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Rise of the Robots as Saudi Arabia Underscores Global Data and Artificial Intelligence (AI) Aspirations with Deepfest Debut at LEAP23

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Japanese roboticist Hiroshi Ishiguro and his robot twin, Geminoid HI-1, wow DeepFest audience(Source: LEAP)
Robots and avatars take centre-stage in future vision of human-robot symbiotic society

RIYADH, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, February 8, 2023/ — The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia enhanced its game-changer status in the global data and artificial intelligence (AI) sectors with the opening instalment of DeepFest – a new co-located event held in partnership with the Saudi Data & Artificial Intelligence Authority (SDAIA) – on the side-lines of LEAP23 (, the world’s most visionary tech event.

The inaugural DeepFest has gathered drivers of the global AI ecosystem to unveil multi-sector initiatives in a three-day thought-leadership conference with sector-specific tracks, trainings, live-demos, and startup pitches.

Complemented by a dedicated exhibition featuring companies transforming the world we live and work in, the DeepFest conference program – themed AI Beyond Imagination – homes in on AI implementation in areas such as clean tech, the Metaverse, women in technology, and more – including robotics.

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Robots and avatars take centre-stage in future vision of human-robot symbiotic society

Amid the assembled pool of change-makers, big tech pioneers, data scientists, innovators, enterprises, academia, startups, and innovative business entrepreneurs, famed roboticist Hiroshi Ishiguro delivered an inspired session titled Avatar and the Future Society.

Ishiguro, the director of the Intelligent Robotics Laboratory – part of the Department of Systems Innovation in the Graduate School of Engineering Science at Japan’s Osaka University – has been pioneering advancement in humanlike robotics since 1997. The 59-year-old has also been creating eerily realistic androids for over 15 years, including Geminoid HI-1 – the roboticist’s own virtual twin, who joined him on stage at DeepFest.

Having spent his career dissecting the nature of what it means to be human, Ishiguro outlined how advances in robotics and avatars are narrowing the separation between human and humanoid.

“By 2050, we want to realise a society in which people are free from the constraints of the body, brain, space, and time. The technology is being developed already; with our automated robotic tech, we can create avatars that anyone can use easily. I believe we can create avatars that will allow anyone – from children to the elderly, and everyone in between – to play an active role in society. With avatars, I believe we can change the world. We can choose to work, study, and socialise with real-life robotic or computer graphic (CG) avatars. Many companies in Japan are already using CG avatars for customer service – not in place of humans, but with humans controlling their own avatars. In Japan, we have an aging population problem, and we need to find solutions that allow people to work – this can be solved by using avatars and advanced robotic technology,” said Ishiguro.

Other sessions in the day one DeepFest agenda included Neural-Symbolic AI Driving Progress Toward Artificial General Intelligence with Dr. Benjamin Goertzel, CEO of the SingulaityNET Foundation; Generative AI Revolution with Leonid Zhukov, Director of Boston Consulting Group’s Global AI Institute; How Technology is Inspiring the Future Workforce with Beverly Rider, CCO of Tonomous and CEO Tonomous VentureStudio, and more.

For more information on LEAP23 please visit For more information on the DeepFest conference, please visit

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About LEAP:
Saudi Arabia is putting itself at the forefront of emerging tech through large-scale adoption and ambitious pilot projects. Its ambition will be showcased on a global stage and the Kingdom will become a hub that connects three continents. LEAP is a manifestation of this ambition. A seismic event that accelerates the adoption of technology and transforms Saudi Arabia’s economy. Together with LEAP, the Kingdom will see mass tech adoption, a shift away from oil as the principal strategic economic resource, and instead become a regional hub for both traditional and emerging technology.

Saudi Arabia has an endless ambition to shoot for something beyond that thought possible, to achieve a significant impact from game-changing tech and globally disruptive projects and to always keep one eye on the stars.

About Tahaluf:
Headquartered in Riyadh, Tahaluf brings together strategically important commercial communities from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the wider Gulf region and from around the world at a portfolio of world class exhibitions and digital platforms.

Tahaluf is a joint venture partnership between the Saudi Federation for Cybersecurity, Programming and Drones (SAFCSP) and Informa PLC, the world’s largest tradeshow organiser.

Through 2023 and 2024, Tahaluf will build on its award-winning events LEAP ( and Black Hat Middle East ( to launch new, large scale business-to-business events.

New Tahaluf events include the Artificial Intelligence event DeepFest ( 6-9 February 2023; food and hospitality show, Feast ( 24-26 October 2023; beauty industry festival Cosmoprof Middle East; international real estate show Cityscape Global ( 10-13 September 2023 and the Middle East edition of the leading pharma brand, CPHI Middle East ( 15-17 January 2024.

