If AI Means The End Of Us, Maybe That’s Okay

first_imgFor a while now I have been wanting to write an essay or even a book with the title, “The Last of Our Kind,” looking ahead to a time when machines become more intelligent than humans and/or humans incorporate so much digital technology that they become post-biological creatures, indistinguishable from machines. Those digitally-augmented descendants will be so different from us as to seem like an entirely different species. What happens to us? Simple “biologicals” might be able to co-exist for a time with our more intelligent descendants, but not for long. Eventually, creatures that we today consider “humans” – creatures like us – will go extinct.At the heart of this line of thinking is the notion that what matters most is intelligence, not biology. What are we humans? At the end of the day we are nothing more than biological containers for intelligence. And frankly, as containers go, biological ones are not ideal. We’re frail, and superstitious. We don’t live very long. We need to eat and sleep. We learn slowly. Each new generation spends years re-learning all the stuff that previous generations have already learned. Some of us get sick, and others then devote enormous resources to caring for the sick ones. It’s all incredibly slow and crude. Progress takes forever.So maybe we are just a stopping point. Maybe the whole point of biological creatures is to evolve into something that generates just enough intelligence to evolve into something else. Maybe our purpose is to create our own replacements. And maybe, thanks to computers and artificial intelligence, we are not far from reaching this huge evolutionary inflection point.What Is To Be Done?Others are thinking along these lines, and even trying to do something about it, as evidenced this terrific essay from the New York Times by Huw Price, a philosopher at University of Cambridge. It’s a long piece but I’ve grabbed some highlights:“I do think that there are strong reasons to think that we humans are nearing one of the most significant moments in our entire history: the point at which intelligence escapes the constraints of biology. And I see no compelling grounds for confidence that if that does happen, we will survive the transition in reasonable shape. Without such grounds, I think we have cause for concern.“We face the prospect that designed nonbiological technologies, operating under entirely different constraints in many respects, may soon do the kinds of things that our brain does, but very much faster, and very much better, in whatever dimensions of improvement may turn out to be available.”Price and many others believe we are nearing the point at which artificial general intelligence is achieved. But this raises profound existential questions for us:“Indeed, it’s not really clear who “we” would be, in those circumstances. Would we be humans surviving (or not) in an environment in which superior machine intelligences had taken the reins, to speak? Would we be human intelligences somehow extended by nonbiological means? Would we be in some sense entirely posthuman (though thinking of ourselves perhaps as descendants of humans)?”The argument that some people put forward is that machines will never be able to do everything a human can do. They’ll never be able to write poetry, or have dreams, or feel sorrow or joy or love. But as Price points out, who cares?“Don’t think about what intelligence is, think about what it does. Putting it rather crudely, the distinctive thing about our peak in the present biological landscape is that we tend to be much better at controlling our environment than any other species. In these terms, the question is then whether machines might at some point do an even better job (perhaps a vastly better job).”Of course machines will do a vastly better job at many things than we humans can do. Machines are already doing that in countless domains. Chess is one example. Stock market trading is another. Imagine what would happen to the world’s markets, and thus to the world’s economy, if tomorrow all the computers were shut off and we went back to doing it by hand. Imagine humans trying to compete side by side in this domain against machine. It’s unfathomable.Trying To Stop The UnstoppablePrice and others are trying to come up with ways to keep this from happening, or to make sure that “good” outcomes are more likely than “bad” outcomes. Toward that end Price has co-founded the Centre for the Study of Existential Risk (C.S.E.R.) at Cambridge.I think assigning values like “good” and “bad” to the various possible outcomes of an evolutionary process makes no sense. Evolution happens and we don’t have control over it. Whatever rules some well-wishers might put into place to prevent certain outcomes, others will find ways to work around them. It’s what Yale computer scientist David Gelernter calls “the Orwell Law of the Future,” and it goes like this: Any new technology that can be tried will be.We are on a path, and there is no stopping it. This is neither good nor bad, it just is. Was it bad when single-celled organisms evolved into more complex organisms and then got eaten by them? I suppose the single-celled organisms weren’t psyched about it. But without that process, we humans wouldn’t be here. And if now it is our turn to be erased by evolution, so what? From the perspective of the universe, who cares if humans cease to exist?The great irony in all this is that we can’t stop pushing forward with dangerous technologies (AI, bioengineering) because evolution has hard-wired our brains in such a way that we cannot resist pushing forward, even if the consequence of this ever-upward march of evolution is that we end up rendering ourselves extinct. We humans like to believe that we among all living creatures are special and unique. And we are, if only because we are the first species that will knowingly create something superior to ourselves. We will engineer our own replacements. Which when you think about it is both brilliant and phenomenally stupid at the same time. In other words, perfectly human.Image courtesy of Shutterstock. 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ICC World Twenty20: India-Pakistan match will draw huge crowd anywhere, says Ravi Shastri

