Stop unilateral, destabilising actions in SCS: US tells China

first_imgFrom Lalit K Jha Washington, Sep 14 (PTI) The Pentagon today asked China to stop its unilateral and destabilising actions such as land reclamations by creating artificial islands to ease tension in the busy South China Sea, saying the US “shares an interest with the region.” “Chinas stated intentions with its programme, and continued construction, will not reduce tensions or lead to a meaningful diplomatic solution,” Department of Defence spokesman Bill Urban said. “We continue to impress upon China, as we do with all claimants, that the only way to ease tensions is to stop unilateral, destabilising actions,” he said. Urban said the US believes that a permanent, reciprocal halt among claimants to land reclamation, new construction, and further militarisation of outposts would ease tensions and create space for diplomatic solutions. “We share an interest with the region in maintaining regional stability and upholding the existing rules-based order. In that spirit, we encourage all claimant states to take concrete steps to reduce tensions in the South China Sea,” Urban said. “We note Chinas August statement that it has halted its reclamation. At the same time, China has also stated its intent to further construct facilities, including for the purpose of military defence,” he said. “Its not clear to us that theyve stopped, and we will continue to watch that situation very closely and engage with the Chinese, as we have in the recent past, on the subject,” he added. China claims most of the potentially energy-rich South China Sea, through which USD 5 trillion in ship-borne trade passes every year. The Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia, Taiwan and Brunei also have overlapping claims. Urban said the Department of Defence is continuing to execute its multifaceted strategy to achieve its objectives in maritime Asia — which fits into the larger US strategy for the region — and was laid out in detail in the recently released Asia-Pacific Maritime Security Strategy report. PTI LKJ ABHadvertisementlast_img read more

Barcelona held at home by nine-man Malaga

first_imgBarcelona dearly missed Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez as the La Liga champions were held to a goalless draw at home to nine-man Malaga on Saturday, missing the chance to go top of the standings.Messi was taken ill before the game while Suarez, joint-top scorer in La Liga along with the Argentine, was suspended. Captain Andres Iniesta was also injured and Luis Enrique’s side were incapable of prising open a Malaga side happy to sit back and soak up pressure for the majority of the game.Barcelona stayed second on 26 points, one behind leaders Real Madrid, who visit local rivals Atletico Madrid later on Saturday.Despite dominating possession Barca struggled to carve out many opportunities and on the rare occasion they created a chance, Malaga goalkeeper Carlos Kameni was there to frustrate them, clawing away efforts from Gerard Pique in either half and producing a sensational save to deny Neymar in injury time.Malaga had defender Diego Llorente dismissed in the 69th minute for a straight red card following a lunge on Neymar, but Barca still could not find a way through, although Pique had what looked a clear penalty appeal turned down after his shirt was tugged in the area by Mikel Villanueva.Neymar was one of few Barca players who looked capable of finding a winner but found few willing partners, with stand-in striker Paco Alcacer produced an anonymous display and defender Pique looking far more threatening in attack.Malaga have proved difficult opponents for Barca recently at the Nou Camp, beating Luis Enrique’s side 1-0 in February 2015 and only losing 1-0 last season.advertisementThey frustrated the Catalans again by employing a conservative 5-4-1 formation and defending deep for most of the game, although they created one clear-cut chance, midfielder Juankar firing wide of the near post after rounding Marc-Andre ter Stegen.Malaga’s Juankar was shown a straight red card in stoppage time for dissent.Earlier on Saturday, Gabriel Mercado scored a controversial stoppage-time winner as Sevilla produced a sensational late turnaround to come from two goals down to win 3-2 at Deportivo La Coruna and provisionally go third.Deportivo were denied a penalty late in the second half while leading 2-1 when Argentina international Mercado pushed Florin Andone over in the area.Mercado escaped a possible red card and netted from close range in the 92nd minute after Vitolo had levelled in the 87th.last_img read more

Man City refute ‘triple-salary’ Messi transfer claim

first_imgManchester City have refuted claims that they offered to triple Lionel Messi’s salary in a bid to sign the Argentina international from Barcelona.The Premier League champions say there is no truth to the suggestion, which surfaced in Spanish newspaper Mundo Deportivo, that Pep Guardiola tried to persuade Messi to move to the Etihad Stadium on a deal that would have been worth more than £1 million per week.City chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak was asked at a recent Q&A event which transfer near-miss he most regrets from his 10 years with the club. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! A video posted to Twitter shows he replied, while laughing, “Messi”.On Saturday, however, Mundo Deportivo ran an updated story, including quotes supposedly made by Al Mubarak, that revealed further details of City’s unsuccessful attempt.City insist they “absolutely refute” this version of events, stating that Al Mubarak provided no extra information.Goal understands that City had held a long-term interest in signing Messi, although the new deal he signed with Barca in November 2017 put paid to their hopes of luring him to England.Indeed there are fresh reports that Messi is in line for yet another contract extension.Barca are confident that they can tie him down for the remainder of his career, with club president Josep Maria Bartomeu telling the Times recently: “He doesn’t want to leave.“We always tell him he can be a one-club man. That is his project too.”last_img read more

