APTN National NewsStony Stanley Bushie grew up on the Little Grand Rapids First Nation.The chief of the First Nation told APTN Bushie was not homeless. He lived in Little Grand Rapids and was in Winnipeg for just two weeks before he was murdered.APTN’s Jaydon Flett has this story.
Companies mentioned in this article: (TSX:WRG)The Canadian Press CALGARY — Drilling companies continue to move rigs from Western Canada to the more active oilfields of the southern United States.Calgary-based Western Energy Services Corp. says it moved a drilling rig from Canada to the U.S. Permian Basin oil play in western Texas and southeastern New Mexico early this year and will likely move more rigs in the near future.It says the addition took its U.S. drilling fleet to eight rigs, including a drilling rig purchased and upgraded in the U.S. near the end of 2018 and also deployed in the Permian Basin.In November, the Canadian Association of Oilwell Drilling contractors said its members had relocated 11 of their rigs to the U.S. so far in 2018.Western, the fourth-largest drilling contractor in Canada with a fleet of 49 rigs, says its average rig utilization rate in Canada fell to 32 per cent in the last three months of 2018 from 38 per cent in the fourth quarter of 2017 as customers cancelled drilling programs due to market uncertainty.It says operating days in the U.S. rose by 29 per cent and utilization improved to 71 per cent in the fourth quarter versus 63 per cent in the year-earlier period.“You have to follow the capital and go where the work is,” said Western CEO Alex MacAusland.“I expect our peers will (move rigs south) as well. It’s just not sustainable with the current pricing environment.”
Rabat – Moroccan singer Mouad Boukioud won the 2018 Munshid Al Sharjah competition in the United Arab Emirates on Friday.The 11th annual competition, which drew to a close on December 14, included 21 participants from various countries, including Algeria and Tunisia.Boukioud was rewarded with a prize of AED 250,000 (MAD 653,000), while Louqman Iskandar, the second-prize winner from Algeria received AED 100,000 (MAD 261,000). Tunisia’s Nafie Ayad, who took third place, received AED 50,000 (MAD 131,000). Read Also: Moroccan Teacher Nominated For Prestigious Global Teacher PrizeThe world-renowned artist, Sami Yusuf, attended and performed at the final ceremony.Sharjah Media Foundation organized the competition. The jury committee included religious singers Mohamed Thami from Egypt and Ahmed Boukater and Oussama Safi from the UAE.It is not the first time a Moroccan munshid (singer) has won the prize. Moroccan singer Yassine Lachhab won the grand prize of the 2017 Munshid Al Sharjah.
21 February 2012The United Nations Messenger of Peace and two-time Academy Award winner Michael Douglas today appealed to children from around the world to bring to life their artistic impressions of what a world without nuclear weapons would look like. Mr. Douglas, who has served as a UN Messenger of Peace since 1998, released a video message in which he called upon young artists from the age of five through 17 to use their creative talents and draw, paint or sketch their visions of a world without nuclear weapons, bombs or wars for an international art contest. “Art is the universal language; art speaks to our hearts and minds; art can make a difference and so can you,” Mr. Douglas said in a video message already airing on UNTV and made available to broadcasters around the globe. In addition, it is available for viewing online. The contestants are allowed to utilise a wide array of tools – including pens, pencils, crayons, charcoal, oil, acrylic paint or water colours – and are then encouraged to upload their artwork to the initiative’s website, www.unartforpeace.org. In an effort to make the contest truly global, the flyer campaign promoting the initiative to children and teens has already been translated into 22 languages – Arabic, Chinese, Croatian, Czech, Dutch, English, Filipino, Finnish, French, German, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Spanish, Thai, Turkish, and Ukrainian. More language versions of the flyer are expected to be added since a call went out encouraging UN staff to help translate the promotional material into as many languages as possible.
Yesterday in Nairobi, Kenya, the head of the UN Mission in Ethiopia and Eritrea (UNMEE), Legwaila J. Legwaila, opened the 14th meeting of the Military Coordination Commission (MCC), commending both parties on the progress achieved to date and urging them to continue their efforts as the process moves into the demarcation phase of the mission.Mr. Legwaila also used the occasion to formally introduce UNMEE’s new Commander of peacekeeping forces, Major-General Robert Gordon of the United Kingdom.The working meeting focused on the military situation in the mission area, with MCC members discussing ground-level coordination issues such as preventing and responding to disruptive incidents around border areas, and the modalities and coordination necessary for demining in support of demarcation.The next MCC meeting is scheduled to take place on 29 January 2003 in Nairobi.
