Bringing the idea of the United Nations to life required huge leaps of statecraft to bridge differences, declared Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Friday in San Francisco, commemorating the 70th anniversary of the adoption of the UN Charter, which he said “symbolizes the hope and aspirations that we can bring the world as it is a little closer to the world as it should be.”Ban Ki-moon addresses a ceremony commemorating the 70th anniversary of the adoption of the UN Charter in San FranciscoCredit/Copyright: UN Photo/Mark Garten“In signing this document, the founders achieved what many thought impossible. It falls to us to heed the Charter’s call to ‘unite our strength’ and to use their creation – the United Nations – for the common good,” he said, adding that the drafting of the Charter was a “glorious gamble.”Several high-level officials attended the ceremony, including; Nancy Pelosi, Congresswoman and Democratic Leader of the United States House of Representatives; Jerry Brown, Governor of California; Edwin Lee, Mayor of San Francisco; and Malala Yousafzai, Nobel Peace Prize laureate, whom the UN chief called the “torchbearer” of her generation.“So much faith was lost in the trenches and gas chambers of two world wars in the space of one generation. But they dared to believe in something bigger than person or country. Through intense negotiations, the delegates realized their dream.”He said that for two months, they turned San Francisco’s War Memorial into a ‘Peace Palace.’ More than three thousand women and men took part. One of them was Ellen Magnin Newman, a high school senior at the time. She was a Spanish interpreter – and helped everyone speak the universal language of peace, he said welcoming Ms. Newman to the ceremony.With the adoption of the Charter, a world in rubble found a path to renewal, the Secretary-General went on to say, recalling that while he had been born just months before the UN, it did not take long for the Organization to change his world for good.“When the Korean War ravaged my country, I lost my home, my school, all I knew. Help came bearing the United Nations flag: sacks of grain from UNICEF, textbooks from UNESCO, and many young soldiers from 21 nations, including the United States. The United Nations showed us we were not alone,” said Mr. Ban.“Today, when I travel to refugee camps and conflict areas around the world, I tell young people: you are not alone. I made it. You can, too. The United Nations will stand with you,” said the UN chief, underscoring that every day, the UN feeds the hungry, shelters refugees and vaccinates children against deadly disease.“Every day, we defend human rights for all, regardless of race, religion, nationality, gender or sexual orientation,” and in that regard, he welcomed the decision of the Supreme Court of the United States that paves the way for gay and lesbian Americans to have their relationship legally recognised, no matter which part of the United States they are living in.Continuing, he said the United Nations had led the charge in dismantling colonialism, bringing freedom to millions. It had mobilized the world to defeat apartheid. Its peacekeepers are on the frontlines of war; our mediators bring warriors to the table of peace.“Yet tragedy has also been with us every step of the way. Genocide, war and a thousand daily indignities and abuse plague far too many people, especially women’” he said, explaining that conflict has forced more people to flee their homes today than at any time since the Second World War.“Forces of division are on the march, peddling the false promise of isolation in ever more interdependent world. And the planet itself is at risk,” he said, declaring: “We have big work ahead.”To that end, he noted that in September, world leaders will adopt an inspiring new development agenda to end global poverty. In December, the international community has committed to reach a bold climate change agreement to place the world on more sustainable footing.“These are once-in-a-generation opportunities. This is our San Francisco moment,” he said, stressing that in signing the Charter, the founders achieved what many thought impossible. The United Nations is the hope and home of all humankind. The Charter is our compass. Let us never relent on the journey to a better world for ‘we the peoples,’” concluded the Secretary-General.At an event in New York to mark the anniversary, Deputy Secretary-general Jan Eliasson said the UN Charter is essentially an expression of hope. It was written at the end of one of the darkest chapters in human history. “It symbolises the hope and aspirations that we can bring the world as it is a little closer to the world as it should be. This we can do through cooperation, dialogue, peaceful settlement of disputes and respect of human rights.”