first_imgIndia cricket team director Ravi Shastri on Wednesday said the India-Pakistan World Twenty20 encounter will draw huge crowd wherever it will be staged.The game which was scheduled to be played in Dharamsala in Himachal Pradesh on March 19, was on Wednesday shifted to the historic Eden Gardens here for security reasons. Before the final decision was out on the venue of the marquee clash, Shatri said: “Where we play we don’t know. But Indo-Pak tie will draw huge crowd wherever it will be played. And when you are playing at home, majority of the crowd will be behind India.”  (World T20: ICC announces Kolkata as venue for India-Pakistan match) Speaking about the threat from Pakistan pacer Mohammad Amir who bowled brilliantly against India in the recently concluded Asia Cup, Shastri said: “You are speaking about a game that happened last week and we play them again one month later. We all know he bowled beautifully but then everyday can’t be his day. You have to think of what is ahead.” (Also read: World T20 – Confusion over Pakistan’s departure for India)Asked if Indian speedster Mohammad Shami will play in the practice games, Shastri said he will have to.”Shami is in the 15 (member squad), he will have to play,” he said.The 53-year-old also said he is facing a ‘problem of plenty’ with the squad but believes that is what adds to the bench strength of the side. (Rampant India take on West Indies in warm-up game) “Rahane is a good problem to have. The good thing about our bench strength is they can get into any side of the world. He will be around,” he said.advertisementShastri said the team was banking on the mix of youth and experience to regain the trophy which they won back in 2007.”Every side that needs to be a good side has to have the balance of youth and experience. Look at teams that have won the World Cup. There’s always been a mix of youth and experience. What youth does is it brings energy. They keep the seniors on their toes and they will want to emulate the juniors,” Shastri said.Youngster Hardik Pandya has impressed even the harshest critics in the last few weeks with his allround skills, and Shastri believes he is a value addition to the squad.”Very important (being picked for the T20 format), because he has all three departments. He is a very good fielder, he is sharp when he bowls and he is a tremendous striker. You need such players in such a format,” he added.last_img read more

Mehbooba for time-bound inquiry in Handwara firing incident

first_imgNew Delhi, Apr 13 (PTI) Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti today sought from Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar a “time-bound inquiry” into the Handwara firing, which left a budding cricketer and two others dead.Mehbooba, who is on her maiden visit here after assuming post of Chief Minister, today met Parrikar and Union Minister for Urban Development Venkaiah Naidu separately.In her meeting with Parrikar, she sought a time bound probe saying it will will act as a deterrent against such incidents in future.Describing the firing incident as “very unfortunate”, the Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister said, “I spoke to the Defence Minister. He assured me that a probe will be initiated and the culprits will be punished.”At the same time the family (of the victims) will be compensated. Such incidents should not happen in the future,” she said after meeting Parrikar.Two youth, including a budding cricketer, and a woman were killed in Handwara when security forces opened fire to disperse a stone-pelting mob targeting their bunker.The incident took place after reports surfaced that some army personnel had allegedly molested a girl returning from school. However, police investigations have so far indicated that no such incident had taken place and it was an attempt by some miscreants to create disturbance for removing an army bunker located within Handwara town, sources said.Army has ordered an inquiry while the police registered a criminal case and begun investigations into the incident which triggered more protests and had an echo in Srinagar and Pulwama districts of Kashmir as well.advertisementMehbooba said such incidents shake the confidence of the people and adversely impact the efforts of the State government in consolidating peace dividends.Even as she sought from Parrikar adequate compensation for the families of the victims, Mehbooba said said the loss of lives of the innocent civilians cannot be compensated by whatsoever means.Mehbooba had yesterday said the security personnel involved in the killing of two youths will be handed exemplary punishment, saying such incidents “cannot” be tolerated.MORE PTI SKL ABS DVlast_img read more

