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LONDON (Reuters) - Russian former double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter were poisoned with a nerve toxin that had been left on the front door of their home in England, British counter-terrorism police said.
LONDON (Reuters) - Prime Minister Theresa May promised Britain bright prospects outside the European Union on Thursday as she toured a country still profoundly divided about its future as the countdown to Brexit enters its final 12 months.
RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - José Yunes, a former associate and friend of Brazil`s President Michel Temer, was arrested on Thursday as part of an investigation into alleged corruption involving a decree regulating the country`s ports, his lawyer told Reuters.
BRUSSELS/PARIS (Reuters) - France, Britain and Germany are struggling to persuade their EU partners to back new sanctions on Iran to preserve its nuclear deal, diplomats said, with Italy doubting whether the measures can stop the United States pulling out in May.
CAIRO (Reuters) - Egyptian officials were counting votes on Thursday after an election set to hand President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi a second term following a crackdown on dissent that removed serious challengers.
BEIRUT (Reuters) - A number of protests have broken out in Iran since the beginning of the year over water, a growing political concern due to a drought which residents of parched areas and analysts say has been exacerbated by mismanagement.
TAIPEI (Reuters) - Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen will visit one of the island`s oldest and most reliable diplomatic allies next month, amid growing pressure from China to whittle away the number of countries with which Taiwan has formal ties.
HANOI (Reuters) - A Vietnamese court jailed on Thursday a former Politburo member for 18 years after he was convicted of financial irregularities at a state-owned enterprise, adding to a 13-year sentence handed down separately in January, his lawyer said.
CAIRO (Reuters) - Preliminary results show President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi is leading Egypt`s presidential election with 21.5 million votes, state-owned newspaper Akhbar el-Youm reported on Thursday.
ROME (Reuters) - Italian police on Thursday arrested five Tunisians as part of what they said was a major operation against suspected supporters of Islamist terrorism in central and southern Italy.

A woman gets in a self-driving Chevy Bolt EV car during a media event by Cruise, GM’s autonomous car unit,  in San Francisco, California, U.S. November 28, 2017. REUTERS/Elijah Nouvelage

  • A self-driving car owned by General Motors was ticketed Monday for cutting off a woman on a crosswalk.
  • Cruise, which was acquired by GM in 2016, disputes the ticket and says the car was more than 10 feet away from the pedestrian.
  • The ticket comes after a deadly accident in Arizona involving one of Uber`s self-driving cars.

A self-driving car owned by General Motors was ticketed in San Francisco Monday after not yielding to pedestrian on a crosswalk, the San Francisco Police Department confirmed to Business Insider.

KPIX, the CBS affiliate in San Francisco, first reported the incident. The pedestrian involved was not harmed.

The ticket comes as scrutiny of self-driving cars is on the rise, following a deadly accident in Tempe, Arizona one week ago involving one of Uber`s self-driving vehicles. The incident has reignited the debate over how safe self-driving cars are during testing. 

Giselle Linnane, a SFPD spokeswoman, told Business Insider on Wednesday that the GM vehicle was pulled over in San Francisco`s South of Market neighborhood earlier this week after an officer saw the car cut off a woman walking on a crosswalk.  

Cruise, a self-driving car startup acquired by GM in 2016, disputes the ticket according to KPIX, and says its own data shows the pedestrian was far enough way from the vehicle. According to Cruise data, KPIX reported, the pedestrian was 10.8 feet away from the vehicle while in self-driving mode.

"We don`t look at or work with that data," Linnane said. "It`s whatever the officer observed at the scene and from his observation, there was a violation."

The human test driver, who was in the car at the time and ultimately received the citation, is not at fault and did everything right, Cruise told KPIX. It is unclear if Cruise will attempt to legally fight the ticket.

“Safety is our priority in testing our self-driving vehicles. California law requires the vehicle to yield the right of way to pedestrians, allowing them to proceed undisturbed and unhurried without fear of interference of their safe passage through an intersection. Our data indicates that’s what happened here," a Cruise spokesperson told Business Insider.

This isn`t the first time a self-driving car has been pulled over by police. In 2015, a Google self-driving car was pulled over in Mountain View for driving too slow.

SEE ALSO: Disturbing footage shows the moments before the fatal Uber self-driving-car crash

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ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai broke down in tears during an emotional return to her native Pakistan on Thursday, six years after she was shot in the head by Taliban gunmen for advocating greater education of girls.
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The prime surviving suspect in the 2015 Paris attacks will face a verdict on April 23 in a separate case involving a shootout in Brussels in 2016, a Belgian court said on Thursday.
LASHKAR GAH, Afghanistan (Reuters) - Dozens of peace activists, including women, have set up tents in the Afghan province of Helmand, after a car bomb killed more than a dozen people outside a sports stadium last week.
MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Vatican Treasurer George Pell`s lawyer said on Thursday there was no evidence to support charges of historical sexual offences against the Australian cardinal, after four weeks of questioning accusers and witnesses ended.
CAIRO – 29 March 2018: A source revealed that the Sand storm that has hit South Sinai governorate on early Thursday has obstructed judges in far towns as Ras Sedr and Nuweiba from going to the main polling station to submit results of secondary stations.

The result may not be announced until the weather clears up, a source who preferred not to mention his name added.

Polling stations nationwide started sorting and counting ballots late Wednesday, with initial indicators showing that incumbent president Abdel Fatah al-Sisi obtained about 90 percent of the votes against his sole contender, head of Al-Ghad party, Moussa Moustafa Moussa.

lior ron otto uber

  • Lior Ron, the cofounder of  a self-driving truck startup Uber acquired and head of Uber Freight, is leaving the company.
  • His departure would come after one of Uber`s self-driving cars was involved in a fatal crash, believed to be the first time an autonomous vehicle has killed a pedestrian. 
  • His departure is unrelated to the crash and he was not working on any self-driving technology in his last role, a spokesperson said.

Lior Ron, a cofounder of a self-driving truck startup Uber acquired who went on to work as the company`s head of freight, is leaving the company, an Uber spokesperson confirmed.

Ron was most recently the head of Uber`s Freight business focused on trucking, and his departure comes in the wake of a fatal crash involving one of Uber`s self-driving cars — believed to be the first time an autonomous vehicle has killed a pedestrian.

An Uber spokesperson said that Ron`s departure is unrelated to the crash, and that he was no longer working on any self-driving car technology prior to leaving. Ron`s departure was first reported by CNBC.

In a statement, they said: "We remain fully invested in and excited about the future of Uber Freight. Since launching in Texas, we have introduced Freight to all states in the continental U.S. We believe it will continue to grow as we use our network and technology to transform the trucking industry." 

In 2016, Ron left Google to cofound Otto — a self-driving trucking startup —which was then acquired by Uber. The acquisition of Otto subsequently led to a high-profile lawsuit in which Waymo, Google`s self-driving car sister company, accused Otto cofounder Anthony Levandowski of appropriating trade secrets. Uber ultimately settled, paying Waymo around 425 million in stock.

Since the self-driving car crash in Tempe, Texas, there has been heightened scrutiny of the safety track record of Uber`s self-driving car unit, and questions have been raised over whether the vehicle`s sensors should have been able to detect and avoid the pedestrian. It is a major new hurdle for CEO Dara Khosrowshahi, who is trying to improve the company`s image and move it past a string of scandals under the tenure of his predecessor, Travis Kalanick.

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Samsung foldable

For years, we`ve heard rumors about a Samsung foldable smartphone called the Galaxy X. The phone still hasn`t surfaced, but Samsung`s recent reporting of its 2017 financials got people wondering whether it`ll finally happen this year. Here`s one quote from that report, emphasis ours:

"For the Display Panel business in 2018, the company expects OLED to become a mainstream panel in the smartphone industry and will reinforce its competencies in new applications such as foldable, automotive, and IT displays."

Here`s what we know about the rumored Galaxy X smartphone:

Fionna Agomuoh contributed to an earlier version of this story.

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The Galaxy X could have more screen real estate compared to traditional smartphones, serving as more of a tablet at times.

Samsung`s patents and prototypes show a device that either opens and closes from side to side like a book, or horizontally like a notepad.

Either way, the fold will likely make it possible to incorporate bigger display options — most concepts suggest it would be comparable in size to a tablet when open.

It might also give users the option to split the screen into two panels that show different things or show one big picture, similar to what Samsung accomplished with its 48-inch ultrawide computer monitor.

 



The Galaxy X screen might need to protect itself, as a folded phone has its own set of vulnerabilities.

Depending on the material of the outside layer, a smartphone that folds on itself could serve as its own screen protector, but the fold might create new issues in terms of durability, as indicated by president of mobile communications business DongJin Koh.

“We want to have a good reaction from customers once the phone is out in the market. But there are still durability issues that we need to address," he told reporters at a press briefing at CES in January.

It`s possible that pushing two screens against each other makes for a harsher impact on collision.



The Galaxy X could be bulkier than most modern smartphones

Most smartphone manufacturers have spent years making devices slimmer, and a foldable smartphone could be like adding a layer to a thin phone or stacking two thin phones on top of each other.

The ZTE Axon M, marketed as the first foldable smartphone, is made of two displays attached by a mechanical hinge — but it`s almost 1.5x thicker than Samsung`s Galaxy S9.

And if the size of the display is comparable to a tablet`s, then we can assume the device will be closer in weight to a tablet, too. 

 



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PARIS (Reuters) - Police were searching on Thursday for a driver who appeared to ram his vehicle into soldiers jogging outside their base in the French Alps, a source close to the investigation said.
ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai returned to her native Pakistan on Thursday, six years after she was shot in the head by Taliban gunmen for advocating greater education of girls.
BERLIN - 29 March 2018: The German government wants to open the first federal migrant repatriation centre this autumn, and will likely use existing facilities such as transit centres in the state of Bavaria, a top interior ministry official said on Thursday.

State Secretary Stephan Mayer, a member of the CSU Bavarian conservatives, told the Sueddeutsche Zeitung newspaper he was optimistic that his ministry could finalise a paper outlining those plans shortly after the Easter holiday.

Interior Minister Horst Seehofer, a longtime critic of Chancellor Angela Merkel`s decision to open the doors to more than a million migrants in 2015, has vowed to increase repatriation rates and crack down on any illegal activity by migrants.

Mayer said establishment of a federal repatriation centre was "a top priority" for the new German government, which took office earlier this month after nearly six months of political wrangling and uncertainty following the Sept. 24 election.

He said possible sites included transit centres in Manching or Bamberg, both in Bavaria, or at a migrant entry site in Giessen in the state of Hessen, that could house 13,000 people. There were also 3,000 spots free in former U.S. military sites, Mayer told the newspaper.

Human rights groups and other opponents have sharply criticised plans to open federal centres based on the Bavarian model, arguing that the Bavarian sites tend to isolate residents in difficult conditions.

Mayer said the government should also work to increase the 400 slots now available for rejected asylum seekers who were being detained ahead of deportation, often due to convictions for various crimes. That number is "clearly too low," he said.

