Berliner Tageszeitung: Criminal complaint in Berlin, Germany, against Elon Musk and Twitter for possible fraud to the detriment of users

Berliner Tageszeitung: Criminal complaint in Berlin, Germany, against Elon Musk and Twitter for possible fraud to the detriment of users

Berliner Tageszeitung: Criminal complaint in Berlin, Germany, against Elon Musk and Twitter for possible fraud to the detriment of users

BERLIN, May 31, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — BERLINER TAGESZEITUNG reports today that a criminal complaint has been filed with the Berlin public prosecutor’s office against Elon Musk, file number: 253 UJs 1012/23, alleging that Musk charged Twitter users on their credit cards but blocked them without giving any reason.


“Blocking user accounts is a daily occurrence at Twitter, but the fact that they then continuously charge money to users’ credit cards makes the matter explosive and is currently occupying the Berlin Public Prosecutor’s Office (Federal Republic of Germany). In any case, the question arises as to how much power a medium like Twitter can be granted at all and when the regulatory authorities should intervene to protect Twitter users.”

Incidentally, this is not the first time Elon Musk has been investigated, as there is also currently an investor lawsuit against Tesla CEO Elon Musk. The lawsuit is about Musk’s tweets in August 2018 with the premature announcement that he wanted to take the electric car company off the stock market and had secured the financing to do so. It later emerged that there were no firm commitments from investors.

“Elon Musk lied,” said a lawyer for the plaintiffs.

US Judge Edward Chen (Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California) had already found in the 2022 trial that Musk’s statements in the tweets had not been true.

“We will continue to monitor the case closely and report further developments as new information becomes available. It remains to be seen how the criminal charges against Elon Musk and Twitter will develop and what the consequences might be.

From a factual point of view, it should be noted that according to Article 48 of the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union, the presumption of innocence applies to defendants and accused persons, which must also apply in the case of the criminal charges against Elon Musk for “suspected fraud to the detriment of Twitter users”.

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Samer: luminous tapestry weaving Jordanian joy

In the vibrant tapestry of Jordanian culture, the Samer stands tall as a radiant emblem of joyous expression. From the depths of Jordanian folklore, it emerges as a resplendent celebration, particularly embraced during weddings, where the bonds of kinship and friendship intertwine. The year 2018 witnessed the enchanting melodies of the Jordanian Samer being embraced by UNESCO, as it found its rightful place among the intangible cultural heritage of Jordan. Alongside the Samer, other artistic forms, like the Shorouqi serenading the rababa and the Hijaini, contribute their own hues to this rich and diverse cultural mosaic. As we delve deeper into its origins, we uncover the essence of the Samer. Youssef Habbashneh, a heritage researcher, reveals that the term “Samer” draws its life force from the enchanting nights of “Al-Samar Al-Layli,” where it unfurls its splendor, especially in the realm of matrimonial jubilation. This art form, predominantly entrusted to the hands of men, resonates with various appellations, including “Al-Dhaha,” “Al-Dhahyah,” or “Al-Suhjah.” A central element within the Samer is the enchanting repetition of the word “Dhahyah” harmonized with the rhythmic clapping of hands, evoking the formation of a sacred circle, binding hearts and spirits. With each step, the secrets of the Samer’s structure are revealed. It commences with a steadfast alignment of men, standing tall in a straight line. As the melodious chants reach their crescendo, a symphony of voices rise, and in unison, they proclaim “Dhahyah,” bending their knees in a mesmerizing rhythm. In response, the two ends of the straight line begin to turn, gracefully converging, creating an exquisite arc akin to a celestial half-circle. Yet, the Samer yearns for further illumination. A figure emerges, a conductor of movements, wielding a supple cane, crafted delicately from bamboo. He glides back and forth, a dance of balance between right and left, mirroring the fluidity of the men’s formation. His presence never still, forever in motion, orchestrating the seamless harmony of the line. And there stands the “Hashi,” the guardian, armed with her cane, ensuring harmony prevails within the sacred circle. In bygone eras, she donned a veil, concealing her visage, her sword an emblem of strength. In this melodic tapestry, women find their voice, their presence revered in the realm of the Samer’s embrace. Thiqleh Ja’afarah, wise with her eighty years, reminds us of their significance as they become essential partners in the dance of Samer and Dhahyah. Their voices soar, erupting into ululations, an ethereal homage to those celebrated through song. And at times, a veiled woman emerges, her cloak enveloping her being, leaving only her eyes to glimpse the world. In her hands, she holds a sword or cane, a symbol of her role. When she pauses, the Samer ignites, illuminating the hearts of those who partake. Through the passage of time, the Samer remains a steadfast custodian of heritage, an enduring testament to the spirit of joy and unity cherished by Jordanians. Passed from generation to generation, this living art form continues to captivate, as its vibrant threads interweave the tapestry of Jordanian cultural expression.

