Old Liberty Theater brings in variety of artists who like good acoustics

first_imgGiven ongoing lamenting about the lack of theaters and performing-arts venues in Vancouver and Clark County, here’s a reminder. The Old Liberty Theater in Ridgefield remains a well-kept secret — unless you’ve already got the place on your radar.The 200-seat Old Liberty attracts national and regional acts that emphasize fine playing, want great acoustics and really don’t belong in bars, according to longtime owner Don Griswold. Regular and recent guests include bluegrass band the Misty Mamas, acoustic guitar wizard Terry Robb, guitar-and-violin duo Fire & Grace, the global New World String Project and even comedy rockers The Strange Tones.“It’s a listening room,” Griswold said. “It’s an opportunity to have a concert experience and hear skilled players who’d rather not get stuck playing clubs.”Griswold never wanted to get stuck with a nightclub either. In 2001 Griswold and wife Earleen relaunched the historic Old Liberty (which first opened in 1946 as the Liberty Theater) with a strategy of offering special events, not nightly noise.“Great shows with great players,” Griswold said. “Not trying to be a club scene, not slinging whiskey every night.” But to generate more cash flow, he added, the front lobby became the Seasons Coffee Shop, open daily.last_img read more

Five Independents now registered with Integrity Commission

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, November 1, 2016 – At least five independent candidates have registered their interest to run in the December 15 General Elections with the Integrity Commission. Damian Wilson, Clarence Selver and Jasmin Walkin all reported that they have taken that step to becoming official nominees whenever nomination day is announced. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Michael Misick, the former Premier who is running at large as an independent was first this morning since around 8:30 am to register with the IC, next was independent for the South Caicos seat, McAllister Piper Hanchell.  Related Items:last_img

Hamann Bayern Munich would struggle to beat Liverpool

first_imgEx-Germany international Dietmar Hamann doubts Bayern Munich would be able to beat Liverpool in the Champions League knockout stagesNiko Kovac’s side finished top of Group E following their 3-3 draw at Ajax on Wednesday night with Bayern only dropping points twice in their six games.But Hamann, who won the Champions League with Liverpool in 2005 and started his playing career at Bayern, reckons the German club must hope they do not get drawn against the Reds for a last-16 tie.“Liverpool and Atletico [Madrid] are the strongest of the teams that ended in second place,” Hamann wrote on his column for Sky.divock origi, liverpoolReport: Origi cause Klopp injury concerns George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Divock Origi injury in today’s game against Newcastle is a cause for concern for Jurgen Klopp.Perhaps with one eye on Tuesday’s trip to Italy…“What Liverpool showed was amazingly impressive once again. Klopp and his team are the last opponents I’d want to face.“I think Bayern would have little chance against them in the round of 16. For me, Bayern are not in the extended circle of favourites for the first time in many years.“The Reds lost three games away from home and still progressed. Sometimes, such things trigger something very special in a team.”The draw for the last-16 stage of the 2018/19 Champions League will be made on Monday at 12:00 (CET).last_img read more

From a movement to a political party

first_imgWouldn’t it be nice to know more about the journey of the Chief Minister from an IIT student to a political leader and youth icon that led to the birth of a new political party? Bloomsbury India launched the book ‘Arvind Kejriwal and the Aam Aadmi Party: An Inside Look’ in the presence of the author, Pran Kurup, and the Chief Minister of New Delhi, Arvind Kejriwal at the national Capital recently. The event was also presided over by Deputy CM, Manish Sisodia who unveiled the book. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The book provides a fresh and unique perspective on Arvind Kejriwal and the Aam Aadmi party (AAP) through keen observations and first-hand insights of an active AAP volunteer and close personal friend of Kejriwal from his undergraduate days at IIT Kharagpur. The book ultimately looks at the aftermath of AAP’s most recent power struggle, and the road ahead for AAP and its role in Indian politics.At the event, Arvind Kejriwal, said, “I am very happy to be at the launch of this book. Pran is a dear friend and a steadfast believer in AAP and my work over the years. I am happy to be here in the presence of my supporters and well-wishers at the launch of this book which is an excellent chronicle of AAP’s journey to bring politics back to our people. A keen observer of events with impressive analytical abilities Pran has been able to look at AAP’s journey through a lens of objectivity, providing his own perspective and suggestions for improvement at the same time. I wish him the very best.” Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixPran Kurup, author, added, “This is a book for people across the world hungering to know more about Arvind Kejriwal, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), and their meteoric rise in Indian politics. My book shows the true nature of Arvind and AAP, which is to have faith and inspire people into believing that they can do whatever they set their sights on, which is reflective of the young start-up culture our country is witnessing today. Startups are about faith and belief. Arvind has managed over the years to instill this belief and faith in scores of young men and women who play a critical role in both the party and in governance” Rajiv Beri, Managing Director, Bloomsbury India, said, “This book is one of the first few titles we have published in our strategic push towards bringing political and contemporary books to the market.”The launch also included a panel discussion between Pran Kurup, Raghav Chadha, Spokesperson and Treasurer of Delhi Unit of AAP; Ashutosh, journalist-turned-politician and spokesperson of AAP; and Dilip Pandey, Convenor of the Delhi Unit of AAP that gave the audience insights into the past, present and future of the Aam Aadmi Party. The discussion touched upon a variety of topics including the act of writing a book about a friend, the importance of objectivity while doing so and the turn of events in 2014. The session was moderated by Abhinandan Sekhri, Co-founder and CEO, Newslaundry.last_img read more

