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Education nonprofit Edraak ignored a student data leak for two months

Edraak, an online education nonprofit, exposed the private information of thousands of students after uploading student data to an unprotected cloud storage server, apparently by mistake. The nonprofit, founded by Jordan’s Queen Rania and headquartered in the kingdom’s capital, was set up in 2013 to promote education across the Arab region. The organization works with several partners, including the British Council and edX, a consortium set up by Harvard, Stanford and MIT. In February, researche...
Tags: Security, UK, Email, Education, Server, California, Stanford, Linkedin, Tech, Spokesperson, Mit, Harvard, United Kingdom, Computing, Jamaica, Jordan


English learning app ELSA lands $15 million Series B for international growth and its B2B platform

Speaking is one of the hardest parts of learning a new language, especially if you don’t have someone to practice with regularly. ELSA is an app that helps by using speech recognition technology to correct pronunciation. Based in San Francisco and Ho Chi Minh City, ELSA announced today it has raised a $15 million Series B, led by VI (Vietnam Investments) Group and SIG. Other participants included returning investors Google’s AI-focused fund Gradient Ventures, SOSV and Monk’s Hill Ventures, along...
Tags: Google, Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Apps, Asia, Elsa, Japan, Southeast Asia, San Francisco, Tech, Intel, Speech Recognition, Brazil, Vietnam, Edtech


Dee Ford to give keynote speech at Radio Festival

Dee Ford CBE, Group Managing Director of Bauer Media Audio is to host a keynote speech at this year’s Radio Academy Festival. Dee will be reflecting on the company’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic so far, and its response to the Black Lives Matter movement which triggered a range of changes in Bauer’s approach to Diversity and Inclusion. Jamz Supernova, host of the British Council’s Selector Radio which broadcasts in 35 countries across the globe, will lead a discussion of the global in...
Tags: UK, Top, Events, Radio, Radio industry, Anfield, Black Lives Matter, Helen Boaden, David Lloyd, Dee, Bauer, BBC Radio, Public Service, British Council, Local Radio, Radio Academy


Call For “Radical Shakeup” Of UK’s Cultural Sector

RSA (Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce) and the British Council published a paper ‘Heritage for Inclusive Growth’ which says the sector’s potential has been stunted by “outdated” views of what – and who – it represents. – Arts Professional
Tags: Art, UK, Commerce, Issues, British Council, 08.08.20, RSA Royal Society, Heritage for Inclusive Growth


Kremlin vows to retaliate against fresh UK sanctions against Russians

The Kremlin spokesman says that Moscow will respond to new UK sanctions against Russian citizens including a senior investigator and prison officials. Britain on Monday used a new legislation drafted in the memory of a killed Russian tax adviser to sanction 25 Russian nationals linked to prosecution and mistreatment of tax adviser Sergei Magnitsky as well as 20 Saudis involved in the murder of a journalist in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. Dmitry Peskov, the Kremlin spokesman, told reporters o...
Tags: UK, News, Vladimir Putin, Russia, Britain, United States, Moscow, Kremlin, Istanbul, Investigative Committee, British Council, Dmitry Peskov, Sergei Magnitsky, Magnitsky, Alexander Bastrykin Russia, Bastrykin


Fears rise Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe may be returned to Iran jail

Concern over British-Iranian dual-national after another prisoner ordered back to prisonThe husband of the British-Iranian dual-national Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe says he fears his wife may be returned to jail in Iran in the next few weeks after another prominent prisoner was ordered back behind bars.Aras Amiri, a UK-based Iranian national and former British Council employee, was ordered back to jail at the weekend after being furloughed on 9 April. Continue reading...
Tags: UK, UK News, Iran, British Council, Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, Aras Amiri


UK’s 2021 work visa for European DJs, musicians poses challenge to cultural exchange

Europe’s cultural integration has made it an oasis for electronic music and music exchange. That makes new hard-line British policy a potential setback. The bright spot: by announcing the policy now, and introducing legislation, there is an opportunity for examination and (hopefully) change, before the policy becomes law. Updated: already, here’s one action for change. The Musicians’ Union is fighting for a passport for artists. You can add your name to the petition and, if you choose, don...
Tags: Spotify, Europe, Music, Usa, UK, London, Opinion, China, US, Eu, Spain, European Union, Culture, Canada, Home Office, Heathrow


