate their device at night.During its WWDC keynote, Apple could also reveal more details on its upcoming entertainment services introduced in March, including streaming service Apple TV+ and the Apple Arcade subscription for video game fans.The updated iOS usually launches in the fall, to coincide with the arrival of a new iPhone, which Apple typically reveals in September. The update is free to all iPhone owners with a compatible device. (c)2019 U.S. TodayDistributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC. Fans of the iPhone and other Apple products can mark their calendars for details on the tech giant’s next iOS update.last_img read more

first_imgSaradha chit fund scam Saradha chit fund scam: WB Chief Secretary, police chief refute CBI’s charges in SC RELATED Supreme Court of India Saradha chit fund scam: HC grants interim protection to Nalini Chidambaram Published on SHARE SHARE EMAIL The Supreme Court vacated its order granting protection from arrest to former Kolkata Police Commissioner Rajeev Kumar in the Saradha chit fund scam case.The apex court said its February 5 order granting interim protection to Kumar will continue for seven days from Friday to enable him to approach the competent court for legal remedy.A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi asked the CBI to act in accordance with law in the case. One of the advocates who appeared for the IPS officer said that as per the apex court order, Kumar cannot be arrested in the next seven days. “We have withdrawn the protection given to Rajeev Kumar vide order dated February 5,” the court said while pronouncing the order. The judgement was pronounced by Justice Sanjiv Khanna who was part of the bench headed by the CJI and Justice Deepak Gupta.Pronouncing the operative part of the order, Justice Khanna said, “We are leaving it to the CBI to act in accordance with law.” “Our February 5 order will continue for seven days from today to enable Rajeev Kumar to approach the competent court for relief,” he said.At the outset, Justice Khanna, while pronouncing the order, said, “We have expressed our concern as to what has happened in the matter.” Kumar was earlier heading the West Bengal Police’s special investigation team (SIT) probing the chit fund scam. The apex court had in May 2014 directed the CBI to investigate the case.The CBI had told the apex court that it wanted custodial interrogation of Kumar as there was prima facie evidence that he was allegedly trying to destroy or tamper with evidence and “shield high and mighty” in the case.The apex court, on February 5, had granted protection from arrest to Kumar while directing him to appear before the CBI and “faithfully” cooperate into the investigation of cases arising out of the scam.During the arguments on CBI’s plea, the apex court had said it would examine whether there was evidence requiring Kumar’s custodial interrogation in the case and had also perused the case diary placed before it by the agency.However, Kumar’s counsel had countered CBI’s submissions and told a bench headed by the CJI that the agency wanted his custodial interrogation “just to humiliate” him and CBI should not be allowed to abuse the process of law.Kumar’s counsel had told the bench that CBI’s application seeking custodial interrogation of the IPS officer was a “mala fide exercise”.The CBI had claimed in the court that they were seeking vacation of interim protection granted to Kumar as some crucial evidence, collected by the West Bengal Police SIT, was not shared with it despite repeated requests.Kumar’s counsel had argued that the IPS officer was interrogated by the CBI for almost 40 hours and the agency was not able to spell out clearly as to what was the offence committed by him for which they want his custodial interrogation. May 17, 2019 SHARE COMMENTS COMMENT Former Kolkata Police Commissioner Rajeev Kumar (file photo)   –  PTIlast_img read more

first_img Related News Now he is following his showbiz role model into politics because Zelenskiy, vowing to scrub Ukraine’s parliament clean of corruption and nepotism, invited members of the public to run on his party’s ticket at a parliamentary election on July 21.Zelenskiy caused a political earthquake with his landslide victory in the presidential election in April. He appealed to voters as an everyman outsider, making a virtue out of his lack of political experience, and struck a chord with Ukrainians fed up with how their country has been run since independence in 1991.Ukraine has some of the worst poverty levels in Europe and Hryshchuk said Ukrainians had reached “boiling point” where they want to vote in anyone but the old politicians. “The meeting was very emotional,” Hryshchuk told Reuters.”And this is normal, because, once again, when people have been given promises for 27 years and nothing was done … they are ready to project onto any person who comes to them and says, ‘I want power’, all that is bad in their lives, and they dump it on this person.”Zelenskiy’s Servant of the People party, named after a TV comedy series where he played a fictional president, is on course to win most seats in the parliamentary election, according to surveys of voter intentions.At stake is the chance to form the government of a country on the frontline of the West’s standoff with Russia following Moscow’s annexation of Crimea in 2014 and its role in a conflict in eastern Ukraine that has killed 13,000 people. Zelenskiy currently