FIFA have cleared Manchester United F.C. of any wrongdoing in the transfer of midfielder Paul Pogba from Juventus F.C. but said on Tuesday they had opened disciplinary proceedings against the Italian side.World soccer’s governing body had asked Manchester United F.C. for information about Pogba’s world record 89 million pounds (112 million U.S. Dollars) transfer from Juventus F.C., following leaks which claimed to give details about the huge deal.A book titled, “The Football Leaks: The Dirty Business of Football” alleged Pogba’s agent Mino Raiola had made over 40 million euros (44.54 million U.S. Dollars) from the deal, 27 million euros of which was paid by Juventus F.C.”We can confirm disciplinary proceedings have been opened against Juventus. We cannot comment further as proceedings are ongoing,” a FIFA spokesman told ESPN.”We can confirm no disciplinary proceedings have been opened against Manchester United.”Juventus F.C. could be investigated for breaching third-party ownership rules after Raiola said in an interview last year the club were not the sole owners of the player’s rights, the Guardian newspaper reported.
BOSTON (AP) — Boston fans have been patiently waiting to get their first glimpse of the new era of Celtics basketball.They finally got it, and it revealed a team with a lot of upside.Offseason trade acquisition Kyrie Irving had nine points, four rebounds and three assists, and free agent pickup Gordon Hayward added five points and five rebounds as the Boston Celtics beat the Charlotte Hornets 94-82 Monday night in the preseason opener for both teams.Rookie Jayson Tatum, the third overall pick in June’s draft, finished with nine points, five rebounds and four assists. Aron Baynes added 10 points and five rebounds and three assists for Boston. The Celtics also shot 11 of 31 from the 3-point line.“We’re building a foundation,” Irving said. “We understand that a few other teams that we’re playing against, they’re starting from the bottom as well…For us, we gotta take advantage of games like this.”Dwight Howard, who was traded by Atlanta to Charlotte this summer, finished with seven points, 10 rebounds and six turnovers in his Hornets debut. Jeremy Lamb had 17 points.Irving and Hayward, the jewel pieces of an offseason reconstruction that has left only Celtics intact from last year’s roster, sat out the second half.In other games, the Washington Wizards beat the Guangzhou Long-Lions 126-96 in one of two exhibition games between NBA and international teams on Monday. In addition, the Utah Jazz beat the National Basketball League’s Sydney Kings 108-83. It is the first time an NBL team faced an NBA team on American soil.___GRIZZLIES 92, MAGIC 84Mario Chalmers had 19 points in 20 minutes, Jarell Martin added 16 points and the Grizzlies defeated the Magic in both teams preseason opener.Orlando led 65-64 late in the third quarter before the Grizzlies closed the period on an 8-0 run, which included six by Chalmers. Memphis led by as many as 10 in the final period.Jonathan Isaac led the Magic with 15 points, followed by Mario Hezonja with 12.MAGIC: Jonathon Simmons, Orlando’s biggest offseason pickup, had a couple of highlight-worthy dunks and scored nine points in his Magic preseason debut. …Aaron Gordon and Evan Fournier each played 15 minutes, scoring eight points apiece.GRIZZLIES: With center Marc Gasol (sprained ankle) and forward JaMychael Green both sitting, coach David Fizdale experimented with a smaller lineup of Brandan Wright at center, Chandler Parsons at power forward, and James Ennis at small forward along with Wayne Selden and Mike Conley at the guard spots.UP NEXT: Orlando (0-1) is at Dallas on Thursday. Memphis (1-0) visits Philadelphia on Wednesday.___MAVERICKS 106, BUCKS 104Jonathan Motley hit a layup with 4.1 seconds left to lift the Mavericks to a win over the Bucks. Motley scored all nine of his points in a fourth quarter that saw the Mavericks outscore the Bucks 31-20.Dallas’ starters were pulled after one quarter of action. Harrison Barnes was 4 of 6 from the field and had nine points. Dirk Nowitzki had five points in 10 minutes of action.Khris Middleton led the Bucks with 12 points, followed by John Henson with 11 points and four rebounds.BUCKS: Rashad Vaughn finished with 20 points for Milwaukee and missed a 30-footer at the buzzer. … Greg Monroe had 12 points and seven rebounds.MAVERICKS: Nerlens Noel played 15 minutes off the bench and had five points and two steals.UP NEXT: Bucks (0-1) host Indiana on Wednesday. Dallas hosts Chicago on Wednesday.