Jackie Chan to voice elderly cat in Canadian animated film Once Upon

first_imgAdvertisement Facebook Advertisement Advertisement Producers say Chan will voice an elderly cat.The story follows a tiger, rat and dragon — representing strength, smarts and courage — as the trio sets out to solve mysteries.Toonbox Entertainment is Toronto-based while GAMA Entertainment is in Los Angeles.Chan’s previous voice work includes in “The Nut Job 2: Nutty By Nature” and the “Kung Fu Panda” franchise. Action film star Jackie Chan, shown in a handout photo, has signed on as an executive producer for the upcoming Canadian animated film “Once Upon a Zodiac.” Handout / THE CANADIAN PRESScenter_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment TORONTO — Action film star Jackie Chan has signed on as an executive producer for the upcoming Canadian animated film “Once Upon a Zodiac.”Toonbox Entertainment and GAMA Entertainment say the “Rush Hour” star will also lend his voice to the film, which is currently in production in Toronto.The film features a mystical, wondrous world populated with the animals of the zodiac. Login/Register With: Twitterlast_img read more

Yukon First Nation celebrates 20 years of self government

first_imgShirley McLeanAPTN NewsA Yukon First Nation is celebrating 20 years of self-government at this year’s bi-annual Moosehide Gathering.It’s one of the territory’s largest cultural celebrations and is held just down river from Dawson City.smclean@aptn.ca@shirlmcleanlast_img

New Tory government in New Brunswick dramatically scales back capital spending

first_imgFREDERICTON — New Brunswick’s Progressive Conservative government has tabled a $600-million capital budget that dramatically turns away from the big spending of the previous Liberal government.Finance Minister Ernie Steeves says hard decisions are needed now about what government can afford if the province is to return to balanced budgets by 2020 or sooner.The previous Liberal government tabled an $815.3 million capital budget last year, and had projected to spend $865.6 million for the coming year.The Tories have released a five-year plan that would see capital spending at roughly $600 million each year.Steeves says the plan will focus on maintaining roads, bridges and buildings.The biggest spending in 2019-2020 is $321 million to maintain transportation infrastructure, while almost $124 million goes to health care infrastructure, and $60.2 million in school infrastructure — including new elementary schools in Hanwell and Moncton.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Chintels Group launches phase II of Chintels Serenity

first_imgAfter the successful completion of Chintels Serenity Phase I, Chintels Group, one of the fastest growing Real Estate developers in Delhi and NCR region, recently announced the launch of its second chapter –Chintels Serenity Phase II in Sector 109, Chintels Metropolis on Dwarka Expressway Gurugram. Redefining the concept of luxury and harmony, Chintels Serenity Phase II consists of 6 high-rise towers having a total of 324 apartments. The project consists of three and four bedroom apartments across five categories, in the range of 1590, 1955, 2100, 2375 and 2925 sq ft respectively. The construction of the project has begun in October 2018 and the expected time of delivery of the project is December 31 2023. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainHaving total saleable area of 4,85,660 square feet, Chintels Serenity Phase II will consist of 6 High-rise towers. One of the unique attributes of this project is the low density of the project with just 324 apartments spread across six towers out of which three towers will have four apartments per floor and rest three towers will have only two apartments per floor. The design, which has been conceptualised by Design Forum India, is a mix of contemporary architecture, cutting-edge design, state of art security and innovative use of spaces and elements to create a landscape harmonious with nature. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma AwardUnveiling on the project, Prashant Solomon, Managing Director, Chintels India Ltd and Treasurer, CREDAI NCR said, “Chintels Serenity (Phase I & II) is a luxurious 9,49,660 square foot high-rise complex which consists of 444 apartments in 9.75 acres in the heart of New Gurgaon. We are extremely excited and proud to launch Phase II which aims at providing the best quality in real estate at best locations in Delhi NCR. We have worked hard on product design and customised financial plans to make home-ownership a dream come true for a new segment of customers. Despite the delays in the construction of Dwarka Expressway, the area has becoming immensely popular and witnessing incremental demand over the years.” Chintels Serenity Phase II is part of Chintels Metropolis, a self-sustained area development by Chintels, which will provide quality housing and living environment spread across 3 premium sectors of Gurgaon.last_img read more

