Month: December 2019

Oakland Police: No celebratory gunfire, illegal fireworks this New Year’s holiday

OAKLAND (KRON) — The Oakland Police Department is asking residents to stay safe this New Year’s Eve by avoiding celebratory gunfire and not driving under the influence while ringing in 2020.

Police say there will be no tolerance for those who drive while under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

Police also ask that residents refrain from using illegal fireworks or setting of gunfire in celebration of the New Year’s holiday.

Those using fireworks will be subject to fines, according to Oakland police.

If you spot a suspected drunk driver or someone engaging in celebratory gunfire, call Oakland police at (510) 777-3333.

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China convicts 3 researchers involved in gene-edited babies

BEIJING – A Chinese scientist who set off an ethical debate with claims that he had made the world’s first genetically edited babies was sentenced Monday to three years in prison because of his research, state media said.

He Jiankui, who was convicted of practicing medicine without a license, was also fined 3 million yuan ($430,000) by a court in the southern city of Shenzhen, China’s official Xinhua News Agency reported. Two other researchers involved in the project received lesser sentences and fines.

The verdict said the three defendants had not obtained qualification as doctors, pursued fame and profits, deliberately violated Chinese regulations on scientific research, and crossed an ethical line in both scientific research and medicine, according to Xinhua. It also said they had fabricated ethical review documents.

The court also confirmed a third birth, saying the researchers were involved in the births of three gene-edited babies to two women. It said all three scientists pleaded guilty during the trial, which Xinhua reported was closed to the public because of privacy concerns.

He, the lead researcher, shocked the scientific world when he announced in November 2018 that he had altered the embryos of twin girls who had been born the same month. He described his work in exclusive interviews with The Associated Press.

The announcement sparked a global debate over the ethics of gene editing. He said he had used a tool called CRISPR to try to disable a gene that allows the AIDS virus to enter a cell, in a bid to give the girls the ability to resist the infection. The identity of the children has not been released, and it isn’t clear if the experiment succeeded.

The CRISPR tool has been tested elsewhere in adults to treat diseases, but many in the scientific community denounced He’s work as medically unnecessary and unethical, because any genetic changes could be passed down to future generations. The U.S. forbids editing embryos except for lab research.

He, who is known as “JK,” told the AP in 2018 that he felt a strong responsibility to make an example, and that society would decide whether to allow the practice to go forward. He disappeared from public view shortly after he announced his research at a conference in Hong Kong 13 months ago, apparently detained by authorities, initially in an apartment in Shenzhen, a city in Guangdong province that borders Hong Kong.

It wasn’t clear if the three-year prison term includes any of the time he has already spent in Chinese custody.

A Chinese scientist said the sentence should have been harsher to deter others. Kehkooi Kee, a Tsinghua University researcher who conducts gene-editing research on stem cells, also said that He should be held responsible for any fallout from the experiment on the lives of the babies and their families.

Dr. William Hurlbut, a Stanford University bioethicist whose advice He sought for more than a year before his experiment, said he felt sorry for the scientist, his wife and two young daughters.

“I warned him things could end this way, but it was just too late,” Hurlbut wrote in an email addressed to the AP; the director of the U.S. National Institutes of Health, Dr. Francis Collins; and gene-editing pioneer Jennifer Doudna at the University of California, Berkeley.

“Sad story – everyone lost in this (JK, his family, his colleagues, and his country), but the one gain is that the world is awakened to the seriousness of our advancing genetic technologies,” Hurlbut wrote.

Dr. Eric Topol, who heads the Scripps Research Translational Institute in California, noted it’s almost unheard of for a scientist to get imprisoned “but in this case the sheer recklessness and unethical behaviour warranted it.” Topol praised China for standing up “for proper medical research conduct.”

Doudna told the AP she was concerned about the “mysterious” legal process in China, but she said the sentences are “a step toward bringing this case to closure” and send a strong message to discourage other such work. (Doudna is paid by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, which also supports AP’s Health and Science Department.)

“As a scientist, one does not like to see scientists going to jail, but this was an unusual case,” Doudna said. He’s work was “clearly wrong in many ways.”

Before setting up a lab at the Southern University of Science and Technology of China in Shenzhen, He studied in the U.S. The verdict accused him of colluding with Zhang Renli and Qin Jinzhou, who worked at medical institutes in the same province.

Zhang was sentenced to two years in prison and fined 1 million yuan, Xinhua said. Qin received an 18-month prison sentence, but with a two-year reprieve, and a 500,000 yuan fine.

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Associated Press Chief Medical Writer Marilynn Marchione in Baltimore and researchers Shanshan Wang and Yu Bing in Beijing and Fu Ting in Bangkok contributed to this report.

