Ordinary people weren’t the only victims of ISIS.The terror group also waged war on humanity’s cultural heritage, destroying ancient libraries, monuments, and statues.And now, thanks to the magic of technology, they’re coming back.Google today announced a collaboration with Historic England and the Imperial War Museums, the latter of whom is running a season called “Culture Under Attack,” which focuses on the destruction of monuments during wartime.As part of this, the technology company has loaned the museum a 3D printed replica of the Lion of Mosul, which was destroyed by ISIS in 2015 when they ransacked the historic Mosul Museum.The Lion of Mosul was belonged to the ancient Assyrian culture, and dates back to 860 BCE.
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So far, only prototypes exist.The idea is to move away from environmentally-damaging meat production methods in favor of a method that could be more sustainable and less ethically fraught.Venture capitalists see huge promise in the industry's potential to disrupt the $200 billion global meat industry.Lab-grown meat, on the other hand, would free up meat producers from being dependent on farms by allowing for real chicken and beef to be made in a lab from animal cells instead of from slaughter.New Age Meats, a startup that recently hosted a public tasting of its prototype sausage, is actively using the technique, while Memphis Meats, a Silicon Valley startup whose funders include celebrities like Richard Branson as well as food giants like Tyson, is studying the idea."Technologies like Crispr allow us to safely increase the quality of our cell growth, which means we will make meat that is tastier, healthier, and more sustainable than slaughtered meat," Brian Spears, the co-founder and CEO of New Age Meats, told Business Insider.
Indeed, this continues to be true for the Labour Party - which has existed as a union of social democratic ideas for centuries, on the basis of shared values and loyalty to the socialist cause.But from the outset, the reasoning behind Luciana Berger’s defection should be taken completely separately from the other Labour MPs that have resigned from the party.Make no mistake, the abuse that drove Luciana out was disgusting, anti-Semitic and sexist.Labour MP Jess Phillips also tweeted to say she had trended twice this week just because of the abuse she has received on social media.It’s simply abhorrent to see anybody treated in this way.Those who remain in our party and take part in this abuse should be investigated and expelled – immediately and permanently.
Email and mobile phones mean that work is no longer consigned to the office, but can be done at home or during your daily commute.However, more often than not flexibility is only introduced when it serves the interests of the employer but not when it benefits the employee.This inflexibility and on-call culture is felt acutely by women, who despite advances in gender equality, still bear the dual burden of work and care.Looking after small children, caring for elderly relatives and answering work emails is an all too familiar, not to mention exhausting, routine for many women.According to a recent survey by the ONS, around 46% of women who look after both young children and elderly or disabled relatives, feel unable to work as much as they would like or even work at all.It is estimated that maternity leave discrimination means 54,000 women lose their jobs each year.
But what if those instruments are leaking valuable information?The amount of information in these traces is immense, and we have only hit the tip of the iceberg in terms of what we can learn and reverse engineer about the machine that generated them," said Philip Brisk, a UC Riverside associate professor of computer science who worked on the project.In a paper presented at the Network and Distributed System Security Symposium, the group showed they could reconstruct what a researcher was doing by recording the sounds of the lab instrument used.Brisk and UC Irvine electrical and computer engineering professor Mohammad Abdullah Al Faruque and his doctoral student Sina Faezi; along with John C. Chaput, a professor of pharmaceutical sciences at UC Irvine; and William Grover, a bioengineering professor at UC Riverside, set microphones similar to those in a smartphone in several spots near a DNA synthesizer in Chaput's lab.All DNA is built from just four bases, adenine (A), guanine (G), cytosine (C), and thymine (T), arranged in almost infinite combinations.After filtering out background noise and running several adjustments to the recorded sound, the researchers found the differences were too subtle for humans to notice.
