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У поліції Києва повідомили про обшуки в організаторів «п’яних вечірок»

За даними правоохоронців, обшуки здійснили за адресами проживання та в орендованих квартирах фігурантів

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«Очікуємо на кадрові висновки». Голови ОГП та СБУ прокоментували обшуки і вручення підозр

Генеральний прокурор Андрій Костін та очільник СБУ Василь Малюк прокоментували проведення правоохоронцями у середу обшуків у низки осіб та посадовців, а також у держструктурах.

«Корупція під час війни – це мародерство. Будемо нагадувати про це щоразу. Жодні посади не дозволять уникнути відповідальності», – заявив генпрокурор Андрій Костін у фейсбуці.

Він зазначив, що наразі повідомлено про підозру чотирьом посадовцям – ексзаступнику міністра оборони та ексміністру енергетики і вугільної промисловості, чинному та колишньому посадовцям Міноборони. Також за результатами слідчих дій повідомлено про підозри топменеджменту ПАТ «Укртатнафта».

«За результатами проведених сьогодні обшуків будуть ухвалені процесуальні рішення. Очікуємо і на кадрові висновки», – зазначив Костін.

За даними генпрокурора:

Ексзаступнику міністра оборони повідомлено про підозру за фактом перешкоджання законній діяльності ЗСУ та інших військових формувань в особливий період. За даними слідства, він лобіював укладення договорів про постачання продуктів для військових за завищеними цінами, закупівель бронежилетів та інших речей для ЗСУ низької якості;



 Колишньому в.о. директора департаменту державних закупівель та постачання матеріальних ресурсів Міноборони повідомлено про підозру за фактом розтрати коштів та перешкоджання законній діяльності ЗСУ – організовував закупівлю неякісних бронежилетів;
Чинному працівнику Міноборони повідомлено про підозру у заволодінні коштами в особливо великих розмірах та службовому підробленні – перебуваючи на посаді заступника директора підприємства ОПК, уклав фіктивний договір з іноземною компанією про проведення огляду, оцінки та технічного стану раніше відремонтованих 4 двигунів та 2 головних редукторів до авіаційної техніки;
 Ексміністру енергетики повідомлено про підозру у службовій недбалості – укладав збиткові для держави угоди на користь відомого олігарха. Загалом його «робота» коштувала державі 1,5 млрд грн;
В.о. першого заступника голови Правління ПАТ «Укртатнафта» повідомлено про підозру в умисному ухиленні від сплати податків, вчиненому за попередньою змовою із головним бухгалтером. Їхні протиправні дії завдали державі мільйонних збитків;
Посадовця Одеської ОВА викрито на хабарі 40 000 дол за махінації з землею.

Водночас тимчасовий виконувач обов’язків голови Служби безпеки України Василь Малюк заявив, що сьогоднішні масштабні оперативно-слідчі заходи – це боротьба із внутрішнім ворогом.

«Ми виконуємо завдання, поставлене президентом України Володимиром Зеленським, і синхронно завдаємо глобального удару по внутрішньому ворогу. І яскраве свідчення цьому – масові обшуки, вручення підозр та затримання зловмисників різного калібру. Це тільки перший етап тієї комплексної і системної роботи, яку вже проводить Служба безпеки. І ми не плануємо зупинятися», – зазначив Малюк.

Він додав, що про результати сьогоднішніх заходів, зважаючи на великий обсяг матеріалів, повідомлятимуть і найближчими днями.

1 лютого у низці держструктур та в окремих відомих осіб відбулися обшуки. Також було звільнено керівний склад митниці.

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«Укренерго»: зберігається значний дефіцит потужності в енергосистемі

До всіх обленерго доведені «дещо збільшені» ліміти споживання, які діють упродовж доби

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Японія надасть 170 мільйонів доларів на відновлення України – Мінінфраструктури

«Кошти підуть на проєкти екстреного відновлення, в тому числі відбудову критичної інфраструктури»

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СБУ заявляє про докази співпраці експрезидента «Мотор Січі» з бойовиками «ДНР»

«Через оборудку «бюджет» терористичної організації «ДНР» отримав понад 290 млн російських рублів»

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Boeing Bids Farewell to an Icon, Delivers Last 747 Jumbo Jet

Boeing bid farewell to an icon on Tuesday, delivering its final 747 jumbo jet as thousands of workers who helped build the planes over the past 55 years looked on. 

Since its first flight in 1969, the giant yet graceful 747 has served as a cargo plane, a commercial aircraft capable of carrying nearly 500 passengers, a transport for NASA’s space shuttles, and the Air Force One presidential aircraft. It revolutionized travel, connecting international cities that had never before had direct routes and helping democratize passenger flight. 