Report: Man United 3 Huddersfield 1

first_imgManchester United made it two wins from two under caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as they saw off Huddersfield Town 3-1 on Wednesday.Goals in each half from Nemanja Matic and Paul Pogba sealed a happy return to Old Trafford for Solskjaer, who received a rapturous reception before kick-off.The victory, which followed a 5-1 thrashing of Cardiff City in their first match since Jose Mourinho’s departure, means the Red Devils are back to within five points of the top four having played a game more than Arsenal and Chelsea. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Huddersfield, who got a goal back late on through Mathias Jorgensen, are bottom of the Premier League table and five points from safety.Old Trafford welcomes Ole Gunnar Solskjaer! #MUFC #MUNHUD— Manchester United (@ManUtd) December 26, 2018United should have been behind in the first 10 minutes, Terence Kongolo slicing a shot over the crossbar from barely five yards out after a long throw was flicked on by Alex Pritchard.The visitors kept United at bay until 28 minutes in, when Matic tapped in after Victor Lindelof’s header was blocked on the line.Diego Dalot shot wide from a Marcus Rashford cross and Huddersfield threatened to punish that miss with a good start to the second half, in which Laurent Depoitre was denied acrobatically by David de Gea.That save proved pivotal as, three minutes later, United doubled their lead. Juan Mata danced his way into the penalty area and found Ander Herrera, who teed up Pogba to sweep home first time.Pogba added gloss to the scoreline and a super personal display with 12 minutes to go, collecting Jesse Lingard’s pass and bending a sublime low strike past Jonas Lossl from 25 yards out, making Jorgensen’s late tap-in mere consolation. What does it mean? United building momentum under SolskjaerThis was not as slick a performance as United produced at Cardiff, but they largely kept Huddersfield under control and certainly played the majority of the match on the front foot.Back-to-back wins under Solskjaer will only help to boost morale after those tough final few months under Mourinho, and Arsenal and Chelsea will play later on Wednesday knowing that anything but a win will give United hope in their quest to catch the top four.As for Huddersfield, who have lost 13 of their 19 league games this season, their chances of survival are looking increasingly slim.Pogba full of smiles againIn a week in which he released his only emoji app, Pogba put in a performance of undeniable joy. His goals were expertly taken, but his all-round impact was best summed up when he won back possession near his own penalty area and fired a pinpoint 70-yard pass to Marcus Rashford.4 – Paul Pogba has been involved in four goals in two Premier League games under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (2 goals, 2 assists), the same total he had registered in his last 12 games under Jose Mourinho (1 goal, 3 assists). Upturn.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) December 26, 2018Fred needs to find his feetDespite a new manager, Fred still seems to be struggling in this United side. Another performance with one too many errors lasted only 53 minutes.Key Opta Facts- Solskjaer is just the fifth man to win both of his first two league matches in charge of Manchester United, after TJ Wallworth, Matt Busby, Dave Sexton and Mourinho.- Huddersfield have failed to keep a clean sheet in each of their last 15 away games against United in league competition (45 goals conceded).- United have not lost a home league game on Boxing Day since 1978-79 (0-3 versus Liverpool), winning 15 and drawing three since.- Huddersfield are only the fourth team in Premier League history to lose six matches in one calendar month (Norwich in April 1995, Wimbledon in April 2000, Leicester in April 2001).What’s next?United host Bournemouth on Sunday, a day after Huddersfield travel to Fulham. read morelast_img read more

NFL Analyst Thinks Elijah Holyfield Could Go Undrafted After Disastrous Combine

first_imgElijah Holyfield speaks to media at the NFL Combine.INDIANAPOLIS, IN – FEBRUARY 28: Running back Elijah Holyfield of Georgia speaks to the media during day one of interviews at the NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 28, 2019 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)The NFL Combine is often thought of as an event meant to allow athletes to showcase their value ahead of the draft. Unfortunately – it works in reverse too. Some players very much hurt themselves with poor performances.Former Georgia star running back Elijah Holyfield had a tough Friday. Holyfield, who was considered one of the best tailbacks in the class heading into the event, posted slow 40-yard-dash times and dropped a key pass during a drill with the quarterbacks.Holyfield’s times were 4.79 seconds and 4.81 seconds – good for second-worst among his peers. Some are now wondering if he’s even going to be drafted at all.Ian Kenyon of Bleacher Report suggested that Holyfield is now likely a “late day three” player or an undrafted free agent. That’s a pretty steep drop after just one day of poor results.Here’s footage of Holyfield’s 40 run – and his dropped pass. It was a tough afternoon.Elijah Holyfield 40 yard dash#NFLCombine— The GOAT House (@GoatHouseNFL) March 1, 2019This might not be Elijah Holyfield’s day— Sam Monson (@PFF_Sam) March 1, 2019Disaster strikes Elijah Holyfield with the 4.79.— RosterWatch (@RosterWatch) March 1, 2019Kenyon also thinks Nick Brosette and Devin Singletary hurt themselves as well.Unless they’re injured, these guys should now be considered very late day 3/UDFAs…– Devin Singletary (5’7, 203, 8.5′ hands, 4.66, 4.69)– Elijah Holyfield (5’11, 217, 9″ hands, 4.79, 4.81)– Nick Brosette (5’11, 209, 8 .5 hands, 4.72, 4.75)— Ian Kenyon (@IanKenyonNFL) March 1, 2019Of course, it’s also possible that a team likes what it sees on film and takes a shot on Holyfield anyway. The NFL Draft is very unpredictable.Either way, Holyfield likely now has all the motivation he needs moving forward. Wherever he lands, he’ll be eager to prove people wrong.last_img read more

