RCMP say suspect in Ahtahkakoop fatal shooting has died

first_imgAPTN National NewsRCMP say the suspect in a fatal shooting Tuesday morning in the Ahtahkakoop Cree Nation has also died.The 59-year-old man was found at approximately 5 p.m. in the community by RCMP. Police said a firearm went off after officers found the suspect and he was later pronounced dead in hospital. The RCMP said their officers never fired a shot.The small community, about 150 km north of Saskatoon, was rocked by a shooting hours earlier when a 56-year-old man was shot to death. Police have not identified either of the men.But according to resident Kim Sasakamoose, the shooting happened around 10 a.m. and the alleged shooter is her cousin, Elgin “Chucky” Sasakamoose.Chucky Sasakamoose. (Facebook photo)“They tried to bring him back to life,” said Kim Sasakamoose of the victim, who she identified as “Wayne” and being new to the community. The shooting happened near the health centre.A family friend identified the victim as Wayne Teed.Wayne Teed. (Facebook photo)Kim Sasakamoose said she heard the shooting was over a woman. “He took off on his quad,” said Kim Sasakamoose of her cousin. Police had told residents to stay in their homes throughout the day as they searched the area.Officers from several RCMP detachments were on the scene, including the canine and major crimes units. Police said they don’t believe there are any other victims or suspects. They have called in Saskatoon police to conduct what the RCMP said will be an independent investigation into what happened when the suspect died.RCMP at the scene of the shooting Tuesday in Ahtahkakoop. (Facebook photo)Chucky Sasakamoose was the son of Fred Sasakamoose, the first Aboriginal hockey player in National Hockey League when he played for the Chicago Blackhawks in 1953, according a family member.last_img read more

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Thumri Expression of love

first_imgOnce hailed as the most popular art form in the royal courts of Awadh, Thumri is still adored and followed by the lovers of Hindustani classical tradition. The beauty of Thumri lies in the fact that it is a semi-classical form of singing which appeals equally to the connoisseurs of classical music as well as  to those who prefer lighter musical art forms.A three-day Thumri Festival that opens on August 7 at Kamani Auditorium in the capital is set to add to the beautiful melody of pouring raindrops and the rhythms of cool monsoon laden winds. Some of the veterans of Hindustani classical music such as Girija Devi, Pandit Channulal Mishra and Ustad Ghulam Sadiq Khan will be among the vocalists participating in the festival. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The annual Thumri Festival, presented by Delhi Government’s Department of Art, Culture & Languages and Sahitya Kala Parishad brings together the maestros of this art form along with some outstanding young talent. The festival will be inaugurated by Manish Sisodia, Deputy Chief Minister, Government of Delhi. Kapil Mishra, Minister for Water, Law & Justice, Tourism, Art, Culture and Languages, will be the chief guest at the festival.Over three days, nine vocalists who have mastered the beautiful art form of Thumri will entertain the audience. The festival will have a fitting finale when Girja Devi, the 84-year-old maestro of Thumri takes the stage.last_img read more

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Kolkata Metro to receive Chinamade rakes from December

first_imgKolkata: The Metro Railway will start receiving delivery of 14 rakes from Chinese manufacturer Dalian from December, while four other rakes are awaiting safety clearance, Kolkata Metro general manager P C Sharma said. Trials are over for four rakes delivered by Integral Coach Factory (ICF), Perumbur and fitness certificate for these are awaited, he said. “We are in touch with RDSO (Research Designs & Standards Oeganisation) for clearance and are trying our best to get it at the earliest,” Sharma said here on Wednesday. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life He said that the first of the 14 rakes ordered from Dalian is scheduled to arrive in December and three more will come in the next three months of the current fiscal year 2018-19. The remaining 10 rakes will arrive by the end of next financial year 2019-20, Sharma said. The Kolkata Metro has been saddled with several old rakes, which have been in service since its inception in 1984. Of the 26 rakes in operation, 13 are old and non-AC. The first of the 16 rakes ordered from ICF was delivered in July 2017, with three more were received by the Metro later. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killed However, these are yet to be introduced for passenger service pending RDSO’s safety clearance. Kolkata Metro had ordered 40 air-conditioned rakes from different manufacturers to augment its services. While 16 are from ICF, 14 are from Dalian and the rest 10 rakes are from CRRC Zhuzhou Locomotive Company of China, according to Metro spokesperson Indrani Banerjee. The Kolkata Metro at present runs between Kavi Subhash in the southern end of the city to Noapara in the northern outskirts over a route length of 27.22 km.last_img read more

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Mamata takes wraps off Soujanya

first_imgKolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday inaugurated ‘Soujanya’, a state-of-the-art venue at Hastings House Complex in Alipore, for holding industry and diplomatic meetings. The building is modelled after Hyderabad House in Delhi.”Hyderabad House in Delhi is used only for holding meetings and signing MoUs. ‘Soujanya’ has nine suites that will serve as a guest house for country heads and similar high ranked officials, along with captains of the industry. We will use this venue for specific purposes. Earlier, we did not have any specific venue for holding diplomatic meetings. From now, such meetings will be held here,” Banerjee said. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeShe further said that her government is considering construction of a skywalk beside Kalighat Temple, similar to the one which has recently been constructed by Kolkata Metropolitan Development Authority (KMDA) in Dakshineswar, which will be inaugurated on November 5. “We have received a proposal for constructing a skywalk near Kalighat Temple. I have asked chief secretary Malay De to go through the proposal and if feasible, we will construct the skywalk. It will be of immense help to the people,” she said. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedTalking of the government’s huge investment in infrastructure, the Chief Minister said that several new flyovers are coming up in Kolkata. “The Mahestala-Jinjirabazar flyover is almost ready and will be inaugurated soon. We will come up with a number of flyovers to connect Tollygunge, Dhakuria, Cossipore, Jadavpur and Shyambazar. Around Rs 18,000 crore has been allotted for the new infrastructure, including bridges and roads. This apart, another Rs 25,000 crore has been included in the budget for additional infrastructure. I am sure no other state in the country has spent such a huge amount on infrastructure till now,” Banerjee maintained. ‘Soujanya’, which has been named by Banerjee, has a host of facilities including a community hall, conference room, special rooms for accommodating the Prime Minister or important world leaders and personalities, rest rooms and other required infrastructure. An auditorium named ‘Uttirnyo’ has already been set up in Alipore, while Milan Mela exhibition ground is being developed further, the Chief Minister said. Banerjee will hold the Bijoya meet with industrialists and diplomats at Eco Tourism Park on November 14. From the venue, the Chief Minister also laid the foundation stone of an arsenic-free potable drinking water project for the people of Haroa, Rajarhat and Bhangar II Block in North 24-Parganas. The project, conceived by the department of Public Health and Engineering (PHE), will involve Rs 1,000 crore. PHE minister Moloy Ghatak was also present at the programme.last_img read more

