first_imgHyderabad: Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) Working President J.P. Nadda on Sunday discussed with the party’s Telangana leaders the strategy to be adopted in the ensuing elections to urban local bodies in the state. On his maiden visit to Telangana after taking over the party post, he exhorted the party leaders to work together with those joining the BJP from other outfits. Also Read – Car mechanic held in Hyderabad for killing Class 10 girl in Jadcherla Advertise With Us According to BJP sources, Nadda gave broad guidelines to the party leaders to strengthen the organisation in the state ahead of the local bodies elections. He asked state BJP chief K. Laxman and other leaders to ensure proper coordination at all levels. The meeting discussed the steps required to make the party strong in all the districts. Also Read – Techie strangled to death in Hyderabad Advertise With Us Nadda will participate in a membership drive and address a public meeting in Hyderabad later on Sunday. Several leaders from the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) and other parties are expected to formally join the BJP at the public meeting. Union Minister G. Kishan Reddy, the three other party MPs from the state and other senior leaders attended the meeting with Nadda. Advertise With Us Nadda’s visit is part of BJP’s attempts to strengthen itself in the state and project the party as an alternative to the ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS). The BJP’s morale is high after winning four Lok Sabha seats in the state. The party not only retained Secunderabad seat but also wrested three seats from the TRS. BJP President and Union Home Minister Amit Shah had visited Hyderabad last month to launch the membership campaign. Laxman has already announced that the BJP President will visit Telangana every month as part of the party’s plans to strengthen itself. He is confident that the BJP will come to power in Telangana in 2023 Assembly polls.last_img

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first_imgLillian Elizabeth Thomas, the mother of Bishop Walter Scott Thomas, pastor of New Psalmist Baptist Church, died June 28. She was 97 years old.Lillian Thomas (Courtesy Photo)Funeral services for Mother Thomas will be July 6, at New Shiloh Baptist Church, 2100 N. Monroe Street in West Baltimore. The wake for Mother Thomas will be at 10 a.m., and the homegoing service will take place at 11 a.m.Walter Scott Thomas has served in ministry since 1973 and he has been pastor of New Psalmist since 1975. During his leadership the church has grown from 200 members to more than 7,000 active members.last_img

first_img Register Now » Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. July 18, 2019 Oakland, California has become the third city in the United States to ban the use of facial recognition in public places, following San Francisco and Somerville, Massachusetts which imposed their own restrictions in May and June, respectively.As reported by Vice, any facial recognition — defined as “an automated or semi-automated process that assists in identifying or verifying an individual based on an individual’s face” — cannot be acquired, obtained, requested, or accessed.It replaces a law from 2018 that required city staff members to secure permission from the chair of Oakland’s Privacy Advisory Commission before getting funds for surveillance technology, including those from the state or the federal government.Rebecca Kaplan, Oakland City Council President, wrote a public memo (PDF) outlining her concerns. The memo states that the technology could lead to a “misuse of force, false incarceration, and minority-based persecution,” citing specifically a study that showed how this technology “negatively and disproportionately misidentifies darker skinned women.”While advocates of facial recognition have argued that it’s simply a tool used by law enforcement, and that human police officers still make the final decisions, the memo highlights numerous instances where police officers did not take adequate measures to corrobotate the results of their identification system.Examples of these instances include the New York Police Department apprehending a suspect and placing him in a lineup solely on the basis of a face recognition search, sheriffs in Florida who arrested a suspect based on facial recognition while the “only corroboration was the officers’ review of the photograph, presented as the ‘most likely’ match,” and a Metro Police Department officer in Washington, D.C. printing out a “possible match” from a facial recognition system and presenting it to the witness for confirmation.Kaplan’s memo ends stating that: “As the technology behind these face recognition systems continues to improve, it is natural to assume that the investigative leads become more accurate. Yet without rules governing what can — and cannot — be submitted as a probe photo, this is far from a guarantee. Garbage in will still lead to garbage out.”In a report (PDF), Oakland’s Chief of Police Anne Kirkpatrick said that while the Oakland Police department does not have any facial recognition technology and does not plan to acquire it, an outright ban could hinder law enforcement. “Staff does believe that Oakland’s current surveillance technology provides adequate thresholds for reviewing any possible future requests to test or purchase [facial recognition technology],” Kirkpatrick said.Much like criminal lineups, which have had their reliability questioned due to both eyewitnesses accuracy and the decisions of the police, basing arrests purely on facial identification can be concerning. There have been a number of occasions where facial recognition technology has been biased against people with darker skin, because the technology is only as good as the data used to train it. The New York Times reports how a study found one widely-used data set was estimated to be “more than 75 percent male and more than 80 percent white.” 3 min read This story originally appeared on PCMag Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goalslast_img

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