Stars Complete Hell And High Water Charity Challenge

first_imgDara O’Briain, Melanie C, Jack Dee, Chelsee Healey, Phillips Idowu and Greg James have completed the biggest challenge of their lives, The BT Red Nose Challenge: Hell and High Water – a five day ordeal which saw them travel under their own steam down Africa’s mighty Zambezi river to raise as much cash as possible for Red Nose Day.The challenge was sponsored by BT, a long term supporter of Comic Relief challenges since 2009.The triumphant team finished at exactly 3.18pm this afternoon – but it wasn’t easy. After clambering down a 200ft gorge using a ladder locally known as ‘The Steps of Doom’, the six intrepid amateurs spent the morning clinging on for dear life as they battled the most fierce rapids of the week – even the support crew’s raft flipped over and chucked them into the deep!Greg James said: “The rapids are really frightening, especially if you’re a novice! You can’t just sit back, you have to keep paddling otherwise you’ll just float off and go miles away. We’re in a big raft today and it keeps bouncing around, people are popping out of it like popcorn! I bounced into the air earlier and was only saved by Phillips grabbing me with his massive athletic claw! We’re going through rapids called ‘The Terminator’ and ‘The Gnashing Jaws of Death’; they’re just horrible names. I wish we could so through something called ‘small mound’ or ‘babbling brook’ instead.”Exhausted, aching, blistered and bruised after travelling over 111km under their own steam, battling raging rapids, manic mosquitos and sweltering sun, the team are now celebrating and reflecting on their success.Greg said: “Let me sum up how I’m feeling in one phrase – I’m over it. Big time. I’m over the water, the rapids, the hippos, the boats, the tents, the camping, the sand, the itchy bits, the mosquitos, the blisters, the sunburn, the smell – it’s been really tough. But we’re here, we’ve been doing this challenge and we all look like idiots, but the point is to raise a lot of money for the people we’ve been meeting out here. And I know it sounds really cheesy, but I totally get it – I get Comic Relief properly now. I’ve always watched it on telly, but I’ve seen it now first-hand. It’s really touching, really lovely.”Over the past five days, the celebrity challengers have pushed themselves to the limit, taking on rapids officially known as ‘Gnashing Jaws of Death’, ‘The Washing Machine’ and ‘Oblivion’.Along the way they encountered some of the world’s most dangerous and frightening creatures, like crocodiles, lethal snakes and one of the most deadly – hippos! By night there was none of the five star luxury they’re used to, as they camped on treacherous cliff tops and damp, soggy riverbanks. And as if that wasn’t enough, they had to suffer nasty blisters, intense aching limbs and sweltering 30-degree heat, as they spent each day covering up to 29km on the river.The team put themselves through hell and high water in the hope of raising £1 million to help children in Zambia go to school. This could pay for life-changing education for thousands of vulnerable girls, for whom it means an escape from poverty and safety from child marriage and pregnancy. Any extra money raised will help those living unimaginably tough lives across the UK and the rest of Africa.BT is giving £30,000 a day to support the Hell and High Water team as part of the £500,000 it has committed to raise in support of The BT Red Nose Challenges – a duo of celebrity challenges sponsored by BT for Red Nose Day 2013.Find out more here.last_img read more