ISIS Member Arrested in Tangier Sentenced to 20 Years in Prison

Casablanca — A Chad national who was arrested in May for leading a ISIS terrorist cell in Tangier has now been sentenced to 20 years in prison by the Salé court on terrorist charges, reports Telquel. The charges more specifically condemned man’s “establishment of a criminal gang for the purpose of preparing and committing terrorist acts as part of a collective project aimed at seriously undermining public order through intimidation, terror and violence.”The king’s vice prosecutor had initially required 30 years in prison for the ISISleader due to the gravity of his actions but the defense managed to bring that number down to 20 by arguing that the defendant suffering extenuating circumstances, Telquel reports.  The 33-year-old Chad national had arrived to Morocco on May 4, 2016 visa the Casablanca and planned on forming a terrorist cell on behalf of ISIS in various Moroccan touristic locations but was arrested on May 13 by the Central Bureau of Judicial Investigations (BCIJ). Medi1 TV had broadcast a news story on the man’s arrest. read more

Mohammed Ziane Zafzafi Rejects Claims of Separatism and Reception of Foreign

By Safaa KasraouiRabat – Mohammed Ziane, lawyer of leading Rif activist Nasser Zafzafi, has said that his client has refuted the government’s claims that the protests in Al Hoceima are motivated by “separatism” and foreign funding.Zafzafi was arrested on May 29 along with 20 others on charges of “obstructing freedom of worship” and “undermining the security of the state.” An arrest order had been issued against Zafzafi three days earlier following his interruption of a prayer sermon inside the Mohammed V mosque in Al Hoceima. The investigating judge of Casablanca’s Court of Appeal ordered Zafzafi and six of the 20 detainees to be placed in Casablanca’s Oukacha prison.Zafzafi, through his lawyer, stressed  on Monday that the Al Hoceima protests’s objective is to urge the government to respond to protesters’ economic and social demands.On Monday, Nabil Ahmjik, another prominent activist in the Al Hoceima protests, was also arrested and transferred to the headquarters of the National Judicial Police in Casablanca for investigation. He was later referred to the general prosecutor following the completion of his custody.Zafzafi and other detainees will be tried on several charges, including illegal gathering, threat to the internal safety of the Moroccan state, and attempt to smuggle a wanted person abroad.Seven months of protests have followed the death in October of Mouhcine Fikri, a fishmonger who was fatally crushed in a garbage truck trash compactor while attempting to retrieve his merchandise which had been confiscated and thrown away by authorities. read more

Action sought to end teenage pregnancy in Sri Lanka

Attending the joint letter presentation, Paula Bulancea, UNICEF Representative a.i. in Sri Lanka commented: According to UNICEF’s Child Marriage Baseline Estimate 2015, there are over 20,780 girls aged between 12 to 17 years in Sri Lanka who are married or in cohabiting relationships before they reach adulthood.  Also, according to the Family Health Bureau, 5.3 per cent of all registered pregnancies are teenage pregnancies. In Sri Lanka, current socio-cultural practices and legal, economic and social security-related factors, are the leading causes of child marriage and teenage pregnancies. To mark International Day of the Girl Child 2016, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) presented a unique joint letter, signed by over 50 UN agencies, non-governmental organizations, leading medical practitioners, academics and partners, highlighting the issues of child marriage and teenage pregnancy in Sri Lanka, and calling on the Government to continue its actions to address this vital issue. The letter also offers the full support of all named signatories.The joint letter was presented to the Minister of Women and Child Affairs Chandrani Bandara by Dayania, a 21 year old advocate from the Province of Uva, an area with a number of instances of child marriage. Dayani was accompanied by Paula Bulancea, UNICEF Representative a.i. in Sri Lanka and Alain Sibenaler, UNFPA Representative in Sri Lanka and the Maldives. The letter highlighted that while Sri Lanka has made substantial progress, some Sri Lankan girls are still being deprived of a carefree childhood and the opportunity to realize their full potential as a result of child marriage and teenage pregnancy. “Child marriage not only violates the human rights of girls, it has a real negative effect on their futures, impacting their education, their health and the economic and social prospects of themselves, their children and their communities.In the week of International Day of the Girl Child, we are acknowledging the real progress Sri Lanka has made, but also asking the government to continue this strong work, for the benefit of all Sri Lankan girls”Speaking at the joint letter presentation, Alain Sibenaler, UNFPA Representative in Sri Lanka added: “With continued action by the government, and with the support of the United Nations, our partners and civil society here in Sri Lanka, we can achieve a key objective of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which is to ‘eliminate all harmful practices such as child, early and forced marriage’,  and ultimately a Sri Lanka where all girls can have a childhood free from discrimination and violence, and a future of opportunity and choice.” Over 50 signatories to the letter offered support to the Government of Sri Lanka in prioritizing three actions, specifically that:The national legal framework be fully brought in line with the requirements of the UN Convention of the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) regarding the age of marriage, and that these laws are fully enforced to ensure the rights of girls across the nation;The root causes of child marriage and teenage pregnancy be addressed, and alternative social, economic and civic opportunities for girls and their families be created;The strengthening of support services, and the enhancement of advocacy to ensure increased awareness among girls, their families and communities on the effects of child marriage and teenage pregnancy on sexual and reproductive health.(Colombo Gazette) read more