Pichai Friedman to get 2019 Global Leadership Award

first_imgWashington: Business advocacy group USIBC has chosen Google CEO Sundar Pichai and Nasdaq President and CEO Adena Friedman as recipients of its prestigious 2019 Global Leadership Award for “catalyzing growth in the US-India commercial corridor”. Reacting to his selection, the India-born Google CEO said he was “grateful to the USIBC for its leadership and for this honour”. “Growing up in India, I saw the profound impact technology has on improving people’s lives, and I am proud that Google has been able to contribute to India’s exciting growth story,” Pichai said. Also Read – SC declines Oil Min request to stay sharing of documents “At the same time, India is playing an increasingly important role in helping Google build products for the US and globally, and we’re only at the beginning of what’s possible.” The awards will be conferred at the USIBC India Ideas summit and annual meeting, scheduled to be held at the US Chamber of Commerce in Washington, DC on June 12-13, USIBC said on Tuesday. “We are enormously excited to recognise the contributions of Google and Nasdaq as leading technology-driven platforms that drive our markets and transform the way we live, learn and do business,” said Nisha Biswal, President, US-India Business Council (USIBC). Also Read – World suffering ‘synchronized slowdown’, says new IMF chief “Under the leadership of Sundar Pichai, Google is not only powering India’s digital economy sector, but also expanding access to technology for millions of Indian citizens, including women and people from marginalized communities,” Biswal added. Biswal added: “Nasdaq CEO Adena Friedman has brought the best-in-class technology of Nasdaq to more than 50 countries, including India’s National Stock Exchange. “Her leadership and investment in India will ensure that capital markets in both countries benefit from Nasdaq’s cutting edge market technology and innovative approaches,” Biswal added. Given annually since 2007, the USIBC Global Leadership Awards recognise top corporate executives from the US and India whose companies play a major role in catalyzing growth in the US-India commercial corridor. With companies like Google and Nasdaq at the forefront, bilateral trade in goods and services has grown by nearly 150 per cent over the past five years to reach $142.1 billion in 2018. “At Nasdaq, we greatly value our partnership with the National Stock Exchange of India, as well as our advanced technology development centre in Bengaluru. We greatly admire the opportunity and innovation that India represents as a world leading centre of talent and technology,” Friedman said.last_img read more

Grains livestock mixed

CHICAGO — Grain futures were higher Monday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade.Wheat for May delivery was up 2.2 cents at $4.6820 a bushel; May corn rose 1.6 cents at $3.6320 a bushel; May oats lost 1.4 cents at $2.860 a bushel; while May soybeans gained 4.6 cents at 9.0200 a bushel.Beef mixed, pork lower on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange.Apr. live cattle was down 1.05 cents at $1.2520 a pound; Apr. feeder cattle rose .37 cent at $1.4602 a pound; Apr. lean hogs lost .68 cent at .7882 a pound.The Associated Press read more

Chinas poverty alleviation must be accompanied by accountability – UN rights expert

. “China’s achievements in alleviating extreme poverty in recent years, and in meeting highly ambitious targets for improving social well-being, have been extraordinary,” said the Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, Philip Alston, said in a news release as he wrapped up his fact-finding trip to the country.He noted that China’s President, Xi Jinping, has promised to eliminate extreme poverty by 2020, so that no one should be left behind. This meant lifting 55.75 million rural people out of ‘extreme poverty,’ defined by reference to an income-based standard of $2.30 per day or 2,800 yuan per year.However, an important part of the human rights dimension of the challenge has so far been neglected, Mr. Alston pointed out.“China has ratified the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights and has consistently emphasized its commitment to guaranteeing those rights,” he said.For these rights to be treated like human rights, rather than broad development goals, three essential steps need to be taken, he said. First, the recognition of the rights in legislative or other form, second, the creation of institutions to promote their realization, and third the provision of accountability mechanisms to ensure redress for violations, he noted.Most of the rights are not specifically recognized in legislation, and no institutions exist that promote these rights as human rights. But the biggest challenge relates to mechanisms for redress and accountability, which are an indispensable component of a human rights approach, he said.“China has much to be proud of in the field of poverty alleviation. However, if it is to effectively ensure the implementation of its economic and social rights obligations, it needs to adopt more robust mechanisms for citizen involvement and for governmental accountability,” he noted.During his nine-day visit to China, the human rights expert met and engaged with the central government and with local governments, non-governmental organizations, representatives of international organizations, and academic experts in Beijing and in Yunnan province.The Special Rapporteur will present a comprehensive report with his full findings and recommendations to the Human Rights Council in June 2017.Special Rapporteurs are appointed by the UN Human Rights Council to examine and report back on a specific human rights theme or a country situation. The positions are honorary and the experts are not UN staff, nor are they paid for their work. read more

