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Ashley Graham and Justin Ervin have welcomed their first child.

The supermodel announced the news on her Instagram Stories. “At 6 p.m on Saturday our lives changed for the better,” she wrote. “Thank you all for your love and support during this incredible time.”

A few months ago, she revealed she and Ervin were expecting a boy.

Recently, she posed with her burgeoning baby bump for Vogue’s January issue.

She first revealed her pregnancy back in August on her ninth wedding anniversary. “Today on our ninth wedding anniversary, Justin and I couldn’t be more happy to share the news that we are growing our family. Together we have received this beautiful blessing and can’t wait to share our unconditional love,” the supermodel told Vogue.

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The severe thunderstorms in New South Wales have added yet another problem to the bushfire-weary Australian state’s list — dust storms so huge that they’ve turned daytime into night in certain towns.

Dramatic videos posted to social media show massive dust clouds blanketing the sky, rolling towards the borders of towns in central New South Wales, whipped up by “extremely strong wind gusts” associated with the thunderstorms and heavy rainfall over the past week.

“Scary moment when the storm overtakes and everything goes black,” Lucy Thackray captioned her post on Twitter, which shows a car driving towards a massive dust cloud before it stops on the side to wait the storm out. As the cloud passes through, everything goes immediately black, as if it were the middle of the night. “Remember: not everyone’s celebrating rain,” she wrote. 

The severe weather follows after the Bureau of Meteorology issued a series of severe thunderstorm warnings on Sunday with wind gust up to 116 km/h. The bureau however cancelled the warning on Monday, adding that “the situation will continue to be monitored and further warnings will be issued if necessary.”

Residents in outback towns of Nyngan, Parkes and Dubbo left in the darkness for hours after the dust storm, voiced frustrations with the bureau’s failure to accurately predict rainfall. “Next time they forecast a storm, I’ll know just to assume dust storm. 3mm of rain since Wednesday and two of these since Friday,” said one resident, according to the Independent.

However, many towns on the NSW mid-north coast and northern rivers region have received up to 180 mm of rainfall on the weekend. Residents in Victoria received up to 56.6 mm of rainfall, resulting in more than 1,400 calls to the State Emergency Service, most for building damage.

Major Australian cities such as Melbourne and Canberra were also hit with severe hail storms on Monday and Sunday. Residents have described the hail stones to reach the size of golf balls, damaging buildings, cars, businesses and power lines. According to Canberra officials, two people were left injured by the storm.

The heavy rainfall has helped mitigate the situation in Australia’s scorched states — New South Wales and Victoria — but it won’t be enough to put out the remaining blazes, according to officials.

Currently, there are still 14 bushfires in Victoria. According to the Guardian, an emergency warning was issued on Sunday evening for a bushfire in central Victoria, but it was downgraded to a “watch and act” early on Monday.

Bureau meteorologist Rose Barr told the Guardian that the shifting winds will bring drier and warmer air mid-week, which could increase the risk of fire. However, wetter conditions will return on the weekend.

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BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The EU’s proposal for a temporary ban on facial-recognition technology won backing from Alphabet Chief Executive Sundar Pichai on Monday but got a cool response from Microsoft President Brad Smith.

Sundar Pichai, CEO of Google and Alphabet, speaks on artificial intelligence during a Bruegel think tank conference in Brussels, Belgium January 20, 2020. REUTERS/Yves Herman

While Pichai cited the possibility that the technology could be used for nefarious purposes as a reason for a moratorium, Smith said a ban was akin to using a meat cleaver instead of a scalpel to solve potential problems.

“I think it is important that governments and regulations tackle it sooner rather than later and give a framework for it,” Pichai told a conference in Brussels organized by think-tank Bruegel.

“It can be immediate but maybe there’s a waiting period before we really think about how it’s being used,” he said. “It’s up to governments to chart the course” for the use of such technology.

Smith, who is also Microsoft’s chief legal officer, however cited the benefits of facial recognition technology in some instances such as NGOs using it to find missing children.

“I’m really reluctant to say let’s stop people from using technology in a way that will reunite families when it can help them do it,” Smith said.

“The second thing I would say is you don’t ban it if you actually believe there is a reasonable alternative that will enable us to, say, address this problem with a scalpel instead of a meat cleaver,” he said.