The excited group of 298 returnees arrived in Kinshasa yesterday after seven years in exile in neighbouring Central African Republic (CAR). They were warmly welcomed by Mayor Nku Imbie, UN Office of the High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) representative David Kapya and other UNHCR and Congolese officials.”We have peace and unity,” Mr. Imbie told the returnees. “We are appealing to our compatriots who think that the war is not yet over to return home to help rebuild our nation.”Tuesday’s repatriation is the first significant return of Congolese refugees to be organized by UNHCR since the installation of a transitional government in Kinshasa under a peace deal signed in April this year.More than 1,000 Congolese refugees in CAR have signed up for repatriation, especially to the DRC’s Equateur province.UNHCR must first sign tripartite agreements with the countries hosting the Congolese refugees to outline the legal framework for return and reintegration. The host countries at present are Tanzania with 149,000 refugees, Zambia with 54,000, the Republic of Congo with 85,000 and CAR with 10,000.
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Ohio State football freshman quarterback Braxton Miller completed just 1-of-4 passes against then-No. 16 Illinois, but it didn’t matter because the Buckeyes’ defense was up to the task. Defensive coordinate Jim Heacock’s unit limited Illinois to just seven points and 285 total yards of offense at Memorial Stadium Saturday as the Buckeyes (4-3, 1-2) captured a 17-7 upset win against the Fighting Illini (6-1, 2-1.) First-year OSU head coach Luke Fickell said two keys to Saturday’s game were turnovers and field position. In addition to denying the Illinois offense throughout the game, the OSU defense helped satisfy the two needs Fickell identified for the team. OSU held a 3-0 advantage at half time, but an interception by freshman corner back Bradley Roby, which he returned 36 yards, helped the Buckeyes extend their advantage. With the team just 12 yards from the end zone, Daniel “Boom” Herron scored on a touchdown on the next play to put the Buckeyes up, 10-0. “This is a game of momentum,” Fickell said after the game. “That’s probably the biggest thing about it (Roby’s interception). One thing we’ve lacked on defense is making some plays and to have a play start right there and then answer right away with the offense — that’s what this game is all about.” The touchdown came in Herron’s 2011 debut and with his return to the lineup, only senior receiver DeVier Posey remains suspended for the Buckeyes. Posey sold OSU football memorabilia in exchange for improper benefits in the form of tattoos and was also overpaid for work he did not do at a summer job. Sophomore corner back Dominic Clarke, who was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct for shooting what one witness described as a “compressed-air” gun from the top of Marketplace, a diner on OSU’s campus, did not travel with the team to Champaign. Another turnover that positioned OSU for a score came in the fourth quarter. Junior linebacker Storm Klein recovered a fumble on Illinois’ 37-yard line. Three plays after that, OSU again used the short field to its advantage as Miller completed his only pass of the game to junior tight end Jake Stoneburner for a 17-yard touchdown to put OSU up, 17-0. There was more to OSU’s defense than positioning the offense for scoring opportunities too. The Buckeye defense limited Illinois, which averaged 226 yards per game through six games, to 116 rushing yards on Saturday. “We tackled well,” Fickell said. “We didn’t give up big plays.” Sophomore safety C.J. Barnett agreed. “The coaches gave us a good game plan,” Barnett said. “We were able to execute. Everyone was able to do their job.” Sophomore defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins, junior defensive tackle John Simon and Klein also combined for seven tackles for loss, totalling -23 yards against Illinois. Simon, who claimed four of the seven tackles for loss and added two sacks, and Hankins both tallied career highs in tackles with eight and nine, respectively. Simon and Hankins helped OSU hold Illinois’ offense to 162 yards below its per game average through six games. Thanks to an efficient outing from both OSU’s offensive and defensive units, OSU junior tight end Reid Fragel said the team was ecstatic in the locker room after the game. “It’s a much-needed win,” Fragel said. “We kind of felt like our backs were against the wall. (With) both sides of the ball finally coming together, playing some good football, that’s big for us.” Fickell said more improvement is needed as the Buckeyes enter their bye week. “We’re not going to let this define us,” Fickel said. “This game is a lot more fun when you win. That momentum is so huge… and maybe those guys (the OSU players) haven’t had that in a while.” After the bye week, the Buckeyes continue Big Ten Leaders Division play against No. 4-ranked Wisconsin on Oct. 29 at Ohio Stadium. Kickoff is set for 8 p.m.
