The Edible Schoolyard Teaches Students to Grow Vegetables Eat Vegetables

first_imgParents and children may well call a truce at dinner tables across the province, as kids learn it’s fun to eat your vegetables when you grow them yourself. The Edible Schoolyard, a new DVD produced by Slow Food Nova Scotia, explores this journey. It is now available at public libraries across the province. “We’re very pleased to make this DVD available for borrowing from our public libraries,” said Education Minister Marilyn More. “It’s a great example of our public libraries and schools working together.” A Hants Shore Health Centre initiative, The Edible Schoolyard shares the inspirational story of the students, staff and friends of Dr. Arthur Hines Elementary School and their community garden. It documents the school yard’s transition from pavement to green space, and the gradual change from bagged lunches to healthier, freshly-picked options. “The documentary illustrates the real-world connections between our environment and economy and is a wonderful example of project-based learning,” said Ms. More. Slow Food Nova is a non-profit organization founded in 1989 to counteract fast food. Led by chef Michael Howell, it teaches the importance of eating healthy food that’s grown close to home. “Food that’s good for you, that’s produced with no harm to the environment and that farmers are paid a fair price for, helps make dining a celebratory event,” said Mr. Howell. Each fall, Mr. Howell travels to Dr. Arthur Hines Elementary to help students prepare a meal from the crops they harvest. With the chef’s assistance, they host a feast for the community, with food travelling from field to plate in less than three hours. “When students grow their own vegetables and see where they come from, they’re not afraid to eat them,” said Mr. Howell. “The garden project has helped to make the healthy choice the more popular choice.” Copies of The Edible Schoolyard are on loan in all 77 public library locations and the documentary can also be viewed during the Slow Motion Film Festival running Nov. 6-8 in Wolfville. To learn more about Slow Food Nova Scotia and the Slow Motion Film Festival visit www.slowfoodns.ca or www.slowmotionfilmfest.ca .last_img read more

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Jaypee Infra insolvency Creditors meet on May 30 to discuss NBCC bid

first_imgNew Delhi: Debt-laden Jaypee Infratech’s financial creditors, which include bankers and homebuyers, will meet on May 30 to discuss state-owned NBCC’s bid to acquire the realty firm and complete stuck housing projects. A meeting of Committee of Creditors (CoC) has been called on May 30, sources said. As many as 13 banks and 23,000 homebuyers have voting rights in the committee. Earlier this month, creditors rejected a bid by Mumbai-based Suraksha Realty through a voting process. Also Read – SC declines Oil Min request to stay sharing of documentsLater, the CoC decided to put on vote the NBCC’s offer even as bankers were opposed to this move citing certain conditions in the resolution plan submitted by the public sector firm. On the bankers’ plea, the National Company Law Appellate Tribunal (NCLAT) had on May 17 annulled voting by homebuyers and lenders on NBCC’s bid and allowed renegotiation on the offer by May 30. Voting process could start from May 31. At present, bankers and NBCC are negotiating on the latter’s bid to acquire Jaypee Infratech. Sources had earlier said that NBCC was unlikely to dilute certain conditions, including exemption from future tax liability, mentioned in its bid but the public sector firm was open to negotiating on the offer related to unsold flats. Also Read – World suffering ‘synchronized slowdown’, says new IMF chiefLenders have shown reluctance to acquire up to 2,207 unsold flats worth Rs 1,756 crore as proposed by NBCC in its revised offer. In its latest offer, NBCC has proposed infusion of Rs 200 crore equity capital, transfer of 950 acres of land worth Rs 5,000 crore as well as Yamuna Expressway to banks and completion of flats by July 2023 in order to settle an outstanding claim of Rs 23,723 crore of financial creditors. On this bid, lenders had reservations on certain concessions sought by NBCC and had sought clarifications from the firm. However, NBCC decided not to dilute the conditions of exemption from future income tax liability as well as from taking consent of development authorities for transfer of businesses, including land parcels and Yamuna Expressway. Clarifications from the NBCC were sought in the wake of Jaypee Infratech’s Interim Resolution Professional (IRP) Anuj Jain flagging to the lenders that the state-owned firm’s bid was conditional and non-binding. The IRP had written to the CoC that NBCC’s revised bid was conditional as the plan would not be binding unless key relief measures such as extinguishing of income tax liability and exemption from seeking consent of YEIDA (Yamuna Expressway Industrial Development Authority) for any business transfer, were taken. In 2017, Jaypee Infratech went into insolvency process after the National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT) admitted an application by an IDBI Bank-led consortium seeking revival of the realty firm.last_img read more

