San Francisco supervisors will vote on surveillance oversight legislation Tuesday that includes a ban on the use of facial recognition technology by police and other city departments.If approved by the full board, San Francisco would become the first U.S. city to outlaw the tech at a time when it is becoming a part of daily life, from international airports to home security cameras. Privacy advocates have squared off with public safety proponents at several heated hearings in San Francisco, a city teeming with tech innovation and the home of Twitter, Airbnb and Uber.Those who support the ban say the technology is not only flawed, but a serious threat to civil rights, especially in a city that cherishes public protest and privacy. They worry people will one day not be able to go to a mall, the park or a school without being identified and tracked.“Good policing does not mean living in a police state,” said Supervisor Aaron Peskin, who introduced the measure, at a hearing last week. “Living in a safe and secure community does not mean living in a surveillance state.”But critics say police need all the help they can get, especially in a city with high-profile events and high rates of property crime. That people expect privacy in public space is unreasonable given the proliferation of cellphones and surveillance cameras, said Meredith Serra, a member of a resident public safety group Stop Crime SF.“To me, the ordinance seems to be a costly additional layer of bureaucracy that really does nothing to improve the safety of our citizens,” she said at the same hearing.The legislation would require city departments to get board approval to acquire or continue using surveillance services or technology, specifying how the surveillance would be used and for what purposes. It would ban the use of face ID technology by city departments, but it would not affect business, private or federal government use.Critics say they worry a politicized board might lag on approving technology policy submitted by the police department.San Francisco’s police department stopped testing the technology in 2017.The city of Oakland is considering similar legislation.Janie Har, The Associated Press
Emmanuel Rukundo was found guilty of genocide, murder as a crime against humanity and extermination as a crime, the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) said in a press statement issued from its headquarters in Arusha, Tanzania.In mid-April 1994, according to the Tribunal, Mr. Rukundo, with soldiers of the Rwandan army, abducted and killed a woman referred to as Madame Rudahunga, severely beating her children as well. “The Trial Chamber found without reasonable doubt that Rukundo was present during the commission of the crime and the soldiers acted under his authority,” the ICTR said.It added that on at least four occasions Mr. Rukundo was found to have an integral role in the abduction and subsequent killings of Tutsi refugees from the St. Leon Minor Seminary, and, on one occasion, to have sexually assaulted a young Tutsi woman.In sentencing Mr. Rukundo to 25 years, with credit for the time already spent in prison, the court said it considered his stature as a priest and an educated person as aggravating factors, stressing that “the accused was found to have abused his moral authority and influence.”Mr. Rukundo, who served as a parish priest in his native Gitama prefecture before becoming a chaplain in 1993, was arrested in Geneva in 2001, at the request of the Tribunal. 27 February 2009A former chaplain in Rwanda’s armed forces was sentenced today to 25 years for the abduction, murder and sexual assault of Tutsi civilians by the United Nations tribunal set up to deal with the mass killings that engulfed the tiny African country in 1994.
The International Cricket Council today announced that an independent assessment has found the bowling action of Sri Lanka’s off-spinner Akila Dananjaya to be illegal and, as such he has been suspended from bowling in international cricket with immediate effect.The assessment revealed that his deliveries exceeded the 15 degrees level of tolerance permitted under the regulations. However, according to Article 11.5 of the Regulations and with the consent of the Sri Lanka Cricket, Dananjaya may be able to bowl in domestic cricket events played under the auspices of the SLC. Dananjaya was reported with a suspect bowling action during the first Test against England, which the visitors won by 211 runs in Galle and had undergone an independent assessment of his bowling action on 23 November 2018 at the National Cricket Centre, Brisbane.Dananjaya can apply for a re-assessment after modifying his bowling action in accordance with clause 4.5 of the Regulations. In accordance with Article 11.1 of the ICC Regulations For The Review of Bowlers Reported with Suspect Illegal Bowling Actions, Dananjaya’s international suspension will also be recognised and enforced by all National Cricket Federations for domestic cricket events played in their own jurisdiction.