“Yes, the UN Charter is truly a gift. It reminds us – as the present stewards of the United Nations – of our responsibilities to live up to the Purposes and Principles of the Charter. It connects us to our strongest roots and our best aspirations as we reach out to an uncertain, yet hopeful, future – if we travel the right road, Mr. Eliasson said.Also addressing the ceremony, Einar Gunnarsson, Vice-President of the General Assembly, speaking on behalf of Assembly President Sam Kutesa, said that over the course of 70 eventful years, the UN has addressed severe global problems that afflict and challenge humanity’s stability and progress.The contributions of the UN to the contemporary issues of our time are undeniable. From supporting the major decolonization efforts across Africa and Asia to providing a critical platform for discourse throughout the Cold War; the United Nations has, and continues to be, at the forefront of efforts to ensure a secure, prosperous and equitable world.“As we mark this historic anniversary, we have every reason to celebrate all that we have accomplished as a community of nations over the last seven decades. We also need to reflect on how to adapt and align the United Nations to remain effective and relevant in a dynamic and globalized new world,” he said.Source:United Nations
Salé – An Italian national sued in terror-related cases had his prison sentence reduced to one year by the Court of Appeal on Wednesday.The accused was sentenced in October 2016 by the Court of First Instance to three years for “forming a gang to commit terrorist attacks within the framework of a collective plot to seriously undermine public order, defending acts advocating terrorism and praising a terrorist organization.”The Court also upheld the sentence imposed by the Court of First Instance on the application of the procedure for the expulsion of the accused from the country. He was arrested in June 2016 at Oujda Angad airport, on the basis of security information about his membership in ISIS and involvement in a destructive project targeting Morocco in coordination with the leaders of this organization.
Load More Huawei Japan joins Kansai Economic Federation with eye on World Expo 2025 and Osaka IR While Sega Sammy has stated its desire to open an IR on home soil following passage of the IR Implementation Bill last July, Paradise Group has until now remained silent on the issue.However, in an exclusive interview with Inside Asian Gaming set to appear in the upcoming February 2019 edition of IAG, Paradise President and CEO Park Pyung-yong said pursuing a Japanese IR was a distinct possibility. Asked if the group was considering a cooperation with Sega Sammy in Japan, Park replied, “Yes. It’s not a commitment, but it’s some of kind of sentiment. But it’s not confirmed.”One reason for Paradise to pursue a Japanese IR may be to somewhat negate the potential impact Japan could have on Korea’s casinos once open, given the large amount of players flowing their way from Japan.Park, though, said he doesn’t expect to lose significant business once Japan’s casino industry launches – particularly as it relates to the VIP segment.“Some people think Japanese high rollers may not come to Korea, but Japanese high rollers may be very cautious about their playing,” he said. “I think Japanese high rollers won’t go to their local casino. Our VIP clients in Japan will still come to Korea.” Japan to conduct nationwide prefectural survey to confirm IR intentions Osaka approves Yumeshima site for commercial development in latest IR move Korea’s leading integrated resort operator, Paradise Group, is considering extending its partnership with Japan’s Sega Sammy to a joint bid for a Japanese IR license.The two companies are current joint venture partners in Korea’s first integrated resort, Paradise City in Incheon, of which Paradise holds a 55% stake and Sega Sammy 45%. RelatedPosts
Tags Apple iPhone XS Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X Sprint 7 Rylo TV and Movies Netflix Deadpool,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. $520 at HP $60 at Best Buy $210 at Best Buy Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) $6 at Tidal Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). Read the Rylo camera preview See It I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. Comments Sarah Tew/CNET Share your voice An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. 50 Photos Tags Share your voice See It Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) $999 Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. Read Google Home Hub review See at Turo Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) See at Amazon Boost Mobile Angela Lang/CNET $59 at eBay Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) Read the AirPods review Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express CNET may get a commission from retail offers. DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) $999 TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. The Cheapskate Turo: Save $30 on any car rental The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. $155 at Google Express Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) Get ready for some unnerving action from Love, Death & Robots. Netflix Netflix revealed some images from a new upcoming anthology series, Love, Death & Robots, on Monday, and while the show title may be unfamiliar, some major names are behind it. David Fincher (House of Cards, Mindhunter, Fight Club) and Tim Miller (Deadpool, Terminator 6) are executive producers on the series.The show is a collection of animated short stories spanning the science fiction, fantasy, horror and comedy genres, and Netflix said in a release that episodes are “intended to be easy to watch and hard to