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Madonna Tickets Sell For 100000 To Help Charity

first_imgTwo longtime supporters of a Pennsylvania animal shelter have successfully bid $100,000 for four tickets to Madonna’s Philadelphia concert on August 28.The tickets were donated by jewelry designer Susan Rosen and were part of a special auction to benefit Main Line Animal Rescue’s anti-puppy mill campaigns and the shelter’s new training center in Chester County, PA.Nick Adams and Dee Silvers’ winning bid is believed to be the highest paid for concert tickets.“To me Madonna has always symbolized freedom and strength,” Silvers said. “But when I think of puppy mill dogs, I think of confinement, and dogs weak from over-breeding and lack of veterinary care.”The proceeds will support MLAR’s campaigns focusing on the USDA’s failure to protect dogs in many federally licensed breeding kennels and programs designed to rehabilitate dogs rescued from Pennsylvania’s puppy mills.“By supporting Main Line Animal Rescue, these wonderful people have provided a ray of light to the thousands of puppy mill dogs we help every year. And that’s something to celebrate!” said MLAR volunteer Linda Forbes.The non-profit is well-known for campaigning against puppy mill abuse appearing on Oprah Winfrey’s “puppy mill show” in 2008.Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more

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CASA of LA Evening to Foster Dreams Gala to Honor Kathy Hilton

first_imgCourt Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Los Angeles will honor its first-ever CASA of LA Ambassador: actress, philanthropist, entrepreneur and designer Kathy Hilton, at the 6th Annual “Evening to Foster Dreams Gala”, April 18th at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.Mrs. Hilton, the notable matriarch of the Hilton Family, will join CASA/LA at the glamorous event, which features the comedy of host Al Madrigal (The Daily Show), a silent auction and gourmet fare all to support the thousands of children in foster care served by the organization.The million-dollar fundraising event brings together volunteers and dedicated community members to honor Los Angeles leaders who have demonstrated extraordinary commitment to children, including children who have been abused or neglected and are living in foster care. Previous honorees include actor Mario Lopez, the Honorable Judge Michael Nash and Freeform Network’s “The Fosters.”This year’s event will honor Kathy Hilton with the Robert Morrison Community Service Award for her role as CASA of LA’s first official Ambassador. In the role of Ambassador, Mrs. Hilton will speak out as a voice for the organization and its children, as well as for her ongoing dedication to children in need around the world. Mrs. Hilton’s passion for philanthropy is widespread amongst many worthy causes including The Make a Wish Foundation, and The Starlight Children’s Foundation for which she received an award in 2011. Kathy is married to Rick Hilton the Chairman of Hilton & Hyland Real Estate and together they are parents to four children: Paris, Barron and Conrad Hilton, and Nicky Hilton Rothschild. Mrs. Hilton began her early career as an actress, and in the 1980’s opened an antique store on Sunset Plaza. In 2002 she debuted a line of home décor items on QVC and later a beauty line on HSN. Mrs. Hilton hosted the NBC show, I Want To Be a Hilton, and also appeared on The World According to Paris. In 2012, she designed a line of evening dresses.“I’m honored to join CASA/LA as its first Ambassador and to support the mission of this vital organization,” said Kathy Hilton. “Helping the literally tens-of-thousands of children in Los Angeles foster care is a massive task. CASA volunteers are our best hope for changing tragic outcomes, letting children know they aren’t forgotten, and delivering a voice to the voiceless.”“Kathy Hilton will act as a powerful voice for our organization and inspire others to do the same,” said CASA of Los Angeles CEO Wende Nichols-Julien. “I want to thank and commend Mrs. Hilton for taking on a mantle of leadership in helping CASA broaden its presence in the minds of Angelenos, and in the courtrooms where our volunteers change, and save, the lives of future generations every day.”CASA of LA will also fete longtime volunteer and philanthropist Judy Beckmen with the Bob Frandzel Memorial for her decades of service to CASA of Los Angeles as a CASA volunteer, Board Member, donor and Court Assistant. Judy has fiercely advocated for children in foster care and humbly led the organization with her philanthropic vision and generosity. “It is my great pleasure to be able to put the spotlight on Judy this year to thank her for her extraordinary service over many decades to CASA and the children we serve,” said Wende Nichols-Julien.The April 18th Evening to Foster Dreams Gala includes a red carpet cocktail reception and silent auction. Proceeds from the event benefit CASA’s advocacy programs that support children in Los Angeles County’s foster care system who have experienced abuse and neglect. The event’s red carpet reception begins at 5:30pm.Additional information, tickets and sponsorship packages for the Evening to Foster Dreams Gala are available through CASA of LA’s website at casala.org.last_img read more

