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Prosecco corks cancelled from Giro d’Italia following star’s race ending injury

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Prosecco corks have been removed from podium celebrations after Biniam Girmay suffered a race-ending eye injury

Girmay made history on Tuesday by becoming the first black African rider to win a grand tour stage at the Giro d’Italia. But he was later forced to abandon the race after being struck in the eye by a Prosecco cork.

Girmay’s injury was severe saw him rushed to hospital just minutes after claiming his historic victory.

Race organisers have since moved to ensure there will be no repeat of the event.

Celebrations following Wednesday’s stage in Emilia-Romagna took place with pre-opened bottles of Prosecco.

In fact, Girmay was not the first rider in the race to be struck by an errant cork.

Dutchman Mathieu van der Poel narrowly avoided a similar fate after being hit in the neck while celebrating victory in the opening stage.

Mathieu van der Poel was also hit by a cork after the opening stage of the race. PHOTO: Fanpage.it

Star on the rise

Girmay’s absence for the remainder of the race will come as a blow to race organisers.

After a number of top five finishes, his pursuit of victory was one of the Giro’s main talking points.

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The Eritrean has risen rapidly in a sport too often characterised by a lack of diversity.

Earlier this year, the 22-year-old also became the first African to win a prestigious classic cycle race.

Before his withdrawal, Girmay was sitting second in the points classification. He would have been one of the hot favourites to take out the prize by the end of the race.

Bryan Hoadley contributed to this post

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OpenAI terminates AI risk protection team

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Less than a year after its inception, OpenAI has made the decision to dissolve its team dedicated to researching long-term risks associated with AI.

The team, formed with the intention of studying and mitigating potential risks stemming from advanced AI systems, was a notable part of OpenAI’s broader mission to ensure that AI is developed and used responsibly.

Dr Karen Sutherland from University of the Sunshine Coast #featured

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What are the biggest takeaways from the Second global AI summit?

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Top executives from leading tech companies committed to prioritising safety in the development and deployment of artificial intelligence technologies at the Second Global AI Summit.

During the summit, representatives from major corporations such as Google, Microsoft, and IBM outlined specific measures they will take to ensure that AI systems are developed and deployed responsibly.

Tom Finnigan from Talkingbrands.ai joins to discuss. #featured #trending

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Microsoft reporting for duty with top tier title

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Major Gamepass addition are on the way, with Call of Duty: Black Ops title.

Reports suggest this as the largest addition to the service since its launch, indicating a strategic effort to boost subscription numbers in a challenging market. The decision, likely to be officially announced during the upcoming Xbox Games Showcase on June 9, reflects a shift in the gaming landscape and Microsoft’s commitment to Game Pass. Despite potential drawbacks such as upsetting existing subscribers and sacrificing direct sales revenue. #Featured #Trending

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