Ai-Media Unveils AI-driven LEXI 3.0: The Future of Live Automatic Captioning

LEXI 3.0

Introducing the latest release LEXI, the world’s most advanced automatic captioning solution. With cutting edge features and unmatched accuracy, LEXI revolutionizes automatic captioning to deliver results that rival human captions at a fraction of the cost.

SYDNEY, Australia, May 03, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Ai-Media, the global leader in professional captioning solutions, is proud to announce the launch of LEXI 3.0, the new and improved version of its flagship live automatic captioning solution. With cutting-edge enhancements and new features, LEXI 3.0 is the world’s most accurate and advanced automatic captioning solution, delivering results that rival human captions at a fraction of the cost.

Independent audits confirm that LEXI 3.0 consistently delivers results with 35% fewer recognition, formatting, and punctuation errors than the previous version.

Critically, LEXI 3.0 introduces new automated features, including speaker identification and AI-powered caption placement to avoid on-screen interference. Average quality results have increased significantly from 98.2% to 98.7% NER with this release.

LEXI 3.0 is an affordable on-demand solution perfect for live captioning a wide range of content types – from linear TV broadcast, OTT, Live Sports, and live streams, to meetings, events, lectures, and more.

Ai-Media’s Co-Founder and CEO, Tony Abrahams, said:

“20 years in the making, we’ve finally cracked the holy grail of making live automatic captioning a reality. LEXI 3.0 is a game-changer. We’re seeing accelerating adoption of automatic captioning driven by a significant increase in quality, reduction in latency, and release of new AI features that previously required manual intervention, such as speaker changes and placement of captions to not obscure important visuals.

“LEXI 3.0 is available immediately for existing Ai-Media customers at no additional cost and is delivered with any iCap Encoder (hardware, Alta, and Falcon) connected to Ai-Media’s iCap Cloud Network.”

To learn more about LEXI 3.0, click here.

About Ai-Media

Founded in Australia in 2003, technology company Ai-Media is a global leader in the provision of high-quality live and recorded captioning, transcription, and translation solutions. The company helps the world’s leading broadcasters, enterprises, and government agencies ensure high accuracy, secure and cost-effective captioning via its AI-powered LEXI automatic captioning solution and end-to-end range of captioning hardware. Globally, Ai-Media technology delivers 7 million minutes of live and recorded media content, online events, and web streams every month. Ai-Media (ASX: AIM) commenced trading on the ASX on 15 September 2020. For more information on Ai-Media please visit Ai-Media.tv.

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Buhari inaugurates advanced defence communications infrastructure

President Muhammadu Buhari, on Tuesday, inaugurated an advanced communication infrastructure, code maned, ‘Giwa 2 Project’ for the operations of the Armed Forces of Nigeria.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the project is a secured and dedicated communication domain that provides real-time audio and video communication for military operations.

It is a defence communications networks coordinate project executed by Defence Headquarters.

Buhari said the communication infrastructure was designed to provide secure means of communication, real-time instant reporting as well as information exchange between the armed forces and other security agencies.

He said it would lead to enhanced collaboration between the defence, intelligence and security communities while providing the platform for the denial of freedom of action to perpetrators of insecurity across Nigeria.

According to him, Giwa 2 project initiative is in alliance with some of the main focus areas of the Federal Government in the areas of security, economic progression and technology development.

“These benefits of Giwa 2 project informed the timely support of the Federal Government through the Central Bank of Nigeria to ensure that the centre is commissioned as one of the proud landmarks and enduring achievements of the armed forces of Nigeria under this administration.

“It is evident from what we are witnessing here today that you have the infrastructure designed to stand the test of time and deliver on its mandate,” he said.

Buhari said the Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy would support the Defence Headquarters in ensuring that the infrastructure available for rural telephony were fully deployed for the attainment of the project.

He pledged that the government would support the full actualisation of other features of the project to ensure professional and vibrant armed forces with the capacity to protect the territorial integrity of the country.

He said the armed forces had continually demonstrated resolve to provide safe, secure and an enabling environment to promote national security.

The president said his administration had made significant strides to enhance the capacity and capability of the armed forces to tackle the multiple of security challenges confronting the country.

He urged troops to continue to give their best in the service of the nation.

He also challenged the armed forces to continue to break new ground and remain at the forefront of mainstreaming, technological and other cutting-edge initiatives to facilitate the provision of a safe, secure and peaceful environment for Nigerians.

The Minister of Defence, retired Maj.-Gen. Bashir Magashi, represented by the Permanent Secretary, Dr Ibrahim Kana, commended the DHQ for the successful completion of the secure nationwide defence communication network infrastructure.

Magashi said the project was a remarkable breakthrough in the technological advancement of communication systems in the armed forces of Nigeria.

He said the network had the capability of providing voice, data and video as well as other value-added services for the armed forces locations in and outside Abuja.