Versace goes punk wild with homey looks

first_imgMILAN – Donatella Versace is embracing her own inner Versace. After coming off a triumphant outing at the Golden Globes, she helped launch Milan Fashion Week menswear previews for next winter on Saturday on a high note.Versace dressed three women for last Sunday’s awards show: Angelina Jolie, Saoirse Ronan, winner for best actress in a comedy, and star of the evening Oprah Winfrey, who wore a shape-hugging number to deliver her celebrated lifetime achievement award speech.Versace has been riding a wave of appreciation since her September tribute show to her slain brother, fashion house founder Gianni Versace, reunited supermodels from the 1990s while highlighting some of the new generation’s top talent.“It is appreciation for Gianni, but maybe also a little for me,” she said backstage before her show in Milan.Here are some highlights from the first day of Milan Fashion Week, which also included fall-winter menswear shows by Emporio Armani, newcomer Isabel Benenato, Marni and Dolce & Gabbana:____VERSACE GOES HOMEThis is about as homey as it gets in the take-it-or-leave it ethos of Versace.Donatella Versace is urging aficionados to “to embrace your inner Versace” with winter menswear looks that take cues from the brand’s home collection.During her Milan Fashion Week show, pillow plaids became suit jackets worn over archival prints in seafoam green, hot pink and yellow. The effect was punk.Crushed velvet upholstery prints in deep hues of golden, purple and red were cut into wild mid-length coats worn over a silken print shirt and a neckerchief. Burned umber puffer jackets recalled a comforter.“These are very Versace elements, refreshed in a street key,” Versace said.The designer punctuated the show with 11 looks for women to demonstrate, she said, “that our two souls communicate with one another.” They included tassel accents on a low-back mini-dress.Versace wasn’t afraid to take things down a notch with camel overcoats. A women’s version included colorful side panels that matched a headscarf and leggings.Men’s trousers were kept short to show off Versace’s new tennis shoe, which features the form of a chain moulded into the sole and the words “Love is blind.”____DOLCE & GABBANA’S KING OF ANGELSIt was a bling call at Dolce & Gabbana.The designing duo of Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana constructed a Baroque Sicilian church façade as the background for their “King of Angels” collection. The show opened with a tableau of young stars in formalwear, including elaborately embroidered military-style jackets and floral suits, walking beneath a pair of cherubs.The colorful knitwear that featured cherubic putti in oval frames looked inspired by church ceilings, and angelic visages also graced motorcycle jackets.Dolce & Gabbana, as usual, offered a range of looks — with suits styled formally, layered with furry jackets and coming pajama-inspired with robe overcoats. The designers employed light-heartedness and humour with heart-shaped backpacks, as well as one that looked like a golden puppet peeking over the wearer’s shoulder.The designers also emblazoned slogans such as “Time of Change” and “Love is Love” across beanies, waistbands and backsides. Nothing on the runway made the slogans’ meanings explicit, although both could be interpreted as calls for new attitudes.Colombian singer Maluma closed out the show in a glittering silver suit to match his stage presence.___UNEXPECTED DOLCE&GABBANADancers busted a move in Dolce&Gabbana active-wear at an exclusive late-night “unexpected show” for a smaller fashion crowd. While activewear has long been part of the designers’ repertoire, they are putting new emphasis on the hot category.Their Millennial models showed off the collection, ranging from baseball shirts emblazoned with “King of My Life,” to soft bear-head hoodies, eliciting cheers and cat-calls from admiring on-lookers.____EMPORIO ARMANI’SArching zippers, tufts of fur and smooth velvet gave zest to Emporio Armani’s youthful tailoring for next winter and fall.While silhouettes mostly were relaxed, the palette was dark, albeit geared toward the fun end of deep with black, navy and slate giving way to mauve, other blues and shades tinged with purple.Floral patterns and hypnotic repeating graphics complemented the flowing silhouette of open jackets and easy trousers. Swirls of colour also burst forth on alpaca knitwear in soothing blues and icy greens.Designer Giorgio Armani has forsworn using real animal fur in all his lines, winning praise from animal rights activists. The fur accents on the boots and detachable dyed collars therefore were surely faux. A series of furry black coats were rendered from curly-haired sheepskin, according to the press release, and there were only pony-effect goatskin jackets.Zippers were deployed with frivolity across knitwear, inviting the playful to detach, or along sleeves, giving a cape-like feel when opened. Trousers were tapered, most elaborately so with a button cuff. Pants were mostly relaxed for daytime leisure and evening events, but tight for the sleek business suits worn tieless.Velvet worked for day or evening, as casual wear in bomber jackets or elegant suits. Gloves were the accessories of the choice, but the 83-year-old Armani is not abiding the smartphone-driven trend of returning to the fingerless gloves of the 1980s. All of the designer’s gloves were perfectly winter-proof.____MOSCHINO GOES UNDERCOVEROnly Jeremy Scott would send the fashion crowd running around Milan with a videocassette tape in their bags. That was the invitation to the evening Moschino show.Scott’s collection challenged the gender conventions by being up front about sexual predilections. The suggestion is that the videotape contained something X-rated, if anyone could find a VCR to play it.The mixed men’s and woman’s collection started with some deconstructed pinstripe suits, held suggestively together by suspenders or garters, but quickly devolved into an S&M, role play exploration, complete with a chauffeur in a silken white cape shirt followed by a madam in a black latex body suit. The music climaxes.Beyond the runway props and edgy fashion statements, Scott also included pretty sheer dresses and skirts, as well as suits that suggest nothing more than business. That is if you leave home the leather props.But even then, Scott pushed the envelope. Turn your head and look at the back of the suit, and there might be a trailing evening dress, or a panel made from a beaded women’s dress: A cross-dresser’s coming out fashion statement.His final look: a Siamese twin tuxedo jacket joining androgynous models at the tails.—–NO FURAnimal rights activists made their presence known during Milan Fashion Week, with several dozen attempting to block access to the Marni preview.The show went on, running late as the fashion world is wont with or without protests. One fur-wearing fashionista endured a shower of verbal abuse as he ducked into the show at the last minute, but no violence was reported.Animal rights activists have claimed victories recently, with Armani and Gucci being among the latest to commit to not using animal furs in future collections. Brands like Marni, which was born out of a family fur business, have a tougher line to tread.Still, the runway show by Francesco Risso, in his second year, included only one obvious animal skin reference, and that was a shearling coat.___MARNI’S TRAVEL JOURNALEntering the Marni showroom is to enter designer Francesco Risso’s world, immediately.Rather than conventional seating, he offered objects to sit upon. A child’s stuffed giraffe. A hose-less vacuum cleaner. Stacks of disused videocassettes. Sacks of flour, whole wheat.These are the details that fill Risso’s travel journal. And the traveller’s wardrobe embrace a naive, awe-struck sense of the world, with oversized jackets and trousers hand-painted with arm chairs, monkeys or musical instruments. Suits, puffer coats, nylon jumpsuits and anoraks round out the collection. Overcoats, in salmon pink, or blue, look slept in. Blankets do the same tricks. Men, spanning generations, not just youthful, wear talisman around their necks: a string of found trinkets, or a plasticized bear.The rule, Risso said back stage, “is that there are no rules.”____ISABEL BENENATO’S ZENIsabel Benenato held her hands to her mouth in disbelief after her Milan runway debut. Her two young daughters, one clutching two stuffed rabbits, ran to hug her.Benenato, 38, has nurtured her nine-year-old brand in the Tuscan city of Lucca, far from the Milan fashion epicenter — and won the notice of the Italian Fashion Chamber, which invited her to Milan Fashion Week.The brand’s philosophy revolves around natural materials, she said backstage.The preview menswear and womenswear collection was inspired by planets, and was fittingly elemental. The looks were layered, say, a jacket over a tunic and trousers, all loose, well-proportioned and easy to wear. Or a crisp, long white shirt over trousers. A long dress wraps and drapes.“There is this sense of being wrapped. Of silence. Of relaxing,” Benenato said.last_img read more

Final report of EU on polls next week

The European Union Election Observation Mission to Sri Lanka will present its final report on the Parliamentary Elections held in August, on Saturday October 17, the EU said. .  Following an invitation from the Commissioner of Elections, the European Union Election Observation Mission was established on 15 July and was made up of 85 observers deployed in all 22 electoral districts. (Colombo Gazette) The report will be presented by Cristian Preda, Chief Observer of the European Union Election Observation Mission to Sri Lanka and Member of European Parliament. read more

