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IBM scraps face recognition development over racial profiling concerns

IBM says it is scrapping its facial recognition business over concerns about how it can be used for mass surveillance and racial profiling. In a letter to US Congress members Arvind Krishna, IBM’s chief executive, confirmed the company’s shift as it looks to “advance racial equality”. Arvind Krishna was recently …

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Brumbies to be removed from Kosciuszko despite internal opposition

A spokesman for the department yesterday confirmed the removal of horses would go ahead. It is understood NSW Parks and Wildlife Services officers will trap the horses by attracting them into temporary holding yards with molasses and salt licks. The trapped horses will then be trucked out of the park. …

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‘I can’t breathe’: Danny Richards’ family seek answers to custody death

Minutes later Mr Richards was unconscious, his mouth covered in the foam of capsicum spray. According to the witness statement of family friend Vincent Smethurst, one of the officers let go of Mr Richards only when he “saw he was blue”. Paramedics were unable to revive Mr Richards and a …

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A sad farewell to gentle era of lockdown

Her name was Pauline and it was the early stages of lockdown. We’d been drilled in the importance of social distancing but it felt strange, almost rude, to blatantly avoid people. We were walking towards each other so I veered away, as per recent instructions. We caught each other’s gaze …

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The bottom just fell out of social distancing in Victoria

What else are we to infer when we see a large-scale gathering conducted with impunity, albeit gestures towards social distancing that did little in such a congested area? On the other hand, we see rather small-scale activities, you might say easier targets, banned with the big stick of fines. Toomany …

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‘They want world domination’: Australia urged to join ‘cold war’ on China

Before entering the US Senate last year, Scott served for eight years as governor of Florida, America’s third most populous state. He has been widely discussed as a potential future Republican presidential candidate. Referring to traditional US allies such as Australia, Scott said: “We ought to do this together. All …

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Target and superquiz, Wednesday, June 10

Today’s Target: 33 words, good; 49 words, very good; 66 words, excellent. Yesterday’s Target: dilute, dilutes, DISSOLUTE, disuse, douse, douses, duet, dust, etui, issue, issued, lieu, lotus, loud, loudest, louis, louse, loused, lousiest, lout, lust, lusted, lusts, lute, oust, ousted, ousts, outside, situs, slue, slued, slues, solidus, solitude, solute, soul, …

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Veteran stock picker says market bounce may not last

Tagliaferro, one of Australia’s most experienced stock pickers, says recent market optimism inspiring the recovery could be misplaced as the true state of the economy has been masked by government spending on programs such as JobKeeper and JobSeeker. Loading Still, his fund has been buying shares in good-quality companies with …

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When it comes to inheritance, there’s a gulf between separation and divorce

“Many spouses do not change their wills on separation, meaning their separated spouse usually remains the major beneficiary. Changing their wills might be some good parental advice you could give to your children. Loading “Second, a spouse is entitled to challenge their other spouse’s will when they die. Again, a …

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World Health Organisation warns against drinking booze in pandemic

The latest liquor retailing industry report from IBIS World released in May shows the pandemic has not dampened alcohol sales, with revenue expected to increase to $12.5 billion this financial year, in line with pre-COVID-19 projections. Senior IBIS World analyst Matthew Reeves said revenue from online beer, wine and liquor …

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