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Pfizer: no emergency approval for Covid-19 vaccine until after US election

first_imgPfizer CEO Albert Bourla said in an open letter that filing depended on when data on the effectiveness of the vaccine would be available. Pfizer is developing a vaccine with German company BioNTech. In July the US government placed an initial order of 100 million doses of the vaccine. More From Our Partners Russell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comWhy people are finding dryer sheets in their mailboxesnypost.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.comConnecticut man dies after crashing Harley into live‘Neighbor from hell’ faces new charges after scaring off home buyersnypost.comI blew off Adam Sandler 22 years ago — and it’s my biggest regretnypost.comMatt Gaetz swindled by ‘malicious actors’ in $155K boat sale boondogglenypost.com980-foot skyscraper sways in China, prompting panic and evacuationsnypost.comUK teen died on school trip after teachers allegedly refused her pleasnypost.comFeds seized 18 devices from Rudy Giuliani and his employees in April Vaccine US-based pharmaceutical giant Pfizer said today that the earliest it plans to file for authorisation for its Covid-19 vaccine would be the third week of November. Clara DijkstraStaff writer Share Bourla said this data could be available by late October, allowing Pfizer to file for FDA approval in late November, making it unlikely that a vaccine will be available before the US presidential election on 3 November. The US Food and Drug Administration requires companies to provide two months of safety data on trial participants following the final dose of the vaccine. by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikePast Factory”Waltons” Actress Says Magazine Ended Her CareerPast FactoryDaily FunnyFemale Athlete Fails You Can’t Look Away FromDaily FunnyNoteableyJulia Robert’s Daughter Turns 16 And Looks Just Like Her MomNoteableybonvoyaged.comThese Celebs Are Complete Jerks In Real Life.bonvoyaged.comZen HeraldEllen Got A Little Too Personal With Blake Shelton, So He Said ThisZen HeraldJustPerfact USAMan Decides to File for Divorce After Taking a Closer Look at This Photo!   JustPerfact USADefinitionThe 20 Worst Draft Picks Ever – Ryan Leaf Doesn’t Even Crack The Top 5DefinitionMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStoryBeach RaiderMom Belly Keeps Growing, Doctor Sees Scan And Calls CopsBeach Raider whatsappcenter_img (AFP via Getty Images) Earlier this month, Pfizer released a statement stressing it would not be influenced by political pressure to speed along the development of the vaccine. Show Comments ▼ whatsapp Friday 16 October 2020 3:25 pm The public stance came shortly after Trump claimed – during the first US presidential debate – that the company was weeks away from finalising a vaccine. Pfizer: no emergency approval for Covid-19 vaccine until after US election Tags: US Election 2020 US Presidential Election 2020last_img read more

Competition is boosting home loan borrowers

first_img Tags: NULL MORTGAGE lending continued to make gains in the three months to September despite stricter rules on lenders, the Bank of England revealed yesterday. Mortgage advances totalled £55.9bn in the third quarter – an increase of 12.8 per cent compared with last year and the highest level of lending for six years.Meanwhile, the number of mortgages in arrears in the period was 24,146 – 2.5 per cent lower than the previous three months and the lowest since the series began in 2007.Stricter mortgage lending rules, called the Mortgage Market Review (MMR), were introduced in April.“There is plenty of life left in the market following the MMR with lenders firing on all cylinders to record the largest total advances in any third quarter since 2008,” said Brian Murphy of the Mortgage Advice Bureau. “Consumers are benefiting from improved access to mortgage finance despite tougher affordability checks.” Murphy explains that borrowers are benefitting from high levels of competition. This was reflected in the fact that 82.6 per cent of new mortgages we fixed rate – the most since 2007. whatsapp Competition is boosting home loan borrowers Tuesday 9 December 2014 8:46 pm whatsapp Chris PapadopoullosChris Papadopoullos was City A.M.’s economics reporter until February 2016. He is an economist at OMFIF. Share More From Our Partners Russell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgI blew off Adam Sandler 22 years ago — and it’s my biggest regretnypost.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.com980-foot skyscraper sways in China, prompting panic and evacuationsnypost.comUK teen died on school trip after teachers allegedly refused her pleasnypost.comSupermodel Anne Vyalitsyna claims income drop, pushes for child supportnypost.comMark Eaton, former NBA All-Star, dead at 64nypost.comInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.comKamala Harris keeps list of reporters who don’t ‘understand’ her:‘Neighbor from hell’ faces new charges after scaring off home buyersnypost.comBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comPuffer fish snaps a selfie with lucky Show Comments ▼last_img read more