Italie : de graves inondations à Gênes font 6 mortsDe notre envoyée spéciale. La ville de Gênes située dans la région de Ligurie en Italie subit actuellement de violentes intempéries. Les eaux du fleuve Bisagno ont déjà submergées de nombreuses zones faisant six victimes. Depuis hier soir, la région de Ligurie est au niveau d’alerte maximal. La ville de Gênes actuellement en proie à de violentes précipitations se retrouve petit à petit submergée par les eaux débordantes du fleuve Bisagno. Voitures, motos et kiosques à journaux sont emportés par le flot frénétique qui a envahi principalement le centre et l’est de la ville. Écoles, bureaux, commerces ont été évacués d’urgence. Les citoyens contraints à laisser leur véhicules parcourent les rues à pied, de l’eau jusqu’aux genoux. La gare de Brignole, située au centre de la ville complètement sous les eaux a mis en place un service de refuge pour les voyageurs bloqués. Pour l’heure les autorités de la ville ont évalué la situation comme “très grave” et appelle à “une extrême prudence”. Les habitants ont été en outre invités à ne pas quitter leur domicile et de monter aux étages supérieurs. Les habitants de Gênes ont pour certains encore accès à l’électricité et au web et échangent conseils et images sur les forums. Le chef du département de la Protection Civile Gabrielli Franco a prévu de réunir un comité afin d’établir les mesures nécessaires pour faire face à la catastrophe.Le pire encore à venirÀ lire aussiLe Vésuve, ce redoutable volcan dont l’éruption a détruit PompéiLes précipitations qui ont commencé dans la matinée représentent déjà entre 300 et 430 millimètres de pluies tombées dans divers quartiers. Une situation critique qui ne semble pas aller en s’arrangeant. Les experts ont en effet prévu de brusques intensifications des intempéries dans les prochaines heures. Le météorologue Sergio Brivio a par ailleurs indiqué sur le site 3bmeteo que les précipitations devraient s’amplifier dans les prochains jours jusqu’à un paroxysme prévu entre samedi et dimanche soir. Selon les pompiers de la région, le bilan des victimes s’élève actuellement à six morts parmi lesquelles figurent deux femmes et deux enfants. Une des femmes se serait faite écraser par les voitures balayées par la crue. Trois autres personnes sont également portées disparues.Découvrez les images des inondations photographiés par les habitants sur Maxisciences Le 4 novembre 2011 à 18:03 • Maxime Lambert
Geek Pick: Amazon Smart Plug Puts Alexa in Your WallsGeek Pick: Sengled Smart Wi-Fi LED Has Multicolor Beauty and Brains Stay on target Most modern mobile homes leave something to be desired. So a Ukrainian firm developed a portable pied-à-terre that checks all the boxes—and then some.The “off-grid 3D-printed gadget house” from PassivDom is described as “the first totally autonomous house in the world.”Two current models—modulOne and modulDva—come in standard and autonomous configurations. Buyers can choose which streamlined house they prefer: one that is entirely self-sufficient, but may one day become sentient and exact revenge; or a barebones home that still requires a connection to a power line, water supply, and sewage.Go on, pick the fully autonomous box. You know you want to. It comes equipped with furniture, kitchen and bathroom appliances, heating and cooling systems, and a smart air ventilation scheme with oxygen-level control.Plus, there is no need for electricity or gas: The house is heated and powered by solar energy (and batteries), and all systems are managed through a smartphone app.It even comes with pillows and wine glasses.PassivDomPassivDom also provides a level of customization via optional packages: For added comfort, include a wood-burning fireplace, terrace, and satellite TV; keep the kids happy with a crib, playpen, and high chair, as well as a microwave steamer function. And prepare for the zombie apocalypse with armored glazing, increased storage of toilet paper, and a “gift edition” bible.High-tech nomadic living doesn’t come cheap: The 36-square-meter autonomous configurations are available to preorder for €59,900 ($63,680)—modulOne—and €64,900 ($69,000)—modulDva. Need more room? A 72-square-meter version (two integrated 36-square-meter modules) is priced at €94,900 ($100,950).PassivDom“You can settle down among picturesque forests, in the mountains or on the river bank—where construction is prohibited,” according to the firm’s FAQ, which promised a 3D-printed frame made of material “six times stronger than steel.”It’s easy to write PassivDom off as a fantastical vision of the future. But the Ukrainian company promised to make “several modules available for a test drive,” inviting potential homeowners for a short stay in one of the model homes. Sign up online.