For more information about Tahaluf, visit


Tayebwa launches legislative agenda for children

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The Deputy speaker of parliament Thomas Tayebwa has implored legislators to consider issues affecting children with disabilities in their legislative agenda and also ensure the budget to facilitate their activities.
While officiating over the launch of Uganda Children’s Legislative Agenda by the Uganda Parliamentary Forum For Children, Tayebwa noted that concerns of children living with disabilities must be handled deligently.
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He pointed out the access to Education, Healthcare where most of these institutions have no services for the disabled.
He further expressed concern on the violation of children’s rights where by Uganda is ranked 16 in the 25 countries dealing with child labour, and statistics shown by a study of UNFPA in 2021 show that a total of over 354,000 teenage pregnancies happened in 2020, over 290,000 teenage pregnancies happened between January and September 2021 where by 320,000 cases where recorded per month globally.

dfcu Bank honors commitment to nurturing Female Entrepreneurship as 10 winners from 2022 Rising Woman Initiative head to Nairobi for all-expenses-paid study trip.


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Ruth Asasira, Manager Women in Business and Special Programs at dfcu Bank, poses with the 2022 Rising Woman Winners during the flag-off ceremony to Nairobi, held at dfcu’s Headquarters in Nakasero

dfcu Bank yesterday flagged off the top 10 winners from the 5th Season of the Rising Woman Initiative to Nairobi, Kenya, for an all-expenses-paid study trip. The cross-border trip doubles as an educational and mentorship exercise and will allow the entrepreneurs to meet and learn from other successful businesswomen outside Uganda. This will be the third cohort of women entrepreneurs benefiting from the grand prize of an all-expenses paid study trip to Nairobi, making a total of thirty (30) women since the initiative was first launched in 2018.


The ceremony was held at the Bank’s Head Offices in Nakasero, Kampala a, presided over by the Bank’s Acting Chief Executive Officer, William Sekabembe. Also present was Robert Wanok, dfcu’s Head Personal and Business Banking and Ruth Asasira, Manager Women in Business & Special Programs at dfcu.


In her remarks, Ruth Asasira stated that the study trip was the culmination of a long process that started early last year. “We spent the better part of last year travelling across the country to identify female entrepreneurs and encouraging them to be part of this life-transforming Rising Woman Initiative. In addition to the knowledge acquired during the various stages of the 2022 Rising Woman Initiative, the top 10 winners will now get to see what enterprises outside of Uganda are doing to build their businesses.”


“This trip will also provide valuable benchmarking opportunities which are indispensable as the world becomes an even smaller global village. We believe that this experience will cement dfcu Bank’s commitment to the economic empowerment of women.” – Ruth Asasira


Robert Wanok, dfcu’s Head Personal and Business Banking noted that the Bank is “…committed to our brand promise of ‘Making More Possible’ for women entrepreneurs. They make a significant contribution to the socioeconomic development of our communities and country. Empowering women economically creates a ripple effect of positive transformation for all of us.”


“As a Ugandan financial institution,  we are dedicated to seeing more women involved in the business space, which is why we have initiatives such as the dfcu Women in Business Program  (WIB) set up to uplift women-owned Small and Medium Enterprises.” – Robert Wanok.


Addressing the entrepreneurs and representatives from the Bank, William Sekabembe, dfcu Bank’s Acting Chief Executive Officer encouraged them to treat the study tour as a learning opportunity, drawing inspiration from fellow entrepreneurs in Nairobi.


“It is commonplace to talk about the challenges that both new and long-term entrepreneurs face, especially when they are women. Today however, is a day of celebration of the hard work from last year. As you embark on this trip, I encourage you to look for inspiration and allow your minds to be stretched by the possibilities that exist for your individual businesses and female business owners, as a collective.”


“Use the success stories in Nairobi as a yardstick of what is possible for you if you remain resolute in your business pursuits. The places where you identify room for improvement should drive you to be more creative, make the most of your network and forge more partnerships with institutions such as dfcu Bank, because successful  entrepreneurship cannot be accomplished singularly.”


“On behalf of dfcu Bank, I wish you a safe trip and an unforgettable learning experience,’ Sekabembe concluded.


The Rising Woman Initiative falls under dfcu Bank’s Women in Business Program (WiB) which is dedicated to providing financial and business solutions to women entrepreneurs. During season five (5), the Initiative directly interfaced with and trained over 5,000 women across the country.


Last year, over 180 women entrepreneurs from across Uganda participated in the competitive proposal writing competition where 23 made it to the defense stage. Of the 23, 10 contestants across 3 categories made it to the final list of winners. The categories included; Agribusiness Value

Addition; Manufacturing & Consumer Services; and Digital Innovation & E-commerce. The overall winners in each category also received UGX 10 Million each as funding for their businesses.


Rising Woman aims to recognize, celebrate, and promote a culture of mentorship among women in the business space in Uganda. It is implemented by dfcu Bank in partnership with Monitor Publications and Uganda Investment Authority.


