The news of her daughter’s passing took her by surprise. But through the mother’s grief she made sure to fulfill her daughter’s promise to give many others the gift of life. Five families received phone calls that day informing them that they would receive her daughter’s organs. Even more families benefitted from her tissue: corneas gave someone else sight, her skin covered a young burn patient and her heart valves went to a child born with a deformed valve. As an intensive care doctor, I have seen many families comforted through their grief by being able to provide others with the gift of life. Yet, there are many Nova Scotians who do not realize that there is an urgent and significant need for organ and tissue donations. In Atlantic Canada, about 285 people are waiting for a lifesaving organ transplant and hundreds more are waiting for tissue. In 2010, there were 19 organ donors in the province, and nearly 100 tissue donors. This number could be higher if more people made their wishes known and talked about organ and tissue donation with their families. As laws change to keep people safer and technology becomes further advanced, Nova Scotians are living longer and the number of potential donors has decreased. But, tragedies do still happen. A discussion with loved ones regarding your wish to be an organ and tissue donor will provide many more people with a second chance at life. We don’t know the future. Any one of us might be a donor, or find ourselves in desperate need of an organ or tissue transplant. Know that a decision to donate will make a real difference in the lives of others. Legacy of Life is a provincial program of the Department of Health and Wellness that promotes organ and tissue donation awareness and education. Visit legacyoflife.ns.ca to learn more and register as a donor, and remember to discuss your decision with your family. -30- The following is an op-ed from Dr. Stephen Beed, Clinical Advisor, Legacy of Life Program
OTTAWA — Highlights from the 2018 auditor general’s reportNew planes, no pilotsCanada’s $500-million purchase of used CF-18 fighter jets from Australia will be hamstrung by the ongoing problem that the air force does not have enough pilots to fly them or technicians to keep them in the air. The military has warned the government about this for years.Military more aware of sexual assaults but supports lackingThe Canadian Forces are doing better at encouraging members to report instances of sexual misconduct but help for people who’ve suffered in the ranks is inadequate.Unprotected embassies and consulatesAbout half of Canada’s diplomatic corps works in places where there’s danger from terrorism, espionage or armed conflict. Spot-checks of Canada’s missions abroad found all of their security plans are lacking in some way, from outdated or nonexistent threat assessments to missing or broken equipment.Heritage buildings unprotectedThree federal bodies that are responsible for more than two-thirds of the government’s historic structures don’t have adequate plans to protect them. National Defence, Fisheries and Oceans, and Parks Canada don’t even have a handle on what buildings they own, let alone resources and strategies for conserving delicate heritage sites.No budget for high-speed rural Internet means no planGovernments have talked for years about extending broadband internet to almost every inhabitant of Canada but with no budget to put behind a plan, none has ever been developed. Rural and remote areas risk being left behind by the digital economy.CRA treats different taxpayers differentlyThe level of service you get from the Canada Revenue Agency depends on which regional office you deal with, which months-long delays varying from place to place.Parolees aren’t getting out on paroleA shortage of community-supervision options means that federal inmates who are entitled to parole aren’t getting out because there’s nowhere approved for them to go. Sometimes the delays stretch into months.The Canadian Press
ICAP, the world’s leading interdealer broker and provider of post trade risk and information services, will hold its 20th annual global Charity Day on Wednesday, December 5, 2012.On this day, 100% of ICAP’s revenues and commissions will be donated to more than 200 charities worldwide.Since the first Charity Day in 1993, ICAP has raised $158 million for more than 1,000 well-deserving charities worldwide. This year over 30 charities in the U.S. will benefit, including New Eyes for the Needy, Only Make Believe, and Children’s Defense Fund.As part of the day’s activities, ICAP invites the charities’ celebrity patrons to join the Company in 63 offices worldwide to speak to ICAP’s customers and help boost trading volumes for the day. The list of celebrities attending will be announced on the day, and in the U.S. includes Jake Gyllenhaal, Liv Tyler, Deron Williams, Mark Teixeira, and Joba Chamberlain, among others. Daniel Craig, Oprah Winfrey, Meryl Streep, Lewis Hamilton, Bill Clinton and Elton John have been just a few of those who have lent their support to ICAP in previous years.Michael Spencer, Group Chief Executive Officer, ICAP said: “We recognise how hard it is for charities to raise funds during these difficult times, so this year ICAP’s Charity Day is more important than ever. This is the Company’s 20th Charity Day and we’re extremely proud of what has been achieved since 1993, thanks to the continued support and commitment of our customers, suppliers and employees. Together we all give 100%.”For more information on ICAP Charity Day and full list of this year’s global beneficiaries, please go to: www.icapcharity.day.com.