Seehofer and other Bavarian CSU politicians have taken a hardline stance on migration ahead of a regional election on Bavaria in October, keen to woo back the large number of voters who fled the party for the anti-immigrant Alternative for Germany (AfD) party in the September national election.
CAIRO – 29 March 2018: The presidential election in Egypt took place between March 26 and 28. There were only two candidates, incumbent President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi and head of El Ghad Party Moussa Moustafa Moussa.

As part of our coverage of the election process, Egypt Today presents preliminary results of each governorate:

Qena


Official figures showed that 563,556 voted in the elections out of 1,875,016 registered voters, a turnout of 30%, with Sisi advancing with 524,988 votes, while Moussa received 1,209 votes. The invalid votes recorded 26,499. Qena has 434 sub-polling station and 10 main polling stations.

There are 59.78m eligible voters in Egypt distributed over 13,706 sub-polling stations.

Qena

Turnout
With the election looming, Sisi publicly called for record voter participation in an effort to boost the election`s legitimacy. Turnout was moderate with relatively long queues outside polling stations, most of them the elderly and women. Several officials and members of Parliament (MPs) said that Egyptians who did not vote would be fined LE 500. Media outlets released several photos of women standing in lines waiting to cast their ballots. Other pictures and videos showed them dancing in front of polling stations and raising the Egyptian flag, along with pictures of President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi.

Media figures, officials and actors have all called on Egyptians to partake in the election, calling it a national duty. Many of them went on to highlight that even if people disagree with the country’s current situation, they should look beyond their personal grievances for the country’s best interest.

Regulations
Candidates were able to apply for nomination to the presidency between January 20 and 29, 2018. The final list of candidates approved by the National Election Authority (NEA) was announced on February 24. Candidates were allowed to spend a maximum of LE20 million for campaigning and to accept campaign donations of up to two percent of the total allowed campaign expenditures. Law No. 45 of 2014 constrains the content of campaigns, including prohibitions on the use of religious slogans, calls for discrimination or threats to national unity.

Egyptians who are above the age of 18 have the right to vote. Eligible voters for this year’s presidential election are 59 million. Active members of the Armed Forces and police are not allowed to vote. Article 2 of the political rights law (Law 45/2014) bans from voting those who suffer from mental disorders or are under judicial interdiction, or who have been convicted of a felony.

The first round of voting was held for Egyptians abroad on March 16-18. Voting inside Egypt was conducted for three days on March 26-28. Polls were opened over a twelve-hour period, from 9am till 9pm (local time), except the last day as the voting was extended to 10pm.

According to the NEA, 59 million Egyptians out of a population of 104 million (including those abroad and in the country`s 27 governorates) are eligible to vote.

The preliminary results of the first round of the election was scheduled on March 29, where decisions on appeals submitted by candidates, if any, will be made. The final results of the first round will be announced on April 2. If there is a need to hold a run-off round, Egyptian expats will cast their votes again on April 19-21. Those in Egypt will cast their votes on April 24-26. The final 2018 presidential election result is expected to be announced on May 1.

Monitors
According to the NEA, the presidential election was supervised by 18,620 judges (primary and substitute), including 8,420 regular judges, 4,800 administrative prosecutors, 3,300 judges from the State Lawsuits Authority and 2,100 judges from the State Council.

Deputy Foreign Minister Hamdy Sanad Loza said on Thursday that five regional and international organizations will participate in observing the presidential election nationwide. These are the Arab League (AL), African Union (AU), Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), Euro-Mediterranean Parliamentary Assembly and COMESA-CENSAD.

Media coverage
Mohamed Imam, head of the State Information Service’s (SIS) operations room, said that foreign media such as CNN and BBC have published positive reports about the presidential election, and no trespasses have been observed so far from foreign coverage, except for the coverage of both Al-Jazeera and Turkish channels.

Candidates
Abdel Fatah al-Sisi

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President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi


Current President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi is seeking to hold a second term in office to continue his achievements made during his four-year term.

Sisi became president after winning the 2014 presidential election, a few months after he resigned from the country’s Armed Forces.

Sisi was Egypt’s Minister of Defense and Commander of the Egyptian Armed Forces, under former President Mohamed Morsi, who was toppled in July 2013 following mass public protests.

Born on November 19, 1954, Sisi grew up in Gamaleya neighborhood, near Al-Azhar Mosque, in a quarter where Muslims, Jews and Christians resided peacefully.

He graduated from the Egyptian Military Academy in 1977, and then went on to receive his commission as a military officer serving in the mechanized infantry, specializing in anti-tank warfare and mortar warfare. He became Commander of the Northern Military Region-Alexandria in 2008 and then Director of Military Intelligence and Reconnaissance. Sisi was the youngest member of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces of Egypt.

He was also trained at the Joint Services Command and Staff College at Watchfield, Oxfordshire, in the United Kingdom, and at the United States Army War College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. Sisi was appointed Minister of Defense in August 2012.

Sisi’s first term in office has been defined by several aspects: the fight against terrorism, ambitious infrastructure projects like the new Suez Canal and the New Administrative Capital, and a wide economic development strategy that was launched in 2016.

Sisi showed his intention to run for the presidency during his closing speech at the end of the three-day “Tale of a Homeland” conference, where he and the Egyptian government presented an overview of the projects and achievements made in different fields over the last four years.

On his official Twitter account, Sisi called on the Egyptian people to participate intensively in the upcoming election and give their votes to whomever they see as the most eligible.

Sisi is married to the first lady Entissar Amer and has four children: three sons and a daughter.

Moussa Moustafa Moussa

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Chairperson of Al Ghad Party Moussa Mostafa Moussa


Moussa Moustafa Moussa is a professional architect, who ventured into politics at an early age as a member of the Wafd party.

Moussa, who heads the Egyptian Council for Arab Tribes, became the chairman of El Ghad party in September 2005, following fierce disputes with the party’s founder, Ayman Nour.

Moussa seeks to succeed President Sisi; however, he praised the progress and achievements made by Sisi over the four previous years.

An hour before the deadline of submitting the candidacy application to the NEA on January 29, Moussa’s lawyer submitted his application to stand in the presidential election scheduled to be held by the end of March.

Moussa received endorsements from 20 MPs – most of them representing Monufia governorate – required to run the election.

Moussa’s bid came a few days after President Sisi submitted his candidacy papers to the NEA to run for a second term.

Born on 13 July, 1952, Moussa earned a master’s degree in architecture from École Nationale Supérieure d’architecture de Versailles in France. Moussa is married and has two daughters.

Endorsements
Several groups participated in collecting endorsements for Sisi. More than 900,000 Egyptians signed endorsement forms for incumbent President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi to run for a second term as Egypt`s president, as announced by his legal advisor and spokesman, Mohamed Bahaa el-Din Abu Shoka.

The announcement came at the end of a three-day conference titled “The Story of a Nation”, where Sisi and Prime Minister Sherif Ismail’s Cabinet presented the achievements of his first term as president.

Moussa collected the endorsements of 20 elected parliament members. Moussa’s bid came a few days after President Sisi submitted his candidacy papers to the NEA to run for a second term.

Under Article 142 of the constitution, presidential candidates must secure the recommendation of at least 20 elected MPs or 25,000 eligible voters drawn from a minimum of 15 governorates, with at least 1,000 recommendations per governorate.

Hemant Taneja

  • Hemant Taneja, managing director at General Catalyst and author of "Unscaled," is optimistic about the change that`s coming to healthcare, an area he invests in. 
  • To get there though, it`ll require the right kinds of founding teams that are able to come together from healthcare and tech backgrounds and work together on pieces of the giant, complex 3 trillion healthcare market
  • That could have major consequences for established healthcare companies, Taneja said.
  • "I`m optimistic that you`ll see an implosion in this sector but led by startups that are just taking pieces of what needs to be done and are just doing it so much better than the existing scaled system."

Hemant Taneja is optimistic about the change that`s coming to healthcare through new startups — so long as they have the right founding teams. 

Taneja, managing director at General Catalyst and author of "Unscaled," is an investor in Snap and Stripe along with health-tech startups like Color and Livongo. One of the things he`s noticed about healthcare startups is that they tend to have a founding team of either health experts or tech experts. 

"What you typically see is a physician who hired a couple of software developers and says `My thing is going to change healthcare,` or two folks out of Google or Facebook that say `My algorithm is going to change healthcare,` and both are very naive views," Taneja said. "To me it`s about the right teams coming together to go tackle this."

For example, Taneja came together with former Allscripts CEO Glen Tullman to found Livongo, a company that makes a blood sugar monitor that helps those living with diabetes manage the condition. Tullman`s background in healthcare combined with Taneja`s experience in tech made for the right founding team, Taneja said. 

"He and I got together and made it work in being the `consigliere` that brought the right DNA together," Taneja said. 

While a lot of the time Taneja might not see those combinations form, he`s hopeful that more are coming — and it`ll have big implications for the established healthcare system.

"I`m optimistic that you`ll see an implosion in this sector but led by startups that are just taking pieces of what needs to be done and are just doing it so much better than the existing scaled system," he said. 

Taneja said that the consolidation that`s happening in healthcare — with pharmacies combining with insurers and insurers buying up pharmaceutical middlemen — isn`t helping. That scale is the opposite of what Taneja thinks should be happening within healthcare, instead preferring "unscaled" companies that focus on one geographic area or a particular disease area. 

"The answer to a broken-scale problem for them is to scale further," he said. "To me, these are desperation moves."

As healthcare companies get bigger, it makes it hard for them to be the ones to come up with new tech-based solutions, compared to startups that have a narrower focus.

"This is an industry that has nowhere to go, and it`s going to keep trying to consolidate to create efficiency and margins," Taneja said. "Do I expect them to figure out how to have this modern set of services? I really don`t."

For example, Taneja said he has tried to figure out where to start if he was to try and build a modern pharmacy benefit manager, middlemen that help negotiate prescription drug prices in the form of rebates from drugmakers. He ultimately couldn`t find an answer. 

"We have to stay focused on changing the consumer experiences and physician experiences one practice or one disease condition at a time and keep taking those slices of the population and give them better experiences, and then at some point it blows up."

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Docusign CEO Daniel Springer

  • DocuSign made public on Wednesday the paperwork it filed in advance of an initial public offering (IPO).
  • The electronic signature company is nominally seeking to raise as much as 100 million.
  • Although it is 15 years old, Docusign posted strong revenue growth and big losses in the most recent fiscal year it disclosed.


DocuSign is indeed planning to go public.

The electronic signature company on Wednesday made public its S-1 document, the first regulatory step to an an initial public offering.

DocuSign, which plans to list its stock on the Nasdaq market under the ticker symbol DOCU, did not specify in the document how many shares it plans to sell or the price at which it plans to sell them. It nominally is seeking to raise as much as 100 million in the offering.

The move follows reports from last week that Docusign had confidentially filed the paperwork with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

The offering has been a long time in the making. The San Francisco startup is 15 years old and was founded during the early excitement over e-signatures. It was valued at 3.1 billion in 2015 in its last private funding round, according to PitchBook.