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CLARK COUNTY — Clark County Environmental Services says it “just can’t wait” for heavy rains to appear as it prepares to “rush out with the first rain to examine runoff carrying pollutants to creeks, streams and rivers.”The wet weather will provide an exceptional opportunity for the department to measure pollutant levels in the ensuing runoff.“The data really helps decide which water quality projects are needed and how existing projects are working,” said Ron Wierenga, Environmental Services program manager.Pollutants in the runoff come from many sources including litter, motor oil, pesticides, fertilizers and other contaminants washing off hard surfaces and into local waters.If the rainfall is enough to meet the criteria for sampling, the county will test the waters over the weekend.To learn more, visit http://www.clark.wa.gov/water-resources or call 360-397-2121.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Portland police say a 24-year-old woman may have stabbed herself Thursday night.Initial reports were an assailant, another woman, walked up to the victim and stabbed her. Police officers canvassed the neighborhood but did not find the suspect.On Friday morning police announced they found evidence that indicates the wound may be self-inflicted.The victim was transported to a local hospital to be treated for a non-life-threatening injury.Officers put a hold on the woman for a mental health evaluation, according to a Portland police bulletin.
More than four in ten (42%) respondents would be interested in taking part in a bikes-for-work scheme if their employer provided one, according to research by Edenred.Its Employer’s guide to cycle to work report, which surveyed 1,000 employees, also found that 22% of respondents do not cycle to work because they do not have a roadworthy bike.The research also found:More than a third (34%) of respondents cite a lack of confidence in their cycling ability as the key reason why they do not cycle to work.Almost two-thirds (63%) of respondents have never cycled to work.30% of respondents live within three miles of their place of work, and 67% live within ten miles of their place of work.82% of respondents do not feel properly informed about what their employer does to support employee wellbeing.Andy Philpott (pictured), sales and marketing director at Edenred, said: “[Bikes-for-work] is an area where everyone gains so it makes sense for organisations of all sizes to offer their employees the right scheme.“Employers benefit from the improved business performance, which goes hand-in-hand with a healthier, more resilient workforce who take less time off sick each year.“With so many employees willing to join a scheme, employers are in a better position than ever to maximise take-up by providing the right level of support, information and facilities.”
Bellamy was remanded into the Homer Jail. According to the online dispatch, an investigation led to the arrest of Raymond Bellamy, 73 of Homer, for assault and resisting arrest. On March 4, at 9:17 a.m., Troopers responded to an address on Skyline Drive in Homer for a report of a male threatening to burn the house down and to burn an occupant of the house. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Alaska State Troopers have arrested a man after he threatened to burn a house down while the occupant was still inside the home.
(USGS photo)An ambitious set of priorities has been put together for the American chairmanship of the Arctic Council that begins this year, but neither the federal government nor the state has much money to pay for implementing those priorities. Climate change is amplified in the Arctic, and the Arctic nations want to work together to respond.Download AudioHOST: Steve Heimel, Alaska Public Radio NetworkGUESTS:David Kennedy, Senior Adviser for the Arctic Region, NOAACraig Fleener, Governor’s Special Assistant for the ArcticCallers statewidePARTICIPATE:Post your comment before, during or after the live broadcast (comments may be read on air).Send e-mail to talk [at] alaskapublic [dot] org (comments may be read on air)Call 550-8422 in Anchorage or 1-800-478-8255 if you’re outside Anchorage during the live broadcastLIVE Broadcast: Tuesday, February 10, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. on APRN stations statewide.SUBSCRIBE: Get Talk of Alaska updates automatically by e-mail, RSS or podcast.TALK OF ALASKA ARCHIVE
US Representative Ilhan Omar (D-MN) participates in a news conference to call on Congress to cut funding for ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement), at the US Capitol in Washington, US on 7 February 2019. Photo: ReutersThe support for a boycott of Israel by the first two Muslim women in the US Congress has opened a breach in the Democratic Party and threatens to create a fissure in the ironclad US-Israeli alliance.Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib made their debut in the House of Representatives in January openly declaring their support for the Palestinian-led Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions movement, or BDS.The movement, launched more than a decade ago and modelled on the 1960s movement to pressure South Africa over apartheid, calls for people and groups to sever economic, cultural and academic ties to Israel, and to support sanctions against the Jewish state.But for Israel partisans—including many Democrats and Republicans in Congress—BDS smacks of anti-Semitism and poses a threat to Israel.Tlaib, 42, has Palestinian roots and represents a district of suburban Detroit, Michigan that is home to thousands of Muslims.She argues that BDS can draw a focus on “issues like the racism and the international human rights violations by Israel right now.”Omar, 37, is the daughter of Somali refugees who was elected to represent a Minneapolis, Minnesota district with a large Somali population.She accuses Israel of discrimination against Palestinians akin to apartheid, but denies that she is anti-Semitic.Her remarks in January to Yahoo News however sparked anger among the large pro-Israel contingent in Congress, the powerful, largely Democratic US Jewish community, and Israel itself, where BDS is seen as a national threat.“When I see Israeli institute laws that recognise it as a Jewish state and does not recognise the other religions that are living in it, and we still hold it as a democracy in the Middle East, I almost chuckle,” she told Yahoo News.“Because I know that if we see that in another society we would criticise it—we do that to Iran, any other place that sort of upholds its religion.”Fissure among DemocratsOmar and Tlaib sparked the BDS controversy during a period when Donald Trump’s administration has strengthened relations with Israel and slashed aid to the Palestinians.But Republicans saw their support for BDS as both a threat to Jews and an exploitable rift among Democrats.“Democrats have made it clear that hateful, bigoted rhetoric toward Israel is not confined to a few freshman members. This is the mainstream position of today’s Democratic Party and their leadership is enabling it,” Republicans said in a statement on 29 January.Republican Congressman Lee Zeldin urged his colleagues “to reject the anti-Israel and anti-Semitic hatred that we are starting to see infiltrating American politics and even the halls of Congress.”Bids to legislateThe worry about the still small but growing support for BDS in the United States predates Tlaib’s and Omar’s political rise.A number of states have passed or proposed constitutionally questionable legislation and policies that would penalise supporters of the boycott movement.But the arrival of Tlaib and Omar in Congress was greeted with the first proposed federal law to fight to that end, in the Senate.Senator Marco Rubio argues that BDS aims to eliminate the state of Israel, and said his legislation would protect states’ rights to exclude from public contracts any supporters of BDS.Republicans, the majority in the Senate, along with more than half of the Democrats approved the legislation.But a significant number of Democrats opposed it, because, they said, it violates constitutional guarantees of freedom of expression.‘Political football’That has left Democrats vulnerable to charges of anti-Semitism.To fight that, in January prominent party members formed the Democratic Majority for Israel, touting themselves as “The Voice of Pro-Israel Democrats,” which for some came across as a rebuke of Omar and Tlaib.After Omar joined the influential House Foreign Affairs Committee, according to The New York Times, Jewish committee Chairman Eliot Engel privately made it clear that he would not ignore any “particularly hurtful” remarks she might make.“You hope that when people are elected to Congress, they continue to grow,” he reportedly told her.“There is obviously a serious fight going on within the Democratic Party with respect to how to deal with BDS and some within their party who advocate for it,” said Alvin Rosenfeld, who directs the Institute for the Study of Contemporary Antisemitism at Indiana University.“Should the party swing to the far left and appear to be way out of line with America’s traditional ties to one of its strongest allies, Israel, the party will surely suffer at the polls,” he told AFP.Amy Elman, a political science professor at Kalamazoo College, said anti-Semitism should not be used as a “political football by any party.”“Democrats should care less where the charges of anti-Semitism come from. What matters is if the accusations are valid,” she said.
Kolkata: An elderly person was found lying in a pool of blood at a house in Karaya on Thursday morning. Police recovered his body and sent for autopsy examination.According to local residents, on Thursday around 5:30 am, some persons of a multi-storied building located on May Fair Road in Karaya found Abhijit Chatterjee, 73, in a pool of blood. Immediately, police were informed. Later, sleuths rushed him to Chittaranjan National Medical College (CNMC) and Hospital where doctors declared brought dead. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseDuring autopsy examination doctors said Chatterjee died as he fell from height. According to local residents, Chatterjee used to live alone in flat located on the seventh floor of that multistoried residential building. It is suspected that he might have fallen from the balcony of his flat. Though no foul play could be detected till Thursday night, sleuths are trying to make sure that whether he committed suicide or he fell down accidentally. Police are questioning his neighbours about Chatterjee’s daily routine, mainly when he used to get up from sleep. If it is found that Chatterjee used to wake up late, then it could a case of suicide as question will arise why he woke up early on Thursday. But police are quite sure that it is a case of accident. Primarily an unnatural death case has been lodged at the Karaya police station.