MONTREAL — Total compensation for Bombardier’s top five executives fell four per cent last year to US$29.5 million, according to a proxy circular released ahead of the company’s May 2 annual meeting.The decrease came despite a good financial year that saw the transportation giant post its first annual profit in five years.CEO Alain Bellemare’s total pay remained unchanged at US$10.63 million. He earned a salary of US$1.1 million and received a cash bonus of US$2.8 million, down from US$3.2 million in 2017. Share-based and option-based awards each rose by US$704,700 or 34 per cent, to US$2.78 million. Other compensation decreased by about US$1 million.Three of the four other senior executives saw their total compensation increase slightly, while former transportation president Laurent Troger’s compensation decreased 30 per cent to US$3.6 million with the elimination of a US$1.5-million bonus paid in 2017.Chairman Pierre Beaudoin received almost US$800,000, including US$500,000 in fees that were unchanged from the prior year.The 2018 compensation report came two years after the company made headlines when it boosted executive pay by nearly 50 per cent while laying off thousands of workers and receiving hundreds of millions of dollars in taxpayer subsidies.The resulting public outcry led Bellemare to ask the board of directors to delay some of the planned payments until 2020. Companies in this story: (TSX:BBD.B)The Canadian Press
The draft protocol was prepared by African Union (AU) mediators with the assistance of United Nations officials and others participating in the talks in Abuja, Nigeria, UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric told reporters today at UN Headquarters in New York.The Abuja peace talks between Khartoum and the two rebel groups, the Sudan Liberation Army (SLA) and the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM), will now focus on security issues, Mr. Dujarric said. The parties will then discuss political issues and social and economic matters.The AU has sponsored the Abuja talks in a bid to end the fighting and humanitarian suffering engulfing Darfur, a remote region in Sudan’s west, since early last year. At least 1.2 million people are internally displaced and another 200,000 are refugees in neighbouring Chad because of the violence, particularly the often deadly and brutal attacks by militias against civilians.Meanwhile, the World Food Programme (WFP) said yesterday it has taken delivery of eight all-terrain trucks to help it distribute aid around Sudan, where many roads have become virtually impassable because of recent heavy rains.The airlift of the eight trucks to Sudan was paid for by the United States Agency for International Development.
Fred Talbot on a floating map in Albert DockCredit:PA A succession of witnesses, now men in their 50s who cannot be named for legal reasons, told of their initial excitement at going on the trips, sometimes the first time away from their parents.Talbot was a young teacher at the time with a more relaxed attitude than others and would talk to the boys about topics such as pop music, alcohol and sex, the court heard.The men went on to recount how he abused his position of trust to attack them more than 35 years ago.One man said he was indecently assaulted as a teenage boy after a visit to the pub on a camping trip left him “very much the worse for wear”.The witness told of his “horror” when he awoke, after being “singled out” to go to the pub, to find Talbot touching him in a tent.Another witness gave evidence over a video link from Australia to recount how he awoke in his tent to find Talbot making sexual advances. A further witness said he was left “petrified” when Talbot indecently assaulted him on a trip to the Caledonian Canal in 1979.Ian Brown, the frontman of the Stone Roses, was not a victim but gave evidence at the trial that he had never forgotten the moment Talbot invited one of his young friends to sleep in his tent on a school camping trip. 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. He said Talbot would regularly talk about trips during class but would only invite certain people to go on the excursions.In February 2015, Talbot was convicted at Manchester Minshull Street Crown Court of indecent assaults on two pupils from the same school and was jailed for five years the following month.After the verdicts, prosecutor Imran Bashir told the court Talbot was still serving the sentence imposed on him in England.Det Insp Bryan Lee said the former TV personality was a “sexual predator who hid behind a mask of respectability”, adding: “He used his position as a teacher to engineer situations which allowed him to isolate and target his victims. He took advantage of his position of trust to abuse young men in his care. “Thanks to the bravery of his victims, their courage in speaking to us and their commitment and support throughout this investigation, and to close working with Greater Manchester Police, we have been able to secure this conviction today.” The former television weatherman Fred Talbot has been convicted of a string of historical sex offences against schoolboys who were in his care during trips to Scotland.A jury found the 67-year-old, who was known as Fred the Weatherman, guilty of indecently assaulting seven teenage boys during camping and boating