Uber Rejects Talk of Thousands of Sexual Assault Reports

first_img Image credit: Uber | Facebook Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand Learn from renowned serial entrepreneur David Meltzer how to find your frequency in order to stand out from your competitors and build a brand that is authentic, lasting and impactful. –shares Uber Add to Queue 2 min read March 7, 2016center_img Jon Fingas Next Article This story originally appeared on Engadget Uber Rejects Talk of ‘Thousands’ of Sexual Assault Reports Uber isn’t fond of allegations that it doesn’t do enough to stop sexual assault during rides, and it’s opening up some of its data to prevent its bruised reputation from getting worse.In response to BuzzFeed News obtaining leaked customer support data suggesting that there were thousands of complaints about sexual assault during trips, Uber has released official info that suggests the problem isn’t as serious. Reportedly, there were “fewer than” 170 complaints of sexual assault between December 2012 and August 2015, and five of rape — still horrific, but not as bad as implied. The search queries that BuzzFeed obtained supposedly include results that have no relation to actual cases, such as names (people named “Draper” would show up) or pricing gripes that involve a poor choice of words.The company maintains that it’s “deeply committed” to safe rides, and that its technology helps it protect people “before, during and after” their journeys. There’s at least some truth to this. It has tightened some screening procedures, and has otherwise taken extra steps to both prevent incidents and deal with them when they show up.The challenge is finding out whether the official figures tell the whole story. Uber isn’t giving BuzzFeed a chance to look at the complaints themselves, for one thing. That’s understandable given privacy concerns, but it makes it difficult to verify how many of the search queries are directly relevant. The screenshots alone show nine complaint subjects that are unambiguously about sexual assault — it doesn’t bode well if one leaker can quickly find 5 percent of incidents.This doesn’t mean that Uber is hiding anything. However, it could make it tough for critics to accept the figures at face value. Enroll Now for $5last_img read more

Consumers Reluctant to Swap Passwords for Biometrics for Fear of Identity Fraud

first_imgPaysafe launches new global research into consumer payment trendsOver half of consumers (56 percent) are worried that the shift to biometrics to authenticate online payments will dramatically increase the amount of identity fraud, according to new research conducted by Paysafe, a leading global payments provider. The research found that four fifths (81 percent) of consumers still favour passwords for making payments online due to concerns about the security of new biometric options.According to the data, two thirds (66 percent) of consumers worry about being able to pay for goods or services without being asked for a password, and only 37 percent believe that biometrics are more secure than other authentication methods.The report, Lost in Transaction: The end of risk?, explores consumer attitudes to biometrics prior to the roll-out of Strong Customer Authentication later this year. The annual study tracks changing views on payments across the UK, US, Canada, Germany and Austria, and this year includes Bulgaria for the first time.Marketing Technology News: Lightspeed POS Inc. Announces the Acquisition of ChronogolfThose consumers who didn’t feel comfortable using biometrics identified a lack of trust as their primary reason for avoiding them. The research also revealed further fears around the use of biometrics:Nearly half (45 percent) stated they did not want companies having access to their personal biometric details35 percent did not know enough about biometrics to trust itNearly a third (31 percent) were concerned that their fingerprint could easily be cloned and used to commit fraud28 percent said biometrics did not seem safeCommenting on the research, Daniel Kornitzer, Chief Business Development Officer, Paysafe Group, said: “Biometrics are a huge opportunity for the payments industry to combat the increasing risk of card not present fraud. However, it’s not surprising that there is reluctance among consumers to use biometrics as a form of payment authentication when passwords and PINs have been the central pillar of financial data security for at least 20 years. News headlines are also dominated with fraud and hacking scandals so the public are aware of the risks involved when it comes to adopting new services. To overcome this, consumer education is imperative and with SCA coming in September, consumers will need to be aware of the benefits to ensure acceptance and adoption. We’ve lived in a password-driven world for many years now and consumers aren’t fully prepared to let go of what they know.”Marketing Technology News: VERB Adds Leading Health Care Provider OnDoc to Its Client RosterDespite the worries over biometric transactions, adoption continues to grow with more than half (54 percent) of British consumers having used biometrics to make a payment. Nearly two thirds (61 percent) of consumers also agree that using biometrics is a much quicker and efficient way of paying for goods and services.When asked what biometrics they had used, fingerprint technology was most commonly used biometric (38 percent) followed by one in six (17 percent) having used facial recognition and one in ten (11 percent) voice-activated technologies.Kornitzer continued: “Consumer acceptance of biometrics is being driven largely by smartphone usage and adoption, and this will only increase. However, payment providers will need to do their bit to get consumers on board. Ultimately, SCA should lead to smoother and more secure payments – a win for businesses and consumers alike.”Marketing Technology News: Alorica Taps Business Transformation Veteran Colson Hillier to Be Chief Marketing Officer Consumers ReluctantDaniel Kornitzeridentity managementNewsPaysafe Previous ArticleUpland Software Acquires Kapost, Raises GuidanceNext ArticleNet Element Launches Blade, Fully-Automated, Artificial Intelligence-Powered Underwriting Solution with Predictive Scoring Consumers Reluctant to Swap Passwords for Biometrics for Fear of Identity Fraud PRNewswireJune 3, 2019, 8:56 pmJune 3, 2019 last_img read more

