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Family of American woman killed in Ethiopian 737 Max crash sues Boeing



The family of an American woman killed when a Boeing 737 Max 8 jetliner crashed in a field in Ethi­o­pia last month sued the aircraft manufacturer on Thursday, their attorneys said. They also plan to file a claim against the Federal Aviation Administration.

The lawsuit was filed in federal court in Chicago, where Boeing is headquartered, on behalf of the family of Samya Stumo, 24, who was on a work assignment in Africa when the Ethio­pian Airlines jet went down shortly after takeoff from Addis Ababa, on March 10.

Stumo, a health-care analyst with a Washington-based global health organization was among the 157 people killed in the crash — the second deadly incident involving a Boeing 737 Max 8 in a five-month period.

Earlier Thursday, Ethio­pian authorities urged Boeing to review its flight control system for the 737 Max 8, which has been grounded and come under intense scrutiny since the two crashes. A preliminary investigative report, also released Thursday, said the pilots of Flight 302 repeatedly performed all the procedures recommended by Boeing in an attempt to save the aircraft, but could not regain control.

a woman sitting on a bench: Samya Stumo, 24, was killed in the Ethiopian Airlines crash on March 10. She was  on work a work assignment  in Africa.© Photo provided by family Samya Stumo, 24, was killed in the Ethiopian Airlines crash on March 10. She was on work a work assignment in Africa.

The lawsuit alleges negligence, as well as failure to warn and civil conspiracy.

“Blinded by its greed, Boeing haphazardly rushed the 737 MAX 8 to market, with the knowledge and tacit approval of the United States Federal Aviation Administration,” the lawsuit says. “Boeing’s decision to put profits over safety . . . and the regulators that enabled it, must be held accountable for their reckless actions.”

The investigation into the Ethio­pian Airlines crash points to fatal flaws in an anti-stall system known as the Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System or MCAS.

Investigators believe MCAS also contributed to an Oct. 29 crash in Indonesia, where they said erroneous data from an outside sensor led the MCAS system to force the nose of the plane down repeatedly. In that case, pilots were also unable to regain control and prevent disaster, and the Lion Air flight eventually plunged into the Java Sea, killing 189 people.

The lawsuit filed Thursday also cites Rosemount Aerospace, which manufactured the “angle of attack” sensor, and Ethiopian Airlines.

More than 370 of the 737 Max jetliners remain grounded worldwide, while multiple federal investigations are underway, looking into the aircraft itself and the federal certification process.

“This crash should never have happened,” said Robert A. Clifford, one of the attorneys representing the family. “The shortcuts and greed of Boeing and others will be proven in the ensuing lawsuits as well as the utter disregard of the passengers they were to protect that could have avoided this tragic crash.”

While this is believed to be the first lawsuit on behalf of an American family, the first U.S. claim tied to the crash was made last week on behalf of the family of Jackson Musoni, a United Nations employee also killed in the crash.

More than 30 relatives of those who died in the Lion Air crash have also sued Boeing and more lawsuits are expected, several aviation attorneys said. In the most recent claims tied to Lion Air, the families allege that Boeing failed to warn pilots and airlines about the MCAS problem on the Max aircraft; they also point to flaws in the certification process of the jetliner.

Stumo was a great-niece of Ralph Nader, a consumer rights advocate and former presidential candidate. Nader has called Washington’s relationship with Boeing too cozy and urged for an organisation to defend passengers’ rights.

“At the wreckage near Bishoftu in a small pastoral farm field and in the Java Sea off Indonesia lie the remains of the early victims of arrogant, algorithm-driven corner cutting, by reckless corporate executives and their captive government regulators,” Nader wrote in a blog post last week.

Nader joined Stumo’s parents Michael Stumo and Nadia Milleron, both attorneys, in announcing the lawsuit Thursday in Chicago.

“Samya was a fearless, radiant spirit who inspired others to live brightly and fully,” Stumo’smother, Nadia Milleron said in a statement. “She was ambitious and passionate about revolutionizing global health. She cared most about treating all people and patients as human beings, particularly in the context of their culture, family, and individuality.”

Stumo grew up in Sheffield, Mass., and graduated from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in 2015. She completed a master’s program on global health at the University of Copenhagen last year before joining a team working to increase affordable health care across Africa and Asia with Washington-based ThinkWell, a global health organization. She had been hired in January and was on her first assignment with stops in Kenya and Uganda, according to her obituary.

In her work profile, Stumo said she had joined ThinkWell “because I am passionate about resolving disconnects between policy and practice, making health care people-centered by nature, and inspired to impact change while rejecting the status quo in global health and development.”




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Beats Solo Pro (Apple’s 1st on-ear, noise-cancelling headphones)



Beats has finally joined the on-ear, noise-cancelling (NC) headphone fray, as these are the first from the Apple’s-owned audio brand to feature NC in this form factor.

Apple has shifted more than 30 million Solo headphones, and these are available in the usual array of natty colours one might expect from Beats. You can opt for six options comprising dark blue, light blue, red, black, ivory and grey.

