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WHO Experts Arrive in China to Probe COVID-19 Origins

An advance team from the World Health Organization (WHO) has arrived in China to prepare an investigation into the origins of the coronavirus pandemic.

The virus that causes COVID-19, which is believed to have started in animals before jumping to humans, first emerged in a since-shuttered wholesale market in the central Chinese city of Wuhan late last year.

Two Geneva-based WHO experts, specialists in animal health and epidemiology, will meet their Chinese counterparts in Beijing on Saturday to “develop the scope and terms” of the inquiry, said Tarik Jašarević, a WHO spokesperson.

“The objective is to advance the understanding of animal hosts for COVID-19 and ascertain how the disease jumped between animals and humans,” Jašarević told VOA.

“That’s why we’re sending an animal health expert … to look at whether or not it jumped from species to a human and what species it jumped from,” WHO spokeswoman Margaret Harris said at a Friday press briefing in Geneva.

“We know it’s very, very similar to the virus in the bat, but did it go through an intermediate species? This is a question we all need answered,” she said.

The investigation comes at a politically sensitive time, as the administration of President Donald Trump begins the process of withdrawing the United States from the WHO, a move that could hurt the U.N. agency’s coronavirus pandemic response and reshape public health diplomacy.

 

Trump has accused the agency of becoming a puppet for China during the coronavirus pandemic. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Thursday said the WHO “has demonstrated time and time again that it has suffered from deficiencies that don’t permit it to accomplish its fundamental mission set, which is to alert the world and prevent the world from suffering global pandemics.”

Both the president and his top diplomat have said the virus may have originated in a laboratory in Wuhan, although they have presented no evidence for this and China strongly denies it.

Scientists and U.S. intelligence agencies have said the virus emerged in nature.

Beijing, which has long accused Washington of smearing China and WHO, took partial credit on Friday for getting the virus origins probe underway.

 

“China took the lead in inviting WHO experts to investigate and discuss scientific virus tracing,” said Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian.

Beijing has been criticized internationally for a lack of transparency in its handling of the pandemic and its failures to report the outbreak to WHO officials in a timely fashion.

According to WHO’s latest timeline of its response to COVID-19, it was first alerted to the virus by its own office in China, not by the Chinese government.

In the chronology updated on June 30, WHO said its China office picked up a media statement by the Wuhan Municipal Health Commission from its website on cases of “viral pneumonia” on December 31, 2019. It also indicated that Chinese officials did not provide related information to WHO until January 3.

That chronology appears to corroborate China’s account of the early days of the pandemic. A white paper released last month by China’s State Council Information Office said China began updating the WHO on a regular basis on January 3.

Under WHO’s long-standing notifications requirements, member states are obligated to immediately inform the global health body of any event that may constitute a public health emergency within 24 hours of having carried out the assessment.

 

WHO reported Friday that the total number of COVID-19 cases worldwide had doubled over the past six weeks. The U.N. agency reported 228,102 new cases, surpassing the previous biggest increase of 212,326 on July 4, with the U.S., Brazil, India and South Africa topping the list. Globally, more than 552,000 deaths and 12.2 million cases have been confirmed.

“A strong focus on community engagement and the basics of testing, tracing, isolating and treating all those that are sick is key to breaking the chains of transmission and suppressing the virus,” said WHO Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus at his regular briefing.

This weekend’s meetings are expected to involve negotiations on issues including the composition of a fuller team of investigators.

 

Source: Voice of America

 

Amazon Says Email to Employees Banning TikTok Was a Mistake

Roughly five hours after an internal email went out to employees telling them to delete the popular video app TikTok from their phones, Amazon appeared to backtrack, calling the ban a mistake.

“This morning’s email to some of our employees was sent in error. There is no change to our policies right now with regard to TikTok,” Amazon emailed reporters just before 5 p.m. Eastern time. Spokeswoman Jaci Anderson declined to answer questions about what happened.

The initial internal email, which was disseminated widely online, told employees to delete TikTok, a video app increasingly popular with young people but also the focus of intensifying national-security and geopolitical concerns because of its Chinese ownership. The email cited “security risks” of the app.