The company is only the latest enterprise software firm to seek an IPO in what`s turning out to be a hot market for tech offerings.

Despite its age, the company finances — revealed publicly for the first time on Wednesday in the S-1 — make it appear like other tech startups: Its sales grew rapidly last year, but it`s also posting big losses — or at least it was as of January 2017.

Although the company`s fiscal year ends January 31, Docusign didn`t include in its filing its operating results from its most recent fiscal year.

With that in mind, here are some of the highlights of the S-1 filing:

  • Total sales: Grew from 250.5 million in fiscal 2016 to 381.5 million in fiscal 2017.
  • Subscriptions revenue: Grew from 229.1 million in fiscal 2016 to 348.6 million in fiscal 2017.
  • Gross margin: 70.5% in fiscal 2016. 73.1% in fiscal 2017.
  • Operating loss: Declined from 119.3 million in fiscal 2016 to 115.8 million in fiscal 2017.
  • Net loss: Dropped from 122.6 million in fiscal 2016 to 115.4 million in fiscal 2017.
  • Total customers: Grew from 210,000 at the end of fiscal 2016 to 285,000 at the end of fiscal 2017.
  • Enterprise customers: Grew from 23,000 to 30,000 over the same period.
  • Principle shareholders: Sigma Partners (12.9% of outstanding shares), Ignition Partners (11.7%), Frazier Technology Ventures (7.2%).
  • Insider holdings: Keith Krach, chairman and former CEO, 6.3% of outstanding shares; Thomas Gonser Jr., founder, director, and former chief strategy officer, 1.5%. CEO Daniel Springer holds 3.2 million restricted stock units.

SEE ALSO: DocuSign has reportedly filed confidentially for an IPO

SEE ALSO: This year is shaping up to be a hot one for IPOs in the tech industry

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  • Facebook is eliminating ad targeting that employs data from third parties.
  • The company is looking to show the ad world it`s serious about protecting consumers` data.
  • But advertisers will still be able to use Facebook`s powerful pool of data to target people.
  • This move is unlikely to hurt Facebook`s bottom line in the near term. Yet it could make Facebook less attractive to traditional brands.

Facebook is reining in how advertisers use data to target people on its platform.

The move to pull back on its ad-targeting offerings comes amid the controversy over the use of third-party data collected by apps created by the firm Cambridge Analytica.

It also comes just weeks before the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) takes effect. That European law could put a significant burden on digital platforms and advertisers to obtain clear consent from consumers when using their digital data.

Specifically, the tech giant is shuttering its five-year-old Partner Categories program, which lets advertisers use data from third parties to deliver ads to specific consumers. From Facebook`s description of the program:

With Partner Categories you can target people based on offline behaviors people take outside of Facebook, such as owning a home, being in the market for a new truck or being a loyal purchaser of a specific brand or product.

Facebook`s Partner Categories offering was the result of a slew of data partnerships with companies such as Axiom and Oracle. These companies pull data from surveys, public records, and store-loyalty cards, among others.

This kind of ad targeting was useful, but doesn`t make up the bulk of Facebook`s ad business

While Partner Categories was useful to some brands, the majority of Facebook`s advertisers` either employ Facebook`s rich set of data on its users or their own data for ad targeting, according to ad buyers. Both of those targeting options are still available.

Generally speaking, Partner Categories appealed to big advertisers that don`t have their own consumer data — like, say, packaged-goods advertisers that primarily sell their products in stores or car brands that sell through dealers.

Conversely, brands that sell directly to consumers – companies along the lines of Dollar Shave Club, Casper and Warby Parker — are less likely to need third-party data to run ad campaigns, since they collect their own data from their customers.

Also, it`s important to note that while Facebook is taking away the option of using third-party data to target people with ads, marketers will still be able to use data from the Oracles of the world to measure the effects of campaigns.

In other words, a toothpaste brand will no longer be able to use third-party data to send ads to people who are frequent supermarket shoppers. But they will still be able to use data from these third parties to track whether ads on Facebook resulted in people buying their products in stores.

So this move is unlikely to cause Facebook`s revenue to plunge overnight. But it could frustrate many big advertisers, many of which are wrestling with how effective Facebook advertising is in the first place.

Plus, Google, along with many of Facebook`s wannabe rivals such as Twitter, Snapchat and Pinterest, do offer similar targeting. They all work with Oracle in this fashion, for example.

Facebook is embracing data populism

But Facebook clearly wants to be more conservative with its data. Or at least it wants to look like it is, as pressure mounts on the company to disclose what happened with Cambridge Analytica and the 2016 election.

"We want to let advertisers know that we will be shutting down Partner Categories," Facebook product marketing director Graham Mudd said in a statement. "This product enables third party data providers to offer their targeting directly on Facebook. While this is common industry practice, we believe this step, winding down over the next six months, will help improve people`s privacy on Facebook."

The company has taken several public steps of late, including making it easier for users to see how their data is being used, as well as CEO Mark Zuckerberg promising to appear before Congress.

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Steve Kovach: Shifting gears a little bit I want to talk about diversity and gender issues in the Valley. I don`t know if you`ve read it but I was really into this book by Emily Chang from Bloomberg, "Brotopia." One of the things they talked about in there was, it`s kind of a slow moving thing you guys have released diversity numbers before, pretty much in line with a lot of your peers in the Valley. One of the solutions presented in that book, I`m curious for your take on this, is the gender pay gap issue. How it`s one of those things sure, recruiting might take time, years even, and I know you`re involved in efforts to help out with that and we can talk about that. But when it comes to gender pay isn`t that something that can be fixed now? You can literally just flip a switch?

Drew Houston: Oh absolutely.

Kovach: Talk a little bit about how you`re thinking about that.

Houston: I would say more broadly, we`ve always, Arash and I, have always wanted--

Kovach: Arash your co-founder?

Houston: My co-founder and I have always wanted Dropbox to be a great place to work for everyone. And we certainly believe that two people doing the same work should be compensated the same way. So I agree. There are certain, while as an industry we have a long way to go there are certainly things that are directly within companies` control and so by all means, within our company we take a close look at equity between, or gender pay equity, and I think every company should.

Kovach: And on the diversity end this week it came out that you`re part of this new initiative that I think is pretty interesting. This idea that if you`re a start-up seeking funding you won`t accept the money unless there`s good representation from the VC firm. Talk about what that`s called and how you got involved in that.

Houston: Yeah, it`s called Founders for Change and I think, along the same lines, we want so much of America, so much of Silicon Valley is based on this idea of equal opportunity and I think all of us want the Valley and tech to be a place where that is true. We want it within our companies and we want that same equal opportunity when it comes to our investors. It`s a large group of founders. We got introduced to it through Sequoia who is our first venture capital backer. I think it`s a really, I think it`s great that the founders and the community can come together and try to move things forward.

Kovach: And is the idea here to start it with maybe smaller startups who are building themselves from the ground up? Is that why you`re doing it through VC firms?

Houston: I think if all the founders can come together as a community and agree this is the world we want to live in and this is what we want our funding landscape to be. That`s something that we hope the investment community would pay attention to.

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CAIRO – 29 March 2018: The presidential election in Egypt took place between March 26 and 28. There were only two candidates, incumbent President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi and head of El Ghad Party Moussa Moustafa Moussa.

As part of our coverage of the election process, Egypt Today presents preliminary results of each governorate:

Beheira


Official figures showed that 1,728,622 voted in the election out of 3,730,211 registered voters, a turnout of 46.3%, with Sisi advancing with 1,568,378 votes, while Moussa received 43,817 votes. The invalid votes recorded 116,436. Beheira has 885 sub-polling station and 18 main polling stations.

There are 59.78m eligible voters in Egypt distributed over 13,706 sub-polling stations.

Beheira

Turnout
With the election looming, Sisi publicly called for record voter participation in an effort to boost the election`s legitimacy. Turnout was moderate with relatively long queues outside polling stations, most of them the elderly and women. Several officials and members of Parliament (MPs) said that Egyptians who did not vote would be fined LE 500. Media outlets released several photos of women standing in lines waiting to cast their ballots. Other pictures and videos showed them dancing in front of polling stations and raising the Egyptian flag, along with pictures of President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi.

Media figures, officials and actors have all called on Egyptians to partake in the election, calling it a national duty. Many of them went on to highlight that even if people disagree with the country’s current situation, they should look beyond their personal grievances for the country’s best interest.

Regulations
Candidates were able to apply for nomination to the presidency between January 20 and 29, 2018. The final list of candidates approved by the National Election Authority (NEA) was announced on February 24. Candidates were allowed to spend a maximum of LE20 million for campaigning and to accept campaign donations of up to two percent of the total allowed campaign expenditures. Law No. 45 of 2014 constrains the content of campaigns, including prohibitions on the use of religious slogans, calls for discrimination or threats to national unity.

Egyptians who are above the age of 18 have the right to vote. Eligible voters for this year’s presidential election are 59 million. Active members of the Armed Forces and police are not allowed to vote. Article 2 of the political rights law (Law 45/2014) bans from voting those who suffer from mental disorders or are under judicial interdiction, or who have been convicted of a felony.

The first round of voting was held for Egyptians abroad on March 16-18. Voting inside Egypt was conducted for three days on March 26-28. Polls were opened over a twelve-hour period, from 9am till 9pm (local time), except the last day as the voting was extended to 10pm.

According to the NEA, 59 million Egyptians out of a population of 104 million (including those abroad and in the country`s 27 governorates) are eligible to vote.

The preliminary results of the first round of the election was scheduled on March 29, where decisions on appeals submitted by candidates, if any, will be made. The final results of the first round will be announced on April 2. If there is a need to hold a run-off round, Egyptian expats will cast their votes again on April 19-21. Those in Egypt will cast their votes on April 24-26. The final 2018 presidential election result is expected to be announced on May 1.

Monitors
According to the NEA, the presidential election was supervised by 18,620 judges (primary and substitute), including 8,420 regular judges, 4,800 administrative prosecutors, 3,300 judges from the State Lawsuits Authority and 2,100 judges from the State Council.

Deputy Foreign Minister Hamdy Sanad Loza said on Thursday that five regional and international organizations will participate in observing the presidential election nationwide. These are the Arab League (AL), African Union (AU), Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), Euro-Mediterranean Parliamentary Assembly and COMESA-CENSAD.

Media coverage
Mohamed Imam, head of the State Information Service’s (SIS) operations room, said that foreign media such as CNN and BBC have published positive reports about the presidential election, and no trespasses have been observed so far from foreign coverage, except for the coverage of both Al-Jazeera and Turkish channels.

Candidates
Abdel Fatah al-Sisi

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President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi


Current President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi is seeking to hold a second term in office to continue his achievements made during his four-year term.

Sisi became president after winning the 2014 presidential election, a few months after he resigned from the country’s Armed Forces.

Sisi was Egypt’s Minister of Defense and Commander of the Egyptian Armed Forces, under former President Mohamed Morsi, who was toppled in July 2013 following mass public protests.

