Manmohan wife get Z VIP CRPF security cover

first_imgNew Delhi: A CRPF ‘Z+’ VIP security cover has been accorded to former prime minister Manmohan Singh whose SPG protection was recently withdrawn by the government, officials said on Monday.They said Singh and his wife have been accorded the cover with a strength of about 45 armed commandos who will guard them round-the-clock at their residence on 3, Motilal Nehru Road here and during their movement across the country. The former PM will also get a advance security liaison (ASL) protocol where the security personnel will conduct an advance recce of the venue that is to be visited by the two VVIPs. The Central Reserve Police Force will soon take over the charge after consultations with the SPG, Delhi Police and central intelligence agencies, they said. The Special Protection Group (SPG) protection given to Singh was recently withdrawn following a review by multiple security agencies.last_img read more


first_img Login/Register With: Windsor’s yearly celebration of film broke attendance records for its 2018 version.The Windsor International Film Festival (WIFF) drew 28,574 visitors to the Capitol Theatre during its run last fall. This figure was announced at a media event Friday to coincide with its release in the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) Film Circuit Yearbook.Vincent Georgie, WIFF’s executive director and chief programmer, said the attendance only proves that Windsor has become a destination for film aficionados. Facebook Advertisement “This is a major milestone and one we’ve been eyeing since launching the Windsor International Film Festival fifteen years ago,” said Georgie. “This remarkable achievement is a testament to the passion this community has for film and to the hard work of so many dedicated volunteers. Take a bow, Windsor-Essex. You did this.”Georgie was joined by Laura Good, manager of the TIFF Film Circuit, who marvelled at the dedication toward putting the festival together each year.“It’s incredible what you and your volunteers have achieved in such a short time period,” said Good. “You’ve put Windsor on the map for movie-goers and this amazing festival is only going to grow more popular. We are proud to support WIFF.”Georgie also took advantage of the media event to announce the launch of WIFF’s new Canadian Film Award, which will be presented to a Canadian-made film shown at this November’s WIFF with a cash prize of $10,000.WIFF is also scheduling a free, outdoor screening of the acclaimed documentary The Russian Five as a thank-you to the community. It will take place in cooperation with LiUNA! Bluesfest Windsor on July 9 at 7 p.m. at Riverfront Festival Plaza.The 2019 edition of WIFF is scheduled for November 1 through 10. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Twitter Advertisementlast_img read more

Theo Fleury Overcoming sexual abuse to now advocating for victims

first_imgAPTN Face To Face He’s a Metis kid from a small town who also happens to have an Olympic gold medal and his name on the Stanley Cup. But it hasn’t been all glory for Theo Fleury. The former NHL superstar has battled with addiction and mental health issues. In 2009, he released a best-selling autobiography where he revealed he had been sexually abused by a former coach.But, Fleury has turned his life around. He is now an advocate for sexual abuse victims and a public speaker. He’s even launched a career in country music. Fleury joins host Dennis Ward on Face to Face to discuss his highs and lows, on and off the ice.last_img read more

First Nations woman says Corrections Canada uses honour system when hiring Indigenous