trips in the 1970s and 1980s while he was a biology teacher at a school in the Manchester area.Talbot, of Greater Manchester, denied the allegations but was convicted of seven out of nine charges after a nine-day trial at Lanark Sheriff Court in Scotland. The former television personality, who used to appear on a floating weather map in Liverpool’s Albert Dock for ITV’s This Morning show, was previously jailed for five years in Manchester in 2015 for indecently assaulting two schoolboys.Talbot, wearing a short-sleeved shirt and tie, did not react as the verdict was delivered. He will be sentenced on June 15.The offences, against boys aged 15 to 17, took place between 1978 and 1981 and happened during separate trips to two locations in Scotland – the St Mary’s Loch area in Moffat, Dumfries and Galloway, and the Caledonian Canal in Inverness in the Highlands. Lanark Sheriff CourtCredit:PA
The Solarmax Thermoplastic Racking System (STRS) was certainly a star of the SME Annual Meeting in Phoenix last week. STRS integrates exposed geomembranes with photovoltaic solar panels. Solarmax Arizona has developed a proprietary mounting system that integrates plastic or polymer frames that are fusion welded directly to a thermoplastic liner. These solar panel racks are on test in Arizona as dust controlling membranes covering tailings facilities that also produce power for the operations.Solarmax’s mounting system can be bonded with various membranes from HDPE, TPO, RPP, etc. These types of liners are common in mining. The company’s goal is to take advantage of such “wasted land spaces and convert them to solar power generating stations. Many mines have a large number of south facing slopes that are perfect for solar although there hasn’t been a cost-effective method of deployment until now.The membranes can provide dust, erosion, evaporation and vegetation control. They can also play an important role in water management while all the time generating electricity. As a guide, a 0.8 ha (2 acres) STRS installation can provide 1 MW of power. A detailed article in International Mining‘s May issue will examine this very interesting new technology and its application.
Des pluies meurtrières s’abattent sur la GuadeloupeLes pluies torrentielles qui s’abattent sur la Guadeloupe depuis lundi ont fait au moins trois morts. Deux personnes sont toujours portées disparues. Les recherches doivent reprendre aujourd’hui. L’archipel guadeloupéen connaît en ce moment des crues. Les pluies diluviennes ont également occasionné d’importants dégâts. Les communes les plus touchées sont le Moule, Morne-à-L’eau, Sainte-Rose et les Abymes. C’est dans cette localité qu’un 4×4 a été emporté par le courant. Trois personnes qui se trouvaient à l’intérieur ont été retrouvées noyées. Les deux autres sont toujours portées disparues.La préfecture, interrogée par France Info, indique que l’eau est montée jusqu’à 80 centimètres. En 24 heures, jusqu’à 160 litres d’eau au mètre carré ont été relevés.Selon Météo France, cité par LeMonde.fr : “Aux abords des cours d’eau, de brusques montées du niveau de l’eau et d’éventuels débordements dans les zones habituellement inondables” sont à prévoir. La pluie devrait continuer à tomber une bonne partie de la journée. Le 5 janvier 2011 à 10:17 • Emmanuel Perrin
Comments are closed. WhatsApp Now Playing Up Next Tony Hammersfan Wilson Now Playing Up Next May 26, 2016 at 3:33 pm Shinsuke Nakamura Now Playing Up Next Demond Theepitomeofsarcasm Jso SPOILER: Title change at NXT TV Tapings on August 15 from Full Sail University can’t wait for all 4 matches especially American Alpha and Revival rematch and Shinsuke and Aries Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Shinsuke Nakamura Will Reportedly Return From His Dog Bite Injury Soon Now Playing Up Next Nia Jax Conquers 19 Others at WWE Evolution Rumored Plans For Rey Mysterio Upon WWE Return First match announced for WWE NXT’s debut on the USA Network in two weeks May 27, 2016 at 12:39 am Videos Articles May 26, 2016 at 11:23 am Pinterest Now Playing Up Next WWE and Full Sail University announce expanded partnership for NXT Television As announced on last night’s 5/25 WWE NXT on the WWE Network, the following is the updated card for the NXT TakeOver: The End live special on June 8 on WWE Network from Full Sail University in Winter Park, Florida.#WWENXT GM @RealKingRegal makes the match! @AustinAries vs. @ShinsukeN at #NXTTakeOver June 8 on @WWENetwork!! pic.twitter.com/CCMABl9smt— WWE NXT (@WWENXT) May 26, 2016* NXT Championship, Steel Cage Match: Samoa Joe (c) vs. Finn Balor* NXT Women’s Championship: Asuka (c) vs. Nia Jax* NXT Tag Team Championships: American Alpha (Jason Jordan and Chad Gable) (c’s) vs. The Revival (Scott Dawson and Dash Wilder)* Austin Aries vs. Shinsuke NakamuraRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipRumored Plans For Rey Mysterio Upon WWE ReturnVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:26/Current Time 0:02Loaded: 100.00%0:03Remaining Time -0:24 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list So far a fantastic line up. But what’s up with “The End”? End of NXT due to the brand split? Facebook KingRichard609 Nia Jax and Dean Ambrose Match Reportedly Cancelled 3 COMMENTS WWE Announces Rey Mysterio Match For SmackDown 1000 The end of the Joe Balor fued Google+
