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Malaysia to assess response to unilateral sanctions amid concern over Iran oil shipments

Malaysia to assess response to unilateral sanctions amid concern over Iran oil shipments

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia said on Wednesday (May 8) it would need to assess its response to unilaterally applied sanctions, following concerns raised by the United States over the role of Malaysia-based service providers in shipments of sanctioned Iranian oil. A senior US treasury official said this week the United States saw Iran’s capacity to move its oil as being reliant on service providers based in Malaysia. The official also said the United States was trying to prevent Malaysia from becoming a jurisdiction where the Palestinian militant group Hamas could both fundraise and then move money. Malaysia government spokesperson Fahmi Fadzil said the country was prepared to engage with its US counterparts to better understand its concerns and stressed that it would comply with United Nations sanctions. “We want to assert that Malaysia, as a sovereign nation, we comply with UN sanctions,” he told reporters. “But when it comes to unilaterally applied sanctions, then I think we have to assess this situation.” Brian Nelson, the Under Secretary of the Treasury for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence and …

NIST launches a new platform to assess generative AI

NIST launches a new platform to assess generative AI

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), the U.S. Commerce Department agency that develops and tests tech for the U.S. government, companies and the broader public, on Monday announced the launch of NIST GenAI, a new program spearheaded by NIST to assess generative AI technologies including text- and image-generating AI. NIST GenAI will release benchmarks, help create “content authenticity” detection (i.e. deepfake-checking) systems and encourage the development of software to spot the source of fake or misleading AI-generated information, explains NIST on the newly launched NIST GenAI website and in a press release. “The NIST GenAI program will issue a series of challenge problems [intended] to evaluate and measure the capabilities and limitations of generative AI technologies,” the press release reads. “These evaluations will be used to identify strategies to promote information integrity and guide the safe and responsible use of digital content.” NIST GenAI’s first project is a pilot study to build systems that can reliably tell the difference between human-created and AI-generated media, starting with text. (While many services purport to detect …

Texans reeling from wildfires assess catastrophic damages, impact on cattle industry

Texans reeling from wildfires assess catastrophic damages, impact on cattle industry

From residents to ranchers, Texans are grappling with the ongoing devastation stemming from some of the biggest wildfires in the state’s history. On Saturday, fires continued to burn throughout parts of northern Texas, much of which is considered cattle country. The wildfires have destroyed as many as 500 homes and structures, according to Texas Gov. Greg Abbott. At least two people have died. In a Facebook video on the Texas A&M Forest Service’s incident information page, Blue Team Operations Section Chief Mike Brod said his team remained vigilant as red flag warnings from the National Weather Service remained in effect Saturday for the entire Panhandle region. According to the weather service, an increased risk of fire danger in northern Texas remains Saturday due to warm temperatures, very low humidity and strong winds. “Given the critical weather that’s predicted for today, we do anticipate additional fire activity and we’re prioritizing our suppression efforts on the areas of the highest concern,” Brod said Saturday morning. Efforts to contain five fires near Amarillo, Texas, remained ongoing Saturday afternoon, according to the Texas A&M …

How VCs can assess and attract winners in a landscape that’s now crowded with AI startups

How VCs can assess and attract winners in a landscape that’s now crowded with AI startups

Felicis, the 16-year-old Bay Area-based early-stage venture firm, has a reputation for investing globally. Indeed, firm founder Aydin Senkut — who spent a handful of years at Google as a product manager in its earlier days — was born in Turkey and talks often of the hustle he sees in founders around the world. Felicis is also known for the very strong track record it has established over time, with early bets on some breakout companies as Notion, Canva, Adyen, Cruise, Flexport, and Shopify, to name just a handful. Still, the firm isn’t content to rest on its laurels, apparently. Instead, Senkut and team often appear at — and also sometimes sponsor — industry events to which founders flock, and such was the case last week at a StrictlyVC event, which the firm volunteered to anchor as a partner. Thankfully, they’re the best kind of partner to have, given that both Senkut and partner Viviana Faga, who joined the firm in 2021 from Emergence Capital, happened to have a lot of interesting insights to share …

???? Live: UN chief Guterres appoints independent panel to assess ‘neutrality’ of UNRWA

???? Live: UN chief Guterres appoints independent panel to assess ‘neutrality’ of UNRWA

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres appointed an independent panel to assess whether the UN agency for Palestinian refugees (UNRWA) is striving to “ensure neutrality”, the UN said in a statement Monday. EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell warned Sunday that defunding UNRWA, a dozen of whose staff Israel has accused of participating in the Hamas-led October 7 attacks, would imperil “hundreds of thousands of lives” in Gaza. Follow our liveblog for all the latest developments.  Source link

Barcelona star Alexia Putellas will undergo surgery to assess knee problem | Barcelona Women

Barcelona star Alexia Putellas will undergo surgery to assess knee problem | Barcelona Women