Born on November 19, 1954, Sisi grew up in Gamaleya neighborhood, near Al-Azhar Mosque, in a quarter where Muslims, Jews and Christians resided peacefully.

He graduated from the Egyptian Military Academy in 1977, and then went on to receive his commission as a military officer serving in the mechanized infantry, specializing in anti-tank warfare and mortar warfare. He became Commander of the Northern Military Region-Alexandria in 2008 and then Director of Military Intelligence and Reconnaissance. Sisi was the youngest member of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces of Egypt.

He was also trained at the Joint Services Command and Staff College at Watchfield, Oxfordshire, in the United Kingdom, and at the United States Army War College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. Sisi was appointed Minister of Defense in August 2012.

Sisi’s first term in office has been defined by several aspects: the fight against terrorism, ambitious infrastructure projects like the new Suez Canal and the New Administrative Capital, and a wide economic development strategy that was launched in 2016.

Sisi showed his intention to run for the presidency during his closing speech at the end of the three-day “Tale of a Homeland” conference, where he and the Egyptian government presented an overview of the projects and achievements made in different fields over the last four years.

On his official Twitter account, Sisi called on the Egyptian people to participate intensively in the upcoming election and give their votes to whomever they see as the most eligible.

Sisi is married to the first lady Entissar Amer and has four children: three sons and a daughter.

Moussa Moustafa Moussa

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Chairperson of Al Ghad Party Moussa Mostafa Moussa


Moussa Moustafa Moussa is a professional architect, who ventured into politics at an early age as a member of the Wafd party.

Moussa, who heads the Egyptian Council for Arab Tribes, became the chairman of El Ghad party in September 2005, following fierce disputes with the party’s founder, Ayman Nour.

Moussa seeks to succeed President Sisi; however, he praised the progress and achievements made by Sisi over the four previous years.

An hour before the deadline of submitting the candidacy application to the NEA on January 29, Moussa’s lawyer submitted his application to stand in the presidential election scheduled to be held by the end of March.

Moussa received endorsements from 20 MPs – most of them representing Monufia governorate – required to run the election.

Moussa’s bid came a few days after President Sisi submitted his candidacy papers to the NEA to run for a second term.

Born on 13 July, 1952, Moussa earned a master’s degree in architecture from École Nationale Supérieure d’architecture de Versailles in France. Moussa is married and has two daughters.

Endorsements
Several groups participated in collecting endorsements for Sisi. More than 900,000 Egyptians signed endorsement forms for incumbent President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi to run for a second term as Egypt`s president, as announced by his legal advisor and spokesman, Mohamed Bahaa el-Din Abu Shoka.

The announcement came at the end of a three-day conference titled “The Story of a Nation”, where Sisi and Prime Minister Sherif Ismail’s Cabinet presented the achievements of his first term as president.

Moussa collected the endorsements of 20 elected parliament members. Moussa’s bid came a few days after President Sisi submitted his candidacy papers to the NEA to run for a second term.

Under Article 142 of the constitution, presidential candidates must secure the recommendation of at least 20 elected MPs or 25,000 eligible voters drawn from a minimum of 15 governorates, with at least 1,000 recommendations per governorate.
CAIRO – 29 March 2018: The presidential election in Egypt took place between March 26 and 28. There were only two candidates, incumbent President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi and head of El Ghad Party Moussa Moustafa Moussa.

As part of our coverage of the election process, Egypt Today presents preliminary results of each governorate:

Minya


Official figures showed that 1,376,647 voted in the elections out of 3,209,023 registered voters, a turnout of 42.9%, with Sisi advancing with1,229,214 votes, while Moussa received 49,677 votes. The invalid votes recorded 97,656 Minya has 715 sub-polling station and 13 main polling stations.

There are 59.78m eligible voters in Egypt distributed over 13,706 sub-polling stations.

Minya

Turnout
With the election looming, Sisi publicly called for record voter participation in an effort to boost the election`s legitimacy. Turnout was moderate with relatively long queues outside polling stations, most of them the elderly and women. Several officials and members of Parliament (MPs) said that Egyptians who did not vote would be fined LE 500. Media outlets released several photos of women standing in lines waiting to cast their ballots. Other pictures and videos showed them dancing in front of polling stations and raising the Egyptian flag, along with pictures of President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi.

Media figures, officials and actors have all called on Egyptians to partake in the election, calling it a national duty. Many of them went on to highlight that even if people disagree with the country’s current situation, they should look beyond their personal grievances for the country’s best interest.

Regulations
Candidates were able to apply for nomination to the presidency between January 20 and 29, 2018. The final list of candidates approved by the National Election Authority (NEA) was announced on February 24. Candidates were allowed to spend a maximum of LE20 million for campaigning and to accept campaign donations of up to two percent of the total allowed campaign expenditures. Law No. 45 of 2014 constrains the content of campaigns, including prohibitions on the use of religious slogans, calls for discrimination or threats to national unity.

Egyptians who are above the age of 18 have the right to vote. Eligible voters for this year’s presidential election are 59 million. Active members of the Armed Forces and police are not allowed to vote. Article 2 of the political rights law (Law 45/2014) bans from voting those who suffer from mental disorders or are under judicial interdiction, or who have been convicted of a felony.

The first round of voting was held for Egyptians abroad on March 16-18. Voting inside Egypt was conducted for three days on March 26-28. Polls were opened over a twelve-hour period, from 9am till 9pm (local time), except the last day as the voting was extended to 10pm.

According to the NEA, 59 million Egyptians out of a population of 104 million (including those abroad and in the country`s 27 governorates) are eligible to vote.

The preliminary results of the first round of the election was scheduled on March 29, where decisions on appeals submitted by candidates, if any, will be made. The final results of the first round will be announced on April 2. If there is a need to hold a run-off round, Egyptian expats will cast their votes again on April 19-21. Those in Egypt will cast their votes on April 24-26. The final 2018 presidential election result is expected to be announced on May 1.

Monitors
According to the NEA, the presidential election was supervised by 18,620 judges (primary and substitute), including 8,420 regular judges, 4,800 administrative prosecutors, 3,300 judges from the State Lawsuits Authority and 2,100 judges from the State Council.

Deputy Foreign Minister Hamdy Sanad Loza said on Thursday that five regional and international organizations will participate in observing the presidential election nationwide. These are the Arab League (AL), African Union (AU), Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), Euro-Mediterranean Parliamentary Assembly and COMESA-CENSAD.

Media coverage
Mohamed Imam, head of the State Information Service’s (SIS) operations room, said that foreign media such as CNN and BBC have published positive reports about the presidential election, and no trespasses have been observed so far from foreign coverage, except for the coverage of both Al-Jazeera and Turkish channels.

Candidates
Abdel Fatah al-Sisi

41763
President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi


Current President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi is seeking to hold a second term in office to continue his achievements made during his four-year term.

Sisi became president after winning the 2014 presidential election, a few months after he resigned from the country’s Armed Forces.

Sisi was Egypt’s Minister of Defense and Commander of the Egyptian Armed Forces, under former President Mohamed Morsi, who was toppled in July 2013 following mass public protests.

Born on November 19, 1954, Sisi grew up in Gamaleya neighborhood, near Al-Azhar Mosque, in a quarter where Muslims, Jews and Christians resided peacefully.

He graduated from the Egyptian Military Academy in 1977, and then went on to receive his commission as a military officer serving in the mechanized infantry, specializing in anti-tank warfare and mortar warfare. He became Commander of the Northern Military Region-Alexandria in 2008 and then Director of Military Intelligence and Reconnaissance. Sisi was the youngest member of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces of Egypt.

He was also trained at the Joint Services Command and Staff College at Watchfield, Oxfordshire, in the United Kingdom, and at the United States Army War College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. Sisi was appointed Minister of Defense in August 2012.

Sisi’s first term in office has been defined by several aspects: the fight against terrorism, ambitious infrastructure projects like the new Suez Canal and the New Administrative Capital, and a wide economic development strategy that was launched in 2016.

Sisi showed his intention to run for the presidency during his closing speech at the end of the three-day “Tale of a Homeland” conference, where he and the Egyptian government presented an overview of the projects and achievements made in different fields over the last four years.

On his official Twitter account, Sisi called on the Egyptian people to participate intensively in the upcoming election and give their votes to whomever they see as the most eligible.

Sisi is married to the first lady Entissar Amer and has four children: three sons and a daughter.

Moussa Moustafa Moussa

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Chairperson of Al Ghad Party Moussa Mostafa Moussa


Moussa Moustafa Moussa is a professional architect, who ventured into politics at an early age as a member of the Wafd party.

Moussa, who heads the Egyptian Council for Arab Tribes, became the chairman of El Ghad party in September 2005, following fierce disputes with the party’s founder, Ayman Nour.

Moussa seeks to succeed President Sisi; however, he praised the progress and achievements made by Sisi over the four previous years.

An hour before the deadline of submitting the candidacy application to the NEA on January 29, Moussa’s lawyer submitted his application to stand in the presidential election scheduled to be held by the end of March.

Moussa received endorsements from 20 MPs – most of them representing Monufia governorate – required to run the election.

Moussa’s bid came a few days after President Sisi submitted his candidacy papers to the NEA to run for a second term.

Born on 13 July, 1952, Moussa earned a master’s degree in architecture from École Nationale Supérieure d’architecture de Versailles in France. Moussa is married and has two daughters.

Endorsements
Several groups participated in collecting endorsements for Sisi. More than 900,000 Egyptians signed endorsement forms for incumbent President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi to run for a second term as Egypt`s president, as announced by his legal advisor and spokesman, Mohamed Bahaa el-Din Abu Shoka.

The announcement came at the end of a three-day conference titled “The Story of a Nation”, where Sisi and Prime Minister Sherif Ismail’s Cabinet presented the achievements of his first term as president.

Moussa collected the endorsements of 20 elected parliament members. Moussa’s bid came a few days after President Sisi submitted his candidacy papers to the NEA to run for a second term.

Under Article 142 of the constitution, presidential candidates must secure the recommendation of at least 20 elected MPs or 25,000 eligible voters drawn from a minimum of 15 governorates, with at least 1,000 recommendations per governorate.
BEIJING - 29 March 2018: China does not want a trade war with the United States, but it won`t accept any negotiations if they are hijacked unilaterally, China`s commerce ministry said on Thursday.

China opposes U.S. intimidation on trade, ministry spokesman Gao Feng told a regular briefing in Beijing, adding that China will conduct trade-related investigations fairly and in accordance with local and WTO rules.

Gao said China did not rule out any options in relation to U.S. trade issues and that the solution on trade was not to close the door but open it further.
BAMAKO - 29 March 2018: Unidentified gunmen killed one person and wounded at least two others late on Wednesday in an attack on a hotel in the central Mali town of Bandiagara regularly frequented by United Nations staff and humanitarian workers, witnesses said.

Just two days ago, Prime Minister Soumeylou Boubeye Maiga visited Bandiagara and gave a speech in which he promised to defeat the Islamist insurgents who have plunged Mali`s central and northern regions into chaos.