But over about the past 15 years, Boeing and its European rival Airbus have introduced more profitable and fuel efficient wide-body planes, with only two engines to maintain instead of the 747’s four. The final plane is the 1,574th built by Boeing in the Puget Sound region of Washington state. 

Thousands of workers joined Boeing and other industry executives from around the world — as well as actor and pilot John Travolta, who has flown 747s — Tuesday for a ceremony in the company’s massive factory north of Seattle, marking the delivery of the last one to cargo carrier Atlas Air. 

“If you love this business, you’ve been dreading this moment,” said longtime aviation analyst Richard Aboulafia. “Nobody wants a four-engine airliner anymore, but that doesn’t erase the tremendous contribution the aircraft made to the development of the industry or its remarkable legacy.” 

Boeing set out to build the 747 after losing a contract for a huge military transport, the C-5A. The idea was to take advantage of the new engines developed for the transport — high-bypass turbofan engines, which burned less fuel by passing air around the engine core, enabling a farther flight range — and to use them for a newly imagined civilian aircraft. 

It took more than 50,000 Boeing workers less than 16 months to churn out the first 747 — a Herculean effort that earned them the nickname “The Incredibles.” The jumbo jet’s production required the construction of a massive factory in Everett, north of Seattle — the world’s largest building by volume. The factory wasn’t even completed when the first planes were finished. 

Among those in attendance was Desi Evans, 92, who joined Boeing at its factory in Renton, south of Seattle, in 1957 and went on to spend 38 years at the company before retiring. One day in 1967, his boss told him he’d be joining the 747 program in Everett — the next morning. 

“They told me, ‘Wear rubber boots, a hard hat and dress warm, because it’s a sea of mud,'” Evans recalled. “And it was — they were getting ready for the erection of the factory.” 

He was assigned as a supervisor to help figure out how the interior of the passenger cabin would be installed and later oversaw crews that worked on sealing and painting the planes. 

“When that very first 747 rolled out, it was an incredible time,” he said as he stood before the last plane, parked outside the factory. “You felt elated — like you’re making history. You’re part of something big, and it’s still big, even if this is the last one.” 

The plane’s fuselage was 225 feet (68.5 meters) long and the tail stood as tall as a six-story building. The plane’s design included a second deck extending from the cockpit back over the first third of the plane, giving it a distinctive hump and inspiring a nickname, the Whale. More romantically, the 747 became known as the Queen of the Skies. 

Some airlines turned the second deck into a first-class cocktail lounge, while even the lower deck sometimes featured lounges or even a piano bar. One decommissioned 747, originally built for Singapore Airlines in 1976, has been converted into a 33-room hotel near the airport in Stockholm. 

“It was the first big carrier, the first widebody, so it set a new standard for airlines to figure out what to do with it, and how to fill it,” said Guillaume de Syon, a history professor at Pennsylvania’s Albright College who specializes in aviation and mobility. “It became the essence of mass air travel: You couldn’t fill it with people paying full price, so you need to lower prices to get people onboard. It contributed to what happened in the late 1970s with the deregulation of air travel.” 

The first 747 entered service in 1970 on Pan Am’s New York-London route, and its timing was terrible, Aboulafia said. It debuted shortly before the oil crisis of 1973, amid a recession that saw Boeing’s employment fall from 100,800 employees in 1967 to a low of 38,690 in April 1971. The “Boeing bust” was infamously marked by a billboard near the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport that read, “Will the last person leaving SEATTLE — Turn out the lights.” 

An updated model — the 747-400 series — arrived in the late 1980s and had much better timing, coinciding with the Asian economic boom of the early 1990s, Aboulafia said. He took a Cathay Pacific 747 from Los Angeles to Hong Kong as a twentysomething backpacker in 1991. 

“Even people like me could go see Asia,” Aboulafia said. “Before, you had to stop for fuel in Alaska or Hawaii and it cost a lot more. This was a straight shot — and reasonably priced.” 

Delta was the last U.S. airline to use the 747 for passenger flights, which ended in 2017, although some other international carriers continue to fly it, including the German airline Lufthansa. 

Lufthansa CEO Carsten Spohr recalled traveling in a 747 as a young exchange student and said that when he realized he’d be traveling to the West Coast of the U.S. for Tuesday’s event, there was only one way to go: riding first-class in the nose of a Lufthansa 747 from Frankfurt to San Francisco. He promised the crowd Lufthansa would keep flying the 747 for many years to come. 

“We just love the airplane,” he said. 

Atlas Air ordered four 747-8 freighters early last year, with the final one — emblazoned with an image of Joe Sutter, the engineer who oversaw the 747’s original design team — delivered Tuesday. Atlas CEO John Dietrich called the 747 the greatest air freighter, thanks in part to its unique capacity to load through the nose cone. 