Tracking the Evolution of Genesys’ Kate Sheila McGee-Smith June 17, 2019 From concept to platform to generally available intelligent virtual assistant AI is everywhere at Enterprise Connect 2019. Vendors are showcasing their AI-fueled features on the Expo floor and discussing the way forward with AI from the mainstage in panels and keynotes, and enterprise attendees are asking questions about it left and right in efforts to better understand how they can best put advanced intelligence to use in their organizations. Day three of Enterprise Connect brought the AI discussion into sharp focus. The day kicked off with a series of three fireside chats with executives from industry challengers Zoom, RingCentral, and Twilio. Zoom CIO Harry Moseley struck a chord with his comment that AI isn’t about the technology, but rather how we’re leveraging the technology for people. The problem is that with all the hype and misdirection around AI, many enterprises don’t know how to do that — which is one of drivers for vendors to incorporate more intelligence into their communications and collaboration products. So now that you have intelligence being integrated into the tools you use every day, get out there and be smart about how you engage and collaborate and make the best use of your time. Putting aside AI for the moment, speaking of using our time wisely, the Enterprise Connect Expo floor closes at 6:00 p.m. today, so make sure to get all your booth visits in before then so you can head to the Appreciation Party for some fun.Tags:News & ViewsdataCiscoGoogleZoomFive9AI & AutomationAI & Speech TechnologiesContact Center & Customer ExperienceFuture of WorkMeetings Articles You Might Like AIQueen_774.png Voice Communications in Business: Now and into the Future Sergey Poroshin June 18, 2019 In the future, bots will be mainstream and it will be considered a luxury to be able to speak with a human operator. Log in or register to post comments That was the big news from Cisco’s keynote today: It’s bringing what it calls “cognitive collaboration” to the masses inside of Webex, as Cisco Collaboration chief Amy Chang shared on stage this morning. By leveraging context and intelligence, Cisco is working to eliminate tedious tasks and provide insight that keeps people engaged. Via a new People Insights feature, Webex Meetings users can see curated professional profiles about meeting participants. To deliver this contextual information within Webex Meetings, Cisco scours the Web for publicly available information. How to Create a Positive Chatbot Experience Blair Pleasant June 18, 2019 Chatbots can lead to some awful interactions, but proper planning can fix that. 7 Things to Consider When Choosing a Virtual Agent Abed Farhan June 19, 2019 With the right solution, issues such as password resets can be resolved without involving human agents. What’s RPA, Why Should I Care? Diane Halliwell August 07, 2019 While robotic process automation is in its infancy, contact centers are finding its promise for streamlining workflows and reducing costs. Elsewhere on the EC19 mainstage, Google Cloud keynoter Rany Ng, director of product management, emphasized how it has built AI into its G suite products in efforts to help people make the most of their time. She shared how features like Smart Reply and Smart Compose in Gmail shave time off tedious tasks, and a Nudging feature intelligently resurfaces messages for follow-up so users don’t have to worry as much about have action items fall through the cracks. AI can help everyone turn data into insights in its Sheets application so you “don’t even need to know what a pivot table is anymore,” Ng said (and thank goodness for that, because I didn’t even know what it was to begin with!). Google also showcased its real-time closed captioning of conversations that’s fueled by AI, of course. Today also included Enterprise Connect’s first-ever mainstage panel on contact center and customer experience, and you can bet your sweet bippy (as my gramma always says) that AI came up in that panel discussion. The contact center has been a natural landing spot for AI, as enterprises tend to put a lot of weight and investment into differentiating through the customer experience they provide. Rowan Trollope, CEO of cloud contact center provider Five9, hit the nail on the head when he commented that AI is presenting a transformational moment for the whole industry. It’s especially valuable in the contact center because such organizations are the biggest source of data in enterprises, he added, and it’s letting us do things that we thought impossible. The old saying used to be that data is king. Data may be king, but I’d suggest that if we call data the king, then we make AI the queen and together they can rule the enterprise communications and collaboration kingdom — from video collaboration to the contact center and beyond. See All in AI & Automation »