Five men approached the entrance to Bandiagara`s Hotel la Falaise on foot at around 9.30 p.m. (2130 GMT), removed rifles from beneath their flowing traditional robes and opened fire, several witnesses said.

"They were walking calmly and seemed normal," said Bocar Karambe, a driver who was across the street from the hotel when the attack began.

"Once they arrived in front of the gate, we heard the gunfire. When I turned around I saw they were shooting point blank at the people in front of the hotel," he said.

At least three people, a soldier guarding the entrance and two hotel workers, were struck by bullets. The soldier later succumbed to his injuries, Karambe and a second witness said.

One attacker was also killed.

"I saw the body of one of the attackers lying on the ground. He had been shot by that same soldier before he was himself gunned down by the other assailants," said Barema Kassogue, who sells antiques near the hotel.

The Hotel la Falaise was once popular with tourists visiting the Dogon people, who inhabit the cliffs of Mali`s central plateau.

However, the area`s tourism industry dried up after Islamist groups, some with links to al Qaeda, seized Mali`s desert north in 2012. They were driven back by a French-led military intervention a year later, but attacks remain frequent.

The hotel now mainly caters to humanitarian aid workers responding to the consequences of the violence.

Prime Minister Maiga and eight of his ministers began a nine-stop national tour last week aimed at shoring up support for the government of President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita ahead of national elections planned for July 29.

The trip included stops in several areas senior government officials rarely visit because of security concerns.

Central Mali`s once peaceful Mopti region, which includes Bandiagara, has become a new flashpoint for violence over the past year as marginalised Fulani herdsmen have joined forces with al Qaeda-allied Islamists based farther north.
SEOUL (Reuters) - North and South Korea will hold their first summit in more than a decade on April 27, South Korean officials said on Thursday, after North Korean leader Kim Jong Un pledged his commitment to denuclearization as tensions ease between the old foes.
PHNOM PENH (Reuters) - A Cambodian court has charged two journalists with producing pornography in addition to espionage charges they already face for filing news reports to a U.S.-funded radio station, their lawyer said on Thursday.

Donald Trump

  • E-signature company DocuSign made public on Wednesday the document it filed that starts the process for a public offering.
  • Among the risk factors the company listed in the document, it included President Trump`s trade policies.
  • Trump this month has announced a bevy of new tariffs, provoking fears of a broad trade war.


Economists have warned that President Donald Trump`s threatened trade war may undermine the global economy.

Now, in what may be a first, a company planning to go public is listing Trump`s trade policies as one of the risk factors potential investors should keep in mind.

In the document it made public Wednesday that starts its IPO process, e-signature company DocuSign warned that Trump`s rhetoric on trade could lead to policies that harm its business. 

"The Trump administration has been critical of existing trade agreements and may impose more stringent export and import controls," DocuSign said in its S-1 filing. "Obtaining the necessary export license or other authorization for a particular sale may be time-consuming and may result in the delay or loss of sales opportunities even if the export license ultimately may be granted."

DocuSign noted that encryption, which is central to its e-signature service, is already subject to export controls under US law. But the company`s ability to market its products to foreign customers could become even more restricted under Trump`s policies, DocuSign warned.

"Any decreased use of our solutions or limitation on our ability to export or sell our solutions would adversely affect our business, operating results and prospects," the company added.

Trump has been highly critical of US trade policies since he campaigned for president. Earlier this month, he announced tariffs on steel and aluminum imports. Last week, he announced he would slap tariffs on 50 billion worth of Chinese goods. The moves have sparked fears of a wider trade war.

However, Trump has seemed to back off from the threats. The administration has carved out exceptions to the steel and aluminum tariffs for Canada, Mexico and certain other countries. It`s also entering into negotiations with China that could avert a showdown and potentially lead to greater access to the market for US companies. 

A 15-year-old startup, DocuSign is seeking to raise as much as 100 million in its public offering, though that number is a placeholder that will likely increase. The company, which has posted strong growth but also big losses, plans to list its shares on the Nasdaq under the ticker symbol DOCU.

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An U.S. Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt II flies over Southwest Asia in support of Operation Inherent Resolve, Oct. 29, 2015.

  • The Air Force now has the money it needs to start upgrading the wings on more than one-third of its A-10 Thunderbolts.
  • However, the service may soon get a new partner to help keep the attack aircraft in the air.
  • The Thunderbolt continues to see duty around the world, and the Air Force says it wants to keep it in service into the 2030s.


The Air Force is set to acquire new wings for its A-10 Thunderbolts in order to keep the vaunted attack aircraft in operation until the 2030s.

The Air Force told Congress last year that 110 of its 283 A-10s were at risk of being permanently grounded unless money was apportioned to restart production and rewing the remaining planes.

The service has already paid to replace the wings on 173 of its A-10s, but Boeing, which originally built the wings, has since shut down production, and the Air Force didn`t have funding for new wings for the remainder — 40 of which would have to be grounded by 2021, according to CNN. Those aircraft are still flying with wings from the late 1970s, according to Aviation Week.

The 1.3 trillion omnibus spending bill signed by President Donald Trump this month included 103 million requested by the Air Force to fund the rewinging. That is enough to cover the production of four new sets of wings, but going forward, Boeing might not be supplying them.

A 10 Warthog

"If the omnibus comes out in the way that we expect it to, [the fiscal year 2019 budget] will restart the line for the rewinging and will include enough money for about four more rewings on top of the 170-plus that are already rewinged," Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson told the House Armed Services Committee on March 20. "The FY19 budget request includes 80 million for additional rewingings of the A-10. We`ll go out for a bid, but we think that will get us between eight and 12 more in FY19."

The program is considered a "new start," and under it, the new wings will come with a higher price, as engineers work through the hiccups of the design phase.

Air Force Gen. Mike Holmes, head of Air Combat Command, mentioned that the service was looking for a new partner on the A-10 earlier this year.

"The previous contract that we had was with Boeing, and it kind of came to the end of its life for cost and for other reasons," he said in January. "It was a contract that was no longer cost-effective for Boeing to produce wings under, and there were options there that we weren`t sure where we were going to go, and so now we`re working through the process of getting another contract."

Because of the potential for A-10s to be grounded if they don`t get new wings, "acquisition is being expedited to the maximum extent possible," according to a draft request for proposal for A-10 wings, issued in February.

A-10 Warthog

According to the anticipated schedule included in the draft request, a final request is expected by April 3, a proposal due date on June 5, and the awarding of the contract by the end of the March 2019. (The 2019 fiscal year runs from October 2018 to September 2019.)

The service has committed to maintaining six of the nine A-10 squadrons it has, but the contract will ultimately determine how many wings the service can actually buy, an Air Force spokeswoman told Aviation Week, saying "the majority of the A-10 fleet will fly and fight for the foreseeable future."

The hard-fighting A-10 emerged last year from a debate between lawmakers and the Air Force over whether it would stay in service, and in recent years it has seen duty all over the world.

It was a workhorse in Operation Inherent Resolve against ISIS in Iraq and Syria, releasing 13,856 weapons between August 8, 2014 and mid-2016 — second only to the F-15E Strike Eagle, which released 14,995 weapons over the same period.

The Thunderbolt has also seen duty in Afghanistan, where the government requested the A-10 return in late 2017. A squadron of 12 A-10s arrived in the country in January, where it has taken part in an intensified air campaign against militants in the country — in particular the Taliban and its drug-producing facilities.

a-10 thunderbolt warthog

The venerable aircraft will soon face competition closer to home however, with comparison testing between it and the F-35 — the plane originally meant to replace the A-10 — happening as soon as this summer, when the F-35 is scheduled for testing in close-air-support and reconnaissance operations.

Congress has said that the Air Force cannot shed any A-10s until that evaluation takes place. But whatever the results, the Thunderbolt looks likely to have vocal supporters.

"If I were to sit down to design a heavy attack platform, it would look just like the A-10," Air Force Lt. Col. Bryan France told The Aviationist. "Our airframe was built to extend loiter times over the battlefield, deliver a substantial amount of ordnance, and survive significant battle damage. It does these things exceptionally well."

"It is built to withstand more damage than any other frame that I know of. It`s known for its ruggedness," A-10 pilot Lt. Col. Ryan Haden told Scout Warrior. "It`s deliberate, measured, hefty, impactful, calculated, and sound. There`s nothing flimsy or fragile about the way it is constructed or about the way that it flies."

"I happen to be a fan of the A-10," Wilson, the Air Force secretary, told lawmakers in December.

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Jaguar I PACE

  • The Jaguar I-PACE electric crossover SUV will make its North American debut this week at the New York Auto Show.
  • The I-PACE has all-wheel-drive, 394 horsepower, and can hit 60 mph in 4.5 seconds. 
  • The Jag has a 90kWh battery and a range of 240 miles.
  • The Jaguar I-PACE starts at 69,500.

Jaguar is going all-in on electric mobility with the new I-PACE crossover SUV, the company`s first foray away from internal combustion.

The legendary British marque debuted the stylish crossover in production guise earlier this month at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show.  

The Jaguar I-PACE is powered by a pair of synchronous permanent magnet electric motors — one mounted on each of its axles, thereby giving the EV all-wheel-drive. Feeding the motors is a 90kWh lithium-ion battery located underneath the passenger cabin. 

The result is pretty impressive: 394 horsepower, 0-60 mph in 4.5 seconds, and a range of 240 miles. 

With a starting price of 69,500, the I-PACE isn`t so much targeted at the Tesla Model 3s of the world when it arrives later this year. It`s decidedly more ambitious. The Jag is going big-game hunting with the larger, more powerful, and more expensive Tesla Model X in its sights. 

On Tuesday, Business Insider got the chance to climb behind the wheel of the electric Jag for a brief stint ahead of its North American debut at the New York Auto Show this week. This is merely an early impression of the I-PACE based on a first drive. We`ll have a detailed review of the car at a later time. 

Here`s how it went:

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Business Insider had the chance to take a production I-PACE around a small, autocross-style track that Jaguar Land Rover put together at its new North American headquarters in Mahwah, New Jersey.



The course features a series of smart cones that uses lights to direct the driver around a constantly changing track. No two drivers will encounter the same set of turns on a run. It`s a pretty novel idea.



But first, a look around the I-PACE. The Jag is a handsome creature — something we have come to expect from the company`s design team, led by the legendary Sir Ian Callum. (He hasn`t officially been knighted yet, but we`re hoping it happens.)



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uber self driving

  • The fatal accident last week involving an Uber self-driving car shows the shortcomings of leaving it up to corporations to regulate themselves.
  • Arizona, where the accident happened, had few rules governing autonomous-car testing, allowing Uber and other operators to make up their own rules.
  • That approach was problematic, particularly in the case of Uber, because the company has a long history of flouting rules, laws, and norms.
  • What`s more, reports indicate that the company`s self-driving car`s main sensor had known blind spots and the company was pushing ahead with its program, despite reliability problems with its autonomous system.


