In Canada, a Stern Critique of University-Industry Collaborations

first_imgCanadian universities aren’t doing enough to protect academic freedom and safeguard against conflicts of interest in research agreements with industry, argues a new report from an academic association. But the leader of one applied research collaboration says the findings are misguided.“In their drive to attract new revenues by collaborating with corporations, donors, and governments, Canadian universities are entering into agreements that … sacrifice fundamental academic principles,” the Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT) concluded, according to a press release, in the report released last week, which examined a dozen university-industry agreements. Many, it found, failed to protect researchers’ ability to publish freely, while just one spelled out rules for disclosing conflicts of interest.CAUT’s conclusion, however, is “complete and utter nonsense,” says Murray Gray, scientific director of the Centre for Oil Sands Innovation at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, one of the partnerships analyzed in the report. “Their premise is that academic freedom [means] that you should be paid as a professor to do work that what you want to do, without any accountability, that you should be given money and just go and have a good time.”Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)The CAUT study, titled Open for Business: On What Terms?, is a follow-on to Big Oil Goes to College, a similar analysis of 10 university-industry pacts in the United States conducted by the left-leaning Center for American Progress in Washington, D.C. In Canada, CAUT evaluated how well the agreements it studied complied with the group’s Guiding Principles for University Collaborations, which it developed in 2012 in conjunction with the American Association of University Professors.Initially, CAUT had hoped to analyze 20 agreements obtained through freedom of information requests and other channels. The group was able to obtain just 12 pacts that had not had key details removed, however. They included seven collaborations focused on research on energy, aerospace technology, and biomedical science, as well as five “programs” that emphasized teaching collaborations on global policy and other issues.“In only half of the collaboration agreements did the universities ensure that they retained control of all academic matters affecting their students and faculty,” the authors found. Five provided for unrestricted publication rights, but seven provided “no specific protection for academic freedom.” Just one required disclosure of institutional or individual conflicts of interest.In general, the program agreements hewed more closely to CAUT’s Guiding Principles, the authors concluded. As for the seven research collaborations, only one provided for the selection of projects through peer review, while three had a defined process and criteria by which faculty could apply for funding. Two of the seven agreements guaranteed researchers access to all of the data and findings generated by the partnership.Such results are “staggering,” says CAUT Executive Director James Turk, who says he was particularly worried by “the number of agreements that make no reference to academic freedom.” The study points to the need to implement more comprehensive standards for such agreements, he tells ScienceInsider. Although Canada’s Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council has guidelines for industrial partnerships, he adds, they are often vague and largely unenforced.CAUT’s criticisms are based on a fundamental misunderstanding of applied research, says Gray, a chemical engineer and vice provost at the University of Alberta. “They’re confusing independence of academic inquiry [with] independence of accountability [to the] people giving you money to do research, which is completely bizarre,” he tells ScienceInsider. In industry-sponsored research, “no one is telling the faculty members that they have to work on this and no one is hiring faculty members on the basis that they have to work on these projects.”“The proposition that a company should give the university money to do applied research and then have the university do peer review and tell the company what the research should be, unilaterally, is bizarre,” Gray adds. “What they’re proposing is that the only mode for industry interaction should be outright donation.”For its part, CAUT hopes the report will prompt universities to be more diligent when negotiating future collaborative agreements with industry.last_img read more

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Sports Wrap: Jhajharia defies odds to win Paralympics Gold, Cold War returns with Russian doping ban

first_imgNothing is impossible, says Devendra Jhajharia after breaking 12-year-old recordIndia’s Devendra Jhajharia broke his own world record to bag a Gold medal in the men’s javelin throw F46 event at the 2016 Rio Paralympics.PM Modi, Sehwag congratulate Jhajharia for bagging Paralympics GoldPrime Minister Narendra Modi and former cricketer Virender Sehwag took to Twitter to heap praises on Devendra Jhajharia who broke his own world record to win gold in the men’s javelin throw F46 event.Russian doping controversy: Is the Cold War back?In a new twist a Russian company has hacked into the WADA database leaking confidential medical records of US athletes like Serena Williams and Simone Biles.Champions League: Messi sets hat-trick record as Barca hit sevenLionel Messi produced a stunning display, hitting a record sixth hat-trick in the competition to hand Celtic their heaviest European Cup defeat.Bolt leaves door open to 2017 sprint double at world championshipsUsain Bolt, who set the 100 and 200 world records of 9.58 and 19.19 seconds in 2009, said he is not planning to top either of those times.last_img read more