QMJHL Roundup Sea Dogs top Foreurs 43 in OT to snap 17game

SAINT JOHN, N.B. — The Saint John Sea Dogs’ franchise-record winless streak is over.Robbie Burt scored twice in regulation and added another in overtime for the hat trick as the Sea Dogs topped the Val-d’Or Foreurs 4-3 on Friday to snap a 17-game losing streak in Quebec Major Junior Hockey League action.Burt beat Jonathan Lemieux to notch the game-winning goal at 2:24 in the extra frame. Lemieux finished with 41 saves for Val-d’Or.Charlie DesRoches also scored for the Sea Dogs (3-21-3). Michael Campoli and William Villeneuve tacked on two assists apiece.Nicolas Ouellet, Jacob Gaucher and Jeremy Michel supplied the offence for the Foreurs (10-14-4).Alex D’Orio turned aside 36 shots for Saint John.Both the Sea Dogs and Foreurs cashed in on 1-of-5 power-play chances.—ISLANDERS 2 TITAN 1CHARLOTTETOWN — Cole Edwards scored the third-period winner as Charlottetown squeaked by Acadie-Bathurst for its sixth win in its past eight games.Derek Gentile also scored for the Islanders (17-7-3) Liam Murphy scored for the Titan (5-21-1).Dakota Lund-Cornish kicked out 18 shots for Charlottetown. Mark Grametbauer turned aside 44 shots in the loss.—WILDCATS 6 PHOENIX 3SHERBROOKE, Que. — Jakob Pelletier had a goal and an assist as Moncton doubled up Sherbrooke.Jeremy McKenna, Adam Capannelli, Jacob Stewart, Dylan Seitz and Mika Cyr also found the back of the net for the Wildcats (21-6-2). Nathael Roy, Patrick Guay and Alex-Olivier Voyer replied for the Phoenix (15-10-2).Francis Leclerc turned away 36 shots for Moncton. Thommy Monette stopped 25 shots for Sherbrooke.—REMPARTS 3 SAGUENEENS 2 (OT)CHICOUTIMI, Que. — Philipp Kurashev scored 33 seconds into overtime as Quebec edged the Sagueneens.Aleksei Sergeev and Gabriel Montreuil also scored for the Remparts (12-11-5). Justin Ducharme and Zachary Lavigne answered for the Sagueneens (11-9-7).Dereck Baribeau stopped 22 shots for Quebec. Alexis Shank turned away 26 shots for Chicoutimi.—VOLTIGEURS 7 OLYMPIQUES 3DRUMMONDVILLE, Que. — Joseph Veleno scored twice and added an assist as Drummondville plowed through Gatineau for its fifth consecutive win.Pavel Koltygin added a pair of goals, while Maxime Comtois, Dawson Mercer and Gregor MacLeod had singles for the Voltigeurs (19-6-1). Charles-Antoine Roy, Darien Kielb and Shawn Boudrias supplied the offence for the Olympiques (10-14-3).Olivier Rodrigue kicked out 18 shots for Drummondville. Creed Jones combined with Tristan Berube for 34 saves for Gatineau.—OCEANIC 6 TIGRES 1RIMOUSKI, Que. — Jimmy Huntington had a pair of goals as the Rimouski cruised past Victoriaville Tigres for its sixth win in its past seven games.Frederyck Janvier, Alexis Lafreniere, Cedric Pare and Parker Bowman also got on the score sheet for the Oceanic (16-9-2). Egor Serdyuk scored the lone goal for the Tigres (11-13-3).Carmine-Anthony Pagliarulo turned away 22 shots for Rimouski. Fabio Iacobo made 19 saves before being spelled by Vincent Paquette, who made nine saves in the third period.—MOOSEHEADS 5 CATARACTES 2SHAWINIGAN, Que. — Samuel Asselin scored a hat trick and tacked on an assist as Halifax dropped Shawinigan.Raphael Lavoie and Xavier Parent also scored for the Mooseheads (18-7-1). Mathieu Boulianne and Gabriel Denis replied for the Cataractes (7-18-2).Alexis Gravel turned away 14 shots for Halifax. Antoine Coulombe made 37 saves for Shawinigan.—— This roundup was generated automatically with a CP-developed application.The Canadian Press read more

Greek wildfire rages near Athens threatens homes

first_imgDozens of wildfires were reported in Greece over the weekeend with the most serious one still blazing in the early afternoon northeast of the greater Athens area, between Lake Marathon and some semi-rural communities.Fire brigade spokesman Yiannis Kalpakis said that more than 60 fires have broken out across the country in the past 24 hours.The sudden eruption of simultaneous wildfires amid almost gale force winds in the country mobilized Greece’s state apparatus, including the armed forces.Prime Minister Kostas Karamanlis arrived at the fire brigade’s operational headquarters early Saturday afternoon to oversee emergency fire-fighting efforts.“Our first priority is protection of human life, as well as citizens’ property,” Karamanlis said in brief statements at the fire brigade command centre. “What I would also like to stress is the self-sacrifice of all those battling, under extreme conditions, to extinguish the fires.”The most serious wildfire was burning in Marathon municipality, northeast of Athens, after erupting the previous evening. Swirling winds of up to 7 on the Beaufort scale on Saturday morning caused the flames to switch direction and head towards a cluster of country residences in the region.The fires have reached the towns of Grammatiko and Varnavas, near Marathon. A number of homes have been destroyed and thousands of hectares of forest and farmland burnt. The fires broke out late Friday and developed overnight, fed by gale-force winds that kept shifting direction, fire officials said. Firefighters are now trying to prevent the blazes from spreading to Pendeli, a northern suburb with a panoramic view of Athens. Much of Pendeli mountain was destroyed in 2007, and further erosion of the treeline would be an ecological disaster. A massive force comprised of 53 fire engines, 24 municipal water trucks, 19 fire-fighting aircraft and up to 300 fire brigade and volunteer fire-fighters were at the scene battling the blaze.Greek government declared a state emergency Saturday for the region of Attica and urged the residents to remain calm and follow the instructions from the fire brigade. Meteorologists warned that continuing winds made it likely more fires would break out. “The coming night will be especially difficult,’’ Yiannis Kapakis, a fire service spokesman, said. “We urge people to remain calm and, in any case, not panic.’’He said 75 fires had broken out across Greece since early Saturday morning – including blazes on the island of Evia, Skyros and Zakynthos as well as in parts of central and southern Greece.Greece has the most typical Mediterranean style of weather which is very dry and hot in the summer time. Bush fires occur often during this season. Big fires in August 2007 killed more than 60 people and resulted in serious environmental damages. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Frog Slime Slaughters Flu

