Also see our special report, “Pinochet’s Arrest Remembered,” published last October. Last Wednesday in Santiago, Chile, Judge Jorge Zepeda’s office made public the results of a 14-year legal battle. The case stems from the 1973 murders of two U.S. citizens – Frank Teruggi and Charles Horman – in the days following a brutal coup d’état against the democratically elected government of Salvador Allende. Teruggi, 24, and Horman, 31, had both gone to Chile to see and experience the new Chilean government. Allende died in the coup, thousands of Chileans were subsequently killed, and many more were imprisoned and tortured during the 17-year rule of dictator Augusto Pinochet.The court ruling, issued on Jan. 9 but held for nearly three weeks until all of the parties were notified, sentences Pedro Espinoza, a former Chilean army colonel, to seven years in the killings of both men. Additionally, Rafael González, who worked for Chilean Air Force Intelligence as a “civilian counterintelligence agent,” was sentenced to two years of police supervision as an accomplice in the Horman murder only. Espinoza is currently serving multiple sentences for other human rights crimes as well. Frank Teruggi, far left, and friends in Santiago. (Courtesy Teruggi family)The families of Teruggi and Horman also were awarded a cash settlement. Under Chilean law, a mandated appeal process will take place before final action is taken.Janis Teruggi Page, Frank Teruggi’s sister, told The Tico Times: “Joyce Horman [Charles Horman’s widow] and I still have an appeals process to get through, which may last six more months. We also intend to increase our support for Universal Jurisdiction, because the arrest of Pinochet made investigations possible in Chile, and internationalized the crimes and took away sovereign immunity for torture.”This month’s sentencing followed a ruling last June by Judge Zepeda that found that the two North Americans, in separate incidents, had been killed by Chilean military officials based on information provided to them by U.S. intelligence operatives in Chile. Judge Zepeda’s investigation, which began in 2000, asserted that the targeted killings were part of “a secret United States information-gathering operation carried out by the U.S. MILGROUP in Chile on the political activities of American citizens in the United States and in Chile.” Declassified FBI documents on Frank Teruggi. Norman Stockwell/The Tico TimesOne piece of evidence, an FBI memo dated Oct. 25, 1972 – 11 months before Frank’s arrest following the coup – listed Teruggi’s street address in Santiago. If this document had been shared with Chilean security forces, it certainly would have allowed them to locate him quite easily for arrest.A September 2000 U.S. Intelligence Community report affirmed that the CIA “actively supported the military Junta after the overthrow of Allende.” But, in spite of this admission, much of the specifics of the U.S. role remain obscured.“After 14 years of investigation, the Chilean courts have provided new details on how and why Charles Horman and Frank Teruggi were targeted and executed by Pinochet’s forces,” said Peter Kornbluh, author of “The Pinochet File.” “But legal evidence and the verdict of history remain elusive on the furtive U.S. role in the aftermath of the military coup.”Kornbluh is a senior analyst at the National Security Archive, an independent nongovernmental research institute and library located at the George Washington University in Washington, D.C., that has been collecting and analyzing documents about the U.S. role in the Chilean coup since the mid-1980s. In June 2000, they released an electronic briefing book of documents relating to the deaths of Teruggi and Horman. These documents and others were part of the evidence reviewed by Judge Zepeda. Charles Horman reading The New York Times in 1970. (Courtesy Joyce Horman)In 2011, Zepeda, a Chilean special investigative judge, indicted and attempted to extradite former U.S. Navy Capt. Ray Davis, who was head of the U.S. Military Group at the U.S. Embassy in Santiago at the time of the coup. Davis, it was later discovered, had left the United States in 2011 and was living secretly in Chile, where he died at the age of 88 in a nursing home in April 2013 – before he could be located by authorities. His death leaves many questions unanswered.The 1982 film “Missing” portrays Ray Davis (called “Capt. Ray Tower” in the movie) and other U.S. Embassy officials as being much more involved in the coup and its aftermath than the U.S. public was aware. In an attempt to gain more