News / Despite legal wrangles, Volga-Dnepr takes delivery of first 777F at last

first_imgBy Alex Lennane 06/08/2020 Volga-Dnepr Group has thanked lessor Dubai Aerospace Enterprise (DAE) for delivering a 777 freighter, its first of the type.The road to the 777 has been a rocky one: the Russian group signed a letter of intent with Boeing for 29 777 freighters in 2018 and confirmed last year it had entered a sale and leaseback deal with DAE for three.But, after a poor 2019, the carrier was said to be approaching bankruptcy and, in a court case filed in May, Boeing claimed Volga-Dnepr had “made no request for accommodations with respect to delivery of the 777Fs”.In fact, said Boeing, Volga told it and DAE they should remarket and sell the 777Fs. The manufacturer claimed Volga failed to make an advance payment on the first 7777, and Boeing and DAE duly began to re-market the aircraft. But Volga changed its mind as air freight rates began to soar, and in a statement today, made a point of thanking DAE.“Volga-Dnepr is grateful to DAE for the support and the results of the efforts of the teams which, in the conditions of an extremely difficult year for world aviation (both airlines and leasing companies), allowed it to find solutions for the purchase and delivery of aircraft to its fleet.”The 777 could find itself in the Cargologicair (CLA) fleet, the UK freighter operator which shares a shareholder with Volga-Dnepr.In an interview with The Loadstar last month, CLA chief executive Nadeem Sultan said: “One decision we are assessing is to induct an extra freighter in 2020, and whether that should be another 747 or a 777F, which would provide us a modern platform to build on.“The 777F has significantly lowered operating costs and emissions, so that makes the economics very good. The 747F’s range at max payload is shorter than the 777F. So, based on our geographical location, with a 777F we would still be able to fly max payload and operate non-stop flights between Asia and the UK, and UK and South America.”He added that “additional developments” had made it “very likely” CLA would induct a 777F this year.However, one industry observer questioned the economics of having just one 777 in a fleet of 747s.“Starting with a new aircraft type is the same as starting a new airline; everything has to be duplicated, from top management, chief pilot, maintenance management, safety, absolutely everything. You have to stock parts, arrange engineering – and it doesn’t make economic sense unless you get five or six of the type.“The only way would be if another airline is flying it but under their traffic rights.”Volga-Dnepr said it was “dedicated to the development and optimal composition of the fleet, and believes the 777F will allow it to take the next step in providing a more sustainable and efficient service to its customers”.last_img read more

Portarlington Leisure Centre honoured with prestigious award

first_img Facebook Portarlington Leisure Centre honoured with prestigious award WhatsApp GAA GAA TAGSNational Standards AwardsPortarlingtonPortarlington Leisure Centre WhatsApp Kelly and Farrell lead the way as St Joseph’s claim 2020 U-15 glory Here are all of Wednesday’s Laois GAA results Home News Community Portarlington Leisure Centre honoured with prestigious award NewsCommunity Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Previous articleSadness as master butcher, publican and champion athlete passes awayNext articleCONFIRMED: Portlaoise’s Leinster club semi final set to be shown live on TV Aedín DunneAedín graduated from University of Limerick with a degree in Journalism and New Media. She is a proud Townie with a passion for all things sports and doesn’t like to speak about the 2016 blip in Portlaoise’s bid to 10-in-a-row. Twitter 2020 U-15 ‘B’ glory for Ballyroan-Abbey following six point win over Killeshin Pinterest Pinterest GAA Portarlington Leisure Centre have been awarded ‘Overall Best Leisure Centre in Ireland’.The Leisure Centre received the award at this year’s National Standards Awards after being awarded the top level grade of ‘outstanding’.The award follows their ‘Best Leisure Centre in the Midlands’ award they won in 2018.Portarlington Leisure Centre, was officially opened in 1974 and is now managed by Kerry man Sean Quirke, brother of Laois football manager, Mike.In 2007 it was officially transformed into Portarlington Leisure Centre.Astroturf pitches were added to the centre in 2012 which lead to  the decisions and development which helped the swimming pool thrive and eventually, become award winning.The Astroturf facility proved hugely in demand and added €40,000 revenues a year to turnover.Loans of €125,000 went into making this the facility it is today and it will surely continue to go from strength to strength.SEE ALSO – Abbeyleix make-up artist launches signature collection with popular beauty brand By Aedín Dunne – 11th November 2019 last_img read more