The Minister of Communication and Digital Economy, Prof. Isa Pantami, said the deployment of the new network would support the nation’s security institutions to build trust and enhance their reputation.

Pantami said the deployment would go a long way in consolidating the achievements of the Buhari administration in security and also open new opportunities for addressing the security challenges in Nigeria.

“As we all know, all the systems that have been used today in security, need effective networks, including control systems, computer systems, communication systems, intelligence systems, information systems, surveillance systems, recognising systems, all of them.

“They need a very secure network to communicate and I believe with this project as part of the Giwa 2 project.

The Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Mr Godwin Emefiele, said the project was supported by the apex bank because of the impact of insecurity on agriculture.

Emefiele said that improved security would help in addressing the challenge of food scarcity occasioned by the inability of farmers to go to farms.

The Chief of Defence Staff, Gen. Lucky Irabor, said the project was borne out of the fact that the entire fields of electronic warfare, information warfare, and cyber warfare were inter-related.

Irabor said that every commander would wish to have both technical and operational control of his own communications, as well as the capacity to influence those of his adversaries.

He said the armed forces had over the years been desirous of having a dedicated and secure communication platform that could be deployed to enhance administrative, logistical, and operational activities.

“Consequently, the National Communications Commission allocated 20 megahertz bandwidth to the DHQ for the establishment of a secure nationwide defence communication network in 2013.

“Following years of planning and consideration of various funding and operating models, DHQ began establishing the secure nationwide communication network code named Giwa 2 Project infrastructure in May 2021.

Source: News Agency of Nigeria

2023 Hajj: FCT begins visa processing for intending pilgrims

The FCT Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Boards says it has commenced the process of securing visa

for 2023 intending Muslim pilgrims from the territory.

The Director of the board, Malam Abubakar Evuti, made this known at a news conference on activities of the organisation

and preparations for this year’s hajj on Wednesday in Abuja.

He said “so far, a total of 3,651 intending Muslim pilgrims have completed payment of hajj fare and the board has since

continued with the process of securing their visa.

“And as soon as the portal is open, we shall commence the application and printing of their visa for the holy journey.”

He disclosed that the board had concluded arrangements for screening of intending pilgrims to ascertain their health status

and capability of performing the Hajj.

According to him, the screening will start on Friday, May 5, 2023 with intending pilgrims from Bwari Area Council and

Headquarters, followed by those from Abaji, Kwali and Gwagwalada Area Councils on Saturday, May 6.

He added that those who registered through Kuje and Abuja Municipal Area councils, as well as those

under the Hajj Savings Scheme would be screened on Sunday, May 7, 2023 respectively.

He called on other intending Muslim pilgrims who had yet to complete their payments to do so on or before Monday, May 8.

He said that the board had already secured befitting accommodations for intending pilgrims around Hafair area in Makkah

that are of short distances to the holy Masjid (Masjid Al Haram).

This, according to him, is within the range approved by the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON).

Evuti stated that arrangements with caterers and other service providers in Saudi Arabia have been signed and sealed.

He revealed that one of the innovations introduced by the board for this year’s hajj was to allow intending pilgrims to choose the flight they intend to travel with.

This, according to him, will curtail the challenge of No-Show experienced by the board in 2022 during the transportation to Saudi Arabia.

He warned that any pilgrim who refused to show up for his or her flight would be sanctioned by the board and may even result to forfeiting the trip this year.

“I would like to use this medium to reaffirm the readiness of the board and indeed the FCT Administration in ensuring that intending pilgrims from the territory

get the best services ever in Hajj exercises in line with the best global practice.

“Necessary measures have been put in place to record more successes in the operation even though each hajj exercise come with its peculiarities.”

He commended the FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Bello, the Minister of State for FCT, Dr Ramatu Aliyu, the Permanent Secretary of FCTA,

Mr Olusade Adesola and Director, Human Resources, FCTA, Malam Muhammad Bashir, for their support to the board.

He also expressed appreciation to the management and staff of the board who have been putting in their best to ensure the success of hajj operations in accordance to the mandate of organising hitch-free holy trip over the years.

Source: News Agency of Nigeria

Mahindi Carnival: Abisogun-Botoku seeks seamless travels within ECOWAS

Dr Bonny Abisogun-Botoku, Secretary-General, Nigeria-Republic of Benin Inter-border Forum, has called on the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to promote policies that will ensure seamless travels within the region.

Abisogun-Botoku, who made the call in a statement on Wednesday in Lagos, said that it was high time ECOWAS leaders facilitated free movement of people as enshrined in the regional protocol.

“Beyond the rhetoric, ECOWAS leaders must be committed to the treaty signed by all parties.

“Activities on regional integration, growth and development should be taken as seriously as possible to entrench regional growth.”