understanding of what had happened to his son, Frank Teruggi Sr. joined a delegation that traveled to Chile from Feb. 16-23, 1974. The group, called the Chicago Commission of Inquiry into the Status of Human Rights in Chile, stated in its report (excerpted and printed in the New York Review of Books on May 30, 1974): “The Embassy of the United States seems to have made no serious efforts to protect the American citizens present in Chile during and after the military takeover.” Gen. Augusto Pinochet, center-left, and Henry Kissinger, right, shake hands during a 1976 meeting. (Wikimedia Commons/Chilean Foreign Ministry)Janis Teruggi Page said that she and Joyce Horman now would like the U.S government to look into these killings more thoroughly.“We are now asking the U.S. Navy, the State Department and the CIA to investigate on the basis of the information [in Judge Zepeda’s ruling] pointing to U.S. officials, especially Captain Ray Davis,” she told The Tico Times.The importance of Judge Zepeda’s ruling, and the fact that it clearly indicts a U.S. official for having a role in these deaths, may help to move the investigations forward, but the full extent of involvement by the U.S. government in these events may never be known. After the sentences were announced this week, Frank Teruggi’s sister, Janis Teruggi Page, told journalist Pascale Bonnefoy in the New York Times, “Frank, a charitable and peace-loving young man, was the victim of a calculated crime by the Chilean military, but the question of U.S. complicity remains yet to be answered.” (Courtesy of the Tony Auth Archive)Norman Stockwell is a freelance journalist based in Madison, Wisconsin, and serves as operations coordinator at WORT-FM Community Radio. His 1998 article on Madisonians who experienced the coup in Chile can be found here. His previous articles on Frank Teruggi have appeared at Progressive.org and in The Tico Times. Facebook Comments Related posts:After 30 years, mother hopes for justice in son’s murder during Chilean protest Chile to try former secret police for diplomat’s death Automotores Orletti: Memories of the Argentine dictatorship The undoing of Gary Webb and today’s news organizations
The House today passed legislation to further protect individuals suffering from dangerous and life-threatening food allergies.Rep. Lisa Posthumus Lyons’ House Bill 4438 will allow businesses, recreation centers/camps, youth sports leagues, amusement parks and sports arenas to stock auto injector devices to protect patrons who come in contact with allergens that trigger anaphylactic shock. Last term, Rep. Lyons sponsored Public Acts 186 and 187 to require EpiPens be stocked in school buildings across the state.“When it comes to serious allergic reactions, minutes matter and simple treatments can save lives,” said Rep. Lyons, R-Alto. “Last year, I was proud to work with parents, school nurses and physicians from across the state to place epinephrine in Michigan schools and we’ve already received feedback that an EpiPen played a critical role in saving the life of a student who suffered a reaction while at school.“Expanding the option for any business, organization or venue where there’s a risk of anaphylaxis to stock this simple, lifesaving treatment takes the next step towards saving lives and keeping people, especially children, safe.”The auto injectors are simple devices used to immediately get epinephrine into the allergy victim’s system, slowing down the allergic reaction to give emergency personnel time to treat and save lives.Food allergies have become a serious issue for children and families across the nation. More than 15 million Americans—including 6 million children—suffer from food allergies.A person experiencing anaphylaxis needs to receive an epinephrine injection immediately, as rapid decline and death can occur within 15 to 60 minutes, according to the National Institutes of Health.HB 4438 now goes to the Senate for further consideration. 16Sep House passes bill allowing governmental entities, businesses, organizations to stock EpiPens Categories: News
State Rep. Kim LaSata would like to invite residents of Berrien County to her scheduled office hours for May and June.“Being accessible is a top priority for me,” LaSata said. “These local office hours give me a chance to meet with people to learn what matters most to them.”The office hours take place at the following times and locations:Friday, May 269 to 10 a.m. at Olympus Restaurant, 9735 Red Arrow Hwy., Bridgman;Friday, June 211 a.m. to noon at The Mason Jar Café, 210 Water St., Benton Harbor; andMonday, June 129 to 10 a.m. at the Hot Spot, 361 E. St. Joseph St., Coloma.No appointment is necessary. Those unable to attend may contact her Lansing office by phone at 517-373-1403 or via email at KimLaSata@house.mi.gov. Categories: LaSata News 19May Rep. LaSata plans local May and June office hours