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Tottenham close to ending trophy drought, says Toby Alderweireld

first_imgTottenham Hotspur are long overdue for a trophy and will win one either this season or the next, defender Toby Alderweireld said ahead of Saturday’s FA Cup semi-final against Chelsea at Wembley.Tottenham, seeking their first silverware since winning the 2008 League Cup, challenged for the Premier League title last season but faded during the last few weeks of the campaign and finished in third place, 11 points behind champions Leicester City.They are four points behind league leaders Chelsea with six games left this season and Alderweireld is confident that silverware is not too far away, provided that they keep improving.”With this team, and with the people working for it, we will get a trophy – 100 per cent. If it is not this season, then it will be the one after. We will do everything we can to make it happen this season,” Alderweireld told Standard Sport.”Even with the disappointment of last season we have kept fighting, and this season we are in an even better position… we have to keep improving and get better for next season as well.”The desire to achieve something and to get better, as a young group, is there…We want to become better. It says a lot about the mental strength of the team.”Team mate Eric Dier said that the club’s dismal record at Wembley, where they played their home European matches earlier this season, will not affect their performance on Saturday.”I don’t think that’s going to have any impact on it or make any difference to the game. I just expect a really good match and we’ve created a bit more of a rivalry with Chelsea over the years so it will be an interesting game,” the midfielder said.advertisementlast_img read more

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Photo Advisory First, Photos released upto 4 p.m.

first_imgNew Delhi: July 07, 2018 (PTI) EDITORS: Photos withCaptions released today. To view thumbnails of thesePhotographs, visit PTI website at..http.//www.ptinews.comNATINONALNew Delhi: Shashi Tharoor apeared at court in his wife’sdeath case(B+A)Patna: Bihar Bandh(B+A)New Delhi: Bhutanese PM Tshering Tobgay’s visit(B)New Delhi: Bike Rally in Delhi(A+B)Kolkata: Labourers load trucks with food items(B)Jammu: Amarnath pilgrims(A+B)New Delhi: Trees of Delhi census(B)Guwahati: Assam Police Cyberdome Project(A)Taleigao: President in Goa(B)Benagluru: Eleventh Air Chief Marshal L M KatreMemorial Lecture(B)Chennai: Vice President Venkaiah Naidu at an event inChennai(B)Bhopal: MP CM appears in court(B)Allahabad: Muslim students read books at the ‘madrasa’ (A)Jaipur: PM Modi in Jaipur(B)Kolkata: SHEFEXIL Awards of Export Excellence(B)INTERNATIONALQuito : Relatives and friends receive the remains of Katty Velasco and Oscar Villacis(B)Houston: U.S. Army Lt. Col. Andrew “Drew” Morganparticipates in spacewalk training(B)New Orleans : Miguel seen at the Essence Festival(B)Bogota: Candle light vigil for slain activists who havebeen killed since the signing of the peaceaccords in Bogota(B)Phuket: Preparation to recover bodies of passengers ofa capsized tourist boat(B)Kansas City: Independence Day celebrations in KansasCity(A)Port-au-Prince: Protest over the cost of fuel in Port-au-Prince(B)Tultepec: A series of explosions ripped through fireworks workshops in a town just north of Mexico City (B)Phnom Penh : Cambodian Prime Minister greets supporters(A)Pyongyang : U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo inadvertisementPyongyang(A)Pamplona: San Fermin Festival(A)SPORTSKazan: 2018 soccer World Cup(A+B)Cardiff: India vs England, T20 series cricket match(B)Daytona Beach: NASCAR Xfinity Series auto race(A)Rio de Janeiro : Brazil soccer fans watch their team lose 2-1 to Belgium(B)LOndon: Wimbledon Tennis Championships(B)Jakarta: Indonesia Open badminton championship(B)PTI PHOTO VNA OSOSlast_img read more