Cyprus Annan and Papadopoulos meet on strategies toward reunification

“They agreed that the resumption of the negotiating process, within the framework of the Secretary-General’s Good Offices, must be timely and based on careful preparation,” a UN spokesperson said today.The spokesperson said that they also agreed to continue their dialogue in order to accelerate the search for a fair solution to the problem, and Mr. Annan noted that he had received assurances from the leader of the Turkish Cypriot community, Mehmet Ali Talat, that he shared the same aspirations.In January, in Davos, Switzerland, Mr. Annan met with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan to review the latter’s proposal for ending the long stalemate.The United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) has been operating since 1964 to prevent further fighting between the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot communities and one of its roles is to monitor ceasefire lines that extend some 180 kilometres across the island.In December, the Security Council extended UNFICYP’s mandate until the middle of June, following Mr. Annan’s report on the country that noted the situation in Cyprus was calm but “progress toward a political solution remains negligible at best.”Official contacts between the two parties have not resumed since the April 2004 referendum on a comprehensive settlement plan failed. About 65 per cent of Turkish Cypriots voted in favour of the plan, while 76 per cent of Greek Cypriots voted against it. read more

Daughter of Stourbridge murder victims lays flowers at scene as she confirms

first_imgThe statement from Lydia read: “Our family are devastated at the loss of Tracey and Pierce. They were extremely loved by all of their family and friends.”Pierce was a fun-loving, friendly and happy boy, who loved computer games and made everyone smile.”Tracey was loving, caring and a wonderful mother and daughter. Always putting others before herself.”The family did not provide refuge for homeless people and Aaron Barley had never lived at the family home but had been assisted by the family in the past 12 months.”We would like to express our gratitude to the emergency services, and to thank hospital staff for their excellent care. “We would appreciate privacy and respect during this distressing time.”Mrs Wilkinson, 50, was pronounced dead at her home in Greyhound Lane, Stourbridge, after suffering stab injuries, while her son died after being taken to hospital. Flower tributes outside the Wilkinson's family home in Stourbridge, West Midlands Lydia Wilkinson was comforted by her boyfriend and his parents as she read dozens of message cards on floral tributes left by friends of her mother Tracey and brother Pierce. Flower tributes outside the Wilkinson’s family home in Stourbridge, West MidlandsCredit:PA A student whose mother and 13-year-old brother died after being stabbed at their family home has visited the scene to lay flowers in their memory. Mrs Wilkinson, 50, was pronounced dead at her home in Greyhound Lane, Stourbridge, after suffering stab injuries, while her son Pierce was pronounced dead after being taken to hospital. Her husband Peter, 47, remains in a critical but stable condition after being found with stab wounds in his back garden.They were found injured when emergency services attended their home at about 8am on Thursday. Shocked locals described the family as “Good Samaritans with hearts of gold”.  