Danske Bank charged in Estonian money laundering scandal

first_img whatsapp “We had expected prosecutors to bring charges in light of our report from September this year. It is in our interest that this matter is examined and we will naturally cooperate and provide prosecutors with all information we have on this matter,” interim chief executive Jesper Nielsen said.“Over the last few years we have taken a number of steps and moved the bank forwards, away from the suspicious activity in Estonia. We will continue to prioritise this work going forward,” he added.Prosecutors said they have established a joint team with Estonian authorities to investigate the bank’s alleged money laundering, which they said stretched into billions of Danish krone.They are investigating whether to also bring charges in Estonia, said Morten Niels Jakobsen, chief prosecutor at the Danish serious economic crime unit.He added: “The material in this case is very large and extensive, but we have now come far enough to bring charges against the bank. It is important to stress, however, that we are still at an early stage in our investigation.” August Graham Danske Bank charged in Estonian money laundering scandal Danske Bank has been charged with four counts of breaking Danish money laundering laws following a major scandal at its Estonian affiliate.The charges relate to the bank’s handling of so-called non-resident clients at its Estonian branch between 2007 and 2016, Danish prosecutors allege. Tags: Trading Archive The investigation has followed two main lines of questioning, prosecutors said. Firstly they assessed whether to bring charges for violating Danish money laundering laws, secondly if any managers can be held personally liable.Shares in the bank dropped slightly on the news, and are trading up 0.4 per cent to 135.5 Danish krone after gains made earlier in the day.Prosecutors started investigating the bank in early August following a scandal which has claimed Danske’s chief executive Thomas Borgen.The Danish government last month blocked an attempt to replace Borgen with head of wealth management Jacob Aarup-Andersen, saying he was too inexperienced.US and Estonian authorities have also confirmed they are looking into the €200bn money laundering case. Some 42 employees and agents are thought to have been involved in suspicious activity at the bank’s Estonian branch, and nearly all of its 6,200 customers in the non-resident portfolio have been reported to authorities.Authorities in Denmark announced a separate investigation in early November into the involvement of Danske, and fellow Nordic banks Nordea and SEB, in a tax avoidance scheme. Wednesday 28 November 2018 2:59 pm whatsapp More From Our Partners Florida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.org980-foot skyscraper sways in China, prompting panic and evacuationsnypost.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgI blew off Adam Sandler 22 years ago — and it’s my biggest regretnypost.comUK teen died on school trip after teachers allegedly refused her pleasnypost.comInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.comKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comSupermodel Anne Vyalitsyna claims income drop, pushes for child supportnypost.comWhy people are finding dryer sheets in their mailboxesnypost.comMatt Gaetz swindled by ‘malicious actors’ in $155K boat sale boondogglenypost.comKamala Harris keeps list of reporters who don’t ‘understand’ her: reportnypost.com‘Neighbor from hell’ faces new charges after scaring off home buyersnypost.com Share last_img read more

Rebel London council rejects Airbnb laws

first_img Rebel London council rejects Airbnb laws Share Tags: Airbnb Tuesday 10 February 2015 9:08 pm A GOVERNMENT plan to allow Londoners to legally rent out their homes through websites such as Airbnb for up to 90 days has been rejected by a rebel council, claiming short-term lets can be a nightmare for neighbours. Westminster Council has come out against the plans after housing minister Brandon Lewis outlined reform details. whatsapp More From Our Partners Florida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgWhy people are finding dryer sheets in their mailboxesnypost.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgSupermodel Anne Vyalitsyna claims income drop, pushes for child supportnypost.comUK teen died on school trip after teachers allegedly refused her pleasnypost.com‘Neighbor from hell’ faces new charges after scaring off home buyersnypost.comKamala Harris keeps list of reporters who don’t ‘understand’ her: reportnypost.com980-foot skyscraper sways in China, prompting panic and evacuationsnypost.comPuffer fish snaps a selfie with lucky divernypost.comKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comI blew off Adam Sandler 22 years ago — and it’s my biggest regretnypost.com whatsapp Show Comments ▼ Express KCS last_img read more

