9yo girl, elderly man killed as 6.1 quake strikes Japan

An 80-year-old man and a young 9yo girl were killed in Japan, crushed by collapsing walls, public broadcaster NHK reported. Several others are reported in a state of “cardiopulmonary arrest,” a condition usually used by Japanese authorities until a formal examination has been conducted to confirm death.

At least 51 people were injured, mainly across the northern Osaka and neighboring prefectures, the broadcaster reports, citing data from local police and fire departments.

Some 170,000 households remain without power in Osaka, as well as neighboring Hyogo prefecture, according to local electricity operator Kansai.

Besides electricity outages, at least one house caught fire and several major water pipes burst following the quake, according to footage shown by local TV. The jolt struck during the Monday morning rush hour, and forced a halt to some rail services. As a precaution, flights were also delayed in Osaka airport.

While there were no reports of widespread damage, Japanese authorities are still assessing the impact, with PM Shinzo Abe emphasizing that the safety of residents is the government’s top priority at the moment.

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Russian embassy beats Uruguay at opening match of ‘DC World Cup’ in Washington (VIDEOS)

The international ‘DC World Cup’ football tournament has kicked off in Washington DC, with the Russian team beating their Uruguayan diplomat colleagues 4-3 in an intense inaugural game while Russia hosts the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

Dozens of amateur football players and supporters gathered to watch the first ever DC Embassy World Cup match, where Team Russia clashed with their Uruguayan counterparts on a warm sunny day in Washington.

Wearing red jerseys, the diplomatic staff of the Russian embassy took to the pitch determined to win. Following an intense but rather friendly clash, the Russian envoys came out victorious, beating the Uruguayans 4-3 at the final whistle. Following the pleasant game, the teams posed for a diplomatic photoshoot.

“We are celebrating the multinational and multicultural spirit of DC, united with the excitement of the FIFA World Cup,” one Latin American team supporter told videographer Ford Fischer. “We’re doing this with the highest standard of sportsmanship and following the spirit of fair play.”

Co-sponsored by FIFA 2018 World Cup, the Office of Mayor Muriel Bowser and the DC Department of Parks and Recreation, the 16-team tournament will run through July 14. In addition to the South American representatives, Russia will face Mexico on June 26, followed by Germany on June 30, as part of Group A match-ups. 

Group B will see England, Belgium, Colombia and Panama battle to make it to the playoffs. Australia, Denmark, Peru and France will battle in Group C, while Group D will witness matches between Argentina, Brazil, Serbia and Switzerland. The tournament has been organized to coincide with and to celebrate the FIFA 2018 World Championship being played in Russia.

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Westworld season 2 episode 10 finale trailer: 'This is the end'

HBO has released the trailer for the final episode of Westworld season 2, with William declaring: “This is the end. Nothing else is in the way now.”

It opens with the familiar phrase “freeze all motor functions”, but uttered by the unfamiliar voice of Dolores.

A fast-paced montage follows that teases a number of intriguing visuals, as we glimpse James Delos in the labs, Dolores and Bernard standing before what looks to be a vast archive or library and later in Delos’ fidelity test apartment, plus Logan is seen through flashback next to a pool and leading Dolores and Bernard around.

Most curiously, we get a couple of shots with the world appearing to have a crack in it, Clementine slowly advancing towards it on horseback.

Westworld‘s plot has been even more labyrinthine in season 2 than in season 1, and has an awful lot to answer in its season climax.

Entitled ‘The Passenger’, the feature-length finale hits HBO in the US and Sky Atlantic and NOW TV in the UK on Sunday night.

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Westworld: Is [spoiler] dead? Season 2 episode 9 ending explained

He’s had it coming for a long time now, but Teddy Flood finally appeared to get bumped off in Westworld season 2 episode 9.

A bullet to the temple would be an open and shut case in most TV shows, but not Westworld, so let’s break down exactly what happened.

Earlier in the season, Dolores forcibly dialled up Teddy’s attributes to make him tough enough to withstand her/their mission, removing his compassion and ramping up his aggression.

At first, he seemed fine with this, but that changed in episode 9, the hint coming when he held fire and let one member of Ghost Nation escape.

In the final scene at an outpost, he vented at Dolores for manipulating his personality, telling her “you changed me, made me into a monster.

“What’s the use of surviving if I become just as bad as them? I understand now, how this will end, where you will lead us.”

