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Kris Jenner: A look at the Kardashian family's EXPANSIVE property portfolio

Mail Online - Sun, 2022-09-25 16:19
Since finding fame through reality TV, the Kardashian-Jenner clan have amassed a vast property portfolio, with an uncanny ability to flip mansions with a profit.
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Zelensky urges US to name Russia a state terror sponsor as Jake Sullivan warns Putin against nukes

Mail Online - Sun, 2022-09-25 16:19
Senior Biden administration officials have been in close contact with Kremlin counterparts 'in the last few days,' White House National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan said Sunday.
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James Earl Jones Signs Off on Using Recordings to Recreate Darth Vader's Voice with AI

Slashdot - Sun, 2022-09-25 16:15
James Earl Jones is stepping away from the role of Darth Vader after nearly 40 years. According to Vanity Fair, he has signed off on using archival voice recordings to recreate the iconic voice with artificial intelligence. From a report: "He had mentioned he was looking into winding down this particular character," Matthew Wood, a Lucasfilm veteran of 32 years, told the outlet. "So how do we move forward?" The company has enlisted the assistance of Respeecher, a Ukrainian startup that uses AI technology to craft new conversations from revitalized old voice recordings. Respeecher's relationship with Lucasfilm began with the Disney+ series "The Book of Boba Fett," for which they recreated the voice of young Luke Skywalker. The two also teamed for the voice performance of Darth Vader on the series "Obi-Wan Kenobi," which debuted on Disney's streamer this summer. Bogdan Belyaev, the 29-year-old speech artist, was tasked with delivering the new recordings to Lucasfilm, but tragedy struck on Feb. 24 when Russia invaded the country. As air raid sirens powered through the city of Lviv, Belyaev hurried to finish the project and send his work back to Skywalker Sound in Northern California. "If everything went bad, we would never make these conversions delivered to Skywalker Sound," he says. Following the debut of "Obi-Wan Kenobi," Jones' family informed Wood that they were pleased with the result of the synthesis between the actor's voice and Respeecher's technical work. Jones is credited for "guiding the performance" of Darth Vader in the Disney+ series, with Wood describing the actor as a "benevolent godfather."

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Home Secretary Suella Braverman plans urgent overhaul of counter-terrorism scheme

Mail Online - Sun, 2022-09-25 16:03
New Home Secretary Suella Braverman is planning an 'urgent overhaul' of the UK's counter-terrorism scheme after an inquiry revealed potential terrorists were being treated as 'victims.'
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Two police officers are fighting life after their patrol car crashed into BMW on country road

Mail Online - Sun, 2022-09-25 15:53
The police officers were rushed to Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge, where their conditions are said to be life-threatening. They were on-duty at 1.20am when the road collision took place
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Archaeologists claim to have discovered Nefertiti's mummy as it awaits DNA test

Mail Online - Sun, 2022-09-25 15:52
Thousands of years after the end of Egypt's 18th dynasty, the Queens who ruled alongside of both Akhenaten and Tutankhamun may have been found.
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Liz Truss insists UK relationship with the US is 'still special'

Mail Online - Sun, 2022-09-25 15:42
In an interview on CNN she was asked about concerns in US president Joe Biden's administration that she does not share the same belief in the special relationship as some of her predecessors.'
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Cristiano Ronaldo's girlfriend Georgina Rodriguez says loss of son was 'worst moment of my life'

Mail Online - Sun, 2022-09-25 15:39
The model had been expecting baby twins with her footballer partner Cristiano Ronaldo in April when they tragically announced their boy had died.
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Moment driver grabs can of BEER from stag do minibus while travelling 70mph on M6 

Mail Online - Sun, 2022-09-25 15:35
Paul Holmes, 24, from Clitheroe in Lancashire, lost his licence after dashcam footage showed him grabbing a beer can from a stag do bus on the M6 on February 4 this year.
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Holocaust survivors unveil memorial to Kindertransport which saved them and thousands of other children from Nazis

This Is Total Essex - Sun, 2022-09-25 15:33
'On arriving in Harwich, after all we had been through, we thought English people were angels'
Categories: Essex News

Tyler Perry defends smash hit Madea from Spike Lee's old criticism it promotes negative stereotypes

Mail Online - Sun, 2022-09-25 15:32
Tyler Perry defended his Madea character, saying he is 'honoring the people who made me who I am.' Spike Lee called the project 'coonery buffoonery.'
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Expert reveals the five different types of toxic partner - and explains how to tell if you need help

Mail Online - Sun, 2022-09-25 15:26
Psychologist and relationship expert Cathy Press, who specialises in sexual and domestic violence, told FEMAIL how to spot a toxic partner and how you can safely leave if you are in trouble.
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Rise in Essex speeders due to Covid lockdown driving habits

Chelmsford Weekly News - Sun, 2022-09-25 15:19
Essex Police recorded 10,284 speeding offences in June 2022
Categories: Essex News

Rise in Essex speeders due to Covid lockdown driving habits

Braintree and Witham Times - Sun, 2022-09-25 15:19
Essex Police recorded 10,284 speeding offences in June 2022
Categories: Essex News