___KINGS 106, SPURS 100LaMarcus Aldridge had 17 points in 16 minutes of action in the Spurs’ loss to the Kings in the preseason opener for both teams.The Spurs (0-1) played their starters for two quarters, giving the Kings a chance to showcase their young second unit. Rookie De’Aaron Fox shined in the extra playing time, scoring a game-high 16 on 7 of 8 shooting from the field.The Kings (1-0) outscored the Spurs 23-16 in the fourth quarter.SPURS: Kawhi Leonard, Tony Parker and Rudy Gay all sat out. … Patty Mills finished with 11 points and three assists in 17 minutes off the bench.KINGS: Skal Labissiere finished with 15 points, connecting on 7 of 10 shots. Buddy Hield added 12 points and four rebounds.UP NEXT: These teams are set to meet again Friday in San Antonio.___NUGGETS 113, LAKERS 107Garry Harris scored 25 points in 21 minutes, Nikola Jokic added 16 and the Nuggets (2-0) defeated the Los Angeles Lakers.Kentavious Caldwell-Pope led the Lakers (0-2) with 15 points, five rebounds and four assists. Lonzo Ball finished with eight points and four assists, but also had four turnovers in his second preseason game.NUGGETS: Paul Millsap finished with 11 points, two assists, two blocks and two steals.LAKERS: Julius Randall had a solid night with 12 points and 10 rebounds in just 23 minutes.UP NEXT: Lakers host the Nuggets again on Wednesday.KYLE HIGHTOWER, AP Sports WriterTweetPinShare0 Shares
The Realme X is set to launch in China on May 15 and we keep finding out new information about the flagship everyday. In fact, a lot of the details about the Realme X is coming from the company itself. For example, the company’s CMO posted an image of the Realme X’s display earlier this week, revealing its notchless screen. A poster shared by the company confirmed the device will sport an AMOLED panel. Yet another poster has been revealed by the company that confirms the Realme X will come with a 48MP Sony IMX586 camera with f/1.7 aperture.Up until now, it was speculated that the Realme X will bring a 48MP primary camera, but it wasn’t clear whether the company will be using the Sony sensor or Samsung’s GM1 sensor. The poster shared by the company on Weibo confirms it will be the Sony IMX586 sensor, which means you will be able to shoot raw 48MP photos on the Realme X.Additionally, the image also confirms the Realme X will get the Nighscape mode for low-light photography. Nightscape is a long-exposure mode that allows for brighter and clearer photos in low light by increasing the shutter time. The feature has already been seen on the Realme 3 and Realme 3 Pro this year to positive response, so it makes sense for the Realme X to get the feature as well.The Realme X will come with a notch-free display thanks to the selfie camera being housed in a pop-up mechanism. This will also allow the Realme X to offer a 91.2 per cent screen-to-body ratio. As per a TENAA listing, the Realme X will get a 6.5-inch FHD+ display and the device will house a 3,680mAh battery.advertisementThe upcoming Realme phone will most likely get a Snapdragon 730 processor paired with 8GB of RAM. The device should also support VOOC 3.0 fast charging like the Realme 3 Pro and you can also expect an in-display fingerprint.The Realme X is clearly a feature-packed phone that is expected to launch at a disruptive pricing to help Realme enter the Chinese market on a strong note. The company has confirmed that the Realme X will launch in India soon and we expect the price in India to be somewhere between Rs 15,000 to Rs 20,000.ALSO READ | Realme X notch-less display shown off clearly by company CMOALSO READ | Android Q beta for Realme 3 Pro: How to download and what’s newALSO READ | Realme X and Realme X Lite confirmed to launch on May 15 in China
Arsenal v Manchester City Kompany wary of ‘wounded animal’ Arsenal in cup final rematch Ryan Benson 18:58 3/1/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Arsenal v Manchester City Premier League Manchester City Arsenal Guardiola The long-serving defender says Manchester City’s 3-0 Carabao Cup win over the Gunners will only serve to make a Premier League encounter tougher Vincent Kompany predicts Thursday’s Premier League clash with Arsenal will be Manchester City’s toughest of the season because they will be facing a “wounded animal”.City defeated the Gunners with minimal fuss on Sunday to lift the Carabao Cup, with Kompany, Sergio Aguero and David Silva getting the goals in a 3-0 win.Arsenal came under heavy criticism for their performance, particularly from television pundits Thierry Henry and Gary Neville, the latter accusing them of giving up and being “spineless”. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player The teams face each other again on Thursday, this time at Emirates Stadium in the Premier League, and Kompany says City need to be prepared for a real scrap if they want to go 16 points clear of second-placed Manchester United again.”My opinion is simple,” Kompany said. “I think it’s going to be the hardest game of the season”If my experience counts for anything – you will play a wounded animal, with a lot of quality in the team.”At the same time, we are going to do everything we can to still be relentless.”But my experience is that when you win a trophy there is always that 10 per cent you lose in focus or sharpness, just because you’ve gone through all the emotion of winning something. It’s our role to fight it and be prepared for the game.”Victory at Arsenal will take City one step closer to a seemingly inevitable Premier League title triumph and Kompany is adamant Pep Guardiola’s work last season – although criticised at the time – laid the foundation for their brilliant 2017-18 campaign.Kompany said: “There’s no doubt in my mind that Pep deserves more than he’s even attributed to at the moment for how we’ve developed as a team.”It’s entirely his vision, entirely his work and we have the responsibility to bring it across on the pitch which is obviously not nothing.”There’s a lot of leadership that’s helped us to get this far. Last season is something that I will always argue about because I don’t think we had a bad season. A lot of what we’ve done this season has been developed out of what we did last season.”We were getting punished in many ways, like what happened against Wigan [Athletic] in the FA Cup, where they had one chance and scored and we had plenty of chances we missed.”That happened throughout the season last season and that’s been the difference with this season, where we’ve scored last-minute goals and the players have raised their individual performance levels. I was never worried because with good players these things eventually become good.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
DEER LAKE, N.L. — A trucker says he may have had a close encounter of the Santa kind after spotting what appeared to be Santa’s reindeer on a snow-covered Newfoundland highway.Jason White says the herd of about a dozen caribou were stopped on the Trans-Canada Highway, a light snow falling around them, near Deer Lake Thursday morning.White, a delivery driver for Ice Block of Conception Bay South, shot a video of the herd and posted it to his Facebook page so he could show his children — especially his young son, who is almost two years old.White said in the post he thought Santa’s reindeer may have been lost on the west coast of Newfoundland.By midday Friday, the video had been viewed about 3,600 times.White says he’s been overwhelmed by the reaction to the video and says some local parents are telling their kids to be good because Santa must be near.On the web: https://bit.ly/2TGOk6zThe Canadian Press
Rabat – South Africa-based Sanlam has concluded its acquisition of Morocco’s insurance provider Saham Finances, making it a leading pan-African financial services group.Sanlam announced it had fulfilled all the conditions to acquire the remaining 53.4 percent of Saham Finances for $1.1 billion, in a statement Thursday, October 11.In 2016, Sanlam Emerging Markets acquired a 30 percent stake in Saham Finances and increased its stake to 46.6 percent in 2017. With this acquisition, which took effect on October 11, Sanlam now holds 90 percent of Saham Finances. Santam, a subsidiary of Sanlam, holds 10 percent.Sanlam will now have a presence in 33 African countries, enabling it “to expand its multinational client base, strengthen its position in specialist insurance and employee benefits,” reads Sanlam’s statement.Ian Kirk, the Group CEO of Sanlam said, “The conclusion of this transaction is an important milestone in achieving our vision of becoming a leading financial services group on the continent.“The confluence of the combined footprint and respective expertise of Sanlam, Santam, and SAHAM Finances provides the Sanlam Group with an opportunity to grow its Life Insurance businesses in Francophone markets as well as leveraging the Group’s expertise to grow the general insurance portfolio.”Nadia Fettah, who will remain the CEO of Saham Finances, asserted, “The businesses are complementary. SAHAM Finances developed into a leading insurance group in Africa outside of South Africa, with leading businesses in most of the 26 countries in which it operates.”Fettah and Emmanuel Brule, deputy CEO of Saham Finances, will join the Sanlam Emerging Markets executive committee, said Junior Ngulube, Sanlam Emerging Markets CEO.Saham Finances was established in Morocco in 1995 as a subsidiary of Saham Group and recorded a turnover of $1.2 billion USD in 2017.At the end of 2017, Saham Finances consolidated net assets worth $850 million and earnings of $77.4 million.Sanlam will take over Saham Finance’s 65 subsidiaries, 700 branches, and more than 3,000 employees.