Hazard: I’ll support Egypt for Salah

first_imgWorld Cup Hazard: I’ll support Egypt at World Cup for Salah Sacha Pisani Last updated 1 year ago 09:16 6/7/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Mohamed Salah Egypt Getty Images World Cup Mohamed Salah Eden Hazard Belgium v Egypt Belgium Egypt Friendlies African All Stars The Belgium attacker praised Egypt’s performance in the absence of their star, who he hopes will take part at the World Cup Belgium star Eden Hazard said he will support Egypt at the World Cup for his friend Mohamed Salah following Wednesday’s international friendly.Egyptian sensation Salah is recovering from a shoulder injury sustained in the Champions League final last month and the Liverpool forward missed Belgium’s dominant 3-0 victory in Brussels .Egypt are optimistic Salah will be fit for their World Cup Group A campaign against Uruguay (June 14), hosts Russia (June 19) and Saudi Arabia (June 25). Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Hazard was on target in the first half at Stade Roi Baudouin after Romelu Lukaku opened the scoring against Egypt midweek before Marouane Fellaini completed the win in the second minute of stoppage time.Speaking afterwards, Hazard praised Egypt’s performance in the absence of Premier League Golden Boot winner Salah, who he hopes will take part at the showpiece tournament.”Egypt have good players. We managed to take control of the match and scored an early goal which made things easier for ourselves,” Hazard told ON Sport .”We are glad about defeating Egypt 3-0. I wish Salah the best and hope he returns. I will support Egypt in the World Cup for him.”Egypt are so different without Salah but they still performed well with compact lines. Their playing style is close to that of Tunisia.”I spoke with Salah after the Champions League final and sent him a message, as I said he is my friend and I want to see him in the World Cup.”We’ve beaten the @Pharaohs ! 3-0 ! Great support once again by @fanclub1895  See you Monday   @fedefutbolcrc  Tickets available on https://t.co/xgvqgq2WIn ! #REDTOGETHER #BELEGY #WorldCup pic.twitter.com/WuU1PC2afV — Belgian Red Devils (@BelRedDevils) June 6, 2018 Belgium manager Roberto Martinez also hopes to see Salah at the World Cup, adding: “Mo Salah is not just a good player, he’s an outstanding footballer, he’s a world class footballer after what he’s done this season.”Any team is going to miss the goal scoring threat of Mo Salah. We all wish him a speedy recovery and we want to see him in the World Cup.”Belgium led 2-0 at half-time thanks to Lukaku and Hazard following a comfortable opening 45 minutes against Egypt.Martinez made a host of changes at the break and it impacted Belgium’s fluency, though substitute Fellaini added a third in the 92nd minute.”I don’t think we are physically, tactically and mentally ready … and that’s why the Costa Rica game will be important,” said Martinez, whose Belgium will face Panama (June 18), Tunisia (June 23) and England (June 28) in Group G after Monday’s friendly against Costa Rica.”I don’t think our performance was perfect, far from it. There are many aspects that we need to improve. But what I like is that when we make mistakes we’ve got the togetherness to try to overcome them and I don’t think we had that before and that’s very pleasing.”last_img read more

7th Annual Touched by Cancer Touch Football Carnival

first_imgThis day is a great fun day of social touch. It is a great opportunity to play with friends or family that haven’t played before. All profits from the day go to the Gold Coast Prostate Cancer Support and Network Group. To date this carnival has raised over $50,000 to support local families afflicted by this disease.Please find attached a flyer with information on the carnival. More information can be found at the website www.coomeracometstouch.comRelated Filestbc_flyer_final-docxlast_img

ESPN Names College Football’s 5 Most “Entertaining” Teams

first_imgHead coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines reacts during the college football game against the Michigan State Spartans at Michigan Stadium.ANN ARBOR, MI – OCTOBER 17: Head coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines reacts during the college football game against the Michigan State Spartans at Michigan Stadium on October 17, 2015 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The Spartans defeated the Wolverines 27-23. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)The college football season is nearly here. In just two days, Week 1 of the college football season kicks off with 12 Thursday night games on the docket.As another season approaches, ESPN college football Mark Schlabach took a look at the “most-entertaining” teams in the nation. It’s an interesting list to say the least.The list is broken down into four scoring categories – which range from a team in the national spotlight, to how impressive its offense is. You can see the breakdown here.Here are the five most-entertaining teams entering 2018:ClemsonMichiganAlabamaFlorida StateTexas A&MThe full list of 10 teams can be seen here.Clemson, Alabama, and Michigan to a point, are in the College Football Playoff discussion. Meanwhile, Texas A&M sports a new head coach and Florida State starts Deondre Francois at quarterback once again.The 2018 season will be full of interesting plotlines.Stay tuned.[ESPN]last_img read more