Source: Jordan News Agency

Scores of extremist settlers storm Al-Aqsa Mosque

Dozens of Jewish extremist settlers early Wednesday stormed the Al-Aqsa Mosque/ al-Haram al-Sharif compound in occupied East Jerusalem. A statement by the General Islamic Endowments Department in Jerusalem said that today’s raid was carried out through al-Magharebah Gate in successive groups under the heavy protection of Israeli police. “The settlers toured the mosque’s yards, listened to explanations about the purported “Temple Mount”, and provocatively performed their Talmudic rituals in the eastern section of the compound,” it added.

Source: Jordan News Agency

International energy organisations, officials offer full support to UAE COP28 Presidency

ABU DHABI, 30th May, 2023 (WAM) — International energy organisations and officials have affirmed their unwavering support to the UAE’s inclusive approach to this year’s COP 28 and to its President-Designate, Dr. Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, Minister of Industry and Advanced Technology. “The UAE is a recognised global leader in tackling the challenges related to energy, climate change and sustainable development. Not only in words, but also in its actions with major investments into the development and deployment of renewables and technologies focused on reducing greenhouse gas emissions,” said OPEC in a statement. “Dr. Al Jaber is a well-respected and renowned global energy leader. As Chairman of Masdar and Group CEO of the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC), he has guided Masdar into becoming a global leader in renewables and continues to lead ADNOC on an unprecedented decarbonisation path, with ADNOC today having some of the lowest emissions per barrel of oil produced globally,” added the statement, published on the organisation’s website. “OPEC believes that COP28 needs every voice at the table to achieve practical, pragmatic and realistic solutions. We wish the UAE and Dr. Al Jaber every success.” Announcing his full support for the UAE in hosting the global event, Secretary General of the Gas Exporting Countries Forum (GECF), Eng. Mohamed Hamel expressed his belief that the UAE would succeed in hosting COP28 and producing significant and noticeable results for the future of climate action. “UAE is a pioneer in combating climate change, advancing practical financial and technological solutions for sustainable development, and combining a balanced approach between economic development, social progress, and environmental protection,” he added. He highlighted the “exceptional” experience of COP28 President-Designate in areas of tackling the challenges related to energy, climate change and sustainable development. According to Joseph McMonigle, Secretary-General of the International Energy Forum (IEF), the UAE has made a significant contribution to global advocacy for climate and environmental action. Jamal Issa Al-Loughani, Secretary General of the Arab Petroleum Exporting Countries (OAPEC), said that “The UAE’s hosting of COP28 in November 2023 will play a significant role in advancing international efforts to address climate challenges and achieve energy sustainability.” The African Petroleum Producers’ Organisation’s (APPO) hailed the UAE’s outstanding efforts in ensuring COP28 will be a “comprehensive platform for all international energy stakeholders to map out a doable and realistic course for a successful energy transition.”

