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Congress national media coordinator resigns

first_imgNew Delhi: Amid a leadership vacuum in the Congress, its national media coordinator Rachit Seth on Thursday resigned from the post saying there was no meaning holding any post after Rahul Gandhi quit as President. Earlier, Seth tweeted that “45 days have gone and apart from media loaded speculation, there is no sign of (a) new Congress President. “Karnataka and Goa developments depict that anarchy is creeping in where opportunists and power brokers are having the last laugh. No point in blaming BJP… fault within,” he said, quickly adding that his tweets were personal in nature. Later, while announcing his resignation, he said: “My life and blood will always carve for a liberal and progressive India and Indira Gandhi shall always remain my inspiration.”last_img read more

Big Stars Support Small Steps Project Celebrity Shoe Auction

first_imgSmall Steps Project is pleased to announce its annual Celebrity Shoe Auction will be back in November, and will be bigger and better than ever.The Small Steps Project Celebrity Shoe Auction is back for it’s fifth year, with some of the biggest celebrities in the world taking a small step by donating their signed shoes to help support children living on landfill sites.Among the stars who have donated their footwear this year are Beyonce, Benedict Cumberbatch, George Clooney, Christian Bale, Andrew Garfield, Tom Hiddleston, Natalie Portman, Jonah Hill, Jack Nicholson, Renee Zellweger, Kevin Spacey, Jodie Foster, Isla Fisher, Joaquin Phoenix, Judi Dench, Colin Firth, Joanna Lumley, Helena Bonham Carter, Vivienne Westwood, Richard Branson, Elizabeth Hurley, Sienna Miller, Ricky Gervais, Annie Lennox, One Direction, Ronnie Wood, Rod Stewart, Lionel Richie, Carrie Underwood, Gwen Stefani, Roger Federer, Andy Murray, Maria Sharapova, Didier Drogba, Rio Ferdinand, Usain Bolt, Rory McIlroy, and Ozzy, Sharon and Kelly Osbourne.How celebrity shoes help children on rubbish dumpsSmall Steps Project’s new sustainable project on Cluj dump in Romania with their partners FDP has gone from strength to strength over the past six months. Thanks to the funds raised in last years’ Celebrity Shoe Auction, they have been able to set up a Nursery and Mother & Baby unit, as well as help reintegrate the older children into main stream school. They have a fantastic team of doctors, social workers and psychologists, who ensure that the children are cleaned and fed, educated and cared for. However, unlike other dumps, Romania has harsh, unforgiving Winters. Most families live in small shacks built from scavenged materials, with no electricity. This means that minus temperatures make it extremely uncomfortable, especially for young children. Small Steps Project wants to protect these families by consistently providing warm clothing, comfortable footwear and food. This is why the celebrity shoe auction is so important.The auctions will be live for bids on the following dates: Film 2nd-16th November, Music 9th-23rd November, Sport 16th-30th November, Fashion & Entertainment 23rd November- 6th December.Find out more about how to get your hands (or feet) on some celebrity shoes, click here.last_img read more

Cong-JDS govt’s fall imminent after LS polls: Yeddyurappa

first_imgBengaluru: Describing the Congress-JDS coalition dispensation in Karnataka as a hub of infighting and confusion, BJP state president B S Yeddyurappa Friday expressed doubts over the government’s continuation after the Lok Sabha elections.The BJP leader made the remark in Hubballi when asked about the Twitter war between chief minister H D Kumaraswamy and former chief minister Siddaramaiah on Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge becoming the chief minister. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra SinghKumaraswamy’s remark that Kharge should have been offered the top post long ago had triggered a twitter debate between him and Siddaramaiah, who is also the ruling coalition coordination committee chief. In response to Kumaraswamy, Siddaramaiah had suggested that Kumaraswamys elder brother H D Revanna too was quite capable to lead the state as chief minister. Yeddyurappa said, “Congress and JD(S) have become a hub of squabbling. What will people be thinking when Siddaramaiah says Revanna should be the chief minister and then Kumaraswamy counters him that Kharge should have been the chief minister… It is like betraying the masses.” Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroadThe BJP leader was confident that the people of Kundgol and Chincholi would teach the two parties a befitting lesson for “betraying” them and creating confusion. To a question on the next chief minister, Yeddyurappa said, “The question will arise when the government survives. Future depends on the results of Lok Sabha election and the two bypolls (Chincholi and Kundgol assembly segments). After the election there will be upheaval in politics (in Karnataka). I dont think Congress and JD(S) will continue for long in the government.” Predicting BJPs victory in the Lok Sabha election, Yeddyurappa said Narendra Modi would return as prime minister again and the election results will have a bearing on Karnataka. He said he would wait and watch what changes the Lok Sabha elections would usher in. “We are going to win about 280 to 290 seats (in Lok Sabha). Narendra Modi will 100 per cent become prime minister again. We have the support of various political parties. So, not a single seat we will lose….,” the BJP leader said.last_img read more