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CELINE DION DEBUTS FIRST AD FOR CÉLINUNUNU HER GENDERNEUTRAL CHILDRENS CLOTHING LINE

first_img Twitter Celine Dion is expanding her venture in the clothing business.The Canadian icon, 50, just debuted the first ad for her new gender-neutral children’s clothing line Celinununu.In a clip posted to her Instagram page Dion gets wrestled to the ground and handcuffed, but after a struggle, she looks at the camera and says, “It’s OK, it’s OK, I’m Celiné Dion! I’m Celiné Dion!” while a Celinununu flashes across the screen. Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement The newly-launched Célinununu site features a number of products for both boys and girls.Last year, Dion launched the Celine Dion Collection at Nordstrom.As of now, Célinununu is only available online.By AYNSLEE DARMON | ET CANADAcenter_img Advertisement Facebook Celine Dion – Getty Images Login/Register With:last_img read more

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Commissioner Marion Buller talks national inquiry and what comes next

first_imgNation to NationThe Commissioner of the National Inquiry examining the staggering rates of Indigenous women who have either gone missing or murdered says public hearings will start in the new year.Marion Buller, appearing on APTN’s political show, Nation to Nation says this won’t be like other public inquiries.news@aptn.calast_img

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PM unable to list even one achievement Priyanka

first_imgGhaziabad: Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Friday hit out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi, saying he should tell the country what he did in the last five years instead of seeking an account of the work done by former prime ministers Jawaharlal Nehru and Indira Gandhi. Priyanka, who was speaking after holding a road show in support of party candidate Dolly Sharma, alleged that the prime minister was serving lies to the masses and is unable to list a single achievement of his five-year tenure. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM'”He has an obsession with our family. He says Nehru did this, Indira Gandhi did this, but Modiji what did you do, you must say what you did in five years,” she said addressing party workers at Maiwara after her roadshow covered 2.5 km stretch starting from GT Road Ghantaghar where she garlanded the statue of freedom fighter Bhagat Singh. “He came out to campaign after five years in office but could not list a single achievement,” she claimed. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KThe Congress general secretary said that people of Modi’s Lok Sabha constituency Varanasi told her that the Prime Minister “never visited any village”and only “comes and gives speeches”. “The prime minister did not get five minutes during his five-year rule to met even one family in his own constituency. You have seen he has travelled the whole world. He hugged people in Japan, in the US also he hugged…but have you seen him hugging any poor family of Varanasi”.last_img read more

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Wellness committee newsletter encourages active lunch hours