ShareTweetShareEmail0 SharesApril 15, 2014; StatelineHopefully, nonprofits are on the side of raising the minimum wage in their states and ensuring that their own employees are beneficiaries. This year already, five states—Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Minnesota, and West Virginia—and the District of Columbia have increased their minimum wage levels above the federal minimum of $7.25 an hour. That means more than half of the states will be above the federal minimum wage. Other states with increases progressing in their legislatures include Hawaii, Illinois, Massachusetts, and Vermont.It’s not just states. Cities are enacting their own minimum wage standards, sometimes because Republican governors or legislatures have nixed state-level measures. The National Employment Law Project reports that 120 cities have legislated their own minimum wage levels higher than either state or federal levels, including San Francisco and San Jose in California and Montgomery County and Prince George’s Counties in Maryland.The interesting factor here is that these minimum wage campaigns are revealing another divide in this country. With the exception of Idaho, the states with the most workers at or below minimum wage, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, are all in the South or Southwest: Tennessee, 7.4 percent; Idaho, 7.1 percent; Alabama, 6.8 percent; Arkansas, 6.8 percent; Texas, 6.4 percent; Oklahoma, 6.3 percent; Indiana, 6.2 percent; Virginia, 6.2 percent; Mississippi, 6.1 percent; North Carolina, 5.8 percent; and South Carolina at 5.8 percent.In some cases, these proposed minimum wage increases have put some nonprofits into a quandary. Seattle is contemplating a raise in its minimum wage to $15 an hour, which prompted the Seattle Human Services Coalition to poll its nonprofit members on the potential impacts of a higher minimum wage. The survey report noted that “one organization that provides critical mental health, shelter, day, and hygiene services as well as meals for hundreds of people in Seattle estimated the cost of $1,000,000 annually to bring all employees up to a $15/hour minimum wage and maintain current services.” The report noted that the proposed minimum wage increase could impact 209 employees of another multi-services agency in the survey. Twenty-one of the 29 respondents indicated that without offset funding, they would have to reduce services or shut down with the higher minimum wage.In a separate commentary in the Seattle Times, Sylvia Furstenberg from The Arc of King County raised those concerns as well as the problem of equity adjustment costs to compensate employees currently above the $15/hour level, who would see the increases of workers below their salaries as indicating that their previously higher pay levels were no longer reflective of their higher value to the organization. Tallying up all the problems, she wrote, “We cannot achieve shared prosperity by passing a plan that risks putting nonprofits out of business, leaving vulnerable citizens without support.”Conservatives quickly latched on to the SHSC report as evidence that nonprofits paying low wages are in roughly the same position as minimum wage restaurants and retailers, forced to reduce employment (or services) in the wake of a minimum wage increase. They failed to report, however, the opening line of the SHSC report:“The Seattle Human Services Coalition recognizes the importance of a livable minimum wage in addressing poverty in our community. SHSC fully supports raising the minimum wage for all human services workers (and others) to $15/hr.”Nonprofits are a diverse lot on the issue of wages. For example, Department of Labor rules generally do not allow unpaid internships for for-profit employers, but the Department hasn’t been particularly vigorous in enforcing the rule. In some cases, it is because the interns themselves are reluctant to complain, fearing that it might jeopardize their future job prospects. However, with about 38 percent of the unpaid half-million interns working for for-profits, it is striking that 13 college presidents, including John Sexton of the nonprofit New York University, wrote to the Department of Labor as soon as the unpaid internship guidelines were announced, asking the Department