And the Brock Family contest winner is…

Three generations of Brock women: (left to right) Kate Dirks (MA ’12), Linda Dirks (BA ’84), Patricia Waters (BA ’88) with the graduation sash and photo of Lou Cahill (LLD ’91), and James Waters (BA ’77)In late summer 2011, Brock Alumni Relations ran an online contest to get to know Brock families. We encouraged grads to explain their family tree for a chance to win a prize package and family portrait on campus.The draw for Brock’s Family contest occurred in December 2011, and the Cahill/Dirks/Waters family won with five family members with Brock degrees, spanning more than 30 years. The Cahill family, native to St. Catharines, has had connections to Brock since the beginning.Three generations of Brock alumnae came to get their family photo taken on campus in early January, and to tell us about their Brock connection. Patricia Waters (BA ’88), daughter of Lou Cahill (LLD ’91) came with her daughter, Linda Dirks (BA ’84), and granddaughter Kate Dirks, a current Master of Education student at Brock. In a unique photo opportunity, Kate draped her great-grandfather’s honorary doctorate robe over her arm while her mother and grandmother held pictures of the late James Waters (BA ’78) and Lou Cahill.All three women said their connection to Brock has been continuous and “comfortable.” James Waters was the first to attend Brock in the ‘70s, studying ‘Cultures and Civilizations.’ Linda, daughter of James and Patricia, remembers coming to Brock in the ‘70s to watch the Hamilton Tiger Cats practise on campus in the off-season. She later earned a degree in education in 1984. Patricia came to Brock later on in her life, after her husband had attended, her children had grown up, and Linda had graduated. In 1988, Patricia received her BA in Visual Art after taking courses part time for years.Lou Cahill is a well-known name in St. Catharines and in the public relations community throughout Canada. He was a pioneer in the public relations industry, founding Canada’s longest-operating PR firm, OEB International. He was also a passionate supporter of everything Niagara for more than 75 years. In 1991, Cahill was presented with an honorary doctorate from Brock.The Alumni Relations Family Contest winners truly represented a multi-generational group of graduates with a family tradition of learning from the institution. Patricia Waters has visited the Special Collections library at Brock every week for more than 13 years to work on the archives for the Canadian Federation of University of Women, of which the St. Catharines chapter is the oldest in Canada. Linda attends Centre for the Arts performances, and Kate studies and acts as coxie for the men’s rowing team.Congratulations to Brock’s Family Contest winners. We received 19 submissions, learned about more than 74 new relationships, and are bound to hear about more stories. Do you have a Brock family with more than three graduates? Tell us about it on Facebook or Twitter! read more

WHS New charter for persons with disabilities endorsed at UN humanitarian summit

“The intersection between humanitarian crises and persons with disabilities is very strong,” Catalina Devandas-Aguilar, the UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, told the UN News Centre on the margins of a special session at the Summit on ensuring disability-inclusive humanitarian action. “Persons with disabilities are always left behind and the humanitarian response is very complicated because there is no planning to address their needs. We see that constantly – in armed conflict situations, and natural disasters,” she explained. The Charter on Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities in Humanitarian Action urges government representatives as well as leaders of non-governmental organizations and funding bodies to ensure that their future humanitarian actions will be inclusive of people with disabilities, based on five principals:non-discrimination and recognition of the diversity of people with disabilities;involvement of people with disabilities in developing humanitarian programs;ensuring services and humanitarian assistance are equally available for and accessible to all people with disabilities;implementation of inclusive global policies; andcooperation and coordination among humanitarian actors to improve inclusion of people with disabilities.For more detailed information on the Charter, including a list of endorsing countries, please follow this link: Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (right) greets participants at a Special Session at the World Humanitarian Summit on the Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities into Humanitarian Action. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe ‹ › “For me, it was absolutely critical that I was [at the special session], because it reminded me of my responsibility as a citizen, and also as the Adviser on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, to really put people with disabilities much closer to the center of everything we do. We must leave no one behind, and we must be inclusive,” said UN Special Advisor David Nabarro. He noted that the endorsement of the charter shows there is “real commitment” to working to ensure that people with disabilities are much closer to the center of humanitarian action. This message was echoed by Pierre Krähenbühl, the Commissioner-General of the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), where many people have been injured due to conflict. “When I met young children in Syria who recently had lost limbs because of a car bomb attack, I realized, when I look at them and talk to them, that we need to do much more,” he said. “So [the charter] is an incentive to improve programmes, to include people with disabilities into the planning processes, as part of consultations in far more systematic way.” Speaking with the UN News Centre through an interpreter, Colin Allen, who will be the next chair of the International Disability Alliance (IDA), highlighted that the charter will help address the specific needs of many people, such as those who are deaf, blind, or both. “My role [at the session] was to make sure humanitarian actors have systems in place that are accessible, so that in the event of any natural disaster or crisis, they are able to facilitate access for people with disabilities,” he said, stressing the need to be prepared well in advance for this kind of assistance, such as having people who know sign language. He also shared this message about what has been achieved for people with disabilities at the World Humanitarian Summit. Colin Allen, President of the World Federation of the Deaf. Credit: UN News Centre read more

Support Mali reconciliation efforts in whatever way possible urges UN expert

The move follows warnings from the UN Children’s Fund, UNICEF, that central areas of Mali, especially around Mopti, are seeing an increased level of violence, including the killing and maiming of children.More than 150 children have been killed in Mali so far this year, with 75 injured due to violent attacks, and the number of child soldiers in armed groups has doubled compared to the same period in 2018. This underlined the “disproportionate impact that intercommunal violence has had on children, with a dramatic increase in the number killed so far in 2019”, said Mr. Tine.In his statement, Mr. Tine also referred to the June attacks in the central Mali village of Sobane-Da in June, which led to the deaths of 35 people. He said that the recent report on the killings, from the UN Mission in Mali, MINUSMA, also emphasised the “needless death, destruction and displacement of civilians caused by such incidents”.The reconciliation process, which has involved traditional and religious leaders, civil society members and the local authorities, was described as “an encouraging development”, which should contribute to “ending impunity and promoting justice and reconciliation”. Mr. Tine noted Prime Minister Boubou Cissé’s recent visits to the affected region which, he said, have provided a boost to the initiatives.The Malian Government has been seeking to restore stability and rebuild following a series of setbacks since early 2012 that fractured the country, including a military coup d’état, renewed fighting between Government forces and Tuareg rebels, and the seizure of its northern territory by radical extremists.The Independent Expert stressed that the use of arms was not the way to resolve the Malian crisis. “Progress can be made only by protecting human rights alongside development, together with efforts to obtain peace and security,” he said. read more

Jack Millers life will be celebrated Thursday

Jack Miller left an indelible mark on Brock University. His life and legacy will be celebrated Thursday, June 2 at 2 p.m. at Pond Inlet.Miller served Brock for nearly 50 years in many capacities from scholar and teacher to planner. His input helped shape the University as we know it. There is not a project built during Miller’s time that doesn’t have his fingerprints on it.Miller served under every president in the University’s history. Having arrived in 1966, just 24 months after Brock opened, Miller — an inorganic chemist who held dual PhDs — began as an assistant professor in Chemistry.Over the decades, his combination of research knowledge, planning skills and organizational vision would take him beyond the lab, especially as the University’s growth created the need for someone to maximize effective use of teaching and research space created by new buildings and expansion projects.In 2004 he became Special Advisor on Buildings and Space, and was still performing that role on a part-time basis when he died in April.His lasting legacy won’t be forgotten.Complimentary parking will be available in Lot A. read more

