Big Brother Canadas Rozina Yaqub laments being trapped in havenot hell

first_imgRozina entered the house energized with raw awe and excitement on night one, but Big Brother Canada stepped in with bad news when houseguest Andrew Miller was asked to choose seven players to suffer as have-nots in hell for the week. The spunky mom was swiftly selected. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement Big Brother Canada’s Rozina Yaqub. Fourteen unassuming houseguests walked into the Big Brother Canada house expecting the unexpected but didn’t realize they would be entering a carefully curated version of heaven and hell for the next 70 days – if they last that long. The new season of the beloved reality series returned in dramatic fashion this week, merging heroes and villains-in-training who are all looking to secure their shot at the $100,000 grand prize.But while 49-year-old Rozina Yaqub’s dreams of winning the game were heaven sent, the Toronto-based religious educator watched her BBCAN experience go up in flames following the season’s first big twist and she became the first houseguest eliminated from the game following a unanimous vote of 11-0.“I didn’t want to be the first person voted out. I tried my best and if I was not in hell, I would still be in there,” Yaqub said the morning after her eviction.center_img Login/Register With: Twitter Advertisement Facebooklast_img read more

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CAE Inc signs multiple deals at Paris Air Show worth about 85

PARIS — CAE Inc. (TSX:CAE) has signed a series of aviation training contracts and flight simulator sales at the Paris Air Show worth about $85 million with such carries as Japan Airlines, Air India and Ethiopian Airlines.The Montreal-based company says the agreements cover airline pilot and cabin crew training as well as the sale of four full-flight simulators.CAE signed five-year contracts to provide pilot training at Ethiopian Airlines and JetSMART in South American and agreed to similar deals with MHS Aviation in Europe and undisclosed carriers in Europe and Asia.The company also signed contracts to sell four or its full-flight simulators to Air India, Japan Airlines and undisclosed customers in North America.CAE currently has more than 8,500 employees and training sites in more than 35 countries and says it trains more than 120,000 people in the aviation and health care sectors each year. read more

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ExFox executive denies allegations in Hawaii sex abuse suit by man who

HONOLULU, Hawaii – A former Fox television executive has denied allegations that he sexually abused a teen through a sex ring involving underage children.Louise Ann Fernandez, a lawyer for Garth Ancier, said Tuesday the allegations made by Michael Egan III in a federal lawsuit filed in Hawaii are untrue.Fernandez says Ancier has never visited the estate in Hawaii where Egan claims he was molested.Egan made similar allegations last week when he sued “X-Men” director Bryan Singer.Ancier and two other executives were sued Monday. The lawsuits say Egan was forced into sex during parties in California and Hawaii when he was 15 to 17 years old. Egan is now 31.Ancier was a founding programmer at Fox who later created programming for The WB. by Oskar Garcia, The Associated Press Posted Apr 22, 2014 2:28 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Ex-Fox executive denies allegations in Hawaii sex abuse suit by man who sued ‘X-Men’ director read more

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Linking past and present audiovisual heritage is part of our common history

“Preserving the audiovisual heritage of the United Nations is a key task of the Department of Public Information,” said Alison Smale, Under-Secretary-General for Global Communications, adding, however, that DPI “knew we could not do it alone, and Oman has been an incredible partner.”“With their contribution, we have now started a major digitization project. Today we are sharing with Oman the first copies of recordings that are now available in a digital format on this special day. The public also will now have access to the UN’s historical films and meetings, which is a major benefit of this effort,” Ms. Smale underscored. Alison Smale, Under-Secretary-General for Global Communications and the handover of digitized materials from the UN Audiovisual Services Section to Khalifa Ali Issa Al Harthy, Permanent Representative of Oman to the United Nations. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas “This heritage carries memories and testimonies, knowledge and ideas, in ways that are vivid and moving and that lay the foundations for better understanding and dialogue between and within generations, as well as between and within societies,” said Irina Bokova, Director-General of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in her message the World Day for Audiovisual Heritage.“Linking the past to the present, this heritage is part of our common history, and must be safeguarded and shared as a wellspring of identity and belonging, innovation and creativity,” she added.Ms. Bokova pointed out that archives of films, recorded sound materials, radio and television programmes are essential for preserving this heritage, “offering us a chance to look to our history and that of others as threads in the great mosaic story of all humanity, on the basis of respect and tolerance.”Threats to these archives come from many directions, starting with neglect and chemical decay and include technological obsolescence.“This is why UNESCO is working with Governments across the world to safeguard audiovisual heritage as a source of strength for all to share – to allow women and men today and tomorrow to continue discovering, remembering and sharing the heritage that makes us who we are,” she underscored.UN digital archiving projectSince its creation in 1946, the UN Department of Public Information (DPI) has played a crucial role in the accessibility and preservation of the Organization’s historic and unique audiovisual archives.DPI maintains photographs, films, videos and audio recordings of major meetings and events, including the General Assembly, Security Council, press conferences and concerts. It also acts as a repository for UNTV and Radio productions, as well as raw footage covering UN work in field operations globally – in a wide variety of formats, topics and languages.After more than 70 years, this audiovisual heritage is being threatened by the natural decay of original analogue media, obsolescence of media formats and playback equipment as well as inadequate temperature and humidity storage, among other factors.Acute challenges include a lack of funding, disaster preparedness measures and a long-term strategic digitization programme. Additionally, there is a need to mitigate the obsolescence, deterioration and natural decay of existing media formats and increase DPI’s capacity to maintain and preserve AV records and archives for the long-term.Digitization is the only way to preserve these collections, to make them available well into the future.In 2015, Oman stepped in with a voluntary contribution of $4.5 million to assist UN efforts in digitizing old video footage and audio archives.Over the course of five years, DPI’s AV Digitization Project aims to digitize selectively 70 per cent of the UN historical collections; facilitate collection access via the Audiovisual Library web platform and preserve the UN audiovisual heritage for future generations; and to apply international standards, procedures and best practices for long-term preservation and sustainable management. read more