The 18-year-old, a student at Bristol University, crouched down as she looked at flowers laid on the pavement and against walls on both sides of a police tent which remains outside her home in Stourbridge, West Midlands.After her visit on Sunday morning, Lydia issued a statement paying tribute to Tracey and Pierce. Colin Elcock, a local Tory councillor, told how they had taken in a young man since Christmas and had proudly claimed he was making great progress.The ward councillor said: “They took in a homeless person who was a local and Peter found him a job at his company.”Tracey certainly looked after him with food and that kind of thing and Peter was very pleased to say they were helping him become a member of society again.”We’re hoping that Peter will of course pull through.”Another local claimed they had made the gesture after spotting a young man begging.He said: “They were a very charitable couple, they were Good Samaritans and Tracey had a heart of gold.”It doesn’t surprise me at all that they would open up their home to somebody in need and provide them with a roof over their head. It was just in their nature. They were just so kind.” They were found injured when emergency services attended their home at about 8am on Thursday.Barley, of no fixed address, is accused of the murders of Pierce and Mrs Wilkinson, and the attempted murder of her husband Peter.The 23-year-old was not asked to enter pleas when he appeared before magistrates in Birmingham on Saturday. He is due to appear at the city’s Crown Court on Monday. Lydia Wilkinson, the daughter of stabbing victims Peter and Tracey Wilkinson, views floral tributes at her family home in Stourbridge, West MidlandsCredit:PA Our family are devastated at the loss of Tracey and Pierce. They were extremely loved by all of their family and friendsLydia Wilkinson Aaron Barley, 23, is due before Birmingham magistrates court tomorrow charged with the murders of Tracey Wilkinson, 50, and her 13-year-old son Piercecenter_img Lydia Wilkinson, the daughter of stabbing victims Peter and Tracey Wilkinson, views floral tributes at her family home in Stourbridge, West Midlands It confirmed that the man accused of their murders, Aaron Barley, had been helped by the family in the past year.Barley, 23, had also been supported by a local church after falling on hard times.He was assisted into Birmingham Magistrates Court by three police officers in head gear and wore a sling around his right arm. Lydia Wilkinson, the daughter of stabbing victims Peter and Tracey Wilkinson, views floral tributes at her family home in Stourbridge, West MidlandsCredit:PA Piers Wilkinson (left) was found along with his mother Tracey in their house on Greyhound Lane, Stourbridge, this morning. His father, 47-year-old Peter (right), is still in hospitalCredit:Caters News Lydia Wilkinson, the daughter of stabbing victims Peter and Tracey Wilkinson, views floral tributes at her family home in Stourbridge, West Midlands Aaron Barley, 23, appeared before Birmingham magistrates court charged with the murders of Tracey Wilkinson, 50, and her 13-year-old son PierceCredit:BPM Media  Shocked locals described the family as good Samaritans  who had opened their home to a homeless person around Christmas.  Lydia Wilkinson, the daughter of stabbing victims Peter and Tracey Wilkinson, views floral tributes at her family home in Stourbridge, West Midlands Lydia Wilkinson, the daughter of stabbing victims Peter and Tracey Wilkinson, views floral tributes at her family home in Stourbridge, West MidlandsCredit:PA Piers Wilkinson was found along with his mother Tracey in their house on Greyhound Lane, Stourbridge, this morning. His father, 47-year-old Peter, is still in hospital 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.last_img read more