Premier League club Huddersfield has announced an investment of £20million to redevelop their Canalside training complex.Huddersfield were promoted to the Premier League in 2017, and they are hoping to upgrade their training base “to the highest of Premier League standards” in 2020.Huddersfield said on their official website: “The redevelopment represents a major investment in the club’s facilities and the community, with an estimated £15million to £20million committed to the project by chairman Dean Hoyle and the board of directors,”“The new plans, which are timetabled to be completed in time for the 2020/21 pre-season, will create a new level of elite sports environment for Huddersfield Town’s first team and academy.”Cowley explains why he changed his mind about Huddersfield Manuel R. Medina – September 9, 2019 Last week Danny Cowley rejected the chance to coach Huddersfield Town in the English Championship, but today he accepted saying it was a good opportunity.Huddersfield Town’s Chief Executive Julian Winter was pleased with plans. He said: “We’re delighted that, after some very hard work from several parties, we’ve reached the stage to be able to reveal our provisional plans for PPG Canalside to our supporters.“It’s been fantastic to see the response to the initial announcement and to hear directly from fans in the early stages of our consultation process. It’s clear that they all understand how important these plans are to the long-term, sustainable success of their football club.“This represents a very significant investment from the Chairman and the football club in turning PPG Canalside into an elite sports environment. We’re a Club that prides itself on developing players and this state-of-the-art training complex will be a huge asset to the technical staff in that goal.”
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, April 25, 2017 – Grand Turk – A five and a half hour power outage forced some government and private schools to close early in Grand Turk yesterday. Later on Monday, FortisTCI responded to Magnetic Media queries via media release and said the outage “was as a resuld of an engine shutdown at the South Base Plant during a routine service. The outage began at approximately 9 a.m and affected all customers. Upon determining the cause of the outage, technical crews immediately began work to restore services. Service was restored to some customers at approximately 10:50 a.m and full restoration was completed at 2:27 p.m.”There has been a spike in frequency of electricity failures in Grand Turk though, and FortisTCI addressed that by saying the failures are a major focus for the company. “Technicians and additional generating assets from the Providenciales generation site have been deployed to support the Grand Tur team to normalize services as quickly as possible. FortisTCI assures customers that the Company is committed to, and working continuously on delivering safe and reliable service to Grand Turk.”Last week, Budget Debate in the House of Assembly was halted due to an electricity outage in the Capital.#MagneticMediaNews#poweroutageconcernsinGrandTurk#FortisTCIexplainsfivehouroutage Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#FortisTCIexplainsfivehouroutage, #magneticmedianews, #poweroutageconcernsinGrandTurk
KUSI Newsroom, January 23, 2019 KUSI Newsroom Posted: January 23, 2019 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – An Escondido man who pulled out a gun and fired two shots in the air when he couldn’t get a ticket to a sold-out Ice Cube concert at the Del Mar Fairgrounds, prompting a sheriff’s deputy to shoot him four times, pleaded guilty Wednesday to discharging a firearm in a grossly negligent manner.Daniel Elizarraras, 22, faces three years in prison when he is sentenced March 4. A charge of assault on a peace officer with a semi-automatic weapon was dismissed as part of the plea.Elizarraras had faced up to 19 years behind bars, said Deputy District Attorney David McNees. The defendant pleaded guilty on the day his preliminary hearing was scheduled to begin.Prior to the shooting last Sept. 2, fairgrounds officials had determined that the venue was at capacity and turned people away from the horse races and the concert by the rapper Ice Cube.Fights broke out between security guards and would-be concert-goers who were upset that they weren’t going to be allowed into the show, witnesses said.Sheriff’s Deputy Tyler Eikermann — an 11-year veteran of the department — saw Elizarraras raise a silver-colored firearm and shoot into the air in a large crowd by a ticket booth, prompting the deputy to pull out his Taser, but it was ineffective, authorities said.Eikermann pulled out his firearm and shot Elizarraras four times when the defendant lower his right hand and pointed his semi-automatic weapon at the deputy, according to prosecutors.Elizarraras was hit three times in the torso and once in the arm. One bullet is still lodged near the defendant’s spine, McNees said.Earlier Report: Man shot by Sheriff’s Deputy outside Del Mar concert pleads not guilty Man who fired gun near sold-out Ice Cube concert in Del Mar pleads guilty