forget.” (Anyone else getting a Black Mirror vibe?)Enlarge Image Netflix Enlarge Image Netflix Enlarge ImageSome of the episodes will be as short as five minutes. Netflix “Love, Death & Robots is my dream project,” Miller said in a statement. “It combines my love of animation and amazing stories. Midnight movies, comics, books and magazines of fantastic fiction have inspired me for decades, but they were relegated to the fringe culture of geeks and nerds of which I was a part. I’m so f**king excited that the creative landscape has finally changed enough for adult-themed animation to become part of a larger cultural conversation.”Perhaps he’s also excited the creative landscape now lets him swear in corporate-issued statements?Episodes will be 5-15 minutes long. No release date was announced. $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express Sarah Tew/CNET Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR $999 Best Buy See It 2 JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) Read Lenovo Smart Clock review Read DJI Osmo Action preview Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. Turo Sarah Tew/CNET Sarah Tew/CNET Chris Monroe/CNET Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) 2019 TV shows you can’t miss See it $299 at Amazon $999 DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) Comments Amazon
Android Pie CES Products Huawei It’s not every phone that gets not one, but three launches. That why it’s extra unusual that Huawei is giving the visually stunning, midprice Honor View 20 a trio of launches. We first saw it appear in December in China, then once again at CES 2019 in Las Vegas in early January where we went hands-on with the promising phone (more on that below). Huawei is saving the best for last with a global launch in Paris on Jan. 22. It’s that final date, in just a few days, when we’ll hear how much the Honor View 20 will sell in the UK, Europe and other countries outside of Asia. It’s also when we’ll find out if the feature-packed handset will come to the US through Amazon or Huawei’s direct-to-market Honor site.The Honor View 20 already stands out for its 6.4-inch display, “hole punch” cutout for the 25-megapixel selfie camera, a 48-megapixel “3D” camera setup and vibrant red, blue and black colors. It was holding the Honor View 20 in my hands that really brought the Honor View 20’s assets to life. CNET Up close, the chevron pattern on the back bursts to life as the colors and design shift and ripple in the light. It’s mesmerizing. And it’s only seeing the View 20 in the flesh that the full impact of its edge-to-edge screen sinks in, simply because it’s so natural you’d hardly notice the lack of sensors on the phone face, and the small camera lens. The sensors have, in fact, moved to the phone’s top edge. We’ll have to see during the review if the placement has any effect on daily use.Honor phones are often mid-tier, but the View 20 comes out swinging — see the spec list below. You have a rear camera that can take pictures up to 48 megapixels, using AI technology to make a very detailed shot. Huawei talks about its 3D camera, which uses a time-of-flight sensor (a specific sensor technology) to take a depth map; that means the camera can separate the subject from the background, and manipulate them both. Dazzling Honor View 20 phone will dazzle you Mentioned Above Huawei Honor View 20 (midnight black) $437 Honor View 20’s hypnotic colors will make your jaw drop 28 Photos CES 2019 See it 2:58 Honor View 20 specs6.4-inch display with 2,310×1,080 pixels (398ppi)48-megapixel rear camera and time-of-flight (TOF) 3D camera25-megapixel front-facing cameraHiSilicon Kirin 980 chipset (7nm process, octa-core)Android 9.0 Pie128GB onboard storage (no expandable storage)8GB RAM4,000mAh battery, and quick chargeDual-SIM capabilityFingerprint readerHeadphone jackUSB-C charger portOriginally published Jan. 8 and updated most recently Jan. 20, 2019.Read: New Google Assistant tricks for your phoneRead: Galaxy S10 won’t save Samsung innovation, but foldable ‘Galaxy X’ could Review • Honor View 20: The first standout phone of 2019 For example, one camera mode lets you slim down your subject. You can also connect the Honor View 20 to a monitor and play games you control with body movements. And a future update will combine an AI engine that knows what you’re eating to a depth map that measures portion size to determine a calorie count.You can take selfies up to 25 megapixels in size. There’s no 3D sensor on the front-facing camera, but you can still make Huawei’s version of iPhone Animojis by applying AR filters to your moving face (it’s called AR Lens). There are also filters to light your selfies dramatically.A huge 4,000mAh battery, 128GB of onboard storage and 6GB of RAM round out the specs. You can turn the microSD storage slot into a second SIM slot instead, and yes, the Honor View 20 does have a headphone jack. A Pro version will come in two other colors, including black, and has double the storage, 256GB, and 8GB of RAM.I took this 48-megapixel shot of the lion in the MGM Grand’s lobby. James Martin/CNET As appealing as this phone sounds, the Honor View 20 faces tremendous challenge. A sub-brand of Huawei, the Honor division has long tried to create its own identity. That’s never been more significant than now, when Huawei phones are discouraged or outright banned in some countries, including the US. It was exactly a year ago that government pressure caused AT&T and Verizon to pull out of a deal to sell their first flagship Huawei phone, and Best Buy stopped selling them altogether. Washington’s growing political tension over trade tariffs could also have an effect on the Honor View 20’s price, if it did appear in the US through third-party retailers like Amazon.We don’t have pricing or availability yet, but Honor promises to share that yet a third event, the Honor View 20’s global launch set for Jan. 22 in Paris. Comments Share your voice CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Huawei Honor View 20 Tags Now playing: Watch this: Phones 3