SEC charges Bitcoin entrepreneur for unregistered share offering

first_imgJames Langton New York attorney general secures receiver for crypto firm How should banks allocate capital for crypto? Related news Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Bitcoin should face tough capital rules, Basel Committee sayscenter_img Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Keywords Illegal distributions,  CryptoassetsCompanies Securities and Exchange Commission U.S. regulators brought enforcement action Tuesday over alleged unregistered securities offerings that were made in exchange for Bitcoins rather than traditional currency. The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) says that it has settled charges against a man for publicly offering securities, even though the offerings were made in exchange for Bitcoins rather than traditional currency. The SEC reports that its investigation found that Erik T. Voorhees published prospectuses on the Internet and actively solicited investors to buy shares in two unregistered offerings, SatoshiDICE and FeedZeBirds. Investors paid for their shares using the virtual currency, Bitcoin. The SEC says that the offerings resulted in profits of more than US$15,000 to Voorhees, who agreed to settle the SEC’s charges by fully disgorging his profits and paying a $35,000 penalty. He also consented to cease and desist from any future violations of the registration rules, without admitting or denying the SEC’s findings. And, he agreed not to participate in any issuance of any security in an unregistered transaction in any virtual currency, including Bitcoin, for five years. “All issuers selling securities to the public must comply with the registration provisions of the securities laws, including issuers who seek to raise funds using Bitcoin,” said Andrew Ceresney, director of the SEC’s Division of Enforcement. “We will continue to focus on enforcing our rules and regulations as they apply to digital currencies.” According to the SEC’s order settling the case, the first unregistered offering occurred in May 2012 when 2,600 Bitcoins were raised through the sale of 30,000 shares in FeedZeBirds, which promises to pay Bitcoins to Twitter users who forward its sponsored text messages. Then in two separate offerings between August 2012 and February 2013, a Bitcoin betting game, SatoshiDICE, sold 13 million shares and raised 50,600 Bitcoins. The SEC says that SatoshiDICE ultimately returned the offering proceeds to investors in a buyback transaction in July 2013. And, it notes that the value returned, in U.S. dollar terms, was much higher due to a significant rise in the exchange rate of U.S. dollars to Bitcoins between the offering and the buyback. As a result, while about US$722,000 was initially raised, the Bitcoins returned to investors were then worth approximately US$3.8 million.last_img read more

U.S. regulator seeks feedback on fintech framework

first_img Fintechs elude official statistics: BIS Related news James Langton ESMA launches digital finance consultation Keywords Fintech Facebook LinkedIn Twittercenter_img In the paper, the OCC seeks feedback on: how to facilitate innovation; how the agency can streamline its processes for evaluating innovations; and how it can promote open dialogue with the industry. It also asks for input on the sorts tools and resources that could help banks innovate. “At the OCC, we are making certain that institutions with federal charters have a regulatory framework that is receptive to responsible innovation along with the supervision that supports it,” says Thomas Curry, Comptroller of the Currency, in a statement. “Innovation holds much promise. It can help meet the needs of the underserved and provide better financial tools for families. It can help institutions scale operations efficiently, and it can make business and consumer transactions faster and safer. Innovation is not free from risk, but when managed appropriately, risk should not impede progress,” he adds. Comments on the paper are due by May 31, and the OCC plans to host a forum on responsible innovation on June 23 in Washington, D.C. The U.S. Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) on Thusday published a report for comment on its vision for “responsible innovation” in the banking sector. “This framework is intended to improve how the OCC evaluates innovative products, services, and processes that require regulatory approval and identifies potential risks associated with them,” it says. The paper features eight principles that the agency says will guide the development of its framework for understanding and evaluating innovative products, services, and processes. Among other things, the principles call for the OCC to support responsible innovation, particularly innovations that facilitate access to financial services and fair treatment of consumers; and, to encourage banks of all sizes to integrate responsible innovation into their strategic planning. Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Regulators must avert looming irrelevance: IAPlast_img read more