Andrew Neil attacks BBC over Leftwing bias in comedy shows

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. Andrew Neil, the BBC political presenter often accused of right wing bias, has complained that the corporation’s comedy output is too left wing.Neil singled out The Mash Report, BBC Two’s satirical late night show, as “self satisfied, self adulatory, unchallenged Left-wing propaganda. It’s hardly balance. Could never happen on a politics show. Except this has become a politics show.”The Now Show on Radio 4 is “contrived ideological commentary” and Have I Got News For You “is on its last legs”, Neil said.”When it comes to so called comedy the BBC has long given up on balance, on radio and TV. Nobody seems to care. And I don’t want Right-wing comedy, whatever that is. I’d just like comedy. Which is in really short supply. On TV and radio,” he tweeted.He dismissed The Mash Report as a “pathetic imitation” of The Daily Show in the US, hosted by Jon Stewart, who “was Left-wing but also intelligent”.Neil said he has signed up to BBC Sounds, the corporation’s rebranded audio service offering access to radio comedies, but uses it to listen to old episodes of The Goon Show and Round The Horne.The presenter’s thoughts on BBC comedy came in a flurry of late night tweets in which he also referred to Carole Cadwalladr, the journalist who exposed the Cambridge Analytica data scandal, as the “mad cat woman” “Karol Kodswallop”. He later deleted it, and a BBC spokesman said Neil had recognised it was “inappropriate”.In his social media spree, Neil also described Channel 4 News as “the broadcasting arm of the Guardian” and railed against Bobby Gillespie, the Primal Scream singer who appeared in a recent edition of Neil’s show, This Week.Gillespie was shown staring stony-faced as Neil, former Tory minister Michael Portillo and Labour MP Caroline Flint performed a comedy dance routine at the end of the show. The footage went viral, and Gillespie later called Neil “arrogant, rude and smug”.In his tweets, Neil said: “I hope we show it again so somebody can tell who the miserable Jock is and what he’s ever done. Other than scowl and spout Corbynista propaganda from his fancy Islington pad.”The BBC has previously defended Neil against accusations of political bias, saying he is “an excellent interviewer who is bound by exactly the same rules of on-air impartiality as every other BBC journalist”.Neil, 69, is regarded by some as the perfect host for Question Time, but the job is expected to go to a younger woman.He stepped down as host of the Sunday Politics last year, replaced by Sarah Smith. read more

Marko Vujin about TOP 8 My wish is Szeged – It will

The TOP scorer in THW Kiel victory over SG Flensburg in their second leg at VELUX EHF Champions League TOP 16, Marko Vujin, has a wish for the upcoming matches in TOP 8 phase. The 31 years-old Serbian right back wants to feel atmosphere of Szeged’s sports hall once again, the place where he had a lot of great battle during his time in Veszprem:– I have played nine years in Hungary, so my wish is Szeged. However, all the possible rivals are ok for me except PSG Handball. I would like to avoid them – said Vujin. ← Previous Story Eight best teams in Europe are ready to fight for VELUX EHF F4! Next Story → EHF Cup TOP 6 draw: Germans looking for three places in “Max Schmelling Arena” Marko Vujin read more

Latest Deal over CR Sets up Next Shutdown

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR Congress is no closer to a deal on topline spending levels for fiscal 2018 following Monday’s resolution of the three-day government shutdown and is likely headed to another showdown over funding the government in a little more than two weeks. It still is not clear whether the Senate Democrats would be willing to force a second shutdown, but as long as the party continues to link the fate of “dreamers” to FY 2018 appropriations, the prospect remains. “I think the caps issue and the DACA [Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program] issue are two pretty important unresolved issues that we have to get fixed. I suspect those will ride together,” said Senate Republican Conference Chairman John Thune (S.D.).Lawmakers likely will need to pass a fifth continuing resolution (CR) to keep the government funded when the newest stopgap runs out on Feb. 8, and they may be stuck with a CR for the remainder of the year or a mix of individual spending bills for some titles and full-year stopgap for the rest, reports CQ.last_img read more

OBITUARY Phyllis M Jensen 86

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Phyllis M. Jensen, 86, of Wilmington, passed away on Tuesday morning, January 29. She was the wife of C. James Jensen.Born and raised in Woburn, she was the daughter of the late Oscar, and the late Rose Lundberg. Phyllis was a graduate of Woburn High School. She worked for many years at the former Woburn National Bank, retiring as an Assistant Vice President in 1999.Phyllis was a longtime active and faithful member of the North Congregational Church in North Woburn. She served the church in many capacities, most recently as Deacon and as Treasurer of the Deacons Fund.Phyllis was an active member of the Order of Eastern Star in both the local and state levels. She was a five-time Past Worthy Matron of the Aletheon Chapter #154 OES in Woburn, and had served as the chapter Secretary for over 10 years. She was also an Honorary Member of the Melrose Chapter #14, and a member of the Daughters of the Nile. Phyllis served as the state Deputy Grand Matron of the Massachusetts Grand Chapter in 1999; she was a Grand Representative for the Grand Chapter from 2002-2004; and was also the Grand Chapter Fraternal Correspondent in 2010.In addition to her husband Jim, Phyllis is survived by one daughter, Wanda Callahan and her husband Thomas of Andover, one son, Alan Jensen and his wife Nancy of Port Charlotte, Florida; five grandchildren, Steven, Christopher, and Ryan Jensen, Aislinn Brandt, and Eamon Callahan; and four great grandchildren. She is also survived by one sister, Doris Leland and her husband Lester of Hyde Park, NY.A funeral service will be held at the North Congregational Church, 896 Main St., North Woburn on Sunday afternoon, February 3 at 2:00 pm. An Eastern Star service will be held prior to the funeral at 1:45 pm. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Phyllis’ memory may be made to the Mission of Deeds, 6 Chapin Ave., Reading, MA 01867. Arrangements by the Graham Funeral Home, Woburn.Phyllis M. Jensen(NOTE: The above obituary is from Arthur P. Graham Funeral Home.)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… RelatedOBITUARY: Phyllis (Lanzilli) Catalogna, 98In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Phyllis A. (Tabor) Ulrickson, 78In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Phyllis A. (Muse) Hailey, 86In “Obituaries”last_img read more

Low oil prices could threaten transAlaska pipeline

first_imgA high-ranking federal Energy Information Administration official has said lower production levels could threaten the trans-Alaska oil pipeline, and that oil prices may not rise above $100 a barrel until 2030 or later.The Alaska Dispatch News reports that EIA administrator Adam Sieminski said Thursday at the Alaska Oil and Gas Associations annual luncheon that geopolitical tension could drive prices up much sooner than 2030.He said the agency is concerned that engineering complications could jeopardize the oil pipeline if the flow falls below 300,000 barrels a day, potentially resulting in an unexpected shutdown.The pipeline is designed to move 2 million barrels of oil daily. Today production is about 525,000 barrels daily.Oil prices are currently around $60 a barrel, leaving the state with a $3.5 billion deficit.last_img read more