Ken Moritsugu, The Associated Press








Top 10 most impactful local news stories of 2019

As 2019 comes to an end, we are looking back to see which local news stories stood out to you.

We received hundreds of responses to our online survey asking which stories impacted our state the most. Here were the results:

10. Inland Port protests
9. Financial accusations against The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
8. Four Chinese tourists killed in tour bus crash near Bryce Canyon
7. Provo Police Officer Joseph Shinners killed in the line of duty
6. Nine family members with Utah ties killed in northern Mexico
5. UHP trooper saves unconscious driver from train tracks
4. Medical cannabis
3. Murder of 5-year-old Lizzy Shelley
2. The death of 3.2% beer
1. Murder of University of Utah student MacKenzie Lueck

2020 Best Tech Startups in Amarillo

2020 Best Tech Startups in Amarillo

amarillo, texas

Powered by CrunchbaseThe Tech Tribune staff has compiled the very best tech startups in Amarillo, Texas. In doing our research, we considered several factors including but not limited to:

  1. Revenue potential
  2. Leadership team
  3. Brand/product traction
  4. Competitive landscape

Additionally, all companies must be independent (un-acquired), privately owned, at most 10 years old, and have received at least one round of funding in order to qualify.

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Trade ‘Em

Trade 'Em

Founded: 2018

Also honored in: 2019 Best Tech Startups in Amarillo

“Store, use, gift or trade anything in your e-wallet created by Trade’Em. Just visit our website to learn more about our playground!”

2020 Best Tech Startups in Amarillo

2020 Best Tech Startups in Amarillo

amarillo, texas

Powered by CrunchbaseThe Tech Tribune staff has compiled the very best tech startups in Amarillo, Texas. In doing our research, we considered several factors including but not limited to:

  1. Revenue potential
  2. Leadership team
  3. Brand/product traction
  4. Competitive landscape

Additionally, all companies must be independent (un-acquired), privately owned, at most 10 years old, and have received at least one round of funding in order to qualify.

Looking for a badge to celebrate your awesome accomplishment? Find it here!

Trade ‘Em

Trade 'Em

Founded: 2018

Also honored in: 2019 Best Tech Startups in Amarillo

“Store, use, gift or trade anything in your e-wallet created by Trade’Em. Just visit our website to learn more about our playground!”

2020 Best Tech Startups in Little Rock

2020 Best Tech Startups in Little Rock

little rock, arkansas

Powered by CrunchbaseThe Tech Tribune staff has compiled the very best tech startups in Little Rock, Arkansas. In doing our research, we considered several factors including but not limited to:

  1. Revenue potential
  2. Leadership team
  3. Brand/product traction
  4. Competitive landscape

Additionally, all companies must be independent (un-acquired), privately owned, at most 10 years old, and have received at least one round of funding in order to qualify.

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1. Apptegy

apptegy

Founded: 2014

Also honored in:

“Powering your school’s identity. Our technology helps K12 leaders build a strong digital brand, without adding work to their team. With Thrillshare mobile, it’s like having a marketing team in your pocket.”

2. BOND.AI

BOND.AI

Founded: 2016

“The most advanced financial intelligence platform for banks & consumers, powered by the first of its kind EmpathyEngine!”

3. AngelEye Health

AngelEye Health

Founded: 2013

Also honored in:

“AngelEye Health provides virtual communication and patient education solutions, removing the physical barriers separating families during their NICU or PICU stay. Designed using advanced camera and one-way audio technology, our HIPAA-compliant platform includes three mobile applications:

Family Engagement: Supports family bonding and decreases anxiety with 24/7, live streaming video of the patient, in-app translator for over 100 languages, real-time family chat, and one-way text updates and surveys.”

4. LumoXchange

LumoXchange

Founded: 2015

Also honored in:

“LumoXchange is the world’s money transfer marketplace for global peer-to-peer payments. We provide a seamless way to comparison shop for the best possible exchange rates and make payments globally on a single platform. Our currency exchange marketplace, we are able to consistently provide global payments with better exchange rates. Through our innovative Local Exchange Networks (LENs) created with local financial institutions in each country, we are able to provide cross border payments using the real exchange rates at the local level, allowing our customers to easily search, compare, and send money online with the best exchange rates available.”

2020 Best Tech Startups in Little Rock

2020 Best Tech Startups in Little Rock

little rock, arkansas

Powered by CrunchbaseThe Tech Tribune staff has compiled the very best tech startups in Little Rock, Arkansas. In doing our research, we considered several factors including but not limited to:

  1. Revenue potential
  2. Leadership team
  3. Brand/product traction
  4. Competitive landscape

Additionally, all companies must be independent (un-acquired), privately owned, at most 10 years old, and have received at least one round of funding in order to qualify.