Stacey Abrams, former minority leader of the Georgia House of Representatives, was the first Black woman to deliver the Democratic response to the State of the Union Address on Feb. 5. Most acknowledge the rising Democratic star is shining even brighter after her cogent rebuff of Trumpism.(AP Photo)
Stay on target Anti-Black Panther Group Shut Down, Stan Lee is OK & More MCU NewsThe Future of Marvel’s Stars, Possible New Arrivals & More MCU News Logan is a very, very, very good movie. You can check out MovieBob’s review of it for Geek.com if you need further convincing. However, as great as it may be, it has a very weird relationship with the comic books. Most of the previous X-Men movies, up until Deadpool, took the team and stories from the comics and somehow managed to suck all of the fun and heart out of the series. Deadpool found its footing by taking everything that makes the comic book version interesting, injecting a little more substance, and fully embracing its source material. Logan, however, seems to have the comic books at arm’s length, a fact that the movie is very much aware of.via Marvel ComicsWhile many people have associated the new Logan movie with the Old Man Logan series from 2008-2009 by writer Mark Millar and Steve McNiven, the movie doesn’t share many qualities with the story beyond the fact that Logan is, well, old. Instead, Logan focuses on older versions of Wolverine of Professor X, forced on a road trip in a seek of a better future. The movie feels as if it owes much more to the Lone Wolf and Cub manga or Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns comic book than it does anything even remotely related to the X-Men comic books. A beat down, aging version of a popular superhero reluctantly takes a young girl under their wing in a future that hasn’t been kind to their respective franchise.The Wolverine of the movies up until now has shared a lot with his comic book counterpart, even if the Logan movie doesn’t deal much with it. First appearing in The Incredible Hulk #181 in 1974, the character has a very long and complicated history. Born to a wealthy Canadian family in the 1800’s, James Howlett tragically discovers that he is a mutant with retractable bone claws after his family is murdered. Roaming the wilderness for many years, he becomes a drifter, serving in almost every major war of the past century, even fighting alongside Captain America. Sometime in the 60’s or 70’s, he is captured by the Weapon X program and the metal Adamantium is bonded to his skeleton, to brainwash him and turn him into a killing machine. Eventually escaping, he continues to travel the world, briefly joining the Canadian superhero team Alpha Flight, while also spending time in Japan and learning their culture. Making his way onto the X-Men, he becomes a staple member of the team for many years and has been ever since.via Marvel ComicsLogan‘s version of both Wolverine and X-23 are so far removed from the comic books that it almost comes down to them just sharing a name and powerset with their source material, especially for the young Laura aka X-23. Created for the X-Men: Evolution cartoon in early 2003, X-23 made her first comic book appearance a year later in NYX #3. A child created in a lab, to clone Wolverine, she is raised to be an assassin. She eventually escapes and makes her way out into the world, by this time already being well into her late teens. Eventually, she meets the superhero Wolverine that she shares DNA with, and he helps her get accepted to the Xavier Institute for Higher Learning as a way to keep an eye on her. Acting as an X-Men for a few years, she is eventually drafted alongside Wolverine into the new X-Force, a lethal black-ops team created by Cyclops. Currently, she acts as the Wolverine of the Marvel Universe, ever since the “death” of Logan in 2014.via Marvel ComicsCoincidentally, around the same time that the comic book version of Logan “died,” and Laura started acting as Wolverine, another version of Logan appeared in the Marvel Comics Universe. The Old Man Logan iteration of the character was displaced from his timeline/alternate Earth and has been running around the main Marvel Universe. The gnarled version of the character has found himself as a man with a second chance, able to prevent the tragedies that caused his timeline to fall apart. However, just like Logan will eventually be rebooted or recast, the proper comic book version of the character will eventually return to life.Marvel’s Old Man Logan series is currently on sale at Comixology.
Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global I am not an expert on security issues, but I’ll lend my opinion to you.First of all, if you want to offer WiFi in your cafe, consider outsourcing the provision of the service to a 3rd party company such as http://www.whotspot.com, which specializes in this. If you want to offer WiFi access yourself and it is going to be for free, simply segment your network with a router and firewall. On one network you can use it for your own Internet access and on the other network open it to the public and provide visitors with your security key to access the WiFi network. I hope this helps.Ramon RayEditor & Technology EvangelistSmallbiztechnology.com February 9, 2008 min read Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Register Now »
Enroll Now for Free Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now 2 min read May 22, 2017 This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. From fast food cooks to concierges at restaurants and hotels, robots are slowly infiltrating the workforce in nearly every industry. Most recently, the world welcomed its first operational robot policeman.“Robocop,” the newest member of the Dubai police force, debuted on May 22 at the Fourth Gulf Information Security Expo and Conference, where it greeted guests.Related: These 5 Robotics Startups Are Changing The Way Work Gets DoneAt approximately 70 inches tall and weighing nearly 220 pounds, Robocop seeks to engage with city residents and tourists. Featuring an “emotion detector,” the robot can recognize a person’s gestures and body language from nearly five feet away. Robocop’s skills don’t stop there — the emotionally intelligent bot can detect if a person is happy, sad and even angry by studying his or her facial expression. And just like your human friends would do, if Robocop sees you’re unhappy, it will try to lift your spirits. More importantly, when it comes to fighting crime, the robot uses the internet of things, artificial intelligence and other smart technologies to spot offenders using facial recognition. Its navigation skills grant it the ability to map out areas and travel on its own.Related: These Absolutely Frightening Robots Will Give You NightmaresEquipped with a built-in tablet, Robocop can communicate with people, speak six languages, respond to public queries, shake hands and even military salute.”With an aim to assist and help people in the malls or on the streets,” said Brigadier-General Khalid Nasser Al Razzouqi, director-general of smart services at Dubai Police, “the Robocop is the latest smart addition to the force and has been designed to help us fight crime, keep the city safe and improve happiness levels.”