An Amazon employee who confirmed receipt of the initial email but was not authorized to speak publicly had not seen a retraction at the time of Amazon’s backtrack.

Amazon is the second-largest U.S. private employer after Walmart, with more than 840,000 employees worldwide, and moving against TikTok would have escalated pressure on the app. It is banned on employee phones by the U.S. military and the company is subject to a national-security review of its merger history. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said this week that the government was “certainly looking” at banning the app.

 

Chinese internet giant ByteDance owns TikTok, which is designed for users outside of China; it also makes a Chinese version called Douyin. Like YouTube, TikTok relies on its users for the videos that populate its app. It has a reputation for fun, goofy videos and is popular with young people, including millions of American users. But it has racked up concerns such as censorship of videos, including those critical of the Chinese government; the threat of sharing user data with Chinese officials; and violating kids’ privacy.

TikTok said earlier in the day that Amazon did not notify it before sending the initial email around midday Eastern. That email read, “The TikTok app is no longer permitted on mobile devices that access Amazon email.” To retain mobile access to company email, employees had to delete the TikTok app by the end of the day.

“We still do not understand their concerns,” TikTok said at the time, adding that the company would welcome a dialogue to address Amazon’s issues. A spokeswoman did not immediately reply to a request for comment Friday evening.

TikTok has been trying to appease critics in the U.S. and distance itself from its Chinese roots, but finds itself caught in an increasingly sticky geopolitical web.

It recently named a new CEO, former Disney executive Kevin Mayer, which experts said could help it navigate U.S. regulators. And it is stopping operations in Hong Kong because of a new Chinese national security law that led Facebook, Google and Twitter to also stop providing user data to Hong Kong authorities.

Pompeo said the government remained concerned about TikTok and referred to the administration’s crackdown on Chinese telecom firms Huawei and ZTE. The government has tried to convince allies to root Huawei out of telecom networks, saying the company is a national-security threat, with mixed success; Trump has also said he was willing to use Huawei as a bargaining chip in trade talks. Huawei has denied that it enables spying for the Chinese government.

“With respect to Chinese apps on people’s cell phones, I can assure you the United States will get this one right too,” Pompeo said, and added that if users downloaded the app their private information would be “in the hands of the Chinese Communist Party.”

A U.S. national-security agency has been reviewing ByteDance’s purchase of TikTok’s precursor, Musical.ly. Meanwhile, privacy groups say TikTok has been violating children’s privacy, even after the Federal Trade Commission fined the company in 2019 for collecting personal information from children without their parents’ consent.

Amazon may have been concerned about a Chinese-owned app’s access to employee data, said Susan Ariel Aaronson, a professor at George Washington University and a data governance and national-security expert. China, according to the U.S. government, regularly steals U.S. intellectual property.

Part of Amazon’s motivation with the ban, now apparently reversed, may also have been political, Aaronson said, since Amazon “doesn’t want to alienate the Trump administration.”

Amazon and its founder, Jeff Bezos, are frequent targets of President Donald Trump. Bezos personally owns The Washington Post, which Trump has referred to as “fake news” whenever it publishes unfavorable stories about him. Last year, Amazon sued the U.S. government, saying that Trump’s “personal vendetta” against Amazon, Bezos and the Post, led it to lose a $10 billion cloud computing contract with the Pentagon to rival Microsoft. Meanwhile, federal regulators as well as Congress are pursuing antitrust investigations at Amazon as well as other tech giants.

TikTok has content-moderation policies, like any social network, but says its moderation team for the U.S. is led out of California and it doesn’t censor videos based on topics sensitive to China and would not, even if the Chinese government asked it to. As for sharing U.S. user data with the Chinese government, the company says it stores U.S. user data in the U.S. and Singapore, not China; that its data centers are outside of China; and it would not give the government access to U.S. user data even if asked.

Concerns about China are not limited to the U.S. India this month banned dozens of Chinese apps, including TikTok, because of tensions between the countries. India cited privacy concerns that threatened India’s sovereignty and security for the ban. India is one of TikTok’s largest markets and had previously briefly banned the app in 2019 because of worries about children and sexual content.