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Spoiler for EastEnders fans as cliffhanger is ruined by the closing credits

first_imgThe tense episode saw the Carters confronted in their home by the intruders, who had come to steal the pub’s takings.When landlord Mick, played by Danny Dyer, told them that the money had already been banked, the thieves threatened to drop baby Ollie down the stairs.However, during the ordeal Lee remained calm, addressing one of men as “mate”, and pocketing a wallet that had been dropped as they left.The scene sparked speculation that the character could have been involved with the raid on his family’s pub, which was further fueled by the gaffe with the credits moments later. Fans quickly put two and two together and realised that he must have been one of the masked men.One Twitter user wrote: “That was definitely that ozman guy who robbed the Vic #eastenders kindly put him in the end credits #mysterysolved”.Another added: “It’s them from the Call Centre isn’t it. #EastEnders.” Lees mates from call centre robbed the vic their names were on credits but not in the episode 😂#eastenders . Talk about a spoiler alert— emsybob davey (@missydavey) December 2, 2016 There was a break in at The Vic last night. Watch now on @BBCiPlayer​: https://t.co/Kru7h4LKU0 #EastEnders pic.twitter.com/bx0NZMymx9— BBC EastEnders (@bbceastenders) December 3, 2016 Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.center_img EastEnders fans took to Twitter yesterday to poke fun at the soap after it ruined its own cliffhanger in the closing credits.The show finished with the Carter family having a dramatic showdown in the Queen Vic with three masked robbers, whose identities were unknown.However, as the end credits rolled viewers spotted the name of Osman ‘Oz’ Bolat, Lee Carter’s call centre colleague, in the list, despite the fact that the character had not appeared in the episode. Show more Oz from Lee’s work are the ones who robbed the Queen Vic and the credits prove it! #eastenders pic.twitter.com/TJgDjtQPBB— Bill H (@Bill_Predict) December 2, 2016last_img read more

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Moth infestations at record numbers due to warm winter and early spring

first_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Experts have said the booming levels of infestations are expected to last throughout 2017.Moths’ caterpillar larvae feed on protein found in natural materials such as wool, silk, and fur, and rough edged holes in clothing or bare patches appearing on carpets and rugs indicate an infestation is underway.Clothes moths are much less active in winter, spending the colder months as pupae in dark, undisturbed places in the home.David Cross, from Rentokil, which compiled the data, said: “The indoor population of clothes moths has been bolstered by the early onset of spring that we are currently experiencing, and the unusually mild winter that we have just had.“Outdoor numbers of clothes moths are also doing well, nesting in animal and birds’ nests before moving into our homes to settle.”As the days become longer and warming the moths are encouraged to emerge from their hiding places and reproduce.”Freezing clothes or having them dry cleaned are practical methods of pest control when dealing with contained populations of moths on infested items,” said Mr Cross.However, if you can count five to six moths in a room then it’s likely you’re experiencing a serious infestation, and I recommend that professional help is sought.”Clothes moth larvae are about a centimetre long and creamy white with a brown head.The adults typically have straw coloured wings with no markings and run rather than fly. The indoor population of clothes moths has been bolstered by the early onset of spring that we are currently experiencingDavid Cross, Rentokilcenter_img Moths are eating their way through clothes, carpets and curtains in record numbers due to the mild winter and early spring, new figures suggest.The number of call-outs to deal with infestations more than doubled in February and March compared to the previous year, according to pest control specialists.Unseasonably high temperatures accelerate moths’ reproductive cycles, allowing the insects to produce three new generations of offspring in a year.last_img read more

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Mining can return to lead SA economy