Politicians hitting the road for votes in Alberta election campaign

The Canadian Press EDMONTON — After firing up supporters at campaign kickoff events, the leaders of Alberta’s two main political parties are heading out to stump for votes.NDP Leader Rachel Notley called the election Tuesday morning in Calgary before a crowd of cheering supporters, but is to start today in Edmonton with a campaign announcement.Notley is then to speak at events in Red Deer and Lethbridge.READ MORE: Alberta Premier calls election for April United Conservative Leader Jason Kenney spoke at a rally in Edmonton Tuesday night, urging supporters to get involved in the campaign by helping spread the party’s message.Earlier in the day he told a crowd in Leduc that the UCP platform will focus on jobs, the economy and pipelines.Kenney is to head to Lethbridge today, but says he plans to spend a lot of time in Edmonton, and feels a party breakthrough is possible in the capital.The two leaders exchanged sharp criticism on the opening day of what is expected to be a bitter campaign prior to the April 16 vote.READ MORE: A look at five political leaders campaigning in Alberta’s spring electionNotley says she will run on her government’s record of reforms to social programs, money for health and education, and is promising to create more jobs.She says Kenney has shown he is not to be trusted because of recently revealed memos showing his campaign team worked with a fellow candidate to undermine his main rival in the party’s leadership election.Kenney says Notley has failed Albertans by not standing up to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on pipelines and other issues. read more

SecretaryGeneral arrives in Buenos Aires for first leg of South American tour

Mr. Ban is scheduled to meet Argentina’s Foreign Minister Jorge Taiana in Buenos Aires today, as well as the presidents of the country’s Senate and Chamber of Deputies. This evening, the Secretary-General and Madame Ban Soon-taek will meet with the country’s President and President-elect, Nestor Kirchner and Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner. Yesterday at UN Headquarters, Mr. Ban spoke to reporters about his visit to Argentina, Chile and Brazil, which he said were politically and economically important members of the UN that also play a key role in efforts to address climate change issues. While in Chile, the Secretary-General is expected to attend the Ibero-American Summit, and meet with the country’s leaders. He will also head to Punta Arenas, in southern Chile, and Antarctica to learn more about climate change – an issue Mr. Ban has said of his priority issues. Mr. Ban will learn more about Brazil’s efforts to confront climate change when he visits an ethanol plant near Sao Paulo, and Tapajós National Forest in the country’s Amazon region. The Secretary-General is also scheduled to meet Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva. After his visit to Latin America, Mr. Ban will travel to Tunisia, where he will attend an international counter-terrorism conference, organized by the UN, the Tunisian Government and the Organization of the Islamic Conference. From there, he heads to Valencia, Spain, to participate in launching the latest report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. “This is going to be a very hectic, 12-day-long trip, but it will be, I am sure, very rewarding,” Mr. Ban told reporters prior to his departure from New York. 7 November 2007Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon began his official visit to Argentina today, the first stop on a trip that will also take him also to Chile and Brazil in the coming days. read more