Last year, the campaign was held under the theme ‘Taking Your Business Ahead’, with the aim of providing female entrepreneurs with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to improve their business operations, enabling them to create profitable enterprises.


Top 10 Participants – 2022 Rising Woman Initiative.


Business Name Position Attained Participation Category Prize
APA Original Kisubi Tea LTD


Overall, Winner Agribusiness Value Addition category


UGX 10 Million & All expenses paid study trip


Prio Medical LTD – My Musawo APP


Overall, Winner Digital Innovation & E-commerce category


UGX 10 Million & All expenses paid study trip


HEB’s Organic LTD


Overall, Winner Manufacturing & Consumer services category


UGX 10 Million & All expenses paid study trip


Raining Vegetables Elgon LTD


1st Runner up Digital Innovation & E-commerce category


All expenses paid trip & Recognition Award


Kuzimba Services


2nd Runner up Digital Innovation & E-commerce category


All expenses paid study trip & Recognition Award


Naroho Co. LTD


1st Runner up Manufacturing & Consumer services category


All expenses paid study trip & Recognition Award


East Star Healthy Products


2nd Runner up Manufacturing & Consumer services category


All expenses paid study trip & Recognition Award


Weye Clean Energy Company LTD


2nd Runner up Manufacturing & Consumer services category


All expenses paid study trip & Recognition Award


Mt Elgon Women Specialty Coffee LTD


1st Runner up Agribusiness Value Addition category


All expenses paid study trip & Recognition Award


Nature’s Essence LTD- Mushroom for Health


2nd Runner up Agribusiness Value Addition category


All expenses paid study trip & Recognition Award


Grammy Awards Red Carpet 2023 Photos: Taylor Swift, Lizzo, Adele, Viola Davis & More


Fabrizio Romano confirms Ten Hag will sell 85-goal Man Utd star to generate funds for club-record signing


Manchester United are ready to put a £57m signing up for sale this summer to put towards a blockbuster new arrival, Fabrizio Romano believes.

Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford and Bruno Fernandes celebrate Man Utd goal against Sheff Utd

Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford and Bruno Fernandes celebrate Man Utd goal against Sheff Utd© PA Images

Erik ten Hag has made an excellent start to his reign at Old Trafford and on Wednesday can claim a 14th successive home success. And with managerless Leeds on the horizon, they will go into the game as huge favourites as they seek the win that will take them level on points with Manchester City.

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Truth be told, United are performing way higher than forecasts under the Dutchman. Having slumped home in sixth last season, Ten Hag will have targeted a big improvement and to close that gap on the top sides. Last season, that stood at a worrying 35 points.

However, success over Leeds will move them level on points with City, albeit having played a game more and with an inferior goal difference.

All the same, if United continue on their current path it won’t be long before they can start planning for Champions League football again.

That will also give United an even greater appeal in their quest for more summer signings. And having spent very modestly in January, United are likely to go big this summer in their quest to further strengthen their squad.

Indeed, the United manager will reportedly look to target three big-money arrivals. Top of his wishlist remains a new, big-name striker to fill the void left by Cristiano Ronaldo. A new right-back and another midfielder are also on his wishlist.

And to help generate even greater funds, a report has claimed the club will look to sell six big-name stars this summer.

Man Utd looking to sell Anthony Martial

Of that six, one of the bigger names seemingly up for grabs are Anthony Martial.

The Frenchman moved to Old Trafford back in summer 2015 for a fee which ultimately topped £57m. Now in his eighth season at the club, Martial has scored 85 goals in 283 appearances for the Red Devils.

However, despite being admired and having the respect of Ten Hag, Martial has been limited to six Premier League starts this season. And while he has six goals in his 14 appearances across all competitions, he appears down the pecking order at Old Trafford.

Indeed, the emergence of Alejandro Garnacho appears to have made Ten Hag’s mind up. And with Jadon Sancho, Anthony Elanga and Marcus Rashford also as options down the wide attacking slots, time appears to be up for Martial.

Now Romano is confirming that Ten Hag is seemingly willing to listen to offers for the 27-year-old this summer.

And with United also pursuing a new central striker, Romano has told Caught Offside that Martial’s time appears to be at Old Trafford.

“Ten Hag appreciates Martial as a player but as Manchester United will go for new striker, there’s a chance that they will put Anthony on the market in the summer; this is possible, yes. There are currently no negotiations with clubs to sell him.”

Martial was loaned to Sevilla last season, while has been regularly linked to the likes of Inter Milan and Juventus.

Ten Hag reportedly has three names he’s considering as a new striker for United this summer.

And with Victor Osimhen seemingly the top target, United may need to spend as much as £107m (€120m) to prise him from Napoli.