first_imgDespite most media reports sounding luke-warm about the outcome of last week’s Mining Lekgotla, the shared vision expressed there should herald a new sense of optimism about the future of South Africa’s mining industry. According to Roger Dixon, chairman of global consulting engineers SRK Consulting, the long-overdue event was “a refreshingly inclusive process” and an exciting start to the revitalisation of the mineral sector. “I was worried at first that it would be just another talk shop, but I left the lekgotla full of optimism,” said Dixon. “In particular, Chamber of Mines CEO Bheki Sibiya commanded the respect of all participants irrespective of constituency; he gave confidence that he could lead the industry forward.”It cannot be denied that many people have been left deeply wounded by the mining industry of the past, he said, and the healing process will take a long time. But it was significant that the gathering – itself an initiative in co-operation between the Chamber of Mines, the National Union of Mineworkers and the Department of Mineral Resources – also included traditional leaders, professional bodies, women and youth.The youth in particular, including thousands of unemployed graduates, need support from the industry through learnerships that can turn education and experience into technical competence of value to the economy.Morongwa Mothengu, senior mining engineer at SRK, emphasised the importance that mentorship should be playing in skills development among young South Africans. “As a young engineer, and also as a woman, I see a burning need for the right kind of mentors in our industry, who can identify with our challenges and help us grow and contribute,” said Mothengu. “For their part, youth need to be seeking opportunities and knocking on doors, not waiting on government or anyone else for a break.” She said the Lekgotla highlighted how much still needed to be done in the fields of safety, training and research, so that the sector could regain its global competitiveness.“We need to be developing new technologies to make mining safer and more productive,” she said. “At the same time, we must grapple with the tension between mechanisation and job creation. None of these solutions will be able to stand on its own; our social role as an industry demands that we tackle a range of challenges.”Acknowledging that “the mining and minerals industry’s strengths helped create what we have today” as a country, Minister of Mineral Resources Susan Shabangu urged labour, business and government to “meet on an equal footing, not just for the sake of meeting, but the more clearly to define the road map ahead.”Anglo American CEO Cynthia Carroll said in partnering with the people of South Africa, “there can be no higher cause than to make a real difference to a country so important to our business and so close to our hearts”.“The consensus at the gathering was that a South African brand built on a common vision was imperative for our future as a sector and as a nation,” said Dixon. “Too often we project a pessimistic image to the outside world, when we should be telling our success stories and showing a unified front. The legkotla’s success will of course be determined by action, but we have now made a very good start.”last_img read more

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Gardaí investigate if TD assistant removed thousands of newspapers from shops

first_imgGARDAÍ ARE INVESTIGATING claims that a TD’s assistant removed ‘thousands’ of copies of a local Dublin newspaper from shops after the paper ran a negative story about the TD in question.The Lucan Gazette says it has CCTV images which show an assistant to Fine Gael TD Derek Keating removing ‘substantial’ numbers of copies of the free newspaper from shops in the Lucan area of west Dublin.Keating has said that the assistant had not acted with his knowledge or consent.Dublin Gazette Newspapers, which runs the Lucan Gazette, said its distribution staff believed that more than 3,000 copies of the paper were removed from shops in the space of less than 24 hours.The paper said it would usually see several hundreds copies of the paper picked up from shops between Thursday afternoon and Friday morning, but the distributor noticed a massive leap in the number of copies taken last week and began to investigate why it had happened.The paper had run a front page story in which the principal of a local school had criticised Keating for claiming to have led a campaign for an extension to the school. Tomas O Dulaing, the principal of Griffeen Valley Educate Together school, said Keating had had ‘absolutely nothing’ to do with the school’s extension, but had put out a leaflet claiming he had delivered the development for the area.A spokesperson for the newspaper said the removal of thousands of copies of the paper was an attempt to jeopardise livelihoods. He said that the company has sought legal advice and reported the matter to the Gardaí.“We will take whatever steps are necessary to protect our brand, the people who read the paper and the people who spend money advertising with us,” said Michael McGovern, the managing director of Dublin Gazette Newspapers.He said that that the company is determined to see that someone is held to account for the removal of the papers.“The Gazette is a group of eight papers with a weekly print-run of over 40,000. We employ 22 people as well as freelance and agency workers. That someone would attempt to jeopardise their livelihoods in these times is particularly shocking.Keating told the Lucan Gazette that he was holding an internal investigation into the allegations and said that his assistant had not acted with his knowledge or consent.“Gardaí at Lucan are investigating the alleged theft of newspapers from a number of shops in the Lucan area during the past week,” a Garda spokesperson told TheJournal.ie this evening. “Investigations are continuing.”Derek Keating’s office did not return calls requesting a comment.last_img read more

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Rule book technicality clears Corbett and Delaney from championship bans