BOSTON — The Latest on court appearances for parents charged in a widespread college admissions scheme (all times local):1:45 p.m.A lawyer for a parent charged in a widespread college admissions scheme says the case against his client is not strong.Former casino executive Gamal Abdelaziz was the first to appear before a federal magistrate judge in Boston on Friday. Fifteen parents were scheduled for initial appearances.Abdelaziz is the former president of Wynn Macau and has also held leadership roles at Caesars Entertainment and MGM Resorts.He didn’t make a statement in court, but defence lawyer Brian Kelly said his client intends to fight the charges.Kelly requested permission for Abdelaziz to travel to Mexico on business next month. He says “this is a one-witness case” that relies on a “deeply compromised” witness.Abdelaziz is among 33 prominent parents charged in what authorities have called the biggest college admissions scam ever prosecuted.___6:15 a.m.More than a dozen parents charged in a nationwide college admissions cheating scheme are due in court.They are expected to make initial appearances Friday in federal court in Boston.They’re among 33 prominent parents charged in what authorities have called the biggest college admissions scam ever prosecuted.Authorities say the parents paid an admission consultant to rig their children’s test scores and bribe coaches at sought-after schools.Actresses Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin (LAWG’-lin) are charged in the case but are not scheduled to appear in court until next week. They have not publicly addressed the allegations.On Thursday, former Yale University women’s soccer coach Rudy Meredith became the third person to plead guilty in the case.The admissions consultant at the centre of the scheme has also pleaded guilty.___5:40 a.m.More than a dozen parents charged in a nationwide college admissions cheating scheme are due in court.They are expected to make initial appearances Friday in federal court in Boston.They’re among 33 prominent parents charged in what authorities have called the biggest college admissions scam ever prosecuted.Authorities say the parents paid an admission consultant to rig their children’s test scores and bribe coaches at sought-after schools.Actresses Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin, who are charged in the case, are not scheduled to appear in court until next week. They have not publicly addressed the allegations.On Thursday, former Yale University women’s soccer coach Rudy Meredith became the third person to plead guilty in the case.The admissions consultant at the centre of the scheme has also pleaded guilty.The Associated Press
24 March 2009An independent United Nations human rights expert has welcomed Benin’s efforts to boost food security, while stressing that they should not only increase production but also improve the lives of the country’s most vulnerable. Olivier De Schutter, the UN Special Rapporteur on the right to food, focused his 11 to 20 March visit on the situation of three vulnerable groups: small farmers, the urban poor and detainees. Small farmers, the largest of the three in terms of size, deserved particular attention, according to a news release issued at the end of his visit. His visit took place as strategies are being devised to revitalize the country’s agriculture as well as for rural land reform. In addition, the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) is entering the final phase of negotiation of an Economic Partnership Agreement with the European Union.Mr. De Schutter welcomed the “significant” efforts by the Government to strengthen food security, particularly in anticipation and reaction to the increase in food prices in early 2008. He also welcomed the plans to revitalize agriculture, and hailed the decision to place agriculture at the centre of the country’s development. “The Special Rapporteur highlights that the agricultural revitalization should achieve not only an increase in total production thus allowing the country to be less dependent on imports due to a diversification gained from food crops, but in particular it should lead to an improvement in the enjoyment of the right to food of the most vulnerable,” according to a news release.In addition to the plight of small farmers, the urban poor and detainees, Mr. De Schutter said that the situation of women and their access to productive resources should be a priority, adding that proposed land reform measures will have an important impact on these groups. He noted that their situation should also be taken into account when evaluating Benin’s entry into regional and international markets. Over the course of his 10-day visit, the Special Rapporteur met with Government officials, the judiciary, officials dealing with the issue of food security, UN agencies and aid organizations. He also talked with farmers and their families, researchers and members of civil society to better understand the food situation in the West African country. Mr. De Schutter, who, like all Special Rapporteurs, carries out his work in an unpaid capacity, will submit a full report on his visit to Benin to the Geneva-based Human Rights Council.
Mayors and representatives from some of the world’s major cities are meeting today at the United Nations to discuss how better infrastructure planning can help achieve sustainable urban development. Participants at the gathering – the Conference on Sustainable Urbanization in the Information Age, Role of Infrastructure – will share experiences and focus on solutions to improve the capacities of local governments for planning and management of physical infrastructure networks, as well as ‘soft’ infrastructure such as health care and education. They will also share innovative information and communication technology (ICT) models for sustainable urban planning, in addition to know-how on how to bridge the digital divide in that area.Officials and policymakers from cities, including Cape Town, Jakarta, New York and Melbourne, will also discuss how to address challenges such as global warming and climate change.The meeting is the second in a series sponsored by the UN, the American Institute of Architects and the Regional Plan Associations on sustainability in the information age, and follows a conference held last year in New York focusing on the environmental impact of cities.It takes place amid the 17th session of the UN Commission on Sustainable Development, which is currently meeting in New York and aiming to take policy decisions in areas such as agriculture, rural development, land, drought, desertification and Africa. 13 May 2009Mayors and representatives from some of the world’s major cities are meeting today at the United Nations to discuss how better infrastructure planning can help achieve sustainable urban development.