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Ronaldo uses phone to check out his cut head!

first_imgReal Madrid Ronaldo suffers nasty bloodied cut to the head & uses physio’s mobile phone to assess the damage! Goal Last updated 1 year ago 01:26 1/22/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(11) Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid Deportivo Getty Real Madrid Primera División Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid v Deportivo La Coruña Deportivo La Coruña The Madrid striker could not wait until he was in the dressing room to see the effects of a boot to the face and was not pleased to see blood pouring Cristiano Ronaldo did not like what he saw after using a mobile phone as a compact mirror to check out a nasty cut to the head!The Real Madrid striker finally broke a lengthy scoring drought with two goals as Deportivo were routed 7-1 on Sunday at the Bernabeu. His second strike of the game, however, came at a price.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Ronaldo caught a stray boot to the head as he powered an effort past Ruben, and proceeded to stay down in order to receive treatment in the immediate aftermath.He was eventually helped off the field by a Madrid medic, while his team saw out the final minutes at the Bernabeu in complete control despite being reduced temporarily to 10 men. Even in the heat of action, however, the Portugal star could not help but check out the extent of the damage to his face. The medic’s phone was seized and Ronaldo looked at his reflection in the screen, as blood flowed down from the wound. Ronaldo took a kick to the head and asked the physio for his phone to see how bad it was. He is absolutely raging too after assessing the damage. pic.twitter.com/CMRMbFl8MM — Robbie Dunne (@robbiejdunne) 21 de enero de 2018 Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid DeportivoCristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid DeportivoJudging by his reaction, he was less than pleased to see his movie star looks distorted by the cut!What, we wonder, would the likes of Terry Butcher have to say about Ronaldo’s concern in the middle of a match?!last_img read more

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a month agoDe Gea: Man Utd improving under Solskjaer

first_imgDe Gea: Man Utd improving under Solskjaerby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveDavid de Gea insists Manchester United have improved under manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.Despite a relatively indifferent start to this season, De Gea – who signed a new long-term contract on Monday – says the Norwegian has the full backing of everyone at the club.”From the moment he arrived here he showed his faith in me, right from minute one,” the Spain international told United’s official website.”I think he had a massive impact with the team. I think we won 10 or 11 games on the bounce. Everyone has faith in him, that’s the most important thing.”The fans are behind him and he’s a manager who knows the club really well and the people who work here and I reckon that is essential.”He also shows a lot of confidence in the younger players, which is important for us and so he’s a really great manager.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Début de la campagne de vaccination antigrippale