As he told her “I never wanted to leave your side…Which is why this is so hard,” it seemed as though Teddy was gearing up to kill Dolores, removing his pistol from its holster.

“You don’t wanna hurt me, Teddy,” she threatened, to which he replied: “No, No I could never hurt you, Dolores. I’ll protect you until the day I die.

“I’m sorry, I can’t protect you anymore,” he concluded, before putting his own gun to his head and pulling the trigger.

Lying on the floor, sanguine liquid spilling from his head, it seemed as though he had committed suicide, not being able to go on any longer as a killing machine and wanting no part in Dolores’ plan for world domination.

Dolores sure seemed to think so:

But this is Westworld, and for hosts there is no such thing as death, at least as we know it, only complete destruction or just being decommissioned.

This is far from the first time Teddy has taken a bullet and probably not the first time one’s landed in his head.

It all comes down to whether or not the bullet penetrated the pearl control unit in his head, although even if it did we can’t consider him a goner necessarily, as it’s likely his code has already been copied in The Forge.

We’ll probably get answers in next week’s Westworld, which is the season finale.

Westworld airs on HBO in the US and through Sky Atlantic and NOW TV in the UK.

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Westworld season 2 episode 9 review: Bill & Ted's bogus journey

Westworld reached the penultimate episode of its second season tonight (*spoilers ahead*), and William and Teddy had both had about enough of being led around on seemingly never-ending respective quests.

It was a toss-up as to which character had a more disproportionate solution to their circumstances, however, William shooting his daughter dead and Teddy shooting himself in the head.

Becoming convinced that Emily was merely another host pre-arranged by Ford to mess with him, Bill could have erred on the side of caution and simply tied up or wounded what was still conceivably his daughter, but instead decided to pump her full of lead. Emily not possibly being able to know he’d kept a profile of his time in the park unless she was programmed to know it by Ford was his evidence, only he moments later realised, after already having pulleed the trigger: “Shit! I forgot I left a USB with it on in the family home!” I hate it when that happens. Moral of the story here: Stop and have a think for a second before you decide to murder your daughter.

It was a melodramatic moment in a very melodramatic episode, which centred around a flashback that told the story of William’s wife Juliet’s death. There weren’t actually any surprise twists here, Juliet having been driven to drink and ultimately suicide by William’s mean streak, as we assumed.

Just as Clara Immerwahr, the real-life wife of the “father of chemical warfare” Fritz Harber, ultimately ended up killing herself, it would have made sense if Juliet had been driven to suicide by William’s plan to essentially clone human beings without their knowledge, but instead the flashback suggested it was all down to his conduct in the park. This didn’t make a whole heap of sense as William is certainly not the only one who has used the park to indulge in the rape and murder of robots, and had society deemed this morally wrong the park would have been closed before it even opened. Anyway, that’s that sub-plot sorted, and William is now left to stagger through what remains of this quest he believes he has been put on by Ford, surely hoping there is more than just a chest containing a gilded shield and +200XP at the end.

Teddy meanwhile, in a decision perhaps even more rash than William’s, was so perturbed by Dolores’ mission of revenge and her tampering with his settings that, instead of just re-jigging his settings and taking up crochet on a ranch, he promptly put a bullet through his own temple. It was an overdue goodbye to a largely boring character, though no host is ever truly dead in Westworld – only decommissioned – so we can’t rule out a comeback.

That just leaves Maeve and Bernard, who were both haunted by the Ford.exe file coursing through their registries, and driven toward a showdown at The Door/The Valley Beyond/The Forge/I lose track.

Over the course of this season, Westworld has constructed quite the narrative spider web, and everything really now rests on whether it can all be paid off in next weeks’ finale.

Westworld concludes Sunday night on HBO in the US and through Sky Atlantic and NOW TV in the UK.

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’13 Reasons Why’ director’s Tesla goes up in flames

June 17 (UPI) — TV director Michael Morris‘ Tesla went up in flames while he was driving in Los Angeles on Friday, according to his wife, actress Mary McCormack.

McCormack tweeted a video of Morris’ black Tesla as flames gushed from underneath while on Santa Monica Boulevard.

“@Tesla This is what happened to my husband and his car today,” she wrote. “No accident, out of the blue, in traffic on Santa Monica Blvd. Thank you to the kind couple who flagged him down and told him to pull over. And thank god my three little girls weren’t in the car with him.”

