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FBI ‘has no intelligence’ indicating Antifa was linked to weekend violence in the George Floyd protests, despite Trump and Republicans’ claims

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  • The FBI has “no intelligence” indicating that “Antifa” was involved in violence over the weekend related to protests following the death of George Floyd, a 46-year-old black man who died after a white police officer knelt on his neck for nearly nine minutes, The Nation reported.
  • President Donald Trump, Attorney General William Barr, and several Republican lawmakers have blamed Antifa for violence linked to protests that took place on Sunday.
  • But according to The Nation, which cited an internal FBI situation report, the bureau’s Washington, DC, field office “has no intelligence indicating Antifa involvement/presence” in the violence that took place that day.
  • However, the FBI and other government agencies warn that far-right white supremacist groups will use the protests to incite violence and attack federal agents.
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The FBI has collected no intelligence indicating that “Antifa” was involved in violence over the weekend related to protests over the death of George Floyd, a 46-year-old black man who died on May 25 after a white police officer in Minneapolis knelt on his neck for nearly nine minutes, The Nation reported.

President Donald Trump and Attorney General William Barr both blamed Antifa — a loosely organized left-wing group consisting of anti-fascism activists — for violence linked to a series of protests that took place on Sunday, May 31.

Trump announced on Twitter that day that “The United States of America will be designating ANTIFA as a Terrorist Organization.”

Barr released a statement afterward echoing the president’s sentiments, saying, “The violence instigated and carried out by Antifa and other similar groups in connection with the rioting is domestic terrorism and will be treated accordingly.”

But according to The Nation, which cited an internal FBI situation report, the bureau’s Washington, DC, field office “has no intelligence indicating Antifa involvement/presence” in the violence that took place on Sunday.

The FBI report listed a series of violent acts including instances of bricks being thrown at police officers and a backpack that contained explosives. But based on “CHS [Confidential Human Source] canvassing, open source/social media partner engagement, and liaison,” the bureau had no evidence that those acts were directly linked to Antifa, The Nation reported.

However, the FBI’s report did warn that individuals associated with a far-right social media group had “called for far-right provocateurs to attack federal agents” and “use automatic weapons against protesters.”

Politico also reported on Monday that a Department of Homeland Security intelligence note warned law enforcement officials that a white supremacist channel on the encrypted messaging app Telegram encouraged its followers to incite violence to start a race war during the protests.

Citing the FBI, it said that two days after Floyd’s death, the channel “incited followers to engage in violence and start the ‘boogaloo’ — a term used by some violent extremists to refer to the start of a second Civil War — by shooting in a crowd.”

One of the messages in the channel called for potential shooters to “frame the crowd around you” for the violence, the note said, according to Politico.

On May 29, the note said, “suspected anarchist extremists and militia extremists allegedly planned to storm and burn the Minnesota State Capitol.”

NBC News also reported on Monday that Twitter had identified a group posing as an “Antifa” organization calling for violence in the protests as actually being linked to the white supremacist group Identity Evropa.

Twitter suspended the account, @ANTIFA_US, after it posted a tweet that incited violence. A company spokesperson also told NBC News that the account violated Twitter’s rules against platform manipulation and spam.

These developments come as protests against racism and police brutality continue across the country. Peaceful demonstrations have taken place in more than 75 cities, though some have spiraled into chaos and deadly violence as law enforcement officials use heavy-handed crowd control tactics.

Some protests involved smaller groups looting businesses and, in a few cases, setting fire to buildings and cars.

A number of Republican lawmakers have echoed Trump and Barr in blaming Antifa for the more violent demonstrations and called for the US to deploy the military to forcefully subdue them.

Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz of Florida suggested earlier in the day that protesters demonstrating against police brutality are part of Antifa and should be hunted down like terrorists.

“Now that we clearly see Antifa as terrorists, can we hunt them down like we do those in the Middle East?” Gaetz tweeted. Twitter later flagged the post for violating its rules against glorifying violence but left it up because it determined it was in the “public interest” for the tweet to still be accessible, though users cannot like, retweet, or reply to it.

Sen. Tom Cotton of Arkansas also advocated for using military force against protesters and indicated that they should be shown no mercy.

“We need to have zero tolerance for this destruction,” Cotton wrote, calling protesters “Antifa terrorists.”

“And, if necessary, the 10th Mountain, 82nd Airborne, 1st Cav, 3rd Infantry — whatever it takes to restore order,” he added. “No quarter for insurrectionists, anarchists, rioters, and looters.”

“No quarter” is a military term that means a commander will not accept the lawful surrender of an enemy combatant and suggests the captive will instead be killed. The practice is a war crime under the Geneva Conventions.

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10 things in tech you need to know today

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Walgreens Boots Alliance CEO Roz Brewer, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, Apple CEO Tim Cook

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1. From Facebook to Apple, here’s how corporate America responded to Derek Chauvin’s guilty verdict. After the ex-cop was found guilty of murdering George Floyd, Big Tech’s CEOs posted on social media and sent internal memos to employees. This is what some of the top execs said.