first_img femmes enceintes personnes âgées de plus de 65 ans adultes et enfants ayant des problèmes cardiaques ou respiratoires chroniques ou toute autre maladie chronique résidents des établissements de soins de longue durée personnes vivant avec des personnes membres des groupes à risque ci-dessus ou qui leur fournissent des soins bébés âgés de six mois à 23 mois fournisseurs de soins de santé et étudiants des programmes de soins de santé premiers intervenants, par exemple policiers, pompiers et ambulanciers Le vaccin antigrippal est votre meilleur moyen de défense contre la grippe. Le ministre de la Promotion et de la Protection de la santé, Barry Barnet, et le médecin-hygiéniste en chef, le Dr Robert Strang, ont encouragé les gens à se faire vacciner lors du lancement de la campagne de vaccination, aujourd’hui 8 octobre. « Chaque automne, je suis d’avis que je dois rappeler aux Néo-Écossais de se faire vacciner, » a dit M. Barnet. « Le vaccin antigrippal est une façon de vous protéger et de protéger votre famille contre la grippe, et il contribue également à la création de communautés plus saines à l’échelle de la province. » Le ministère de la Promotion et de la Protection de la santé offre gratuitement des vaccins par l’entremise des bureaux de médecin et des cliniques communautaires à l’échelle de la province, aux groupes à risque suivants : « La grippe a un impact considérable sur notre population et sur notre système de soins de santé, mais nous pouvons le prévenir, » a dit le Dr Strang. « Le vaccin antigrippal est très important. Il s’agit d’une façon simple, sécuritaire et efficace de vous protéger et de protéger votre famille contre le virus de la grippe. » En plus de vous faire vacciner contre la grippe, vous pouvez vous laver les mains souvent et vous couvrir le nez et la bouche pour tousser ou éternuer, afin de prévenir la propagation de la grippe et de nombreuses autres maladies. Puisque les fournisseurs de soins de santé sont fréquemment en contact avec les personnes à risque de contracter la grippe, il est important qu’ils reçoivent aussi le vaccin antigrippal. Le ministère de la Promotion et de la Protection de la santé travaille étroitement avec les partenaires en santé pour les encourager à se faire vacciner contre la grippe. Il arrive souvent que les gens confondent la grippe avec d’autres maladies respiratoires ou intestinales. Les symptômes les plus courants de la grippe incluent une fièvre élevée et soudaine, le mal de tête, des douleurs générales, la fatigue et la faiblesse, l’écoulement nasal, la congestion, l’éternuement et le mal de gorge. La saison grippale en Nouvelle-Écosse s’étend habituellement de novembre à avril, et entraîne plus de 20 000 visites chez le médecin. Environ 2 500 personnes sont hospitalisées pendant une saison grippale typique. Il est recommandé que les gens qui présentent des symptômes de la grippe demeurent à la maison et minimisent leur contact avec les autres. Pour obtenir plus d’information sur la grippe ou pour connaître l’emplacement de la clinique de vaccination la plus près de chez vous, consultez le site www.gov.ns.ca/hpp/cdpc/influenza.asp .last_img read more

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Omar seeks CBI inquiry into fake orders on Kashmir circulating on social

first_imgSrinagar: National Conference leader Omar Abdullah on Tuesday demanded a CBI inquiry into the “fake orders” that had surfaced on social media over the past few days, leading to speculation that the Centre might be moving to scrap Article 35-A of the Constitution, which provides special rights of residency and jobs to the people of Jammu and Kashmir in the state. “This is a very serious matter raised by the Governor. Fake orders were circulated under the signature of senior government officers. This is not something that can be dismissed with a simple sound byte. The CBI must be asked to investigate these fake orders & their origin,” Abdullah tweeted. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ He was reacting to Governor Satya Pal Malik’s assertion that the orders that have appeared on the social media were not valid. “A lot of rumours are spread here, do not pay any heed to them. Everything is fine, everything is normal,” Governor Malik said when asked about the slew of orders appearing on social media about the possibility of a prolonged law and order situation in Kashmir Valley. Malik said the orders which had appeared on the social media in recent days were not valid. “No order is valid. If someone sneezes in Lal Chowk, by the time the news reaches Governor’s house, it is projected as a bomb blast,” he added.last_img read more

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Love wins How a NS town collaborated to protect kidnapped women in