Dabo Swinney Responds To Criticism Of Clemson’s 2019 Schedule

first_imgA closeup of Dabo Swinney.ARLINGTON, TEXAS – DECEMBER 29: Head coach Dabo Swinney of the Clemson Tigers reacts during the fourth quarter in the College Football Playoff Semifinal Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic at AT&T Stadium on December 29, 2018 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)On Wednesday, Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney went to the College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta to receive the MacArthur Trophy for the Tigers’ national title win over Alabama.While there, Swinney was asked by a local South Carolina reporter about Clemson’s schedule.The reporter asked Swinney about the comparative schedules between Clemson and rival South Carolina. The Gamecocks feature the most-difficult schedule in college football this season, per ESPN.In asking his question, the reporter brought up the “lack of competition in the ACC.”Swinney laughed at the question before giving his response:“Boy that’s a loaded question isn’t it? I couldn’t disagree more on how you phrased the question. There’s no lack of competition in our league. There’s a reason we’ve won two out of the last three national championships and it’s not because we don’t play anybody.We’ve played everybody. We’ve played Alabama three times in national championships. We’ve played Ohio State, Oklahoma, Texas A&M…Our league had 11 bowl teams this year…our league is incredibly competitive and deep.”You can see his full response here.Clearly Swinney doesn’t think the Tigers need to schedule any differently heading into future seasons.Clemson opens the 2019 season against Georgia Tech.last_img read more

Relations between Jamaica and Haiti to be Strengthened

first_img Minister of State in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Hon. Arnaldo Brown, said the visit was timely and would strengthen the co-operation and friendly relations that Jamaica has with Haiti. Under the instruction of the Prime Minister, we are to provide some scholarships for Haitians at the HEART Trust/NTA; the College of Agriculture, Science and Education (CASE) and at some of our teachers’ colleges. President Martelly, during his visit, pointed out that education is one of his main priorities for Haiti. Story Highlights Bilateral relations between Haiti and Jamaica are expected to improve, following  the State Visit of the President of that country, His Excellency Michel Martelly and his delegation, last week.Speaking with JIS News, Minister of State in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Hon. Arnaldo Brown, said the visit was  timely and would strengthen the co-operation and friendly relations that Jamaica has with Haiti.The State Minister  added that there is much that Jamaica has to offer in the areas of education, health, tourism, agriculture and security. “We have the expertise, the knowledge and we can assist them in terms of their development,” he said.President Martelly, during his visit,  pointed out that education is one of his main priorities for Haiti. “I have been able to give free access to about 1,300, 000 children to attend school. It is great to bring that mentality out, that it is important to attend school. However, what the children are taught in school is even more important,” Mr. Martelly  said.In light of the President’s interest in education, Minister of Education, Hon. Rev. Ronald G. Thwaites, said the Ministry is anxious to have discussions with the Haitian Government for Jamaican teachers of English to teach in that country and for Haitian teachers to teach French here.“Under the instruction of the Prime Minister, we are to provide some scholarships for Haitians at the HEART Trust/NTA; the College of Agriculture, Science and Education (CASE) and at some of our teachers’ colleges. This is necessary as their educational institutions were decimated by the earthquake in 2010,” the Minister said.Meanwhile, Minister of National Security, Hon Peter Bunting, said the Government of Haiti has an interest in re-establishing their force. “They were anxious to look at our model of a professional army to get an idea of a model they can follow. In our meeting, we also discussed support of policing, disaster and emergency management, their support in border security, protecting our Maritime space and of course their role in certain ceremonial occasions,” the Minister noted.last_img read more