Derek Hatton has been suspended from the Labour Party two days after being allowed back in, HuffPost UK understands.The decision to allow the Militant ringleader, who was banned by ex-leader Neil Kinnock in the 1980s, back into Jeremy Corbyn’s party sparked outrage on Monday.It came just hours after the shock resignation of eight Labour MPs and the formation of Independent Group (TIG) and as Corbyn tries to stop others from following in their footsteps.But now, amid threats as many as 10 MPs were preparing to follow in the footsteps of Luciana Berger, Chuka Umunna, Chris Leslie, Ann Coffey, Angela Smith, Mike Gapes, Gavin Shuker and Joan Ryan, party chiefs have suspended the controversial figure’s membership.The issue was raised by Labour’s Ruth Smeeth during a debate on anti-Semitism on Wednesday, as she vowed to stay in the party, telling MPs “they will have to take my membership card off me”.Hatton’s suspension came after Dudley North MP Ian Austin, who has not ruled out walking from Labour, retweeted a tweet Hatton sent in 2012, which said: “Jewish people with any sense of humanity need to start speaking out publicly against the ruthless murdering being carried out by Israel.”
ThousandEyes, a San Francisco cloud analytics startup founded in 2010 by UCLA Internet Research Lab grad students Mohit Lad and Ricardo Oliveira, today announced that it has raised $50 million in a series D financing round led by GV (formerly Google Ventures), with contributions from new investor Thomvest Ventures and existing partners Salesforce Ventures, Sequoia Capital, Sutter Hill Ventures, and Tenaya Capital.The influx of cash comes nearly nine years after ThousandEyes received a $150,000 National Science Foundation grant in 2011 to focus on DNS infrastructure troubleshooting, and after a much more recent $35 million series C funding round in February 2016.It brings the company’s total capital raised to $110 million, and will be used to “execute” on strategic growth initiatives and “expand” global operations, Lad, who serves as CEO, said.“This new funding round will allow us to further invest in both product innovation and global expansion,” he added, “as we quickly find our solution becoming a non-negotiable piece of the modern operations stack that’s necessitated by the rapidly growing $206 billion cloud market.”ThousandEyes now counts 20 of the 25 top software-as-a-service companies, six of the top seven U.S. banks, and four of the top five U.K. banks as customers.That’s in addition to the over 65 percent of the Fortune 500 and over 120 of the Global 2000 that currently pay for its services, among them heavy hitters like Evernote, Box, Comcast, PayPal, Geico, DocuSign, Slack, and Whitepages.
Derek Hatton – who was kicked out of the Labour Party for being a member of the left-wing Militant Tendency group – has branded Labour splitters “pathetic”.It was revealed on Monday – the same day that seven Labour MPs quit the party over anti-Semitism and Brexit to form a new ’Independent Group’ in parliament – that Hatton, the former deputy leader of Liverpool City Council, had been allowed to rejoin.Now aged 71, Hatton faced heavy criticism in the 1980s for running an illegal budget at the council, demanding that Margaret Thatcher’s government made up the shortfall.The council hired taxis to deliver redundancy notices to its own workers.He was expelled from the party by former leader Neil Kinnock and had been prevented from returning until now.But speaking on Radio 4’s Today programme, Hatton criticised the decision of Luciana Berger, Chuka Umunna, Chris Leslie and four other MPs to quit Labour.
The party’s deputy leader said some members are “trying to drive out” Luciana Berger in the latest row over anti-Semitism within Labour.Liverpool Wavertree Constituency Labour Party (CLP) planned to hold a meeting to discuss two confidence motions which accused her of “continually using the media to criticise” Jeremy Corbyn.Following the row, Labour chair Ian Lavery told HuffPost UK local parties should not face “trial by social media”.Speaking on The Andrew Marr Show today, Watson said of Berger: “She’s being bullied.That motion should never have been moved in her local party, the meeting to hear it should never have been scheduled.”He said Corbyn had “made it clear these things are not done in his name”, and they “are not helping him, they are harming the reputation of the Labour Party”.