first_imgAMHERST, N.S. — Simple signs with a pair of blue hearts capture a small town’s sentiments over the rescue of two young Maritime women from kidnappers in Ghana.A sign on the main street of Amherst, N.S., declares, “Love wins,” and placards have appeared in windows saying “Love won.”Aaron Stubbert, the principal of Amherst Regional High School, said in an interview Thursday the message spread as the town celebrated the rescue of 20-year-old Bailey Chitty of Amherst, as well as 19-year-old Lauren Tilley of New Brunswick.The University of New Brunswick students were returned to safety by Ghana’s security forces Wednesday after a raid in the suburbs of Kumasi, the country’s second-largest city.Youth Challenge International, the non-profit group the women were volunteering with, has said Tilley and Chitty are receiving emotional and psychological support from professionals as they travel home.Joe van Vulpen, deputy warden of Cumberland County, says the two-word offer of support went up at the public health centre on Amherst’s main street where Bailey’s mother Christina Chitty works.He says it’s a phrase that sums up how “love and hope and prayers came to fruition.”The mother didn’t respond to requests for comment but her Facebook page expresses her gratitude.She wrote: “My chosen family whom I have the honour of working with everyday have been my quiet rock (along with many others).”She added: “Today we celebrate ‘Love Wins.’”Van Vulpen, a distant relative, said many people in Amherst knew that the young women had been kidnapped, but there was a “silent campaign” to keep their names and the danger they faced away from social media.The goal was to avoid giving any information to kidnapppers, he said.Stubbert said if anyone posted good wishes about the incident on social media, others in the town would quickly contact them and they would remove the comment.“I think we all had the idea that we were working behind the scenes to support the family,” said the school administrator.“I called it a little bit of a ‘silent support’ by staying off social media. … It was all part of hope, hope that we could get her back.”“It seemed it worked out.”The principal said Chitty was a “top notch student” who was involved in many aspects of the school, had received scholarships and was in the school’s band and choir group.The logo of “Love won” has now spread from the original workplace of the mother and is “on placards and on little signs in windows,” he said.It was also placed on the podium of the school’s award banquet on Wednesday night.The Ghanaian government has said five Ghanaians and three Nigerians are now in custody in connection with the incident and more arrests are possible.No ransom was discussed or paid in the case, and there’s no indication yet of any affiliation between the kidnappers and any religious or political group, a government spokesman has said.The family of Tilley, who is from Rothesay, N.B., was unavailable for comment.Both of the women are studying at the Renaissance College campus of the University of New Brunswick.– By Michael Tutton in Halifax– Follow (at)mtuttoncporg on TwitterThe Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Rejection of S3 sets up showdown between House and Senate

first_imgTodd Lamirande APTN National NewsBill S-3 was supposed to fix gender inequality in the Indian Act once and for all.But it doesn’t apply in many situations including if you lost your status before 1985.The Senate amended the bill to fix that overnight.But on Thursday, Indigenous Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett rejected it.tlamirande@aptn.calast_img

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UAE cyber firm DarkMatter slowly steps out of the shadows