Companies in this story: (TSX:SU) CALGARY — Suncor Energy Inc. says it will spend $1.4 billion to replace its coke-fired boilers with two cogeneration units at its oilsands base plant north of Fort McMurray, Alta.The company says the units will provide steam generation for its extraction and upgrading operations and generate 800 megawatts of power.The change will also help reduce costs.Suncor says replacing the coke-fired boilers with cogeneration will reduce greenhouse gas emissions associated with steam production at the base plant by approximately 25 per cent.Sulphur dioxide and nitrogen oxide emissions are also expected to be reduced by approximately 45 per cent and 15 per cent respectively.The project is expected to be in-service in the second half of 2023. The Canadian Press
“The main purpose of my visit today is to (meet) the people and express my most sincere condolences to those who have lost their loved ones,” the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for South Sudan, Hilde F. Johnson, said during yesterday’s visit.According to media reports, more than 100 people were killed and many others injured in an armed attack on a migrating group of people from the town of Walgak.While in Walgak, Ms. Johnson met with people wounded during the attack and other community members, including County Commissioner Goi Jooyu Youl. She encouraged residents to contain their anger and frustration, and to give peace a chance.Following a humanitarian needs assessment, aid would be delivered in a few days to about 10,000 people, she said. Ms. Johnson, accompanied by other senior officials from the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), including Force Commander Maj. Gen. Delali Johnson Sakyi, described the 8 February attack as “very serious” and said it threatened the stability of the entire state of Jonglei.“We are very worried about this,” Ms. Johnson told a group in the state capital of Bor following a meeting with Governor Kuol Manyang Juuk, who vouched his government would “do its best to prevent further attacks.”UNMISS, which is headed by Ms. Johnson, has been working with local officials since the attack to ascertain what happened.The Mission would like to see stability in Jonglei state, she stated, noting that it is looking at what it can do under the current circumstances to end the cycle of violence. At the same time, she underscored that “significant efforts” are needed from the government and community leaders to now ensure stability.Ms. Johnson was slated to travel to Pibor County today to meet with local officials, traditional chiefs and communities, and to discuss ways to counter cattle raiding and other forms of insecurity.
LILLE, France — Marin Cilic sealed Croatia’s victory over defending champion France in the Davis Cup final with a 7-6 (3), 6-3, 6-3 win over Lucas Pouille on Sunday.Cilic gave Croatia a 3-1 unassailable lead in the best-of-five series on indoor clay in northern France.Croatia claimed a second title in the team event following its maiden win in 2005.The Davis Cup final was played for the last time in its traditional format. Beginning next year, the top team event in men’s tennis will be decided with a season-ending, 18-team tournament at a neutral site.___More AP Tennis: https://www.apnews.com/apf-Tennis and https://twitter.com/AP_SportsThe Associated Press
Guyana will join the rest of the world in commemorating World Consumer Rights Day on Wednesday, March 15, under the theme ‘Building a Digital World Consumers can Trust’.The Guyana National Bureau of Standards (GNBS) which falls under the Ministry of Business, and which functions as the National Standards Body is mandated to provide consumer protection through it services.The Public Relations Officer, Lloyd David told the Government Information Agency (GINA), that Guyana should salute consumer bodies for their efforts in protecting consumer rights.David noted that the GNBS has been at the forefront in the protection of consumers through the development of standards and Acts to make many of these standards compulsory. He explained that when standards are made obligatory (Technical Requirement), they are enforced by various regulatory agencies including the Bureau, to protect the health and safety of consumers.Consumers are also protected through the verification of weighing and measuring devices used in trade such as scales, weights, measures and fuel pumps. He noted that accuracy and fitness for use is established when the devices are verified by the GNBS, and this prevents consumers from being cheated, David explained.Through its standards Compliance Programme, the Bureau monitors a number of products including household electrical appliances, cellular phones and gas stoves to ensure compliance with requirements outlined in national labelling and quality standards. In addition, complaints made by consumers of these products are investigated to provide the necessary redress, David told GINA.The Bureau also provides testing services including the testing of gold jewellery to ensure that the declarations made on the karat or purity are correct. Additionally, capacity is being built to test concrete (hollow) blocks, and this will improve the quality of blocks available for building construction.Products are also certified to National Standards, and the National Standards Mark is affixed, which tells consumers that these products have been inspected and