Saloma Link Bridge, All You Need To Know

And Kuala Lumpur gets another beautiful tourist attraction, which is the new Saloma Link Bridge, which is a futuristically designed bridge that connects Kampung Baharu to KLCC. Opened on the 5th of February 2020, this beautiful bridge has become the talk of the town, namely for social media and not forgetting the Instagram influencers. So, if you think you are one, then you need to head here.  But before heading here, I've come up with this article on everything you need to know about ...
Tags: Travel, Instagram, Samsung, Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, Walk, Malaysia New Tourism Attractions, Kl, Don, Petronas, Malaysia Asia, Tbilisi Georgia, KLCC, Public Bank, British Council, LRT


Welcome to Hell: the marvelous, mad musical instruments of Ewa Justka

Some people claim electronic music is the work of the devil. Inventor Ewa Justka creates things that could actually prove it. Ewa is a Glasgow, Scotland UK-based, Polish-born sound artist, musician, and inventor. She can bang her way through a raw techno set, she can blind you wish flashing lights driven by homemade circuits, or she can open a gateway to evil realms in unbridled noise – all of this at festivals like CTM, Unsound, Insomnia, and Sonic Acts. But she also builds fantastic instrum...
Tags: Facebook, Space, Music, UK, London, Electronics, Etsy, Russia, Tech, Punk, Noise, Moscow, Glasgow, Lithuania, British Embassy, Kits


IBBC Council Meeting and Members’ Dinner

The Iraq Britain Business Council (IBCC) held its Council Meeting, Dinner & Reception for IBBC Members and distinguished guests on 28 January. The Council Meeting, hosted by Baroness Nicholson of Winterbourne, President of IBBC and the Prime Minister’s Trade Envoy to Iraq, Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan and Kazakhstan took place in the House of Lords. Ms Jwan Khioka, Minister Plenipotentiary from the Embassy of the Republic of Iraq greets IBBC Members and distinguished guests The Council Meeting was f...
Tags: UK, London, News, Iraq, Pwc, Kazakhstan, Cbe, Iraq Business News, Ccc, Baghdad, Fco, Perkins, EBRD, IBBC, Baroness Nicholson, UB


Protecting Yazidi Music

By John Lee. The AMAR Foundation is working to record, protect and teach the unique music of the Yazidi people in northern Iraq. Part of the British Council’s Cultural Protection Fund, the project is helping to preserve and sustain this endangered music for future generations of Yazidis. Developing over a long and complex history, Yazidi music is rich and unique. It is at the heart of the Yazidi faith and is one of the central pillars of community life. It broadly takes three forms: religious, c...
Tags: News, Iraq, Iraq Business News, John Lee, British Council, AMAR Foundation


Language variants and why they’re essential for export success: Arabic

So we’re back after a busy couple of months, thanks for your patience! We’re now ready to keep going on our journey around the world looking at different variants of languages, and today we come to Arabic. As we have seen with Dutch and German, there are notable differences in language use, but on a much larger scale, as we will find out… A Semitic language dating back to the 6th century BC, Arabic has a staggering 293 million native speakers and 422 million total speakers. Beyond this, the stu...
Tags: Hong Kong, Youtube, Bbc, Egypt, Morocco, Linguistics, Un, Algeria, Levant, China Taiwan, British Council, Maha, Al Jafool, Al Harib, Libya Tunisia Algeria, Egypt Rice


Language variants: Arabic

So we’re back after a busy couple of months, thanks for your patience! We’re now ready to keep going on our journey around the world looking at different variants of languages, and today we come to Arabic. As we have seen with Dutch and German, there are notable differences in language use, but on a much larger scale, as we will find out… A Semitic language dating back to the 6th century BC, Arabic has a staggering 293 million native speakers and 422 million total speakers. Beyond this, the stu...
Tags: Hong Kong, Youtube, Bbc, Egypt, Morocco, Linguistics, Un, Algeria, Levant, China Taiwan, British Council, Maha, Al Jafool, Al Harib, Libya Tunisia Algeria, Egypt Rice


Bibian Kalinde Assumes VP Role at IMI

IMI Charting New Horizons with theUSA-Artists Exchange Program Dr. Bibian Kalinde appointed as Vice-President, Africa Affairs. Dr. Leon Burke to lead efforts with a new Zambia National Youth Orchestra. Dr. Richard Alston joins IMI Artists roster. Dr. Bibian Kalinde, DMus., MMus., BAEd Music The Intercultural Music Initiative (IMI) is very pleased to welcome Bibian Kalinde on board as Vice President – Africa Affairs. Dr. Kalinde will help  coordinate IMI operation...
Tags: Africa, Religion, US, University, United States, Paraguay, Camden, Zambia, St Louis, Alston, Richard Alston, St Louis Missouri, Burke, Lusaka, Pretoria South Africa, Kenneth Kaunda