Permira in race to buy UK debt collector Lowell Group for £1bn

Show Comments ▼ Ad Unmute by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeSwift VerdictChrissy Metz, 39, Shows Off Massive Weight Loss In Fierce New PhotoSwift VerdictUndoMaternity WeekA Letter From The Devil Written By A Possessed Nun In 1676 Has Been TranslatedMaternity WeekUndoPost FunKate & Meghan Are Very Different Mothers, These Photos Prove ItPost FunUndozenherald.comMeghan Markle Changed This Major Detail On Archies Birth Certificatezenherald.comUndoEquity MirrorThey Drained Niagara Falls — They Weren’t Prepared For This Sickening DiscoveryEquity MirrorUndoArticles SkillHusband Leaves Wife For Her Sister, Not Knowing She Won The Lottery Just Moments BeforeArticles SkillUndoTaonga: The Island FarmThe Most Relaxing Farm Game of 2021. No InstallTaonga: The Island FarmUndoTotal Battle – Tactical Game OnlineAdvertisement The Most Addictive Strategy Game of 2021Total Battle – Tactical Game OnlineUndoTotal PastThis Was Found Hiding In An Oil Painting – Take A Closer LookTotal PastUndo Tags: NULL whatsapp PRIVATE equity firm Permira is the frontrunner to acquire Lowell Group, the Leeds-based debt collection company.The group, which currently owns businesses like Dr Martens, is in talks to acquire Lowell for about £1.1bn from current owner TDR Capital. Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan also owns a big minority stake in the firm. Lowell buys packages of sub-prime consumer debt with a view to recouping the cash by arranging different repayment plans with non-paying borrowers.TDR bought the company in 2011 from another private equity firm, Exponent Private Equity.It had been a candidate to follow rival debt collection firm, Arrow Global, onto the stock market this year. Goldman Sachs and JP Morgan were reported to have been appointed for the float.Sale plans were first reported by the Sunday Times yesterday. Permira did not comment. Permira in race to buy UK debt collector Lowell Group for £1bn whatsapp More From Our Partners Institutional Investors Turn To Options to Bet Against AMCvaluewalk.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgWhite House Again Downplays Fourth Possible Coronvirus Checkvaluewalk.comSidney Crosby, Alex Ovechkin are graying and frayingnypost.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgI blew off Adam Sandler 22 years ago — and it’s my biggest regretnypost.comFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comKamala Harris keeps list of reporters who don’t ‘understand’ her: reportnypost.comInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.comMark Eaton, former NBA All-Star, dead at 64nypost.comUK teen died on school trip after teachers allegedly refused her pleasnypost.comSupermodel Anne Vyalitsyna claims income drop, pushes for child supportnypost.com‘Neighbor from hell’ faces new charges after scaring off home buyersnypost.comBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.com Share Express KCS Sunday 26 July 2015 11:03 pm read more

News / It’s the date that’s vitally important to Egyptian trade, post-Suez

first_img© Cnes 2021, Distribution Airbus DS. By Nivag nav El Ram 01/04/2021 While container supply chains continue to be battered from the fall-out of the Ever Given’s Suez Canal grounding, a new threat has emerged to fresh food supplies in Egypt – the destruction of a swath of its date industry.According to people familiar with the matter, the swarm of diggers and earth movers sent to the banks of the Suez Canal to help free the stranded vessel caused substantial damage to the date palm groves that line that part of the canal and are an important part of the local economy.“Yes, the Suez Canal is important to the Egyptian economy, but what about the date industry? We have been totally overshadowed by the shipping industry and are very angry about it – that ship towered over my date trees for days,” one local farmer told reporters. “Will I receive compensation for seven days without sunlight?”According to highly official data very recently, Egypt accounts for about 20% of global date production, although the vast majority of the fruit is consumed domestically.“We are normally worried about getting our product to the fat cats in Cairo,” said one farmer who insisted he was not using a metaphor. “The cats in Cairo are really, really fat. They love our dates – I just hope they also like the squashed variety I managed to scrape out from the treadmills of a JCB digger.”Another local producer said: “We have to deal with all sorts here over the year – swarms of locusts, plagues of frogs… but we never thought our farms would be invaded by a containership.“I don’t know – maybe the captain was hungry and thought, ‘I know, I’ll park the ship over by those date palm trees and have a picnic’? But we have signs up saying you can’t do that here.”last_img read more