Researchers hope blood test that accurately diagnoses fibromyalgia could be available within

first_imgBy Lois Zoppi, BAMar 18 2019Ohio State University researchers have evidence that blood samples can reliably detect fibromyalgia, a disease that is often misdiagnosed due to its general symptoms that characterize a number of other conditions. Shutterstock | pathdocPublished in the Journal of Biological Chemistry, the study describes success in finding biomarkers of fibromyalgia and distinguishing the disease from other, related conditions. The study describes the diagnosis and treatment of fibromyalgia as a “challenge owing to the lack of reliable biomarkers.”Fibromyalgia is a long-term condition that causes body-wide pain. Other symptoms of fibromyalgia include increase sensitivity to pain, fatigue, stiff muscles, disturbed sleep, irritable bowel syndrome, and cognitive disturbances such as problems with memory and concentration. There is currently no cure for fibromyalgia, so treatment consists of medication, talking therapies, and lifestyle changes to help relieve and manage symptoms of the condition.Diagnosing fibromyalgia relies on a wide range of symptoms reported by the patients themselves. Diagnosis also sometimes includes a physical evaluation of a patient’s pain by applying light pressure to specific tender points where pain is often felt. But diagnostic tools are lacking quick and accessible options to definitively diagnose fibromyalgia.Carried out by The Ohio State University, the objective of the study was to develop a “rapid biomarker-based method for diagnosing fibrmyalgia by using vibrational spectroscopy to differentiate patients with fibromyalgia from those with rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, or systemic lupus erythematosus”. The research also aimed to identify metabolites “associated with these differences.”The discoveries coming from the study could significantly improve patient care. Lead researcher Kevin Hackshaw, who is a professor in Ohio State’s College of Medicine and a rheumatologist at the Wexner Medical Center, described how patients are often left without proper care or advice on how to manage the chronic pain and fatigue caused by FM.But, a “metabolic fingerprint”, or biomarkers of the disease like the ones found in this study, could be identified and used to create targeted treatment for patients. Hackshaw said:“We found clear, reproducible metabolic patterns in the blood of dozens of patients with fibromyalgia. This brings us much closer to a blood test than we have ever been.”Co-author of the study Luis Rodriguez-Saona said:“We can look back into some of these fingerprints and potentially identify some of the chemicals associated with the differences we are seeing.”“This could lead to better, more directed treatment for patients,” Hackshaw said.In time, a particular protein, acid, or combination of molecules could be identified that is associated with fibromyalgia. Additionally, metabolic fingerprinting could even assess the severity of the condition in each patient.Related StoriesResearchers develop simple blood test for detecting Alzheimer’s diseaseFinger-prick blood test could help prevent unnecessary antibiotic prescribing for patients with COPDRadiometer’s ABL9 blood gas analyzer awarded Red Dot Design AwardWith patients sometimes waiting an average of five years between the development of symptoms and final diagnosis, fast, accurate diagnosis is desperately needed, and has a number of clear benefits for patients and doctors alike. Patients can be assured that their symptoms are real and not imagined, and doctors can make faster and more confident diagnoses and can curate appropriate and informed treatment plans.Patients that are left undiagnosed are often given strong and addictive opioid painkillers that have not produced evidence of being an effective treatment for those with fibromyalgia.Hackshaw states, “When you look at chronic pain clinics, about 40 percent of patients on opioids meet the diagnostic criteria for fibromyalgia. Fibromyalgia often gets worse, and certainly doesn’t get better, with opioids.”Unfortunately, some medical professionals are also in doubt about the validity of fibromyalgia as a disease. “Most physicians nowadays don’t question whether fibromyalgia is real, but there are still skeptics out there,” Hackshaw explains.To build on the findings of the study, Hackshaw and Rodriguez-Saona aim to carry out larger-scale clinical trials to see if the results produced by this study can be reliably replicated.This study included 50 participants with a fibromyalgia diagnosis. Also included in the study were 29 people with rheumatoid arthritis, 23 people with lupus, and 19 people with osteoarthritis.Blood samples from each participant were analyzed using vibrational spectroscopy, a technique used to measure the energy level of molecules. This technique showed up definite patterns that distinguished the blood samples of fibromyalgia patients from the samples of the other participants living with different, but symptomatically similar, conditions.Baseline patterns were generated from samples taken from patients whose disease status they were aware of before using two types of spectroscopy to evaluate the remaining samples. Although the researchers did not know the participants’ diagnoses for the remaining samples, they were able to accurately group every sample into disease categories based on the sample’s molecular signature.Rodriguez-Saona is an expert in the testing methods used in the study. His lab utilizes metabolic fingerprinting for research in food, investigating issues including the adulteration of milk and cooking oils, and works to help agricultural organizations to identify plants that are well suited to combat disease.Rodriguez-Saona said on the impact of this new study’s discovery:“These initial results are remarkable. If we can help speed diagnosis for these patients, their treatment will be better and they’ll likely have better outlooks. There’s nothing worse than being in a gray area where you don’t know what disease you have.”The study concludes that vibrational spectroscopy “may provide a reliable diagnostic test” for differentiating fibromyalgia from other conditions, and Hackshaw hopes that there will be a test available for broad clinical use within five years. Sources: http://www.jbc.org/content/294/7/2555.abstract?sid=b97a2bb2-89e4-4406-95b7-65b39df4fd42 https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-03/osu-ebt031519.phplast_img read more