first_imgLindsay RichardsonAPTN National NewsA First Nation former employee of Corrections Canada is speaking out about issues at the Quebec Institution where she worked.Dominique Launière — a Maliseet-Wendat woman — alleges that jobs and services are being lost to self-declared Indigenous peoples.Some of them, she says, are imposters.“The CSC has a mandate to rehabilitate the inmates, and if they encourage the inmates to lie – it doesn’t rehabilitate at all,” Launière explained. “They encourage themselves to continue to be dishonest.”Launière left her Huron-Wendat community of Wendake when she was offered a nine month contract working with Indigenous prisoners at Archambault Institution, a minimum to medium security facility located in Sainte-Anne-des-Plaines, Que., about 40 km northeast of Montreal.She says she was told contract work would fast-track her transition to a permanent job, open only to Indigenous applicants.However, Launière butted heads with management when they refused to allow low-risk inmates their legal right to visit their communities prior to release.“When I clearly exposed my intention of helping the Aboriginal inmates and asked for the measures that are put in place for them, I was excluded from the communications, from the transfer of information,” she said.Launière says that despite her qualifications, previous work experience, and high test scores, in the end higher-ups did not renew her contract.“I was trying to do that, to allow [inmates] to have a fair treatment, and get a real reconciliation between the CSC and the Aboriginal inmates, and they wouldn’t allow me. They would block me and forbid me to do it,” she explained.After being turned down, Launière blew the whistle on management of the prison’s Aboriginal Initiatives Division, alleging that staff has a history of declaring to be Indigenous in order to move up the ranks professionally.Launière says self-declaration is a problem commonly noted among inmates. But a shortage of permanent positions within the Corrections Services – or any public service, according to Launiere – may be inspiring some to make false claims.“They self-declare as nations – and sometimes they switch. At first they’re going to say ‘I’m Mohawk’ and then ‘oh no, I’m Algonquin,’ oh no then I’m something else,” she said. “It’s from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., 8 a.m. – 4 p.m., and after that when they get released, they’re not Aboriginal anymore.”Indigeneity claims, according to a disclaimer on the Federal Government’s Affirmation of Aboriginal Affiliation Form, are only investigated or substantiated if there’s suspicion of fraud.Meanwhile, self-declaration by internal applicants keeps qualified people away from jobs requiring cultural sensitivity, Launière says, and also keeps nearly 200 Indigenous inmates from accessing crucial services.‘I’ve seen that – an inmate that would at first be self-declared Aboriginal, then say ‘no I’m not Aboriginal anymore,’ and then because the hearing was coming and he wanted an Aboriginal hearing they would say ‘can I self-declare myself again Aboriginal?’” Launière said.AFN regional chief Ghislain Picard says the scope of the issue extends beyond Quebec’s institutions, and may eventually require an objective federal review.“What we hear from Corrections Services Canada is that they don’t do any verifications. You know, someone goes into the prison system, claims to be Indigenous from whatever nation, and they’re accepted as such,” Picard said. “I think there definitely needs to be a review of how this is done within the corrections system.“It’s totally inappropriate, and more than that it’s really fraud. It’s fraudulent to be claiming to be someone that you’re not,” he added.Correctional Services Canada did not return APTN’s request for comment before deadline.The Public Service Commission (PSC) investigates whether an appointment within a Federal department is made on the basis of merit, or whether there was an error, omission, improper conduct, political influence or fraud.In a written statement, the PSC says they’ve received 10 allegations from various locations across Canada regarding the provision of false or misleading information on the Aboriginal Affiliation Form.So far, Launière has filed three complaints – including one with the Canadian Human Rights Commission – alleging discrimination and harassment, among others.“It doesn’t make sense, because there’s a real lack of employees that are sensitive and have an efficiency to work and do their job,” Launière said,“They don’t want First Nation employees to work for them. They don’t,” she read more

Morocco Key Partner of France in Preparing for COP 21 French

Paris  –  Morocco is a key partner of France in preparing for the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP21), slated in December in Paris, said on Thursday French secretary of state for development and francophonie Annick Girardin.“Our Moroccan partners are by our side” in preparing for this conference, she told MAP on the sidelines of the opening session of a meeting of UfM parliaments’ representatives, held at the French national assembly.She recalled the holding, recently in Rabat, of the international forum on countries’ contributions as part of the framework-agreement on climate change.She also recalled the “Tangiers Call: for a solidarity-based, strong action in favor of climate”, launched on the occasion of the visit paid last September by French president François Hollande to Morocco, noting that this call attests to the commitment of both heads of states to this issue. With MAP read more

Why Was Algeria Not Invited to the AUEU Summit Meeting on

By Alexander JusdanisRabat – Heads of state and leading officials from the African Union, the European Union, and North and West Africa convened on November 29 at an AU-EU Summit meeting in Abidjan to create an action plan for the slavery crisis in Libya. But one country was notably missing.Despite its proximity to the war-torn country and its strategic location as a transition point from sub-Saharan Africa to Italy and Spain, Algeria did not participate in the meeting, which resulted in French President Emmanuel Macron announcing the continental bodies would take “concrete military and policing action” to put an end to slavery in Libya. Representatives from Niger, Chad, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Morocco, in form of King Mohammed VI himself, were all there. Why not Algeria? Moroccan media outlet le360 called it a “thorough dismissal” from the international community’s discussions on Libya and migration.“Only countries that have the will and capacity to act and change the regrettable situation of the migrants, and also the Libyans themselves, took part,” wrote the news site. “[Algeria] only really cares about what goes on inside its borders, which it hastens to close as soon as it neighbor needs it.”Algeria is not known for its sensitivity towards migrants. Its policy of rounding up and deporting migrants has drawn the criticism of Human Rights Watch. This summer, its prime minister, Ahmed Ouyahia said that undocumented residents were a “source of crime, drugs, and several other ills.”“This is why in Abidjan no one really regretted the absence of Ahmed Ouyahia’s government officials,” continued le360. “If the EU and the AU have managed to do without Algeria, it is because it must be useless when it comes to defending the great causes.” read more

GECOM CEO remains on sick leave

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedLowenfield commits to high quality of service as new GECOM CEOMarch 13, 2014In “Local News”GECOM’s new CEO is Keith LowenfieldMarch 12, 2014In “Politics”Govt influencing GECOM to delay preparations for elections – JagdeoJanuary 17, 2019In “latest news” Chief Elections Officer (CEO) of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) Keith Lowenfield remains on sick leave and was visibly absent from today’s statutory meeting.Last Tuesday, Lowenfield was admitted at the Caribbean Heart Institute located at the Georgetown Public Hospital. Doctors believe Lowenfield suffered a heart attack as a result of high blood pressure.On Wednesday last, GECOM’s Public Relations Officer Yolanda Warde confirmed that the CEO was taken to the hospital. She disclosed that Lowenfield is currently on seven days medical leave.It is not clear what his current medical condition is or whether he is still hospitalised.The Chief Elections Officer’s hospitalisation comes at a time when GECOM had been instructed to start preparations for polls sometime this year. read more