shares power with a government and parliament dominated by people loyal to his predecessor. If he wins control of parliament, he has pledged to implement anti-corruption measures such as stripping lawmakers of immunity from prosecution and pro-business policies like lifting a moratorium on the sale of farmland. He has also promised to find a peaceful solution to the eastern conflict and offered to meet Russian President Vladimir Putin for talks.UNORTHODOX CAMPAIGNINGZelenskiy won big in April by departing from traditional politics, relying on comedy gigs, social media savvy and crowdsourcing policy ideas to climb the polls, while eschewing rallies. His team hopes to reprise that unorthodox campaign success and bringing people like Hryshchuk on board is an example. Hryshchuk was one of around 3,500 people who applied to run for Zelenskiy’s party through a specially created website.”Previously – especially for young people – guys understood that everything was decided for them and in many respects this was true,” said the head of Zelenskiy’s party, Dmytro Razumkov.With Zelenskiy’s candidacy, “a completely different category of our fellow citizens appeared, who believed that they too could influence this process,” he told Reuters. “And today, many of them are standing next to us, and I hope that they will be represented in parliament.”To be sure, Zelenskiy has faced scrutiny about some of his appointments and his business connections to Ihor Kolomoisky, a powerful tycoon whose TV channel 1+1 was a platform for Zelenskiy’s presidential campaign. Nevertheless, no current or former lawmakers were allowed to run for Zelenskiy’s party. After applying, Hryshchuk was interviewed about his background, family, political views and ambitions, before being given training at Zelenskiy’s headquarters on how to campaign.”Before it was announced that I would be a candidate, I decided with my friends: ‘Roman, let’s go to Google, and look at the search history that comes up when we Google your name, because it will never be so beautiful and clean,'” Hryshchuk said. “So, I have something to lose.”BREAD FOR EMPTY BOTTLES Hryshchuk is contesting a constituency with a large student population in the Solomianskyi district of Kiev. Voters can set up meetings with him through messenger apps like Viber.He holds public meetings three times a day, and uses Facebook to target specific groups to encourage them to attend. Via his campaign website, Facebook users can download a frame they can put on their profile picture to show support.The election takes place in summer when classes at the university have finished. To try and get students to stick around and vote, Hryshchuk said he planned an initiative called SolomaCouchserf where residents offer students to stay overnight in their apartments on election day so they can go to the polls.Millions of Ukrainians, including university graduates, have moved abroad in search of better paid jobs. After a sharp devaluation of the hryvnia currency, in dollar terms, Ukrainians earn $50 less per month than they did before the annexation of Crimea in 2014. The average salary is less than $400 a month and the average pension is around $115.A July survey for the International Republican Institute found 18 percent of Ukrainian voters needed to save money to buy food. A further 31 percent had enough for food but needed to save or borrow money to buy clothes and shoes.”The first time you return from Europe, you want to cry,” Hryshchuk told Reuters. “Recently, my wife and I went on a cruise and saw pensioners from all over Europe on holiday. And then I meet with a Ukrainian grandmother who came to a meeting, and after the meeting said: ‘I’ll go collect some bottles to buy bread.'” (Additional reporting by Sergiy Karazy and Valentyn Ogirenko. Editing by Carmel Crimmins) Related News World 08 Jul 2019 Ukraine’s president ready to meet Russia’s Putin in Minsk KIEV (Reuters) – A comedian and entrepreneur, 29-year-old Roman Hryshchuk had only been in politics for a few weeks when he found himself in front of a semicircle of voters in a park in western Kiev, fielding questions from a testy audience.One woman in a pink hoodie repeatedly asked whether he would sell his television production business if he became a lawmaker, and then asked where his campaign office was so she could visit him. Another voter heckled that Ukraine’s president didn’t appear to know what the capital of Canada was, after his team mistakenly said it was Toronto in a statement. At one point, a tipsy man loudly waded into the meeting and was escorted away.As a student, Hryshchuk worked as a stagehand on the comedy shows of the man who went on to become Ukraine’s president, Volodymyr Zelenskiy. center_img World 10 Jul 2019 Party of Ukraine’s new president leads parliamentary vote race {{category}} {{time}} {{title}} World 09 Jul 2019 Top EU officials visit Kiev, pledge more aid for war-torn east Ukrainelast_img read more