tested, and are compliant with the requirements set out in the respective national standards. This also assists consumers to make wise choices on the quality of products they purchase, which provides confidence to consumers, David explained to GINA.The GNBS offers protection to consumers through education and information. Utilising the print and electronic media, the Bureau issues timely advisories and warnings on defective or unsafe products and services.According to Consumer International, “World Consumer Rights Day is a time for promoting the basic rights of consumers, for demanding that those rights are respected and protected, and for protesting the market abuses and social injustices which undermine consumers.”David pointed out that the GNBS, “strongly believes that the protection of consumers is a 24/7 business that is all encompassing.” (GINA) Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedGNBS now ISO 9001 internationally certifiedApril 10, 2018In “Business”Commerce Minister hints at regulating cellphone shopsMarch 15, 2014In “Business”GNBS collaborates to develop energy standards and labellingOctober 26, 2017In “latest news”
Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedOver 200 Police recruits graduate from Felix Austin Police CollegeJuly 23, 2016In “Crime”Police Force gets 151 new ranksMay 1, 2019In “latest news”Guyana Police Force adds 150 new ranksMay 19, 2018In “Crime” The manpower of the Guyana Police Force (GPF) has been further strengthened in time for the Christmas season with the graduation of some 133 ranks from four recruit courses.The hall of the Police Officers’ Training Centre on Friday was filled with family members and well-wishers as the young officers received their certificates following an almost five-month long training session.Some of the top performers of the course pose with senior officersThe ranks commenced training on June 19 earlier this year and were divided into four courses 35 “B 1” and 35 “B 2” that were trained at the Felix Austin Training College in Berbice, Course “13 G” was trained at the Richard Faikal College, Essequibo, while 361, 362 were trained at the Felix Austin Police College in Georgetown.Assistant Commissioner of Police Clifton Hicken, in delivering the feature address, told the new ranks that they graduated at a time when the Police Force is undergoing a citizen security reform.The graduating class of 2017“It is important that decisions that you make out there will be in keeping with the mission statement of the Guyana Police Force. You are young and like us, you will grow with experience and you will meet with challenges,” he said, adding that in contemporary times, the demands for police in the public is getting greater.“When you get out there it is important that you take off the armor that you have and create an atmosphere that members of the public would want to interact with you… you are the broader prospect of this pyramid and you are the people who are supposed to be the catalyst for change,” Hicken charged.
Editor’s note: This article was updated on June 13 with comment from Block.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Evan Rachel Wood Just As Disturbed by Humanoid Sophia As Everyone ElseMIT’s Thread-Like Robot Slides Through Blood Vessels In the Brain I love hugs. Like, really love them. I’d choose a warm embrace over a cream cheese-smeared bagel, an Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt binge, or a sale on scented candles.So you can bet I’m excited about the prospect of a humanoid robot programmed to hug people.HuggieBot—a modified Willow Garage PR2 robot—is the first step toward an IRL Baymax: As tall as an average human, it is made with layers of foam, polyester, and other materials for extra-soft comfort.(And, as an added bonus, it won’t deflate when the battery runs low.)“We’re interested in enabling robots to hug because of how common hugs are in daily life and because of their numerous health benefits,” according to lead researcher Alexis Block, a Ph.D. student in the Haptic Intelligence Department at the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems.Studies suggest that hugs—whether between family, friends, or significant others—can ease stress, lower blood pressure, and make us feel supported, all of which helps stave off infection.“When my advisor and I were discussing several potential topics for my masters thesis, we realized both of our families lived far away,” Block told Geek in an email. “We thought about how nice it would be to get a hug from our moms on difficult or stressful days. This idea became HuggieBot.” Earlier this year, Block presented her own findings, based on a study in which HuggieBot gave 30 participants 12 different mechanical hugs.The experiment, conducted at the University of Pennsylvania, featured the cyborg raising its arms expectantly and asking, “Can I have a hug, please?”Some folks were wary of embracing the 450-pound computer, while others seemed excited for the novel opportunity.“When HuggieBot asks a person for a hug, some people answer out loud. Others just hold on to the robot for a really long time,” Block explained. “We also found that taking part in our formal user study (in which people hugged the robot 12 times) significantly improved the participants’ general impressions about robots.” No one was crushed to death or ran away screaming, NBC News MACH reported; some participants told researchers that HuggieBot was “nicer to hug” than they anticipated.