The Solo Pro’s sound profile is supposedly an evolution of Beats’ Solo3 Wireless headphones, but this time with refined drivers and lower harmonic distortion. Two beam-forming mics and updated speech detection should help with voice and video calls as well as bossing about your digital assistant.

Concerning the active noise cancelling, the Solo Pros features the Pure Adaptive Noise Cancelling tech from Beats Studio3 Wireless, with an updated tuning to compensate for the on-ear form factor. This new tuning can apparently also deal with leakage caused by hairs, earrings, ear shapes and movement of ones head.

A ‘transparency’ function allows you to activate the external mics for a more natural filter on the ANC so you can better hear outside noises such as traffic or conversations. The mode button on the left ear cup switches between Pure ANC and Transparency. Other controls are housed on the right ear cup where you can answer/end calls, play/pause music, skip songs, control volume and activate voice command. Another nice touch is the Solo Pros have no power button as they are turned on when you unfold the headphones then powers down when you fold them up.

Apple’s Solo Pro is promises up to 22 hours on Pure ANC or Transparency and up to 40 hours with them turned off. Recharge times are three hours of playback with a 10-minute charge. Sadly there’s no USB-C just lightning.

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Challenges of Data Management in the Financial Sector



Over the past years, the financial sector has undergone significant
transformation, tools such as Artificial Intelligence (AI), cloud computing and robotics have greatly impacted how banks, insurance companies and technology players are delivering various financial products to customers, and data is at the heart of it all.

For organisations it is not only critical to have a data management system in place, but it is a necessity to survive in a highly competitive market. With a flood of technological advancement, the world is constantly evolving in order to keep up. Data has become an extremely valuable resource and it is important for all organisations in the financial sector to look at ways to manage this data correctly. Most organisations see data as a commodity and the last thing they want to do is lose or misuse it thereby forcing the need for increased and improved data protection policies across all platforms, cloud applications and more. At the same time, there is calls for transparency regarding how data is collected and shared which leads us to the concept of data


The financial sector has a lot of data at its fingertips, but the challenge of collating this data and making it work in a performant and auditable fashion is experienced. Everyday there is billions of transactions that take place and extracting valuable data from those transactions can be difficult. The biggest challenge lies in turning this vast amount of data into insightful data, although this can be time consuming, even the smallest detail can lead to a competitive advantage over competitors. Sorting through torrents of unstructured data for useful information is a substantial task which cannot be undervalued.

To survive in a highly competitive market high-quality data analytics is required. Advanced analytics paired with good data management technology can help detect threats and uncover untapped opportunities thus leading to that competitive edge organisations thirst for. Big data provides multiple challenges for financial service providers as we have seen but, it also provides timely opportunities such as valuable business insights. It is important to find the right data platform to allow for that.


The financial sector is accumulating data at an alarming rate which inevitably puts strain on the system. This has increased pressure on organisations to have a reliable data management system in place. As time passes, an organisations system will accumulate more data and thus more pressure. Having a functioning data management system is essential to eliminate the potential risk of downtime. Data management is a good way to counter act this problem but there are still other forces putting pressure on the financial sector; such as instantaneous responses, personal customer service and constant regulatory changes.

Many believed that digital technology such as AI and machine learning would help simplify the increased pressure, but we are still far from reaping those benefits. As there is no new technology better placed to replace a well-run data- management platform, the options can be quite limited. One of those leading options is enterprise data management (EDM), it can centralise and organise data while making it accessible and useable. Implementing an intelligent EDM is a necessary component when handling increased pressure for any business.


Like other sectors, the financial sector is increasingly reliant on data and new technological developments which means there is a necessity to limit the dangers of cyber threats. The financial sector views cyber security as a top priority due to the countless problems it can cause. Time to time we see more and more data breaches involving financial service firms, so it is of paramount importance to incorporate innovative solutions to limit the damages caused by a breach.

The financial sector has leaned heavily on Blockchain technology as it is deemed to be the next top end solution, An incorruptible digital ledger of economic transactions that can be programmed to record not just financial transactions but virtually everything of value.

It is quite difficult to tamper with data stored on Blockchain, but it is also difficult to ensure the data stored has integrity. Enterprise data management can accurately and safely transfer data, but it is not “one size fits all” as every organisation has different needs. Organisations in the financial sector should prioritize this particularly as they deal with data privacy. Data management is an integral part to any organisation as data is an extremely valuable resource and the importance of data management to the financial sector cannot be underestimated. Any organisation with an accessible and secure data management platform in place is in prime position to take advantage of an increasingly open landscape.

Slowly but surely data analytics solutions are emerging which organisations need to take advantage of and data management is a fundamental part of this process. The digital landscape has changed but expectation with employees, partners and customers has not. The financial sector is in a strong place as is reflective in the continued popularity of business and finance-related third-level courses. One thing is clear, the modern financial sector is and will continue to be powered by data.

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