By tackling poverty through AIDS prevention, conflict resolution and educational initiatives, five young people from across the globe received awards from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) at a special ceremony today at the world body’s Headquarters in New York. The five are Samuel Magassosso of Mozambique, Edith Castillo Núñez of Panama, Bessie Maruia of Papua New Guinea, Mirzokhaydar Isoev of Tajikistan and Bader Zama’rah of the West Bank. They will be honoured at a dinner which also marks the 17 October International Day for the Eradication of Poverty. “From the founding of a national youth council in Panama to the training of HIV counselors in Papua New Guinea, projects spearheaded by energetic and enthusiastic young people can be replicated around the world and serve as a major force in achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs),” said UNDP Administrator Mark Malloch Brown.The MDGs, designed to halve extreme poverty worldwide by 2015, were agreed on at a UN summit in 2000.Mr. Magassosso, a 30-year-old former Mozambican refugee in Zimbabwe, heads the 70-member Chekwaedzera Farmers Association, whose projects to establish small businesses have benefited more than 6,000 people and have been integrated into the Mozambican Government’s programme for poverty elimination, UNDP said. Focusing on the environment and public health, Ms. Castillo Nunez, 28, founded Panama’s National Youth Council, which now groups 105 youth organizations. Ms. Maruia, 26, has trained 63 counsellors on HIV prevention. They are estimated to have reached 75 per cent of Papua New Guinea’s population with basic HIV/AIDS prevention information. To lower tensions on the border between southern Kyrgyzstan and northern Tajikistan, Mr. Isoev, 25, has initiated projects involving communities on both sides. As Deputy Chairperson of the District Development Committee of Isfara District, his latest project involved both communities in improving the water supply system. Mr. Zama’rah, a 23-year-old lawyer, is the project coordinator for Sharek Youth Forum, which has pioneered a programme to help children improve their schoolwork through Homework Centres in the northern West Bank. Sharek also arranges for university students to tutor children after school.
In a statement, Mr. Guterres also urged all parties in Syria to ensure safe and unimpeded humanitarian access to all areas of the country, where a brutal civil conflict has raged for more than seven years.“The Secretary-General stresses the need for swift action to address the root causes of the conflict and forge, at long last, a durable political solution in line with Security Council resolution 2254”, noted the statement, released by his Spokesperson.The agreement, reached between Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday, aims to avert a full-scale military operation that the UN chief warned last week, could turn the region into a “bloodbath”. The last rebel-held Governorate in Syria, half of Idlib’s population of nearly three million, are internally-displaced civilians, and a million are children.According to media reports, a 15-20-kilometre-wide de-escalation zone – to be patrolled by Russian and Turkish troops – will be established by 15 October, to separate Government forces from rebel fighters based there.Military action will only exacerbate a complex situation – UN envoyThe agreement is also a welcome development amid “worrying escalation” in other parts of the country, Staffan De Mistura, the UN Special Envoy for Syria, told the Security Council on Tuesday, citing reports of fresh airstrikes in Damascus and the downing of a Russian military aircraft on Monday night, which left 15 servicemen dead.Russia has blamed Israel for the incident. Israel on the other hand, said that its fighter aircraft were targeting a weapons shipment to Lebanon, threatening its security. The Israeli Defense Forces issued a statement on Twitter “expressing sorrow” for the deaths and blamed the Syrian military for the Russian aircraft being shot down. Israel also said that it will share all the relevant information concerning the incident with the Russian Government.Now that we have this deal, there is no reason not to move forward expeditiously with the political process – UN envoy De MisturaAt the Security Council, UN envoy De Mistura, urged all parties to refrain from military action, reiterating that it would “only exacerbate a complex situation” in war-ravaged Syria.Turning to the agreement itself, Mr. De Mistura said that there is now “no reason not to move forward expeditiously” on the political process, guided by Security Council resolution 2254, that lays out a roadmap for a political settlement in the country.“We need an inclusive political process, and the UN is here to facilitate that process, starting with a constitutional committee getting to work,” he said, noting that the process must be credible, “because only then can the UN invest it with the legitimacy it needs.”“I ask all concerned to give the UN facilitation in the next weeks, their full support,” he said.Humanitarian challenges persist – UN relief chiefSpeaking alongside Mr. De Mistura, UN Emergency Relief Coordinator Mark Lowcock said that UN agencies and humanitarian organizations continue to deliver life-saving assistance to some two million people in north-west Syria through cross-border convoys from Turkey.However, delivering supplies remains difficult in other parts of the country, he said, noting in particular the situation in Rukban where lack of security is hampering aid operations.He also spoke of “significant concerns” for the safety of civilians in Deir-ez-Zor, in eastern Syria, as well for displaced families returning home to Raqqa, the former stronghold of the ISIL terrorist group, despite the area remaining highly contaminated by explosive hazards.“Efforts have been made to scale-up the mine action response… However, much more needs to be done before the city is safe and conducive for returns,” said Mr. Lowcock.