Payal Tadvi case 3 accused Mumbai doctors arrested by police

first_imgKavita KrishnanThe senior doctors in abetting the suicide of Mumbai doctor Payal Tadvi have been arrested by the state police, according to latest reports.Earlier, protests organised by the Vanchit Bahujan Aghadi and other Dalit tribal organisations were held today outside the BYL Nair Hospital over the suicide case of 26-year-old Payal Tadvi. She was allegedly driven to suicide by casteist remarks hurled at her by some senior doctors at the state-run hospital, in Mumbai.Payal committed suicide on May 22, according to her mother and husband who joined the protest the senior doctors tortured her due to which she committed suicide and they demand strictest actions against the accused.Dr Salman, husband of Payal said, ” We want government intervention and the police are doing nothing at this moment. It may be possible that they murdered her.”Payal, who was a Post Graduate (PG) second-year resident doctor pursuing gyaenocology in BYL Nair Hospital was found hanging in her room on May 22. On that day she had called her mother and told her that she could not bear any more torture. She was tortured by three senior doctors Hema Ahuja, Ankita Khandelwal and Bhakti Mehare of the gynaecology unit for a very long time as she belonged from an ST( Scheduled Tribe) caste family.They used to harass her by hurling casteist remarks at her as she got admission due to her reservation. They used to tell her that she will not be allowed to enter the operation theatre as she belongs to the lower caste. The seniors even took this to an extreme level by wiping their feet on her bed as they told her that she deserves that.The hospital authorities has suspended the doctors and the three of them have been booked under The SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, by the Agripada police. A 21 member anti-ragging committee is also investigating the incident.Her family alleged that she has been harassed for a long time, a year back she even informed her husband who initially did not react to it but later approacher her unit head to transfer her and she got transferred. But when she entered the second year she was again sent to that unit and finally committed suicide due to the torture.The Maharashtra State Commission for Women has issued a notice to the hospital demanding a reply regarding the action taken for this heinous crime.A senior official of the Maharashtra Association of Resident Doctors (MARD) as quoted by PTI said, ” We have proper evidence that the three senior doctors made casteist remarks at her. We will cooperate with the police in the investigation process.”Samajwadi Party (SP) president Akhilesh Yadav condemned the incident and said that it is a murder of the protection given to scheduled tribes by the constitution.last_img read more

Woah The cost of Tamannaah Bhatias new Mumbai flat will shock you

first_imgTamannaah Bhatia.PR HandoutIt is not uncommon for our Bollywood celebs to splurge on expensive bags, cars, outfits and properties. Several celebrities like Priyanka Chopra, Anushka Sharma and Deepika Padukone have invested bombs on properties. And the latest to join the list is actress Tamannaah Bhatia.Tamannaah has apparently shelled out a humongous amount for buying a new home in Mumbai. As per a report in DNA, Ms Bhatia has bought a Rs 80,778 per sqft flat in Versova. And not just that, the actress has even paid Rs 99.60 lakh for the registration of the flat.While the entire nation has a huge crush on Tamannaah Bhatia, it’s Hrithik Roshan who makes Tamannah go weak in the knees. When Tamannaah recently appeared on Famously Filmfare, she spoke about her admiration towards Hrithik being a huge fan of him and why she doesn’t kiss any actor on-screen. “I don’t kiss on-screen basically. So that’s actually a part of my contract. But I keep joking with my friends, with Hrtihik Roshan, yay! I would,” Tamannaah said.She further said, “I am a huge Hrithik Roshan fan. I recently bumped into him and I was so stupid. I was like ‘Hi, I am a big fan and so nice to meet you’ and then I was like okay I didn’t know what else to say. And then he walked a little and looked back. He was like, ‘You want a picture?’ and I was like ‘Yes! I want a picture.” I felt like a 16-year-old when I met him for the first time.”Tamannaah would next be seen in Sye Raa Narasimha Reddy and if the reports are to be believed, she would be doning some of the most expensive costumes in the film. “Tamannaah was excited when the script was narrated to her and also that is it is a big film. Her role will be very intense as a patriot who goes very far for the sake of the country and its freedom,” said the source to International Business Times.last_img read more

Nine Republicans Vie To Succeed Retiring Congressman Ted Poe

first_img Listen 00:00 /01:09 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: X Allison ShelleyRep. Ted Poe, R-Texas, in his office on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., September 14, 2016.The race to fill retiring Congressman Ted Poe’s seat has begun. Nine candidates are jockeying for the Republican nomination in Texas’ Second Congressional District. That increases the chances the primary contest will go to a runoff.The leading contenders include first-term State Representative Kevin Roberts, prolific GOP fundraiser Kathaleen Wall, and healthcare executive David Balat.“Primary races that are this crowded, a lot of times it’s going to come down to candidate fundamentals,” says Republican political consultant Joe Brettell. “Do you know your district? Are you raising money? Are you making the phone calls? Can you run an effective campaign that brings your people out to vote?”Congressional District 2’s boundaries stretch from West University to Memorial Park, then snake north and east to Spring and Humble. It’s been a safe Republican seat for years. But University of Saint Thomas political scientist Jon Taylor says that may not hold much longer. “Somebody wins in 2018, 2020 let’s say they can win reelection, and then we go into 2021 and the Legislature’s going to meet again, and this district may very well be radically revised due to redistricting,” says Taylor.There are also five Democrats seeking their party’s nod in 2018. The front runner is nonprofit executive Todd Litton, who outraised Ted Poe before the congressman announced his retirement. Sharelast_img read more

Baylor St Lukes Gearing Up To Restart Its Heart Transplant Program

first_img 00:00 /04:30 X Twitter via @BCMHoustonBaylor St. Luke’s Medical Center. Share center_img Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center is restarting its heart transplant program. The Houston hospital just announced that decision this morning.It comes after Baylor St. Luke’s temporarily suspended the program for two weeks to review it. The program was at the center of a report last month that revealed the world-renowned heart transplant program had a high number of patient complications in recent years.For the latest, Charles Ornstein, editor with ProPublica joins Houston Matters host Craig Cohen to discuss  the significance for the future of St. Luke’s heart transplant program.Baylor College of Medicine’s President and CEO, Dr. Paul Klotman, says: “Baylor St. Luke’s believes strongly that improvement is a never-ending process. Although this voluntary pause in the program is complete, we will continue to recruit additional surgical and clinical expertise, refine procedures and practices, and implement improvements as soon as we identify opportunities.” “A special transplant committee, authorized by the Baylor St. Luke’s Board of Directors, has already started to explore additional processes and changes that could further improve the heart transplant program. Their work will continue into next year. They will also work to ensure that the hospital effectively and transparently communicates with patients and their families.” Listen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code:last_img read more