Here are the contenders for STAT Madness 2019. Voting begins Monday

first_img Managing Editor Don’t MissHere are the contenders for STAT Madness 2019. Voting begins Monday By Gideon Gil Feb. 27, 2019 Reprints The first of six rounds of popular voting in the single-elimination contest begins Monday. The bracket will go live at 12:01 a.m. Each entry consists of a summary of the research and a link to an abstract or the full paper.STAT Madness is a competition, but one with a not-so-hidden ulterior motive: Scanning through the entries should give readers an appreciation of the ingenuity and breadth of biomedical research being pursued around the U.S. There’s basic science: how physical forces may shape the brain, and how proteins in cells coalesce into membrane-less droplets that may ensure efficient expression of essential genes. There’s also the practical: a mobile app to more accurately assess pain and a desktop system to manufacture small batches of protein-based drugs.advertisement Privacy Policy Gideon Gil Newsletters Sign up for STAT Madness alerts Get updates when each round of voting begins. About the Author Reprints A previously unknown, rapid-fire connection between the gut and brain. A CRISPR-based test for viruses such as Zika and dengue, with results that can be read as easily as a pregnancy test. A pill that mimics the effects of gastric bypass surgery.These are just a few of the 64 discoveries and inventions that made the cut for the third annual STAT Madness, the bracket-style competition for scientific glory modeled on college basketball’s March Madness.The finalists were selected from a record 160 entries submitted by universities, medical schools, and research centers across the United States. The chosen research comes from the usual biomedical research hot spots of Massachusetts and California, but also from states such as Tennessee and South Dakota.advertisement Leave this field empty if you’re human: There’s preclinical work exploring new explanations for Alzheimer’s disease and possible new treatments for malaria, TB, and fragile X syndrome. There is artificial intelligence to forecast sepsis or the flu, a new approach to cancer vaccines, a possible tinnitus treatment, and an experimental HIV medication that could, perhaps, be taken quarterly instead of daily.One team captured the first video of bacteria “fishing” for free-floating DNA, a talent that could drive microbial evolution and the spread of antibiotic resistance. Another reported the dogma-bending finding that it had transferred a memory between snails, simply by swapping their RNA.We hope you have as hard a time making your choices as we did in cutting the field to 64.The final winner will be announced April 8, with an editor’s pick — based on the originality, rigor, and potential impact of the work — also revealed that day.You can follow the action on Twitter using the hashtag #statmadness.Here are the teams selected for STAT Madness 2019. (There are fewer than 64 entries listed because some schools have two entries.)Baylor College of MedicineBeth Israel Deaconess Medical CenterBoston University National Emerging Infectious Diseases Laboratory/ Becton, Dickinson and Co.Boston University / U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious DiseasesBrigham and Women’s HospitalBroad Institute of MIT and HarvardCase Western Reserve University School of MedicineChildren’s National Health SystemCleveland Clinic Lerner Research InstituteDana-Farber Cancer InstituteDavid Geffen School of Medicine (UCLA)Duke UniversityEmory University School of MedicineFeinstein Institute for Medical ResearchGeorgia State UniversityIcahn School of Medicine at Mount SinaiIndiana UniversityJefferson (Philadelphia University & Thomas Jefferson University)Johns Hopkins MedicineMGH/Martinos Center for Biomedical ImagingMichigan MedicineMIT Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer ResearchNew York UniversityNovartis Institutes for BioMedical Research / Harvard Medical SchoolRice UniversityRockefeller UniversitySanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute / University of California, San DiegoSt. Jude Children’s Research HospitalTexas A&M College of MedicineTufts UniversityUCLAUC San Diego School of MedicineUniversity of California, DavisUniversity of ChicagoUniversity of FloridaUniversity of Massachusetts Medical SchoolUniversity of Michigan Institute for Healthcare Policy and InnovationUniversity of Notre DameUniversity of PennsylvaniaUniversity of Rochester Medical CenterUniversity of South DakotaUniversity of Texas at AustinUniversity of Texas Medical BranchUniversity of Texas MD Anderson Cancer CenterUniversity of Utah HealthUniversity of VirginiaUniversity of Wisconsin-MadisonUPMC (University of Pittsburgh)Vanderbilt University Medical CenterWashington University School of Medicine in St. LouisWeill Cornell MedicineWhitehead Institute (MIT)Wyss Institute at Harvard University Please enter a valid email address. [email protected] @gideongil Tags researchSTAT Madness facebook.com/gideon.gil.9 last_img read more