Since at least the time of Ronald Reagan, it`s been a popular thing to complain about the government`s regulation of businesses.

With the mantra that regulations stymie business, innovation, and the broader economy, Republican politicians, but also, not infrequently, Democratic ones as well, have slashed away at older rules and vowed to oppose new ones.

It`s an open question how much good all that regulation-slashing has done. But here`s something that is clear: When governments don`t set rules, companies and powerful people are free to set their own. When they do, they almost inevitably set those rules for their benefit, not the broader public`s.

The not-infrequent result is that everyday citizens can lose their money, their houses, their privacy, their jobs, or — as in the case of Arizona resident Elaine Herzberg — their lives.

Uber VideoAs you may have read, Herzberg died last week when a self-driving Uber vehicle hit her while she was crossing the street at night.

In the immediate aftermath of the accident, defenders of Uber and self-driving technology in general asserted that there was nothing to be overly concerned about.

It was a chance accident. The Uber car didn`t appear to be at fault. Herzberg was likely to blame for suddenly stepping off a median and jaywalking in front of the car on a dark street. Besides, some argued, we should expect that some people will be killed by autonomous vehicles, but their deaths will almost certainly be more than made up for by the many more lives that will be saved.

After all, 30,000 to 40,000 people die as a result of human-driven automobile accidents in the US every year. And as was made clear when an Uber driver at the helm of a standard car got stuck on a pedestrian stairway in San Francisco a few days later, human drivers are prone to mistakes.

It`s beginning to look like Uber cut corners

But it turns out that the initial takes letting Uber`s self-driving car off the hook were off-base. Dashcam video made clear that the street was well-lit and Herzberg, instead of making a sudden move, had been steadily making her way across the street. Velodyne, the provider of Uber`s lidar system, the laser-based sensor used to detect objects around a self-driving car, said its device was more than capable of identifying her before the collision. Even so, according to police, the car didn`t slow down at all until after it hit her.

Velodyne pointed fingers in Uber`s direction when it came to assigning blame for the crash. That`s probably not a bad place to look. A second video showed that, immediately before the accident, the human safety driver, who theoretically is supposed to take over if the autonomous system fails, wasn`t paying attention to the road and didn`t appear to have his hands on the steering wheel.

Meanwhile, The New York Times reported that Uber`s self-driving cars have struggled to go even 13 miles in autonomous mode without the human backup driver having to take over. By contrast, The Times noted, Waymo`s autonomous vehicles on average traveled 5,600 miles last year before a driver had to take control. Despite that, Uber has been pressing hard to advance its autonomous vehicle operation and move toward completely driverless vehicles, The Times reported.

What`s more, according to a report in Reuters, Uber`s latest self-driving cars only have one lidar system, down from seven in its previous vehicle. That singular lidar array has a known blind spot, according to employees and others who worked on the system who were quoted by Reuters.

In other words, instead of being an inevitable, unavoidable accident, Herzberg`s death is beginning to look more and more like it was the result of negligence and corner-cutting on the part of Uber and its safety driver.

Other states have recognized the potential dangers

And, in turn, it`s increasingly seeming to be the case that Arizona`s essentially anything-goes approach to regulating self-driving cars enabled Uber`s apparent negligence.

Self-driving cars have been touted as a potential boon for traffic safety because, at least in theory, they are immune from the No. 1 cause of most accidents — human error. Additionally, their numerous sensors can potentially detect dangers before human drivers could — if those drivers saw them at all.

Waymo minivanEven so, the potential dangers and problems related to self-driving cars are numerous. Cars are massive objects that, thanks to the laws of physics, can do lots of damage, even when they are traveling at low speeds, regardless of whether the driver is a human or a poorly designed algorithm.

While most driving is routine, there are thousands of so-called edge cases involving things such as black ice, double-parked cars and more that drivers encounter and have to negotiate on a daily basis.

To work reliably in the real world, self-driving cars will have to be able to handle such edge cases as well or better than humans.

Beyond how they handle the roads, autonomous cars will have to be protected from potential cyberattacks that could allow hackers to take control of them. And there remain questions to be answered about how riders` privacy will be protected.

Recognizing such concerns, many states have put in place rules designed to monitor self-driving cars and ensure safety. Some have required companies to have a certain number of passengers in their autonomous cars at all times or mandated that they keep track and report to regulators on their cars` experiences on the road.

But Arizona took a much more lax approach to regulating self-driving cars

In the hopes of luring technology companies in general and self-driving car businesses in particular, Doug Ducey, the state`s Republican governor, has been on a mission to slash and limit regulations since he took office in 2015. One key piece of that was an executive order he signed in August that year that allowed companies to test autonomous vehicles in the state.

Arizona Republican gubernatorial primary candidate Doug Ducey smiles after voting in the Paradise Valley section of Phoenix, Arizona August 26, 2014. REUTERS/Samantha SaisThe only requirement he made in his executive order was that operators needed to have insurance for their autonomous cars and needed to have a passenger inside that had a driver`s license. Other than that, operators could pretty much figure out for themselves what rules they should go by. They didn`t even have to report to the state on their cars` experience on the road.

Ducey made those lax rules part of his sales pitch to self-driving car companies, including Waymo and Uber. When Uber explored testing its autonomous vehicles in Arizona, the governor welcomed the company with open arms, according to The Times.

"We responded by saying we weren’t going to hassle them," Ducey told The Times. "I`d be remiss if I didn`t thank my partner in growing the Arizona economy, Jerry Brown," he added, taking a swipe at California`s Democratic governor and his infamously over-regulated state.

When it comes to corporations and industries, self-regulation doesn`t have a great track record. But if you`re going to trust a company to regulate its own behavior for the benefit of all, Uber is probably the last company you`d want to trust.

Uber didn`t deserve Arizona`s trust

The app-based taxi company has a long history of ignoring even well-established rules, laws, and norms. It flouted taxi regulations in numerous cities, spied on a customers, and used software to evade law enforcement officials.

Indeed, the reason it was looking to move its self-driving car tests to Arizona was because it got in trouble in California for testing its vehicles without the required permit. Unlike the dozens of other companies that had actually gotten such permission, Uber couldn`t be bothered.

So, you`d think with that history, Arizona would have wanted to have more oversight over Uber, not less. But that`s the opposite of the approach it took. It let Uber determine the rules to test its cars and figure out for itself what was safe.

In fact, in what is likely to be remembered as one of the most regrettable tweets ever, Ducey even crowed to his Twitter followers in 2016 that Uber`s exit from California was an example of "what overregulation looks like."

This is what OVER-regulation looks like! #ditchcalifornia https://t.co/RMbUkQY9ek

— Doug Ducey (@dougducey) December 22, 2016

Ducey seems, belatedly, to have realized his mistake. Earlier this month, he updated his rules for self-driving cars with new, stricter requirements. Unfortunately, by the time of Herzberg`s death, Uber didn`t yet have to comply with them. Following her death, Ducey and the state demanded that the company suspend its self-driving car tests.

Government laws and regulations can often be ill-conceived and detrimental. They`re no guarantee of safety or the common good. They can sometimes favor powerful, entrenched interests rather than innovative startups and entrepreneurs.

But they`re also influenced by the democratic process. When you leave the rules up to corporations themselves, they`ll favor their own interests. And when they do that, the public can lose out and sometimes people die.

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CAIRO – 29 March 2018: The presidential election in Egypt took place between March 26 and 28. There were only two candidates, incumbent President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi and head of El Ghad Party Moussa Moustafa Moussa.

As part of our coverage of the election process, Egypt Today presents preliminary results of each governorate:

Gharbia


Official figures showed that 969,434 voted in the election out of 2,124,427 registered voters, with a turnout of 45.6%, with Sisi advancing with 910,810 votes, while Moussa received 23,673 votes. The invalid votes recorded 34,951. Gharbia has 578 sub-polling station and 14 main polling stations.

There are 59.78m eligible voters in Egypt distributed over 13,706 sub-polling stations.

Gharbia

Turnout
With the election looming, Sisi publicly called for record voter participation in an effort to boost the election`s legitimacy. Turnout was moderate with relatively long queues outside polling stations, most of them the elderly and women. Several officials and members of Parliament (MPs) said that Egyptians who did not vote would be fined LE 500. Media outlets released several photos of women standing in lines waiting to cast their ballots. Other pictures and videos showed them dancing in front of polling stations and raising the Egyptian flag, along with pictures of President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi.

Media figures, officials and actors have all called on Egyptians to partake in the election, calling it a national duty. Many of them went on to highlight that even if people disagree with the country’s current situation, they should look beyond their personal grievances for the country’s best interest.

Regulations
Candidates were able to apply for nomination to the presidency between January 20 and 29, 2018. The final list of candidates approved by the National Election Authority (NEA) was announced on February 24. Candidates were allowed to spend a maximum of LE20 million for campaigning and to accept campaign donations of up to two percent of the total allowed campaign expenditures. Law No. 45 of 2014 constrains the content of campaigns, including prohibitions on the use of religious slogans, calls for discrimination or threats to national unity.

Egyptians who are above the age of 18 have the right to vote. Eligible voters for this year’s presidential election are 59 million. Active members of the Armed Forces and police are not allowed to vote. Article 2 of the political rights law (Law 45/2014) bans from voting those who suffer from mental disorders or are under judicial interdiction, or who have been convicted of a felony.

The first round of voting was held for Egyptians abroad on March 16-18. Voting inside Egypt was conducted for three days on March 26-28. Polls were opened over a twelve-hour period, from 9am till 9pm (local time), except the last day as the voting was extended to 10pm.

According to the NEA, 59 million Egyptians out of a population of 104 million (including those abroad and in the country`s 27 governorates) are eligible to vote.

The preliminary results of the first round of the election was scheduled on March 29, where decisions on appeals submitted by candidates, if any, will be made. The final results of the first round will be announced on April 2. If there is a need to hold a run-off round, Egyptian expats will cast their votes again on April 19-21. Those in Egypt will cast their votes on April 24-26. The final 2018 presidential election result is expected to be announced on May 1.

Monitors
According to the NEA, the presidential election was supervised by 18,620 judges (primary and substitute), including 8,420 regular judges, 4,800 administrative prosecutors, 3,300 judges from the State Lawsuits Authority and 2,100 judges from the State Council.

Deputy Foreign Minister Hamdy Sanad Loza said on Thursday that five regional and international organizations will participate in observing the presidential election nationwide. These are the Arab League (AL), African Union (AU), Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), Euro-Mediterranean Parliamentary Assembly and COMESA-CENSAD.

Media coverage
Mohamed Imam, head of the State Information Service’s (SIS) operations room, said that foreign media such as CNN and BBC have published positive reports about the presidential election, and no trespasses have been observed so far from foreign coverage, except for the coverage of both Al-Jazeera and Turkish channels.

Candidates
Abdel Fatah al-Sisi

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President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi


Current President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi is seeking to hold a second term in office to continue his achievements made during his four-year term.

Sisi became president after winning the 2014 presidential election, a few months after he resigned from the country’s Armed Forces.