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Huawei Latest Target of US Crackdown on China Tech

China says it is “deeply concerned” over reports that the United States is moving to further restrict sales of American technology to Huawei, a tech company that U.S. officials have long singled out as a threat to national security for its alleged support of Beijing’s espionage efforts.

As first reported by the Financial Times, the U.S. Department of Commerce has informed American firms that it will no longer issue licenses for technology exports to Huawei, thereby isolating the Shenzen-based company from supplies it needs to make its products.

The White House and Commerce Department have not responded to VOA’s request for confirmation of the reports. But observers say the move may be the latest tactic in the Biden administration’s geoeconomics strategy as it comes under increasing Republican pressure to outcompete China.

The crackdown on Chinese companies began under the Trump administration, which in 2019 added Huawei to an export blacklist but made exceptions for some American firms, including Qualcomm and Intel, to provide non-5G technology licenses.

Since taking office in 2021, President Joe Biden has taken an even more aggressive stance than his predecessor, Donald Trump. Now the Biden administration appears to be heading toward a total ban on all tech exports to Huawei, said Sam Howell, who researches quantum information science at the Center for a New American Security’s Technology and National Security program.

“These new restrictions from what we understand so far would include items below the 5G level,” she told VOA. “So 4G items, Wi-Fi 6 and [Wi-Fi] 7, artificial intelligence, high performance computing and cloud capabilities as well.”

Should the Commerce Department follow through with the ban, there will likely be pushback from U.S. companies whose revenues will be directly affected, Howell said. Currently Intel and Qualcomm still sell chips used in laptops and phones manufactured by Huawei.

Undercutting the revenue of these technology companies, which reduces R&D budgets and can lead to layoffs, must be carefully balanced by clear national security gains, said Paul Triolo, senior vice president for China and technology policy lead at the business advisory firm Albright Stonebridge Group. 

“In the current climate of U.S.-China relations, that balancing act is being abandoned in favor of viewing technology transactions between the U.S. and China as largely zero sum,” he told VOA.  

Huawei and Beijing have denied that they are a threat to other countries’ national security. Foreign ministry spokesperson Mao Ning accused Washington of “overstretching the concept of national security and abusing state power” to suppress Chinese competitors.

“Such practices are contrary to the principles of market economy” and are “blatant technological hegemony,” Mao said.

China has in the past held back on trade retaliations on U.S. actions targeting Huawei, Triolo noted.  

“Any actions China would take now targeting the foreign business community would not align with moves towards opening up after zero-COVID policies were dropped, and portraying China as now more open for business,” he said. 

Outcompeting Chinese tech

The latest U.S. move on Huawei is part of a U.S. effort to outcompete China in the cutting-edge technology sector.

In October, Biden imposed sweeping restrictions on providing advanced semiconductors and chipmaking equipment to Chinese companies, seeking to maintain dominance particularly on the most advanced chips. His administration is rallying allies behind the effort, including the Netherlands, Japan, South Korea and Taiwan – home to leading companies that play key roles in the industry’s supply chain.

U.S. officials say export restrictions on chips are necessary because China can use semiconductors to advance their military systems, including weapons of mass destruction, and commit human rights abuses.

The October restrictions follow the CHIPS and Science Act of 2022, which Biden signed into law in August and that restricts companies receiving U.S. subsidies from investing in and expanding cutting-edge chipmaking facilities in China. It also provides $52 billion to strengthen the domestic semiconductor industry.

Beijing has invested heavily in its own semiconductor sector, with plans to invest $1.4 trillion in advanced technologies in a bid to achieve 70% self-sufficiency in semiconductors by 2025.

TikTok a target

TikTok, a social media application owned by the Chinese company ByteDance that has built a massive following especially among American youth, is also under U.S. lawmakers’ scrutiny due to suspicion that it could be used as a tool of Chinese foreign espionage or influence.

CEO Shou Zi Chew is scheduled to appear before the House Energy and Commerce Committee on March 23 to testify about TikTok’s “consumer privacy and data security practices, the platforms’ impact on kids, and their relationship with the Chinese Communist Party.”

Lawmakers are divided on whether to ban or allow the popular app, which has been downloaded onto about 100 million U.S. smartphones, or force its sale to an American buyer.

Earlier in January, Congress set up the House Select Committee on China, tasked with dealing with legislation to combat the dangers of a rising China.

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken is meeting his Chinese counterparts next week in Beijing, his first visit since 2018, to maintain open lines of communication amid rising U.S.-China tensions. 

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Cheaters Beware: ChatGPT Maker Releases AI Detection Tool 

The maker of ChatGPT is trying to curb its reputation as a freewheeling cheating machine with a new tool that can help teachers detect if a student or artificial intelligence wrote that homework.