Health care conference about conflicts of interest has a conflict itself, say critics who won’t attend

first_img Daily reporting and analysis The most comprehensive industry coverage from a powerhouse team of reporters Subscriber-only newsletters Daily newsletters to brief you on the most important industry news of the day STAT+ Conversations Weekly opportunities to engage with our reporters and leading industry experts in live video conversations Exclusive industry events Premium access to subscriber-only networking events around the country The best reporters in the industry The most trusted and well-connected newsroom in the health care industry And much more Exclusive interviews with industry leaders, profiles, and premium tools, like our CRISPR Trackr. Health care conference about conflicts of interest has a conflict itself, say critics who won’t attend In an effort to better understand how conflicts of interest may affect health care, the New York Academy of Sciences is hosting a high-profile conference this coming June with panels featuring more than two dozen prominent academics and a smattering of people from industry, government, and the nonprofit world who will be encouraged to think big thoughts and parse nuanced scenarios.But the event is generating something of a dustup as a handful of prospective panelists have declined to participate. In their view, the conference will be sullied by corporate sponsorship — Johnson & Johnson is underwriting the gathering — and there is concern the health care giant has a vested interest in managing and influencing how conflicts in the world of medicine are perceived and handled. By Ed Silverman Feb. 27, 2020 Reprints What’s included? [email protected] Log In | Learn More Tags ethicspharmaceuticalsSTAT+ STAT+ is STAT’s premium subscription service for in-depth biotech, pharma, policy, and life science coverage and analysis. Our award-winning team covers news on Wall Street, policy developments in Washington, early science breakthroughs and clinical trial results, and health care disruption in Silicon Valley and beyond. APSTockcenter_img Pharmalot Columnist, Senior Writer Ed covers the pharmaceutical industry. @Pharmalot What is it? Pharmalot Ed Silverman GET STARTED Unlock this article by subscribing to STAT+ and enjoy your first 30 days free! GET STARTED About the Author Reprintslast_img read more

N. Korean authorities order expatriates in China to avoid any direct…

first_img News The authorities reportedly used the personal information provided in the waku applications to find traders engaged in activities with connections to South Koreans. Now, they are demanding that North Korean expatriates residing in China not engage in any activities that involve South Koreans.In addition to ordering North Korean expatriates in China not to go to restaurants or stores operated by South Koreans, North Korean authorities also forbid expatriates from patronizing establishments run by ethnic Korean Chinese citizens married to South Koreans. In other words, all direct and indirect contact with South Korean citizens has been banned.Interestingly, the authorities have even prohibited North Korean expatriates living in China from using South Korean products. However, the preference for South Korean goods among North Korean expatriates in the country is reportedly so great that some say “there isn’t a single [North Korean] household [in China] that doesn’t use South Korean products.” High-ranking North Korean officials are also known to prefer South Korean products such as rice cookers, cosmetics, toothpaste, shampoo, and medicine. Therefore, some say that the authorities may turn a blind eye towards violations of the order to ensure high-ranking cadres acquire products that they want.“If we really want to cut off the flow of South Korean goods [into North Korea], we should go into the homes of party officials and see if they use South Korean goods or not,” another source in China told Daily NK. “Where there’s demand, there will be supply.”North Korea has moved to vigorously prevent the flow of outside culture into the country following the December 2020 adoption of the “anti-reactionary thought law,” which targets consumers and distributors of South Korean movies, dramas, and other “cultural content.” During the Sixth Conference of Cell Secretaries last month, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un emphasized the struggle against “anti-socialism” and ordered the strengthening of efforts to “educate” the country’s youth. North Korean authorities believe that one way South Korean and “capitalist” culture enters North Korea is through traders and expatriates based in China. Going forward, it appears likely that the authorities will further strengthen efforts to monitor and control the ideology and activities of expatriates as part of efforts to block the flow of information. *Translated by S & JPlease direct any comments or questions about this article to [email protected] in Korean News North Korean authorities are implementing measures to ferret out and blacklist business projects with links to South Korea before fully restarting Sino-North Korean trade.A source in China told Daily NK yesterday that North Korean expatriates, including traders based in Liaoning Province, received orders to avoid contact with Chinese people who had had connections to South Koreans under any circumstances. The order reportedly contained the threat that those caught conducting business involving South Korea would receive “more than a slap on the wrist.” In the past, there have been many instances where North Korean traders have used Chinese people as middlemen to import South Korean goods into North Korea or to facilitate orders of goods requested by South Korean business people.Like most North Korean trade, however, the majority of commercial projects with unofficial links to South Korean citizens were suspended after the North Korean authorities shut down the Sino-North Korean border in January of last year to prevent the spread of COVID-19.Yet, North Korean authorities seem to be implementing measures to prevent business with unofficial links to South Korea from resurfacing even after official trade between North Korea and China resumes.For example, North Korean authorities screened traders and firms when they applied for new waku (trade certificates) last month.North Korean workers entering a store in Dandong, ChinaNorth Korean workers entering a store in Dandong, China (taken in June 2019). / Image: Daily NK SHARE North Korea Market Price Update: June 8, 2021 (Rice and USD Exchange Rate Only) Hamhung man arrested for corruption while working at a state-run department store News tweet AvatarSeulkee JangSeulkee Jang is one of Daily NK’s full-time journalists. Please direct any questions about her articles to [email protected] RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Twitter North Korea hikes “party contributions” Russia-based workers must pay by 30-55%last_img read more