Belgium bars Chinese professor suspected of spying for Beijing

The head of a Chinese language and cultural institute at a Brussels university has been banned from Belgium after security services accused him of being a spy.  Xinning Song, 65, was also barred from the EU’s passport-free Schengen zone for eight years, Belgian media reported. Professor Song has lived in Belgium for ten years. His work visa expired while he was on a trip to China. When he applied for its renewal, however, he was rejected by Belgian authorities. Their decision to impose the Schen...
Tags: UK, News, China, US, Eu, Beijing, Canada, Belgium, Chinese communist party, Brussels, Song, University College London, Communist Party, British Council, De Morgen, China Beijing


British Council Employee Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison for Spying

Aras Amiri, a British Council employee accused of spying for the UK, has been sentenced to a ten-year prison sentence in Iran. “We are very concerned by reports that an Iranian British Council employee has been sentenced to jail on charges of espionage,” the UK Foreign Office said. “We have not been able to confirm any further […]
Tags: Art, UK, News, Iran, Foreign Office, Art News, Minipost, British Council, Aras Amiri


Iran Sentences British Council Cultural Employee To Ten Years In Prison For Alleged Spying

Aras Amiri, a 33-year-old art student with Iranian nationality and British residence, worked for the British Council (roughly the equivalent of the Alliance Française or Goethe Institut). An Iranian official speaking on state television “claimed that she had confessed to working with Britain’s foreign intelligence agency on ‘cultural infiltration’ projects.” – Artforum
Tags: Art, Iran, People, Britain, British Council, Aras Amiri, 04.20.19, Goethe Institut An Iranian


UK raises travel warning for dual British-Iranian nationals amid heightened tensions

Britain has upgraded its travel warning for dual UK-Iranian nationals after a British council worker was jailed on allegations of espionage.  The Foreign Office on Friday warned dual nationals against all travel to the Islamic Republic, saying they face an "unacceptably higher" risk of detention and mistreatment. Its previous advice had warned against all but essential travel. In a statement, Jeremy Hunt, the Foreign Secretary, also urged Iranian nationals living in the UK to exercise "caution" ...
Tags: UK, London, News, White House, Iraq, US, America, Iran, Britain, United Kingdom, United Arab Emirates, Jeremy Hunt, Yemen, Foreign Office, Hunt, Islamic Republic


Aras Amiri is Iran’s latest state-sponsored hostage. Britain must act | Richard Ratcliffe

The British Council employee’s arrest mirrors my wife’s ordeal. Iran must be stopped from holding innocent people as leverageThis week Aras Amiri from north London was convicted and sentenced in Iran to 10 years in prison for organising Iranian cultural events in the UK for the British Council.It brought back memories of the sentencing of my wife Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe on similar charges in 2016 – and the tearful weeks failing to make sense of it all. Aras’s case has many similarities to Naza...
Tags: Politics, UK, London, UK News, World news, Iran, Britain, Middle East and North Africa, Foreign Policy, Jeremy Hunt, Aras, British Council, Nazanin, Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, Richard Ratcliffe, Aras Amiri


British Council confirms arrest of its Iranian staffer

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — The British Council is confirming that a woman who Iran sentenced to 10 years in prison on charges of spying for Britain is an Iranian national employed by the group. A Tuesday statement from the council, a non-political organization that works in education, arts and culture, identified the woman as Aras […]
Tags: News, Iran, Britain, Nation, TEHRAN Iran, British Council


Aras Amiri: British Council names employee jailed by Iran

Aras Amiri, who was detained last year while visiting her grandmother, has been convicted of spying.
Tags: News, Iran, British Council, Aras Amiri


Iranian woman working for British Council jailed for 'spying for UK'

An Iranian woman working for the British Council has been sentenced to 10 years in prison in Iran on allegations that she spied for the UK government.  Aras Amiri, 33, worked for the UK cultural institution in London and was arrested in Iran in March 2018 while on a private holiday to visit family. Iranian authorities announced Monday that a woman had been jailed for 10 years for “cultural infiltration by the British intelligence services in Iranian internal affairs”. The report did not specific...
Tags: UK, London, News, Jerusalem, Iran, Bbc, Foreign Office, Commonwealth Office, British Council, AMIRI, Nazanin Zaghari Ratcliffe, Aras Amiri, Kingston University Letters, Ciarán Devane