Croatia Ratifies Wreck Removal Convention

first_imgzoom Croatia has acceded to the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) Nairobi International Convention on the Removal of Wrecks. This brings the total number of states to accede to the treaty to 37.Ivan Grdešić, Ambassador of Croatia to the United Kingdom, met IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim to deposit the instrument of accession on July 11.The convention, which entered into force in 2015, provides the legal basis for states to remove, or have removed, shipwrecks that may threaten the safety of lives, goods and property at sea, as well as the marine environment.The treaty was adopted in 2007 and its contracting states currently represent just over 70% of the world’s merchant fleet tonnage.Under the treaty, shipowners are financially liable and required to take out insurance or provide other financial security to cover the costs of wreck removal. It also provides states with a right of direct action against insurers.last_img read more

Province Releases 201617 Capital Plan

first_img There is also a contingency fund of $43.1 million. The plan includes the ongoing design and construction of eight new schools, funds for hospitals and other medical facilities construction and renewal, and investments in highway improvements. The capital cost of the Halifax Convention Centre is $164.2 million. The federal government’s $51.4 million contribution will be paid to the developer upon substantial completion and the balance will be split equally between the province and the Halifax Regional Municipality. The municipality will pay their portion to the province over the 25-year term. The Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal also released its 5-year Highway Improvement Plan, which is part of the capital plan. The capital plan is subject to approval in the 2016-17 budget. The 2016-17 Capital Plan is available online at www.novascotia.ca/finance. The 5-year Highway Improvement Plan can be found at http://novascotia.ca/tran/highways/hwyconstruction.asp. Government will invest $480.8 million in roads, schools, health care and public infrastructure through the 2016-17 Capital Plan, which includes funds set aside to participate in the anticipated federal government infrastructure program. The plan also contains a $164.2 million investment in the Halifax Convention Centre, Finance and Treasury Board Minister Randy Delorey announced today, Jan. 19. “Whether it’s renovations to schools, paving roads or investments in hospitals, these projects will create jobs and opportunities across the province,” said Mr. Delorey. “Communities and businesses will benefit from these projects, at a cost that aligns with the province’s fiscal plan.” The 2016-17 Capital Plan includes: $222.5 million in highways and structures $107.6 million in buildings and land $164.2 million in buildings (Halifax Convention Centre) $30.0 million in information technology projects $17.8 million in vehicles and equipment $59.8 million in capital grantslast_img read more

Modi gave gift of dignity to Muslim sisters Harsimrat

first_imgNew Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has given the gift of dignity to Muslim women by getting the Triple Talaq Bill passed, Union Food Processing Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal said on Wednesday. “Days ahead of #Rakshabandhan, the NDA govt led by hon’ble PM Shri @narendramodi ji gave our Muslim sisters the gift of dignity by getting the #TripleTalaqBill passed,” the Shiromani Akali Dal MP from Punjab’s Bathinda tweeted. “The message is clear: Our women will be treated with respect. No one will be oppressed in this land of equals,” she said. A historic legislation which criminalises instant Triple Talaq among Muslims got Parliament’s nod on Tuesday.last_img

Jeune Afrique King Mohammed VI Has Changed Morocco in 20 Years

Rabat – In “Africa in 2019,” a special edition about what factors are likely to drive continental politics in the coming year, Jeune Afrique, arguably Francophone Africa’s most read and influential magazine, paid particular attention to King Mohammed VI of Morocco’s twenty years of reign.On July 30 of next year, King Mohammed VI will celebrate the 20th anniversary of his ascension to the throne. How has the King fared in his two decades in charge? How has Morocco changed under his auspices and what awaits the North African country in 2019 as it seems to be looking to the future with regional aspirations?There are still daily difficulties, especially a youth with fewer opportunities and seeking to leave the country at all costs, Jeune Afrique said of Morocco’s current social and political states. But for all the persisting difficulties, the article hastened to add, Morocco is now “incomparably more accessible, free, and open.”In what reads like a paean to the King’s policies, the newspaper discredited all the criticism that has come Mohammed VI’s way in recent years. According to Francois Soudan, the newspaper’s editor-in-chief who penned the editorial, the Morocco that critics often portray is starkly different from the Morocco that has emerged under Mohammed VI’s guidance.“None of the catastrophic predictions about Morocco held true,” Soudan wrote. And as Morocco continues to thrive despite some “stubborn” issues, “one is tempted to wonder about what really bothers” the kingdom’s “alarmist critics.”Maybe, the article answered its own wonder, “European commentators have a problem with how attached Moroccans are to the monarchy, as well as to a King who is seen as the commander of all believers.”While “Moroccans feared Hassan II,” they seem to “love his son” as people never protested against his legitimacy or doubted his devotion to the country’s well-being, “even in the hottest moments of recent upheavals.”“Of course there have been upheavals in the two decades. Terrorist strikes, the 20 February uprisings, the Hirak movement in the Rif. But every time, in complete rupture with his father’s style, Mohammed VI reacted at the right time.”In addition to the “professionalism of security forces” in the case of Hirak, Mohammed VI showed that he sympathized with popular demands by “immediately re-launching development and employment-generating projects” for historically marginalized regions.But the 20 years have been no bed of roses. Poor education quality and a deepening lack of employment prospects for young Moroccans are still some of the issues that Mohammed VI’s Morocco has not entirely come to terms with.“The way forward for Morocco’s youth is still long,” the article noted, citing risks of radicalization and related dangers connected to youth issues. But it quickly added a corrective note, saying that the country’s current poor performance on the educational front should not downplay King Mohammed VI’s “passionate efforts” to find a solution to Morocco’s education and youth issues.“One has to be either blind or ill-intentioned to pretend, as do some in Europe, that Morocco has not changed and the transition between the two reigns has not yet taken place. Morocco today is freer and more open than it ever was.” read more