Sisi was Egypt’s Minister of Defense and Commander of the Egyptian Armed Forces, under former President Mohamed Morsi, who was toppled in July 2013 following mass public protests.

Born on November 19, 1954, Sisi grew up in Gamaleya neighborhood, near Al-Azhar Mosque, in a quarter where Muslims, Jews and Christians resided peacefully.

He graduated from the Egyptian Military Academy in 1977, and then went on to receive his commission as a military officer serving in the mechanized infantry, specializing in anti-tank warfare and mortar warfare. He became Commander of the Northern Military Region-Alexandria in 2008 and then Director of Military Intelligence and Reconnaissance. Sisi was the youngest member of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces of Egypt.

He was also trained at the Joint Services Command and Staff College at Watchfield, Oxfordshire, in the United Kingdom, and at the United States Army War College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. Sisi was appointed Minister of Defense in August 2012.

Sisi’s first term in office has been defined by several aspects: the fight against terrorism, ambitious infrastructure projects like the new Suez Canal and the New Administrative Capital, and a wide economic development strategy that was launched in 2016.

Sisi showed his intention to run for the presidency during his closing speech at the end of the three-day “Tale of a Homeland” conference, where he and the Egyptian government presented an overview of the projects and achievements made in different fields over the last four years.

On his official Twitter account, Sisi called on the Egyptian people to participate intensively in the upcoming election and give their votes to whomever they see as the most eligible.

Sisi is married to the first lady Entissar Amer and has four children: three sons and a daughter.

Moussa Moustafa Moussa

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Chairperson of Al Ghad Party Moussa Mostafa Moussa


Moussa Moustafa Moussa is a professional architect, who ventured into politics at an early age as a member of the Wafd party.

Moussa, who heads the Egyptian Council for Arab Tribes, became the chairman of El Ghad party in September 2005, following fierce disputes with the party’s founder, Ayman Nour.

Moussa seeks to succeed President Sisi; however, he praised the progress and achievements made by Sisi over the four previous years.

An hour before the deadline of submitting the candidacy application to the NEA on January 29, Moussa’s lawyer submitted his application to stand in the presidential election scheduled to be held by the end of March.

Moussa received endorsements from 20 MPs – most of them representing Monufia governorate – required to run the election.

Moussa’s bid came a few days after President Sisi submitted his candidacy papers to the NEA to run for a second term.

Born on 13 July, 1952, Moussa earned a master’s degree in architecture from École Nationale Supérieure d’architecture de Versailles in France. Moussa is married and has two daughters.

Endorsements
Several groups participated in collecting endorsements for Sisi. More than 900,000 Egyptians signed endorsement forms for incumbent President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi to run for a second term as Egypt`s president, as announced by his legal advisor and spokesman, Mohamed Bahaa el-Din Abu Shoka.

The announcement came at the end of a three-day conference titled “The Story of a Nation”, where Sisi and Prime Minister Sherif Ismail’s Cabinet presented the achievements of his first term as president.

Moussa collected the endorsements of 20 elected parliament members. Moussa’s bid came a few days after President Sisi submitted his candidacy papers to the NEA to run for a second term.

Under Article 142 of the constitution, presidential candidates must secure the recommendation of at least 20 elected MPs or 25,000 eligible voters drawn from a minimum of 15 governorates, with at least 1,000 recommendations per governorate.
CAIRO – 29 March 2018: The presidential election in Egypt took place between March 26 and 28. There were only two candidates, incumbent President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi and head of El Ghad Party Moussa Moustafa Moussa.

As part of our coverage of the election process, Egypt Today presents preliminary results of each governorate:

Matrouh


Official figures showed that 103,584 voted in the election out of 272,397 registered voters, with a turnout of 38%, with Sisi advancing with 88,370 votes, while Moussa received 4,211 votes. The invalid votes recorded 11,003. Matrouh has 149sub-polling station and eight main polling stations.

There are 59.78m eligible voters in Egypt distributed over 13,706 sub-polling stations.

Matrouh
Turnout
With the election looming, Sisi publicly called for record voter participation in an effort to boost the election`s legitimacy. Turnout was moderate with relatively long queues outside polling stations, most of them the elderly and women. Several officials and members of Parliament (MPs) said that Egyptians who did not vote would be fined LE 500. Media outlets released several photos of women standing in lines waiting to cast their ballots. Other pictures and videos showed them dancing in front of polling stations and raising the Egyptian flag, along with pictures of President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi.

Media figures, officials and actors have all called on Egyptians to partake in the election, calling it a national duty. Many of them went on to highlight that even if people disagree with the country’s current situation, they should look beyond their personal grievances for the country’s best interest.

Regulations
Candidates were able to apply for nomination to the presidency between January 20 and 29, 2018. The final list of candidates approved by the National Election Authority (NEA) was announced on February 24. Candidates were allowed to spend a maximum of LE20 million for campaigning and to accept campaign donations of up to two percent of the total allowed campaign expenditures. Law No. 45 of 2014 constrains the content of campaigns, including prohibitions on the use of religious slogans, calls for discrimination or threats to national unity.

Egyptians who are above the age of 18 have the right to vote. Eligible voters for this year’s presidential election are 59 million. Active members of the Armed Forces and police are not allowed to vote. Article 2 of the political rights law (Law 45/2014) bans from voting those who suffer from mental disorders or are under judicial interdiction, or who have been convicted of a felony.

The first round of voting was held for Egyptians abroad on March 16-18. Voting inside Egypt was conducted for three days on March 26-28. Polls were opened over a twelve-hour period, from 9am till 9pm (local time), except the last day as the voting was extended to 10pm.

According to the NEA, 59 million Egyptians out of a population of 104 million (including those abroad and in the country`s 27 governorates) are eligible to vote.

The preliminary results of the first round of the election was scheduled on March 29, where decisions on appeals submitted by candidates, if any, will be made. The final results of the first round will be announced on April 2. If there is a need to hold a run-off round, Egyptian expats will cast their votes again on April 19-21. Those in Egypt will cast their votes on April 24-26. The final 2018 presidential election result is expected to be announced on May 1.

Monitors
According to the NEA, the presidential election was supervised by 18,620 judges (primary and substitute), including 8,420 regular judges, 4,800 administrative prosecutors, 3,300 judges from the State Lawsuits Authority and 2,100 judges from the State Council.

Deputy Foreign Minister Hamdy Sanad Loza said on Thursday that five regional and international organizations will participate in observing the presidential election nationwide. These are the Arab League (AL), African Union (AU), Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), Euro-Mediterranean Parliamentary Assembly and COMESA-CENSAD.

Media coverage
Mohamed Imam, head of the State Information Service’s (SIS) operations room, said that foreign media such as CNN and BBC have published positive reports about the presidential election, and no trespasses have been observed so far from foreign coverage, except for the coverage of both Al-Jazeera and Turkish channels.

Candidates
Abdel Fatah al-Sisi

41763
President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi


Current President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi is seeking to hold a second term in office to continue his achievements made during his four-year term.

Sisi became president after winning the 2014 presidential election, a few months after he resigned from the country’s Armed Forces.

Sisi was Egypt’s Minister of Defense and Commander of the Egyptian Armed Forces, under former President Mohamed Morsi, who was toppled in July 2013 following mass public protests.

Born on November 19, 1954, Sisi grew up in Gamaleya neighborhood, near Al-Azhar Mosque, in a quarter where Muslims, Jews and Christians resided peacefully.

He graduated from the Egyptian Military Academy in 1977, and then went on to receive his commission as a military officer serving in the mechanized infantry, specializing in anti-tank warfare and mortar warfare. He became Commander of the Northern Military Region-Alexandria in 2008 and then Director of Military Intelligence and Reconnaissance. Sisi was the youngest member of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces of Egypt.

He was also trained at the Joint Services Command and Staff College at Watchfield, Oxfordshire, in the United Kingdom, and at the United States Army War College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. Sisi was appointed Minister of Defense in August 2012.

Sisi’s first term in office has been defined by several aspects: the fight against terrorism, ambitious infrastructure projects like the new Suez Canal and the New Administrative Capital, and a wide economic development strategy that was launched in 2016.

Sisi showed his intention to run for the presidency during his closing speech at the end of the three-day “Tale of a Homeland” conference, where he and the Egyptian government presented an overview of the projects and achievements made in different fields over the last four years.

On his official Twitter account, Sisi called on the Egyptian people to participate intensively in the upcoming election and give their votes to whomever they see as the most eligible.

Sisi is married to the first lady Entissar Amer and has four children: three sons and a daughter.

Moussa Moustafa Moussa

42374
Chairperson of Al Ghad Party Moussa Mostafa Moussa


Moussa Moustafa Moussa is a professional architect, who ventured into politics at an early age as a member of the Wafd party.

Moussa, who heads the Egyptian Council for Arab Tribes, became the chairman of El Ghad party in September 2005, following fierce disputes with the party’s founder, Ayman Nour.

Moussa seeks to succeed President Sisi; however, he praised the progress and achievements made by Sisi over the four previous years.

An hour before the deadline of submitting the candidacy application to the NEA on January 29, Moussa’s lawyer submitted his application to stand in the presidential election scheduled to be held by the end of March.

Moussa received endorsements from 20 MPs – most of them representing Monufia governorate – required to run the election.

Moussa’s bid came a few days after President Sisi submitted his candidacy papers to the NEA to run for a second term.

Born on 13 July, 1952, Moussa earned a master’s degree in architecture from École Nationale Supérieure d’architecture de Versailles in France. Moussa is married and has two daughters.

Endorsements
Several groups participated in collecting endorsements for Sisi. More than 900,000 Egyptians signed endorsement forms for incumbent President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi to run for a second term as Egypt`s president, as announced by his legal advisor and spokesman, Mohamed Bahaa el-Din Abu Shoka.

The announcement came at the end of a three-day conference titled “The Story of a Nation”, where Sisi and Prime Minister Sherif Ismail’s Cabinet presented the achievements of his first term as president.

Moussa collected the endorsements of 20 elected parliament members. Moussa’s bid came a few days after President Sisi submitted his candidacy papers to the NEA to run for a second term.

Under Article 142 of the constitution, presidential candidates must secure the recommendation of at least 20 elected MPs or 25,000 eligible voters drawn from a minimum of 15 governorates, with at least 1,000 recommendations per governorate.
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  • A Chinese space station called Tiangong-1, or "Heavenly Palace," is about to crash to Earth.
  • The 9.4-ton spacecraft is expected to fall from the sky Sunday morning, break up, and sprinkle debris over Earth`s surface.
  • Objects as large as Tiangong-1 can tumble and "skip" off the atmosphere, experts say.
  • That and other factors make advanced predictions of a reentry date, time, and location nearly impossible.
  • But pieces of Tiangong-1 are extremely unlikely to hit people.

The first space station China ever launched is about to return to Earth as a mess of ultra-hot, supersonic space junk.

China launched Tiangong-1, or "Heavenly Palace," in 2011. After six successful missions to Tiangong-1 — three of which were crewed — China abandoned the spacecraft in June 2013.