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in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, Headlines, journal, News February 15, 2018 576 Views Fannie Mae Freddie Mac GSE 2018-02-15 David Wharton Freddie Mac posts a Q4 Loss Share Like its sister agency, Freddie Mac this week reported large Q4 losses that will require government bailout money for the first time since 2012. The major difference is that Freddie won’t need as much money as Fannie Mae.On Thursday, Freddie released its Q4 and overall 2017 financial report, showing a $3.3 billion loss in the fourth quarter that will require $300 million in federal assistance. The report comes one day after Fannie Mae released its report for the same time period and posted a $6.5 billion downturn in the quarter that requires a $3.7 billion bailout.Overall, Freddie reported $5.6 billion in annual net income in 2017. A $4.5 billion benefit from a litigation settlement ($2.9 billion after taxes) and a $5.4 billion write-down of the net deferred tax asset resulting from December’s tax overhaul by Congress were the two main contributing factors to the GSE’s net income last year.Like Fannie Mae, Freddie is putting on an optimistic face, despite the loss. The report stated that Freddie’s total guarantee portfolio grew 6 percent, exceeding $2 trillion for the first time. The growth rate is the highest for Freddie in a decade. The agency’s total mortgage-related investments portfolio declined 15 percent to $253 billion, while the total investments portfolio declined 13 percent to $342 billion.Freddie CEO Donald Layton called 2017 “a landmark year in Freddie Mac’s transformation.” He lauded the agency’s efforts to help put more than 2 million people in homes last year, and especially new buyers.“The number of first-time homebuyers we funded hit a 10-year high and we were once again the nation’s top multifamily financier,” Layton said. “At the same time, we significantly lowered taxpayer exposure to our risks, having reduced impaired assets in the investment portfolio by nearly 30 percent through cost-effective transactions, while integrating credit risk transfer extensively across both guarantee businesses.”According to the report, Freddie provided approximately $429 billion in liquidity to the mortgage market, funded nearly 1.5 million single-family homes and 820,000 multifamily rental units, and guaranteed nearly 11 million single-family homes and nearly 4 million multifamily rental units at year-end. The GSE also returned $11 billion to taxpayers in 2017.
Cards felt Miami would take Rosen at 11 and that there were two other teams also interested in moving up so therefore they got aggressive to move up.— John Gambadoro (@Gambo987) April 27, 2018“I’m so excited. I just want to get on the field,” Rosen told Deion Sanders after putting on a Cardinals cap. “The chip is only growing growing bigger.” Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Your browser does not support the audio element. The Arizona Cardinals have their quarterback of the future. General manager Steve Keim traded up from 15th to the No. 10 pick in a deal with the Oakland Raiders to select former UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen in the 2018 NFL Draft.Arizona also dealt its third round pick (79th overall) and fifth round pick (152nd) in the trade. 161 Comments Share Rosen was the fourth quarterback selected in the draft after Oklahoma’s Baker Mayfield (first overall to Cleveland), USC’s Sam Darnold (third to the New York Jets) and Wyoming’s Josh Allen (seventh to Buffalo).Related LinksCardinals view Josh Rosen’s outspoken personality as a plusCall it robbery: Cardinals hit home run with trade, pick of QB Josh RosenJosh Rosen to the Cardinals: Reaction to the NFL Draft-day trade, pickWhy Cardinals first-round pick Josh Rosen fell in 2018 NFL DraftRosen started as a true freshman in 2015, throwing for 3,670 yards, 23 touchdowns and 11 interceptions while completing 60 percent of his passes. He was named Pac-12 Freshman Offensive Player of the Year and a Freshman All-American.He would only play in six games in 2016, missing the rest of the season due to a right shoulder injury. Rosen had surgery done on the shoulder to repair soft-tissue damage.In 2017, Rosen suffered a concussion in the eighth game of the year against Washington. He missed one game and would start the rest, including the season finale when he had his second concussion against Cal and was ruled out the rest of the game. Still dealing with concussion symptoms, Rosen elected to sit out of the team’s bowl game after declaring for the NFL Draft.Seen as arguably the top quarterback for some of the 2018 NFL Draft process, Rosen’s injuries and his outspokenness are the main concerns that saw him fall out of the top spot. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact UCLA’s Josh Rosen, right, poses with commissioner Roger Goodell after being selected by the Arizona Cardinals during the first round of the NFL football draft, Thursday, April 26, 2018, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip) Rosen has consistently been against the NCAA’s amateurism rules, speaking out against UCLA signing a $280 million deal with Under Armour and claiming that “football and school don’t go together.” He also made a post on Instagram in April of 2016 where he was golfing while wearing a hat that said “(Expletive) Trump.”With Sam Bradford signed to a one-year deal with a team option and backup quarterback Mike Glennon, the Cardinals have the veteran quarterbacks inline to steady the ship while Arizona grooms Rosen into its long-term quarterback. – / 97 LISTEN: Steve Wilks, Cardinals Head Coach The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Top Stories