first_imgCROKE Park officials have been left red-faced after Tipperary forward Lar Corbett and Kilkenny defender JJ Delaney were cleared to line out in the first round of their respective provincial championships.A rule-book technicality means that Corbett can play against Limerick on 9 June in the Munster SHC semi-final – with Delaney also eligible for Kilkenny’s Leinster SHC quarter-final clash against Offaly in Tullamore on the same day.Corbett and Delaney, both former Hurlers of the year, were sent off in last Sunday’s Allianz National Hurling League Division 1 final at Nowlan Park following a second half goalmouth fracas – and four-week time-based suspensions have been imposed.It had been thought that the pair would each receive one-match bans, to extend from the League into the first round of the championship, but a recent case involving Longford defender Barry Gilleran appears to have cleared them.Gilleran is free to play against Wicklow in the first round of the Leinster SFC – despite being red-carded in the Garden County’s final League game of the season against Louth on 7 April. However, Longford officials successfully appealed the championship ban to the Central Appeals Committee – on the basis that the rule under which Gilleran was suspended effectively expired on 31 December, 2012.Referee Barry Kelly gives Delaney and Corbett their marching orders. (Credit: ©INPHO/Cathal Noonan)A rule introduced in 2012, covering the National League and championship, ensured that if a player was sent off in a competitive match, he was thereby suspended for his team’s next outing.Central Council extended that rule into 2013 at a meeting early this year – but Longford successfully argued that the governing body did not have the power do so.When Annual Congress in Derry retained the 2012 rule, the 2013 National League campaign had already commenced.Consequently, Gilleran’s one-match ban applied under a rule that had expired at the end of last year and was not officially in place for the 2013 campaign. Longford, exploiting a loophole relating to rule 7.2 (b) of the GAA’s Official Guide, won their case on that basis. As a result, Gilleran was banned for four weeks from April 7 and that suspension lifted at midnight last Saturday – in plenty of time for the Wicklow game on 26 May.Longford first went to the GAA’s Central Hearings Committee with their case but the CHC did not have the power to overturn a Central Council decision. They were, however, successful at Central Appeals Committee level.Last night, Tipperary county board chairman Sean Nugent confirmed that Corbett is free to line out against Limerick at the Gaelic Grounds, four weeks from tomorrow. He said: “It’s a great boost and we’re delighted.”But doubt surrounds the availability of the Thurles Sarsfields player in any event after he sustained broken ribs against the Cats last Sunday.Corbett [32] revealed this week that he is facing 4-6 weeks out of action with the injury and that leaves the 2010 Hurler of the year facing a race against time to be fit.Following these dramatic developments, four-week bans for Corbett and Delaney will expire at midnight on 1 June, ensuring that both players are eligible for their championship openers a week later. Furthermore, they will not have to serve a one-match ban at the start of next year’s Allianz National League.The GAA’s Central Competitions Control Committee (CCCC) insisted last night that they would be issuing no official comment.What do you think? Have the GAA missed a trick or should both players be allowed to move on?Lucky 13 – Questions for Kilkenny hurler Walter Walsh22 signs you’re a sports fan from Cavanlast_img read more

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iOS 43 untethered jailbreak demonstrated

first_imgApple made the iOS 4.3 update available for download on Wednesday, a few days before it was expected to coincide with the release of the iPad 2.While iDevice owners were happy of the early release, it also meant hackers had a couple of days to figure out a 4.3 jailbreak in time for the launch of the iPad 2 later today.Two days isn’t a lot of time to figure out a working jailbreak, but it has been achieved, and in untethered form too. That means you don’t need to re-jailbreak if you restart the device.The video above shows the jailbreak applied to an iPad, but is listed as an alpha version, so it’s unclear if this will get a release before 5pm tonight. The important thing is that the jailbreak does exist and therefore will get released soon. While Apple will be stamping its foot and gritting it’s teeth, it was inevitable the iPad 2 uldwo not remain Cydia Store-free for very long.For the moment it’s best to keep an eye on the Dev-Team Blog and their Twitter feed for news of when the new jailbreak will become available.Read more at ReghardwareMatthew’s OpinionApple will be upset about this of course, but there’s little they can do to stop it. The speed at which jailbreaks occur now has got users almost taking them for granted. It used to be the case that you hoped a jailbreak would appear, now it’s just the question of when, and hoping it’s not going to take longer than a week to appear.Although the percentage of those who jailbreak is going to be very low compared to the whole iDevice-owning population, it’s big enough so as to be taken notice of. The Cydia Store is also thriving and offering up many useful apps Apple just wont officially accept. You only have to look at the front page of the store to see there’s a lot of developers making good money from unofficial app sales.last_img read more

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Help preserve Greek migration history

first_imgAn initiative to digitise archives in order to preserve the migration history of Greek immigrants has been launched. With the support from the Greek diaspora, Save The Archives is raising awareness and collecting donations to help the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in Athens to facilitate the digitization process. Save The Archives has one goal – to preserve the entry documents from Greek migrants into countries including Australia, Canada, South Africa and the United States between 1950 – 1975. In an effort to digitise the more than 200,000 entry documents, many resources are needed to make this possible. Working independently of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in Athens, the Save The Archives initiative is working to raise 25,000 euros which will enable the IOM to be able to obtain the necessary resources to facilitate the digitization process of Greek migrant entry documents. Save The Archives organiser, Georgios Stroumboulis, first became aware of the migration documents during a visit to Athens in March 2012. After meeting with the Head of Office for IOM Athens, Daniel Esdras, and discovering that more than 200,000 documents of Greek migrants in their original paper form needed to be protected from possible deterioration, the initiative to Save The Archives was born.“Greeks have migrated to every imaginable part of the world – integrating within different communities while maintaining their rich culture and heritage” said Stroumboulis. “Being a first generation Greek-Canadian, the idea of helping ignite a movement that would help preserve the entry archives of my parents, and those archives of thousands of other Greeks around the world, was an inspiring challenge.” The Save The Archives initiative is being launched to coincide with two important anniversaries between Greece/Australia and Greece/Canada this year. 2012 marks the 60th anniversary of the Assisted Migration Agreement (AMA) signed in 1952 between Australia and Greece. Thousands of Greeks migrated to Australia following the conclusion of the (AMA) under the auspices of the Intergovernmental Committee for European Migration (ICEM), later to become the International Organization for Migration (IOM). This announcement also coincides with the 70th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Canada and Greece. Upon achieving the financial goal, the funds will be donated to IOM Athens which will undertake the digitization of the paper archives. With strong support coming from the Greek diaspora, specifically from Australia, plans on how the digitized archives will be presented are under way. Following the digitization process, scholars and diplomats from Australia have discussed the creation of an online portal that can make the archives easily accessible by the diaspora.Those interested in donating to this initiative should visit www.SaveTheArchives.com Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Vote For Your Favorite Episode in Doctor Who World Cup

