Connect with us
Advertisement
Advertisement

News

Racist recording of Cllr Andrew Edwards could have been a ‘deep fake’

Published

on

THE COUNCILLOR accused of making racist comments in a private conversation – which was recorded and posted online may be the victim of a ‘deep fake’, The Herald can reveal.

Cllr Andrew Edwards says he does not recall ever saying those words – and analysis of the recording has shown inconsistencies which are in line with an audio file which has been digitally manipulated.

Deep fake voices are synthesized or manipulated using machine learning algorithms, making them sound convincingly like real human voices.

To detect a deep fake voice in an audio file, there are a few things you can do:

  1. Listen for inconsistencies: Deep fake voices may have slight variations in pitch, tone, or cadence that sound unusual or inconsistent with a real human voice. Pay close attention to these variations to determine if they sound unnatural.
  2. Look for lip-syncing issues: In some cases, deep fake voices may be paired with video footage that doesn’t match up with the audio, causing lip-syncing issues. If you’re unsure if a voice is genuine, try watching the video and paying attention to the speaker’s lips.
  3. Compare with known samples: If you have access to a known sample of the person’s voice, compare it to the audio file you’re analysing. This can help you identify any inconsistencies or variations that may be indicative of a deep fake voice.
  4. Use specialized software: There are several software programs available that can help you detect deep fake voices in audio files. These programs analyse the audio for inconsistencies and use machine learning algorithms to determine the likelihood of the voice being real or synthetic.
    It’s important to note that detecting deep fake voices can be challenging, and it may require a combination of techniques to determine if an audio file is genuine or not – but why not have a listen to the recording and see if you can notice any of the inconsistencies described in points 1 to 4 above.

A former councillor, Cllr Paul Dowson, says he was the victim of fake social media content in 2020.

At the time he denied he shared images on social media that were racist, hateful to women and people of different religions.
Paul Dowson said the images, alleged by the union Unison to have come from his Facebook account, were “manufactured” by political opponents.

Speaking at the time he told reporters: “Give me 24 hours and I could come up with the same screenshots in your name.”

Mr Dowson “categorically” denied sharing the allegedly offensive posts.

He also denied he was racist.

Dowson was elected with a majority of four votes to represent the Pembroke Dock Central ward in 2017.

Mr Dowson said it was clear to him the posts had been “created by someone as part of their vendetta against me”.

Dowson said that it was more than credible that the audio file which is causing heat for Cllr Andrew Edwards has been manufactured by political opponents.

Dowson said: “Having heard the recording several times I would like to suggest that there is clearly gated compression in the clip which is a clear sign of manipulation.”

“The intonation of his speech and pitch of his words are not naturally flowing, and it sounds like the voice has been altered.”

“There are lots of apps and programs out there that can do this. Some of the software I am familiar with as a musician are more than capable of doing this.”

“If he is innocent I do feel for him as it seems therefore that there are people out there who are wanting to wreck his future – as they did mine.”

Entertainment

Save the dates: Classic car shows in Pembrokeshire

Published

on

THE FIRST of the Summer season of the Classic Car Shows in aid of the Paul Sartori Foundation took place at the Commons Car Park, Pembroke recently.

Organised by Malcom Powell and friends, the show was opened by the Mayor of Pembroke, Ann Mortenson, accompanied by the Ward Ten Withybush fundraiser Ellie Neville.

The rest of the shows are follows

Wednesday 5th June at the Cresselly Arms

Wednesday 19th June at the Plough Inn, Sageston

Wednesday 3rd July at the Cresselly Arms

Wednesday 17th July at the Plough Inn, Sageston

Wednesday 14th August at the Cresselly Arms

Wednesday 18th August at the Plough Inn

All events are at 4pm, except for the final show of the year on Saturday 14th September at the Plough Inn Sageston which starts at 2 30pm.

Pictured is the first show of the year at the Commons,Pembroke.

Pic-Martin Cavaney

Continue Reading

Charity

Royal celebration at Buckingham Palace marks RNLI’s 200th anniversary

Published

on

HIS MAJESTY The King has graciously hosted a garden party at Buckingham Palace today to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI). This prestigious event brought together approximately 2,500 of the RNLI’s dedicated volunteers, staff, and their families.

The garden party, held in the palace’s magnificent grounds, was marked by the presence of an Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboat, showcasing the RNLI’s modern lifesaving capabilities. The event celebrated the remarkable history and ongoing contributions of the RNLI, which has been saving lives at sea since its founding in 1824.

Among those honoured at the event were representatives from Tenby Lifeboat Station and St Davids Lifeboat Station. From Tenby, the delegation included recently retired Coxswain Philip John, along with Michael Lewis, Daniel Young, Graham Waring, and Peter O’Hagan, all accompanied by their partners. Representing St Davids Lifeboat Station were Will Chant, Jestyn Martin, Ffion Rees, Judd Kohler, Ellen Evans, and their respective partners. These individuals were recognised for their exceptional service and dedication to the institution, trading their RNLI yellows for smart attire on this special occasion.