Information about COVID-19 in Ontario Region

first_imgInformation about COVID-19 in Ontario Region From: Correctional Service CanadaThe Correctional Service of Canada (CSC) advises that inmates at three institutions in Ontario have recently tested positive for COVID-19:The Correctional Service of Canada (CSC) advises that inmates at three institutions in Ontario have recently tested positive for COVID-19:80 positive cases at Joyceville Institution – Medium Security Unit5 positive cases at Collins Bay Institution – Medium Security Unit3 positive cases at Warkworth InstitutionThe inmates who tested positive and their close contacts are being medically isolated and closely monitored by staff. The inmates at Collins Bay and Warkworth who just tested positive were recently at Joyceville and based on the initial epidemiological investigation, it appears that the inmates were exposed to the virus at Joyceville Institution.In addition, all inmates who were recently transferred out of Joyceville Institution are being medically isolated in their respective institution and monitored by staff. These impacted sites have also modified their institutions’ routines for health purposes in order to mitigate any risk while contact tracing and the initial epidemiological investigation is being conducted. Testing is being offered to all staff and inmates at these institutions.Prior to the recent cases, CSC had already suspended visits in the Ontario region and implemented a series of infection prevention and control measures. We recognize the importance of strong infection prevention and control protocols to contain the spread of COVID-19 and are focussing on closely monitoring the situation. CSC is working closely with its public health partners to contain the transmission of COVID-19 to the greatest extent possible.The health and safety of offenders, our employees, and the public remain our top priority throughout thispandemic. We are monitoring this situation closely and will continue to work with our public health partners, as well as unions and stakeholders to take any further steps needed to ensure everyone’s safety. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:Canada, coronavirus, covid-19, Government, health and safety, infection, investigation, pandemic, prevention, public health, Safety, security, testing, virus, Warkworthlast_img read more