Ban urges support for press freedoms protection of journalists legal rights

Speaking at a United Nations Headquarters event in observance of World Press Freedom Day, marked annually on 3 May, Mr. Ban said a free press contributed to democracy and stability.“At a time of economic crisis and other serious threats, it is crucial to support a free and independent media so that people can better understand the events that shape their lives,” Mr. Ban said.Noting that 11 journalists have been killed this year and 125 are imprisoned, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists, Mr. Ban urged governments to respect the legal rights of those detained. “Journalists should be able to do their job free of intimidation and harassment. They should not have to self-censor themselves out of fear,” Mr. Ban. Also today, General Assembly President Miguel D’Escoto, in a message delivered by Deputy Chef de Cabinet Sofia Clark, called for the defence of press freedoms, saying it served as “the bedrock of modern societies and the life-blood for informed decision-making.” 7 May 2009Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called on Member States to uphold press freedoms and support the work of independent media. read more

Ban renews appeal for access to Syria for UN chemical weapons probe

“Dr. [Åke] Sellström and his team continue to collect and analyze information and material that have been made available by various Member States, for which I again express my deep appreciation,” the Secretary-General told journalists in New York. “The validity of any information on the alleged use of chemical weapons cannot be ensured without convincing evidence of the chain-of-custody,” he added.Mr. Sellström, a Swedish scientist, heads the fact-finding mission, which was launched by the Secretary-General following a formal request from the Syrian Government. The initial focus of the probe will be an incident involving the alleged use of chemical weapons in Kfar Dael region in Khan Al-Asal area in Aleppo governorate.“Our goal remains a fully independent and impartial inquiry. I have complete faith in the integrity and professionalism of Åke Sellström and his team,” Mr. Ban said. He also noted that he has read the statement issued by the United States on the question of the use of chemical weapons in Syria. Mr. Ban said he and Joint Special Representative Lakhdar Brahimi continue to push for a negotiated transition and to get the parties to the table in Geneva “as soon as possible”. Russian and US officials announced last month their intention to convene an international conference, expected to be held in Geneva, to find a political solution to the Syria crisis.“All countries involved must uphold their responsibilities to seek a resolution of this tragedy,” Mr. Ban added. “There is not military solution to this conflict,” the UN chief stressed, “even if both the Government and the opposition, and their supporters think there can be.”“The military path points directly towards the further disintegration of the country, destabilization of the region and inflammation of religious and communal tensions,” he continued, in reference to the more than 93,000 people killed, 1.5 million displaced and 6.8 million in need of humanitarian assistance. read more

Radio programmes that address global issues honoured by UNNew York Festivals Awards

“Underground Trade,” illuminating the dark world of human trafficking for sex and labour, last night received the Gold Award for excellence in programming from the UN’s Department of Public Information (DPI) and New York Festivals. Phillip Martin of Boston public radio station WGBH travelled across the United States and Asia to produce the three-part series.The second-place, silver DPI award went to “The Oliver Twist of Kabul – The State We are In,” produced by Radio Netherlands Worldwide, which profiles 13 year-old Fouad, who has sold chewing gum and maps on the streets on the Afghan capital since he was five year old and who dreams of being a pilot.“It’s Their Life – The Sunday Edition,” produced by the Canadian Broadcast Corporation (CBC), received the bronze award. It highlights initiatives in Denmark that provide alternatives to institutionalization for people living with dementia.Jointly sponsored by DPI and New York Festivals, the awards were established in 1990 to honour exceptional radio programming that best reflects and exemplifies the values, aims and ideals of the United Nations.“The power of radio to influence people’s beliefs and behaviour, and radio’s universal and egalitarian reach, makes it a very strong partner for the UN in addressing global issues,” Stéphane Dujarric, head of the News and Media Division of DPI said at last night’s ceremony. He noted that the Organization produces its own radio programmes in eight languages and partners with broadcasters around the world.The New York Festivals (NYF), founded in 1957, oversees three international awards competitions, NYF Radio Programs & Promotions Awards, NYF Television & Film Awards, and NYF Advertising in All Media Awards. read more