UN envoy to TimorLeste praises handling of ministers trial

After an appeals court upheld the seven-and-a-half-year sentence of former Interior Minister Rogerio Lobato, the head of the UN Integrated Mission in Timor-Leste (UNMIT), Atul Khare, commended all parties involved in the trial, noting that Mr. Lobato submitted voluntarily and peacefully to justice. Mr. Khare expressed hope that others would follow this example, including Major Alfredo Reinado, another target of investigations by the UN Independent Special Commission of Inquiry for Timor-Leste, set up to look into the deadly violence that erupted in May and April 2006. Speaking of Mr. Lobato’s case, UNMIT said in a press release that: “The latest decision shows that a culture of impunity will not be tolerated in Timor-Leste and that respect for the legal process will lead to the longer term goals of reconciliation and unity.”The 2006 crisis, attributed to differences between eastern and western regions, erupted after the firing of some 600 striking soldiers, a third of the armed forces. Ensuing violence claimed at least 37 lives and drove 155,000 people, 15 per cent of the total population, from their homes.The Security Council created UNMIT in August 2006 to help restore order after the violence, especially in the run-up to this year’s elections, which were the first polls held in the tiny nation since it gained independence from Indonesia in 2002. 14 May 2007The top United Nations envoy in Timor-Leste today praised the handling of the ongoing case against a former interior minister who was convicted of arming civilians in the deadly violence that rocked the small South-East Asian country last year. read more

No more Melania Trump underwear or honey for Slovenians

LJUBLJANA, Slovenia – No more Melania Trump honey, cakes, shoes and underwear for Slovenians.The future U.S. first lady has hired a law firm in her native country to protect her name and image from being used on numerous products that have sprung up since her husband, Donald Trump, was elected president.Natasa Pirc Musar, director of the Pirc Musar&Partnerji law firm, said Friday that the use of the name “Melania Trump” for commercial purposes without approval of her client would be against the law in the small Alpine state and would represent a violation of personal rights.“Judicial practice in Slovenia is clear: the use of the name, surname and photo of someone for commercial purposes without approval is not allowed,” Pirc Musar told The Associated Press, adding that the law firm has sent a press release to all Slovenian media, warning of a possible violation of the Melania Trump registered trademark.Items that were named after her include honey jars with labels showing her smiling face and the inscription “from the home garden of Melania Trump,” cakes decorated with golden dust, high heel shoes, an underwear line, a type of salad and even a big Christmas tree in the capital.Pirc Musar said that Melania Trump so far has not launched any legal claims.“We issued only a general warning,” Pirc Musar said. “We did not decide to call anybody or to demand anything. We have nothing against the Christmas tree in Ljubljana named Melania because this has nothing to do with commercial purposes. But we can’t allow some products to be named ‘Melania Trump.’”Born Melanija Knavs, Melania Trump left Slovenia in her 20s to pursue an international modeling career. The last time she is believed to have visited her native country was in July 2002, when she introduced Donald Trump to her parents at the lakeside Grand Hotel Toplice in the resort town of Bled two years before the couple’s engagement.It is not clear whether the branding of some products only as “Melania” would also represent the trademark breach.According to the national statistics bureau, 25 people in Slovenia are named Melania and 198 are called Melanija, the Slavic version of the name.___Dusan Stojanovic in Belgrade, Serbia, contributed to this report. by Ali Zerdin, The Associated Press Posted Dec 2, 2016 8:32 am MDT Last Updated Dec 2, 2016 at 11:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email FILE – In this July 18, 2016, file photo, Melania Trump, wife of Republican Presidential Candidate Donald Trump walks to the stage as Donald Trump introduces her during the opening day of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland. Fashion designer Tom Ford said on ABC’s “The View” Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016, that he had had been asked to dress Mrs. Trump “quite a few years ago” and declined because “she’s not necessarily my image.” (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File) No more ‘Melania Trump’ underwear or honey for Slovenians read more