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1. Apptegy

apptegy

Founded: 2014

Also honored in:

“Powering your school’s identity. Our technology helps K12 leaders build a strong digital brand, without adding work to their team. With Thrillshare mobile, it’s like having a marketing team in your pocket.”

2. BOND.AI

BOND.AI

Founded: 2016

“The most advanced financial intelligence platform for banks & consumers, powered by the first of its kind EmpathyEngine!”

3. AngelEye Health

AngelEye Health

Founded: 2013

Also honored in:

“AngelEye Health provides virtual communication and patient education solutions, removing the physical barriers separating families during their NICU or PICU stay. Designed using advanced camera and one-way audio technology, our HIPAA-compliant platform includes three mobile applications:

Family Engagement: Supports family bonding and decreases anxiety with 24/7, live streaming video of the patient, in-app translator for over 100 languages, real-time family chat, and one-way text updates and surveys.”

4. LumoXchange

LumoXchange

Founded: 2015

Also honored in:

“LumoXchange is the world’s money transfer marketplace for global peer-to-peer payments. We provide a seamless way to comparison shop for the best possible exchange rates and make payments globally on a single platform. Our currency exchange marketplace, we are able to consistently provide global payments with better exchange rates. Through our innovative Local Exchange Networks (LENs) created with local financial institutions in each country, we are able to provide cross border payments using the real exchange rates at the local level, allowing our customers to easily search, compare, and send money online with the best exchange rates available.”

2020 Best Tech Startups in Akron

2020 Best Tech Startups in Akron

akron, ohio

Powered by CrunchbaseThe Tech Tribune staff has compiled the very best tech startups in Akron, Ohio. In doing our research, we considered several factors including but not limited to:

  1. Revenue potential
  2. Leadership team
  3. Brand/product traction
  4. Competitive landscape

Additionally, all companies must be independent (un-acquired), privately owned, at most 10 years old, and have received at least one round of funding in order to qualify.

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1. RVshare

RVshare

Founded: 2013

Also honored in:

“RVshare offers the largest selection of trusted RV rentals in the country. Founded in 2013 in Akron, Ohio, we connect RV owners and renters, offering an additional source of income for RV owners and the option for a memorable vacation for renters. Renters can search through thousands of short- and long-term RV rental options, including Luxury Class A Diesel Pushers, Class B Camper Vans, Class C Motorhomes, and Travel Trailers, and filter to search and compare RV rental prices, features, reviews, and more. The secure RVshare payment system provides a $10,000 Peace of Mind Guarantee, a 24-hour travel concierge, nationwide insurance, and free roadside assistance. RVing is a convenient, exciting way to travel, and eliminates the challenges and costs of finding hotel accommodations.”

2. Wastebits

Wastebits

Founded: 2012

“Wastebits is a web-based platform that streamlines the management of regulated waste for waste generators, service providers and treatment facilities.”

3. TinyCircuits

TinyCircuits

Founded: 2011

Also honored in: 

“TinyCircuits designs and manufactures very small open source electronics. Our initial product line, the TinyDuino, is a fully functional Arduino clone, yet is small than a quarter. Launched on Kickstarter in Sept of 2012, the TinyDuino project was hugely popular and raised over 1000% of the desired goal.”

A massive wind turbine in New York City crashes down onto a car

(CNN) — A recently installed wind turbine came crashing down in a New York City neighborhood, causing a chain reaction on Monday.

As the turbine in the Bronx partially collapsed, it smashed into an adjacent three-sided illuminated billboard, causing that also to break apart and come tumbling down to the street and cars below.

Pictures from the scene shot by Tori McCauseland with The Co-op City Times show a massive pole lying across a mangled car.

“Thankfully we can report that there are no injuries, and everyone is safe and sound,” New York Mayor Bill de Blasio told CNN affiliate WABC. “An investigation into how this incident happened is underway.”

The wind turbine, which is more than 150 feet tall, was installed in mid-December but had not yet been activated, according to WABC. Debris was strewn across the shopping center below that houses a gas station, pharmacy, paint store and other businesses. All the stores were evacuated, according to the New York City Department of Buildings (DOB).

“Our preliminary inspection at the scene found that a wind turbine affixed to the monopole structure became unstable, causing a portion of the monopole structure to collapse,” Abigail Kunitz, the agency’s deputy press secretary and publications editor, told CNN.

“DOB issued the property owner two Class-1 violations for failure to maintain both the monopole structure and the adjacent sign, and also issued a full stop work order and a full vacate for the building, affecting the three commercial businesses.”

The wind in the area reached 15-20 mph, according to CNN Meteorologist Gene Norman. It was so intense that it broke state Sen. Jamaal Bailey’s umbrella as he was addressing reporters at the scene.

“This wind is very serious,” Bailey told The Co-op City Times at the scene. “But again, a wind turbine shouldn’t be taken down by the wind.”