For a living planet

first_imgDoordarshan has started the Sunday telecasts of Lakshaya: Ek Living Planet on DD National. This programme which exhibits various environmental issues will be telecast weekly on Sunday nights at 9:30 pm with multiple repeats.In the first episode  of the show, five stories were covered which include The Hospitals of Death- Delhi, The Dwindling Fish Population- Maharashtra, Mitticool The fridge-mud- Rajkot, The Chinh initiative- Environment animation by children, Citizen jourmalist-raw unedited stories from all the four corners of India. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The Hospitals of Death- Delhi dealt with the national capital’s problem of the disposal of Biomedical waste. The story tracks down some of the biggest hospitals in New Delhi and looks into the matter closely to expose the danger and spread this awareness to the citizens.The Dwindling Fish Population –Maharashtra covered the issue of overfishing which together with climate change and human interference has reduced the number of fish catch across the Maharashtra coast. There has been a significant drop which is estimated to be around 55% in some species, according to new data from the Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute. This Lakshaya story talks about the ever expanding population demands of a food source that is fast depleting. Affecting not only the delicate ecological-balance but also the fishermen. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixMitticool The fridge-mud – Rajkot, the brainchild of Mansukhbhai Prajapati , a Gujarat-based potter who created Mitticool, a fridge that doesn’t use electricity.  Lakshaya chronicles the amazing tale of it’s invention, right from 2001, when after the earthquake in Gujarat Prajapati decided to make a fridge that could be afforded by people of  the economically week section.The Chinh Initiative – Environment animation by children – Delhi is about an initiative by Meenakshi Vinay Rai to give children a platform to create content for various kinds of mass media that revolves around a theme.The community helps children from various age group and strata of society to come up with ideas and stories that can be shaped into a film through various mediums one being animation. The story looks into how India’s future citizens are creating their own green consciousness. Don’t forget to mark the Sunday nights for more interesting stories.last_img read more

The Best Galaxy Note 10 Color Has a Big TradeOff

first_imgTech This Out – Warner Streaming Service, Galaxy Note Renders And Nintendo Switch Lite7.10.2019 Tech This Out – Warner Streaming Service, Galaxy Note Renders And Nintendo Switch LiteMore VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpThe 2019 Kindle Oasis01:26OffAutomated Captions – en-USLive00:0002:1402:14 The #Note10 after one hour. Yes, I do wash my hands regularly. The @dbrand ad basically writes itself at this point. 15, 2019Fisher joked that the ad for dbrand “bascially writes itself at this point,” referring to a company that makes skins and cases for the Galaxy Note 10 and other phones. He also noted that he washes his hands regularly. I also had clean hands when handling the Aura Glow Galaxy Note 10, but it didn’t matter. The Note 10 and Note 10 Plus are also available in Aura White, Aura Black and Aura Blue. I didn’t spend much time with the other colors during my initial hands-on time with the phones, but I didn’t notice them smudging up as quickly as the Aura Glow version.The bottom line is that you’ll probably want to invest in a Galaxy Note 10 case for your phone, especially if you opt for Aura Glow. But I would lean towards a clear case to show off what you paid $949 to $1,200 to get.Galaxy Note 10 First Benchmarks: Here’s How It Stacks Up10 Best Smartphones Right NowHere’s Why the Galaxy Note 10 Turned Its Head on Gear VR The most beautiful version of the Galaxy Note 10 has a pretty big trade-off. I know because I tried to work with our photographer yesterday to take shots of the Galaxy Note 10 Plus for our Galaxy Note 10 Plus review.And we had to use a polishing cloth. A lot.The Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10 Plus come in multiple colors, but the most head-turning hue is Aura Glow, which is an iridescent silver that changes color based on how light hits the back of the phone. It’s a pretty mesmerizing effect.The problem is that this glass design smudges very easily, to the point that we had to wipe the back of the Note 10 Plus every few minutes. And I’m not the only one who has noticed this issue. Michael Fisher, aka Mr. Mobile, posted a photo to Twitter describing the problem.RECOMMENDED VIDEOS FOR YOU…logoCreated with Sketch.last_img read more