Administration proposals pose threats to transgender health and progress against HIV epidemic

first_img Source:HIV Medicine Association (HIVMA) Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)May 27 2019The administration’s proposals to weaken protections for transgender individuals that improve their access to health care, housing and shelter services are discriminatory, destructive and pose significant, threats to the president’s stated goal of ending HIV as an epidemic in the U.S. Codifying and promoting stigmatizing perceptions that remain among the most formidable challenges to progress against the HIV epidemic in the U.S., the proposed rules also will deny transgender people critical services essential to their health and survival.Discriminatory barriers to health care and housing already carry serious consequences to the health of transgender individuals, including interfering with their access to HIV prevention and treatment services. As it is now, individuals who are transgender face disproportionate rates of homelessness. Lack of housing raises risks for HIV and contributes to poorer outcomes for those living with HIV.As medical providers, we call on the administration to withdraw these harmful policies that only serve to marginalize individuals who are Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender. We urge the administration to consider the long-term negative impacts to individual health, our country’s public health and our identity as a nation, before advancing such policies in the future.last_img read more

Spy chief wanted ban on China telecoms from Australian 5G

first_imgIn this Sept. 26, 2018, photo, visitors walk past a display from Chinese technology firm ZTE at the PT Expo in Beijing. A spy chief said in a speech released Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2018, that Australia’s critical infrastructure including electricity grids, water supplies and hospitals could not have been adequately safeguarded if Chinese-owned telecommunications giants Huawei and ZTE Corp. had been allowed to become involved in rolling out the nation’s 5G network. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein) In this Sept. 26, 2018, photo, signs promoting 5G wireless technology from Chinese technology firm Huawei are displayed at the PT Expo in Beijing. A spy chief said in a speech released Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2018, that Australia’s critical infrastructure including electricity grids, water supplies and hospitals could not have been adequately safeguarded if Chinese-owned telecommunications giants Huawei and ZTE Corp. had been allowed to become involved in rolling out the nation’s 5G network. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein) In this Sept. 26, 2018, photo, a staff member uses a laptop computer at a display for 5G wireless technology from Chinese technology firm Huawei at the PT Expo in Beijing. A spy chief said in a speech released Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2018, that Australia’s critical infrastructure including electricity grids, water supplies and hospitals could not have been adequately safeguarded if Chinese-owned telecommunications giants Huawei and ZTE Corp. had been allowed to become involved in rolling out the nation’s 5G network. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein) The Chinese foreign ministry accused Australia of ideological bias against the Chinese companies.”Cooperation between Chinese and Australian companies is mutually beneficial in nature. Australia should offer convenience for the companies’ cooperation between two sides, rather than making various excuses to deliberately obstruct the cooperation, such as taking discriminatory measures,” ministry spokesman Lu Kang said.”We urge the Australian side to cast away ideological bias and provide a level playing field for Chinese companies’ operations in Australia. We hope Australia will take it seriously,” he added.Burgess’ warning came as an Australian security think-tank raised concerns on Tuesday about increasing collaboration between Australian universities and China’s People’s Liberation Army scientists on research programs such as hypersonic missiles and navigation technology. “It’s not in our interests to help a non-allied military develop advanced military technology,” Joske said. “We need better visa screening to make sure that people who’ve lied on their visa applications or are seeking to come to Australia to develop better military technology for China aren’t let into the country.”Education Minister Dan Tehan said Universities were