first_img Manjeet Sehgal ChandigarhJuly 12, 2019UPDATED: July 12, 2019 22:53 IST It has been observed that recently, a WhatsApp group KBC online is trying to add BSF personnel: Circular | REUTERS image for representationHIGHLIGHTSA circular issued directions to avoid these groups by unknown numbersThe BSF headquarters has asked its regional units to brief troops about security threatsThere are apprehensions that ISI is trying to steal BSF’s movement and security informationPakistan-based unscrupulous elements are trying to sneak into Indian security zone via social media.The Border Security Force (BSF), in a communique sent to to various centres, has expressed the apprehension that a Pakistan-based WhatsApp group titled as ‘KBC Online’, which has been created by using Pakistan-based mobile phone number + 92308 576 3677, was trying to add numbers of BSF personnel to steal information about troop movement.”It has been observed that recently, a WhatsApp group KBC online is trying to add BSF personnel. Then they send attractive links on these groups and when somebody clicks a link, they (Pakistan) get access to the device,” the circular said.The circular has also issued directions to avoid these groups by unknown numbers by going to Settings – Account – Privacy Groups – My Contacts – Done.The BSF headquarters has asked its regional units to brief troops about security threat being posed by the suspicious WhatsApp groups.The BSF troops have particularly been warned to stay away from suspicious WhatsApp groups.There are apprehensions that ISI by using the WhatsApp groups and suspicious apps to steal the movement and location information of the security forces.The BSF circular also becomes important as KBC (Kaun Banega Crorepati) is about to return on the television.Also Read | 5 including BSF constable held for selling drugs in PunjabAlso Read | BSF man steals woman’s purse with Rs 15 lakh jewellery at Delhi airport, arrestedAlso Watch | Suspended BSF jawan Tej Bahadur to India Today: Suspected they would kill me but media saved my lifeFor the latest World Cup news, live scores and fixtures for World Cup 2019, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for World Cup news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byMohak Gupta Tags :Follow BSFFollow ISIFollow PakistanFollow WhatsApp BSF alerts troops to stay away from suspicious Pakistan WhatsApp groupsThe BSF troops have particularly been warned to stay away from suspicious WhatsApp group saying that ISI is trying to steal the movement and location information of the security forces.advertisement Nextlast_img read more

first_img India Today Web Desk New DelhiJuly 12, 2019UPDATED: July 12, 2019 16:21 IST Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy (right) and senior Congress leader Siddaramaiah (left). (Photo: PTI)It has been nearly a week since a political pandemonium struck Karnataka and threatened the survival of the HD Kumaraswamy-led Congress-Janata Dal (Secular) government. The battle for Karnataka is being fought on three fronts — in Bengaluru, Mumbai and in the national capital New Delhi.On one hand Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy claims his house is in order and that his government faces no threat, while on the other, 16 MLAs from his own party and the Congress remain unmoved on their stand – no ghar wapasi (homecoming) to camp Congress-JD(S). To add to Kumaraswamy’s worries, the lone KJKP MLA and one Independent who were supporting his government too have withdrawn their support.WHAT IS THE SITUATION IN KARNATAKA?Simply put, the chaos in Karnataka is about power. Will the ones currently in power retain it or will someone else attain it, is the question that everyone is wondering aloud.The latest news from Karnataka is that 16 MLAs of the ruling parties (13 of Congress and three of JD (S)) have tendered their resignations as MLAs. If their resignations are accepted, the HD Kumaraswamy government’s majority in the state assembly will become questionable and the government will have to win a trust vote – a task which will not be easy in the prevailing circumstances.To make matters worse for the Congress-JD (S) government, KJKP MLA R Shankar, who was a minister, along with an Independent candidate have withdrawn support to the government. Thus the government’s tally in the state assembly will be reduced by 18 if the Speaker accepts all resignations.Hectic parlays are on within the Congress and JD (S) as its leaders try to survive this challenge. Meanwhile, the BJP too has upped the ante as it senses a chance of ousting the present government and form its own.The BJP has been claiming it has nothing to with the mass resignation in Congress and JD (S). It has however been mounting pressure on the Speaker for not accepting the resignations and has also been attacking the Congress after Congress leader DK Shivakumar tore resignation letters of some Congress MLAs inside the Speaker’s office.The Congress and JD (S) have alleged that the present crisis is the BJP’s brainchild.WHY DID THE MATTER REACH SUPREME COURT?On Tuesday, Speaker KR Ramesh examined the 11 resignations that were submitted to his office last Saturday. He confirmed that between Saturday and Tuesday, two more resignations had been submitted, taking the total number to 13.The Speaker said after examining the resignations, he found that eight of them were not in proper order. His office thus returned their resignations and asked the MLAs to send them in prescribed form if they still wanted to resign.For the remaining five MLAs whose resignations were found to be in order, the Speaker asked them to meet him in person to discuss their resignations.Speaker KR Ramesh also wrote to the Governor saying none of these MLAs met him.Unhappy with the Speaker’s decision, the rebel MLAs decided to move the Supreme Court to challenge his decision of rejecting their resignations.WHAT’S HAPPENING IN SUPREME COURT?While the battle for