Looking for ideas for how to spend your lunch hour? The Brock Wellness Committee has a suggestion.In the latest issue of its newsletter, the committee interviews Brendan Barrett, an academic advisor in the Office of the Registrar, who spends his lunch hours playing squash.Squash, Barrett says, makes him feel more energized in the afternoons.Other newsletter highlights include a look at social wellness, eight ways that social activity can boost your health and a recipe for fresh tomato basil pasta.The committee is having a Brock Wellness Fair on Oct. 4 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in Pond Inlet to introduce its newly created interest groups. To date, the interest groups include:A walking group that explores Brock’s natural surroundingsA book clubA group interested in nutritional information encouraging weight lossA knitting group (the Needle Knockers)Movie reviewersQuilting, smocking, tatting and fine embroideryIf you have an interest group you’d like to introduce to the Brock community at the Wellness Fair, contact brockwellness@brocku.caClick here to download the September issue of the newsletter. read more

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Pakistan move closer to direct qualification for 2019 World Cup

Pakistan’s triumph in the Champions Trophy has pushed them to sixth in the ICC ODI rankings, and closer to direct qualification for the 2019 World Cup in England.Pakistan, who began the tournament placed eighth, gained four points to move past Bangladesh and Sri Lanka, who are now ranked seventh and eighth respectively. Hosts England and the seven highest ranked teams at the cut-off date of September 30, 2017, receive direct qualification for the next World Cup.“We’ve got two years until the 2019 World Cup,” Pakistan coach Mickey Arthur said after beating India in the Champions Trophy final. “We’ve got the monkey off our back in terms of qualifying. We now have two years to identify a squad we want to take forward and give them enough game time.”In the ODI bowlers rankings, Pakistan’s Hasan Ali, who took 13 wickets in five games to be named Player of the Champions Trophy, broke into the top 10, leapfrogging 12 of his peers to claim the seventh spot.Batsman Babar Azam moved up three positions to reach a career-high fifth spot in the batting rankings. Babar scored 133 runs in five Champions Trophy games, without a fifty. Fakhar Zaman, who scored two fifties and a hundred in the tournament, was among the top 100 despite playing just four ODIs.The top four spots in both the batting and bowling rankings – with Virat Kohli and Josh Hazlewood in the lead – remained unchanged. (ESPNCricinfo) ODI team rankingsSouth Africa (119)Australia (117)India (116)England (113)New Zealand (111)Pakistan (95)Bangladesh (94)Sri Lanka (93)West Indies (77) Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Related read more

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Facing call to resign Taoiseach says medical card issues will all be

first_imgKenny said in response: “I saw some of the cases mentioned in the media. These were cases that the system should have been able to deal with, but because of the process of change here something was missed.” He admitted that “we shouldn’t have a situation like this” and said that there was a “systems failure that didn’t know about the information involved here” either because letters from the HSE were not replied to or people “get scared” when they receive letters.Kenny insisted: “I hope that out of all of this difficulty for these parents and their children that this matter will be sorted out.”He said he has spoken to parents in recent days who have “some exceptional cases” where medical cards have been refused, adding: “These will all be sorted out.”‘A cheek’Kenny also hit out at Martin accused him of having “a cheek to come in here and presume now to use your opportunistic political opportunity to say these things”, slamming the opposition party leader’s record in government.He said that Health Minister James Reilly has managed to make “serious changes” to the structure of the Irish health system and pointed out that 43 per cent of population has access to free GP care with nearly 1.9 million medical cards in circulation.Kenny said a new communications strategy has been put in place by the HSE to allay the fears of people over their medical cards.“The challenges facing the health area are challenging but they’re achievable,” he said. TAOISEACH ENDA KENNY has admitted that there should not be a situation where seriously ill children have lost their discretionary medical cards and blamed “systems failure” and “the process of change” for a number of cases that have been highlighted recently.Kenny also faced calls to resign today from the Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams during a heated and lengthy Leaders’ Questions.Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin again raised the issue of medical cards being taken from chronically ill children and adults blaming a “consistent” policy to withdraw cards cards and claiming “thousands of cards across the country have been taken from people”.center_img Adams said that Kenny should resign and go to the people on his policies, but Kenny responded: “We’re not in the business here, Deputy Adams, of shirking responsibility.”Independent TD Clare Daly, speaking for the Technical Group, called on the Taoiseach to admit that he and his government are pursuing a “neo-liberal agenda”.During a rowdy and lengthy Leaders’ Questions, independent TD Michael Healy-Rae called on the government benches to meet the elderly people protesting outside Leinster House today.“Ye ran from them today,” he shouted across the Dáil chamber.Howlin: ‘I wish this government hadn’t come in when our economy was broken’Read: “It’s time to shout stop.” – Elderly people to protest outside Dáil‘The most vulnerable people in our society’: Dáil hears medical card horror storieslast_img read more