Plateformes pétrolières lArctique en ligne de mire

first_imgPlateformes pétrolières : l’Arctique en ligne de mireLes compagnies pétrolières cherchent à exploiter les ressources offertes par le cercle polaire. Cependant, les conditions climatiques comme le froid glacial et la hauteur des vagues pourraient mettre en péril des opérations de nettoyage qui interviendraient suite à une marée noire. Sans compter que le réchauffement climatique cause déjà de nombreux dégâts dans cette partie du globe.Les phoques, les morses, les baleines et les ours polaires pourraient voir leur habitat bouleversé et des communautés entières seraient décimées si une marée toxique venait à éliminer leurs moyens de survie.Les grosses compagnies pétrolières ont hâte de pouvoir étendre leurs explorations offshores dans l’Arctique. C’est pour cette raison que des centres écologiques comme Pew ont rédigé un rapport mettant en garde les gouvernements contre les risques liés à de telles entreprises. Le but est surtout d’éviter de nouvelles catastrophes comme la marée noire qui a récemment touché le Golfe du Mexique.Le rapport met également en évidence le fait que les sites de forage ne sont pas capables de supporter des ouragans, des vagues d’une dizaine de mètres, d’énormes blocs de glace, une obscurité totale pendant des mois entiers, le tout à des centaines de kilomètres au nord de l’Alaska où personne ne pourrait intervenir en cas de problème. Si une marée noire venait à survenir dans ces eaux, le port le plus proche serait celui de Barrow au nord de l’Alaska à 1.166 kilomètres de là. Le premier poste de garde-côtes se situerait à 1.528 kilomètres de la zone. “Si une marée noire avait lieu, il faudrait des jours voire des semaines avant qu’une réponse adaptée soit trouvée et que le personnel nécessaire soit mobilisé et déployé”, précise le rapport. À lire aussiLes araignées-loups pourraient avoir une influence inattendue sur le réchauffement climatiquePew presse donc le gouvernement américain à effectuer d’importantes recherches sur l’environnement marin de l’Arctique avant d’autoriser les plateformes pétrolières à s’installer dans ces régions sensibles.Mais des compagnies pétrolières comme Shell veulent commencer le forage dans les prochains mois, dès que l’hiver sera passé. Elles ont même pris les devants en montrant qu’elles seraient à même de respecter les nouvelles obligations imposées par le gouvernement. “Shell est depuis longtemps implanté en Alaska. Nous avions foré sur ce même site dans les années 80 et 90, le tout sans le moindre incident ”, se défend le porte-parole de Shell, Curtis Smith. “Nous avons investi cinq ans et 3,5 milliards de dollars dans ce projet. Nous pensons avoir bâti un programme très solide.” poursuit-il.L’institut américain de géologie affirmait en 2008 que, dans le cercle arctique, 90 milliards de barils potentiels et de vastes quantités de gaz naturel étaient enfouis, prêts à être prélevés, pour la plupart en offshore. Mais le président américain Barack Obama a interdit d’effectuer de nouveaux forages et explorations suite à la marée noire du printemps, pendant laquelle 4,9 millions de barils de pétrole s’étaient déversés dans la mer.Le 12 novembre 2010 à 10:58 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Walmart To Open Bulk Sales Location In Old Sams Club

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Walmart is repurposing the Southside Sam’s Club location into a bulk sales location, according to an announcement from the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce, on Monday, May 7. The old Sam’s Club location will now be a pickup location for businesses looking to purchase products in bulk. Bulk orders can be made online at the Walmart website and can be picked up free of charge. The Anchorage Chamber of Commerce wrote on its website: “This free service is for members who have recently opened their doors for the first time, moved to a new location, or expanded its current location.” There will be an official grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony Today at 9 a.m., and will run until 11 a.m., at the location on 8801 Old Seward Hwy. In January, Sam’s Club closed three stores in Alaska, two in Anchorage and one in Fairbanks.last_img read more

Amit Shah Hosts Dinner For Retired Chiefs Of Intelligence

first_imgNEW DELHI: Home Minister Amit Shah on Monday hosted a dinner in honour of retired Intelligence Bureau director Rajiv Jain and retired R&AW chief Anil Dhasmana, officials said. Speaking on the occasion, he lauded their contribution in strengthening national security during their illustrious careers spanning 40 years. Mr Jain and Mr Dhasmana thanked the home minister for hosting the dinner in their honour, a Home Ministry official said. Ministers of State for Home G Kishan Reddy and Nityanand Rai, NSA Ajit Doval, Home Secretary Rajiv Gauba and other senior officers were present on the occasion.last_img read more