Three former News of the World journalists plead guilty to phone hacking

first_imgTOP EXECUTIVES AT Rupert Murdoch’s News of the World knew that staff were routinely hacking celebrities’ phones, British prosecutors said today as they opened their case at the long-awaited trial over the scandal that sank the tabloid.It was also revealed today that three senior journalists at the paper have pleaded guilty to phone hacking.Two former editors of the newspaper – Murdoch’s protegee Rebekah Brooks and Andy Coulson, a one-time media chief to Prime Minister David Cameron – are among eight defendants at the high-profile trial.It is the first time that criminal charges have been put to alleged key players in the scandal that rocked the British media and the political world two years ago.Brooks, Coulson and the six others are accused of offences ranging from plotting to illegally hack celebrities’ phones to concealing evidence and bribing officials for stories.All the defendants deny the charges against them.Guilty pleaOpening the case at London’s Old Bailey court, prosecutor Andrew Edis said the jury had “quite a simple” question to consider.“There was phone hacking,” he told the panel of nine women and three men. “Who knew?”Greg Miskiw, Neville Thurlbeck, Stuart Kuttner, Andy Coulson, Ian Edmondson, James Weatherup, all former members of staff of the paper (Image: Elizabeth Cook/PA Archive).Three former senior journalists at the News of the World — Greg Miskiw, James Weatherup and Neville Thurlbeck — have pleaded guilty to conspiracy to hack phones, Edis revealed.Murdoch shut down the 168-year-old News of the World in disgrace in July 2011 amid a storm of allegations that its staff had hacked the mobile phone voicemail messages of a murdered schoolgirl as well as hundreds of celebrities and public figures.Brooks and Coulson, both 45, are the most high-profile defendants in a trial that is set to last up to six months.The prosecution stressed that the case was about more than just phone hacking. Edie said Brooks was accused of paying £40,000 ($64,000, 47,000 euros) to a Ministry of Defence official for information.‘Great deal of phone hacking going on’Flame-haired Brooks rose from a secretary to become chief executive of Murdoch’s British newspaper wing News International, which was rebranded News UK after the scandal.Brooks is accused of conspiring to hack the mobile phone voicemail messages of more than 600 celebrities, public figures and crime victims, hiding evidence, and paying officials for stories.Coulson, who was News of the World editor before becoming Cameron’s media chief in 2007, is accused of phone hacking as well as bribing officials to obtain a Buckingham Palace phone directory.“The prosecution say that at a newspaper where there is a great deal of phone hacking going on — and which is intensely interested in the royal family — the acquisition of phone books with phone numbers is something of obvious significance,” Edis said.“It would be very useful, wouldn’t it, in doing some phone hacking.”Hiding evidenceFormer News of the World editor Rebekah Brooks, center, along with her husband Charlie, right, arriving at the Central Criminal Court in London yesterday (Image: Lefteris Pitarakis/AP/PA).Brooks’ racehorse trainer husband Charlie is on trial alongside her, accused of helping to hide evidence in the chaotic last days of the News of the World, as are her former assistant Cheryl Carter and former News International security chief Mark Hanna.The tabloid’s head of news Ian Edmondson is charged with phone hacking, while royal editor Clive Goodman is accused of bribing officials.The final defendant is former managing editor Stuart Kuttner — who also denies phone-hacking — but he was not in court today for health reasons.David CameronBritish Prime Minister David Cameron speaking in the House of Commons today (Image: PA).More than 100 people have been arrested since July 2011 as part of a huge police investigation into criminal practices by the British press.Cameron also ordered a public inquiry in the wake of the scandal, which exposed the close relationship between British politicians and the Murdoch press.The premier has faced questions over his friendship with Rebekah and Charlie Brooks — who he knew from his days at the elite Eton boarding school — and his decision to employ Coulson.Coulson was forced to resign in 2011 over persistent allegations that he knew more about hacking at the News of the World than he previously admitted.Several journalists from the News of the World’s sister paper, The Sun, are due to go on trial separately next year accused of paying officials for stories.- © AFP 2013.Related: Former News Of The World editors go on trial for phone hacking>Read: Sunday Mirror publisher faces phone-hacking probe>last_img read more