Any lower and things could have been a lot different Irish boxer

first_img Caoimhin Hynes. Image: Holy Trinity Boxing Club ‘Any lower and things could have been a lot different’: Irish boxer recovering following stabbing Caoimhin Hynes was attacked by a group of men outside a McDonald’s over the weekend. Tuesday 2 May 2017, 12:07 PM Caoimhin Hynes. 1 Comment By Garreth MacNamee Warning: Graphic image of stabbing injury below.AN IRISH BOXER stabbed in a McDonald’s in Belfast has said he is “lucky to be alive” following the incident.Caoimhin Hynes was set upon by a group of men after one of them threw a drink at his girlfriend outside the fast food restaurant over the weekend. Hynes received a serious stab wound to his cheek during the incident.The Holy Trinity Boxing Club middleweight, who had recently won a gold medal at an amateur tournament last week, said his injuries could have been a lot more serious. However, he said he wants to get back training as soon as possible.A statement on the boxer’s Facebook page read: “I am blessed. Very lucky guy to still be alive. Any lower and things could have been a lot different. What a long day this has been.https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=766304216855240&set=a.766305536855108.1073741827.100004270050648&type=3&theater“I’m very lucky to have unreal friends, family and definitely girlfriend. I haven’t been able to read anyone’s messages but been told about some of the kind messages that have been sent. I really appreciate it. It means a lot.”The PSNI said that Hynes was attacked by a “number of males wearing tracksuits”.A spokesman said: “Shortly before 2.50am police received a report of an ongoing altercation involving a number of people in Donegall Place.“A 20-year-old male sustained a wound to his cheek after he was assaulted by a number of males wearing tracksuits. He is currently in hospital receiving treatment.“Detective Inspector Paul Rowland is appealing for anyone who was in the area of Donegall Place and who witnessed an altercation or anyone who has any information that can assist with the investigation to contact them at Musgrave Police Station.”A number of high profile boxers including Katie Taylor, Tyson Fury and Barry McGuigan have all offered their support to the young man.https://www.facebook.com/HolyTrinityBelfast/posts/1888520474694510Read: ‘A fantastic athlete with a willingness to work hard’ – Tributes paid as Irish runner dies suddenly >Read: ‘Closer to The Hunger Games than Coachella’: Fyre Festival hit with $100m lawsuit > May 2nd 2017, 12:07 PM center_img Share Tweet Email http://jrnl.ie/3368770 Short URL Image: Holy Trinity Boxing Club 14,792 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Google des lunettesphone bientôt sur le marché

first_imgGoogle : des lunettes-phone bientôt sur le marché ? Google est présent partout et surtout là où ça marche bien ! Son dernier projet en date est le développement de lunettes à réalité augmentée avec un profil smartphone. Avis aux nostalgiques de la vision, un peu spéciale, de Terminator… Qui a dit que les lunettes étaient ringardes ? Après le Cloud et le paiement sans contact (NFL), Google entreprend de développer un projet de lunettes connectées, qui pourraient vous faire regretter votre oeil de lynx. Selon le site 9to5, ces dernières seraient équipées d’un capteur frontal, d’un flash et d’un GPS. Reprenant le design des Oakley Thumps, ces lunettes pourraient ainsi permettre à l’utilisateur de profiter de la réalité augmentée. Autrement dit, de nombreuses informations seraient affichées en temps réel directement devant les yeux de l’utilisateur.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Pour cela, l’un des deux verres sera en réalité un écran embarquant un système d’affichage tête haute ATH permettant l’accès aux données et au système d’exploitation, Android bien sûr. La navigation sur Android devrait être possible grâce à de légers mouvements de la tête, simples et intuitifs. Mais la paire de lunettes pourrait aussi être munie d’une puce 3G, permettant de passer et de recevoir des appels. Les capacités de ces lunettes devraient être similaires à celle d’un smartphone fonctionnant sous la dernière génération d’Android. Mais Google ne semble pas être le seul constructeur à s’intéresser aux lunettes nouvelle génération, même si la version bêta des siennes pourrait sortir d’ici quelques mois. En effet, 2012 pourrait voir l’avènement de nombreux objets du quotidien embarquant des composants électroniques. Le 12 février 2012 à 10:52 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Game of the Year Magikarp Jump