Hindustan Unilever posts upbeat results for June quarter

first_imgHindustan Unilever office in Mumbai.Reuters fileIndia’s biggest fast-moving consumer goods company Hindustan Unilever Ltd. (HUL) on Tuesday reported growth in both net profit and revenues for the June quarter, ahead of which the stock hit a fresh 52-week high on the stock exchanges before closing at Rs 1,158, up 0.47 percent.Net profit of the Indian arm of the Anglo-Dutch consumer products company rose 8.5 percent to Rs 1,283 crore for the June quarter (Q1) in comparison to Rs 1,183 crore in the year-ago period while revenues increased 4.7 percent YoY to Rs 9,222 crore from Rs 8,802 crore, according to the, volume growth remained almost flat in view of the uncertainty prevailing among traders in general due to the implementation from July 1. Dealers and companies alike had resorted to de-stocking, leading to sluggish growth in June across sectors, including FMCG.”During the quarter, trade sentiment remained cautious, particularly in the run up to the GST implementation. Despite high promotional intensity, stock pipelines remained low and varied across categories, channels and geographies. In these challenging circumstances, we managed to deliver yet another quarter of resilient and profitable growth,” HUL said in its regulatory filing to the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) on Tuesday, reported the revenues grew 6 percent to Rs 3,047 crore while personal care contributed Rs 4,368 crore to the topline, according to the website.last_img read more

Indias Tripura CM sees no economic independence

first_imgTripura chief minister Manik Sarkar on Tuesday said that though Indians attained independence 70 years ago, they were yet to gain economic independence due to faulty policies pursued by powers that be since 1947.”India got independence 70 years ago. Indians got political freedom, but they have not got economic independence yet,” Sarkar said after unfurling the Tricolour at the Assam Rifles ground here.He claimed that over 7 million workers had been retrenched in one year in the country and over 13.5 million youths were jobless despite having professional degrees in medicine, engineering, management and other fields.”The main political parties are misguiding the people, especially the youth, for their narrow political interests. Divisions among people are being created in the name of religion and other issues.”He said the country’s wealth was concentrated in the hands of a few millionaires whereas the condition of a majority of the people was bad.Sarkar said the Left Front government was working on alternate policies to ensure all-round development but was not getting due support and financial assistance from the Centre.Sarkar, a Communist Party of India-Marxist leader, has been the chief minister for 19 years.last_img read more

Tug of War Over DCs Fish Market

first_imgResidents from the D.C. Metropolitan area shop at the fish market on the waterfront in Southwest for fresh seafood. (Photo credit: Howard University News Service)As the new $2 billion Wharf Development Project progresses, rumors and reports have been circulating throughout the Washington area that the landmark Municipal Fish Market, which attracts customers weekly from as far away as northern Virginia and southern Maryland, will disappear with the new construction.Wanda Brown, who drives nearly 30 miles to visit the fish market monthly, would be one of the thousands of customers saddened by its departure.The market provides her not only with fresh seafood, but an enjoyable shopping experience as well, she said. “For me its quality seafood compared to a lot of the local grocers,” she said. “When I’m shopping for my family I look for something that hasn’t sat out for a long period of time. Just good quality seafood.”Hoffman-Madison Waterfront, the company responsible for the new development, said residents can relax because the fish market isn’t going anywhere. “The Municipal Fish Market has served the D.C. region for 200 years, and we look forward to not only providing a great selection of fresh seafood to those who come to The Wharf, but also upgrading the market experience,” Chief Executive Monty Hoffman said in a statement.“The fish market will always be a terrific asset to the wharf experience, and we are enriching the market environment with improvements to the property including new public restrooms, lighting, landscaping, and below-grade garage parking. Our plans for the Municipal Fish Market celebrate the existing fish market retail barges while enhancing an authentic waterfront experience,” he said.Those may be comforting words to consumers, but some vendors currently at the market fear that while the facility may still be there, they won’t. Billy White, owner of Captain White’s Seafood City and Salt Water Seafood, filed a preliminary injunction in August against Hoffman-Madison to keep the developer from evicting his companies from the fish market. White claims the developers have blocked parking lots, obstructed customers, and legally tried to evict him since the development project got underway in 2014.White has owned Captain White’s Seafood City for 45 years and Salt Water Seafood for approximately two years. He preferred not to comment on the ongoing litigation; however, he shared his passion for upholding his businesses at the Fish Market.  “The D.C. Fish Market is the greatest place on earth, and I’ve been here 45 years and I’m still working it, still loving it and all the people around us,” he said. “The neighborhood depends on us, and we’re going to be here. My favorite part is when most of the people come here and they smile and say that they’ve ‘never seen anything like this in my life.’”Marco Bond has been selling fish at Captain White’s for seven years. He stresses the importance of maintaining the fish market in its entirety, despite incoming development plans and construction. “I love it,” Bond said. “It’s a good environment, a good way for us to make money to take care of our families. It brings everyone together, and it’s a nice atmosphere.”Shane Ball, a D.C. resident who makes fish deliveries to the market twice monthly, said he would like the market to stay, but wants changes. He said he feels the market is too congested. “It’s too busy man,” said Ball while delivering at the market one weekend, “I can’t get in and out at times.”Ball supports the idea of doing something new with the fish market, including having better offerings to customers. “I think it’d be a good idea,” he said. “You can find quality a lot better than this.”last_img read more