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Europe expresses doubt for Greece recovery

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram European skepticism over Greece’s ability to weather a debt crisis that is threatening the eurozone appeared to peak on Wednesday as German Chancellor Angela Merkel, International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde and others gave downbeat assessments of the country’s prospects.In an interview with six European newspapers, Merkel expressed doubts about the outlook for Greece, which she called “a special case.” “Despite all the efforts that have been made, neither the Greeks themselves nor the international community have yet managed to stabilize the situation,” she said.Lagarde, in comments to French radio station Europe 1, said the EU must build a fire wall to contain Greece’s crisis. “In case of contagion, one needs to be able to stop it. Greece, for example is in an extremely difficult situation, let’s be realistic,” she saidBrussels, European Economic and Monetary Affairs Commissioner Olli Rehn and EC President Jose Manuel Barroso joined the chorus, insisting that more rescue funding would not be released unless the leader of the two main parties in Greece’s coalition – socialist PASOK and conservative New Democracy – clearly commit to reforms.Prime Minister Lucas Papademos is expected to seek such guarantees from party leaders ahead of Monday’s EU summit. The leader of ND, Antonis Samaras, was on Wednesday in Moscow where he met with senior Kremlin officials who reportedly expressed discontent over a “deterioration” in bilateral ties.The failure of Greece to move ahead with the Burgas-Alexandroupoli oil pipeline was one objection raised by officials, who, however, conveyed the interest of Russian firms to invest in Greece.Samaras, whose party is leading in the polls, is to meet Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin on Thursday.Source: Kathimerinilast_img read more

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Detective Pikachu Trailer Is a LiveAction Pokemon Fever Dream

first_img Mint-Condition Set of Pokemon Cards Sold For $107KNew Trailer ‘Pokemon Sword and Shield’ Reveals Team Yell Punks Stay on target 1) A ghostly, tendril-covered orb kidnaps children it tricks into thinking it’s a toy1/10Dark Souls or Pokémon? Pokémon. Meet Drifloon, the ghost/flying type Balloon Pokémon. Its Pokédex entry from Pokémon Y says, “These Pokémon are called the ‘Signpost for Wandering Spirits.’ Children holding them sometimes vanish.”<><>center_img There are tons of movies where kids team up with some adorable little CGI creature to solve a mystery or whatever. Sometimes they work, sometimes they don’t. Sometimes the creature is cute, sometimes it’s creepy trying to be cute. And sometimes the whole thing is based on a beloved #brand for an old toy or game or game. On paper, nothing about a Detective Pikachu movie should sound that weird for modern Hollywood.But just watch this first trailer for Pokemon: Detective Pikachu and try to tell me you didn’t also just have an extremely weird emotional reaction.What mostly struck me about this trailer is that despite being based on a relatively recent Pokemon spin-off, the big draw here really is “Pokemon The Live-Action” movie. There’s a solemn remix of the Pokemon theme and lost dreams of Justice Smith wanting to be a Pokemon trainer (like his dad?). He points a stapler at Pikachu like it’s a gun! Why not a Poke Ball?Meanwhile, hypothetical money shot after money shot is just seeing classic Pokemon like Charizard, Mr. Mime, and Jigglypuff rendered in painstakingly realistic detail standing next to human beings. It’s like Pokken Tournament on steroids. And it’s not just original 151. The Sinnoh region from Diamond and Pearl gets name-checked along with a glimpse at Greninja from X and Y.But this is also a Detective Pikachu movie and as such has our hero teaming up with Pikachu in a detective hat. The big twist though is that everyone else just hears Pikachu’s normal cries. Only Justice Smith hears Ryan Reynolds pale imitation of Danny DeVito. I can’t process yet if that’s better or worse. There’s a lot about this I can’t process yet.I think we all still need to come to terms with how much bigger Pokemon somehow became thanks to Pokemon Go. After all, there’s a reason this trailer dropped the same week as Pokemon Let’s Go Pikachu/Eevee on Nintendo Switch. Prepare your souls for Pokemania like you’ve never seen when Pokemon: Detective Pikachu arrives in real movie theaters on May 10, 2019.Purchase Pokemon Let’s Go Pikachulast_img read more