Cassini photographie une tempête géante sur Saturne

first_imgCassini photographie une tempête géante sur SaturneLa sonde Cassini a réussi à capturer des images de Saturne en proie à une tempête qui a duré pas moins de 267 jours. Le phénomène a même fait le tour de la planète pour rencontrer sa propre “queue”. C’est un phénomène exceptionnel qui n’avait jusque là jamais pu être photographié. Et cette prouesse revient une nouvelle fois à la sonde Cassini actuellement en orbite autour de Saturne. Dans une étude publiée par la revue Icarus, des scientifiques de la NASA ont annoncé que l’engin était parvenu à capturer des images d’une tempête si massive qu’elle en est venue à ceinturer la planète. L’évènement date en réalité de la fin de l’année 2010. Le 5 décembre, les chercheurs de la mission Cassini ont observé une tache à la surface de Saturne. Puis en peu de temps, la “tête” turbulente d’une tempête est apparue et a commencé à se déplacer vers l’ouest. Elle a alors engendré un vortex qui est doucement parti à la dérive. Ce phénomène s’est maintenu et a gagné en intensité au cours des mois suivants : en 2011, les scientifiques ont ainsi observé que la tempête avait désormais fait le tour de la planète pour l’englober complètement, s’étendant sur quelque 300.000 kilomètres de circonférence, tonnant et jetant des éclairs sur tout le chemin.Un vortex de 12.000 kilomètres de largeSur Terre, les tempêtes ne rencontrent jamais leur propre sillage de cette façon, tout simplement parce qu’elles sont confrontées à des obstacles qui les obligent à se détourner. Mais sur Saturne, rien ne peut arrêter une telle tempête, l’autorisant alors à faire le tour de la planète sans dévier. Dans ce cas précis, ce n’est que lorsque la tête du phénomène a rencontré le vortex en juin 2011 que la partie convective de la tempête a disparu. C’est le serpent qui se mord la queue, a remarqué la NASA dans un communiqué. Toutefois, les scientifiques ignorent encore pourquoi cette rencontre a causé la disparition d’une partie du phénomène. “Cette tempête de Saturne s’est comportée comme un ouragan terrestre – mais avec un tourbillon unique pour Saturne. Même les tempêtes géantes sur Jupiter ne se consument pas d’elles-mêmes comme ça, ce qui tend à montrer que la nature peut jouer plusieurs variations inspirées sur un même thème et nous surprendre encore et encore”, a commenté Andrew Ingersoll, chercheur du California Institute of Technology et co-auteur de l’étude. Le 28 août, après 267 jours, la tempête a cessé de tonner disparaissant pour de bon à la surface de la planète. “Cette tempête sur Saturne était une bête. Elle a maintenu son intensité sur une durée inhabituellement longue. La “tête” de la tempête a sévi pendant 201 jours, et son courant ascendant a éclaté avec une intensité qui aurait aspiré le volume total de l’atmosphère de la Terre en 150 jours. Et cela a également créé le plus grand vortex jamais observé dans la troposphère de Saturne, s’étendant jusqu’à 12.000 kilomètres de large”, a précisé Kunio Sayanagi de l’Hampton University et principal auteur de l’étude.”Un merveilleux film d’aventure”À lire aussiLe grand “boom” entendu par les New-Yorkais proviendrait d’une météoriteCela fait de très nombreuses années que des tempêtes géantes sont observées sur Saturne. Mais celle-ci constituait la plus longue de toutes les tempêtes massives qui apparaissent dans l’hémisphère nord de Saturne chaque année saturnienne (qui équivaut à 30 années terrestres). La plus longue tempête jamais détectée sur la planète a été observée en 2009 et a duré 334 jours. Néanmoins, elle était 100 fois plus petite en étendue que celle de 2010-2011.  “La présence de Cassini dans le système de Saturne nous a permis de nous émerveiller de la puissance de cette tempête. Nous avions des places au premier rang pour un merveilleux film d’aventure et n’avions qu’à suivre toute l’intrigue du début à la fin. Ce genre de données aide les scientifiques à comparer les conditions météorologiques autour de notre système solaire et à apprendre ce qui les maintient et les éteint”, a expliqué de son côté Scott Edgington du Jet Propulsion Laboratory de la NASA.(crédits photo : NASA/JPL-Caltech/SSI/Hampton University) Le 8 février 2013 à 13:02 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

PSA Wilmington Educational Foundation Launches 2nd Annual Business Donor Drive

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The Wilmington Educational Foundation is currently running its 2nd Annual Business Donor Drive. WEF currently has thousands of dollars of funding requests from Wilmington Public Schools staff in the areas of curriculum, professional development and technology that the Foundation — and the school system — cannot cover.If you own a local business and would like to make a donation, or know someone who does, please contact WEF President Leslee Quick at this video PSA, courtesy of Wilmington Community Television, below:—Video Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.—Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedPSA: Brady’s Foundation’s 3rd Annual 5K Run For Recovery/Walk For Wellness Set For June 9In “Videos”VIDEO: Watch A PSA For This Year’s Wilmington Community Ice Bucket Challenge Set For August 17In “Videos”PSA: Wilmington Relay For Life Set For June 14-15 At Wilmington HighIn “Videos”last_img read more