to reconsider plans to step up enforcement of the law. Although violations of the law, the unpaid internships with for-profits represented something that the nonprofit colleges and universities were encouraging. If unpaid internships with for-profit employers sought by nonprofit educators and subminimum wage levels for some nonprofit employees sought by nonprofit service providers become the norm, it could turn into a “parade of horribles” of exemptions that undermine the principles and purpose of minimum wage laws.Will nonprofits support increased local and state minimum wage statutes in public and behind the scenes? Or will they say that boosting the minimum wage without a commensurate increase in public funding to pay for increased service costs means that nonprofits cannot absorb and therefore cannot fully support the measures?—Rick CohenShareTweetShareEmail0 Shares
ShareTweetShareEmail0 Shares stockelements / Shutterstock.comApril 20, 2014; Crain’s New YorkNPQ has written a number of newswires on the fact that many nonprofits with their own buildings are selling them for high prices in a commercial real estate market that is over the roof. Unfortunately, the same dynamic is creating a rent crunch for many other organizations.The Touro College and University System has been looking for new space for two years, and it has only three more months to find 300,000 square feet of space in Manhattan at a price they can afford. Dr. Alan Kadish, president and chief executive of the nonprofit school, said that rents have gone up significantly, due in part to new technology firms that are competing for space in loftlike buildings and driving up rents.Suzanne Sunshine, president of S. Sunshine & Associates, a real estate brokerage firm that specializes in nonprofits, says that the digital boom has created a new reality for them. Carlo Altomare, founder of Alchemical Theatre Laboratory, agrees. “What landlords want is a tech startup that has $20 million in venture-capital money,” he said. He recently went through a 14-month search before finding space; he said that one landlord did offer reasonable rent, but only on the condition that the organization would renovate the space, complete with asbestos removal.“I was at the end of my rope,” he said. Even now, they only have a three-year lease on the space the theater finally settled on.In addition to having a less desirable budget, some nonprofits must search for a landlord who appreciates what they do. One group, Publicolor, runs a variety of educational and youth-development programs. It’s financially healthy and it wants to double its space to 7,000 square feet so it will not need to turn away children due to lack of space. However, it must be near public transportation, needs a landlord comfortable with a child-centered enterprise, and its budget means it can’t spend more than $40 per square foot. This makes the search far more complicated.—Ruth McCambridgeShareTweetShareEmail0 Shares
Telenor continued to lose subscribers across its pay TV platforms during the third quarter while revenues from its Broadcast division also declined.Telenor’s Canal Digital DTH platform lost 6,000 customers during the quarter, ending September with 973,000 subs, compared with 1,025,000 a year earlier. This was an improvement on the same quarter a year ago, however, when it lost 14,000 customers.The platform contributed revenues of NOK1.47 billion (€191 million), down from NOK1.059 billion a year earlier as the positive effect of price increases was offset by the reduced subscriber base. Cable TV customers numbered 226,000 at the end of September, down from 234,000 a year earlier.Revenues from Telenor’s satellite unit were also down as strong business from the CEE region was offset by reduced revenues in the Nordic region. Third quarter revenues declined to NOK259 million from NOK276 million a year earlier.Telenor’s conditional access subsidiary Conax reported increased revenues of NOK144 million compared to NOK131 million a year earlier.Telenor Broadcast reported total revenues of NOK1.762 billion, down 1% year-on-year.
The number of TV subscribers across all networks in the Dutch market was 7.7 million, with 77% taking digital TV, according to regulator OPTA’s latest survey.Some 66% of cable homes now take digital TV, leaving about 1.7 million analogue homes. Cable homes fell quarter-on-quarter from 5.23 million to 5.18 million, while satellite, IPTV, digital-terrestrial and other TV homes rose from 2.4 million to 2.5 million, with cable leaders Ziggo and UPC losing some market share to KPN.
