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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Wanga Pledges To Increase Funding For Sports

Homa Bay Governor Gladys Wanga has pledged her administration’s commitment to improve budgetary allocation towards sporting activities. She said her administration is committed to ensuring youths exploit their talents and put the county at the top both nationally and globally in diverse sporting activities. Wanga said this will only be possible if sporting activities are supported by the government. ‘We are proud to be associated with some of the big names in sports history. We will therefore do everything we can to maintain that position,’ Governor Wanga said. The county boss noted that upcoming players can only be exposed to the outside world if they get the necessary support from the government. She said she will mobilize more resources towards helping youths in the country develop their sporting ability. The Governor made the remarks when she hosted a luncheon for players from the county who won the 8th edition of the Kenya Youth Intercounty Sports Association Tournament (KYISAT) held in Tharaka Nithi County. Homa Bay defeated Migori County 3-0 on penalties in football after a draw in regular and extra time. The tightly contested Lakers Derby marked Homa Bay’s first appearance in the county games which they won. Ms. Wanga asked the players to focus on putting the county on the forefront in other games. ‘We know you played under difficult circumstances. We are also proud of our women’s team which did not get the trophy but we hope they will make us proud next time,’ Ms. Wanga said. Arujo Ward Member of County Assembly Tonny Otieno and his Kochia counterpart Ojala Nyangi who were among leaders who welcomed the county team assured Governor Wanga that they will support initiatives to increase budgetary allocation to sports. MCAs are expected to boost the budgetary allocation for sports during the budget for 2023-2024 financial year.

Source: Kenya News Agency

Wang’uru Stadium To Open Doors For Public Use In Three Months

The refurbished Wang’uru International Stadium in Kirinyaga County is set to open its doors for use by the public in three months’ time. This was revealed by Kirinyaga Deputy Governor, David Githanda, when he accompanied the Principal Secretary for Sports and Arts, Jonathan Mueke, on an inspection tour of the stadium. Githanda said that the completion of the 15,000-seater stadium will bring immense benefits to the Kirinyaga people, especially the youth who will use it to nurture and develop their sports talent. He noted that the stadium, which is about 99 per cent complete, would be ready to usher in players and fans after undergoing a few final touches that the inspection team, composed of Ministry of Sports officials, Sports Kenya officials, the contractor and Mwea Member of Parliament Mary Maingi, had recommended. ‘We are looking forward to the opening of the stadium since it will be of great benefit to our people. The county has about 200 sports teams who compete from the ward level to the county level,’ he noted. He pointed out that the stadium came as a result of intense lobbying by Governor Anne Waiguru whose commitment to supporting sports talent in the county has been consistent over the years she has been in leadership. The deputy governor also hailed the consideration to have a Sports Academy established at the stadium noting that it will go a long way in identification and nurturing of the local sports talent. He said that engaging the youth in sports is a way of keeping them away from engaging in criminal activities borne out of idleness. He said the stadium will contribute to the county’s economic development through initiatives such as ‘Hustler Stalls’ that will host various demand-driven business ventures within the stadium. Other economic activities that will be brought about by the stadium include hospitality and camping. PS Jonathan Mueke said that the world-class stadium would be hosting premium sports leagues as well as local leagues. It will also be used as a training ground for the national team Harambee Stars in preparation for international matches. ‘We are happy with the way the stadium has come out and we will be handing over a quality and high-standard facility to the people of Kirinyaga. The community is very eager to have a world-class facility in the county,’ said the P.S. He said through the National Government-run Talanta Hela program, talent among the youth will be identified and harnessed with the aim of enabling them to generate money out of their talents, noting that a stadium forms the hardware of monetizing sports talent. Mueke reiterated the government’s commitment to ensuring that all the regions in Kenya have adequate sporting infrastructure for use by young people. Mwea Member of Parliament, Mary Maingi, said the stadium will not only help in promoting sports in the county but also contribute to the economy of the county and raise its GDP through various business opportunities brought about by a facility of such magnitude. ‘This facility will be bringing together tens of thousands of people who will be spending money in our county, thus growing our county’s economy,’ she added. The stadium has a standard pitch, racetracks, and recreation facilities, changing rooms, VIP holding rooms, a VIP pavilion, and a police post among others.