Smith said it was important to first identify problems and then craft rules to ensure that the technology would not be used for mass surveillance.

“There is only one way at the end of the day to make technology better and that is to use it,” he said.

The European Commission s taking a tougher line on artificial intelligence (AI) than the United States that would strengthen existing regulations on privacy and data rights, according to a proposal paper seen by Reuters.

Part of this includes a moratorium of up to five years on using facial recognition technology in public areas, to give the EU time to work out how to prevent abuses, the paper said.

Pichai urged regulators to take a “proportionate approach” when drafting rules, days before the Commission is due to publish proposals on the issue.

Regulators are grappling with ways to govern AI, encouraging innovation while trying to curb potential misuse, as companies and law enforcement agencies increasingly adopt the technology.

There was no question AI needs to be regulated, Pichai said, but rulemakers should tread carefully.

“Sensible regulation must also take a proportionate approach, balancing potential harms with social opportunities. This is especially true in areas that are high risk and high value,” he said.

Regulators should tailor rules according to different sectors, Pichai said, citing medical devices and self-driving cars as examples that require different rules. He said governments should align their rules and agree on core values.

Earlier this month, the U.S. government published regulatory guidelines on AI aimed at limiting authorities’ overreach, and urged Europe to avoid an aggressive approach.

Sundar Pichai, CEO of Google and Alphabet, speaks on artificial intelligence during a Bruegel think tank conference in Brussels, Belgium January 20, 2020. REUTERS/Yves Herman

Pichai said it was important to be clear-eyed about what could go wrong with AI, and while it promised huge benefits there were real concerns about potential negative consequences.

One area of concern is so-called “deepfakes” – video or audio clips that have been manipulated using AI. Pichai said Google had released open datasets to help the research community build better tools to detect such fakes.

The world’s most popular internet search engine said last month that Google Cloud was not offering general-purpose facial-recognition application programming interfaces (APIs) while it establishes policy and technical safeguards.

Editing by Mark Potter, Bernadette Baum and Giles Elgood

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Leaked combat footage of PS5 game Godfall has given us a tiny glimpse of what to expect from the next-gen Gearbox title. 

A six second video that surfaced on Reddit shows the third person actioner, which is also coming to PC, in full flow briefly. Check out the supposed footage of Godfall, with weapons being swung with gleeful abandon, below. 

[GodFall] [Video] – Combat Footage (A Fraction of the footage from an Unreleased Trailer I have) from r/PS4

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Baylor and Gonzaga were the only two teams in the top five that took care of business last week.

That doesn’t mean they didn’t move around, too.

The Bears (15-1) leaped over the Bulldogs and into the No. 1 spot in The Associated Press men’s college basketball poll on Monday, using wins over Iowa State and Oklahoma State to give the Top 25 its seventh team on top this season. That matches the record set in 1983 for the most No. 1s in the history of the poll, which dates to the 1948-49 season.

Gonzaga (20-1) was merely a victim of its conference schedule. The Bulldogs blew out Santa Clara and BYU, but just enough voters considered those wins to be less impressive than the Bears’ perfect Big 12 start. Baylor received 33 first-place votes and had 1,591 points from the 65-member media panel while Gonzaga received 31 first-place votes for 1,588 points.

“It takes a team to win,” said Baylor coach Scott Drew, whose team also reached the top of the poll two years ago. “As a coach, you’re just really proud when different people step up, especially guys that have been working hard.”

The rest of the top five looks a whole lot different after Duke, Auburn and Butler all lost both of their games last week.

Kansas (14-3) rose three spots to No. 3 after victories over Oklahoma and Texas, the latter requiring a big comeback in Austin. San Diego State (19-0) remained perfect with wins over Fresno State and Nevada, and Florida State (16-2) barged into the fifth spot after it beat reigning national champion Virginia and survived overtime to best Miami.

The Seminoles haven’t lost since playing Indiana in the Big Ten-ACC Challenge the first week of December.

Louisville, which tasted the top spot earlier this season, jumped five spots to sixth after beating Pittsburgh in overtime and handling the Blue Devils. Dayton was next, followed by Duke, Villanova and Seton Hall to round out the top 10.

Duke also lost to Clemson earlier in the week, sending coach Mike Krzyzewski’s team tumbling five spots.

