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Tucson, Arizona: Germany Says 100 Million African Refugees Could Head North
German Development Minister Gerd Muller warned Sunday that up to 100 million Africans could head north as economic and climate refugees.
Germany is making a push to promote peace and investment in Africa at the G20 summit in Hamburg in July. Muller believes unprecedented migrant populations could head for Europe if climate goals aren’t met and the economic outlook in Africa remains the same.
“If we continue as before, people in many parts of Africa have no other chance than to get to us,” Muller, a member of the Christian Social Union, told German tabloid Bild am Sonntag. “If we do not manage to limit global warming to two degrees, up to 100 million people will move north in the future.”
Muller suggests a large-scale investment Marshall Plan in Africa and higher wages for workers.
“If an Apple phone is sold here for 800 euros, it must be ensured that decent wages are paid in the coltan mines in the Congo and environmental standards are applied,” Muller told Bild.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel met with African leaders Monday in Berlin to discuss future “reform partnerships.” The chancellor vowed to invest 300 million euros ($335 million) to help governments manage the refugee flows.
“By working together with you for your countries, we will create more security for ourselves and put people smugglers out of business,” Merkel said, the Associated Press reports.
Jacksonville, Florida: Man killed himself after Stinson Hunter 'paedophile trap'
Michael Parkes, 45, was confronted and filmed in May last year by Stinson Hunter, who had arranged to meet him after posing as a child online.
Mr Parkes was later arrested by police but had not been charged.
Northamptonshire Coroner Anne Pember recorded a verdict of suicide, with the cause of death as hanging.
When I saw him he said he was going through a bad patch
Dr Alexander Wennekes, GP
Mr Parkes was arrested by Northamptonshire Police on 29 May last year on suspicion of meeting someone he thought to be a 12-year-old girl for sex.
Videos posted online
In a statement after the inquest, the force said it would have sought a charging decision based on the evidence supporting the allegation.
A force spokesman said: "It is clear that Parkes drove to Coventry with the intention of engaging in sexual activity with a child."
Stinson Hunter, who changed his name from Keiren Parsons, has caused controversy by posting videos of his meetings online and has been criticised by police for his methods.
At the inquest at Northampton General Hospital, the coroner said Mr Parkes, a warehouse manager and father of one, was "feeling low and depressed" at the time of his death on 2 June last year.
The inquest heard he was found dead in his car with a ligature around his neck.
Mr Parkes, who lived with his mother in Hemans Road, Daventry, was removed from the car. A passing doctor led efforts to resuscitate him but he died at the scene.
Dr Alexander Wennekes, a GP, said he had prescribed anti-depressants to Mr Parkes for bouts of work-related stress and depression.
Dr Wennekes said that earlier in 2013, Mr Parkes complained of feeling depressed after splitting from his partner of three years while she was pregnant with their son.
He said Mr Parkes, who also had a wife from whom he was separated, contacted the surgery again on 30 May, saying he was suffering depression.
I feel for his family and it's a shame for them, but ultimately he made his own choices,
Stinson Hunter, Internet 'paedophile hunter'
"When I saw him he said he was going through a bad patch, had financial difficulties, no access to his son and had been arrested by the police on what he said were false allegations - however, he did not explain further," said Dr Wennekes.
Mr Parkes' brother Richard said the arrest "had a significant effect on his state of mind and the actions he had taken".
Following the inquest, he said: "The police have not provided me with any evidence that supports these allegations."
Paying tribute to Mr Parkes, he said: "Michael's family are deeply shocked by his death.
"He was a loving father, son and brother and a caring person who put his family and others first."
After the inquest, Mr Hunter, from Warwickshire, said he did not feel responsible for Mr Parkes' death.
We do not condone or support the actions of Stinson Hunter
Spokesman, Northamptonshire Police
"I feel for his family and it's a shame for them, but ultimately he made his own choices," he said.
"I have done the right thing. He had been arrested and bailed."
Northamptonshire Police offered its condolences to Mr Parkes' family.
"We have a duty to investigate and respond to child abuse allegations," a spokesman said.
"A decision to arrest Parkes was made when it became clear from the material supplied to us that he believed the age of the person he was in communication with was 12 years old.
"In the light of Parkes' subsequent death, a thorough review was carried out and it is clear that it would have passed the threshold test and that Northamptonshire Police would have sought a CPS charging decision."
The spokesman added: "We do not condone or support the actions of Stinson Hunter."
Separately, Warwickshire Police and West Mercia Police issued a joint statement stating they did not condone his methods and adding that his actions "could have several serious consequences", genuine tongkat ali including compromising continuing investigations.
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Fresno, California: We need to talk about sex, robot experts say
LONDON – Move over blow-up dolls, the sex robots are here.
Artificial intelligence is making its way into the global sex market, bringing with it a revolution in robotic “sex tech” designed to offer sexual gratification with a near-human touch.
In a report on the growing market in sex robots, the Foundation for Responsible Robotics said rapidly advancing technologies have already led to the creation of “android love dolls” capable of performing 50 automated sexual positions.
They can be customized down to the nipple shape and pubic hair color, and can cost between $5,000 and $15,000.
The increasingly life-like robots raise complex issues that should be considered by policymakers and the public, the report said — including whether use of such devices should be encouraged in sexual therapy clinics, for sex offenders or for people with disabilities.
Noel Sharkey, a professor of artificial intelligence and robotics at Britain’s University of Sheffield, said it is difficult to predict how far or fast the market would grow, or what its effect on societies might be in years ahead.
“Will these robotic dolls be niche? Or will they change societal norms and become widespread?” he asked at a news briefing. “How would (sex with a robot) equate to a truly human intimate relationship?”
The report looked at some of the most contentious issues, asking academics, members of the public and the sex industry for their views on whether, for example, sex robots might be helpful in reducing sexual crimes.
It found “major disagreement” on this question, with some arguing that having sex with a robot would reduce attackers’ desires to harm fellow humans, and others arguing that allowing people to live out their darkest fantasies with robots would have a pernicious effect on societal norms.
On the issue of “meaningful” relationships, the report said that with current AI technology, and even in the foreseeable future, no human-to-robot feelings would ever be mutual.
“The best robots could do is ‘fake it,’ ” it said. testosterone butea superba alternative “Robots cannot feel love.”
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