“The study participants gave us lots of helpful feedback that will enable us to create a robot that gives even better hugs,” according to Block. “We are now in the process of developing HuggieBot 2.0, which will be more ergonomic and responsive to its hugging partner. We plan to compare the psychological and physiological effects of hugging this new robot with the effects of hugging other people. And finally we hope to be able to allow people to send each other customized hugs through HuggieBot 2.0 and see how these remote robot-mediated interactions affect personal relationships.Researchers are working on a second-generation machine—one that measures how much emotional support its hugs provide. HuggieBot 2.0 will be more ergonomic and responsive to its hugging partner.“We plan to compare the psychological and physiological effects of hugging this new robot with the effects of hugging other people,” Block said. “And finally, we hope to be able to allow people to send each other customized hugs through HuggieBot 2.0 and see how these remote robot-mediated interactions affect personal relationships.”She has no intention, though, of replacing human embraces (because who would want to?). She simply wants to supplement them.“We’re advocating for this technology to be used as a complement to other people,” Block explained, as reported by NBC News, “in situations where it is difficult or uncomfortable to get the support a person needs or wants from another human”—like a college campus or senior living facility. Stay on target
Clark County Commissioners Steve Stuart and Marc Boldt did not violate the state’s Open Public Meetings Act last month, according to their attorney.Chief Civil Deputy Prosecutor Bronson Potter said a Feb. 21 meeting that had not been included on the commissioners’ calendar did not trigger the OPMA’s notification requirement.Stuart and Boldt attended a meeting at Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler’s Vancouver office. The meeting included Mayor Tim Leavitt, Washougal Mayor Sean Guard, Battle Ground Mayor Mike Ciraulo, Ridgefield Mayor Ron Onslow and Woodland Mayor Chuck Blum. The purpose was for local officials to meet with Rep. John Mica, R-Fla., chairman of the U.S. House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, and committee member Rep. Bill Shuster, R-Pa.The private meeting lasted 45 minutes. It was prior to a public “listening session” on how the government can better meet the nation’s crumbling infrastructure needs.More than 250 people showed up to the listening session; approximately half were turned away because the community room at the Clark Public Utilities building was too small.
Dan Cohen AUTHOR The defense industry has a $13.7 billion economic impact in Ohio, accounting for 66,400 jobs across seven installations and hundreds of contractors located throughout the state, but without a statewide advocate for the industry, that business could be in jeopardy, according to speakers at last week’s Ohio Defense Forum in Columbus. “We need to get past the regionalism and look at the ways we can have a strategic plan and overall goals and objectives for our state, so we can have more access, more jobs … and increased national security,” said Rep. Mike Turner (R). “Other states are organized and operate as a team.” A number of cities, counties and regional groups are promoting local defense assets, but a statewide advocate could leverage resources already being expended to produce greater benefits for Ohio, reports Columbus Business First. “The state of Ohio has no collective plan. We need to come together to make sure we keep the infrastructure and have a plan to grow it,” said James Dignan, CEO of the Youngstown/Warren Regional Chamber. A newly formed state panel is working to strengthen Ohio’s defense presence. Last year, the Ohio Military Facilities Commission awarded $5 million to projects benefitting Air National Guard bases in Mansfield and Toledo.Air National Guard photo by Airman Alexis Wade
Nitin Jani and Tarun JaniPR HandoutNitin Jani and Tarun Jani are popular names in the film industries. They have directed, produced and written a lot of films and shows. Nitin and Tarun have been working in the industry for the past 10 years and have made a remarkable contribution. The Jani brothers next plan is to make a movie like Baahubali in Gujarati.”Because Baahubali is one of the best Indian films. Both the parts of the films were a blockbuster. If we could make a film like that and of that grandeur for our Gujarati audience, it would really make us happy as filmmakers. We will first start with casting good actors who can nail the lead roles like the original actors. It’s a big movie so we have to take it slowly to get it all right. So can’t reveal much details,” Nitin said in a statement.They have recently made a Gujarati film called Aavuj Reshe, which did wonders after its release. Nitin Jani has a YouTube channel called Jigli and Khajur, which is quite popular among people of the region.The Jani brothers have thousands of followers on their YouTube channel. His followers are always eagerly waiting for them to upload a new video.Apart from this, Nitin and Tarun have also worked in several Star Plus and Colors TV shows. Their play called ‘Khajur Nu Swayamwar’ has been appreciated nationally as well as, at international levels.