The new AI Text Classifier launched Tuesday by OpenAI follows a weeks-long discussion at schools and colleges over fears that ChatGPT’s ability to write just about anything on command could fuel academic dishonesty and hinder learning.

OpenAI cautions that its new tool – like others already available – is not foolproof. The method for detecting AI-written text “is imperfect and it will be wrong sometimes,” said Jan Leike, head of OpenAI’s alignment team tasked to make its systems safer.

“Because of that, it shouldn’t be solely relied upon when making decisions,” Leike said.

Teenagers and college students were among the millions of people who began experimenting with ChatGPT after it launched November 30 as a free application on OpenAI’s website. And while many found ways to use it creatively and harmlessly, the ease with which it could answer take-home test questions and assist with other assignments sparked a panic among some educators.

By the time schools opened for the new year, New York City, Los Angeles and other big public school districts began to block its use in classrooms and on school devices.

The Seattle Public Schools district initially blocked ChatGPT on all school devices in December but then opened access to educators who want to use it as a teaching tool, said Tim Robinson, the district spokesman.

“We can’t afford to ignore it,” Robinson said.

The district is also discussing possibly expanding the use of ChatGPT into classrooms to let teachers use it to train students to be better critical thinkers and to let students use the application as a “personal tutor” or to help generate new ideas when working on an assignment, Robinson said.

School districts around the country say they are seeing the conversation around ChatGPT evolve quickly.

“The initial reaction was ‘OMG, how are we going to stem the tide of all the cheating that will happen with ChatGPT,'” said Devin Page, a technology specialist with the Calvert County Public School District in Maryland. Now there is a growing realization that “this is the future” and blocking it is not the solution, he said.

“I think we would be naïve if we were not aware of the dangers this tool poses, but we also would fail to serve our students if we ban them and us from using it for all its potential power,” said Page, who thinks districts like his own will eventually unblock ChatGPT, especially once the company’s detection service is in place.

OpenAI emphasized the limitations of its detection tool in a blog post Tuesday, but said that in addition to deterring plagiarism, it could help to detect automated disinformation campaigns and other misuse of AI to mimic humans.

The longer a passage of text, the better the tool is at detecting if an AI or human wrote something. Type in any text — a college admissions essay, or a literary analysis of Ralph Ellison’s “Invisible Man” — and the tool will label it as either “very unlikely, unlikely, unclear if it is, possibly, or likely” AI-generated.

But much like ChatGPT itself, which was trained on a huge trove of digitized books, newspapers and online writings but often confidently spits out falsehoods or nonsense, it’s not easy to interpret how it came up with a result.

“We don’t fundamentally know what kind of pattern it pays attention to, or how it works internally,” Leike said. “There’s really not much we could say at this point about how the classifier actually works.”

“Like many other technologies, it may be that one district decides that it’s inappropriate for use in their classrooms,” said OpenAI policy researcher Lama Ahmad. “We don’t really push them one way or another.”

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Військові, гуманітарні та фінансові потреби України: Трюдо розповів, про що спілкувався із Зеленським

У контексті наближення річниці російського вторгнення Джастін Трюдо повторив, що «Канада підтримуватиме Україну стільки, скільки буде потрібно»

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Україна розширює залізничне сполучення з Польщею – УЗ

Два нові поїзди почнуть курсувати із 19 лютого

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«Червоні лінії треба перетнути» – президент Литви закликав надати Україні винищувачі

«На цьому вирішальному етапі війни, де незабаром відбудеться переломний момент, життєво важливо, щоб ми діяли без зволікань»

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Служив у ЗСУ, а здавав інформацію ФСБ: прокурори оголосили підозру військовому та його спільнику

Мешканець Харківщини, який з початку війни проживав на Сумщині, і у листопаді мобілізувався, він вступив у змову зі співробітником ФСБ РФ, кажуть правоохоронці

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Споживання електроенергії зростає через похолодання – «Укренерго»

«Є небезпека перевищення лімітів в регіонах та застосування обмежень»

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СБУ затримала депутата Сіверської міськради від ОПЗЖ за роботу на російську розвідку

Правоохоронці викрили «агента головного управління генерального штабу ЗС РФ (більше відомого як ГРУ)» у прифронтових районах Донеччини

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У Києві наразі діють вимкнення електрики за графіками – Yasno

«Ситуація залишається стабільною та навіть ще вирівнялася», кажуть у Yasno

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Зеленський розповів про деталі візиту голови уряду Данії і теми переговорів

Нещодавно уряд Данії виділив понад 40 млн дол для закупівлі зброї та обладнання для України

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ОГП повідомив про арешт майна підсанкційного російського олігарха

Олег Дерипаска перебуває під санкціями США та ЄС