first_img Review: ‘Fantasy Strike’ Is A Fighting Game That Understands…Game of the Year: Jordan Minor’s Best Video Games of 2018 For too long the definition of “Game of the Year” has been unfairly narrow. How boring is it to see every website shower the same stale AAA games with praise at the end of each holiday season? So at Geek.com we’re doing what we can to put a stop to this in Game of the Year, a new column celebrating worthy alternative picks for the year’s greatest game regardless of genre, platform, year of release, or even quality. Here, any game can be Game of the Year!I gotta level with y’all. I’m still a bit sore about the recent Pokemon announcement not being a reveal of the rumored (and still very much possible) “Pokemon Stars” for Nintendo Switch. But even if that game is still years away, Pokemon feels like it has never been more omnipresent.Part of that is due to the franchise’s recent embrace of mobile phones, only possible because of its semi-independence from Nintendo. We all remember the Pokemon Go craze but that was only one of many Pokemon spin-offs and card games that keep hitting iOS and Android at a steady clip. Magikarp Jump might be the most experimental mobile Pokemon offshoot yet, and it’s the Game of the Year.Magikarp Jump begins like any other traditional Pokemon game. You play as a child setting off on an adventure across the world of Pokemon. A professor gives you helpful guidance while various gyms and leagues challenge you to prove your worth.However, there’s one big tweak. Instead of collecting the biggest, most diverse menagerie of elemental monsters possible, the only Pokemon can you deploy is Magikarp. Yes, Magikarp, the pathetic fish that can only flop around. The joke Pokemon that only becomes useful if you manage to evolve it into the fearsome Gyarados (fearsome in other games, it’s useless in this one). Fortunately, everyone else also only has access to Magikarp, and instead of forcing the fish to fight, they compete in jumping contests. As the name implies, the goal of Magikarp Jump is to train your own Magikarp that jump higher than anyone else’s.To get those big ups for your pitiful sea creature, you’ll have to train it like any other Pokemon. Feed it in its dank pond. Make sure it does its exercises. Bring in other Pokemon like Pikachu as encouragement. However, not all Magikarp are created equally. Some have higher maximum potential than others, again like any other Pokemon. Magikarp gain levels but so do you as a trainer, and with a higher level, you can catch better Magikarp. Magikarp can also get eaten, die, or retire with any wrong move, so you’ll have to get accustomed to regularly fishing anyway. As its own theme song says, a Magikarp is unreliable.Training is important in a traditional Pokemon game, but the fun comes from the strategy of using different moves and monsters. However, in Magikarp Jump, the only thing that matters is raising the one power number for the one jump move higher and higher. You don’t see your opponent’s power until the match is finished, but the Magikarp with a higher jumping stat always wins. It’s pure math. The training exercises are similarly brainless tap sessions, and of course you’re hamstrung by timers and currency and other free-to-play elements.So why is what is essentially a more involved clicker game a Game of the Year? Because intentionally or not, I think Magikarp Jump serves as a great, sly, Pokemon self-parody. It shares all of these surface-level similarities with the main RPGs when it comes to format and gameplay progression. But it’s been boiled down to a hilarious degree. It’s making fun of how dumb and repetitive and grindy Pokemon, and really all RPGs, can be if you strip down the mechanics to their purest forms. Making the laughable Magikarp the star is just a cherry on top for an ironic Pokemon game. Even the art style kind of seems like a bootleg take on familiar Pokemon.Because they are so similar, I can only play a mainline Pokemon game every so often, and I’m waiting for a Switch version before really jumping back in. But in the meantime, as a funny, cool, hipster, alt-Pokemon game, Magikarp Jump is keeping me plenty entertained, so it’s the Game of the Year.Check back next week to read about the next Game of the Year! Stay on targetlast_img read more