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Senate inquiry finds problems with China-funded Confucius Institute at U.S. campuses

February 28, 2019 |

Illustrating the wide range of U.S. grievances with China, a Senate committee released a report Wednesday highly critical of the Beijing-funded Confucius Institute, which operates centers at about 100 American universities.

After an eight-month probe, the Senate’s Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations…


L.A. Times – Business

South Bay couple donates $70 million to L.A. biomedical institute

February 10, 2019 |

In the months leading up to their 70th birthdays, Melanie and Richard Lundquist thought about ways to celebrate.

The South Bay couple, who have donated more than $ 200 million to education, healthcare and other initiatives in Los Angeles County, considered taking a trip. But they’re not much for…


L.A. Times – Business

Seven Argosy University and Art Institute locations in California to cease operations, lay off hundreds of employees

August 1, 2018 |

Seven Argosy University and Art Institute campuses across California will cease enrollment and operations, resulting in at least 700 employee layoffs.

Parent organization Dream Center Education Holdings LLC said in a statement Tuesday that it would be “discontinuing campus-based programs” at Argosy…


L.A. Times – Business

USC cancer institute funded by Larry Ellison finds home in West L.A.

July 14, 2018 |

A pioneering cancer-research center funded by tech mogul Larry Ellison will launch next April in an office complex being built near a light-rail stop in West Los Angeles.

The Lawrence J. Ellison Institute for Transformative Medicine of USC on Exposition Boulevard near Bundy Drive will give USC’s…


L.A. Times – Business

Tempers Flare at Milken Institute Cryptocurrency Conference

May 4, 2018 |

Tempers Flare at Milken Institute Cryptocurrency Conference

Tempers flared during a cryptocurrency panel hosted at the Milken Institute 21st Global Conference, in Beverly Hills, California with discussions degenerating to profanity as Nouriel Roubini, also known as ‘Dr. Doom,’ described bitcoin’s purported decentralization as “bullshit.” In addition to the comedy of Mr. Roubini, the United States Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) chairman offered measured comments regarding the need to respect the “generational” nature of the booming interest surrounding the cryptocurrency markets.

Also Read: CFTC’s Christopher Giancarlo Criticizes Outdated Regulatory Mandate

‘Dr. Doom’ Curses Decentralization at Milken Conference

Tempers Flare at Milken Institute Cryptocurrency Conference
Nouriel Roubini

Among the most boisterous of the conference’s panelists was Nouriel Roubini – an economist known for predicting the 2008 financial crisis.

“All this talk of decentralization is just bullsh*t,” said Mr. Roubini, describing blockchain as comprising little more than a “glorified Excel spreadsheet.” Of investors who entered the bitcoin markets in late 2017, Mr. Roubini stated: “This was a bubble […] the ones who arrive late to the party are the suckers.”

Mr. Roubini’s remarks elicited retaliation from Alex Mashinsky, the chief executive of Celcius Network, who challenged Dr. Doom to “buy one coin and then tell us how it works.” Bill Barhydt, the chief executive of Abra, also chimed in, announcing that Roubini offering analysis of the cryptocurrency markets was akin to “a horse salesman saying we don’t need combustion engines.”

CFTC Chairman Describes “Generational” Shift Towards Bitcoin

Tempers Flare at Milken Institute Cryptocurrency ConferenceAlso speaking at the Milken Conference, the chairman of the CFTC, Christopher Giancarlo argued that regulators need to ”take a moment and respect this generation’s interest in this new instrument.” Mr. Giancarlo asserted that the cryptocurrency markets need to viewed “Not with derision, but with a little bit of attention and respect, and respond with policy initiatives that really are thoughtful and forward-looking.”

“There is something going on here that is generational,” he continued. “Just as the baby boomer generation lost faith in the leaders that came before them and tried to seek a cultural change in those days through sex, drugs and rock and roll, I think there is a generation that also has lost faith in us that led them through the financial crisis and they see technology as a way of disintermediating institutions for which they don’t have a great deal of respect.”

Mr. Giancarlo concluded by emphasizing the challenges encountered by the CFTC in seeking to apply its regulatory mandate – which was developed during the 1930’s – to the innovative phenomena of cryptocurrency. “We are struggling to find out how we apply an old law to really new and different applications,” Mr. Giancarlo stated.

“Every [ICO] I Have Seen Is A Security” – SEC Commissioner

Tempers Flare at Milken Institute Cryptocurrency Conference
Michael Piwowar

Commissioner at the United States Securities and Exchange Commission, Michael Piwowar, offered a sweeping assessment of initial coin offerings (ICOs) at the conference, stating that so far every ICO examined by himself, or SEC chairman, Jay Clayton, has comprised “a security.

Mr. Piwowar discussed the current regulatory implications for ICOs, stating that “If (an ICO token) is a security, then it falls into three buckets. The first is the registered public offerings; this is the normal IPO, public offer. We’ve not had anybody register a public offering for an ICO. The next bucket is exempt offerings, so if you have an ICO, you have to fit into one of those types of exempted. And the third bucket is illegal […] if you are not falling into the first two buckets, we’ve said we’re coming after you.”

Mr. Piwowar added that “Bitcoin itself is not a security, but these customized tokens for these initial coin offering – most of them are.”

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Gender discrimination controversy grows at fabled Salk Institute

July 22, 2017 |

Accusations of gender discrimination are growing at the Salk Institute, where a third female professor has sued the La Jolla science center for allegedly giving preference to men in pay, promotions, grant funding and leadership positions.

Beverly Emerson, a prominent biochemist who studies how…


L.A. Times – Business

Art Institute campuses are being sold to L.A.’s Dream Center Foundation

March 4, 2017 |

The Dream Center Foundation, a philanthropic foundation in Los Angeles, is buying the vast majority of career colleges owned by Education Management Corp. — including 31 Art Institute campuses, Argosy University and South University — in a deal announced Friday that underscores the instability…


L.A. Times – Business

Brussels Criminology Institute Struck by Arson

August 29, 2016 |

Arsonists set fire to a lab at Belgium’s National Institute of Forensic Science and Criminology, a spokeswoman for the city’s prosecutor’s office said, adding there was no indication it was linked to terrorism.
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Japanese Institute Fails to Reproduce Stem-Cell Results

December 19, 2014 |

Japan’s Riken research institute said efforts by embattled researcher Haruko Obokata to reproduce results of what was once billed as a groundbreaking method of creating stem cells have failed.
WSJ.com: What’s News Asia

Met Costume Institute Gala brings out the stars

May 5, 2014 |
Hollywood A-listers donned their finest attire and walked the red carpet — but not for an awards show.





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