first_img Scientists have discovered what me be one of the next great tools for fighting the yearly flu — frog slime. A new paper published in the journal Immunity suggests that a species of South Indian frogs packs some powerful antimicrobial compounds.Researchers from Emory University School of Medicine studying Hydrophylax bahuvistara synthesized a compound called “urumin” found in the frogs’ skin. In tests, the chemical effectively destroyed the viruses, specifically H1 strains the culprits behind many flu pandemics.Right now, the chemical doesn’t last long in the body. It breaks down quickly once administered, meaning that it could offer only very short term protection at best. Scientists are currently working on slight variants that may be more biologically stable. Plus, the team believes that if we could make these types of compounds stable, we could also be able to adapt the formula to combat a variety of others viruses like Zika. Not to mention the value of having a drug that could stop an influenza outbreak before it ever takes roots.Scientists believe that the frog produces urumin to combat viruses and bacteria native in their own environment since they aren’t susceptible to the flu-like pigs, birds, and humans. A frog’s skin is also its most important organ. It not only protects the amphibian, but it’s also part of their respiratory system. And their skin has to be covered in a special layer of mucous, so the little critters don’t dry out when they’re out of water. Because of that, the skin is critical to protection, and many frogs have adapted powerful antimicrobial chemicals as well as an array of other molecules to help protect themselves.But killing the flu on its own isn’t special. After all, bleach and other cleaning chemicals can make quick work of the virus — provided it’s not already inside you. Because bleach is… well… toxic, we need other ways to fight the virus when it’s starting to infect someone. And that’s where the frogs come in. Urumin doesn’t just destroy viruses, it’s also totally safe, at least in mice. Later tests will examine safety in humans and look for ways to make it stable in our blood.Perhaps the best bit of news is that while frogs have lots of these anti-microbe weapons, most animals have some of their own. Because these substances are often easy to synthesize and even easier to find in any given animal, scientists are hopeful that we could discover entire lines of new mega-drugs that could stomp out many of our worst diseases. But, as always, we’ll need lots more research between now and then. Stay on target World’s Last Loa Water Frogs Found Malnourished, Rescued in ChileThese Giant Goliath Frogs Are Excellent Parents last_img read more

Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex Robots

first_img Review: ‘Daemon X Machina’ Has Big Robots, Small Fun on Nintendo SwitchThis Robot Is Equal Parts Lawnmower and Snow Blower Stay on target *But were afraid to ask.In a society that throws parties where participants learn about and buy sex toys, it’s no surprise that companies are exploiting modern technology for sexual gratification.Before humans can start copulating with cyborgs, however, there are a few things we should know, as outlined in a new report by the Foundation for Responsible Robotics (FRR).1. There is no shortage of interest in mechanized sexRealDoll sex toy by Abyss Creations (via Realbotix)A number of polls conducted over the last four years reveal a potential market for sex robots—particularly (yet unsurprisingly) among heterosexual men.“We should not neglect the importance of the females who answered positively about half as often,” FRR said in its study. “We have no explanation for these difference, and more research is required.”Perhaps it is a result of the general lack of male-featured androids currently available.Sex robots are a man’s world, as demonstrated by Abyss Creations, maker of the life-size RealDoll sex toy (above). In April, the firm introduced its Harmony AI platform, which lets users create the 3D woman of their dreams by adjusting body shape and size, skin color, and other physical details.A male version of the app is in the works.2. Must love dogs (and display other human-like characteristics of emotion and conversation)Gemma Chan is domestic nanny robot Anita/Mia in “Humans” (via Channel 4)“The goal is to produce robots that we can form a relationship with,” according to RFF.Manufacturers are clamoring to create an experience as close to a human sexual encounter as possible—complete with power limbs and soothing voice box.“Humans can easily be deceived into attributing mental states and behavior to robots because of our natural tendency to project human characteristics onto appropriately configured inanimate objects,” the Foundation said.Such anthropomorphism—as demonstrated by Ryan Gosling in Lars and the Real Girl—makes it easier for us to simply create the perception of a genuine human sex partner.“However, despite many years of research, no one has yet managed to develop a robot that crosses the uncanny valley and fools us into thinking that it is human,” FRR added.3. Will Westworld‘s fantasies become a reality?Bordello Madame Maeve Millay (Thandie Newton) must service the darkest desires of Westworld guests (via HBO)In a 2012 journal article, Ian Yeoman and Michelle Mars predicted that Amsterdam’s red light district will embrace robot sex workers by 2050.And if Asia and Europe’s affinity for sex doll brothels is any indication, they’re probably right.“If static sex dolls can be hired out successfully, then sexbots with moving components seem certain to be even more successful,” artificial intelligence researcher David Levy wrote in 2007. “If vibrators can be such a huge commercial success, then malebots with vibrating penises would also seem likely to have great commercial potential.”There is no indication, though, that robots will end prostitution or sex trafficking.4. Sex bots perpetuate gender perceptions—and not in a good wayAlicia Vikander is Ava in “Ex Machina”(Universal Studios)Experts believe that, much like pornography, the use of sex robots “sexualizes rape, violence, harassment and prostitution” and “eroticizes dominance and submission.”Not to mention the negative body image the sculpted silicon machines create.The big question, as posed by FRR, is “what additional impact on societal perception” will this create “within an already burgeoning adult industry that thrives on such objectification and commodification?”5. How to lose friends and alienate peoplePriscilla “Pris” Stratton (Daryl Hannah) is the “basic pleasure model” in “Blade Runner” (Warner Bros.)Just as your muscles will atrophy without use, so could your social life once you start bonking a robot on the regular.A majority of scholars cited by FRR believe that sex robots could lead to “some form of social isolation”—holding users back from creating strong friendships and even stunting their ability to feel intimacy and empathy.On the other hand, “there could be social acceptance, and people may take their sex robots out on social occasions,” the Foundation suggested.Most awkward double date ever.6. Sexual robot healing makes me feel so finevia sorayama.netWhile most sex robots will be sold for recreational purposes, there are legitimate medical uses for the technology—including assistance with erectile dysfunction, premature ejaculation, and social anxiety about a first sexual encounter.7. Can child sex robots curb crime?Steven Spielberg’s “A.I.” features robots Gigolo Joe (Jude Law) and David (Haley Joel Osment) (Warner Bros.)Perhaps most controversially, sex robots have been proposed for use in preventing crimes like violent assault, rape, and pedophilia.But, before you get on your high horse about child-like bots performing sexual favors, consider Shin Takagi and Trottla, the company making sex dolls for perverts.“We should accept that there is no way to change someone’s fetishes,” Takagi told The Atlantic last year. “I am helping people express their desires, legally and ethically.”The question of sex robots for therapeutic use remains unanswered—and hotly debated.“On one side there are those who believe that expressing disordered or criminal sexual desires with a sex robot would satiate them to the point where they would not have the desire to harm fellow humans,” FRR said, playing devil’s advocate. “On the other side, many others believe that this would be an indulgence that could encourage and reinforce illicit sexual practices.”Check out the Foundation for Responsible Robotics’ full report online for more details and interviews with the CEOs of True Companion and RealBotix sex robot makers.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Hazard I dont care about what Sarri says

first_imgEden Hazard insists he only concerns himself with playing his football following Chelsea’s Carabao Cup semi-final victory over Tottenham.Prior to Thursday night’s win, Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri made some critical comments over Hazard’s leadership qualities.But the Belgian superstar responded superbly by producing another man of the match and scoring the second goal as Chelsea recovered from a first-leg loss to win the return fixture 2-1.With the aggregate scoreline level at 2-2, Chelsea then decided the tie by claiming a 4-2 penalty shoot-out win against Spurs at Stamford Bridge and progressed to the Carabao Cup final.“It’s always good to bounce back after a tough game,” Hazard told Sky Sports.“We did well for 90 minutes. We controlled the game in the first half. They had one chance and scored one goal.“We had a couple of opportunities and didn’t score, but in the end, we go through to the final so we are happy.”As for Sarri’s negative comments over his abilities as a leader, Hazard said: “To be fair, I don’t care.“I just play my football, it doesn’t matter what the manager said. I just focus on this team and I always want to do the best for this team, today I did and I’m just happy.”Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…The Blues will now take on cup holders Manchester City in the Carabao Cup final on February 24.Hazard added: “It’s always hard [against Man City].“With Liverpool, I think they are the best team in the Premier League at the moment, they win a lot of trophies in the last five or six years, but we also have a great team so I think it is a 50-50 game.”Meanwhile, Hazard’s team-mate David Luiz was pleased with the victory after scoring the fourth and decisive penalty in the shoot-out.“It’s a great feeling,” said Luiz.“The team did great, especially in the first half. We could have scored three or four goals. Also in the second half we controlled the game, they had one opportunity and they scored.“It is frustrating when you control the whole game and there is a chance you lose on penalties because with penalties you never know.“We pressed really well, especially on the defensive side all the strikers did an amazing job, so congratulations to everybody. We are so happy with the reaction of the team and the spirit of the team.”last_img read more