November 3, 2006 The first floor of Unit 9 and 10 in the East Crescent complex has become temporary recreation space. The Arcosanti library was moved into Unit 9, and Unit 10 now holds the pool table, ping-pong table and a fuss-ball table, with a small weight and exercise room in the back. [Photo & text: rc] Construction staff cleared out both spaces to paint ceilings and walls to bring more light into the rooms, as the front of both units is still covered with a temporary wall of corrugated fiberglass. Ceilings and walls were steam cleaned before paint was applied. Workshop participants and staff had fun in plastic protective gear. Construction staff Melissa Soluski tapes the borders of the silt-cast ceiling design, while workshop participants Ilaria Ferraboli, Jung Ju Lee and Stanford Mandizha wash concrete surfaces. [Photo & text: rc] The construction staff electric crew, workshop participant Alfonso Elia and electrician Brendan Scott, complete wiring in the units. In the interior layout plans, the back portion of the library is actually a room that is part of an apartment with a north entrance. Part of this effort is to erect and complete the walls for this room. Angus Gluck teaches his crew of workshop participants how to put up metal studs and drywall, tape and mud the drywall and finally paint it. At the same time shelving and books in the library are slowly re-assembled. This report will continue. [Photo & text: rc]
FORMER President Demetris Christofias has reportedly asked the committee of inquiry investigating the causes of the country’s near financial collapse, to delay his testimony so that his associates, who are away on holiday, can help him prepare.State broadcaster CyBC said on Sunday that Christofias’ request had been rejected by the panel who are expecting him to appear as scheduled next week on Thursday.CyBC sources said the inquiry cited tight timeframes and the need to deliver a report to the Cabinet by the end of September. It said people close to Christofias said he was “bitter” about the committee’s response as well as by the fact his testimony would be sandwiched between Central Bank governor’s Panicos Demetriades today, and that of former Central Bank governor Athanasios Orphanides next week on Friday, immediately after Christofias’ own testimony.President Nicos Anastasiades’ testimony which is expected to be the last the committee will hold, originally pencilled in on Monday, August 26 will in the end be held on August 27.The three-member panel is looking into a series of events that preceded an international EU/IMF bailout this March, which was clinched at the eleventh hour, availing an all-out collapse of the country’s banking sector and economy. Most of the events in question took place during Christofias’ administration between February 2008 and February 2013.You May LikeLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoGundry MD PrebioThrive Probiotic SupplementCardiologist: This Is What Happens To Your Body When You Eat GlutenGundry MD PrebioThrive Probiotic SupplementUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)UndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoby Taboolaby Taboola
The European Investment Bank (EIB) will not do any new lending in Turkey linked to the government until at least the end of the year while it carries out a strategy review.The move is part of a European Union decision earlier this month to symbolically punish Turkey over its drilling for oil and gas off Cyprus in the eastern Mediterranean.“As the EU Bank, the EIB will follow the Council’s recommendations and, notably, will take a restrictive approach towards the submission of new lending operations to its Board for approval for the rest of the year,” an EIB spokeswoman told Reuters.The EIB, which is Turkey’s biggest single lender, has spent between 0.4 billion euros ($446 million) and 2.2 billion euros ($2.45 billion) a year in the country over the last three years, while nothing has been invested so far in 2019.The freeze is not currently expected to affect private sector projects and the bank could still sign around 350 million euros worth of deals before the end of the year if it gets the green light from EU finance ministers on the EIB board.“A review of the Bank’s strategic orientations of its lending activities in Turkey is scheduled for later this year,” the spokeswoman added.Turkey has said that any EU funding cuts will not affect its drilling off Cyprus.Turkey has told energy firms not to work with the Cypriot government and sent ships to drill off the island.On top of the EIB move, EU foreign ministers have suspended negotiations on a Comprehensive Air Transport Agreement, said they will curb high-level diplomatic contacts for the time being and have proposed cutting pre-EU accession assistance to Turkey.You May LikeCalifornia Earthquake AuthorityEarthquake insurance that fits your future plansCalifornia Earthquake AuthorityUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndo Our View: Argaka mukhtar should not act as if he owns the beachUndoThree arrested in connection with hotel theftsUndoCruise passenger airlifted to Paphos hospitalUndoby Taboolaby Taboola
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