first_imgABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates – DarkMatter, a growing cybersecurity company in the United Arab Emirates that’s recruited Western intelligence analysts, is stepping out of the shadows amid concerns by activists about its power and potential targets.The company’s founder and CEO, Faisal al-Bannai, says DarkMatter takes part in no hacking, although he acknowledges the firm’s close business ties to the Emirati government, as well as its hiring of former CIA and National Security Agency analysts.Activists warn such expertise could be used to target human rights campaigners, some of whom already have been jailed in the UAE, a major U.S. ally in the Mideast.Al-Bannai told The Associated Press his company carefully chooses its clients, while leaving the ethical decisions about privacy and surveillance in wielding its powerful technology to its governmental customers, which include the Dubai police.“Ignoring that use, in my view, would be silly,” he said. “I think tackling that issue and saying, ‘What is the right balance,’ is the right question and the one I think everyone is trying to figure out.”Surveillance is prolific across the UAE, a federation of seven sheikhdoms on the Arabian Peninsula. Flashing cameras capture license plates of vehicles pulling into gas stations. At Dubai’s Mall of the Emirates, home to an indoor ski slope, shoppers can use a kiosk to find their cars via the mall’s surveillance system.Authorities say surveillance keeps the UAE safe. Surveillance footage helped authorities quickly identify the woman who stabbed an American school teacher to death at an Abu Dhabi mall in 2014.It also aided Dubai police in identifying members of what it described as an Israeli hit squad that killed an operative with the Palestinian militant Hamas group in 2010, an attack never acknowledged by Israel.For al-Bannai, whose father is a retired major general with the Dubai police, cybersecurity seemed like a good bet after he found success with his mobile phone reselling firm Axiom Telecom. He formed DarkMatter in 2015 and today, he said the company has some 650 employees. Most work out of its headquarters in the disc-shaped Aldar building along a major highway connecting Dubai and Abu Dhabi. The firm also has research-and-development centres in China, Finland and Toronto, he said.“The only country in the region that’s strong in cybersecurity is Israel,” al-Bannai told foreign journalists who visited DarkMatter on Tuesday. “Other than that, it’s blank.”He described DarkMatter as entirely privately held, with a customer base that is 80 per cent government agencies and 20 per cent commercial. He declined to name specific clients, but many suspect they include the Signals Intelligence Agency, the Emirati version of the NSA. The agency is also registered as having offices in the Aldar building.“Frankly, it’s an alignment of the stars,” al-Bannai said of DarkMatter’s government contracts. “It is a pure commercial transaction with them.”Since its inception, rumours have swirled around DarkMatter.Some hackers described receiving aggressive, repeated job offers by the firm. An Italian hacker wrote a blog post in 2016 alleging that DarkMatter tried to hire him through a third-party recruiter who described the company as setting up a vast domestic spying infrastructure, something denied by al-Bannai.However, human rights activists and others have been targeted by hacks suspected to be directed, if not carried out, by the Emirati government.Emirati activist Ahmed Mansoor became famous in August 2016 when he worked with security experts to reveal three previously undisclosed weaknesses in Apple’s mobile operating system after he was allegedly targeted with a phishing text message he didn’t open.Mansoor and others believed the United Arab Emirates was behind the attack, as it involved so-called “zero day” exploits — flaws in programming that hackers can use to potentially install spyware or gain control of a system — that can be worth over a million dollars each. Mansoor was arrested by UAE authorities last March for his online posts. Authorities later said he was being held at Abu Dhabi’s central prison and had “the freedom to hire a lawyer” and receive family visits.Another hacking campaign targeting Mansoor and others, dubbed “Stealth Falcon,” also appeared to be co-ordinated by the government, said Bill Marczak, a research fellow at Citizen Lab. DarkMatter’s close work with the Emirati government, and the experience of its staff, raised flags about the company, Marczak said.“When you’re talking about human rights activists like Ahmed Mansoor … there’s nothing he can do and the government gets access to him and his contacts and then can take further actions against his contacts,” he said. “It’s one thing to use them against people you may think are committing terrorist acts or criminal acts, but using them against someone who is just kind of sitting around their living room tweeting, it seems kind of disproportionate.”Al-Bannai said DarkMatter had no depository of “zero day” exploits, nor did it take part in so-called “offensive hacking.” He pointed to one of the company’s signature products, a secure mobile phone called “Katim,” or “silence” in Arabic, as showing the firm’s interest in defensive technology.He added that DarkMatter hired CIA, NSA and other ex-government employees for their experience.“If you think an NSA guy is a spooky guy, the NSA guy is the one protecting you in the U.S.,” al-Bannai said. “These are not the bad guys.”He did, however, acknowledge that questions remain about how much information authorities should have and be able to use.Pegasus, a DarkMatter subsidiary, now has a “big data” contract with Dubai police. An example offered by al-Bannai suggested police could be able to pool hours of surveillance video to track anyone in the emirate.“My team knows what they’re building,” he said. “If they thought they were building funny stuff, they wouldn’t be here.”___Follow Jon Gambrell on Twitter at www.twitter.com/jongambrellap. His work can be found at http://apne.ws/2galNpz.last_img read more

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UN report highlights shrinking space for Palestinians in Bethlehem

