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Afghan carnage as Taliban storm two cities after Biden withdrew troops- ‘Panic everywhere’

Afghan carnage as Taliban storm two cities after Biden withdrew troops- ‘Panic everywhere’

Joe Biden wants all American forces out by September, with most expected to leave this month. However, in the past few weeks, the Taliban have seized 50 local districts across Afghanistan.

Their forces have also entered the cities of Kunduz and Maimana, both provincial capitals.

Speaking to the New York Times Amruddin Wali, who sits on Kunduz’s provincial council, said fighting is ongoing.

He commented: “Right now, I hear the sound of bullets.

“The Taliban have appeared in the alleys and back alleys of Kunduz, and there is panic all over the city.”

Taliban fighters captured entrance points to Kunduz before dispersing into the city.

They briefly took the city in 2015 and 2016, before being forced back with the help of US airstrikes.

Fighting has been intensifying across Afghanistan, raising fears of a Taliban return when US troops leave.

At least 20 elite Afghan special forces were killed in one attack.

READ MORE: ‘I think there is a possibility’ Taliban might take control of Afghan

ISIS also have a presence in Afghanistan, with its fighters clashing with both the Taliban and the Afghan army in bloody battles.

Following president Biden’s announcement America’s NATO allies, including the UK, announced they would withdraw their troops as well.

Ben Wallace, the British defence secretary, said it is “a regret for most of the NATO allies” that Mr Biden didn’t make the US withdrawal conditional on the Taliban committing to peace.

Speaking in Parliament he added: “We will explore all options that we can to make sure that not only Britain’s interests and her citizens are protected, but also allies.

“We are also protected by international law to do what we need to do to defend ourselves.

“The one thing I would say to the Taliban, is they remember what happened last time they played host to Al-Qaeda.”

More than 400 British soldiers have been killed by hostile action in Afghanistan since their deployment began in 2001.

Defence Select Committee chair Tobias Ellwood MP has called for a “full inquiry”.

Speaking to the Daily Telegraph he said: “This cannot be the exit strategy that we ever envisaged. We must understand what went wrong.”

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‘Georgians are everywhere’: UFC’s Kutateladze responds to taunts from UK fighter Pimblett by issuing grim warning over ‘politics’

‘Georgians are everywhere’: UFC’s Kutateladze responds to taunts from UK fighter Pimblett by issuing grim warning over ‘politics’

Guram Kutateladze has reiterated that he will punish Paddy ‘The Baddy’ Pimblett if they ever meet in the octagon, and told the UFC signing that careless talk over “religion, family or country” have serious consequences in Georgia.

Asked why he called the cocky Liverpudlian out, Kutateladze told RT.com that he “wants to kill [Pimblett’s] hype” as an ex-Cage Warriors champion who has come into his organization declaring himself Dana White’s signing of the decade. 

But then things got personal when ‘Paddy the Baddy’ was flagged up for insulting the people of Georgia. 

“I just said ‘Let me welcome him to the UFC’,” Kutateladze explained.

Warning: video contains swearing

“[But] if someone is disrespectful, maybe they should educate themselves or learn how to read. He didn’t like someone challenging him and sulked.

“Most of all, I’m surprised at how childish and uneducated he is. I thought he was a more intelligent person but I was very mistaken.

“I don’t care about how he talked to me, but the way he talked to my manager was very disrespectful. The words he called him were unacceptable and irresponsible.”

Kutateladze won a split decision on his UFC debut against Mateusz Gamrot last year in a fight that Pimblett admitted he had not watched.

The novice called the 29-year-old, who like his friend, rising Chechen-born UFC star Khamzat Chimaev, is based in Sweden, a “fake Russian”, but Kutateladze has been particularly incensed by a tweet calling Georgians “stupid” and saying that it is “no wonder” Russians “terrorize” them.

“Then you talk about countries and about war,” he said, interpreting the remarks as being “about the Russia vs Georgia war and that Georgian people deserved what happened, that they deserve to die.

“Go to politics and hang your gloves up on the shelf if you want to talk about war. But if you want to talk sh*t, go and freestyle rap instead.

“If you want to fight, though, this is sport. It’s about respect and being humble. Then you go into the cage and show what you’ve got with respect. Whatever happens in there, happens. All of us have our own reasons for that. And that’s it. 

“You don’t have to mix up religion, country, family, war, politics. It’s absolutely unnecessary. Again, he’s an uneducated, disrespectful, childish kid – as I said before.

“And by deleting tweets, because you get scared or because it was too much. Nothing changes. The words you said, you already said. You can’t catch them and put them back in your mouth. You have to take responsibility.

“He could meet someone else, but I’ll take it on myself if I meet him. Or it could be some other way [that he gets his comeuppance]. Life can punish you.” 

Kutateladze would limit his punishment of Pimblett to the cage and has told his countrymen, some of whom have issued crude threats, according to Pimblett, to lay off his new adversary.

“I want to meet him in the cage and do it the right way, by not disrespecting the organization,” he insisted.

“I don’t want to disrespect myself by slapping that kid, you know? But in the cage, I hope one day we’re gonna meet and I’ll do whatever I have to do with him.” 

“He realized that he did wrong. That’s why he deleted [the tweet]. I don’t want to create an international war. I don’t want Georgian people to start insulting the kid’s country or his family because this has nothing to do with the sport.
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“It’s very unprofessional and inhumane to write things on the internet when you don’t see the person face-to-face and don’t look them in the eye. Come on, are you 12 years old or something, or do you have nuts for brains? Come on.” 