Bethel Novelist Wins Rasmuson Grant

first_imgDon Rearden has won a Rasmuson Project Award grant of $7,500 to turn his novel, The Raven’s Gift, into a screenplay.Rearden says he painstakingly filled out paperwork for a handful of applications and survived years of rejection before he finally won the Rasmuson grant.Download AudioDon Rearden.“It’s a huge honor to be amongst so many of my peers and to know that my work has been validated a little bit by the Rasmuson Foundation. And hopefully, it’s just kickstarting off a project that will culminate in a film being shot in Bethel and he Y-K Delta, at some point.”Rearden grew up in Bethel and is now an Associate Professor at University of Alaska Anchorage. His book, The Raven’s Gift, published in the U.S. in 2013, is a post-apocalyptic love story set in Bethel and the Y-K Delta region. It was a 2013 Washington Post Notable book and has won several awards including 2012 Alaska Professional communications novel of the year. Rearden says he passed on a Hollywood offer to buy the rights to make his book into film because he wanted to make sure the film was made at home.RELATED: Talk of Alaska – “The Raven’s Gift” – with author Don Rearden.“I didn’t want to just give up control of it when I knew there was a chance that we could actually have it made in Bethel, on the Kuskokwim and have local people in the movie and as a part of it. And so that was important to me and I’ve always wanted to bring movies out there I just didn’t think that this was the one and now I think maybe this will be how I’ll get started.”Rearden says he encourages other artists to not let rejection get them down.“People should keep trying, not give up, not get discouraged from the comments. I’ve had some friends get some comments and feedback from the process that were really kind of discouraging to them. Never let criticism like that stop you from what you want to do.”The Rasmuson grant puts him one step closer to sharing the culture and landscape he loves through film, Rearden says, and he hopes it will inspire others from the region to use the arts to highlight the important lessons that the Yup’ik Culture and people have to share with the world.“Reading and writing are one way and the arts and film and music is one way to fill that void of boredom that people have and also one way to help capture the culture and save what’s there and bring the other stuff back, before we lose it.”Rearden is one of about two-dozen Alaskans who Rasmuson awarded grants for projects in 2014. Rasmuson Foundation was created in May 1955. This is the eleventh year of the Individual Artist Awards program. The program has awarded 338 grants, totaling more than $2.7 million, directly to Alaska artists.last_img read more

Alaska News Nightly January 20 2015

first_imgStories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at and on Twitter @aprn.Download AudioAlaska’s 29th Legislature Gavels InLori Townsend, APRN – AnchorageThe state legislature began the 29th session this afternoon. House Speaker Mike Chenault gaveled in at 1 p.m. The State Senate followed an hour later. Senate President Kevin Meyer is a Republican from Anchorage. He says the caucus has several priorities this year – the gas line, education, arctic policy and development and federal overreach, but he says the state budget will – of course – need the most attention.Walker Adds More Commissioners To Cabinet Alexandra Gutierrez, APRN – JuneauGov. Bill Walker has decided to keep two acting commissioners, and appoint one new one.Senate Finance Considering Bringing On Former Commissioners As Consultants Alexandra Gutierrez, APRN – JuneauThe Senate Finance Committee is considering hiring two former state commissioners to help lawmakers review state spending and address massive budget deficits.Sen. Sullivan Weighs In On Potential State of the Union Topics Liz Ruskin, APRN – Washington DCPresident Obama’s State of the Union address to Congress was Tuesday night, but the White House has been offering previews of his main proposals for weeks. Alaska’s new Republican senator, Dan Sullivan, said before it began he was expecting to hear an overly rosy depiction of unemployment.Murkowski Named Chairman Of Interior Subcommittee Of Appropriations Panel Liz Ruskin, APRN – Washington DCSen. Lisa Murkowski already chairs a full committee, the Energy and Natural Resources Committee. But today she was also named chairman of the Interior subcommittee of the Appropriations panel. That subcommittee essentially sets the budget for the Interior Department, as well as the Forest Service and the Indian Health Service.Bill Would Set Up Compensation Program For Wrongfully Convicted Dan Bross, KUAC – FairbanksFairbanks Democratic State Representative Scott Kawasaki has pre-filed a bill that would set up a system for compensating people wrongfully convicted of crimes.Alaska Center for Alternative Lifestyles Prepares To Open Its Doors Zachariah Hughes, KSKA – AnchorageAlaska has a kink community made up of people living alternative lifestyles that range from discomfort with mainstream society to unconventional sex practices. But they’ve struggled to find a space to gather. Now, after the group has weathered a lengthy tenant dispute and thousands of dollars worth of property damage, the Alaska Center for Alternative Lifestyles, or ACAL is ready to open its doors in Anchorage.Walker Halts Demolition In Anchorage NeighborhoodEllen Lockyer, KSKA – AnchorageGovernor Walker has put the demolition of an Anchorage property on hold. Walker told reporters on Monday that he was halting further action on the demolition of a building that houses a Subway sandwich shop in the city’s Government Hill neighborhood because the demolition is part of the Knik Arm Bridge project.Lack Of Snow Could Again Send Iditarod Start To Fairbanks The Associated PressSouthcentral Alaska’s lack of snow and uncertain weather is again pushing organizers of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race to ponder moving the start of the race from Willow to Fairbanks.Eaglecrest Suspends Lift Operations Due To Lack Of Snow Casey Kelly, KTOO – JuneauJuneau’s Eaglecrest Ski Area is halting lift operations until it receives enough snow to open at least part of the upper mountain.People With Disabilities Find Independence Through Skiing Lisa Phu, KTOO – JuneauEarlier this month, Juneau did get some snow and Eaglecrest had its smallest chairlift going. This allowed ORCA to run its Adaptive Ski and Snowboard program, which has been teaching people with disabilities how to ski for 18 years.last_img read more

