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A12 litter sees Essex council ordered to pay court costs

Braintree and Witham Times - Sun, 2022-09-25 13:09
An Essex council has been ordered to pay court costs after a complaint was made about its failure to deal with rubbish around the A12.
Categories: Essex News

Iran's Revolutionary Guard call for arrest of 'Asian Maradona' Ali Karimi over support for protests

Mail Online - Sun, 2022-09-25 13:04
Iranian football legend Ali Karimi must be arrested and 'dealt with' for inflaming protests in the wake of the killing of a young woman by Iran's 'morality police', the army's mouthpiece insisted
Categories: UK News

Prince and Princess of Wales had to 'up their game' around Meghan, royal book claims

Mail Online - Sun, 2022-09-25 12:51
Katie Nicholl, author of The New Royals, has claimed Meghan Markle's impressive first appearance on a panel discussion for the Royal Foundation was a 'wake-up' for Kate and William.
Categories: UK News

British holidaymaker, 24, dies after she fell 30ft from second floor hotel balcony in Ibiza

Mail Online - Sun, 2022-09-25 12:47
The 24-year-woman was declared dead at the scene of the incident, which occurred around 9am at the Rosamar Hotel near the party resort of San Antonio.
Categories: UK News

Strictly's Giovanni Pernice and Richie Anderson 'haven't clicked' as tensions rise off camera 

Mail Online - Sun, 2022-09-25 12:36
Strictly's Giovanni Pernice and Richie Anderson 'haven't clicked' since being paired together as tensions rise off camera.
Categories: UK News

Police believe nine-year-old Olivia Pratt-Korbel was shot dead in her home by hitman with TWO guns

Mail Online - Sun, 2022-09-25 12:11
The two gun-wielding hired assassin who shot nine-year-old Olivia Pratt-Korbel dead at her home in Liverpool was sent by a gang to take out a 'rival', police on Merseyside believe
Categories: UK News

Pub landlord stages 'Nige-fest' festival for people called Nigel as nearly 400 turned up

Mail Online - Sun, 2022-09-25 12:04
The entertainment was provided by musicians called Nigel, and attendees brought photo ID and signed the 'the book of Nigel' kept at the Fleece Inn, in Bretforton, Worcestershire.
Categories: UK News

Royal fans say a final farewell to the Queen after a photo of her ledger stone was released

Mail Online - Sun, 2022-09-25 12:00
Royal fans have shared their thoughts on the Queen's ledger stone, after official pictures of the memorial were released by the Firm on Instagram - with one describing the scene as 'bittersweet'.
Categories: UK News

Mathieu van der Poel out of world cycling event after allegedly assaulting teenage girls: Wollongong

Mail Online - Sun, 2022-09-25 11:53
Dutch cycling star Mathieu van der Poel sensationally withdrew from a world championship road race on Sunday after being charged with assaulting two teenage girls in a Sydney hotel.
Categories: UK News

Moment soldiers armed with assault rifles 'force residents to cast their vote in 'sham' referendum

Mail Online - Sun, 2022-09-25 11:53
Donetsk, Luhansk, Zaporizhzhia, Kherson, and Crimea are all Ukrainian regions under Russian occupation where the referendums are being held - with the results fixed by Moscow.
Categories: UK News

No10 defends chief of staff Mark Fullbrook as it's revealed he's being paid though his lobbying firm

Mail Online - Sun, 2022-09-25 11:53
No10 said that Mark Fullbrook was 'on secondment' from Fullbrook Strategies and it had cleared the arrangement which sees his salary paid to the company set up in April.
Categories: UK News

Duchess of Rutland says she felt like she had been 'punched' when she discovered husband's affair

Mail Online - Sun, 2022-09-25 11:48
The Duchess of Rutland, 59, who still lives on her Leicestershire estate with her estranged husband David, with whom she is good friends, revealed the moment she realised he was having an affair.
Categories: UK News

Young women suffer head injuries and rushed to hospital after attack in Basildon

This Is Total Essex - Sun, 2022-09-25 11:46
Police are appealing for witnesses
Categories: Essex News

Family slams TV presenters who moved disabled woman 'out the way' in queue to see the Queen

Mail Online - Sun, 2022-09-25 11:40
Mia Froggatt claims her mother was 'ushered out of the way' by aides so Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby could jump the queue. She alleges the pair didn't even say thank you.
Categories: UK News

Keir Starmer leads Labour in party conference tribute to the Queen

Mail Online - Sun, 2022-09-25 11:40
Labour paid tribute to the Queen with a flawlessly observed minute's silence and a rendition of God Save the King today.
Categories: UK News

Police seize 'dangerously out of control' dog in Billericay

This Is Total Essex - Sun, 2022-09-25 11:39
The dog will not be returning to Billericay, police said
Categories: Essex News

Defiant Kwasi Kwarteng vows to slash taxes AGAIN in the New Year

Mail Online - Sun, 2022-09-25 11:35
Chancellor Kwasi Kwarteng insisted there is 'more to come' as he delivered a robust defence of the £45billion tax-cutting package.
Categories: UK News

RMT militant Mick Lynch says talks with transport secretary Anne-Marie Trevelyan were a 'good start'

Mail Online - Sun, 2022-09-25 11:20
Union chief Mick Lynch said he had a 'pleasant meeting' with secretary Anne-Marie Trevelyan in which he detailed 'everything that is wrong with our transport system.'
Categories: UK News

OpenAI Open-Sources Whisper, a Multilingual Speech Recognition System

Slashdot - Sun, 2022-09-25 11:10
Speech recognition remains a challenging problem in AI and machine learning. In a step toward solving it, OpenAI today open-sourced Whisper, an automatic speech recognition system that the company claims enables "robust" transcription in multiple languages as well as translation from those languages into English. TechCrunch reports: Countless organizations have developed highly capable speech recognition systems, which sit at the core of software and services from tech giants like Google, Amazon and Meta. But what makes Whisper different, according to OpenAI, is that it was trained on 680,000 hours of multilingual and "multitask" data collected from the web, which lead to improved recognition of unique accents, background noise and technical jargon. "The primary intended users of [the Whisper] models are AI researchers studying robustness, generalization, capabilities, biases and constraints of the current model. However, Whisper is also potentially quite useful as an automatic speech recognition solution for developers, especially for English speech recognition," OpenAI wrote in the GitHub repo for Whisper, from where several versions of the system can be downloaded. "[The models] show strong ASR results in ~10 languages. They may exhibit additional capabilities ... if fine-tuned on certain tasks like voice activity detection, speaker classification or speaker diarization but have not been robustly evaluated in these area." Whisper has its limitations, particularly in the area of text prediction. Because the system was trained on a large amount of "noisy" data, OpenAI cautions Whisper might include words in its transcriptions that weren't actually spoken -- possibly because it's both trying to predict the next word in audio and trying to transcribe the audio itself. Moreover, Whisper doesn't perform equally well across languages, suffering from a higher error rate when it comes to speakers of languages that aren't well-represented in the training data. Despite this, OpenAI sees Whisper's transcription capabilities being used to improve existing accessibility tools.

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Categories: Technology

Astrology experts reveal what you should and shouldn't do during Mercury in retrograde

Mail Online - Sun, 2022-09-25 10:57
Experts told FEMAIL the different things Brits should watch out for while Mercury is in retrograde - and warned miscommunications with partners could be rife.
Categories: UK News


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