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the secretary-general made the call at the maiden Mahindi Carnival held from April 28 and May 1 at Agboville, Côte d’Ivoire.

The secretary-general praised the organisers of the carnival, emphasising the need for regional integration through tourism and cultural promotion.

He noted that the carnival was initiated by the International House of the Agneby-Tiassa Region (MIRAT), in collaboration with the ECOWAS Regional Council.

Abisogun-Botoku, who doubles as the Leader of the Africa Integration Arts Palace and Tour Cultural Troupe, expressed satisfaction that the troupe projected Nigeria well in cultural performances.

He said that the troupe celebrated Nigeria’s culture, showcasing some of the cultural heritage of its various tribes and reinforcing the need for harmonious living among the ethnic groups.

He praised the Ivorian Minister of Health Pierre N’gou Dimba, for his passion for art and culture.

He noted that countries that participated in the carnival included Nigeria, Benin Republic, Togo, Ghana, Senegal and Martinique.

Earlier, the Ivorian Minister of Health, Dimba, expressed delight at the exhibition of talents by troupes at the event.

The carnival featured singing, fanfares, storytelling and cultural performances from participating countries.

Source: News Agency of Nigeria

Fact-Check: UNICEF is not recruiting through shtnar.com website

CLAIM: A viral WhatsApp message that has been circulating claims UNICEF is recruiting.

VERDICT: FALSE

The message making the claim contains a link http://archive.today/2023.04.15-110154/https://unicef-recruitment.offernow.online/ which directs to the UNICEF-impersonated page

The site, which appears as https://unicef-recruitment.offernow.online/, also attempts to impersonate the UNICEF’s original website.

The impostor website asks users to fill in personal information as part of the recruitment process. The information required on the ‘Application Form’ include the user’s name, phone number, email, country and state, then, click ‘Apply’ which takes the user to the next page, where the user has to click on `continue, stating that his/her application to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is now on the process and then it takes the user to another page where the user is required to validate their names and state the level of education and then ‘Send’.

It will then congratulate the user, adding that it should send the link to 5 groups or 15 people on WhatsApp to receive a confirmation email.

This sequencing is consistent with phishing scams designed to mine personal information.

VERIFICATION:

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) found out that the recruitment exercise was false.

The logo on the original UNICEF is different from that of the imposter, it has the image of two children painted in white inserted into the logo of a sketched globe with two leaf-like images all in white with a blue background. Whereas, the imposter’s website has all these in blue colour with a white background.

Also, the slogan of UNICEF on its original website is ‘for every child’, but the imposter’s website has the slogan ‘unite for children’.

The WHOIS information of the imposter website shows that it was registered July 1, 2022, and update on April 20, 2023 in Iceland and is identified as ‘Namecheap’.

On the other hand, the WHOIS information of the UNICEF’s legitimate website shows that it was registered March 10, 1993 at New York in the United States of America. Legitimate domains are usually older than impostor domains.

NAN also found out that UNICEF had issued a disclaimer on its website warning against the activities of fraudsters, which reads;

“UNICEF only advertises its employment opportunities on its global Careers website and the Vacancies page, or on the websites of its National Committees.

“UNICEF also utilizes bona fide and established media, newspapers, as well as online professional platforms (e.g. LinkedIn) and job boards to disseminate its vacancies. All job offers are made by UNICEF human resources personnel following a competitive process.

“Beware if an offer of employment looks too good to be true (see below an example of fraud). Never divulge personal and banking information or send money if you are unsure of the authenticity of an email or other communication in the name of UNICEF.

“Financial loss and identity theft could result from the sending of money or personal information to those issuing such fraudulent correspondence.

“If you fall victim to fraud, it is recommended that you contact immediately local law enforcement authorities. If you wish to report any potential fraudulent activities related to UNICEF, please contact UNICEF’s Office of Internal Audit and Investigations,” the statement read in part.

VERDICT; NAN found that the claim being circulated on WhatsApp on UNICEF recruitment is FALSE (NAN)

Source: News Agency of Nigeria

IMF conducts first post-financing evaluation

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) said Wednesday it will make the first post-financing assessment of Angola, worth USD4.5 billion.

This will be at the First IMF monitoring mission. The institution concluded on December 22, 2021 the sixth and final evaluation of the Expanded Financing Programme.

The post-financing monitoring programme allows the IMF to monitor the evolution of the country’s macroeconomic policies and the potential risks that impact on Angola’s capacity to receive its internal and external commitments.

This first Mission, expected to gather representatives from various ministerial departments, will be led by IMF senior official, Amadou Sy.

Also expected to attend the meeting are representatives from the State Asset Management Institute (IGAPE), the General Tax Administration (AGT),

the Ministries of Economy and Planning (MEP), Mineral Resources, Oil and Gas (MIREMPET).