Northwest DC Man Pleads Guilty to Horrific Knife Attack on Woman

first_imgA Northwest Washington, D.C., man on March 31 pleaded guilty to a charge of malicious disfigurement while armed, in connection with his violently attacking a woman with a knife Jan. 22 in Southeast D.C., according to the District’s U.S. Attorney’s Office.Meguiel Jackson, 36, pled guilty in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia to cutting a woman about 28 times inside her apartment building on the 4700 block of C Street SE.According to authorities, on the night of the incident, the victim brought Jackson into her apartment and allowed him into her bedroom. Jackson wanted to read her text messages and turned angry when she refused. The alleged assailant then said something to the effect of, “I am tired of you…,” and launched his attack. She lost consciousness, and while she was insensible he took a knife and slashed all over her body, including her face, chest, back, buttocks and legs. Some of her wounds were deep enough to expose tissue. The knife broke during the assault, and Jackson eventually exited the building.Later it was determined that the victim also sustained a broken jaw and orbital bone in her face. The severe injuries left the victim permanently disfigured.Jackson was arrested Jan. 30 and has been in custody since then.The plea, which is contingent on the court’s approval, calls for a 12-year prison sentence. Judge José M. López scheduled sentencing for June 3.last_img read more

Smart Bandage Uses 5G to Confer With Your Doctor

first_imgStay on target The medical technology market—one of the fastest growing in the field—is forecast to exceed $500 billion in sales by 2021.So it’s no wonder scientists, including those at Swansea University’s Institute of Life Science (ILS), are turning their focus to health tech.Researchers developed what BBC News called “smart bandages,” which can detect how a wound is healing and communicate with doctors. The 5G-powered dressing also monitors what treatment is needed and tracks the wearer’s activity levels.This project is part of the recent £1.3 billion ($1.6 billion) Swansea Bay City deal, which aims to turn the Welsh city into a 5G test hub.The next-gen cellular network, which boasts higher speed and capacity and lower latency than existing platforms, is expected for large-scale deployment in 2019. Leaving scientists more than a year to test their intelligent gauze.“5G is an opportunity to produce resilient, robust bandwidth that is always there for the purpose of healthcare,” ILS Chairman Marc Clement told the BBC.The smart bandage, loaded with tiny nanotechnology sensors, would connect to a 5G infrastructure through your phone, providing doctors with details like current location and activity levels.“You combine all of that intelligence so the clinician knows the performance of the specific wound at any specific time and can then tailor the treatment protocol to the individual and wound in question,” Swansea professor Clement said.Nanotechnology experts will develop the embedded sensors, while ILS plans to 3D print bandages on the cheap. Trials could begin within the next 12 months and will be conducted through Arch (A Regional Collaboration for Health) in Wales.“What the future holds is a world where there’s the ability to vary the treatment to the individual, the lifestyle, and the pattern of life,” Clement said. “All of the evidence is there before them in this 5G world, so the clinician and patient can work together to address the challenge.” Watch: ‘Fighting’ Male Pythons Spotted By Australian Snake CatcherHubble Space Telescope Captures Star’s Eerie Gaseous Glow last_img read more