Rainbow 6 Patriots footage teases a Modern Warfare twist

first_imgUbisoft Montreal has released six minutes of “target footage” for its upcoming shooter Rainbow Six: Patriots, showing that the vision for the 2013 release is much closer to Call of Duty than it is to the meticulously planned stealth of the franchise’s roots.In anticipation of the footage being leaked to the public following several leaks to the press, Ubisoft has chosen to “take the initiative” and release the footage to “start a conversation” with the community, according to creative director David Sears.The video is roughly 6 minutes of concept footage – it isn’t actual gameplay, but rather pre-rendered video designed to show what the final game aims to resemble. This is common practice in the games industry but it’s rarely seen in public, especially so early in production (Patriots is slated for a 2013 release).Viewers are treated to a first-person experience of being taken hostage by a terrorist organization called the True Patriots, and waking up with a bomb strapped to their chest. A gunfight sparks on Brooklyn Bridge, and from there the perspective changes to that of a Team Rainbow member. After sniping a few baddies from one of the bridge’s towers, our hero repels down and takes the fight to the street.Throughout combat, smart systems such as friend-or-foe detection and vision through walls or smoke are shown. When enemies appear on-screen through some opaque material, they show as Matrix-esque scrolls of ASCII characters.As fighters advance up the street, teammates provide cover for each other from opposite sides of the bridge and use different levels of the bridge to flank terrorists. In a hint of the game’s new narrative direction, as Sears teased to Game Informer magazine, the footage ends in the sort of blockbuster moment you’d expect from a Modern Warfare game.Rainbow 6: Patriots is due out on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC in 2013.Blake’s OpinionEven in concept form, the experience appears very much on rails, like the Call of Duty series. Given the franchise’s massive success, it’s hard to argue against that from a business standpoint.At this point, I think we’ve found the new cliche in FPS gaming: stopping terrorists in modern America. And since this seems to be the plan for R6 Patriots, I’m concerned about the franchise’s future.Previous Rainbow 6 games have left behind other features that made them unique. That series, and the Ghost Recon spinoff, lost their touches of stealth and most of their focus on cool James Bond-ish gadgets. When Rainbow Six Vegas came along, it at least helped make the cover system the action gaming must-have feature that it is today.What is Patriots bringing to the table that’s new?last_img read more

Nokia Atlas leaked as Lumia 810 heads to TMobile

first_imgThough the Lumia 920 is getting most of the attention (with the more humble 820 a close second), Nokia appears to have a bevy of Windows Phones ready for launch in the coming months. Twitter informant @evleaks has once again posted an image of an as-yet-unannounced device, and this time it’s reported to be the Nokia Atlas.No specs were given, so about all that’s known is that the Atlas might be a Verizon-specific version of another Nokia phone. Which one? Back in August, there was talk of the Nokia Arrow heading to both AT&T and T-Mobile. It was thought to be a mid-range device and may in fact turn out to be the Lumia 820. If that’s the case, the Atlas may ultimately be badged as the Lumia 822 — a name that was mentioned in a bit of leaked Verizon inventory information last month.If rumors aren’t your thing, here’s some Windows Phone news that’s more substantial: T-Mobile has announced that it will soon be offering the Lumia 810. It’s a middle-of-the-road phone, with a 4.3-inch ClearBlack display behind a slab of Gorilla Glass, has HSDPA support, and an 8-megapixel Carl Zeiss camera. The 810 is a hair (almost literally at .1mm) thinner than the Lumia 820, but it’s more than 10% lighter.While the Lumia 810 doesn’t feature the bold, wrap-around tinting of the 820, you’ll still be able to pick up differently-colored backplates for it if you want to personalize the handset a bit. The 810 also offers a bit more endurance. Nokia has rated it for 10.2 hours of talk time, compared to just 7.5 hours on the 820.More at @evleaks and Windows Phone Bloglast_img read more

Jose Mourinho dedicates win to Ed Woodward

first_imgJose Mourinho dedicated Manchester United’s victory over Burnley to Ed Woodward after a protest was held against him prior to kick-off.The Red Devils earned a deserved but hard-fought win over Sean Dyche’s Burnley at Turf Moor through a first-half brace by Romelu Lukaku.A plane trailing the banner ‘Ed Woodward – A Specialist in Failure’ flew above Turf Moor before kick-off, after a summer of tension between Mourinho and the club’s executive vice-chairman.When asked for his response to the fans’ protest, Mourinho said: “You know, in the match, I am not looking to the sky – unless I am asking something for the guy to give me help. I didn’t see planes but Ed Woodward won this afternoon. He won 2-0.”Cristiano Ronaldo, Nemanja Vidic, Manchester UnitedVidic: “Ronaldo is the most professional footballer I’ve seen” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Nemanja Vidic opened up on how a 21-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo’s professionalism left him stunned at Manchester United.“I think we start winning this match because of Old Trafford after Spurs,” he said. “We lose at home, if the fans react bad, the team loses confidence, the team feels pressure and the next match is more difficult.“We lost at home, the fans were amazing and understood the performance was good, the result was bad so it was not a sad week. I feel a bit sorry we didn’t score a couple of goals in front of them because it would be magic for them.”When it was put to Mourinho that United’s fans had explicitly chanted his name after a week of speculation about his job, he said: “The manager is not important, the team is important. The manager does not play.“I have miles and miles and miles on the touchline to cope with every different reaction from the crowd. I am really happy with the performance, the result and to give that good feeling to the fans. They are the biggest responsible for the week.”last_img read more

