NEWS DIGEST 28.12.2021: New coronavirus rules being discussed in Spain’s Andalusia region, other news

Good morning. HEMNA is back from a rested Christmas break, and I hope all our readers have had a wonderful festive season so far. For this morning, our news comes from Twitter.

We deeply regret the choice of the Malian transitional authorities to use already scarce public funds to pay foreign mercenaries instead of supporting the Malian Armed Forces and public services to the benefit of the Malian people. We are aware of the involvement of the Russian Federation government in providing material support to the deployment of the Wagner group in Mali and call on Russia to revert to responsible and constructive behaviour in the region. We will not give up our efforts to address the needs of the Malian population. In line with the objectives of the International Coalition for the Sahel, we reaffirm our commitment to continuing efforts to protect civilians, to support the fight against terrorism in the Sahel and help build long-term stability by supporting sustainable development, respect for human rights and the deployment of public services. We urge the Malian transitional authorities to undertake reforms and to restore constitutional order, through the timely preparation and organization of elections, as they have committed to before the Malian people, ECOWAS and the international community – (LONDON) GOVUK Statement Report: UK and international partners condemn Wagner Group’s plan to deploy mercenaries in Mali #AceNewsDesk report (Ace News Services/Ace Worldwide News Group/WordPress)

The ‘junta’ or state government of Andalucia in Spain will have its expert panel and provincial health committees meet next week to discuss new coronavirus control measures to tackle a surge in new infections of the Omicron variant in the state, expat newspaper The Olive Press reports. The infection rate in Andalucia currently stands at 841 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, but the Andalucian government has assured citizens that any new restrictions will not be as strict as those brought in in other parts of the country, with no likelihood of public curfews. Ministers have however urged Andalucians to take ‘individual responsibility to control the spread of new cases, by avoiding situations where they will be in close proximity to others – COVID-19 measures and restrictions to return to Spain’s Andalucia in the New Year – Olive Press News Spain (The Olive Press)

In the next example, we are going to show you how can you use K-means clustering in image color quantization. To implement K-means in image color quantization we are going to use the OpenCV library. Color quantization is the process of reducing the number of colors in an image. As we can see from the last line in the code above, it takes an image, where the pixels are in float32 format, then intakes the number of kernels we want to have for the image. With the code above, we are casting the float32 values for the centers, into uint8, and shaping the result into the same shape of the source image in order to display it. As we can see, there are 3 colors of pixels that image gets, and those represent the three clusters that we’ve chosen to have. This post is just an example of how can you use clustering techniques in image processing – Learn How To Do K-Means Clustering On An Image (Laconic Machine Learning)

Glen Donnelly recently returned to Erinsborough for the first time in almost 30 years on Neighbours. Glen has made a connection with his half-brother, Paul Robinson’s wife, Terese Willis. Harlow is also convinced that Glen is hiding something of significance in the safe in his hotel room at Lassiters. Glen seems determined to throw Harlow off the scent and is clearly hiding something. Terese has SECRET intentions which could be exposed when Glen comes calling…. Neighbours continues weekdays at 1:45pm and 6:00pm on Channel 5 – ‘Neighbours’ spoilers: WHAT is Glen Donnelly hiding? (whattowatch – Spoilers)

Given the position we find ourselves in nearly two years into the pandemic, perhaps a better question is to consider whether or not the crisis is ever going to be over. Until the global covid pandemic became a collective as opposed to an individual crisis, it was easy to think of crisis as “something that happens to other people.” If asking when the crisis is going to be over is the wrong question, what is the right one? A better framework with which to look at crisis would be to look at how we move through it. Asking when COVID is going to be over is not only contrary to the nature of the crisis, but it also conveys certain powerlessness to the situation. We can see integration in the face of the COVID crisis when we look at the businesses that understand that the future of office work will never look the same – Asking when COVID will be over is the wrong question. Here’s a better framework to lead through (Fast Company – Leadership Now)

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