2. Microsoft research shows back-to-back virtual meetings make you stressed, but there’s a cure. Researchers found that taking mini breaks can help your brain reset in between long stretches of video meetings. How breaks serve as the antidote to meeting fatigue.

3. A leaked memo shows how Amazon forces out employees each year. Amazon strives to get rid of about 6% of its employees every year – voluntarily or otherwise. An internal memo sheds light on one of the company’s strategies for pushing them out. Read the details here.

4. Some Whole Foods customers can now pay with a palm print. Amazon installed hand scanners in seven Seattle grocery stores that will allow shoppers to pay with their palm. Here’s how they work.

5. Suspected Chinese agents have been hacking US government agencies for months, a report said. The FireEye cybersecurity firm said Pulse Secure VPN has been compromised since June 2020, and that “defense, government, and financial organizations around the world” were affected. Here’s what you need to know.

6. Hackers say they stole Apple product blueprints – and are now demanding $50 million. A ransomware group says it stole Macbook schematics, and is demanding that Apple pay a ransom to get them back. Get the full rundown.

7. A top fintech analyst for Cathie Wood found Venmo is the “least competitive” crypto trading app. After comparing key features of Cash App, Venmo, and Coinbase, the analyst said Venmo – which just added crypto trading – is the least appealing app. Here’s why.

8. Tesla’s top lawyer has left the company for a 26-year-old billionaire’s self-driving startup. Alan Prescott left Elon Musk’s company to lead Luminar Technologies’ legal team. More on that here.

9. Health startup Kry is closing in on a funding round that will push its valuation to $2 billion. The Swedish startup, which facilitates video consultations for patients through its app and is one of Europe’s biggest telehealth providers, is set to raise between $240 million to $300 million from investors. A look at what else we know.

10. These are the five most revelatory findings about Texas’ antitrust fight against Google. The allegations delve into Google’s platforms for advertisers and publishers, as well as its secret “Project Bernanke” and “Jedi Blue” deal with Facebook. See the five most important takeaways.


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JinkoSolar Wins “Asia’s Best Employer” Award for Third Consecutive Year by Optimizing Talent Development

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SHANGRAO, China, April 22, 2021  /PRNewswire/ — JinkoSolar Holding Co., Ltd (“JinkoSolar” or the “Company”) (NYSE: JKS), one of the largest and most innovative solar module manufacturers in the world, today announced that it has won the award for “Asia’s Best Employer” for the third consecutive year. The Company’s diversified talent training and development programs aims to promote a corporate culture that fosters innovation and leadership among teams.

Organized by HR Asia, an authoritative human resources magazine, the award for “Asia’s Best Corporate Employer” recognizes enterprises with outstanding performance in human resource policies, and is one of Asia’s most authoritative awards in the field of human resource management. Every company shortlisted for the award goes through an independent review panel composed of senior professionals, renowned scholars, journalists, and government representatives in Asia. To ensure the objectivity of the professional evaluation and analysis of the final results, evaluations were conducted based on the “Employee Appraisal Report” and “Enterprise and Employer Engagement Survey Report”.

JinkoSolar has continuously optimized its employment practices, in order to create a family-like working environment for all employees, and to cultivate and develop talent at different levels within the organization. JinkoSolar currently has a complete ecosystem of scientific, standardized and personnel management systems, and it has been recognized for promoting best practices and values in human resource management, enhancing corporate culture and fostering equality, accountability and integrity.

Mr. Xiande Li, Chairman of the Board of Directors and Chief Executive Officer commented: “Talent is the cornerstone of an enterprise’s strategy to stay competitive and continuously innovate and JinkoSolar places great importance on developing its talent pool. We cultivate excellent working conditions and provide continuous learning through employee development platforms for professional training and advancement. We are a people-oriented company and will continue to invest in the future of our people.”

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SerEnergy to Launch Next Generation of Methanol Fuel Cells: SereneU

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STOCKHOLM, April 22, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — A 4th generation of SerEnergy’s fuel cell units: SereneU will now be released. The new generation introduces many advantages, such as longer lifetime, less service and maintenances, and improved total cost of ownership. The product upgrade places SerEnergy fuel cells in a significant state-of the art position for volume market penetration – responding to an increased global demand for sustainable energy, working for the environment and for SerEnergy customers.

Methanol-based Fuel Cells: A unique Technology for Sustainable Energy Generation

Increasingly, enviromental and social sustainability are raising fundamental questions on how we are powerering applications. Cutting down CO2 and particle emmisions are key elements in the climate debate. SerEnergy methanol based systems are drastically cutting down emissions in power generation applications. As a stand-alone or in a hydrid configuration with direct solar and wind energy, SerEnergy’s methanol fuel cells units, can make us reach mutual global ambition of cutting down CO2 emissions. Methanol can be produced by renewable sources, is easy to store and handle and has become one of the largest commodities, with increasing establishment of worldwide plants in all continents.