 

Source: Voice of America

Biotalys แต่งตั้ง Wim Ottevaere ให้เป็นประธานเจ้าหน้าที่ฝ่ายการเงิน เพื่อเตรียมพร้อมสำหรับการเติบโตระดับโลก

เสริมความแข็งแกร่งทีมผู้บริหารด้วยความเป็นผู้นำด้านการเงินระหว่างประเทศ

เกนต์, เบลเยี่ยมและ RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C., July 10, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Biotalys NV บริษัทด้านการปกป้องอาหารและพืชผลที่กำลังสร้างการเปลี่ยนแปลงที่สำคัญ วันนี้ได้ประกาศแต่งตั้ง Wim Ottevaere เป็นประธานเจ้าหน้าที่ฝ่ายการเงิน Wim เข้าร่วมทีมผู้บริหารและจะประจำการอยู่ที่เกนต์ เขาจะเป็นผู้นำด้านการเงินเชิงกลยุทธ์และจะมุ่งเน้นที่การสนับสนุนองค์กรในการจัดงานอีเว้นท์ด้านการเงินครั้งต่อไป

Wim มีประสบการณ์ในบทบาททางการเงินเชิงกลยุทธ์มากกว่า 40 ปี โดยได้เพิ่มมูลค่าเกือบ €1 พันล้านยูโรให้กับบริษัทด้านเทคโนโลยีชีวภาพหลายบริษัทในตลาดต่างๆ เขาประสบความสำเร็จในการนำบริษัทเอกชนเข้าสู่ตลาดสาธารณะในยุโรป (Euronext) และสหรัฐอเมริกา (Nasdaq) และมีเครือข่ายผู้ลงทุนและสถาบันการเงินทั่วโลกที่กว้างขวาง

นอกเหนือจากบทบาทใหม่ของเขาที่ Biotalys แล้ว Wim ยังจะทำหน้าที่เป็นกรรมการที่ไม่เป็นผู้บริหารให้กับบริษัทเทคโนโลยีชีวภาพหลายบริษัทต่อไป ก่อนเข้าร่วม Biotalys เขาได้รับตำแหน่งประธานเจ้าหน้าที่ฝ่ายการเงินของ Ablynx จนถึงเดือนกันยายน 2018 ซึ่งเป็นบริษัทด้านเทคโนโลยีชีวภาพชั้นนำของเบลเยี่ยมที่จดทะเบียนใน Euronext Brussels และ Nasdaq จนกระทั่งเข้าซื้อกิจการของ Sanofi ในเดือนมิถุนายน 2018 ด้วยมูลค่า €3.9 พันล้านยูโร ก่อนหน้านั้น เขาเคยเป็นหัวหน้าฝ่ายการเงินของ Innogenetics (ตอนนี้เป็น Fujirebio Europe) บริษัทเทคโนโลยีชีวภาพที่จดทะเบียนใน Euronext Brussels ในขณะนั้น Wim ได้ดำรงตำแหน่งที่หลากหลายด้านการเงินและการบริหารจัดการก่อนที่จะเข้าทำงานให้กับ Innogenetics Wim สำเร็จการศึกษาระดับปริญญาโทสาขาเศรษฐศาสตร์ธุรกิจจาก University of Antwerp ประเทศเบลเยี่ยม

“ขณะที่เราเตรียมพร้อมที่จะนำสารฆ่าเชื้อราชีวภาพรุ่นแรกออกสู่ตลาดในปี 2022 Wim Ottevaere ทำให้ทีมผู้บริหารของเราสมบูรณ์และมอบความเชี่ยวชาญทางการเงินที่ Biotalys ต้องการเพื่อสนับสนุนการเติบโตของเรา ผมหวังว่าจะได้รับข้อมูลเชิงกลยุทธ์จากเขาในขณะที่เราสร้างอนาคตของ Biotalys ในการปกป้องพืชผลและอาหารทั่วโลก” Patrice Sellès, CEO ของ Biotalys กล่าว