Deepfakes House Committee Hearing Risks Vulnerabilities and Recommendations

first_imgLast week, the House Intelligence Committee held a hearing to examine the public risks posed by “deepfake” videos. Deepfake is identified as a technology that alters audio or video and then is passed off as true or original content. In this hearing, experts on AI and digital policy highlighted to the committee, deepfakes risk to national security, upcoming elections, public trust and the mission of journalism. They also offered potential recommendations on what Congress could do to combat deepfakes and misinformation. The chair of the committee Adam B. Schiff, initiated the hearing by stating that it is time to regulate the technology of deepfake videos as it is enabling sinister forms of deception and disinformation by malicious actors. He adds that “Advances in AI or machine learning have led to the emergence of advance digitally doctored type of media, the so-called deepfakes that enable malicious actors to foment chaos, division or crisis and have the capacity to disrupt entire campaigns including that for the Presidency.” For a quick glance, here’s a TL;DR: Jack Clerk believes that governments should be in the business of measuring and assessing deepfake threats by looking directly at the scientific literature and developing a base knowledge of it. David Doermann suggests that tools and processes which can identify fake content should be made available in the hands of individuals, rather than relying completely on the government or on social media platforms to police content. Danielle Citron warns that the phenomenon of deepfake is going to be increasingly felt by women and minorities and for people from marginalized communities. Clint Watts provides a list of recommendations which should be implemented to prohibit U.S. officials, elected representatives and agencies from creating and distributing false and manipulated content. A unified standard should be followed by all social media platforms. Also they should be pressurized to have a 10-15 seconds delay in all videos, so that they can decide, to label a particular video or not. Regarding 2020 Presidential election: State governments and social media companies should be ready with a response plan, if a fake video surfaces to cause disrupt. It was also recommended that the algorithms to make deepfakes should be open sourced. Laws should be altered, and strict actions should be awarded, to discourage deepfake videos. Being forewarned is forearmed in case of deepfake technology Jack Clerk, OpenAI Policy Director, highlighted in his testimony that he does not think A.I. is the cause of any disruption, but actually is an “accelerant to an issue which has been with us for some time.” He adds that computer software aligned with A.I. technology has become significantly cheaper and more powerful, due to its increased accessibility. This has led to its usage in audio or video editing, which was previously very difficult. Similar technologies  are being used for production of synthetic media. Also deepfakes are being used in valuable scientific research. Clerk suggests that interventions should be made to avoid its misuse. He believes that “it may be possible for large-scale technology platforms to try and develop and share tools for the detection of malicious synthetic media at both the individual account level and the platform level. We can also increase funding.” He strongly believes that governments should be in the business of measuring and assessing these threats by looking directly at the scientific literature and developing a base knowledge. Clerk concludes saying that “being forewarned is forearmed here.” Make Deepfake detector tools readily availaible David Doermann, the former Project Manager at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency mentions that the phrase ‘seeing is believing’ is no longer true. He states that there is nothing fundamentally wrong or evil about the technology, like basic image and video desktop editors, deepfakes is only a tool. There are a lot of positive applications of generative networks just as there are negative ones. He adds that, as of today, there are some solutions that can identify deepfakes reliably. However, Doermann fears that it’s only a matter of time before the current detection capabilities will be rendered less effective. He adds that “it’s likely to get much worse before it gets much better.” Doermann suggests that tools and processes which can identify such fake content should be made available in the hands of individuals, rather than relying completely on the government or on social media platforms to police content. At the same time, there should also be ways to verify it or prove it or easily report it. He also hopes that automated detection tools will be developed, in the future, which will help in filtering and detection at the front end of the distribution pipeline. He also adds that “appropriate warning labels should be provided, which suggests that this is not real or not authentic, or not what it’s purported to be. This would be independent of whether this is done and the decisions are made, by humans, machines or a combination.” Groups most vulnerable to Deepfake attacks Women and minorities Danielle Citron, a Law Professor at the University of Maryland, describes Deepfake as “particularly troubling when they’re provocative and destructive.” She adds that, we as humans, tend to believe what our eyes and ears are telling us and also tend to share information that confirms our biases. It’s particularly true when that information is novel and negative, so the more salacious, we’re more willing to pass it on. She also specifies that the deepfakes on social media networks are ad-driven. When all of this is put together, it turns out that the more provocative the deepfake is, the salacious will be the spread virally.  She also informed the panel committee about an incident, involving an investigative journalist in India, who had her posters circulated over the internet and deepfake sex videos, with her face morphed into pornography, over a provocative article. Citron thus states that “the economic and the social and psychological harm is profound”. Also based on her work in cyber stalking, she believes that this phenomenon is going to be increasingly felt by women and minorities and for people from marginalized communities. She also shared other examples explaining the effect of deepfake on trades and businesses. Citron also highlighted that “We need a combination of law, markets and really societal resilience to get through this, but the law has a modest role to play.” She also mentioned that though there are laws to sue for defamation, intentional infliction of emotional distress, privacy torture, these procedures are quite expensive. She adds that criminal law offers very less opportunity for the public to push criminals to the next level. National security Clint Watts, a Senior Fellow at the Foreign Policy Research Institute provided insight into how such technologies can affect national security. He says that “A.I. provides purveyors of disinformation to identify psychological vulnerabilities and to create modified content digital forgeries advancing false narratives against Americans and American interests.” Watts suspects that Russia, “being an enduring purveyor of disinformation is and will continue to pursue the acquisition of synthetic media capability, and employ the output against adversaries around the world.” He also adds that China, being the U.S. rival, will join Russia “to get vast amounts of information stolen from the U.S. The country has already shown a propensity to employ synthetic media in broadcast journalism. They’ll likely use it as part of disinformation campaigns to discredit foreign detractors, incite fear inside western-style democracy and then, distort the reality of audiences and the audiences of America’s allies.” He also mentions that deepfake proliferation can present a danger to American constituency by demoralizing it. Watts suspects that the U.S. diplomats and military personnel deployed overseas, will be prime target for deepfake driven disinformation planted by adversaries. Watts provided a list of recommendations which should be implemented to “prohibit U.S. officials, elected representatives and agencies from creating and distributing false and manipulated content.” The U.S. government must be the sole purveyor of facts and truth to constituents, assuring the effective administration of democracy via productive policy debate from a shared basis of reality. Policy makers should work jointly with social media companies to develop standards for content and accountability. The U.S. government should partner with private sectors to implement digital verification designating a date, time and physical origination of the content. Social media companies should start labeling videos, and forward the same across all platforms. Consumers should be able to determine the source of the information and whether it’s the authentic depiction of people and events. The U.S. government from a national security perspective, should maintain intelligence on capabilities of adversaries to conduct such information. The departments of defense and state should immediately develop response plans, for deepfake smear campaigns and mobilizations overseas, in an attempt to mitigate harm. Lastly he also added that public awareness of deepfakes and signatures, will assist in tamping down attempts to subvert the  U.S. democracy and incite violence. Schiff asked the witnesses, if it’s “time to do away with the immunity that social media platforms enjoy”, Watts replied in the affirmative and listed suggestions in three particular areas. If social media platforms see something spiking in terms of virality, it should be put in a queue for human review, linked to fact checkers, then down rate it and don’t let it into news feeds. Also make the mainstream understand what is