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Walk Knock draws record generosity

first_imgo About 140,000 paper bags were distributed in local newspapers a few days before the Walk & Knock event. Organizers don’t know how many of the bags were returned filled with food, but 80 to 90 percent of the donated food was packed in those bags.Take some cans of soup, several jars of peanut butter and a few boxes of cereal.And no, this is not a recipe.It’s how the community filled a lot of bags with groceries and helped set another record for the Inter-Service Walk & Knock.Clark County’s biggest food drive was even bigger this year, collecting 331,340 pounds — almost 166 tons — during the Dec. 4 event. The food is valued at an estimated $530,144.“That’s a new record,” said Joe Pauletto, president of the grass-roots organization. It’s a gratifying result “with this economy.”This year’s take is 7,680 pounds better than the previous mark set last year: 323,660 pounds valued at $517,856.The community also was generous with its time, Pauletto said. More than 4,400 volunteers of all ages turned out to do the walking and the knocking, as well as the packing (in boxes) and the stacking (in trucks).In a debriefing of Walk & Knock leaders Monday afternoon, Pauletto attributed some of the increased collection to an increase in visibility. For example, Mountain View High School junior John Cummings made 1,000 signs for his Eagle Scout project.Scouts and members of local service organizations planted the signs along high-traffic streets and at intersections all over the county.There still is a chance the harvest could get a little bigger. Seventy Walk & Knock donation barrels were set out at businesses, some apartment complexes and a few community centers around the county. Volunteers started picking up the barrels Monday. Some of them had already been collected and refilled several times, said Becky Writt, who coordinated that portion of the campaign.last_img read more

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Man accused of raping Vancouver woman in Woodland hotel

first_imgProsecutors have charged a Woodland man with raping a 28-year-old woman at a local motel earlier this month.Cruz del Carmen Lopez y Lopez, 47, is scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday on charges of first-degree rape and second-degree assault with sexual motivation, prosecutors said.Lopez is accused of luring the Vancouver woman into his room at the Scandia Motel, 1123 Hoffman St. in Woodland, on June 2 with the promise that he would pay her for a back massage. The woman later told police she is a licensed masseuse.But once inside the room, she said, Lopez threatened her with a knife, then sexually assaulted her, according to court documents. Woodland police interviewed her at Southwest Washington Medical Center, where she was admitted following the alleged attack.Police arrested Lopez June 3. He is being held in the Cowlitz County Jail on $150,000. In addition, federal immigration officials have asked that he be held without bail.last_img read more