Firefighters arrived on the scene and put out the fire. No injuries were reported.

Electrek.co, a news site promoting the Tesla brand, said the fire may have been caused by a punctured battery pack, which could have been damaged while driving over something the driver was not aware of.

Morris is currently a director on 13 Reasons Why and has directed episodes of House of Cards, Preacher and Brothers and Sisters.

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Russian embassy beats Uruguay at opening match of ‘DC World Cup’ in Washington (VIDEOS)

The international ‘DC World Cup’ football tournament has kicked off in Washington DC, with the Russian team beating their Uruguayan diplomat colleagues 4-3 in an intense inaugural game while Russia hosts the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

Dozens of amateur football players and supporters gathered to watch the first ever DC Embassy World Cup match, where Team Russia clashed with their Uruguayan counterparts on a warm sunny day in Washington.

Wearing red jerseys, the diplomatic staff of the Russian embassy took to the pitch determined to win. Following an intense but rather friendly clash, the Russian envoys came out victorious, beating the Uruguayans 4-3 at the final whistle. Following the pleasant game, the teams posed for a diplomatic photoshoot.

“We are celebrating the multinational and multicultural spirit of DC, united with the excitement of the FIFA World Cup,” one Latin American team supporter told videographer Ford Fischer. “We’re doing this with the highest standard of sportsmanship and following the spirit of fair play.”

Co-sponsored by FIFA 2018 World Cup, the Office of Mayor Muriel Bowser and the DC Department of Parks and Recreation, the 16-team tournament will run through July 14. In addition to the South American representatives, Russia will face Mexico on June 26, followed by Germany on June 30, as part of Group A match-ups. 

Group B will see England, Belgium, Colombia and Panama battle to make it to the playoffs. Australia, Denmark, Peru and France will battle in Group C, while Group D will witness matches between Argentina, Brazil, Serbia and Switzerland. The tournament has been organized to coincide with and to celebrate the FIFA 2018 World Championship being played in Russia.

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Roger Stone’s meeting with man selling ‘dirt on Hillary’ fires up Russiagate

Stone, who was described as “the political dark sorcerer” in the piece, had met with the man who offered, for a price of $2 million, unspecified “political dirt” on Trump’s Democratic rival for the White House, Hillary Clinton, in Sunny Isles Beach, Florida in late May 2016, the paper reported.

Stone himself shared the information with the paper, saying he declined the offer, saying Donald Trump “doesn’t pay for anything.” In a text message to Trump campaign communications official Michael Caputo, which was seen by the paper, Stone had also described his dealings with the mysterious Russian a “waste of time.”

As expected, the Russiagate floodgates burst.

The role and the motives of the supposed Russian supplier of information about Hillary remain unclear. The Washington Post said that his name was Henry Greenberg, a Russian national who claimed to work for the FBI and who, at that time, used the alias of Henry Oknyansky.

Stone and Caputo told the investigators that Greenberg or Oknyansky –or whatever he is– was actually working for the “US law enforcement officials hostile to Trump” who had tried to set up the Republican candidate. Greenberg himself texted to the paper that he wasn’t with the FBI during the 2016 meeting in Sunny Isles Beach. He also confirmed on the phone that his offer had been declined by Stone, the paper reported.

But the main thing of course, was that he was ‘Russian’.

The so-called ‘Russian meetings’ of the Trump campaign have made headlines on numerous occasions in the US over the last couple of years. The most prominent of them was the negotiations conducted by Donald Trump Jr, Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner and then campaign chairman Paul Manafort, with Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya, in June 2016 in Trump Tower in New York City. It was investigated by Mueller’s probe and sensationalized by the media. However, the transcripts of interviews with its participants, released by the US Senate Judiciary Committee in May, revealed that the meeting had nothing to do with Hillary Clinton and had “no focus on Russian activities.”

The “Russian” shadow has been hanging over various US officials, from John Bolton, and over some Clinton donors and Russiagate proponents.

While the dust hasn’t yet settled, Trump used the dubious publication to again attack the Washington Post and its billionaire owner, Jeff Bezos, on Twitter. He recalled an open letter earlier this week, in which more than 400 of the paper’s employees demanded fair wages and benefits and he advised the Washington Post staff to go on a lengthy strike. “We would get rid of Fake News for an extended period of time” in this case, the president wrote.

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