Kabel Deutschland (KDG) has announced that it now has over one million paying HD customers.The cable operator launched HD services last October and now offers Das Erste HD, ZDF HD, Arte HD, Kabel eins HD, ProSieben HD, RTL HD, RTL Nitro HD, RTL II HD, Sat.1 HD, Servus TV HD, Sixx HD, Sport 1 HD, Super RTL HD and Vox HD.KDG said it plans to increase the number of HD channels available on its network to 35 by the end of the year. It will add AXN HD, Cartoon Network HD and Kinowelt HD on October 15.
Finnish service provider DNA is to air HD versions of all four of the country’s public channels on its cable network.Earlier this month DNA said it would introduce Yle TV1 HD and Yle TV2 HD on its cable and terrestrial networks. The company will now add Yle Teema HD and Yle Fem HD to its cable network, which reaches about 600,000 homes in Helsinki, Oulu, Lahti, Kuopio, Turku, Pori, Rauma and Lohja.Yle will close its existing HD compilation channel, Yle HD, when the new individual HD services begin broadcasting.“We are thrilled to be able to offer all four of Yle’s HD channels through our cable network as soon as they start broadcasting. Home televisions are being rapidly updated to high definition devices, but a big HD screen will only come into its own when watching true high definition content, such as films, sports or music entertainment. Finnish people now have a unique opportunity to witness, for example, our own legendary ice hockey heroes, Teemu included, in the Olympic Games, in true high definition,” says DNA’s director of television business Mikko Saarentaus.
Netflix is getting into the talk show business by signing a pact with Chelsea Handler.The streaming service says the show will “revolutionise” the talk show genre, and is billing it as a first of its kind for “the global on-demand generation”.It is set for all Netflix territories in 2016, and will see Handler – best known for her popular E! show Chelsea Lately – interviewing signature guests and offering “unfiltered” opinions on topical entertainment.Further to the deal, Netflix will also premiere a one-hour live stand-up performance from Handler based on her Uganda Be Kidding Me tour. This will tape at the Harris Theatre in Chicago tomorrow night, and debut on Netflix on October 10.In 2015, Handler will create four exclusive Netflix docu-comedy specials chronicling her attempts to better understand NASCAR racing, Silicon Valley’s tech community, politics and the NBA baskeball draft.Handler will produce each show, including the talker and the stand-up special, through her Borderline Amazing Productions imprint along with partners Tom Brunelle and Brad Wollack.For Netflix, the move marks the first time it has tackled the talk show genre, which is hugely ppoular in the US.“The internet has disrupted many of the conventions of traditional television and together with Chelsea Handler, Netflix is looking forward to reimagining the late night talk show for the on-demand generation, starting with the late night part,” said Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos.“If I was going to continue working in this industry, I knew I had to do something outside the box to keep myself interested,” said Handler. “I wanted to sit with the cool kids at lunch so I approached Netflix to make sure they were as cool as I thought they were, and when I confirmed my suspicions, like with any other future lover, I made my move.”
IBC will run its one-day Leaders’ Summit on Thursday September 11, ahead of the opening of the expo in Amsterdam a day later.The 150 person invite-only event will open with journalist and broadcaster Andrew Neil interviewing Channel 4 CEO David Abraham.Other speakers lined up for the day include: Niclas Ericson, director of TV for FIFA; Erik Huggers, senior vice president of Verizon Communications; Balan Nair, executive vice-president and chief technology officer of Liberty Global; Endemol CEO Just Spee; and Ove Anebygd, vice-president and head of solution area media, Ericsson.The theme of this year’s event will be the topic “leading innovation and change” and the day will be split into four sessions called: taking the pulse; embracing change; the impact of new players; and preparing for the future.
Unions representing employees of French pay TV operator Canal+ have threatened to take strike action on March 5 over what they see as an ongoing deterioration of working conditions and layoffs, according to local reports. The CFDT, CFE-CGC and CGT unions are considering industrial action that could affect Canal+, free-to-air channels D8 and D17, call centres and technical services, according to the reports.According to a union source cited by Le Monde, competition from Al Jazeera-owned beIN Sports is the principal culprit for a deterioration in Canal+’s economic situation, leading to cost-cutting and layoffs and an increased workload and stress for remaining employees.