Residents of Islington Benefit from Free HIV Testing and Counselling

first_imgRelatedResidents of Islington Benefit from Free HIV Testing and Counselling Advertisements RelatedResidents of Islington Benefit from Free HIV Testing and Counselling FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Scores of residents from the community of Islington in St. Mary, benefitted from free HIV testing and counselling, at a health fair, organised by the St. Mary Health Department.The event, held recently at the Islington Community Centre, was part of activities to mark World AIDS Day. HIV positive persons were sensitised about the importance of following the medical advice they received and adhering to the treatment prescribed.Among other services provided were blood sugar and blood pressure tests, and counselling to parents and children, to encourage more effective parenting in the society.Among the organisations providing services on the day were the Child Development Agency, the HIV Prevention and Control Programme, the Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA) and LIME.Behaviour Change and Communications Officer for the St. Mary Health Department, Omar Marston, said he was satisfied with the day’s activities, noting that the objectives of increasing awareness about HIV/AIDS, and providing general health care and advice to the people of the Islington community, were achieved.He said he was pleased at the number of residents who requested HIV tests, noting that the results were made available on the same day.According to Mr. Marston, the St. Mary Health Department feels a sense of satisfaction in being able to serve the parish and he urged residents to co-operate with the Department to ensure good health standards in St. Mary.center_img Residents of Islington Benefit from Free HIV Testing and Counselling UncategorizedDecember 5, 2008 RelatedResidents of Islington Benefit from Free HIV Testing and Counsellinglast_img read more