Kutateladze moved on to cultural differences between their respective regions. “In one of his tweets, he said that in Liverpool you throw words back and forth…to get on each other’s nerves, to make each other angry. 

“Where I’m from, in my country, in Georgia, in Chechnya, Dagestan… it doesn’t work like that. You don’t throw words back and forth. That means your word isn’t worth anything. If you say something, you pay for it.”

“And I’m sorry if I’m honest and brutal with you. But if you say something about religion, family or country [where I’m from], nobody is going to say this and that about your mother.

“They’re going to stab you or shoot you. You understand? If they don’t do that, they’re going to beat the s**t out of you. 

“That’s why I said, ‘let this kid be’. He doesn’t understand what he’s saying. But he’s going to get punished. One day he’s going to get punished.

“Hopefully, it’ll be from me. From my hand or leg, whatever. Or maybe not. God doesn’t leave these kind of people [alone who are] saying that people deserve to die. Karma, whatever you want to call it [will get him].”

This aside, Kutateladze wishes Pimblett no harm out in the open, in everyday life, but can’t guarantee that hotter heads will be able to control themselves while “crazy people are everywhere”.

Pimblett has remarked that he would find the featherweight ranks easier to clear out than Kutateladze’s lightweight division, but the Georgian won’t lose any sleep over a meeting not materializing any time soon.
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“If you take our skillset wherever you want to take it, skill-wise I’m at a very much higher level,” he said. “I’m a higher level striker, wrestler, grappler. But if it doesn’t happen now, it’s gonna happen someday.

“[If] he thinks it’s easier there, let him search for an easier way. He’d better suffer with his weight cut and go down there and hide from lightweights. He still doesn’t know what he wants or where he wants to fight.

“If it’s featherweight, let him fight at featherweight. But there are my Georgian brothers who are going to take care of him there.

“We are everywhere. Georgians are everywhere. Even for a small country… there are only three million of us, but we are there where we need to be.”

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A.I. Is Everywhere and Evolving

A.I. Is Everywhere and Evolving

Researchers are working on combining the technologies to create realistic 2D avatars of people who can interact in real time, showing emotion and making context-relevant gestures. A Samsung-associated company called Neon has introduced an early version of such avatars, though the technology has a long way to go before it is practical to use.

Such avatars could help revolutionize education. Artificial intelligence researchers are already developing A.I. tutoring systems[1] that can track student behavior, predict their performance and deliver content and strategies to both improve that performance and prevent students from losing interest. A.I. tutors hold the promise of truly personalized education available to anyone in the world with an Internet-connected device — provided they are willing to surrender some privacy.

“Having a visual interaction with a face that expresses emotions, that expresses support, is very important for teachers,” said Yoshua Bengio[2], a professor at the University of Montreal and the founder of Mila[3], an artificial intelligence research institute. Korbit[4], a company founded by one of his students, Iulian Serban[5], and Riiid[6], based in South Korea, are already using this technology in education, though Mr. Bengio says it may be a decade or more before such tutors have natural language fluidity and semantic understanding.

There are seemingly endless ways in which artificial intelligence is beginning to touch our lives, from discovering new materials[7] to new drugs[8] — A.I. has already played a role in the development of Covid-19 vaccines by narrowing the field of possibilities for scientists to search — to picking the fruit we eat and sorting the garbage we throw way[9]. Self-driving cars work, they’re just waiting for laws[10] and regulations to catch up with them.

Artificial intelligence is even starting to write software and may eventually write more complex A.I. Diffblue[11], a start-up out of Oxford University, has an A.I. system that automates the writing of software tests, a task that takes up as much as a third of expensive developers’ time. Justin Gottschlich, who runs the machine programming research group at Intel Labs, envisions a day[12] when anyone can create software simply by telling an A.I. system clearly what they want the software to do.

“I can imagine people like my mom creating software,” he said, “even though she can’t write a line of code.”

Craig S. Smith is a former correspondent for The Times and hosts the podcast “Eye on A.I.[13]

References

  1. ^ A.I. tutoring systems (www.cmu.edu)
  2. ^ Yoshua Bengio (yoshuabengio.org)
  3. ^ Mila (mila.quebec)
  4. ^ Korbit (www.korbit.ai)
  5. ^ Iulian Serban (www.eye-on.ai)
  6. ^ Riiid (www.riiid.co)
  7. ^ new materials (www.wired.com)
  8. ^ new drugs (blog.benchsci.com)
  9. ^ picking the fruit we eat and sorting the garbage we throw way (www.youtube.com)
  10. ^ waiting for laws (www.insurancejournal.com)
  11. ^ Diffblue (www.diffblue.com)
  12. ^ envisions a day (www.eye-on.ai)
  13. ^ Eye on A.I. (www.eye-on.ai)

Craig S. Smith

Covid-19 pandemic can’t be over until it is over EVERYWHERE, preventive medicine expert tells Boom Bust

Covid-19 pandemic can’t be over until it is over EVERYWHERE, preventive medicine expert tells Boom Bust

With the global vaccine rollout well underway, concerns are growing as to whether Covid will continue to be a problem worldwide if developing countries and the poorer nations don’t readily have access to them.

RT’s Boom Bust is joined by Dr. William Schaffner of the Vanderbilt University Medical Center to analyze the situation.

“There are a lot of people working with the World Health Organization, the Gates Foundation, an institution called COVAX, trying to make these vaccines more readily and more immediately available to the developing world,” Schaffner says.

“This pandemic can’t be over until it’s over everywhere. Just vaccinating ourselves is not sufficient,” he explains, adding: “So, we all need to pay attention to this. It’s just the humanitarian and sensible thing to do. It helps them and it helps us, too.”

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