Hrisheeks body reaches Singur parents say never pressurised him

first_imgKolkata: West Bengal Commission for Protection of Child Rights (WBCPCR) will seek a report from the Kolkata Police and Government Railway Police (GRP) regarding the suicide of first-year student Hrisheek Koley and urge the college authority to provide psychological counselling to those coming from Bengali-medium backgrounds.According to Ananya Chatterjee Chakraborti, Chairperson of WBCPCR, often students from Bengali-medium feel uncomfortable after getting admission in English-medium colleges. As a result, they often get depressed. To avoid such situations, their morale needs to be boosted. “We will seek a report on Monday from the police. Also, we are going to provide some recommendations to the colleges, especially with English-medium studies. Students who come from Bengali medium or villages are often seen developing problems to cope up with the new environment in the city. College authorities will be asked to provide special care for them and also to arrange counselling classes for them. Such students should be informed that if they cannot speak any other language fluently other than his mother tongue, it does not mean that they do not have a bright future,” said Chakraborti. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataOn the other hand, Hrisheek’s body was handed over to his father Ratikanta Koley after the autopsy examination was done in Howrah. According to sources, Hrisheek’s body was found on Thursday afternoon from the railway track between Hind Motor and Uttarpara railway station. The locomotive pilot of Howrah-Arambag local submitted a knockdown memo at Hind Motor railway station around 12:30 pm. After GRP was informed, cops went there and recovered the body. While searching the bag found near the body, police found a note where Hrisheek had written that he failed to understand the lectures in classes as he could not understand English. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateAlso, he was having problems with computers. He also expressed his depression in the note that though he took admission in the said college willingly, he failed to cope with the environment and pressure. He also was in fear of getting scolded by his father. He also wrote that his decision of taking admission in that college was wrong. Police also found a ticket to Singur from Howrah where Hrisheek used to stay. It is suspected that he might have left the college hostel to go home. But after boarding the train, in fear of criticism and getting a scolding, Hrisheek changed his mind and got down at Uttarpara. He was seen loitering aimlessly there for a few moments. However, GRP Hind Motor is probing the Unnatural Death (UD) case of Hrisheek. Kolkata Police have stated that if the GRP needed any assistance regarding the case, they would provide help. On Saturday afternoon, Hrisheek’s body reached his home at Kismat Apurbapur in Singur. His family members, including his parents and elder sister, were inconsolable and claimed that he was never pressurised in anything since his childhood. Hrisheek had interacted with them on Wednesday night normally over the phone but they could not understand what made their child kill himself.last_img read more

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first_img News | Interventional Radiology | July 31, 2019 International Multidisciplinary Group Publishes Recommendations for Personalized HCC Treatment With Y90 TheraSphere New consensus recommendations for personalized treatment for hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) with BTG’s TheraSphere have… read more The LumaGEM molecular breast imaging (MBI) system is a planar, dual-head, fully solid state digital imaging system utilizing cadmium zinc telluride (CZT) technology for breast imaging.It features proprietary Gamma Medica-Industrial Imaging Division application-specific integrated circuits (ASICs) to achieve imaging performance. MBI identifies tumors in dense breast tissue that are often not visible with X-ray based analog or digital mammography. It uses direct conversion of gamma photons to electrical signals, which helps to achieve lower dose.LumaGEM delivers scans with a 1.6 mm intrinsic resolution and 4.5 percent FWHM energy resolution. It is available in single- or dual-head configuration. It also has a gantry that is versatile in positioning the patient, with a full range of motion.For more information: FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Artificial Intelligence | August 13, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Could Yield More Accurate Breast Cancer Diagnoses University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) researchers have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) system that… read more The top piece of content in July was a video interview explaining how Princess Margaret Cancer Center is using machine learning to create automated treatment plans. 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Now there is a Deepfake that can animate your face with just