Vivendi is studying the possibility of launching subscription VoD services in a number of Europe countries and Japan, according to a report by French business news service BFMTV.According to BFMTV, citing unnamed industry sources, the owner of Canal+ aims to differentiate its services by various means including combining video with a subscription music service, leveraging its ownership of Universal Music.Vivendi has targeted Japan as an additional market because of its proven appetite for French content and because Netflix has yet to launch in the territory, according to the report.Canal+ in France already offers a SVoD service in France via CanalPlay, which has about 600,000 subscribers, and also launched a service in Canada with DailyMotion in 2013, priced at C$7.99 a month (€5.87). In Germany, Vivendi’s struggling Watchever service launched two years ago. The company was reported to be mulling a sale of this last year and to have hired Merrill Lynch to look at options.The company has also previously experimented with a combination of music, VoD and downloadable games in the form of Zaoza in France and Germany.
The BBC has logged more than 1 million programme downloads for the BBC iPlayer Radio app, less than a month after added offline listening options.According to BBC stats, the most downloaded programmes so far have been BBC Radio 4 Dramas, BBC Radio 1’s Summer Mixes and episodes of long-running Radio 4 series The Archers.“We knew from the success of our podcast service that there was a demand to download BBC Radio and Music content to listen to whenever they wanted too. But hitting one million downloads across the whole of BBC Radio and Music has far surpassed our expectations. We’re looking forward to bringing audiences even more features like this over the coming months,” said Andrew Scott, general manager of radio and music, BBC Digital.The BBC launched the free update to the iPlayer Radio app last month, letting users download radio programmes in full to their smartphone or tablet, listen offline and keep shows for up to 30 days.
Prince Bandar Al Saud, David McCourt, Omar Talib and Omar Miller at the launch of ALTVIrish American media and telecoms entrepreneur David McCourt has launched a user-generated video service aimed at providing a platform for local short-form content in emerging markets.Dublin-based ALTV has launched in the Middle East and North Africa and plans to offer services in Latin America and sub-Saharan Africa soon.The company says it plans to fill a gap in these markets by specialising in local, high-quality content targeted at younger viewers. The ALTV user-generated content offering includes short-form videos covering lifestyle, comedy music, travel and sport-related content, among other genres.The venture is backed by McCourt’s investment vehicle Granahan McCourt Capital.At a launch event in Dublin attended by actor Omar Miller, Irish minister for employment and small business Pat Breen and McCourt said that his ambition was to be the “number one for vibrant, must-see local content in every underserved area of the world”.He said ALTV would work with creative presenters and producers in each region in which it operates and would target “younger, tech-savvy audiences” with “more relevant, captivating content that reflects how they live”.A TV producer, McCourt produced the American children’s television series Reading Rainbow and Miracle’s Boys, as well as prime time documentaries with Angelina Jolie in Tanzania and Michael Douglas in Sierra Leone.He also served as a board member of the company that eventually become WorldCom. More recently, he has served as chairman and CEO of Satellite Holdings, operator of satellite ground terminal provider Skyware Global.“ALTV is solving the growing global challenge being faced in areas of the world that are currently underserved – connecting creative content developers to engaged audiences. It provides a platform to help train and empower talented individuals and gives them the ability to distribute their content to a huge audience,” said McCourt.“We are seeing a revolution in online entertainment. However, large areas around the globe remain underserved. As connectivity in these areas increases and spread of consumer technology continues, these countries and cities are seeking online content that is increasingly more relevant to them.”