7 May 2009Israeli measures have reduced the amount of land available in Bethlehem for Palestinian use, limited the area’s access to resources and restricted its potential for development, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) says in a new report. Israeli measures have reduced the amount of land available in Bethlehem for Palestinian use, limited the area’s access to resources and restricted its potential for development, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) says in a new report.“Shrinking Space: Urban Contraction and Rural Fragmentation in the Bethlehem Governorate,” examines how Israeli measures – such as the Barrier, settlements and closures – have impacted Palestinian livelihoods, development and residential expansion in Bethlehem, which comprises approximately 660 kilometres. “The space available to the Palestinian population in the Bethlehem governorate has been significantly constricted by Israeli measures such as the continued expansion of Israeli settlements and their outposts,” states the report. These measures have reduced Bethlehem’s development space, limited its access to resources, severed Bethlehem’s historic links to Jerusalem and restricted the urban area’s potential for residential and industrial expansion, it adds.The report notes that the traditional mainstays of the Bethlehem economy such as work in Israel, tourism, agriculture herding and the private sector have been undermined.Only 13 per cent of land in Bethlehem is available for Palestinian use, and much of it is fragmented, the report shows. In addition, Israel retains security control and jurisdiction over building and planning in 66 per cent of the governorate.Also, the Barrier route in Bethlehem reaches 10 kilometres into the West Bank. If completed, it will cut off some of the most fertile cultivated land in the governorate as well as 21,000 Palestinian villagers from the urban centre, according to the report.As of now, the report says, around 175,000 Palestinians live in the Bethlehem governorate. Since 1967, some 86,000 Israelis have also been settled there, and they live in 19 settlements and 16 settlement outposts. OCHA also outlines steps that can be taken to prevent further deterioration, including halting construction of the Barrier inside the West Bank, opening closed military areas and nature reserves for sustainable Palestinian development, and freezing settlement construction. read more

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SMMT Update – 29 January 2015

SMMT’s weekly round-up, including all the latest news from UK automotive and a message from SMMT’s Chief Executive.SMMT Update 403.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)

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Monarch of the Glen painting could be saved for the nation

first_imgSir John Leighton, director general of the NGS, said he was delighted by Diageo’s gesture, which offered offered a “once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for this major work to be acquired for the nation”.He added: “The Monarch Of The Glen is an iconic image which is famous across the world.”The ideal home for such an important and resonant picture is the Scottish National Gallery, where it can be enjoyed and admired by millions of visitors in the context of the nation’s unrivalled collection of Scottish, British and European art.”Fiona Hyslop, the culture minister, welcomed the deal and said reaction to news of the painting’s planned auction in London next month had underline its importance.The romantic evocation of the Highlands of Scotland, depicting a “royal” stag with 12 points on its antlers, was commissioned as part of a series of three panels to hang in the Palace of Westminster in London. It later entered corporate hands and was widely used in advertising campaigns.Strictly speaking it might have been called The Royal of the Glen, as a “monarch” stag has 16 points. ‘Royal’ stags have 12 points and ‘monarchs’ have 16 Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The Monarch of the Glen, Sir Edwin Landseer’s iconic oil painting of a red deer stag, could be saved for the nation after its owners agreed a deal with the National Galleries of Scotland.The drinks giant Diageo planned to put the painting up for auction – for the first time in 100 years – in a move that art lovers feared could have taken it overseas.However, the firm has now gifted half the estimated £8 million value of the piece to the galleries in the hope that they can raise the remaining £4 million to bring the masterpiece into public ownership for the first time.It has been on display while on loan to the National Museum of Scotland for 17 years, and the drinks company said it decided to sell the work of art, painted in 1851, because it had no direct link to its business or brands.Gallery officials now have four months to raise the target figure that will keep the famous Victorian painting, which gave its name to a popular TV series, in Scotland. Stag's headlast_img read more

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Portugal derby Porto defeats Sporting in last second

Six-time champion FC Porto won the big Portuguese derby against rivals Sporting Lisbon. The team won away with 24:23 and has secured the table lead.The match was interesting and even during the whole 60 minutes, and it was only until the last second when Gilberto Duarte scored 12 meters away from the goal – to surprise of Sporting goalkeeper Ricardo Candeiras, enough to give them the victory. For consolation, Sporting can say they had the lead for most of the game, but the points go to Porto.Porto now has 30 points from 10 games, while Sporting are second with 25. Benfica are third with 23. ← Previous Story Tamas Mocsai suffers car accident, not in life danger Next Story → DKB Bundesliga: THW Kiel crush Goppingen Benficagilberto duarteportoricardo candeirassporting read more

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Neos Kosmos supports education

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Neos Kosmos was a gold sponsor of the Shelford Girls’ Grammar who celebrated their inaugural Quaerite Dinner at the award-winning venue Red Scooter. Christopher Gogos, Managing Director, Neos Kosmos, has two daughters at Shelford, and the school itself has a significant number of families with Greek heritage. Ross Wilson, Christopher’s brother-in-law, sang a few songs with the band, including the famous Eagle Rock. One of the highlights of the evening was the magnificent Champagne Diamond prize donated by Holloway Diamonds.last_img read more