“We just have to get older,” he said after the Blue Devils’ 79-73 loss to the Cardinals on Saturday at Cameron Indoor Stadium. “I’m really up on my team. It’s a long journey. I’ve never told you that we’re great. It’s a process for us, playing these two teams. Getting beat, we have to learn from it and move on. It’s a long journey.”

Krzyzewski’s team wasn’t alone in getting a tough lesson last week. Fourth-ranked Auburn fell all the way to No. 16 after losing a pair of blowouts to Alabama and Florida, and fifth-ranked Butler was bounced all the way to 13th after the Bulldogs followed up a loss to Seton Hall by getting soundly beaten by DePaul.

“It’s the time of the year when we should be trying to elevate our play, and we’re not,” said Tigers coach Bruce Pearl, whose team had won its first 15 games. “Obviously, there’s a pretty big price on our head being ranked fourth in the country. And so I think we have to respond to the step-up that we saw this week from both Alabama and Florida.”

Here’s a closer look at the other big news in another fresh Top 25:

RUTGERS ON THE RISE

The Scarlet Knights bounced back from a loss to Illinois by beating Indiana and Minnesota at home, running their record at the RAC to 13-0 this season — the best start in school history. That was enough to get Rutgers (14-4) into the poll at No. 24 for the first time since the final poll of the 1978-79 season. And with Seton Hall at No. 10, the state of New Jersey has two teams ranked for the first time since the Pirates were joined by Princeton in the last poll of the 1990-91 season.

OTHER NEWCOMERS

Iowa, which has been in and out of the poll all season, made the biggest jump back in at No. 19 after its win over then-No. 19 Michigan. The Hawkeyes were joined by No. 22 Arizona — which beat a ranked team in Colorado — and No. 25 Houston, which romped through SMU and then-No. 16 Wichita State last week.

ON THE WAY OUT

The Shockers dropped all the way out after losing to Houston and Temple. The Wolverines also fell out, along with Big Ten rival Ohio State and Creighton, whose one-week stay ended with a loss early last week to Georgetown.

BUCKEYES BUMMER

No team has been falling as steadily as Ohio State, which was 9-0, was ranked in the top five and received first-place votes just six weeks ago. The Buckeyes have lost six of their last nine games, and five of their last six, to complete their tumble from the poll. Their lone victory in the last few weeks was against lowly Nebraska.

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After taking a scary fall against the Knicks almost two weeks ago that left him with the most famous gluteus maximus contusion in the NBA, it appears that Anthony Davis may finally return to action when the Lakers take on the Celtics Monday night.

The Lakers originally listed Davis as questionable after practice on Sunday, which he did not participate in. However, as of Monday morning, the team said that he will be available to play after missing the past five games. In Davis’ absence, the Lakers have performed admirably, going 4-1 with notable wins over the Rockets, Mavericks and Thunder — the latter of which they pulled off with LeBron James sidelined, as well. During that stretch, the Lakers — whose only loss game to the Magic — are a plus-13.4 and are shooting a collective 39.5 percent from three. Small sample size, sure. But it was an encouraging sign for a team playing without an MVP candidate. 

There was the possibility that Davis could have been back in action for the Lakers’ showdown with the Rockets on Saturday night, as ESPN’s Dave McMenamin reported. However, the franchise ruled the All-Star out of the matchup just over an hour prior to the scheduled tip-off time. The Lakers survived without him, though, beating the Rockets 124-115 behind strong performances from James and Kyle Kuzma.

While Davis was sidelined, Kuzma saw a bump in minutes and became a starter in those five games. Over that span, he averaged 20 points and 5.8 rebounds, while shooting 45.9 percent from the field and posting a boxscore plus-minus of 6.2. With Davis back, Kuzma will likely return to a bench role, where he’s struggled to consistently produce this season.

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CIUDAD HIDALGO, Mexico (AP) — Hundreds of Central American migrants began wading across the Suchiate River into southern Mexico Monday in a new test of U.S. President Donald Trump’s Central America strategy to keep them away from the U.S. border.

The migrants moved off the border bridge and toward the river after Mexican officials told them they would not be granted passage through the country.

Amid shouts and even some fireworks they began wading across the shallow river.

On the Mexican side, migrants ran from side to side along the river bank, kicking up dust and looking for an opening in the ranks of National Guard troops sent to meet them.