Labour members of the House of Lords have warned that their party “risks normalising anti-semitism” with its lack of action in tackling the problem, HuffPost UK can reveal.The official peers group has written to general secretary Jennie Formby to formally back MPs’ demands for faster progress on rooting out Jew hatred in the party, as well as greater transparency on the number of complaints of abuse.They also suggest that a failure to publish accurate figures creates the impression that Labour “has something to hide”.The Lords’ stance is also understood to be a strong show of solidarity with Jewish MPs such as Luciana Berger, who faces a motion of no confidence this weekend by local party activists who claim she is undermining Jeremy Corbyn.Formby is set to return to face the Parliamentary Labour Party (PLP) on Monday after a heated clash this week with backbenchers furious at her refusal to comply with demands for fresh action on anti-Semitism.On her appointment last year, the general secretary said her primary mission was to tackle the issue, but she angered MPs last Monday by claiming that it was impossible to “eradicate” anti-Semitism.
The results of a social experiment in Finland which saw unemployed people paid a basic income by the government has bolstered calls for the scheme to be tested in the UK as a possible alternative to Universal Credit.As part of a nationwide trial, 2,000 randomly-selected unemployed people were given €560 a month to live on for two years.Unlike traditional benefits, they continued to receive the same amount of money even if they became employed or failed to look for a job altogether.While there was no evidence from the first year of the experiment that the scheme incentivised work, with both basic income recipients and a control group working around 49 days on average, test subjects rated their levels of wellbeing much higher.Compared to 46% of the control group, 55% of those receiving basic income described their health as ‘good’ or ‘very good’.Meanwhile, only 17% said their stress levels were ‘high’ or ‘very high’, versus a quarter of control subjects.
A Labour MP who is facing a vote of no-confidence by her local constituency party should make clear she has no plans to join a new party, John McDonnell has said.Luciana Berger, the Liverpool Wavertree MP, has been accused of “continually criticising” Jeremy Corbyn.Berger, who is Jewish, has spoken out against the Labour leader’s handling of anti-Semitism in the party.Senior Labour MPs, including Ed Miliband and Yvette Cooper, have rallied to her support.But speaking to BBC Radio 4′s Today programme on Friday morning, McDonnell said Berger had not been targeted because of anti-Semitism, but because she had refused to rule out quitting Labour.“Luciana has been associated with a breakaway party or whatever and hasn’t been clear in stating she rejects that,” the shadow chancellor said.
Former Labour leadership candidate Owen Smith has said he is considering quitting the party over Jeremy Corbyn’s Brexit policy.Smith, who challenged Corbyn for the leadership in 2016, backs a second referendum.Corbyn’s decision to indicate he would back Theresa May’s Brexit deal if she agreed to a list of five demands has angered pro-EU Labour MPs.Speaking to BBC 5 Live on Thursday morning, Smith was asked if he was about to resign from the party.“I think that is a very good question and I think it’s something I and lots of other people are considering right now,” the Pontypridd MP said.“I may be asked by the Labour Party to row in behind a policy decision that the party knows and the government knows is going to make the people I represent poorer.”
Hate attacks towards Jewish people in Britain hit a record high in 2018, a rise which has been blamed in part on direct responses to allegations of anti-semitism in the Labour Party, a report has found.Last year was the third in a row to see anti-semitic incidents on the rise, with the highest spikes recorded in April, May, August and September amid concerns that people exercising hostility or prejudice against Jewish people feel “more confident” to express their views.For the first time, more than 100 incidents each month – including online and physical abuse and verbal attacks towards school children – were recorded by Community Security Trust, a charity which monitors anti-semitism.The charity found 148 anti-semitic incidents over April, August and September last year that were “examples of, or took place in the immediate context of, arguments over alleged anti-semitism in the Labour Party”.“These were all months in which allegations of anti-semitism in the Labour Party attracted significant media and political attention,” it said.Worldwide events including violence on the border of Israel and Gaza in April and May, during which several Palestinians were killed, also coincided with a rise in hate incidents, according to CST, which today published its Anti-Semitic Incidents Report.
Jeremy Corbyn has written to the Prime Minister offering his support for her Brexit deal - so long as she can meet five legally binding commitments, including joining a customs union.Ahead of Theresa May’s talks with EU leaders on Thursday, Corbyn calls for a “permanent and comprehensive UK-wide customs union” as he insisted the PM gets Labour’s priorities enshrined in the political declaration setting out future relations with the EU.Corbyn said that securing the demands in law is the only way of achieving Labour support and uniting the country.He makes no mention of a second referendum called for by some of his MPs and activists.The Labour Party previously had six ‘tests’, but one requiring the “exact same benefits” as single market and customs union membership appears to have been dropped.The Labour leader has told the PM that just seeking modifications to the Northern Irish backstop proposals is not enough to win widespread backing and that she must change tack on key red lines.