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Massive Maria seems worse to Grand Turk residents reporting

first_img#hurricanemaria#stormsurvivors#tcistrong#MagnetucMedianews Related Items:#HurricaneMaria, #MagnetucMedianews, #stormsurvivors, #tcistrong Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp FortisTCI announces bid to hike electricity bills, cites record $42m response to hurricanes as destabilizing Recommended for youcenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, September 22, 2017 – Grand Turk – Hurricane Maria has so far and thankfully proven uneventful for Providenciales, but the report out of the nation’s capital is vastly different.   The hobbling pace of huge Hurricane Maria may, in the end, prove to be largely the reason Grand Turk reportedly sustained significant damage yet again.“We are experiencing some winds and rains… the road in front of the Treasury fell in, said Savitri Daniel.Member of Parliament, Hon Tamard Butterfield is also in Grand Turk and said the system felt more like a Cat5 than a Cat3 hurricane.“We really got a beating for 12 hrs and still continuing … I don’t know what to say!  I’m sure the ponds and roads are flooded … well they said we are not getting the top of the hurricane… this feel like the every part of the hurricane!  The wind is really bad …”  Hon. Butterfield posted that report minutes to 7am, Friday September 22.The hammering of major hurricane force winds for GT was forecast to last seven hours, from midnight Thursday to 7am on Friday.    The conditions relayed to the country via the Department of Disaster Management and Emergencies (DDME) and the Bahamas Department of Meteorology also advised that from before 6pm, Grand Turk, Salt Cay and South Caicos were getting the tropical storm winds and rains and all else Maria had to dish out to the tiny islands in the TCI archipelago.Maria did a little wobbling in her trajectory and the Cat3 hurricane grew in size as reports from the officials continued overnight.  By morning her wind speeds kicked up a notch.   Meanwhile prayers and well wishes for the islands were going all night from near and far and these continue as the eye wall of this massive major storm is due to pass east of the Turks and Caicos today.There had been no word from Salt Cay where an evacuation order was on Wednesday issued by the Governor; 28 people opted to remain on the little cay despite.   South Caicos reported to a relative in Provo that there had been little rain but lots of wind.Residents across the country were still being advised to remain indoors, as the risk of tornadic activity and rip currents are of real concern.   A dramatic image of the Long Bay Beach, famous in Providenciales as a kite surfing hot spot and home to the recently opened Shore Club resort was shared with Magnetic Media.Darron Hilaire, FLOW marketing director says the water had early this morning receded, leaving the sea bed exposed.   It is truly an unnerving yet rare glimpse of the country’s newest world famous beach.   Hilaire later sent more photographs, taken by him with the beach returned to its usual allure.  Just Amazing!Also amazing, that the TCI remains under hurricane and tropical storm warning until tonight. New, stringent posture on illegal construction makes fines, personal demolition and possible deportation legal says PDM Minister, law now passed Happy Day for Turks and Caicos, Southwest Airlines marks first flightlast_img read more

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Rail Budget 2015 Where to Watch Live

first_imgRail Minister Suresh Prabhu is all set to present his maiden railway budget in the Lok Sabha Thursday amid expectations that his proposals will re-energise one of the largest railroad networks in the world, while seeking to improve passenger amenities and safety.Even as the minister has ruled out any lowering of passenger fares, a clear direction is awaited on how he proposes to capitalise on the decision six months ago of allowing 100 percent foreign equity in some big-ticket projects of the railways, and greater public-private partnerships.Prabhu, handpicked to oversee the only ministry other than finance to present a separate budget, is also expected to chart the path for some of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s pet projects, such as bullet trains, dedicated freight corridors and larger participation of private sector, reports IANS.Here’s where all one can watch the Rail Budget live:Ministry of Information & BroadcastingDoordarshanLok Sabha TVlast_img read more

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