Mozilla Reaffirms That Firefox Will Continue To Support Current Content Blockers

Slashdot - Sun, 2022-09-25 15:14
Martin Brinkmann writes via gHacks: From next year onward, extensions for Google Chrome and most other Chromium-based browsers, will have to rely on a new extension manifest. Manifest V3 defines the boundaries in which extensions may operate. Current Chromium extensions use Manifest V2 for the most part, even though the January 2023 deadline is looming over the heads of every extension developer. Google is using its might to push Manifest v3, and most Chromium-based browsers, including Microsoft Edge, will follow. [...] Mozilla announced early on that it will support Manifest v3 as well, but that it would continue to support important APIs that Google limited in Manifest v3. Probably the most important of them all is the WebRequest API. Used by content blockers extensively to filter certain items, it has been replaced by a less powerful option in Manifest v3. While Manifest v3 does not mean the end for content blocking on Chrome, Edge and other Chromium-based browsers, it may limit abilities under certain circumstances. Users who install a single content blocker and no other extension that relies on the same relevant API may not notice much of a change, but those who like to add custom filter lists or use multiple extensions that rely on the API, may run into artificial limits set by Google. Mozilla reaffirmed this week that its plan has not changed. In "These weeks in Firefox: issue 124," the organization confirms that it will support the WebRequst API of Manifest v2 alongside Manifest v3. Again, a reminder that Mozilla plans to continue support for the Manifest v2 blocking WebRequest API (this API powers, for example, uBlock Origin) while simultaneously supporting Manifest v3.

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Angela Rayner accuses Tories of 'enriching bankers while families are starving'

Mail Online - Sun, 2022-09-25 15:05
The Labour firebrand made the accusation in a tub-thumping conference speech in which she also vowed to stick up for striking workers.
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More than a third of top 1,000 most expensive properties were made outside of London

Mail Online - Sun, 2022-09-25 14:54
The City's richest men and women are looking around for more rural and suburban homes in the likes of Surrey, Buckinghamshire and Hampshire.
Categories: UK News

Amazon Hires Unsafe Trucking Firms Twice As Often As Peers, WSJ Finds

Slashdot - Sun, 2022-09-25 14:13
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: For years, people in cars stuck behind blue delivery trucks in traffic have echoed media reports criticizing Amazon for clogging American roadways. It's well-known that the Amazon drivers steering these fleets of trucks and vans don't actually work for Amazon but are hired by companies contracted by Amazon, and Amazon has repeatedly denied liability for any dangerous driving reported, though. Because Amazon has contracts with more than 50,000 firms, just how dangerous Amazon's contracted drivers really are remains a question that is hard to track. However, The Information reported last year that horrific car crashes are part and parcel of Amazon's culture of convenience. And then more recently, The Wall Street Journal provided another window into how deadly America's favorite speedy delivery service can be. Since 2015, WSJ reported this week, "Trucking companies hauling freight for Amazon have been involved in crashes that killed more than 75 people." To arrive at this number, WSJ partnered with Jason Miller -- a Michigan State University professor who researches transportation safety -- to analyze various sources of government data from "3,512 trucking companies that were inspected by authorities three or more times while hauling trailers for Amazon since February 2020." The resulting report, WSJ said, "for the first time showed how the safety performance of Amazon's trucking contractors compared with their peers." And their results didn't appear good for Amazon. For example, a review of Department of Transportation data on unsafe driving scores of more than 1,300 Amazon trucking contractors from February 2020 to early August 2022 found that contractors who worked the most with Amazon were "more than twice as likely as all other similar companies to receive bad unsafe driving scores." WSJ also found evidence of dozens of companies that Amazon contracted that had "conditional" ratings, which is like DOT putting them on probation -- a black mark that typically alienates most firms from contracting them. One Illinois-based company contracted by Amazon "scored worse than the level DOT officials consider problematic" every month of WSJ's review period. "First and foremost, the insinuation that Amazon puts more value on meeting deadlines than on human lives is categorically false," said Amazon spokesperson Kelly Nantel. "Any accident involving one of our partners or community members is a tragedy, and we always work with our contractors to prevent accidents or learn from them, so they don't happen again." The safety director of Amazon's freight unit, Steve DasGupta, noted that Amazon contractors had "a rate of fatalities per vehicle mile about 7 percent lower than the industry average in 2020." The company also told said it has "suspended all contractors involved in car crashes described in WSJ's report, suspended or terminated 80 percent of contracts where WSJ found unsafe driving scores, and made changes to its screening process," reports Ars.

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Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield 'were not on official Westminster list' to see Queen's coffin

This Is Total Essex - Sun, 2022-09-25 14:08
New claims have been made suggesting This Morning presenters Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield were not on the official accreditation list
Categories: Essex News

Woman sparks debate by revealing she wants to change her child's school because of the other parents

Mail Online - Sun, 2022-09-25 14:01
A woman has sparked a debate on Mumsnet after asking people whether she's being a snob for judging her child's school by some of the other children's parents.
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