He carries the monicker “Money,” and it is for good reason. Floyd Mayweather moves the boxing financial meter like no one else in the game.The numbers for pay-per-view of Mayweather vs. Miguel Cotto are in and they tell a make-it-rain story: The junior middleweight championship fight at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas generated a whopping 1.5 million pay-per-view buys and $94 million in domestic pay-per-view revenue, HBO Sports announced Friday.The performance ranks as the second-highest grossing pay-per-view for a non-heavyweight fight in history.No. 1 all-time remains Mayweather’s 2007 victory against Oscar De La Hoya, in which he also claimed a junior middleweight belt. That fight generated all-time records for any weight class with 2.46 million buys and $137 million in pay-per-view revenue.And guess what? “The 1.5 million number is actual reported numbers,” Golden Boy CEO Schaefer, who promoted the fight, told ESPN.com. “The final number will definitely be bigger than what it is now.”Check out these numbers: In nine HBO PPV main events, Mayweather has generated 9.6 million buys and $543 million in television revenue, according to HBO.“Floyd Mayweather’s numbers are getting bigger and bigger and this number shows you the kind of draw he is,” Schaefer said. “He’s a superstar and able to capture the interest of a large audience. He has broken out of the boxing following and now has a mainstream following that is unmatched in the sport. The numbers keep getting bigger and bigger.”HBO will replay Mayweather’s decision victory against Cotto on Saturday night, along with junior middleweight titlist Saul “Canelo” Alvarez’s decision win against Shane Mosley, which was the co-feature of the card.
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The biggest record on the album was “Boondocks,” which landed the band their first Top 10 hit on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart.Little Big Town, Lawmakers Champion Music Modernization Act: 2018 GRAMMYs On The Hill Awards”Boondocks” also went on to earn Little Big Town a GRAMMY nomination for Best Country Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal for the 49th GRAMMY Awards. The Road To Here also received a nod for Best Country Album that year.Six years later, Little Big Town would earn their first GRAMMY win, taking home the trophy for Best Country Duo/Group Performance for “Pontoon” at the 55th GRAMMY Awards, but it was their nominations for The Road To Here that catapulted the band into the public eye.The Road To Here went on to be certified platinum by the RIAA, and Little Big Town have now won three career GRAMMY Awards. Their unique sound and four-pronged harmonic blend sets them apart as one of country music’s most dynamic performing acts. 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Amid this summer’s push by the Veterans Administration in Alaska to hold town hall meetings across the state, the state’s VA Healthcare Director, Dr. Timothy Ballard, was a guest on Alaska Public Media’s Talk of Alaska on Tuesday.Listen nowDuring an hour of questions from host Lori Townsend and state-wide callers, Ballard offered an update on the organization’s progress and remaining challenges in connecting veterans to benefits. That included addressing worries over privatization, an issue Ballard said affects Alaska uniquely relative to the rest of the country.“Privatization for us really doesn’t look any different,” Ballard said. “It’s still referring a lot of specialty care to the providers in the state that have it. For those things we can’t get in the state, we look for partnering with other opportunities — whether it’s in the Lower 48 or not.“Regardless of what happens in the VA throughout the entire country, I think our system is going to look pretty much the same as it has for the past decade,” Ballard continued, “Because of the fact that we just provide the basics of out-patient services and refer out a lot of the rest.”The VA is the biggest healthcare provider in the country, and has about 36,000 members enrolled in Alaska out of the state’s roughly 77,000 veterans, according to figures cited by Ballard.Since a series of reforms were hastily implemented under the Choice Act in 2014, Alaska has struggled to quickly connect veterans with healthcare providers outside the VA system. For example, staff in Alaska are now charged with handling about 1,000 medical referrals a week, according to Ballard. Though the organization is working on was to cut down the time it takes processing those referrals from a few weeks to a single day, the fundamental challenge is the larger issue of chronic under-staffing.“We are trying to hire more staff,” Ballard explained. “We have a fixed budget, and so I’m trying to create money somewhere else in our system to buy more staff.”The Alaska VA’s budget is designed to fund 550 staff positions, but according to Ballard, the real need is for between 650 and 700.There have been measurable gains in hiring more medical professionals since Ballard’s tenure started a little over a year ago, including getting a physician at the Mat-Su clinic for the first time in five years.“But it is very slow going, and we’re trying to make an effort in regards to more access,” Ballard added.The VA system in Alaska is still struggling to find solutions to many of the same problems the state faces with healthcare overall, such as insufficient access to mental health and substance abuse treatment, as well as the costs of care.Officials are holding a listening session Tuesday night in Wasilla, and two more in Juneau and Kenai during August. There is also a healthcare and benefits clinic planned for this Saturday at the VA’s Muldoon facility in Anchorage alongside a motorcycle rally.