Source: Emirates News Agency (WAM)

Saif bin Zayed witnesses agreement signing to launch National Housing Platform ‘Darak’

ABU DHABI, 30th May, 2023 (WAM) H.H. Lt. General Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Interior witnessed the signing ceremony of an agreement to launch and manage the national housing platform “Darak” in presence of Suhail bin Mohammed Faraj Faris Al Mazrouei, Minister of Energy and Infrastructure The platform was rolled out by the UAE government to promote family and community stability, and to improve the quality of life for UAE citizens, the cornerstone in achieving sustainable development. The agreement was signed by representatives from participants from government entities, including the Ministry of Possibilities, the Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure, the Sheikh Zayed Housing Programme, the Social Solidarity Fund for MOI Staff “Fazaa,” the Federal Youth Authority, the Abu Dhabi Housing Authority, the Mohammed bin Rashid Housing Establishment, the Sharjah Housing Program, and the Society of Engineers. During the ceremony, Sheikh Saif watched a video presentation highlighting the platform’s significance, core tasks, and strategic objectives. The presence of various dignitaries added to the importance of the event. “Darak” is an initiative of the Ministry of Possibilities, in collaboration with the Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure, and housing departments across the country. The primary aim of the platform is to provide adequate housing for citizens by managing their housing projects. This approach helps reduce construction costs and alleviate financial burdens on the UAE citizens. The Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure, in coordination with relevant federal and local housing programs, oversees the platform’s activities, which aim to overcome obstacles and challenges faced by individuals who wish to build their homes. Ultimately, the government’s goal is to establish family and community stability while ensuring a decent life for its citizens. The National Housing Platform, “Darak,” offers discounts to citizens during the construction process. It provides a discount of up to 10% on general construction costs and up to 25% on furnishing costs. Furthermore, the platform serves as a gateway for citizens to access business and project opportunities with registered contractors and consultants. It facilitates contracting with the best professionals in the field, and its website offers financing facilities, along with the latest construction-related news, offers, and prices. “Darak” platform has been developed and designed through the efforts of the Social Solidarity Fund for MOI Staff (Fazaa). This fund, along with its dedicated team of experts, will handle the operational and technical aspects of the platform. Their commitment ensures the continuous provision of the best services to UAE citizens embarking on their home construction journey

Source: Emirates News Agency (WAM)

AI industry scale in Beijing expected to reach 300b yuan by 2025

BEIJING, 31st May, 2023 (WAM) — Beijing aims to build a core artificial intelligence (AI) industry with a scale reaching 300 billion yuan ($42.37 billion) by 2025, with continued growth of more than 10 percent year-on-year, according to a plan issued by the Beijing municipal government on Tuesday. According to Global Times, the new guideline, which adds to AI plans various Chinese provinces and government departments issued in recent months, signals the country’s ongoing push to make breakthroughs in AI-related fields amid an intense global competition over AI chatbots. According to the plan, titled “Beijing speeding up in building a globally influential source of AI innovation,” the capital aims to make the scale of AI-radiated industry surpass 1 trillion yuan by 2025. It also will give birth to more start-ups, with about five to 10 unicorns being created by 2025. The plan places a focus in substituting imports with homegrown products and making new technological breakthroughs. By 2025, it is expected that the market share of self-developed basic hardware and software products such as AI chips and deep-learning frameworks will see a significant improvement, and computational chips should achieve self-sufficiency. The government will actively guide enterprises specialising in developing large-scale AI models to use homegrown AI chips. Also, there shall be breakthroughs in AI basic theories by 2025, with theoretical framework systems basically formed and artificial general intelligence taking shape. There will be a complete technology stack on natural language, universal vision and multimodal interaction large models, and key algorithm technology should reach domestically leading and globally advanced levels, according to the plan. The plan also listed supporting measures, such as promoting mechanism innovation, strengthening policy innovation and the scope of financial support as well as more coordinated efforts. “Developing technology involving AI-generated content, as represented by ChatGPT, is of critical importance to China’s development, not only in terms of global technological competition but also in contributing to new business models and the digital economy,” Wang Peng, a research fellow at the Beijing Academy of Social Sciences, told the Global Times on Tuesday.

Source: Emirates News Agency (WAM)