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Microsoft quietly pulls massive facialrecognition database from internet

first_img Post a comment Tech Industry Internet Services Facial recognition Microsoft Share your voice 0 The use of artificial intelligence and facial recognition in dense crowd spatial-temporal technology was part of a live demonstration at the Horizon Robotics exhibit during CES 2019. David Mcnew/AFP/Getty Images Microsoft has quietly taken down a massive facial recognition database containing more than 10 million images of roughly 100,000 people. The images were gathered from search engines and published in 2016 to a dataset called MS Celeb and used to train facial recognition systems around the world, including by military researchers and Chinese firms such as SenseTime and Megvii, the Financial Times reported Thursday. The dataset — previously used in an AI project to recognize celebrities — had been linked to China’s efforts to crack down on ethnic minorities in the country.”The site was intended for academic purposes,” Microsoft said in a statement. “It was run by an employee that is no longer with Microsoft and has since been removed.”Facial-recognition technology is commonly used for everyday tasks like unlocking phones and tagging friends on social media, but privacy concerns persist. Advances in artificial intelligence and the proliferation of cameras have made it increasingly easy to watch and track what individuals are doing. Law enforcement agencies frequently rely on technology to help with investigations, but the software isn’t without its flaws. Software used by the UK’s Metropolitan Police was reported earlier this year to produce incorrect matches in 98 percent of cases.Many of the people featured in the dataset were not asked for their consent to be included, but their images were scraped from the internet under the Creative Commons license, according to the FT. The Creative Commons license allows academic reuse of photos, a permission granted by the image’s copyright holder, not the photo’s subject.The Chinese government used facial recognition software to track and control 11 million Uighurs, a largely Muslim minority, in the country, The New York Times reported in April. Tapping an expansive network of surveillance cameras, the technology looked for Uighurs based on their appearance, kept tabs on their movement and put millions in detention camps, the Times reported.In December, Microsoft urged governments to enact legislation that requires facial-recognition technology to be independently tested to ensure accuracy. “Unless we act, we risk waking up five years from now to find that facial recognition services have spread in ways that exacerbate societal issues,” Microsoft chief counsel Brad Smith wrote in a blog post. Tagslast_img read more

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Google legal chief acknowledges affair after scathing account published

first_img Tags Share your voice “I am far from perfect and I regret my part in that,” Google Chief Legal Officer David Drummond said in a statement. Getty Google Chief Legal Officer David Drummond on Thursday publicly acknowledged an affair with a former co-worker but said he won’t engage in a public back-and-forth, after a scathing account of their extramarital relationship was published a day earlier. “It’s not a secret that Jennifer and I had a difficult breakup 10 years ago,” Drummond said in a statement obtained by BuzzFeed. He was referring to Jennifer Blakely, a former employee in Google’s legal department, who posted her account on Medium. “I am far from perfect and I regret my part in that.” Blakely, who worked as a contracts manager, says the two started dating in 2004 and have a son together. She said Drummond initially refused to discuss child support, and she called his treatment “nothing short of abuse.”Google declined to comment, but pointed to Drummond’s personal statement published by BuzzFeed. Blakely didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment. In his response, Drummond doesn’t specifically address many of Blakely’s specific allegations, such as her statement about child support. Instead, he says “there are two sides to all the conversations and details Jennifer recounts, and I take a very different view about what happened.”Blakely also alleged that Drummond began an affair with a personal assistant, whom she said he moved into one of his homes, and had an affair with another Googler. In his statement, Drummond says he “never started a relationship” with anyone else at Google or Alphabet, its parent company. The scandal comes as Google faces turmoil and criticism over its internal culture. Blakely first made her allegations about Drummond’s behavior in a bombshell New York Times article in November. The report focused on the company’s handling of sexual misconduct allegations against key executives, including Android creator Andy Rubin and former Google X director Richard DeVaul. The story spurred a massive walkout protest from 20,000 Google employees in offices around the world.  Tech Industry 8 Comments Google Alphabet Inc.last_img read more