first_imgLet us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. HBO Max Scores Exclusive ‘Doctor Who’ Streaming RightsJo Tro Do Plo Plo No: ‘Doctor Who’ Welcomes Back Familiar Monster Stay on targetcenter_img Tom Petty was right: The waiting is the hardest part.There is still no word on when the Thirteenth Doctor—last seen plunging through the cosmos—will make her official debut.But while viewers pine over the show’s rebirth (expected this autumn), The Gallifrey Times is keeping fans occupied with the 2018 Doctor Who World Cup.Like the quadrennial soccer tournament for which it is named, this Whovian competition pits more than 100 episodes against each other in a bid to determine the best Doctor Who installment of the modern series.Starting with 144 episodes (plus numerous specials) from 2005 to 2017, online readers are invited to vote in twice-weekly qualifying rounds, which whittle the list down to 36.The most popular chapters—as selected by you—are then sorted into nine groups of four (chosen at random); those episodes will battle it out in each round until the 2018 Doctor Who World Cup winner is crowned.“If all of that seems overly complicated, the gist is this,” Gallifrey Times explained: “Favorite episodes from each season are picked in qualifiers, and eventually sorted through into a head-to-head competition. Simple-ish.”The fan site previously whiled away the hours before Twelfth Doctor Peter Capaldi’s 2014 inauguration with a World Cup contest, which saw 50th anniversary special “The Day of the Doctor” trump indisputable fan-favorite “Blink.”More than four years later, can the star-studded commemorative affair hang onto its title? Will Steven Moffat’s famed Weeping Angels reclaim their No. 1 spot? Or will the Twelfth Doctor’s era tip the balance?(The answer, obviously, is “Human Nature”/”The Family of Blood.” But I’d accept “Midnight” or “The Girl in the Fireplace” as close seconds.)Visit The Gallifrey Times on Saturday and Sunday (Jan. 13-14) to kick off the qualifying rounds for series one and two. New polls will follow each weekend, until the winner is enthroned in April.And may the Oods odds be ever in your favor.last_img read more

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Scientists train AI to turn brain signals into speech

first_img Mentioned Above Amazon Echo (2017,Heather Gray Fabric) Sci-Tech 5 science mistakes in movies and TV you should unlearn $99 Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? News • Amazon Echo Dot deal: 3 for $70 See it The researchers worked with epilepsy patients undergoing brain surgery. Science Photo Library Paseika/Getty Images Neuroengineers have crafted a breakthrough device that uses machine-learning neural networks to read brain activity and translate it into speech.An article, published Tuesday in the journal Scientific Reports, details how the team at Columbia University’s Zuckerman Mind Brain Behavior Institute used deep-learning algorithms and the same type of tech that powers devices like Apple’s Siri and the Amazon Echo to turn thought into “accurate and intelligible reconstructed speech.” The research was reported earlier this month but the journal article goes into far greater depth.The human-computer framework could eventually provide patients who have lost the ability to speak an opportunity to use their thoughts to verbally communicate via a synthesized robotic voice.”We’ve shown that, with the right technology, these people’s thoughts could be decoded and understood by any listener,” Nima Mesgarani, an electrical engineer at Columbia University’s Zuckerman Institute, said in a statement.When we speak our brains light up, sending electrical signals zipping around the old thought box. If scientists can decode those signals and understand how they relate to forming or hearing words, then we get one step closer to translating them into speech. With enough understanding — and ample processing power — that could create a device that directly translates thinking into speaking.And that’s what the team has managed to do, creating a “vocoder” that uses algorithms and neural networks to turn signals into speech.To do this, the research team asked five epilepsy patients who were already undergoing brain surgery to help out. They attached electrodes to different exposed surfaces of the patient’s brains, and ensured they were engaged with the task by reading them stories from a children’s book “Hank the Cowdog”. To acquire the data to train the vocoder, the patients then listened to 40 seconds worth of spoken sentences, repeated randomly six times. Next, the patients listened to speakers counting from zero to nine, while their brain signals were fed back into the vocoder. The vocoder algorithm, known as WORLD, then spat out its own sounds, which were cleaned up by a neural network, eventually resulting in robotic speech mimicking the counting. You can hear what that sounds like here. It’s not perfect, but it’s certainly understandable. Another 11 subjects then listened to the vocoder and tasked with understanding what it was saying.”We found that people could understand and repeat the sounds about 75 percent of the time, which is well above and beyond any previous attempts,” Mesgarani said.The researchers concluded that the accuracy of the reconstruction relies on how many electrodes were planted on the patient’s brains and how long the vocoder was trained for. As expected, increasing the electrodes and increasing the length of training allows the vocoder to gather more data and results in a better reconstruction.Looking forward, the team wants to test what kind of signals are emitted when a person just imagines speaking, as opposed to listening to speech. They also hope to test a more complex set of words and sentences. Improving the algorithms with more data could eventually lead to a brain implant that bypasses speech altogether, turning a person’s thoughts into words. That would be a monumental step forward for many.”It would give anyone who has lost their ability to speak, whether through injury or disease, the renewed chance to connect to the world around them,” Mesgarani said. 11 Photos Amazon Echo How To • How to sell your old Amazon Echo Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it Review • Amazon’s new Echo improves upon the original, slashes the price CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Preview • A new Amazon Echo is here. Catch up on Alexa’s upgraded home Sep 1 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors Share your voice Tags Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 reading • Scientists train AI to turn brain signals into speech Post a comment See All NASA turns 60: The space agency has taken humanity farther than anyone else, and it has plans to go further.Taking It to Extremes: Mix insane situations — erupting volcanoes, nuclear meltdowns, 30-foot waves — with everyday tech. Here’s what happens. 0 • Apple Applelast_img read more