manipulated content. Anything related to outbreaks of violence and public safety should be regulated immediately. Anything related to elected officials or public institutions, should immediately be flagged and pulled down and checked and then a context should be given to it. Co-chair of the committee, Devin Nunes asked Citron what kind of filters can be placed on these tech companies, as “it’s not developed by partisan left wing like it is now, where most of the time, it’s conservatives who get banned and not democrats”. Citron suggested that proactive filtering won’t be possible and hence companies should react responsibly and should be bipartisan. She added that “but rather, is this a misrepresentation in a defamatory way, right, that we would say it’s a falsehood that is harmful to reputation. that’s an impersonation, then we should take it down. This is the default I am imagining.” How laws could be altered according to the changing times, to discourage deepfake videos Citron says that laws could be altered, like in the case of Section 230 C. It states that “No speaker or publisher — or no online service shall be treated as a speaker or publisher of someone else’s content.” This law can be altered to “No online service that engages in reasonable content moderation practices shall be treated as a speaker or publisher of somebody else’s content.” Citron believes that avoiding reasonability could lead to negligence of law. She also adds that “I’ve been advising Twitter and Facebook all of the time. There is meaningful reasonable practices that are emerging and have emerged in the last ten years. We already have a guide, it’s not as if this is a new issue in 2019. So we can come up with reasonable practices.” Also Watts added that if any adversary from big countries like China, Iran, Russia makes a deepfake video to push the US downwards, we can trace them back if we have aggressive laws at our hand. He says it could be anything from an “arrest and extradition, if the sanction permits, response should be individually, or in terms of cyber response”, could help us to discourage deepfake. How to slow down the spread of videos One of the reasons that these types of manipulated images gain traction is because it’s almost instantaneous – they can be shared around the world, shared across platforms in a few seconds. Doermann says that these social media platforms must be pressurized to have a 10-15 seconds delay, so that it can be decided whether to label a particular video or not. He adds that “We’ve done it for child pornography, we’ve done it for human trafficking, they’re serious about those things. This is another area that’s a little bit more in the middle, but I think they can take the same effort in these areas to do that type of triage.” This delay will allow third parties or fact checkers to decide on the authenticity of videos and label them. Citron adds that this is where labelling a particular video can help, “I think it is incredibly important and there are times in which, that’s the perfect rather than second best, and we should err on the side of inclusion and label it as synthetic.” The representative of Ohio, Brad Wenstrup added that we can have internal extradition laws, which can punish somebody when “something comes from some other country, maybe even a friendly country, that defames and hurts someone here”. There should be an agreement among nations that “we’ll extradite those people and they can be punished in your country for what they did to one of your citizens.” Terri Sewell, the Representative of Alabama further probed about the current scenario of detecting fake videos, to which Doermann replied that currently we have enough solutions to detect a fake video, however with a constant delay of 15-20 minutes. Deepfakes and 2020 Presidential elections Watts says that he’s concerned about deepfakes acting on the eve of election day 2020. Foreign adversaries may use a standard disinformation approach by “using an organic content that suits their narrative and inject it back.” This can escalate as more people are making deepfakes each year. He also added that “Right now I would be very worried about someone making a fake video about electoral systems being out or broken down on election day 2020.” So state governments and social media companies should be ready with a response plan in the wake of such an event. Sewell then asked the witnesses for suggestions on campaigns to political parties/candidates so that they are prepared for the possibility of deepfake content. Watts replied that the most important thing to counter fake content would be a unified standard, that all the social media industries should follow. He added that “if you’re a manipulator, domestic or international, and you’re making deep fakes, you’re going to go to whatever platform allows you to post anything from inauthentic accounts. they go to wherever the weak point is and it spreads throughout the system.” He believes that this system would help counter extremism, disinformation and political smear campaigns. Watts added any sort of lag in responding to such videos should be avoided as “any sort of lag in terms of response allows that conspiracy to grow.” Citron also pointed out that firstly all candidates should have a clear policy about deep fakes and should commit that they won’t use them or spread them. Should the algorithms to make deepfakes be open sourced? Doermann answered that the algorithms of deepfakes have to be absolutely open sourced. He says that though this might help adversaries, but they are anyway going to learn about it. He believes this is significant as, “We need to get this type of stuff out there. We need to get it into the hands of users. There are companies out there that are starting to make these types of things.” He also states that people should be able to use this technology. The more we educate them, more the tools they learn, more the correct choices people can make. On Mark Zuckerberg’s deepfake video On being asked to comment on the decision of Mark Zuckerberg to not take down his deepfake video from his own platform, Facebook, Citron replied that Mark gave a perfect example of “satire and parody”, by not taking down the video. She added that private companies can make these kinds of choices, as they have an incredible amount of power, without any liability, “it seemed to be a conversation about the choices they make and what does that mean for society. So it was incredibly productive, I think.” Watts also opined that he likes Facebook for its consistency in terms of enforcement and that they are always trying to learn better things and implement it. He adds that he really like Facebook as its always ready to hear “from legislatures about what falls inside those parameters. The one thing that I really like is that they’re doing is identifying inauthentic account creation and inauthentic content generation, they are enforcing it, they have increased the scale,and it is very very good in terms of how they have scaled it up, it’s not perfect, but it is better.” Read More: Zuckberg just became the target of the world’s first high profile white hat deepfake op. Can Facebook come out unscathed? On the Nancy Pelosi doctored video Schiff asked the witnesses if there is any account on the number of millions of people who have watched the doctored video of Nancy Pelosi, and an account of how many of them ultimately got to know that it was not a real video. He said he’s asking this as according to psychologists, people never really forget their once constructed negative impression. Clarke replied that “Fact checks and clarifications tend not to travel nearly as far as the initial news.” He added that its becomes a very general thing as “If you care, you care about clarifications and fact checks. but if you’re just enjoying media, you’re enjoying media. You enjoy the experience of the media and the absolute minority doesn’t care whether it’s true.” Schiff also recalled how in 2016, “some foreign actresses, particularly Russia had mimicked black lives matter to push out continent to racially divide people.” Such videos gave the impression of police violence, on people of colour. They “certainly push out videos that are enormously jarring and disruptive.” All the information revealed in the hearing was described as “scary and worrying”, by one of the representatives. The hearing was ended by Schiff, the chair of the committee, after thanking all the witnesses for their testimonies and recommendations. For more details, head over to the full Hearing on deepfake videos by the House Intelligence Committee. Read Next Worried about Deepfakes? Check out the new algorithm that manipulate talking-head videos by altering the transcripts Lawmakers introduce new Consumer privacy bill and Malicious Deep Fake Prohibition Act to support consumer privacy and battle deepfakes Machine generated videos like Deepfakes – Trick or Treat?last_img read more

Water water wherever you look in Limit Hill

first_imgLimit Hill has been facing a large number of pipe bursts and leaks, some of which have not been attended to after a very long time. One such burst is in EJ Smith Crescent, where a pipe has been leaking for over a year now. Residents first thought the source of the water was a blocked manhole, but on closer inspection, it was found that it was a burst pipe. WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite Clean drinking water is seen flowing down the road on a daily basis, so long now that algae has formed on the road and pavement. Residents of one particular house which is “right on top” of the burst pipe say their children can’t even play outside their own home due to the water that is always flowing down the driveway. This is also a health risk due to the stagnant water that’s always on their front lawn. As is the case with conditions of this nature, mosquitoes have already started to breed. Cllr Abbas Warasally has been to the house in question to assess the problem.last_img read more