Guardsmen scrambled too, trying to head off groups and detaining people where they could. There was pushing and shoving. Some guardsmen carried plastic riot shields hit with rocks tossed by migrants and they occasionally zipped a rock back into the crowd. Others jogged to get into position with long staffs. Still others carried assault rifles.

Many of migrants moved back to the river’s edge and a smaller number crossed back to Guatemala.

The migrants want free passage across Mexico to the U.S. border and Mexico’s government on Monday rejected that.

While the government says the migrants are free to enter — and could compete for jobs if they want to stay and work — in practice, it has restricted such migrants to the southernmost states while their cases are processed by a sluggish bureaucracy. Those who do not request asylum or some protective status would likely be detained and deported.

A letter relayed to the migrants on Monday by an official of Mexico’s immigration agency restated the Mexican government’s position that the migrants would be allowed to enter in orderly fashion, while rejecting free passage.

Edwin Chavez, a 19-year-old from Tegucigalpa, said, “By river, that’s the way it will be.”

“There’s no fear,” Chavez said. “We’re already used to repression. In your country they repress you, they hit you. It’s always like that.”

Earlier, a migrant who refused to give his name stood near the shuttered gates on the bridge over the Suchiate River and read an open letter from the group to President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador.

“We have come peacefully to try to start a dialogue with the government, in order to reach an agreement in which all the members of the caravan will be allowed permission to freely pass through Mexican territory,” he read.

Trump has forced asylum seekers to remain in Mexico, or apply in Central American countries, effectively removing one of the escape valves for previous caravans. Under threats of trade or other sanctions from the Trump administration, Mexico has stopped an earlier practice of allowing migrants to cross its territory unimpeded.

Denis Contreras, a pint-sized Honduran leading Monday’s charge, said he won’t give up. He was already denied political asylum and deported from San Diego, California. But if he returns to Honduras, he said, criminal gangs will kill him or his family.

Around him on Sunday, hundreds of migrants chanted: “Here we are, and we’re not going anywhere, and if you throw us out, we’ll return!”

After two caravans successfully reached the U.S. border in 2018 and early 2019, Mexico began cracking down, and by April 2019 raided the last attempt at a caravan, rounding up migrants as they walked down a highway.

As this week’s caravan approached, Mexico sent soldiers to patrol its southern border and monitored the area with drones. Migrants sometimes travel via caravan because it provides safety in numbers and offers a chance for migrants too poor to pay smugglers.

Prior caravans have persuaded Mexican authorities to let them cross the southern border, either for humanitarian reasons or via brute force.

The Mexican government declared its efforts over the weekend a success, saying late Sunday that the migrants’ attempts to enter the country in a “disorderly fashion” were “fruitless.”

Mexican officials extended a different welcome mat, of sorts, over the weekend, promising the migrants work and a chance to stay in the country — though the details were slim and many migrants feared they would instead be deported.

The offer of employment, and not just legal status or asylum, represented a new twist in Mexico’s efforts to find humane solutions to the mostly Central American migrants who are fleeing poverty and violence in their home countries.

More than 1,000 migrants opted to give Mexico a try, and were transported by van to immigration centers for further processing.

Claudia León, coordinator of the Jesuit Refugee Service in the town of Tapachula, described the roundups backed by vague promises of employment as “de facto detention” that could trample the rights of refugees.

It was unclear what sort of work Mexico had in mind for the migrants, considering that half the Mexican population is poor and millions are unemployed.

Late Sunday, the Mexican government issued a statement saying that “in the majority of the cases,” the hundreds of migrants it had received in recent days would be returned to their countries of origin “should the situation merit it.”

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Maria Verza reported from Ciudad Hidalgo, Mexico.

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French tennis player Elliot Benchetrit made an “unapeeling” offer to a ball-girl during a game break that resulted in a scolding.

Midway through his final Australian Open qualifying match against Dmitry Popko, the 21-year-old got a bit peckish and requested a banana.

In video footage provided by Storyful, he can also be seen asking one of the game’s ball girls to peel it for him.

When umpire John Blom stepped in, Benchetrit resolved to peeling it himself, biting the top off first.

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According to Twitter user and Tennisportalen founder Alex Theodoridis, who shared the footage originally, Blom tells Benchetrit to peel the banana himself.