Repairs to state Highway 500 will cause temporary closures next week where it crosses Burnt Bridge Creek near St. Johns Boulevard, according to the Washington State Department of Transportation. Crews will repair aging expansion joints and install new seals. Expansion joints are set into the highway to allow sections of bridges to expand and contract in response to heavy traffic or changing weather, according to WSDOT.The work will alternately close the eastbound and westbound sides of Highway 500 for four nights. The eastbound lanes will close at 10 p.m. Monday and Wednesday nights, opening at 5 a.m. the following mornings. The westbound lanes will close at 9 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday, also reopening at 5 a.m. the next day.Marked detours will guide drivers through the St. Johns Boulevard interchange ramps to get around the closures, according to WSDOT.The work is part of the $48 million project that built a new interchange carrying St. Johns Boulevard up and over Highway 500.
The Concord City Council last week voted to reopen negotiations with Lennar Urban in an attempt to strike a better deal before deciding whether to select the firm as its master developer for the first phase of the redevelopment of the former Concord Naval Weapons Station in northern California.If the city achieves concessions from Lennar on a number of issues, the council could vote on the contract May 3, reported East Bay Times. Lennar remains the only candidate in the competition after Catellus Development Corp. pulled out due to its loss of trust in the city’s selection process.The talks between the city and Lennar will cover funding for affordable housing, the scope of infrastructure construction and improvements to a heavily traveled bridge. The council rejected Lennar’s proposal to use binding arbitration and to grant it the right to develop future phases of the project.Lennar Urban President Kofi Bonner indicated he is willing to accept most of the city’s changes to its proposed term sheet, according to the story.City staff also will look into the feasibility of Concord acting as its own master developer or forming a joint powers authority to lead the conversion of the weapons station into a series of neighborhood villages if the city fails to reach a compromise with Lennar.“This is a once-in-a-lifetime, unparalleled opportunity to deliver a world-class development and to generate revenue for the city,” said Councilman Dan Helix. “We must, and I expect will, get 100 percent of what is available for us or chalk up this process to experience and start over,” he said.The reuse plan for the 5,046-acre weapons station site calls for building up to 12,272 housing units and 6.1 million square feet of commercial space clustered around the North Concord BART station with greenways and parks separating neighborhood villages. Almost 70 percent of the property would be open space and recreational facilities. Dan Cohen AUTHOR
When SketchUp was first released by @Last Software in 2000, it was billed as a 3D content creation tool for everyone. While modelers were paying thousands of dollars for complicated packages such as 3DS Max and AutoCad, here’s was a new tool that cost significantly less and was extremely easy to pick up and create with.Google noticed this fluid design tool and decided to buy @Last Software in 2006. End users were the real winners in that deal as rather than having to pay to use SketchUp, we got it for free.What no one knew until now, not even Google, was that Naughty Dog use the 3D tool for concept 3D designs. More specifically, Robh Ruppel, art director at the game developer, used it for his initial 3D design work on Uncharted 2.The thing to remember here is that Naughty Dog is a studio that will have site licenses for powerful modeling packages like Maya and Max, yet Ruppel chose to use SketchUp because “it’s so fast” and allowed him to make design choices that translated over to the game as he was actually creating the environments as he went.While budding 3D modelers can turn to the open source Blender software to learn the skills they need, don’t forget that SketchUp is also a serious modeling tool and one that may eventually help you get your foot in the door at a developer like Naughty Dog.Read more at The Official Google Blog
Windows 10: end of delta updates in 2019 by Martin Brinkmann on July 14, 2018 in Windows – Last Update: July 14, 2018 – 13 commentsMicrosoft employee Mike Benson revealed on Wednesday that Microsoft will retire delta updates in February 2019 to use Express Updates exclusively.Microsoft introduced cumulative updates in Windows 10 to “reduce ecosystem fragmentation” and to “make it easier for IT admins and end users to stay up to date and secure”. Cumulative updates introduced issues on the other hand; first, that it removed choice from users and admins in regards to the updates that would get installed on Windows systems. With cumulative updates, users and admins have only two choices: whether to install a cumulative update or not, and whether to install security-only or full updates.Microsoft identified a growing size of updates as another issue. Benson notes that cumulative updates started at between 100 to 200 Megabytes but grew to between 1 and 1.2 Gigabytes over the course of the lifespan.The company informed users and administrators in 2017 that it reduced the size of Windows Updates by using differential packages.Microsoft designed three different types of updates to improve how cumulative updates are deployed