first_imgLast week, researchers from the Imperial College in London and Samsung’s AI research center in the UK revealed how deepfakes can be used to generate a singing or talking video portrait by from a still image of a person and an audio clip containing speech. In their paper titled, “Realistic Speech-Driven Facial Animation with GANs”, the researchers have used temporal GAN which uses 3 discriminators focused on achieving detailed frames, audio-visual synchronization, and realistic expressions. Source: “The generated videos are evaluated based on sharpness, reconstruction quality, lip-reading accuracy, synchronization as well as their ability to generate natural blinks”, the researchers mention in their paper. Researchers used the GRID, TCD TIMIT, CREMA-D and LRW datasets. The GRID dataset has 33 speakers each uttering 1000 short phrases, containing 6 words randomly chosen from a limited dictionary. The TCD TIMIT dataset has 59 speakers uttering approximately 100 phonetically rich sentences each. The CREMA-D dataset includes 91 actors coming from a variety of different age groups and races utter 12 sentences. Each sentence is acted out by the actors multiple times for different emotions and intensities. Researchers have used the recommended data split for the TCD TIMIT dataset but exclude some of the test speakers and use them as a validation set. Researchers performed data augmentation on the training set by mirroring the videos. Metrics used to assess the quality of generated videos Researchers evaluated the videos using traditional image reconstruction and sharpness metrics. These metrics can be used to determine frame quality; however, they fail to reflect other important aspects of the video such as audio-visual synchrony and the realism of facial expressions. Hence they have also proposed alternative methods capable of capturing these aspects of the generated videos. Reconstruction Metrics This method uses common reconstruction metrics such as the peak signal-to-noise ratio (PSNR) and the structural similarity (SSIM) index to evaluate the generated videos. However, the researchers reveal that “reconstruction metrics will penalize videos for any facial expression that does not match those in the ground truth videos”. Sharpness Metrics The frame sharpness is evaluated using the cumulative probability blur detection (CPBD) measure, which determines blur based on the presence of edges in the image. For this metric as well as for the reconstruction metrics larger values imply better quality. Content Metrics The content of the videos is evaluated based on how well the video captures the identity of the target and on the accuracy of the spoken words. The researchers have verified the identity of the speaker using the average content distance (ACD), which measures the average Euclidean distance of the still image representation, obtained using OpenFace from the representation of the generated frames. The accuracy of the spoken message is measured using the word error rate (WER) achieved by a pre-trained lip-reading model. They used the LipNet model which exceeds the performance of human lip-readers on the GRID dataset. For both content metrics, lower values indicate better accuracy. Audio-Visual Synchrony Metrics Synchrony is quantified in Joon Son Chung and Andrew Zisserman’s “Out of time: automated lip sync in the wild”. In this work Chung et al. propose the SyncNet network which calculates the euclidean distance between the audio and video encodings on small (0.2 second) sections of the video. The audio-visual offset is obtained by using a sliding window approach to find where the distance is minimized. The offset is measured in frames and is positive when the audio leads the video. For audio and video pairs that correspond to the same content, the distance will increase on either side of the point where the minimum distance occurs. However, for uncorrelated audio and video, the distance is expected to be stable. Based on this fluctuation they further propose using the difference between the minimum and the median of the Euclidean distances as an audio-visual (AV) confidence score which determines the audio-visual correlation. Higher scores indicate a stronger correlation, whereas confidence scores smaller than 0.5 indicate that Limitations and the possible misuse of Deepfake The limitation of this new Deepfake method is that it only works for well-aligned frontal faces. “the natural progression of this work will be to produce videos that simulate in wild conditions”, the researchers mention. While this research appears the next milestone for GANs in generating videos from still photos, it also may be misused for spreading misinformation by morphing video content from any still photograph. Recently, at the House Intelligence Committee hearing, Top House Democrat Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) issued a warning on Thursday that deepfake videos could have a disastrous effect on the 2020 election cycle. “Now is the time for social media companies to put in place policies to protect users from this kind of misinformation not in 2021 after viral deepfakes have polluted the 2020 elections,” Schiff said. “By then it will be too late.” The hearing came only a few weeks after a real-life instance of a doctored political video, where the footage was edited to make House Speaker Nancy Pelosi appear drunk, that spread widely on social media. “Every platform responded to the video differently, with YouTube removing the content, Facebook leaving it up while directing users to coverage debunking it, and Twitter simply letting it stand,” The Verge reports. YouTube took the video down; however, Facebook refused to remove the video. Neil Potts, Public Policy Director of Facebook had stated that if someone posted a doctored video of Zuckerberg, like one of Pelosi, it would stay up. After this, on June 11, a fake video of Mark Zuckerberg was posted on Instagram, under the username, bill_posters_uk. In the video, Zuckerberg appears to give a threatening speech about the power of Facebook. Omer Ben-Ami, one of the founders of Canny says that the video is made to educate the public on the uses of AI and to make them realize the potential of AI. Though Zuckerberg’s video was to retain the educational value of Deepfakes, this shows the potential of how it can be misused. Although some users say it has interesting applications, many are concerned that the chances of misusing this software are more than putting it into the right use. A user commented on Reddit, “It has some really cool applications though. For example in your favorite voice acted video game, if all of the characters lips would be in sync with the vocals no matter what language you are playing the game in, without spending tons of money having animators animate the characters for every vocalization.” To know more about this new Deepfake, read the official research paper. Read Next Lawmakers introduce new Consumer privacy bill and Malicious Deep Fake Prohibition Act to support consumer privacy and battle deepfakes Worried about Deepfakes? Check out the new algorithm that manipulate talking-head videos by altering the transcripts Machine generated videos like Deepfakes – Trick or Treat?last_img read more