Since then, the two-room, 9.4-ton vessel has orbited the planet without any Chinese astronauts aboard. But in May, China told the United Nations that it`d lost contact with Tiangong-1 in March 2016 after it "fully fulfilled its historic mission."

Tiangong-1 may reenter Earth`s atmosphere at 3:15 a.m. EDT on Sunday, April 1, give or take 20 hours, according to the latest prediction by the Aerospace Corporation, a nonprofit spaceflight-research company.

When that happens, chunks of the space station are likely to rain down over our planet`s surface. Some of the gear left inside the vessel may even reach the ground intact.

No one knows when or where Tiangong-1`s debris will land, but the good news is that the garbage will most likely fall into the ocean. You`re about 1 million times as likely to win the Powerball jackpot as you are to get hit by any piece of Tiangong-1.

It seems as if the brightest minds on Earth should be able to pinpoint when and where giant spacecraft will reenter Earth`s atmosphere, but it`s not so simple. Here`s why.

Skipping off the atmosphere

earth atmosphere

To circle Earth from about 250 miles up, a spacecraft must reach a blistering speed of 17,500 mph, meaning it orbits the planet once every 90 minutes.

Even that high up, however, the outer fringes of Earth`s atmosphere drag on spacecraft like Tiangong-1. If a vessel isn`t sped up every so often to correct its orbit, it will eventually slow down and fall from the sky.

"You often hear space starts at 100 kilometers — that`s based on where aerodynamic forces start having an effect to where you can actually control your [craft] with wings," Jesse Gossner, an orbital-mechanics engineer who teaches at the US Air Force`s Advanced Space Operations School, told Business Insider.

"Above 100 kilometers" — or 62 miles — "it`s a lot, lot, lot thinner than down here, and you certainly wouldn`t be able to survive," Gossner said. "But it`s thick enough to slow you down."

"It`s really just a guessing game ... There`s just no way to tell where it`s going to land."

That`s what has been happening to Tiangong-1 — and the reason it will soon fall. But even now, about 80 hours from the space station`s expected crash, the timing estimate has a 20-hour window of uncertainty on either end. It could come down as early as Saturday morning or as late as Sunday night.

"The 21st Space Wing, using its global Space Surveillance Network of ground- and space-based radar and optical sensors, is tracking Tiangong-1," Diana McKissock, a flight lead with the US Air Force`s 18th Space Control Squadron, told Business Insider in an email.

Gossner said the uncertainty was due to the nature of Earth`s atmosphere and how high-speed objects behave in it.

"You`d be surprised just how inaccurate and random it is because of the atmosphere," Gossner said. "Have you ever skipped a stone on a lake?" he added. "It bounces a few times, then eventually goes into the water."

A hypothetical out-of-control spacecraft like Tiangong-1, Gossner said, may behave like that stone.

"This thing can bounce off the atmosphere because it`s going so fast," he said. "If it hits on its smooth side, sort of like a rock skipping on a lake, it`ll bounce. But if it hits on a pointy end, or on one end of a cylinder, in the direction of the velocity, it could dig in."

Any large spacecraft that dips below an altitude of about 125 miles has just a few days left in orbit, Gossner said — and that`s roughly where Tiangong-1 is drifting. Once it`s about 80 miles up, it`ll be within one orbit (about 90 minutes) of crashing.

"Even if you knew exactly where it hits in the atmosphere, the debris and stuff can spread out to a pretty big area," Gossner said.

"It`s really just a guessing game," he said, adding: "There`s just no way to tell where it`s going to land."

How Tiangong-1 will die — and which pieces may survive

atv spacecraft atmospheric reentry burning up fireball esa d ducros

When space stations come down, "a funny thing" happens that helps doom the spacecraft, Gossner said.

"You start going really, really fast," he said. "Then you get slowed down really, really fast."

That`s because the spacecraft is losing its forward speed, allowing gravity to accelerate the space station toward Earth. The air is still too thin to slow it down much, so it plummets faster and faster.

As the spacecraft falls into thicker air, the drag begins to rip off solar panels, antennas, and other loosely attached pieces. Superheated plasma heats the vessel to thousands of degrees, melting and disintegrating it.

Only a few types of materials can withstand such punishment.

"Titanium is a good one," Gossner said.

china tiangong 1 space station scale model taikonauts reutersBut there is a chance that some gear and hardware left aboard could survive intact all the way to the ground, according to Bill Ailor, an aerospace engineer who specializes in atmospheric reentry. That durability is thanks to Tiangong-1`s onion-like layers of protective material.

"The thing about a space station is that it`s typically got things on the inside," Ailor, who works for the Aerospace Corporation, previously told Business Insider. "So basically, the heating will just strip these various layers off.

"If you`ve got enough layers, a lot of the energy is gone before a particular object falls out, it doesn`t get hot, and it lands on the ground."

For example, he said, after NASA`s Columbia space shuttle broke up over the US in 2003, investigators recovered a working flight computer — an artifact that ultimately helped explain how the deadly incident happened.

The most likely place Tiangong-1 will fall

china space station crash prediction map risk areas tiangong 1 aerospace corporation feb 27 2018

Tiangong-1 is likely to crash over the ocean, as water covers about 71% of Earth`s surface. In fact, space agencies try to de-orbit large spacecraft over the Pacific Ocean "graveyard" since it`s such a huge and innocuous target.

"So much of it lands in the ocean — that`s our saving grace," Gossner said.

But some pieces of the Chinese space station may strike land, as the crash will leave a long, thin footprint of debris.

"The whole footprint length for something like this could be 1,000 miles or so," Ailor said, with heavier pieces at the front and lighter ones toward the back.

If anyone is lucky enough to witness Tiangong-1`s atmospheric breakup from an airplane, it may look similar to the destruction of the European Space Agency`s 14-ton Automated Transfer Vehicle, which used to resupply the International Space Station. Once astronauts and cosmonauts unloaded the vehicle`s supplies, it was filled with garbage and sent careening back to Earth.

Ailor says pieces of China`s space station are "really unlikely" to hit any people on Earth though.

"It`s not impossible, but since the beginning of the Space Age ... a woman who was brushed on the shoulder in Oklahoma is the only one we`re aware of who`s been touched by a piece of space debris," he said.

Should a hunk of titanium, a computer, or another piece smash through a roof or windshield, however, international space law covers compensation for victims.

"It`s China`s responsibility if someone gets hurt or property gets damaged by this," a NASA representative previously told Business Insider.

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Matt Salsamendi Beam Mixer

  • In 2016, Microsoft bought a startup called Beam, a startup that had begun as a "Minecraft" server hosting service, and which evolved into an alternative to Amazon`s Twitch streaming juggernaut.
  • Beam was cofounded by one Matt Salsamendi, who was only 18 at the time of acquisition. He dropped out of high school to build the company.
  • In 2017, Microsoft rebranded Beam into Mixer. Now, Salsamendi says that Mixer is well-positioned to establish its own foothold in the streaming market, and can coexist with Twitch. 
  • However, he says that Mixer has certain advantages, and a focus on community, that will set it apart.


Amazon`s Twitch has become a media juggernaut in its own right: the game-streaming service actually pulls in more viewers than CNN or MSNBC, even on nights where Drake isn`t smashing viewership records with a game of "Fortnite."

You might be less familiar with Mixer, Microsoft`s own streaming platform, which is integrated with Windows 10 and the Xbox One games console. It`s a major priority for Microsoft, which has said in the past that it sees video game viewing hours eclipsing playing hours, if they haven`t already.

Mixer still has only a fraction of Twitch`s audience, but it`s winning over a dedicated fan base. Not only does it offer less streaming delay than competitors like Twitch, but it also offers a more tight knit community that`s seen by gamers as friendlier than the other guys

Mixer`s product leader is Matt Salsamendi, who sold his startup Beam to Microsoft in August 2016, after it won a best-of-show award at TechCrunch Disrupt that same year. At the time, Salsamendi was 18, and his cofounder James Boehm was 20 — Salsamendi even dropped out of high school to build it. In 2017, Microsoft rebranded Beam as Mixer.

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Salsamendi, now 19, sees the world of streaming as big enough for both Microsoft and Amazon. People like to think of the two as competitors, but "it doesn`t have to be like that," says Salsamendi. The whole medium of video game streaming is so big, and still growing so fast, that Twitch and Mixer can happily coexist.

"There`s absolutely room for more than one platform," says Salsamendi. 

And so, Salsamendi is focused on getting streamers to try out Mixer not through aggressive marketing tactics or financial incentives, but by slowly and steadily figuring out what Mixer does better than anybody else. 

"We want them to move because it is right for them," says Salsamendi. 

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To that end, Mixer has been steadily building out unique features that other platforms don`t offer. Salsamendi is a personal fan of HypeZone, a Mixer feature that automatically tunes you in to a "Fortnite: Battle Royale" or "PlayerUnknown`s Battlegrounds" match that`s within minutes of ending. When a victory is won, it changes channel to another match. Salsamendi describes it as like "speed-dating for streamers."

Salsamendi says that he hopes and expects that Mixer will add support for more games to HypeZone soon. 

Which leads into another way that Mixer hopes to grow. Because of the fact that Mixer gets the streaming delay (what sports fans might call a tape delay) down to under a second, Salsamendi sees Mixer as opening the door for new kinds of interactivity in video games. To that end, Mixer is wooing game developers to integrate their titles with the platform.

The flagship example of this integration is the forthcoming "Darwin Project" for PC and Xbox One. It`s a battle royale game, in the vein of "PlayerUnknown`s Battlegrounds." The twist is that anyone watching a game in progress via Mixer can vote to have areas of the playing field closed off, or have everybody in the match gang up on one player. Players have a good time, and developers can win more dedicated fans. 

"We want you to grow community around what we call a `watch-first` game," he says. 

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To kickstart developer adoption, Salsamendi says that Mixer has been working with Microsoft`s own game studios to integrate new features. For instance, Mixer worked with the team behind Microsoft`s recent multiplayer pirate adventure "Sea of Thieves" to create costreaming, a feature that lets multiple streamers broadcast at once. 

Similarly, Salsamendi has gotten to work closely with Microsoft subsidiary Mojang, the developer of "Minecraft," to bring interactive elements for streamers. He describes the experience of working with Mojang as "kind of surreal" — before it was Mixer, Salsamendi`s Beam got its start as a "Minecraft" server hosting business when he was 13 years old.

"I got my start in the games business through Minecraft," says Salsamendi, who ran servers out of his childhood bedroom. "My parents were like, `what are you doing?`"

Ultimately, while Twitch keeps growing — Amazon has made its own overtures to game developers with interactive Twitch features — Salsamendi believes that Mixer`s focus on community and making sure that everyone feels like part of something is what`s going to set it apart. 

The question Mixer is set to answer, he says: "What would it look like to build a streaming platform where every user had a voice?"

SEE ALSO: Amazon`s video game boss gave us the best answer for why it spent 970 million to buy Twitch

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