Karnataka is mainly being fought in state capital Bengaluru, the national capital too has become abuzz as the Karanataka crisis has reached the Supreme Court.The rebel JD (S)-Congress MLAs have moved the Supreme Court to challenge Speaker KR Ramesh’s decision where he rejected some resignations. Hearing the pleas, the Supreme Court on Friday said status quo should be maintained in Karnataka till Tuesday when it will hear the case again. The Supreme Court said the Speaker should not take any decision until Tuesday.So, at the moment the Congress-JD (S) government is in power in Karnataka. None of the 16 resignations are effective until Tuesday and the government has a majority.Will this status change on Tuesday? That is something that will be answered only on Tuesday.Meanwhile, on Thursday the Supreme Court asked the rebel MLAs to meet the Speaker and also said the Speaker must decide on the resignations by midnight. In response, the Speaker’s counsel pleaded the court that he would need more time to decide on the matter and that he cannot work at “lightning speed”.The counsel for the rebel MLAs have also demanded that the Speaker must face contempt action as he failed to comply with the Supreme Court’s order to decide on the MLAs’ resignations.BUT WHY IS MUMBAI INVOLVED?Good question. Mumbai ideally has nothing much to do with the power struggle in Karnataka.The only reason why the city has become one of the theatres of action in the battle for Karnataka is that the rebel MLAs are camping in a posh Mumbai hotel.After tendering their resignations on Saturday and meeting Governor Vajubhai Vala, the rebel MLAs reached Mumbai in a chartered flight. Since then they have been in Mumbai, reportedly to ensure that the Congress-JD (S) leaders are unable to “influence” and “intimidate” them.The chartered flight on which these MLAs flew to Mumbai is owned by a company related to BJP’s Rajya Sabha MP Rajeev Chandrasekhar.On Wednesday, Congress’s troubleshooter and state minister DK Shivakumar reached Mumbai in a special flight. He wanted to enter the hotel where the rebel MLAs are staying.Reason for his visit?Well, he said he is in Mumbai just to have coffee with his friends (the rebel MLAs). Not for politics.While Shivakumar said he flew from Bengaluru to Mumbai to have coffee with his “friends”, the visit’s unsaid purpose was clearly to try and convince the MLAs to withdraw their resignations.To placate and lure them, all Congress ministers in Karnataka have resigned so that the MLAs can be adequately accommodated.But this attempt seems to have failed.Apprehending Shivakumar’s visit, the rebel MLAs wrote to Mumbai Police and requested security cover saying they feel “threatened”. The MLAs requested Mumbai Police that DK Shivakumar should be prevented from entering their hotel and meet them. We don’t want to meet him, they said bluntly.When Shivakumar reached the hotel, police were in position to prevent his planned meeting.The hotel too cancelled his reservation citing emergency circumstances.WHAT IS THE GENESIS OF KARNATAKA’S POLITICAL DRAMA?For this, we need to travel back to 2018.In the 2018 Karnataka state assembly election, no party was able to attain majority on its own. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) emerged as the single-largest party with 105 MLAs in the 225-member assembly but fell short of the majority.During the campaign, the BJP, JD (S) and the Congress had fought and campaigned against each other. But following the election results, the Congress and JD (S) stitched a post-poll alliance and formed the government in Karnataka with HD Kumaraswamy of the JD (S) as chief minister.The BJP thus missed the chance to return to power in Karnataka by a whisker. In fact, even in 2018, the government in Karnataka was formed after much political drama and even saw a midnight hearing in the Supreme Court.The drama was such that BJP’s chief ministerial candidate BS Yeddyurappa earned the not-so-good record of becoming the chief minister with the shortest term ever. After the assembly election results were announced, the Governor invited the BJP to form government on the ground that it is the single largest party.Yeddyurappa was sworn in but the Supreme Court made it clear that he can’t appoint any minister, nominate the lone Anglo-Indian nominated MLA nor take any decision before proving his majority on the floor of the state assembly.When the assembly met to vote, Yeddyurappa resigned even before the motion for trust vote was taken up. This was because the BJP had failed to secure the numbers needed to cross the majority mark.Since then, Karnataka has been ruled by a coalition government of the Congress and the Janata Dal (Secular). In the past one year, stability is one aspect that has remained conspicuously absent in the government in Karnataka. Controversies and instability have hampered the functioning of the HD Kumaraswamy government putting it always on the brink of a collapse.As for the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), it remains ever vigilant to pounce and grab the slightest opportunity to try form its government.ALSO READ | SC asks Speaker not to take decision on rebels resignation till TuesdayFor the latest World Cup news, live scores and fixtures for World Cup 2019, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for World Cup news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. 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