self-governing institutions best able to make decisions about collaboration while also satisfying all relevant Australian laws and security requirements.Australian universities carefully assess applications from students from all countries and liaise with defense and security agencies as needed, the advocacy group Universities Australia said in a statement.”Australian universities help to advance Australia’s national interests through their research and education ties with students and researchers all around the world,” the statement said.The Defense Trade Controls Act gives the government and Defense Department oversight over providing information on any technology or research with potential military applications. That legislation is under review, and Joske said it should be expanded to prevent Chinese military scientists from learning about sensitive technologies while in Australia.Several governments have scrutinized Huawei’s links to the Chinese government. The private Chinese company was founded by a former People’s Liberation Army major in 1987. Now the world’s biggest telecoms equipment supplier, it suffered a setback in 2012 when a U.S. congressional report said it was a security risk and warned phone companies not to buy its equipment.Shenzhen-based Huawei has said it would never give Australian customer data to Chinese spy agencies. But the Australian government said no combination of security controls sufficiently mitigated the risk.5G networks will start commercial services in Australia next year.The Australian Signals Directory, formerly the Defense Signals Bureau, became an independent statutory body with a more public profile on July 1. It is responsible for foreign signals intelligence, support to military operations, cyber warfare and information security. Explore further © 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. Mike Burgess, director-general of the Australian Signals Directorate, said his cyber experts had backed the government’s decision in August to bar the two Chinese companies that he described as “high-risk vendors.” It was the first time the secretive agency had disclosed such information.”My advice was to exclude high-risk vendors from the entirety of evolving 5G networks,” Burgess said in a recent speech released by his office on Tuesday.Security agencies had previously protected sensitive information and core functions of Australian telecommunications networks by restricting risky vendors to the edges, Burgess said.”But the distinction between ‘core’ and ‘edge’ collapses in 5G networks. That means that a potential threat anywhere in the network will be a threat to the whole network,” Burgess said.The next generation of telecommunications networks will be at the top of every country’s list of critical national infrastructure, he said.”5G technology will underpin the communications that Australians rely on every day, from our health systems and the potential applications of remote surgery, to self-driving cars and through to the operation of our power and water supply,” Burgess said. “The stakes could not be higher.”Huawei was banned from bidding for contracts for Australia’s broadband network in 2011. ZTE is a Chinese maker of mobile devices. Australia’s critical infrastructure including electricity grids, water supplies and hospitals could not have been adequately safeguarded if Chinese-owned telecommunications giants Huawei and ZTE Corp. were allowed to help roll out the nation’s 5G network, a spy chief said. Australian Strategic Policy Institute researcher Alex Joske said some Chinese scientists hide their military backgrounds by claiming to be visiting scholars from non-existent institutions.Since 2007, the PLA has sponsored more than 2,500 military scientist and engineers to study overseas, Joske said in a report.Based on peer-reviewed publications co-authored by PLA and non-Chinese scientists, the United States, Britain, Canada, Australia and Germany were the top five countries engaged in research collaboration with the Chinese military since last year, the report said.The report recommended that universities collaborate with allied countries rather than non-allied militaries on strategic research. Citation: Spy chief wanted ban on China telecoms from Australian 5G (2018, October 30) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-10-spy-chief-china-telecoms-australian.html US, Japan and Australia challenge Huawei in Papua New Guinea This document is subject to copyright. 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Donors buy over Rs 5800 cr electoral bonds to fund political parties