to systems:Full updates include all components and files that have changed or been added since the last feature update. Microsoft calls these updates LCU, Latest Cumulative Update.Delta updates only include components and files that changed in the most recent update. Delta updates apply only if the system has last month’s update installed, and will only push changed files to the system. They include the full component that changed (not just individual files).Express updates generate differential downloads for every component of the full update based on certain criteria. Devices will only download what is needed as the optimal differentials are determined.Delta updates are larger in size than express updates, and full updates are larger than delta updates.Express updates have another advantage over delta updates: they don’t require the previous month’s updates installed.Delta updates were made available by Microsoft primarily because the express update protocol was only available to devices connecting to Windows Update or Windows Server Update Services, and not to third-party update management systems.Microsoft extended the express update protocol in January 2017 but did not disable delta updates then to “give companies and third-party update management tools time to implement support for express updates”.All recent feature updates for Windows 10 support delta updates (Windows 10 version 1607 to 1803), and Windows 10 version 1809, the October 2018 Update, will support delta updates as well.Windows 10 version 1809 will be the last feature update version that supports delta updates; Microsoft announced that it will end support for delta updates on February 12, 2019. (via Born)SummaryArticle NameWindows 10: end of delta updates in 2019DescriptionMicrosoft employee Mike Benson revealed on Wednesday that Microsoft will retire delta updates in February 2019 to use Express Updates exclusively.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisement
With all of the progress we’ve seen in deep learning tech in the past few years, it seems pretty inevitable that security cameras become smarter and more capable in regards to tracking, but there are more options than we think in how we choose to pull this off.Traces AI is a new computer vision startup, in Y Combinator’s latest batch of bets, that’s focused on helping cameras track people without relying on facial recognition data, something the founders believe is too invasive of the public’s privacy. The startup’s technology actually blurs out all human faces in frame, only relying on the other physical attributes of a person.“It’s a combination of different parameters from the visuals. We can use your hair style, whether you have a backpack, your type of shoes and the combination of your clothing,” co-founder Veronika Yurchuk tells TechCrunch.Tech like this obviously doesn’t scale too well for a multi-day city-wide manhunt, and leaves room for some Jason Bourne-esque criminals to turn their jackets inside out and toss on a baseball cap to evade detection. As a potential customer, why forego a sophisticated technology just to stave off dystopia? Well, Traces AI isn’t so convinced that facial recognition tech is always the best solution; they believe that facial tracking isn’t something every customer wants or needs and there should be more variety in terms of solutions.“The biggest concern [detractors] have is, ‘Okay, you want to ban the technology that is actually protecting people today, and will be protecting this country tomorrow?’ And, that’s hard to argue with, but what we are actually trying to do is propose an alternative that will be very effective but less invasive of privacy,” co-founder Kostya Shysh tells me.Earlier this year, San Francisco banned government agencies from the use of facial recognition software, and it’s unlikely that they will be the only city to make that choice. In our conversation, Shysh also highlighted some of the backlash to Detroit’s Project Green Light, which brought facial recognition surveillance tech city-wide.Traces AI’s solution can also be a better option for closed venues that have limited data on the people on their premises in the first place. One use case Shysh highlighted was being able to find a lost child in an amusement park with just a little data.“You can actually give them a verbal description, so if you say, ‘it’s a missing 10-year-old boy, and he had blue shorts and a white t shirt,’ that will be enough information for us to start a search,” Shysh says.In addition to being a better way to promote privacy, Shysh also sees the technology as a more effective way to reduce the racial bias of these computer vision systems that have proven less adept at distinguishing non-white faces, and are thus often more prone to false positives.“The way our technology works, we actually blur faces of the people before sending it to the cloud. We’re doing it intentionally as one of the safety mechanisms to protect from racial and gender biases as well,” Shysh says.The co-founders say that the U.S. and Great Britain are likely going to be their biggest markets due to the high quantity of CCTV cameras, but they’re also pursuing customers in Asian countries like Japan and Singapore, where face-obscuring facial masks are often worn and can leave facial tracking software much less effective.