Email provider hack destroys nearly two decades worth of data

first_imgVFEmail began noticing the issue on Monday, tweeting that “All externally facing systems … in multiple data centers are down.” In a following tweet, VFEmail said it had caught a hacker who was in the middle of formatting the backup server. The email provider then tweeted that all US-based data may be lost.An hour later, VFEmail said the attacker had formatted the disks on every server. “Every file server is lost, every backup server is lost,” the provider wrote.”We have suffered catastrophic destruction at the hands of a hacker,” VFEmail wrote on its site. “This person has destroyed all data in the US, both primary and backup systems. We are working to recover what data we can.”The hacker’s motivation isn’t clear. VFEmail said in a tweet that there was no ransom. “Just attack and destroy.” Internet Security Share your voice Getty Images All US data from email provider VFEmail was destroyed by an unknown hacker, deleting nearly two decades’ worth of emails, VFEmail said Tuesday.The email provider, which was founded in 2001, scans each email for viruses and spam before they get to someone’s inbox. If a virus is found, it’s blocked from getting onto VFEmail’s servers.”Yes, @VFEmail is effectively gone,” VFEmail owner Rick Romero said on Twitter. “It will likely not return. I never thought anyone would care about my labor of love so much that they’d want to completely and thoroughly destroy it.” Yes, @VFEmail is effectively gone. It will likely not return.I never thought anyone would care about my labor of love so much that they’d want to completely and thoroughly destroy it.— Havokmon (@Havokmon) February 12, 2019 Tags 3 Comments Strangely, not all VMs shared the same authentication, but all were destroyed. This was more than a multi-password via ssh exploit, and there was no ransom. Just attack and destroy.— VFEmail.net (@VFEmail) February 11, 2019 Some VFEmail users who didn’t want their email stored in the US had it stored on servers in the Netherlands, but that data was also destroyed, Romero told CNET. Fortunately, the provider’s backup there was intact, so data in the Netherlands was restored, though “It’s nowhere near a full restore,” he said.First published Feb. 12, 3:23 p.m. PT.Update, 4:42 p.m.: Adds comment from Romero. Hackinglast_img read more

KYUK in Bethel begins airing live translated news from around the world

first_imgKYUK has added a new service to its Yup’ik News programming. The Bethel public radio station is now airing news from around the world in Yup’ik. Their targeted audience includes elders, and people in the region who have Yup’ik as their primary language.Listen Now John Active at KYUK.(Photo by Charles Enoch, KYUK – Bethel)John ‘Aqumgaciq’ Active recently introduced his new show, which features world news translated into Yup’ik. Active translates news stories from around the world, and he says it’s mainly for the elders who watch TV news at home.“When they hear and watch the news on TV, they ask their family members, ‘Where is that happening? What is happening? How is it happening? Why is it happening?’ I mainly considered those guys when we started this show,” Active said.KYUK already airs local and state news weekday mornings after 8 a.m., again a little after 12 p.m., and in the evenings around 5:30 p.m. Shane Iverson, KYUK’s General Manager, came up with the idea for the new show.“The idea was just to expand that, to make sure our Yup’ik audience is fully informed of all the big events happening in the world, specifically people who speak Yup’ik as their first language, to make sure they hear the news in the language that makes the most sense to them,” Iverson said.The show started on Monday, September 26, but was not heavily promoted. A few elders and Yup’ik speakers whom KYUK contacted were interested in the content, but did not know the show existed. The show airs live on weekdays around 8:45 a.m., after the morning Yup’ik news and the Tundra Drums announcements.last_img read more