first_imggovernment bonds elections SHARE June 16, 2019 COMMENT SHARE SHARE EMAIL Electoral bonds worth over Rs 5,800 crore were bought by donors to fund political parties between March 1, 2018 and May 10, 2019, a Right to Information reply has said. Seventy-six per cent of these bonds, worth Rs 4,444.32 crore, were bought in the sale of last three tranches, which took place between March 1 and May 10 this year at the height of Lok Sabha campaigning and polls, the RTI reply furnished by the State Bank of India said. As per the Union government’s Electoral Bond Scheme 2018, only 29 branches of the State Bank of India (SBI) were authorised to issue and encash these bonds in ten phases. The reply said people bought electoral bonds worth Rs 5851.41 crore between March 1, 2018 and May 10, 2019, of which those worth Rs 1,407.09 crore were purchased by anonymous donors in the first seven phases between March 1 last year and January 24 this year. The RTI was filed by a Neemuch-based activist Chandrashekhar Goud. The bonds are valued at Rs 1000, Rs 10,000, Rs one lakh, Rs 10 lakh and Rs one crore. As per provisions of the scheme, electoral bonds may be received by political parties registered under Section 29A of the Representation of the People Act, 1951 and those which have secured not less than one per cent of the votes polled in the last general of state elections. The Supreme Court, which is hearing a petition against these bonds, in April this year directed all political parties to furnish receipts of funding received through electoral bonds and details of identity of donors in a sealed cover to the Election Commission. The Centre contends electoral bonds are an attempt at bringing greater transparency, ensuring KYC compliance and keeping an audit trail in comparison to the earlier opaque system of cash donations. Published on COMMENTSlast_img read more

CPO futures to trade in yoyo mode next week

first_img CPO , palm Business News 20 Apr 2019 CPO futures to trade in yo-yo mode next week Tags / Keywords: KUALA LUMPUR: Crude palm oil (CPO) futures on Bursa Malaysia Derivatives are likely to trade in a yo-yo mode next week, mainly due to worries over the global economic slowdown, a dealer said.Interband Group of Companies senior trader Jim Teh said the price would likely move between RM1,900 and RM1,930 per tonne.”The market will probably move like a yo-yo and traders have been speculating about a downtrend in prices in the near term,” he told Bernama.Malaysia’s total palm oil stocks in June 2019 fell one per cent to 2.42 million tonnes from 2.45 million tonnes in May 2019, according to the latest statistics from the Malaysian Palm Oil Board (MPOB).CPO inventories decreased by 7.5 per cent to 1.35 million tonnes during the month under review from 1.46 million tonnes in the preceding month, while stocks of processed palm oil rose 8.7 per cent to 1.07 million tonnes from 984,053 tonnes previously.Commenting on the performance over the last week, Teh said the market was on the downtrend for the past few days following sluggish exports data and bearish external factors.On a Friday-to-Friday basis, July 2019 fell RM9 to RM1,900 a tonne, August 2019 went down RM22 to RM1,916 a tonne, while September 2019 and October 2019 decreased RM16 each to RM1,944 and RM1,973 a tonne, respectively. Weekly turnover rose to 230,488 lots from 212,264 lots last week, while open interest slipped to 270,228 contracts from 272,432 contracts previously. On the physical market, July South stood at RM1,890 a tonne. – Bernama Plantations 10 Jul 2019 Malaysia end-June palm oil stocks fall to 2.42m tonnes Related News Business News 15 Jun 2019 CPO futures to trade at RM1,950 – RM2,050 a tonne next week Related News {{category}} {{time}} {{title}}last_img read more