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Avalanche fatality at Summit Lake

first_imgA North Pole woman was killed in an avalanche near Summit Lake over the weekend. The fatality comes as thousands of Alaskans head to the area for the Arctic Man event.Download Audio25-year-old Claire Sundgren was snow machining in the Summit Lake area off the Richardson Highway Sunday, when she was buried by a snow slide.  Sarah Carter with the Alaska Avalanche Information Center, says the slide was triggered by Sundgren’s husband.”The man was climbing the slope when he released and triggered an avalanche,” Carter said.  “His wife was low on the slope and the avalanche hit her and buried her nearly 6 feet.”Alaska State Troopers report that bystanders were able to locate and dig Sundgren out of the avalanche debris, and CPR was performed, but she could not be revived. Carter says the tragedy underscores the importance of interpreting terrain, especially when travelling with others.”Estimate how far a slope will slide, if it does,” said Carter. “And having a safe zone out of harms way out in the flats or on high ground where that trail will move down and away.”The fatal avalanche accident occurred just prior to the start of the annual Arctic Man Ski and Sno-Go Classic at Summit Lake, an event that draws thousands to the mountains. Alaska Avalanche Center professionals are in the area, posting daily forecasts, and Carter says conditions appear ripe for activity.”Natural avalanches are possible especially with more wind. And human triggered avalanches are likely because the new snow that has come in the last three weeks has been transported by the wind and it has not bonded to the surfaces below.”Carter encourages snowmachiners and other back-country travelers in the Summit Lake area this week to check daily forecasts being posted on the Eastern Alaska Range Avalanche Center web and Facebook pages, noting the service will only be available during Arctic Man.last_img read more

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SI Vittal steals hearts with soulful bhajans

first_imgVikarabad: Disproving the apprehension among public that police are unfriendly and behave harshly with people, a Sub-Inspector Vittal Reddy has won accolades from public for his friendly policing as well as his singing prowess.SI of Yalala police station in Vikarabad district was patrolling Agganur village as part of his duty on Tuesday night. During patrolling he reached the local Hanuman temple where some devotees were singing bhajans. Some devotees expressed their uneasiness at the presence of a police official at the religious congregation. Also Read – With 61 feet high, Khairatabad Ganesh claimed to be tallest idol in India Advertise With Us Having heard them, the SI assured them that he has no intention of disturbing them but expressed wish to participate in bhajans. When the devotees consented to his requested, he started singing devotional bhajans while playing harmonium. People were mesmerised with his singing prowess and thanked him for participating in the programme. He participated in the programme for half-an-hour. Villagers expressed happiness at the friendly manner in which police official mingled with them.last_img read more

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Adi Godrejs agribusiness arm looks to offer IPO

first_imgIndustrialist Adi Godrej is planning to go public with the agri-business subsidiary of the Godrej group. Godrej has not yet however given a probable date or valuation. Godrej Agrovet Ltd. has been reporting a steady growth in revenues since financial year 2010, a factor that could boost interest in its Initial Public Offerings when the company goes public.The company— which accounts for 20 percent of total revenues of its parent company, Godrej Industries ltd.— recorded a 14 percent revenue growth in FY16 over the previous fiscal, according to the company’s financial statements.Agrovet had made two acquisitions in 2015 in companies related to its agri-business which covers animal feed. The company bought a majority stake of 51 percent in the agro-chemical company, Astec LifeSciences, and an additional 25 percent stake in dairy retailer, Creamline Diary Products, taking Agrovet’s total stake in the company to 51 percent.When Godrej’s Agrovet goes public, it could also benefit Temasek Holdings, a Singapore-state owned investment firm, which acquired a 20 percent stake in the agri-business unit in December 2012.In July this year, KKR, the US private equity firm, had agreed to invest Rs. 520 crore in the dairy products maker Kwality. This investment was expected to push up the dairy business in India.”The company will use part of the proceeds to meet capital expenditure for further strengthening milk procurement infrastructure and to increase processing capacity by 9.5 lakh litres per day,” Sanjay Dhingra, Kwality chairman told the Economic Times.Meanwhile, in May 2016, Parag Milk Foods, which produces dairy products under the brand name ‘Go’, offered IPO to raise Rs. 300 crore from 1.33-1.37 crore shares at a price band of Rs. 220-227.last_img read more

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