The RNLI, established in 1824 by Sir William Hillary, has grown into a vital organisation dedicated to saving lives at sea. Over its two centuries of operation, the RNLI has saved more than 142,700 lives, thanks to the bravery and commitment of its volunteers and staff. Today, the RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations and provides a 24-hour search and rescue service around the coasts of the UK and Ireland.

His Majesty’s patronage and the garden party at Buckingham Palace underscore the nation’s deep appreciation for the RNLI’s invaluable service. The celebration not only honoured past achievements but also highlighted the continued importance of the RNLI’s mission as it looks forward to the future.

For more information on the RNLI’s history and its bicentenary celebrations, please visit the official RNLI website.

Continue Reading

Community

The Big Beer Festival returns to Milford Waterfront

Published

on

MILFORD HAVEN is set to host the highly anticipated Big Beer Festival tomorrow at Milford Waterfront. Beginning at 12:00 PM on May 25, the event promises a vibrant celebration featuring an impressive array of real ales, lagers, and ciders, along with a prosecco and Pimm’s bar for those with different tastes.

Local bands will provide live music throughout the day, ensuring a lively atmosphere. Headline act 4th Street will be among the performers, with additional acts including After the Fire, Steve Bartram, Two Suns, Tin Man Revolution, and DJ Robzy. Food lovers can enjoy diverse culinary offerings from The Junkyard Dog and Marcela Mexican Cuisine at the Thornton Motors Streetfood Zone. Entry is £20, which includes four drink tokens and a limited edition glass. Each token can be exchanged for a half pint, a glass of prosecco, or a glass of Pimm’s. The festival will run until 11:00 PM.

This event is part of the continued partnership between Milford Waterfront and the Milford Haven Round Table. This collaboration supports a calendar of events throughout the year, raising funds for local causes and creating enjoyable experiences for the community and visitors. Upcoming events include the Milford Haven Carnival on July 6 and the Fireworks Extravaganza on November 5.

As well as local petrol station company The Ascona Group, Howden, a global insurance intermediary group, is a key supporter of the festival. As a deluxe sponsor, Howden is donating £500 towards the event. Gary Stevens, Regional Managing Director, expressed his delight in supporting the Milford Haven Round Table, emphasizing the event’s significance as a fantastic day out for the bank holiday weekend and a means to support the local community.

Milford Haven Round Table, the UK’s largest Round Table with 30 active members, organizes this festival to give back to the local community. All funds raised support local charities, groups, and individuals, including popular free entry events like the town’s annual carnival and fireworks display.

For more details, visit the official event page.

Continue Reading

Charity4 hours ago

Royal celebration at Buckingham Palace marks RNLI’s 200th anniversary

HIS MAJESTY The King has graciously hosted a garden party at Buckingham Palace today to commemorate the 200th anniversary of...

Community4 hours ago

The Big Beer Festival returns to Milford Waterfront

MILFORD HAVEN is set to host the highly anticipated Big Beer Festival tomorrow at Milford Waterfront. Beginning at 12:00 PM...

News1 day ago

General Election 2024: What the west Wales candidates say

CANDIDATES for July 4’s General Election have responded to the Prime Minister’s announcement. After constituency boundaries were redrawn, Pembrokeshire was divided...

Community2 days ago

Lucky dog rescued by lifeboat crew after 250 foot cliff fall

WHIST on a coxswain training exercise on Monday (May 20), the lifeboat Haydn Miller was tasked to Rhossili, following a...

Education2 days ago

Exciting visit to France for Pembrokeshire school pupils

LAST week, 60 children and 16 teaching staff visited the Bassin d’Arcachon in France as part of a Taith funded...

Business2 days ago

First drive-thru Starbucks in Pembrokeshire approved

PEMBROKESHIRE is to get its first drive-thru Starbucks coffee shop after a scheme was backed by county planners today, May...

Crime3 days ago

Man accused of making Category A images of a child in caravan park

A HAVERFORDWEST man has appeared before magistrates charged with making six category A images of a child at a caravan...

News4 days ago

Lifeboat crew plucks woman in difficulty from the water

ANGLE All-Weather Lifeboat was requested to launch at 10pm on Sunday night (May 19). The Coastguard had received a call...

News4 days ago

Two men arrested following death of Milford Haven woman

POLICE in Milford Haven are investigating after a woman died in the early hours of Friday morning, after the Welsh...

News4 days ago

Milford Haven tops list of UK’s most polluted ports

NEW analysis by Transport & Environment UK (T&E UK) has revealed alarming levels of air pollution from ships at UK...

Popular This Week