Man airlifted to hospital after 30foot fall at Sunset Cliffs

first_img Posted: June 14, 2018 KUSI Newsroom, June 14, 2018 KUSI Newsroom SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — A man was found severely injured and bleeding from his head Thursday morning on the rocks below the bluffs near Ratkay Point at Sunset Cliffs, authorities said.A 911 caller reported finding the injured man at 6:14 a.m., telling dispatchers the victim appeared to be a white man in his 20s dressed in a blue sweatshirt and jeans, San Diego police Officer Steve Bourasa said. Police, lifeguards and firefighters responded to the scene and located the injured man below the intersection of Sunset Cliffs Boulevard and Hill Street.“He was reported to be bleeding from his head and lying in the rocks,” Bourasa said. “He was airlifted via a San Diego Fire helicopter to a trauma center.”There was no immediate information regarding the man’s injuries or if he was expected to survive. The bluffs in the area are about 30 feet high. Man airlifted to hospital after 30-foot fall at Sunset Cliffs Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Chinese ship hears signal unclear if jetrelated

first_imgPERTH, Australia — A Chinese ship involved in the hunt for the missing Malaysian jetliner reported hearing a “pulse signal” Saturday in southern Indian Ocean waters with the same frequency emitted by the plane’s data recorders, as Malaysia vowed not to give up the search for the aircraft.The Australian government agency coordinating the search for the missing plane said early Sunday that the electronic pulse signals reportedly detected by the Chinese ship are consistent with those of an aircraft black box. But retired Air Chief Marshal Angus Houston, the head of the search coordination agency, said they “cannot verify any connection” at this stage between the electronic signals and the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. Military and civilian planes, ships with deep-sea searching equipment and a British nuclear submarine scoured a remote patch of the southern Indian Ocean off Australia’s west coast, in an increasingly urgent hunt for debris and the “black box” recorders that hold vital information about Malaysia Airlines Flight 370’s last hours.After weeks of fruitless looking, the multinational search team is racing against time to find the sound-emitting beacons in the flight and cockpit voice recorders that could help unravel the mystery of the plane’s fate. The beacons in the black boxes emit “pings” so they can be more easily found, but the batteries only last for about a month.A Chinese ship that is part of the search effort detected a “pulse signal” in southern Indian Ocean waters, China’s official Xinhua News Agency reported. Xinhua, however, said it had not yet been determined whether the signal was related to the missing plane, citing the China Maritime Search and Rescue Center.last_img read more

Attorneys Wrap Up Arguments In Lawsuit Challenging Restrictions To MedicaidFunded Abortions

first_imgAttorneys for both sides wrapped up arguments Wednesday in a case that could reverse state prohibitions against some Medicaid-funded abortions. Attorneys for Planned Parenthood claim a state statute is too restrictive, while it violates a woman’s constitutional rights. Download Audiolast_img

