\R Le Castellet (France), Jun 24 (AFP) Renault stole a march on their Formula One rivals today when they gave a Saudi Arabian woman a chance to mark a special day by driving one of their cars ahead of today’s French Grand Prix.On the same day that women celebrated being allowed to drive on the roads of Saudi Arabia, Aseel Al-Hamad, the first female member of her national motorsport federation, took the wheel of the same car in which Kimi Raikkonen won the 2012 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.She was part of a Renault ‘passion parade’ hours ahead of the first French Grand Prix in a decade and the first to be held at the Le Castellet circuit for 28 years.Aseel, who is a member of the FIA Women in Motorsport Commission, is a keen driver and motor sport enthusiast who took part in a training day on June 5 at the circuit.”I have loved racing and motorsport from a very young age and to drive a Formula One car goes even beyond my dreams and what I thought was possible.”It is a genuine honour to drive in front of the crowds at the team’s home race in France.”I hope doing so on the day when women can drive on the roads in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia shows what you can do if you have the passion and the spirit to dream.” Aseel is responsible for creation of strategies to promote the education and training of women in motorsport in Saudi Arabia. (AFP) CPS CPSadvertisement
Munich: Young Manu Bhaker secured India its seventh Olympic quota in shooting with a fourth-place finish in the women’s 10m air pistol event of the ISSF World Cup here on Wednesday, putting behind the disappointment of pistol malfunction in her earlier event. While a score of 201.0 in the final got India a quota for the 2020 Tokyo Games, the 17-year-old Bhaker missed out on a medal by the narrowest of margins, trailing reigning Olympic and world champion Anna Korakaki of Greece by a mere 0.1 point at that stage. Also Read – We don’t ask for kind of tracks we get: Bowling coach ArunWinner of multiple medals at top global events, Bhaker finished third in qualification with a total of 582 points (28 x inner 10s), shooting a solid 98 in her last two rounds. On Monday, Bhaker suffered a heartbreak as she missed out on the podium after a weapon malfunction saw her slip to fifth spot after leading the field. Yashaswini Singh Deswal, a junior World Cup winner, was also on course to make the final before a poor series of 92 in the final set saw her slip to 22nd with a total of 574 (17 x inner 10s). Heena Sidhu, the third Indian in the fray, was placed 45th with a total of 570 (13 x inner 10s). Korakaki and the bronze winning Korean Kim Minjung were not eligible from the start, having exhausted either their individual or country quotas in earlier competitions. Also Read – Bastian Schweinsteiger announces retirement, could join Germany set-upBhaker shared the two available quotas with the silver winning Chinese athlete Qian Wei. The gold winning score was 241.4, silver was decided at 239.6 while bronze was won at 220.8. India have now picked up two Olympic quotas from the ongoing World Cup as well as three gold medals to lead the medal tally with one more day to go. Sunidhi Chauhan gave a good account of herself in the women’s 50m rifle 3 positions event, losing out on a maiden ISSF World Cup finals berth on account of lesser inner 10s. Needing to be among the top eight to qualify for the final, Sunidhi shot a creditable 1175 to tie on points with the 6th, 7th and 8th placed shooters, but Italian former world champion Petra Zublasing edged her out for the last spot with 57-inner 10 counts to Sunidhi’s 51.