Methanol fuel cell units by SerEnergy have the option to interconnect with multiple units resulting in power systems and solutions for larger power demands. In category of power supply, SerEnergy fuel cells is a reliable source of on-demand power generation for critical communication networks such as commercial telecom and security etc. Fuel cells by SerEnergy can deliver DC power directly, without power loss from additional converters, providing a highly efficient energy supply. Different type of battery charging algorithms are integrated in the power electronics so that it can be supported and configured for different battery types, or hybrid electrical systems. Another advantage of integrated electronics is a closer integration with the fuel cell system itself and control of this which provides some additional options for optimization of operation, reliability, maintenance and diagnostics/state-of-health monitoring. All in all, this makes handling easy and reduces fuel consumption on site. As a low maintenance power technology, the unit is equally ideal for critical backup power, temporary or continuous 24/7. It works both in off-grid applications and as back-up for in grid applications.

4th Generation: Serene Fuel Cells for Volume Market Penetration  

Ever since 2006, SerEnergy has been working to lift each variable in its fuel cells and systems to benefice sustainable use cases. As the company now launches its 4th generation, the overall goal has been to lower total cost of ownership to customers.

The 4th generation of fuel cells to be released by SerEnergy, Serene, introduces improvements in terms of quality and a lifetime extension which in turn will minimize maintenance and leverage profitability to customers. Main parts of the fuel cell units are stacks and reformer and both components, developed and produced by SerEnergy, have been reinforced, causing the overall lifetime to be increased by more than 30%. Moreover, serene embeds a unit swap technology securing no or short downtime during power failures and with an extension of temperature windows of operation to -20 to 50C, Serene is fit for operation in most regions – outdoor as well as indoor.

Commercial Manager, Morten Thomsen, from SerEnergy is looking forward to introducing the market to this latest generation of methanol-based fuel cells: “we see markets responding positively to fuel cells within many application areas in recent years, particularly within telecommunications, lately a large-scale deployment by Smart Communications Inc., but also residential and construction industries respond with increased demands where we have established a number of partnerships lately. Our customers demand not only sustainable solutions but also reliable and smart solutions that are price competitive. No doubt, price is a critical factor to industries as they transit to green energies and with our new generation lowering total cost of ownership, we are one step closer to that breakeven bound to come, if not already here.”   

As it is the case with renewables, the increased demands for clean power in itself has a positive impact on economies of scale meaning that SerEnergy can reduce prices its fuel cells as productions are scaled up. Moreover, the regulations on harmful emissions will ultimately have an impact on the industries and practice turning them towards investment in sustainable energies like methanol-based fuel cells by SerEnergy. No doubt, cost aspect is a major driver for power solutions today, but as sustainable targets and legislation get tightened, the transit to sustainable solutions will not exclusively be cost-driven.

Reaching a Significant Milestone with the Development of Serene G4

The 4th generation of Serene fuel cells has been in the development for a little more than two years and has involved all competences in the development team at SerEnergy including material physics to mechanics to electronics to software and special competences like flow simulation and safety. According to R&D Director from SerEnergy, Morten Hougaard Sørensen, product development is an effort never compromising on quality, on the contrary: “Quality assurance is perhaps the most challenging exercise for new technologies – many companies in the fuel cell business have failed. At SerEnergy, we extensively test, validate and qualify our components, assembly processes, and products. And throughout a decade now including four product generations, we have improved the design and demonstrated its quality and reliability both in our local test center, at our partners’ and at customers’ sites. We qualify our fuel cells and systems through a broad range of tests according to international standards, covering among others: durability tests, environmental testing, reliability and stress testing plus functional safety tests. And constantly, we manage to push the boundaries of our fuel cell technologies in response to customer requirements”.

Fact box: About fuel cells

A fuel cell is a device that generates electricity through an electrochemical reaction, not combustion. In a fuel cell, hydrogen and oxygen are combined to generate electricity, heat, and water. Fuel cells are used today in a range of applications, from providing power to homes and businesses, keeping critical facilities like hospitals, grocery stores, and critical communications up and running, and moving a variety of vehicles and last but not least for critical –, backup –, auxiliary – and primary power. Hybrid solutions merging wind- or solar energy sources with fuel cells represent to ultimate green and sustainable solution.

The fuel cell is a clean, efficient, reliable, and low noise source of power. Fuel cells do not need to be periodically recharged like batteries, but instead continue to produce electricity as long as a fuel source is provided. Unlike combustion-based power generation, stationary fuel cells provide virtually emission-free power. They do not produce particulate pollutants or unburned hydrocarbons. They emit less carbon dioxide than other, less efficient technologies, and when using fuel generated from renewable sources such as biomass, fuel cells are completely carbon neutral.

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mth@serenergy.com
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FINMA Begins Enforcement Proceedings Against Credit Suisse

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(RTTNews) – Credit Suisse (CS) said the Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority FINMA has opened enforcement proceedings against the company after the bank suffered significant losses in connection with a US hedge fund, Archegos. Also, FINMA opened proceedings against Credit Suisse in the context of the “Greensill” case and the corresponding supply chain finance funds.

Credit Suisse stated that, as a result of the cases, FINMA has ordered various short-term measures to be put in place. These include organisational and risk-reducing measures and capital surcharges as well as reductions in or suspensions of variable remuneration components.

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