Source: Kenya News Agency

KEMI To Receive A University Charter To Offer Online Courses

The government is in the process of upgrading the Kenya Education Management Institute (KEMI) by giving it a charter to offer undergraduate, postgraduate and doctorate courses. Education Cabinet Secretary (CS) Ezekiel Machogu confirmed that the Kenya kwanza government through the ministry of education was in the process of opening six undergraduate and a few diploma programs at the facility to enable students pursue studies at the comfort of their homes. ‘Latest June this year, President Dr. William Ruto will award a charter to KEMI so that they will have a Vice Chancellor and professors who will be teaching online,’ said Machogu. The CS who graced the 7th KEMI graduation ceremony Tuesday at Jamhuri high school said that since its inception in 1981 and subsequent upgrade to a state cooperation, accepting training and research consultancy, the institution has played a critical role in continuous upscaling of education stakeholders, thereby filling the gap of human resource capacity. Machogu encouraged the graduands to uphold national values and ethics and implement skills as well as knowledge that they have acquired from the institution. In addition, he stated that they were in the process of providing transport services to the county directors of education and their deputies, where each of them will receive a new vehicle this year to enable them carry out the necessary monitoring and supervisory roles. ‘I would also like to urge teachers to follow the ministry directives by ensuring that there is no corporal punishment to students,’ said Machogu. The CS at the same time encouraged principals and head teachers to make sure water and food in their respective schools is properly inspected to ensure they were fit for human consumption. On his part, KEMI Chief Executive Officer Dr. Maurice Odondo said from the year 2011 to date, the institution has engaged in capacity building and improvement of managerial and competence skills of institutional managers through a diploma programme. He stated that the programme is offered through open distance and flexible learning at county levels, supported with online mode of training, noting that since then they have equipped over 40,000 school leaders with diploma awards. The CEO stated that they are working in collaboration with like-minded institutions in order to tap into synergy. He said that together with the Aga khan university they are working on a programme that targets head teachers. KEMI council chair Dr. Mercy Karogo thanked the government for funding the institution and supporting their programmes.

Source: Kenya News Agency

37 Taekwondo Players To Represent Kenya In World Championship

The Kenya Taekwondo Federation has selected the Kenya team that will represent the country in the forthcoming 2023 World Taekwondo Championship set for May 29th to June 6th this year in Baku, Azerbaijan. A total of 37 players, comprising 14 ladies and 23 men, were selected during the just-concluded trials for the championships that were held over the weekend at Kenyatta University. The Head Coach of Taekwondo at Kibabii University, Mr. Eliakim Otieno, said participants who competed in the trials competition included the Kenya Police, Regional Club, Shofco Mathare, Kenyatta University, Masai Taekwondo Club, Chalbi, Kibabii University, Black Kings, Waithaka Club, and the Integrity Center for the Youth. Speaking to KNA, Otieno said the competition brought together some of the most skilled practitioners of taekwondo to compete in various categories. The categories included fin weight, fly weight, bantam weight, feather weight, light weight, welter weight, middle weight, and heavy weight. ‘We are happy that the audience was awed as players executed high-flying kicks, devastating strikes, and intricate forms that demonstrated their mastery of Taekwondo,’ he stated. While congratulating the selected team, Coach Otieno said he was delighted that the country has players who will participate in the championships and told the players to wait for communication on when they will report to the camp for training. The Chairman of Nairobi Taekwondo, Master Benson Voiya, warned the players against using drugs that can affect their performance, noting that the law has been amended so that all players will be required to undertake a mandatory test for doping before participating in any tournament. Voiya also urged the players to train hard, adding that many participants worldwide were preparing for the upcoming tournaments, including the Olympics that will be held in Paris in 2024. ‘Work hard in the local tournaments before traveling for international tournaments,’ he encouraged. Men’s players selected for the fin weight category are George Williams and Samuel Onyango, both from Regional Club, and Haji Ombayo from Black Kings; those in the fly weight category are Wycliffe Okoth from Regional Club, Daniel Odhiambo, and Gabriel Otieno, both from Shofco Mathare. Selected in the Bantam weight are Wizeck Opiyo and Collins Munene from Kenya Police and David Memusi from Regional Club. Those representing the country in Feather weight are Kevin Kinyingiwa and Dennis Omasava, both from the Regional Club, and Samuel Njau from Waithaka. Light weight are Evans Oduor from Kenya Police, Pascal John from Waithaka Club, and John Francis from Kibabii University. Welterweights are Leonard Mukanda and Frank Odhiambo from Kibabii University, and Collin Odhiambo from Shofco Mathare. Middleweights are innocent Wafula from Black Kings, Newton Maliro from Kenya Defence Forces, and Elijah Kimani from Regional Club, while heavyweights are Moses Kibara from Black Kings and Billy Otieno from Kibabii University. In the ladies fin weight category are Everlyne Atieno and Ednar Sichangi, both from Kenya Police, and Cynthia Wekesa from Kibabii University. The fly weight was reserved, while those selected in the Bantam weight were Ann Omolo from Chalbi Club, Teresia Ochieng from Kenyatta University, and Light weight was Mildred Akinyi from Chalbi and Linda Kimutai from Kibabii University. Those in Feather weight are Dock Stacey from Integrity Centre for Youth and Coco Hawi from Kenyatta University, whereas those in Welter weight are Pauline Zawadi from Chalbi and Sophie Clay from Integrity Centre for Youth. Jully Musangi from Kibabii University, who was contesting for middleweight, was given a walkover for lack of an opponent. Faith Ogallo from Kenya Police and Rebeccah Ominde from the Regional Club were selected for the heavyweight category.