Wim Ottevaere, CFO ของ Biotalys กล่าวเสริมว่า “Biotalys มีแพลตฟอร์มเทคโนโลยีที่มีแนวโน้มที่ดีและไปป์ไลน์ผลิตภัณฑ์ที่กว้างขวางครอบคลุมทั้งโรคพืชและการป้องกัน การเข้าร่วมกับ Biotalys ในช่วงเวลาที่น่าตื่นเต้นของการเติบโตขององค์กร ผมหวังว่าจะได้ร่วมงานกับทีมผู้บริหารที่เหลือเชื่อเพื่อช่วย นำทาง Biotalys สู่การเดินทางขั้นถัดไปในฐานะผู้เล่นเชิงพาณิชย์ระดับนานาชาติ”

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ด้วยแพลตฟอร์มเทคโนโลยีอันล้ำสมัย Biotalys ได้พัฒนาผลิตภัณฑ์ที่มีประสิทธิภาพและความปลอดภัยที่มอบการจัดการศัตรูพืชและโรคพืชสำคัญตลอดห่วงโซ่คุณค่าทั้งหมด ตั้งแต่จากบนดินจนถึงในจาน การผสานรวมคุณสมบัติที่มีประสิทธิภาพสูงและความสอดคล้องของสารเคมีเข้ากับโปรไฟล์ความปลอดภัยที่สะอาดของสารชีวภาพ Biotalys ได้มอบสารป้องกันพืชผลที่เหมาะสำหรับการใช้งานทั้งก่อนและหลังการเก็บเกี่ยว BioFun-1 ซึ่งเป็นสารฆ่าเชื้อราชีวภาพชั้นนำของ Biotalys ได้แสดงให้เห็นถึงประสิทธิภาพที่สม่ำเสมอและมีประสิทธิภาพต่อศัตรูพืชที่สำคัญ เช่น โรคราสีเทา (Botrytis Cinerea) และโรคราแป้งในการทดลองปลูกผักและผลไม้ทั่วโลก บริษัทกำลังดำเนินการเพื่อยื่นเอกสารการจดทะเบียนในภายหลังในปี 2020 และคาดว่าจะเปิดตัว BioFun-1 ในสหรัฐอเมริกาในปี 2022 ตามด้วยการเปิดตัวกับตลาดทั่วโลก

Biotalys ก่อตั้งในปี 2013 โดยแยกออกจาก VIB (Flanders Institute for Biotechnology) และได้สร้างมูลค่าจำนวน €61 ล้าน ($66 ล้านดอลลาร์สหรัฐฯ) จนถึงปัจจุบันจากนักลงทุนต่างชาติที่มีความเชี่ยวชาญ บริษัทตั้งอยู่ในกลุ่มเทคโนโลยีชีวภาพในเมืองเกนต์ ประเทศเบลเยียม สำหรับรายละเอียดเพิ่มเติม สามารถเยี่ยมชมได้ที่ www.biotalys.com

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Komet Announces Shares for Debt Transaction

MONTREAL, July 09, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Komet Resources Inc. (“Komet” or the “Corporation”) (TSX-V : KMT) announces today that its board of directors has approved the settlement of $2,556,718 of debts through the issuance of common shares of the Corporation (the “Debt Settlement“). Pursuant to the Debt Settlement, the Corporation would issue 21,305,983 common shares at a deemed price of $0.12 per share to a creditor, which is a director and an officer of the Corporation.

The Corporation has currently no liquidities to repay such debts.

The creditor eligible to receive common shares as part of the shares for debt transaction is considered a “related party” of the Corporation within the meaning of Multilateral Instrument 61-101 – Protection of Minority Security Holders in Special Transactions (“MI 61-101”). The shares for debt transaction is exempt from the valuation requirement and the minority approval requirement prescribed in MI 61-101 based on the fact that the fair market value of the related party participation in the shares for debt transaction does not exceed 25% of the Corporation’s market capitalization.

Shares issued as part of the shares for debt transaction will be subject to a statutory four-month hold period until November 10, 2020.

The issuance of the shares is subject to receipt of the approval of the TSX Venture Exchange.

Investor Relations/information:

Mr. Robert Wares, Chairman and interim President:  514-951-4235 / r.wares@kometgold.com

Neither TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.