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How Netflix uses AVA an Image Discovery tool to find the perfect

first_imgNetflix, the video-on-demand streaming company, has seen a surge in its growing number of users every day as well as in the viewership of its TV shows. It is constantly striving to provide an enriching experience to its viewers. To keep pace with the ever-increasing demands of user experience, Netflix is introducing a collection of tools and algorithms to make its content more audience relevant. AVA( Aesthetic Visual Analysis)- analyses large volumes of images obtained from video frames of a particular TV show to set as the title image for that show. Netflix understands that a more visually appealing title image plays an incredibly important role assisting a viewer find new shows and movies to watch. How title images are selected normally Usually, content editors had to go through tens of thousands of video frames for a show, to select a good title image. To give you a gist of the effort required-  a single one-hour episode of ‘Stranger Things’, consists of nearly 86,000 static video frames. Imagine sieving through each one of these frames painstakingly to find the perfect title image that will not only connect with the viewers, but also give them a gist of the storyline. To top it all up, the number of frames can go up to a million depending on the number of episodes in a show. This task of manually screening the frames is almost impossible and labor intensive, if not ineffective. Additionally, the editors choosing the image stills require an in-depth expertise of the source content that they’re intended to represent. Considering Netflix has an exponentially increasing catalog of shows, this presents a very challenging expectation for the editors to surface meaningful images from videos. Enter AVA, using its image classification algorithms for sorting the right image at the right time. What is AVA? The ever-growing number of images on the internet space has led to challenges in its processing and classification. To address this concern, a research team from University of Barcelona, Spain in collaboration with Xerox corporation has developed a method called Aesthetic Visual Analysis (AVA) as a research project. The project contains a vast database of over 2.5 lakh images combined with metadata such as aesthetic scores for images semantic labels for more than 60 classifications of images and many other characteristics. Using statistical concepts like standard deviation, mean score and variance, AVA rates images. Based on the distributions computed from these statistics, they assess the semantic challenges and choose the right images for the database. AVA primarily alleviates the issues of extensive benchmarking and trains more images. They also enable images to get a better aesthetic appeal. Computing performance can be significantly optimised to have lesser impact on the hardware. You can get more insights by reading the Research paper. The ‘AVA’ approach used at Netflix The process takes place in 3 steps: AVA starts by analysing images obtained through the process of frame annotation. This includes processing and annotating many different variables on every individual frame of video to best derive what the frame contains, and to understand its importance to the story. To keep up pace with the growing catalog of content, Netflix uses the Archer framework to process videos more efficiently. Archer splits the video into very tiny bits to aid parallel video processing. After the frames are obtained, they are subjected to a series of image recognition algorithms to build metadata. Metadata is further classified as visual, contextual and composition metadata.  To give you a brief overview- Visual Metadata: For brightness, sharpness and color Contextual Metadata: This is a combination of elements that are combined to derive meaning from the actions or movement of the actors, objects and camera in the frame. Eg: face detection, Motion estimation, Object Detection and camera shot identification Composition Metadata: For intricate image details based on core principles in photography, cinematography and visual aesthetic design such as depth of field and symmetry. Choosing the right Picture! The ‘best’ image is chosen considering three important aspects– the lead actors, visual range and sensitivity filters. Emphasis is given first to lead actors of the show since they make a visual impact. In order to identify the key character for a given episode, AVA utilizes a combination of face clustering and actor recognition to filter main characters from secondary characters or extras. The next thing, is the diversity of the images present in the video frames which includes camera positions, image details such as brightness, color, contrast to name a few. Keeping these in mind, image frames are easy to group based on similarities. This helps in developing image support vectors. The vectors primarily assist in designing an image diversity index where all the relevant images collected for an episode or even a movie can be scored based on visual appeal. Sensitive factors such as violence, nudity and advertisements are filtered and are allotted low priority in the image vectors. This way they are screened out completely in the process. Source: Netflix Blog What’s in this for Netflix and its users? Netflix’s decision to use AVA will not only save manual labour, but also reduce the cost involved in having manpower source through millions of images in order to get that one perfect shot. This unique approach will help in obtaining meaningful images from video and thus enable creative teams to invest time in designing stunning artwork . As for its users, a good title image means establishing a deeper connection to the show’s characters and storyline, thus improving their overall experience.To understand the intricate  workings of AVA, you can read Netflix engineering team’s original post on this topic on Medium. Read Next How everyone at Netflix uses Jupyter notebooks from data scientists, machine learning engineers, to data analysts Netflix releases FlameScope Netflix bring in Verna Myers as new VP of Inclusion strategy to boost cultural diversitylast_img read more

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