Facebook Expands Use Of Facial Recognition To ID Users In Photos

first_img Share Facebook Facebook will soon begin alerting users of photos that feature them, based on facial recognition technology.Facebook is expanding its use of facial recognition software to alert users when photos of them are posted on the platform — whether or not they are tagged in the photo.By default, Facebook users in the U.S. will be signed up for these face recognition alerts, unless they have previously opted out of a similar, more limited feature. But users can turn off face recognition, Facebook says.Additionally, the company says it will roll out new tools to alert users if someone else may be impersonating them with a misleading profile photo.Facebook has been using facial recognition technology since 2010 to detect faces in photos and look for recognizable patterns to identify individuals. Facebook had the ability to pair names with faces thanks to the “tag photos” feature, which people use to label themselves and their friends in pictures. The tags act as links to the Facebook profiles of those in the photo.For years, the social media giant has offered “tag suggestion.” When a Facebook user uploaded a photo, the user would have the option of tagging the photo or labeling the people in it. Using its data on previous tags, Facebook would prompt the user uploading the photo to add more tags, using facial recognition to suggest people it recognized. Those who were tagged were sent notifications.Now, Facebook is cutting out the human element of that process. If facial recognition software identifies you in a photo, you’ll be automatically notified — no need for the person who posted the photo to approve a tag.This is only true for photos you are able to see. If a stranger adds a photo of you and makes it visible to just their friend group, you wouldn’t be notified, for instance.There are two related features that Facebook is planning to roll out soon.“We want people to feel confident when they post pictures of themselves on Facebook so we’ll soon begin using face recognition technology to let people know when someone else uploads a photo of them as their profile picture,” Joaquin Quiñonero Candela, the director of applied machine learning at Facebook, writes in a blog post. “We’re doing this to prevent people from impersonating others on Facebook.”Facebook will also use facial recognition to describe photos to people with visual impairments, “even if people aren’t tagged,” Candela writes.Users will be able to turn off all facial recognition features in their settings, under an option called “Face Recognition,” with just two options: yes and no. If you want to opt out, choosing “no” will keep Facebook from identifying your face to you and others based on face recognition. But it doesn’t stop Facebook from looking for other people’s faces in your photos.Before that option becomes available, you can achieve the same thing by turning off tag suggestions in your Facebook settings.The new option is not available in Canada and the European Union, Facebook notes, without explanation.Regulators in both markets have previously raised concerns about the security and privacy implications of automatic facial recognition.Under Canada’s privacy and personal information laws, all users must meaningfully consent to use of their personal information, and security must be safeguarded.In the EU, Facebook’s “tag suggestion” feature was previously found to violate privacy laws because it was opt-out instead of opt-in, raising questions about consent.More recently, Facebook’s Moments photo app was rolled out separately in the EU and Canada to leave out facial recognition technology.You might be wondering: “Should I be afraid of face recognition technology?”Facebook certainly assumes you’re asking that question. That was the title of a corporate blog post Tuesday from deputy chief privacy officer Rob Sherman, who noted that face recognition can be used both for innocuous reasons like sorting photos, as well as in “concerning ways.” It also acknowledged the “potential for racial bias.”Sherman wrote that Facebook has “no plans” to roll out features that “tell strangers who you are,” and emphasized users’ ability to opt out of the feature.If you are, in fact, wondering if you ought to be afraid, you might want to check out a more skeptical view of Facebook’s privacy practices from privacy watchdog group EPIC.The Government Accountability Office also examined the question of facial recognition technology in 2015 and found that “no federal privacy law expressly regulates commercial uses of facial recognition technology.”Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more

Gambling to raise money for a good cause

first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite The Ladysmith Gazette team held a fund-raiser for Toys for Joy at Great Bingo on Wednesday night last week.Business people got together to enjoy a night of (you guessed it) playing bingo, with all proceeds going to charity.The team, together with their invited guests, enjoyed a night of great gambling, good company, tasty snacks and refreshing drinks. A whopping R15,000 was raised for the Toys for Joy initiative. A heartfelt thank you to all the business people who came to support the night, as well as the staff and management of Great Bingo.Toys for Joy aims to make Christmas a memorable one for those less fortunate through distributing food, clothes and toys to families in need.https://youtu.be/Ss4IJPMW770DID YOU KNOW?Click on the words highlighted in red to read more on this and related topics. If you are reading this on your cellphone and there are telephone numbers provided in the text, you can call these simply by clicking on them. To receive news links via WhatsApp.For the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there!last_img read more