Lantronix Out-of-Band Management Solutions Ensure Secure Remote Access for Data Centers and Distributed Workplaces

Streamline remote management of network, server and data centers to securely and reliably ensure business continuity

IRVINE, Calif., July 09, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Lantronix, Inc. (NASDAQ: LTRX), a global provider of intelligent edge and secure data management solutions for the Industrial Internet of Things (IoT), today announced that its Out-of-Band Management (OOBM) solutions are being used by organizations worldwide to ensure secure remote access and management of global networks and data centers.

“System uptime and security are critical to business success. A lapse in either of these can be a significant hit to a company’s bottom line,” said Paul Pickle, CEO of Lantronix. “Designed to keep communications secure, our out-of-band and remote access products are key components of a resilient architecture.”

Retail Chain: Enable 24/7 Remote Access

A leading global grocery retailer uses Lantronix’s OOBM solutions in retail sites globally to ensure 24×7 access to critical network infrastructure and to ensure uptime. With thousands of retail outlets, large and small, with few or no IT staff on site, our OOBM solution enables the centralized IT team to more efficiently manage and maintain its critical network infrastructure.

Data Center: Ensure Remote Access and Management

A leading software company uses Lantronix’s OOBM solutions in its global data center footprint to ensure remote access and management of key network and systems resources. Uptime is critical for its data center operations worldwide, and with its senior staff often located offsite, it is important to ensure that they can remotely access and manage infrastructure at all times, in all situations. OOBM ensures secure remote control for maintenance and upkeep while maintaining a low resource overhead. It also gives its management and IT team peace of mind knowing they will have access in emergency situations.

Branch Offices: Empower Remote Maintenance and Management

A major university uses Lantronix’s OOBM solutions to maintain continuity to system resources across its multiple branch locations. Complicated to manage, these locations have no IT staff on site and limited network infrastructure from multiple vendors. Using OOBM allows for secure remote maintenance of these sites and reduces the need for any engineer visits, enabling a small IT team to efficiently monitor a large number of sites.

Remote Sites: Facilitate Centrally Located Management

A global bank uses OOBM solutions across thousands of ATMs to ensure uptime and security for this key part of its network infrastructure. Due to the large volume and remote locations of these sites and the critical nature of their function, the bank relies on OOBM to allow a centrally located IT team to manage, monitor and ultimately fix any problems that arise. This ensures maximum uptime, reduces the need for onsite ATM management and cuts engineering time.

“Used in a variety of industries ranging from retail and financial to technology and higher education, Lantronix’s innovative Out-of-Band Management solutions empower centralized IT teams to securely and remotely manage thousands of locations to ensure uptime of critical network infrastructure,” said Jonathan Shipman, VP of Strategy at Lantronix. “When coupled with ConsoleFlow, our single pane of glass SaaS platform, it is easier than ever before to monitor and manage the growing complexity of scale and geographical diversity of our customer’s modern day deployments.”

Lantronix’s Out-of-Band Management Solutions

Data Center Solutions: Lantronix’s in-band and out-of-band management solutions for IT equipment in data centers, network edges, co-locations, remote sites, branch offices and engineering test labs, providing an alternative path to network devices when the primary network is down.

Branch Office/Remote Management Solutions: Lantronix’s branch office management solutions provide real-time visibility and control over branch office and remote site IT equipment securely and quickly allowing ensuring business continuity during unplanned network outages and cyber security attacks.

About Lantronix 

Lantronix, Inc. is a global provider of engineering services, hardware, and software solutions for Edge Computing, the Internet of Things (IoT), and Out-of-Band Management (OOBM). Lantronix enables its customers to provide reliable and secure IoT Intelligent Edge and OOBM solutions while accelerating time to market. Lantronix’s products and services dramatically simplify the creation, development, deployment, and management of IoT projects while providing quality, reliability and security across hardware, software, and solutions.

With three decades of proven experience in creating robust IoT technologies and OOBM solutions, Lantronix is an innovator in enabling its customers to build new business models, leverage greater efficiencies and realize the possibilities of the Internet of Things. Lantronix’s solutions are deployed inside millions of machines at data centers, offices, and remote sites serving a wide range of industries, including energy, agriculture, medical, security, manufacturing, distribution, transportation, retail, financial, environmental and government.

Lantronix is headquartered in Irvine, California. For more information, visit www.lantronix.com.

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949-450-7241

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