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Commissioner Batts Faced Pushback in Effort to Reform Police Department

first_imgFormer Police Commissioner Anthony Batts. (AP Photo)“Changing the police department to the future Baltimore Police Department, that we have the opportunity to obtain, is going to take time. We’re on the road, we’re making those changes, we’re going in the right direction, and it doesn’t matter whether Tony Batts is here or not, change is happening in the Baltimore Police Department,” said Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony Batts during a sit-down interview with the AFRO on July 2.Change was indeed happening in the department, at least at the top. On July 8, Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake fired Batts and replaced him with new interim commissioner Kevin Davis. The firing came the same day Fraternal Order of Police Lodge No. 3 (FOP), Baltimore’s police union, issued an After Action Review Report critical of the commissioner’s leadership during the weeks of unrest in April and May that followed the death of Freddie Gray. The mayor denied the FOP’s report had anything to do with the firing, but called the ongoing focus on Batts’s leadership, as the city struggles to fend off a surge in gun violence and rank and file police officers effectively withdraw from Baltimore’s high crime neighborhoods, a “distraction”, according to the Associated Press.At a press conference on June 3, a reporter asked Batts whether he agreed with FOP president Gene Ryan that the department was suffering from low morale. “Whether [the Baltimore Police Department] is having a morale issue or not, we have an ethical responsibility to keep this city safe. We have an ethical responsibility to make sure that the nine-year-olds, the seven-year-olds, the babies are not harmed in this city. We have a responsibility,” responded Batts.It was a plea struggling for an audience. A work slowdown had been seemingly underway for weeks by then, with residents in a number of Baltimore’s high crime neighborhoods observing a diminished police presence amid a surge in gun violence. By June 4, the city suffered 221 non-fatal shootings (97 ahead of last year’s pace on the same date), and 121 homicides (36 ahead), according to an update from the Baltimore Police Department’s media section from that day.Meanwhile, Batts seemed to be struggling to control his department. Just days before his June 3 plea at the press conference, someone leaked an audio recording to the Baltimore Sun of Batts apologizing to his officers at a union meeting for letting them down during the riots. “From my day when I walked in officer safety’s been job one for me, but I got my [officers] hurt and I have to own that . . . that won’t happen again in this organization,” said Batts, according to the recording posted on the Baltimore Sun’s website.The mea culpa was enough to suggest that Batts was losing the confidence of the rank and file, and the leaking of the audio to the press did little to change that perception. The city continued to see high rates of violence throughout the remainder of June and into July. When Batts sat down to speak with the AFRO on July 2, the city had seen its 144th homicide (45 ahead of the previous year’s count as of that date). Batts seemed to be straddling two commitments seemingly at odds, attempting to embrace both his department and the broader Baltimore community at once.“The only reason governments or police departments exist is to serve the community in a way that the community expects to be served. If it doesn’t, then it should not exist. Which basically means, people say, ‘Our tax dollars pay you to serve the community,’ and it’s about service, and that is the entire focus. Some people are not comfortable with the [phrase] that you’re here to serve, but that’s what we are, we’re public servants and we’re providing a service for the customer base,” said Batts about whether policing needs to take its cue from the community.“At the roots of my being is being a progressive police commissioner. When you become the head of an organization, you don’t have the luxury of taking one side or the other. Your job is to No. 1 defend and support the community but defend and support the police officers that do the job. So my role today is not that of a [community] advocate, my role is that of a chief executive officer of a police organization, and so the roles are different along those lines,” said Batts.It was a difficult line to tow, especially since the police and the community have been so at odds in Baltimore City, as those weeks of demonstrations beginning April 20th made so apparent. And while Batts stressed that his job was first and foremost to defend and support his officers, the FOP, at least, felt he was doing the opposite.In the FOP’s after action review of police and city leadership during a large demonstration on April 25, and the rioting that took place on April 27, the union took issue with an op-ed by Batts published on June 19 in the Baltimore Sun, describing it in the following manner: “In an Op-Ed piece for The Baltimore Sun, Commissioner Batts states that more police officers will likely be arrested as a result of the reforms he is undertaking at the Baltimore Police Department. He seems to vilify his officers stating that, ‘The cycle of scandal, corruption, and malfeasance seemed to be continuing [in the Baltimore Police Department] without abatement.’”In linking Batts’s reform effort to the vilifying of officers, the FOP report fails to note that Batts, in the passage cited, was describing the public’s perception of the department prior to his arrival, not his own view of the department. Regardless, the report then goes on to recommend that Batts (and the mayor) “should show public support for the men and women of the Baltimore Police Department.”The report failed to note that Batts’ op-ed opened with the following paragraph: “Last week I recognized 60 officers and professional staff at the 2015 Medal Day Ceremony. The valor and courage of these men and women, and a few citizen heroes, stands as a testament to the bravery and dedication of most members of the Baltimore Police Department. It reaffirmed my mission and the reason that I am here.”The FOP’s interpretation of an op-ed that goes out of its way to praise good officers as a vilification speaks to the discord between the commissioner and the rank and file. Any suggestion by Batts that police misconduct ever occurred or that reform of the department might be necessary is being widely received as a lack of support for officers attempting to carry out their duties. It was a perception Batts failed to remedy, despite his attempts.Unable to get his house in order, and with the city still struggling under the weight of increased gun violence, Batts received his walking papers from the mayor.Just days before, Batts assured the AFRO that change was happening in the Baltimore Police Department, and that it would continue unabated regardless of his presence. But it was Batts’s attempt to change the department that seemingly cost him the respect of its officers. That statement will now be put to the test, as will Batts’s final comment of the interview.“[Change] is here [in the Baltimore Police Department]. I think it’s exciting. I think there are opportunities. I think our cultural norm in our city [is] we tend to want to focus on pointing fingers a lot, instead of taking the opportunity to grow. Right now at this time . . . two months off of having a major riot within the city, we should be talking about where go [in the] future and how we pull this community – how we pull this city together as a whole becomes the bigger piece. And so if I had to say anything [it] is: Don’t waste the opportunity that we have. Corporations change when you have outside trauma . . . We just had outside trauma. It’s time to change, and it’s change as a city as a whole.” ralejandro@afro.comlast_img read more