Air New Zealand adds Tokyo Shanghai flights

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J Tapping into Asia’s growing tourism market, Air New Zealand has announced increased services into Tokyo and Shanghai.Commencing this month, the carrier will fly daily return services to Shanghai for the first time since launching flights on the route in 2006 as well as resume daily return flights between Auckland and Tokyo for the first time in three years.Air New Zealand deputy chief executive Norm Thompson said the resumption of daily flights into Japan would support the routes strong recovery after traffic was impacted by 2011’s Japan and Christchurch earthquakes.  Meanwhile, daily flights between New Zealand and Shanghai are expected to boost capacity from New Zealand’s second largest inbound tourism market in China. Late last year Air New Zealand confirmed its earnings before tax for FY2013 are expected to double that of FY12.Click here for more information.   Air NZ moves daily to Shanghai and Tokyo. last_img read more

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first_imgLuis Fonsi releases his 1st album in post-‘Despacito’ era FILE – In this May 20, 2018 file photo, Luis Fonsi arrives at the Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas. Fonsi will release a new album, “Vida,” on Friday, Feb. 1, 2019. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File) NEW YORK — Two years ago he made the whole world dance with “Despacito,” but Luis Fonsi says he is still a romantic singer and is ready to show “all his cards” Friday with his new album, “Vida.”“Many people thought I moved away from that romantic side and I always said ‘I haven’t, I’m not going anywhere.’ I am still a romantic singer, I still talk that romantic language. But at the same time I like to do both things. I don’t like to be limited,” Fonsi said in a recent interview with The Associated Press, in Spanish.“Vida” is his ninth studio album and his first in five years, a time of big changes in his life and his career — especially since 2016, when the birth of his son Rocco overlapped with that of the song that gave him international stardom and a broader exposure to Latin music. The original “Despacito” video, featuring Daddy Yankee, is still the most watched in the history of YouTube with over 5.9 billion views to date; its remix with Justin Bieber remains among the top three songs on Billboard’s list of Hot Latin Songs.Both versions are included in the album, along with the previously-released singles “Echame la culpa” with Demi Lovato, “Calypso” with Stefflon Don, “Imposible” with Ozuna and “Sola”. It also includes new romantic songs and one powerful torch song that challenged Fonsi’s vocal chords. One of the most personal pieces is “Ahi estas tu,” which he wrote to his son Rocco. (His previous album, “8,” included a tune for his daugher Mikaela.)There are 15 songs total that cover or fuse Latin pop, R&B, dembow, reggaeton and other genres.“I want to be able to dance, make people rejoice, and sometimes sing a ballad with a lot of lyric, a lot of emotion,” said the Puerto Rican singer-songwriter.The touching R&B-infused, piano-led ballad “Dime que no te irás” is also, according to Fonsi, the most difficult to perform vocally.It “is one of the songs with more weight in this album”, he said. “It’s one of those songs that may not have the commercial value of others, but it does have the musical and emotional value.”He also highlighted his latest single, “Sola,” a ballad that you may not hear in a club but that will make you nod to its beat.“It’s neither the typical depressing ballad nor a rhythmic pop song and much less a reggaeton, but it’s a hybrid of the new sound of pop and that is something that I’ve always liked to do — to innovate, to suggest new things to my audience and always to follow my own path.”In regards to the title “Vida,” he said he chose it because the album is kind of an X-ray of his life.“These songs come from very honest, real places. Many have to do with me, many don’t. But I felt that my life is there, in each song,” said Fonsi, remembering himself running between the studio to his house to other professional commitments while his wife was pregnant, Rocco was born and starting to grow. “That life, that excitement, that love that you feel as a father for a child, the most pure and intense form of love — it’s impossible not to reflect that in my music, in the way I communicate. ‘Vida’ is all that. It’s my life.”___Follow Sigal Ratner-Arias on Twitter: https://twitter.com/sigalratner .Sigal Ratner-Arias, The Associated Press AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Sigal Ratner-Arias, The Associated Press Posted Feb 1, 2019 5:52 am PDTlast_img read more

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