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Musk keeps dogecoin

Tesla CEO Elon Musk has confirmed he has not – and will not – sell any of his Dogecoin

The billionaire has sparked weeks of speculation that he had either planned or already had sold off his doge after referring to it as a hustle on live TV.

His tweets on Dogecoin have turned the once-obscure digital currency into a speculator’s dream.

Musk has posted numerous comments about cryptocurrencies on Twitter this year, causing the market to become very volatile.

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G7 leaders back “safe and secure” Olympics

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The leaders of the world’s wealthiest nations say they support the Tokyo Games being held this year.

In a communique issued at the conclusion of the G7 Summit, the leaders stated [we] “reiterate our support for the holding of the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020 in a safe and secure manner as a symbol of global unity in overcoming COVID-19”.

This is exactly the sort of endorsement Japan had been seeking from fellow G7 nations, given the considerable opposition to the games taking place.

Host city Tokyo remains under a state of emergency, as the Asian country battles a fourth wave of infections.

Despite this, the IOC has been determined to proceed with the major sporting event.

“Great encouragement”

Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga has welcomed the G7 endorsement, telling reporters that he “won very strong support from all the leaders” and “as the Prime Minister of the host country, I was very heartened by such support”.

IOC President Thomas Bach has also welcomed the high level display of public support from G7 nations.

In a meeting with Yoshihide Suga on the sidelines of the G7 Summit, US President Joe Biden backed the Games going ahead.

“President Biden affirmed his support for the Tokyo Olympic Games moving forward with all public health measures necessary to protect athletes, staff and spectators,” a White House statement said.

“President Biden expressed pride in the US athletes who have trained for the Tokyo Games and will be competing in the best traditions of the Olympic spirit.”

The US State Department last week eased an advisory that had warned U.S. citizens not to travel to Japan, due to the COVID-19 surge in the Asian nation.

The latest advice is for US citizens to “reconsider travel”.




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Would you buy a robot dog butler?

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How about a robot butler? It may seem expensive… but this four-legged friend is significantly cheaper than other robotic competitors.

Chinese firm Unitree Robotics has revealed its latest creation…

This robust-looking four-legged bot can follow you on a run and even carry your bottle of water.

he Go1 comes in three versions: the $2,700 Go1 Air, $3,500 Go1, and $8,500 Go1 Edu. Each weighs about 12kg (26 pounds) and the more expensive models come with more processor power and sensors (the Go1 Edu is the only version with an unspecified programming API). 

It’s remarkably cheaper compared to rival company Boston Dynamics’, who is asking for over 74 thousand U.S dollars for its robot dog creation.

Unitree wants to make their robots as affordable and popular as smartphones.

Unitree Go1

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Auckland crowned world’s most liveable city

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Asia-Pacific cities are the top performers in a major survey of the world’s most liveable cities.

The New Zealand city of Auckland has been named the world’s most liveable city by the Economist Intelligence Unit.

The Kiwi capital, Wellington, was ranked fourth in the 2021 Global Liveability Index, as cities with effective pandemic responses rose to the top of the rankings.

The EIU says New Zealand’s “tough lockdown” enabled many citizens to “enjoy a lifestyle that looked similar to pre-pandemic life.

Cities are ranked on more than 30 qualitative and quantitative factors across five categories: stability, healthcare, culture and environment, education and infrastructure.

Japan’s Osaka was ranked the second most liveable city, joined in the top five by the country’s capital Tokyo.

Australia has four cities in the top ten, with Adelaide the highest ranking at number three.

COVID-19’s “heavy toll on global liveability”

The EIU says there has been an “unprecedented level of change in the rankings”, with the pandemic causing liveability to decline.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has taken a heavy toll on global liveability. Cities across the world are now much less liveable than they were before the pandemic began, and we’ve seen that regions such as Europe have been hit particularly hard,” Upasana Dutt from the Economist Intelligence Unit said.

“…the COVID-19 pandemic caused liveability to decline – as cities experienced lockdowns and significant strains on their healthcare systems.”

European and Canadian cities have fallen significantly in the rankings, due to the impact of lockdowns.

Austria’s capital was previously ranked the world’s most liveable city, but Vienna has dropped out of the top 10, falling to twelfth.

Hamburg had the biggest fall, falling 34 places to 47th.

Damascus, in Syria, continues to languish at the very bottom of the rankings, remaining the world’s least liveable city.

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