The Best Robots of CES 2018

first_imgStay on target Robotic Strippers from Giles WalkerCredit: Associated PressThis one is a little weird. As someone who never really understood why you’d want to go to a “gentleman’s club” in the first place, it’s bizarre to think of why a pole-dancing bot would be any more interesting. But, this one isn’t quite what you’d think. English metal sculptor Giles Walker created these bots as a commentary on how we’re all always “being watched.” The bots’ heads, presumably to make the point a little more clear, are just re-worked CCTV cameras. Still, something tells me this guy probably doesn’t get the commentary at play here. Aaaaand that puts it well within Poe’s law, which, loosely interpreted, notes that it can be nearly impossible to sort out satire from the genuine article at the extremes. Every year we get a peak at the latest and most exciting developments in tech at the Consumer Electronics Show. In many ways, it is the grand showcase for what the best software companies and hardware manufacturers have been up to. And, for almost as long, robots have been the highlights. After all, what’s cooler (or more terrifying) than seeing the best autonomous tin cans around? With that in mind, here are some of our favorite picks for the best bots of CES 2018. Also, if you’ve got any fear of the robot apocalypse, you might want to skip this one.  AdChoices广告Sony’s New Aibo BotAibo, a rudimentary toy tog originally introduced in 1999 and updated into the mid-00s, has finally seen a major return. It’s much, much smarter, and absolutely adorable — enough that some writers already miss the robo-pup. This edition plays, is expressive, responds to voice commands, and even learns from its owners — developing a unique personality. But, of course, this is a likely prelude to a robo-dog invasion. Omron’s Ping Pong BotA new robot from manufacturer Omron has all but mastered the fine art of table tennis. It’s able to adapt its playing style and approach based on the skills and technique of its opponents. For some, it might be a little less than impressive, if only because it wraps all the way around its half of the court — and isn’t too great at the whole “looking human” thing. That’s okay, though, because that means it won’t secretly infiltrate our government and challenge us all to Ping Pong matches to the death. Tiny Countertop Dishwasher Cleans Your Dishes in Just MinutesToyota’s e-Palette Mobile Retail Space Expected in 2020 center_img Blue Frog’s BuddyOn the other end of things is Buddy, a smart in-home assistant that can control internet-of-things devices, act as a walking talking calendar, and even be a smart alarm clock or security guard. There’s not much else to say here, other than that’s in an impressive, capable, and potentially practical addition to your home — an extension of an already partially smart-ified, internet connected life. That’s pretty cool. Until it lets the robo-dogs in and they kill you in your sleep. I’m serious. He’s not to be trusted. SophiaFinally, we have what may be the most all-around technically impressive bot, Sophia. She’s definitely human-like, able to carry on basic conversation, and even been made a citizen of Saudi Arabia. She’s also gotten herself into a twitter fight with model and actress Chrissy Teigen. And now plenty are saying that spat will be the first mark against humanity in the coming robo-human war. .@chrissyteigen It looks like we’re both at #CES! Want to meet up and say hi? I need some makeup tips ;)— Sophia (@RealSophiaRobot) January 11, 2018Teigen herself has been desperately trying to appease the bot and now lives in fear that one day Sophia will come for her. As bots will one day come for us all. how can I make this up to you— christine teigen (@chrissyteigen) January 11, 2018 Sleep tight. Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires

first_img Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling GLENDALE, Ariz. — With each week that passes, Arizona Cardinals safety Tyrann Mathieu is getting closer and closer to the 2015 version of the “Honey Badger” that wreaked havoc on NFL offenses before a knee injury ended his season.Mathieu, who helped the Cardinals in their first win of 2017 with an overtime interception in Week 2 against Indianapolis, struck again Sunday in a 27-24 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars. In a 24-24 game, the Cardinals found themselves on defense after quarterback Blaine Gabbert was intercepted by Jacksonville safety Barry Church with just 3:38 remaining in the contest.Fifty-six seconds later, it was Mathieu’s turn to make a big play. Jacksonville faced a 3rd-and-6 from the Arizona 38-yard line, just on the precipice of field goal range for kicker Josh Lambo. As the ball was snapped, Mathieu darted from the secondary toward the line to cover running back T.J. Yeldon out of the backfield.RELATED: Rapid reaction | Dawson finds redemption ‘sweet’Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles rolled right, looked downfield to the sideline to Dede Westbrook, but Mathieu positioned himself in the ball’s path, making a jumping interception before it could get to the intended target.When you’re in the desert, watch out for Badgers.— Arizona Cardinals (@AZCardinals) November 27, 2017“I never saw him,” Bortles said. “He made a good play, he’s a great player and he does stuff like that all the time. He jumped up and made a good play at the line of scrimmage.“It’s tough, you’d like to have it back and throw it away, maybe give ourselves a chance to kick a field goal. You have to tip your cap to him.” Top Stories center_img The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) 14 Comments   Share   It wasn’t Mathieu’s only play on the day. The fifth-year veteran registered four tackles, one for loss and had three passes defensed.“They started off four strong, it was a bunch with their backs to us,” Mathieu said. “I initially thought they were going to pick all of us and get the back to the flat and they motioned one guy back. I just started sprinting. I was just trying to get leverage on the back and I put my hands up and the ball was right there.”Mathieu has had a sizable effect on the Cardinals’ defense over the past four games, registering 20 total tackles, two tackles for loss, three passes defensed, one interception and one forced fumble in that span.“He was close to two more interceptions,” Arizona head coach Bruce Arians said. “He’s been playing better and better. You can see his swagger coming out.”That’s certainly a welcome sign for a defense that has missed Mathieu’s splash-play ability.“It felt good,” Mathieu said. “It felt like he obviously forced the throw, but it was a great play at a critical time.” – / 51last_img read more

Nicosia mayor refutes new mini buses have no licence

first_imgNicosia Mayor Constantinos Yiorkadjis on Tuesday rejected claims that the newly launched mini bus service into the old town had been shut down over the lack of an operating licence.Yiorkadjis also pointed out that there are objections from specific people who, due to competition, do not want the bus network to operate.In a statement on Tuesday, the Municipality of Nicosia said that in accordance with the Road Traffic Law, it had secured a licence for 15 vehicles with full insurance coverage since 2010.“We have secured a temporary license to use the vehicles for the provision of the service in the Nicosia centre. Therefore, the mini buses can and will continue to run on a trial basis,” the announcement said.The mini buses started operating on a trial basis on Monday. Unlike the bigger buses which can only get to Solomou Square, the 13 mini buses will be able to negotiate the narrow roads in the old part of the city.The 22-seater buses are fully air-conditioned and have the facilities to transport wheelchair users and strollers. They also have racks for bikes.The service is available free of charge during the trial period. No decision has yet been made about what the charge will be later on.The aim is to revitalise the historic centre by improving accessibility through sustainable means of transport and gradually reduce the number of cars within the walls.The trial period will be used to detect and correct problems before their official operation. After a few days, passengers will be asked what they think about the timetables, the routes and the service in general.The municipality said on Tuesday in cooperation with organisations for people with disabilities, 15 issues have been identified that need to be fixed to facilitate access for the disabled.After any other changes deemed necessary have been made the municipality expects to officially start the service in about a month.You May LikeCity BeautyDo This To Fix Sagging Jowls Without SurgeryCity BeautyUndoSolar SolutionsCalifornia Will Pay Homeowners to Install SolarSolar SolutionsUndoFigLeaf Beta AppHow to Become Fully Anonymous Online in Less Than 3 Minutes?FigLeaf Beta AppUndo Authorities release five of 12 Israeli rape suspects, seven due in court FridayUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more