As one of six elected representatives of the Parliamentary Labour Party (PLP), I have the mixed fortune of a weekly sit down with the leader, deputy leader, and general secretary of the Labour Party, alongside our chief whip, shadow leader of the House and representatives of the Labour group in the House of Lords, all chaired by John Cryer MP, chair of the PLP.The purpose of this meeting – known as the Parliamentary Committee – is to ensure good communication between the party leadership and the elected foot soldiers that are backbench Labour MPs, as well as members of the Lords.It is an unfortunate reality that barely a week goes by when antisemitism is not an item for the agenda.I explain this to be fully transparent about the processes available to raise these issues within the party, but also to be clear with those criticising or questioning the decision to table the motion to this week’s wider PLP meeting – calling on the party leadership to provide a range of basic data regarding its handling of antisemitism complaints – that it was tabled after exhausting other internal avenues.A LabourList article by the general secretary of the Labour Party, Jennie Formby, published an hour before Monday’s weekly PLP meeting did usefully set out some of the action being taken by the party to address an issue which Jeremy Corbyn acknowledged has “caused pain and hurt to Jewish members of our party and to the wider Jewish community in Britain”.Whilst listening to the response Jennie gave at Monday’s meeting, which was based upon the LabourList article, two very basic lessons are still being missed.
The Labour Party has made a very bold claim when it revealed that “radical action” was needed to “fix the distorted digital market.”Tom Watson, Labour’s Deputy Leader and Shadow Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, called for a new regulator and claimed the Labour Party would “ where necessary break up monopolies.”Labour’s promise to break up firms such as Facebook, Google, or Twitter, will certainly raise a few eyebrows, and matters were not helped when Labour provided virtually no details on how it would achieve a breakup of foreign tech firms mostly headquartered in the United States.Watson also wants to introduce a Digital Bill of Rights and a legal Duty of Care to give more powers and protections back to consumers, particularly children.The Labour Party pledge comes ahead of the Government’s release of the online harms white paper due at the end of this month.“Social media is causing and exacerbating mental health problems in children and young people,” the Labour Party said.
Greg Clark said a “senior executive” at the Japanese firm told him on Sunday to “please pass on the view to your opposition that they need to meet in a way that forms a deal”.Jeremy Corbyn has already held talks with Theresa May over the Brexit deal but shows no sign of backing it unless she pivots towards a customs union with the EU.But shadow business secretary Rebecca Long-Bailey insisted businesses had lost confidence in the government’s ability to handle Brexit.But after the Japanese carmaker said it would no longer be building its X-Trail car in Sunderland, Clark said it would now have to reapply for grant funding.He also revealed £2.6m had already been paid, which was used for training staff and environmental improvements at the plant.In the Commons, Clark said: “Nissan confirmed that production of the new Qashqai, Juke and Leaf will continue at Sunderland and there are no implications of the decision for existing jobs at the plant.
A breakaway party of centrist Labour MPs would likely get the backing of the Lib Dems, Sir Vince Cable has said.There is a “real chance of a significant group” of Jeremy Corbyn’s MPs resigning the party whip over Brexit and if that happens his party “will work with them in some form”, the Lib Dem leader has said.He also claimed there were “several” Tory MPs who have told him they saw “no future” for themselves with Theresa May’s party, fuelling speculation that a major shift in British politics could on the horizon.Reports in The Observer have suggested that “at least” six Labour MPs were preparing to quit the party and form a centre group.Lib Dem leader Sir Vince said the figure of six seemed “very much at the lower end of the figures quoted to me, but again we’ll see, it’s their choice, not mine”.The former coalition business secretary said it was “very likely” he would lead his party into any early general election, but added “there are so many uncertainties at the moment”.
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