Pragathi Nagar: An electric wire in Pragathi Nagar has been hanging with the support of a tree from the past few days. It may lead to a dangerous incident for the commuters on the road.J Aparna, a 38-year-old resident, said, “This electric wire has been hanging from quite a few days here. The wire was kept on the tree, so that the chances of it causing any incidents are low. But, one cannot say if it is still safe or not. Also Read – Secunderabad: Major General N Srinivas Rao makes farewell visit to AOC Advertise With Us A strong breeze is enough to get the wire back to the position, as it was hanging on the road. We have informed the authorities concerned about it, but we have no idea when the action will take place.” “During evenings, children play here. It can be dangerous for them as well as to the commuters in this area. There are times when the streetlights stopped working. By any chance if someone comes in contact with the wire it will be dangerous to their lives. In a day or two, the monsoon will start, which will make the issue more dangerous. I hope that the authorities concerned a takes an action as soon as possible,” said Swathi R, another resident of the area.
AirAsia CEO Tony Fernandes.TwitterWhile we only talk about quitting Facebook in protest but AirAsia Chief Executive Officer Tony Fernandes did it. Fernandes, who had 670,000 followers, closed his Facebook account, saying the live streaming of the mass shooting in New Zealand on the platform was too much for him. TwitterIn a series of tweets on Sunday, Fernandes accused Facebook of not cleaning up the videos of the New Zealand mosque attacks that were uploaded to the platform. “The amount of hate that goes on in social media sometimes outweighs the good,” he said in a tweet on Sunday. Twitter”It is a great platform to communicate,” he tweeted after closing his Facebook account. “Strong engagement and very useful but New Zealand was too much for me to take along with all the other issues.”Fernandes’ Twitter account has about 1.29 million followers and he has tweeted more than 20,300 times since joining in 2008, often commenting on the performance of his companies, including one of Asia’s biggest discount carriers, and sports teams including a soccer team he owns a stake in.Fernandes is the co-owner of English soccer club Queens Park Rangers and is among business executives well known for having a social media presence. In 2014, he took to tweeting after an AirAsia flight crashed in Indonesia with 162 people on board, seeking to communicate to the public about the incident.Among Fernandes Twitter posts about shutting his Facebook account, he included a comment suggesting he’ll remain on Twitter: “But on Twitter, I think the battle for me goes on.”(Inputs from agencies)
Nandi prefers to depict Bengali culture such as bauls, kirtan – singing, feminine figures wearing traditional drapery, spiritual elements, use of red as a symbolic element in his works. The works of Nandi are usually based on his surroundings, all his works incorporate an element of sky in them. The artist’s figures are always facing towards light as the artist want to express a simple view that humanity must not lose hope. Commenting on his style of work Nandi says, ‘I begin work only when the subject matter is clear in my mind. Then, I put all my focus and install strict discipline into my work. All other factors, such as human company, music, mobiles and distractions, are excluded.’ Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Rajat nandi, is a graduate in visual art from the Indian college of art, Kolkata. The special subjects of Nandi’s paintings are scenic settings of a pastoral idyll. A resident of Kolkata, artist Rajat Nandi first displayed his art work at Rashtrapati Bhawan, New Delhi as a new comer. His art works were so convincing that it grabbed the attention of every artist of different genres.WHEN: On till 14 MarchWHERE: Lokayata: Mulk Raj Anand Center, Hauz Khas Village
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