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Auditor-general Odysseas Michaelides voiced concern on Wednesday over the apparent climate of general financial euphoria that could mislead the country the economic crisis was over and Cyprus could return to the culture of wastefulness and unaccountability.Appearing before the House finance committee, Michaelides said that while the island expected a budget surplus in 2018, his service was concerned over the apparent cultivation of the belief that the crisis was over.As recent as last week, he said, teacher organisations asked the government to scrap provisions cutting their benefits when they retire early, requested a travel allowance for teachers who move around, and so on, Michaelides said.“These demands have not yet been satisfied,” he said in a memo to the committee. “Many other distortions that were not corrected before the troika (of international lenders) left will probably be in place for a long time.”The auditor said major distortions in local authorities remained, resulting in a huge waste of resources, dysfunction and ineffectiveness.The serious problem of public sector performance appraisals still persisted.Michaelides said he even failed when he tried to end the practice of staff being graded as ‘exceptional’ across the board.“I didn’t try anything drastic,” he said in the memo. “I failed miserably because in almost all cases I was in the minority in the three-member appraisal groups.”He said the government was also too scared to address the issue of allowances and benefits in semi-government organisations despite repeated appeals.The auditor also took a shot at the tax department for not being able to effectively tackle tax evasion.He later said that the amount of overdue taxes was not being reduced but was in fact rising, reaching “several billions”.He also criticised his predecessor, the current Central Bank governor Chrystalla Georghadji, for not doing her job properly when she was in office.Michaelides said the financial audit the service carried out in the past was deficient and far below any professional standards.The problem had been tackled with the help of British experts and for the first time the 2017 audit passed muster.He also censured Finance Minister Harris Georgiades anew, charging him once again with the demise of the Co-op bank.“I have also told the Co-op inquiry about the mistakes the finance minister and other individuals made, in my view, as regards management of the Co-operative bank in the last five years,” he said after the meeting.In his memo, Michaelides said Georgiades had opposed an audit in the Co-op bank, arguing that it constituted interference.“Who said this? The minister who, as it later transpired, appointed friends and schoolmates in key positions, who called the (bank) board to his office to reprimand them when there were leaks,” Michaelides said. “It was the minister who run the bank.”The auditor also expressed concern over the handling of the co-ops’ non-performing loans which were now in state ownership.He said his office was investigating the agreement with loan management firm Altamira to ascertain what the terms were. Altamira had been hired without going to an open competition.“Do we have the option of someone else or are we bound by the sinful decisions taken on Altamira without any procedure?”According to Michaelides, the former Co-op bank’s agreement with Altamira appears to include a clause for compensation in the event assets were removed from the portfolio.The Estia debt relief scheme for vulnerable homeowners was also targeted.The auditor said he was concerned by recent statements made by the state aid commissioner that the scheme was essentially an indirect subsidy to banks.The commissioner also said the scheme was drafted with the help of the executives of the banks, which will ultimately benefit.“To ask the banks to prepare a government scheme which will ultimately help them raises certain doubts regarding its objectivity.” You May LikeInsured Nation – Auto Insurance QuotesNew Rule in Rowland Heights, California Leaves Drivers FumingInsured Nation – Auto Insurance QuotesUndoPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GamePlay this for 1 minute and see why everyone is addictedPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GameUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoThe Deniz boat incident showed clearly the intentions of the Turkish sideUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoby Taboolaby Taboola
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