The Right Chemistry: Graphene is a remarkable material

first_imgCreated with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2 The material Graphene, a form of carbon, is seen on a table Friday September 13, 2013 in Ottawa.  Adrian Wyld / The Canadian Press Now imagine using a piece of tape to remove one card from the top of the deck. This is just what Geim and Novoselov did with their piece of graphite and Scotch tape. Then they stuck the tape on a silicon substrate and removed it to leave a one atom-thick sheet of graphene behind. Anyone can mimic this experiment using tape and the lead of a pencil which is actually made of graphite. Make a mark on paper and apply a piece of tape on top. When the tape is pulled off, some of the graphite will have transferred to it. Take another piece of tape and stick it over the smudge on the first one and pull it off. Some graphite will have transferred to the second tape. Imagine repeating this process until you only have one layer of graphite left. You have just made graphene! But you are not the first to have made it.In 1859, English chemist Benjamin Collins Brodie treated graphite with a strong acid and observed a suspension of tiny crystals. Not knowing anything about the atomic structure of graphite at the time, he thought he made a novel form of carbon. Actually, he had made graphene oxide, a graphene sheet with some oxygen atoms attached to it. Without realizing it, he had pioneered graphene research! The theoretical foundations for understanding the structure of graphene were laid in a 1947 paper by McGill University physics professor Philip Wallace who was studying graphite, which at the time was of great interest because of its role in controlling the flow of neutrons in nuclear reactions.Following up on Brodie’s work, in 1962, German chemistry professor Hanns-Peter Boehm treated oxidized graphite with an alkaline solution, and using an electron microscope identified what he suggested was “probably a single carbon honeycomb plane of the graphite lattice.” This set the stage for Geim and Novoselov’s isolation of pure graphene.While the Scotch tape method can yield tiny amounts of graphene suitable for studying its properties, it is not amenable to the synthesis of large quantities. Excited by the material’s potential uses, chemists and physicists all over the world were soon cranking out publications about graphene and various methods for producing significant amounts were discovered. Exposing methane gas to a super-heated sheet of copper results in graphene deposited on the copper, and using graphite as an electrode in an electrolysis reaction leads to tiny flakes of graphene being stripped off. Ultrasound and microwaves can also be used to “exfoliate” graphite to yield graphene.Now that graphene can be made, the question is what to do with it. Ultra-long-life batteries, bendable computer screens, water desalination filters, improved solar cells and superfast microcomputers are in the offing. So far, though, the only significant commercial applications have involved blending graphene with other materials to make stronger tennis racquets, hockey sticks and tires.However, with the outbreak of COVID-19, another use has emerged. Several types of masks that incorporate some form of graphene have appeared. In one variety, graphene is generated by exposing the non-woven polypropylene layer of a surgical mask to a laser beam. This results in an improved repelling of virus-bearing droplets and allows for quick sterilization of the mask by exposing it to sunlight. Another mask includes a layer of graphene oxide that has potent antiviral properties because it can physically sheer the lipid outer-coating of a virus rendering it harmless.This then brings up the question of whether such masks are harmless to the wearer. Can they release tiny particles of graphene that may be harmful if inhaled? Health Canada believes that is a possibility, at least with one type of mask that has been distributed to schools and daycare centres. However, without details of Health Canada’s findings, it is not possible for me to evaluate the risks.Certainly inhalation of any particulate matter, especially smaller than five nanometres, can cause problems since on this “nano” scale, effects that might not be predicted based on bulk properties, such as triggering of an inflammatory response, may emerge. Consider, though, that there are many forms of graphene and of graphene oxide with different potential toxic effects. Trending in Canada Electric motor company to open Calgary plant with 50 jobsTo be sure, Geim and Novoselov did not “discover” graphene. Their Nobel citation reads “for ground-breaking experiments regarding the two-dimensional material graphene.” Those ground-breaking experiments began with a piece of graphite, some Scotch tape and an understanding that graphite is composed of planes of carbon atoms, each one bonded to three neighbours, 120 degrees apart, in a “chicken wire”-like lattice. The planes can slide relative to each other, which explains why graphite is an excellent lubricant. An analogy would be a deck of cards, with each card representing a flat layer of carbon atoms. “Graphene” is the term for one such layer. See More Videos COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTS For now, it is appropriate to follow Health Canada’s advice and avoid the masks in question, but let’s not throw the baby out with the bath water. Indeed, if the movie The Graduate were remade today, the word whispered into young Benjamin’s ear could well be “graphene” instead of “plastics.” The material’s potential is exciting, but light remains to be cast on the shadow of toxicity. Trending Videos Ford using new material lighter, stronger than carbon fibre The Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car ever Sir Andre Geim, professor of physics at the University of Manchester, has the distinction of being the only person to have been awarded both a Nobel and an Ig Nobel Prize. The Nobel represents the pinnacle of scientific achievement, while the Ig Nobel, organized by the humour magazine Annals of Improbable Research, aims to “honour achievements that first make people laugh, and then make them think.”Geim received the 2000 Ig Nobel in physics for levitating a small frog with a powerful magnet and shared the 2010 Nobel Prize in physics with Sir Konstantin Novoselov for isolating “graphene,” a remarkable material that is thinner, stronger, more flexible and a better conductor of heat and electricity than any known substance.RELATED First Look: 2022 Lexus NX The sport-cute’s looks have been softened, but its powertrains and infotainment offerings have been sharpened We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles using Facebook commenting Visit our FAQ page for more information. 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National Election Campaign Fund Bill Proposed In Parliament

first_imgNational Election Campaign Fund Bill Proposed In Parliament ParliamentNovember 26, 2015Written by: Alecia Smith-Edwards RelatedSenator Falconer Proposes Live Broadcasts of CCJ Hearings It is being proposed that a National Election Campaign Fund be established for persons to make donations towards the country’s electoral process.This is one of the recommended changes in the Representation of the People (Amendment) Act, 2015, which deals with the issue of campaign financing in Jamaica.Opening the debate on the Bill in the House on November 24, Minister of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining, Hon. Phillip Paulwell, said the Fund will accommodate donors who do not wish to make direct contributions to either political party.“There are persons who don’t want to contribute directly to either of us (political parties). They are able, in the National Election Campaign Fund, to make contributions which is administered by the Electoral Commission of Jamaica (ECJ),” he said.The Minister, who has responsibility for electoral matters, explained that the Fund will receive donations from legal and natural persons as well as Jamaican Diaspora groups.It is further proposed that the money in the Fund will be disbursed to candidates within 180 days following an election by way of reimbursement of expenses incurred by those candidates in their election campaigns.Additionally, the money is to be held in the Bank of Jamaica until it is invested or otherwise utilised.In the meantime, Minister Paulwell said the Bill seeks to implement fundamental and far-reaching reforms to deal with the issue of how electoral campaigns are financed.“The rationale for reforming campaign finance is the recognition of the need to bolster the transparency and accountability of elected officials and reduce corruption and improper influence in public life, thereby encouraging greater confidence in our political process,” the Minister said.Mr. Paulwell further noted that the amendments to the Representation of the People Act represent “a historic and indeed timely development.”“The changes have been long in coming, and for the first time, we are about to witness the insulation, I believe, of our democracy from corruption. Elections must reflect the will of the people; political power must not be bought; confidence in the governance of our country must remain sacrosanct; and at all costs, we must protect the processes that give meaning to full participation and development,” he said.Other changes that have been proposed under the Bill deal with sources of contributions; permissible and impermissible donors; and spending limits, among others.The Bill seeks to implement recommendations set out in the report on campaign financing prepared by the EOJ. Advertisements FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail center_img RelatedCCJ Referendum Not Practical – A.J. Nicholson RelatedMembers of Parliament Mark 11th Celebration of Remembrance Day Story HighlightsIt is being proposed that a National Election Campaign Fund be established for persons to make donations towards the country’s electoral process.This is one of the recommended changes in the Representation of the People (Amendment) Act, 2015, which deals with the issue of campaign financing in Jamaica.Opening the debate on the Bill in the House on November 24, Minister of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining, Hon. Phillip Paulwell, said the Fund will accommodate donors who do not wish to make direct contributions to either political party.last_img read more