Home based care launched in Ladysmith

first_imgThey reside in Ladysmith and provide home-based care. Six of the members successfully completed a St Johns accredited course.Whilst previously, only wives and daughters participated in the medical care of their loved ones, today they are joined by men, daughters-in-law, siblings, friends and even neighbours.Many people turned up to support the launch. Guest speakers delivered thought-provoking speeches in between an appetising meal.There was a unanimous consensus that caregiving to the frail is a necessity and support of this worthy venture is an obligation. WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite The launch of the Mnambithi Caregivers  took place at the Crown Hotel on Wednesday evening last week.Guests who made their way into an elegantly decorated hall were received at a lovely table set-up and delectable savouries.The Mnambithi Caregivers are ordinary people who are passionate about helping frail, old and physically or mentally challenged people.last_img read more

Architecture talk and braai for history enthusiastsArchitecture talk and braai for history

first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite The Ladysmith Historical Society held a talk on Friday night at the Old Tollhouse about Brother Nivard Streicher, a Trappist Monk, and his monastery architecture in KwaZulu-Natal.The talk was presented by Johan Matthee and looked at the different monasteries in the area. Streicher’s architecture is characterised by tall, Gothic towers and long, slit windows.A braai was held after the talk, giving the society members a chance to socialise and reflect on what they had been told during the informative talk.John Trollip, Jill Richmond, Ron Richmond, Liz Spiret and Johan Matthee were some of the members who were there.last_img read more

September 5 2006 Harvest time is best during t

first_imgSeptember 5, 2006 Harvest time is best during the early morning hours, before the heat gets too intense. The Agriculture crew starts their day at first light. T.J. Young, Laura Horton and Ryan Holandes pick a delicious selection of vegetables … [Photos: Agriculture manager Sarah Beth Kurzhals & text: sa] … for daily meals and the salad bar, and for a weekly farmers market in the Arcosanti cafe. Several varieties of tomatos, squash, eggplant, hot and sweet peppers, garlic and fresh herbs, super delicious peaches and … [Photo: Agriculture manager Sarah Beth Kurzhals & text: sa] … freshly layed eggs from a large clutch of chickens which help the garden crew with bug control. Peacocks have been part of camp and gardens since the early 1980’s. New peacock babies have arrived. [[Photos: Agriculture manager Sarah Beth Kurzhals & text: sa]last_img read more

House proposal branded selling air to refugees

first_imgThe House refugee committee on Tuesday discussed the possibility of ‘crediting’ Greek Cypriot refugees with the building coefficients assigned to their properties in the north.It would allow Greek Cypriot refugees to transfer the building coefficient (the maximum number of square metres one is allowed to build on a property) from their property in the north to their property in the south.Once that is done, the idea is that refugees would be able to either use that building coefficient to expand their own properties in the south (if they haven’t already exhausted the coefficient), or to ‘sell’ the coefficient to someone else who wishes to expand their property but currently cannot.The matter was tabled for discussion at the committee by MPs from Disy, Diko and Edek.They argue that transferring building ratios from properties in the north to the south will provide financial relief to many refugees.Another benefit, it is claimed, is that it will discourage Greek Cypriot refugees from engaging with the property commission in the north, which offers restitution for properties in return for relinquishing all legal claims on them.But committee chair Skevi Koukouma (Akel) said the proposal was practically unworkable.“They are selling air to the refugees,” she remarked, dismissing the whole idea as an electioneering gimmick.The same proposal has been doing the rounds for years, added Koukouma.The Akel deputy recalled how a former member of the current administration – interior minister Socratis Hasikos – shot down the idea during a meeting chaired by the president.At that meeting, Hasikos said that transferring building ratios in this way would cause more problems than it would solve.Officials from the town planning department and the land registry agreed with this assessment, Koukouma pointed out.There are more practical ways of helping refugees, such as expanding cheap housing projects, she added.For her part, MP Mariella Aristidou of the ruling Disy party supported the proposal, saying it envisages transferring a certain percentage of the building ratio, not all of it.“The matter is not closed, we shall revisit it,” she said.The proposal for transferring building coefficients for refugees dates back to at least 2007 when it was floated by then-incumbent president Tassos Papadopoulos as part of his plank for the 2008 elections.You May LikeMemory Care | Search AdsLuxury Memory Care Facilities Near Rowland Heights For SeniorsMemory Care | Search AdsUndoFigLeaf Beta AppTake Online Privacy on a whole New levelFigLeaf Beta AppUndoThrone: Free Online GamesPlay This Game For 1 Minute and See why Everyone is Addicted!Throne: Free Online GamesUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoAuthorities release five of 12 Israeli rape suspects, seven due in court FridayUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more