2022 Chevrolet Corvette adds a tasty brown paint option, plus two other new colours

first_imgThree years after its debut and one year after its most recent colour palette update, the eighth-generation Chevrolet Corvette is welcoming a trio of new paint finishes, all of which will be on offer in Canada. The options, announced by Chevrolet at the National Corvette Museum Bash in Bowling Green, Kentucky this week, include Hypersonic Gray, Amplify Orange, and Caffeine. Now, if the American muscle-maker “amplified” the orange from the outgoing Sebring Orange Tintcoat, you’ll need a sharp eye to tell how and to what effect. They’re both bright and, well, orange, but not all that different from one another. The Sebring Orange cost extra on the previous model year, so don’t be surprised if Chevy carries that logic forward for 2022.  The Hypersonic Gray, meanwhile, is a little less “shadowy” and a bit brighter than the Shadow Gray Metallic it’s replacing. And if you’re gonna buy a gray Corvette, might as well make it bright gray.Lastly but not leastly, there’s the Caffeine, pictured up top in the Metallic finish, which is much richer and more bold (to borrow some coffee terms) than the Zeus Bronze that it’s swapping out. Regardless of the hue of the paint on the outside, what’s under the hood will remain the same: the standard 2022 Corvette is powered by a 490-horsepower 6.2-litre V8 connected to an eight-speed DCT. PlayThe Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car everPlay3 common new car problems (and how to prevent them) | Maintenance Advice | Driving.caPlayFinal 5 Minivan Contenders | Driving.caPlay2021 Volvo XC90 Recharge | Ministry of Interior Affairs | Driving.caPlayThe 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning is a new take on Canada’s fave truck | Driving.caPlayBuying a used Toyota Tundra? Check these 5 things first | Used Truck Advice | Driving.caPlayCanada’s most efficient trucks in 2021 | Driving.caPlay3 ways to make night driving safer and more comfortable | Advice | Driving.caPlayDriving into the Future: Sustainability and Innovation in tomorrow’s cars | Driving.ca virtual panelPlayThese spy shots get us an early glimpse of some future models | Driving.ca The 2022 Corvette will be available for order sometime in early July.  COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTS ‹ Previous Next › We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles using Facebook commenting Visit our FAQ page for more information. RELATED TAGSChevroletCorvetteCoupeNon-LuxuryNew VehiclesNon-Luxurycenter_img advertisement The Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car ever Trending in Canada First Look: 2022 Lexus NX The sport-cute’s looks have been softened, but its powertrains and infotainment offerings have been sharpened Trending Videos See More Videoslast_img read more

Pushing Boundaries: Student app gives introverts a voice in class—and more

first_img Published: April 13, 2017 • By Kenna Bruner David Meyer wants to change the way people communicate. To bring back the lost art of sharing stories with people we meet, he developed a mobile application that makes it easy to initiate a conversation.Meyer, a sophomore majoring in computer science, created Flatiron Chat, an app that uses peer-to-peer technology for seamless communication across WiFi and Bluetooth wireless platforms, and gives users the freedom to communicate without using a server or mobile data. The location-based messaging platform allows users to anonymously chat with people around them. Users can share ideas, keep up with local events, alert others to potential threats and read about what’s happening in their location. “I see Flatiron Chat being mass-adopted across the country as a fun, new way to communicate,” he said. “However, Flatiron will do more than help connect people in the same location, by helping local businesses learn and grow from feedback generated by the community. Businesses will also have the opportunity to create their own location-based messaging rooms that encompass their property.”Anonymity can be helpful for students who are too shy or scared to ask questions in class. They can pose questions on Flatiron Chat anonymously, and other users in the classroom could answer.“Facilitating a platform for introverted people to communicate anonymously would make them more likely to interact with people around them in the classroom,” he said. “Professors could easily make their courses more engaging by answering anonymous questions.”Flatiron Chat started as a project for the Software Development Methods and Tools course in the Computer Science Department. The goal of the project is to connect users with shared experiences based on location, whether they’re sitting in a lecture course, riding the bus, walking to class or at a CU football game.The app is available for download on the App Store or through Flatiron Chat’s website and Meyer is working to make it available on Android devices.Meyer grew up in Silicon Valley surrounded by the tech industry, and his dad runs his own software engineering company.  He has applied to Catalyze CU, an eight-week, summer startup accelerator that offers mentorship and equity-free grants. He has also taken steps to launch Flatiron Chat as a start-up and has registered as a Colorado corporation named Flatiron, Inc.“I once heard Boulder described as the Silicon Flatirons,” Meyer said. “This is one of the primary reasons I have chosen to register as a Colorado corporation. I believe Boulder is one of the best places in the United states for Entrepreneurs and innovators to gather.”Meyer has ambitious plans for where he wants Flatiron Chat to be in the next couple of years. Due to its flexibility, Flatiron Chat has the ability to expand beyond messaging into other location-based applications, such as rating businesses, controlling IoT (Internet of Things) devices, augmented-reality games and possibly integrating with services such as Uber. “I’ve always wanted to do a start-up,” he said. “I hope that Flatiron will help connect people with shared experiences. Imagine the possibilities if you could reach back to any moment in time and start a conversation with the individuals who were in the same location as you at that moment in time. This is what I see Flatiron being used for in the future—a gateway to connect you with your shared experience community.”   Categories:Pushing BoundariesCampus Community Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-maillast_img read more