Source:Team Talk

State of the Union Address 2023: See Photos Of Joe Biden, Kamala Harris & More



Jill Biden Stuns In Shiny Purple Dress For 2023 State Of The Union


First Lady Jill Biden looked fabulous as she supported the president as he gave his second State of the Union address.

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First Lady Jill Biden always makes a statement with her fashion choices! Whether she’s speaking out on an important issue or meeting with fellow world leaders, Dr. Jill Biden, 71, always looks fantastic when making public appearances. She rocked a purple dress as she arrived for the 2023 State of the Union address on Tuesday, February 7.

Jill Biden arrives in her viewing box for the State of the Union. (Patrick Semansky/AP/Shutterstock)

Biden looked gorgeous as she supported President Joe Biden during his speech from her viewing box. She sported a shiny purple dress, which may have been a statement highlighting unity between Democrats and Republicans. She was seated with a wide array of guests including Tyre Nichols’ parents, Bono, Paul Pelosi, and Brandon Tsay, who disarmed the Monterey Park shooter, as well as many more.

The first lady’s outfit was very different from her look at the 65th Annual Grammy Awards just two nights before. Biden was presenting the awards for Song of the Year as well as the inaugural Song for Social Change. She looked gorgeous in a metallic silver gown and spoke about the power that music can have to inspire change in a short but moving speech. “A song can unite, inspire, and ultimately change the world,” she said.

Jill Biden smiles as she arrives for the State of the Union. (Patrick Semansky/AP/Shutterstock)

Grammys aside, Biden has had plenty of moments to show off her excellent sense of fashion in the past year. Whether she’s rocking floral patterns for the Kennedy Center Honors, sporting a solid blue dress for her granddaughter’s wedding, or a black gown with cutouts for a state dinner, the first lady always looks fantastic.


Britney Spears Rocks Gold Mini Dress After She’s Left ‘Mortified’ By Recent Singing Video


After Britney Spears shared a video of herself singing ‘Oops!…I Did It Again’ on Instagram, she rocked a gold cocktail dress & roasted herself on Feb. 7.

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Oops! she did it again! Britney Spears, 41, took to Instagram on Tuesday to share a sexy video of herself in a gold mini-dress while also revealing that she was “mortified” after sharing a clip of her singing “Oops!…I Did It Again” earlier in the week. In the post, the 41-year-old rocked the revealing ensemble complete with chic high-heel pumps. “Holy s*** !!! Mistake s***!!! I posted the wrong video of me singing yesterday and once I did, I tried to play it off with the caption !!! Embrace the fall !!! Yep and try to play it off … yep that’s me !!!!”, her caption on the post began. “I was in the studio messing around and I accidentally posted that version !!! Mortified, completely mortified !!! Anyway … this is me last night in my new gold dress !!! Think I need to salsa in this dress !!!”


Lionel Messi

While PSG officials are trying their best to extend Lionel Messi contract, one of the club’s former players told them it won’t be a good idea for the seven-time Ballon d’or winner to stay in Paris.

Nasser Al-Khelaifi made Messi’s contract extension a priority after the World Cup, but things are getting complicated for him as reports claim the Argentina superstar is still questioning his future.

Speaking on the situation on Sunday, PSG sporting directo Lui Camps said negotiations are on the good way for Messi to extend his contract.

However, Jerome Rothen warned Paris Saint-Germain over extending the 35-year old.

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“Messi’s extension is bullsh*t”, he said on RMC Sport.

Jerome Rothen is against Lionel Messi contract extension.
Jerome Rothen is against Lionel Messi contract extension.

“Managing the three [Messi, Neymar and Kylian Mbappe] is complicated. On top of that, there is the wage bill. And we saw that PSG is stuck with financial fair play, because the wage bill has exploded.

“There, you have the opportunity to recover a large sum of money from Messi’s salary. That can allow you to recruit and improve your squad. For all of that, it’s a very bad idea to extend Leo Messi.

“In terms of image and what he reflects, I do not understand why Leo Messi wants to prolong the adventure.

“He makes no effort to put the club forward. He never thanks the fans, he lowers his head and goes to the locker room.

“Even when celebrating his goals, his name is chanted, he never has a nice gesture towards the supporters to thank them. He does not want to invest more in the project. Because of that, it’s not a good idea to keep him.”

Source:Africa Top Sports




A few days before the Inter-Club competitions’ group stage began, CAF eased its COVID-19 limitations on the participating clubs.

Due to COVID-19, CAF has prohibited teams from allowing more than a certain number of spectators to attend home games starting in 2020.

Clubs will then need to visit the governing body of football to get clearance for the amount of fans, although the CAF update indicates that this has altered.

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The CAF informed all of the participating clubs, including Rivers United of Nigeria, in a letter on Monday that they did not need to request authorisation once more.

CAF letters to Club on COVID-19 ease down

This coming weekend, club events will pick back up across the continent.

Source:AFRICA Top Sports