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Tagore returns to Delhi

first_imgPopular children’s stories of Rabindranath Tagore like Kabuliwala among others will be staged during a five-day children’s theatre festival in the national capital beginning 18 June, the organisers said Tuesday.Presented by Hindi Academy, the inaugural ‘Bal Utsav’ will showcase ten famous stories written by the Nobel laureate. Two plays will be staged per day at the Kamani Auditorium. The theme of this year’s festival is ‘This Summer Children are in Tagore’s Company’. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The academy had organised a month-long workshop across various schools in Delhi to choose children to play various roles in these plays.‘From these workshops around 450 students have been selected,’ an official from the Hindi Academy said. ‘In the workshop, directors and assistants trained these children. These stories were first translated from Bengali to Hindi and children started rehearsing,’ he added. The festival will open with Rajesh Bakshi’s Ichchha Puran, followed by Asif Kamar’s Chhutti.On the second day Nilesh Kumar Deepak’s Kabuliwala and Anumita Dutta Choudary’s Taash Ka Desh will be staged.Other stories like Doctor Babu aur Mukut, Tota Kahani, Subha, Bhikarin, among others will be staged.When: 18June onwards Where: Kamani Auditoriumlast_img read more

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Six killed including minors in accident

first_imgKolkata: Six persons including two children died in a tragic road accident at Mathabhanga in Cooch Behar district on Monday late night.Four people died on the spot when a vehicle hit a truck standing on the Siliguri- Mathabhanga Highway at around 2.15 am. The impact of the collision was such that the vehicle fell into a canal on the side of the road. Several persons were also injured in the accident. According to police sources, the deceased has been identified as Khagen Rabha (35), Ajoy Sonar 32, Ratna Munda 45, and Payro Munda 40 and Sonamoni Munda (2). The identity of another child has not been ascertained as yet. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeImmediately after the accident, locals of Bhomramguri village along with the officials of Mathabhanga police station rushed to the spot and took the injured persons to Mathbhanga Mahakuma hospital. Four were declared brought dead, while two children died in the hospital.The injured persons include — Budhuya Khariya, Bandheni Munda, Somra Munda, Biraj Munda, Mona Munda and Gita Munda to name a few. All of them were travelling from Tufangunj in Cooch Behar and Samuktala from Alipurduar to work at a brick kiln at Bihar’s Purnea. After rescuing the passengers, police along with the disaster management team also lifted the mangled vehicle and took it to the police station. Cops have started an enquiry into the cause of accident though preliminary investigation has revealed that the driver has fallen asleep while driving.last_img read more

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A Pirate Attack in 1794 is why the United States doesnt use