State CID files chargesheet against Bimal Gurung 71 others

first_imgDarjeeling: State CID on Monday filed the charge-sheet for the June 8, 2017 case in which Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) supporters and leaders had locked horns with security forces in Darjeeling while a Cabinet meeting was on in the hill town. Around 72 persons including Bimal Gurung have been named in the charge-sheet.A CID team on Monday filed the charge-sheet on Monday at the Chief Judicial Magistrate Court in Darjeeling. “A total of 72 persons has been named in the charge-sheet including Bimal Gurung, Asha Gurung, Roshan Giri, Dipen Malay, Prakash Gurung and Swaraj Thapa,” stated Pankaj Prasad, Assistant Public Prosecutor, Darjeeling. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeA total of 7 persons including Binay Tamang, Mandip Sharma, Amod Mukhia, Jyoti Kumar Rai, Dewraj Dewan and John Rai has been discharged owing to lack of evidence. “However, the charge-sheet stated that investigation is still open and that the CID can file a supplementary charge-sheet later on,” added Prasad. The accused have been charged under various sections of the Indian Penal Code including Sections 307 (attempt to murder); 120B (criminal conspiracy), along with different sections of the West Bengal Maintenance of Public Order Act and Prevention of Damage to Public Property Act. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThe Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) under the leadership of Gurung had locked horns with the security forces on June 8, 2017. The GJM party was on agitation in the Hills. Police reports claim more than 45 security force personnel were injured in the clash. A police booth was set on fire. Around 15 police vehicles were torched along with a state government Bus. Army was deployed in Darjeeling, Ghoom and Kurseong to control the situation. On that day, the GJM had taken out rallies and staged a sit-in demonstration a short distance away from Raj Bhawan where the Cabinet meeting was taking place. Later, the demonstration turned violent and clashes ensued. The GJM in turn had alleged that many of their supporters were also injured in the clashes. Police had lodged a suo moto FIR and a case had been started at Darjeeling Sadar Police Station on June 9. The case was handed over to the CID on June 29, 2017. On September 6, arrest warrants were issued against Gurung, Asha Gurung, Roshan Giri and 5 front rung GJM leaders. The CJM Court had ordered them to appear in court and surrender in November 2017. Bimal Gurung, Asha Gurung, Roshan Giri and others failed to appear on the designated date. On March 28, 2018, the CID had prayed these absconders be declared as offenders and their movable and immovable properties be attached. The court then issued an order of attachment of Gurung’s house. It was attached on August 2. Following this, properties of other leaders including Prakash Gurung were also attached as per the court order. Prior to this, in June, Bimal Gurung and Roshan Giri’s names were struck off from the electoral rolls in Darjeeling.last_img read more