Nearly 35% of US broadband homes watch user-generated video on sites like YouTube, Vimeo, and Dailymotion at least 10 days per month, according to Parks Associates.The firm’s new OTT research claims that 75% of US broadband homes access user-generated web content at least once per month, with men more frequently watching user-generated video than women.Some 13% of US broadband consumers said they have watched live-streamed video on a mobile app – indicating that this kind of streaming is still in its relative infancy.However, the research revealed that 22% said they are “very likely” to use an ad blocker to circumvent video advertising when watching web content.“Today’s home entertainment is all about personalisation,” said senior director of research, Parks Associates, Brett Sappington.“Consumers now expect video, music, and gaming experiences to adapt to their needs, including anywhere, anytime, and any device access. Successful services are extending personalisation into all aspects of the service experience and features.”
OTT TV video specialist NeuLion has launched a new data analytics service as part of its offering.NeuLion ACE Analytics is now available to customers who have licensed the NeuLion Digital Platform.According to the company, the ACE Analytics offering can help service provders indentify their most effective and profitable marketing channels and campaigns and their most valuable customers. It can also be used to prevent cancellations and convert customers from free to paid services.Analytics dashboards offered include customer lifecycle tracking, registration and order management, multiscreen usage, revenue tracking and churn trends, customer support and trial marketing, customer file management, campaign management, video consumption monitoring and a marketing interface.“NeuLion ACE Analytics provides our customers all the tools needed to uncover intelligence and insights that drive effective OTT business outcomes,” said Roy Reichbach, NeuLion’s president and CEO.“This newly launched service is a very significant value add for our NeuLion Digital Platform customers, who will get sharper insights and real-time data to stay competitive and grow their OTT businesses.”
David BensonGoogle’s director of global media strategy and planning, David Benson, has apologised to advertisers for “not brand-safe” content that has slipped through on its platforms.Speaking at the Future Advertising Forum in London this morning, Benson prefaced his presentation on how advertisers can optimise their TV and digital mix with “an apology and a thank-you” to its advertisers.“It’s not acceptable that bad people can turn our platforms to their own uses and we are dealing with that,” he said. “It is difficult, but we are committed to it.”Benson shared the stat that 87% of Google content take-downs are now actioned before a flag is raised thanks to its “extensive and massive AI capabilities.” He said this is how Google plans to “track and take down these problems before they occur”.The comments came in the same week that YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki said that YouTube would grow its ‘trust and safety teams’ to 10,000 people in 2018 to clamp down on content that violates its policies.YouTube has been working hard this year to purge its site of violent and extremist videos and is its is now turning its attention to what Wojcicki described as “other problematic content”, such as inappropriate videos featuring or aimed at children.A recent investigation by The Times newspaper flagged up videos, with ads served against them, that it claimed “exploit young children and appeal to paedophiles”.“Human reviewers remain essential to both removing content and training machine learning systems because human judgment is critical to making contextualised decisions on content,” said Wojcicki in an open letter published this week.“Since June, our trust and safety teams have manually reviewed nearly two million videos for violent extremist content, helping train our machine-learning technology to identify similar videos in the future.”
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“If you have any information that could help with our investigation, please contact police at Strand Road on telephone number 101, quoting reference 117 of 18/9/17.”The road remains closed with diversions in place at Tirbracken Road and Tamnaherin Road.Motorists should avoid the area and seek an alternative route for their journey.SADNESS AS FEMALE PEDESTRIAN DIES IN COLLISION ON DERRY TO BELFAST ROAD was last modified: September 18th, 2017 by John2John2 Tags: Glenshane roadINSPECTOR GREGORY SMYTHPSNISADNESS AS FEMALE PEDESTRIAN DIES IN COLLISION ON DERRY TO BELFAST ROADTAMNAGHERIN ROADTIRBRACKEN ROAD ShareTweet POLICE have confirmed that a woman has tragically died in a collision outside Derry this morning.The 48 year old female pedestrian died as a result of a road traffic collision on the Glenshane Road outside in the early hours of this morning.Inspector Gregory Smyth said: “We would like to hear from anyone who witnessed this collision.