first_imgThe name of Joseph Dombey can be found in many 18th century botanical textbooks but remains largely forgotten in our time. Even though the French botanist was a man of science, on several occasions Dombey was involved in political affairs, which ultimately led to his death in 1794 at the hands of British privateers. He had encountered the British several times previously, as his botanical collections shipped from South America to France were intercepted, captured, and sent to the British Museum where they are exhibited to this day. The Spaniards also confiscated one of his South American specimen collections.From the 1790s up until the fall of Napoleon in 1815, Great Britain and France were effectively in constant conflict, with periodical ceasefires. This made all French ships traveling the Atlantic a legitimate target, and vice-versa.During his final voyage in 1794, Dombey was on his way to the United States, where he was to present the French measurement standards representing one meter and one grave―an old measure for weight that was replaced by the kilogram. The United States had declared independence from the United Kingdom some 18 years earlier, but kept the traditional British system of weights and measures.KilogramThomas Jefferson, an admirer of French scientific achievements, wanted to host Dombey, who was primarily sent to strengthen the ties between France and the U.S. by signing an agricultural agreement.Jefferson was at the time lobbying Congress to abandon the British measures in favor of the French system, which was the predecessor of the metric system that is used in most countries today. For this, he needed an experienced scientist like Dombey and the physical objects made of copper, representing the length and the weight of the new measures.So Dombey set sail for Philadelphia from the French port of Le Havre, only to be captured en route by British privateers (state-sponsored pirates who waged naval war for the Crown, in return for a percentage of the loot). Even though Dombey tried to disguise himself as one of the sailors, he failed to blend in and was soon discovered by the marauders. Once his diplomatic role was revealed, the French botanist was taken to the island of Montserrat in the Caribbean, where the privateers were based.Watch the 25 most hilarious Pirate slang phrases here:Dombey died soon after, even though the pirates had plans for demanding a ransom from the French. The standards which he carried with him were lost for a while until they were later auctioned together with other items from the ship.It took a number of French intermediaries to deliver the meter and the grave to the then-Secretary of State, Edmund Randolph, who, in the end, took no further interest in the matter. At one point, the grave was separated from its length-measure counterpart and ended up in the possession of Andrew Ellicott, Dombey’s contemporary and the land surveyor who set the boundaries of the territory which would become Washington DC.Ellicot’s family owned Dombey’s copper grave until 1952, when they decided to donate this particular piece of history to the National Institute of Standards and Technology, where it remains exhibited.Related story from us: Notorious pirate Benjamin Hornigold once attacked a merchant ship only to steal the crew’s hatsToday, many U.S. industries have adopted the metric system, but the country is still largely dependent on the British-influenced standards. In the book Measuring America, author Andro Linklater points out the extent of the opportunity lost with Dombey’s unfortunate journey:“The sight [in Congress] of those two copper objects [Dombey’s meter and grave], so easily copied and sent out to every state in the Union, together with the weighty scientific arguments supporting them, might well have clarified the minds of senators and representatives alike. And today the U.S. might not be the last country in the world to resist the metric system.”last_img read more

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Windows KB2952664 and KB2976978 telemetry updates rereleased again

first_imgWindows KB2952664 and KB2976978 telemetry updates re-released (again) by Martin Brinkmann on February 10, 2017 in Windows – Last Update: February 10, 2017 – 39 commentsHere we go again. Microsoft re-released the Windows 7 telemetry update KB2952664 and the Windows 8.1 telemetry update KB2976978 yesterday.You can check out our October 2016 article on the last re-release of the updates.Windows 7 and 8.1 users may still know these updates as they were the prerequisites for Microsoft’s infamous Get Windows 10 (GWX) campaign that haunted users who did not want to upgrade to Windows 10 for almost a year.The two updates have been released with the optional flag for now, which means that they won’t be installed on most systems.What is likely going to happen however is that Microsoft will promote the updates in the near future, maybe next Tuesday, to important. This would install the updates automatically on systems that use the default configuration for Windows Update. The company has done so in the past for those updates, and it seems likely that it will do so again this time.Windows 7 and 8.1 administrators who have hidden the updates will notice that they reappeared in Windows Updates because of the re-release.KB2952664 and KB2976978 telemetry updatesThe hidden flag for updates on Windows Update that administrators can set is only valid for a particular revision of an update. When Microsoft releases a new update revision, it becomes available again.If it was blocked by hiding it in Windows Update, it needs to be blocked again each time Microsoft re-releases the update.To hide a Windows update, right-click on it in the Windows Update window, and select “hide update” from the context menu. Unless it is re-released, it won’t show up anymore on the machine and won’t be installed either.Both “compatibility updates for keeping Windows up-to-date” are offered through Windows Update and Microsoft Update Catalog.The update description is identical for KB2952664 and KB2976978:This update performs diagnostics on the Windows systems that participate in the Windows Customer Experience Improvement Program. The diagnostics evaluate the compatibility status of the Windows ecosystem, and help Microsoft to ensure application and device compatibility for all updates to Windows. There is no GWX or upgrade functionality contained in this update.According to the description, the update performs diagnostics on machines that participate in the Windows Customer Experience Improvement Program. The program has been part of Windows since Vista, and is designed to collect information on hardware, software and services.As I mentioned back in October 2016 already when I described how to leave the Windows Customer Experience Improvement program, Microsoft does not reveal the actual data that the program collects.You could say that these updates are not that bad then if you do not participate in the Windows Customer Experience Improvement Program.Woody Leonhard demonstrated that the last revision of the updates did trigger new scans regardless of the membership status of the Customer Experience Improvement program. While it has not been tested yet with the new version, it seems likely that Microsoft has not changed that.We don’t know an awful lot about what KB2952664 and KB2976978 actually do. They do seem to trigger a new Windows task called DoScheduledTelemetryRun, but it is unclear what is being collected, and whether something else is changed on the system during installation of the updates.Tip: You can use the Windows Task Schedule, PowerShell, or Nirsoft’s Task Scheduler View to manage tasks on all recent versions of the Windows operating system.Now You: Did you hide these updates in the past on your machines?SummaryArticle NameWindows KB2952664 and KB2976978 telemetry updates re-released (again)DescriptionHere we go again. Microsoft re-released the Windows 7 telemetry update KB2952664 and the Windows 8.1 telemetry update KB2976978 yesterday.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

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