Iran jails Iranian British Council employee for spying for UK

Detained worker suspected to be Aras Amiri, who was arrested while visiting family in 2018Iran has sentenced an Iranian national to 10 years in prison for spying for Britain.“An Iranian who was in charge of Iran desk in the British Council and was cooperating with Britain’s intelligence agency … was sentenced to 10 years in prison after clear confessions,” Gholamhossein Esmaili, a judiciary spokesman, said on state television. Continue reading...
Tags: UK, UK News, Iran, Britain, Espionage, British Council, Aras Amiri, Gholamhossein Esmaili


Iran 'jails British Council worker for spying for UK'

An unnamed Iranian national has been sentenced to 10 years in prison in Iran for spying for the UK.
Tags: UK, News, Iran, British Council


Iran: Suspect sentenced to 10 years for spying for Britain

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran’ judiciary says an Iranian national has been sentenced to 10 years on charges of spying for Britain. Monday’s report by the semi-official ISNA news agency quoted the spokesman of the judiciary, Gholamhossein Esmaili, as saying the suspect worked for the British Council and cooperated with Britain’s intelligence. Esmaili did not […]
Tags: News, Iran, Ap, Britain, Nation, Isna, TEHRAN Iran, British Council, Gholamhossein Esmaili, Esmaili


Iran jails Iranian national for spying for UK

Worker at British Council was cooperating with British intelligence, Iran saysIran has sentenced an Iranian national to 10 years in prison for spying for Britain.“An Iranian who was in charge of Iran desk in the British Council and was cooperating with Britain’s intelligence agency … was sentenced to 10 years in prison after clear confessions,” Gholamhossein Esmaili, a judiciary spokesman, was quoted as saying by Fars news agency. Continue reading...
Tags: UK, UK News, Iran, Britain, Espionage, FARS, British Council, Gholamhossein Esmaili, British intelligence Iran


U.K. Funding Bodies Unveil Cannes ‘Great 8’ Lineup of Hot British Movies

Ken Loach’s “Sorry We Missed You” and Jessica Hausner’s “Little Joe” have been selected to play in competition at Cannes. But buyers looking for more British-originated fare can head to the firmly established “Great 8” presentation of titles from the country’s up-and-coming filmmakers. The Great 8 event is backed by the BFI, the British Council, […]
Tags: News, Global, BFI, Ken Loach, Cannes, BBC Films, British Council, Little Joe, Protagonist Pictures, Film4, Jessica Hausner, Altitude Film Sales, 2019 Cannes Film Festival, U K Funding Bodies Unveil Cannes


FutureLearn takes $65M from Seek Group for 50% stake in UK online degree platform

Edtech and recruitment continue to converge. London-based online degree platform, FutureLearn, is taking £50 million (~$64.6M) from Australian-based online job matching group, Seek, in exchange for a 50 per cent stake in the business — just days after the same group led a massive Series E in U.S. online learning giant Coursera. U.K. distance learning veteran, the Open University — which had wholly owned the FutureLearn platform up til now — retains a 50 per cent stake in the business followin...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Europe, UK, London, Education, Australia, Mexico, Tech, United Kingdom, National Health Service, Columbia University, Accenture, Edtech, Johns Hopkins, Open University, Financial Times


The NYT's Charles M. Blow thinks it's "a mistake to believe that Trump’s supporters don’t see his lying or corruption. They do. But, to them, it is all part of the show and the lore."

Blow writes:[W]hen you survey the constellation of folk heroes, you see that many have been criminals. Bonnie and Clyde. John Dillinger. The Sundance Kid....Perhaps one of the most popular folk heroes in the world is mythological: Chinese folklore’s Monkey King.Please note that Blow is black and Trump is white. If the races were reversed, Blow's career would be over. Ask Roseanne Barr.The British Council wrote of [the Monkey King] legend: “Despite his superpowers, at the heart of the Monkey King...
Tags: Law, Superman, America, Monkeys, Metaphor, Kanye West, Fathers, Motherhood, Hillary, Hats, Edwin Edwards, Kanye, Trump, Democratic Party, Bonnie, British Council


Rati Framroze Cooper: In Memorarium

On Friday March 8, 2019 Rati Framroze Cooper passed away in Lahore, Pakistan. It may be coincidence or not, that one of the most amazing women educators of the Indian sub-continent, passed away on International Women’s Day. I had the opportunity to meet Rati Aunty only for a few days on my trip to Lahore in January 2016. I was introduced to her and her sister Perin Aunty, through several contacts and I first met up with them in the lobby of the Avari Lahore. Rati Aunty has to have been the most...
Tags: Usa, New York, London, NYC, Life, India, Pakistan, Cooper, LAHORE, LAHORE Pakistan, Marlowe, Parsi, British Council, Madam, Individuals, Wadia