Although legalizing homosexuality is still a long way off, the latest court ruling is a positive step forward.Politicians must actLebanon’s parliament must also make moves to scrap Article 534, according to LGBTI activists.Before the May national elections, the Kataeb party became the first to actively campaign for the legalization of homosexuality. Other politicians also campaigned for gay rights for the first time in Lebanon’s history.But the Kataeb party did not fare so well in the elections.‘We need the highest judiciary to send a message to not use the Penal Code to attack the LGBTI community,’ Georges Azzi, the executive director of Arab Foundation for Freedom and Equality, told Gay Star News in May.‘If it’s not ordered from the government to arrest people based on sexuality, police still have the right to arrest people,’ Azzi said.‘We need the highest judiciary to send a message to not use the Penal Code to attack the LGBTI community.’Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… The fight to end the criminalization of homosexuality in Lebanon just got one of its biggest legal boosts. GAYSTARNEWS- A trans rights march in Lebanon. A Lebanese Court of Appeals ruled that homosexuality is not a crime.Lebanon criminalizes homosexuality with up to a year in prison under Article 534 of the Penal Code. Article 534 bans ‘unnatural’ sex. Even though it has not been used to jail anyone recently, authorities use it to intimidate the LGBTI community.The Court of Appeals’s decision is historic because it is the first time an appellate court has ruled on the matter. Four previous court hearings about the issue were all heard in criminal courts.In its ruling the court said homosexual sex should not be criminalized unless it occurs in public or with a minor.Judge Randa Khoury also ruled that Article 534 was outdated and did not reflect ‘social development’. eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) After India decriminalizes gay sex, which country might be next?Homosexuality is a sin: South Korea’s Gay Pride FestivalFor the first time, Lebanon politicians call to decriminalize gay sexRead the full article on Gaystarnews: :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/a-top-court-in-lebanon-rules-homosexuality-is-not-a-crime/
Microsoft has come out with a production system that performs text-to-speech (TTS) synthesis using deep neural networks. This new production system makes it hard for you to distinguish the voice of computers from human voice recordings. The Neural text-to-speech synthesis has significantly reduced the ‘listening fatigue’ when talking about interaction with AI systems. It enables the system with human-like, natural sounding voice, that makes the interaction with chatbots and virtual assistants more engaging. This neural-network powered text-to-speech system was demonstrated by the Microsoft team at the Microsoft Ignite conference in Orlando, Florida, this week. Additionally, Neural text-to-speech converts digital texts such as e-books into audiobooks. It also enhances in-car navigation systems. Deep Neural networks are great at overcoming the limits of traditional text-to-speech systems. Neural networks are very accurate in matching the patterns of stress and intonation in spoken language, called prosody. They’re also quite effective in synthesizing the units of speech into a computer voice. Neural TTS Traditional text-to-speech systems generally break down the prosody into separate linguistic analysis and acoustic prediction steps that get governed by independent models. This usually results in muffled, buzzy voice synthesis. Whereas, neural networks perform prosody prediction and voice synthesis simultaneously. This results in a more fluid and natural-sounding voice. Microsoft makes use of the computational power of Azure to offer real-time streaming. This makes it useful for situations such as interacting with a chatbot or virtual assistant. This TTS capability is served in the Azure Kubernetes Service to ensure high scalability and availability. Only the preview of the text-to-speech service is available currently. The preview comes with two pre-built neural text-to-speech voices in English – Jessa, and Guy. Microsoft will be making more languages available soon. It will also be offering customization services in 49 languages for customers wanting to build branded voices optimized for their specific needs. For more information, check out the official Microsoft Blog post. Read Next Microsoft acquires AI startup Lobe, a no code visual interface tool to build deep learning models easily DoWhy: Microsoft’s new python library for causal inference Say hello to FASTER: a new key-value store for large state management by Microsoft
The Salvation Army:Would like to take this opportunity to deeply thank everyone who made invaluable contributions to the Angel Tree Christmas program this year. By spreading your love and sharing Christmas gifts for children in need, you helped make the difference this Christmas in many needy homes.Recalling the words of the great maestro, “whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.” –Matthew 25:40 Facebook Comments No related posts.