Source: Kenya News Agency

Nation Earns 172.25 Mil USD from Mines Export in Nine Months

Ethiopia has earned 172.25 million USD from Mines export trade over the past nine months of current fiscal year.

The Ministry of Mines has discussed on its nine months plan and performance of current Ethiopian fiscal year.

Strategic affairs executive officer at the ministry, Meseret Nigusei has said in her nine months performance report of the ministry, the nation has produced 2.68 tons of gold, 255.7 tons of jewelry minerals and 164 .5 tons of tantalum.

The country has earned a total of 172.25 million USD from mines export trade during the stated period.

Out of the total revenue secured, 150.6 million USD was obtained from gold, the executive officer said.

According to him, investment licenses were issued to 15 foreign and 29 domestic companies to engage in the development, exploration and production of minerals.

The sector has created jobs to more than 146,784 citizens during the nine months of this budget year.

Minister of Mines, Habtamu Tegegn said the government is exerting efforts to develop the sector with a view to strengthening foreign currency revenue and job opportunities.

Source: Ethiopian News Agency

Ethiopia, Türkiye Stress Need to Further Diversify Ties in Trade and FDI

State Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Mesganu Arga received the Deputy Foreign Minister of Türkiye and conferred on bilateral, regional and multilateral issues of common interest.

The two sides concurred that Ethiopia and Türkiye, which enjoy solid traditional diplomatic bond formed over 127 years ago, need to further diversify their ties in trade and foreign direct investment (FDI), according to Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Ambassador Mesganu, who briefed his Türkiye counterpart on the implementation of the peace agreement in Pretoria called upon the international community and Türkiye, in particular, to support the post-conflict peace-building process.

The Deputy Foreign Minister, on his part, lauded the implementation of the peace deal.

He said Türkiye business community is keen on investing in Ethiopia.

The Sudanese people should be given a chance to solve their differences through dialogue than military means, the two officials agreed.

Source: Ethiopian News Agency

Coffee Processing Factory in Oromia Starts Exporting Coffee by Adding Value on its Products

Delegations from Zambia, Niger, Tanzania and Cote d’Ivoire today visited ONE.KOO Coffee Factory, a coffee processing factory owned by Oromia Coffee Farmers Cooperative Union in Gelan town.

The visit was accompanied by the Chief Administrator of Oromia Regional state, Shimelis Abdisa and other regional state officials.

Oromia Coffee Farmers Cooperative Union is one of the unions that exports coffee to the international market by adding value on the production.

ONE.KOO Coffee Factory, which was established a year ago at a cost of 50 million birr, has been expanding its products to foreign markets including the United States by adding value.

The factory has earned 70 million birr in the first half of this Ethiopia fiscal year, the general manager of the factory, Solomon Taddela told ENA.

Delegations drawn from the four African countries are in Ethiopia to exchange the best practices and experiences of Ethiopia in transforming agriculture, particularly wheat, avocado, and coffee developments in Ethiopia.

The delegations have so far visited several agricultural activities being carried out in wheat and avocado cultivations.

Source: Ethiopian News Agency

First Round of Peace Talks in Tanzania Concludes: GCS

The first round of peace talks held in Tanzania concerning the conflict in Oromia regional state have been concluded today, according to Government Communication Service(GCS).

In its current situation update issued today, GCS stated that while the talks have been largely constructive, unfortunately, it was not possible to reach agreement on some issues during this round of the talks.

Both parties have acknowledged the need to continue these talks with a view to resolving the conflict permanently and peacefully, it added.

The Service also said that the Government of Ethiopian would like to take this opportunity to reiterate its commitment to the peaceful resolution of the conflict in accordance with the FDRE Constitution and within the framework of fundamental principles that have guided such efforts until now.

The government of Ethiopia would like to express its gratitude for those who have facilitated and hosted the talks.

Source: Ethiopian News Agency

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)