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Related posts:Guatemala’s Pérez Molina clings to power despite unprecedented pressure to resign Guatemala prosecutor confident President Pérez Molina will be removed from office, charged with graft In Guatemala, Pérez Molina claims US conspiracy behind corruption prosecution Guatemala ‘La Línea’ ringleader turns himself in, accuses ex-president of directing fraud scheme UPDATE:Thursday, Sept. 3, 4:45 p.m.A Guatemalan judge on Thursday afternoon ordered ex-President Otto Pérez Molina held in provisional prison pending the continuance of a criminal hearing on Friday at 9 a.m.Judge Miguel Ángel Gálvez said Pérez Molina should remain in the Matamoros military prison in Guatemala City because the ex-president is considered a flight risk ahead of his pending corruption trial.Original story continues here:GUATEMALA CITY – Guatemala’s Congress accepted President Otto Pérez Molina’s resignation Thursday as he appeared in court over corruption allegations following unprecedented protests that have upended the political scene, three days from elections.The retired general looked uncomfortable as prosecutors detailed their accusations before the Supreme Court, lowering his eyes when they played out wire-tapped phone calls they say implicate him in a scheme to defraud the state.Investigators believe the 64-year-old conservative received $3.7 million in bribes paid by importers in exchange for illegal discounts on their customs duty, said prosecutor Antonio Morales.Prosecutors have already charged his former Vice President Roxana Baldetti, who resigned in May, with taking $3.8 million in bribes between May 2014 and April 2015.Pérez Molina “was part of a criminal group in operation since May 2014 whose objective was to steal from the state,” Morales said.Thursday’s hearing could see the fallen president remanded in custody pending trial — a decision that would in any case have automatically removed him from office under Guatemalan law.“I’m calm and I will face the situation bravely because I’ve done nothing wrong,” Pérez Molina told a local radio station before his court appearance, where he sported a dark suit, red tie and a haggard look on his face.See also: Presidential downfall: How Guatemala’s Otto Pérez Molina fell from grace and what it means for upcoming elections Guatemalan ex-President Otto Pérez Molina attends a hearing at the Supreme Court in Guatemala City on Sept. 3, 2015. Johan Ordóñez/AFPVP to take officeCongress meanwhile voted unanimously to accept Pérez Molina’s resignation, which he submitted late Wednesday after the legislature stripped him of his presidential immunity — a first in Guatemalan history. Lawmakers then convened Vice President Alejandro Maldonado to be sworn in as head of state later Thursday.Maldonado, a 79-year-old lawyer and former Constitutional Court judge, will hold power until an elected successor takes office on Jan. 14.The session was broadcast live on national television, riveting the country in the midst of a whirlwind week that had already seen the courts issue a travel ban and arrest warrant for Pérez MolinaRead all our coverage of the presidential scandal hereThe embattled president stepped down after clinging to power through months of mounting protests. Guatemalans fed up with corruption erupted in celebration outside the Supreme Court early Thursday on the news of his resignation.“Otto, you thief, you’re going to Pavón!” they chanted, referring to one of the country’s main prisons.Thousands have hit the streets in protest since the scandal first erupted in April, on a scale never before seen in Guatemala.The accusations have stoked outrage in the Central American country of 15 million people, 53.7 percent of whom live in poverty, where the scars are still fresh from a 36-year civil war that ended in 1996.The scandal was uncovered by investigators from a United Nations commission tasked with fighting high-level graft in Guatemala, who say they found massive evidence that Pérez Molina orchestrated a scheme dubbed “La Línea” (“The Line”), named for the hotline that importers would allegedly call to access a network of corrupt officials.Investigators say their accusations are based on 89,000 wire-tapped phone calls.Pérez Molina, a former military intelligence officer, long rejected calls to resign before his term ended. In office since 2012, he was ineligible for re-election and would have handed over to his successor in January. But his increasing isolation and the justice system’s relentless pursuit ultimately left him little choice.In Costa Rica, the administration of President Luis Guillermo Solís issued a statement on Thursday saying officials in San José hoped constitutionality would prevail in “our sister Republic of Guatemala.”“It’s a decision entirely belonging to the Guatemalan laws and institutions, but it also is an event with regional implications,” President Solís said in a statement. “I think this is a moment in which Guatemala can demonstrate to the world its exemplary democratic behavior, and it should be a moment for all political and social forces to join the effort of strengthening democratic institutions; and it’s an opportunity for truth to shine, which after all is the light that should guide all the world’s people.”Costa Rican Foreign Minister Manuel González added that “Guatemala has the judicial mechanisms to solve this issue, and we hope that calm prevails; and we support the continuity of the electoral process in the conditions previously set, as [that process] should not be interrupted, but rather should continue providing guarantees of transparency and democracy.”González added: “As a Central American country and member of SICA [the Central American Integration System], we will follow the situation, and we trust the authorities of Guatemala will adequately address these circumstances to the letter of the law. We will continue working with normality with the new president and his Cabinet on a broad and dynamic bilateral and regional agenda.” Facebook Comments