DARPA on the hunt to catch deepfakes with its AI forensic tools

first_imgThe U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency ( DARPA) has come out with AI-based forensic tools to catch deepfakes, first reported by MIT technology review yesterday. According to MIT Technology Review, the development of more tools is currently under progress to expose fake images and revenge porn videos on the web. DARPA’s deepfake mission project was announced earlier this year. Alec Baldwin on Saturday Night Live face swapped with Donald Trump As mentioned in the MediFor blog post, “While many manipulations are benign, performed for fun or for artistic value, others are for adversarial purposes, such as propaganda or misinformation campaigns”. This is one of the major reasons why DARPA Forensics experts are keen on finding methods to detect deepfakes videos and images How did deepfakes originate? Back in December 2017, a Reddit user named “DeepFakes” posted extremely real-looking explicit videos of celebrities. He used deep learning techniques to insert celebrities’ faces into adult movies. Using Deep learning, one can combine and superimpose existing images and videos onto original images or videos to create realistic-seeming fake videos. As per the MIT technology review,“Video forgeries are done using a machine-learning technique — generative modeling — lets a computer learn from real data before producing fake examples that are statistically similar”. Video tampering is done using two neural networks — generative adversarial networks which work in conjunction “to produce ever more convincing fakes”. Why are deepfakes toxic? An app named FakeApp was released earlier this year which helped create deepfakes quite easily. FakeApp uses neural networking tools developed by Google’s AI division. The app trains itself to perform image-recognition tasks using trial and error. Ever since its release, the app has been downloaded more than 120,000 times. In fact, there are tutorials online on how to create deepfakes. Apart from this, there are regular requests on deepfake forums, asking users for help in creating face-swap porn videos of ex-girlfriends, classmates, politicians, celebrities, and teachers. Deepfakes is even be used to create fake news such as world leaders declaring war on a country. The toxic potential of this technology has led to a growing concern as deepfakes have become a powerful tool for harassing people. Once deepfakes found their way on the world wide web, many websites such as Twitter and PornHub, banned them from being posted on their platforms. Reddit also announced a ban on deepfakes, earlier this year, killing The “deepfakes” subreddit which had more than 90,000 subscribers, entirely. MediFor: DARPA’s AI weapon to counter deepfakes DARPA’s Media Forensics group, also known as MediFor, works in a group along with other researchers is set on developing AI tools for deepfakes. It is currently focusing on four techniques to catch the audiovisual discrepancies present in a forged video. This includes analyzing lip sync, detecting speaker inconsistency, scene inconsistency and content insertions. One technique comes from a team led by Professor Siwei Lyu of SUNY Albany. Lyu mentioned that they “generated about 50 fake videos and tried a bunch of traditional forensics methods. They worked on and off, but not very well”. As the deepfakes are created using static images, Lyu noticed that that the faces in deepfakes videos rarely blink and that eye-movement, if present, is quite unnatural. An academic paper titled “In Ictu Oculi: Exposing AI Generated Fake Face Videos by Detecting Eye Blinking,” by Yuezun Li, Ming-Ching Chang and Siwei Lyu explains a method to detect forged videos. It makes use of Long-term Recurrent Convolutional Networks (LRCN). According to the research paper, people, on an average, blink about 17 times a minute or 0.283 times per second. This rate increases with conversation and decreases while reading. There are a lot of other techniques which are used for eye blink detection such as detecting the eye state by computing the vertical distance between eyelids, measuring eye aspect ratio ( EAR ), and using the convolutional neural network (CNN) to detect open and closed eye states. But, Li, Chang, and Lyu use a different approach. They rely on  Long-term Recurrent Convolutional Networks (LRCN) model. They first perform pre-processing to identify facial features and normalize the video frame orientation. Then, they pass cropped eye images into the LRCN for evaluation. This technique is quite effective. It is also better as compared to other approaches, with a reported accuracy of 0.99 (LRCN) compared to 0.98 (CNN) and 0.79 (EAR). However, Lyu says that a skilled video editor can fix the non-blinking deepfakes by using images that shows blinking eyes. But, Lyu’s team has a secret effective technique in the works to fix even that, though he hasn’t divulged any details. Others in DARPA are on the look-out for similar cues such as strange head movements, odd eye color, etc as these little details are leading the team even closer to detection of deepfakes. As mentioned in the MIT Technology review post, “the arrival of these forensics tools may simply signal the beginning of an AI-powered arms race between video forgers and digital sleuths” and how”. Also, MediFor states that “If successful, the MediFor platform will automatically detect manipulations, provide detailed information about how these manipulations were performed, and reason about the overall integrity of visual media to facilitate decisions regarding the use of any questionable image or video”. Deepfakes need to stop and the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency ( DARPA) seems all set to fight against them. 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