Ninilchik tribe sets net in Kenai River

first_img “ANILCA was the National Interest Lands Conservation Act and it did a lot of things, but one of the things it did was establish a federal subsistence system which gives priority use to rural residents. So it’s not a Native or a non-Native issue, it is a rural community issue,” said Ivan Encelewski, executive director of NTC. “We’re just absolutely elated. So many of us have fought for so long. Like I said, this has been going on for over a decade,” said Encelewski.Sockeye salmon caught by the NTC crew on the Kenai River near the Moose Range Meadows on Saturday, July 30. (Photo by Daysha Eaton, KBBI – Homer)There is no shortage of sockeye salmon in the Kenai River. Last year’s run of sockeye was 3.6 million, and the upper end of the escapement goal, 1.4 million was met. But the early king salmon fishery was closed last year due to low returns, and restrictions continued this year. The early run of Kenai River kings this year was nearly 10,000, fish exceeding the escapement goal. The later run, which the tribe is fishing, is doing better as well, with about 16,500 kings returned as of July 31 — about the halfway point for the upper end of the escapement goal. Followed by another, and another. The spectacle of a net on the Kenai attracts attention of guides and local fishermen, who pull up close to take photos. Some question whether the fishery is legal. Soon, a state of Alaska park ranger, Melissa Smith, pulls up in her boat and wades over to check things out.“How you doing? You guys caught a few today, huh?,” said Smith.She returns with a U.S. Fish and Wildlife law enforcement supervisor, who seems to find everything in order.The NTC crew sets the tribe’s gill net on the Kenai River in the Moose Meadows Range area on Saturday, July 30. (Photo by Daysha Eaton, KBBI – Homer)Approval came after a lawsuit filed in 2015. On July 27, the Federal Subsistence Board approved the tribe’s emergency special action request to operate a community subsistence gill net fishery on the Kenai. NTC is fishing on behalf of the entire community under a federal law passed in 1980 that allows rural residents to participate in subsistence activities on federal lands and waters. Ninilchik Traditional Council is headquartered in Ninilchik where the tribe provides services and outreach for both tribal members and the public residing in tribal boundaries. NTC’s mission is to promote the sovereignty, wellbeing, and cultural identity of the Ninilchik tribe’s people for generations to come. In 2015, in the Kenai River, sport fishermen took nearly 4,000 late run king salmon. Commercial fishermen took approximately 7,000 and the dip net personal use, 66 fish.The tribe is allotted 2,000 sockeye and a thousand kings, and voluntarily agreed to restrict their take of late run king salmon this season to 50. As of July 31, they caught 33 sockeye and no kings.Ninilchik Traditional Council is headquartered in Ninilchik where the tribe provides services and outreach for both tribal members and the public residing in tribal boundaries. NTC’s mission is to promote the sovereignty, wellbeing, and cultural identity of the Ninilchik tribe’s people for generations to come. (Photo by Daysha Eaton, KBBI – Homer)In Ninilchik, the fishermen deliver all 18 of the day’s catch to community members who signed up to receive them. Jeff and Sandy Olson have lived in Ninilchik for 15 years. The Olsons are not tribal members, but they applied for a permit to have the tribe fish for them.“My husband had a stroke and I am legally blind, so I don’t get around so much, so it’s nice to have the fish,” said Sandy Olson.A single-person household can receive 25 sockeye, with five more fish for each additional household member.Sport, commercial and recreational fishermen are united in their opposition to the tribe set netting for subsistence. Other rural communities allowed to subsistence fish in the Kenai, like Cooper Landing and Hope, oppose subsistence gill netting too.U.S. Fish and Wildlife spokesperson Andrea Madeiros says the agency remains concerned about the impact that Ninilchik’s net could have on king salmon.“We do though have concerns about that gear type in that area. It’s a spawning ground for early run chinook. The gill net that they’re using, gill nets are non-discriminate, so we feel that there is a risk to not only the chinook, but other species that may be in that area,” said Madeiros.Darrel Williams, Resource and Environment Department director for the tribe, says the ruling set strict rules, especially for kings.“There are limits on the fish that we can catch. If we catch chinook we take age, sex and genetic samples and send them out for study to help provide information about the fishery. We have not caught a chinook yet,” said Williams.The special action allows the tribe to operate the subsistence gill-net fishery in the federal waters of the Moose Range Meadows for the next two weeks, until Aug. 15. Any future subsistence gill-net fishing will have to be approved. The Ninilchik Traditional Council has for years been seeking approval to use a more effective method for catching their subsistence allocation of sockeye salmon on the Kenai River and late last week, they got that opportunity.Listen nowNinilchik Traditional Council employees, Darrel Williams and Daniel Reynolds picking the tribe’s subsistence net on the Kenai River in the federal waters of the Moose Range Meadows on Saturday, July 30.(Photo by Daysha Eaton, KBBI – Homer)Rather than dip netting, the Ninilchik Traditional Council can now set a gill net.From the Swiftwater launch site in Soldotna, Daniel Reynolds heads out on the Kenai with two other NTC employees. They’re setting out a net that’s anchored to a tree on land.“We’re on the Kenai River. We’re going down to Moose Meadows range and put a 20-foot net out. We’ll see how it goes,” said Reynolds. Reynolds sets the 5 and 1/4-inch mesh net, tossing a metal anchor followed by a 60-pound sand bag into the river then extends the net across a section of river, tying the opposite end of the rope to a tree branch on the bank. It’s not long before Reynolds walks the net and pulls out a large sockeye and tosses it into a container on the boat.last_img read more

All eyes on Congress MLA Rajagopal Reddy

first_imgHyderabad: All eyes are now on Congress leader and Munugodu MLA Komatireddy Rajagopal Reddy on the occasion of the special session of the Assembly which begins on Thursday. The Congress leaders are eager to see what political line the MLA would take in the sessions. It may be recalled that Rajagopal Reddy has expressed his desire to join the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) after the announcement of the results of Parliament elections. He strongly criticised the Congress and described it as a sinking ship. Also Read – Warrant issued against Renuka Chowdhury in cheating case Advertise With Us However, he has not joined the Saffron Party so far and was also not active in Congress programmes. Recently, he took a U-turn and praised the Congress, raising the eyebrows of political observers. According to sources, the Assembly session would be the first test of his loyalty towards the Grand Old Party. The Congress leaders want to see whether he attends the Assembly and participates in debates on behalf of the Congress. Also Read – Parts of Hyderabad witness heavy rainfall Advertise With Us The Congress party has served a show cause notice on him and asked him to give explanation on his comments against the TPCC leadership, AICC president Rahul Gandhi and party in-charge general secretary RC Khuntia. Rajagopal Reddy has submitted his explanation to the disciplinary committee. The committee has forwarded his explanation to the All India Congress Committee (AICC) for further action. So far, no action has been initiated against him. Advertise With Us Congress leaders said Rajagopal Reddy did not get permission from the BJP high command to join the party. They said that the BJP was not ready to accept the conditions forwarded by him. They said the BJP has virtually closed doors on him and he was left with no option than continuing with the Congress. The leaders said the MLA also feared of losing his membership of Assembly in the event of joining the BJP. The leaders said he would come under disqualification provisions if he joins the BJP and would lose his MLA post if the Speaker takes the decision in favour of disqualification. They said winning the MLA seat again in by election would be tough task for Rajagopal Reddy. So, he has decided to be silent for few more days before taking a decision on his future. Meanwhile, the Congress would participate in the sessions with the reduced numbers. About 12 MLAs of the party have joined the TRS, bringing down the strength of the party from 19 to 7. TPCC president Uttam Kumar Reddy resigned to his membership of the house as he has been elected to Lok Sabha. With this the number has gone down to six. The Congress is left with Mallu Bhatti Vikramarka, T Jagga Reddy, D Sridhar Babu, Seehtakka, Podem Veeraiah and K Rajagopal Reddy. The party is the third big party in the Assembly after TRS and MIM.last_img read more