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A reportedly heated exchange then occurs between the two, with the umpire telling the player to “stop” multiple times.

A tweet posted to the account @elbenchetrit, which appears to be run by the athlete, reads: “That video is really useless and it’s not even showing a little part of what happened! Poor guys, social media take your stupidity to an other level!”



The account has been responding to various comments about the situation.

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Theodoridis responded to Benchetrit’s tweet, saying: “I was there. It shows exactly what happened mate.”

The video has sparked widespread disdain towards the player, who is currently ranked in the world at no. 231, with one Twitter user referring to him as a “nasty piece of work” and a “privileged creep.”

Another social media user asked, “Who does he think he is?”

Tennis reporter Lucia Hoffman shared Theodoridis’ video on her own Twitter account, with the commentary: “You cannot be serious, Elliot Benchetrit…”

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The French athlete went on to beat Popko, landing him a spot in the first round of the tournament against Japan’s Yuichi Sugita.

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An attempt to set a world record in Sri Lanka for the largest gathering of twins appears to have failed after too many turned up.

The organisers of the event – Sri Lanka Twins – called on the island’s twins to gather at a sports stadium in the capital, Colombo, to try to break Taiwan’s Guinness World Record set in 1999.

The record then was 3,961 pairs of twins, 37 sets of triplets and four sets of quadruplets together in one place.

But a bigger than expected crowd flocked to the stadium on Monday, causing long queues and meaning strict rules on registration were hindered.

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Twins turned up in expectation of a record… but there were long queues as birth certificates were checked…

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Twins wait in the line to register their names during an event to attempt to break the world record for the biggest gathering of twins in Colombo, Sri Lanka, on 20 January 2020Image copyright
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…with participants needing to pose for photographs and wait for at least five minutes.

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The organisers were aiming to break the world record, with 5,000 pairs of twins.

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There are 14,000 pairs of twins registered with the organisation in Sri Lanka, AFP reports.

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Two army generals, Jayantha and Pooraka Seneviratne…

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…led a contingent of twins from the Sri Lankan military.

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A pair of twins but in different forces, and another pair in the same force attend the Sri Lanka Twins event at the Sugathadasa Indoor Stadium in Colombo on 20 January 2020Image copyright
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The organisers say the huge turnout meant they had probably been unable to meet the strict guidelines set by Guinness World Records…

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… although it will be two weeks before they find out if they qualified for the record or not.

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The organisers have vowed to set up another event, and many participants said they would be happy to try again.

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A law firm representing Chandler Parsons says the Atlanta Hawks forward suffered potentially career-ending injuries in an automobile accident caused by a drunk driver last week.

The Hawks announced last Wednesday that Parsons had been placed in the NBA’s concussion protocol after suffering a concussion and whiplash in the crash, but did not disclose any further details.

The law firm Morgan & Morgan, however, said Monday in a statement that Parsons “suffered multiple severe and permanent injuries including a traumatic brain injury, disc herniation and a torn labrum.”

The firm said the driver who caused the crash, who is not identified in the statement, was arrested and charged with DUI. The driver allegedly caused a three-car crash, including Parsons’ vehicle, at approximately 2 p.m. ET and admitted to drinking, according to the law firm.

“Chandler was seriously injured in this crash, which never should have occurred,” Morgan & Morgan said in its statement.

“The at-fault driver created utter chaos on the roadway, needlessly endangering the lives of countless motorists; he now stands charged with DUI, admitted drinking, had alcohol in the car with him, passed out after causing a three-car crash at 2:00PM on a Wednesday in a busy intersection, seriously injuring and potentially ending Mr. Parsons’ career as a professional athlete.”

Parsons, 31, has been plagued by chronic knee injuries since signing a four-year, $94.8 million deal with the Memphis Grizzlies in July 2016, appearing in just 100 games in four-plus seasons over that stretch.

Parsons has played in just five games this season for the rebuilding Hawks, who acquired him from the Grizzlies in a trade last summer.

“Chandler is having a difficult time accepting the consequences of the defendant’s reckless conduct on the roadway,” Morgan & Morgan said.

“Chandler was in peak physical condition at the time of the wreck. He is now working with a team of doctors to regain his health, and at this time, his ability to return to play is unclear. Our focus right now is on helping him make a full recovery, while we also work to hold any and all responsible parties fully accountable.”

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