AI experts call on mobile operators to get in the game

first_img Ken has been part of the MWC Mobile World Daily editorial team for the last three years, and is now contributing regularly to Mobile World Live. He has been a telecoms journalist for over 15 years, which includes eight…More Read more Ken Wieland Tags Related Previous ArticleBuild better services to compete with OTTsNext ArticleKeynote: Brigitte Bauman, Founder & Chairwoman, Go Beyond Early Stage Investing HomeMWC18 Articles AI experts call on mobile operators to get in the game AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 28 FEB 2018 Author AI offers limitless possibilities for communication LG goes big on AI with incremental V30 upgrade MWC18 Articles The founders of innovative companies developing solutions based on artificial intelligence stressed the importance of mobile operators, with Ran Krauss, CEO of Airobotics, most blunt in his assessment. “There’s no other way to get this done without partnering up with mobile operators,” he said.Krauss, who was joined by executives from Teralytics and MOV.AI, was speaking in the Creating an Artificially Intelligent Future keynote.Based in Israel, Airobotics has developed a pilotless drone solution, which is self-deployed and works using AI algorithms. The company has already made inroads into what Krauss calls the ‘industrial internet’ space, targeting sectors such as above-ground mining, oil and gas, and seaports. By using drones in remote and dangerous areas, for the purposes of security, inspection, survey and mapping, Krauss said costs could be brought down significantly with an automated solution.The Airobotics CEO, however, is increasingly looking at drone use-cases for cities, and it’s here where he wants much more cooperation with mobile operators. Aside from delivery of retail packages and medical supplies, Krauss flagged the possibility of helping first-responder emergency services. A drone can quickly be dispatched to a major fire, say, and then beam back a video to emergency services not yet arrived on the scene.Drones, he suggested, were a much more immediate AI use case than autonomous cars, and that there was a ‘big wave’ coming the way of mobile operators – one they should prepare for. “You guys had better get in the game,” he said.“We all know how relevant and important mobile operators will be for autonomous cars, but that’s still far away. This will happen sooner,” argued Krauss, although he acknowledged that there were still regulatory wrinkles to iron out with civil aviation authorities to allocate designated drone airways.“We hope to be flying in our first city by the end of this year, and mobile operators will need to provide infrastructure for this operation to be running,” he added. “This could be data transfer, actually controlling the aircrafts, or transmitting back to the civil aviation authority.”Georg Polzer, chairman of Switzerland-based Teralytics, is looking to use information from mobile networks to understand more about the movement of people. By feeding that information into “trained” AI systems, Teralytics aims to design better and more cost-efficient transport systems that meet the needs of all citizens, not just the minority. This is because the data samples, which are anonymised, are large enough to represent all demographics.Polzer called this an “inclusive dataset”.“The data we get from mobile network operators will create equal access, as well as save on journey times,” he said. “It can also save lives. We can help rescue organisations, in times of disaster, with information so that shelter and food can be provided at the right place and at the right time.”Limor Schweitzer, CEO of MOV.AI, a company focused on robot automation, welcomed the prospect of 5G. “Low latency is essential, especially if a robot needs to make a decision many times per second regarding interaction with the environment,” he said.”5G will allow us to do things much more efficiently.” Airoboticsartificial intelligencelast_img read more