Barcelona have announced that Alexia Putellas will undergo surgery to assess an ongoing problem with her left knee. The Spain forward has not played for Barça since she scored twice for the defending champions against Benfica in the Women’s Champions League on 14 November. Putellas withdrew from a national team training camp in Madrid last month because of a knee injury, which also kept her out of recent matches for her club. “Alexia Putellas is undergoing an arthroscopy on her left knee this Wednesday, 27 December,” an official statement said. “The club will be making an official medical announcement once the operation has concluded.” An arthroscopy is a type of keyhole surgery which uses a small fibre-optic camera to diagnose and treat joint problems. Putellas missed Euro 2022 after suffering an anterior cruciate ligament injury in the same knee, which caused her to miss most of the 2022-23 season. Putellas recovered from that injury, which occurred in training before the tournament, in time to feature for Spain at the 2023 World Cup. She was a …

Healthcare startups scramble to assess fallout after Postmeds data breach hits millions of patients

Healthcare startups scramble to assess fallout after Postmeds data breach hits millions of patients

More than two million people across the United States will receive notice that their personal and sensitive health information was stolen earlier this year during a cyberattack at Postmeds, the parent company of online pharmacy startup Truepill. For some of those affected, it’s the first they’re hearing of Postmeds, let alone that the company lost their sensitive personal and health information during the data breach. News of the data breach also appeared to catch off-guard healthcare startups that previously relied on Postmeds to fulfill their customers’ prescriptions. Postmeds, or Truepill, is an online pharmacy fulfillment startup that fills prescriptions for big-name telehealth services and other pharmacies, and mails medications to their customers. Postmeds, through Truepill, has fulfilled prescriptions for customers of Folx, Hims, and GoodRx, and other popular online telehealth startups that have emerged in recent years. Even if you’ve never heard of Postmeds, the company may have filled one of your prescriptions and handled your information. Truepill’s website says it has delivered 20 million prescriptions to three million people since its founding in 2016. …

FAA failed to fully assess environmental effects of Starship, lawsuit alleges

FAA failed to fully assess environmental effects of Starship, lawsuit alleges

A coalition of advocacy groups has filed a lawsuit agains the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) over its handling of the environmental assessment of SpaceX’s launch plans in southeast Texas. The FAA gave the green-light to SpaceX’s Starship launch program last summer, with the stipulation that the company perform a series of measures to mitigate environmental impacts to the surrounding area. But the lawsuit says this analysis, and the mitigating measures it required, are not sufficient to offset or even fully understand the full effects of repeat Starship launches. While the FAA has grounded Starship pending an investigation into the April 20 flight test that ended in a mid-air explosion, the suit is asking the court to rescind SpaceX’s launch license to fly the rocket altogether, until a full environmental assessment is complete. SpaceX’s Starbase, its sprawling launch and rocket development site in southeast Texas, is near Brazos Island State Park and Boca Chica State Park, which are both home to sensitive bird and other animal populations. The Lower Rio Grande Valley National Wildlife Refuge, …

researchers assess how US invasion shapes lives today

researchers assess how US invasion shapes lives today

On March 19, 2003, the United States led an unlawful invasion into Iraq — at the time, the reason given was the search for weapons of mass destruction. The U.S. occupation of Iraq lasted over eight years, until the official withdrawal of troops throughout 2011. While the number of deaths as a result of the U.S.-led occupation of Iraq has been difficult to accurately calculate, it is estimated that around 405,000 deaths occurred as a direct result. Most of these deaths were of Iraqi civilians. Hundreds of thousands of others were injured, and over nine million displaced. Initially, this was due to the U.S. invasion, then as a result of continued conflict due to the sectarian violence that followed between 2006 and 2010, and finally because of the Islamic State group’s occupation in parts of the country from 2013-17. In this episode of The Conversation Weekly, we speak to two researchers who examine the impact the invasion and conflict have had on the lives of Iraqis. Sana Murrani is an associate professor in spatial practice …

researchers assess how US invasion shapes lives today — podcast

researchers assess how US invasion shapes lives today — podcast

On March 19, 2003, the United States led an unlawful invasion into Iraq — at the time, the reason given was the search for weapons of mass destruction. The U.S. occupation of Iraq lasted over eight years, until the official withdrawal of troops throughout 2011. While the number of deaths as a result of the U.S.-led occupation of Iraq has been difficult to accurately calculate, it is estimated that around 405,000 deaths occurred as a direct result. Most of these deaths were of Iraqi civilians. Hundreds of thousands of others were injured, and over nine million displaced. Initially, this was due to the U.S. invasion, then as a result of continued conflict due to the sectarian violence that followed between 2006 and 2010, and finally because of the Islamic State group’s occupation in parts of the country from 2013-17. In this episode of The Conversation Weekly, we speak to two researchers who examine the impact the invasion and conflict have had on the lives of Iraqis. Sana Murrani is an associate professor in spatial practice …