Representatives of the National Bank of Angola (BNA), the National Agency for Petroleum, Gas and Biofuels (ANPG) Sonangol, the Petroleum

Derivatives Regulatory Institute (IRDP), as well as other private entities or entities regulated by private legislation, such as BPC and Económico banks, will also attend the event.

The Financing Programme was approved by the Board of Executive Directors of the IMF on December 7, 2018, with a duration of 3 years.

Initially, it provided for a financial package of Special Drawing Rights (SDR) equivalent to around US$3.7 billion.

The IMF approved an increase in access of 72% of the quota as an emergency funds, raising the cumulative access from 361% to 433% of the quota, at the request of Angolan Executive, due to Covid-19 pandemic.

The move aimed at strengthening the country in the fight against the pandemic and mitigating its health, economic and social effects, as well as ensuring the implementation of the lost reforms that were being developed.

The IMF granted Angola a corresponding disbursement of Special Drawing Rights equivalent to approximately US$765 million.

The initial funding was raised from US$3.7 billion to US$4.5 billion.

Source: Angola Press News Agency (APNA)

President praises Media role in cracking down on corruption

Angolan head of State João Lourenço Wednesday in Luanda recognised the power of Media in the fight against corruption and impunity, in promotion of social welfare and opinion formation that allow the taking of best political decisions.

The incumbent of the Executive Power highlighted, on the Presidency’s website, the achievements of the Media professionals on Wednesday.

” Today May 3, a day dedicated to press freedom, I congratulate all professionals in the sector on their commitment and dedication to their mission to inform with truth, impartiality and responsibility,” said the Angolan Head of State.

According to João Lourenço, guaranteeing freedom of press across the country is a no turning back path.

This date was created in 1991, in Paris, France, by the General Conference of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO).

The objective of the date is to raise the awareness among political leaders and civil society to defend press freedom, as well as honour media professionals killed in the exercise of their duty

Source: Angola Press News Agency (APNA)

Government highlights stability of tax system

The minister of State for Economic Coordination Manuel Nunes Júnior Wednesday in Luanda spoke of the demand for the new assets available to the market by economic agents.

He said that the demand is due to the stability of the tax system and labour legislation reforms.

The minister was speaking at the closing session for the presentation of the extension of the Privatisation Programme for the 2023-2026 period, also stating that the demand would also reflect on stability achieved in financial and currency system.

He noted that the government would continue to drive political, economic and financial reforms in the country, in order to improve the business environment and make Angola an important centre for private investment in Africa.

The minister of State said that, with the privatisation process, many state assets that were abandoned and has been totally stagnant become now fully operational, providing jobs, paying taxes to the state and generating profits.

Manuel Nunes Júnior realçou o facto de as privatizações terem criado 2.763 postos de trabalhos directos, entre 1. 233 novos postos de trabalho e a manutenção de1. 530 postos de trabalho que poderiam estar em causa, “caso as empresas visadas não tivessem sido reconduzidas para um caminho de recuperação e de eficiência”.

Manuel Nunes Júnior highlighted the fact that the privatisations had created 2,763 direct jobs, between 1. 233 new jobs and the maintenance of 1. 530 jobs that could have been at stake, “if the companies in question had not been reinstated towards a path of recovery and efficiency.

According to him, the new owners, in general, made strong investments in the acquired companies so that they could produce “not with a greater dimension, but also in a more efficient way.

“Investments were made by the new owners in new equipment and production processes, leading to the technological modernisation of the companies and creating the foundations for them to be able to reduce their operating costs and become, more competitive,” he said.

He added that the first phase of this privatisation process is a basis for drawing lessons about what has already been done.

“All the mistakes, deficiencies and shortcomings recorded in the first phase should be removed now, in this second phase, based on the professionalism, rigour, zeal and commitment of the leaders and officials involved in the management of this programme,” he added.

The Government has extended the privatisation process of about 73 assets in the period 2023-2026, a lower number than the 93 companies registered between 2019-2022.

The forecast is contained in Presidential Decree No. 78/23 of 28 March that approves the extension of the execution period of the Privatisation Programme – PROPRIV, for the period in reference.

Source: Angola Press News Agency (APNA)

African Cup: Angola win first medal in swimming championship

Angolan swimmer, Rhanya Santo, obtained Wednesday in Luanda province the silver medal in the youth category with a time of 10. 25.55, in the 800 meters free race of the debut of the zone IV of the African Championship, at the Alvalade swimming pool.

Rhanya Santo improved her previous time, which was 10.3.36 and it is the third silver medal of the Angolan swimmer in the history of her participation in this type of championship.

In the current race, the Namibian swimmer Ainoa Naukosho got gold medal with a time of 10.10.10, while bronze medal went to Chloe Ah Chip with a time of 10.31.25, from the Republic of Mauritius

Source: Angola Press News Agency (APNA)