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K. France Germany Italy Japan and Canada–in La Malbaie Quebec on June 8 and 9 is unusually interesting The host nation’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau previewed the G-7 meeting as “extraordinarily valuable because it’s an opportunity for like-minded nations to come together and talk about shared challenges” Like-minded Shared challenges Not with a US President who sees allies as constraints and prefers to get things done by twisting arms and making threats Donald Trump made his mark in the cutthroat world of New York real estate the way a tough-minded poker player bullies those at the table with less money to spend He played as if he had bottomless pockets The guy who is not afraid to lose a few hands likes to push the stakes to go all in and to dare those across the table to accept more risk by staying in the game With that strategy he won many hands without always holding the best cards or sitting on a fat wallet As President Trump brought this strategy to the table with South Korea and Brazil When he made trade threats the governments of those countries knew they could bring the US before the World Trade Organization and (probably) win But that would take years and their economies would suffer much damage in the meantime Instead they cut deals And so they figured: Give the bully some of what he wants and maybe he’ll turn his attention toward someone else (The renegotiation of NAFTA may eventually end in the same fashion) But there are limits to this strategy What happens when someone calls Trump’s bluff If Kim Jong Un steps into the white-hot spotlight that follows Trump and offers him something tomorrow but nothing today what does Trump do about it Launch a strike that risks a war Call him names Threaten tariffs on China so it puts more pressure on North Korea Furthermore what happens when Trump discovers he doesn’t have the big advantage he thinks he has Trump believes (correctly) that if it comes to a trade war the US economy can withstand more pain than the Chinese economy But Chinese President Xi Jinping believes (correctly) that Trump is politically much more vulnerable; Xi doesn’t need to win swing states to remain in charge Sanctions targeted at Trump voters can do more damage more quickly than Trump might expect Finally when you discover you’ve picked a tougher fight than you expected it’s best to have friends in the room Like say the G-7 allies But as those meeting with Trump in Quebec during this summit already know Trump’s “America first” approach is backed by the threat of US power not the opportunities created by shared values and common interests Because of this it’s worth noting the meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization which will bring Russia India Iran and others to China on June 9 and 10 The Europeans Japanese and Canadians all know that trade with China will be a big part of their future China may even soon overtake the US as the EU’s largest trade partner International relations are not a poker game In a world of “every nation for itself”–a G-zero world–it’s harder than ever to accomplish anything ambitious without allies Trump’s indiscriminate use of “I dare you to fight” tactics with friends and foes alike is eroding not only traditional alliances but also the institutions those alliances have sustained over many decades Over the long term that’s bad for the US and bad for the world Contact us at editors@timecom This appears in the June 18 2018 issue of TIME IDEAS TIME Ideas hosts the world’s leading voices providing commentary on events in news society and culture We welcome outside contributions Opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect the views of TIME editors The memorandum also stated that the Law School Hijab crises had brought to the fore the myriad of persecution faced by Muslim women because of hijab in various sectors.
Turns out you can teach an old robotic dog new tricks.Sony’s iconic cyborg pup AIBO entertained audiences at this week’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.On display outside of Japan for the first time, the next-generation companion drew crowds at CES 2018, “with fans and media eager to see” the dancing, fetching, observant canine, according to CNN.Sony in November unveiled the latest version of AIBO, more than a decade after we last saw the domesticated bot. Introduced as a prototype in 1998, the first consumer model launched in 1999; new configurations were released every year until 2005.Marketed as “entertainment robots,” AIBOs (which means “pal” or “partner” in Japanese) were popular with educators and researchers, and have featured as futuristic pets in movies, music videos, and advertising campaigns.In early 2006, Sony announced plans to discontinue to the product line, gradually withdrawing customer support through 2013.But even the multinational conglomerate couldn’t resist those digitally enhanced puppy-dog eyes and that mechanical tail wag.Fun for the whole family (via Sony)Built with a “natural curiosity,” the brown-and-white pup can form an emotional bond with people, “providing them with love, affection, and the joy of nurturing and raising a companion,” according to Sony.Plus, you don’t have to clean up its poop, or worry about allergies.Despite its cold, polished body and rigid extremities, AIBO is undeniably cute; the way it moves along 22 axes to shake its head or scratch its ear is oddly compelling.The robo-dog can also detect words of praise, smiles, petting, and other human interactions, and will become aware of its environment to the point where it can walk around with confidence and respond to situations.Online pre-orders of the ¥198,000 ($1,778) machine sold out in a day; early-bird buyers can expect their new pet to arrive as of next week—in Japan. There is no word on when (or if) Sony will begin shipping to other countries.“The latest generation of the beloved robotic companion … features an adorable new appearance, vibrant movements, and a responsiveness that is sure to delight,” the Sony website said. “AIBO develops its own unique personality through everyday interactions with its owners.”Plus, it comes with two fish-eye cameras (one in its nose), mapping technology, and a slew of sensors, all powered by a 64-bit quad-core CPU processor.Oh, and an exclusive “aibone” toy to “spice up your life with AIBO.”For more CES coverage visit our sister site PC Mag.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Robot Dog Astro Can Sit, Lie Down, and Save LivesYou Can’t Squish This Cockroach-Inspired Robot Stay on target